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A Breakdown of Yokkao's Return to the UK with Yokkao 10 and 11

  • Published in Muay Thai

Yokkao are once again returning to the UK only this time with two cards in one night.

On October the 11th 2014 Yokkao will host their tenth and eleventh events from Bolton, England.  Whilst most of the card is yet to be unveiled, the handful of fights already announced make this a card not to be missed, featuring the best the UK Muay Thai scene has to offer against a whole host of talented and highly-regarded international opposition. 

Headlining the first card will be a bout between England’s best at 70kg as Jordan Watson competes for only the second time this calendar year as he faces off against French-Italian journeyman Mickael Piscitello.

Fellow Bad Company Muay Thai representative Liam Harrison will headline the second card against Kongsak Sitboonmee, a man who only a few years ago was regarded as one of the best Muay Thai fighters in all of Thailand. 

The fight between Pakorn and Greg Wootton was originally scheduled for this past March at Yokkao 8, however the bout was unfortunately cancelled due to travel issues with Pakorn and has been rescheduled for this event.

Yokkao # 10 2pm GMT:
Jordan Watson (ENG) vs. Mickael Piscitello (FRE)
Pakorn Sakoythin (THA) vs. Greg Wootton (ENG)

Yokkao # 11 6pm GMT:
Liam Harrison (ENG) vs. Kongsak Sitboonmee (THA)
Brad Stanton (ENG) vs. Crice Boussouku (FRE)
Dean James (ENG) vs. Runmai Mo Tammachat (THA)

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Liverkick Throwback: Badr Hari Vs Alexey Ignashov 1

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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.

 

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FundAFighter Launches Campaign For Muay Thai Trainer Peter Sisomphou

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Legendary Muay Thai trainer Peter Sisomphou has worked with countless top names in the world of martial arts over the years, including Firas Zahabi, David Loiseau, Ivan Menjivar and more. He's been a name within the world of martial arts for a very long time now and recently had to undergo a quadruple bypass surgery, which has a very long road to recovery. For a guy like Sisomphou, being in the gym and training fighters is how he makes his living and right now he is unable to do that.

FundAFighter has launched a campaign to raise money for Sisomphou while he is recovering to help to pay for his bills while he waits to get back into the gym and working again. Remember, the world of martial arts is not one that includes 401ks, sick pay and other luxuries found in desk jobs. So head over to FundAFighter to read more about Masta Peter Sisomphou and how you can help. 

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Enfusion Live Streaming Free Tomorrow

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Enfusion

This is an exciting time to be a fan of Kickboxing and Muay Thai. The internet is finally taking off as a medium to deliver fights to fans directly without worrying about television deals getting in the way, which means that the fans get the content directly. Enfusion is currently a leader in delivering live, streaming content to fans through their website, EnfusionLive.com. Tomorrow at 21:00 Amsterdam time/3:00PM Eastern time Enfusion Live will present a live event, Enfusion Live #16 from the Hague, Holland. The event is preceded by a new show by Enfusion called "Kickboxing Talents," which begins at 18:30 Amsterdam time/12:30pm Eastern.

Here is a look at the fight card for Enfusion Live 16.

  • 1. Reda Narain ( Surinam ) vs Paolo Renna ( France ) -63 kg
  • 2. Kristy Ooms ( Indonesia ) vs Marieke Post ( The Netherlands ) -64 kg
  • 3. Ismael Benali ( Morocco ) vs Kevin Miruka ( Kenya ) -70 k
  • 4. Andrii Panov ui Ukraine vs Hicham El Gaoui (Morocco) -85 kg
  • 5. Mohamed Boubkari ( Morocco ) vs Sam Tevette ( Senegal ) open weight
  • 6. Mohammed Jaraya ( Morocco ) vs Mohamed Galaoui ( France ) Enfusion world title -67kg

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GLORY 14 Zagreb Weigh-in Results

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Cro Cop

Tomorrow in Zagreb, Croatia, we'll see GLORY 14 take place. GLORY 14 features a Middleweight Contender tournament as well as a Lightweight title fight between Andy Ristie and Davit Kiria. The whole event is topped off with Mirko Filipovic vs. Remy Bonjasky in Remy Bonjasky's retirement bout, which makes this a can't miss event. The event will air on tape delay via Spike TV at 9pm Eastern time, so don't miss it.

