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Combat Sports Report: Abu Dhabi World Trials, Wrestling Upsets, Isuzu Thai Fight 2011

Every sport has a breeding ground for its future stars. In the case of mixed martial arts, the worlds of grappling, kickboxing and amateur wrestling are most likely to spawn the next Demian Maia, Mirko CroCop or Brock Lesnar. Collectively, these sports fall under the umbrella of “combat sports.” Every Wednesday, MMA DieHards reports on the biggest happenings in each of these realms of combat.

Grappling & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
by Gianni Grippo, four-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion

The first of many big competitions has taken place in 2011, and the tournament was the Abu Dhabi World Pro Trials installment in Lisbon, Portugal, where the champions were awarded with their pass to the main event in Abu Dhabi, this coming April.

The list of talent that will be in Abu Dhabi has grown deeper after this past weekend and is shaping the April event to be one to remember. In the under 65 kg (143.3 lb) division, the ultra-popular, battle-tested veteran Wellington “Megaton” Dias secured his place amongst the list of top competitors taking their talents to the Middle East with an impressive performance and another piece of hardware to show off to his fellow teammates and students.

Augusto Mendes (right) and Mackenzie Dern (photo courtesy of GracieMag)

If there was a debate to who was the big standout in this competition, it would most likely end with everyone agreeing that the standout was Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes. Recently coming off his double gold performance at the South American Open with two wins over former world champion Mario Reis, Mendes did not slow down. Tanquinho owned his under 74 kg (163.1 lb) division by getting the submission in his first two contests and winning the finals by an 18 to 0 score. So, it is safe to say that in Abu Dhabi he will be a formidable foe for anyone that steps opposite him on the mats.

In the under 83 kg (183 lb) division, Alan “Finfou” Nascimento was the main man and took gold, cleaning out his division while also being vice-champion on the absolute podium. With the big boys, Yan Cabral was the tournament’s under 92 kg (202.8 lb) champion, beating the eventual absolute champion Lucio “Lagarto” in the final. Lastly, in the over 92 kg weight class, Jose Junior took home the gold, cleaning out his bracket.

On the ladies side, Michelle Nicolini was triumphant in the under 63 kg (139 lb) division, beating a tough up-and-comer in Mackenzie Dern. Also, in the over 63 kg division Monica Silva was crowned champion and awarded the trip to Abu Dhabi.

Back to the United States, another popular and increasingly growing competition, the 6th Arizona Open, will be held on Feb. 26 and 27, which will include the super-match between two perennial black belt world champions in Jonathan “JT” Torres and Kron Gracie. So mark your calendar for those days and be ready for an awesome black belt matchup!

Amateur Wrestling
by Staff, The Open Mat

Indiana redshirt freshman Ryan Leblanc may have a record of 7-6, but if you look a little deeper you will see four of those loses came to top twenty wrestlers Zack Toal (2-1), Kyle Blevins (3-1), Luvsandori Turtogtokh (6-3) and most recently Cody Yohn (2-0). This makes LeBlanc one of those diamond in the rough types you don’t want to face coming down the stretch run or come tournament time. He is also just one piece to the Hoosier line up that has gone 10-3 and seems to be a program with the cup half full. With wrestlers such as Kirk Kinser, Paul Young, Matt Powless and Rick Alcala all ranked nationally and guys like Matt Ortega and Leblanc wrestling well, the future look’s bright in Indiana. (in-depth coverage)

Earlier in the month we saw our share of upsets at the Virginia Duals and National Duals, the upsets have kept coming! Most recently, Navy knocked off perennial powerhouse Lehigh 19-15. Navy rattled off four wins in a row from 157 to 184. I don’t think Lehigh expected to drop matches at three of those weights with nationally-ranked Austin Meys and Rob Hamlin
dropping matches to Matt Demiceil and Luke Rebertus respectfully. The upset bug also hit California this week when Wyoming dropped a dual to Cal Poly 18-16. The Mustangs won in spite of Filip Novachkov dropping a 6-5 decision to Tyler Cox and having a fourth stringer in the line up because of injuries. We are now into the meat of the season and I expect plenty of fireworks between now and March. (in-depth coverage)

Mario Mason (photo courtesy of Rutgers)

