|Heavyweight (Per 4/15)|
|Light HW (per 4/15)|
|Middleweight (per 4/15)|
|Welterweight (per 4/15)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 4/15)|
|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
Fedor is a name that is spoken amongst MMA fans as if he were royalty, his dominance in the sport has not been emulated, even slightly. So to say that him fighting in the US again is a big deal is an understatement, to say that him in the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP, well, it is even bigger. Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva has sharpened his skill in Japan and EliteXC and two wins in Strikeforce.
In a way, the popularity of this tournament depends on Fedor Emelianenko moving forward in the tournament, but Antonio Silva is a tough opponent for any heavyweight in 2011.
The first round saw your standard Fedor action, where Fedor worked his quick hands and Silva's gameplan was to hold Fedor against the cage, using his size and strength to his advantage. The second round saw what many thought was the impossible happen, as Silva completely dominated Fedor on the ground. Ground and pound and a few near-choke attempts against Fedor. Fedor was able to persevere through most of the brutalizing and show us exactly what Fedor has done dozens of times before; tire out a bigger opponent before he makes his comeback.
Then one of th drawbacks to fighting in the United States hit us in between rounds; Fedor's right eye was swollen shut and the ringside doctors and ref, Dan Murgliotta decided that the eye was too bad for Fedor to continue, and called off the bout right after the third round. Bigfoot Silva has become the third man to hold a win over Fedor, and the second man to hold a win that fans will dispute for years.
Antonio Silva goes on to meet the winner of Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum, and the future for Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski are unknown after tonight. Fedor discusses retirement post-fight, and fans' hearts everywhere are breaking, while Dana White is smiling and saying, "that guy was never that good."Add a comment
Andrei Arlovski is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, sure it was from an era that is not well known for UFC's Heavyweight division, but to question if Arlovski was "legit" or not is a bit, well, ridiculous. He reigned supreme over UFC's division while Fedor reigned over Japan. Sergei Kharitonov has some legitimate wins from PRIDE and has competed in K-1 over the past few years, so a battle between Kharitonov vs. Arlovski is a fight that we've been waiting to see for a while, and it's happening in Strikeforce.
Arlovski comes in staring down the barrel of a long, three-fight losing streak (Fedor, Rogers, Silva), while Kharitonov hasn't faced top competition at Heavyweight in the past few years and won. Both men have a lot to prove on the world level here tonight, and this could make or break a career. Arlovski starts off strong and uses his movement and hands, but Kharitonov was patient and waited for his moment and struck, hard, swarming on Arlovski and not stopping until Arlovski was on the ground, knocked out cold.
This is Arlovski's fourth KO loss in a row, and one has to believe that he'll be dejected by this and there will be a lot of questions about his career.Add a comment
Sugar Ray Sefo, a K-1 star unlike most entered into his third professional MMA bout tonight, against the big brother of Alistair Overeem, Valentijn Overeem. Valentijn has been removed from the world of elite fighters for a while, while Sefo has yet to move up to elite competition in MMA. Both men met in a reserve bout, to see in case of an injury or draw situation who could possibly fill in during the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP.
Ray Sefo came in looking to counterstrike against the bigger and younger Valentijn, but Overeem was able to get Sefo onto the ground within one minute and twenty seconds, and about ten seconds later ha a neck crank on Ray Sefo against the cage and Sefo had no choice but to tap out. Sometimes it is heart-breaking to be a fan of Sugar Ray, as a lot of his focus of late has been on training other fighters in the fairer sport that is kickboxing, and there were rumors that he did not train as much as he should have for this bout.
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In a result I don’t think anyone saw coming, Abraham Roqueni scored a huge upset this weekend, defeating the #3 fighter in the world, Andy Souwer. The fight was the main event for El Desafio in Spain; Roqueni took the decision win.
