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Heavyweight (Per 4/15)
1. Rico Verhoeven
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Tyrone Spong
5. Peter Aerts
6. Errol Zimmerman up
7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

Light HW (per 4/15)
1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

Middleweight (per 4/15)
1. Wayne Barrett
2. Joe Schilling
3. Artem Levin
4. Steven Wakeling
5. Franci Grajs

Welterweight (per 4/15)
1. Nieky Holzken 
2. Joseph Valtellini 
3. Simon Marcus
4. Marc de Bonte
5. Aussie Ouzgni

 

70kg (Per 4/15)
1. Davit Kiriaup
2. Andy Ristiedown
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Giorgio Petrosyandown
5. Murthel Groenhart
6. Buakaw Banchamek
7. Dzhabar Askerov
8. Ky Hollenbeckup
9. Aikprachaup
10. Enriko Kehlup

65kg (per 1/20)
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

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Today Muay Thai Authority has informed us of the lineups for Thai Fight's two tournaments, taking place at 67kg and 70kg. Notable names for the tournament include Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Abraham Roqueñi, Mosab Amrani and Hafid el Boustati. Each fighters in both tournaments are from a different country, making this a truly international affair. Here's the tournament lineups below:

-67kg (147lbs):
Chi Bin Lim vs. Fabio Pinca
Kem Sitsongpeenong vs. Yokoyama Shigeyuki
Mosab Amrani vs. Houcine Bennoui
Ibrahim Chiahou vs. Alessio Angelo

-70kg (154lbs):
Buakaw Por. Pramuk vs. Hicham Chaibi
Mickael Piscitello vs. Hafid el Boustati
Jose Barradas vs. Vuyisile Colossa
Abraham Roqueñi vs. Nishikawa Tomoyuki



The tournament will take place over three events, with these matches listed above being the quarter finals, held in Bangkok, Thailand on September 25th. The semi finals will be held on October 24th and the final on November 27th.

There are some very good match-ups in the quarter finals and they're something that everyone should definitely look forward to. We can expect videos to come out quickly, as the events are being televised in Thailand. [source]

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Tonight on HDnet the latest episode of The Voice Versus will debut at 10PM Eastern time, featuring one of the biggest living legends in the world of sports today, Sugar Ray Leonard.

Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the biggest names to ever come out of the boxing world, spilling over into film like his recent appearance in "The Fighter" with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. Sugar Ray kicks off the interview with Schiavello by discussing his namesake and taking the name from the "Real Sugar Ray." As always, Schiavello is prepared with a lot of material to discuss with Sugar Ray, even catching him off guard a few times, such as asking him about the irony of the name Sugar Ray and having childhood diabetes.

Sugar Ray comes across extremely affable throughout the show, talking about some of the criticism he received over the years, such as his fame rolling over from the Olympics and not always facing "top competition" in the eyes of critics. Sugar Ray goes into depth about how he has his nice-guy image and how in the ring he always got work done, no matter what.

Schiavello knows the right questions to ask and a fighter on the level like Sugar Ray is a decidedly big step up from his past interviews. That isn't to say that they were lesser interviews, but Sugar Ray Leonard is a huge name in the world of sports who has been around for decades now. It is great to see Schiavello getting the attention he deserves and scoring what is a big interview. It only means bigger and better things for this series and for HDnet.

Do not miss this show, tune in tonight at 10PM Eastern time on HDnet.

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The world of social media has changed the way everyone communicates, and it has most definitely had an effect on the combat sports world. The kickboxing world especially has benefited from it, as fighters and promoters in the sport exist all over the world, with different homes, languages, beliefs and everything in between. Simon Rutz is very public with information to his Facebook friends about future events featuring both his promotion, It's Showtime, and the fighters under his management.

Today on his Facebook, Rutz confirmed a lot of the rumors swirling around about K-1 holding a World Grand Prix this year. His Facebook update states that he spoke on the phone with K-1 and can confirm that there are plans for a Final 16 as well as a Heavyweight World Grand Prix finals within this year. As he is very open, a few asked him about fighter payment and he replied that it was discussed and understood that It's Showtime fighters will not fight for K-1 until there is an assurance to be paid the money that they are owed.

The other big news is the big rumored It's Showtime Heavyweight tournament that Rutz and Co. have been whispering about was confirmed in this thread. Rutz confirmed that they were indeed looking to plan a Heavyweight tournament for the Fall or Winter of this year, but that if K-1 will indeed put on a World Grand Prix, It's Showtime will be holding their own Heavyweight Tournament in January 28 of 2012. Rutz also confirmed that Badr Hari's next fight should be announced shortly, which could possibly also coincide with the rumors I've been hearing that K-1's next big show could be announced any day now (initially the rumor was "mid-August" or "mid-September" and then "this week." It's Friday now...).

Regardless of timelines or how much of 2011 was a lost cause of a year, it looks like Heavyweight Kickboxing will be back on the up-and-up.

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Earlier today at Shibuya AX, Shootboxing held its first all womens event of the year with the main attraction being the Girls S-Cup Japan Preliminary Tournament.

