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Weekend Results From France: Tate Avenges Loss, Ozkul Gets DQ Win

This weekend there were a lot of fights in France in both kickboxing and Muay Thai, as the month of March really begins to heat up.

Power Trophy 2013

One of kickboxing's top 85kg fighters, Andrew Tate fought a rematch against Vincent Petitjean in full contact rules for the ISKA title. Tate and Petitjean fought back in November of 2011 with Petitjean getting a decision win. This time they fought twelve rounds of two minutes and Tate picked up a majority decision win to avenge the loss from 2011.

Hichem Medoukali def. Camille Gentelet by decision.
Aleksandr Gordey def. Nicolas Atmani by TKO in Round 2.
Mathieu Boris def. Uranbeck Esenkulov by KO in Round 2.

Le Choc Des Legendes

Le Choc des Legendes held their annual show in France, and as usual Yetkin Ozkul was on the card taking on one of the top featherweight Muay Thai fighters in Thailand, Pokaew Fonjaengchonburi. Ozkul dropped the much smaller Pokaew in the first round but it just seemed to annoy Pokaew, who started to come on strong after. After the second round, Pokaew apparently kept going after the bell and cut Ozkul with a knee to the face, resulting in a disqualification and Ozkul getting the win.

Armin Pumphanmuang def. Sekou Dembele by TKO in Round 2.
Thepsuthin Pumphanmuang def. Guimba Coulibaly by decision.
Gregory Choplin def. Gil Silva by decision.
Ibrahim CHiahou def. Herbert Womaleu by decision.

Grand Soiree de la Boxe

Raphael Llodra def. Jakub Gadzik by KO in Round 1.


Enfusion Live Barcelona Results: Parparyan and Cordoba Draw, Roqueni Beats Kyshenko

Enfusion Live held their second event of the year today in Barcelona, Spain. The card featured a few top match-ups, with the likes of Artur Kyshenko vs. Abraham Roqueni and Cesar Cordoba vs. Sahak Parparyan.

In the main event, Sahak Parparyan and Cesar Cordoba met at 85kg in a battle of two of the division's best fighters. Cordoba took the first two rounds, where he was just too slick and technical for Sahak. To Sahak's credit, he fought much better than he did in his last fight. In the third round it was looking like more of the same before Sahak dropped Cordoba with a right hand over the top while breaking from the inside. That was enough to get Sahak a 10-8 third round and as a result, the fight was scored a draw. Strangely enough, there was no extra round.

Right before the main event was a big 70kg match-up between Artur Kyshenko and Abraham Roqueni. Roqueni started the fight well, moving in, landing shots and getting out in the first round. Kyshenko started to really come on in the second round and was definitely landing the harder, more damaging shots. The third round was more like the second. Roqueni, despite hanging with Kyshenko, just seemed the much more wearier of the two fighters with Kyshenko having all the physical advantages. It looked like a competitive but clear win for Kyshenko. However, Spanish judging struck again and Roqueni was awarded a split decision. Then again, Kyshenko missed weight by 2.5kg.

Update: On second watch, Kyshenko vs. Roqueni is actually a close fight but I don't think Roqueni won. I think an extra round would've been fair to him but it's hard to make a case for him winning two rounds. Kyshenko won the third but the second was closer.

85kg: Sahak Parparyan and Cesar Cordoba draw.

70kg: Abraham Roqueni def. Artur Kyshenko by split decision.

56kg: Iman Barlow def. Maribel Sousa by unanimous decision.

85kg: Moises Ruibal def. Tadej Toplak by KO in Round 1.

70kg: David Calvo def. Mirko Vorkapic by TKO (Cut).

63kg: Nico Barbera def. Ruben Almeida by decision.



Don 'The Dragon' Wilson Returning to the Ring

Don WilsonWhen it comes to fighting there are guys that we call legends and then there are legends. For Don "The Dragon" Wilson, he is actually an honest-to-goodness legend. Don has been through all that there is to go through when it comes to martial arts and has carried the banner for martial arts not only throughout his illustrious career but throughout his life as well. He did all of this in a pre-K-1, pre-UFC world, so it is safe to say that if you enjoy modern iterations of Martial Arts that you'd better show some respect for Don Wilson.

Most guys at the age of 58 would enjoy their retirement from the ring and serve as an ambassador, just like Don has been doing, but true fighters can't resist the urge to compete, so compete he must.

Don announced yesterday that he'll be fighting a 10-round non-title Kickboxing bout this fall in Istanbul under the IKF banner and that he'll be flying out on March 19th for a press conference to make everything official. Don't take our word for it, though, check out what he had to say about this;

"It's OFFICIAL I'm fighting a 10 round nontitle kickboxing bout this year in Istanbul, Turkey! The fight will be either September or October and I will be sanctioned by the International Kickboxing Federation and I'll be fighting under rules similar to the K-1. I am very excited because although I am 58 years old and have not fought for over 10 years, I still miss the lifestyle....the training, sparring, etc. I will fly to Istanbul March 19th for the Press Conference."


Next SuperKombat New Heroes on March 23 in Brazil

SuperKombat started off their New Heroes series on February 23 in Optaija, Croatia, where four heavyweight fighters qualified for future SuperKombat events. The next edition of SuperKombat New Heroes is on March 23 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The event is being put on with WGP Kickboxing and will feature a four man heavyweight tournament, with the winner qualifying for SuperKombat. The tournament sees K-1 participant Saulo Calavari fight Edson Lima in one semi final, with Felipe Micheletti fighting Argentina's Rogelio Ortiz in the other semi final.

There will also be a 75kg fight to qualify for SuperKombat as well. Bellator veteran Thiago Michel will be in the bout against Romanian SuperKombat veteran Miodrag Olar. Both fighters that qualify for SuperKombat will qualify for a SuperKombat World Grand Prix event from May 18 onwards.

As well, Brazil's best 85kg kickboxer Alex Sandro Pereira will be back in action after losing to Jason Wilnis at It's Showtime Brazil. He will be taking on Cesar Almeida for the 85kg Brazillian title under K-1 rules.


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