When this fight was announced, it seemed like such a routine win for Souwer that we didn’t even discuss it much here at LiverKick.com. I don’t want to take anything away from Roqueni, who is a good fighter, but this is Andy Souwer we’re talking about, and the result was little in doubt. Instead, Roqueni treated local fans to an amazing upset, knocking the heavily favored Souwer down early in the fight and holding on from there to get the win.
Check the full entry for video of the fight.
With this loss, Andy Souwer has now lost 2 of his last 3 fights, with both loses coming against fighters far outside the top 25. In fact, this makes him 4-4 in his last 8, which doesn’t sound so bad, especially considering the level of opposition Souwer faces, but when you look at his overall record of roughly 150 fights and only 11 loses, you can see that something may be amiss here. Souwer spent much of 2010 sidelined due to an eye injury – is it possible he has come back too fast? Or are those 150 fights and 12 years as a pro catching up to Souwer? There’s a temptation to say it’s just one loss, but as I said after the Imada fight, Andy Souwer is the kind of fighter who just doesn’t lose to anyone but the very best. Since making his K-1 debut, Souwer has only lost 3 times to fighters outside of the top 5 – and two of those 3 loses have occurred in his last 3 fights. It’s extremely premature to write Souwer off after this loss, but it’s also unwise to ignore the facts. And the facts say that Souwer is not at the top of his game right now. Will he shake that off and get back to the dominance he is capable of? We’ll have to see. Souwer’s next scheduled fight is a tough one – March 6 against L’houcine Ouzgni for It’s Showtime. That will be a must win for Souwer against a very capable foe.
Elsewhere on the card Dennis Schneidmiller lost a decision to Fran Palenzuela, Youness el Mhassani defeated Oliver Tinda by decision, and Hafid el Boustati vs. Manuel Hinojo went to a draw. Full results available here.
Also in action this weekend was Alexey Ignashov. The Red Scorpion headlined a European event billed as Ring of Honor on Saturday, facing K-1 ColliZion 2009 tournament champion Roman Kleibl. Ignashov took the decision victory, redeeming a 2009 loss. Click here for fights from the entire event, including Ignashov vs. Kleibl.
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Anderson Silva squared off with most recent challenger, Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort. After his last defense against Chael Sonnen there were many questions as to where Anderson Silva really stands. His stand up has always been his strong point, but Chael Sonnen was able to score on him and even knock him down in their fight. To many, this was a glaring hole in his game, and against a boxer like Vitor Belfort, could mean bad things.
Most of the first round featured both men tentative and afraid to strike until Vitor Belfort landed a one-two combo. Silva gets frustrated and throws a high kick that Vitor catches and takes him down with. Silva is easily able to hop up and get his back, then Vitor spins around and eats a clinched knee from Silva. Silva then channeled our favorite retired K-1 MAX fighter not named Masato and lands a Kohi front kick to KO Vitor, followed by a few follow-up shots for good measure. Anderson wins by first round KO.
Anderson Silva quietly sits upon his MMA striking throne, but we still have questions about where he stands against professional boxers, kickboxers and muay thai practioners.Add a comment
In what was one of this weekend's biggest fights, Torino, Italy's Thai Boxe Mania 2011 has come and gone, and Giorgio Petrosyan, injured hand and all has come out on top, once again. His opponent was Thai standout Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee in what was a close battle between essentially two injured fighters. Sudsakorn had fought just two weeks ago, and Giorgio Petrosyan still has an injured right hand.
It was a close battle between both men, but Petrosyan had the upper hand throughout the fight and was able to pull off the decision victory. A hat tip should go out to Suds, who put up a great fight and hopefully both men can meet under better conditions in the future. After the bout, Petro confirmed that he hand was indeed injured and that his next opponent was Cosmo Alexandre at Oktagon 2011 in Milan.