After a sluggish start to the season, Rutgers Mario Mason solidified his name to be amongst the title contenders with a 3-1 OT win over Bucknell’s previously unbeaten Kevin LeValley. The match was controlled by Mason the entire time as he came close on several takedown attempts and flustered LeValley, who never really got his offense going. Mason, a former No. 1 recruit out of Blair Academy, N.J., has produced 13 wins in a row since losing to Columbia’s Steve Santos. Among his wins in that stretch are two top five ranked wrestlers in Frank Molinaro and LeValley. This Friday should be real interesting as No. 8 Brian Stevens heads into Jersey with Virginia Tech in what will not only be another big test for Mason, but might just be the biggest college match to date in N.J. As great as Iowa vs. Oklahoma State was, this season continues to be special because of the performances of teams like Wyoming, Cal Poly, Virginia Tech and Rutgers. Also with the emergence of Cornell and Penn State as National front runners, I am definitely enjoying this new era of parity. (in-depth coverage)

Top 10 Teams in DI Wrestling

1. Cornell
2. Penn State
3. Wisconsin
4. Minnesota
5. Missouri
6. Iowa
7. Oklahoma State
8. Illinois
9. Virginia Tech
10. Rutgers

A complete listing of individual and team rankings can be found on The Open Mat website.

Kickboxing & Muay Thai
by Rob Tatum

Despite a quiet week of action, the kickboxing world has a number of significant bouts in the coming month.

Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee (hand rasied) (photo courtesy of It's Showtime)

The most notable fight of the last week took place in Bangkok, Thailand, at Isuzu Thai Fight 2011: Thailand Qualifier on Saturday, Jan. 15, as Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee defeated Kem Sitsongpeenong by decision.

Fighting Jan. 22 is “The Contender Asia” participant Dzhabar Askerov. He will face Italian Riccardo Lecca in Rome at KnocKOut. Also on the card is Bruno Franchi taking on Marco Pique.

Back to back K-1 Max 70kg (154 lb) champion Giorgio Petrosyan will now face the aforementioned Thai standout Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee at Thai Boxe Mania 2011 on Jan. 29. It was recently announced that Petrosyan’s original opponent, WBC MT middleweight champion Yohan Lidon, will not be returning to 70kg.

A 72kg (158.4 lb) tournament featuring Jeremy Marin, Sebastien Billard, Aydin Tuncay, and Karim Ghaiji has been added to the previously announced La Nuit des Titans VI event on Feb. 12.

Mix Fight Promotions head Sefer Goktepe recently stated that he is in talks with Dutch promotion It’s Showtime to bring an event to Germany in the middle of June. Rumored participants include Gago Drago, Tyrong Spong, and Mosab Amrani.

The Combat Sports Report: K-1 World GP Preview, Nittany Lion Open, World Series of Grappling

Every sport has a breeding ground for its future stars. In the case of mixed martial arts, the worlds of grappling, kickboxing and amateur wrestling are most likely to spawn the next Demian Maia, Mirko CroCop or Brock Lesnar. Collectively, these sports fall under the umbrella of “combat sports.” Every Wednesday, MMA DieHards reports on the biggest happenings in each of these realms of combat.

Kickboxing & Muay Thai
by Rob Tatum

Rarely is there a chance to showcase major US based events, however, on Dec. 5, Stand Up Promotions held its “King’s Birthday Celebration” in Commerce, Calif. The main event saw Malaipet take on Kevin Ross, with both fighters moving out of their familiar weight classes. After five round of action, it was Ross who secured the unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-45).

Elsewhere in the world, Thailand has reclaimed the King’s Cup, as Yodsaenklai Fairtex earned a decision victory over last year’s champion Cosmo Alexandre. The back and forth battle concluded the eight man tournament, but was marred by confusion after both fighters believed it was going more than three rounds. Alexandre was visibly upset with the outcome.

To reach the finals, Yodsaenklai defeated Vusi Colossa in the opening round and UK fighter Jordan Watson in the semi-finals, both by decision. Alexandre also won his first two bouts by decision against an overmatched Jesse Miles in the opening round and Alex Vogel in the semis.

