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Category: China

LiverKick Rankings Update for 7/24/2017: Things Change, Also Stay the Same

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]

SuperKombat Eyes Chinese Market with Partnership with Faith Fight

All eyes have been on the Chinese market in the past few years. Japan was once the home of kickboxing, but after that failed many thought that Europe would be able to leverage the immense amount of talent in the region to lock up the market, but results have been mixed, to say the least. Instead China has emerged as a hot market for professional kickboxing, with everyone from K-1 to GLORY trying to get their foot in the door. Chinese promotions have been sprouting up at insane rates, with WLF, Kunlun, Hero Legends, Emei Legend, Glory of Heroes and [read more]

GLORY China to Be a Separate Entity From GLORY

Since the news first broke about GLORY entering into a partnership with NBA legend Yao Ming to bring GLORY to China details have been sparse, to say the least. But now Scott Rudmann has dished a bit on their plans to the Telegraph and they are definitely interesting. A solid lesson to learn from past business endeavors from the western world into China is that you can’t simply decide that you are in business in China, it doesn’t work that way. Many companies have found serious roadblocks in their way or have failed to adapt to the Chinese culture and [read more]

WATCH: Gabriel Varga vs. Lu Yichen From Hero Legends

On June 25th Gabriel Varga returned to China to take on Chinese champion Lu Yichen at 67kg in the promotion Hero Legends. This was a tough bout with a lot of action, with Gabriel looking to slide back into the win column after suffering two losses in a row: One to Robin van Roosmalen for the GLORY Featherweight Championship and the next to Gabor Gorbics at Bellator Kickboxing 6. The Canadian once again proved his mettle in this fight and has proven that he’s still one of the best fighters at featherweight worldwide, he just needs a chance to prove [read more]

Dzhabar Askerov Signs on with Yokkao, Training at Yokkao Bangkok

Over the years Yokkao has proven itself to be a force in the realm of muay thai gear and lifestyle apparel, but they’ve also branched out to exciting events, gyms and even their own professional team of fighters, trainers and brand ambassadors for the sport. One such fighter was Dzhabar Askerov. Askerov has always been in the discussion when it comes to the world’s top 70kg fighters in both muay thai and kickboxing and now after recovering from a rocky year in 2016 with three wins in Russian and China, Askerov has returned to the Yokkao fold, inking a management and training [read more]

Watch Highlights of Singdam From Kunlun Fight 62

This past weekend at Kunlun Fight 62 Yokkao-sponsored fighter Singdam Kiatmoo9 made his Kunlun Fight debut in China and did it in dominating fashion, picking up a three-round decision victory over Gu Hui. Hui, who has fought Buakaw Banchamek in the past, put up a fight, but Singdam’s signature rapid-fire right kicks were simply too much for the Chinese fighter to handle. You can watch a highlight from Yokkao below that shows some of the devastating kicks that Singdam employed to make a huge splash on Kunlun Fight. This fight was at 66kg, but Singdam is debating moving up to [read more]

Kem Sitsongpeenong Offers To Come Out of Retirement to Fight Buakaw

This weekend muay thai legend Yodsanklai Fairtex had to make the tough decision to retire after returning from a knee injury that left him sideline for over a year, only to find himself not quite in the best condition to be fighting and in constant pain. This left the potential dream fights with fighters like Giorgio Petrosyan and most notably Buakaw Banchamek on the table and unfulfilled. Another muay thai legend had retired this year in Kem Sitsongpeenong, but now in the wake of Yodsanklai’s retirement, he’s willing to come back if the conditions are right. Sitsongpeenong management sent out [read more]

Yodsanklai Fairtex Announces Retirement Via Social Media

This has been a rollercoaster of a day for the world of kickboxing with the craziness that went down at GLORY 42 Paris and now Yodsanklai Fairtex has announced his retirement from the ring. The announcement was made via Yodsanklai’s social media accounts; the statement in Thai on Facebook and English on his Instagram (embedded below). "Greeting to all my friends brothers and sisters and my fans. I wanted lets everyone know that i am retiring from fighting. I have been fighting for a long time, I have been suffering from many injuries and most recent one that i took [read more]

GLORY Aiming For the Chinese Market Come the Fall

If you’ve been following kickboxing this year you’ll undoubtedly remember the big fanfare and buzz when GLORY announced a partnership with NBA legend Yao Ming’s company Yao Capital and how GLORY would be heading to China in the “near future.” That near future has perhaps come and gone without any visible headway, at least not in public. GLORY CEO Jon J. Franklin dropped a few fascinating nuggets about the promotion’s entrance into China in an interview with Michael Stets over at MMAPlus, with the topic at hand being Rico Verhoeven. One of Verhoeven’s goals is to defend his GLORY Heavyweight Championship [read more]

EM Legends 19 Results From May 27th

EM Legend 19 – Jiangyou Station – May 27 Xue Haowen (CHN) vs Yue Yang (CHN) – 60 kg Su Wuzhi (CHN) vs Gela (RUS) – 70 kg Wang Tenghao (CHN) vs Zhang Mengfei (CHN) – 70 kg Zhang Ye (CHN) vs. Alex Moenov (RUS) – 75 kg Ji Duo Yi Bu (CHN) vs Wang Chenhao (CHN) – 60 kg Xie Yuhang (CHN) vs Maykol Yurk (BRA) – 65 kg Li Chenchen (CHN) vs Senmanee (THA) – 65 kg Xue Minghao (CHN) vs Maksim Petevich (BLR) – 65 kg Li Shenshen (CHN) vs Manas (THA) – 65 kg Zhao Chuanlin [read more]