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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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Recently, the weight range of -61kg to -63kg in kickboxing has started to catch on with fans. It's Showtime has had two title fights, crowning two different champions so far this year in the -61kg division. This upcoming Saturday, June 25 plays host to the K-1 World MAX 2011 -63kg Japan Tournament Final. K-1 introduced their -63kg weight class last year and it definitely didn't disappoint. Last year's -63kg Japan Tournament didn't get as much attention, mostly due to the delay, not being shown until a few weeks later. This year, you have the option to watch live on Youtube.

With K-1's absence this year, their -63kg Japan Tournament event has garnered more attention, as some fans are starving for K-1 action. Memories of last year's spectacular -63kg series in K-1 are also contributing to the hype. While it may not be the typical faces we see in K-1 like Badr Hari, Andy Souwer, Peter Aerts and the like, kickboxing fans are being exposed to more fighters, and all in all a somewhat "new" division that casuals haven't seen before. It's Showtime has showcased their -61kg division just this past Saturday with an amazing fight between then champ Karim Bennoui and present champ Javier Hernandez. It's Showtime still doesn't generate the same interest as K-1 yet, due to the brand name alone though. K-1's foray into the -63kg division is what will look to showcase this weight class to casuals and hardcores alike.

The division has massive potential. K-1 has started off their -63kg division using only Japanese fighters. Recently, K-1 posted open applications to -63kg fighters from around the world. With these open applications for worldwide -63kg fighters, you have to think that K-1 has further plans for the division, that go beyond just Japan Tournaments with only Japanese fighters. Already, with only Japanese participants we have a wide array of personalities from the brash Kizaemon Saiga to the no nonsense Tetsuya Yamato. K-1 adding fighters from around the globe in this division would not only diversify it but also attract more fans.

Little is known about the weight range between -61kg to -63kg to most. It's Showtime has had three champions in the weight class, them being Sergio Wielzen, Karim Bennoui and Javier Hernandez in order. Each fighter was relatively unheard of to the masses until they became champions in It's Showtime. The same can be said for K-1's -63kg fighters. Most of them also compete in Krush. Here's where a little problem arises for the time being. With K-1 using only Japanese fighters at the moment, and mostly the same ones, how can we compare them to the fighters in It's Showtime's -61kg division? How would we determine who the best is? K-1 and It's Showtime divisions here are apart by 2kg (Approx. 4.5lbs). Is that too big of a gap for these fighters to ever compete against each other? It'll be interesting to see the approach that K-1 takes with their "applications" for -63kg fighters around the world, especially if there ends up being an overlap between K-1 and It's Showtime. It's Showtime venturing into Japan and recruiting talent from the soon-to-be established It's Showtime Japan will only spice things up a bit.

In the end, what will emerge of this weight range in kickboxing is the question. Will K-1 build up their fighters in this division and successfuly incorporate talent from around the world, much like they do in the -70kg MAX or Heavyweight division? What's next for It's Showtime's -61kg division? This all remains to be seen.

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Jasmine ParrKickboxing and Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr is in what we know to be his retirement year and he has not only been incredibly active, but he has always been training his 8 year old daughter, Jasmine in the art of muay thai as well. There was quite a stir over the weekend as Parr's daughter had her first kickboxing bout in Australia against a fellow youngster and the media there has decided that eight is simply too young to participate in such "brutal" sports.

JWP has spent the last few days defending his choice to let his daughter fight and has been faced with the most criticism of his long, storied career. This of course comes across as ridiculous to me, after watching a video of Millionaire Manhoef, age 9, in a bout in the Netherlands from a few weeks ago. I don't think that 8 is too young to be involved in a contact sport, nor  do parents and athletes who participated in youth sports growing up, the simple fact is that a sport that involves this level of contact makes people uncomfortable.

When I was 7 I was playing baseball for the first time and on my second practice a line drive came at me quickly while I was drawing a sword in the sand with the tip of my shoe, by the time I realized it was coming it was too late and the ball smashed me in the face, taking out one of my front teeth and leaving me dazed for about twenty seconds. What struck me as funny was that injury from baseball was far more serious than anything I suffered when I took up Kenpo two years later and began sparring after about a year of practicing. American Football, Soccer and any other sport children play can be equally as violent, if not more violent than muay thai.

I think if people want to criticize children in Muay Thai that they should take a long, hard look at traditional sports and some of the injuries kids receive every season in these sports, as long as the proper precautions are taking place, let the kids do what they love.

