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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

Event Results

16-07-11-superkombat
Today in Romania, Super Kombat is holding their second Grand Prix event of the year, featuring some great match-ups and interesting fights. We'll be updating the live results, up to the minute from the show.

Heavyweight tournament Reserve Fight: Carter Williams defeats Marian Iordan by TKO (Low Kick) in Round 3.

Heavyweight Tournamet Semi Final Fight: Ismael Londt defeats Sebastien Ciobanu by KO (Punches) in Round 3

Heavyweight Tournamet Semi Final Fight: Mladen Brestovac defeats Mighty Mo by KO (Liver Kick) in Round 1.

-73kg Super Fight: Mihai Barbu defeats Alex Tropimov by Unanimous Decision over 3 rounds.

Wako-Pro -88.68kg Intercontinental Title Match: Hakan Aksoy defeats Bogdan Stoica by TKO (Injury) in Round 2.

-92kg Super Fight: Andrei Stoica defeats Henriques Zowa by Unanimous Decision over 3 rounds.

Heavyweight Super Fight: Benjamin Adegbuyi defeats Joachim Thomas by Unanimous Decision over 3 rounds.

Heavyweight Super Fight: Catalin Morosanu defeats Stefan Leko by Unanimous Decision over 3 rounds.

Heavyweight Tournament Final: Ismael Londt defeats Mladen Brestovac by TKO in Round 1. Ismael Londt wins the Super Kombat World Grand Prix II Heavyweight Tournament.

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Fight CodeFight Code held yet another event in their line of tournaments, this time focusing on the Heavyweights, Fight Code's "Rhinos" division. The biggest name in the tournament is clearly Freddy Kemayo, who is looking to get his career back on track after some poor performances over the past few years. Kemayo is a great fighter who can frustrate fans by not looking as sharp against higher level opponents and then decimating anyone else.

Prestige Fight 67kg: Fikri African (3R - Dec) Babak Rustamov
Prestige Fight 67kg: Chingiz Allazov (1R - KO) Guvac Akiyev
Rhino Tournament: Mladen Kujundzic (2R - TKO/Injury) Anatoly Nosyrev
Rhino Tournament: Freddy Kemayo (2R - KO) Orhan Karalioglu
Rhino Tournament: Zamig Atakishiyev (Ext.R - Dec) Shamil Abasov
Prestige Fight 72.5kg: Hunkar Kilic (1R - KO) Zdravko Todorov

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The K-1 World Max 2011 -63kg Japan Tournament will be streaming live at 2:30 EST/11:30 PST. An eight man -63kg tournament featuring names such as Koya Urabe, Tetsuya Yamato and Yuta Kubo will fill most of the card. Along with the tournament, a super fight between long time K-1 MAX competitors Yoshihiro Sato and Albert Kraus will be fought at -70kg. You can watch the fight on K-1's Youtube channel, Ustream channel or Facebook page. Click on each one for links.If you'd like play by play, we'll be on twitter at @LiverKickdotcom or @rianscalia. Enjoy what's sure to be an action packed event.

Reserve Fight #1:

Toshiki Taniyama defeats Yuto Watanabe by Unanimous Decision in an Extra Round.

Reserve Fight #2:

Koji Yoshimoto defeats Shohei Asahara by Unanimous Decision in an Extra Round.

Quarter Final #1:

Tetsuya Yamato defeats HIROYA by Unanimous Decision.

Quarter Final #2:

Koya Urabe defeats Yuki by Majority Decision.

Quarter Final #3:

Yuta Kubo defeats Kizaemon Saiga by Majority Decision.

Quarter Final #4:

Masaaki Noiri defeats Ryuji Kajiwara by Split Decision in an Extra Round.

Semi Final #1:

Koya Urabe defeats Tetsuya Yamato by Unanimous Decision.

Semi Final #1:

Yuta Kubo defeats Masaaki Noiri by Unanimous Decision.

Super Fight:

Yoshihiro Sato defeats Albert Kraus by Majority Decision.

Final:

Yuta Kubo defeats Koya Urabe by Unanimous Decision. Add a comment

itsshowtimewarsaw
It's Showtime Warsaw is set to go down today and we'll be providing live, up to the minute results here on Liverkick.com. It's set to be an action packed card. You don't want to miss this. It starts live at 3PM EST/12 PM PST on www.showtimefights.com where you can purchase it. Canadians can watch on The Fight Network at the same time. For live play by play, I'll be doing it on at @rianscalia.

