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Rico Verhoeven, Murthel Groenhart and Andy Souwer on KhunLun Fight 15

Rico Verhoeven is supposed to fight Errol Zimmerman at GLORY 19 in February, so we still don't have a time or date, but it is interesting to learn that he'll be fighting for another promotion in China on January 4th. Rico Verhoeven will be fighting on January 4th for Khunlun Fight 15, as well as Andy Souwer, Murthel Groenhart and many others. While we don't have a full card just yet, what we know thus far is exciting;

A 4-man 70kg tournament;

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong vs Murthal Groenheart
Andy souwer vs Jaio Fukai
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WGP #24 on December 20th Featuring Alex Pereira and Felipe Micheletti

WGP Kickboxing in Brazil plan to close out 2014 with a bang with WGP #24 on December 20th featuring some of their biggest stars competing at the highest level. WGP has taken to streaming their events of late on internet PPV for cheap, which means that you should be able to catch the event on LiverKick on December 20th.

The big fight is featuring GLORY standout Alex Pereira, who is set to square off against Ivan Galaz. Also on the card will be Felipe Micheletti against Toni Milanovic. There will also be a one-night Grand Prix for the 71.8kg title, featuring Bruno Gazani vs. Ravy Brunow and Weber Shrek vs. San Martino. 

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Top King World Series Final 8 Fight Card

Top King World Series will be holding their Final 8 event at the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong on December 20th at 23:30 (UTC +7 Thailand) and will be broadcast on Mordern 9 TV Thailand. So far the first two shows they have done to determine who the final 8 would be have been nothing short of amazing. Now we are down to all the top name guys and we get to see the fights that we have been waiting for. The tournament match ups have yet to be announced but the participants and super fights are here for you too look forward too. It's Great to see them bringing in more fighters from Thailand to introduce to the World.

TOPKING World Series Final 8 Full Fight Card.

Final 8 Tournament.

  • Buakaw Banchamek (THAI)
  • Andrei Kulebin (BEL)
  • Nicolas R. Larsen (DEN)
  • Reece MCallister UK)
  • Khayal Dzhaniev (RUS)
  • Dmytro Konstantynov (UKR)
  • Marat Grigorian (AMR)
  • Marcin Parcheta (POL)

SuperFights

  1. Pornsanae Sitmonchai vs. Denis Puric
  2. Sangmanee Sor Tiempoe vs. Ka Man Kwok
  3. Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym vs. Irshaad Sayed
  4. Peemai  Jitmuangnon vs. Mostafa Abdolahi
  5. Kaito Fukada VS. Chan Kai Tik
  6. Yusuke Otahara VS. Ming Tang
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Japan Gets Embarrassed By Shoot Boxing's S-Cup

There’s a belief in the fight community that when you go to Japan that you need to be prepared for anything. You could say that for any fighter going into another country where they are to fight local fighters they have their backs against the wall and fear the “hometown decision,” but in Japan it always seems amplified. A part of that is the marriage of professional wrestling and professional fighting that has existed for a very long time in the world of “kakutougi.”

In fact, if you were to look at Shoot Boxing’s S-Cup event there was a professional wrestling bout on the card featuring New Japan Pro Wrestling Junior Heavyweight sensation Kota Ibushi against former DDT Pro Wrestling colleague Michael Nakazawa. It was originally labeled as an “exhibition match” under Shoot Boxing rules and was scheduled to be against Kazushi Sakuraba, but that fell through thanks to Metamoris 5. 

That should set the tone for you.

This S-Cup was one of the few that I’ve seen more than the usual fans excited over, which was in part due to the card that they put together. Mosab Amrani, Pornasae, Hiroaki Suzuki, Michiko Omigawa, Hiroki Shishido and American Muay Thai fighter Kevin Ross were all a part of the tournament, while legend Andy Souwer and Shoot Boxing hero RENA were in Super Fights. 

It felt like one of the bigger shows that Shoot Boxing had put on in a very, very long time and then Shoot Boxing went and put on a shameful display for all of the world to see. 

The draw for American fans was muay thai standout Kevin Ross being in the tournament. Ross went into the tournament against his toughest test by the way of former Sengoku, DREAM and UFC alumnus Michihiro Omigawa. Omigawa was a champion Judoka who rose to prominence in the Japanese MMA scene and after his UFC stint gave a shot at Shoot Boxing. Much like Toby Imada in the past, his grappling skills were able to help him against seasoned kickboxers and 2014 was his second attempt at Shoot Boxing gold.

By all accounts Omigawa was winning the first round handily thanks to his throws, which score heavily under Shoot Boxing rules, but there was a clash of heads that led to a nasty cut on Omigawa's face. In the second round the cut was a major factor, leading the ref to stopping the bout. The referee awarded the fight in favor of Ross due to the stoppage, while backstage there was a different story and Shoot Boxing organizers informed Ross that the fight was being rendered a No Contest and that he would not continue on in the tournament. 

