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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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LekoJapan's RISE organization, one of the smaller kickboxing organizations that is known to work with K-1 and serve as one of their "feeder" organizations, much like KRUSH. RISE will be putting on an 8-man Heavyweight Tournament on November 23 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall. On their most recent show they held two qualifying bouts for the tournament, where Japanese kickboxing mainstay Hiromi Amada advanced as did Fabiano Cyclone.

The big story is that K-1 is sending in the big guns for this tournament, as they have sent American fighter Mighty Mo and the legendary Stefan Leko to participate in this tournament.

RISE will be holding more qualifying bouts on September 23. [source]

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Just when you think that things in the kickboxing world couldn't get any crazier after the sale of K-1 earlier today, Giorgio Petrosyan has officially had to withdraw from It's Showtime's Fast and Furious 70kg MAX tournament. The Fast and Furious tournament is easily the top tournament set to happen in 2011 in the kickboxing world, featuring talent like Andy Souwer, It's Showtime Champion Chris Ngimbi, Artur Kyshenko, Gago Drago, Chahid and more. Petrosyan and Souwer were the early favorites in the tournament, but it appears that Petrosyan's Achilles Heel has struck again.

For the past two years Petrosyan has been having a nagging problem with his hand, breaking it at the 2009 K-1 World MAX tournament, which put him out of action for a while, then re-aggravating it during the 2011 K-1 World MAX tournament. Now it appears during his fight with HINATA last week that Petrosyan has once again injured his hand, as we reported, and will have to withdraw from the It's Showtime tournament.

It's Showtime released an official announcement earlier today, stating that Petrosyan would not be ready to fight until November as he is recovering from surgery. It's Showtime officials are working to find a suitable replacement, but Andy Souwer's stock in this tournament just shot through the roof. [source]

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K-1It is official, the rights to K-1's brand and future events has officially been sold, the reign of FEG has apparently come to a close. According to the reports being leaked by reputable sources in Japan straight from Kazuyoshi Ishii, K-1's rights have been transfered to Barbizon Co. Ltd. based out of Japan, which is a luxury real estate rentals and investment company. Only the rights to K-1 and associated trademarks have moved to Barbizon, including the DYNAMITE!!, World Grand Prix, K-1 GP and so forth.

DREAM will continue to be operated by the same party as always, which means no real change on the DREAM front. Interestingly enough, the K-1 Koshien brand, K-1's youth league that they have been running for the past few years will be staying with the pachinko company FiELDS that was a longtime sponsor of K-1 and K-1 Dynamite!! shows.

The K-1 MAX brand was nowhere to be seen in this deal, most likely because of TBS's involvement in developing and holding the rights to the K-1 MAX brand, but it should be noted that the one K-1 show this year, the -63kg Japan tournament did have the MAX branding on it, so it is unclear exactly what will happen with the K-1 MAX brand and division right now, as the MAX brand could easily be licensed from or purchased from TBS.

There is a lot more to this story, though, a lot of which has yet to be fully revealed, such as why did a real estate company purchase K-1, who other investors are, who will officially manage the promotion and when to expect more shows. There should be an official announcement out of Japan shortly about the sale of the rights, but don't expect further news on the more in depth information for at least a few weeks. Many have been quick to write off potential European influence in the new K-1, but if sources are correct, there will be a lot more news to come. [source]

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Our good friends at Phuket Top Team do some great work over in Phuket, running a hybrid Muay Thai and MMA camp out of Thailand and churning out some great prospects. One of their top fighters is without a doubt Cyrus Washington. Check out this video fresh from Thailand of Cyrus taking on K-1 legend Kaoklai. Yeah, Kaoklai, the guy that knocked Mighty Mo out with a flying head kick that looked like something out of a Bruce Lee film. Cyrus puts up an awesome fight, and if the rumors are true, Phuket Top Team is trying to put together Cyrus vs. Refi Zouhir in K-1 rules, which would be incredible.

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Glory World SeriesIf you are an Alistair Overeem fan and a kickboxing fan, there is some good news for you. Much like we speculated after Alistair Overeem had to pull out of the September date for the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, Alistair Overeem will be returning to action with his fight team and management at the helm for the October Glory World Series. Alistair Overeem, Sergei Kharitonov, Siyar Bahadurzada and Dion Staring appear on the new poster released today for the October event in Moscow, Russia. The strong rumor that we are hearing is that Alistair Overeem is set to headline the event and that it should be in a kickboxing bout, but no final opponent is set yet and the rules could change for his bout.

This will kick off their second Glory World Series tournament, which will be much like the last one, where there will be a Heavyweight Kickboxing tournament and there will be a MMA tournament, although it is still not clear which weight class it would be in. If they want to feature Siyar again, expect Middleweight.

The return of Alistair Overeem to fighting in kickboxing shows a serious disconnect between Overeem and current Strikeforce management in Zuffa, and this reads like a shot across the bow. Hopefully we are able to see Alistair Overeem defend his Strikeforce title soon, or even compete in the UFC, but the news of him fighting for the Glory World Series is a big deal after the May 28th supercard that was offered online streaming view YouTube.