-77kg: Errol Koning vs. Murthel Groenhart:

Murthel Groenhart wins by Majority Decision (4-1). Groenhart's hands and pressure were the difference in the fight. In the 3rd round he took over, backing Koning up and solidifying the win.

-95kg: Marco Vlieger vs. Revanho Blokland:

Revanho Blokland wins by Unanimous Decision. Blokland outworked Vlieger the whole fight. Vlieger just didn't open up enough and went into a shell for large portions of the fight.

-73kg: Hafid el Boustati vs. Piotr Woznicki:

Hafid el Boustati wins by Unanimous Decision. Complete domination.

-95kg: Danyo Ilunga vs. Nenad Pagonis (It's Showtime 95MAX World Title Fight):

Danyo Ilunga wins by TKO (Referee Stoppage) in Round 4. Ilunga dropped Pagonis with a huge right hand. Pagonis got up but was noticeably out on his feet and Ilunga swarmed him, forcing Pagonis to get a standing count and the fight was waved off.

-70kg: Rafal Dudek vs. Michal Glogowski:

Rafal Dudek wins by Majority Decision (4-1) in an Extra Round. Great fight, Glogowski controlled round 1, Dudek got round 2. Round 3 was even and it went to an extra round where Dudek edged it out in the last minute.

Heavyweight: Daniel Ghita vs. Erhan Deniz:

Daniel Ghita wins by KO (Left Hook to the Body) in Round 2. The first round was surprisingly close as both men went back and forth. Ghita was given a count from what looked like an accidental headbutt so all of a sudden Ghita was actually down on the scorecards. By the second round, Deniz was worn down and Ghita came out and punished him to the body, dropping him with a left hook to the liver and a high kick while Deniz was on the way down that caused a huge cut.



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Lumpini Kriekrai, June 10, Results, from Petyindee Promotions at Lumpini Stadium


from Muaythaifocus

1: Kangwanlek Petyindee vs Petchpanomrung Sor Tamransee

2: The-lek Wor Sangprapai vs Julong Ekbangsai for vacant Thailand Light-flyweight title

3: Panpet Chor Na Phattalung vs Sittisak Chengsimiew gym for Panpet’s Thailand Super-featherweight title

4: Singdam Kiatmuu9 vs Petboonchu FA Group for vacant WMC Lightweight title

5: Sagetdao Petpayathai 133 vs Saenchai Sinbi Muaythai 131 for Sagetdao’s Lumpini Lightweight title

6: Sam-A Gaiyanghaadao gym vs Thong PuiD9D for Sam-A’s Lumpini Super-bantamweight title

7: Nong-O Gaiyanghaadao gym vs Kongsak Sitboonmee for Nong-O’s Lumpini Super-featherweight title

Brent did a good job profiling this event and outlining how absolutely gigantic a show it is. This event consisted almost entirely of championship fights, and all the names on the card are either established fighters or exciting up and comers, like Thelek. Also note, Sam-A and Nong-O have not changed gyms. Gaiyangadao is the name of a sponsor.

Kangwanlek is a big name and something of an anomaly. He is in his thirties and competing still in the top ranks with some success.

Thelek is a young fighter known for his outstanding workrate. This was a rematch, with him having beaten Julong before.

Singdam's been posting strong performances since before winning the Sports Writer's Fighter of the Year award in 2002. That is amazing longevity for this sport. He has been slowing lately, however.Petboonchu should need no introduction, as he has fought Saenchai in a few high profile bouts. His power-clinching style has brought him a lot of success in the top ranks, and he has been moving up in weight.

Sagetdao and Saenchai have fought before multiple times. Sagetdao and Petboonchu actually fought Saenchai together in 2009, with Sagetdao fighting rounds 1-3 and Petboonchu rounds 4-5. Saenchai took that fight, though he lost to Sagetdao some time afterward. Sagetdao took it again this time, on points.

Sam-A is a consistent, classy performer. Against Tong, he did not have to worry about competing against a larger opponent. Historically, he has struggled with larger opponents because of his patient, technical style, but it served him well recently against the larger, and favored, Kongsak. That fight went to a draw, which was something of an upset decision, considering Kongsak is on a 9 fight win streak.

