I don't even know what to say about this. Watch it. Marvel.
I don't even know what to say about this. Watch it. Marvel.
This time not only the fighters but the promotion itself had a challenge ahead as Fight Night Hungary has tried a new, bigger location. Even though promoters try to pick great venues and put solid cards together success in this business is never guaranteed. The new location with its 1200m2 size is truly a challenge for anyone in Hungary to be filled. But Fight Night Hungary has pulled it off! The event was packed and the people in attendance have truly seen some glimpse from the glorious past when big names and shows have visited this part of Europe.
Fight Night Hungary had great fights, a fantastic atmosphere and fired up fans. Finally a show where everything was in place - visuals, timing, sound and most important: the fights themselves. Fight Night Hungary has set the bar high for forthcoming events.
The show started with four solid Muay Thai bouts which all helped to get everyone even more fired up for the main card. The K-1 bouts have also seen back and forth wars, knockdowns and an unfortunate doctor's stoppage before we got to the co-main event.
In the co-main event two of the best, most well-known and highly respected fighters, Tamás Birics (WFMC European Champion) and Gábor Görbics (World Combat Games winner, WAKO full-contact European Champion) have collided once again. First time they've fought Görbics won a close decision and some years have passed before the rematch could've been put together. Needless to say this fight was highly anticipated amongst the Hungarian fight fans!
Görbics seemed to be more relaxed in the opening rounds while Birics tried to take control and dictate the pace by moving forward and attempting to being the aggressor. Görbics seemed to have the edge and landed more shots while utilizing his full arsenal: spinning techniques, feints, attacking and retreating in angles. He was really fluid in both the attacks and chaining everything together.
While it was Görbics who seemed to get the better of the exchanges while moving around and using the angles, toe to toe Birics had successful attempts of takig over, moving his opponent to the ropes, utilizing thunderous leg kicks. Birics has a background and is competing usually in Muay Thai and from the outside he seemed to be missing a few key techniques which he couldn't use due to the restrictions of the different ruleset he used to.
The fifth and final round have started with some huge shots although it was very clear from the beginning that none of the guys wanted to leave it up to the judges this time. Although there was no finish fans got a beautiful, intense fight that put us all on the edge of our seats. Görbics Gábor won a majority decision and have beaten Tamás Birics for a second time.
The fans could not wait any more for the last fight to happen. When Antoine Habash hit the ramp for his entry most of the crowd stood up chanting his name and clapping for him. He took the stage a storm. Tihomir Mitev has stepped into the lion's den.
The first round have seen Antoine landing some good straight just to measure things up and then taking control shortly thereafter. He became more and more confident and rightfully so as Mitev's head turned red and got a bloody nose from all the shots he has taken. At the end of round two Mitev got saved by the bell only. Most of the audience had anticipated something that it has to be over in the next round. And then it happened... After some exchange Antoine has finished a combination with a brutal knee that landed flush on Mitev's chin and the champ fell under the ropes. He was out cold. The crowd has erupted! Standing ovation, clapping everywhere and the new champ has jumped on the ropes to thank everyone. Habash Antoine is the new WKN European Champion and as he promised the belt stays in Hungary!
K-1 WGP 2015 "The Championship" is taking place on November 21, 2015 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. We are hoping this will at the very least be streamed through NicoNico because this is an amazing card.
Once again K-1 is giving us an absolutely ridiculous card with all 4 of their champions (Takeru 55kgs, Koya Urabe 60kgs, Kaew Fairtex 65kgs, and Marat Grigorian 70kgs) defending their belts plus super fights including Masaaki Noiri, Yasuomi Soda and Massaro Glunder, we cannot wait!
65kg(Thailand) Kaew Fairtex (c) vs. (Brazil) Minoru Kimura (-65kg Championship)
70kg(Armenia) Marat Grigorian (c) vs. (Sweden) Sanny Dahlbeck (-70kg Championship)
60kg(Japan) Koya Urabe (c) vs. (Japan) Hirotaka Urabe (-60kg Championship)
55kg(Japan) Takeru (c) vs. (France) Charles Bongiovanni (-55kg Championship)
65kg(Japan) Yasuomi Soda vs. (Japan) Masaaki Noiri
70kg(Japan) Hiroki Nakajima vs. (Russia) Dmitrii Grafov
60kg(Japan) Taiga vs. (Japan) Leona Pettas
60kg(Japan) Kotaro Shimano vs. (Japan) Fumiya Osawa
65kg(Netherlands) Massaro Glunder vs. (Japan) Ren Hiramoto
65kg(Japan) Yuta Shinohara vs. (Japan) Kensei Kondo
55kg(Japan) Haruma Saikyo vs. (Japan) Tatsuya Tsubakihara
60kg(Japan) Taishi Hiratsuka vs. (Japan) Yuki Miwa
70kg(Japan) Daisuke Fujimura vs. (Japan) Jin Hirayama
65kg(Japan) Kazuhiro vs. (Japan) Daiki Matsushita
There may have been some doubts as to the heavyweight tournament going down at GLORY 24 but now we know that not only is the tournament formidable, it's actually a damned good tournament. The tournament rounds out what is probably one of the better GLORY cards in a while with Joe Schilling vs. Jason Wilnis in the main event, most likely serving as a title eliminator since Artem Levin had to bow out of the fight with Schilling.
