Changes are afoot for GLORY 14 Zagreb as what was originally slated to be a Lightweight World Championship fight between Andy Ristie and Ky Hollenbeck has changed with little fanfare or explanation to Andy Ristie vs. Davit Kiria. Davit Kiria currently sits at the #3 spot in GLORY's Lightweight rankings compared to Ky who is at #5, which is a possible explanation, but you'd think this would have been sorted out before the fight is announced. There is no word is this is due to injury, television intervention or some other issue.
Few fans will lose sleep over it, though, as Andy Ristie vs. Davit Kiria is indeed a fine fight, with the winner walking away as the GLORY Lightweight Champion. We've reached out for comment from both GLORY and Hollenbeck's team and hope to have more on this shortly.
UPDATE: Here is a statement from GLORY regarding Ky Hollenbeck and GLORY 14.
"GLORY regrets that Ky Hollenbeck will not be able to fight on the GLORY 14 ZAGREB card," GLORY officials confirmed with LiverKick.com today. "However, the company is pleased to report that Ky’s second lifelong ambition -- besides fighting for GLORY -- to be a firefighter, is on its way to becoming a reality, as he has been accepted to test for a job with the US Fire Department."
For those that were eagerly awaiting the Yokkao 5 event in Reunion, France it looks like the wait will be just about a week longer and instead of taking place in Reunion it'll be moved to Pattaya, Thailand. The card remains the same, though, even with this kind of late notice, which is good. The Yokkao Team feels that they'll be able to put on a better show without problems in Thailand, which seems to be the best for the fighters right now.
Here is their official statement.
Due to several problems in Reunion Island with Maximin Lafuteur president of Associationne Culturelle Muay Thai, we decided to move #Yokkao5 event in Pattaya (Thailand) on 15th November 2013 (Pattaya World Boxing Stadium). The tickets bought at www.monticket.re will be refunded. Out of respect for fighters and in knowing what it means to train for a fight, all fighters contacted by our promoter Stefania Picelli will be remain on the fight card. Stay tuned for a spectacular event feat. Saenchai, Imwiset Pornnarai, Ekapop Sor Klinmee, Silvia La Notte, Andrea Masini and many others..
It's time to focus on something a bit more productive, don't you think? What could be more productive than GLORY 18's Light Heavyweight Contender tournament set to take place on November 7th in Oklahoma City? With less than a month to go there has been a major change to the event with Artem Vakhitov suffering a minor injury. While Vakhitov will be fine to compete in a few weeks this injury has made it difficult for him to prepare for the fight in November, with him having to pull out.
His replacement is none other than former It's Showtime 95kg Champion Danyo Ilunga of Germany. Ilunga was a finalist in the GLORY 9 Light Heavyweight tournament where he fought Tyrone Spong in a fight that saw Spong victorious. Since then Ilunga has had two first round stoppages within the GLORY ring and most than deserves this spot in the tournament.
It seems like It's Showtime keeps growing and expanding, with 2011 being their breakout year. They've already put on a slew of great shows, with another coming up this weekend, but that wasn't their big news that Simon Rutz alluded to yesterday. Yesterday Rutz told people that this morning he'd make a big announcement, and it turns out the big announcement is that It's Showtime is in the process of working with a Swiss Investment bank to acquire funding to create another, possibly bigger company. This company will apparently not be in the Netherlands, but Rutz says will be great for kickboxing.
We are very proud to announce that IT’S SHOWTIME is at the point of signing the biggest financial deal ever to be made in the sport of kickboxing. A Swiss investment company (which will be revealed soon) and IT’S SHOWTIME will collaborate and because of this collaboration, a company will exist which will change the history of worldwide kickboxing.
The new company which is to be founded from this collaboration will have its home ground in another country than The Netherlands. The next months will be used to decide the strategy that this company will follow. Details about this, not only for the kickboxing scene, megadeal will later be revealed during a press conference.
The reason to announce this deal already is the fact that several journalists already knew about these sensational developments, and also we thought that the combat sports fans deserved some positive news.
This deal will have only positive consequences, not only for IT’S SHOWTIME, but also for the fighters and the fans.
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You knew it was a hard road for Todd Duffee. Facing the rampaging Alistair Overeem, on short notice, under MMA rules where The Reem can use his killer knee? That's a tall order, and unfortunately for the ex- UFC fighter, he wasn't up to it.
In just 19 seconds, Overeem landed a series of blows, including that murderous knee, to knock Duffee down and out. Duffee's chin has been a question mark since his UFC loss to Mike Russow, but those blows would have put almost anyone away. Such is the power of the K-1 champion.
