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Watch Cro Cop vs. Jerome Le Banner From 1996

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With the talk of a possible [fake] showdown between Jerome Le Banner and Mirko Cro Cop there is a reason why such a bout would be a big deal in Japan, even if it were simply professional wrestling. It would be a rematch, of sorts, from 1996 where the two younger men met in the K-1 ring. Both men would go on to be wildly successful in Japan and become gigantic stars. Cro Cop became one of the biggest names in PRIDE FC and JLB became a K-1 legend.

So while it is not official yet, the thought of both men in the ring together again, even if not real, is exciting and would be a great moment for fans across the world. So go ahead and check out their first fight.

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Warman's Kickfighting Show #57: Fight Code, SuperKombat and K-1

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Another week and another episode of Warman's Kickfighting show where I join Steven Wright to discuss the goings on of the worlds of kickboxing and muay thai. This week we look at the results from this past weekend's Fight Code event as well as the fallout from it, including Fight Code organizing two rematches from the show and the one disqualification being overturned. We also go into depth on SuperKombat's last GP event which did not feature the same level of talent as per the last few shows but still delivered on a few different levels, as well as their business model going forward and why it is vital for them to get their act together.

And of course, you can't talk about the last week in the Kickboxing world without talking about K-1. This means talk about the show being cancelled, possibly postponed and the news finally being released that there are many potential buyers for the company but Master Ishii seems to be the lone force holding the company back. As always, the show can be downloaded on iTunes (search: LordGaul) or on the PodBean site. As always, I'm going to embed it, but there does seem to be a timeout with these files, so if it isn't working make sure to go and download it yourself.

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Fight Card For K-1's China vs. Japan Feb. 1st Event

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K-1 is continuing to go full speed ahead with their Chinese home base with their second event of the year in Changsua, China. This time around the theme is China vs. Japan and will feature some of their Chinese standouts against a few Japanese fighters. Sadly a lot of the talent they wanted were already booked due to New Year's and early January events, but they still pulled together a pretty good card.

I assume there will be a free stream via Hunan TV like the last time as well. Stay tuned for that. Also Jungle Koki is the coolest name ever.

60kg Tomohiro Kiyai vs. Wu Ze
63kg Keisuke Nakamura vs. Wang Zhiwei
65kg Kuji Yoshimoto vs. Hanji
70kg Hideaki Kikkawa vs. Tien Xin
70kg K-Jee vs. Zang Lei
70kg Jungle Koki vs. Ba Te Er
53kg Syuri vs. E Meidie
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Watch the GLORY 10 Weigh-Ins While You Prepare For Tonight

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GLORY

Sometimes the fact that LiverKick is a small organization can be felt, like when I get the flu right before a big event and it compromises how quickly I can get stuff up. Such is life, right? Seriously, LiverKick is a small operation. Anyway. GLORY just recently put up the GLORY 10 weigh-in video on their website, so while we have approximately two hours until showtime you might as well check out the GLORY 10 weigh-ins and get all pumped up for the Middleweight tournament!

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Predicting GLORY 13 Tokyo

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Glory

GLORY 13 Tokyo happens tonight/airs tomorrow, with the big GLORY Welterweight tournament, as well as Peter Aerts vs. Rico Verhoeven and a whole hell of a lot more. Here are my picks for GLORY 13 Tokyo's main card.

