|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
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|4.||Marc de Bonte|
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|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
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A few notables were in action this weekend. In Villeurbanne, France at Fight Zone 5, French notable Hichem Chaibi topped the experienced Thai Bovy Sor Udomson on points. Also on the card, Abdallah Ezbiri knocked out Filipo Solheid to become the new WKN European K-1 Champion in the 66.7kg division. Also in France, Karim Ghajji and Thomas Adamandopoulos both won on points at Urban Boxing United.
In the Netherlands, Nick Beljaards won on points against Yassin Lahmidi at the Bari Gym Gala. Beljaards will have a quick turn-around and fight at It's Showtime's May 21st event against Mo Ben Nasser. At the event "A Night To Remember," Khalid Chabrani defeated Errol Koning by 5 round decision. Koning will be facing Murthel Groenhart on June 11 for It's Showtime in Warsaw, Poland.Add a comment
By Daniel Fletcher
Every champion falls, every great fighter declines, and every star burns out or fades away. It is the nature of the beast; as inherent and inexorable a fact as that the Earth orbits the Sun, that grass is green and that Michael Schiavello will scream "Goodnight Irene!" during a fight broadcast when a fighter gets sparked. To get proverbial, what goes up must come down, and as a promising young fighter embarks on his career, the ageing warrior must one day reach the point where the journey must end.
Andy Howson lost his ISKA world title last night, and subsequently announced his retirement. He was cheered by a raucous following, and hugged by the friend that had just relieved him of his championship belt. The show was over.
After 13yrs, he admitted that the young had usurped the (comparatively) old, and that his time was done. "After 13yrs, a lot of hard fights and a few world titles" was his own way of putting it, but he neglected to mention the respect of his peers, the support of his friends and his team, and the fact he went out being cheered. Hey, home town or not, even legends get booed at the end... just ask Nigel Benn. Going out to cheers and applause is a pinnacle.
As for the fight itself, it was a counter-striking technician against a shorter, more brawling orientated scrapper in Andy. Dean James used his range well, and though he initially showed Howson a great deal of respect in a cautious opening round, he turned it up a notch in the final minute of the second. A standing elbow landed precisely, arcing down onto Howson's head and cutting him open. The blitzkrieg was expected from the defending champion in the third, but it was this round that the downfall continuted; while Andy pressed, James began to pick him off and avoiding the inside work, landed another elbow from the clinch. Wobbled, Howson was forced back to the ropes, and a short elbow from the clinch dropped him. He survived the round.
(Photo courtesy of http://muaythaiphotos.com)
The fourth round spelled the end. As one fan put it, Howson "went crazy as only he can", and tried flurrying to turn the contest into an all out brawl. James complied to some extent, and should be credited for not playing an overly cautious technical game in his victory; this was an exciting contest. Alas, it had to end, and after allowing the bout to continue following a check up, the referee called another halt as the two head wounds spat blood, some of which was running down into Howson's eyes. An audible groan went round, as Dean James was declared the new ISKA World Bantamweight champion, and Howson's reign was ended.
Ultimate respect to Andy Howson, one of Leeds, Yorkshire and England's best Muay Thai fighters, and a very likeable guy.
Jordan Watson did not compete on the card, as his recent title defence over Cedric Mueller of France was still reminding his body about it. He did, however, speak very candidly with me about the 70kg MAX division he competes in, and there will be more on that in my next upload. Stay tuned.
Howson's retirement and Watson's non-participation didn't entirely cast ill-omen on Bad Company at the event, and they had their moments of triumph too. Lee Mundin outpointed Jo Boffey, thanks to a Herculean comeback in the final two rounds. Boffey had nudged ahead on the scorecards leading into the fourth, but Mundin earned a win for Bad Company in handsomely outlanding and outworking Boffey and taking the decision victory.
Also a victor was "Nice Guy" Eddie Long. The unassuming 78kg fighter has a peculiar hunched stance, his chin tucked and hands held outwards Remy style. It led me to ask his sparring partner, "The Myth" whether or not Long had a glass jaw that needed protecting at all costs. Not only the answer he gave, but the fight in question proved that he certainly didn't - Lee Keegan was unable to hurt him, and struggled to deal with the leg kicks dished out by the Bad Company man. At the end of the first round, his right leg was visibly wilting, with redness showing at the back of his thigh, and the expected finish came soon after. Despite his outward calm, Keegan backed into his corner and was more focused on blocking Long's leg kicks as opposed to dishing out his own offence, and after one too many right lowkicks, he buckled, and was unable to beat the count.