Japanese promotion Sengoku Raiden Championships has announced a high-profile kickboxing bout for its New Year’s Eve show. Recent S-Cup champion Buakaw Por. Pramuk will face K-1 MAX veteran Hiroki Nakajima. The 70 kg (154 lb.) matchup adds the type of big names that Sengoku needs to compete with the typically larger FEG events, especially Dynamite!!, which takes place the following day.

Dutch based promotion ”It’s Showtime” recently announced that K-1 MAX Champion Giorgio Petrosyan has been forced to drop out of his fight with Pajonsuk. The promotion has secured Andy Souwer to take Petrosyan’s place and the fight will take place Saturday, Dec. 11. The event will be streamed live at Showtime Fights.

In other “It’s Showtime” news, the promotion has revealed its 2011 plans, further legitimizing their stance as the No. 2 kickboxing organization behind K-1. They will open the year on March 6 in Amsterdam with two big-name fights between heavyweight champion Hesdy Gerges and Daniel Ghita, as well as Artur Kyshenko taking on Gago Drago. The promotion will then move to Belgium at the end of March and will hold its premiere Amsterdam ArenA show in May. The event will serve as the 2011 European Qualifying GP for the K-1 World Grand Prix. Finally, on July 3, the promotion will hold a 70 kg (154 lb.) eight man tournament in Sochi, Russia. Participants include: Petrosyan, Souwer, Yoshihiro Sato, Gago Drago, Murat Direkçi, Evgeniy Kurovskoy, Chris Ngimbi and Dzhabar Askerov. Other bouts announced for the event are Hesdy Gerges facing Alexey Ignashov and L’houcine Ouzgni taking on Artur Kyshenko.

Despite rumors of a US expansion for “It’s Showtime” in the coming year, no dates were mentioned. However, England, Germany, Greece, and Spain are all being targeted as potential event locations during 2011.

Semmy Schilt (photo courtesy of FEG)

With less than a week to go before the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 8, Hesdy Gerges finally has his opponent for Dec. 11 at the Ariake Colloseum. Although Gerges was originally slated to participate in a reserve fight, instead he will face Yusuke Fujimoto in a super fight to mark Fujimoto’s retirement.

Since the Grand Prix is the world’s premier kickboxing event, it seems appropriate to provide some analysis and predictions to event’s exciting fight card.

Super Fight #1 – Tsutomu Takahagi vs. Hidekazu Kimura

This fight matches two lesser known competitors, and despite Takahagi’s less than stellar 2-6 record in K-1 bouts, he is the much larger fighter. I expect the size and power advantage to yield a KO of Kimura.

Super Fight #2 – Hesdy Gerges vs. Yusuke Fujimoto

It’s fitting that this is Fujimoto’s retirement bout as there is little in his arsenal to defeat the rising Gerges. Unless Gerges makes the mistake of letting it go to the judges, where Fujimoto could pick up a gift decision, I believe it will be an ugly going away party for Fujimoto.

Super Fight #3 – Sergei Kharitonov vs. Singh Jaideep

Both fighters have had mixed results in the last year. Jaideep put on a miserable performance earlier in the year against Gokhan Saki, but has gotten back on track recently to retain his J-Network title. Kharitonov, meanwhile, looked thoroughly outclassed against Daniel Ghita during the qualifying tournament, but bounced back nicely against Takumi Sato, earning a first-round TKO. If Kharitonov shows the patience and footwork he showcased against Sato, he should put the lights out on Jaideep.

Tournament Reserve Fight – Ewerton Teixeira vs. Errol Zimmerman

The tournament’s reserve bout is a rematch of a 2008 Grand Prix bout in which Zimmerman handed the Brazilian Teixeira his first kickboxing defeat. Since then, the Kyokushin stylist has shown marked in improvement in his game, and I expect that Teixeira will get his revenge on Saturday night. Both men participated in the Final 8 in 2008 and 2009, but were each eliminated in the round of 16 this year.

Quarterfinal #1 – Mighty Mo vs. Peter Aerts

In a fight that matches the raw power and iron chin of Mighty Mo against the crisp technique of K-1 legend Peter Aerts, it will likely come down to who has more heart. Neither of these fighters will go down without a fight, but look for Aerts to pick apart Mo as he makes yet another run at the K-1 crown.