Armen Petrosyan was also victorious over Miodrag Olar via decision, moving onward to Yoshihiro Sato, proving that 2011 will be big for the Petrosyan brothers. Also in action, Abdallah Mabel stopping Vladamir Shulyak late in the third.Add a comment
Hinata was in action this weekend, taking part in an event for Japan's REBELS organization. The young fighter was in the main event, facing Korea's Woo Yong Choi. K-1 MAX fans may remember Choi as Pajonsuk's victim at the 2010 MAX Grand Prix Final 16 event. Hinata took the victory, scoring a head kick knockout at the start of the 3rd round. There's no video available yet, although pictures available at BoutReview.com certainly indicate that Choi took quite the beating. Check out the impressive photos here.
At the end of the fight, Hinata issued a challenge to Japan's top K-1 MAX star Yoshihiro Sato, which sounds like a great fight to me.
Hinata was one of the break out stars of 2010, as wins over Yuya Yamamoto and Artur Kyshenko brought him great acclaim. Since being choked out by Andy Souwer in Shootboxing, Hinata has now won two in a row, first over Andre Dida at K-1 MAX, and now against Choi.
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When I profiled the 67 kg Isuzu Tournament, I mentioned that the January 15th bout between Kem Sitsongpeenong and Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee (going by 13 Coins Gym for the tournament) was one of the most anticipated matchups in the tournament. Well, Sudsakorn beat Kem on points and now footage from the match in Omnoi stadium in Bangkok is on Youtube, courtesy of maththaigal.
Kem has a previous win over Sudsakorn and, being favored in this match, gives up two lbs to Sudsakorn, who weighed in at 149, to even out the fight's odds. Kem wears red, Sudsakorn blue.
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Prakaisaeng Sit-Or fought Thepsutin Pumpanmuang this January 8th in the groups stage of the 67 kg Isuzu Tournament in Thailand. The tournament decides the Thai participant in the next Thai Fight Tournament. Kem Sitsongpeenong and Sudsakorn 13 Coins Gym are slated to fight next in the tournament on January 15th.
Prakaisaeng is a strong contender in the tournament, having scored a win over Kem, the favorite to take the tournament, on August 8th, 2010. He can be considered something of a dark horse. It remains to be seen how his size plays out as, prior to the tournament, he'd competed at super welterweight 154 lb. Loss of power from a weight cut down to 147 lb may have contributed to his early tournament loss against Dernchonlek Sor Sor Niyom on November 27, 2010.
Thepsutin is one of the more experienced fighters in the tournament at 147 lb. He is slowing down physically at this point in his career but, nonetheless, was able to score a convincing win over a favored Thanongdet Petpayatai in his first fight of the tournament on November 20, 2010.
Prakaisaeng is favored over Thepsutin in this matchup and weighs in at 147 lb to Thepsutin's 149 lb. Thepsutin wears red, Prakaisaeng blue.
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Quick results from this past weekend's K-1 MAX Madrid show.
In the main event, local fighter Rafi Zouheir defeated tournament favorite Warren Stevelmans to claim the tournament victory. Good win for Zouheir over a solid name, although some live reports indicate Zouheir may have received some beneficial judging throughout the night.
The other notable name in the tournament, Rachid Belaini, was knocked out in the 1st round of his quarter-final match with Nicky Beljaards. Check the full article for rough footage of Beljaards's impressive KO.
Daniel Montesdoeca vs. Fran Palenzuela, won by decision
Zeben Diaz vs. Simon Santana, won by decision
Mar Rodriguez vs. Orinta van der Zee, won by decision
Nicky Beljaards VS Rachid Belayni. won by ko round 1
Rafi Zouheir VS Aydin Tuncay. won by decision
Alex Asumu VS Rafa del Toro,won by decision
Jonay Risco VS Warren Stevelmans,won by decision
Rafi Zouheir vs Nicky Beljaards, won by decision with an extraround
Rafa del Toro vs Warren Stevelmans, won by decision
Rafi Zouheir vs Warren Stevelmans,won by decision
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