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|4.||Marc de Bonte|
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|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
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It's Showtime is holding their 53rd event today in a new location, Tenerife. The largest and most populous island of the Canary Islands is a hotbed for kickboxing and It's Showtime has put on a great card to please the local fans. Among the top match-ups on the card are the return of Giorgio Petrosyan, who takes on Zeben Diaz. There's also an It's Showtime 95MAX World Title fight featuring Danyo Ilunga defending his belt against hometown fighter Loren Javier Jorge. The rest of the card is filled with exciting match-ups that make this event worth checking out.
The event starts at 4PM EST/1 PM PST. You can order it on www.showtimefights.com or if you live in Canada, it's live on The Fight Network.
Sergio Wielzen vs. Carlos Reyes 61kg
Wielzen wins by TKO in Round 1 due to a cut he caused with a knee on Reyes. The fight was competitive until Wielzen wobbled Reyes with a counter hook and then hurt him even more with a knee, followed by dropping him with a left hand. Reyes got up but the fight was called off due to the cut.
Andy Ristie vs. Jonay Risco 70kg
Didn't see the first two rounds because the TV station was having technical difficulties but in the third, Ristie floored Risco with a left hook after having some trouble finding his opponent. Risco got up but the fight was called off. Ristie wins by TKO in Round 3.
Murthel Groenhart vs. Darryl Sichtmann 77kg
Murthel Groenhart wins by unanimous decision. One way traffic for Murthel.
Moises Ruibal vs. Amir Zeyada
Amir Zeyada wins by TKO (Injury) in Round 2. Ruibal was winning Round 1 before getting dropped with a right hand at the end. In the second, Ruibal seemed to injure his knee and was counted but fought on. He was counted twice more for the injury and the fight was called off.
Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Zeben Diaz
Petrosyan wins by majority decision (3-2). The two judges who scored the fight for Diaz must just be idiots or be local judges because it was pretty clear that Giorgio won all three rounds. The commentators were making it seem way closer than it was just because Diaz actually managed to land a punch or two.
Danyo Ilunga vs. Loren Javier Jorge (It's Showtime 95MAX World Title)
Danyo Ilunga wins by unanimous decision. One way traffic for Ilunga. Loren simply didn't throw enough and got outworked by the more dynamic Ilunga.
The MuayThai Premier League continued today with their third event, this time in The Hague, Holland. The event, like both of the MPL's previous two events featured some well known and top talent. Among the fighters featured on the event were the world's top fighter at 77-82kg, Artem Levin, Mohammed Khamal, It's Showtime 73MAX World Champion Yohan Lidon and Nieky Holzken.
As per usual so far, there was no available way to watch the event live. It's likely we'll have to wait a bit for the event to be broadcast on The Score in Canada. Other than that, maybe someone got some cell phone videos. Full results below. Thanks to AFAV and Muay Thai Authority.
Over the last 2 days, Shooto and Shootboxing held their two co-promotional events, with a rematch between Andy Souwer and Toby Imada, as well as Shootboxing vs MMA fights between Hiroki Shishido and "Lion" Takeshi Inoue, as well as Hiroaki Suzuki and "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura headlining the Shootboxing card, with a Flyweight title fight between reigning champion Junji Ikoma and Mikihito Yamagami headlining the MMA card.
In the main event of today's Shootboxing card, 2-time K-1 MAX champion and 3-time S-Cup champion Andy Souwer avenged a massive upset loss to MMA fighter Toby Imada from last year's S-Cup semifinals by unanimous decision on scores of 30-24 and 30-25(x2). I believe Souwer was able to score downs in rounds 1 and 2 while Imada was unable to score any throws on Souwer, which was the key to Imada's victory last November. The win is nice for Souwer who recently fell in the semifinals of the It's Showtime Fast and Furious tournament to Artur Kyshenko. Souwer doesn't currently have any fights set, though he could be an option for Dream's New Year's Eve event. For Imada, a rematch with Hiroki Shishido or an MMA fight in Bellator are options.
In the co-main event, former Shooto Lightweight champ "Lion" Takeshi Inoue scored an upset over Shootboxing star Hiroki Shishido by close majority decision on scores of 30-29(x2) and 29-29. Inoue scored a shoot point in the third round which ended up being the deciding factor. The win is Inoue's 4th straight as he was on a 3-fight win streak in MMA with consecutive TKO wins over Taiki Tsuchiya, Koichiro Matsumoto and Caol Uno. Up next for Inoue could be a fight with Tatsuya Kawajiri should Kawajiri not get an immediate shot at Hiroyuki Takaya or a possible rematch with Kazayuki Miyata. The loss is Shishido's second straight as he lost to Toby Imada back in June. Shishido has been a bit shaky as of late, going 4-5 in his last 9 fights and with back to back losses to MMA fighters, Shishido could see his relevancy, in terms of competition, be diminished, although as one of Shootboxing's biggest draws, he could continue to face top-level fighters.
