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NEWS ROUND-UP Domestic & International



K-1 WORLD GRAND PRIX 2007 Schilt Makes it a Hat-trick in Yokohama


PRO WRESTLING & MMA A Match Made in Heaven?







FORGING AHEAD Aaron ‘The Anvil’ Robinson


DEATH OF THE GRAPPLER Can Ground Specialists Really Cut it in The UFC Anymore?


KUNG FU TO KICKBOXING Why we Made The Change


UFC 80 - RAPID FIRE Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England




UK MMA LEAGUE LAUNCHES AT SENI The New UK MMA League Premieres at Seni ‘08 as Andy Walker Plans For The Future of The Sport




K-1 DYNAMITE By Monty Di Pietro


ARMAGEDDON 9 Muay Thai Fightnight


CLASS ACT AT A CLASSIC VENUE Oakey Retains British Title at York Hall









Typically, our last issue went to press last month minutes before the story broke. The timing was impeccable, leaving my cover story instantly redundant. To those of you not in the know, Mike Bisping has decided to drop weight strata and compete in the UFC middleweight division. The old phrase, “out of the frying pan and into the fire” springs to mind as in my opinion both Mike’s new weight class, as well as his last, are the toughest to crack in the whole sport. The news put pad to our article scheduled for this month with Mike regarding the lightheavyweight UFC division also. Don’t worry thought, we’ll be hearing from Mike next month about his change and his reasons why. Watch this space. On another note, I would like to welcome publicly the newest member of the Fighters team, our new Kickboxing Sub-Editor, Cris Janson Piers. Cris is one of Fighters Magazine’s longest serving contributors and a high profile figure on the UK Kickboxing scene. You’ll be hearing loads from Cris over the coming months; believe me, this guy tells it how it is! Whilst on the subject of Kickboxing, everyone here at the office wishes Marlon Hunt well in his bout against Waine Turner this month (although we doubt he’ll need it). “The Game” believes that Turner only brings ego and self-importance to the ring and compared to himself, with his own skill, ring craft and KO ability, the fight will be a short one. Has Turner’s mouth written a cheque his body can’t cash? Only time will tell..... Enjoy the mag, Marcus P.S. Next month Joe Holroyd will be talking exclusively to Semmy Schilt, our cover star this month and 3 time K-1 champ; don’t miss it!

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World Grand

Schilt makes it a hat-trick in Yokohama

Written by Monty DiPietro. Photos courtesy of FEG OKOHAMA, December 8, 2007 — Semmy Schilt of Holland turned aside all challengers tonight to win the K-1 World Grand Prix 07 Final at the Yokohama Arena. Schilt’s third-consecutive WGP Championship is unprecedented in K-1 history. Along with fightsports’ most coveted belt, the 34 year-old seidokaikan karate fighter also picked up a winner’s purse of US$400,000.


The 15th annual K-1 WGP Final followed the sport’s classic eight-man tournament format: Four first-tier bouts advancing a quartet of fighters to the semifinals, the winners there squaring off in the final. All bouts were contested under K-1 Rules, 3min x 3R, with two possible extra tiebreaker rounds.

Le Banner brings down the Tower The first tournament quarterfinal saw veteran kickboxer Jerome LeBanner of France step in against gargantuan South Korean Hong Man Choi, a former ssirium wrestling Grand Champion. Choi’s 28cm/11” height advantage was strikingly evident when the pair met center ring for the referee’s pre-fight instructions. LeBanner had joked beforehand that he would have to

Feitosa vs Schilt

“bring down a tower,” and took up the task from the start, darting in with a left straight and pumping in a right to the body. Throughout the first round LeBanner circled with good evasions, coming forward quickly to score with the left and low kicks. In the second the Frenchman led with the left, and brought a nice right cross over his opponent’s guard. Choi did not appear to be bothered by the blows, and rattled LeBanner with a hard left hook late in the round to stay close. LeBanner made the third thrilling, closing fearlessly with the overhand before coming round from behind to tag the retreating Choi’s chops with a right. Surprisingly, Choi made few attempts to bring the knees into this fight, connecting for the first and only time midway through the third. It was too late, though, as the big Korean was now fatigued. As Choi slowed, LeBanner intensified his punching attacks, putting up points with tight combinations to earn a unanimous decision and a trip to the semifinals.

SCHILT’S HARDEST FIGHT OF THE NIGHT The 2nd quarter pitted Semmy Schilt against Brazilian kyokushin master Glaube Feitosa. This was the first of three wins on Schilt’s road to victory, and it was also the hardest.

Hari vs Bonjasky

The two fighters traded low kicks to start, Feitosa with speed, Schilt with power. Feitosa made partial contact with a high kick, while Schilt closed to fight with the knees. No significant damage in the first. The second saw Feitosa with his guard high and close, patiently taking what Schilt was dishing out — before suddenly firing up a beautiful kyokushin kick that caught the side of Schilt’s head hard. It was the strike of the fight, and the crowd rose to their feet as a stunned Schilt wobbled awkwardly backward. Schilt very much looked like he was going down, but his fall was arrested and his balance restored by the ropes. Seeing his chance, Feitosa chased the dizzy Dutchman with fists, but could not finish. The round ended with a recovered Schilt throwing hard low kicks, jabbing with the left and again coming in with the knees. In the third Schilt repeatedly tossed in the jab and hoisted the knees, while but for a decent left straight punch Feitosa could not bring any hurt to the big guy. A spirited contest, and the WGP laurels might well have graced a different head had Schilt gone down in the second. But as it was Schilt came out of the bout having clearly put more strikes through, and took the win by unanimous decision.

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Prix 2007 Le Banner vs Choi

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A close one, Bonjasky taking the third on all cards to prevail by the narrowest of majority decisions. But after absorbing so many hard low kicks, one had to wonder whether Bonjasky would be fit for the semis.

Sawayashiki vs Aerts

THE LUMBERJACK CUTS SAWAYASHIKI TO THE GROUND The last of the quarterfinals featured threetime WGP Champion Peter Aerts of Holland and 23-year-old Japanese kickboxer Junichi Sawayashiki.

BONJASKI WINS BY THE THINNEST OF MARGINS The second bracket opened with Moroccan bad boy Badr Hari, the K-1 Heavyweight Champion, taking on two-time WGP Champion Remy “The Gentleman” Bonjasky of Holland. There is no love lost between this pair, who have lashed out at one another in interviews. This one was expected to be a war. And it was. An explosive start, speed and power characterizing the countless low kicks that flew in the first. Hari launched a nice high kick here, Bonjasky a flying knee; and

both men also went pugilistic, Bonjasky going for the nose, Hari pumping the right to the body. More punch and low kick combinations to start the second before the fighters stood off some, searching for openings. Both kept the guards high and showed good blocking, a hint of animosity evidenced when Hari refused to touch gloves after Bonjasky had signaled a low blow. The pair did not touch gloves at the end of the round either. In the third, legs were further brutalized. Bonjasky threw several left hooks then smacked in a right kick to the top of Hari’s leg, and the Moroccan looked to have slowed some by the final bell.

Schilt vs Le Banner

Aerts has competed in all 15 K-1 WGP finals, and the “Dutch Lumberjack” displayed his experience here, cutting his opponent down in just 89 seconds. Aerts started fast with low kicks to put Sawayashiki off-balance. A deftly-placed high kick then caught the Japanese fighter hard on the head for a down. Sawayashiki beat the count, but on resumption Aerts coolly threaded a right straight punch through for a second down and the win. Aerts looked nothing like his 37 years, while Sawayashiki just looked out of his element.

A FRENCHMAN THROWS IN THE TOWELL? SURELY NOT... In the first semifinal it was Jerome LeBanner — the lone non-Dutch fighter remaining in contention — stepping in against Semmy Schilt. From the bell LeBanner was the aggressor, and why not — Schilt must have appeared small after Choi! The Frenchman cocked his head to the left and threw the overhand right to good effect, and Schilt was forced into retreat, pushing LeBanner back with front kicks. Schilt threw some hard low kicks and decisively reversed the flow at the clapper, bringing a hard right knee up to LeBanner’s face then laying in with punches to end the round. There was some confusion at the start of the second, when it appeared that LeBanner’s cornermen might not leave the ring. LeBanner pulled rank, waving them out and starting in with a series of punch attacks. However it soon became clear from LeBanner’s movement that his right leg was compromised. Schilt exploited this by firing in a low kick for a down. A distressed LeBanner beat the count, but his corner had seen enough and threw the towel, giving Schilt the win...

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P r o-W r estli n g

A M M d n a a match made in heaven?

g zone at Seni08 Alex Shane and Len Davies discuss the new wrestlin

’m sure that certain pro-wrestlers could hold their own with many Mixed Martial Artists out there. That may be a pretty controversial statement but I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing that sooner rather than later.” - Len Davies


When former WWE Wrestling superstar Brock Lesnar made his eagerly anticipated UFC debut against Frank Mir at UFC 81 both Kurt Angle

and the Undertaker were at cage-side and both have been reported as wanting to follow Lesnar into MMA. In fact, whilst many decry professional wrestling as ‘fake’, the links between the entertainment art and MMA have always been strong, with cross-overs dating back as early as the original UFC’s, with Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn having been successful in both codes. The reason for this is simple and it is

because that although wrestling may be fake, as in the matches are fixed, the genuine skill sets employed are, when taken back to their bread and butter roots, eminently practical and efficient. For this very reason it is not uncommon to see MMA fans following wrestling and viceversa and to reflect this burgeoning acceptance of wrestling as a legitimate art, Seni08 will feature a dedicated wrestling zone, in association with two of the sport’s biggest players, Alex Shane and Len Davies.


