Videos of knockouts are after the jump. Just wanted to talk about It's Showtime real quick
On Saturday, It's Showtime brings us an excellent card from the WTC Expo in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. HDnet will air this card live starting at 3 pm Eastern, and I believe it will get a second airing at 10 pm for those of us in the United States. I'm growing impatient waiting for Saturday, there are a lot intriguing names on the card, and I haven't watched live kickboxing since It's Showtime held their Tenerife event in November. I'm still not sure if HDnet plans on showing the full event or just the main card. There are a few undercard fights I'm hoping I'll get to see.
L'houcine Ouzgni is fighting Yohan Lidon and Melvin Manhoef vs Tyrone Spong should be nothing short of amazing. The rest of the undercard is very solid match making as well, with guys like Edwards, Watanabe, and Parparyan paired up against some good fighters.
Moving onto the main card Anderson "Braddock" Silva will fight Michael Duut. I have not yet seen Duut fight but have seen Braddock on a few occasions, so going off that I expect Braddock to win. Chris Ngimbi will rematch Hurat Grigorian, their first fight was in 2009 with Grigorian taking the decision in an extension round. Both of these guys bring it so we should be in for an entertaining fight. Next on the card, Rico Verhoeven and Errol Zimmerman. Rico Verhoeven is on a 3 fight win streak and coming off a decision victory over Hesdy Gerges from SuperKombat's November event in Romania. Zimmerman won the SuperKombat: Fight Club tournament at the same event. Verhoeven will provide a stiffer test for Zimmerman, as Zimmerman clearly out matched his tournament opponents. Robin Van Roosmalen, a fighter who I'm rather high on at the moment, is set to face Murat Direkci. Direkci once held the 70kg title for It's Showtime but lost it to Chris Ngimbi. He would lose again to Ngimbi at It's Showtime: Fast and Furious tournament. Roosmalen on the other hand, would replace an injured Giorgio Petrosyan in the Fast and Furious before it started. Beating Oulad El Hadj, Ngimbi, and Kyshenko in one night and taking home the 50,000 EUR prize. Neither Direkci or Roosmalen have competed since the September tournament but I will be rooting for Robin Van Roosmalen to continue his run. Up next is a fight for Hesdy Gerges's It's Showtime heavyweight strap, between Gerges and Daniel Ghita. The two fought each other about 10 months ago with Gerges getting the nod. Gerges has lost one and won one since the two met, while Ghita has fought and finished two times in the same time span. Finally, after all those fights happen we'll get what everyone is excited for, Saki vs Hari. Both guys are fast, mean, and have the power to put each other out. I'd like to see Hari walk away from the sport with another win, but I'd hate to see Saki lose, so I'll leave it at that and just watch and yell.
And now for the 3rd edition of Face Bones, some of you guys seem to enjoy these, so I'll keep them coming.
If you missed the first two they're here PART 1 and here PART 2. And as always if you don't want to watch the whole fight I'll let you know how far to go into the video below each one.
Albert Kraus vs Tefik Sucu (Beast of the East 2010 Poland)
June 12, 2010 - Gdynia, Poland
(In at about 6:36)
Mourad Bouzidi vs Ismael Londt (Muay Thai Mania 4)
October 23, 2011 - Rijswijk, The Netherlands
(6:15 for this video)
Artem Levin vs Pavel Kharchenko (Tatneft Arena World Cup 2010 Quarterfinal)
April 30, 2010 - Kazan, Russia
(5:45 for sickness)
Koya Urabe vs Masaaki Noiri (Krush 14 Supernova Under 22 GP)
December 9, 2011 - Tokyo, Japan
Yuta Kubo vs Yoshimichi Matsumoto (K1 Max Japan Tournament 2010 Semi-Final)
July 5, 2010 - Tokyo, Japan
(6:05 should do it)
So that wraps this one up. If you're looking for something to watch before Davis and Evans square off at UFC on Fox 2, I would have to recommend you check It's Showtime out.