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KOK Classic 5 A Big Hit!

Sunday’s KOK Classic 5 event was the most successful in the series yet, according to a promotion representative.

The KOK Classic 5 featured some of the promotion’s top stars. Interim Featherweight Champion Matas Pultarazinskas and lightweight contender Mindaugas Narauskas were both in action, as well as MMA standout Vitold Jagelo.

Impact Fight!
Most of the attention focused on the special “impact fight” between popular lightweight kickboxer Dovydas Rimkus and bodybuilder Remigijus Virsila.

Both are popular personalities with a social media presence. Virsila made his combat sports debut in a boxing match against the smaller Rimkus. The men argued on social media and agreed to settle the beef in the ring.

Virsila is the latest social media influencer to try combat sports, following Logan and Jake Paul and KSI. The difference is he tried to face a real professional fighter instead of another influencer.

Rimkus knocked him down twice before he finished him with a brutal body shot in round two.

PPV Broke Records
The event was broadcast by FightBox HD and streamed worldwide on KOK Fights TV.

Pay-per-view sales set a new record for KOK Classic events, and website views skyrocketed from public interest in Rimkus-Virsila.

Onward to Tallinn
After outstanding events in Kazakhstan and Lithuania in February, the KOK promotion returns in April.

On April 10, KOK visits Tallinn, Estonia for the first time in 2021. The promotion is back in Lithuania on 24 April, just two weeks later.

KOK is also scheduled to return to Turkey on April 2 for the first KOK Turkey Series event of 2021.

Source- KOK Classic 5 A Big Hit – KickboxingZ: Kickboxing & BK News

KOK Classic 5 Full Results

KOK held its fifth KOK Classic event tonight in Lithuania, and the event delivered for an international viewing audience on FightBox HD and KOK Fights TV.

There were knockdowns, knockouts, and plenty of hard-fought contests. The 15-bout fight card featured KOK Rules Kickboxing, MMA, and boxing.

KOK lightweight contender Mindaugas Narauskas started strong but was held to a draw by Mateusz Rajewski.

KOK Interim Featherweight Champion Matas Pultarazinskas survived a scare against Oleh Moshnin. Pultarazinskas was hurt to the body in round one and knocked down. He battled back to KO Moshnin with a knee to the head in round two.

Dovydas “Rimkenzo” Rimkus made bodybuilder and social influencer Remigijus Virsila eat his words. Rimkenzo knocked the big man down three times to win their challenge boxing match.

Unbeaten prospect Lukas Banevicius fought to a draw with Lukasz Leczycki.

Two fighters earned their first KOK wins tonight. Aurimas Krukauskas defeated Danyla Matiukov and Samuelis Sorochovas beat Arnestas Naujokas.

Poland’s Daniel Szott was too experienced for Germany’s Armin Riedl, handing the youngster a decision loss.

Full Results below. An amazing night of action.

KOK Classic 5: Part I Results
-65 kg (KOK Kickboxing): Danas Antanavicius (Lithuania) def. Benas Sorochovas (Lithuania)-Unanimous Decision (30-27,30-28,29-28)

-70 kg (ZST Bushido): Renatas Buskus (Lithuania) DRAW Edvinas Bubelils (Lithuania)

-86 kg (KOK Kickboxing) Deividas Daividavicius (Lithuania) def. Tadas Povilanskas (Lithuania)-Unanimous Decision (30-29, 30-26, 29-28)

-77 kg (ZST Bushido): Mantas Kondratavicius (Lithuania) def. Rytis Kveselys (Lithuania)-Submission Round 2

-70 kg (KOK Kickboxing): Daniel Szott (Poland) def. Armin Riedl (Germany)-Unanimous Decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)

-75 kg (KOK Kickboxing): Aurimas Krukauskas (Lithuania) def. Danyla Matiukov (Lithuania)-KO Round 2 (Injury from low kick)

-70 kg (KOK Kickboxing): Samuelis Sorochovas (Lithuania) def. Arnestas Naujokas (Lithuania)-Unanimous Decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)

