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Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Artur Kyshenko Set For March 24 in Milan

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If you were watching today's Fight Code Rhinos Final, you saw some great fights full of action. If you were listening though, you would've heard that Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Artur Kyshenko is set for March 24th in Milan. The details at the moment are very little, but it sounded like the fight might be on a Fight Code card. That wouldn't be surprising, as Petrosyan's manager, Carlo di Blasi, is the owner of Fight Code.

This fight has been long awaited and for the last few years, many fans have speculated what would happen in a match-up between the two. Petrosyan is the undisputed number one fighter in kickboxing and Kyshenko is right near the top. Kyshenko redeemed himself from a loss to Robin van Roosmalen in the finals of the It's Showtime Fast & Furious 70MAX tournament with a win over Yodsanklai Fairtex today. The win is a huge one for Kyshenko, and will have him moving forward with even more confidence.

Before the two fighters meet on March 24, both of them will be fighting in Italy in months prior. Petrosyan will fight Abraham Roqueni at Yokkao Extreme 2012 on January 21 in Milan. Kyshenko will be fighting Roberto Cocco at Thai Boxe Mania on February 5 in Turin.

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Rumble of the Kings 2011 Tomorrow: Fight Card

Rumble of the Kings returns tomorrow for their annual event, and it's a stacked card. The card will host MMA, K-1 rules and Muay Thai bouts featuring veterans and top fighters.

In the main event, one of the most anticipated fights of this year takes place as Artur Kyshenko fights Yodsanklai Fairtex. With Yod looking shaky as of late in his August loss and Kyshenko looking in top form at Mike's Gym, the fight provides a very interesting clash of fighters at somewhat of a crossroads. Despite getting dropped twice en route to a decision loss in August against, Yod competed in the Final Toyota Marathon last month and won two fights, before reportedly getting robbed against the promoter's fighter in the final. Kyshenko ran through the It's Showtime Fast & Furious 70MAX tournament before being stopped in the finals by Robin van Roosmalen. Both fighters are coming off a loss, and both of them are fighting to get back on track.

Another guaranteed barn burner between Dzhabar Askerov and Chahid Oulad El Hadj is on the card. It's surprising to see Chahid back so soon after getting his jaw broken two months ago. Askerov looked great in his last fight, stopping Maxim Smirnov. Both of these fighters throw bombs but Askerov has been fighting more calm and technically as of late. Don't be surprised if he reverts to slugging it out when Chahid's haymakers are coming his way.

In other action on the card, Yoshihiro Sato returns after a win over Albert Kraus in June to face the Swede fighter Alex Tobiasson Harris. The fight is at 75kg and it should be interesting to see how Sato does at a higher weight. There's also a four man, one night tournament on the card featuring four up and comign Scandinavian fighters looking to make a name for themselves.

The fight can be viewed via live stream for 10 Euros ($13.38 US) at http://www.rumbleplay.com/

Full fight card below:

Kickboxing: -72.6kg Artur Kyshenko vs. Yodsanklai Fairtex

MMA: Bruno Carvalho vs. Marius Zaromskis

Kickboxing: -75kg Yoshihiro Sato vs. Alex Tobiasson Harris

MMA: Yusuke Kawaguchi vs. Jorgen Kruth

Kickboxing: -70kg Chahid Oulad El Hadj vs. Dzhabar Askerov

Kickboxing: -81kg David Onufer vs. Abbe Joof

WMC NORDIC WELTER WEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMI  FINAL 2:

Pasi Luukanen vs. Sanny Dahlbeck

WMC NORDIC WELTER WEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMI  FINAL 1:

Rassan Muhareb vs. Martin Akhtar

WMC NORDIC WELTER WEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMI  FINAL 2:

WMC NORDIC WELTER WEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMI  FINAL 2:

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Weigh-In results for Canada vs. China Muay Thai Fighting Championships

On a rainy and windy Thursday afternoon kickboxing fans gathered at the River Rock Casino & Resort in Richmond (a suburb of Vancouver), BC Canada for the iTalk BB 1st Annual Canada vs. China Muay Thai Fighting Championships press conference and weigh-ins for tomorrow’s anticipated event between the two countries best stand up fighters. An exciting display of world class kickboxing will be showcased Friday night live from the River Rock Casino Theatre at 6:30PM PST and will be aired live on GFL.tv as well for those of you out of town (iPPV costs $14.99 US). This is a must see event for all stand up fighting enthusiasts! Here are the weigh-in results for tomorrow’s fights.

