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K-1 The Championship: Title Fights Breakdown

  • Published in K-1

Since this next K-1 Card is so exciting we've decided to breakdown the 4 title fights and get everyone as pumped up as we are. The full card is listed AT THIS LINK.

This card will be played on NICO NICO TV, we posted instructions on the easiest way to order from this site earlier in the year for the S-cup, you can order these the same way just instead of looking for the name S-cup u should look for the name K-1 WGP 2015 The championship. Here is the link on how to order through NICO NICO.

Kaew Fairtex(c) vs Kimura "Phillip" Minoru

We will start with the 65kg fight between Kaew Fairtex and Kimura Minoru. This fight is a rematch from January of this year where Minoru won a very controversial decision. First of all here is the video of the fight.

Now lets talk about the elephant in ring... that referee! I believe that by being so involved in the fight and constantly touching, pushing, and breaking up the fighters he actually ruined the outcome of the fight. In the 2nd round Fairtex had Minoru badly hurt yet the ref kept interfering because of the clinch and then spending extra time talking and pushing the fighters around for no reason which gave Minoru plenty of time to recover. Also it seemed that Kaew won the first two rounds quite decisively but then he got an 8 count in the 3rd, I was sure there was going to be an extra round but was proven wrong by the bad judging.

Since their last meeting which was almost a year ago both fighters have been very active and made great improvements. Fairtex is getting much more confidant with his boxing which is showing us the power he has in hands but for this fight its best if he sticks with his left body and head kick. The only time he was ever in any danger the first fight was when he decided to come in and punch, which eventually got him an 8 count and cost him the fight. He can use that kick all fight to keep himself out of range of the dangerous hands of Minoru.

There is no doubt that Kimura has huge power and speed in his hands for this weight class, it seems no matter who he touches on the chin, they fall down. He will really need to work on keeping his left foot on the outside of Kaews right foot and using his explosiveness to get past the kick and land punch combinations. I'm really expecting fireworks with this fight, now lets just hope they have a better referee this time.

Marat Grigorian(c) vs Sanny Dahlbeck

Grigorian vs Dahlbeck is once again the typical orthodox boxer vs southpaw kicker which seems to be happening a lot lately but always makes for an interesting fight.

Armenian fighter Marat Grigorian is the current K-1 70kgs champion and is now training at Hemmers gym in Holland. He is predominantly a boxer who throws in low kicks and knees every so often. His strongest attributes are the constant pressure he can put on fighters and his great combinations. He will really have to use this against Dahlbeck, the last time Grigorian fought a good southpaw it was against a much smaller fighter in Serhiy Adamchuk the newly crowned Glory 65kgs champion. To be fair Adamchuk took the fight on 24 hours notice, which of course is a disadvantage for Adamchuk but everyone forgets that Grigorian had been training for an Orthodox fighter for 4-6 weeks and now he gets sprung with a tricky southpaw last minute. This led to Marat having a really bad performance and losing to Adamchuk who was really making Grigorian look sloppy. For this fight Grigorian cannot just plod forward, get into range and throw punches like he usually does, he must use more explosiveness and push Dahlbeck to the ropes then unleash his combinations. If Marat can keep close to Dahlbeck and keep him on the ropes I feel Sanny will get tired and eventually get stopped in the later rounds.

Sanny Dahlbeck is a Swedish fighter who spends lots of his time in Thailand training at Sitmonchai. He is an extremely explosive southpaw with a very hard and fast left hand. Southpaws always have a small advantage over orthodox fighters because for the most part they always fight and train with right handed fighters, where as orthodox fighters only meet left handed fighters once in a while and to find a good southpaw for training is quite difficult. Dahlbeck will need to use this as much as possible, he will need to use his left kick and straight left as much as possible and make sure he angles off after throwing. If Sanny can keep Marat off balance with his body kick, angle to maintain the center of the ring and clinch up to avoid damage he can make this an easy night just like Adamchuk did. Dahlbeck is taller than Adamchuk, this is a good thing because he can land his straight left from further away and get the angle without too much danger but it could also mean that Marat is able to keep him off balance more due to his higher center of gravity in which case Sanny will end up on the ropes and be in big trouble.