-73 kg (KOK Kickboxing): Lukasz Leczycki (Poland) DRAW Lukas Banevicius (Lithuania) (30-29, 29-30, 30-30)

KOK Classic 5: Part II Results

-85 kg (KOK Kickboxing): Erikas Golubovskis (Lithuania) def. Kestutis Kavaliauskas (Lithuania)-Decision

-77 kg (MMA Bushido Rules): Vitoldas Jagelo (Lithuania) def. Volodymyr Hynzhu (Ukraine)-Majority Decision (30-29,29-29,30-29)

Impact Fight: David vs GOLIATH
Dovydas “Rimkenzo” Rimkus DEF. Remigijus Virsila-KO Round 2 (Body Shot. Virsila down twice in first round)

-85 kg (Dream Boxing): Juris Zundovskis (Latvia) def. Ovidijus Jurginas (Lithuania)-Split Decision

-65 kg: (KOK Kickboxing): Matas Pultarazinskas (Lithuania) def. Aleh Moshnin (Belarus/Poland)-KO Round 2 (Knee)

-93 kg (KOK Kickboxing): Naglis Kanisauskas (Lithuania) DRAW Paulius Mitkus (Lithuania) (30-29, 29-30, 30-30)

-71 kg (KOK Kickboxing): Mindaugas Narauskas (Lithuania) DRAW Mateusz Rajewski (Poland) (30-29, 29-30, 30-30)

Source- KOK Classic 5: Full Results – KickboxingZ: Kickboxing & BK News

KOK Classic 5: Pultarazinskas Survives Scare

Pultarazinskas was hurt by a kick downstairs, and then knocked down with a knee to the body in round one.

A round later, Pultarazinskas answered with his own knee and scored a spectacular KO.

During an exchange, the champion landed a devastating knee to the head, ending the fight.

Pultarazinskas received a tougher than expected battle from Moshnin. The smaller Belarusian fighter is very quick, and unorthodox at times like Garuda Gym teammates Daniel Szott and Lukasz Leczycki.

Pultarazinskas said after the fight he was pleased with his performance.

“It’s great because I did a knockout, he said.

Pultarzinskas said his goal is to win the KOK World Featherweight Title, and defeat current champion Pok Bill and rival Dovydas Rimkus.

Source- KOK Classic 5: Pultarazinskas Survives Scare – KickboxingZ: Kickboxing & BK News

David Slays Goliath: Rimkenzo Defeats Virsila

Dovydas “Rimkenzo” Rimkus silenced critic Remigijus Virsila in dominant fashion. The popular Lithuanian kickboxer knocked down the bodybuilder and social influencer three times to score a second-round KO win.

“It’s (an) amazing feeling,” Rimkus said after the fight.

Dueling Ring Entrances
The special challenge match came about after Virsila dissed Rimkenzo’s skills in a chat with Instagram followers. A war of words began, and promoter Donaitis Simanaitis arranged the match after Virsila accepted Rimkus’s challenge.

Virsila tried to outshine Rimkus in the ring entrances. Rimkus is known as a showman, and Virsila danced on his way to the ring accompanied by two attractive brunettes.

Rimkus had dancing girls of his own plus a rapper. Ring announcer Rytis Kuzmenka announced Virsila weighed in at 80 kg for the boxing match but he looked a lot bigger than Rimkus.

Virsila Shows Heart
Rimkus loaded up on his punches and ate a couple of good shots from Virsila. A Rimkus combination ended with a right that decked Virsila, who bravely beat the count.

Another right hand dropped Virsila late in the first round. Virsila got up and wanted to continue.

“He has powerful punches. He came and fight all of his heart,” Rimkus said in his post fight interview.

Body Shot KO

Seconds after the second round began, Rimkus ended the fight with a big body shot. The referee had seen enough and waved off the fight after the third knockdown.

Rimkus praised Virsila for taking the fight.

“I feel tremendous honor for Remigijus Virsila. He showed up. He promoted this fight,” he said.

