Category: Kickboxing

EM Legend 27 Results: Manas Defeats Chenglong Zhang in Championship Finals

This weekend saw EM Legend round out their 65kg Championship tournament with some big names competing. Manas defeated Anvar Boynazarov via split decision in the semi-finals while Chenglong Zhang defeated Senmanee via decision on the other end. This led to a Thailand vs. China finals that saw Manas win via TKO in the fourth round to secure the EM Legend 65kg championship. EM Legend Championship Final Round Manas (THA) def. Zhang Chenglong by TKO in the 4th round EM Legend Championship Semifinal Round Zhang Chenglong (CHN) def. Senmanee (THA) by unanimous decision – 65 kg Manas (THA) def. Anvar (UZB) by [read more]

GLORY Appoints Marshall Zelaznik as New CEO; Franklin Moves to Development Role

GLORY dropped an interesting news story today in that GLORY’s CEO will be moving into the role of Chief Development Officer, focusing on efforts to grow the sport in the Americas, while Marshall Zelaznik will move into the role of Chief Executive Officer. Franklin joined GLORY at a turbulent time for the company, with the promotion struggling to gain ground while overspending. Franklin was able to stabilize the ship and put the promotion back on the right path, which leads into the appointment of Zelaznik, who will take, as they say, a more “global” approach to the sport. He’s coming [read more]

WATCH: Manachai YokkaoSaenchaiGym Destroy His Italian Opposition

Training out of the Yokkao Training Center in Bangkok, Manachai has helped to bring himself to the next level when it comes to catching the attention of the world. He had wowed muay thai fans when he was fighting in the Thai stadiums and racking up titles, but now he ventures out into the world, including this fight at the Night of Kick and Punch in Italy on January 20th where he finished off his opponent, Nuriel Glorian Cauli, in round one. Go ahead and watch the fight below and marvel at what Manachai is able to do in the ring.

The 2017 LiverKick Awards: Rising Star — Tenshin Nasukawa

There are times when you need to adjust your thinking to make way for greatness, because thinking in the “old way” would mean ignoring the future. Tenshin Nasukawa is not a prospect, yet he did many things in 2017 that have worked to show potential for the future, not just for himself, but for kakutougi as a whole in Japan. So instead of crowning him the Prospect of the Year for perhaps a second time, the award is being adjusted to the “Rising Star” award. If you’ve been following Japanese MMA and kickboxing in 2017, you’ll understand why. If not, [read more]

Programming Note — GLORY: Redemption Airs on ESPN Classic Tonight

Interesting programming note, if you somehow missed out on GLORY: Redemption last month and have a cable subscription with ESPN, you’re in lucky. The blockbuster event featuring Rico Verhoeven vs. Jamal Ben Saddik is set to air tonight on ESPN Classic starting at 8pm eastern/5pm pacific. Only the PPV portion will be airing via ESPN Classic, which means Baley Sugden vs. Chenglong Zhang, Danyo Ilunga vs. Michael Duut, Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. Zakaria Zouggary and, of course, Rico Verhoeven vs. Jamal Ben Saddik. After you’ve watched (or if you already have), listen to Jay Jauncey and myself talk about GLORY: Redemption as [read more]

SuperKombat Brand Ambassador Florian Munteanu Cast as Ivan Drago’s Son in ‘Creed II’

The folks at SuperKombat have been hinting at some big news coming for the past month or so now, and last night it became official: SuperKombat brand ambassador and SK-trained fighter Florian Munteanu has been cast in the upcoming ‘Creed II’ as the son of Ivan Drago. This will be a major role in the film, with them hoping that Munteanu’s imposing presence will help to make him the next breakthrough action star, much like the role of Ivan Drago was a breakthrough role for Dolph Lundgren in the 80’s. The Creed films follow the son of former Rocky-antagonist-turned-ally Apollo [read more]

Updated Kunlun Fight 69 Card: Buakaw Gets a New Opponent

We’re just a matter of weeks away from one of the bigger Kunlun Fight events of the season, with both the 100+kg and 70kg tournaments coming to their dramatic conclusions after a year of action. Buakaw Banchamek is still headlining the event and has a new opponent now: Nayanesh Ayman. Ayman has been calling out Buakaw for a while and now he’ll get his chance against the K-1 and Thai legend. You can check out a highlight of him here. Kunlun Fight 69 will air live on the KLF app for those who can access it, the rest can order [read more]

LiverKick Podcast January 14th, 2018: GLORY: Redemption, Kunlun Finals and More

Alright, so the last episode was garbled up by audio problems galore, then the holidays happened, Jay went on vacation and finally, here we are, a month later, with a new episode of the LiverKick Podcast. But, of course, this time we try to make up for it by going over GLORY: Redemption, talking about some of the other big stories that have happened in the last month or so, like Badr Hari’s GLORY signing and more. We also brush upon K-1 Japan happenings, just how big of a star is Tenshin Nasukawa compared to Takeru and the upcoming Kunlun [read more]

Thai Sensation Manachai YOKKAOSaenchaiGym Making Italian Debut on January 20th

Back in 2016 Yokkao had a huge coup when top-ranked Lumpinee -65kg fighter Manachai jumped from Kiatmoo9 to the Yokkao team, now known as Manachai YokkaoSaenchaiGym. Training at the Yokkao Training Center Bangkok he has worked with not just Yokkao’s state-of-the-art facility, some of the top trainers in the game and more, but he’s also working with nutritionists, physical trainers, physical therapists and even a media agency to help spread the word about the 20-year-old fighter. In another big move, he’ll make his Italian debut on January 20th at “The Night of Kick and Punch 8” in Milan. His opponent [read more]

Full GLORY 50 Card Announced: Heavyweight Tournament Featured

GLORY has finally given us more details of their first event of the year, GLORY 50, which is set to take on Chicago on February 16th. We already knew that Murthel Groenhart was scheduled to defend his Welterweight Championship against Harut Grigorian in the main event, but now there’s even more details about the numbered event, with a heavyweight tournament featured. Benjamin Adegbuyi will take on D’Angelo Marshall and Guto Inocente will take on Junior Tafa. Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong will be defending his Lightweight Championship against Christian Baya in the SuperFight Series main event. Catalin Morosanu will return, quickly becoming a [read more]