|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
On May 14, Thai Fight Extreme will host a card in France. Not many details on this card yet, but the two big featured names (and they are indeed big ones) will be Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Yodsaenklai Fairtex. The way the promo video is set up, it seems to be implying that it will actually be Buakaw vs. Yodsaenklai, but as much as fans want that fight to happen, and as much as it honestly should happen, I highly doubt that's where the matchmaking will go. Look for both men to be paired against other opponents, and hopefully we'll see Buakaw against a foe who poses at least a moderate threat. Other names being tossed about for this show include Lumpinee champ Saiyok Pumpanmuang, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee, and 2010 Thai Fight champion Fabio Pinca, which would make for a fantastic overall card.
In other Thai Fight news, the round robin tournament to determine Thailand's 2011 Thai Fight representative continues at Omnoi Stadium in Bangkok. Things have become a bit muddy and confusing here, as Sudsakorn established himself as the tournament favorite, but was then kicked out of the tournament for taking a fight with Giorgio Petrosyan in January. Now, Khem Sitsongpeenong is looking like the favorite again, despite having been defeated by Sudsakorn earlier in the tournament. Up next for Khem is Prakaisaeng Sit O in the semi-final on April 16. A win there puts him into the finals, likely against Nopparat Kiatkumthorn, who Khem defeated once already earlier in the tournament.
Promo video for May 14:
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Full results are in for today's It's Showtime Brussels card. In the main event, Karim Bennoui scored a mild upset, defeating Sergio Wielzen for the IS 61kg title via decision. Good, action packed bout here, and with that win Bennoui becomes the second 61kg champ. Sadly, Wielzen's run never seemed to take off - we'll see if the largely unknown Bennoui can bring some recognition to this fledgling division.
Marat Grigorian scored an impressive win over Severiano Rijssel, earning a TKO in the 2nd round. This is exactly the kind of strong showing Grigorian needed as he looks ahead to his IS 73kg title fight with Yohan Lidon in May.
In the opening bout, Evgeniy Kurovskoy was victorious via unanimous decision against Andre Grigorian. As we mentioned earlier today, Kurovskoy is entered in the huge IS 70kg tournament coming out of Russia in July. That tournament is absolutely stacked, and Kurovskoy will come in the heavy underdog, but it's good to see him get the win here against a very capable opponent.
Complete results are below, and we'll have more analysis and fall out in the coming days.
Evgeniy Kurovskoy def. Andre Grigorian, Unanimous Decision
Andy Ristie def. Nick Beljaards, KO Rd. 1
Lefterio Perego def. Sonny Dagraed, 4-1 Decision
Marat Grigorian def. Severiano Rijssel, TKO Rd. 2
Sahak Parparyan def. Marco Vlieger, 4-1 Decision
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We haven't heard much from Peter Aerts since the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix but that's not to say he hasn't been busy.
In this interview with FightStar TV, Peter talks about helping Andy Souwer open his new gym, Peter's own gym that is set to open next month, and the tragedy in Japan.
What I really found interesting is Mr. K-1's willingness to fight elsewhere in the world if K-1 won't be conducting their own shows. He is still clearly wanting to fight and has the passion to continue. As we saw in the semifinals of the WGP, Peter still has what it takes to compete at a high level.
Aerts also expresses his interest in fighting in Holland as it's been awhile since he's done so. According to WikiKick, Aerts last fought in Holland with a winning effort against Bob Sapp at the K-1 2007 Amsterdam WGP.
Can we say Peter Aerts fighting in Holland for It's Showtime in 2011? I'd love to see it!
Enjoy the video. It's always good to hear the booming voice of the Dutch Lumberjack, a true legend.
This weekend is show #2 in It's Showtime's 2011 season. Coming from Brussels, It's Showtime 47 takes place on Saturday. As always with It's Showtime, you can watch online for 10 Euro at Showtimefights.com. It's Showtime reports that all fighters have made weight and are set for the event.
This is a bit of a smaller show for It's Showtime, with less of the major international names they often feature, but it's still a good line-up, with a few fights in particular worth your time.
