|Heavyweight (Per 4/15)|
|Light HW (per 4/15)|
|Middleweight (per 4/15)|
|Welterweight (per 4/15)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 4/15)|
|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
Steve Moxon returned to the ring today in Melbourne, Australia at Brute Force 21, after his fight last month against Fadi Merza was cancelled.
Moxon faced Giannis Mixalopoulos, a fighter who came all the way from Greece, and also who is fighting at the K-1 MAX Final in Greece next month. Moxon cruised to a unanimous decision victory, dropping Mixalopoulos in the third round.
For Moxon, he has one fight left on the year, taking place at Kings of Kombat 8 in Australia on December 8. From the sounds of it, he'll face Mostafa Abdollahi there.
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Superkombat Final Elimination went down last Saturday in Romania, with the final eight heavyweights competing in four matches to determine the line-up for the Superkombat Finals on December 22. There were a few questionable decisions, some expected victories, and one fantastic knockout.
In the surprise of the night, Benjamin Adegbuyi KO'd tournament favorite Sergei Lascenko in the opening round. Adegbuyi and Lascenko exchanged briefly, before the Romanian landed a right hook that sent Lascenko to the canvas. Obviously dazed, Lascenko tried to clear the cobwebs and get back in the fight, but Adegbuyi refused to let him off the hook. Another knockdown followed moments later, and Adegbuyi finished the fight with punches shortly after the second count. With this win Adegbuyi instantly propels himself into the Liverkick top 10 list, and is the favorite to win the Superkombat tournament taking place next month.
There is some question if Lascenko was 100% for this fight however, considering he originally pulled out of his Final Elimination match-up against Ismael Londt, citing injuries sustained against Hesdy Gerges at K-1 Rising. Lascenko re-entered the tournament when Alexei Ignashov withdrew, prompting many to wonder if he was nursing old wounds.
Pavel Zhuravlev won a decision over an apathetic looking Freddy Kemayo in the second elimnation fight, scoring points with hard body shots and leg kicks. It's a flip of the coin with Kemayo, and you can never tell when he'll come out looking to push the pace, or allow his opponent to walk all over him. Zhuravlev is a big, strong guy, and he was looking to trade early on. As the fight progressed however, he realized Kemayo was having none of it and coasted to an easy win.
Ismael Londt won a TKO victory over Daniel Sam in a rather weird doctor stoppage. Londt was clearly the superior striker, although just when it looked as though the fight might start to pick up, the doctors halted the match to examine Sam's eye. The eye had closed completely, and the match was called off near the end of the first.
In the last elimination fight, Sebastian Ciobanu won a questionable decision over Roman Kleibl. The "Son of Dracula" came out swinging in the first round and looked to have Kleibl stunned. Kleibl held on, and fired back with a few leg kicks at the end of the first. The second round went the same way, with Ciobanu going all out at the beginning of the match, and Kleibl either blocking or evading most of the shots. The third round was clearly Roman's, who scored with superior technique. Ciobanu got the nod however, and will move on to the Final 4.
The four superfights were relatively predictable. Dzevad Poturak vs. Ibrahim Aarab was the most spirited of them all, with Aarab taking a split decision victory. Thomas Hron vs. Dmitry Bezus was a sloppy affair, mingled with a broken ring incident, that finished with an unusual spinning elbow KO, that resulted in a DQ win for Hron.
The two fights featuring Americans went as predicted, with Ionut Iftimoaie taking a comfortable decision win over James Wilson, and Catalin Morosanu battering Carter Williams over three rounds to earn a decision.
The semi-finals of the Superkombat tournament will take place on December 22, and the match-ups have already been confirmed by Superkombat president Edward Irimia. Ismael Londt will take on Sebastion Ciobanu, and Pavel Zhuravlev will face Benjamin Adegbuyi. The card will also feature a slew of big names competing in superfights including Hesdy Gerges, Ben Edwards, Paul Slowinski, Zambit Samedov, and the hopeful return of Bogdan Stoica.Add a comment
Evening everyone, I'm sitting here ringside at Madison Square Garden, 30 minutes before the fight's supposed to go down. Good stuff is about to happen, as 13 kickboxing fights are about to happen here in the heart of New York City. Muay Thai and a "full K1 rules" event are pretty much guaranteed to have some blistering knockouts and wild action.
