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GLORY 12 Ratings are In - Getting Better

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ristie

This weekend's GLORY 12 New York was a very important event for the partnership between GLORY and Spike TV, as the first event pulled in an average number that was just shy of 400,000 with a peak that was around 800,000 (coming in the first quarter hour, obviously from the COPS lead-in). That meant that they lost viewers who had left their television tuned into Spike after they got their fix of trashy, intoxicated people stumbling about while being arrested.

So how did GLORY 12 do? According to Spike TV there was an improvement for this show, with 476,000 viewers on average for GLORY 12 with a quarter hour peak of 665,000. According to Spike this is a 25% increase from the last event's average and they seem happy with it. It's not clear which quarter hour was the peak, but an educated guess will say that it was once again the first quarter hour, you know, the one that had the severe audio issues.

The numbers are at least better than Spike TV's "Rampage 4 Real" documentary created to hype up Rampage Jackson's Bellator debut, which is a good thing. GLORY 12 was probably a lot cheaper to produce.

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Daniel Ghita vs. Rico Verhoeven the Fight to Make at Heavyweight

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Rico

So GLORY 13 is in the books now, where Nieky Holzken held onto the top spot in the Welterweight division, Peter Aerts showed that at 43 he's still one of the most exciting guys in the world to watch and two Heavyweights proved that they are without a doubt the two best Heavyweights in the world; Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven. Rico Verhoeven kept his composure as Peter Aerts kept applying pressure and looking for the big knockout in a fight billed as his "Japanese retirement," able to land cleaner shots and pick up the decision victory. Earlier in the night Daniel Ghita met an old foe by the way of Errol Zimmerman and made shorter work than he did of him the first time.

For those who follow Heavyweight kickboxing, well, this all won't surprise you, but it does segue into what is the most logical match to make in the Heavyweight division right now; Daniel Ghita vs. Rico Verhoeven II. Rico Verhoeven is perhaps the fighter of the year for 2013, with wins over Jhonata Diniz, Errol Zimmerman, Gokhan Saki, Daniel Ghita and Peter Aerts, with Saki and Ghita being on the same night. It wasn't that no one believed that Verhoeven would ever reach such heights, it's that no one expected it to be this year, yet, that is exactly what happened.

For Daniel Ghita there has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for him, including a heartbreaking loss to Semmy Schilt in the finals of the GLORY 4 Grand Slam last year, followed by a poor performance against Gokhan Saki. Ghita's personal life was beginning to get in the way of his professional life and there were a lot of changes for him, both in his family and in who he was training with. Ghita bounced back and the GLORY 11 Heavyweight tournament was going to be his shot at redemption, the only thing was that nobody told Rico Verhoeven that this was the narrative for the night.

For both men they are at the top of their respective games right now and the third man in the GLORY Heavyweight universe, Gokhan Saki, is most likely dropping down to Light Heavyweight or testing out non-GLORY waters once his contract is up. Then add in the imminent retirements of Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky and Semmy Schilt. This leaves Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven as the lone goliaths atop of the Heavyweight Kickboxing world and with them only having met once before, which for Heavyweight kickboxing is incredibly rare. While seeing both in another tournament would be great, a single rematch to crown a king of the division seems like a more refined way for them to meet, as would bumping up the number of rounds to 5 or even 7 to really see who walks away as the winner.

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Ognjen Topic vs. Sergio Wielzan Set for Lion Fight 28

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Lion Fight returns in 2016 on January 29th with Lion Fight 27, but that doesn't mean that they aren't thinking to the future. We already knew that Jo Nattawut would be defending the Lion Fight Super Welterweight Championship against Kem Sitsongpeenong at Lion Fight 28, now we know that there is a second title fight being added to the mix. Ognjen Topic is set to defend his Lion Fight Lightweight Championship against none other than Sergio Wielzan at Lion Fight 28. 

Wielzan is the former It's Showtime 61MAX Champion and the current W5 60kg Champion.

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LiverKick Throwback: Germaine de Randamie vs Angela Rivera-Parr

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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.

