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SEVEN MEDALS FOR KICKBOXING CLUB

The members of Athlone's Westside Kickboxing Club won seven medals in the All-Ireland Kickboxing Championships in Meath last weekend.

Three gold medals and four silvers were won by the Athlone contingent, and the haul of medals at a major national tournament represents a phenomenal achievement by the Athlone club considering its only been in existence for five months. As well as taking seven medals, Lithunian-born Athlone resident Simas Skatikas also captured the tournament's Best Fighter Award.

AFUKO TO FIGHT FOR WORLD TITLE

Halesowen kickboxing king Simon Akufo has said that he is determined to win a world title.Akufo will face Russian Denis Lukashov on June 11 for the WKA welterweight in Birmingham, though the exact venue is yet to be confirmed.

It appears the Halesowen man’s long wait for another shot at a world title has been worth it! (Get a free MMA bet on it now!)

SILVA PAYING NO SPECIAL ATTENTION

Anderson Silva says that he expects the best from Vitor Belfort ever. Belfort has beaten the likes of Randy Couture, Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin during his career, displaying lethal hand speed combined with phenomenal power.

Silva has not faced an out-and-out striker since he met Patrick Cote in October 2008, when the pair shared two rounds of cautious sparring before Cote's knee gave way.

BELFORT NOT AFRAID OF SILVA

Vitor Belfort has said that he respects Anderson Silva, but is not afraid of him. Both being Brazilian and having trained together in the past, Belfort has quite a bit of respect for "The Spider" and his abilities, but he pledges not to make the same mistake that many of Silva's past opponents have: respecting his fearsome aura too much.

"I think Anderson has a lot of power, a lot of skills," said Belfort. "Anderson is an expert [standing], his kicks, his knees, his elbows--I respect that, but I'm not afraid of that. I'm gonna face that."

LEBEN THANKS SILVA

Chris Leben has thanked Anderson Silva for his much improved style. Not only that, but fighter formerly known as "The Cat Smasher" also earned Knockout of the Night and Fight of the Night honors in his bouts against Simpson and Akiyama. Leben has had an up-and-down UFC career, at times marred by controversy outside of the cage and uncharacteristic performances inside.

The Oahu, Hawaii-stationed fighter recently spoke with Men's Fitness UK, where he credited his 2006 knockout loss to current champion Anderson Silva for his recent resurgence.

SILVA EXPECTS A TOUGH BATTLE

Anderson Silva says that he is expecting her tough battle when he goes to fight with Vitor Belfort. "UFC fans expect big things from us every year for our Super Bowl weekend show, and this year could be our biggest ever," UFC President Dana White said. "Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort is a fight fan's dream match. It's a fight people have wanted for years. Don't blink because both of these guys have dynamite in their hands and can end the night quickly and in very exciting fashion.

OKAMI WITH SOME UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Yushin Okami says that he has some unfinished business with Anderson Silva. After snatching a takedown in the opening round, Okami looked to open up his offense from the top, but Silva fired back with an illegal up-kick that absolutely floored him While it has to be considered one of the nastiest kicks ever in MMA, it was also illegal because Okami’s knees were on the mat.

Okami was laid out on the mat, hurting for several minutes, and simply could not continue. Silva was disqualified and lost the fight. That was the last time Anderson Silva ever tasted defeat.

16 YEAR OLD REPRESENTS US

At the World Kickboxing Association North American Combat Sports Championships, Jordan Decker faced one of those defining moments in which he had to decide what to do after being knocked down.

Decker, 16, decided to keep fighting.

He recovered from having to take a standing eight count in the first round of the 160-pound junior-division championship fight to win a decision over Paul Johnson in Richmond, Va.

MILLER READY FOR UFC

Dan Miller has won some and has lost some, and according to his manager and coach Mike Constantino, “He has had a little bit of a tough road recently.”

“Dan is well versed in all areas. Boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu,” said Constantino, “For wrestling, he’s been doing it his whole life. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he’s a black belt. Striking, he’s got good technique, but even more so, he gets in there and he er odd\hits hard and has a good chin.”

Miller´s last three fights appear on his record as loses and each of these fights was an all out war.

CANADA ALLOW MMA FIGHTS

With Ontario removing its ban on allowing mixed martial arts fighting in the province, local promoters are already lining up potential cards for 2011

Scott Birkhof isn't sitting back and waiting for someone else to bring a mixed martial arts (MMA) card to Peterborough.

Just hours after the news broke that the provincial government is taking steps to regulate MMA fights in Ontario, Birkhof was on the phone Saturday (Aug. 14) making plans to bring MMA to the city.