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Heavyweight (Per 4/15)
1. Rico Verhoeven
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Tyrone Spong
5. Peter Aerts
6. Errol Zimmerman up
7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

Light HW (per 4/15)
1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

Middleweight (per 4/15)
1. Wayne Barrett
2. Joe Schilling
3. Artem Levin
4. Steven Wakeling
5. Franci Grajs

Welterweight (per 4/15)
1. Nieky Holzken 
2. Joseph Valtellini 
3. Simon Marcus
4. Marc de Bonte
5. Aussie Ouzgni

 

70kg (Per 4/15)
1. Davit Kiriaup
2. Andy Ristiedown
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Giorgio Petrosyandown
5. Murthel Groenhart
6. Buakaw Banchamek
7. Dzhabar Askerov
8. Ky Hollenbeckup
9. Aikprachaup
10. Enriko Kehlup

65kg (per 1/20)
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

Interviews

Gerges/Ghita

I think it is fair to say that everyone is thoroughly impressed with Ghita's knockout of Hesdy Gerges and his performance in general. Gerges is an incredibly tough fighter whose defenses are usually air tight. If you need an example of that, go no further than watching the controversial bout between Gerges and Badr Hari in 2010 where Badr Hari was throwing everything that he had at Gerges but Gerges would not go down. It led to one of the "Badr Moments" that we will all miss so much where Badr Hari pushed Gerges down and punted him in the face. After the beating that Badr put on Gokhan Saki, you should be able to appreciate just how good Gerges's defenses are against powerful hands.

So the marvel is that Daniel Ghita, the man who we have all labeled as the guy with no hands went ahead and took Gerges out of the game with a marvelous three-punch combination. Watch the fight again. The game plan for Gerges early on was to not allow Ghita to get into a rhythm with his kicks. Ghita quickly walked Gerges down into the corner and began his barrage of kicks, which Gerges was able to check or defend while keeping his hands up near his head to defend against possible punches. Ghita then began throwing combinations while in the corner, mixing it up just enough to begin cutting away at Gerges's defenses. Ghita's jab became incredibly important all of a sudden, as he was using it to set up the low kick, and then other times he was not. So now every time Ghita was throwing the jab, Gerges had to wonder if the low kick was going to follow, or if Ghita was just going to jab.

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It's Showtime 55 is tomorrow and it is a huge card. This week on Warman's Kickfighting Show we switched things up a bit and held a roundtable to discuss the results from the Yokkao Extreme card in Italy and then do a blow-by-blow on the It's Showtime 55 card that will hit the airwaves tomorrow afternoon at 3pm Eastern time on HDnet or at ShowtimeFights.com. Steven and myself are joined by our own Rian Scalia as well as Ryan Ventura as we run down the card and take a look at what the future might hold for Badr Hari.

As always, the show can be accessed on Steven's blog or via iTunes [search: LordGaul].

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In the latest installment of The Warman Kickfighting show, Steven Wright and myself sit down to talk about some of the recent results that have unfolded in the world of Kickboxing and Muay Thai, from DREAM's NYE event to Enfusion and Slamm!!'s event from Suriname. We also talk about what we expect from the upcoming year and some possible issues that the MPL are facing right now when it comes to financial problems.

As always, listen to the show on iTunes (Keyword: LordGaul) or check out Steven's blog.

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We sat down with Miran "Rocky" Fabjan, a fighter in the underappreciated weight range around 80kg. Miran is nipping at the heels of breaking into the Top 10 at Light Heavyweight. For the better part of his career, Miran has fought in Slovenia for WFC, where he's made a name for himself. He's looking to make a name for himself internationally in 2012, as he enters the 2012 Tatneft Cup, which features some of the best Light Heavyweight fighters in the world. We talked to Miran about a plethora of subjects, including his background as a fighter and the popularity of kickboxing.

Liverkick: To the people who don't know you, introduce yourself and tell us about your fighting background.

Miran: I am Miran Fabjan. I am a 26 year old fighter from Slovenia. I started training Muay Thai at Yaksha Combat Team at 19 years old. After one year I moved - The first event I had seen was (Giorgio) Petrosyan vs. Tavelek. And I was so impressed with Petrosyan and I watched him everywhere he fought. And he trains like 30 minutes away from my house and after one year of training at Yaksha I spent three years training with Petrosyan with Alfio Romanut. I did like 9 fights after for that gym and then I moved back to Yaksha Combat Team where I startedto train again with my first trainer. But I keep a very good relationship with Petrosyan. Now I started to do professional fights and I hope it will continue this way.

Liverkick: So you've fought a lot for the Slovenian promotion WFC.

Miran: Yeah, like 9 fights.

Liverkick: How has your time been in WFC? Has it made you popular in Slovenia?

Miran: First it was a tournament. WFC organized a tournament and I was like no one. I was like one of the weakest parts of the tournament and in the first fight I fought the third favorite, Sandi Borojevic. I won against Sandi and then in the semi-final I also fought a good fighter, Matej Bregar. I also won against Matej Bregar. And then it's funny because the story of the final, I did two full fights. In the final I became the best Slovenian fighter against Rozle Jazbinšek, took only 45 seconds. First fight and second fight, he just passed. He passed without fighting so I had like 6 rounds and he had nothing. (Jazbinsek won in under a minute in his first fight, then didn't fight a second fight because his opponent was injured, so he automatically went to the final.) After three rounds the judges called an extra round in which I KO'd him like 30 seconds before the end with a right hook. After this tournament it was very very media you know, media really covered this tournament and after this tournament I became well known in Slovenia. So I was main event for the next three times. All the next three times I won by KO. Then they brought in (Alexander) Stetsurenko who KO'd me. So yeah, I did a lot of fights with WFC and I'm very very happy to represent this Slovenian organization in Europe and in Slovenia.

Liverkick: So besides Alexander Stetsurenko, you've also fought another top opponent, Sem Braan in Holland, tell us about that.

Miran: Sem Braan, yes, we had an offer from Mike's Gym to fight Sem Braan, we didn't think twice. It's the guy I watched on TV. Itwas the biggest test of my career. I think he's one of the top guys in my division. It was a tough fight, it went the distance, 3 rounds. I think we were really close, but maybe Sem Braan scored a little more with low kicks so the judges give him a victory. It was a good experience and I hope it will help me now in Tatneft to win the close fights.

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It is probably a good thing that we went ahead and recorded this episode of Steven's Kickfighting show last week before he headed out to corner Johny Hendricks at UFC 141 (did you see that knockout?!), because me getting sick is the new hotness. So marvel at this latest episode of the show as Steven and myself run down the best things that went down in 2011 in the worlds of Kickboxing and Muay Thai. There are a lot of categories to run through and we cover it all.

So head on over to Steven's blog to listen, or subscribe on iTunes (Keyword: LordGaul).

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