Quarterfinal #2 – Semmy Schilt vs. Kyotaro

Another intriguing first-round matchup pits the enormous 6’11″, nearly 300-pound Schilt against the 6-foot, 220-pound Kyotaro. Schilt is a four-time World Grand Prix champion, as well as the reigning K-1 Super Heavyweight title holder. Kyotaro, on the other hand, has held the K-1 heavyweight belt and defended it against the likes of Aerts and Gokhan Saki. I believe that Schilt’s size will be too much for Kyotaro in this fight and Schilt will be well on his way toward his fifth K-1 crown.

Quarterfinal #3 – Gokhan Saki vs. Daniel Ghita

On paper, it appears that this is the most evenly matched opening-round bout. Saki has gotten back on track in 2010 after a rough outing in 2009. The Romanian, Ghita, is one of the rising stars in K-1, whose only defeat came at the hands of the Schilt. Saki holds an experience advantage, but I believe it will be Ghita’s precise attack that will win this bout for him.

Quarterfinal #4 – Alistair Overeem vs. Tyrone Spong

Another bout with a significant size disadvantage will put the 6’5″, 255-pound Overeem against the smaller, faster 6’2″, 200-pound Spong. Overeem has exhibited true knockout power unlike any K-1 fighter since he began to focus more heavily on the sport in late 2008. He still has holes in his game, as he splits time training for his MMA career, but I don’t believe Spong will be able to expose them. My prediction is a first-round KO for Overeem.

Predicted Semifinal #1 – Peter Aerts vs. Semmy Schilt

If my predictions hold true, this will mark the fifth meeting between these two legends of the sport inside a K-1 ring. The pair has split their previous four bouts, with Aerts claiming a decision in 2008. Since that bout, Schilt has not lost in K-1. Despite how enjoyable it would be to see Aerts take another crack at the title, I expect Schilt to move on to the final.

Predicted Semifinal #2 – Daniel Ghita vs. Alistair Overeem

This contest is a coin flip. Neither fighter has a ton of K-1 experience, although both are experienced fighters. Both have fallen short against elite competition (Ghita against Schilt, Overeem against Remi Bonjasky), however Overeem does hold a 2008 knockout of Badr Hari. As much as I would enjoy seeing an Overeem-Schilt final, I believe Ghita will show better technique and walk away the victor.

Predicted Final – Semmy Schilt vs. Daniel Ghita

Schilt dominated Ghita from bell to bell in their 2009 fight, and there is little to make me believe it won’t happen again. Schilt will likely cruise to a decision win and claim his fifth K-1 crown.

Amateur Wrestling
by Staff, The Open Mat

With a scrappy 3-1 victory over number No. 3 Nick Bedelyon of Kent State, not only did Alan Waters of Missouri pull off the upset, but he also made the difference in Missouri’s 19-15 victory over Kent State. The talk for many was that Waters matched up very well with Bedelyon and that it could be the difference in the dual. Well, the crystal balls seemed to be spot on, as the true freshman frustrated Bedelyon on his feet and scored two back points in a 3-0 match. At 19-0 Waters has planted his name in the mix at 125 pounds this season.

The 141-pound weight class was a real tough one at the Las Vegas Cliff Keen Invitational. Michigan’s Kellen Russell rose to the occasion with a pair of impressive victories. In the semifinals, he scored a huge pin in a little over a minute against Illinois’ Jimmy Kennedy. (In-depth coverage)

As expected the Oklahoma State-Minnesota match was a down-dirty barn burner.  The Cowboys won a razor-close dual victory, 17-16, over Minnesota. The match everyone was waiting for Clayton Foster (OSU) vs. Sonny Yohn (MN), did not disappoint and saw Foster come away with a 7-4 victory. Both teams have a lot of new faces this season, but don’t seem to have missed a step at all and it will be fun to see how they stand up in there conference schedules.

