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Chaz Mulkey on Deck for K-1 World Grand Prix in Los Angeles

  • Published in K-1

Can't Stop Crazy

We are still eagerly awaiting the announcement for the card for the K-1 World Grand Prix in Los Angeles event in September, and in the meantime the news continues to leak out. The latest is from Can't Stop Crazy, a team of elite American Muay Thai fighters. We already knew about Romie Adanza's inclusion on the event, and now it looks like Chaz Mulkey will be included as well. Here is the latest from Can't Stop Crazy.

"Though the ink isn't dry on the paper yet, we're also excited to bring the news that Chaz "No Mercy" Mulkey recently signed on to be a part of the K-1 World MAX tournament. K-1 World MAX is one of the world's premier Middleweight division 70kg (154lb) tournaments. He will be facing Shane Oblonsky in the opening stanza at the K-1 World Grand Prix. Chaz is out to show the world why he's considered one of the top American muay thai fighters.

The event just got a whole lot crazier and Can't Stop Crazy's own Joe Schilling and Kevin Ross will be in attendance at the event. It will be a night to remember, so we'll see you at the Los Angeles Sports arena on September 8th."

Read the rest at the Can't Stop Crazy home page and follow them on twitter @cant_stop_crazy.

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Kunlun Fight 41 Results

  • Published in Asia

Kunlun Fight 41 took place today April 8th in Xining, Qinghai, China. They included a great 70 kgs 4-man tournament between Davit Kiria, Tayfun Ozcan, Wu Xuesong and Alex Oller. Here are all the results thanks to KIKSIE.

Kunlun Fight 41 Results

Rookie Fight 65kg - Niu Fengkai (China) def. Gou Dakui (China) by Decision

Boxing 58kg - Teriguna (China) def. Vatinee Saranburus (Thailand) by TKO in Round 2

Superfight 67kg - Liang Shoutao (China) def. Wang Chunyang (China) by Decision

75kg Tournament Qualifier 1 - Daniel KwangSoo (South Korea) def. Zhang Yang (China) by Decision

70kg Tournament Reserve Fight - Pong Thong (Thailand) def. Hao Dahui (China) by KO in Round 1

70kg Tournament Group G Semifinal 1 - Tayfun Ozcan (Turkey) def. Davit Kiria (Georgia) by Decision

70kg Tournament Group G Semifinal 2 - Wu Xuesong (China) def. Alex Oller (Brazil) by TKO in Round 2

70kg Tournament Group G Final - Wu Xuesong (China) def. Tayfun Ozcan (Turkey) by KO in Round 2

Superfight 57kg - Gao Qian (China) def. Miriam Sabot (Italy) by Decision

75kg Tournament Qualifier 2 - Alim Nabiev (Azerbaijan) def. Islam Murtazaev (Russia) by Unanimous Decision (30-26 30-27 30-26 30-27 30-26)

MMA Superfight 61.5kg - Chu Guangfu (China) def. Jose Francisco (Spain) by KO

75kg Tournament Qualifier 3 - Diogo Calado (Portugal) def. Perviz Abdullayev (Azerbaijan) by Unanimous Decision (30-27 30-27 30-27 30-29 30-29)

MMA Superfight 66kg - Jo Sungbin (South Korea) def. Mohamed Amine (Malaysia) by KO in Round 1

75kg Tournament Qualifier 4 - Zheng Zhaoyu (China) def. Nuerla Mulali (China) by Decision

 

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VIDEO: Artur Kyshenko vs. Radoslaw Paczuski

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Leave it to Artur Kyshenko to keep busy, right? Yesterday Kyshenko fought at the KOK WGP 2014 event in Gdansk against Radoslaw Paczuski in a night that also saw Sergei Laschenko take a Heavyweight tournament. Go ahead and check out Kyshenko's performance and let us know what you thought. Kyshenko has been hit-or-miss at times and jumped around weight classes. 