“When I take martial artists to the hard-hitting shows, they accept they’re real athletes and they see that legitimate pain is involved. Also a lot of the holds we do all stem from legitimate locks, chokes and holds, real fighting techniques.” - Alex Shane

Doug Williams

There will be those that are shocked that wrestling is coming to Seni but RQW promoter Len Davies believes that martial arts and wrestling have not only always had common ground but that the links are consistently developing, with established MMA fighters wanting to enter the professional ring in similar numbers to those wrestlers wanting to enter the cage. Ring of Truth star and promoter goes a step further, pointing out that martial artists respect the wrestlers abilities-”when I take martial artists to the hard-hitting shows, they accept they’re real athletes and they see that legitimate pain is involved. Also a lot of the holds we do all stem from legitimate locks, chokes and holds, real fighting techniques.” Building on this, Len alludes to the fact that many wrestlers have a legitimate martial arts background, even if it was as school boys training like so many others in a traditional art “and when the wrestling bug grew within them it just (martial arts) added to their physical format. We have a few guys that are incredibly high-kickers and I’m sure that certain pro-wrestlers could hold their own with many Mixed Martial Artists out there. That may be a pretty controversial statement but I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing that sooner rather than later.” Alex isn’t so certain that the statement is so controversial, citing Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle as perfect examples, adding that British wrestling star Doug Williams was on the Olympic Judo team and makes a valid point when he emphasizes the common ground between pro-wrestling and MMA-”long gone are the days when you can say fighting sports don’t have the wrestling style hype and panache added to it. Wrestling can teach a lot to MMA about how to handle that and MMA can teach wrestling guys how to up their game and make their stuff more realistic. I try to teach my students to wrestle as realistically as possible because the UFC emphasizes real fighting more than ever before and hopefully the new breed of wrestler will learn from MMA and vice-versa the new breed of MMA fighter will learn a lot from the entertainment side of wrestling.” Len warms to this train of thought and uses his television experience as an example, stating that since his shows have been on the Wrestling Channel, which heavily features MMA, more and more e-mails have arrived at his office from interested MMA fans. “They

got the chance to see it (wrestling) in all its glory, for what it actually is and we are going to be taping four one hour shows each day at Seni, a complete broadcast able show. Admission to Seni gives you free admission to the Television tapings.” As a veteran performer himself, Alex believes that the live taping will bring the best out of the wrestlers, adding that the desire to convert a new audience will see them give that little bit more. “When you combine the cameras and a new audience, the guys are going to work really hard and I think you’re going to get a great show.” If nothing else, the new breed of pro-wrestler is now universally accepted as a true athlete and the route to this acceptance was paved by the act of publically acknowledging that the matches were ‘fixed’ and that wrestling was sport entertainment. Once the is it isn’t it fake argument became redundant the emphasis shifted to the wrestler’s performances and ability and they weren’t found lacking. Len Davies is proud of the current crop of British performers and fully endorses their status as true athletes-”they are some of the best there ever has been. They really are solid workers, high-flying and taking risks you wouldn’t believe. They’ve left me breathless at times.” Ironically, this risk-taking attitude and high flying acrobatics, all in the name of entertainment, has proven more dangerous than the real fighting as epitomized by MMA, with numerous tales of career ending injuries and sometimes even fatalities and in this respect it’s a different type of ‘real’. Alex believes that it’s all about suspending disbelief-”people will go to the cinema and enjoy a film they

know is not real and actors get accolades for doing their own stunts but wrestlers don’t have a second or third take, they have no special effects and I think the people at Seni will appreciate that.” As to the significance of the wrestling zone to both Seni and the wrestling fraternity, Alex and Len are convinced it is a very positive move indeed. Alex sees Seni as an excellent way of gaining mainstream acceptance for pro-wrestlers in a world where legitimate MMA fighters are now perceived as cool and he can see it having a knock-on effect for wrestlers. “We need legitimate British stars and doing an event like Seni will bring us to a whole new audience and produce those legitimate stars that we so desperately need.” With that in mind, Len is ensuring that the cream of his roster will be at the Seni show across the full weekend, performing constantly. “We’re planning a huge list of the regular RQW guys as well as those who perform with promotions all across Europe, guys that are mentioned just about everywhere in wrestling circles. It’ll be a very large list of British superstars at Seni. We will give Seni a live wrestling extravaganza, it’ll be like a condensed Raw and we want to see as many open-minded people at Seni willing to take wrestling on board.” Seni 08, The Worlds Greatest Martial Arts Expo & Pain & Glory, The UK’s Premiere Fight Sport Spectacular return to Excel, London 26th & 27th April. To explore the wrestling zone or any of our other five fantastic zones log onto Tickets from Ticketmaster-0844 847 1699 or

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Calzaghe-hop pre-fight racism? he setting: MGM Grand, preHatton-Mayweather press conference. The players: Joe Calzaghe and Bernard Hopkins. The line: ‘I’ll never let a white man beat me’. The headline of choice for boxing journalists in weeks to come: Hopkins a racist. A very inflammatory choice of words: certainly. But they were exactly that: an inflammatory choice of words, from the master of his own hype - BHop, The Executioner - Bernard Hopkins.


No one (perhaps with the exception of me!) was particularly excited about the Hopkins -Calzaghe fight. Despite a record 20 successful defences of his middleweight belt, including some impressive scalps like his ‘04, 9th-round K.O of the legendary Oscar De la Hoya, Hopkins has never quite had the popularity he deserves. Counter-punching and decoding his opponent until ready to attack; Hopkins is a highly economical fighter. But while this can make fascinating viewing for us train-spotters, it doesn’t always offer-up exactly what the bloodthirsty mob ordered: he’s certainly no Ricky Hatton. Furthermore while Hatton’s loss to Mayweather was nothing if not exciting, Hopkins ‘05 loss of his middleweight belt to Germaine Taylor was exactly that: not exciting. Hopkins can be a little too economical a fighter. But Hopkins lateral movement and counterpunching-canniness should make for an interesting match to the aggression and hand-speed of Calzaghe. Super-Joe is rarely in a dull fight, and this should be a clash of two master ring-technicians. But to return to Hatton’s loss to Mayweather for a moment: this was a truly fascinating match-up. It also proved to be the most popular fight in the world, making history with over 1.2 million pay-per-view sales! In an era which has seen a steady decline of public interest in Professional boxing, how was this so? Sure, Hatton-Mayweather was a fascinating

style-clash. Sure, boxing-fans had been wanting to see this fight for a long time. But the rest of the 1.2 million people who paid to see it (and the rest!)? I think it had more than a little to do with good marketing. Professional boxing has perhaps had some hard-learnt lessons from the personality-led, aggressive marketing campaigns of the UFC et al. Spear-headed by HBO’s reality prefight programming 24/7, a frenzied mediacircus built-up the caricatures of trash-talking Mayweather and hardworking blue-collar-hero Hatton in the weeks prior to their fight. Mayweather wanted to be disliked; Don King certainly wanted him to be: it made for great copy. Now Bernard Hopkins has been around his share of press conferences. He knows the fight game (De la Hoya doesn’t invite just any trash-talking buffoon to help him run Golden Boy Promotions.) And he would have noticed the interest in the Mayweather-Hatton fight. He would have noticed the passion and number of the British fight-fans who thronged to Hatton. He would have also noticed how successful a marketing ploy the aforementioned caricatures were. But were his comments about never ‘losing to a white boy’ racially motivated? Well yes, I think they were. A trashtalking African American versus a white, well-mannered blue-collar hero? It doesn’t take Floyd Mayweather, or even Sylvester Stalone for that matter, to see why that fight will be popular. But is Hopkins a racist? I doubt it. Perhaps Calzaghe put it best: “Was I offended? No. Why should I be offended? It makes him look like an idiot. Do I think it was racist? No. It’s pantomime. I’m the good guy, he’s the bad guy. I’m happy to be the bad guy when we step into the ring.” Calzaghe will face Hopkins - at light-heavyweight - April 19 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Khan vs St Claire

Still Khan’t be stopped! There was some real ring-theatre afoot on Saturday 3 February at the 02 arena in London’s docklands. Amir Khan did it again. While some boxing-insiders have criticised the Khan-camp for not taking the more conventional route to the world-rankings (sidestepping a challenge to John Thaxton for his British title) Khan certainly delivered against Gary St Claire. Not a renowned hard-hitter, the 33-year-old St Clair is a Guyana-born Australian who has never been stopped and lost his world title only in November 2006. All the athleticism, speed and sheer boxing ability which has helped Khan to capture the British public’s interest was there. But there was also a fourth ingredient in evidence in Khan’s work which will be crucial if he is to achieve his stated goal of a world-title by the year’s end: maturity. Khan showed a composure and restraint well beyond his years and professional experience; only fleetingly getting drawn into banging-matches with his ring-savvy opponent. The Bolton boy did catch the occasional wild overhand right from St Claire - it was not a perfect performance for Khan - but his own (and promoter Frank Warren’s) post-fight analysis is certainly accurate: this was his best performance yet, and shows that he could go all the way.