  • GLORY 14 ZAGREB
  • Mirko Filipović (109.95 kg / 242.4 lbs) vs. Remy Bonjasky (108.8 kg / 239.86 lbs)
  • Andy Ristie (69.55 kg / 153.33 lbs) vs. Davit Kiria (69.6 kg / 153.44 lbs)
  • Dustin Jacoby (84.5 kg / 186.29 lbs) vs. Alex Pereira (85.0 kg / 187.39 lbs)
  • Sahak Parparyan (84.6 kg / 186.51 lbs) vs. Jason Wilnis (83.55 kg / 184.2 lbs)
  • Middleweight Tournament Reserve Samir Boukhidous (83.5 kg / 184.09 lbs) also weighed in.
  • GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES
  • Mladen Brestovac (116.9 kg / 257.72 lbs) vs. Jahfarr Wilnis (113.0 kg / 249.12 lbs)
  • Benjamin Adegbuyi (119.9 kg / 264.33 lbs) vs. Dmytro Bezus (118.55 kg / 261.36 lbs)
  • Albert Kraus (69.45 kg / 153.11 lbs) vs. Aikpracha Meenayothin (69.6 kg / 153.44 lbs)
  • Igor Jurković (94.45 kg / 208.23 lbs) vs. Michael Duut (95.3 kg / 210.1 lbs)
  • Artur Kyshenko (76.65 kg / 168.98 lbs) vs. Karapet Karapetyan (76.45 kg / 168.54 lbs)
  • Teo Mikelić (70.2 kg / 154.76 lbs) vs. Murthel Groenhart (69.8 kg / 153.88 lbs)

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Check out AFAV's Awesome New Melvin Manhoef Video

  • Published in Glory

Melvin Manhoef will be one of the eight men entering GLORY's Last Man Standing tournament on June 21st and there has been a lot of hype leading into this tournament, especially for the inclusion for Manhoef. Why? Because Melvin Manhoef hasn't competed at this level in Kickboxing in a while and this is being heralded as his big return to prominence in Kickboxing. 

Our friends at AFAV have put together this incredible video of Melvin Manhoef getting prepared for his fight at GLORY Last Man Standing. GLORY's Last Man Standing is June 21st live on PPV, for more information, check out http://www.gloryppv.com.

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SuperKombat Dabbles in the Mainstream in Romania

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When it comes to combat sports, no matter how popular the promotion, it usually seems like a stretch to ever say that it is mainstream. Mainstream attention is something that sports leagues like the UFC and GLORY are hungry for right now, but finding considerable hurdles in the way of this level of success. What’s interesting to note is that Romanian-based kickboxing promotion, SuperKombat, has achieved that very success in Romania.

It might be difficult to process at times that a kickboxing promotion could be considered mainstream, but Romania’s population of 20 million is very aware of SuperKombat and its stars. To many of us here in America we might look at fighters like Catalin Morosanu, Alexandru Lungu, Andrei and Bogdan Stoica and appreciate them on their own levels, but when it comes to Romania, these guys are huge stars. 

Catalin Morosanu has seen success in his kickboxing career, making a name for himself throughout Europe and Asia with K-1, but Morosanu has also made himself into a media star and politician. In 2010 Catalin Morosanu took part in Romania’s Dancing with the Stars, moving all the way to the finals where he and his partner won the entire show, Morosanu donating his winnings to a widow. From there he was able to leverage his popularity to serving as a councilor in Iasi County, with him up for an elected spot in the European Parliament later this year. Morosanu even has his own brand of wine. 

