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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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At Saturday's RISE 80 at Korakuen Hall, two vacant RISE belts were on the line, with the undefeated Takafumi Morita facing off against Yukihiro Komiya for the vacant Middleweight(70kg) belt as well as Makoto Uehara rematching "Raoumaru" for the vacant heavyweight title.

In a five round title affair for the vacant Middleweight Championship, undefeated upstart Takafumi Morita knocked out Yukihiro Komiya in the 4th round with a left knee to claim the belt. Morita found himself challenging for the title after an upset victory over former WPMF Japan Welterweight Champion Soichiro Miyakoshi back in May. After winning the RISE 70kg tournament in 2009, Yukihiro Komiya took a pair of victories under the K-1 banner, but fell to Lee Su Hwan at RISE 65, denying him of a shot at the 70kg champion Ryuji. However, with Ryuji retiring due to an eye injury, Komiya found himself back in the hunt for the title, being placed against Brazilian Danilo Zanolini, winning the fight in an extension round for the right to challenge for the vacant title.

In a rematch of an exciting fight from December, Makoto Uehara once again defeated "Raoumaru", this time by knockout in the 2nd round as a result of three knockdowns. The title was vacated by Fabiano Cyclone after a knee injury made it unable for him to defend his title.

Speaking of Fabiano Cyclone, picked up his first win in RISE since defeating Singh "Heart" Jaideep in their rubber match all the way back at RISE 51, defeating Team Souwer's Joey Kaputai(?) by 1st round knockout. The next logical matchup for Fabiano would be a shot at the heavyweight title because he never officially lost the title and Uehara defeated his teammate "Raoumaru" for the title.

"The Strongest Female High School Student" Erika Kamimura impressed once again, dispatching Team Souwer's Titiana van Polanen in the first round after three knockdowns. This sets up a showdown between Kamimura and Shootboxing Women's Flyweight Champion Ai Takahashi, which is the biggest women's stand-up fight that could be made after Takahashi's defeat of Rena.

Finally, RISE Super Featherweight Champion Kosuke Komiyama took a dominating unanimous decision win over Moroccan Hamza Ansari(?) on scores of 30-26(x2) and 30-27.

Results via Boutreview

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In preparation for his August 7 fight against Tito Ortiz at UFC 133, Rashad Evans has stepped his training up a few notches, working on his striking with Tyrone Spong and Cosmo Alexandre. It's been said for a while that Cosmo will eventually make a foray into MMA and training with the "Blackzillians" at Imperial MMA is a great way to get prepared. Cosmo will be fighting Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke on August 20 under Muay Thai rules. As for Tyrone Spong, he's coming off a June 18 It's Showtime win over Loren Javier Jorge and at the moment he doesn't have anything coming up.

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Bruce LeeThis is two days late, but due to my traveling schedule I was unfortunately able to get this up on July 20th, but the 20th was 38 years since the passing of the legendary Bruce Lee. Lee was one of the first true martial arts pioneers who helped popularize martial arts throughout the world. A lot of great men, martial artists and entertainers came before him, but his style, charisma and the realistic choreography used in his films made him so entirely different and a breath of fresh air, Martial Arts films became accessible to a wider audience. The bulk of films featuring Martial Arts focused on theatrics and wire work before Lee's films, while Lee's films were more focused on close combat and the fights being incredibly realistic compared to the rest of the fare.

Sadly, Lee passed away before Enter the Dragon could be fully realized on the big screen and released to a wide audience, the film that made him an incredible superstar the whole world over. The film featured a tournament on an island, a concept that would be used almost entirely wholesale in the creation of the popular videogame franchise "Mortal Kombat" in the 90's, with the feature film created from it playing out like a mix between Enter the Dragon and Bloodsport.

The tournament format in sports, especially combat sports is very well known, but many have noted the distinct similarities between the concept of gathering the greatest fighters in the world for a marital arts tournament in Enter the Dragon and the concept behind Kazuyoshi Ishii's K-1 World Grand Prix. I can honestly say that without Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon, there is a chance that K-1 would not have became as popular as it was, nor would it have really caught my eye. I grew up as a huge Bruce Lee fan, respecting all of the obstacles he had to overcome, from racial prejudices, internal struggles within his own community of martial arts instructors to his own, personal struggles in dealing with his shortcomings and working around his ego to become a better person. Lee's philosophy has become almost as famous as his films have, with many of his teachings transcending the world of martial arts and bleeding into every day society.

His vision of martial arts also looked more at what was effective in a fight, as opposed to simply doing what was tradition. Katas were vital for perfecting certain techniques and practiced for ceremony and tradition a lot of the time, as opposed to practiced for being effective, and on top of that, techniques from other forms of martial arts sometimes perfectly complemented a form from the art you are practicing. Lee took a "Mixed Martial Arts" approach to fighting, with Jeet Kune Do not using a belt ranking system, nor did it adhere to one style. Bruce's base was Wing Chung Gung Fu, but he openly sampled from Japanese Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and Karate, utilizing whatever technique worked the best and was the most effective for any given situation. In a way, Jeet Kune Do opened the door to what we know as modern Mixed Martial Arts.

In a way, Bruce is really one of the fathers of modern Martial Arts and should be appreciated in that way. So, to pay your respects, check out what was filmed of his last film, "Game of Death" in this 30-minute climax scene that has now become legendary and enjoy.

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There is something to be said for all of the more mainstream attention that is coming to the Muay Thai world this year, and it is something that makes a lot of us a lot more happy. Any sort of kickfighting gaining notoriety and media attention only helps the sport of muay thai, and also helps the sport of Kickboxing as well. Check out this incredible promotional video for the Thailand Vs. Challenger Series 2011.

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Part of what makes being a fight fan so much fun is that there are a lot of talented fans out there who put together some great video montages, one of which is LiverKick.com's friend Jill, who has made a ton of great videos and continues the trend with No Kick No Life IV, focusing on Japanese kickfighting. So check it out already.

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The MuayThai Premier League is set to kick off on September 2nd and they've recently released a well done teaser trailer to get the word out. The MPL's roster is already looking stacked and there's more names to be added. The promotion is looking great already without having held an event yet. If all goes well, it'll pit some of the world's best against eachother. Watch the trailer and hopefully you'll get as pumped as I am.

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