British scene There have been some quality fights elsewhere on the British scene this month. Esham Pickering proved he’s still the best super-bantamweight in Britain when he beat Sean Hughes in a highly anticipated


kins rematch at the Meadowside Leisure Centre, Burton-on-Trent on Friday 18th January, televised live on Sky Sports. Suffering a shocking defeat to Sean ‘Short Fuse’ Hughes in November, this was a lastchance-saloon for reigning British champ Esham Pickering. Outpointed over an action packed and bloody eight round nontitle bout, the once-classy Pickering had looked to be past his best as tough but unexciting Hughes chipped away at him to a career-best win. Hughes turned-up on the 18th January hoping to do the same thing again - and this time take away the title. From the first few rounds it looked like he was going to do exactly that: Pickering’s timing was completely off and he couldn’t get past the persistent jab and tight guard of Hughes. Then, 3 rounds into the fight, Pickering started to settle into the kind of classy work we have come to expect from him - sending Hughes to the canvas twice in the fourth. Hughes showed a lot of heart getting back off the floor twice, but with Pickering on form it was only going to end one way, earning Pickering a TKO win and the retention of his British Title - 1 minute into the ninth round. Finally, Friday 1 February saw Tony Oakey retain his British Light-Heavyweight title in a re-match with Peter Haymer. The fight took place at the classic boxing venue of York Hall, Bethnal Green, and the atmosphere was absolutely electric. I was at the blood-splattered ringside soaking up the best of it... full coverage follows elsewhere in the magazine. And the fight everyone is talking about? Maccarinelli vs Haye. Sunday 9th March at the 02 Arena, London Docklands. The two best Cruiserweights in the world in a domestic battle that WON’T go the distance. Enzo Maccarinelli calls it his dream match. Personally, I reckon the Welshman might find it to be a bit more of a nightmare: Londoner David ‘Hayemaker’ Haye bangs just as hard as Maccarinelli but has a much better range of punches. Find out exactly what ‘Hayemaker’ Haye himself thinks in next months Fighters.

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DEATH OF THE GRAP Can ground specialists really

cut it in the UFC any more?

here was a time when the BJJ guys and the Grapplers dominated the UFC, either putting the heavy-handed strikers to sleep or controlling their every position on the mat. But are those days over now that fighters who love to use their standup game also hone their skills in take down defence and their techniques for when it does go to the mat?

Matt Hughes is also primarily a grappler and has proven that it can be an exciting aspect of the sport. His pick-up-and-slam takedowns have become a trademark and have even knocked out his opponents. For example he finished Carlos Newton with a slam in a fivestar fight back at UFC 34. Hughes is a wrestling machine and has enjoyed 41 wins in MMA with only four losses.

Grapplers were dominant in the early days of the UFC

Frank Shamrock is a talented submission fighter and he has proven that submissions can end fights just as quickly as knock outs at the first Ultimate Japan in 1997. Frank made Kevin Jackson tap to an armbar just 16 seconds into their bout, establishing that fighters should always be wary an opponent who knows their submissions. The fight that took place afterwards with Joe Charles and Vitor Belfort was a submission schooling, very educational for people who want to learn more about this discipline. Just as educational was the fight after that between Conan Silvera and Kazushi Sakuraba - by watching these fights you can see how important grappling and submission offence/defence was in the past.


There are many fighters who demonstrate how dominant grapplers were in the earlier days of UFC, one of those being Dan Severn. Since he debuted at UFC 4 he has fought 103 MMA battles and ever since his first skirmish in 1994 Severn could only be finished by submission - up until his only KO/TKO loss, which was over a decade later. The strikers just couldn’t seem to stop the heavyweight wrestler. After UFC 27 he has been fighting at different promotions but he is still an active fighter and has enjoyed 81 victories in MMA.

Matt Hughes grapples his way to victory at UFC 68

In fact 70 per cent of Sakuraba’s 23 MMA wins have been via submission, 60 per cent of Dan Severn’s 81 MMA wins have been via submission and Ken Shamrock (also a submission fighter like his brother Frank) has won 85 per cent of his 26 MMA victories via this method too.

All the old school wrestlers have been moved on from the ufc. The modern day greats are very different But these old-school fighters are still fighting today and although they have had to evolve and adapt their game they can still use what they know best (their original disciplines) to finish a fight. All of this supports the argument that the grappler/BJJ disciplines are not dead - so why would we bring up the debate in the first place? Well apart from Matt Hughes all the example fighters mentioned have moved onto to different promotions, if you look at some modern day UFC greats the success stories are very different.

Chuck Liddell is primarily a striker - only 5% of his wins are by submission wheras current champion Rampage is primarily a grappler yet only has a 24% victory by submission statistic

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Former Lightheavyweight champion Chuck Liddell has seen plenty of success. He is primarily a striker and only five per cent of his wins in MMA are by submission, with 62 per cent being via TKO or KO. His recent encounter with Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79 was such an exciting fight because it was mostly standup and neither guy’s BJJ and grappling skills seemed to give them the upperhand. The current champion Quinton Jackson is primarily a grappler and yet only


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Dan Severn: the dominant grappler of early UFC days

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Fire Overview By Liam Bennion. Pictures copyright Zuffa LLC FC 80 certainly lived up to its title of Rapid Fire - many of the fights didn’t even make it past the first round. Those that did, like the war fought between the two Brits Kelly and Taylor, displayed action that was so thick and fast that blinking was not an option. Here is a breakdown of all the Rapid Fire action that took place at the packed Newcastle arena:


Per Eklund Vs Sam Stout (Lightweight bout) This bout maybe the only exception to the title Rapid Fire, but it was interesting non the less. Before this bout Sweden’s Eklund had an impressive 14-2-1 MMA record, so clearly he must have been a capable fighter - at the very least for the first undercard fight of the night. But either some sort of UFC debut jitters or sheer fear of Sam Stout must have kicked in because Eklund gave one of the worst performances in UFC history. Eklund was lying on his back for an incredibly large portion of the fight regardless of whether Stout was standing or not.

With his hands behind his back, Eklund looked like he was catching a few rays He looked as though he was catching a few rays from the powerful lamps above, with

Eklund vs Stout

his hands behind his head - only springing into action to flail his legs whenever Stout came close to disturb his sun bathe. He was almost getting booed out of the building, as he seemed determined to stay there for the whole fight. Luckily Stout gave the crowd more of a show and punished the Swede for his lack of enthusiasm. For the portions of the fight that were stood up Stout punished him with relentless strikes. Whenever Eklund hit the floor to try to subdue attacks, Stout gave him a few leg kicks to soften him up, but didn’t get angry and lose his composure (which could have resulted in mistakes). Although Stout was unable to finish the fight he did manage to do plenty of damage and walked away with the win via unanimous decision. This fight gave Sam the status of a hero for the night and it would be a surprise if Dana White lets Eklund ever step into the octagon again.

James Lee Vs Alessio Sakara (Lightheavyweight bout) Prior to this bout James Lee must have been stepping into the octagon with a lot of confidence with a 13-2-0 MMA record and having won his last 3 UFC bouts. Alessio Sakara on the otherhand was coming off a bad loss to Houston Alexander via TKO in just over a minute at UFC 75 and was looking to prove his worth at Rapid Fire. Perhaps this is what motivated him to secure

a TKO victory in 1:30 of the first round. Both fighters gave a good performance but Sakara was clearly the more dominant fighter on the night.

Paul Kelly Vs Paul Taylor (Welterweight bout) This was a much anticipated fight for British UFC fans as both men were fighting out of England. Perhaps Taylor’s previous UFC experience made Kelly look like the underdog on paper but prior to this bout Kelly enjoyed a 6-0 MMA record. Furthermore he trains at the Wolfslair alongside Mike Bisping, another UFC quality Brit who shouted encouragingly from ringside during his clash with Taylor. It certainly was a fight to remember to, despite it being on the undercard, in fact it was so good the recording was aired between the live presentation of the maincard bouts.

Kelly and Taylor both seemed unstopable In front of a welcoming crowd Kelly seemed to have no UFC debut jitters and he he was very skilled in all aspects of fighting. Taylor had his hands full but managed to keep his composure and trade shots with Kelly - really living up to his nickname “Relentless”. In fact both men seemed unstoppable despite the immense damage being caused, so it went the distance. However Kelly seemed to

Sakara clearly dominated this fight

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The Brits really know how to bang

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continued to send blows his way when he tried to rise back into an upright position. The referee soon stopped the fight giving Hardonk a much needed victory as he was coming off two losses from Justin McCully and Frank Mir. This defeat will be crushing for Robinson as he is yet to win in the UFC’s octagon after his second visit, despite having a respectable 9-4-0 MMA record.

Jorge Rivera Vs Kendall Grove (Welterweight bout) This is another fight that had a rapid fire nature and was over after 1:20 in the first round. Rivera secured a takedown early and Grove just couldn’t push him off a more dominant position. Rivera displayed his heavy right hand feeding Grove accurate and hard punches from the top. Kendall managed to rise to his feet but with his back turned so he continued to eat plenty more shots, which were landing mostly on the side of his head. Rivera’s punishment dropped Grove’s guard and his legs began to wobble too, which made him an easy target from then on. Jorge smashed him with two more punches against the fence, dropping Grove to his knees with his eyes rolled back in his head for a TKO finish.