In the first round of the tournament, WPMF and WMC World Mini Flyweight Champion and "The Strongest Female High School Student" Erika Kamimura defeated Kanako Oka by knockout 31 seconds into the second round. To determine her opponent, MMA fighter WINDY Tomomi fell to fellow MMA fighter Miyo Yoshida by majority decision on scores of 30-30 and 30-29(x2). In the other half of the bracket, 2009 Girls S-Cup finalist V.V Mei was upset by J-Girls #3 ranked MINA after 3 rounds on scores of 30-30, 30-29 and 29-28. To wrap up the quarterfinals, MMA fighter and kickboxer Seo Hee Ham was able to pick up a majority decision over MMA fighter Emi Fujino on scores of 30-30, 30-29 and 30-28.

In the semifinals, Erika Kamimura struck quick, dispatching Miyo Yoshida by TKO just 50 seconds into the first round, sending Kamimura to the finals. In the other semifinal, Seo Hee Ham won another majority decision over MINA on scores of 30-30, 30-29 and 29-28 to set up the final that most people had expected coming into the tournament.

In the finals, Kamimura and Ham supposedly put on an entertaining fight, with Kamimura scoring a catch point on an attempted arm-triangle in the first, while Ham scored two shoot points from throws in the second. However, Kamimura was able to score a right hook that knocked down Ham in the third, which ended up being the difference in the bout as Kamimura took a unanimous decision on scores of 28-26 and 28-27(x2). The win brings the 18 year old to 22-1 with 11 TKOs and qualifies her for the next Girls S-Cup.

In non-tournament action, RENA got back to winning by knocking out "Muay Thai Idol" Zaza Sor Aree at 2:10 of the second round on a body shot. After winning back to back S-Cups, RENA was knocked down by Kamimura in an exhibition bout, then was outlasted by Ai Takahashi over five rounds, giving Takahashi the Shootboxing Mini Flyweight Championship.

Supposedly, a rematch of the exhibition bout between RENA and Kamimura has been scheduled for the November 23rd RISE event as a legitimate bout and not an exhibition. If true, expect the winner to get a shot at Ai Takahashi, as she was forced to pull out of a bout with Kamimura that was scheduled for today's event due to a fractured orbital bone.

Also in non-tournament action was RENA's younger sister MIO making her professional debut against an arm wrestling champion. MIO won by disqualification 1:52 into the first round.

Finally, notable MMA fighter HIROKO defeated Megumi Yabushita by TKO 3 seconds into the 3rd round. A matchup under MMA rules between HIROKO and Rin Nakai, who is returning on September 4th's Pancrase event, would generate a good amount of interest as the two have had trouble finding legitimate competition at a higher weight in Japan.

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The MuayThai Premier League has some more great things coming up as they're set to put on a star studded show in Los Angeles, California. After that though, they're headed to Rome on October 8th and the lineup is looking even better than their inaugural event, in my opinion.

No match-ups have been confirmed yet but a list of fighters have been confirmed to be fighting on the event. And let me tell you, the list is stacked:

Saenchai Sinbimuaythai
Kaoklai Kaennorsing
Saiyok Pumpanmuang
Kaopon Lek
Jordan Watson
Vladimir Moravcik
Mosab Amrani
Mohammed Khamal
Saro Presti
Roberto Cocco
Chantal Ughi
Liam Harrison
Ramazan Ramazanov

The MPL is doing big things and they haven't even held an event yet. It's really early but right now if everything goes as planned, the MPL could emerge as one of the premiere stand up fighting organizations, especially considering it uses full Thai rules unlike K-1 or It's Showtime. Many fighters prefer Thai rules and fight better under them so it could definitely attract some more great fighters to add to the already stacked list of participants. [source]

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There is always some tough news in the world of combat sports, and this story I've seen floated around for a few days now and have neglected on purpose, but I feel as if it does need to be posted. British kickboxing champion Mark Fowler was fighting in Sydney, Australia over the weekend in a Muay Thai bout and collapsed in the fifth round of the fight due to head injuries and was unable to regain consciousness, passing away two days later in the hospital. This begs the question of just how safe combat sports are and how serious head injuries and head trauma should be taken within the realm of combat sports.

Combat sports are high impact and dangerous, which is really the name of the game. In reaction to this death many critics are calling for a deeper look into regulations and rules within kickboxing and Muay Thai, but it isn't clear if this is just an isolated incident or if there was a pre-existing injury that helped cause this accident. There is already talk from UK officials on looking into this incident;

 

New South Wales Sports Minister Graham Annesley has ordered an inquiry into the death which will be investigated by the coroner.

He said: 'I have also instructed the Office of Communities to implement any additional precautions considered necessary to ensure all similar upcoming events fully comply with current legislation and safety requirements.'

 

Of course accidents like this are horrifying, if not rare and careful thought should go into further regulation/restrictions on the respective sports. Our thoughts go out to the family of the deceased and for the opponent who has a tough burden to live with.

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