The other major MMA vs Shootboxing fight that took place on the card was #1 ranked Shootboxing Super Featherweight Hiroaki Suzuki defeating Shooto and Dream veteran "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura by unanimous decision on scores of 30-27(x3). Nishiura's unorthodox striking was not enough to overcome Suzuki, who is now on a 3-fight win streak and now has wins over 4 MMA fighters in his Shootboxing career. Suzuki's next fight could be a rubber match with Tomohiro Oikawa for the Shootboxing Super Featherweight title. The loss moves Nishiura to winless in his last 4 fights with losses to Caol Uno and Mitsuhiro Ishida in MMA and a draw to Tetsuya Yamato in K-1.
In the night's biggest upset, Shootboxing convert Bovy Sor Udomson took a clear cut decision win over It's Showtime and K-1 fighter Gago Drago on scores of 29-28 and 30-28(x2). Udomson is now on a 2-fight win streak after losing 4 straight, although he did not look very good in his last fight with Toby Imada. For Drago, it's a sixth straight loss in a career that has been characterized by extreme inconsistency. He has a fight with Hinata on January 28th at the big It's Showtime event.
Swiss-born Japanese transplant Christophe Pruvost managed to pick up a decision win over former boxer turned kickboxer Satoru Suzuki, Team Souwer's Henri Van Opstal picked up a win over Pride and UFC vet Akihiro Gono, MINA picked up a win over Emi Fujino and Rena's younger sister MIO picked up another win in Shootboxing.
In the Shooto portion of the event on Saturday, Shooto legend Rumina Sato was knocked out in the first round by Team Souwer's Nico Verresen. For Sato, it's a bit of a disappointment as this was only Verresen's second MMA fight.
In Shootboxing action, Kazuyuki Fushimi defeated Shooto fighter Junji Ito by decision and Shootboxing Japan Featherweight champion Naguranchun Masa M16 defeated Shooto fighter Fumihiro Kitahara by 1st round KO.Add a comment
Just minutes ago, Batu Khasikov and Mike Zambidis met for their long awaited fight in Moscow, Russia. 2011 has been Khasikov's coming out party and a win over Zambidis would really put his name in the minds of kickboxing fans worldwide. The fight was for the W5 World Title at 71kg, which was held by Zambidis. Zambidis won the title by winning a tournament in April with wins over Enriko Gogokhia and Dzhabar Askerov.
In the first round, the fighters started out picking their shots. Zambidis favored striking with his hands and Khasikov established his kicks and knees. In a weird chain of events, Zambidis backed off from a seemingly light exchange and took a knee, favoring his jaw. The doctor was called in to take a look, and after examining Zambidis' jaw, the fight was stopped. It was a very strange ending, as I thought it might've also had something to do with Zambidis swallowing or choking on his mouthpiece. It seems that his jaw was broken though, and the most likely culprit was a knee that Khasikov landed. With Zambidis unable to continue, Khasikov got the win and was awarded the W5 71kg World Title.
Batu Kashikov has really established his name in 2011, holding two wins over long time, well known K-1 veterans. Khasikov is 31 years old and it's rare for a fighter to rise to prominence at that age. I'd definitely like to see him mix it up with more of the world's elite and look forward to what's in store for him in the future.Add a comment
Yesterday in Hilversum, Holland, Twilight Fight Night played host to a few notable match-ups in the Dutch kickboxing scene. Two fighters that are definitely not known enough at all for how good they are, Ramzi Tamaditi and Fred Sikking each fought.
Both Tamaditi and Sikking are rather unknown outside of Holland and deserve some recognition. Tamditi fights in the stacked 70kg division and should be on an It's Showtime card. He fought Leory Kaestner at It's Showtime's event back on March 6th and came up short, losing a decision. Fred Sikking is in the 85kg division and has had mixed result at the higher levels. He recently split a two fight series with Moises Ruibal and got knocked out by Bogdan Stoica in February. Both fighters are on the cusp of breaking into the more prominent stages and needed wins yesterday to advance forward.
Tamaditi took on Egon Racz, a Slovakian fighter who now trains out of Mike's Gym. Racz is a good litmus test for a fighter's level and Ramzi took a decision over him. The win moves Ramzi a step closer to the bigger stages of kickboxing. It's never certain when one fighter will finally get the opportunity and some guys will hover around the Dutch scene for a long time.