Grove’s 2nd straight loss - he will have to work hard for another chance

Hardonk vs Robinson be the better fighter when it went to the ground, gaining a dominant position and working hard to gain effective strikes so he got the well deserved unanimous decision when the final bell rang. Both men went to war that night and showed that the Brits really do know how to bang!

Gouveia is now 4 fights 1 KKO’s @ UFC!

Antoni Hardonk Vs Colin Robinson (Heavyweight bout) This fight certainly lived up to the event’s name, Hardonk unleashed some rapid fire strikes to end the fight just 17 seconds into the first round. An early haymaker made Robinson stumble to the floor and Hardonk

This was a huge upset for Grove as he never seemed to give out any punishment during the fight and his defence just wasn’t enough for him to fend off a continuous assault. This is his second straight loss and he will certainly have to work hard to prove himself once again. Rivera showed off his superior experience at Rapid Fire and everyone at 185lbs will now be watching out for this guy. He gave a great performance and dominated over a very skilled individual.

Wilson Gouveia Vs Jason Lambert (Lightheavyweight bout) Lambert definitely lives up to his nickname “The Punisher”, winning three of his previous four bouts in the UFC by KO or TKO. However the punishment was to be dished out by Gouveia at Rapid Fire and Lambert fell to his knockout power 37 seconds into the second round. Lambert was overpowering Gouveia and had him pressed against the fence but he couldn’t seem to keep him there as he was soon pushed off...

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Rivera: Another top entry to the 185 division



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Dynamite! Written by Monty DiPietro. Photos courtesy of FEG SAKA, December 31, 2007 — Veteran Japanese fighter Kazushi Sakuraba, 36, beat Masakatsu Funaki in the Main Event tonight at the K-1 Premium Dynamite!! Also victorious at the New Year’s Eve fightsport extravaganza were Kid Yamamoto, Bob Sapp, and 16 year-old karate stylist Yudai.


Since its inception five years ago, Dynamite!! has become one of the world’s most popular fightsport productions, broadcast live across Japan with viewer estimates of up to 30 million. This is fightsport entertainment for the entire family — featuring wily veterans and wide-eyed teens; popular Japanese television tarento; foreign behemoths; and yes, enough elite-fighter matchups to satisfy the martial arts purists. Dynamite!! was held before a full house at the Kyocera Dome Osaka. Seven bouts were fought under HERO’s Rules (mixed martial arts), and eight under K-1 Rules (standup). In the Main Event it was a couple of Japanese mixed martial arts legends meeting under HERO’S Rules, with a 85kg/187lbs weight contract. Kazushi Sakuraba and Masakatsu Funaki brought a

Sakuraba vs Funaki

wealth of experience and illustrious careers to the ring. Both are grapplers and so this fight was expected to go to the mat early.

think of one fight at a time. This was a good year and I was relatively uninjured, so I’d like next year to be like that!”

There were a few low kicks and punches to start, both fighters connecting smartly before an off-balance Sakuraba managed a takedown to mount. Funaki coiled up, and after the pair spent some time locked in a Greco-Roman embrace Sakuraba emerged standing over his opponent. Funaki used bicycle kicks to keep his opponent at bay, smacking one up to the face, before Sakuraba grabbed the feet and came down to a side mount to begin fishing for the armbar. The pair were wrapped tight when Sakuraba worked Funaki’s right arm free, twisting it behind the back to force the submission and take the win.

The card’s penultimate matchup featured Japanese mixed martial arts star Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter Rani Yahya in a 61kg/135lbs HERO’S contest. Yahya charged in early swinging away, only to have his momentum kiboshed by Yamamoto’s surgical left punch. Yahya made attempts with low and high kicks, but the Kid was better with his counters, and repeatedly closed to point with a strike-and-retreat strategy. Yahya several times saw his leg takedowns stymied, and when the Brazilian did go to the ground Yamamoto declined the invitation, electing to hang back for a re-stand. In the first and second there were periods of frantic punching exchanges, but despite copious attempts, neither fighter could knock the other down.

“It’s been seven years since I fought Funaki and I was surprised at how good his punching and timing are,” said Sakuraba in his post-fight interview. “He is stronger than I remember, I was planning to pound on his face, but he was so good at blocking that I couldn’t.” Asked about FEG Event Producer Sadaharu Tanikawa’s call for a Sakuraba vs Rickson Gracie fight next year, Sakuraba replied, “I’m up for it, I’ve never fought him, but I can only

The Kid’s low crouch contrasted with Yahya’s upright stance, and allowed the Japanese to both jump forward with punches and stave off takedown attempts. Following more fruitless flailing of the fists in the third, Yahya threw three high kicks, all of which were ably blocked, before

‘Kid’ vs Yahya

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Yamamoto connected squarely with a right, then a left, to leave Yahya dazed and down in the corner. The pumped-up Kid stepped in to fire kicks at his opponent’s head, making partial contact before the referee intervened to stop the fight, raising Yamamoto’s arm in victory. “I kept a good distance to keep my opponent for coming in with a tackle,” said Yamamoto afterward. “His punches were unorthodox so I hesitated a bit. A punch got through in the second round and I was seeing double after that. But in the end I came out with a win!” Five years ago, American fighter Bob “The Beast” Sapp had one of the most recognizable faces in Japan. Tonight Sapp returned for a HERO’S bout with another very recognizable face, Japanese television tarento and comedian Bobby Ologun of Nigeria. The question was — which face would be more recognizable after the fight? After a couple of unabashedly over-thetop ring entrances, the pair set up for their showdown. From the bell, Sapp marched forward as Ologun pranced about out of reach, until finally Sapp got a grip and a takedown. The Beast muscled his way into a full mount which, given his mass, offered Ologun little if any chance for escape. Sapp tried in vain to wrest his opponent’s arm free before

Sapp vs Ologun

abandoning that endeavor and simply pounding down the fists to earn a referee stop and the win. “I’m happy overall,” said Sapp in his post-fight interview, “but I know what I need to work on. It’s good to be back. I think the audience wants more of the Beast and I want to do more. I plan to sit down with FEG and see what 2008 has in store, it should be a happy new year!” IN OTHER HERO’S FIGHTS: Kiyoshi Tamura of Japan took on compatriot Hideo Tokoro. These are a couple of mixed martial arts specialists, and not a strike was thrown before they went to the mat courtesy a Tokoro takedown. After a restand and a solid Tamura middle kick, the pair went to the mat once more where, alas, not a whole lot happened. Tamura allowed his opponent to stand, threw a kick or two and then they were down again. A round with plenty of ups and downs but little apparent damage. More grappling in the second, Tamura not capitalizing on a rear mount, Tokoro reversing but similarly unable to gain good position before another of many referee-ordered re-stands. But for a solid Tamura left hook, another round marred by a lack of action. With his 17kg/38lbs weight advantage, Tamura had the edge in power, and hard low kicks earned him some points early in the third. A relatively lackluster affair that finally found its

conclusion when the pair went to the mat midway through the final round and Tamura extracted an arm and hyperextended for the submission. Japanese former pro wrestler Minowaman went up against Zulu, a Brazilian who weighs in at a whopping 185kg/408lbs. Minowaman declared before the fight that weight difference was less important than spirit in a fight. But as Zulu stood center ring, Minowaman showed only spirited jogging, circling the ring’s perimeter more than a dozen times — perhaps intent on dizzying his opponent? The cat and mouse game played out for several minutes before Zulu finally got a hold of Minowaman and smothered him. Then the bell sounded. In the second it was more perimeter play for Minowaman, who only occasionally darted in with low kicks. Again, Zulu eventually caught his opponent, throwing him to the mat like a rag doll. Soon, Minowaman managed to get to his feet and began running circles again. Had the bout been fought on a tennis court this might have gone on forever. As it was Zulu cut off the ring and got another takedown, but was woefully unable to work a submission before the bell sounded...

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AMuRayMTAhaGiEFDigDhOtnNigh9t et another successful International Muay Thai show promoted by the Bridgestone Gym run by Paul Kelly in Dublin was held at the usual venue, The Ringside Club, featuring fighters from Chitlada Gym (Finland), Team TS (Portugal) and Master Skens Gym (England), as well as a host of other Muay Thai clubs from around Ireland. The sell-out show has always invited quality International opponents to test out their own fighters and this show was no exception with five of the ten bouts being Internationals contests.


Ray Lakes (Bridgestone Gym, Dublin) v Michael Kelliher (Cork Thai, Cork) 62kg 3x2min. Kicking off the show, excuse the pun, was local Bridgestone Gym fighter Ray Lakes taking on Michael Kelliher from Cork Thai. Both fighters started off firing in kicks testing the range which quickly closed to clinch with the sharper knees coming from Lakes. Kelliher was caught by a flurry of head punches but came back with a long knee pushing Lakes back and then went into clinch with Kelliher now matching Lakes knee for knee.