I really do feel that conditioning is going to play a huge part in this fight, with Grigorians pressure if Dahlbeck gets tired in the last round he will not make it to the decision but if Dahlbeck has trained hard and made sure he is ready to move the whole fight he should be fine.

Koya Urabe(c) vs Hirotaka Urabe 

In case you didn't notice yes, these guys have the same last name and yes they are brothers. Koya is Hirotaka's younger brother, they have already fought once before in the final of the 60kgs tournament in January of this year.

Now keep in mind after watching that fight that they had both already won two fights, Hirotaka got one first round KO but in the semi-finals he ended up winning an extra round decision and Koya got two first round knockouts. You can tell that Hirotaka already had a damaged leg going into the final and Koya took advantage of it like a good little brother would do.

Koya is a southpaw and maybe a little bit slicker and more skilled but Hirotaka is tougher, grittier and will never give up especially now that his younger brother already beat him once. Both fighters love to use their hands so the southpaw to orthodox thing plays less of a role plus I'm sure they know each other very well since they have probably been training together their whole lives before this fight. I personally feel the fight is going to play out quite similar to the previous one but it will be very interesting to see what Hirotaka can do without a damaged back leg. Hirotaka has to find a way to surprise his younger brother, it seemed in the first fight that Koya was always one step ahead.

Whatever happens with this fight these two are always non-stop action from bell to bell and Hirotaka seems very motivated to take that belt from his younger brother as he feels that he deserves it.

Takeru(c) vs Charles Bongiovanni

I had not heard much about the Frenchman Charles Bongiovanni until his last fight on the K-1 Survival wars card where he took on Danial Williams. Williams is usually the hard puncher for this 55kg weight class but Bongiovanni proved he was right up there as well by landing a perfect counter right hook to drop Charles and then showed great finishing skills to drop him twice more. Its quite unusual to get first round knockouts in the 55kg division but Charles has proven he has the power to do it. Once again there is a pattern with all the fights here and Bongiovanni is a Southpaw and looks like he will be the taller of the two fighters so we will see how well he is able to work that on the current champion Takeru.

Takeru is not a big power puncher like Williams or Bongiovanni but he can score knockdowns with well placed punches due to his great technique. He will definitely be the more technical fighter of the two and he has great eyes to see what openings he can capitalize on as you can see in his fight above with Alexandre Prilip. Takeru lands one overhand right, and then its just a matter of time before he lands another to put Prilip down for an 8 count to end the first round. I really feel that both of these fighters are not the type to move backwards and they will meet in the middle and stand toe to toe until one fighter falls down. I'd be quite surprised if this one gets to the judges scorecards.

 

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Another Insanely Stacked Card for Kunlun on February 1st

  • Published in Kickboxing

It's hard to argue with the sheer quality of the Kunlun cards that they are putting together in China, the next of which goes down on February 1st in Guangzhou. Kunlun 19 is shaping up to be pretty fascinating with the finals of their 70kg tournament taking place and more on their Heavyweight tournament. I'm not sure that Kunlun will be sustainable into the future, but have fun with it while it lasts because we sure as hell will be.

Here's a breakdown of what they'll be offering. The list of name talent is long, including Konstantin Ghulov, mighty Mo, Hesdy Gerges, Ashwin Balrak, Andrei Herasimchuk, Marat Grigorian, Aikpracha Meenayothin, Davit Kirita, Artur Kyshenko and more. I mean, wow. It's also fair to note that Kunlun is making an effort at getting their stuff out there in English, although it's a bit rough around the edges.