Fred Sikking also moved forward with a decision win over Rodney Glunder. Glunder is a pretty decent win and moves Sikking up the ladder. It's surprising that Sikking hasn't gotten an opportunity on an It's Showtime card, especially with their efforts to establish an 85kg division. He would be a good fight for Sahak Parparyan.
A lot of guys like Tamaditi and Sikking hover around the Dutch and obscure European scenes for a very long time without getting any opportunities on the big stage. Now with more stable organizations popping up, there's hope that more fighters can get the recognition they deserve.Add a comment
I've got to admit the idea of hopping on a Greyhound bus and traveling to Atlantic City has never been on my top ten list of things I'm really interested in doing before I die. Actually it has never even been on my list of things to ever contemplate doing in my life. I would have probably thrown going to Atlantic City on my list of things I'll be happy to never do. Fortunately my good buddy Bauzen used some jedi mind trickery and dangled some Catvonc style kryptonite in front of my face and convinced me to cash in some travel vouchers and head to the Jersey shore for the weekend. I say fortunately because had Bauzen not exploited my weakness I might not have gone out of my way to attend what in my opinion was one of the most well run, classiest and amazing combat sports events I've ever attended.
The show that Take On Productions, in association with MSG Sports puts on is a well oiled machine and I can only hope they continue to grow and their show is able to expand throughout the country. From the local favorite talented ring announcer Larry Legend to MuayThaiislife.com owner Eric Rivera handling the fight commentary, to the promotors and fighters-this is a professional and entertaining show. I know from personal experience, we've got nothing that even comes close to their level of production quality here in Atlanta. Take On's event truly made me fall deeper in lust with the sport of Muay Thai and if you ever have the opportunity to go to one of their shows I say you had better jump on it. I'm not even mad that I somehow lost an earring, a ring, a phone charger and a flat iron in the post fight celebrations. I'll blame all of that on sharing too many watermelon rock rancher drinks with Bauzen's girlfriend.
The West Coast has always boasted about having the creme de la creme of Muay Thai fighters on American soil but I think the gyms on the East Coast are ready to give them a run for their money. Gyms like Sitan NY, Phil Nurse's The Wat, Cool Hearts from Philly and Boston Muay Thai just to name a few-have trained and assembled crews of skilled and exciting fighters that combat sport junkies need to start paying close attention to. From the ammy fights to the pro debuts and full rules title fights-there was not one moment where I felt the action was lagging. Here's some of the highlights of the night:
Amateur fight Rich Brattole of Weapons 9/Strategic Combat Gym vs Tim Scmeier of Sitan NY
These guys were both obviously not used to wearing headgear, which is a New Jersey athletic commission rule and not a requirement where the fighters normally fight in their home state of NY, but despite that they went to war with each other trading blows back and forth for the entire 3 round contest.
Amateur fight Caitlyn Dempsey of Impact Martial Arts vs Christina Rodriguez of Girl Fight MMA NJ
The ladies brought the first blood of the evening and the first extremely loud crowd response of the night. Caitlyn Dempsey won her debut fight and the crowd erupted in excitement.
Amateur fight Tianna Urman of The Wat vs Prarie Ruglio of Girl Fight MMA
Prarie came at Tianna Urman raging with unrelenting fists for one full minute before her right hand shut Urman down for good. Girl Fight MMA fans in the crowd went absolutely bonkers and let's be honest, Bauzen had a momentary fear of being trampelled by a mass of angry lesbians.
Main event Justin Greskiewicz of Cool Hearts Muay Thai Philly vs Eddie Martinez of Sitan Gym NY
Another really great fight featuring one of the Sitan gym fighters Eddie Martinez versus the always fun to watch purple haired Justin Greskiewicz. Justin took full advantage of the NJ elbow allowance and used those along with some kicks and punching combos to take the very close split decision win over Eddie Martinez.
Pro fight Jay Matias of Sitan Gym NY vs Jake Mainini of Boston Muay Thai
Saving the best for last here-this was the pro debut for both of these fighters and most of the media in attendance agree it was hands down the fight of the night. These two stole the show and put on an amazing display of technical and precise Muay Thai from round one all the way to the end of the fifth round and never once looked fatigued. Jay Matias gave the crowd a show that they will talk about for years afterwards with his arsenal of kicks and unrelenting combinations that ultimately won him the unanimous decision over an also very skilled Mainini. Here's a small video clip from this fan favorite fight to help fill your hungry Muay Thai bellies.