Nong-O, after posting a very strong 2010, when he won Lumpini's Fighter of the Year, has not had much luck this year. This was an interesting bout, as Nong-O is a large, powerful kicker who fights well in orthodox and southpaw. Kongsak is just proving very hard to beat, however. He has wonderful timing and conservation of motion in his bouts. Even though Nong-O has been on the losing end of some decisions, he has consistently looked good in his bouts. Keep in mind he has been around about as long as Singdam, too.

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Isuzu Tournament Finals, June 11, Results from Siam Omnoi Stadium, Channel 3



This weekend was big for Muay Thai. Kem Sitsongpeenong captured first place in the Isuzu Tournament and Dernchonlek Sor Sor Niyom took third over Prakaisaeng Sit-Or in the same tournament. Both wins came by knockout.

Kem knocked out Nopparat Keatkhamtorn in the third with a fantastic stabbing left elbow. At no point in the fight did Nopparat seriously threaten. Kem looked stronger and seemed to be a step ahead of Nopparat in attacking. Nopparat seemed troubled by his power and had trouble countering after kicks. They seemed about to get into the rhythm of the later rounds when Kem pawed Nopparat's right hand down and landed his elbow. The first two rounds consisted of them testing each others' defenses with hard single shots. Kem got the better of the exchanges.

The prize for first place was 1 million baht and an Isuzu pickup truck. He also earns a spot in the next Thai Fight series.

Dernchonlek's win came after a very rough first round. He threw a rear leg teep which Prakaisaeng caught and countered with a stiff right hand. The rest of the round consisted of Prakaisaeng chasing Dernchonlek around the ring slinging right and left hands while Dernchonlek covered with a tight guard against the ropes. Prakaisaeng looked like he was debating whether to keep chasing a couple of time, but he kept up the pressure with the hands, catching Dernchonlek a few more times. He could also have used the opportunity to deal damage to Prakaisaeng's legs or wade in with elbows.

In rounds two and three, Dernchonlek came forward with knees in the clinch and it became a close fight, with Prakaisaeng defending and landing hard counter knees. He was already ahead because of the first round and seemed to pull even further ahead in the third. Dernchonlek wore him down in the fourth and knocked him out with a string of left knees and two bodyshots after trapping him in the corner.

Dernchonlek was awarded two checks totalling 500,000 baht and given a bonus of 30,000 for his KO win.

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Shishido kicks Imada / (C) Dan HerbertsonLast night's Shoot Boxing event in Japan is looking to be one of the better shows coming from Japan recently, and it featured Toby Imada's return to the Shoot Boxing ring. Many will remember that Imada made his way into the S-Cup last year and surprised the world by making it to the Finals against Buakaw Por. Pramuk, with Buakaw able to overcome him. Imada squared off with two-time champion Hiroki Shishido last night, with the first round being Shishido's superior standup giving Imada trouble. In the second round Imada was able to execute a great slam, and continued to use his Judo to pull of the decision victory.

The other big upset of the night was for the Shoot Boxing Ladies Championship, a vacant title that was brought about by the recent rush in popularity for Shootboxing at the hands of RENA. RENA had a rematch with Ai Takahashi, who was able to best RENA this time in the Shootboxing ring. It was Takahashi's jabs and throws that were enough to exhaust RENA and lead to a decision victory.

The rest of the results are courtesy of Dan Herbertson.

Shoot Boxing 169: 2011 Act 3 - June 5, 2011 at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Toby Imada def. Hiroki Shishido by Unanimous Decision
Henri Opstal def. Satoru Suzuki by TKO (Hook and Low Kick) – Round 2

Shoot Boxing Ladies Title Match
Ai Takahashi def. Rena Kubota by Unanimous Decision

Kenji Kanai def. Masatoshi Hyakutake by Unanimous Decision
Tatsuya Tsuda def Hiroaki Okuwa by Unanimous Decision (Extra Round)
Kazuyuki Fushimi def. Masanori Minato by Unanimous Decision
Yuji Sugawara def. Norifumi Yamamura By KO (Knee), Round 1
Yuki Sakamoto def. Tatsuya Shiozaki by KO (Punch) - Round 1
Masaya Matsuhana def. Kazutaka Takahashi By TKO (Corner Stoppage) – Round 2
Miyo Yoshida def. Natsuka by Unanimous Decision
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LiverKick.com brings you all of the coverage of the Glory World Series, LIVE from Moscow, Russia. We had some commentator issues early on, but things have seemingly been sorted out. We'll give you live results for each and every bout, leading up to the World Series finals between Gokhan Saki and Brice Guidon.

