|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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Over at Dutch forum Mixfight.nl there is news of a new card featuring some high-end fights. No name or organization known, but the show takes place June 18 in Rotterdam. In the main event, it will be the #5 ranked Gokhan Saki vs. Sergei Lascenko. Saki's last fight was his United Glory semi-final victory over Wendell Roche, and before the Lascenko fight, he'll also face Brice Guidon in the UG finals May 21. Good to see The Rebel staying so active despite the overall lack of options for Heavyweight fighters at the moment.
This marks Lascenko's first high profile opponent since losing to Freddy Kemayo at last year's K-1 Europe GP. One of the potential break-out K-1 Heavyweights of 2009, Lascenko has seen his career stall out somewhat over the past year. Since the Kemayo loss, he's gone 1-2, and is coming off a win over Vasile Popovici. One interesting aspect to this fight is that Lascenko has recently been in the news a bit as he has made the transition to Mike's Gym, where he has been working as the sparring partner to Badr Hari. Hari vs. Saki is a fight that has come up more than once recently, and is one I wouldn't be surprised to see sooner than later. Seeing his training partner face off against Saki will certainly be informative for Hari and the team at Mike's Gym.
The other highlight of the card is an 8 man K-1 rules tournament. Participants include the #20 ranked Anderson "Braddock" Silva, Wendell Roche, Utley Mariana, Dennis Stolzenbach, Tommy van Wijngaarden, Philip van der Linde, Nicolai Vallin, and one more fighter TBD. I'd call Silva the favorite here, with Roche 2nd.
Rounding out the card are two MMA fights: Djamil Chan vs. Thomas Wichmann, and Tugrul Okay vs. Eric Paulo.Add a comment
Initially I was going to post a highlight reel that went up on Mixfight of ten of the top K-1 knockouts in history, and while that is good in theory, if you are coming to LiverKick.com on a regular basis, this is stuff that you should already have in your pocket somewhere. If not, well, have at it. Our good friend Jill puts together some rather awesome highlight packages once in a while, and on occasion when I actually check my Tumblr account I see them and think that the world needs to see them.
All Japan Kickboxing Federation had a very rich history until its untimely death in 2009, while still making sure to keep us happy by splintering off into the KRUSH events that we know and love today. AJKF gave us a lot of top Japanese stars, so why not reflect on it?
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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
Karim Bennoui def. Sergio Wielzen, 4-1 Decision to win the It's Showtime 61kg World TitleAdd a comment
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.