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GLORY SuperFight Series Moving to UFC Fight Pass

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If you are a fan of kickboxing and also really into MMA and were looking for everything to be in one place then today might be your day. Today it was announced that starting with GLORY 27, the GLORY SuperFight Series will be airing on UFC Fight Pass. On top of that, the GLORY tape library will be available as on demand content on Fight Pass as well. 

According to UFC, that means every GLORY event up until now is available immediately on UFC Fight Pass, a handful of It's Showtime events and over 100 K-1 events. That's a lot of kickboxing, apparently over 2,000 hours of kickboxing available right now. If you are like me that means you have to grumble about everything being removed from YouTube and you have to buy a subscription to something you thought you'd never have to use, but this also means added exposure for GLORY towards the hardcore MMA fan base.'

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The Voice Versus Badr Hari Preview

  • Published in K-1

The Voice Versus Badr Hari debuts on June 25th as Badr Hari will bare all to Michael Schiavello on HDnet. As we lead into the event, thankfully we have yet another preview to watch. Watch as Schiavello talks about possibly feeling remorse for brutally knocking out his opponents, and if you have seen Badr Hari interviews in the past, you'll know what to expect.

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Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt Cancelled

  • Published in Kickboxing

Badr Hari

In what might be the least shocking bit of news to Kickboxing fans, the fight in May between Badr Hari and Ismael Londt has been cancelled. This confirms reports that we've been hearing for at least the past few weeks that the Gunyar brothers, who were promoting the fight, were having issues acquiring a license to promote an event in Eindhoven (which shares Amsterdam's laws in this case). This, of course, comes as zero shock if you've been following Dutch Kickboxing.

There have been incredibly heavy restrictions set on Kickboxing events in Amsterdam and neighboring cities thanks to a law called BIBOB that is targeted at organized crime. The school of thought was that Kickboxing events held within the city would always pander to certain "VIPs" from the world of organized crime, thus making them meeting places for criminals. The city of Amsterdam wanted to clean up their reputation and saw this as a natural way to do so.

It didn't matter how legitimate of a business the Gunyars were going to run, trying to promote a convicted criminal with known ties to organized crime in an event in Amsterdam was never, ever going to work. According to Badr Hari's Facebook page, "May 29th in Dubai" seems to be his next stop.

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2010 Fight of the Year: Part 10

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First off, my apologies for not having this up last night.  Site maintenance caused a delay in posting.

For the final entry in our Fight of the Year series, we look at something a bit different...

Pornsaneh v. Pakon (Lumpinee Stadium, May 3)

My original plan was to include just kickboxing rules fights here, but reader cacti45 reminded me of this Muay Thai contest which would be criminal to exclude.  Google this fight and you'll see phrases like "the best Muay Thai fight I've seen in years" and "some of the wildest action ever".  How can you leave that out?  This is the consensus Muay Thai fight of the year for 2010, and rightly so.  Here you have Pornsaneh in red v. Pakon in blue.  Pornsaneh at the time was at 13 Coins Gym, but has since made the switch to Sitmonchai, while Pakon is at Sakyotin.  This is a very atypical Muay Thai contest, as Pornsaneh in particular is an aggressive fighter.  He oushes the pace here right from the start, and Pakon responds, creating an excellent fight.  It all culminates in round 4 (which starts at 1:30 in the 2nd clip) - if you don't watch the whole fight, you at least owe it to yourself to watch that round, which is like the Frye/Takayama of Muay Thai.

 

Great stuff there.  Pakon picks up the win in what also is a nice example of Muay Thai scooring techniques.  If you were looking at this from a pure kickboxing standpoint, you might give the win to Pornsaneh, who lands more.  But Pakon uses more kicks and knees, which score higher in Muay Thai, so he earns the decision.  Hope you enjoyed this one.

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

Mosab Amrani v. Mohamed Khamal

Final voting will be open soon.

