|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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Thai Boxe Mania held its annual event in Turin, Italy yesterday and some notable fighters fought, including Artur Kyshenko. Kyshenko will be fighting Giorgio Petrosyan on March 24 in Milan, so this was a good introduction to the Italian crowd before that fight.
Artur Kyshenko fought Roberto Cocco at 75kg and took home a dominant decision win. Cocco came out guns blazing but it didn't phase Kyshenko at all. Kyshenko took over for the rest of the fight after about the first minute. Dropping Cocco with a spinning backfist in the second, he followed up by swarming Cocco with heavy punches to force a standing count. Kyshenko seemed a bit wild but his shots were really heavy and Cocco had no answer. It was a good warm up for the fight against Giorgio Petrosyan.
Winner of Fight Code's 2011 72.5kg tournament, Yury Bessmertny fought the popular K-1 star Gago Drago. Drago had lost six in a row prior to this fight and it was pretty much the same as his last six fights for him. Bessmertny stifled most of Drago's attempts at offense by moving around the ring and striking. Drago had nothing effective going for him. In the third Bessmertny hit Drago with a head kick that ended his night, sending him faceplanting straight to the canvas.
One of the best prospects in all of kickfighting, Chingiz Allazov dominated the tough veteran Erkan Varol to win a decision. Varol had nothing for Allazov, who kept the fight to his liking with his height and measure of distance. Allazov battered Varol with low kicks and body punches for the whole fight. I think it's time for a big step up in competition for Allazov. This was a step up in competition for him, but it's apparent that he's just on another level.
Full results below:
-75kg: Artur Kyshenko def. Roberto Cocco by decision.
-72.5kg: Yury Bessmertny def. Gago Drago by KO (Head Kick) in Round 3
-67kg: Chingiz Allazov def. Erkan Varol by decision.
-72.5kg: Fabio Sicilliani and Sharos Huyer fight to a draw.
-70kg: Filippo Solheid def. Filip Rzadek
-72.5kg: Paolo Fiorio def. Alexandru Popescu
-72.5kg: Filip Hryeniewicki def. Francesco Palermo by decision in an extra round.
-58.5kg: Patrick Carta def. Ivano Saviero
Oktagon Selection Finals:
HW: Davide Longoni def. Luca Panto by decision in an extra round.
-85kg: Davide Mosca def. Rocco Simoncini by KO in Round 2.
-72.5kg: Mustapha Haida def. Marco Re by decision in an extra round.
-70kg: Iulian Imeri def. Christian Zahe
-65kg: Adi Petrisor Catana def. Shan Cangelosi
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It's Showtime's massive event headlined by Badr Hari vs. Gokhan Saki is going down today in Leeuwarde, Netherlands and we've got you covered here. The event also features the likes of Daniel Ghita vs. Hesdy Gerges in a rematch for the It's Showtime World Heavyweight Title and Tyrone Spong vs. Melvin Manhoef along with nine other great fights featuring some of the top names in kickboxing.The full fight card can be seen here.
We'll update after every fight with results. Note that this isn't a play by play. If you want play by play, follow me on Twitter at @rianscalia.
Hafid el Boustati vs. Henri van Opstal
Hafid el Boustati wins by unanimous decision.
Hinata Watanabe vs. Andy Ristie
Andy Ristie wins by KO in Round 1.
Sahak Parparyan vs. Mourad Bouzidi
Sahak Parparyan wins by majority decision (4-1).
Ben Edwards vs. Ricardo van den Bos
Ben Edwards wins by unanimous decision.
Yohan Lidon vs. L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni (It's Showtime World Title 73kg MAX)
L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni wins by unanimous decision.
Tyrone Spong vs. Melvin Manhoef
Tyrone Spong wins by unanimous decision.
Michael Duut vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva
Anderson "Braddock" Silva wins by unanimous decision.
Chris Ngimbi vs. Harut Grigorian
Harut Grigorian wins by TKO (Cut) in Round 2.
Errol Zimmerman vs. Rico Verhoeven
Errol Zimmerman wins by KO in Round 1.
