Bellator Fighting Championship brings their unique brand of MMA to Caesars Windsor on April 6th with an outstanding card which features a World Title Fight, 3 exciting tournament bouts and a few intriguing preliminary bouts showcasing great Canadian talent.

In the main-event Season 5 Welterweight tournament winner Douglas “The Phenom” Lima puts his 9-fight winning streak on the line when he takes on undefeated Welterweight Champion and 2008 Olympic wrestler Ben Askren for the 170-pound title.

The champion Ben Askren (9-0) is coming off of a split-decision victory over Season 4 welterweight tourney winner Jay Hieron in a match where Askren showed a much improved stand-up game.
A 2-time NCAA Divison I National Wrestling Champion,  Askren is currently #3 on the NCAA Division I pins list, winning 91 of his 153 matches by way of pinfall.  Askren also competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing before beginning his professional career as a mixed martial artist in 2009, defeating his first 9 opponents on his way to the Bellator Welterweight Championship.

His opponent Douglas Lima (21-4) had an impressive tournament run, knocking out Chris Lozano in the quarter-final and Ben Saunders in the Season 5 Welterweight tourney finals.  Lima is a very well-rounded fighter who looks to finish his opponents with 18 of his 21 wins coming by stoppage (7-KO’s and 11 Submissions).  Lima could have the crowd on his side as this will be his second time headlining at Caesars Windsor.  In his first appearance last April, Lima TKO’ed Terry Martin in a little over a minute into round one at MFC 29.

This fight is shaping up to be a classic “Striker vs. Grappler”.  Whoever can impose their gameplan leaves home with the belt.  If Askren can work his world class wrestling game and put Lima on his back, he will successfully defend his title. Though if Lima stuffs a few takedowns and gets his powerful striking game going, we could have a new champion crowned on Good Friday.

Also, this season’s Featherweight Tournament resumes as Tournament favorite Marlon Sandro takes on fellow Brazilian, Alexandre Bezerra in Semi-Final action.

35 year old Marlon Sandro (21-3) trains with one of the best camps in MMA:  Nova Uniao, with the likes of top fighters Rennan “Barrao”, Marcos Galvao and UFC Featherweight King Jose Aldo.  He is coming off of a dominating performance in the quarterfinals where he got the Rear-Naked-Choke victory over Roberto Vargas at 3:35 of the first round.  Sandro is looking to rebound after last season’s devistating head-kick KO loss to Pat Curran in the featherweight tournament finals.

Sandro will have his hands full against the 24 year old Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra (13-1) who is undefeated under Bellator Fighting Championship with 5 wins, all within the distance.  In his quarterfinal pairing he defeated Kenny Foster by Rear-Naked-Choke with 3 seconds to go in the second round to advance to the semi’s.

Rounding out the televised portion of Bellator 64 is the opening rounds of the Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament with 2 exciting fights with international flavor.

Former Shooto Champion and #8 ranked bantamweight in the world, (ranked by mmaweekly.com)  Masakatsu Ueda (15-1-3) makes the trip from Tokyo Japan to battle Jackson MMA product Travis Marx (18-3) for a spot in the semi’s.

In the second quarter final bout, undefeated Brazilian Rodrigo “Ratinho” Lima (10-0) brings his exciting fight style to the bellator cage to take on durable Japanese fighter Hiroshi Nakamura
(14-5-4).

Also on the Card:

Experienced 24 year old Team Tompkins standout,  Chris Horodecki (18-3-1) takes on former Marine Mike Richman (11-1).  Horodecki will be dropping down to 145 and making his debut in the featherweight division.

Training out of Tristar Vale Tudo in Montreal, Quebec, prospect Nordine Taleb (6-1) battles Matt Secor (1-0) of Saratoga Springs, New York in a Middleweight match-up.  Taleb is coming off of a KO victory over former UFC fighter Pete “Drago” Sell.

