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LiverKick 2016 Awards: Fighter of the Year - Cedric Doumbe

When it came to selecting who the fighter of the year was for 2016, the choice seemed rather cut-and-dry. While a lot of fighters had good years -- fighters like Superbon, Sitthichai, Rico Verhoeven and others, there was only one man who rose up to prominence in meteoric fashion and did so in a way where many didn't see it coming.

You have to admit -- Nieky Holzken seemed unbeatable for a long, long time at Welterweight. Sure, it seemed like Murthel Groenhart came dangerously close to defeating him before, but Nieky still knew exactly how to pull off the victory. His hands felt unparalleled in the sport and his fight IQ is off the charts. Yet. Yet.

Cedric Doumbe's greatness snuck up on a lot of people, but heading into the Holzken fight he was able to get inside of Nieky's head, then in the ring, he was able to avoid Nieky's hands while imposing his will. It felt like the end of an era, the changing of the guard and that Cedric Doumbe's era had arrived. In fact, it's difficult not to appreciate Doumbe for his personality, his skills and his sportsmanship.

He was the very clear 2016 Fighter of the Year.

The 2016 LiverKick Awards

Fight of the Year: Jaraya vs. Ben Moh

Fighter of the Year: Cedric Doumbe

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LiverKick 2016 Awards: Fight of the Year - Jaraya vs. Ben Moh

There were a ton of great fights in 2016, so it was difficult for Jay and myself to pick the fight that best encapsulated what was 2016. We wanted to select what was an exciting fight, but not sloppy or too much of a brawl. Part of what makes kickboxing so exciting is when fights can not only be fun to watch, but technical and fast as well. 

So while Danyo Ilunga vs. Michael Duut and a number of other fights seemed like solid contenders, it was pretty easy to rest on Mohammed Jaraya vs. Nordin Ben Moh from Enfusion Live on February 26th of 2016. Both guys went toe-to-toe and the fight was simply insanity. I urge you to watch it below, if you haven't already. They also have a rematch coming up, which means that 2017 should start off with yet another top contender.

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LiverKick Podcast January 15, 2017: GLORY 37 Preview and 2016 Awards

Oh yes, it's back. The LiverKick Podcast is back for the second episode of this iteration where Jay Jauncey and myself talk about kickboxing and hopefully keep you, our fine readers and listeners, happy. 

Last time we talked about GLORY: Collision, rankings, the state of kickboxing and how much we missed Japanese kickboxing. It was kind of a blast, let me tell you. Now here we are, back again, this time with talk about the kickboxing-related stuff that went down at RIZIN at the end of the year, we do a full preview of the GLORY 37 Los Angeles card and even bring back the LiverKick Year-End Awards! 

So no, you aren't really going to get fully-fleshed out predictions on these fights, but you'll get us talking about the fighters, where they're at, what we expect to see and why we are excited about each fight. This leads us to having an in-depth discussion about how these one-night, four-man tournaments probably aren't worth doing anymore and how the SuperFight Series has continually been the best part of GLORY events since they signed on with UFC Fight Pass. 

We close out the show with our LiverKick Year-End Awards, which we'll be writing up in more detail for each award over the coming days and week(s). Excuse the fact that I have a pretty nasty head cold and have been running on four hours of sleep for the past few months due to the twins, but such is life. Enjoy.

We've also done away with SoundCloud for the embed since we got a few complaints. Hopefully the embedded player ins't too much of a bummer. The podcast should be showing up on iTunes shortly, I'll insert the link to that when it's up.


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WLF January 14th Results: 70kg and 63kg Tournaments

WLF held two big tournaments this weekend in China, including their 70kg tournament and 63kg. Each tournament featured some recognizable names and there were a number of interesting superfights as well, including Fang Bian defeating Berat Aliu, Yuta Kubo dropping a decision to Xie Lei and Kaew taking a decision victory over Wang Pengfei. Results via Kiksie.

16-Man 70kg Tournament Semifinals

Enriko Kehl (Germany) def. Farkhad Akhmejanau (Belarus) by Decision

Jiao Fukai (China) def. Shamil Gasanbekov (Russia) by Decision

8-man 63kg Tournament Quarterfinals

Adrian Maxim (Romania) def. Wang Zhiwei (China) by Decision

Jin Ying (China) def. Joan Canaveral (Colombia) by Decision

Zhao Fuxiang (China) def. Joey Baylon (New Zealand) by Decision

Tamerlan Bashirov (Russia) def. Liu Wei (China) by TKO in Round 2

73.5kg

Sun Weiqiang (China) def. Saiyok Pumpanmuang (Thailand) by Decision

67.5kg

Xie Lei (China) def. Yuta Kubo (Japan) by Decision

65kg

Kaew Weerasakreck (Thailand) def. Wang Pengfei (China) by Decision

75kg

Yi Long (China) def. Marco Piqué (Suriname) by Decision

63kg Tournament Semifinals

Adrian Maxim (Romania) def. Jin Ying (China) by Decision

Zhao Fuxiang (China) def. Tamerlan Bashirov (Russia) by Decision

70kg Tournament Final

Shamil Gasanbekov (Russia) def. Enriko Kehl (Germany) by Decision

80kg

Fang Bian (China) def. Berat Aliu (Germany) by Decision

93kg

Oleg Primachev (Ukraine) def. Hao Guanghua (China) by TKO in Round 1

63kg Tournament Final

Adrian Maxim (Romania) def. Zhao Fuxiang (China) by TKO in Round 1

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