Robin van Roosmalen vs. Murat Direkci
Robin van Roosmalen wins by majority decision (4-1).
Hesdy Gerges vs. Daniel Ghita (It's Showtime World Heavyweight Title)
Daniel Ghita wins by KO (Left Hook) in Round 1.
Badr Hari vs. Gokhan Saki
Badr Hari wins by KO (Uppercut) in Round 1.Add a comment
Fighters took to the ring at the Tatneft Arena in Kazan, Russia for the second selection of the first stage of the 2012 Tatneft Cup. Winners will move on and join the winners from the first selection that took place on December 17, at the second stage (quarter finals). In total four selection events will be held in the first stage.
A few changes were made to the card, as the two Portuguese fighters, Bruno Carvalho and Luis Morais were unable to acquire a visa. Valeriy Podoyakhin was substituted in for Bruno Carvalho to face Enriko Gogokhia at -70kg and Oleg Zablodskiy stepped in for Luis Morais to face Dmitry Bezus at Heavyweight. Neither had any success though, as Gogokhia knocked out Podoyakhin in the third round and Bezus stopped Zablodskiy in the first. Gogokhia and Bezus are veterans of the Tatneft Cup, with Bezus losing in the final last year to Hicham Achalhi.
Two Japanese fighters, Masakazu Watanabe and Tsutomu Takahagi made the long trip to Kazan but were both unsuccesful. Watanabe, the Krush veteran, dropped a unanimous decision to Edvin Erik Kibus of Estonia at -70kg. Takahagi, competing at heavyweight, was knocked out in the second round by Tsotne Rogava, a fighter from Ukraine who is only 18 years old and has already fought the likes of Ismael Londt and Stefan Leko.
In the -80kg division, possibly the best division in the Tatneft Cup, Vitaly Nikiforov of Ukraine took a unanimous decision over Rain Karkinen of Estonia. Nikiforov's win put Ukraine at 3-0 for the event. One time It's Showtime fighter Errol Koning of Holland defeated Omar Amrani of Germany when Amrani gave up in the fourth round.
Be on the lookout for more Tatneft Cup content, as we have an interview with the organizers coming up shortly. Quick results below.
70kg: Enriko Gogokhia def. Valeriy Podoyakhin by KO in Round 3.
70kg: Edvin-Erik Kibus def. Masakazu Watanabe by unanimous decision.
80kg: Errol Koning def. Omar Amrani by TKO (Gave Up) in Round 4.
80kg: Vitaly Nikiforov def. Rain Karkinen by unanimous decision.
Heavyweight: Tsotne Rogava def. Tsutomu Takahagi by KO in Round 2.
Heavyweight: Dmitry Bezus def. Oleg Zablodskiy by KO (Liver Shot) in Round 1.Add a comment
Yokkao Extreme took place in Milan, Italy today and despite the lack of means to watch the event, results are out. Among match-ups featured on the card were Buakaw Por. Pramuk vs. Dzhabar Askerov in the main event, Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Abraham Roqueni and Saenchai vs. Fabio Pinca.
Not surprisingly, Buakaw Por. Pramuk defeated Dzhabar Askerov for the second time. Giorgio Petrosyan took what people are saying was a clear decision over Abraham Roqueni. In a bit of an upset, Fabio Pinca defeated Saenchai by decision. Saenchai was not the overwhelming favorite because of the big weight difference, but many expected him to win. This is the first time Saenchai has ever lost to a farang (Non Thai).
We can only work with what we have here officially from Yokkao, so many results are not complete but we do have the winner of each fight at least. We'll update these results with more details when they get out.
K-1/-70kg: Buakaw Por. Pramuk def. Dzhabar Askerov by decision.
K-1/-70kg: Giorgio Petrosyan def. Abraham Roqueni by decision.
MT/-70kg: Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee def. Marco Pique
MT/-66kg: Fabio Pinca def. Saenchai by decision.