Virsila praised Rimkus for his technique and punching power, and said he had respect for Rimkus.

Commentator Daniel Austin gave Virsila credit for his effort.

“He got what he deserved (for trolling Rimkus). He got balls. I respect that,” Austin said.

Source- David Slays GOLIATH: Rimkenzo Defeats Virsila – KickboxingZ: Kickboxing & BK News

KOK Classic 5: Rimkenzo Battles Bodybuilder Virsila Tonight in Challenge Match

Popular Lithuanian kickboxer Dovydas “Rimkenzo” Rimkus faces bodybuilder and social media star Remigijus Virsila tonight.

The bout is a special attraction at the KOK Classic 5. The event is being broadcast worldwide on FightBox HD and KOK Fights TV.

Internet Beef
How does a kickboxer end up fighting a bodybuilder in a boxing match?

The feud started when Virsila did a Q & A chat with Instagram followers. He was asked for his thoughts on Rimkenzo’s abilities. Virsila said he didn’t think the young Rimkus showed a lot of promise.

Rimkenzo responded and issued a challenge. The fight was arranged under boxing rules.Flash” Versus FLESH
Rimkenzo is known for his charismatic interviews and outrageous ring entrances. The young fighter has grown into one of KOK’s most popular personalities. He’s got a good right hand and shown improvement in recent bouts.

Virsila is not known as a fighter. He’s the taller and stronger man, and will probably outweigh Rimkus by a good 15 kg (33 lbs) minimum.

Rimkus is basically fighting a heavyweight, although an inexperienced one. He’ll have to be cautious early and make sure to keep his hands up and chin down. If he is knocked down or embarrassed against Virsila, it would be a damaging blow to his career.

Source – KOK Classic 5: Rimkenzo Battles Bodybuilder Virsila Tonight in Challenge Match – KickboxingZ: Kickboxing & BK News

KOK Classic 5: Odds Update

Promotional partner Cbet is accepting wagers on three bouts taking place Sunday at the KOK Classic 5 in Alytus, Lithuania. Sunday’s event, which has 15 bouts scheduled, is broadcasting on Fight Box HD and KOK Fights TV.

Rimkus Big Favorite

Popular lightweight kickboxer Dovydas “Rimkenzo” Rimkus is heavily favored to defeat bodybuilder and social media star Remigijus Virsila in a special “David vs Goliath” boxing match.

Rimkus is a good right hand puncher and has said before he likes a good battle. He’s facing a larger and stronger but less-skilled opponent, and will probably be outweighed by a good 15 kg or more on fight night.

Currently, Rimkenzo is a big favorite with odds of 1.18 (American odds of -556). Fans who back the bigger Virsila to score the upset can currently get odds of 4.00 (+300). 

Pultarazinskas-Moshnin Odds

In a recent interview, KOK Interim Featherweight Champion Matas Pultarazinskas said he’s the present and future of the KOK organisation. That’s a strong boast but the champion has proven himself as one of the best of the new generation of Lithuanian kickboxers.

A wager on Pultarazinskas is currently fetching odds of 1.45 (-222). Moshnin is unbeaten in two KOK Classic fights but neither fighter is on the champion’s level. The Belarusian, who trains and fights out of Warsaw, can be a busy fighter that could leave him open to counters from Pultarazinskas, a fighter with good boxing skills.  Moshnin can currently be backed at 2.55 (+155).

Kanisauskas-Mitkus Rematch

Naglis Kanisauskas is favored (1.65, -154) to defeat Paulius Mitkus. Mitkus previously defeated Kanisauskas by split decision at KOK 69 in March 2019 but the odds currently favor Kanisauskas, who’s returning to KOK after an absence. Mitkus, who drew with Latvia’s Reinis Porozovs last month, is 2.10 (+110) to defeat Kanisauskas.

The match odds were previously even but some of the late money shifted to Kanisauskas.