Off to a winning start for Long, who will look to compete at a forthcoming HGH Promotions or Bad Company promoted show. Who says nice guys finish last?
It has been a bit difficult to approach this weekend's KRUSH results, as the show has yet to air in Japan or anywhere else, but there are reports on the internet about them, as opposed to retread on territory that has already been covered by people at the show, I defer you, our readers to K-1's official site for our friend Stuart Tonkin's write up of the event. Tonkin has been covering events for K-1's official site for years now and was live in the arena for the event. So here, your photo of the day, is KRUSH's newly-crowned Triple Champions.
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Fight Code held yet another event today, in cooperation with Wako-Pro who held a Croatia vs. Hungary tournament on the undercard as well as placed Bob Sapp in the main event. The Fight Code portion of the event aired live on Fight Code's website and if you for some reason missed the action, the fights are up for your viewing pleasure.
The Super Fights were interesting to say the least, with each bout set to feature a certain fighter for the upcoming Rhinos tournament. Vitali Akhramenko squared off with Gyorgy Mihalik. Mihalik was able to hold his own throughout a good portion of the first two rounds but had a lot of trouble in the third, just barely surviving the fight. Akhramenko was simply too powerful and technical for Mihalik and the bout was clearly to feature him.
Timhar Brunner was given a dubious task of fighting Miladen Brestovac. Brestovac was able to easily walk right through Brunner within mere moments. Honestly, Brunner was not in the game at all for this bout and was completely out-classed.
Freddy Kemayo, a name that many know quite well from It's Showtime got a victory for himself, getting himself some great forward momentum for the Rhino Series tournament. Corneliu Rus was his opponent and he put forth a valid effort, but against a tried-and-true competitor like Kemayo, swarming him early on with only a select few shots landing is not how you fight him. Kemayo has been around the block a few too many times and simply weathered the storms while covering up and taking minimal, if any damage. Rus was then caught off-guard and knocked down by Kemayo and stumbled back to his feet. Freddy just moved in and one lone punch sent Rus into the ropes before crumbling for good, not knowing where he was.
If for some reason you are interested in Bob Sapp, he was destroyed by Tivadar Kunkli after being knocked down three times.
As for the Dragon's Series Tournament, it was not without early controversy. Norbert Balough clearly outworked Luka Tomic before the bout was declared a draw. This simply set a fire under him as he took Tomic down in the extension round with a head kick. In the second of the tournament bouts, Yuri Bessmerty put on a bit of a show against his opponent, Selmedin Didic. He essentially just worked him over for three rounds while taunting him but never went in for the kill. In the third bout, Halim Issaoui pulled off an interesting upset over British Muay Thai standout Simon Chu. Chu looked confident early on before getting dropped in the first, held on for the second and did his best to rally in the third, but it was not enough to secure him a victory.Add a comment
The GLORY World Series keeps getting more and more interesting as the card trickles out. The event organizer Martijn de Jong is currently on vacation in Indonesia, so things are happening whenever he has the time and internet connection to make big moves, and he continues to do so.
We already know that the main event is the tournament final between Gokhan Saki and Brice Guidon, and that Tommy Depret will meet Siyar Bahadurzada in the Middleweight MMA Finals. On top of that Errol "Bonecrusher" Zimmerman vs. Mourad Bouzidi, Nieky Holzken vs. Artur Kyshenko, Igor Jurkovic vs. Pavel Zuravilov and our good friend Mark "Fight Shark" Miller vs. Nikolaj Falin are all kickboxing bouts that will go down on that card. Outside of It's Showtime, no one else in the world can put together such a blockbuster kickboxing card.
There has been a new bout announced featuring two names that kickboxing fans know very well; Chalid "Die Faust" Arrab and Zabit Samedov. Die Faust won the K-1 Las Vegas Grand Prix in 2006 and holds big career wins over Musashi and Gary Goodridge. Zabit Samedov has a 72-10 kickboxing career and has decided to take the plunge into MMA, where these two kickboxers will meet. Die Faust has already fought in ten MMA bouts, so in MMA rules, Die Faust is already more experienced and actually holds a submission victory.