At the start of the second round the Cork fighter attempted a right head kick but was taken well by Lakes who countered with a couple of headshots and again was controlling the clinch. Later in the round Kelliher landed a good bodykick followed up by some strong punching which had Lakes in some trouble but then the Dubliner came back with a big right cross which put a stop to the Corkmans onslaught. Going into the last round it seemed this one would be the deciding round. From the bell Lakes pushed forward catching Kelliher with strong punches and kicks putting the Corkman on the back foot. The second half of the round was mostly clinch with Lakes landing the stronger and more numerous knee strikes. At the final bell Lakes had done enough to take a points win. Declan Broderick (Chupasart Gym, Dublin) v Aaron O Callaghan (Siam Warriors, Cork) 59kg 3x2min Broderick came out with some strong punch combinations trying to impose himself on the taller and leaner O Callaghan who utilised his longer reach to keep out of the Dubliners more powerful punches with front kicks and long

range leg kicks. Broderick landed his own heavy leg kick which dislodged the corkman from his stance but failed to drop him who then came back to land a couple of knees on Broderick from clinch in the closing seconds. The second round saw Brodericks front kick being caught and taking a heavy leg kick from O Callaghan. The Corkman controlled this second round landing good knees from both short and long range. The third round went the way of the second letting O Callaghan taking a convincing points win over the very game Broderick. Jason Lo (Bridgestone Gym, Dublin) v Andrew Gray (Cork Thai, Cork) 62kg 3x2min Gray started off the bout with an aggressive style walking forward trying to land some big kicks but was countered successfully by the more laid back Dublin fighter which found the Corkman on the canvas no less than four times in the first round. The second round saw Grays aggressive style paying dividends landing strong shin kicks to Lo’s midsection which seemed to slowly drain the stamina of the Dublin fighter. The third round saw Gray forcing Lo into the corners where he unleashed solid hooks to the body which took their toll. After a similar flurry of body shots later in the round the referee stepped in to stop the fight as Lo had nothing more to give therefore giving a third round TKO win to Gray. Darran Lo (Bridgestone Gym, Ireland) v Ville Lyttinen (Chitlada Gym, Finland) 70kg 3x2min The first of the International pitted local Bridgestone fighter Darran Lo against a strong opponent from Finland Ville Lyttinen, former junior Finnish Muay Thai Champion now competing in the senior ranks. So Lo was going to have to be on top form against this experienced opponent. The bout started off at a blistering pace with both fighters trading strike for strike. At one point Lyttinen landed a powerful shin kick flush on


Lo’s jaw, instead of the expected unconscious drop to the canvas Lo just smiled and unleashed his own shin kick landing equally as flush on the Finn’s jaw who shook it off with equal determination. Near the latter part of the round Lo caught one of Lyttinen’s body kicks and kicked the Finn’s leg away to drop him unceremoniously to the canvas. The second round saw Lo in total control catching the Finn with a strong leg kick then catching Lyttinen’s countering body kick landed a right cross and again kicked the leg away to drop th Finn again. Another heavy leg kick followed by a solid right hand saw Lyttinen back away only to be hit again with a flurry of punches ending with another punishing right cross. Before the end of this second round, while trying to keep out of range of Lo’s big right hand by kicking from

long range, Lyttinen leg was again caught twice and dropped to the canvas leaving Lo well ahead in the points stakes. So a big round was needed by the Finn to cancel out the Irishmans lead. Lyttinen came forward aggressively as the last round started closing to clinch and try beat Lo in the grapple but the Irish man matched the Finns punishing knee strikes one for one with equal venom. The Finn seemed frustratingly unable to trouble the Irishman. Lo caught Lyttinen with a peach of a left hook to the jaw which spurred the Finn onward to clinch with some success landing knees to Lo’s body but with no real damage done. Both fighters finishing the round throwing heavy kicks to body and head but endurance was a big part of both these fighters makeup. In the end it was a clear points win for Lo in a great contest.





Colin Payne & Mark Gibbs. (as of 1st February 2008) Compiled by Carl Sams, Neil Kelly,

First of all apologies to all, it has been some time since the last update. This is something that will be put right this year and updates will be issued on a monthly basis from now on. Just a few notes and comments and we welcome all comments and information:

Inactive fighters We will be trying to take a stronger view on inactive fighters and so some have been removed as we can find no evidence of recent activity. If we have this wrong then please let us know, but any fighter will be instantly re-submitted once they fight again. Avoiding fights This is a difficult issue and hard to prove with so much based in gossip and rumour. However if we have what we consider to be correct evidence that a higher ranked fighter has avoided a fight with lower ranked fighter having been given a generally accepted good offer and appropriate notice (not a week!) then the rankings will be amended. We are though aware that some of these fights are hard to make due to possible geographical, political reasons. If there is anyway that those of us compiling the rankings can help to facilitate any such meetings then we remain happy to help. Amateur/Pro status You will see that Ronnie Clark is now ranked following his close losing fight to Qasim Nisar in a fight that was heavily advertised as being Qasim’s pro debut. Ronnie is still adamant that he is in fact amateur still and so we would welcome any information his camp can offer on this subject. Fighters should note though that it is possibly their responsibility to ensure that they are matched correctly to ensure their future fight status.

MENS: Flyweight (49 kilos) / Super-flyweight (51 kilos) / Bantamweight (53 kilos) There are at this time no active fighters worthy of rating.

Super-bantamweight (55 kilos) 1. Sean Bowman (Touch Gloves) 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Barry Lock (WUMA) Keith Morris (Paragon) Harjinder Singh (Leicester) Rajesh Salhan (IFA) Mel Dunthorne (Norwich)

Featherweight (57 kilos) 1. Paul Collins (Kash Gill Gym) 2. Wayne Quamina (Original Bulldog) 3. Sunny Hira (Kash Gill Gym) 4. Sean Bowman (Touch Gloves) 5.. Kalbir Singh (Leicester)

Super-Featherweight (59 Kilos) 1. Stacy Gosden (Pro-Am Brighton) 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Sunny Hira (Kash Gill Gym) Ricky Glover (UKCBA) Frank Preston (TS Kickboxing) Gareth Mills (Norwich) Simon Millward (SDCS)

Lightweight (61.5 kilos) 1. Stacey Gosden (Pro-am Brighton) 2. Jon Eames (Aveley) 2. Rob Hingston (Taurus) 2. Mike Nudds (Touch Gloves) 5. Qasim Nisar (USKA) 6. Ronnie Clarke (Scotland) 7. Richard Hines (Aveley) 8. Elliott McFarrish (Pegasus) 9. Ahmed Agra (Cardiff) 10. John Morris (Eclipse) Super-lightweight (63.5 kilos) 1 .Andy Burton (Sunderland)

2. Shawn Burton (Lincoln) (24-6) 3. Barinder Singh (Leicester) 4. Rhys Lilly (Wales) 5. Lee Hollingsworth (Nicholls) 6. Steve Jeavons (Wragsters) 7. Steve Granger (TS Kickboxing) 8. Daniel Scott (Cobra Notts) 9. Stuart Lawson (Paragon) 10. Richard Waller (IFA)

Welterweight (67 kilos) 1. Nick Gill (TS Kickboxing) 2. Ryan Hamer (BFKKO) 3. Steve Swinburn (Lincoln) 4. Lewis Patterson (Wales) 5. Jason Vasallo (Aveley) 6. Wes Fagan (Master Goffs) 7. Suky Shoria (TS kickboxing) 8. Michael Johnson (Spartans Sunderland) 9. Scott Taylor (Derby panthers) 10. Simon Okufu (Kash Gill Gym)

Super-welterweight (69 kilos) 1. George Pattison (Invicta KBC) 2. Billy Gallop (Heathrow) 3. Scott Rowley (Bulldog) 4. Daniel Flack (Ely) 5. Sean James (Bulldog Gym) 6. Kev Beckett (Fudoshin) 7. Chris Deakins (BFKKO) 8. Paul Douglas (Storm) 9. William Reeve (Chikara) 10. Warren Kirchmole (Storm)

Middleweight (72.5 kilos) 1. John Orchard (Bulldog Gym) 2. Fran Zucala (Wolverhampton) 3. Dean Sugden (Newark) 4. Chris McCartey (Middlesborough) 5. Jason Curtis (Jesters Gym) 6. Danny Bryne (Leicester) 7. Justo Estrado (Bridgewater) 8. Kade Sherlock 9. Trevor Soko (Bulldog) 10. Liam Cullen (Combat Kickboxing)

Super-middleweight (75 kilos) 1. Dale Wood (Jesters) 2. Brian Aston (ECKA) 3. Dean Sugden (Newark) 4. Ricky Gammon (St George) 5. David Lockood (Maltby) 6. Graham Smith (Leicester) 7. Gordon Childs (Dorchester) 8. Ryan Miller (Taurus) 9. Bertil Queeley (Bedford) 10. Daniel Webb (Kings Weymouth)

Light-heavyweight (78.5 kilos) 1. Mark Elwood (Lincoln) 2. Mick Crossland (Dragonfoot) 3. Lee Whitfield (Bailang) 4. Mike Wells (Bristol) 5. Jamie Bodkin (Cobra Gym) 6. Michael Boguzs (Coventry) 7. Sam Lawlor (BMAC) 8. Andy Pollard (TS kickboxing) 9. Al Osta (Leicester) 10.Darren Trustrum (Pegasus)