  • Dustin Jacoby vs. Makoto Uehara
  • Jacoby has seen mixed results since joining up with GLORY, but you can’t count him out after his impressive victories over Brian Collette. When Jacoby got a taste of some of the elite Kickboxers things were rough for him, which makes a matchup with Makoto Uehara a solid one for both men. Uehara has seen a good deal of success and heartbreak in his career, but a win over Jacoby could do a lot for his career right now. I think that Jacoby takes this and Spike TV will rejoice.
  • Winner: Dustin Jacoby
  • Joseph Valtellini vs. Raymond Daniels
  • Ahh yes, youthful power against age and experience. Raymond Daniels has a lot of experience fighting, even if a lot of it doesn’t count towards a pro career, he also uses a more traditional karate style for Kickboxing. Valtellini on the other hand has been on a roll in Kickboxing and looks unstoppable. I think that Daniels puts up a good fight, but Joe takes it.
  • Winner: Joseph Valtellini
  • Nieky Holzken vs. Karapet Karapetyan
  • Karapet is a guy who has fought in a bunch of different weight classes, but this one is probably going to be the best, most comfortable one for him. His win over Stetskurenko is proof enough of just how good Karapetyan can be. With that being said, this division feels tailor made for Nieky Holzken, who finally has a field to test himself against. I think this will be a close battle, but if Nieky can get some body shots in and keep going there the fight is his. This being said, GLORY tournaments have seen their share of upsets, Karapetyan is my pick for the guy who could be the spoiler.
  • Winner: Nieky Holzken
  • Daniel Ghita vs. Errol Zimmerman
  • I want to be a big Errol Zimmerman fan and I want to believe in him, but his mixed bag of performances keeps me away from that. The last time these guys met Daniel Ghita flattened Zimmerman and since then Ghita has only gotten better as a fighter. I’m not sure that Zimmerman has gotten better as a fighter since then, but that has never been the issue, the issue has always been his conditioning. Did Errol put in the work? We’ll have to wait and see.
  • Winner: Daniel Ghita
  • Peter Aerts vs. Rico Verhoeven
  • I feel like I’ve been one of the few people who was actually a fan of Verhoeven before he won the Heavyweight tournament and believed that he could be a great fighter. GLORY 11 was a huge deal for his young career and I think it is only up from there. But, he’s facing Peter Aerts. Peter Aerts may be getting older, he may be getting slower and guys like Tyrone Spong may be able to put him down, but Rico isn’t a KO artist, Rico is a technician who likes to pick away at fighters. Rico’s style and Peter’s style clash, with Peter having more of a chance of knocking Rico out before he “retires” in Japan.
  • Winner: Peter Aerts
  • Tournament Final: Nieky Holzen vs. Joseph Valtellini
  • This one, if it would come to pass, is a tough fight to pick. Both guys are great fighters with their ups and downs, but I’m not sure that we’ve seen enough weakness in either guy to be able to really figure out which one will have an upper-hand. That is pretty exciting. If Joe can keep Nieky from coming inside too close he’ll be able to slowly pick him apart, but if Nieky gets in close it could mean trouble. I still think that Valtellini is smart enough and skilled enough to keep things moving in his direction. I’m not sure I’d call it an upset, but I see him winning.
  • Winner: Joseph Valtellini
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Catalin Morosanu vs. Giannis Stoforidis Headlining Aug. 2nd SuperKombat Event

  • Published in Kickboxing

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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Dynamite!! Live Results

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Dynamite 2010Dynamite!! 2010 is currently on air at HDNet.  As it airs, we'll be updating all the results here.  A note - the HDNet broadcast is actually on a bit of a delay from the live action, but we'll be giving results as they air on HDNet.

#1 - BOB SAPP v. SHINICHI SUZUKAWA - No Fight

This fight was cancelled shortly before the event started because Sapp pulled out.  Which I guess is a new personal record for Sapp and how quickly he can get the fight over with.  No slap of Inoki fighting spirit for the Beast tonight.

#2 - ANDY OLOGUN def. KATSUAKI FURUKI - Unanimous Decision

A pretty close fight, with Ologun hurting Furuki at the very end of the 3rd and maybe winning it there.

#3 - KAZUYUKI MIYATA def. CAOL UNO - Unanimous Decision

Miyata does his thing, outwrestling Uno to a win.  He also threw a nice suplex in round 3, so that's something.

#4 - HIDEO TOKORO def. KAZUHISA WATANABE - Armbar, Rd. 3

This was ALL Tokoro, who tried roughly 274 submissions before finally locking one all the way in and tapping Watanabe.  The MAX fighter was spirited as he always is, but didn't have much to offer except energy.

#5 - HIROSHI IZUMI def. MINOWAMAN - Ground & Pound, Rd. 3

Yeesh, not a great showing here from Minowaman.  An all around somewhat lackluster fight, with Minowaman totally controlled and ineffective.  Remember folks - Minowaman vs. Super Hulks?  Good.  Minowaman vs. regular opponents?  Not entertaining.

#6 - SERGEI KHARITONOV def. TATSUYA MIZUNO - KO, Rd. 1

True to Kharitonov's new K-1 aspirations, this was all standing, with Kharitonov stalking Mizuno before crushing him with nasty punches and a kneesto put Mizuno out cold.  Brutal.

#7 - GEGARD MOUSASI def. KYOTARO - Unanimous Decision

Upset win for Mousasi here as he takes out his 2nd K-1 Japanese superstar.  Mousasi dropped him in the 2nd to take the win.  And thanks for the shout out Voice - right back at you!

#8 - YUICHIRO NAGASHIMA def. SHINYA AOKI - KO, Rd. 2

After an awkward first round of Aoki stalling, Nagashima landed a hard knee to open the MMA round, knocking the Dream champion out.  Very impressive showing from Nagashima, and a great redemption for K-1.

#9 - ALISTAIR OVEREEM def. TODD DUFFEE - KO, Rd. 1

It took The Reem just 19 seconds to stop former UFC fighter Todd Duffee with a barrage of blows, ending the American's night quickly, and earning the new Interim Dream Heavyweight title in the process.

#10 - SATOSHI ISHII def. JEROME LE BANNER - Unanimous Decision

Good fight here, but Ishii was able to control much of the action, turning in an impressive 3rd round where he almost finished JLB with a kimura.  Fans booed the decision, but it seemed right to me.