Check back here at the bottom of this fanpost for live results and pictures as the action goes down, as I'll be updating constantly.
The main event features two of America's best current Muay Thai combatants, Cyrus Washington and Chike Lindsay. Hardcore MMA fans might also recognize UFC vet Ryan Madigan, who lost to Tamdan McRory back at UFC 96, Jackson vs. Jardine. Check out the highlight video of Cyrus and combination interview/highlight video of Chike:
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Krush.24 took place earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo featuring LiverKick #1 ranked Lightweight Masaaki Noiri taking on #5 Yetkin Ozkul. Also on the card were the 63kg and 70kg Youth GP finals and a 70kg #1 contender match.
In the main event, Masaaki Noiri solidified his #1 ranking with a unanimous decision win over Yetkin Ozkul on scores of 30-28 and 29-27(x2). After an even first 2 rounds, Noiri dropped Ozkul with a flying knee in the final round, securing a victory. Noiri (14-3-0, 5 KO) is now 8-1 in his last 9 and adds another top-tier Lightweight to his win column in Ozkul, who joins the Urabe brothers, Ryuji Kajiwara, Hiroya and Cedric Peynaud. This is a huge win for Noiri as it is his third fight against European competition and the first in which he was not knocked down, although the knockdown against Peynaud was unofficial, which is surprising as Ozkul is known as a power puncher. He is set to face this year's Youth GP winner Koya Urabe, a rematch of the Youth GP finals last year, and another win could easily put Noiri in line for a title shot against the winner of Thomas Adamandopoulos vs Hideaki Yamazaki. Ozkul was coming into this fight off of the momentum of his huge win over Krush 63kg champ Thomas Adamandopoulos in May, but has his momentum a bit derailed here. The loss is no shame, as both fighters excelled at each other's weaknesses and it was Ozkul whose defenses cracked first, leading to the knockdown. A good matchup for him would be a fight with the winner of Karim Bennoui vs Thomas Adamandopoulos at Nuit Des Champions later this month.
In the co-main event, Koya Urabe won the first tournament of his career with a 3rd round KO of Hisaki Higashimoto via flying knee to win the Krush 63kg Youth GP. Urabe dominated Higashimoto with his superior boxing, punishing his body before scoring a flying knee about 30 seconds into the final round that put Higashimoto out for good. Urabe (24-4-0, 4 KO) has struggled in the past to find the perfect balance between aggression and defense, but seemed to have found it quite well here, taking advantage of his opponent's inexperience. The win should be a big motivational boost for Urabe, who made it to the finals of three tournaments last year (Krush, K-1 and Krush Youth), but losing in each one. His next fight is a rematch of last year's Youth GP finals against last year's champion Masaaki Noiri, who added Urabe to his highlight reel with a flying knee KO. Urabe will need to sure up his defense to have a hope at winning. Higashimoto (2-1-0, 1 KO) surprised everyone by making it this far, upsetting Hiroya in the quarterfinals by KO and edging out Daizo Sasaki in the semis. As most would have figured, Higashimoto struggled with Urabe's boxing, as he comes from a kyokushin background and is not used to boxing at Urabe's level. With just 3 fights under his belt, Higashimoto shows a lot of promise and could benefit from fighting someone with the experience, but not the skill, of Urabe next, possibly someone like Kizaemon Saiga, Ikki or Keiji Ozaki.
