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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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The K-1 MAX Japan -63kg tournament that happened a month ago was an event to remember, partially because K-1 has only held one event so far this year, but also because 8 men put it all on the line in a one night tournament and showed a lot of heart. None quite showed the heart and determination like Koya Urabe did. Watch what went down backstage after his loss and how tough his corner is on him for his loss, from "You need to show more spirit" to telling him that he let the fans and his team down. Ouch. Put the subtitles on if they aren't already. There is also a whole playlist of these from K-1, but none quite as harsh as this one.

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Andy Souwer is one of the few elite kickboxers in the world that also sports a grappling background that he keeps sharp, which has made him a perfect training partner for MMA fighters looking to improve their stand up. There have been rumors of Souwer looking to enter the world of MMA (including our interview with him a few months ago that he confirmed that), with him having been training in MMA for over a year and a lot of his students at Team Souwer have been training in MMA as well. This interview with GnP.de talks about Souwer's stance on MMA as well as his thoughts on the It's Showtime Fast and Furious tournament and what he saw the problems with K-1 were. [source]

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Thailand vs Challenger took place at the prestigious River City Shopping Complex in Bangkok on Saturday night. It was one of the most upmarket events in the history of Muay Thai and the no expense spared production was witnessed by a well heeled crowd which included a number of celebrities.

Thailand vs Challenger was set up to take Muay Thai into the mainstream and this event, which will be broadcast to a televised viewership of 600 million people worldwide, was a big step in the right direction.

The first fight of the night saw Armin Muay Thai Plaza take on Hong Guan. After some controversy early in the fight over whether the use of elbows was allowed (Wang Guan walked out the ring because he didn't like being elbowed in the face) the Thai fighter proved just a little bit too sharp for his Chinese opponent outclassing him from start to finish to cruise to a comfortable decision win.

Saiyok Windy Sport then took on Contender Asia veteran Bruce Macfie in one of the most ancitipated contests of the evening. The Thai fighter was substantially smaller than the Australian, who beat John Wayne Parr last year, but Saiyok made light of the size difference using his superior speed to pepper Macfie with some lightning fast combinations

To his credit the Macfie kept coming forward but he would have been relieved to hear the final bell after taking sustained punishment throughout the five rounds. Saiyok demonstrated why he is widely regarded as one of the top fighters in Thailand with an imperious and impressive performance which saw him repeatedly land with sharp elbows and vicious body kicks.

Kaoklai Kaennorsing and Cyrus Washington provided some of the most entertaining exchanges of the evening in an exciting opening round which saw both men showing off some unorthodox and innovative techniques. In the second round Kaoklai looked the stronger man but his American opponent came on strong in round three landing an eye catching spinning back kick which seemed to catch Kaoklai flush.

It appeared the tide might be turning but the Thai fighter responded in style with a vicious elbow which opened up an enormous cut above Washington's left eye leaving the referee no option but to step in and stop the fight. It was an anticlimactic end to an engaging contest but with blood streaming down into his eye the American was simply unable to continue. Add a comment

Renouned highlight video-maker and friend of Liverkick.com StillW1ll has just released his latest video, featuring "The Red Scorpion" Alexey Ignashov. The video details Alexey's rise to the top, how his career came crashing down and what could've been. This is a must watch video, amazingly well done. Check it out.

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Francisco FilhoK-1 legend Francisco Filho gave an exclusive interview with Tatame recently and was asked about what he feels about the current state of K-1.

“The last thing I’ve heard was that there won’t be a heavyweight GP anymore, but it seems that there will be bouts on the lightweight division. I really believe the event is extinct. Many athletes won’t have any scholarship, even Dream, that was organized by the guys of K-1, also have missed some payments. So, it seems that there’s no big martial arts events in Japan anymore, only small ones.”

Granted, this is what he has heard, but there are strong rumors now that there will indeed be a K-1 Heavyweight Grand Prix as long as everything goes according to plan. Filho does not fault the fighters, believing the level of competition to still be elite, but the politics and poor management involved.

“I believe the level of the athletes is not the problem. The promoters should be blamed, the politics, the misunderstandings, which brought this unfortunate to the athletes. Everybody thinks the same as me, that there’s a good technical level in K-1, which was a great event. The organizers made some mistakes, they had some taxes issues in the past, what made the event lose credibility. From some time things started to call up some Pro Wrestling guys and people lost interest, stopped going. There’s the bad organization of the promoters and there so not well matched up bouts and that’s it”, said Francisco, who can’t see it going any other direction. [source]
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Last weekend on July 18, Giorgio Petrosyan picked up another win against Hinata Watanabe in the first It's Showtime Japan Countdown event. Petrosyan took a unanimous decision.

What we didn't know until now though, is that Petrosyan walked away with a broken hand. This isn't the first time he's broken his hand. It's happened atleast 4 times in the past 3 years. It's a re-occurring injury for Giorgio. The main problem seems to be that his hand has never gotten enough time to fully heal and thus breaks again. With the it's Showtime Fast & Furious 70MAX tournament exactly two months away, Giorgio will need to make a crucial decision. Let the hand heal properly and drop out of the tournament, or go into the tournament with the risk of making the hand worse and potentially lowering his chances to win. With Giorgio's hand currently in a cast, it's difficult to tell if he'll be able to compete in It's Showtime's tournament as he won't be able to punch anything with it for a while.

Here's an Italian news source, translated:

New win and a new injury to his left hand for Giorgio Petrosyan. In Japan, the two-time world champion K-1 World Max Japan beat the points Watanabe Hinata confirming once again the best fighter in the -70 kg category.

The athletes of Team Satori won all three rounds. The opponent has tried to win groped for all. Heedless of the arbitrator and admonitions, in all of the filming took punches upside prohibited by the regulation. To embarrass Petrosyan were, however, the 8 oz gloves: too light for the strength of his fists. As had already occurred in the past editions of the K-1 World Max, have not been able to absorb shock and a fracture to the hand that seemed to be resolved is reopened.

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