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2010 Fight of the Year: Part 9

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Fight #9 is a late entry, but a strong contender...

Mosab Amrani v. Mohamed Khamal (It's Showtime at the Sand, December 18)

It's Showtime had an excellent year in 2010, but it wasn't until the final fight on the final show that they put on a true fight for the ages.  Mosab Amrani v. Mohamed Khamal is a testament to the power of quality matchmaking.  These are two young fighters, both eager to move up the ranks, and both coming in determined to win.  They're also extremely evenly matched, which results in a tremendous back and forth bout.  This one reminds me of Chahid v. Zambidis in a lot of ways, as both men throw at a very fast pace, but also use considerably more skill and technique then you see in many of these all action fights.  Khamal is in blue, Amrani in red.

 

If you ask me, Khamal should have picked up the decision win after regulation, but I have no complaints the way things went down.  Fun, fun fight here, and it's not terrible hyperbole when the announced says it may be the best fight It's Showtime has ever produced.  Great way for the company to close out the year and springboard into what could be a blockbuster 2011.

Previously featured:

Tyrone Spong v. Jerome Le Banner

Bovy Sor. Udomson v. Takaaki Umeno

Yuya Yamamoto v. Scott Shaffer

Tetsuya Yamato v. Yuta Kubo

Peter Aerts v. Ewerton Teixeira

Mike Zambidis v. Chahid Oulad El Hadj

Gokhan Saki v. Daniel Ghita

Peter Aerts v.  Semmy Schilt

There will be 10 fights total posted, with the final fight posted later today.  Fights are featured in chronological order moving through the year.  Voting will be open tomorrow to determine the winner.

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Catalin Morosanu vs. Giannis Stoforidis Headlining Aug. 2nd SuperKombat Event

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On August 2nd SuperKombat will promote their fourth SuperKombat World Grand Prix event. The event is set to be headlined by Catalin Morosanu squaring off against SuperKombat's home-grown star in Giannis Stoforidis. Morosanu has been focused on his political career of late, but still loves to step into the ring to show his fans what he's all about. Morosanu is probably one of the biggest, mainstream stars that kickboxing has in Romania, with him regularly appearing on Romanian television.

Giannis doesn't seem phased by the challenge, though; “I’m hungry for the revange in Superkombat® after in my last fight where I wasn’t able to qualify for the final because of my hand injury. This time I have a big chance to establish myself as a star if I win against a living legend in kickboxing. Morosanu, be afraid! Hercules is coming for war.”, announced Giannis Stoforidis, one of the Superkombat New Heroes.

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Lion Fight 13 This Friday Night

  • Published in Muay Thai

Lion fight

A bit of a programming note as this Friday evening on AXS TV at 10pm Eastern time Lion Fight 13 will be coming into your living room live. Lion Fight 13 is another blockbuster Lion Fight full rules Muay Thai card featuring Tiffany Van Soest vs. Caley Reece for Van Soest's Lion Fight Women's Featherweight Championship.

  • Lion Fight Women's Featherweight Championship: Tiffany Van Soest (C) vs. Caley Reece
  • Kevin Ross vs. Matt Embree
  • Coke Chunhawat vs. Rami Ibrahim
  • Nick Chasteen vs. Jonathan del Rosario
  • Josh Shepard vs. Daniel Kim
  • Jason Andrada vs. Andy Singh
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SuperKombat is in Search of an Asian New Hero

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SuperKombat

SuperKombat, Romania's premier Kickboxing organization, has been running their New Heroes events throughout the year, looking to find the brightest and most exciting new talents from all over the world to compete under the SuperKombat banner. They've already seen a great deal of success, finding some solid new talents. On November 3rd they will be looking at finding the next Asian New Hero from the Festival dell'Oriente in Tuscany, Italy. Asian fighters who wish to participate can email SuperKombat directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply.

“From January, when we started this project with New Heroes, we had events in more than 10 countries around 3 continents. Now, we cooperate with Oriental Festival and between October 31 and November 3 we will continue our plan. More than 5.000 fighters from 113 countries will attend at Unified World Championships and the best of them will be selected for Superkombat. I’m really confident we can find also New Hero from Asia. Everyday we will have tryouts to discover the New Hero”, said Mr. Eduard Irimia, president of Superkombat.

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GLORY 14 Zagreb Card

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GLORY 14

On March 8th in Zagreb, Croatia the first GLORY event of the year, GLORY 14, will take place. GLORY 14 is set to be a big start for the year with a huge headline bout between two K-1 legends in Remy Bonjasky and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic. To top it off there will be a Lightweight World Title fight between Andy Ristie and Ky Hollenbeck where the winner walks away with the championship. Then, of course, there is a Middleweight Contender tournament.

 

  • GLORY 14 ZAGREB
  • Headline Bout: Mirko Filipovic vs. Remy Bonjasky
  • Tournament Final Bout C: Semifinal Bout A Winner vs. Semifinal Bout B Winner
  • Co-Headline (Lightweight World Title) Bout: Andy Ristie vs. Ky Hollenbeck
  • Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Dustin Jacoby vs. Alex Pereira
  • Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Sahak Parparyan vs. Jason Wilnis
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This was Glory 18 - Return to Glory Video

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Glory has released their own "This is Glory" after movie for everyone to watch. Since its the Official Glory version they get to include lots of good fight footage which is pretty wicked, and also some short interviews directly after their fights.

