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Fight Code in Minsk April 14, Dragons Tournament Continues

After a very successful first show of the year that took place last Saturday in Milan, Fight Code is coming right back with a show in Minsk, Belarus on April 14 at the Minsk Sports Palace. 

The show will continue with the Dragons tournament at 72.5kg. At the last Fight Code event, Mustapha Haida and Enriko Gogokhia both advanced to the Final 16 of the Fight Code Dragons tournament. For this event, there will be four Final 32 fights in the Dragons tournament, with the winner advancing to the Final 16. Fight Code 2011 Dragons winner Yury Bessmertny will be participating in one of those four bouts, against Edvin Erik Kibus of Estonia. The other three Dragons fights see Vitali Nikiforov take on Evgeni Telitsa, Maxim Smirnov against Dmitry Baranov and Farhat Ahmedjanov against Tadas Jonkus.

There will also be two non tournament fights featuring two big names. Rising talent Chingiz Allazov, who trains with Yury Bessmertny, has been destroying everyone in his path lately and will be facing Russian fighter Dmitry Rudenko at a weight of 69kg. Allazov normally fights 67kg but it seems he's starting to move up in weight a bit, as he fought Bovy last Saturday.

At 81kg, Dmitry Shakuta has been one of the top fighters around this weight class for a long time. He'll take on Igor Ljapin of Ukraine. Full fight card below.

Dragons Final 32 Eastern Selection (72.5kg):

Vitali Nikiforov vs. Evgeni Telitsa

Maxim Smirnov vs. Dmitry Baranov

Farhat Ahmedjanov vs. Tadas Jonkus

Yury Bessmertny vs. Edvin Erik Kibus

Non Tournament Fights:

69kg: Chingiz Allazov vs. Dmitry Rudenko

81kg: Dmitry Shakuta vs. Igor Ljapin


Teaser Trailer for GLORY Documentary

The event has come and gone now, but that doesn't mean that Glory is done promoting it. It feels like they've just started to. By the looks of it, Glory will be releasing a documentary with footage from the event as well as the lead-up and there is a teaser trailer out now to give everyone a sneak peak at it.


It's Showtime Champ Chris Ngimbi Loses In France

You might've not known, but on Saturday, Chris Ngimbi returned to the ring after losing to Harut Grigorian at It's Showtime in January. Ngimbi was coming off two losses in a row so he definitely wanted to rebound with a win. His opponent was Gregory Choplin, the Frenchman who had also competed in It's Showtime in the past.

On paper it seemed like a winnable fight for Ngimbi. In the end, he lost a decision to Choplin but it wasn't without some controversy. The fight was under K-1 rules but according to Ngimbi, Choplin was constantly clinching and holding which isn't permitted when excessive under K-1 rules. The It's Showtime 70kg champ has this to say about the fight:

"Yesterday the French juries chose to let me lose by point. It's a disgrace since we agreed on fighting on K1 rules and my opponent only clinched during the whole fight. I was extremelly motivated and It's should have been a better fight if he also wanted to fight instead of only hanging on me. But up to the next fight .....thanks all for your support!!!"

Ngimbi even posted a picture of Choplin holding on to him, which can be seen below. Choplin has been known to do this in the past. I can remember he would do this a lot in his It's Showtime fights. He's just more of a Muay Thai fighter than a K-1 rules fighter.

It's Showtime fighter Yavuz Kayabasi also picked up a win on the card with a stoppage over Samir Djabba. Djabba will be fighting Andy Ristie on It's Showtime's June 30 card. 



Oktagon: Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Artur Kyshenko Fight Card For Tomorrow, March 23

Well, after a very big kickboxing card today put on by Glory World Series, we've got another big event tomorrow. Oktagon/Fight Code, promoted by Carlo Di Blasi, is back.

After a successful 2011, Fight Code returns tomorrow, March 24 with a great card featuring a battle of two of the best kickboxers in the world. World number one, Giorgio Petrosyan fights perennial top 5 fighter, Artur Kyshenko in one of the biggest fights at 70kg in some time. The fight is on Giorgio's home turf and he'll look to defend his status as the unquestioned world number one. Giorgio comes off a win over Abraham Roqueni at Yokkao Extreme while Kyshenko is coming off a win last month at Thai Boxe Mania over Roberto Cocco.

Right before Petrosyan and Kyshenko hit the ring, last year's Fight Code tournament winner, Yury Bessmertny returns to the ring after an impressive knockout of Gago Drago last month. He'll fight Romanian fighter Cristian Milea, and should definitely win this fight.

One of the fastest rising up and coming fighters in the sport, Chingiz Allazov takes on the grizzled Thai veteran, Bovy Sor Udomson. Although Bovy is way past his prime, he's an all action fighter and so is Allazov, so this has the makings of a great fight. 

Another up and comer, Enriko Gogokhia will take on Bruno Franchi. I thought Gogokhia beat Mike Zambidis last year and sometimes he's a bit hit or miss with his performances but when he's on, he's on. Franchi should be a stern test for the Ukrainian-based Georgian. Up and coming prospect Iulian Imeri takes on Filip Hryeniewicki.

Fight card:

Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Artur Kyshenko

MMA: Valentijn Overeem vs. Michal Kita

Yury Bessmertny vs. Cristian Milea

Chingiz Allazov vs. Bovy Sor Udomson

MMA: Michele Verginelli vs. Anderson Da Silva

Hunkar Kilic vs. Mustapha Haida (Winner of Oktagon Selektion 72.5kg)

Michael Kongolo vs. Davide Mosca (Winner of Oktagon Selektion 85kg)

Sorin Radu vs. Davide Longoni (Winner of Oktagon Selektion Heavyweight)

Fabio Siciliani vs. Marco Re

Adi Petrisor Catana vs. Emmanual Horta Tavares

Veronica Vernocchi vs. Paola Capucchi

Iulian Imeri (Winner of Oktagon Selektion 70kg) vs. Filip Hryeniewicki

Bruno Franchi vs. Enriko Gogokhia


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