Pat Barry is injured and won't be fighting Karl Roberson, instead we'll get a middleweight showdown between Denver native Dustin Jacoby and Wayne Barrett. Barrett, who hasn't been seen in quite some time, is without a doubt one of the rising stars in the division and it will be great to see him back in action again.
The heavyweight tournament features an all-star line-up of Benjamin Adegbuyi -- fresh off of a win in Russian -- squaring off against Mladen Brestovac. On the other side we have Kunlun Heavyweight Champion Jahfarr Wilnis up against a returning Aussie in Ben Edwards.
Middleweight Headline Bout: Joe Schilling vs. Jason Wilnis
Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Middleweight Co-Headline Bout: Dustin Jacoby vs. Wayne Barrett
Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Mladen Brestovac
Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Ben Edwards vs. Jahfarr Wilnis
I'm sure I'm not the only one here who holds Kazushi Sakuraba in high esteem. One of my absolute favorite MMA fighters of all time, Saku is rightly hailed as the God of Japanese MMA. But tonight was yet another hard to watch loss for the legend.
Facing Dream champion Marius Zaromskis, Sakuraba suffered an early ear injury that brought the fight to a close before it could get going. The owner of one of the worst cauliflowered ears in all of MMA (and that covers a lot of ground), Sakuraba took a quick shot that popped the ear, causing it to bleed. A few minutes later, he took another blow and immediately recoiled, holding his hand to his ear. Doctors stepped in, and it looked like Sakuraba's ear had been partially torn away from his skull, resulting in a much needed stoppage. The stoppage was reminiscent of Kimbo Slice v. James Thompson on CBS, but unlike the Kimbo fight, we thankfully did not get any graphic footage of Sakuraba's ear.
Overall, it was a fight that didn't say much about Zarmoskis, and once again demonstarted that Sakuraba's time is done. He's had a lot of loses recently, and sadly has looked old in those loses. The lasting image of him here, with his hand covering his bloody ear, is not the way anyone wants to keep seeing this legend.
A quick plug to throw out there: make sure you swing over to visit our friends at BloodyElbow.com to read the latest entry in their excellent Judo Chop series. Judo Chop breaks down the techniques used in MMA fights, and is always a good read. The latest takes a look at the great kicking arsenal used by John Makdessi at UFC 124, and features some quest commentray from yours truly. A quick sample:
"One of the chief techniques Makdessi employs is the side kick. You see this kick used from time to time, but it's rare in MMA that you see anyone use it as effectively as Makdessi does here. The side kick is typically thrown from the lead leg, turning your body so that you are perpendicular to your opponent's body. Often it's used almost like a jab, or a front kick, as a way to keep your opponent back. Makdessi uses it in the much more aggressive style. The key to his technique is in his rear leg. Note the way Makdessi jumps forward with his rear leg before throwing the kick. He brings that back leg all the way up to where his front leg was, while at the same time throwing that front leg as the kick. This gives him the momentum to kick through Audinwood, so that the point of impact on his kick is far past Audinwood's body."
For the full analysis, plus an army of gifs to help illustrate the points, read the full article. Would love to hear your comments!
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On March 6th, It's Showtime presents an interesting card, which will be headlined against Daniel Ghita in a Superheavyweight contest. We know that much, but one of the other big fights of the evening is L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni will be taking on LiverKick's good friend Andy Souwer. Souwer has hit a rough patch of late, with his loss to MMA fighter Toby Imada preventing him from having another war with Buakaw Por. Pramuk in the Shootboxing S-Cup tournament, and then in a warm-up fight to prepare for Aussie, he dropped a disputed decision to Abraham Roqueni in France earlier this month. Souwer has been plagued by a back injury of late which has prevented him from training up to his full potential, but all seems to be in order now.
Aussie is a star on the rise, and he is in the way of Andy Souwer, who wants to take his place at the top of the mountain once again. Thankfully for everyone, our friends at AFAV have decided to document both fighters' paths to the fight for the two weeks leading up to the fight. The first episode is catching up with Andy Souwer while he trains. [source]
If you are from the States and follow Kickboxing and Muay Thai, looking at this picture should do something for you. If it doesn't, I'm not quite sure what to tell you, but progress will bowl you over eventually.
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.
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.'