Penn State does well at Nittany Lion Open (photo courtesy Penn State Athletics)

The rumor is that the Rutgers bus can be heard singing “Hakuna Matata” and “In the Jungle” all the way back to New Jersey after the day Mario Mason enjoyed. Mason knocked of three Nittany Lions en route to his Nittany Lion Open title. First, he beat redshirt Dylan Alton, 7-6, in the quarterfinals. Then another tough Lion prospect, James English, in the semifinals, 3-1. Finally the leader of the pride, No. 2 Frank Molinaro, was victimized in the finals, 3-2. Maybe this is the momentum the Minnesota transfer and former No. 1 recruit from Blair Academy needs to propel him back into the conversation of contenders at 149 pounds after an up-and-down start of the season. (In-depth coverage)

Maryland’s Mike Letts threw his name into a wide-open 174-pound field with an impressive run at the Nittany Lion Open. Letts beat a seasoned NCAA tournament veteran in Alex Caruso from Rutgers. Then in the finals it was dapper dandy Ed Ruth of PSU that went down to defeat, 9-4. This after Ruth was on a fast track to a title with two falls, two tech falls and a win over All-American Scott Giffin of Penn. The 174-pounders will be a fun weight to follow all season. As of right now, it seems to be Mack Lewnes of Cornell and then close your eyes and pick‘em, with Letts certainly in that mix. (In-depth coverage)

We mentioned once this season about how impressive Penn State’s David Taylor and Andrew Alton have been. On Sunday, the duo barely broke a sweat as Alton recorded five falls, including a 39-second fall, over Zach Kemmerer in the finals. The only wrestler not to count the lights against Alton was UNC’s Danny Lopes, who lost 7-5. Lopes has quietly been putting together a solid campaign. Taylor was just as impressive, recording tons of back points all the way to the final, where he handled Virginia Tech’s Jesse Dong, 9-3. Another PSU freshman, Frank Martellotti, continues to wrestle really tough, capturing a title at 125 pounds. The only point he gave up all day was in a 17-1 tech fall of Virginia’s Gabriel Gomez.

Penn State will need these three to continue wrestling at this level because the hosts got a blow Sunday with an injury to All-American Quentin Wright. He might be back soon but, by all accounts, it wasn’t a pretty sight. (In-depth coverage)

Top 10 Teams in DI Wrestling

1. Cornell
2. Penn State
3. Oklahoma State
4. Minnesota
5. Iowa
6. Wisconsin
7. Boise State
8. Oklahoma
9. Illinois
10. Oregon State

A complete listing of individual and team rankings can be found at The Open Mat website, our partners.

Grappling & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
by Bryan Henderson

(L to R) Reis, Assis and Chsiev (photo courtesy of Grapplers Quest)

João Assis’s amazing year continued at the Grapplers Quest 2010 World Series of Grappling on Dec. 4 in Asbury Park, N.J. The 2010 World’s Best Grappler winner can now add another top honor to his mantle, as he came in first in the No-Gi Advanced Absolute division.

ADCC North American trial winner Rustam Chsiev placed second behind Assis, while Bellator veteran Wilson Reis finished third.

Other winners in the Advanced division of the World Series included Jimmy Santiago at bantamweight, Sidemar Honorio at flyweight, Patrick Sabatini at featherweight, Chris Ulbricht at lightweight, Garry Tonan at welterweight, Matt Secor at middleweight, Tom Manelski at cruiserweight, Derek Picinich at light heavyweight and Carlos Edwardo Farias at superweight.

The World Cup Jiu-Jitsu Championship took place in Sao Paulo last weekend. Three-time roosterweight champion Bruno Malfacine defeated another world champion in Pablo Silva. Sérgio Moraes was the other big winner at the event, capturing the absolute division and defeating Alexandre de Souza for the World Cup belt.

The Combat Sports Report: Northeast Duals, Kharitonov in K-1, Souza prepping for MMA debut

Every sport has a breeding ground for its future stars. In the case of mixed martial arts, the worlds of grappling, kickboxing and amateur wrestling are most likely to spawn the next Demian Maia, Mirko CroCop or Brock Lesnar. Collectively, these sports fall under the umbrella of “combat sports.” Every Wednesday, MMA DieHards reports on the biggest happenings in each of these realms of combat.