Super light-heavyweight (82.5 kilos) 1. James Watling (Newcastle) 2. Luke Sines (Walton) 3. Scott Gibson (SAMA) 4. Andrew Tate (Storm Gym) 5. Nigel Thomas (Storm) 6. Dan Cashmore (Leicester) 7. Rob Taylor (Chris Sparkes Gym)

3. John Zucala (Eclipse) 4. Ollie Green (Aveley) 5. Daniel Hughes (Scorpions Swindon) 6. Dorian O’Malley 7. Richard Jinks (Plymouth) 8. Scott Maginty (Bristol) 9. Kevin Gunter (MKKA) 10. Gary Bettle (WAMA)

Super-cruiserweight(88.5kilos) 1. Wayne Turner 2. Paul Hill (WAMA)

Heavyweight(91.5kilos) No active fighters worthy of rating

Super-heavyweight (91.5 kilos plus) 1.Rob Gledhill (Tornado Gym, Hull) 2. Kevin Smiles (Newcastle) 3. Adam Hart (Aveley) 4. Steve Jones (Liverpool) 5. Leon Saunders (Gladiators Nottingham) 6. Jamie Moore 7. James Richardson (Bulldog) 8. Nassa Mohammed (IFA) 9. Johnny Askey (Jesters) 10. Justin Crowson (Leicester)

WOMENS: Flyweight 48 Kilos No nominations

Bantamweight 52 Kilos 1. Lisa Higo (TAMA) 2. Tiffany Williams (KICKS) 3. Nadia Griva (Cobra Gym) 4. Bridie Murphy (Rotherham) 5. Joss Agne (Bulldog)

Featherweight 56 Kilos 1. Tracy Reno (Heathrow) 2. Alexis Rufus (Cobra) 3. Bridie Murphy (Rotherham) 4. Rachel Kirkhouse (Chris Sparks) 5. Vicki Ransom (TS KBC) 6. Emily Mason (Pegasus) 7. Jenny Carter (TS Kickboxing) 8. Martine Becque (SKA) 9. Zavina Vidale (Red Dragon) 10. Karen Meek (Bridgewater)

Lightweight 60 kilos 1. Natalie Bee (Mugendo) 2. Anna Otterwell (Spartans) 3. Ashley Googe (Bridgewater) 4. Amy Jeffries (Bridgewater) 5. Natasha Davies (Pro-am)

Super-lightweight 64 kilos 1. Julie Kitchen (Touch Gloves) 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Kerry Louise Norbury (BFKKO) Natalie Bee (after recent win over stacey) Stacey Parker (TS Kickboxing) Zoe Mason (Touch Gloves) Mel Spicer (Canvey) Danielle Kudmany (Fulham Kickboxing)

Welterweight 68 Kilos 1. Rachel Ealey (John Shiels) 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Jenny Prowse (Bulldog Gym) Caroline Hageman (Phoenix) Kelly Rose (Zen Shin) Mel Spicer (Canvey) Karen Stokes (PUMA)

Super-welterweight 72 kilos 1. Rachel Rose (Jesters) 2. Kellie Murray (Leicester) 3. Laura Smith (IFA) 3. Danielle Goodyear (Black Country Combat)

Cruiserweight(84.5kilos) 1. Marlon Hunt (BFKKO)

Middleweight 72 kilos+

2. Mo Kargbo

No Nominations

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N. Ireland Beastmaster Warrington Kaobon East Area F’s Gym London Thai East Area SMTC Taz Gym

British top ten Damien Hood Christian Di Paolo Norman McKenzie Ross Parsons Steven Farrario Daniel Paora Haydon Scott Ian Coe

Wicker Camp Scotland Kings Master A Beastmaster SMTC Sitnarong Lumpini East Area SDF Sheffield

Pra Chao Sua Wicker Camp Strikeforce Wildkick Beastmaster KO Gym East Area Minotaurs

Light-cruiserweight 84.6kg World Champ MT Adam Watt World Champ OR European Champ MT European Champ OR British Champ MT British Champ OR British top ten Amir Subasic Dave McFarlane J P Rooney Roland Abido Phil Burke Chris Wray James Collins Nick Howard Alex McKenzie Cruiserweight88.2kg World Champ MT World Champ OR Mohammed Fahr European Champ MT Marko Rajovic European Champ OR British Champ MT Simon Aston British Champ OR

Australia vacant vacant vacant vacant vacant

Storm Luton SMTC Fighting Fit Red Dragon Tobins Gym Golden Team Norwich Thai Diablo SDF Sheffield vacant Austria Croatia vacant Birmingham vacant

British top ten Simon Aston Rod Phillips Waine Turner Stephen Dosset Mark Turner Leo Lucas Joe Coville RussHenshaw

Pythons WAMA BMA MASA T MAS King Tiger Shin kick Paragon

Italy Australia vacant Spain Sheffield vacant

Super-cruiserweight91.8kg World Champ MT Alexi Ignashov World Champ OR European Champ MT European Champ OR British Champ MT British Champ OR

Belarus vacant vacant vacant vacant vacant


British top ten Tony Horbury Leo Elenor Matt Duplesis Zurb Drugda Peter Mercer Dave Roberts Mark Bruce Tariq Shafiq Heavyweight- 96.4kg World Champ MT World Champ OR Sergiue Ivanovich European Champ MT European Champ OR British Champ MT British Champ OR British top ten Chris Bacheldor Duncan a. James John Love Steve Hamilton Dave McMahon Lukahz Lehman Will Riva Liam Shore Simon Crockford Shane Cavanagh

Bolton Minotaurs Saints KO Gym Farnborough Bad Co. FCUK Rugby Shin Kick vacant Belarus vacant vacant vacant vacant Woking MT Strikeforce Taz Gym King Tiger SMTC Sor Thanikul Eagles Wales Sitnarong Golden Team F’s Gym

Super-heavyweight+ 96.5kg World Champ MT Jerome LeBanner World Champ OR Marcin Rozalski European Champ MT European Champ OR British Champ MT British Champ OR British top ten Chris Knowles James McSweeney Alex Gould Dillian White Rob Lloyd Craig Burke Nassa Mohammed Chris Cooper Damien Robinson Andy Costello

France Poland vacant vacant vacant vacant

Minotaurs FF Carbin Woking Red Dragon Elite Bad Co IFA B/ham F’s Gym Denbigh Scopions

Super-Flyweight 53.5kg World Champ FC Herve Grivot World Champ FR European Champ FC European Champ FR British Champ FC British Champ FR

France vacant vacant vacant vacant vacant

British top ten The are no active British fighters in the Division currently considered worthy of rating Bantamweight 54.5kg World Champ FC Devon Cormack World Champ FR European Champ FC European Champ FR British Champ FC Sean Bowman British Champ FR British top ten Sean Bowman Barry Lock Keith Morris Harjinder Singh Rajesh Salhan Kully Nagra Darrell Roper Rafaqit Ali Mark Boot

USA vacant vacant vacant Cornwall vacant T G Gym WUMA Paragon Leicester KB IFA B/ham Eclipse TKO KB IFA B/ham Eclipse BA

Super-bantamweight 56.5kg World Champ FC World Champ FR Sunny Hira European Champ FC European Champ FR Paul Collins British Champ FC British Champ FR British top ten Paul Collins Wayne Quamina Paul Bradbury Kalbir Singh

vacant UK vacant UK vacant vacant

IFA OBulldog IFA B/ham Leicester KB

Featherweight 58.5kg World Champ FC vacant World Champ FR vacant European Champ FC vacant European Champ FR vacant British Champ FC vacant British Champ FR vacant

British top ten Ricky Glover Frank Preston Mark Cullinene Andy Godbold Mahood Besharati

UKCBA TS KB ECKA Kickstop Cobra Notts.

Lightweight 60kg World Champ FC Dave Newbrook World Champ FR RayFernadez European Champ FC European Champ FR Michael Gonzales British Champ FC British Champ FR

UK USA vacant Spain vacant vacant

British top ten StacyGosden Mike Nudds Frank Preston Richard Hines Simon Millward Davis Kamara Ahmed Agha John Morris Ryan Thomas

Pro-Am TG Gym TS KB Aveley SCDS Kokoro Cardiff KB Eclipse KKAW

Super-lightweight 62.2kg World Champ FC Juan de Valle Moran World Champ FR European Champ FC Abdel Jebai European Champ FR British Champ FC British Champ FR

Spain vacant France vacant vacant vacant

British top ten John Lawson Steve Jevons Daniel Scott Rob Hingston Elliott McFarrish Jon Eames Alexander White Wesley McKay Qasim Nisar Adam Bailey

Paragon Wragsters Cobra Nott Taurus Pegasus Aveley Pro-Kick WUMA USKA MACK

Light-welterweight 64.5kg World Champ FC vacant World Champ FR Boris Nezle Australia European Champ FC Luis Gomez Spain European Champ FR Felipe Martinez Spain British & C/wealth Champ FC Barinder Singh Leicester British Champ FR vacant British top ten Gary Hamilton Marty Cox Jnr. Andy Burton Shawn Burton Barinder Singh Stuart Lawson Rhys Lilly L. Hollingworth Steve Granger Richard Waller