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GLORY Possibly Looking to Expand into MMA Waters in 2015

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The year 2014 was an interesting one for kickboxing and 2015 is looking to be just as crazy by the looks of it. GLORY 19 will kick off GLORY's 2015 with a GLORY Heavyweight Championship bout between champion Rico Verhoeven and challenger Errol Zimmerman in Virginia. The rest of the year we'll have to wait and see. In Jon J. Franklin's holiday address he gave some insight into what to expect from 2015 and surprisingly enough the term "MMA" appeared.

GLORY 19 will be held in Virginia with the team behind Spartyka Fight League assisting in promoting the event, meaning to expect the local undercard to feature some MMA bouts for sure. Is that a sign of things to come? Here's a passage from Franklin's statement.

2015 will be a year of great fight nights, spectacular new promotions and new exotic locations.  We will be in Dubai, UAE and we will welcome international superstars to our events.  Glory also looks forward to amazing evenings in conjunction with with top MMA promotions and to new television networks all over the world joining the Glory juggernaut.  Stay tuned for the many exciting surprises that are on tap for 2015.

It seems to point to possibly seeing co-promotional events much like GLORY 4 Tokyo was with DREAM. The question is; will they work with Bellator? Will GLORY hold their own MMA fights? I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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Kunlun Fight 39 Results and Kunlun Acquires Series B Financing, Making Them a Chinese Powerhouse

  • Published in Kickboxing

This past weekend Kunun Fight returned with their 39th numbered event in which we saw two more 70kg tournaments to decide who moves on to the next stage. Those two men are Artem Pashporin and Zhao Shuai, both men picking up decisions on their way to the top. Aso on the event we saw Buakaw defeat Kong Lingfeng via decision and Gu Gui defeat Abert Kraus.

To top things off, Kunlun Fight also secured its B round of financing today, securing 200 million RMB from Morningside Ventures. This places their valuation at over 350 million USD, which makes them the most valuable startup in combat sports in all of China. According to their investors sports in America make up for 3% of the GDP while in China it is currently only sitting at .3% of their GDP, meaning that there is a lot of room for expansion in the Chinese marketplace, which is only exasperated by the interest that promotions like Kunlun Fight have gained in just the last two years. 

Kunlun Fight 39

Buakaw Banchamek (R3 - Decision) Kong Lingfeng

Gu Gui (R3 - Decision) Albert Kraus

Zhang Meng (R3 - Decision) Ulrich Emmanuel

70kg Tournament Group C Semi: Artem Pashporin (R3 - Decision) Victor Nagbe

70kg Tournament Group C Semi: Li Zhuangzhuag (R3 - Decision) Bruno Miranda

70kg Tournament Group C Final: Artem Pashporin (R3 - Decision) Li Zhuangzhuag

70kg Tournament Group D Semi: Vladimir Konsky (R3 - Decision) Hakim Att Hma

70kg Tournament Group D Semi: Zhao Shuai (R3 - Decision) Seyedisa Alamdrnezam

70kg Tournament Group D Final: Zhao Shuai (R3 - Decision) Vladimir Konsky

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Yokkao Introduces Yokkao Muay Thai Weapon Technique Videos

  • Published in Muay Thai

yokkao

Yokkao, one of the bigger gear and supply companies in the world of muay thai is going to start producing a series of videos called "Yokkao Muay Thai Weapon" where some of the fighters on Yokkao's fight team will demonstrate some of the cooler muay thai techniques. The first video is of Khen Sitsongpeenong demonstrating a flying elbow strike. Fans can look for more videos in the coming weeks and if they have suggestions for techniques to be featured they can tweet @YokkaoBoxing (or us @LiverKickdotcom) with what they want to see and Yokkao will do their best to make it happen.

Of course, Yokkao has their fifth event coming up in Reunion, France on November 8th, where Stefania Picelli was recently to help get everything prepared. Fans will be able to follow everything about the event on Twitter and Instagram via the hashtag #Yokkao5. Yokkao is also shipping gear from the United States via their new web shop, with goods being shipped directly from San Francisco, we urge you to check out their shop today.

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