K-1/-72.5kg: Armen Petrosyan def. Djime Coulibaly by KO in Round 2
K-1/-71kg: Cedric Muller def. Bruno Franchi
MT/-60kg: Pajonsuk Por. Pramuk and Karim Bennoui fight to a draw
MT/-65kg: Imwiset Pornnarai def. Angelo Campoli
MT/-70kg: Ekapop Sor Klinmee def. Esteban Maza
MT/-70kg: Alessandro Campagna def. Corrado Zanchi
MT/-48kg: Silvia La Notte def. Arianna Santos
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Yesterday in Eindhoven, Holland, Fightsensation II took place and it featured a lot of up and coming Dutch-based fighters along with a fight between two of the higher-ups at the weight around 85kg.
The It's Showtime World Champion at 85kg, Sahak Parparyan, met Hakan Aksoy. Parparyan was coming off a bit of a layoff, as he was scheduled to fight in September against Vjekoslav Bajic but couldn't due to an injury sustained. Sahak's last recorded win was against Moises Ruibal on June 18, but he did win two fights on the third season of Enfusion in August. Aksoy defeated Bogdan Stoica in July, although Stoica lost due to an injury sustained. Sahak took a decision over Aksoy, further cementing himself as one of the top at 85kg. From all the accounts I've heard, Sahak looked really good and the only thing that held Aksoy up was his incredible chin. Sahak has really come into his own since permanently fighting around 85kg and not hanging around higher weights.
It should be interesting to see what's next for Sahak, but for now the only thing set for him is the finals of Enfusion which are supposed to take place some time in April in Holland. He's apparently fighting the Slovenian fighter Franci Grajs in the semi-final of the one night final tournament.
Full results of the A Class fights on the card below:
Sahak Parparyan def. Hakan Aksoy by decision.
Ilias El Hajoui def. Martin Benton by TKO.
Morena Jansen def. Abdel Imkech by decision.
Dennis Stolzenbach def. Michel Andrade by KO.
Jan Pruimenboom and Buray Buzaryilmaz fight to a Draw.
Robbie Hageman def. Twan Aarts by decision.
Fikri Ameziane def. Schacht by decision.
Jafhar Wilnis def. Ralph Blewanus by TKO (Doctor Stoppage).
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Krush held its first event of 2012, Krush.15 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo earlier yesterday. In the headlining bouts, 55kg champ Shota Takiya and 60kg champ Hirotaka Urabe defended their titles against Nobuchika Terado and Naoki Ishikawa, respectively. Krush.15 also kicked off the -63kg WILDRUSH League which is a 6-man round-robin to determine the next 63kg title challenger.
In the main event, 55kg champ Shota Takiya continued his reign of terror, stopping Nobuchika Terado just 71 seconds into the first round, scoring 3 downs with a pair of left hooks and a flying knee. The win is Takiya’s (18-4, 12 KO) first defense and moves his win-streak to 9. With possible opponents KENJI and Ryuya Kusakabe busy with prior engagements, expect Takiya to take a super fight before taking a trilogy fight with either man. The quick loss is disappointing for Terado (27-8-1, 12 KO), who had a good shot at being the man to stop Takiya’s current streak, but he never got into his rhythm and was stopped right away. Should Kusakabe be Takiya’s next opponent, Krush would be well-served in organizing a fight between Terado and KENJI in Krush or RISE to see if KENJI is ready to take a step up in the division and challenge the top fighters in Japan.
In the co-main event, Hirotaka Urabe and Naoki Ishikawa proved to be evenly matched after the two fought to a unanimous draw after 3 rounds on scores of 29-29 and 28-28(x2). Urabe seems to have gotten the better of rounds 1 and 2, but a cut above Urabe’s eye caused by a flying knee allowed Ishikawa to win the 3rd and bring the fight to a draw. Despite the draw, Urabe (13-5-2, 5 KO) defends his title and is now on a 7-fight unbeaten streak. It’s hard to guess what is next for Urabe, should it be FIKA at 63kg or fighting in Krush. If he stays in Krush, matchups with Masaaki Noiri, Kosuke Komiyama or Kejiro Miyakoshi could provide a good test for any of the fighters involved. After his last bout, Ishikawa (33-18-5, 18 KO) talked about retirement, but I do not believe he mentioned it after this bout and according to Boutreview, he seemed pleased with his performance against Urabe. Ishikawa has his ups and downs, but with a win over Yuji Takeuchi followed by this draw against Urabe, Ishikawa is proving to still be a top fighter as he ages and could find success over the next couple of years should he continue to fight.
