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Photo of the Day: Cosmo Alexandre Trains MMA With UFC Fighters Jon Jones and GSP

Yet another of the kickboxing/muay thai world is dipping his toes into the water of the MMA world, this time in the way of Cosmo Alexandre. As we've seen with Cosmo, he is immensely talented, hits hard and has incredible skill. If he learned how to sprawl and escape submissions he could be a force to be reckoned with in MMA, but of course, that takes years of preparation.

If you've been following Cosmo's exploits online, you've seen the mentions of him training for MMA, but here is the photographic proof of him training with some of the best (or at least posing with them). [source]

Cosmo with Jon Jones Cosmo with GSP
Cosmo/Jon Jones Cosmo/GSP
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Fight Code Budapest Fight Card

Fight CodeThe next big European fight card is only a few short weeks away, taking place on May 1st in Budapest, Hungary. The card will be promoted by dynamo fight promotion Fight Code, who much like It's Showtime and Ultimate GLORY have stepped up in 2011 as serious contenders in the realm of high-end kickboxing.

This is a continuation of Fight Code's "Dragon Series." The Dragon Series is Fight Code's 72.5kg tournament (primarily 70kg/MAX fighters), where we've seen such fighters as Yoshihiro Sato, Armen Petrosyan, Dzabar Askerov, Giorgio Petrosyan and Cosmo Alexandre participate.

Fight Code released the card for the event earlier in the week, and it is shaping up to look like a strong event.

Dragon Tournament Bouts

Halim Issaoui [Maroc] vs Simon Chu [United Kingdom]

Luka Tomic [Croatia] vs Norbert Balogh [Hungary]

Juri Bessmertny [Belarus] vs Selmedin Didic [Switzerland]

 

Non-Tournament Bouts

Vitaly Akhramenko [Belarus] vs Gyorgy Mihalik [Hungary]

Mladen Brestovac [Croatia] vs Tihamer Brunner [Hungary]

Corneliu "Coco" Rus [Romania] vs Freddy Kemayo [France]

 

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Krush Fan Fest This Weekend

KrushJapan's Krush organization has been planning a big 2011, with the culmination of four separate tournaments to crown the company's first ever champions.  Like everyone based out of Japan, their plans were greatly delayed by the tragedy there, but now, one month later, Krush is getting ready for their return.

The next Krush show will be the April 30 event, featuring the 55, 60, and 63kg finals.  That show was originally scheduled for March, but pushed back for obvious reasons.  Now, they've announced a fan fest to be held this Saturday in anticipation of the show.  These kind of fan fests are pretty common in Japan, and typically not much to take not of, but this one stands out for a few reasons.

At the fan fest, Krush will announce the first 6 fighters to compete in the 70kg tournament, which will begin on May 29.  Originally I had pegged this to be the weakest of the 4 Krush tournaments, with Yuya Yamamoto likely being the lone big name.  But considering K-1 MAX's lack of shows, it's entirely possible we'll see more ranked names taking part here.  I anticipate Yamamoto and Nashiro are locks, and would love to see Jienotsu and Sato in there as well.

Also taking place at the event will be quite a weird exhibition fight - in some form of tag team competition, it will be Kyotaro and Keiji Ozaki vs. Fire Harada and an opponent who will be announced that day.  Will this be kickboxing?  MMA?  Pro-wrestling?  Who knows, but with Fire Harada in there, it should be fun.  Bizarre, but fun.  And, if you ask me, these are the kind of things you have to love about the Japan combat sports scene - you're just not going to get that sort of thing anywhere else.

Finally, one more exhibition fight was announced between Naoki Ishikawa and Kensaku Maeda.  While Maeda's name may be unfamiliar, anyone who has watched much Japanese kickboxing in the last year will surely recognize him.  Maeda is the head of Team Dragon, and is the man always in the corner of Kyotaro, the Urabes, and the rest of the Dragon fighters.  Maeda has been retired from competition since 2002, but was a decorated fighter back in his day.  The exhibition will be just one 3 minute round.  Cool to hear that Maeda is getting back in there, although I wouldn't bet on getting to see any footage of the fight.

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It's Showtime Postpones Russia Show in July

It's ShowtimeKickboxing megapromotion It's Showtime has been a freight train in 2011, booking show after show and adding more and more big fights to these cards. So it comes almost as a shock to hear that one of their shows has been called off, and that the show was the one with an expected 8-man 70kg MAX tournament, featuring the biggest names in the world of kickboxing at that division.

According to It's Showtime management the show will go on, with the tournament pushed to a different location and possibly a different date. Knowing It's Showtime, they will find a suitable place for this mega-tournament.

The reason given for the show's cancellation is "political reasons." They also stated that they will book an event in Sochi, Russia in 2012, so it seems like there could be some unseen forces at play here. Political reasons could mean local licensing situations or television and sponsorship issues.

The card being pushed back and into a different location could mean there is a better location for the tournament as well. As this is complete conjecture at this point, there is a strong rumor that It's Showtime will push forward with their Amsterdam ArenA show in October or November. I, for one, couldn't think of a better place to put on a huge one-night tournament between some of the biggest stars in the sport than a giant arena.

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