With that win, Overeem claims the Interim Dream Heavyweight title, making him the current Dream, Strikeforce, and K-1 champion. I know he has his detractors, but that's an impressive accomplishment.
The last K-1 fight on the list, and we may have saved the best for last...
Peter Aerts v. Semmy Schilt (K-1 World Grand Prix Finals, December 11)
There's been a lot of ink spent on this fight already, but it's the kind of fight that deserves all that attention and more. This was, in my opinion, the single greatest combat sports story of 2010, and the kind of story that makes you a sports fan. On one side - the 40 year old Peter Aerts. Aerts is the most beloved veteran of the sport, but after an unprecedented 17 year run at the top, he finally faltered last year, missing his first ever Grand Prix. Earlier in 2010, Aerts had talked about the end coming soon, and after his KO loss to Kyotaro, it felt like the writing was on the wall - this could be the end of the road for the great one. On the other side - the near 7 foot tall Semmy Schilt, the defending and 4 time K-1 Grand Prix champion. Schilt is as dominant a fighter as K-1 has ever seen, never once being knocked out of the Grand Prix, or any other tournament for that matter. All signs pointed to Schilt taking down the aged Aerts.
Now that is a moment.
Before moving on, let's take a look at exactly how Aerts pulled this off. So many men had failed to take Schilt down - how did Aerts succeed? One key to his victory is Aerts's ability to mix up his attack and constantly keep Schilt guessing. He knows when to wade in with punches, when to lock Schilt up because he is too far inside, and when to retreat from the big man's strikes. He reads Schilt masterfully, allowing him to always keep the pressure up and never let Schilt find his own rhythm. And with that pressure he is able to connect punch after punch accurately on Schilt's chin. They're not powerful KO shots, but they keep stunning Schilt. Most importantly, they prevent Schilt from establishing the methodical rhythm he has used to defeat so many opponents. It's a masterful plan, but one that takes intense concentration, confidence, and stamina to execute. And that's where Aerts seals the deal - he never lets up, ultimately winning the fight in the final minutes. When Schilt finally wilts under the Aerts attack, the 40 year old is still there to put the pressure on, claiming his victory with a definitive closing to the fight. Beautiful, beautiful work that, when combined with the story going in, makes for a truly exceptional fight.
Through a new video posted on YouTube, Yokkao has announced that Stefania Picelli has opened up a new Muay Thai Combat shop, this time Muay Thai Combat Cagliari in Cagliari, Italy. The shop will be home to Yokkao gear for the area and one of the hubs for Yokkao gear in Europe, as Muay Thai Combat is the exclusive retailer for Yokkao gear throughout Europe. Muay Thai Combat currently has shops in Cagliari, San Marino, Milan and Taranto with offices and distributors in Paris, San Francisco and Sao Paulo as well, helping to make Yokkao one of the biggest brands for muay thai gear in the world right now.
The world of kickboxing has a rich history to fall back upon so we here at LiverKick figure, why not? Why not give a glimpse into some of the fights from the past that have made up this wonderful sport and tie it all in to the present. The kids on the Instagram and Twitter like to call Thursdays "Throwback Thursdays," I'm just going to say that this is a LiverKick Throwback.
Today we are going back to when Badr Hari was a scrawny 18 year old still training with Thom Harinck, and Alexey Ignashov was a nightmare opponent for any heavyweight fighter. This was a big step up in competition for Badr considering he hadn't really fought any big names yet, he took the fight on only a few days notice and Ignashov had already fought and beat pretty much everyone including Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky, and Daniel Ghita. This fight took place on It's Showtime 2003 Amsterdamn in front of Badr's home crowd, and to be honest for an 18 year old fighting a much bigger, more experienced and better opponent he was doing okay, until 2:55 seconds into the 3rd round when Iggy drove a straight right into Hari's sternum which he couldn't recover from. After the fight was called off Ignashov rushes over and helps Badr up, rubs his chest for him and shows him how to get his breath back, Iggy is always such a class act. Badr Hari avenged this loss twice later in his career once in Yokohama, Japan in 2010, and once in Moscow, Russia in 2013, but he was still never able to finish Ignashov even when Iggy was well past his prime.
Mosab "The Jaguar" Amrani is one of the breakout stars in the European kickboxing world after a few great bouts for It's Showtime, including a Fight of the Year Contender against Mootje Khamal at It's Showtime: The Sand in December. He has another fight for It's Showtime coming up on May 14th at It's Showtime Lyon against Houcine Bennoui. So where has he been training for this bout? At Superpro Samui in Thailand, one of the better-known, quality Thai Boxing camps, best known for Pajonsuk Superpro Samui. Many feel that Amrani is one of the fighters to watch over the coming years, so watch Amrani training and follow his path to becoming one of the best.