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It's Showtime Japan News and Notes

STJIt's Showtime Japan held a press conference today, where they formally announced It's Showtime Japan's "Countdown" show schedules, the shows will be split with REBELS Muay Thai events as well as M-1 shows in Japan. The schedule looks as such

July 18 (Mon) REBELS Differ Ariake

August 28 (Sunday) Festival Shinzyuku Huziwara FACE

September 11 (Sun) M-1 Differ Ariake

Oct 23 (Sun) REBELS Differ Ariake

November 13 (Sun) M-1 Differ Ariake

Dec. 23 (Fri.) Huziwara Korakuen Hall Festival

On top of that, two feature bouts for the first event on July 18th have been announced, which is headlined by Giorgio Petrosyan vs. HINATA at 70kgs.

65kg It's Showtime Championship Challenger Bout: Mosab Amrani vs. Chi-Bin Lim.

61kg It's Showtime Rules: Genki Yamamoto vs. Kan Itabashi

We'll have more on It's Showtime Japan as the Countdown-1 event approaches. [source]

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Jerome Le Banner Decisions Stefan Leko in Geneva

lebannerToday in Geneva, Switzerland two legends of kickboxing fought it out for the ISKA Kickboxing World Super Heavyweight Title. The two had fought before in 2001 with JLB taking a unanimous decision over 5 rounds.

Today was no different, as Le Banner won a decision over 5 rounds to become the new ISKA Kickboxing World Super Heavyweight Champion. One notable difference in this fight was that the rounds were only 2 minutes. It's still a good win for Le Banner, who could seemingly retire at any moment. Leko is past his prime but 2 wins over him is very good for his already wide resume.

Also on the card, Frank Munoz took on Nicolas Wamba and lost a 5 round decision.

Thanks to FightNews for the results.

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Mark "Fightshark" Miller Joins Team Golden Glory

Mark MillerAfter a lot of hard work and years of anticipation, Mark "Fightshark" Miller made his successful return to he ring a few weeks ago. It was a historic comeback if there ever was one, with Miller landing a big hook to Nikolaj Falin in three seconds, the ref finally calling the fight at around 8 seconds, with Miller scoring the fastest KO of his career after sitting out of action for years. It is safe to say that the team at Golden Glory took notice of Mark Miller after that fight, and there were a lot of hopes pinned on the back of Miller.

American Kickboxing has been all-but-ruled dead by many, without any new, big stars being made in years. The United States is talked about in a joking tone when the topic of kickboxers comes up, as there are some Muay Thai fighters who compete on a high level, but the only Kickboxer to see success has been Mighty Mo, who actually comes from American Samoa which is off the coast of Australia. So there were hopes on the shoulders of Miller beyond making his heroic return, but for American Kickboxing as a whole.

When Golden Glory contacted him last week about possibly joining the team, it was like a dream come true. Golden Glory is one of the elite teams in the kickboxing world, who have never had an American kickboxer in their midst. The only American to ever be a part of the team was Heath Herring, who was never able to achieve the level of success that any of them wanted, and Herring proves to be one of only two fighters that in twelve years that has left the team, ever. Mark signed himself to Golden Glory just days ago and we've been waiting for an official announcement, which Martijn de Jong made this morning, officially welcoming Miller to one of the most elite teams in the world.

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