We know everyone has busy schedules but taking 10 minutes out of your day to watch this will be well worth your time.

 

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Check Out Steven Wright's Behind-the-Scenes with Brian Foster at GLORY 11

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GLORY

Some of you might recognize the name of Steven Wright, as he not only contributes articles to LiverKick.com when he can find time in his busy schedule, but he also runs his tremendous Warman's Kickfighting Show podcast. What you might not know, as he is a really humble guy who doesn't like to talk about himself a lot and brag, is that he's a very accomplished striking coach. When I say accomplished, I think the only example that I need to give is Johny Hendricks, who will be challenging GSP for the UFC Welterweight title soon. Yeah, that kind of accomplished.

He worked with Brian Foster heading into GLORY 11, where he fought Raymond Daniels. Things might not have gone the way of Foster, but Steven still got some backstage footage of Foster warming up and goes into detail about Foster's training and what happened in the fight. Check it out.

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Lion Fight 18 Competes For Your Time on Friday Night

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This Friday night is pretty much unprecedented for Lion Fight. Usually when they are running events they are clear of most competition. There might be a minor Bellator card here and there, but it’s usually nothing of consequence. This time around, well, things are a bit different. On September 5th combat sports fans are treated to an onslaught of programming that means that inevitably, only one event can be watched at a time. You can DVR what you want to watch later, for sure, but three events at the same time? Some DVRs aren’t even capable of such feats. 

This Friday we get to see the first real event from Bellator that will have his fingerprints all over it. Cokertor will finally make its debut with a card featuring King Mo Lawal against GLORY kickboxer Dustin Jacoby. The Bellator Featherweight Champinoship is on the line in a rematch betweeen Patricio Pitbull and Pat Curran, then you have both Cheick Kongo and Bobby Lashley in action. This is probably one of the bigger Bellator events that we’ve ever seen on free TV, at least since they canceled that PPV and moved the show to Spike. 

Then, on the other side of the spectrum, we have the UFC. The UFC goes down the street from Bellator to Foxwoods in Connecticut with what is a really stacked card for hardcore fans on free TV. The main event is Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi, a rematch from 2008. Then you have 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion and former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem against Ben Rothwell, which is an awesome fight. Add in Matt Mitrione and Joe Lauzon into the mix and you have an appealing free card for fight fans.

This is a lot of direct competition for Lion Fight this weekend. A lot. 

The Lion Fight Middleweight Championship is on the line as champion Yodsanklai Fairtex will square off against the game challenger that is Salah Khalifa from the UK. Then you have all-around bad ass Jason Andrada taking on Stan Mancebo in a bout that should feature excitement from beginning to end. Those are just the top two fights. The rest of the card is bound to provide quite a bit of excitement. In fact, to date, Lion Fight has yet to put on an event that would come anywhere close to considered dull. 

Nick Chasteen vs. Jose Palacios is another fight that you might not recognize their names unless you follow American muay thai and kickboxing closely, but this fight has the potential to be one of the better bouts of the night -- that’s across all three events -- and all you gotta do is tune in. Lion Fight has yet to disappoint and on Friday will have a lot of competition, but this fact alone, that Lion Fight has never disappointed, is reason enough to say that the rest can wait.

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Bellator Embraces Kickboxing by Signing Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef

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When we said that Scott Coker joining Bellator would be a good thing for the sport of kickboxing we weren't lying. In fact, Scott Coker's involvement with the sport of MMA again only opens the door to more good things down the line. Fans have already been clamoring for GLORY and Bellator crossovers, which might not happen just yet, but we know that there have been some very unofficial talks between the two parties. There has at least been a dialogue. 

So the start of it, in some form, has come. Today Bellator announced the signing of two Kickboxing talents who also have made their names in MMA by the way of Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef. Paul Daley has been fighting in kickboxing throughout 2014 and the man is just an animal, with it being announced that he signed to K-1 a few months ago, although he has yet to fight for the promotion. The other signing in Melvin Manhoef doesn't have to be explained. Manhoef was just involved in GLORY's Last Man Standing Middleweight tournament and has a long, rich history from K-1 and MMA. 

Interestingly enough, in the original release from Bellator the name K-1 was mentioned in regards to Melvin, but not GLORY.

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Ishii Grinds Out Le Banner

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A year ago, the much hyped Satoshi Ishii made a dissapointing MMA debut, failing to impress at Dynamite!! 2009.  Tonight, the decorated Olympian showed off his vast improvement in the last year, defeating Jerome Le Banner in a very good fight.

For much of the fight, Ishii was able to outwrestle and control the stand-up fighter Le Banner.  But JLB is a far more skilled MMA combatant than many other kickboxers, and was frequently able to reverse Ishii and take advantage.  In the 3rd round, Ishii took clear control of the fight, locking on a tight kimura that looked to end it.  JLB gutted it out and miraculously survived, but the strong sub attempt made it clear who had won. 

Ishii took the justified unanimous decision, and interestingly, the result was booed.  I think that stems more from Japanese loyalty to JLB than displeasure with the decision, but it's pretty shocking to see a Japanese sports hero booed like that in Japan.  It was a good reminder that, although Ishii has improved, he definitely has not caught fire with the Japanese crowd as many hoped he would.

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