After stripping Cosmo Alexandre of the 77kg title and removing him from future events, It’s Showtime announced his December 18 replacement today. Artem Levin will now take on L’houcine “Aussi” Ouzgni at the Amsterdam show, and the fight will be for the vacant title.
Levin is a somewhat unexpected, but excellent, choice. He made news earlier this year when he won the Gold Medal at the SportAccord Combat Games Muay Thai competition in the 75kg division – defeating tournament favorite Yodsaenklai Fairtex along the way. That’s a huge win, and is the kind of single victory that can really propel a fighter up the ranks. A Muay Thai fighter, Levin holds championships around the world, and has faced many of the sport’s best. In addition to Yodsaenklai, he holds wins over K-1 Final 16 participant Vitaly Hurkou, former IS champion Dmitry Shakuta, Dmitry Valent, and Tum Madsua among many others.