Amateur Wrestling
by Staff, The Open Mat

Rollie Peterkin (photo courtesy of AmateurWrestlingPhotos.com)

After surprising most of us by starting the season at 141 pounds for the Binghamton Open, Penn’s Rollie Peterkin dropped down to 133 and has been on a tear going 7-0 with only two of those bouts being regular decisions. Raising his record to 10-1, Peterkin seems to be finding his comfort zone and I’m interested to see how he fairs at the Southern Scuffle or more likely the Midlands in the month of December. Rollie has been a blue chip wrestler since his prep days and is looking to break thru from the round of 12 and become an All-American this season. We should have a better idea where he stands in the 133 mix. (In-depth coverage)

A few weeks ago some people felt I was harsh on Rutgers after their showing in the Oklahoma Gold. Well, I guess now they get to say “I told you so” after RU’s very impressive weekend at the Northeast duals. The Scarlet Knights went 3-0 including a win over No. 12 Missouri, which might have been the biggest win for the program to date. December should be interesting for Rutgers more on the individual level as they have George Mason and Princeton coming in and there are some great individual matchups in those duals, plus I am really interested in seeing how Rutgers stacks up at the Midlands. In the past, RU has brought only one or two wrestlers, but this year we can expect almost a full squad and a few guys with legitimate chances of placing high. (In-depth coverage)

Sometimes a wrestler’s record can be deceiving. Take the case of George Mason’s 184-pounder Bagna Tovuujav. Holding a record of 1-4 on the season, you may think he is a liability in the line up. Not true at all – all of Tovuujavs losses come by one point, including one to Lehigh’s No. 9-ranked Robert Hamlin. Last season he was 30-10 and a CAA runner up. He may fly under the radar, but if he can get his offense going he may be a surprise at 184 this season, especially considering that folkstyle is new to him and he had never wrestled it before he came to St Benedict’s Prep in high school.

The Northeast Duals is a road trip Dom Bradley will want to forget, as the No. 2-ranked heavyweight went 0-3. It is not as devastating as it sounds – all three of his losses were to top 10 wrestlers. It’s safe to say he will probably bounce back from this and be a threat all year, but a 0-3 day never feels good and the fact that he seemed to fade later in matches is something he will have to go back to work on.

Top 10 Teams in DI Wrestling

1. Cornell
2. Penn State
3. Oklahoma State
4. Minnesota
5. Iowa
6. Wisconsin
7. Boise State
8. Oklahoma
9. Illinois
10. Oregon State

A complete listing of individual and team rankings can be found on The Open Mat website.

Kickboxing & Muay Thai
by Rob Tatum

Sergei Kharitonov

K-1 recently announced a superfight and reserve bouts for its Dec. 11 Grand Prix.

The superfight will pit Sergei Kharitonov against Singh Jaideep. Kharitonov looks to continue working his way back up the ranks after an impressive performance against Takumi Sato at this year’s Final 16. Jaideep won the 2009 Asian GP, but was defeated by Everton Teixiera.

The reserve bouts will feature the aforementioned Teixeira taking on Errol Zimmerman. Both fighters reached the Grand Prix’s final 8 in 2008 and 2009, but were eliminated this year. The fight is a rematch of a 2008 opening round matchup that saw Zimmerman claim victory. The second reserve fight will include It’s Showtime champion Hesdy Gergesv, but an opponent has yet to be secured. Initial rumors indicated it would be Badr Hari taking the fight, fresh off his release from prison in Amsterdam, but he has since declined.

It’s Showtime has announced that L’houcine Ouzgni will face Artem Levin at its Dec. 18 event for the vacant 77kg (169.8-pound) title. The promotion recently stripped Cosmo Alexandre of the title and removed him from future events. A decorated Muay Thai combatant, Levin’s most recent accomplishment was winning the 75kg (165.3-pound) division at the SportAccord Combat Games. He holds victories over Vitaly Hurkou, Yodsaenklai Fairtex, and Dmitry Shakuta.

Recent K-1 MAX Champion Giorgio Petrosyan will return from surgery on his broken hand to take on Yohan Lidon on Jan. 29 at the Thai Boxe Mania show in Italy. Other bouts on the card include Kaoponlek taking on Andrei Kulebin, and Fabio Pinca rematches Sudsakorn sor. Klinmee, and Petrosyan’s brother Armen facing Abdallah Mabel. Mabel recently lost a decision to Khem Sitsongpeenong at the Nuit des Champions event in France.

In other K-1 MAX news, Albert Kraus quickly returned to competition, taking out Muhammed Gur by decision at a Klash event in Germany.