57Kg SUPER FIGHT
1. Alexis Barateau (France) vs. Bunsit (China)
65Kg SUPER FIGHT
2. Paul Jansen (Netherlands) vs. Xu Jifu (China)
77Kg SUPER FIGHT
3. Allan Aldatov (Canada) vs. Li Baoming (China)
+100Kg Tournament - GROUP B
4. Myun Hyun Man (South Korea) vs. Wu Lahan (China)
+100Kg Tournament - GROUP B
5. Konstantin Gluhov (Latvia) vs. Mighty Mo (United States)
+100Kg Tournament - GROUP B
6. Hesdy Gerges (Egypt) vs. Igor Bugaenko (Belarus)
+100Kg Tournament - GROUP B
7. Ashwin Balrak (Suriname) vs. Andrei Herasimchuk (Belarus)
70Kg Tournament - SEMI FINAL - GROUP D
8. Fernando Calzetta (Italy) vs. Mo Zhwangwei (China)
70Kg Tournament SEMI FINAL - GROUP D
9. Marat Grigorian (Belgium) vs. Aikpracha Meenayothin (Thailand)
70Kg SUPER FIGHT
10. Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) vs. Liu Hainan (China)
70Kg SUPER FIGHT
11. Davit Kiria (Georgia) vs. Zheng Zhayou (China)
80Kg SUPER FIGHT
12. Artur Kyshenko (Ukraine) vs. Bai Jinbin (China)
70Kg Tournament FINAL - GROUP D
13. TBD vs. TBD
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Benjamin Adegbuyi Defeats Ismael Londt at Slamm IV

  • Published in Europe

SlammSlamm held their last big event, Slamm!! Soema Na Basi IV yesterday in Suriname which featured a few fights of note, with the biggest being the main event between Slamm's Ismael Londt and Romania's Benjamin Adegbuyi. Adegbuyi has really burst onto the scene over the last few years, fighting some really legitimate competition and holding his own. This fight was no different, as this was arguably one of the biggest fights of his young career. Adegbuyi was the aggressor throughout the fight, landing a hard shot in the first round that had Londt reeling but the referee didn't count as a down. The third round was the real deciding factor, as a left hook sent Londt crashing to the canvas, proving to be the biggest shot of the fight. Londt fought hard, though, and was able to get up, but not able to score any significant blows before the fight ended.

The big win for Adegbuyi helps to propel his career even further now, with a win over a top ten Heavyweight. Here are more results from the event, courtesy of the MixFight forums.

1. A +95 kg 3x3 Ismael “Mr. Pain” Londt (Suriname) vs Benny Adegbuyi (Roemenië) WOP
2. MMA Pro 75 kg Victor “Tigri” Kuku (Angola) WOP vs Djamil Chan (China/Suriname)
3. A 70 kg 3x3 Cedric Manhoef (Suriname) WOP vs Mika Tahitu (Molukken)
4. A 82,5 kg 3x3 Darryl Sichtman (Suriname) WOP vs Fernando Groenhart (Nederland)
5. A 95 Kg 3x3 Dangelo Marshall (Suriname) WOP vs Nedd Evan (Aruba)
6. C 78 Kg 3x3 Valentino Brunswijk (Suriname) vs Marciano Bhoegwandas (Suriname) WOP

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LiverKick Throwback: Melvin Manhoef Destroys Paul Slowinski

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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.

Melvin Manhoef will be fighting in the Last Man Standing tournament on June 21st in Los Angeles for GLORY, meeting Filip Verlinden in the first round of the tournament. To say that Melvin Manhoef at Middleweight will be a force to be reckoned with is putting it lightly; Melvin Manhoef was a force to be reckoned with at Heavyweight. If you need proof of that, look no further than December 6th, 2012, when Melvin Manhoef fought in the Reserve bout for the K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 against tough Australian slugger Paul Slowinski. 

Paul Slowinski is a legitimate 6'3" 240lbs while Manhoef is 5'8" and has fought as low at 170lbs in the past. This is just so you understand the size difference going into this fight and why Melvin Manhoef is so impressive. Melvin Manhoef was never the best Heavyweight Kickboxer in the world, but he was able to knock out some of the best and make it look easy. That's incredible. 

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Liverkick Throwback: Branko Cikatic Vs Ernesto Hoost II

  • Published in Kickboxing

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.

