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Thai Fight Extreme Japan, August 7 - Full Card + Promo Video


Thai Fight Extreme is back with another show, after their show in China last month. Once again, many great Thai fighters are featured on the card like Buakaw, Yodsanklai, Sudsakorn just to name a few. It's nice to see some of the top fighters in the world fight often and Thai Fight Extreme is giving them many opportunities to do so.

You'll also see that MMA fighter Akihiro Gono is on the card. He won a four man tournament to become Japan's representative for Thai Fight's tournament at -70kg, which will take place later in the year. This time though, he's fighting at 75kg and against none other than Yohan Lidon. Lidon is a veteran of the muay thai scene and recently won the It's Showtime 73MAX World Title. It'll be a very, very tough test for Gono and if he won it would be a massive upset. Gono has fought and lost to Yuya Yamamoto, but Lidon is on a whole other level, especially with this being under muay thai rules.

Another interesting fight not involving any Thais is Yuya Yamato vs. Fabio Pinca. The two fought at the Thai Fight event in May in Pinca's home country of France. Yamato opened up Pinca with an elbow and won the fight on a cut stoppage. Pinca was noticeably angry and in his next fight at the last Thai Fight event, he came out and completely destroyed his opponent Ding Ning of China. Pinca looked determined as ever and I have no doubt he'll come into this fight wanting nothing more but revenge.

Here's the full fight card below:

-67kg: Saiyok Phunphanmuang VS Koh Suman

-70kg: Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee VS Tomoyuki

-75kg: Yohan Lidon VS Akihiro Gono

-73kg: Yodsenklai Fairtex VS Yasuhito Shirasu

-70kg: Buakaw Por Pramuk VS Tomaki Makino

-67kg: Fabio Pinca VS Yuya Yamato

-70kg: Adil Kodja VS Yoichi Yamazaki

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MuayThai Premier League Announces Full Card for Inaugural Sept. 2 Event

The MuayThai Premier League has had a busy last few weeks, making many announcements. Now, just under a month away from their inaugural event on September 2, they've announced the full card - and it's a great one.

We'll start with the non-league bouts first. Buakaw Por. Pramuk takes on Warren Stevelmans for the WMC title at 154lbs/69.9kg. Buakaw has already fought three times this year, winning them all and he has another fight on August 7 in Japan for Thai Fight Extreme. Stevelmans is coming off of two straight wins over Mohammed Medhar and Zeben Diaz. Also at 154lbs/69.9kg, Baxter Humby takes on Zidov Dominick for the WMC Intercontinental Title at the weight.

In the league portion, the middleweight (160lbs/72.5kg) division gets kicked off with Yodsaenklai Fairtex taking on Yohan Lidon in a rematch of their fight in 2008, which Lidon lost by TKO in the second round. Marco Pique and Nieky Holzken will also battle it in the middleweight league portion. Some great fights for the first event.

Other league bouts include Artem Levin vs. Roberto Cocco at Light Heavyweight (182lbs/82.5kg), Nathan Corbett vs. Tomas Hron at Heavyweight (210lbs/95kg).

Here's the full fight card below, which features many more great fights:

Non-League Bouts:

Buakak Por.Pramuk (THA) vs. Warren Stevelmans (RSA) - WMC World Title Fight
Baxter Humby (USA) vs. Zidov Dominik (SUI) - WMC Intercontinental Title Fight

League Bouts:

 

Middleweight 160lb (72.5kg)
Group A - Yodsanklai Fairtex (THA) vs. Yohan Lidon (FRA)
Group B - Marco Pique (SRM) vs. Nieky Holzken (NED)

Women's Super Lightweight 140lb (63.5kg)
Group A - Valentina Shevchenko (PER) vs. Angelique Pitiot (FRA)
Group B - Julie Kitchen (UK) vs. Martina Jindrova (CZE)

Welterweight 147lb (66.7kg)
Group A - Mehdi Zatout (FRA) vs. Denis Schneidmiller (GER)
Group B - Bout TBA

Heavyweight 210lb (95kg)
Group A - Nathan Corbett (AUS) vs. Tomas Hron (CZE)
Group B - Martin Jahn (GER) vs. Filip Verlinden (BLG)

Light Heavyweight 182lb (82.5kg)
Group A - Simon Marcus (CAN) vs. TBA
Group B - Levin Artem (RUS) vs. Roberto Cocco (ITA)

Thanks to Muay Thai Authority for the news. [source]

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Krush Announces -63kg Under-22 "Supernova" Tournament

After successful tournaments at 55kg, 60kg, 63kg and 70kg, K-1 affiliate Krush has announced yet another tournament for the end of 2011 which could end up featuring some of the top fighters at 63kg. Similar to the K-1 Youth tournaments, Krush is presenting an under-22 "Supernova" tournament, as opposed to K-1's under-18 Koshien tournaments, a 16-man tournament with the round of 16 and quarterfinals taking place in October (possibly the 10th) and the semis and finals taking place some time thereafter(all articles say Friday September 12th, but that is obviously before the qualifying rounds, as well as September 12th not being a Friday. My best guess would be Saturday November 12th).

This tournament presents some interesting possible match-ups as there are quite a few of the top Japanese fighters at 63kg who are products of the Koshien system and are eligible for this tournament. From what I've seen, there is no indication if Krush will be looking for lesser-known fighters or if they will allow more established fighters into the tournament, so after the break, I'll look at some of the notable fighters who are eligible for the tournament.

 

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Errol Zimmerman vs. Nicolaj Falin Set For August 28 in Germany

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Errol Zimmerman and Nicolaj Falin are set to face off in Spergau, Germany on August 28 at the 4th Merseberger Fight Night event. German website groundandpound.de reported the news.

Originally scheduled to be Stefan Leko taking on Nicolaj Falin, Leko was forced out of the bout with injuries sustained from his recent loss to Catalin Morosanu last month. Errol Zimmerman is stepping in to replace the injured Leko.  Zimmerman must be chomping at the bit to fight, as he is coming off a cancelled fight in June. Before that, Zimmerman had won two fights so far this year, topping Zinedane Hameur Lain and Mourad Bouzidi in fights where he dominated the opposition. Zimmerman has made 2011 a successful year so far, unlike 2010 where he lost 3 fights, including a rather lackluster showing against Ewerton Teixeira.

Nicolaj Falin is coming off a first round knockout loss to Mark Miller in May at the United Glory Finals. Falin would definitely like to get back in the win column and doing it with a win over a highly regarded opponent like Zimmerman would most likely open some doors for the German.

Also on the card will be a one night, 4 man tournament featuring Alban Ahmeti, Omar Tekin, Fernando Groenhart and Baker Barakat.

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