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After the recent success of Thai Fight Extreme's event in France in May, they're now headed to Japan. With an already scheduled event in Hong Kong on July 17, Thai Fight Extreme is yet another organization that is picking up the pace in 2011. As usual, Thai Fight Extreme will use full Thai rules.

The two time K-1 World MAX Grand Prix champion, Buakaw Por. Pramuk is set to take on Tomoaki Makino. Makino is very tall for the weight class and he'll have to use every bit of his height to beat one of the K-1 greats in Buakaw. Buakaw has recently had a foray into fighting under full Thai rules, picking up a win over Djime Coulibaly at the May 14 Thai Fight Extreme show in France. Before ths fight in August though, Buakaw will be taking on Brazillian Gilmar China on the Thai Fight Extreme card in Hong Kong on July 17.

Yodsaenklai Fairtex is another fighter who picked up a win at Thai Fight Extreme's May event, and also who will be fighting on the Hong Kong card against Karim Ghajji. On August 7, he'll fight Yasuhiko Shirasu of Japan.

World renowned Saiyok Pumpanmuang will take on Kou Suman of Japan. Fabio Pinca will fight Yuya Yamato, not to be confused with the Yuya Yamamoto of Krush and K-1. Yamato upset Pinca at the May Thai Fight Extreme event when Pinca was unable to continue due to cuts. Pinca will look to get his revenge and even up the score. Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee will be facing TOMOYUKI but before that he'll take on Egon Racz on the July 17 card in China. Also look out for MMA veteran Akihiro Gono to be on the card.

Thai Fight Extreme seems to be using the same Thai fighters on each of their events with Buakaw, Yod, Sudsakorn and Saiyok being showcased on all 3 current events. Much like the France card, the Japan card features a Japan vs. Thailand theme. Thanks to Nightmare of Battle for the news. Add a comment

There aren't a lot of documentaries made about the current state of kickboxing worldwide, which is why when I happened across this filmmaker I got very excited. Steven Wright traveled the world to make a documentary that he felt needed to be made, and from what I've seen of it so far, it is amazing. The film involves three parts; Europe, Oceania and Americas, takes a look at Muay Thai and Kickboxing on a global scale and involves incredible backstage footage and interviews with some of the top fighters in the world. For now, just watch this trailer that is just full of awesome.

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You saw the fight last night, now watch Overeem's week of preparation for the fight as the online documentary The Reem continues.

THE REEM EPISODE 4: COUNTING DOWN from THE REEM on Vimeo.

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Tonight in the main event of Strikeforce's show in Dallas, Alistair Overeem won a decision over Fabricio Werdum. The fight didn't go as anyone predicted it. It was drawn out over 3 rounds, with Overeem constantly stuffing Werdum's takedowns, spending little portions of time on the ground and battling it out on the feet. The thing that surprised many was that Werdum actually outlanded Overeem on the feet. I'm going to get into every aspect of this fight, the future and the backlash of the fight community.

Now you may notice that Werdum outlanded Overeem in the stand up. A lot of people who don't understand what's going on are jumping on this fact. People don't realize how much the threat of a takedown plays into the striking. Many are even going as far to discredit the whole sport of kickboxing just because Werdum outlanded Overeem. Go watch the fight and you can see Overeem is solely focusing on defending the takedown from Werdum. Overeem respected the ground game of Werdum so much that he didn't showcase a lot of his striking ability in fear of getting put on his back, where Werdum has the advantage. Now this can be seen as a flaw in itself and I acknowledge that Overeem needs some more time to readjust to MMA. Overeem's stints in K-1 have clearly pushed back his overall MMA mentality and he'll have to work on it.

But to discredit the whole sport of kickboxing for this is absurd. The threat of the takedown is an added element in MMA that can change the whole stand up realm. Reem didn't throw any kicks because of the threat of the takedown, and the one time he threw a kick he was taken down. Overeem was so focused on defending the takedown that he was willing to give up some defence in order to do so. It may look good for Werdum but let's be real. The shots had no effect in comparison to the strikes that Overeem landed. Overeem landed the more effective strikes while Werdum's were glancing blows and didn't even phase Overeem. Because of the takedown, Overeem didn't open up to throw strikes and had to hold back in order to not over commit himself. Whenever Overeem would set himself to defend a takedown, Werdum would come with strikes. Whenever Overeem would set himself to strike, Werdum would go for a takedown or flop to his back. Put any MMA fighter in a ring with Overeem under kickboxing rules without the threat of a takedown and he'll crush them. Read more...

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