K-1: Igor Jurkovic (R2 - TKO) Pavel Zhuravlev - Igor worked Pavel over throughout the first round, dropping him with a nice combo. To start the second round he dropped Zhuravlev and broke his nose, the ringside doctor stopped it.

MMA: Denis Stojnic (R1 - Submission - Rear Naked Choke) Mladen Kujundžić - Denis Stojnic looks like a BEAST. His neck is about the size of Cro Cop's thighs. Stojnic put a serious beating on Mlanden and went for a few submission attempts before locking in the rear naked choke.

K-1: Errol Zimmerman (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Mourad Bouzidi - This is a grudge match of sorts as the two have met before and the finish was less than satisfactory. The first round was lots of action with Bouzidi fighting a bit more intelligently, but Zimmerman landed a few heavy shots before dropping Bouzii HARD with a hook that sent Bouzidi crashing to the ropes. The bell saved him. Bouzidi took a giant hook in the second round and fell flat on his face. The rest of the fight was all Zimmerman destroying Bouzidi.

MMA:  Rasul Mirzaev (R1 - Armbar) Roman Kishev - Rasul basically had Kishaev outclassed on the ground and was going for a ton of submissions before taking his back and rolling into an armbar for the tap.

K-1: Mark "Fightshark" Miller (R1 [0:03] - KO - Right Hook) Nikolaj Falin - I'm in awe of Mark Miller. This is history, Mark not only came back from open heart surgery but worked like a surgeon himself, using his head movement to avoid Falin's first few strikes and land an incredible overhand right to KO Falin.

MMA: Dion Staring (R1 - TKO) Roman Savochka - Dion Staring used his size and strength to make short work of Roman Savochka, using his ground and pound to finish him off.

K-1: Sergei Kharitonov (R1 - KO/Uppercut) Mighty Mo - Mighty Mo did his best against Kharitonov, but Kharitonov's hands were simply too fast and accurate, as were his clinch knees. Mo came in close and a right uppercut floored Mighty Mo.

K-1: Ali Cenik (R3 - Draw) Zabit Samedov - The first round was full of heated exchanges, Samedov came in very confident, but Ali Cenik was able to connect with a few giant shots and wobble Samedov. In the second round Ali Cenik landed some very big shots and was able to wobble Samedov. Samedov was laughing, but he is down possibly two rounds now. The third round was a very even round where things degenerated into a slug fest. The judges ruled the bout a draw.

MMA: Jason Jones (R3 - Counter Knee KO) Shamil Abdoulmouslimov - A slow, methodical ground fight for two and a half rounds. Tons of sweeps and position changes from both guys. Shamil went for a takedown in R3 and ate a knee to the head which immediately KO'd him.

K-1: Artur Kyshenko (R3 - Unanimous Dec.) Nieky Holzken - Great first round from both guys, Nieky pushed most of the pace, controlling the action. Holzken was able to use his reach to throw some nice jabs and kicks. Kyshenko found his range in the second round, absolutely dominating most of the round connecting with great combinations with his hands and throwing lots of kicks and knees. Holzken came back near the end of the round with a crazy left hook that rocked Kyshenko but didn't put him down. The third round was incredibly close, both guys fought very, very hard throwing everything at each other.

MMA Finals: Siyar Bahadurzada (R2 - TKO/knees and hammerfists) Tommy Depret - Has to be seen to be believed. Tommy Depret is a name a lot of people don't know, but he put forth an incredible fight against Siyar. Siyar is known to be a fast finisher and Depret gave him a lot of trouble on the ground, almost tapping him out a few times. Siyar was really hurting him in the second round but Depret would not give up. A few knees and some hammer fists by Siyar finally puts Depret away in the second. Great knock down drag out war.

K-1 Finals: Gokhan Saki (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Brice Guidon - Saki was having problems with Guidon's reach in the first round, with Guidon effectively keeping Saki at bay for most of the round. Saki was still landing a lot of great shots. Round 2 saw Saki annihilate Guidon with strikes, knocking him down with a huge hook. Saki does a great job in the third round pressing the action and landing clean shots on Guidon. Guidon starts just throwing any kick he can think of, but it was too little too late.

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Yesterday, in the shadow of It's Showtime, SuperKombat held a big event in Bucharest, Romania featuring names such as Albert Kraus and a heavyweight tournament featuring K-1 veterans Dzevad Poturak and Sergei Lascenko.