At the Rumble of the Kings event, Bob Sapp was demolished by Jorgen Kruth, requiring Sapp’s corner to throw in the towel. Also in action was MMA veteran Gary Goodridge, who was battered by Catalin Morosanu. Other notable results saw Artur Kyshenko defeat Marcus Oberg by decision, Dzhabar Askerov deliver a second round TKO of William
Sriyapai and Rickard Nordstrand claim victory over Jiri Zak.

Finally, Evolution 22 from Australia saw Nathan Corbett knock out Frank Munoz in the third round, Eli Madigan defeat Harlee Avison after a cut stopped the bout, Frankie Giorgi provide a knockout victory over Bruce Macfie in the second and Yud Rawai take home a split decision over Michael Thompson.

Grappling & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
by Bryan Henderson

From left: Nascimento, Wilson, Lang and Vieira (photo courtesy of GracieMag)

The 11th Pan-Pacific Jiu-Jitsu Championship went down in Melbourne, Australia last weekend. Alan “Finfou” do Nascimento was a big winner at the event, taking first places finishes in the 79kg (174.2-pound) gi and nogi divisions and the gold in the absolute gi division with a win over Mick Wilson. The 249-pound Wilson, meanwhile, claimed top honors in the absolute and +97kg (plus-213.8-pound) nogi divisions. Standout performances were also turned in by lightweight gi division winner Carlos Vieira and medium heavyweight gi division champion Rafael Lang.

The Arab trials for the Abu Dhabi Pro World Cup took place Nov. 26 & 27 in Amman, Jordan. Haidar Rasheed took top honors in the open weight purple belt division. Other first place finishers included Ghaleb Odeh at -64kg (under-141.1-pound), Saddam Abdallah at -68kg (under-150), Abdallah Nabas at -74kg (under-163.1), Qasem Smadi at -80kg (under-174.4), Zaid Jarandouka at -86kg (under-189.6), Faisal Souqi at -92kg (under-202.8) and Ali Shareef at +92kg (plus-202.8).

There is a possibility that the 2011 edition of the ADCC submission wrestling world championships could take place in Brazil, according to Wagner Gomes, secretary of ADCC in Brazil. The last time ADCC held its top event in Brazil was in 2003.

Marcos Souza, the absolute champion of the 2010 Asian Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship, is venturing into mixed martial arts. He’s currently in Brazil preparing for his MMA debut, a January superfight against Korea’s Park Jeong Gyo at a Deep event in Macau.

The year’s final major event is almost upon us. Grapplers Quest’s 2010 World Series of Grappling takes place Dec. 4 in Asbury Park, N.J. Among the expected competitors will be 2010 World’s Best Grappler winner João Assis, 2010 No Gi Worlds Absolute division champ Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu and ADCC North American trial winner Rustam Chsiev. UFC veteran Kurt Pellegrino will be in attendance for a special free Meet & Greet with fans at the event.

Combat Sports Report: College Wrestling, K-1 World MAX recap & 2010 No Gi Worlds

Every sport has a breeding ground for its future stars. In the case of mixed martial arts, the worlds of grappling, kickboxing and amateur wrestling are most likely to spawn the next Demian Maia, Mirko CroCop or Brock Lesnar. Collectively, these sports fall under the umbrella of “combat sports.” Every Wednesday, MMA DieHards reports on the biggest happenings in each of these realms of combat.

Beginning this week, we’re happy to welcome The Open Mat to our team. They will provide the college and amateur wrestling coverage in this and all future editions of The Combat Sports Report.

Amateur Wrestling
by Staff, The Open Mat

Iowa State victorious at Hokie Open (photo courtesy Iowa State/cyclones.com)

Well, the college wrestling season is now officially under way. There were several dual meets that occurred during the opening weekend along with several annual tournaments. In a minor upset, Iowa State knocked off Virginia Tech (17-16) to open their season with a win (in-depth coverage).

There was a unique event that started this year called the Pentagon Duals. Athletes and fan received a tour of Pentagon as part of the event. American University fared very well there (in-depth coverage).

There were no major upsets in Week 1, but several notable performances. Oklahoma wrestler Erich Schmidtke knocked off highly ranked freshman Chris Perry of Oklahoma State.  At the Hokie Open, freshman Devin Carter was very impressive, winning his first college tournament in his first try.

More events will get rolling next week and we should see all of the top teams in some kind of action.