Pro-Kick Heathrow KB Spartan Lincoln KB Leicester KB Paragon Swansea Nichols TKD TS KB IFA B/ham

Welterweight 66.6kg World Champ FC Victor Vargodsky World Champ FR Mirdi Limani European Champ FC Simon Akufu European Champ FR British Champ FC Steve Swinburn British Champ FR British top ten Nick Gill Ryan Hamer Steve Swinburn Jason Vasello Wesley Fagan Suky Shoria Simon Akufu Michael Johnson Phil Bachus Simon Casey Super-welterweight 69.5kg World Champ FC Jim Caldecourt World Champ FR Sofiane Allouache European Champ FC Santiago Bango European Champ FR Abraham Roqueni British Champ FC

Ukraine Albania UK vacant Lincoln vacant TS KB BFKKO Lincoln KB Aveley MASAC TS KB IFA B/ham Spartan IFA B/ham Izli Cobra

UK Algeria Spain Spain

George Patterson British Champ FR Daniel Flack

vacant Ely

British top ten George Patterson Billy Gallop Daniel Flack Scott Taylor Danny Byrne Aaron Robinson Kevin Beckett Scott Rowley Martin Lamb Paul Douglas

Invicta Heathrow Ely Panthers Leicester KB Lincoln KB Fudoshin Bulldog Kickstop Storm Gym

Light-middleweight 72.5kg World Champ FC vacant World Champ FR vacant European Champ FC Tommy McCafferty Ireland European Champ FR Carlo Heredia Spain British Champ FC Jason Curtis Blackburn Commonwealth Champ FC Chris McCartie Middlesborough British Champ FR vacant British top ten John Orchard Fran Zuccala Dean Sugden Chris McCartie Jason Curtis Darren Forrest Ashley Gammon Aaron Watkinson Steve Greensmith Marcus Griffith

Bulldog Eclipse Newark MA Cleveland KB Jesters Rugby KB St. George Eclipse BA Team Select KKAW

Middleweight 75kg World Champ FC Jens Lintow Germany World Champ FR Lorand Sachs Germany European Champ FC vacant European Champ FR vacant British Champ FC Ricky Gammon Nottingham Commonwealth Champ FC Thomas Louche N.Ireland British Champ FR vacant British top ten Brain Aston Ryan Miller Thomas Louche Ricky Gammon David Lockwood Chris Morgan Graham Smith Greg Darman Mark Smith Simon Ivekich

BMKA Taurus IFKA St. George MTKBC MKKA Leicester KB Impact WUMA Wragsters

Super-middleweight 78kg World Champ FC Dale Wood World Champ FR Eric Perros European Champ FC Sivolij Sivolij European Champ FR Arban Dajaku British Champ FC Mark Ellwood British Champ FR British top ten Mark Ellwood Mick Crossland Matt Martin Lee Whitfield Michael Boguzs Andy Pollard Al Osta Jon Smith Nigel Thomas Andrew Wright

Croatia Albania Hull vacant

Tornado Dragonfoot WAMA Eclipse Coventry FS TS KB Leicester KB United Dojos Storm Gym Paragon

Light-heavyweight 81.4kg World Champ FC Ken Hewski World Champ FR Tasis Petridis European Champ FC Albert Krieziu European Champ FR Muzaffer Gemici British Champ FC British Champ FR British top ten James Watling Luke Shines Sat Rayat Jamie Bodkin Dan Cashmore

UK France

USA Austrailia Germany Turkey vacant vacant

Newcastle Walton Eclipse Izli Cobra Leicester KB

Scott Gibson Andrew Tate Ollie King Rob Taylor Gary Bettle


Light-cruiserweight 84.6kg World Champ FC Kadir Kadri World Champ FR Adam Watt European Champ FC European Champ FR British Champ FC Scott Jenkinson British Champ FR British top ten Marlon Hunt Mo Karbo Michael Elmsley Scott Jenkinson John Zuccala Daniel Hughes Scott Maginty Richard Jinks Kevin Gunter Cruiserweight 88.2kg World Champ FC Waine Turner World Champ FR Jossue Salmont European Champ FC Slavoljub Piper European Champ FR British Champ FC British Champ FR British top ten Simon Aston Amir Subasic Paul Hill Stephen Dosset Mark Turner Ollie Green Julian Lingards

USA Austrailia vacant vacant Lincoln vacant

BFKKO Bournemouth Skyaxe Lincoln KB Eclipse Swindon Bristol Plymouth MKKA

UK France Surbia vacant vacant Pythons Storm Gym WAMA MASA T MAS Aveley WUMA

Super-cruiserweight 91.8kg World Champ FC Antoine McRae USA World Champ FR Mike Sheppard USA European Champ FC Uros Repas Germany European Champ FR vacant British Champ FC vacant British Champ FR vacant British top ten Spencer Wilding Dave Wilson Kevin Ludick Leo Lucas Peter Mercer Mark Bruce Heavyweight - 96.4kg World Champ FC Derek Panza World Champ FR Mark Russell European Champ FC European Champ FR British Champ FC British Champ FR British top ten Adam Hart John Love Steve Jones Lukahz Lehman Ceri Walker Jon Askey Leon Sanders Craig Copeland James Richardson

Ryhl KBC T MAS WUMA King Tiger Farnborough FCUK Rugby USA UK vacant vacant vacant vacant Aveley Taz Gym Liverpool Newcastle King Tiger Jesters Gladiators Portsmouth SCDS

Super-heavyweight + 96.5kg World Champ FC Anatoly Nosyrev Russia World Champ FR Lukasz Jarosz Poland European Champ FC vacant European Champ FR vacant British Champ FC vacant British Champ FR vacant British top ten Rob Geldhill Kevin Smiles Craig Burke Nassa Mohammed Jamie Moore Darren Duke Justin Crowson Nigel Penlington Robert Purr David Ball

Tornado Newcastle Bad Co IFA B/ham Spartan Coventry FS Leicester KB Lincoln KB FCUK Rugby KKAW


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MENS: Flyweight -52kg 1 Dale White Dean Whites Gym

Junior Middleweight -70kg 1 Peter Crooke Firewalker

Super Heavyweight +95kg 1 Gary Turner Farnborough

2 Paulo Da Silva 3 Robert Weir 4 Dave Edwards

2 Kevin Harper 3 Dave Pacquette 4 Richard Fenwick 5 Richard Barnhill 6 Michael Wakeling 7 Craig Jose 8 Sean Wright 9 Wayne McCoy 10 James Jarvie

Super Gym KO Gym Keddles Super Gym Scorpions Sor Thanikul SMTC Nottingham Fighting Fit

2 Chris Knowles 3 Rob Lloyd 4 Alex Gould 5 James McSweeney 6 Rod Phillips 7 Craig Burke 8 Lukahz Lehman 9 Clive Allison 10 Liam Shore

Middleweight -72.5kg 1 Steven Wakeling


WOMENS: Junior Flyweight -50kg 1 Michelle Grizzle Master A

Crawley Nai Khanom Tom Scotland Birmingham

Bantamweight -55kg 1 Damien Trainor 2 Andy Howson 3 Dean James 4 Reece Crooke 5 Liam Racktoo 6 James McGlone 7 Dean Hopkins 8 Daniel Brisset

Featherweight -57kg 1 Graeme Ness 2 3 4 5 6 7

John Dick Ranjit Dheer Stephen Holliday Siluan Zamgama Paul Timmins Dean Wheately


Bad Company Leeds Pra Chao Sua Pra Chao Sua Dean Whites Gym Spirit Of Siam Panthanarasingh Trojan

Fighting Fit

East Area East Area Cambridge Free Fight Red Dragons Wicker Camp Keddles

Super Featherweight -59kg 1 Rob Storey Keddles 2 Marc Brown 3 Mark Tim 4 Gary O’Brien 5 Jonathan Watt 6 Davey MacIntosh 7 Saab Singh 8 Kevin Kovalic 9 John Cassidy 10 Alessio Piterria

Crawley SMTC Nai Khanom Tom Black Devils Caledonian Keddles Wutang Dean Whites Gym Bad Company

Lightweight -61kg 1 Liam Harrison Bad Company Leeds 2 Lee Colville 3 Dan Brown 4 Danny Taylor 5 Martin Shivnan 6 Wesley Smith 7 Peter Chung 8 Mark Grainger 9 Dave Fensom 10 Paul Kaporwicz

Suprende Dean Whites Gym Crawley GFC Muaythai Wicker Camp Sortaskin Fighting Fit Woking Sitnarong

Junior Welterweight -63.5kg 1 Imran Khan Wicker - Sheffield 2 Richard Cadden 3 Mark Howie 4 Terry Anderson 5 Paul Young 6 Aaron Hain 7 Robert Burke 8 Matt Duncan 9 Colin Johnson 10 Aaron Winters

Welterweight -67kg 1 Kieran Keddle 2 Tim Thomas 3 Michael Dicks 4 Frankie Hudders 5 James France 6 Jordan Watson 7 Andy Thrasher 8 Rab Burt 9 Guy Ramsey 10 Leroy Morgado

Bad Company Leeds Darlington Darlington Dragons Fighting Fit SMTC Nai Khanom Tom KBS Keddles