The heavyweight tournament started off with Roman Kleibl vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Kleibl took a decision in 3 rounds. In the second semi final, Sergei Lascenko stopped Dzevad Poturak with a knee to the body, setting up a final of Roman Kleibl vs. Sergei Lascenko. Lascenko went on to get the knockout agaisnt Kleibl in the second round, winning the tournament. Kleibl also advanced to the Final Eliminations, which are a bit unclear as to what they are right now but it looks like SuperKombat will be holding more events similar to this and the winners of the heavyweight tournaments will all meet in a final grand prix tournament. It's a big win for Lascenko, as he's been rather inconsistent and not in the best shape in past fights. You have to think the switch to Mike's Gym played a role in the turn around.

K-1 star Albert Kraus returned to action after a loss last month, taking on Romanian Marius Tita. Kraus went to work early, bombarding Tita with punches mixed in with low kicks until a high kick sealed the deal, knocking Tita out cold. It's a good win for Kraus as he was able to get back on track with a win. Nice to see him throwing some more kicks as well.

Others in action picking up wins were Rico Verhoeven and Sebastien Ciobanu. Upcoming Romanian star Bogdan Stoica forced his opponent's corner to stop the fight in the 3rd round of their Wako-Pro -88.68 kg Intercontinental Title Match. Romanian-Nigerian Benjamin Adegbuyi stopped his Czech opponent Libor Polach in the 1st round.

Overall, a good event from SuperKombat. Looks like they have some big things in the works. Check out the video of Albert Kraus' fight above and be on the lookout for more videos from the event over the week.

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itsshowtimemay21We'll be updating with live results today from It's Showtime in Amsterdam. on the card top 5 heavyweight Hesdy Gerges is in action as well as a huge -70kg fight with Mohammed Khamal and Robin van Roosmalen. There's also a title fight for the vacant It's Showtime 85MAX World Title, featuring Amir Zeyada and Sahak Parparyan.. For ordering the card, you can go to http://www.showtimefights.com and for just 10 Euros ($14), you can get a stacked card. We encourage everyone to buy, watch and support It's Showtime. If you live in Canada, you can watch on tape delay on The Fight Network at 6PM EST/3PM PST. The event airs live at 3PM EST/12PM PST.

For full play by play of the event, I'll be providing it on my Twitter, @rianscalia. Also follow @Liverkickdotcom on Twitter for more coverage.

Main Card

Giga Chikadze (R3 - Unanimous Dec.) Evgeniy Kurovskoy - Giga pretty much dominated this fight, Evgeniy got dropped by a beautiful right hook in the first round, and got tagged with a big knee in the second. The third he rallied a bit, but simply could not come back.

Frank Pareces Vilches (R3 - Unanimous Dec.) Robert van Nimwegen - I missed literally the entire fight to buffering.

Hafid el Boustati (R3 - Dec.) Mohammed Medhar - From what I saw, el Boustati was picking Medhar apart.

Sahak Parparyan (It's Showtime 85MAX World Title Fight) (R5 - Dec.) Amir Zeyada - Crazy fight, back and forth with really great combinations from both men. It was very hard to pick a winner in this fight, Zeyada was a lot bigger and stronger, but Parparyan stayed calm and weathered every storm and had more clean connections.

Mohammed Khamal (R3 - Dec.) Robin van Roosmalen - Wow. Watch this fight. This is what stand up battles should look like, both guys were going tooth and nail for all three rounds, made you wish it were a 5 round bout.

Hesdy Gerges (R2 - KO) Chris Knowles - Knowles had some heart, took a lot of shots in the first round, but in the second round couldn't handle Gerges's power. Right hook, right uppercut, left knee to the face and a hook to finish it and Knowles was DOWN for a solid 20 seconds.

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Thai Fight Extreme was broadcast last night in Thailand on Channel 3 from 11:30 pm to 1:30 am.

Fights were three rounds under Muay Thai rules.

Results in brief:

Saiyok Pumpanmuang def. Ibrahim Njie Jarra, 1st round TKO, cut from left elbow

Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee def. Abdallah Mabel, DEC

Yodsanklai Fairtex def. Jose Barradas, DEC

Buakaw Por Pramuk def. Djime Coulibaly, DEC

Yuya Yamato def. Fabio Pinca, 2nd round TKO, cut from right elbow

Petasaween Seatanferry def. Sofiane Derdega, DEC

Allthebestfights.com has partial footage of Buakaw vs Coulibaly.

