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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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Today, It's Showtime ventures into Madrid for their sixth event of the year. Among the names on the card are Tyrone Spong, Gago Drago, Murthel Groenhart and It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion Karim Bennoui just to name a few. We'll be providing live results here at Liverkick.com. For live play by play of the event, check us out on Twitter, @LiverKickdotcom and @rianscalia.

The event goes live at 3PM EST/12PM PST. You can order the event for 10 Euros at www.showtimefights.com or if you're in Canada, you can watch it live on The Fight Network at the same time.

The full line up:

Zeben Diaz vs. Yavuz Kayabasi

Zeben Diaz wins by Unanimous Decision over 3 rounds. The fight was all Diaz as Kayabasi pretty much didn't do anything. Diaz showcased very crisp hands and combos to get the win.

Moises Ruibal vs. Sahak Parparyan

Sahak Parparyan wins by Majority Decision (4-1) over 3 rounds. Good fight, Sahak had a very hard time finding Ruibal in the first round but by the third round, Sahak came on strong and hurt Ruibal a few times.

Murthel Groenhart vs. Rafi Zouheir

Murthel Groenhart wins by TKO (Corner Stoppage). Zouheir got dropped quickly and was accidentally hit while on the way down, resulting in a yellow card for Groenhart. Groenhart then rushed out and dropped Zouheir twice, forcing the corner to throw in the towel. The Spanish crowd is going crazy over the controversial kick while Zouheir was on the way down.

Javier Hernandez vs. Karim Bennoui (It's Showtime 61MAX World Title Fight)

Javier Hernandez wins by Decision over 5 rounds to become the new It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion. Great fight, both fighters traded knockdowns. I had Bennoui winning but it was close.

Abraham Roqueni vs. Gago Drago

Abraham Roqueni wins by Majority Decision (4-1) over 3 rounds. Drago didn't have much for Roqueni, who moved around the ring picking his shots while Drago chased after him. Drago made it a but closer in the third round, with the pressure wearing on Roqueni but it was a clear win for Roqueni.

Tyrone Spong vs. Loren Javier Jorge

Tyrone Spong wins by Unanimous Decision over 3 rounds. Spong battered Loren with knees to the body but couldn't finish. Vinny Shoreman was sure that Spong had hurt his hand, and thus why he didn't throw more left hooks to the body to finish off Loren.

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Tyrone Spong and his opponent Loren Javier Jorge both made weight for their showdown tomorrow in Madrid for It's Showtime. Both fighters vowed to finish their opponent inside the distance. Both fighters are coming into the fight with bad intentions. You don't wanna miss this one.

The event airs live at 3PM EST/12PM PST on www.showtimefights.com for 10 Euros or if you're in Canada, The Fight Network will be airing the event live. The event will most likely be airing at a later date on HDNet.

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Today, much to the delight of kickboxing fans around the world, K-1 announced that their first event of 2011, the K-1 World MAX -63kg Japan Tournament would air live on Youtube and multiple other websites. K-1 has now joined United Glory and the UFC in what looks to be a growing group of combat sports outlets who will stream events on Youtube.

Here's what K-1 had to say:
FIGHT FOR JAPAN MAGES.presents "K-1 WORLD MAX 2011 -63kg Japan Tournament FINAL" (June 25, 2011) will be broadcasted live on the net in the whole world!

Big news has arrived to all the K-1 fans. Today FEG announced that K-1 MAX -63kg Japan Tournament will be broadcasted live on the net in the whole world! In addition to that, it's free to watch for every body. You can watch every fight from the -63kg tourney and Sato-Kraus single fight.?

This live broadcasting is available with YouTube Live, Ustream, PPTV for China and so on. Don't miss this opportunity and enjoy this with your computers and smart phones!

The event will be broadcast on K-1's official site, K-1's Youtube channelK-1's Ustream channel, K-1's Facebook page and PP Live.

For the full fight card, click here.

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Alistair Overeem proves to be the shades of grey that we as MMA fans do not often see anymore. In a world where the UFC lays claim to every top fighter in every weight class, very few fighters are seen as holdouts while still on the top of their game. The shine has worn off of Fedor Emelianenko with two back-to-back losses against non-UFC Heavyweights, Nick Diaz has decided to bite the bullet and return to the UFC to square off against UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre. His teammate Gilbert Melendez, Strikeforce’s Lightweight Champion also appears to be on the same path as Diaz, heading to the UFC to prove who is really the best in their respective weight class.