In a super-fight, flashy K-1 veteran Keiji Ozaki scored a 2nd round KO at 37 seconds into the round over Hironori Hattori. The win is a good bounce-back for Ozaki (24-15-1, 10 KO) who was coming off back to back losses to foreign fighters Thomas Adamandopoulous and Romain Mailov.
Krush.15 also marked the beginning of the -63kg WILDRUSH League which features 6 fighters in a round robin where the fighter with the most points after 5 fights will earn the right to challenge for the Krush -63kg title. Fighters receive 3 points for a KO win, 2 points for a decision win and 1 point for a draw.
Tournament favorite and member of Team Dragon Hideaki Yamazaki(12-1, 6 KO) started off strong with a clear unanimous decision victory over Silver Wolf’s Hitoshi Tsukagoshi (9-2, 5 KO) on scores of 30-29 and 30-28(x2). The win gives Yamazaki two points, however Triple-Y’s TaCa(record N/A) earned himself a 1st round lead with a quick knockout of Naoki Terasaki(8-4, 2 KO) at 1:34 into the 1st round, giving TaCa 3 points. In the final WILDRUSH League fight, Supernova tournament semifinalist Yukimitsu Takahashi(11-4-2, 4 KO) and Krush regular NOMAN(record N/A) fought to a split draw on scores of 30-30, 29-30 and 30-29, giving each man a point and 3rd place in the standings. The lead is nice for TaCa, but it is just the first round and Hideaki Yamazaki has only gotten better as his career as progressed. The draw is tough for Takahashi who will likely need to defeat both TaCa and Yamazaki if he wants to win this tournament.
Finally, in a clash between J-Girls champions, Featherweight champion and Team Dragon’s Kimiko Sasaki defeated Bantamweight champion Shiho Mizuno by unanimous decision on scores of 30-29, 30-28 and 30-27.
Quick results after the break:
Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011 took place today in Tokyo, Japan and featured a few notable kickboxers on the card. Yuta Kubo and Masaaki Noiri, arguably the top two fighters that K-1 has at 63kg, fought in separate bouts. Long time K-1 legends Peter Aerts and Jerome Le Banner both took part in pro wrestling matches.
Yuta Kubo fought Nils Widlund, a Swedish San Shou stylist. The first round saw Widlund treating the fight like a San Shou match, consistently catching Kubo's kicks and sending him to the ground. Kubo was landing all the notable shots though and began to really take over in the second round. By the third round, Widlund was there to be finished and Kubo turned up the pace, going for the finish. A right high kick followed by a knee to the body dropped Widlund and the Swede didn't get up. Kubo won all six of his fights in 2011.
Masaaki Noiri took on Kengo Sonoda and took a unanimous decision. Sonoda was able to land a bit, but Noiri's arms and gloves absorbed most of the shots. Noiri's offense was just much more dynamic than Sonoda's and ultimately lead to the win. This win is Noiri's second of December, coming three weeks after his spectacular KO of Koya Urabe at Krush.14.
Peter Aerts faced long time MMA veteran Kazuyuki Fujita. Aerts hit Fujita with a lot of punches and at one point even hit him with a high kick that seemed to actually hurt Fujita. Fujita got Aerts in a Boston crab and Aerts tapped out. It looked like Aerts may have legitimately hurt his back. Jerome Le Banner was up against former UFC heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia. Sylvia took down Le Banner a few times before Jerome figured just to actually hurt Tim. Le Banner hit Sylvia with a liver kick, just like the one he hit Andrei Kirsanov with yesterday and Tim went down. A few knockdowns later and some ground and pound and Jerome Le Banner was declared the winner.