Alexandru Lungu is a guy that hardcore sports fans might look at and be confused by, equating him more to a Bob Sapp-like spectacle, but Lungu was at one time a competitive Judoka, earning third place in the Openweight division in the European Championships in 1999, earning him a spot in the hearts of the proud Romanian fans. Since then he has competed in Mixed Martial Arts in PRIDE, Cage Rage and K-1, as well as taking up kickboxing in SuperKombat. Spectacle he may be at times, but Lungu is a national hero for his achievements in Judo and when he steps into the ring, fans take notice. 

With the Stoica brothers there are similar tales, with Andrei, the older of the two, competing for Romania in the sport of Wushu, winning three national championships before winning a vaunted European championship in Sanshou in 2008. It was after that where he switched to kickboxing where both Andrei and Bogdan have had their careers fostered under the SuperKombat banner. 

Of course it doesn’t stop there, with SuperKombat nurturing more careers of Romanian fighters, such as Benjamin Adegbuyi, Ionut Atodiresei and Ionut Iftimoaie as well. SuperKombat shows have drawn tens of thousands of fans to events that are watched by millions in Romania as well as the rest of Europe and even America. If you wanted to look at a promotion that has done a good job of being a regional promotion, you should look no further than SuperKobmat, who has done an admirable job of breaking through that elusive “mainstream” barrier and who hold the largest television coverage for the sport in all of Europe.

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VIDEO: Gokhan Saki Interview Leading Into GLORY 15

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GLORY 15

On Saturday, April 12th in Istanbul, Turkey Gokhan Saki will make his Light Heavyweight debut in front of a home town audience with the GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship on the line. GLORY 15 features a one night Light Heavyweight tournament where we'll see Gokhan Saki square off against Nathan Corbett and Tyrone Spong against Saulo Cavalari. The winners will go on to face each other for the honor of being called GLORY's Light Heavyweight Champion.

This interview with Gokhan Saki was posted today, where he discusses the controversial loss to Rico Verhoeven at GLORY 11.

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Exclusive Interview with Marco Tentori

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We had a chance to speak with Australian Muay Thai champion and Kung Fu specialist Marco Tentori before his biggest fight to date against "Stone Cold" Steve Moxon. Marco did beat Frankie Giorgi in December of last year, and Giorgi holds a win over Moxon but Moxon has been very active fighting big names. So it will be a tough test, that Tentori is more than willing to take on.

LK: Ok first off lets start with your fight record, height, weight, stance?

MT: Current fight record 26 wins 6 losses(but i dispute some) 8 KO's. Height: 179cm / 5feet 10.5 inches. Weight: middleweight 160lbs/72.5kg, though this is the middleweight class in pro Muay Thai & boxing, it would be closer to the welterweight div for MMA & Glory. Stance: variable. Age - 30

LK: Do you have any nicknames? If so whats the story behind it?

MT: Machine Gun, Alan Pond gave it to me the promoter who put the shows on for which I fought my first few fights (though now he is my coach). He had a habit of giving nicknames when a fighter didn't have one to help with the promotion of shows. He nicknamed me "Machine Gun" due to my high work rate and it stuck

LK: You are in Australia, have you been there your whole life? Trained in any other countries?

MT: Yes I have been here my whole life and only trained and fought in Australia, though keen to get out & fight internationally. Can be difficult to get fights in other countries due to our location.

LK: You have a big fight with Steve Moxon coming up in two and a half weeks, hows training and how are you feeling?

MT: Training is going great! So far one of the best camps I have had. I am feeling as good as ever and feel ready to go right now! Like a hungry wolf being held back on a leash. I can't wait to get in there.

LK: I noticed that you have already beat names like Frankie Giorgi but do you think Moxon will be the biggest test?

MT: Given Moxon's level of competition & activity I would say that he would be the biggest test so far, although Frankie Giorgi did beat Moxon not too long ago. I am not phased by Moxon's reputation or record, I welcome the chance to challenge him.

LK: So, i was told your main fighting style is Kung Fu, what type, what gym do you train at and have you been there from the start of your training?