Keddles - Kent Bedford Darlington Franks Gym Bad Company Bad Company GFC Muaythai Base Muaythai Caledonian Super Gym

2 Alex Dally 3 Daniel Hudson 4 Steven Jones 5 Phil McAlpine 6 Marc Sargeant 7 Junior Herbert 8 Mark Beale 9 Richard Jones 10 Eric Decarierre

Dragons Sheffield Beastmasters Bromley Studio 2000 Bedford Coventry Beastmasters Sitnarong

Super Middleweight -76kg 1 Jamie Crawford Northern Ireland 2 Colin Farricker 3 Mehdi 4 Gavin Sterrit 5 Narinder Gill 6 Barry Denholme 7 Daz Jilali 8 Olly Watson 9 Steve Primrose 10 Gareth Bradey

Kaobon Wicker Camp Warrington MT East Area SMTC Beastmasters Minotaurs Beastmasters Knuckles

Light Heavyweight -79kg 1 Damian Hood Pra Chao Suua 2 3 4 5 6 7

Colin Carson Rick Joseph Daniel Durick Steve Rodgerson James Robertson No Nomination

Scotland Kings Gym SMTC Sitnarong Crawley

Super Light Heavyweight -82kg 1 Christian Di Paolo Wicker Camp 2 3 4 5 6

Ross Parsons Norman McKenzie Hayden Scott Ian Coe No Nomination

Cruiserweight -86kg 1 Amir Subasic 2 Andre McIntyre 3 Dave McFarlane 4 J P Rooney 5 Phil Burke 6 Rolando Abido 7 No Nomination

Heavyweight -95kg 1 Duncan Airlie James 2 Chris Batchedor 3 Simon Demetrious 4 Dave McMahon 5 Dilian White 6 Leo Elenor 7 Tony Horbury 8 No Nomination 9 No Nomination

Wildkick Strikeforce East Area Minotaurs

Luton 3D Gym SMTC Fighting Fit Nongkee Pahuyuth Red Dragons

Glasgow Woking Farnholme SMTC Red Dragons Minotaurs Bolton

2 Emma Armour 3 Julie Fleming 4 Sally Braddon 5 Ann Niven

Minotaurs Liverpool Woking TTM Bedford Bad Company Sor Thanikul Graitong Sitnarong

Rage Bolton Bad Company, Leeds London Thai Fighters

Flyweight -52.5kg 1 Rachel Jones 2 Michelle Preston 3 Jackie Short 4 Ruth Ashdown 5 Michelle Guest 6 Charlotte Webster 7 Rosy Hayward 8 Christi Campbell 9 Sophie Bowyer 10 Lisa Hackett

Bradford Warrington KB Maryport Crawley Sitsiam Bad Company Diablo Saints Master As Golden Team

Bantamweight -55kg 1 Melissa Ray Nongkee Pahuyuth 2 Hilary Mack 3 Ruth Davies 4 Laura Craig 5 Catherine Carter 6 Nicola Simpson 7 Julie Elliot 8 Emily Cox 9 Kat Steele 10 Lisa Beeley

Caledonian Saints SMTC Dragons - Carlisle Golden Team Saints Phraya Pichai Sitnarong Beastmasters

Featherweight -57kg 1 Bernise Alldis


2 Rebecca Donnelly 3 Jenny Sawyer

Keddles Newbury

Super Featherweight -59kg 1 Gemma Coast


2 No Nomination

Lightweight -61kg 1 Nicky Carter 2 Roxanne Dean 3 Bonny 4 Annabel Gilly 5 Sarah McArthy 6 Jo Abrehart

Keddles Tiger King Snipers Ko Gym Bad Company Scorpions

Junior Welterweight -63.5kg 1 Julie Kitchen Touch Gloves 2 3 4 5 6

Karla Hood Sheree Halliday Michelle Doig Lousie McLaughlin Claire Haigh

Welterweight -67kg 1 Helene Garnett 2 Isabella McCall 3 Zoe Mason

Pra Chao Suua Woking Fighting Fit Sit Ayuthaya Sitnarong

Wicker Camp Dragons Annan Touch Gloves



(Compiled 21st December 2007)

(Including any fighter’s who have not yet taken part in their fourth and final fight as a Pro-Am) These rankings have been produced in the interest of furthering the WAKO GB amateur system and creating a fair and safe environment for all fighters involved. They have been compiled from all the registered amateur fights sanctioned by WAKO GB since 2003. Any fighter who is deemed to have more than 4 Pro fights (indicated in red) has automatically terminated their right to fight as a Pro-Am and will be registered as a Pro. If you are on this Amateur ranking or know of someone who is now pro then please bring this to our immediate attention so the records can be adjusted accordingly. Obviously this will take a short while to be in full order but it is as accurate as possible. All future WAKO GB fighters will sign a form pre-fight to state they are amateur. Anyone breaking this rule will or may be banned from further WAKO competition’s should the committee see fit. All number 1 ranked fighters have been checked out by google and do not appear as professional champions to the best of our knowledge. All WAKO GB fighters who have now turned Pro or Won the British and then turned pro during the collation of these records have been shown for their merit at the end of their weight category. These people will now no longer be able to fight as amateurs, again making it fairer and safer for the new breed of up and coming amateurs. We will also be formulating a Cadets rankings, but bearing in mind last year was our first official year it may take time yet. Any Pro-Am fighter who wins a Pro title whilst in Pro-Am status immediately looses the right to return to Amateur or carry on as a Pro-Am fighter.

MENS: -60kg Gary Kelly Carl Cawood (AA) Mark Collaine (DB)

-63.5kg Steven Attfield (5E) Matthew Nagle (AK) Taz Shaffi (RW) Nazrul Karim (DLF) Craig English (DTF) Omer Omer (MS) Yousef Nablsy (BK) John Lawson Champ To Pro

-67kg Joao Zeca (PG) Louis Halbinere (PG) Steve Moffat (KL)

Declan Galvin (EK) Kevin Hill Umar Akhter (MT) Ben Thorrold (CKA) Khuda Shumba (CD) Jamie Rattib (LH) Simon Carter (MT) Rhys Donald (BG) Stuart Lawson Champ To Pro Lee Morgan Champ To Pro Senol Dervis Champ To Pro Arturas Bakirouas

-71kg Audifax Kinga (SH) Neil Pearson (GP) Sam Westbrook (LD) Amar Amwar (AF) Mat Hettherington (FFA) Paul Crofts (FFA) Richard Hammond (PD) Sean Mc Kown (FW) Ken White (DKJ) James Robinson (FT) Emanuel Airosa (PG) Glenn Colman (BFMA) Ross Blackwood (FFA) Wayne Close (PH) Curtis Valentine (PK) Jaibreal Mayi (GM) Jason Derrick Dave Mc Farlane (BK) Marty Wilson Champ To Pro Shensoy Dervis Champ To Pro Paul Lynch Champ To Pro

-75kg Jamie Sheppard (RA) Patrick Bomba (PG) Ehsan Shaffique (LD) Leandro Santos (EK) Michael Edwards (LD) Emmanuel Airosa (PG) Paul Thornhill Ricky Burwell (HA) Israrullah Yaqobzai (PG) Craig Woodcock (FMA) Mike Oxer (MO) M Barnett (GBK) Ronald Thomas Richard Sidwell (DEM) Adam Konieczny Champ To Pro Tim Niblett Champ To Pro Michael Dovies Stuart Harker Champ To Pro Greg Darmon

-81kg Ibraham Hassan (PG) Fash Ostwar (EK) Israrullah Yaqobzai (PG) Lewis Roberts Andrew Jackson (AS) Tony Bejjani (SBL) Julian Pyne (LB) Kieron Thomas Andrew Wright Champ To Pro Steven Primrose Barry Hazel

-86kg Khalid Ismail (LDG) Martin Bergson (PG) Hamza Qadar (AF) Hamed Majied Dariusz Kubic (Z) Ian Thornton (AFT) Selim Ahmed (V) Clive Scott (PK) Nikolai Cumpata (SW) Paul Roberts (YBC) Tony Jackson (V) Marlon Hunt Champ To Pro John Santry

-91kg Mazi Denzi (PG) Constantin Silmon (PG) Errol Reeves Martin Clements

+91kg Ben Whitehead (BK) David Maw Tony Close Thomas Stone (DKJ) Uldis Orna (SD) Lee Bayliss (BKA) Ricky Macdonald Gulcan Bagry (EK) Jamie Moore Champ To Pro Michael Bisping Champ To Pro Barrington Patterson

Ladies: -52kg Claire Helliwell (FT) Anne Kuan (V) Sarah Wadley (cma) Lisa Higo Champ To Pro Nadia Griva Champ To Pro Bridie Murphy Champ To Pro

-56kg Frankie Dervish (CG) Tony Philips (WG) Bethan Cobley (NEW) Susanne Boggan (LH)

-60kg Lydia Durkin (PG) Rachel Teidman (LW) Alexis Rufus (CG)

-65kg Franki Dervis (CG) Olga Tikmonova (V) Emma Ogden (E) Lisa Mc Glone (MC) Angela Middleton (AD) Sarah Whalley (MAS) Kerry-louise Champ To Pro

-70kg Hazel Gale (PG) Lisa Mc Glone (MC) Kerry-louise Champ To Pro

+70kg Karen Dews


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