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Liverkick Throwback: Kunimatsu Okao vs. Benny "The Jet" Urquidez

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.

This week the throwback includes one of the best American Kickboxer's ever, Benny "The Jet" Urquidez. He held Six world titles in Five weight classes and only ever lost one fight(on paper). His record when he retired was 49 wins and 1 loss, 35 of those wins coming by knockout. Benny was known for his vicious hooks, throws and a spinning back kick that knocked out numerous opponents. Once people started calling him a world champion, he decided that to be called a world champ he better start travelling to fight considering all his fights up until then been in the U.S.A or Mexico. He ended up getting in contact with Antonio Inoki in 1977 and he was brought to Japan to fight Katsuyuki Suzuki whom he KO'd in the 6th round. The Japanese desperately wanted to beat Urquidez so they brought him back repeatedly, with different rules and weights but each time he would knockout their challenger just becoming a bigger star to the Japanese fans.

This fight is Benny's second fight in Japan against Kunimatsu Okao. Okao actually came out of retirement to fight Benny because he was upset about his training partner Katsuyuki Suzuki losing to him earlier in the year. Okao was pretty arrogant, being a retired, proclaimed master he figured he would just steam roll Urquidez. Benny was known for being a slow starter and he also got knocked down quite a few times in his career, but they always seemed like flash knockdowns, because he seemed to get up perfectly fine. 

Anyway this fight pretty much sums up Benny "The Jet" Urquidez's style of fight, he fights through adversity and shows the thunderous power he possessed in his hands. Enjoy!

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WGP 22 Fight Card and Stream Info - Alex Pereira vs. Robert Thomas

On September 27th in Sao Paulo, Brazil WGP Kickboxing will present their 22nd event, featuring GLORY's Alex Pereira competing against Canadian fighter Robert Thomas in the main event. The event will be streamed live on WGP's site for a super low price of $10. It is looking to be a great card and won't set you back a ton, either, allowing you to support WGP and Brazilian Kickboxing.

Under Card

K1 Rules (64.5 kg): Samuel Pereira vs Wellington Lopes
K1 Rules (71.800 kg): Fabiano “Mineiro” Silva vs Marcelo Dionisio
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (66.800 kg): Valmir Theiss vs Édipo Herbert Lima 

Main Card

60kg GP Semi-Final - K1 Rules (60 kg): Ignacio Capllonch (ARG) vs Gustavo Piacentini (BRA)
60kg GP Semi-Final - K1 Rules (60 kg): Rafael “Coruja” Xavier vs Paulo Tebar
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (69.100 kg): Wellington Tom vs Bruno Gazani
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (94,100 kg): Wallyson “Maguila” Carvalho vs Felipe Micheletti
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (85 kg): Francisco Araújo vs Cesar Almeida
60kg GP Finals - K1 Rules (60 kg): Winner Fight 1 x Winner Fight 2
K1 Rules (85 kg): Robert Thomas (CAN) x Alex “Po Atan” Pereira (BRA)

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Former K-1 USA Fighter Sean O'Haire Passes Away at 43

Sad news today that former WCW/WWE wrestler and former K-1 fighter Sean O'Haire passed away yesterday at the age of 43. O'Haire's career began in WCW where he entered the WCW Power Planet where they trained new wrestlers. From there he ended up on WCW television in 2000 until the company was sold to WWE in 2001. He continued on to WWE (WWF at the time) where he competed under numerous gimmicks before he was released in 2004.

It was no secret that he loved fighting sports and was soon given an offer to compete for K-1 in 2004. O'Haire's focus was split between MMA, kickboxing and professional wrestling for most of his time in the ring, but he wasn't without controversy. K-1 had claimed that O'Haire had a 10-1 kickboxing record and 8-0 MMA record, which of course he had two MMA fights in 2004 that he won and zero kickboxing bouts until he made his K-1 debut. O'Haire couldn't quite hang in K-1, but brought them a lot of attention until he retired from kickboxing and MMA to settle down and be a barber in South Carolina.

Condolences to his friends, family and fans across the world. 

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Glory Technique Video: Knees In The Clinch

 

Glory Sports International have provided us with another technique of the week, this time they are going over knees in the clinch. Veteran trainer Martijn de Jong and Glory welterweight Karapet Karapetyan do the instructional portion of the video and focus on the importance of making space with inside knees to the leg so you can knee the body properly.

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Remy Bonjasky Accuses 80 - 90% of High Level Kickboxers of Doping

If you follow sports outside of kickboxing you know how much of a problem performance enhancing drugs are. Hell, we even had our first positive drug test at a GLORY event at GLORY 17. It is kind of the nature of sports, in a way; you want to be bigger, better, stronger and to be able to compete. If you think that everyone else is doping, you find yourself needing to do it to compete. There haven't been a ton of cases of kickboxers in trouble for PEDs, but there have always been rumors and accusations.

Remy Bonjasky this weekend added fuel to the fire by claiming that 80 - 90% of K-1 fighters were juicing and that he was never a part of that club. He cites wider jaws and added muscle mass as visual cues that someone is on steroids, which seems like a pretty broad statement. 