187lbs/85kg: Adam Blanchette (186.8lbs / 84.7kg) vs. Yang Yuanfei (188.6lbs / 85.5kg)

121lbs/55kg: Jessica Gladstone (121.4lbs / 55kg) vs. Li Hui (126.6lbs / 57.4kg*)

176lbs / 80kg: Mitch Fowler (175lbs / 79.3kg) vs. Fu Gaofeng (179.2lbs / 81.3kg)

132lbs / 60kg: Nicci Soutiere (133.6lbs / 60.6kg) vs. Bai Jing (133.6lbs / 60.6kg)

143lbs / 65kg: Nate Smandych (142.2lbs / 64.5kg) vs. Xioa Jie (147.8lbs / 67kg**)

145lbs / 65kg: Hakeem Dawodu (144.6lbs / 65.6kg) vs. Feng Jie (146lbs / 66.2kg)

165lbs / 75kg: Mukai Maromo (165lbs / 75kg) vs. Cao Yaomin (161lbs / 73kg)

*Li Hui lost three pounds during the time this article was written (123.6lbs / 56kg)

**Xioa Jie lost four pounds during the time this article was written (143.8lbs / 65.2kg)

For more pictures from the weigh-ins please visist Ragin Ronin Productions on Facebook.

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Mike's Gym: More Than Just A Gym

There are many gyms throughout the world of combat sports. Some fighters stay at the same gym with the same trainer for their entire careers. Some fighters switch from gym to gym. Some gyms are more than just a gym, displaying a true family-like bond between fighters and coaches. Mike's Gym is more than just a gym.

The bond between trainer and fighter at Mike's Gym is a special one. Fighters like Melvin Manhoef and Badr Hari have rejuvenated their careers under the tutelage of Mike Passenier. Mike has taken fighters from deep struggles and they have risen to prominence with him by their side.

The moments before the fight are intense. Most intense are right before the fighter makes his way to the ring. Mike reminds the fighter of everything they've been through, how they got to their current position and to go out there and leave it all in the ring. In a way, it unleashes the inner beast of a figure like Badr Hari or Melvin Manhoef. Badr went from a skinny Moroccan kid to an absolute monster of a man under Mike Passenier.

Sergei Lascenko and Artur Kyshenko were two fighters who had made their careers fighting out of the Captain Odessa team in Ukraine. Both found themselves at a crossroad in their respectice careers. Two losses in a row for Kyshenko. Three consecutive losses for Lascenko. Artur and Sergei looked towards Mike Passenier to take them under his wing, and the results have been spectacular. Sergei, known in his K-1 stints for being chubby and out of shape, lost weight and went on a five fight winning streak to this date. Kyshenko also won five in a row, dropping his last bout in the intense final third fight of the night at the It's Showtime Fast & Furious 70MAX Tournament.

The scene after Saturday's SuperKombat World Grand Prix final match was one of pure joy. Sergei Lascenko overcame a swarming Ismael Londt to score a huge victory over a year after people had written him off. He was embraced by Mike Passenier in one of the purest moments you'll see in combat sports.  Despite Sergei's lack of English, the bond between him and Mike Passenier needs no speech to show how strong it has become over the past year. The two of them and Artur came together in the ring to celebrate just how far they had come, together.

The bond between coach and fighter is not just exclusive to certain fighters at Mike's Gym. All the fighters share a bond with Mike, from Murthel Groenhart to the retired Joerie Mes. Mike stays firmly behind his fighters through and through, no matter the outcome. The sense of a family community at Mike' Gym is what makes it more than just a gym.

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