The Open Mat just released its weekly rankings for individual and teams. If you are interested in learning the names of some potential top future MMA prospects you may want to keep an eye on these.

Top 10 Teams

1. Cornell
2. Minnesota
3. Oklahoma State
4. Boise State
5. Iowa
6. Wisconsin
7. Central Michigan
8. Penn State
9. Pittsburgh
10. Missouri

A complete listing of individual and team rankings can be found on The Open Mat website.

Kickboxing & Muay Thai
by Rob Tatum

The 2010 K-1 Lightweight (70kg) kickboxing tournament is now in the books, and a familiar face is the reigning champion. The final eight competitors battled Nov. 8 in Tokyo at K-1 World Max.

2010 K-1 lightweight champ Giorgio Petrosyan (photo courtesy of Head Kick Legend)

In the opening round of the tournament, Mike Zambidis delivered a third-round knockout of Yuichiro “Jienotsu” Nagashima, Giorgio Petrosyan took a unanimous decision over Albert Kraus, Yoshihiro Sato defeated Michal Glogowski by unanimous decision, and Drago eliminated Mohamed Khamal via unanimous decision. The semifinals saw Sato take out Drago by decision and Petroysan end the hard-hitting Zambidis’s tournament with another decision victory. In the finals, Petroysan dominated the Masato protégé Sato, becoming the first back-to-back champion in K-1 Max history.  Petrosyan sustained a hand injury that will keep him out two weeks, thus putting in jeopardy his Dec. 11 meeting with Pajonsuk.

In the other bouts on the card, Yuya Yamamoto secured victory over Seichi Ikemoto with a second round knockout, Yuta Kubo claimed a unanimous decision over Hiroya, Hinata defeated Andre Dida by decision, Makoto Nishiyama knocked out Shunsuke Oishi in Round 2, and Fabiano Da Silva took a decision over Jan Kaszuba.

Elsewhere, bad boy Badr Hari recently had an assault charge reduced, which will likely allow him to fight at the K-1 Grand Prix Final in December. His rumored opponent? None other than “It’s Showtime” heavyweight champion Hesdy Gerges. The bout is yet to be officially announced.

Finally, the next event on the horizon is the K-1 Koshien 2010 Final. The under-18 event takes place on Nov. 20 from Differ Akiake in Tokyo and will crown the sport’s next superstar.

Grappling & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
by Bryan Henderson

The 2010 No Gi World Championships took place on Nov. 7 in Long Beach, Calif. and found several familiar names among its winners.

João Assis, coming off of a victory at Grapplers Quest over Saulo Ribeiro the previous weekend, captured top honors in the super heavyweight division. Pablo Popovitch claimed the top spot at medium heavyweight with a 6-0 points win over Daniel Moraes.

2010 No Gi Worlds absolute division champ Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu (photo courtesy of GracieMag/John Lamonica)

The big winner of the weekend was Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu, who took home championships in both the ultraheavyweight and absolute divisions. Abreu used what he dubbed as a “knee on the neck” choke to submit David Hertzog at ultraheavyweight and claimed top honors in the absolute bracket through a gentleman’s agreement with Marcus “Bochecha” Almeida.

Other winners included Brandon Mullins (roosterweight), Caio Terra (light featherweight), Justin Rafer (featherweight), Lucas Lepri (lightweight), Gilbert Durinho (middleweight) and Rafael Lovato Jr. (heavyweight). In the female divisions, the winners were Letícia Ribeiro (light feather), Bia Mesquita (lightweight), Emily Kwok (middleweight), Luiza Monteiro (medium heavyweight), Katrina Weilbacher (heavyweight), and Michelle Nicolini (absolute).

In other news, Gabriel “Napão” Gonzaga chatted with GracieMag about possibly retiring from mixed martial arts competition. Not surprisingly, his decision rests on how much money he will be offered to fight outside of the UFC. Meanwhile, Gonzaga said he will likely compete in some grappling tournaments and begin training for the ADCC tournament.

Speaking of ADCC, don’t forget about the North American East Coast trials. Unless you’re a top-level competitor who receives a direct invitation to the ADCC world championships, the trials are your only path to making it to the organization’s top event. The trials take place in Belleville, N.J., on Nov. 20.

K-1 World Max Results: Petrosyan vs. Sato, Ishii vs. Shibata, More

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