Glory has even gone as far to say if you were one of the fans that purchased the Glory World Series card on YouTube PPV, fill out a survey and they will refund your purchase. Glory is rewarding loyalty to their product and is looking to push forward and put on more big events in the near future. We eagerly await finding out more details on this event.

UPDATE: Martijn de Jong spoke with Ariel Helwani and said "probably a MMA match" but that there was no opponent set yet.

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Vuyisile Colossa is one of the top Muay Thai fighters on the planet but he will be turning his attention to MMA this September to take part in ONE Fighting Championship's inaugural show. The Hong Kong based South African is still a very active Muay Thai fighter who regularly faces world class opposition. He is about to return to MMA, where he boasts a 3-1 record, after a six month absence but is still recovering from the disappointment of seeing a fight with Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr cancelled at late notice,

"I was very disappointed with the situation because fighting JWP in his home country was a great thing for my Muay Thai career and I had never fought in Australia. Training for that fight and for The Challenger has been very hard but there is no substitute for the experience that comes from world class Muay Thai training. I am already in great shape and to adjust for the up and coming fight I need only to spend time on the mat and I will be ready to go," he said.

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Results from The Challenger, which is effectively season two of Contender Asia, have not been released yet because the TV series has yet to hit our screens. Colossa holds a victory over the original Contender Asia winner Yodsaenklai Fairtex and has won numerous world titles in Muay Thai. He probably has better stand up credentials than just about any active fighter in the world of MMA today,

"I think people appreciate the fact that a world class Muay Thai fighter is making a stand in MMA. I know for a fact my stand up skills are far better than any other MMA fighters out there and I am always looking for that knockout because I don't want to leave decisions in the hands of the judges," he said.

This is perhaps a thinly veiled reference to his fight with highly experienced Filipino Eduard Folayang last year when Colossa lost a controversial decision. Round three was an extremely one sided affair as Colossa chased the URCC Welterweight champion all around the cage dominating him in the stand up department. Folayang, who is probably the top fighter to emerge from the Philippines scene, managed to survive the round and was awarded the fight by all three judges courtesy of securing repeated takedowns in the opening two rounds. Many cageside spectators felt that Colossa had done enough to win the final round 10-8 and he still believes he won that fight,

"I was very suprised when they gave him the win because he only did eight takedowns in the whole fight and he didn't even control me on the ground. I was the aggressor and he was back peddling the entire fight, how can one win like that?"

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Folayang's reward for defeating Colossa is a marquee fight against Ole Laursen in the main event at ONE Fighting Championship while the South African has had to settle for a place on what is admittedly a star studded undercard. Colossa has to get past Chinese Sanda champion Wang Ya Gi first but assuming he does he would relish the prospect of facing the winner of the contest between Folayang and Laursen,

"I think everyone would like to see the rematch with Folayang and I would also love to fight Laursen. Maybe we could fight for the ONE C lightweight belt? It would be a battle between two world class stand up fighters: Colossa vs Laursen, I like the sound of that."

One FC's lightweight division already looks set to be extremely competitive and Colossa will be keeping a close eye on Eddie Ng and Zorobabel Moreira Jnr who will both be in action on September 3rd. Ng's fight is of particular interest because Colossa has been based in Hong Kong for several years and Ng is being billed as the best fighter to ever emerge from his adopted home,

"I had never heard of him before because he had been living in England but since it got announced that he would be fighting for One FC a lot of people in Hong Kong have been talking about this fighter who is supposed to be the best fighter from Hong Kong. I hope I get to watch his fight because I want to see if he is as good as everyone says he is."

Mixed martial arts in Hong Kong is still a little way behind other places in South Asia such as the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore where there are numerous MMA camps and regular competitions. Colossa is currently without a full time training camp and has been forced to travel around in order to find suitable sparring partners but he has been making the most of a difficult situation,

"Since my gym closed up last month, it's been very hard to get in a routine. Luckliy I have guys like Irshaad Sayeed and Quinton Arendse at Versus gym who are both from South Africa and also Rodrigo Coporal and Andrew Wonkie at JAB MMA and Douglas Pieterse. All these guys have been very helpful with my MMA training and I would like to say thank you to them."

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Colossa has won world titles in Muay Thai, kickboxing and Wu Ling Feng and with world class stand up skills and a rapidly evolving ground game many feel that is is only a matter of time until he adds MMA to the list. Audiences love to see a truly elite striker inside the cage and Colossa knows that September 3rd could be a truly defining moment for his career,

"I feel like this is the biggest fight of my life because not only will there be 12,000 people there but it is being shown on domestic TV in Singapore and will also be broadcast all over Asia so everyone in Hong Kong will be watching. It's a fantastic opportunity for me and I am looking forward to showcasing my Muay Thai skills in MMA."

For more information about One Fighting Championship visit: www.onefc.com.

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