Source- KOK Classic 5: Odds Update – KickboxingZ: Kickboxing & BK News

KOK Classic 5 Fight Card and Viewing Information

The fifth edition of the KOK Classic goes down this Sunday night in Lithuania. Fifteen bouts are scheduled, with fighters from Lithuania, Germany, Poland, Latvia, and Ukraine scheduled to participate.

Bouts will be held under KOK Kickboxing, ZST Bushido, and Dream Boxing rules, with the event divided into two parts.

The action begins at 7 p.m. local time in Lithuania, which is 5 p.m. in London and 12 p.m. in New York (9 a.m. Los Angeles). KOK Fights TV is streaming the event live and worldwide, and FightBox HD is broadcasting the event in over 60 countries.

KOK Classic 5: Part I
Part I features KOK Kickboxing and ZST Bushido. The card kicks off with a bout between young fighters Benas Sorochovas and Danas Antanavicius, followed by a women’s bout between Ilona Wodja and Karolina Paulauske.

Unbeaten prospect Lukas Banevicius is also in action, and Polish veteran Daniel Szott faces youngster Armen Riedl from Germany.

MMA Bushido standout Vitold Jagelo returns to the KOK Classic, Part I is headlined by unbeaten sensation Erikas Golubovskis against countryman Tomas Kutiniauskas.

KOK Classic 5: Part II
Part II of the event features kickboxing and two Dream Boxing contests. In another veteran vs prospect match up, recent title challenger Lukasz Leczycki meets Lithuanian youngster Vitas Karosas.

The  highly anticipated “Flash vs Flesh” grudge match between charismatic lightweight Dovydas Rimkus and bodybuilder and social media star Remigijus Virsila also takes place.

KOK Interim Featherweight king Matas Pultarazinskas faces Aleh Moshnin in a super fight.

Lightweight contender Mindaugas Narauskas continues his comeback in the feature bout. Narauskas meets Mateusz Rajewski, part of Poland’s fighting Rajewski brothers.

Here is the fight card. Fans who purchase the event prior to event day are eligible for a discount on KOK Fights TV. FightBox HD can be streamed internationally via Film Box Live.

KOK Classic 5
28 February, 2021
Lithuania
Broadcast: KOK Fights TV, FightBox HD
Promoter: International Bushido Federation/KOK

Part I
-64 kg (KOK Rules): Benas Sorochovas (Lithuania) vs Danas Antanavicius (Lithuania)
-65 kg (KOK Rules): Ilona Wojda (Poland) vs Karolina Paulauske (Lithuania)
-77 kg (ZST Rules): Rytis Kveselys (Lithuania) vs Mantas Kondratavicius (Lithuania)
-75 kg (KOK Rules): Lukas Banevicius (Lithuania) Dovydas Grabys (Lithuania)
-70 kg (ZST Bushido):  Renatas Buskus (Lithuania) vs Edvinas Bubelils (Lithuania)
-70 kg (KOK Rules): Armin Riedl vs Daniel Szott (Poland)
-70 kg (KOK Rules): Arnestas Naujokas (Lithuania) vs Samuelis Sorochovas (Lithuania)
-77 kg (ZST Bushido): Vitold Jagelo (Lithuania)  vs Volodymyr Hynzhu (Ukraine)
-90 kg (ZST Bushido): Erikas Golubovskis (Lithuania)  vs Tomas Kutiniauskas (Lithuania)

Part II
-66 kg (KOK Rules): Lukasz Leczycki (Poland) vs Vitas Karosas (Lithuania)
-75 kg (Boxing Rules): Dovydas “Rimkenzo” Rimkus vs Remigijus Virsila
-85 kg (Boxing Rules): Ovidijus Jurginas (Lithuania) vs Juris Zundovskis (Latvia)
-65 kg (KOK Rules): Matas Pultarazinskas (Lithuania) vs Aleh Moshnin (Poland)
-93 kg (KOK Rules): Naglis Kanisauskas (Lithuania) vs Paulius Mitkus (Lithuania)
-73 kg (KOK Rules): Mindaugas Naraukskas (Lithuania) vs Mateusz Rajewski (Poland)

Source- KOK Classic 5: Fight Card and Viewing Information – KickboxingZ: Kickboxing & BK News

Matas Pultarazinskas: “I Am The Present and Future of KOK”

We caught up with Matas Pultarazinskas, the newly-crowned KOK Interim Featherweight Champion.