Overall, obviously some more kickboxing would've been nice, but we got what we could in terms of fights. Let's hope good things are in store for kickboxing in 2012.Add a comment
The Enfusion -95kg season has finally come to an end in Prague, Czech Republic yesterday. The season consisted of a men's tournament at -95kg and a women's tournament at -63.5 kg. The final four competitors in the men's bracket were Ondrej Hutnik, Mohamed Boubkari, Frank Munoz and Wendell Roche. For the women, Julie Kitchen, Alaide Lawant, Hannah Mjoberg and Maria Bastasin were left.
Ondrej Hutnik was matched up with Mohamed Boubkari in the first semi-final and in the second, Frank Munoz went against Wendell Roche. Hutnik and Munoz both advanced by way of unanimous decision to meet in the finals. Hutnik took a unanimous decision over Munoz in the final to win the one night tournament and the Enfusion -95kg season. Ondrej Hutnik has quietly risen to the top of the -95kg weight range, just a few years after competing at 86kg, and 75kg before that. He's really excelled at this weight, winning all six of his fights in 2011. I'd definitely like to see him get a shot at Danyo Ilunga for the It's Showtime title at the weight.
For the women's bracket, Julie Kitchen was matched up with Maria Bastasin and Alaide Lawant took on Hannah Mjoberg. In quite an upset, Maria Bastasin forced a referee stoppage over Kitchen in the first round to advance to the finals. Alaide Lawant scored a unanimous decision over Hannah Mjoberg to meet Bastasin in the finals. Lawant ended up taking a unanimous decision over Bastasin to win the entire season.
MPL and It's Showtime veteran Tomas Hron knocked out Fatih Cam in the second round, rebounding from a KO loss to Nathan Corbertt in September. Full results below:
K-1 Rules (3x3)
Enfusion Men's -95kg Final: Ondrej Hutnik def. Frank Munoz by unanimous decision.
Enfusion Men's -95kg Semi-Final #2: Frank Munoz def. Wendell Roche by unanimous decision.
Enfusion Men's -95kg Semi-Final #1: Ondrej Hutnik def. Mohamed Boubkari by unanimous decision.
Enfusion Women's -63.5kg Final: Alaide Lawant def. Maria Bastasin by unanimous decision.
Enfusion Women's -63.5kg Semi-Final #2: Alaide Lawant def. Hannah Mjoberg by unanimous decision.
Enfusion Women's -63.5kg Semi-Final #1: Maria Bastasin def. Julie Kitchen by TKO (Ref Stoppage) in Round 1.
-96kg: Tomas Hron def. Fatih Cam by KO in Round 2.
-86.2kg: Miroslav Cingel def. Jiri Kopecny by KO in Round 2.
-91kg: Daniel Skvor def. Radim Kusnirak by KO in Round 1.
Muay Thai (5x3)
-73kg: Jiri Apeltauer def. Fahid Maoroun by split decision.Add a comment
The Slamm organization held their second "Soema na Basi" event today in Paramaribo, Suriname. The first event took place on August 26 in the same place, and featured the likes of Ismael Londt. This time around, Ismael Londt wasn't on the card, which was quite a surprise since he was on the poster. Nevertheless, some of the best up and coming fighters out of the Netherlands participated. including members of Team Slamm.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik, fresh off a KO win over up and coming Romanian heavyweight Benjamin Adegbuyi last month, took a decision over Jan Siersema to win the Soema na Basi Heavyweight Title. Jairzinho has put together a nice little streak, something I didn't expect after he lost to Roman Kleibl in May. Full results below:
Soema na Basi Heavyweight Title fight
Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Jan Siersema by decision.
Joery Smans def. Angelo Simson by decision.
Miles Simson def. Ilyasse Ghazaouat by decision.
Amin Chakoud def. Anthony Nekrui by decision.
Anthony Kane def. Nezar Regales by decision.
