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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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If you've been coming to LiverKick.com for a while, you know Jill's awesome highlight videos. Even if you haven't, watch this highlight and enjoy.

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IlungaIt's Showtime's 95kg MAX Champion will return to action in this October in Germany, taking place in a one-night, four-man tournament. He is coming off of a rather baffling title defense where the usually crisp and technical Ilunga looked frustrated and sloppy. Here's hoping that he goes back to his roots and fights in the style that he is better known for. Brent Ducharme at HKL has the story;

When he returns to action in October, Ilunga will be faced with some of the better competition he'd find in Germany. The Fight Night Mannheim 95 kg. tournament will also feature James Phillips, an American-German fighter who was, until recently, the only man to have beaten Romanian prospect Andrei Stoica. The field will be rounded out by strong Turkish veteran Bahadir Sari and the relatively unknown Michail Tutijerev.

The October event will also feature a four-man 75 kg. tournament. Competitors for that tournament are former amateur Muay Thai standout Alex Schmitt, the rangy Patrick Djanang, Daniel Kohler, and Tefvik Sucu (semifinalist in the Klash tournament won by Faldir Chahbari last November). [source]
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Battle in the Desert 3Lion Fights, an upstart promotion based out of southern Nevada has featured some solid muay thai cards within the course of the last year. They are set to put on their third event in the series of "Battle in the Desert" this Saturday. Lion Fights released a statement today that they are working with Go Fight Live (GFL.tv) this upcoming Saturday to stream the event live for $14.99. This is a step in the right direction for Lion Fights, as I've been saying for a while that these upstart muay thai and kickboxing promotions in the United States need to work hard for exposure. Lion Fights is run by Scott Kent who has taken some of this advice and hired an actual PR firm to help with promoting the company and will stream the next event. These events have been well-received by those in attendance for past events, including UFC President Dana White.

The cost of 15 dollars might be a bit steep for a first event to be streamed, but a main event like Cosmo Alexandre vs. Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke could make you think twice about that. Full Press Release after the break.

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Earlier today, Krush held Krush 11 at Korakuen Hall in what is their first of hopefully many ISKA integrated events. Back in July, Krush announced two ISKA Championship bouts with two ISKA fighters and two Krush fighters facing off for the ISKA Bantamweight(55kg) and Super Lightweight(63kg) World Championships.

The main event of the night was the ISKA Bantamweight Championship bout between RISE Bantamweight Champion Nobuchika Terado and ISKA UK Bantamweight Champion Kieran McAskill in a fight that saw Tearado down McAskill four times with leg kicks throughout the course of the fight, earning Terado a wide decision win on scores of 50-41 and 50-40(x2). Terado was defeated in the first round of the Krush 55kg Tournament by Ryuya Kusakabe in a highly entertaining fight and this fight puts him back on a 2-fight win streak after a first round knockout win back at the May Krush event. A rematch with Krush 55kg Champion Shota Takiya would be a nice first title defense for Takiya.

In the co-feature, the flashy Keiji Ozaki lost a decision to France's Thomas Adamandopoulos on scores of 49-47 and 48-47(x2), landing Adamandopoulos the ISKA Super Lightweight World Title. It appears that Adamandopoulos scored a down in the 2nd round and it seems as though that was the deciding factor of the bout. The fight puts Ozaki at 1-2 on the year, but expect him to fight at another Krush event in the future, as his exciting, flashy style is one that fans and the Krush organization like.

In a super fight, Krush 55kg Tournament Champion Shota Takiya scored a first round knockout over KO-ICHI, extending his win streak to six, with his last loss being a decision loss to Ryuya Kusakabe in March of 2010, a loss he avenged by knockout in the Krush 55kg Tournament finals. As I said before, a title defense against Terado could be a possible next bout for him, though a rubber match with Kusakabe would likely generate more interest. Either fight should deliver in the entertainment department.

Krush and K-1 63kg Tournament runner up Koya Urabe returned to Krush, taking a unanimous decision over 2nd ranked NJKF Super Lightweight Marimo on scores of 28-27, 30-27 and 30-26. Urabe scored a 2nd round knockdown that led him to victory. Up next for Urabe could be the Krush Supernova tournament in October if he is a participant and hopefully the K-1 MAX -63kg World Tournament.

In a 60kg bout, TURBΦ and Junpei Aotsu faced off and went to an extension round after a 3rd round unanimous draw(30-30 x3). In the extension round, TURBΦ managed to take a split decision. Aotsu fought in the Krush 60kg tournament, but lost in the quarterfinals to Masaaki Noiri while TURBΦ was initially announced as a participant, but was replaced by Dynamite Yuta. Both have been struggling as of late, going a combined 1-7 over the past year. The fight snaps a 3-fight losing streak for TURBΦ and puts Aotsu back on a losing streak.

Finally, Team Dragon fighters Masakazu Watanabe and Namito Izawa both managed to pick up extension round decision wins.

The next Krush event is Krush 12 and scheduled for an already packed weekend on September 24th that already has the It's Showtime Fast and Furious Tournament, the K-1 MAX 70kg Japan Tournament, Dream.17, UFC 135 and Shootor's Legacy 4. The event will be another Team Dragon-heavy event as Krush 63kg Champion Ryuji Kajiwara, Krush 60kg Champion Hirotaka Urabe, Hideaki Yamazaki and Takumi are all set to participate.

Bout results via Boutreview

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Tonight we have some rare Sunday action in Commerce, California. Stand Up Promotions has brought together a great card of muay thai fighters, bringing in some heralded international talent.

In the main event, Saenchai Sinbimuaythai returns to the USA and takes on arguably the number one muay thai fighter in the country, Kevin Ross. On the line are the WBC Muay Thai diamond belt and the MTAA world title. It's always a treat to watch Saenchai fight, as he's widely considered among the best of the sport. This is his second time fighting in the USA and he's taking on Kevin Ross, who last year he expressed interest in fighting. At the time it didn't seem likely but here we are now and they're set to fight tonight.

The 2010 K-1 MAX -63kg World GP winner Tetsuya Yamato also returns to the USA. The last time Yamato fought in the USA, he was knocked out in the first round by none other than Saenchai. Yamato will look to pick up his first win across the pond as he takes on the Thai fighter Coke Chunhawat.

The card features some other great fights so here's a look at the full fight card:

Saenchai Sinbimuaythai vs Kevin Ross

Jonathan Puu vs Alex Gonzales

Rungravee Sasiprapa vs Kunitaka Fujiwara

Phanuwat Chunhawat vs Tetsuya Yamato

Marcos Guevarra vs Victor Perez

Shane Oblonsky vs Carlos Ramirez III

Glen Spencer vs Mike Sheppard

Malaipet Sasiprapa vs Chike Lindsay

You can order the card on gfl.tv for $9.99. It's a great card and well worth the price. Muay thai is usually free for us as we pretty much only have YouTube to catch up on fights so a small fee of $9.99 isn't much to see one of the best in the world.

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I feel like the professional boxing debut of former EliteXC and UFC fighter Kimbo Slice against a 39 year old 0-1 opponent deserves its due attention. The video shows what is one, Kimbo Slice absolutely mauling his overmatched opponent in dominant fashion. Say what you will about Gary Shaw, but Gary Shaw knows how to book and promote Kimbo Slice and make money with him.

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