Pultarazinskas won the title in December with a solid five-round decision against Lukas Leczycki at the KOK Classic 4.

It was the biggest win of the young fighter’s career. Pultarazinskas (7-1-1) earned his first professional title in only his ninth pro bout.

The young champion returns to action this Sunday February 28 in a three-round super fight against Aleh Moshnin at the KOK Classic 5.

Read on for Matas’s thoughts on winning his first title, his fight against Moshnin Sunday, and he also comments on rival Dovydas Rimkus facing bodybuilder R. Virsila in a special challenge match Sunday. 

This Sunday’s KOK Classic 5 takes place in Lithuania and is being televised by FightBox HD and streaming live on KOK Fights TV.

Congratulations. Since the last interview, you defeated Lukasz Leczycki

of Poland to win the KOK Interim Featherweight Title. How does it feel

to win your first KOK belt?

Matas Pultarazinskas: I’m very happy that I have won this belt, there was no other possible outcome. It was one of my main goals to have the belt. 

For sure,  I’m the youngest fighter (19 years of age) in KOK to hold a belt, and it shouldn’t be called interim title because Pok Bill (KOK Featherweight Champion) has signed a contract with another organization and rarely fights all around. 

So, I am KOK champion without a doubt. Do not forget to buy the PPV this Sunday, because I am going to cement my position as a world champion.

Leczycki seems to have a difficult style. He rushes in sometimes, and

also uses a lot of movement and switches stances.

There were some problems but I adapted to the fight and it was all good. Leczycki is now behind me, and the only way I am looking is forward. I do not want to talk about him-he is the past. I am the present and the future of KOK.

Is he the most difficult opponent so far in your pro career?

Maybe it was. Lukasz was my first 5-round fight, and it was for a title and a good experience. Fighters rarely get to fight more than 3

rounds. Also, there was some pressure, mostly from myself, as my goal is to beat everyone.

This coming Sunday, you face another Polish fighter, Aleh Moshnin. What

are your thoughts on the fight?

I don’t know much about him, so we will see on Sunday. The only thing I am sure is that this Sunday Aleh is going to the hospital, and I am going to celebrate.

A lot of the media attention for Sunday’s event is focused on the grudge match between your rival Rimkenzo and R. Virsila, the bodybuilder and social media star.

It is kinda funny because Rimkus is not fighting against me but

fights with other sport athlete who is just a regular guy, and not a

fighter. I believe Rimkus will win by points. He does not have knock

out power. 

Rimkus is a chicken who runs from the real fight. I am fighting for world titles while he is just being a clown. Good for Rimkus, he should just continue fighting bodybuilders and other celebrities. What a clown he is.

Do you have any thoughts about this fight? Are you still looking to meet Rimkenzo in the ring in the future?

Maybe. Everyone wants to see him lying on the ground. Might as well be me who knocks him out cold. I think I will see him in the ring when this whole Covid situation is going to pass. I want people to see Rimkus suffering.

Thank you for your time. Best of luck to you Sunday. Is there anything

else you’d like to say or anyone you’d like to thank?

Big thanks to all the fans. All the messages are really important for me. It is what motivates me. I work really hard, and every received message from the fans really matters. I will show you the best fight this Sunday, so hold on.

Source- Matas Pultarazinskas: “I Am The Present and Future of KOK” – KickboxingZ: Kickboxing & BK News

Ex-WWE and UFC star Ken Shamrock claims Dwayne Johnson HIJACKED ‘The Rock’ ring name from him

FORMER WWE star and UFC legend Ken Shamrock claims he owned ‘The Rock’ ring name before potential future US President Dwayne Johnson used it.

