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Photo of the Day: Jerome Le Banner Trains With Wanderlei Silva and Anderson Silva

Lots of professional MMA fighters have gotten the itch to bring over high level Kickboxers into their camps over the past year. Well, it appears that Jerome Le Banner is finally getting the call and is in the United States. He keeps good company. JLB has apparently been training at KINGS MMA now with Rafael Cordiero. It feels like Chute Boxe all over again, go figure. Maybe Jerome Le Banner is training for a fight in December at GENKI DESUKA!, even. We went ahead and asked him as soon as the show was announced, and he said that he is definitely onboard if they want him.



Photo of the Day: Mike Zambidis and Batu Khasikov Face Off Before Their Fight Tomorrow

Mike Zambidis and Batu Khasikov will clash tomorrow in Moscow, Russia in a fight that has been heavily anticipated in Russia. The fight has received a lot of attention in the media and will be broadcast on TV channel Rossiya 2 in Russia and will be streamed live for 6.95 Euros on

This will be the biggest fight of Batu Khasikov's career, coming off a huge upset over Albert Kraus in April. Khasikov looks to have been training hard for this fight and I have no doubt he'll put up a tough fight for Zambidis. A win for Khasikov here would skyrocket him into the talks of top kickboxers among fans and would definitely increase demand to see him fight more top fighters.

Mike Zambidis is coming off a win last month over Danila Utenkov in Cyprus, which was essentially a tune-up for this fight. "Zambo" should be in tip top shape and I envision this as a really close fight.


It's Showtime: Brazillian Event in 2012, December 17 Event Postponed

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Today It's Showtime released the news that in 2012, they would be expanding outside of Europe to hold an event in Brazil. The event is signed and set for November 10, 2012 in the capital, Sao Paolo. It's Showtime also said that there will be an event in Brazil every year for the next four years, showing that they're committed to that market. With the UFC's recent major success in Brazil, It's Showtime sees an opportunity for combat sports to prosper in Brazil and have jumped right in the fold.

I'm not going to take any guesses on how the event will do or how it will be supported by Brazil, but much like their other events, It's Showtime will probably partner with a local company or promotion to help with the event. Having Brazillian fighters on the event is a must too. It was apparent at UFC Rio that the Brazillian fans were mostly there for the Brazillian fighters, not seeming to care much about the lone fight on the card without a Brazillian in Yves Jabouin vs. Ian Loveland. Names that come to mind are Ewerton Teixeira, Anderson "Braddock" Silva, Fabiano Aoki and Danilo Zanolini. Throwing local fighters on the undercard would be a good idea too.

Along with the news that It's Showtime is headed to Brazil, they also announced that they're deep in negotiations to hold an events in Australia and Japan next year, around July and August. Simon Rutz has mentioned Australia before, saying that It's Showtime would be there in 2013 but they must see an opportunity to get there sooner. For Japan, It's Showtime Japan was made earlier in the year and has held countdown events with REBELS. I'm sure that It's Showtime wouldn't have much trouble teaming with a local promotion to hold an event there.

Last but not least, it was announced that the December 17 show in Amsterdam has been cancelled. It's Showtime's official explanation of the situation:

Our event which was scheduled for December 17 in Amsterdam will be postponed, because as of this month, we are obliged to request a permit in Amsterdam. Because the handling of a request for such a permit can take several weeks, we can’t take the risk that the permit will be denied, as TV contracts would already be signed and the fighters would have trained for nothing. For next year we have enough time to request these permits.

The event had Chris Ngimbi vs Giorgio Petrosyan scheduled for the It's Showitme 70MAX World Title and Mosab Amrani said he was supposed to fight for a world title, which I'd assume would be It's Showtime's 65MAX one.

To view the full press release, you can find it here on It's Showtime's website.


Kosuke Komiyama vs Sergio Wielzen Set for RISE 85

The already stacked RISE 85: RISE Heavyweight Tournament 2011 card on November 23rd has gained another strong fight, as RISE announced that Super Featherweight champion Kosuke Komiyama will take on former It's Showtime 61kg champion Sergio Wielzen in a super fight. Komiyama is currently riding a 5-fight win streak, capturing the RISE title from Kan Itabashi at RISE 74 back in February. Komiyama also has a pair of fights in K-1, defeating Takehiro Murahama and losing a razor thin split-decision to Keiji Ozaki in the first round of the K-1 2010 63kg tournament that I felt he won. Komiyama recently called out Krush 60kg champion Hirotaka Urabe, but was shot down pretty disrespectfully by Urabe, so that could eventually turn into something. A win here could earn Komiyama a slot in a Japan qualifying tournament for next year's FIKA tournament should they follow through with their 63kg weight class. Wielzen has been very active as of late, as he fought Kanongsuk Weerasakreck back in September in what turned out to be an exhibition after Kanongsuk came in overweight, as well as fighting at the W5 Grand Prix in Moscow, defeating Ruslan Tozliyan by decision. Wielzen also has a fight set for next weekend at It's Showtime 53 against Carlos Reyes, who holds a win over current It's Showtime 61kg champ Javier Hernandez.

This fight joins the RISE Heavyweight tournament as well as the long-awaited Erika Kamimura vs RENA fight to become the first Queen of RISE, a battle for the vacant RISE Bantamweight title between Dyki and Kenji Kubo and RISE Super Lightweight champion Koji Yoshimoto in a super fight.{jcomments on}


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