Alistair Overeem is the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, the DREAM Heavyweight Champion and the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Heavyweight Champion, making him one of the most decorated champions in all of the combat sports world, yet many still see him as a relative unknown quantity. To many fans, Alistair Overeem is still untested, with only one fight within the United States against a fringe top ten competitior in Brett Rogers to defend his Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship. Overeem has chosen to compete in other parts of the world, in Europe and Asia while waiting for a dream fight between Fedor Emelianenko before Fedor lost to Werdum. With those plans dashed, Overeem looked for a rematch with Werdum, whom he lost to in PRIDE back in 2006 during the Openweight GP. At the time, Overeem was cutting down to Light Heavyweight and not allowing himself and his naturally large frame to do any muscle-building exercises.

What that tells me is that Overeem is one of the only top fighters in his respective weight classes who has yet to be tested in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and fans refuse to accept that anyone outside of the UFC system can truly be the best. Overeem represents a sense of freedom and unknown, much like a horse out in the wild that has yet to be broken. Overeem has all of the skills, charisma and power to be one of the most legendary MMA Heavyweights to ever exist, he just needs to amass the wins over fighters that are considered to be the best of the division to placate the masses.

Overeem’s status to American fight fans is disputed, as some see him as the best and others see him as overrated and being measured for his merits outside of the familiar MMA world. Overeem has become one of the most spoken-about and disputed fighters of recent memory, which has only helped to build up the legend around him, to build up his aura of invincibility. There is no doubt that Overeem is beatable and has indeed been defeated in the past, sometimes worse than others. If anything this just proves one of the main fallacies of modern MMA fans and pundits alike -- they have a very narrow world view when it comes to greatness and there is a sense of reality missing from it. Everyone is held to the gold standard set by boxing great Rocky Marciano where he retired at 49-0, unscathed by the horror of defeat.

This indeed is an impossible standard to live up to for many professional fighters and shows just how narrow of a world view MMA fans have. Many mainstream sports stars could not live up to the impossible standards set by MMA fans, if they were held to those standards they would be written off as quickly as they rose and replaced with someone younger and with a still-untarnished record. The truth is, every legendary athlete has had setbacks and disappointments. There has yet to be a home run king in baseball who has yet to strike out or a basketball player who has never missed a shot. Every major sports team that has been to the top of the mountain has lost or choked when they got to the top at least once.

Part of what makes for a great, legendary athlete is the ability to overcome adversity, to taste defeat and have that only fuel the desire to come back, bigger, stronger, more skilled and better than ever. Talent is apparent, it is visible in sports, you can see talent and you can measure it. Do you knock a college basketball prospect with immense talent for being stuck in a weak conference where they can make the opposition look bad? Do you declare a MLB pitcher who throws a no-hitter against another team as overrated because the other team isn’t the best? No.

This weekend I eagerly await watching Alistair Overeem ply his trade against another incredible fighter in Fabricio Werdum, with the winner being the better man that night, both with bright futures. Talent is apparent in both, with Werdum being an incredible MMA BJJ practitioner who has worked to improve his stand up while Overeem is a decorated submission grappler in his own right and easily the most decorated kickboxer alive right now. Both men will go to war, looking to move on to the next round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. What is sad is that most MMA fans and pundits won’t be seeing this fight for what it is, but will instead see two non-UFC Heavyweights involved in a pointless exercise of tedium that might involve an entertaining fight.

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I'm in awe. Open workouts are a rather humdrum event for everyone involved; the media who have to film it, the fighters who have to pretend to work out and the promoters who have to schedule these events and rent out space for them. Josh Barnett has not fought in the United States in well over two years. In light of that, Barnett has fought in Japan and Australia, while participating in Antonio Inoki-sponsored professional wrestling events in Japan. Barnett has a long history of professional wrestling, from when he was fighting in Pancrase in Japan he signed with New Japan Pro Wrestling as well as participated in Kiyoshi Tamura's U-Style AXIS event that featured "Shoot-Style" Pro Wrestling.

Well, to say that Barnett has a lot of pent up frustration and has a point to prove in his first fight back in the United States is an understatement. Barnett has been the butt of the joke with the media for years now, his name dragged through the mud, so when he has to go through what is a rather pointless exercise, he chose to do something for himself as well as cut an incredible promo. Watch. [source]

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The Voice Versus Badr Hari debuts on June 25th as Badr Hari will bare all to Michael Schiavello on HDnet. As we lead into the event, thankfully we have yet another preview to watch. Watch as Schiavello talks about possibly feeling remorse for brutally knocking out his opponents, and if you have seen Badr Hari interviews in the past, you'll know what to expect.

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