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Dave Walsh

Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.

His second novel, Terminus Cycle, is available now via Kindle and Paperback.

Dave (a) LiverKick dot com | @dvewlsh

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LiverKick 2016 Awards: Fighter of the Year - Cedric Doumbe

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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

For more, listen to our year-end podcast.

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

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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.

For more of the LiverKick 2016 Awards, check out our podcast

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

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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

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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

SuperStar Fight 7 Results: Cosmo Alexandre and Jo Nattawut Pick Up Wins

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SuperStar Fight in China held their seventh event on January 13th, featuring a few bigger, international names who picked up some solid wins within the promotion. The Chinese fighters were on full display, picking up big wins.

Shiqiang Song(CHN) defeated Li Yang(CHN)---62Kg of Kickboxing 3R/3M

Wu Zhang(CHN) defeated Xuchao Gao(CHN)---66Kg of Kickboxing 3R/3M

Xianchao Zhao(CHN) defeated Zhijie Deng(CHN)---65Kg of MMA 3R/5M

Riguleng Baoshe(CHN) (R1 - KO) Alexin Donnie(USA) ---75Kg Tournament,Semi-final 3R/3M

Carlos Hicks(NZL) (R3 - Dec) Shiyuan Li(CHN)---75Kg Tournament,Semi-final 3R/3M

Jo Nattawut(TH) (R3 - Dec) Yan Zhao(CHN)---70Kg of Kickboxing 3R/3M

Cosmo Alexandre(BRA) (R3 - Dec) Xiaofeng Tan(CHN)---77Kg of Muay Thai 3R/3M

Dandan Hu(CHN) (R3 - Dec) KANG JIN HEE(KOR) ---63Kg of MMA (Fighting Goddess)  3R/5M

Dongqiang Lu(CHN) (R3 - Dec) Naoya Fukuoka(JPN) ---65Kg of Kickboxing 3R/3M

Buren Wuliji(CHN) (R3 - KO) Beno Adamia(GEO)---63Kg of MMA  3R/5M

Zhenyou Huang(CHN) defeated Mohammadhos Sein Doroudian(IR) --75Kg of Kickboxing 3R/3M

Rong Fan(CHN) defeated Nuralizoda Fozil(TJK) ---85Kg of MMA  3R/5M

Glory of Heroes 6: Genesis Card for January 13th

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Glory of Heroes returns at 9am Eastern time streaming on YY.com with Glory of Heroes 6, featuring their 57.5kg tournament finals. The card, featuring recognizable names like Kem Sitsongpeenong, Zhou Zhipeng, Sergio Wielzen, Maykol Yurk and more promises to deliver on action. 

Card via Kiksie.

57.5kg Tournament Semifinals

Wang Junguang (China) vs. Youshida Akira (Japan)

Yun Qi (China) vs. Hamech Hakim

68kg

Tie Yinghua (China) vs. Maykol Yurk (Brazil)

63kg

Deng Zeqi (China) vs. Stavros Exakoustidis (Greece)

67kg

Yang Zhuo (China) vs. Charles Francois (France)

63kg

Wei Rui (China) vs. Petpanomrung Kiatmoo9 (Thailand)

66kg

Qiu Jianliang (China) vs. Kem Sitsongpeenong (Thailand)

73kg

Zhou Zhipeng (China) vs. Seyedisa Alamdarnezam (Iran)

60kg

Li Ning (China) vs. Sergio Wielzen (Netherlands)

57.5kg Tournament Final

TBA vs. TBA

 

First Details on February 18th Enfusion Live Card

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Enfusion Live returns on February 18th with their next event, Enfusion Live #46, featuring Daniel Sam vs. Fikri Ameziane, Yassin Baitar vs. Crice Boussoukou and the rematch that everyone has been waiting for in Nordin Ben Moh against Mohammed Jaraya. The first fight between the two was perhaps the fight of the year in 2016 and expectations are extremely high for this bout.