I've decided to share a bit of women's Muay Thai this Thursday, and I don't think we can talk about women's Kickboxing or Muay Thai without mentioning "The Iron Lady" Germaine De Randamie. An undefeated Dutch female Kickboxer with a record of 37-0 with 14 knockouts and easily one of the most violent women I've ever seen in the ring. She is 7 times world champion and even fought a Boxing match against a man, granted he was a Belgian actor (Tom Waes) who trained 3 months to fight but she still knocked him out in the 3rd round. She has recently turned to MMA where her success has not been as great as her kickboxing, but I will always tune in to watch her fight in hope that someone will dare to stand with her.

This fight is a 130 lbs female world title fight in California on Nov 19, 2005. Germaine is taking on Angela Rivera-Parr who is legend John Wayne Parr's wife and also a great female fighter. Her record at the time was 27 wins with 4 losses while De Randamie's record was 23-0. Now keep these records in mind when you watch this fight just to help you realize how strong and skillful "The Iron Lady" really is.

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Full Card for GLORY 24 Shows Packed Heavyweight Tournament

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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

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Press Release: Mixed Striking Championship Live on GFL.tv on July 25th

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MIXED STRIKING CHAMPIONSHIP CONTINUES ITS COMBAT SPORTS REVOLUTION

WITH STACKED FIGHT CARD ON FRIDAY, JULY 25

 

KO Artist Alan “The Rebel” Arzeno Battles Johnavan

Vistante in Welterweight Main Event

 

Live on GFL.tv from Miami, Fla.

 

MIAMI, Fla. (July 16, 2015) –With its patented “EVO” competition glove and an assembly of combatants from a vast array of striking-based martial arts disciplines, Mixed Striking Championship (MSCFights.com) will continue its bid to provide the most exciting, action-packed sports entertainment experience in world-class, professional martial arts combat sports with its second live event at BankUnited Center in Miami, Fla. on Saturday, July 25, live on Go Fight Live (GFL.tv).

In the welterweight (170 pounds) main event of a 9-bout fight card, Combate Americas MMA competition reality series star, and hard-hitting Muay Thai specialist, Alan “The Rebel” Arzeno (1-0, 1 KO, MSC) will square off with battle-tested Johnavan Vistante (0-1 MSC).

“We are excited to be back in action with a fight card that is loaded with some of the best American strikers from their respective martial arts disciplines,” said MSC President Wayne Bermudez, whose promotion allows its fighters to use punches and kicks as well as both elbow and knee strikes in competition.

“MSC is poised to break new ground in the world of combat sports,” continued Bermudez, “with our talent, our matchmaking and, of course, our compact ‘EVO’ competition glove that essentially places all of our fighters on an even playing field in the ring, since many martial artists are not accustomed to using boxing gloves.”

Carefully constructed to protect the hands of MSC fighters, the EVO glove is curved at the fingers to provide the feel of a boxing glove, and is fully enclosed at the thumb to avoid eye pokes. The glove has separate, webbed fingers that are stitched together to enable advanced hand mobility.

Arzeno of Miami is coming off a spectacular performance at the inaugural MSC event on April 18 when the Combate Americas MMA competition reality series star scored a quick and devastating, first round (:46) KO on Whitney Waddell, with a punishing right hook.

In the co-main event, Taylor Krahl (0-0 MSC) will face Antonio Molloy (0-0 MSC) at a catchweight of 155 pounds.

Murc Jones (0-0 MSC) will square off with Joey “The Real Deal” Rodriguez (0-1 MSC) in a lightweight (155 pounds) contest.

Jimmy Alexander (0-0 MSC) will battle Abe Estacio (0-0 MSC) in a flyweight (125 pounds) affair.

In another flyweight matchup, hard punching Luay Ashkar (0-0 MSC) will lock horns with Josh “Fireball Kid” Mercado (0-0 MSC).

Making his professional combat sports debut, 25-year-old prospect Amos Merriweather (0-0 MSC) will face 23-year-old Harrison Melendez (0-0 MSC) in a 140 pound catchweight bout.

A second 140 pound catchweight contest will pit Edir Terry (0-0 MSC) against aggressive-minded finisher Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath (0-0 MSC).

In a battle between two prospects making their respective professional combat sports debuts, Judah Anderson (0-0 MSC) and Luke Jackson (0-0 MSC) will duke it out at welterweight (170 pounds).