Branco Cikatic was the original Croatian heavyweight Kickboxer and the first Croation born fighter to achieve international success. K-1 didn't start until 1993, Branko was 38 years old already, but he made the most of it and became the very first K-1 grand prix champion and won all three fights in one night by knockout. Cikatic had a rock-solid chin and huge power in both hands, he wasn't the most technical fighter but he was more of a take a punch to land my harder punch type. Branco tried a few MMA fights after winning K-1 and jumped in the Pride ring, now Cikatic was never the cleanest of fighters and that ended up causing most of his Pride fights to end in DQ or No contest.

This fight with the legend Ernesto Hoost was for the K-1 grand prix 1993 Finals in Tokyo, Japan. Hoost was 10 years younger than Cikatic and had already beat Peter Aerts and Maurice Smith in the quarter and semi finals. I feel Hoost was easily winning this fight up until Branko did what he does best and landed a huge right on poor Ernesto's chin and cause a heavy KO.

 

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John Wayne Parr vs. Ky Hollenbeck Set for Feb. 2012

  • Published in Muay Thai

If you are a fan of John Wayne Parr (and by all means, you should be), it has been a bit of a rollercoaster year to say the least. According to JWP himself, 2011 was his final year as a fighter. He had achieved everything that he wanted to and was going to ride off into the sunset. Then something happened, JWP was picking up wins, big wins, and retirement did not seem like that great of an idea anymore. He obviously still had a lot left to do in the Kickfighting world and there were a lot of asses for him to kick. Then, mid-way through the year, something as innocent as his daughter participating in a Muay Thai bout became international headline news and JWP's parenting skills came into question.

As someone who has had the distinct pleasure of interacting with Mr. Parr, I have to say that it is ridiculous to question his love for his family, for fighting or for anything else in this world. JWP is a stand-up guy and anyone who thinks differently should re-evaluate their priorities.

This brings us to the matter at hand, which is that JWP has a big fight coming up in February in his home land of Australia. According to our good friends at Muay Thai Authority he'll be taking on one of the United State's best and brightest in Ky Hollenbeck.If you haven't seen Hollenbeck's recent string of fights, I implore you to do so as he is an incredibly legitimate fighter. The event is Knees of Fury 36 and will go down on February 25th. [source]

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It's Showtime 59 in Tenerife Live Results

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It's Showtime

It's Showtime 59 is live from Tenerife, Spain in just a few moments here with a stacked card featuring fighters like Andy Souwer, Sergei Laschenko, Andy Ristie, Javier Hernandez and more. The event can be purchased from showtimefights.com for just 10 euros (about $12.50 USD). I will be live tweeting results at @liverkickdotcom as well.

Andy Ristie (R1 - KO) David Calvo - A brutal knee by Ristie that came up the middle put Calvo down very early in the first round and he was unable to answer the count. Props to Calvo for stepping in on late notice, but wow.

Amir Zeyada (Decision) Moises Ruibal - I have no clue what happened in this fight. Major technical difficulties.

Sergei Laschenko (R1 - KO) Danny Garcia

They now bring out Moises Ruibal and announce that the judges score cards were not rendered correctly, and that he is the rightful winner of the bout with Amir Zeyada.

Murthel Groenhert (R2 - Cut Stoppage) Maximo Suarez - Murthel looked a bit rough in R1, but was able to pull it together for the second round and open a nasty cut on Suarez for the finish.

61kg Championship: Masahiro Yamamoto (R5 - Decision) Sergio Hernandez - Masahiro Yamamoto was completely on point throughout the fight. His knees were doing a lot of damage and keeping Hernandez off balance while his hands did a bulk of the work.

Andy Souwer (R3 - Decision) Zeben Diaz - Diaz put up a really great fight, almost a dead even fight with Souwer, but the third round was truly a deciding factor for both men. Souwer rocked Diaz with a right hand which more or less sealed the fate of the bout. Diaz is really a legitimately good fighter.