In the 70kg Youth GP final, Shintaro Matsukura and Taisei Kondo proved to be even through 3 rounds, but Matsukura came on strong in the extension round, scoring big hooks and dropping Kondo 3 times, resulting in a stoppage. With the win Matsukura (7-5-0, 5 KO) becomes the first Krush 70kg Youth GP champion and joins Noiri in winning both the Krush and K-1 Youth tournaments at their respective weights. It's a very positive sign for Matsukura that he came on strong in the extension round as there were previously questions about his stamina, as he fights in an all-or-nothing style, but he seems to have saved that strategy for the later portions of fights he's losing. A good next fight for Matsukura would be a rematch with Yutaro Yamauchi, as the two put on an excellent fight in the Krush 70kg tournament semis. Kondo's only losses have come against Matsukura and at 19, he has a bright future ahead of him.
Finally, in a fight to determine 70kg champ Yasuhiro Kido's next challenger, Takuro Moriya took an extension round split decision over Asami Zaurus, earning his second win over Asami this year. Moriya ended 2011 with a pair of losses to Su Hwan Lee and Yu Hirono, but is now 4-0 in 2012 with a pair of wins over Asami. Asami was placed into this bout after an upset of Yuya Yamamoto at Krush.20, but is an average fighter outside of that win. Moriya faces Kido at some time in the future, although with Kido's upcoming participation in K-1, it's hard to know when Kido will be ready for a fight in Krush with the possibility of injuries.
Krush returns later this month on the 23rd with Krush-EX 2012 vol.6 featuring the promotion's first 67kg fight between Makihira Keita and RISE regular Kotetsu, as well as a 63kg fight between 2012 Youth GP semifinalist Hiroto Yamaguchi and Atsushi Ogata.
Quick results after the break
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The Superkombat Final Elimination show kicks off today, and Liverkick will be there to provide live updates throughout the event.
The card will feature four final elimination matches and five superfights. The superfights consist of Sergei Lascenko taking on Benjamin Adegbuyi, Daniel Sam facing Ismael Londt, Pavel Zhuravlev fighting Freddy Kemayo,and Roman Kleibl squaring off against Sebastian Ciobanu.
Three of the superfights will feature Americans HW's: James Wilson vs. Ionut Iftimoae, Carter Williams vs. Catalin Morosanu, and Radu Spinghel vs. Petr Vondracek.
In addition, the two other super fights will see Dzevad Poturak fighting Ibrahim Aarab and Dmitri Bezus fighting Tomas Hron.
The event kicks off at 21:00 CET in Europe, and begins in North America at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT. It will be airing live on Eurosport. Follow me @SandersonSensei on twitter for live updates. Click here for the full card.
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Today in Moscow, Russia, W5 held another event, their eighth of the year, headlined by quickly rising, now 70kg fighter Roman Mailov of Ukraine, against Thailand's Armin Pumphanmuang, who has been featured on Thai Fight this year.
Despite the kickboxing ruleset favoring Mailov, who himself comes from a Muay Thai background, Armin was still probably the biggest test of his career to date. It seems that he was at least a tough opponent for Mailov, as the fight went to an extra round. In the extra round, Mailov stopped Armin with a knee to the body and continued his run at 70kg.
This win makes it 14 in a row for Mailov, whose last loss came in October of 2010 all the way back when he was fighting at 63.5kg. Mailov made his move to 70kg this year where he now has eight wins. He's still only 20 years old and one can assume that he's only going to get better. One thing that I think is past an assumption is that his competition is also going to get better. He's faced more international opponents this year like William Diender, Leo Zulic, Vasilis Kakarikos and not to mention Armin Pumphanmuang.
Also on the event was Mailov's teammate, 18 year old prodigy Alim Nabiev who took a decision over Vladimir Shulyak at 70kg. Nabiev has won 6 fights in Russia this year, including against the likes of Alka Matewa and Denis Larchenko. Nabiev only turned 18 last month and for him to already be at this level at his current age is quite amazing for a European fighter.Add a comment
The It's Showtime 95kg champion Danyo Ilunga still manages to stay very busy when he's not fighting on the big shows like Glory or It's Showtime. Yesterday was more of the same, when he returned to the ring in Hamburg, Germany.