Undefeated Chatam, Ontario native Chad Laprise (4-0) looks to continue his winning ways and add a 5th straight KO victory to his record as he takes on Windsor fighter Josh Taveirne (2-2).  Laprise is coming off of a vicious ground-and-pound knockout win over grappler Andrew McInnes at the WFCU Center last July.

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World Class kickboxing from Bollenfalltorhalle in Darmstadt, Germany this Saturday as SuperKombat presents The World Grand Prix Finals; a 4-man Heavyweight tournament consisting of 4 separate tournament champions.

In the first bracket of the WGP Final, 3 time Ukranian Muay Thai Champion Sergei Laschenko (27-9) battles Erhan “Pitbull Attack” Deniz (20-8), a Turkish kickboxer who trains out of the world renowned Mejiro Gym in Amsterdam.  The 24-year-old Lascenko earned his spot in the WGP Finals with KO wins over former WKA European champion Dzevad Poturak and Czech kickboxer Roman Kleibl in May of this year.  His opponent Deniz won the Grand Prix 4 championship this past October by KO’ing Angelis Konstantinos of Greece and defeating Wendell Roche of Curacao by decision.

In the second bracket, Dutch-Surinamese kickboxer Ismael Londt (26-2-1) of Team Slamm takes on 2-time European Kickboxing Champion Pavel Zhuravalev (39-6-1) of Sevastopol, Ukraine.  On July 16th, Londt made his way into the Finals in impressive fashion with a KO win over Romanian Sebastian Ciobanu and a first round TKO victory over Croatian Mladen Brestovac.  Zhuravelev won his respective tournament on October 1st with unanimous decision victories over Ricardo Van Den Bos and Sebastien Van Thielen.

In a reserve bout, Former North American Muay Thai Champion and 2003 K-1 World GP Vegas Champion Carter Williams (34-20-2) of Modesto, California takes on undefeated Romanian kickboxer, Benny Adegbuyi (8-0-1) with the winner getting a chance to jump into the final should an injury occur.

Other than the WGP Finals, SuperKombat has also managed to stack the card with other world class fighters in interesting match-ups.  Romanian kickboxer and 3 time Sanshou Champion Andrei Stoica (24-3) takes on former European Muay Thai Champ and 2 time K-1 Croatia Tournament winner James Phillips (69-21) in a Heavyweight contest.

In the always exciting 70KG division, former W.M.C. Muay Thai Featherweight World Champ Mosab Amrani (48-6-4) steps into the ring against 32 year old Moroccan kickboxer Falder Chahbari (77-12-1)., training out of Brummen, Netherlands.

Other exciting fights on the card:

-2002 K-1 World Max Champion Albert Kraus (65-17) takes on Alex Shmidt of Germany in the 70KG Division.
-Former WKN intercontinental Heavyweight Champion and former Pro Rugby player Catalin Morosanu (28-5) battles Polish Kickboxer Kwaniewski Wielaw.
-2009 Wushu champion, Bogdan Stoica (31-3) of Respect Gym in Bucharest fights Jake Bostwick of England in the -88KG division
-Alviar Lima (57-16) of Team Super Pro in Dordrecht Netherlands takes on Sucu Tevfic of Turkey.

Live this Friday, from Kugelbake Halle in Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen Germany, Russian Alexander Alexeev (21-2, 19KO’s) steps into the ring against South Africa’s #1 ranked Cruiserweight Daniel Bruwer (22-2-1, 19KO’s) for the vacant WBC International Cruiserweight Title.

Also on the card, Goekalp Oezekler (11-1, 5KO’s) a Turkish boxer who lives and trains in Germany takes on 32 year old Austrian Gogi Knezevic for the vacant WBC Mediterranean Middleweight Championship.

Maccarinelli Returns

Posted: November 16, 2011 in Boxing

This Friday November 18th, live from York Hall, in Bethnal Green London, Former WBO Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli (32-5, 25KO’s) takes on unbeaten Hungarian prospect Gyorgy Marosi (12-0, 8KO’s) in a Light Heavyweight contest.