In the main event, It's Showtime 61kg champion Sergio Wielzen defends his title against Karim Bennoui. Wielzen won the belt last year, and closed the year with a successful defense against former Krush tournament champion Masahiro Yamamoto. He also holds wins over Anuwat and Mo Khamal, among others. Despite being an exciting fighter, he hasn't really grabbed the attention of It's Showtime fans yet - perhaps a big win here will help raise his profile.
Another notable fight features Marat Grigorian against Severiano Rijssel. Grigorian is It's Showtime president Simon Rutz's pick for the fighter to watch in 2011, and is already on tap to fight for the inaugural IS 73kg title at their May show in France. This is a good fight for him to gain some momentum, and a chance to introduce yourself to one of the names we may be talking about a lot as the year rolls on.
One last name to watch here is Evgeniy Kurovskoy. The Russian fighter will be taking part in the It's Showtime 70kg tournament later this year, which is looking like it will be the biggest MW event of 2011. Again, here's a good chance to get an early look at him in action.
The complete card is as follows:
Evgeniy Kurovskoy vs. Andre Grigorian (70kg)
Nick Beljaards vs. Andy Ristie (70kg)
Lefterio Perego vs. Sonny Dagraed (73kg)
Severiano Rijssel vs. Marat Grigorian (73kg)
Sahak Parparyan vs. Marco Vlieger (95kg)
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Back to training, and the key word for today: kicks. Right kick to the body, left kick to the body. Two right kicks, fast on top of each other. Two right kicks, switch, two left kicks. Working various manner of right/left combinations leads me to a few observations.
First, the ability to quickly switch stances and to control how you bring your leg down after a kick is huge. I admire that ability to look effortless in your switch to a south paw stance and immediately throw the left kick. I’m definitely not there yet, as I can execute the switch and kick, but it’s so deliberate and telegraphed that an opponent would see it coming a mile away and I would never get the kick off. But that’s what drills are for. The other aspect of this footwork that eludes me is bringing your foot back down in a different position then when you threw the kick. Example: throwing a left kick from the back leg, then bringing your left leg down in the lead position in order to immediately throw a right kick. This sounds obvious and simple, but there’s something about the weight distribution that I find very challenging. Perhaps I need to get all boxing style on it and work jump rope and things to get lighter on my feet. As with all of this training, it really makes you appreciate when you see someone like Giorgio Petrosyan who is an absolute master of footwork.
The other big question for me this week was finding the right balance between keeping your guard up and using your hands to help give you power when kicking. This is a tough line to find, and it’s one I recall The Voice discussing on more than one occasion during fights. Particularly for Muay Thai, there is a tendency to chop with your hand as you throw a kick in order to add some extra power and torque to the kick. And this is naturally what your body wants to do – try throwing a kick while covering your head and your hands will naturally drop to help push that kick through. But the downside is obvious – dropping that hand exposes the head, and against an opponent with good timing, this is an easy way to get yourself KO’d. So how do you find that balance? For me, the big thing I am working on in this area is simply getting the hand back up to guard as fast as possible, and maybe that’s the answer. But I’d be curious to hear from those more experienced if this is an area they think about at all.
Last kicking note – on a personal level, one thing I need to work on is my range. I’m pretty tall (6’4”) and want to use that height to my advantage, but I still haven’t figured out quite the right range for my kicks. As a result, I don’t always catch the pads just right, which throws me off balance, and frankly, just looks embarrassing. Got to keep at it and find that range.
Speaking of embarrassing – I suffered my first (very minor) injury today. Nothing bad, just a bruised or sprained or some word that is slightly less than broken, but still discolored and painful toe. And how did I get this injury? From improper technique on a kick? Better yet, from using so much power on the kick that my toe simply could not stand the force? Nope, I snagged it on the edge of the mat when dropping down for a push up. This is not exactly the kind of training injury I envisioned, and is unlikely to wow you with my dedication, but hey, I’m here to tell you what happened – even if it is a bit on the humiliating side. Now off to get some tape before next time.
Training Diary is a weekly series documenting my journey starting Muay Thai training. For more on this series, read the first entry here. I train at Conviction Fitness & Martial Arts, 4430 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL www.convictionfitness.com.
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