This isn't the first time where two world class kickboxers have met in MMA rules, but it should truly be interesting. It is also interesting to note that Zabit Samedov went on record in 2009 claiming that Golden Glory fighters were all "jacked up on steroids" and that fighters like Zimmerman have walked around, publicly doing steroids in the gym, at the time upsetting Golden Glory head honcho Bas Boon.Add a comment
Results from the international kickboxing scene this weekend:
Mike Zambidis took home the title at the W5 Grand Prix event in Moscow, although it wasn’t an easy road. In the semi-finals, Enriko Gogokhia provided a tough challenge, taking the fight into the extension round before Zambo could score the decision win. In semi-final #2, Dzhabar Askerov took a decision against William Diender, setting up Zambidis vs. Askerov 2 for the final. The two men once again went to war, and once again it was Zambidis claiming the win via unanimous decision. With that win, Zambidis has won 7 of his last 8, with the only loss coming against Giorgio Petrosyan. Prior to this run, he was on a 2-4 streak, and looked like his days at the top could be finished; it’s been great to see the veteran fighter make this resurgence. Also at W5: Vladimir Mineev won over Vitaly Shemetov by doctor stopage at the end of round 1, Alexandr Stetsurenko def. Vasily Tershonok by decision in the extension round, and Roman Mailov def. Ramil Novruzov via decision.
Evolution 23 took place in Australia on Saturday. As always, the Australian Muay Thai show delivered, with a number of exciting fights. In the main event, one of the scene’s big names, Bruce “The Preacher” Macfie dropped a unanimous decision to Franki Giorgi. Giorgi had defeated Macfie by stoppage at the last card to set up this rematch, and while the Preacher went the distance this time, reports indicate the result was never in doubt.
Elsewhere in the card there was some controversy in a fight between Eli Madigan and Jason Scerri, which Madigan won. Post-show, Scerri’s corner has been very critical of Madigan and Evolution, claiming that when they agreed to the fight, they requested there be no elbows used, as Scerri no longer fights under full Muay Thai rules. According to Scerri’s camp at Jabout Gym, both Evolution and Madigan’s team agreed to this, however when the fight started, Madigan used numerous elbows to cut open his opponent. Scerri’s corner threw in the towel as they felt they were being cheated. Bit of an ugly situation there.
One final note from the show – much credit is due to Glen Purvis, who came in on very short notice to face the tough and experienced Dane Daddy Kool when Dane’s original opponent had to bow out. Taking a fight against a fighter at that level on just a few days notice is impressive. Even more impressive? Purvis is only 16 years old. Hats off to him for stepping in there.
Full results from Evolution 23 in the complete entry.
And finally, top Muay Thai fighter Saenchai Sinbi (the former Saenchai Sor Kingstar) was in action in England. Saenchai faced top ranked UK Muay Thai fighter Liam Harrison. Reports say this was an excellent fight with Harrisoin giving it his all, but in the end, Saenchai was too much and took the unanimous decision win. He’s now 2-0 against Harrison after a 2009 decision victory. If you’re unfamiliar with Saenchai, get to YouTube and check him out – truly one of the most gifted athletes in the world in any combat sports discipline.
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A few noteworthy results from this weekend:
Kicking off the weekend was Kings of Kombat 3 in Australia. The show was originally slated to be headlined by Paul Slowinski vs. Peter Graham, but Slowinski had to drop out due to injury and was replaced by Andre Meunier. In the end, it was the K-1 veteran Graham who was victorious, stopping Meunier in the 3rd with leg kicks. The semi-main event was another clash involving K-1 names, as 2010 Oceania GP champ Ben Edwards faced Carter Williams. Edwards took the majority decision in a close fight. One other result from this show - in a fight of great interest to local fans, Steve Moxon defeated Jordan Tai by majority decision in a fight that sounds like a must see. At the show they also announced early details for Kings of Kombat 4 in August: headlining the event will be the rescheduled Slowinski vs. Graham fight, along with a rematch between Edwards and Williams, plus Errol Zimmerman vs. an opponent yet to be determined.
In France, the big event was Explosion Fight Night vol. 3. When this show was announced some time ago, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee was slated to appear as part of a 4 man tournament, however, Sudsakorn ended up not taking part in the event as the 71kg tournament was cut. In the main event, Aiello Batonon defeated Nonsai Sor Sanyakorn via majority decision. Also on the card, Xavier Bastard won over David Macintosh via unanimous decision, and Hocine Bennoui won a 4 man 65kg Muay Thai tournament.