Also on the card, undefeated Cruiserweight Tony Conquest (7-0, 2KO’)  takes on Toks Owoh (20-5, 11KO’s)

On Saturday November 11th, The Fight Network will broadcast the 53rd installment of: It’s Showtime, live kickboxing from Pabellon Insular Santiago Martin in Tenerife Spain.

In the Main event, 4 time world kickboxing and muay thai champion, Congolese-German Danyo Ilunga takes on Spanish Kickboxer Loren Javier Jorge for the 95Kg Max World Championship.  Jorge will need the support of all 5100 spanish spectators in attendance when he meets stiff world class competition in Remy Bonjasky trained Danyo Ilunga who sports a professional record of 37 wins with only 4 loses and 33 wins by way of knockout.

In the Co-feature #1 ranked 70Kg kickboxer and back-to-back K-1 World Max Champion Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan also takes on a hometown fighter when he meets Spaniard Zeben Diaz.  The heavily favoured Petrosyan comes into this bout with an unbelievable record of 68 wins with only one loss and has wins over world class opponents such as Andy Souwer, Yoshihiro Sato, Albert Kraus and Mike Zambidis.  With a win, Petrosyan will go on to fight for the It’s Showtime 70kg World Title in January against champion Chris Njimbi; who “The Doctor” defeated by unanimous decision in April of 2008.

Also on the card:
-Dutch based Surinamese Kickboxer Murthel Groenhart takes on Darryl Sichtman at a 77Kg catch weight
-Egyptian Amir “The Sphynx” Zeyada takes on Canary Island Kickboxer Moises Ruibal
-Former  It’s Showtime 61kg champion Sergio Wielzen takes on Carlos Reyes

The event begins at 4pm on Saturday live on the Fight Network.  With the big UFC on Fox and the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez boxing event broadcasting later in the evening, It’s Showtime Kicboxing is a great way to start of a huge night of epic World Title Fights for the combat sports enthusiast.



On Saturday November 12th it’s a battle of undefeated heavyweights as 6’9″ British Heavyweight Tyson Fury (16-0, 11KO’s) defends his Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title against NABA Canada Heavyweight Champion Neven Pajkic (16-0, 5KO’s) in Manchester UK.

Coming off of an exciting 5th round TKO stoppage of Nicolai Firtha in Belfast this past September, Tyson Fury is slowly making a climb to becoming the next big thing in the Heavyweight division.  His opponent, Bosnian-born Canadian Pajkic  enjoyed a 10 round unanimous decision victory against Jonnie White back in February, winning the vacant NABA Canada Heavyweight title.

These 2 massive heavyweights have a true dislike for one another and should make for an exciting match-up with the winner surely not far from a big money fight in the heavyweight division.

Also on the Card:

-Winner of the Super Bantamweight Prizefighter tournament in May of last year, Irish southpaw Willie Casey (12-1, 8KO’s) takes on undefeated 21 year old Kid Galahad (10-0, 4KO’s)

Lebedev defeats Toney

Posted: November 4, 2011 in Boxing


Russian Cruiserweight Denis Lebedev dominated James Toney for 12 rounds and earned the unanimous decision victory on friday in Moscow, claiming the Interim WBA World Cruiserweight Title.  Lebedev pounded Toney in the corners and against the ropes where he landed many clean shots that had Toney staggering all over the ring.  Lebedev used his fast jab and heavy left hook from the southpaw stance to control Toney who never really got started in this fight.

Also on the Card:
-Ukrainian Light Heavyweight Ismayl Sillakh defeated Ali Ismailov by KO to go 17-0.  Sillakh looked impressive using an effective jab and ending the fight with a beautiful right uppercut followed by the one-two that sent Ismailov to the canvas for the 10 count.

-Russian Super Bantamweight Alexander Bakhtin kept his undefeated record in tact after defeating Luis Melendez of Colombia by unanimous decision, and dropping him twice in the 3rd with hooks to the body.