The live GFL.tv stream of MSC 2 will begin at 7 p.m. ET with coverage of the leadoff preliminary bout of the night, a featherweight (145 pounds) meeting between Bruce Lutchmedial (0-0 MSC) and Pedro Cossoma (0-0 MSC).

 

About Mixed Striking Championship
Mixed Striking Championship (MSCFights.com) is a world championship, professional martial arts combat sports franchise that produces live events pitting martial arts fighters, skilled in different combative disciplines, against one another under a set of rules that permits punching, kicking, elbow strikes and knee strikes. MSC is the first franchise in history to outfit its athletes with the patented “EVO” competition glove, a smaller and more compact glove than the traditional boxing glove. Follow MSC on Twitter (@MSCFights)

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GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven is Considering a Full-Time Move to MMA

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The UFC is in the Netherlands for an event there and that means that the MMA media world has also made its presence shown. MMAJunkie's Mike Bohn is over in the Netherlands posted this video today where he spoke with current GLORY champion Rico Verhoeven.

While there will be some who swarm on the headlines for this that "Rico Verhoeven is going to switch to MMA," nothing is a done deal quite yet. Verhoeven speaks about the possibilities open to him, including saying that Bellator has already expressed interest in his services and that WSOF seems interested. He talks about being excited about MMA because it's so new to him still and he feels that he has a lot to offer. What he does mention is that while his current GLORY deal has ended, there is still a three month negotiation period that they are in the midst of and that he's not technically a free agent until the end of that period. Verhoeven claims that it was a good offer, although he seems to want a bit more.

Having multiple opportunities available to top athletes like Verhoeven is important because it allows for them to have leverage in contract situations. Where Verhoeven ends up is ultimately in his control right now and while he seems interested in the idea of fighting for the UFC, it's unlikely that they make a move for him just yet. Time will only tell where Verhoeven ends up, but my gut tells me that he's not done kickboxing just yet.

As for the Bellator offer? Our bud Stets reached out to Bellator and they denied any sort of offer being made to Verhoeven. 

So time will tell. [source]

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Kyotaro Ready for Second Boxing Bout

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Kyotaro

It has to be tough to be a Japanese heavyweight kickboxer and not have the ability to fight for the hometown K-1. For the smaller fighters, KRUSH, RISE and a few other promotions run big tournaments that keep them busy year round, but for poor Kyotaro, his options seemed to be limited. So limited, in fact, that he decided to try his hand at professional boxing, where he would have more opportunity than on the non-existant K-1 circuit. After making his debut in December, it appears that Kyotaro will once again step into the boxing ring.

According to Nightmare of Battle, Kyotaro is set to do battle with Jae-Chain Kim, a Korean Heavyweight who is currently ranked ninth by the OPBF. The two will meet on March 6th at the legendary Korakuen Hall. [source]

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Take a Deep Breath, Another Big Event Coming Up; Thai Boxe Mania 2012

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TBM

It's Showtime 55 blew everyone away this weekend, putting on the biggest combat sports event in the world after fans watching UFC on Fox 2 fizzle out. We saw some huge finishes from Errol Zimmerman, Daniel Ghita and Badr Hari and the landscape of the Heavyweight Kickboxing world was re-written. This next weekend in Italy we see yet another big event from what has felt like a rather active Italy, this time it is Thai Boxe Mania 2012, with the big bouts using Fight Code rules in association with Oktagon.

The big bout of the night is Artur Kyshenko taking on Roberto Cocco at -75kg. This is a warm-up bout of sorts before Kyshenko faces down Giorgio Petrosyan in March, also in Italy, and is a tough challenge. Roberto Cocco is a very tough veteran fighter with over 138 fights under his belt, he also fights at 75kg normally, while Kyshenko falls between 70 and 73 usually. Kyshenko was well on his way to winning the It's Showtime Fast and Furious 70kg MAX tournament before Robin van Roosmalen quickly finished him off before moving on to defeat Yodsanklai Fairtex at Sweden's Rumble of the Kings in what many voted as the fight of the year for 2011.

Another big feature bout is at 72.5kg between Gago Drago and the 2011 Fight Code Dragons tournament champion, Yuri Bessmertny. This is a good test for Yuri and a good measuring stick for where Drago is at in 2012 after having a tough 2011. For the full fight card, check it out here.

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