MT: My background & base is Buk Sing Choy Lay Fut. I started my training in this style at the Chinese Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy. For my first few fights I trained solely out of this gym & in that style, but since there were no full contact kung fu tournaments here at the time I jumped in & fought muay thai instead. A kung fu guy fighting against muay thai under their rules, not something that happens too often. While I was winning I had some holes in my game so Alan Pond invited me over to spar & do some training in his gym. Since then I have been based out of both gyms, the kung fu school & Alan Ponds gym, splitting training between both.

LK: What age did you start at the Chinese Kung Fu Academy? Also whats the name of Alan Ponds gym?

MT: As a teenager, around 14 years old. Alan's gym is the Midland Martial Arts & Ultimate Fitness Center, formerly the Chinese Boxing Club (his background being western boxing & Kung Fu, off the top of my head he had around 78 fights between boxing & thai boxing)

LK: You said that you don't agree with a few losses, which was the worst and why?

MT: Most of them were very very close. The worst one was when I fought Jason Lea for the Perth Cup in my 13th fight, while Jason had around 36 fights at the time. While I & the crowd felt that I won the fight, one judge had it for me, the other for Jason & the other had it a draw. As there was no provision for an extension round the drawn judge was told to pick a winner & chose Jason so it was awarded to him. Not much of a story there really, though I feel that one of the judges was not completely impartial. Not taking anything away from Jason, he is a top bloke & I respect him a lot he went on to fight on one of the first big Thai Fight tournaments in 2010. I say that I feel that one judge was not impartial, as he also judged the fight I had after that against the New Zealand champion. He had it 50-50 a draw, while the two other judges had me winning every round 50-45, So something not right there.

LK: What titles have you held?

MT: In order: former WPMF super-middleweight & middleweight state titles. WBC Muay thai middleweight national title, ISKA light-middleweight national title, OTBA middleweight national title, WKA south pacific title, WMC middleweight state title - challenging for the WMC national title in October. Again the weight categories are the standard ones for Muay Thai, not the MMA or Glory ones with the same names but different weight categories

LK: Would you say you have a rival at all? If so who and why?

MT: Rivals, none at the moment but I feel that I have unfinished business with those that I had the close losses to.

LK: Okay last one, it's something I ask every fighter,

Hardest puncher you've fought? MT: Pat Doherty

Hardest Kicker you've fought? MT: Ruan DuPlessis

Hardest fight? MT: what aspect of difficulty are you talking here? The hardest fight I had was against Dusan Salva, but it was my hardest as I was stupidly sick for a few days before (and after) the fight, vomiting & bad diarrhea. Was a struggle to eat at all & could not keep much down. I had to try very hard not to shit myself or vomit during the fight. I had to get stitched up after & spewed on the doctor. But hardest fight due to opponent & not circumstances, was probably Ruan DuPlessis.

Favourite Fighter? MT: Roberto Duran

LK: OK thanks a lot Marco, is there anything you feel I've missed and you would like to say, or anything you want to tell your fans and sponsors?

MT: Statement for fans: keep watching as the best is yet to come! I have called out the WMC champion Mike 300 and will be taking him on in October after Steve Moxon. Once I am through with them I will be looking for something even bigger. 

I would also like to thank my sponsor WMD Fight Gear.

There is probably more I would like to cover but its 1:30am and having trouble thinking of topics at the moment. It will likely come to me when I try to fall asleep..... haha

LK: Thanks again Marco and keep training hard, we will be looking forward to hearing about your next wins.

 

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Highlights From Yokkao 8

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Yokkao

Yokkao 8 in the UK has proven to be a huge hit with fans who were in attendance or watched it in the UK. In fact, it was such a big hit that Yokkao plans to return to the UK with Supershowdown on October 11th at the Reebok yet again. Yokkao released a new highlight video for Yokkao 8 yesterday featuring highlights from all of the great action at Yokkao 8.

More information about the next event can be found at http://www.yokkao.com/.

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