Finally, a pair of MMA notes from the weekend. In Strikeforce, K-1 veteran Scott Lighty took part in the latest Challengers event. Best known to K-1 fans for his 2005 Vegas Grand Prix run, Lighty has put together impressive 6-1 record since making the switch from K-1 to MMA. However, he hit a bump in the road here as the former kickboxer was soundly defeated by Lorenz Larkin. And in Bellator, the man who upset Andy Souwer, 2010 Shootboxing S-Cup finalist Toby Imada was back to his MMA roots. He was defeated by Patricky Freire via TKO in round 1.Add a comment
Leroy Kaestner walks away from Marvin Sansaar after ending his night. Kaestner defeated Sansaar via 1st round TKO at Battle at the Bhoele in the Netherlands this past weekend.
For more excellent pictures from the event, visit the MixFight.nl forums.Add a comment
Full results are in for today's It's Showtime Brussels card. In the main event, Karim Bennoui scored a mild upset, defeating Sergio Wielzen for the IS 61kg title via decision. Good, action packed bout here, and with that win Bennoui becomes the second 61kg champ. Sadly, Wielzen's run never seemed to take off - we'll see if the largely unknown Bennoui can bring some recognition to this fledgling division.
Marat Grigorian scored an impressive win over Severiano Rijssel, earning a TKO in the 2nd round. This is exactly the kind of strong showing Grigorian needed as he looks ahead to his IS 73kg title fight with Yohan Lidon in May.
In the opening bout, Evgeniy Kurovskoy was victorious via unanimous decision against Andre Grigorian. As we mentioned earlier today, Kurovskoy is entered in the huge IS 70kg tournament coming out of Russia in July. That tournament is absolutely stacked, and Kurovskoy will come in the heavy underdog, but it's good to see him get the win here against a very capable opponent.
Complete results are below, and we'll have more analysis and fall out in the coming days.
Evgeniy Kurovskoy def. Andre Grigorian, Unanimous Decision
Andy Ristie def. Nick Beljaards, KO Rd. 1
Lefterio Perego def. Sonny Dagraed, 4-1 Decision
Marat Grigorian def. Severiano Rijssel, TKO Rd. 2
Sahak Parparyan def. Marco Vlieger, 4-1 Decision
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We've got more information coming in from United Glory from this past weekend. First up, if you are interested in the MMA portion of the card, Sherdog.com has full results from the MMA fights online. Check those out here. Video has also surfaced of both Nieky Holzken and Errol Zimmerman in their fights, so we have some details on those fights, plus those videos, below. As for the rest of the card - your guess remains as good as mine. Which, I have to say, is completely ridiculous. It's a real shame that this company would put on a show featuring multiple top 25 fighters, then not even bother to tell anyone who was actually on the show. In this day and age it's absurd not to put results up on your own site, or at the very least, visit a big message board such as Mixfight.nl and post full results. I'd like to say I'm looking forward to the next United Glory show and Guidon vs. Saki, but I have so little faith that I'll actually see the show that it's hard to drum up much interest.
Up first is Nieky Holzken vs. an unknown fighter mis-labeled as Wendy Annonay. To be clear, Holzken's opponent here is NOT Wendy Annonay, as the YouTube video states. Mr. Annonay himself contacted us to clear this up. Our sincere apologies to him, and our readers for the confusion - just more proof of the lack of information from UG. UPDATE: It appears Holzken's opponent is French fighter Carlos Tavares.
Anyway, not sure what weight class this was, as Holzken has been moving around the 70-77 range a bit lately. His opponent looks pretty big, so I would guess something higher than just 70kg. Very impressive performance from Holzken, who patiently waits for the right opening, then takes advantage once he gets it:
Next is Errol Zimmerman vs. Zinedine Hamer-Lain. After hearing Zimmerman was on this card, I was interested to see this, as the Bonecrusher has not looked too good in his last few showings. Here, we once again get the somewhat overweight looking Zimmerman - a fighter who looks distinctly different from the man who made the K-1 semi-finals 2 years ago. On the plus side, he does show off his power and aggression here, putting a heavy beating on Hamer-Lain that ends up breaking the overmatched fighter's arm. I'll call this one better than we've seen from Zimmerman lately, but still not the kind of shape I would like to see him in:
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