|Heavyweight (Per 4/15)|
|Light HW (per 4/15)|
|Middleweight (per 4/15)|
|Welterweight (per 4/15)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 4/15)|
|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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|2.||Buakaw Por. Pramuk|
|11.||Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee|
|21.||John Wayne Parr
|25.||Robin van Roosmalen|
Welcome back to the LiverKick.com rankings. These rankings are an attempt to break down the top 25 fighters in two different weight classes - Heavyweight, for fighters above the 77kg limit, and Middleweight, for fighters at the 70-72.5kg limit. Our rankings are based on in-ring accomplishments and recent wins and loses. We hope they reflect where these fighters currently stand, although we recognize that all rankings are inherently subjective.
Unlike the Heavyweight division, the Middleweights continue to see a lot of action - there just wasn't much of it since our last rankings. Khem Sitsongpeenong snuck up a spot with a win in Thailand, while Robin van Roosmalen made it into the rankings at #25, but that's it for changes. No worries, as there's some excellent matchmaking around the corner.
April's big MW fight will come on the 23rd at Shootboxing as #3 Andy Souwer faces #5 Yoshihiro Sato. Any clash between two top 5 fighters is worth taking note of, and this will be a good one.
Also in April, #19 Khem Sitsongpeenong vs. Prakaisaeng in the Isuzu Thai Fight qualifying tournament semi-final, and #20 Yuya Yamamoto vs. MMA's Akihiro Gono in Krush. Hopefully we'll also get some news on the delayed Krush 70kg tournament as well, as it will be interesting to see who makes their way into that field given the lack of K-1 MAX options at the moment.
Looking ahead, we will be gifted with a glut of major Middleweight fights in May. Some of the May highlights include #1 Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Chahid Oulad El Hadj, #4 Artur Kyshenko vs. #6 Nieky Holzken, #7 Mike Zambidis vs. #21 John Wayne Parr, #17 Chris Ngimbi's first It's Showtime title defense, #18 Mohammed Khamal vs. #25 Robin van Roosmalen, plus #2 Buakaw, #11 Sudsakorn, and #14 Saiyok all in action at the France Thai Fight show. That's a lot of big fights, so start clearing your schedule.
One final note - the big 70kg event remains the It's Showtime July 23 tournament with #1 Giorgio Petrosyan, #3 Andy Souwer, #5 Yoshihiro Sato, #9 Murat Direkci, #12 Gago Drago, #17 Chris Ngimbi and #23 Dzhabar Askerov. Winner of that will easily claim the #1 spot - the only question is, can anyone take the crown away from the Doctor?Add a comment
FightstarTV is one of the few websites that brings fresh, unique video content from the world of Dutch kickboxing, and never to disappoint, they walked through the opening of Peter Aerts' new gym in the Netherlands where the Dutch Lumberjack has vowed to help other fighters train and learn proper technique.
Watch as Mr. K-1 gives a guide through his new gym including the upstairs with a juice bar and a balcony overlooking the gym floor. [source]
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Last week's question: What was the March Fight of the Month?
43% - Hesdy Gerges vs. Daniel Ghita
30% - Andy Souwer vs. L'houcine Ouzgni
14% - Other
9% - Khem vs. Kongjak
5% - Sergio Wielzen vs. Karim Bennoui
This week we offer a pretty straight-forward question, but one I am definitely interested in seeing the response to.
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Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima is, as we all know, a very colorful fighter. Outside of his power and skill he comes to the ring in cosplaying costumes, much to the derision to some in the West and some at home, but it is hard to argue with his successes in the ring, especially over the past year. He announced earlier in the year his intention to step into the pro wrestling ring, namely of Zero-One MAX. Zero-One MAX for the uninitiated was the brain child of former New Japan Pro Wrestling owner, and one of the true god father's of MMA, Antonio Inoki's grand scheme to meld Mixed Martial Arts and Professioal Wrestling together, blurring the lines even further.
It started when it's chosen leader, Shin'ya Hashimoto was "shamed" into retirement by defeats from a MMA invasion of sorts by way of Olympic Judoka and MMA fighter Naoya Ogawa. At the time, due to Inoki and NJPW blurring the lines between wrestling and MMA, Hashimoto was "defending" his "sport" against MMA and was booked to lose, quickly. This pushed for the formation of a new promotion specifically for the two men and has since continued on after the death of Hashimoto.
Nagashima's opponent on 5/5/2011 will be none other than one of Hashimoto's former students and former Shooto fighter Kohei Sato. Sato started off in Shooto's amateur program, becoming a champion in their amateur ranks before moving up and having a few professional fights before entering professional wrestling.
All of this is a primer so you'll understand that Sato has a legitimate martial arts background and that his professional wrestling matches tend to look more like worked MMA bouts than anything else. His matches look more like submission grappling exhibitions than what you'll see on a standard WWE program. Video after the break, with Sato being the one in the kickpads.
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