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It's Showtime App Available for iPhone and Android

Social Media is a very big deal these days, keeping up with your fans, friends and peers has become a lot easier. Zuffa has even instituted a bonus program for UFC and Strikeforce fighters who use Twitter to intelligently promote themselves and their respective brands. With that comes the advent of the world of mobile computing and how smartphones have taken over the world of technology. I've spent the past four years of my life with some form of smartphone, from old Windows Mobile hunks of junk with a stylus, to ones that I was able to flash Android on via SD card (I'm a phone nerd, shoot me), to an array of Android phones (and an iPod Touch to stay in tune with the Apple world), from the HTC Hero, Moto Droid and Moto Droid X. I've always felt like the smartphone was the next step in technology that would be pivotal to society, probably the biggest leap forward since the internet.

While that might sound ridiculous to some, those are probably people who don't own a smartphone. There is a reason why people used to call BlackBerry phones "CrackBerries." Smartphones are addictive and keep you constantly connected to the world. My phones before smartphones were used for occasional phone calls and usually just text messaging and maybe a poorly hacked together email on a slow-as-molasses internet connection. Maybe I had 2 songs on the phone before it filled up. Now I use my phone for everything; it has a good selection of music on it, has a few movies for when I'm traveling, I have two applications for Twitter spread over three accounts, Facebook, the main way I check and send emails, I even have it synched up to my home laptop so I can access my entire music catalog on the go without having to worry about filling up my SD card. It is also the main way that I get news, as when I wake up every day I check a select few newsreader applications.

It's Showtime has thrown its hat into the ring into the world of mobile applications, targeting the two biggest platforms with the most market share. iPhone and Android have been neck-and-neck for a while now, if you stay up on mobile news you'll know that some reports are that Android has more activations a day but iPhone will have more web browsing and so on. Basically, if you have a smartphone you probably have an Android phone or an iPhone, that or you have a BlackBerry or Windows Phone through work. It's Showtime announced that they will support those two platforms in the future, though, so if you are an early adapter for Microsoft's latest OS or you can't let go of the glory days of BBOS you won't be left in the dust. If you have Palm, well, you bet on the wrong horse in the race, but man that OS sure is pretty.

This is a great move, after announcing expansion into the United States with the HDnet deal it is incredible timing. It is a basic newsfeed application with tabs on the bottom to each section. The sections are News, Video, Chat (a message board-like thing), Photos, Agenda and Settings. The first few are self-explanatory, the agenda shows the upcoming schedule and Settings allows you to link in your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. So yes, you can have your Badr Hari videos on the go.

So go ahead and grab it now, for iPhone on the iTunes Store, or on the Android Market.

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This Week in Kickboxing: It's Showtime and SuperKombat on May 21st

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Like this past Saturday, May 21st is another big day for kickboxing with many big names and highly ranked fighters competing.

Just a week after the huge card in Lyon, It's Showtime is heading back home to Amsterdam and putting on a great card on May 21st. While the card may not feature the same star power that this past week's card had, it's guaranteed to be just as action packed if not more exciting. It's Showtime gives many great fighters that you may not have heard of to get a chance to shine on the big stage.

In the main event, Hesdy Gerges makes his return after another short stint in prison to face Englishman Chris Knowles. In the co-main event, Robin van Roosmalen, a rising star of kickboxing takes on Mohammed Khamal. This is a rematch of their fight from 2010 where Khamal won by knockout in the first round. This fight is almost guaranteed to be a fight of the year candidate. Expect fireworks. There's also a title fight for the vacant It's Showtime 85MAX World Title. Sahak Parparyan will be taking on Amir Zeyada, who is moving up from 77kg for the belt. And before that, Mohammed Medhar, who recently beat Gago Drago in December will be fighting Hafid el Boustati in what should be another action packed -70kg fight. Don't sleep on this card, it will most likely be better than the Lyon card.

For the full card, click here.

Now we head to Bucharest, Romania on May 21st for the SuperKombat World Grand Prix I. A 4 man heavyweight tournament will be taking place featuring Dzevad Poturak, Sergei Lascenko, Roman Kleibl and Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Rico Verhoeven will be fighting American Justice Smith in the reserve bout. Romanian K-1 veteran Sebastien Ciobanu will be taking on Ratislav Talarovic in a heavyweight super fight. The biggest name on the card, Albert Kraus will be fighting Romanian Marius Tita in a -71.8kg super fight. Right before the heavyweight tournament final, rising Romanian star Bogdan Stoica will be fighting in a Wako-Pro -88.68 kg Intercontinental Title Match against Frenchman Pacome Assi. SuperKombat is formerly known as Local Kombat. They've changed their name to SuperKombat because of their big pursuits that they're now taking into the kickboxing game, trying to have big cards with big name fighters and becoming one of the biggest promotions in Europe.

For the full card, click here.

There's also another heayweight tournament on May 21st in Contrexeville, France. This one is an 8 man tournament including full Thai rules with the most notable name being Tyrone Spong's next opponent, Spaniard Loren Javier Jorge.

Overall, another good week to look forward to for kickboxing. Be on the lookout for news, analysis and stories throughout the week

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Scope Out UFC's Stefan Struve Training With Daniel Ghita and Dirty Bob

If you are going to train, you might as well train with the very best, and that is exactly what Stefan Struve is doing for his upcoming fight. A lot of newer fans might not know of the name Dirty Bob Schrijber, but he is a legend of sorts. Bob is a legendary kickboxer from the Netherlands, and one of the more notable transitions into the world of MMA from the Netherlands. His nickname comes from the fact that, well, he has been known to fight a little dirty. From an Axe Kick to the head of a downed Daijiro Matsui in PRIDE to "changing the oil" of a few opponents (I'm not explaining that, google it). Dirty Bob started off strong, but was one of the fighters that come the turn-of-the-century found himself older and at a serious disadvantage when it comes to grappling and reach.

He has been training Stefan Struve for UFC for a while now, and in AFAV's latest video documenting UFC star Stefan Struve's training camp there is a special appearance from K-1 and It's Showtime fighter Daniel Ghita to help drill his stand up. Check it out.

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Watch the Mark Fightshark Miller Return Hype Video

Mark Miller comes back to the ring after heart surgery on May 28th in Moscow, Russia for The Glory World Series event. There he will be facing Nikolaj Falin, an accomplished Heavyweight Kickboxer in his own right, while the world will be able to view it. The Glory World Series will air in over 90 countries worldwide, including the United States on HDnet on June 17th. If you aren't already hyped up, this will help. Spread this around, post it onto your Facebook, post it on Twitter, email it to your friends. Get the word out that Mark Miller is coming back.

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