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Jerome Le Banner, Tyrone Spong In MMA World Series Of Fighting

The MMA World Series of Fighting is an upstart MMA promotion in the United States, and it appears that a few big name kickboxers will be part of their roster.

Jerome Le Banner and Tyrone Spong are listed as part of the MMA World Series of Fighting's roster on its website. Both guys go wherever the money is, so they must've gotten some good deals.

Le Banner has a 3-2 record in MMA and has an upcoming MMA fight in Poland on September 15 for KSW against Marcin Rozalski. He's been in the US for some time now, in California and Las Vegas, training for that fight.

Spong has openly talked about fighting in MMA, and it just seemed like a matter of when he would. He's been at the Blackzillians camp with Alistair Overeem and Rashad Evans for a while, learning MMA while still competing in kickboxing. 

Both Le Banner and Spong have contracts with GLORY and will fight for them in the future. First, they'll be competing in the GLORY Grand Slam in December, a one night, sixteen man kickboxing tournament in Tokyo, Japan. 


Nieky Holzken vs. L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni Rematch At Muay Thai Mania This Weekend

While we're all waiting around for the big events and the big name fights to happen, there still is some good kickfighting action going on around the world every weekend. This weekend is no different.

Muay Thai Mania is taking place on this Sunday, September 2 in The Hague, Netherlands and is headlined by the rematch between Nieky Holzken and L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni. Their first fight took place back in 2010 at It's Showtime in Amsterdam where Aussie finished Holzken in the first minute with a flying knee. A lot has changed since then, with Holzken looking great lately, settling in to a higher weight around 76kg and Aussie not fighting that often, going from between 70kg all the way up to 79kg. This is a really great fight, and it takes place at 76kg.

Hafid el Boustati is also back fighting for the first time since his major upset win over Robin van Roosmalen. He takes on Hysni Beqiri, he brother of Shemsi Beqiri in what is Hysni's biggest test to date.

There are more It's Showtime veterans on the card, with Jason Wilnis fighting Louis Tavares. Wilnis is coming off a loss to Cheick Sidibe at It's Showtime's May 12 event but at only 21 years of age, he's still considered a bright prospect. Darryl Sichtman fights Aalviar Lima at 76kg and William Diender faces Mandela Antoine at 72.5kg. Add in a SuperKombat veteran, as Hakan Aksoy fights Nathan van't Hoft at 96kg.

Albert Kraus also makes his pro boxing debut against a to be announced opponent. All the A Class fights are listed below.

26 A-Class 72.5 kg Abdullaev (Team Super Pro) vs Vahap Ozdemir (Dragon Gym)
27 A-Class 95 kg Remon Bonte (Team Pasztjerik) vs Ismael Lazaar (Budokai Tilburg)
28 A-Class 68 kg Juan Baragan (Sportcentrum 010) vs Jacky Dings (Golden Glory Helmond)
29 A-Class +95 kg Hicham Achalhi (TB Den Haag) vs Eddy Almeida (Team Pasztjerik)
30 A-Class 70 kg Albert Kraus vs TBA 
31 A-Class 93 kg Luis Tavares (Team Pasztjerik) vs Jason Wilnis (The Colosseum)
32 A-Class 96 kg Nathan van ’t Hoft (Pattaya Gym) vs Hakan Aksoy (Siam Gym)
33 A-Class 70 kg Hafid el Boustati (Mousid Gym) vs Hysni Beqiri (Team Super Pro)
34 A-Class 76 kg Darryl Sichtman (Bonjasky Academy) vs Alviar Lima (Team Super Pro)
35 A-Class 72.5 kg William Diender (Team Diender) vs Mandela Antone (Team Furious)
36 A-Class 76 kg Nieky Holzken (Golden Glory Helmond) vs L’houcine Aussie (Topteam Beverwijk)

Girls S-Cup: Erika Kamimura Interview

It is rare that we get good interview footage from Japan, never mind for Shoot Boxing, and never mind for the Girl's S-Cup. Yet, here we are with an english-subtitled interview with "the strongest female high school student" Erika Kamimura in preparation for the Girl's S-Cup.


Lisa Ellis Replaces Olena Ovchynnikova in Girls S-Cup

Just one day out from the 2012 Shootboxing Girls S-Cup, it has been announced that MMA fighter Lisa Ellis (formerly Lisa Ward) will be replacing Ukranian Olena Ovchynnikova in the quarterfinals against Seo Hee Ham. An 8 year MMA veteran, Ellis has fought in Japan on numerous occasions in the past under the Smackgirl and DEEP banner, holding wins over Miku Matsumoto and Jessica Aguilar while also facing Megumi Fujii and Jessica Penne, who won a Shootboxing bout against Rena last year. While she has a very tough quarterfinal matchup with Ham and a background primarily in grappling, Ellis is in the same position as Toby Imada in the 2010 S-Cup, a grappler filling in as a late replacement, and Imada went on to knock out Takaaki Umeno and upset 3-time S-Cup champion Andy Souwer. Her key to advancing in the tournament will be her grappling, though Ham has 14 MMA fights and 3 Shootboxing fights under her belt, making this even harder for Ellis. 

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