"I do not use and have never done so. I've always said that if I do not succeed in a normal way, I should quit [fighting.] I always want to win and if I can not win with eating normally then it stops." [source]

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Full FFC 14 Card for October 3rd

Croatian kickboxing and MMA organization FFC will be holding its 14th event on October 3rd in Slovenia. The card will be a split between MMA and kickboxing like we've seen in the past, this time they will crown two different champions in one night. The first will be MMA at 66kg, the second at 70kg in kickboxing. 

FFC 14 - Ljubljana (Slovenia)

3.10. 2014. Dvorana Tivoli

Kickboxing: 

Samo Petje (SLO)  vs. Teo Mikelić (CRO), -70kg  - FFC 70kg World Championship

Mirko Vorkapič (SLO vs. Kevin Hesseling (NED), -70kg

Denis Chorchyp (SLO) vs. Dženan Poturak (BiH), -91kg

Miran Fabjan (SLO) vs. Boban Krušić (MNE), -83kg

Ivan Bilić (CRO) vs. Lirim Ahmeti (AUT), -77kg

Jovan Kaluđerović (SER) vs. Miloš Ivas (GER), -95kg

MMA:

Lemmy Krušič (SLO) vs. Antun Račić (CRO), -66kg - FFC 66kg World Championship

Stipe Bekavac (CRO) vs. Marcin Prachnio (POL), -93kg

Maro Perak (CRO) vs. TBA, -93kg

Tomislav Spahović (BiH) vs. Sandror Okros (HUN), -93kg

Luka Jelčić (CRO) vs. Elia Madau (ITA), -70kg

Marko Dmonjič (SLO) vs. Pavel Doroftei (RUS), -84kg

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Photo of the Day: Giorgio Petrosyan, Gago Drago and Melvin Manhoef Partying with Alexander Gustafsson

If the average picture if worth a thousand words then I'm not really sure what this one is worth. Ruslan Suleymanov, the owner of LEGEND, recently turned 35 years old. What better way to celebrate turning 35 than by having a huge birthday party featuring some of the best fighters of the world just hanging out, right? Benson Henderson, Alexander Gustafsson, Andy Souwer, Giorgio Petrosyan, Melvin Manhoef and Gago Drago were among the names of fighters that were in attendance, but there were more, a lot more. 

Ben Pontier was there snapping up photos of the whole thing, which is when he captured this moment above. I don't even know.

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Liverkick Throwback: Ernesto Hoost Vs Jerome Le Banner 1999

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.

Today we are going to back to one of the best K-1 Heavyweight Rivalry's, Ernesto "Mr. Perfect" Hoost Vs Jerome Le Banner. These two fought 5 times, Hoost won 3 and Le Banner won 2 and not a single one of those fights went the distance. The style clash in these fights was the brawler against technical fighter that people love to see. Le Banner still had a lot of technical skill but compared to Hoost's technique he was a brawler and at 6 foot 3 inches and 265 pounds Le Banner was very powerful to say the least.

This fight was at the K-1 WGP 1999 Semi-Finals, Hoost beat Andy Hug by decision to advance and JLB knocked out Peter Aerts in the first round, which made Le Banner the much fresher man. They had already fought each other twice and had one win each, this was essentially the rubber match. Le Banner came out strong and fast as usual, but Mr. Perfect weathered the storm until the second round and capitalized on his opponents aggression to land a few well timed right hands, followed by a flurry and put Le Banner's lights out. Hoost moved on to the finals where he knocked out Mirko Cro Cop with a liver punch to become the K-1 WGP Champion for the second time.

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A1 World Combat Cup 2014 - Final 8

A1 World Combat Cup is bringing us the Final 8 of their 70kgs tournament in Eindhoven, Netherlands on Sept 20th. Sixteen fighters started this tournament on May 17th of this year, and now we get to enjoy the rest of this tournament in one night.

The tournament includes names like Team Souwer member Henri Van Opstal and SuperKombat fighter Cenik Cankurtaranoglu. One Night 8 man tournaments are always one of the most exciting events to watch, especially when they include top level fighters like this one, Plus with Dutch favorites like Henri Van Opstal, Robbie Hageman, and Sergio Wielzen the atmosphere in Eindehoven should be amazing.

Full Main Card

Quarter Finals: Robbie Hageman (Ned) Vs Nordin Ben Moh (Mor)

Quarter Finals: Henri Van Opstal (Ned) Vs Steven Jonis (Ned)

Quarter Finals: Cenik Cankurtaranoglu (Turkey) Vs Wael Karoumi (Mor)

Quarter Finals: Tayfun Ozan (Turkey) Vs. Mo Ben Nasser (Mor)

A-1 Rules 63kgs: Ilias El Hajoui (Ned) Vs Pietje Doorje (Sur)

Semi Finals #1 and #2

A-1 Rules 65kgs: Redouan Boukerche (Ned) Vs. Sergio Wielzen (Ned)

Tournament Final

 

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