Ilunga faced the long time, aged veteran Florian Ogunade. Needless to say, Ilunga made easy work of him and won by TKO. This is Ilunga's fifth win of the year in Germany alone, with him having a total of seven wins in 2012.
His competition is by no means great when he fights in Germany, but it gives him the chance to stay active and progress. Ilunga seems like a fighter that a lot of people have been waiting on to really make some big improvements and so far when he has faced a higher level of competition this year, he's gotten hit a lot and had a tough time, though he still won.
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Today at GLORY 3 Rome - Final 8, Giorgio Petrosyan once again proved that he is the best kickboxer in the world.
He defeated Ky Hollenbeck, Davit Kiria and Robin van Roosmalen to claim the $300 000 grand prize and solidify himself as the GLORY lightweight champion. It's not just about the results on papers though. The way he defeats top opponents time and time again is unmatched by anyone else in kickboxing. He barely takes any damage and his opponents can rarely ever challenge him over the course of a fight.
His combination of precision, ring generalship, ring smarts and timing set him apart from the rest of the field. Robin van Roosmalen was the LiverKick #2 ranked fighter at this weight and Petrosyan was simply on another level. Only when Giorgio started coasting in the third round, already knowing that he had the fight in the bag did Robin get into the fight.
With only one loss in his entire career, and being undefeated in kickboxing, this begs the question. Can anyone defeat Giorgio Petrosyan in kickboxing? With the small odds of a rematch with Buakaw happening, along with Buakaw getting older and possibly towards the end or tail end of his career, it seems like we might never find out. The only other option I can think of at the moment is to bring in Aikpracha Meenayothin, a Thai that's in top form and possibly the next breakout name on the international circuit. Even then, we have no clue how he'll adapt to the limited kickboxing ruleset.
If Buakaw and Petrosyan never rematch, it seems possible that the only way Giorgio can lose is by age overcoming him or if he ever decides to fight Muay Thai again, which is doubtful. I know a lot of fans aren't a fan of Giorgio's style and think he's boring or are tired of his dominance, but you can't help but appreciate just how great of a fighter he is.Add a comment
GLORY 3 Rome - Final 8 takes place today from Rome, Italy, featuring a one night, eight man tournament at 70kg for a grand prize of $300 000, also crowning the lightweight champion of GLORY. Full fight card here. Note that Yoshihiro Sato has replaced Albert Kraus.
We'll be providing live results as they happen. The event starts live at 3:30 PM ET/12:30 PM PT in North America and 20:30 CET in Europe. You can watch the event live, here on LiverKick by clicking here. For live updates and play by play, we'll be on Twitter at @rianscalia, @SandersonSensei and @Liverkickdotcom.
MMA: Ivan Musardo def. Giorgio Belsanti by Submission (Rear Naked Choke).
70kg: Julian Imeri def. Emannuele Raini by decision.
72.5kg: Ricardo Lecca def. Giuseppe D'Amuri by KO in Round 1.
MMA: Cesario di Domenico def. Davide Dolce by submission.
70kg Reserve Fight: Warren Stevelmans def. Dzhabar Askerov by decision.
70kg Reserve Fight: Alessandro Campagna def. Fabio Pinca by decision.
70kg Quarter Final: Giorgio Petrosyan def. Ky Hollenbeck by TKO (Injury) in Round 2.
70kg Quarter Final: Davit Kiria def. Shemsi Beqiri by decision.
70kg Quarter Final: Robin van Roosmalen def. Tim Thomas by TKO (Ref Stoppage) in Round 2.
70kg Quarter Final: Sanny Dahlbeck def. Yoshihiro Sato by TKO in Round 2.
72.5kg: Alka Matewa def. Marco Re by decision.
70kg Semi Final: Giorgio Petrosyan def. Davit Kiria by decision.
70kg Semi Final: Robin van Roosmalen def. Sanny Dahlbeck by TKO (Body Shot) in Round 3.
70kg: Jordan Watson def. Mustapha Haida by decision.
