|Heavyweight (Per 4/15)|
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|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 4/15)|
|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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Here is a fight from last weekend that slipped under the radar: It's Showtime 77kg champion Artem Levin vs. WBC Muay Thai World Light Heavyweight champion Kaoklai Kaennorsing. The fight was 5 rounds, full Muay Thai rules for Kaoklai's WBC title and took place at an event in Russia.
Levin came in off a career best year in 2010 that saw him quickly rise up the ranks. In the last year, Levin claimed both the It's Showtime title and the Gold medal at the SportAccord Combat Games. Along the way he defeated two men who could each make a solid claim for being #1 at 77kg: Yodsaenklai Fairtex and L'houcine Ouzgni. He's on a 12 fight win streak, and has to be considered the top man at 77kg at this point.
Kaoklai is a Muay Thai legend who K-1 fans may best know for his surprising 2004/2005 K-1 Grand Prix runs. He's in the twilight of his superb career, although he did put together a 5-0 record in 2010 and is not yet completely finished.
Analysis after the jump.
Now that we know Badr Hari is returning to action against Tony Gregory for It's Showtime on May 14th, I thought this would be a good time to show one of my all-time favorite fights. When you read that either Badr or Ruslan will be involved in a fight, it's sure to be exciting. Put them both in the same ring and you get fireworks.
In their first meeting, Ruslan knocked out Badr with a right hand in the early stages of the first round. Although they would rematch just five months later, it must have seemed like an eternity for the mighty Moroccan as he surely had revenge on his mind. Badr came into this contest riding a two-fight win streak while Ruslan was coming off of a KO loss to Glaube Feitosa. The timing was just right for Hari to avenge that demoralizing defeat and prove that it was just a fluke.
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For over a year now we've been hearing news of the possible retirement of Remy Bonjasky. The 3 time K-1 Grand Prix champion started talking retirement in early 2010, citing a recurring eye injury that has required multiple surgeries and threatens his long-term vision. He's been on the sidelines for well over a year now, having not fought since the 2009 GP, instead taking jobs as a host for It's Showtime events, a celebrity ice skater, and running his gym.
This past weekend, Kombat.ro caught up with Bonjasky at an event and asked him about his future plans. For fans of The Flying Dutchman, the news was not good:
"It's a small chance I will return to the ring... maybe, you never know. If the money's right, I'll be there."
Earlier this year, It's Showtime's Simon Rutz told us that he tried to set up a retirement fight for Bonjasky last year, but the money Remy asked for was too high. Since It's Showtime isn't willing to pay, and given K-1's financial troubles, I think we've likely seen the end of the line for Bonjasky. It's a shame that he may go out without one final fight, as his last was an unimpressive, largely forgotten showing against Semmy Schilt. Bonjasky has a lot of detractors, but he's one of K-1's all time greats, and deserves a bigger farewell.
Also of note - Bonjasky ends the interview with one more dig at his rival Badr Hari. The interviewer asks Remy about Bogdan Stoica, who defeated Bonjasky's student at the event, saying Ray Sefo and Mighty Mo called Stoica the next Badr Hari. Remy's response: "I hope not... he doesn't respect the rules, and I hope this guy will respect the rules."
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It's Showtime officially announced that Hesdy Gerges will be released tomorrow and will indeed be fighting Daniel Ghita on March 6th in Amsterdam.
Gerges was arrested because of possible involvement in a drug trafficking ring that included his half brother Ashraf.
Throughout this ordeal, Simon Rutz of It's Showtime has maintained he believes that Hesdy is innocent. His persistence appears to be well founded.
This is an intriguing fight and one I'm very excited to see. Both men are in the prime of their careers and fighting on a high level. Ghita comes in off of an absolute war against Gokhan Saki at the K-1 WGP Final, where he fell just short of victory. Gerges' last fight, also at the K-1 WGP Final, showcased him laying an absolute beating on Yusuke Fujimoto and ending the fight by TKO in the first round.
While K-1's future is mired in uncertainty, It's Showtime is poised for a big year and already have marquee fights lined for the future including stars such as Badr Hari, Giorgio Petrosyan, Daniel Ghita, and others. I suggest you keep an eye on their website, follow them on twitter, and friend them on Facebook. Simon Rutz and company are doing big things this year.Add a comment
FEG, Fighting and Entertainment Group has been quiet lately. Outside of the news that we might get some news in May and maybe a show in July, we've heard nothing. There have been persisting rumors about FEG changing it's name, as well as some fans believing that K-1 might even have a name change of sorts. That sort of talk is borderline ridiculous, as K-1 is a global brand with so much value to it. Imagine if UFC decided the name just didn't make sense for them anymore? It would be brand suicide. Don't expect a K-1 name change.
According to NOB, Tanikawa plans on a press conference next week, or the week after (oh FEG, even flaky on your death bed), maybe, to talk about a possible name change and what the future holds. The truth is, if you expect any solid answers out of FEG in regards to what is going on and what to expect, you are either new to the Japanese fight scene or your faith in it brings a tear to my eye.Add a comment