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Heavyweight (Per 4/15)
1. Rico Verhoeven
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Tyrone Spong
5. Peter Aerts
6. Errol Zimmerman up
7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

Light HW (per 4/15)
1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

Middleweight (per 4/15)
1. Wayne Barrett
2. Joe Schilling
3. Artem Levin
4. Steven Wakeling
5. Franci Grajs

Welterweight (per 4/15)
1. Nieky Holzken 
2. Joseph Valtellini 
3. Simon Marcus
4. Marc de Bonte
5. Aussie Ouzgni

 

70kg (Per 4/15)
1. Davit Kiriaup
2. Andy Ristiedown
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Giorgio Petrosyandown
5. Murthel Groenhart
6. Buakaw Banchamek
7. Dzhabar Askerov
8. Ky Hollenbeckup
9. Aikprachaup
10. Enriko Kehlup

65kg (per 1/20)
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

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This weekend saw three fights take place that should be of interest to kickboxing fans, and as it turns out, all 3 are already available online.  As always, we'll have a weekend recap posted tomorrow, but before that goes up, here is footage of the weekend's fights.  If you don't yet know the results, and want to watch before being spoiled, this is the place to do it.  Tomorrow we will post an article with the results and news from the weekend (though we'll keep the headline spoiler-free).  For now, watch, and enjoy!

NATHAN CORBETT (red) vs. PIOTR LEPICH (blue), Domination 6

KHEM SITSONGPEENONG (red) vs. PRAKYSIANG SIT OR (blue), Isuzu Thai Fight qualifying tournament semi-final

SERGEI KHARITONOV vs. FILIP HRGOVIS (Boxing)

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Some of you may have noticed changes to the scheduled lineup of the Isuzu Tournament at the end of the groups phase. In February, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee from Group A and Thepsutin Pumpanmuang from Group B were barred from the tournament for breaking contract stipulations by fighting outside of Thailand during the duration of the tournament, similar to what happened to Cosmo Alexandre with It's Showtime.

We ended up seeing Nopparat Keatkhamtorn vs Antoine Siangboxing and Dernchonlek Sor Sor Niyom vs Diesellek Top King Boxing. Both the original tournament competitors ended up winning their fights, Nopparat by a very close decision and Dernchonlek by third round tko.

Prakaisaeng Sit-Or took a decision over Thanongdet Petpayatai, while Kem Sitsongpeenong knocked out Kongjak Sor Tuantong to close groups action.

The semi-finals concluded on the April 16. Matchmaking for the semi-finals was done by fan vote, which is an interesting innovation by the organizers, as these things are usually decided by the organizers or by the fighters themselves. Dernchonlek vs Nopparat took place on April 2nd. Nopparat took the decision despite Dernchonlek was a favorite to face Kem in the finals.

Kem Sitsongpeenong vs Prakaisaeng Sit-Or was originally scheduled for April 9, but was postponed due to Kem being sick. The match ended up happening on April 16 with Kem winning by round 4 tko.

This places Nopparat and Kem in the finals. Kem has to be the heavy favorite in this match-up since he's scored multiple KO victories over Nopparat, including one in the groups phase of this same Isuzu Tournament. If he wins this tournament, he will proceed to Thai Fight 2011 where he also likely will be a heavy favorite in a field of foreign fighters.

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Fight for JApanI feel like I get asked this question a few times a day now, and I'm not sure that it is unwarranted. Over the past few months we have all but stopped talking about K-1, and for good reason. K-1 has been anything but active, outside of Tanikawa putting pictures of cats on Twitter and telling people there will be a "press conference soon" and nothing happening. That has been the state of FEG over the course of 2011.

There have been enough rumors to choke a boa constrictor, but most of that is simply not worth getting worked up over or "reporting."

A few days ago, whatever is left of FEG held a press conference to make a big announcement. Many were excited, many spoke of secret meetings and last minute ideas, we yawned. When it comes to information coming out of Japan, you need to treat it as such; show me the money or it doesn't exist.

What was announced is that K-1, DREAM, DEEP, ZST, Pancrase, Jewels, Sustain (they promote Shooto), New Japan Kickboxing Federation, RISE, J-Network and KRUSH have decided to support the upcoming DREAM show to be held on May 29th under the guise of "Fight for Japan." That does not mean that it will be a giant co-promotional card, as you'll note a lot of those promotions are kickboxing-specific and DREAM is MMA. DREAM will hold the "DREAM Japan GP - 2011 Bantamweight Japan Tournament" on May 29th in the Saitama Super Hall Arena (the 7,000 seat hall behind the actual arena), more details on possible bouts from Nightmare of Battle.

The first week of May is when to expect a K-1 announcement, but right now it is expected there will be a June event, and that it'll either be MAX or -63kg, most likely -63kg Japan tournament. There should be "World" tournaments for MAX and -63kg and they plan to run events in China and Europe. It was confirmed that K-1 has no TV deal as of right now and they'll begin looking for one after they run events again.

Basically, don't expect too much from them, and until something is officially announced and we have a card, wait and see. [source]

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Second time sparring this week, and I’ve quickly become obsessed with this side of training. Working on technique is enjoyable, vital, and very helpful, but obviously not quite as satisfying as giving a test to what you’ve learned against an opponent – even if it is just sparring.

For my 2nd time through, I’ve noticed a few things about my burgeoning “style,” if you can even call it that. For one, I’m much more reliant on kicks than on punches. I think this comes from two things. For one, I just like fighters who kick more, and so that’s what I am more used to seeing. And two, for these light sparring sessions we don’t wear headgear. As a result, I’m not entirely comfortable throwing a punch at my partner just yet. Because my punching technique is still developing, I am not yet confident at both executing the punch properly, but at the same time pulling it a bit so that I don’t hit my partner fully. Seems like that’s a tricky line that I’m still trying to find. No worries though, as in the meantime, I’m improving my kicking speed, technique, and defense, and managed to land a number of clean leg kicks and push kicks this time, while also blocking kicks much more effectively.

Speaking of defense, this continues to be an area in need of work, especially where punches are concerned. When punches start coming in, I find it tough to keep my composure and cover up, and instead end up trying to block each individual punch – which only leaves my head exposed and gets me tagged. Been watching a lot of Remy Bonjasky, which helps. He’s very skilled at dropping his head, bringing his gloves in, and tucking in his elbows when the punches come in, while still firing back with kicks when there’s an opening. That’s what I’m aiming for. I also used this little Rob Kamen combo I found online, which worked for me as well.

Last thought for the day is a sort of philosophical training question I’ve been contemplating – what constitutes being a good training partner, particularly when drilling techniques? Is it helpful to just keep quiet and let your partner throw the combo? To give words of encouragement? If there’s something they could improve, do you speak up? How about movement, should I circle, so that they are working different angles? Of course, different people respond to different things, but it’s a good question to ask – not only in how you can best help your partner, but how they can best help you.

Any thoughts?

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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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 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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