I know right now you are sitting there dying to watch the rest of that fight. As a matter of fact, I'm certain you want to watch the whole event and you are now angrily axe kicking your little sister into your mom's plastic covered couch because you missed out on all the action this weekend. Well calm down and stop being an angry bully. You can go check out the whole event on GFL.tv right now. The full event results on TakeOnProductions.com and don't forget to follow TakeOn Muay Thai on Twitter and like them on Facebook for all the information you are going to need about their upcoming shows.Add a comment
Yesterday in Moscow, Russia, Fight Code along with W5 held an event featuring a Fight Code portion of the card and a W5 portion of the card. The Fight Code portion was shown on Fight Code's stream and W5 wasn't, so everyone was left in the dark about the W5 portion. The W5 portion was shown on Russian TV and videos should be uploaded soon.
In the main event of the W5 portion, former It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion Sergio Wielzen took on Russian fighter Ruslan Tozliyan for the W5 World Title at 60kg. The fight started off fast and Wielzen was knocked down in the first round. It was tough to tell if it was a slip or a legit knockdown because a very strange canvas was being used that had fighters slipping on it all night. Wielzen rallied back and hurt Tozliyan multiple times throughout the rest of the fight. The knockdown made the fight pretty close but Wielzen got a unanimous decision to become the W5 -60kg champion. Next for Wielzen is current It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion Javier Hernandez at It's Showtime's card in Tenerife on November 12th.
In the co-main event, Maxim Smirnov fought Maxim Shalnev at 70kg. About halfway through the first round, Smirnov started to get into a rhythm with his hands and started consistently finding the mark on his opponent. Shalnev was hurt by punches in the first and it continued in the second. Shalnev got cracked with a left hook and staggered, causing the referee to call a halt to the bout in the second round. Smirnov didn't take much damage and should be ready for his fight against Dzhabar Askerov next month at the Tatneft Cup 2011 Finals.
Highly touted up and comer Aziz Kallah made the venture to Moscow to fight 17-year-old Alim Nabiev. In what was quite surprising, Nabiev controlled the fight with his height and range and landed significant strikes on Kallah for most of the fight. If I were to make comparisons, I'd say he looked like a mixture of Artem Levin and Yoshihiro Sato. Only at the very end of the fight did Kallah come on strong. Nabiev picked up a unanimous decision and he's definitely one to look out for in the future, being just 17 years old and already beating the likes of Aziz Kallah.
Full results below:
W5 60kg World Title fight (5x3):
Sergio Wielzen def. Ruslan Tozliyan by Unanimous Decision.
Single fights (3x3):
Maxim Smirnov def. Maxim Shalnev by TKO (Referee Stoppage) in Round 2.
Yuri Zhukovsky def. Valdrin Vatnikaj by decision.
Goran Radonjic def. Nadir Gadzhiev by decision in an extra round.
Alim Nabiev def. Aziz Kallah by Unanimous Decision.
Vitaly Lisnyak def. Evgeny Khil by decision.Add a comment
Earlier today at Differ Ariake, It's Showtime Japan and REBELS copromoted their second event together, It's Showtime Japan 4 and REBELS.9, headlined by an It's Showtime 61kg MAX #1 contender's bout.
In the main event, former AJKF Featherweight champion and 2009 Krush Lightweight GP winner Masahiro Yamamoto defeated former RISE 60kg champion Kan Itabashi for a second time on the strength of a 3rd round flying knee knockdown by unanimous decision on scores of 30-27(x3), 30-28 and 29-28. The win puts Yamamoto back on a 2-fight win streak and makes him the #1 contender for the It's Showtime 61kg championship, currently held by Javier Hernandez. The last time the two met Yamamoto was on a 5 fight win streak, including his Krush tournament win, winning 10 of his last 11 fights while Itabashi was riding an 8 fight win streak including back to back title defenses of his RISE belt over TURBΦ and Keiji Ozaki. Yamamoto won that fight by unanimous decision, but went on a 4-fight winless streak immediately after before defeating Arita Tsukahara to earn the right to face Itabashi. Itabashi won his place in this fight by defeating Genki Yamamoto at the first It's Showtime Japan event in what turned out to be Genki's last fight. This win restores a lot of momentum for the 28 year old Masahiro Yamamoto that had been lost over the past year and a half. His matchup with Hernandez should be an extremely entertaining fight. Hernandez is set to take on former 61kg champion Sergio Wielzen, who defeated Yamamoto, in a non-title fight in Spain at It's Showtime 53 on November 12th.
