The time has finally come and It's Showtime's biggest event of 2011 is set to go down today. The much anticipated card features a eight man, one night tournament at 70kg. Among the names featured in the tournament are Andy Souwer, Artur Kyshenko, Chris Ngimbi and Robin van Roosmalen. In addition to that, a title fight at 77kg takes place as champion Artem Levin fights Murthel Groenhart. We're not done yet, there's two super fights featuring Marat Grigorian and Rustemi Kreshnik also. Ten fights in total are on the main card.
You can watch the card by ordering it at www.showtimefights.com or if you're in Canada, it's live on The Fight Network. The event gets kicked off at 3PM EST/12PM PST. Enjoy the show. If you want play by play, follow @LiverKickdotcom and @rianscalia on Twitter.
70kg Quarter Final: Artur Kyshenko vs. Gago Drago
Artur Kyshenko wins by TKO (Referee Stoppage) in Round 3. Kyshenko dominated the fight and looked monstrous. Drago just seemed flat, like his past outings. Kyshenko dropped Drago once in the third and then swarmed him until the referee stopped the fight.
70kg Quarter Final: Andy Souwer vs. Harut Grigorian
Andy Souwer wins by decision in an extra round. Grigorian came out guns blazing, surprising everyone and putting it on Souwer. Souwer rallied back in Rounds 2 and 3, getting an extension round where he took over the fight. This was a great back and forth fight.
70kg Quarter Final: Chris Ngimbi vs. Murat Direkci
Chris Ngimbi wins by Unanimous Decision. Ngimbi got a knockdown in round 2 that sealed the fight for him. It could be argued that this should've went to an extra round with Direkci winning round 1 and 3.
70kg Quarter Final: Robin van Roosmalen vs. Chahid Oulad el Hadj
Robin van Roosmalen wins by TKO (Corner Stoppage) in Round 2. The first round was really close, back and forth non stop action. van Roosmalen took over in the second and gave a standing count to Chahid where Chahid's corner threw in the towel. Looked like Chahid might have a broken jaw.
73kg Super Fight: Yassin Baitar vs. Marat Grigorian
Marat Grigorian wins by Majority Decision (4-1). It was not a bad fight, just the other fights were so good that it made this look somewhat bad. Grigorian didn't look as great as his previous outings, but he turned it up in the third round.
70kg Semi Final: Andy Souwer vs. Artur Kyshenko
Artur Kyshenko wins by Unanimous Decision. The first two rounds were very close but in the third, Kyshenko hurt Souwer, dropping him twice. Souwer was on wobbly legs for a large portion of the third.
70kg Semi Final: Chris Ngimbi vs. Robin van Roosmalen
Robin van Roosmalen wins by Unanimous Decision. van Roosmalen controlled the with his his combos. Ngimbi had trouble getting of.
77kg Title Match: Murthel Groenhart vs. Artem Levin
Artem Levin wins by KO (Knee) in Round 5. Ugly fight, but Levin got the job done with a knee to the body.
95+kg Super Fight: Rustemi Kreshnik vs. Moises Baute
Rustemi Kreshnik wins by KO (Right Hook) in Round 2.
70kg Final: Artur Kyshenko vs. Robin van Roosmalen
Robin van Roosmalen wins by KO (Left Hook) in Round 1. What a shocker, van Roosmalen caught Kyshenko perfectly and Kyshenko couldn't beat the count. van Roosmalen wins the tournament.