This weekend is show #2 in It's Showtime's 2011 season. Coming from Brussels, It's Showtime 47 takes place on Saturday. As always with It's Showtime, you can watch online for 10 Euro at Showtimefights.com. It's Showtime reports that all fighters have made weight and are set for the event.
This is a bit of a smaller show for It's Showtime, with less of the major international names they often feature, but it's still a good line-up, with a few fights in particular worth your time.
In the main event, It's Showtime 61kg champion Sergio Wielzen defends his title against Karim Bennoui. Wielzen won the belt last year, and closed the year with a successful defense against former Krush tournament champion Masahiro Yamamoto. He also holds wins over Anuwat and Mo Khamal, among others. Despite being an exciting fighter, he hasn't really grabbed the attention of It's Showtime fans yet - perhaps a big win here will help raise his profile.
Another notable fight features Marat Grigorian against Severiano Rijssel. Grigorian is It's Showtime president Simon Rutz's pick for the fighter to watch in 2011, and is already on tap to fight for the inaugural IS 73kg title at their May show in France. This is a good fight for him to gain some momentum, and a chance to introduce yourself to one of the names we may be talking about a lot as the year rolls on.
One last name to watch here is Evgeniy Kurovskoy. The Russian fighter will be taking part in the It's Showtime 70kg tournament later this year, which is looking like it will be the biggest MW event of 2011. Again, here's a good chance to get an early look at him in action.
The complete card is as follows:
Evgeniy Kurovskoy vs. Andre Grigorian (70kg)
Nick Beljaards vs. Andy Ristie (70kg)
Lefterio Perego vs. Sonny Dagraed (73kg)
Severiano Rijssel vs. Marat Grigorian (73kg)
Sahak Parparyan vs. Marco Vlieger (95kg)
Karim Bennoui vs. Sergio Wielzen (61kg World Title)