70kg Final: Giorgio Petrosyan def. Robin van Roosmalen by decision.Add a comment
Earlier today, REBELS held a two-part event, REBELS.13 and the first installment of REBELS Muay Thai, in which all fights are full contact. The headliner was an S-Cup playoff to determine the last participant between Henri van Opstal and Yuichiro Nagashima, as well as a REBELS 65kg title fight.
In the night's main event, Henri van Opstal improved to 5-0 against Japanese opposition with a unanimous decision of Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima on scores of 29-28 and 30-29(x2). Nagashima was surprisingly close in this fight considering how bad he looked against Kenmun in K-1 last year. van Opstal (19-3-0) is on a 3-fight winning streak and with this win, puts himself in his 2nd straight S-Cup. With a relatively week field, van Opstal could easily find himself making it to the finals and possibly facing off against fellow teammate and mentor Andy Souwer. Nagashima (19-5-0, 13 KO) takes just his 2nd kickboxing fight in as many years, focusing on pro wrestling with K-1's recent sale. He looks to have been much improved from his fight last year, but still wasn't good enough to beat van Opstal. He is set to fight at Glory 4 Tokyo on December 2nd.
In a rematch from REBELS.12, Zen Fujita won a unanimous decision over MA Kick Super Lightweight champion Mohan Dragon on scores of 30-28 and 29-28(x2) to win the inaugural REBELS 65kg title. The two fought in July to a 5 round draw for what was then the It's Showtime Japan 65kg title, before Glory's acquisition of It's Showtime. I would have expected the 3 round fight to favor Mohan Dragon, who throws almost every strike with full power, but Fujita was able to take the decision in the shorter fight. Fujita improves to 2-1-1 on the year, while Mohan Dragon tastes defeat for the first time. I would definitely like to see both of these guys in Krush's planned 67kg tournament.
At 85kg, It's Showtime Japan 95kg champ Toshio Matsumoto won a majority decision over Hidekazu Kimura on scores of 29-29, 29-28 and 30-29. Matsumoto (38-9-6, 30 KO) has now won 9 in a row since dropping down from Heavyweight and is set to fight at Glory 4 Tokyo on December 2nd. Kimura falls to 1-2 on the year, losing to recently crowned RISE Heavyweight champ Kengo Shimizu at RISE 87.
At 70kg, Hinata took another easy win, this time a 2nd round KO of Norihisa Amimoto. Hinata (24-13-1, 8 KO) is 3-3 this year, with losses to Andy Ristie, Henri van Opstal and Warren Stevelmans and wins over an undersized Zen Fujita, Kang Jung-woo and now Amimoto. While Hinata has the talent to hang with top guys, he has not scored a quality win since his upset of Arthur Kyshenko over 2 years ago.
Also on the REBELS.13 portion of the card was Shootboxing vet Kazuyuki Fushimi possibly earning himself a shot at REBELS 55kg champ Hiroaki Mizuhara with a win over Taisuke Degai. Also, Sho Ogawa had his 4-fight win streak snapped by Tatsuya Inaishi.
The headliner for the REBELS Muay Thai 1 portion of the card saw WPMF Japan Welterweight champ T-98 and former Rajadamnern Stadium ranker Semsan Sor Sompung fight to a majority draw. T-98 had won 7 straight coming into this fight including winning his WPMF Japan title and winning a fight in Thailand. Along with Yuya Yamato, he is one of the top fighters in the 67kg division and although he fights almost entirely under full contact rules, he would be a great addition to the Krush 67kg tournament.
WPMF Japan Super Featherweight champion SHIGERU defended his title for the first time with a unanimous decision over Tomoaki Suehiro on scores of 49-47, 49-48 and 49-46. SHIGERU (8-0-1, 1 KO) remains undefeated, having won 3 in a row since the first blemish on his record, though he avenged that draw with a win over the man who gave it to him, Takahiro Fujimaki, and most recently handed DEEP*KICK 65kg champ Hiroto Yamaguchi his first pro loss. Should he want to fight under Krush rules, SHIGERU definitely deserves a shot in Krush at 58kg or 60kg.
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