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The fights were a bit one-sided.

Saiyok needed all of 10 or so seconds to back Jarra up and cut him.

Sudsakorn's fight was one of the closer ones, but he didn't look to be in trouble anywhere during the fight and Abdallah Mabel was easily the most experienced of the French fighters, barring Pinca. Sudsakorn played in his usual way and hurt Mabel with lowkicks. Mabel came out with elbows to try and win by cut, but Sudsakorn ended up cutting him and they traded some uncommon techniques like spinning elbows. Mabel even threw a Saenchai cartwheel in the third.

Barradas came out gunning in the first round, but Yodsanklai ground him down with power shots and was hurting him against the ropes throughout the second. Yodsanklai cruised through the third and took the decision.

Buakaw dominated his fight with teeps, middle kicks, and dumps, as per usual. Coulibaly gave him a bit of trouble with right crosses in the third, but he got dumped from a low clinch three or four times for his troubles.

I admit I stopped watching Pinca vs Yamato after the first round. Fabio was handling Yuya easily. There was a very evident gap in technique that Yuya couldn't seem to bridge. The pressure game he applied in his upset vs Drago was nowhere to be seen since Pinca had him outmatched in boxing, power, and overall technique. Yuya did partially connect with a right headkick in the first, but it was all Pinca.

Yuya has massive balls, though, and he overcame the gap in experience and technique by rushing in with elbows and cutting Pinca. I didn't see this, and it probably wasn't pretty, but Yuya reminds us that fighters come to fight.

Petasaween was a 130 lb. stadium champion in Thailand, and he took the fight comfortable against Derdega, as he was favored to do. I didn't watch it, but from what I hear, it was about as one-sided as the other Thai vs French bouts.

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The fights were a good showcase of Muay Thai for a different kind of audience but, excepting Pinca vs Yamamoto, the fights weren't very competitive, and even that fight featured a massive difference in skill that Yamamoto overcame by luck and balls. If the Isuzu Tournament, which concludes this May 21st with Kem Sitsongpeenong vs Nopparat Keatkhamtorn, is any sort of gauge, though, the Thai Fight Tournament itself should feature some very competitive bouts, as it did last year.

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ItsshowtimelyonWe'll be updating with live results today from It's Showtime in Lyon, France. on the card are big names such as Badr Hari, Giorgio Petrosyan, Daniel Ghita, Tyrone Spong. There's also two five round title fights to look forward to. For ordering the card, you can go to http://www.showtimefights.com and for just 10 Euros ($14), you can get a stacked card. We encourage everyone to buy and watch and support It's Showtime. If you live in Canada, you can watch live on The Fight Network. The event airs live at 4PM EST/1PM PST.

For full play by play of the event, I'll be providing it on my Twitter, @rianscalia. Also follow @Liverkickdotcom on Twitter for more coverage.

Part 1

Aydin Tuncay vs. Cedric Muller

Cedric Muller wins by Decision over 5 rounds.

Mickael Piscitello vs. Johann Fauveau

Johann Fauveau wins by Decision over 5 rounds.

Wendell Roche vs. Yuksel Ayadin

Wendell Roche wins by Decision in an Extra Round.

Mosab Amrani vs. Houcine Bennoui

Houcine Bennoui wins by TKO (Injury) in the 4th round.

Part 2

Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Chahid Oulad El Hadj

Fight ends in a no contest due to Chahid being unable to continue from a low blow.

Chris Ngimbi vs. Willy Borrel (It's Showtime 70MAX World Title Fight)

Chris Ngimbi wins by KO (Flying Knee) in Round 2.

Fikri Ameziane vs. Daniel Ghita

Daniel Ghita wins by TKO (Leg Kicks) in Round 1.

Yohan Lidon vs. Marat Grigorian (It's Showtime 73MAX World Title Fight)

Yohan Lidon wins by Unanimous Decision over 5 rounds and becomes the new It's Showtime 73MAX World Champion.

Tyrone Spong vs. Igor Mihaljevic

Tyrone Spong wins by KO (Knee/3 Knockdowns) in Round 1

Badr Hari vs. Gregory Tony

Badr Hari wins by TKO (3 Knockdowns) in Round 1

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nickbeljaardsA 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.

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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.

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Howson cut

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?

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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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