When analyzing the modern sport of kickboxing it is virtually impossible to do so without considering the impact that China has been able to make in a rather short period of time. China went from the closed off home of Wushu and Sanda to one of the epicenters for the sports of kickboxing and MMA almost overnight. For western fight organizations China is the last frontier for them; the lone holdout and a burgeoning market, brimming with potential to be the largest market in the world for the sport. The problem is that most western companies have failed in moving [read more]
We’re just a few days away from GLORY’s mainland China debut with GLORY 46 China, which features a Chinese-heavy card that is set to not only make Chinese fans happy, but wow fans across the world by showcasing these new stars from China. Of course, western fans are hung up on the one big fight being showcased on the GLORY SuperFight Series: Rico Verhoeven vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Bigfoot Silva is known for his massive wins over guys like Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski, Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem within the MMA cage, but when it comes to kickboxing he’ll be [read more]
This coming weekend at GLORY 46: China we’ll see a host of debuts for the promotion, as GLORY looks to fully realize their vision of GLORY China by appealing to the local fans with exciting Chinese fighters and international combat sports fans by bringing in Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva for a super fight against GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven. GLORY has released video introductions for two of the Chinese fighters: Shanghai Gao and Hongxing Kong, which you can watch below. GLORY 46 China is this Saturday, October 14th.
While the focus of GLORY 46 has been the SuperFight Series main event between Rico Verhoeven and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, but the promotion has shown its due diligence in assembling a card that appeals to Chinese fans, which GLORY China will look to be winning over with this card. The finalization of the card gives us a clearer vision of what to expect, including a professional sanda bout between Hongxing Kong and Yang Sun. The Featherweight tournament should bring some new life into the division while the rest of the card is full of prospects and fighters that GLORY is [read more]
GLORY Lightweight Champion likes to keep busy and doesn’t just fight in GLORY like many of his European counterparts. Oh no, he trots the globe and fights all comers all of the time. He’s a part of the 2017 Wu Lin Feng 70kg Yi Long challenge tournament and in the semi-finals he squared off against a former K-1 World MAX Champion in Enriko Kehl. Sitthichai walks away victorious, yet again and moves on to the finals where he will fight the other finalist, Chingiz Allazov, in a rematch of their 2014 bout that saw Sitthichai pull off the victory [read more]
Kunlun Fight held their giant, massive final 16 fights last night for two, count ’em two of their big tournaments: one at 70kg and the other at 66kg. While lots of favorites did walk away victorious, there were a few surprise upsets and a lot of drama. Superbon, Marat Grigorian, Davit Kiria, Dzianis Zuev, Mohamed Mezouari, Yohann Drai, Sergii Kuliaba and Nikola Cimesa are your final 8 at 70kg, while 66kg sees Iliad Bulaid, Wei Ninghui, Singdam, Gui Hui, Petchtanong, Zhang Zhuo, David Mejia and Takhmasib Kerimov move on at 66kg. Results credit to Kiksie. Clash of Titans 70kg Final [read more]
After two successful endeavors into China working with Faith Fight in late July and early August, SuperKombat will present its first, full fight card from China in cooperation with Faith Fight in the SuperKombat WGP in China: Zoltaszek vs. Cikotic. The card, which is liberally sprinkled with Chinese fighters from Faith Fight, should mark a new chapter in the SuperKombat story, with SuperKombat as the first real European kickboxing promotion to make its way into China and seem like it has a future. New Heroes: 1. Super fight – Bantamweight division (-63,5 Kg) Song Menxiao (China) vs Zhao Jiangfeng (China) 2. [read more]
On August 27th Kunlun Fight will present the next stage in two of their massive tournaments with Kunlun Fight 65. These two tournaments are their 70kg tournament and their 66kg tournament. Their 70kg is obviously the one to watch for most fans, featuring many established names within the division as well as newer, rising stars. Superbon is absolutely the man to beat in this tournament, but will it be Ayman that scores the upset? The finals for each tournament will happen at a card in the future. Card via Kiksie. 70kg Tournament Reserve Fight Abdollah Anizh (Iran) vs. Chu Han [read more]
On August 27th Kunlun will push forward with their massive, sixteen-man 70kg tournament and they have released the list of competitors who have made it this far into the tournament. They are as follows. Superbon Banchamek Jomthong Chuwattana Marat Grigorian Davit Kiria Dzianis Zuev Mohamed Mezouari Artem Pashporin Andrei Kulebin Nayanesh Ayman Nikola Cimesa Yohann Drai Li Shiyuan Marouan Toutouh Sergii Kuliaba Feng Xingli Zhang Dezheng These are the final 16 competitors in their huge, super-massive 70kg tournament which should be wrapping up this summer and crowning a new top fighter in the 70kg division.
That’s right, it’s been three months, which means that it’s that time again for the official LiverKick Rankings to get a solid scrubbing. For those that want to hear some of the details that we go into about specific changes, you can actually listen to Jay and myself talk about these changes on the latest iteration of the LiverKick Podcast, available for your listening pleasure. As always, I’ll go over some of these bigger changes here. Heavyweight Oh heavyweight, or how Benjamin Adegbuyi lost his groove. Guto Inocente picked up a big win over him and jumped up allllll the [read more]