The 57-year-old became a star in the ring during the famous Attitude Era days for Vince McMahon’s company.

However, before he became the ‘World’s Most Dangerous Man’ he used to use ‘The Rock’ moniker.

That was until the arrival of ‘Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment’ in WWE asked to use it.

Shamrock revealed on a recent appearance on Casual Conversations with The Classic: “You know what man? The Rock came up and started using it.

“Nobody even knew the issue at all. I didn’t because I was never kind of — I never liked that, right?

“Just like when they came up with the dolls that had the lion skin on it with the shorts on it, I owned that.

“They never asked me to do that, they didn’t ask to do that so therefore I own that, so I could’ve gotten all that too but you know what? I was fine with where I was at. It didn’t matter.

“So, and me and Rocky, we talked about it one time. He didn’t even know. He’s like, ‘Really!?’ I said, ‘Yeah. Don’t worry about it. No big deal.’

“It’s like, ‘I’m not gonna do anything for that’ so it’s like, I’m known as The World’s Most Dangerous Man now.”

Shamrock made his UFC debut in 1993 feuding with another legend in Royce Gracie first, and later with Tito Ortiz.

Shamrock and Gracie would go on to be the first two men to be inducted into the UFC Hall Of Fame.

His overall MMA record reads 28 wins and 17 losses in 48 fights and was the first UFC Superfight Champion – that later became the Heavyweight strap.

Shamrock also fought in WWE, or WWF as it was known back then, signing up in 1997 and staying with the company until 1999 when he decided to resume his MMA career.

He only ‘officially’ retired from MMA in July this year, with a post shared on Facebook but still continues to compete in Impact Wrestling.

Meanwhile, ‘The Rock’ went on to not only become the arguably the biggest star in the squared-circle but Hollywood’s highest-earning actor.

And now he has his sights on something even bigger after he revealed he’d happily run for President – but only if the American public wants him to.

He told USA Today: “I would consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people wanted. Truly I mean that, and I’m not flippant in any way with my answer.

“That would be up to the people…So I would wait, and I would listen. I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear to the ground.”

Johnson previously spoke exclusively to The Sun and admitted: “Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever dreamed that I could have had the career that I’ve been lucky enough to have.”

Source- Ex-WWE and UFC star Ken Shamrock claims Dwayne Johnson HIJACKED ‘The Rock’ ring name from him (thesun.co.uk)

Khabib thinks McGregor’s best days are behind him: ‘A man can’t have two primes’

While Conor McGregor tries to rebound from a recent TKO loss to Dustin Poirier some believe the former UFC champion won’t be able to rediscover his dominance inside of the Octagon.

Among those who doubt McGregor’s ability to rebound from the first knockout loss of his career is none other than current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. It should be noted that McGregor and Khabib share a tumultuous past full of personal insultspost-fight brawls, and the biggest grossing fight in UFC history.

Khabib, who has made it clear that he has no interest in a rematch with McGregor, doesn’t think the knockout artist can regain his momentum in UFC and get back to the level he was once at during his prime.

“Never. There is no way that a man can be at the peak for two times,” said Khabib in a recent interview with ACA fighter Magomed Ismailov.

While Nurmagomedov and McGregor share one of the most volatile feuds in UFC history the Russian champ isn’t making a personal assumption about the Irishman. It’s a blanket statement, but one that covers McGregor’s current situation at 155 pounds.

“I’m not (just) talking about him,” Nurmagomedov added. “What I mean is, a man can’t have two primes. A team could do it. For example, Real Madrid did this a few times in a row. Teams may have this. But we’re talking about us. And one man, on his own, cannot have this (peak form twice).”

McGregor, who has fought just twice since getting submitted by Khabib back at UFC 229, is already in talks to meet Poirier in a trilogy bout this summer. Whether or not he’s past his prime “Notorious” will have another chance to prove he’s a title contender at 155 pounds.

Source- Khabib thinks McGregor’s best days are behind him: ‘A man can’t have two primes’ – MMAmania.com