In the co-main event, Hinata was able to defeat South Korean fighter Baek Min-Cheol via a body kick KO at 1:01 into the first round. For Hinata, it is a bounce back from his one-sided loss to 70kg kingpin Giorgio Petrosyan as well as a tune up for his fight at the big It's Showtime January 28th show against Gago Drago.
WPMF Japan Welteweight champion Daiki Watabe picked up a much needed win with a unanimous decision over former J-Network Super Lightweight champion Tomo Kiire on scores of 29-27(x2), 29-28 and 29-26(x2). Watabe was riding a two fight losing streak with a loss to Chi Bin Lim in RISE as well as a loss to T-98 at the first It's Showtime Japan event. Up next for Watabe could be a defense of his WPMF title against newly crowned J-Network Welterweight champ Masato Otake who is looking to be one of the hottest prospects in Japan at the moment.
In REBELS action, WPMF Japan Featherweight champion Yosuke Morii picked up a 3rd round KO win over a Lumpinee ranker. If Morii continues winning and Genji Umeno wins his next fight for the WPMF World title, the two could meet each other with the WPMF Japan and World titles on the line as well as a spot in the Lumpinee Stadium feathweight rankings.Add a comment
Fight Code sets up shop in Moscow, Russia today for their second consecutive weekend holding an event. This time, the main focus of the card will be heavyweights (105kg). The Rhinos series has gotten to the Final 8 and each fighter in the Final 8 has qualified from wins at previous Fight Code events. Among the fighters featured on the card are Vitali Akhramenko, Freddy Kemayo along with Keiji Ozaki taking on Roman Mailov in a single bout. The event is co-promoted with W5 but Fight Code only shows the Fight Code portion of the events on their streams. Full fight card here.
The event goes live on www.livefightcode.tv at 12:30PM EST/9:30 PST. All you have to do to watch is register and the event is free to watch. If you want play by play, follow us on Twitter at @Liverkickdotcom and @rianscalia.
Rhinos Final 8:
Pacome Assi def. Petr Vondracek by Decision.
Yuksel Ayadin def. Tomas Kohut by Unanimous Decision in an extra round.
Vitali Akhramenko def. Zamig Atakishiyev by Unanimous Decision.
Freddy Kemayo def. Mladen Kujundzic by Unanimous Decision.
Roman Mailov def. Keiji Ozaki by Unanimous Decision.
Edgar Arutyunyan def. Imro Main by Decision.
In the night’s main event, undefeated Masato Otake improved to 9-0, capturing the J-Network Welterweight title from former champion Atsushi Sasatani by unanimous decision on scores of 50-47(x3). Sasatani won the title against Tomo Kiire in October of last year and this was his first defense. Otake earned the right to fight for the title by defeating former K-1 Koshien fighter Kohei Nishikawa in August. Otake should be an interesting fighter to watch going forward as he has faced little resistance on his path to the title. I would liken him, as a prospect, to Takafumi Morita as he captured a major promotional title within 11 fights and they have a common opponent in Nishikawa. However, Morita took a big step up in his following three fights as well as knocking out Nishikawa in the first round while Otake took him to a decision. Otake has a few options going forward as he could defend his title against #1 ranked Tomo Kiire or he could set his sights on the WPMF or WBC Japan titles.
In a Super Bantamweight title unification bout, reigning champion Hiroaki Mizuhara defeated interim champ Hidemaru by split decision on scores of 49-47, 48-50 and 50-48. Mizuhara was a part of the Krush 55kg tournament and made it to the semifinals, losing to Ryuya Kusakabe by decision and this win is his first successful defense. Hidemaru won the interim title back in June by unanimous decision. Next could be a rematch between the two, but with a relatively strong weight class, Mizuhara could find himself fighting WPMF Japan Bantamweight champ Ichinohe Sota while a good matchup for Hidemaru would be against Takayuki Umehara in a fight that would have J-Network and WPMF Japan implications.
Finally, in a matchup of Krush regulars, Junpei Aotsu defeated DYNAMITE Yuta by unanimous extension round decision on scores of 10-9(x3) after a majority draw with scores of 29-28 and 29-29(x2). In the past 2 and a half years, Aotsu has fought 17 times, going 9-8-1 against a who’s who of Japanese Lightweights the likes of Masahiro Yamamoto, Fire Harada, Yuta Kubo, Masaaki Noiri, TaCa, Arita Tsukahara and TURBΦ. Aotsu is currently on a 2-fight win streak. DYNAMITE Yuta scored a big upset in the quarterfinals of the Krush 63kg tournament with a first round knockout of former K-1 63kg posterboy Daisuke Uematsu, but lost to Koya Urabe in the semifinals.Add a comment