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It's Showtime Continues Global Expansion Into Australia

It's ShowtimeTo become a global kickboxing promotion, you have to promote all over the world. That includes going to some of the true hotbeds of the sport, which includes Western European countries and countries in the Pacific. For It's Showtime, they have most of Europe covered, with relationships spanning most of the major European countries, from their home in the Netherlands to Italy, the UK, Belgium, France and Poland. Hell, they are even running a show in Russia. Japan is currently in a state of turmoil, and is probably not safe for any outsider to be doing business in, especially with It's Showtime's relationship with K-1, which leaves a Muay Thai and Dutch kickboxing haven of Australia.

Well, say no more, as today on It's Showtime's Simon Rutz's Facebook page, Rutz indicated that within the next month they should have details ironed out for an Australian show. Rutz indicated that he had his sights set on Canberra or Sydney to run a show, but has no promotional partner of late. If you've wondered about It's Showtime's international shows, you'll notice that another person or entity will "present" It's Showtime shows. The last show was presented by promotional company Fighting Stars and their big France show is hosted by famous international kickboxer Kader Marouf.

It's Showtime's expansion plans are smart; they work with local names and form strong alliances with them to make doing business in foreign countries easier. You'll notice that the name Fighting Stars pops up often when it comes to It's Showtime, as they have strong bonds. That is what they look for in promoting kickboxing (American kickboxing promoters, are you listening to this? If you want to work with Rutz contact us and we'll hook you up).

A show in Australia would be a very good idea, as Australia is known for having some great kickboxing and muay thai talent due to its location, being in close proximity to Thailand and having strong European influences throughout the nation. There are a few high profile names from Australia that still compete today; Ben Edwards, Peter Graham, Nathan Corbett, Paul Slowinski and John-Wayne Parr. For a nation not Thailand, Japan or the Netherlands, that is a high concentration of strong names and there are plenty more within the Australian scene.

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July 30: John Wayne Parr vs. Vuyisile Colossa

Colossa vs. ParrThe next fight on the 2011 John Wayne Parr farewell circuit has been announced - on July 30 Parr will face Vuyisile Colossa.  The fight will be the main event at Capital Punishment 4 in Canberra.

Colossa is perhaps a bit of a surprise as most were expecting Parr's final fights to be against old rivals, such as his May 28 fight with Mike Zambidis.  But Colossa will make for an excellent opponent.  Those who have been following us since our HKL days know we have been covering Vusi since last year's shocking upset win over Yodsaenklai Fairtex - ending Yod's two year undefeated streak.  Since then, Colossa has won a Wu Ling Feng world championship in China, competed at the prestigious Muay Thai King's Cup (where he lost to Yodsaenklai), and started his MMA career with a record of 3-1.  He's a busy fighter who takes challenges in all sorts of different styles, but he will need to be focused here to defeat Parr.  The Gunslinger may be facing retirement, but he's still a relevant factor in the Middleweight scene, and will be a tough challenge for the younger Colossa.  Should make for a great fight.

Also announced for the card: 2010 K-1 Oceania champion Ben Edwards will compete in the semi-main event.  His opponent is not yet announced.  Check out more details at TheScienceof8Limbs.

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Tatsuya Kawajiri Prepares for Strikeforce with Yuya Yamamoto

Crusher/YuyaIn April, Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez squares off with Japanese powerhouse Tatsuya Kawajiri. This is a big fight for Kawajiri and for fans of Japanese MMA, as Gilbert Melendez absolutely crushed Shinya Aoki last year in Strikeforce, sending every website's Lightweight Rankings into disarray.

For Kawajiri, it is a big fight as he will get introduced to a wider American audience, and is coming off of a big win over former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson. Kawajiri brings an entirely different skillset to the table than Aoki, including a very strong wrestling and judo game with good takedowns and the ability to hold down and pound out opponents. On top of that, he also possesses formidable stand up skills. While Shinya Aoki was taken down at will and kept at bay by Melendez's hands, with Kawajiri it will be a whole different ballgame.

It turns out that Crusher isn't just doing his normal training for this fight, he is training with K-1 MAX and KRUSH competitor, Yuya Yamamoto. Yamamoto is best known to recent fans as the guy that Petrosyan absolutely annihilated in 2009. Outside of that, Yamamoto is a strong fighter and does have some good ability on top of heavy hands. [source]

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The Reem is Back

Remember the awesome online documentary based on the life and times of Alistair Overeem? Well, apparently it did so well that there will be a second round of online documentaries based on Overeem coming soon. With Alistair's next fight looking to be in June for Strikeforce, expect training videos leading into the fight and more coming up shortly. Until then? There is a teaser (there is always a teaser). [source]

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