Enfusion World Title: Ilias Bulaid vs. Zakaria Zouggary

Ismael Lazaar vs. Martin Pacas

Ibrahim El Boustati vs. Ulrik Bokeme

Enfusion League: Tafun Ozcan vs. Jonay Risco

Enfusion League: Nordin Ben-Moh vs. Mohammed Jaraya

Enfusion League: Yassin Baitar vs. Crice Boussoukou

Samantha Van Doorn vs. Georgina Van Der linden

Fikri Ameziane vs. Daniel Sam

Aziz Kallah vs. Endy Semeleer

Card for SuperStar Fight VII on Jan. 13th featuring Cosmo, Nattawut and More

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On January 13th Chinese promotion SuperStar Fight will run their seventh event. The promotion, a subsidiary of Chinese congolomerate Huahua Media, looks to meld together entertainment with sport by featuring not only fighting stars of multiple disciplines per show (kickboxing muay thai, MMA), but also featuring film, television and cosplay stars during their events. 

Here's a look at their upcoming card.

Shiqiang Song(CHN) VS Li Yang(CHN)---62Kg of Kickboxing 3R/3M

Wu Zhang(CHN) VS Xuchao Gao(CHN)---66Kg of Kickboxing 3R/3M

Xianchao Zhao(CHN) VS Zhijie Deng(CHN)---65Kg of MMA 3R/5M

Alexin Donnie(USA) VS Riguleng Baoshe(CHN)---75Kg Tournament,Semi-final 3R/3M

Carlos Hicks(NZL) VS Shiyuan Li(CHN)---75Kg Tournament,Semi-final 3R/3M

Jo Nattawut(TH) VS Yan Zhao(CHN)---70Kg of Kickboxing 3R/3M

Cosmo Alexandre(BRA) VS Xiaofeng Tan(CHN)---77Kg of Muay Thai 3R/3M

KANG JIN HEE(KOR) VS Dandan Hu(CHN)---63Kg of MMA (Fighting Goddess)  3R/5M

Naoya Fukuoka(JPN) VS Dongqiang Lu(CHN)---65Kg of Kickboxing 3R/3M

Beno Adamia(GEO) VS Buren Wuliji(CHN)---63Kg of MMA  3R/5M

Mohammadhos Sein Doroudian(IR) VS Zhenyou Huang(CHN)---75Kg of Kickboxing  3R/3M

Nuralizoda Fozil(TJK) VS Rong Fan(CHN)---85Kg of MMA  3R/5M

Badr Hari Wants Rico Verhoeven Rematch in May or June

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The fight that many believed would never happen between Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven did happen, but the ending was perhaps bittersweet and exactly the kind of letdown that fans have grown accustomed to when it comes to the sport of kickboxing under-delivering on big promises. So while the fight was put together, the fighters ready to brawl and the arena packed full of passionate fans, the outcome was Badr Hari forfeiting thanks to an injury. 

Rico Verhoeven immediately offered Badr a rematch in the ring, to which Badr Hari replied in amiable fashion to, although still denigrating his opponent. The scorecards reflected that the judges had Badr Hari winning the first round, but the fight was far from over, especially considering a strike from Verhoeven is ultimately what injured Hari and forced the stoppage. For fans a conclusion to this fight is not only desirable, but almost a necessity. In an interview with John O'Regan, Hari claimed that he was looking to plan for a rematch in May or June, although he still didn't seem to respect his opponent.

“That's why it was so sour that I had to stop. But be honest, did you see me worrying, or in trouble? Like I said in the ring [after the fight], he became a man but he needs to be more to beat me. He is still not in my league.”

Hari's punching power and explosiveness are legendary, as are his temper both in and out of the ring. Legal issues have kept him away from the ring during what could have been the prime of his career and still haunt him to this day, everything from where he can actually get a license to fight to working around court dates and the uncertainty of the future. 

A rematch seems in order as long as both men are up for it and the asking prices don't fly through the roof. Right now the sport needs the rematch, if not to clear up the debate of who is the better fighter, to deliver on a promise and help build up the reputation of the sport once again.

VIDEO: Masato's Fight With Takanori Gomi From New Year's Eve

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While the legendary Masato may be retired, that doesn't mean that he doesn't like to entertain audiences from time-to-time. For the second year in a row, Masato participated in an exhibition bout for the New Year's Eve variety show Kyokugen in Japan. Last year was a bout with rival KID Yamamoto, while this year was a kickboxing exhibition bout with PRIDE lightweight legend Takanori Gomi.

Both men were a huge part of the boom years of Japan's obsession with kakutougi and this fight did take a back seat to RIZIN due to its nature, but it's still worth a watch and has some really crazy moments for two guys fighting for essentially nothing but fun.

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