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Badr Hari's Love Affair Hits the Tabloids

  • Published in Kickboxing

Ah summer, with love in the air and celebrity gossip magazines there to take candid shots of them and repost them with scandalous headlines. That is your life if you are Kickboxing superstar Badr Hari and you find yourself involved with Dutch soccer legend Ruud Gullit's wife, Estelle Gullit, going as far as said wife leaving her superstar husband and taking up a serious relationship with you. This photo is courtesy of Marloes Coenen's twitter. As we wait to find out if Badr will be fighting for Glory or not, we are instead treated to photographs of him enjoying his life. Good for him.

Badr

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It's Showtime's June 30th Event Moving to Brussels

There might come a time when the Netherlands may no longer be home to any big Kickboxing events at all, and we are fast approaching that time. Ultimate Glory used to run cards in Amsterdam, as did It's Showtime, and as time moves on, it appears that officials in the Netherlands have gotten their wish of no more martial arts events in their cities. It's Showtime was having some issues with recent events, including the December event that was cancelled on short notice and It's Showtime 55 this weekend under a threat from local officials. This weekend's event will go on without a hitch, but as for future events, it is not clear.

FightStarTV posted a video interview with Simon Rutz earlier where Simon discusses the BIBOB situation within the Netherlands and how difficult it is to promote within It's Showtime's home nation. This could ultimately result in It's Showtime packing up and moving their operations.

It looks like for the big upcoming Peter Aerts retirement event, which was scheduled to be held on June 30th in the Netherlands will no longer be in the Netherlands, and instead take place in Brussels, Belgium. This is a major win for the Belgian and a loss for the Dutch, and there are even rumbles of the whole operation moving to Belgium, where it is a lot more friendly to events. It's Showtime should be announcing the card for the June 30th event live during It's Showtime 55, so look forward to learning more on that show and more soon. [source]

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'The Godfather of Kickboxing' Thom Harinck Back Into the Mix

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In 1972, director Francis Ford Coppola breathed life into Mario Puzo's most famous crime drama, The Godfather. The story and its subsequent sequels chronicled the story of the Corleone family from their origins in Sicily, rise to power and finally the efforts of the family to legitimize the family's name and fortune. One of the best scenes in trilogy is when an exasperated Michael Corleone exclaims, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!"

Why even bring up The Godfather on a kickboxing site?

Why, because sometimes the truth can be stranger than fiction. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, something else big was happening in 1972, the founding of Chakuriki Gym in Amsterdam by Thom Harinck. The 'Chakuriki' style which represents a fusion of techniques from boxing, Kyokushin karate, judo, jujitsu wrestling, Muay Thai and Savate for over forty years became a dominant influence on the fighting styles of many of the biggest names in kickboxing. Among his many talented pupils standouts such as Peter Aerts, Andy Hug, Badr Hari, Melvin Manhoef, Branko Cikatic, Hesdy Gerges, Pedro Rizzo, Jerome LeBanner and countless others have had their careers and fighting style shaped by Harinck's Chakuriki philosophy. In 2013, however, one of the most influential men in the sport decided to retire. At that time Harinck stated that he would continue to support the sport from the sidelines focusing his energy on the completion of a book about his life, spending time with his family, participating in European forums regarding kickboxing, and of course doing seminars all over the world.

During his first year of retirement, Thom Harinck was still one of the busiest retirees I had ever met. In 2015, one of his former pupils, current Glory light heavyweight champion, Saulo Cavalari reached out to him for management services. Always one to support the sport and his former pupils, Harinck agreed. With one foot already back in the game, 2016, Thom Harinck has decided to take Chakuriki full throttle again, coaching a small number of his former pupils including Saulo Cavalari, Hesdy Gerges and Amir Zeyada. Just when he thought he was out, they pulled him back in. His comeback has not been unconditional. While Harinck has sold his old gym in Amsterdam, he has found another place to train and it, like before, is under the Chakuriki system: hard training, no talking, no drugs. The Chakuriki style according to Harinck is not just a fight style, it's a lifestyle and in 2016 it begins again. For forty years Thom Harinck dedicated his life to training boys to be the best men in the ring and as long as he has his health, he's dedicated to training for many more. Watch out Glory, K-1, SuperKombat......Harinck's back.

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