#11 - MARIUS ZAROMSKIS def. KAZUSHI SAKURABA - Doctor Stoppage, Rd. 1

With Sakuraba, you knew this could get ugly, and that's sadly what happened.  Saku's massively caulifowered ear first popped, then partly tore away from his skull, forcing the doctors to stop the fight before it even got started.

#12 - TETSUYA YAMATO v. AKIYO "WICKY" NISHURA - Majority Draw

This K-1 rules fight was an entertaining, if somewhat sloppy affair.  Both men were even going into the 3rd round, and for this fight there were no extension rounds.  Yamato connected late in the round, but it wasn't enough to get the win.  One judge gave the bout to Yamato, with the other two ruling it a draw.

#13 - JASON HIGH def. HAYATO "MACH" SAKURAI - Split Decision

I have to be honest, this was a technically sound fight with a good ending, but 13 fights in, it wasn't all that memorable.  High gets the split decision win using his superior wrestling.

#14 - TATSUYA KAWAJIRI def. JOSH THOMSON - Unanimous Decision

Thomson tried, but this was all Kawajiri.  The Crusher turned in one of his career best performances, dominating Thomson in a way very few have ever done before and taking the definitive decision

#15 - HIROYUKI TAKAYA def. BIBIANO FERNANDES - Unanimous Decision

A good contest in the main event between two very evenly matched fighters, but it was Takaya who consistently pushed ahead just a bit, winning exchanges on the feet and on the ground to get the decision win.  Takaya now claims the Dream FW championship to cap off a great 2010 for the fighter.


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Yokkao 6 on January 3rd in Pattaya, Thailand

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Yokkao Pattaya

Yokkao have announced that their next big event -- Yokkao 6 -- will be starting off the year 2014 on January 3rd in Pattaya, Thailand. This will be right after the holidays and is set to feature some big names like Sittichai Sitsonpeenong as well as Thongchai Sitsonpeenong. It should come as no surprise that they'll be promoting the event alongside the Sitsonpeenong Yokkao Training Center, so expect more names from that gym.

We'll have more on Yokkao 6 in the coming weeks, including the fight card and much, much more. Make sure to follow the event on Facebook and Twitter via the hashtag #Yokkao6.

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Errol Zimmerman Taking Sabbatical From Kickboxing for Boxing

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It was perhaps a bit anticlimactic how the rematch between GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven and Errol Zimmerman ended at GLORY 20, but it's hard to ignore the impact that it'll have for the coming years in the Heavyweight division in kickboxing. The fight ended with Zimmerman down on the mat, grasping at his knee in what was a worst case scenario for a warrior like him. Zimmerman is a guy who prides himself as being tough and if he's going to lose a fight he's going to actually lose it, not go down to injury. Yet that is exactly what happened.

We knew that Zimmerman would be out for a while, but it looks like Zimmerman will be taking a year off from kickboxing and much like Tyrone Spong who suffered a horrific leg injury against Gokhan Saki last year, Zimmerman will be returning to the ring as soon as he's healthy but will be doing so in professional boxing instead of kickboxing. 

In an interview with Dutch FunX Zimmerman announced that he will need to take at least a year off from kickboxing to heal up his knee, but that he doesn't intend to just sit idly by and wait to return to the ring. Instead he'll focus on professional boxing much like we've seen from the likes of other GLORY stars like Marc de Bonte, Nieky Holzken and Tyrone Spong. Here's hoping that all goes well with his recovery and we get to see him in the ring again soon, even if it is a boxing ring.

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Warman's Kickfighting Show #54 and #55, Listen to Us Dissect the Kickboxing World

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In episode 54 of the Warman Kickfighting Show I once again join Steven Wright to discuss the happenings of the Kickboxing and Muay Thai worlds. As Steven was in attendance at the UFC event over the weekend cornering Shane Roller of Team Takedown, which meant travel, this show which was supposed to be up sooner took a little bit longer, but it was worth it. We work out any technical issues we had the first time around and take a look at the recent K-1 MAX, It's Showtime and Thai Fight events, as well as SuperKombat and Mike Zambidis having a successful comeback fight after the loss to JWP.

It was a lot to cover and we did so in the course of an hour, with a look at how stars are made within the tournament format and how there are a lot of bright spots coming up in the kickboxing world, especially at 70kg. (Direct Download)

There is a whole lot to cover and we do our best, which leads us into the next episode! The next episode we take a long, hard look at the loss of Badr Hari, Gokhan Saki and possibly Tyrone Spong from the kickboxing world and just what that means. We also look at how Hari and Saki would potentially make a Boxing career work and what impact they could really have. There has been a lot of negative stuff going around focusing on lack of depth of talent and a lot of that simply is not true, as we go into depth on these issues and more. (Direct Download)

To subscribe to the Warman Kickfighting show search for "Lordgaul" on iTunes or head over to this blog.

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