Rigilio Bodie def. Xavier Benedito by decision.Add a comment
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, the last major kickboxing event of the year took place, the final It's Showtime Japan show of the year, a co-promotion with the annual Fujiwara Festival. The card featured a Top of Featherweight showdown between Genji Umeno and Yosuke Morii, three WPMF Japan Title fights in T-98 vs Daiki Watabe, SHIGERU vs Takahito Fujimaki and Little Tiger vs Fir, a WPMF Japan #1 contender's bout between Ryuya Kusakabe and Sota Ichinohe and super fights that featured Masahiro Yamamoto, Naoki Samukawa and Atsushi Sasatani.
In the main event, Featherweight rivals Genji Umeno and Yosuke Morii finally squared off, and Umeno got the better of the affair, brutalizing Morii over the course of 5 rounds and earning a unanimous decision on scores of 50-45(x3). Umeno ran through Morii, battering his opponent's ribcage with mid kicks and scoring a down in the 2nd round. The win moves Umeno's record to an impressive 19-1 (9 KO) and puts him on a 10-fight win-streak. After the bout he announced that he was more or less done with the Featherweight division in Japan and was setting his sights on the top Thai fighters, calling out the likes of Saenchai Sinbimuaythai, Pornsaneh Sitmonchai, Jomthong Chuwattana and Pakon Sakyotin and stated that he wants to win a Lumpinee Stadium title. Morii (17-3-1, 7 KO) was on a 4-fight unbeaten streak heading into this fight and with Umeno supposedly leaving Japan, Morii assumes the role of divisional kingpin. An interesting next fight for him would be a defense of his WPMF Japan title against #1 ranked Yuji Umehara or Chao Shimura, who scored a win over the last man to beat Morii other than Umeno. Morii could also be an interesting fight for 55kg standouts Shota Takiya and Ryuya Kusakabe should either decide to move up in weight.
In the co-main event, T-98 claimed the WPMF Japan Welterweight Title in his third fight against champion Daiki Watabe, winning a majority decision on scores of 49-48, 50-48 and 49-49. The two first met in July of last year with the fight ending in a draw. Before the two met again this July at the first It's Showtime Japan event, Watabe had claimed the WPMF Japan title and T-98 had been on a slide, going 2-3 and falling out of contention. However, in their rematch T-98 was able to shut out Watabe and earn a unanimous decision. This win for T-98 (11-5-1, 5 KO) moves him to 2-0-1 against Watabe and puts him on a 4-fight win-streak. An interesting next fight for him would be a matchup for his WPMF Japan title against undefeated J-NETWORK champion Masato Otake. Watabe (12-10-1, 7 KO) now falls back into the long list of contenders at 67kg and should see himself in a rematch with Hideya Tanaka or Atsushi Sasatani, or even a fight with Kou Suman.
In a fight for the vacant WPMF Japan Super Featherweight Title, #1 ranked SHIGERU and #2 ranked Takahito Fujimaki fought to a majority draw on scores of 48-48(x2) and 47-48. Fujimaki scored a down in the first round, but SHIGERU took over in the later rounds to even the score and force a draw. The two will likely rematch at some point in the future.
In a bout to determine the next challenger for the WPMF Japan Super Bantamweight title, Ryuya Kusakabe snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, scoring a knockdown of former WPMF Japan Bantamweight champion Sota Ichinohe in the final round to earn him a unanimous decision on scores of 48-47(x2) and 49-46. After having his 7-fight win-streak snapped by Shota Takiya in the finals of the Krush 55kg tournament, Kusakabe (15-4, 7 KO) has put himself back on a 2-fight win-streak and now has the right to face WPMF Japan Super Bantamweight champion Yusuke Shimizu. Ichinohe (11-7-4, 8 KO) had his 3-fight win-streak snapped with a draw against Takuma Ito back in August.
In a 61kg fight, It's Showtime 61kg #1 contender Masahiro Yamamoto scored a unanimous decision win over Genki Kanazawa on scores of 30-25(x5). Yamamoto (36-10-6, 10 KO) scored knockdowns in the 1st and 2nd rounds to earn him the win. He has bounced back nicely from a rough 2010 with 3 straight wins over Arita Tsukahara, Kan Itabashi and now Kanazawa. At some point he will fight current It's Showtime champ Javier Hernandez but no date has been targeted for that bout.
Quick Results after the break