The rules are a bit unclear at a time like this, where it isn’t clear who was at fault, or if it was accidental. What the referee most likely saw and ruled was that the cut was due to Omigawa’s own “negligence” (section 10) and ruled it in favor of Ross. Shoot Boxing might have been arguing that it was due to both men, which would make things a lot muddier. The truth of the matter is, the referee awarded Ross the win in the ring and any time the decision is reversed backstage it will be a tough sell to anyone that it was on the up-and-up.

If that wasn’t frustrating enough, then there is the story of Zakaria Zouggari. Don’t know who Zakaria Zouggari is? Neither did we, but we sure as hell know now. Rob Emerson of MMA fame (fame?!) was scheduled to take part, but at the last minute was unable to secure a visa, which left Shoot Boxing in a bind and called up relative unknown Zakaria Zouggari to fill in for Emerson in a reserve bout. 

Zouggari defeated Shoot Boxing’s resident punching bag Bovy Sor. Udomson via cut stoppage in round two and, thanks to the Kevin Ross/Omigawa shenanigans, was called upon to fight in the tournament moving forward. 

That led to a fight with internationally-renowned Houcine Bennoui and for this amazing display.

Seriously. God damn.

So this unknown would move onto the finals. According to Andy Souwer after the event Zouggari literally got off of the plane, dropped his bag off in his hotel room then hopped on a bus and headed to the event without time to rest, eat or get acclimated. This was the man who went on to the finals against 2013 65kg S-Cup Champion Hiroaki Suzuki. This is where things went from bad to worse. Zouggari clearly had the fight won after three rounds, only for an extension round to be ordered. When that was too close a SECOND extension round happened where Suzuki was finally able to score a TKO over Zouggari and it looked like Shoot Boxing’s hand-picked champion had won again.

It was almost like they weren't trying to hide the favoritism and that they really, really wanted Suzuki vs. Omigawa in a rematch of last year's finals. 

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Watch WGP Kickboxing This Weekend on LiverKick

We are proud to announce that much like the last WGP Kickboxing event, kickboxing fans will be able to tune in this weekend live via LiverKick and to help support the kickboxing world by purchasing the live stream of WGP 23. If you haven't checked out WGP before this is a great chance to and there are some solid names on the card that if you haven't seen before you'll be happy that you watched, for sure.

The event starts at 19:00 GMT-3 on Saturday. Check out the full card here.

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How to order the S-cup 2014 on NicoNico step by step

Okay, so the S-cup is on this weekend, it starts on Sunday at 13:00 in Japan which is Saturday at 23:00 EST or 20:00 PST. Finally it's at a decent hour for us to watch, except to order it we have to decode NicoNico tv and most of us here in North America cannot read Japanese. The difference this time is that Kevin Ross in taking part who is American which will make more of us want to watch.

The easiest way to do this is use Google chrome and use the translate button (right beside the favourties star) to just translate the site one page at a time, But we have also decided to to a step by step for people that need a little help.

 - Step 1 - go to this link https://secure.live.nicovideo.jp/event/shootboxing and click the yellow "new account registration button"


- Step 2 - it will take you to a page where u have to type in your email, once you do that check your email account and click the confirmation link.

- Step 3 - Fill out this form 

- Step 4 - Once the form is filled out and u have clicked proceed go back to this link https://secure.live.nicovideo.jp/event/shootboxing and click the big pink/red button


- Step 5 - A box will come up that says you dont have enough points once again click the red/pink button and it will take you to a terms and conditions page, Scroll down and click the Yellow Button at the bottom and you will be at this page.

This page is asking how many points you want to buy, the shootboxing event is either 1300 or 1500 so u will need to click on 2000, which costs 2000 Yen, which is 16.99 USD.

-  Step 5 - once you have clicked the 2000 you will be at this page where it asks to click all sorts of payment methods that we don't know, just scroll down to the Visa one

- Step 6 - Fill in your credit card info here is a translated picture then click the yellow button.

One more screen will pop up confirming the 2000 points for 2000 Yen, just click the yellow button and transaction is complete. Now you have the points on your account u can go back to the first Link https://secure.live.nicovideo.jp/event/shootboxing and click red button to buy the ticket and it should go through nicely. If the you preorder the fights it costs 1300 Yen, if u wait its 1500 Yen.

 

 

 

 

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Blade 1 Superfights December 29th

The Blade1 show will be taking place on December 29th at the Ota City General Gymnasium on December 29th in Tokyo, Japan. The card will consist of a 61 kgs tournament as well as quite a few superfights with well known names.

Zabit Samedov will be back in action facing Japan's Uehara Makoto should be a good for fight for Samedov I'd imagine. Slovenian Samo Petje fresh off his KO over Hinata will be facing another big Japanese name in Yasuhiro Kido, I have a feeling this will be fight of the night because Kido won't be going down without a fight. Next we have Hinata taking on the Cos-Play king Nagashima, I am very curious about this fight, it's all going to come down to who can avoid the others strengths. If Nagashima can get past Hinata's left kick and land any one of his powerful punches I feel he could finish him, otherwise Hinata is just going to kick him non-stop all fight.

SuperFights

  • 93Kg - Uehara Makoto (Japan) vs. Zabit Samedov (Azerbaijan/Belarus)
  • 70Kg - Kido Yasuhiro (Japan) vs. Samo Petje (Slovenia)
  • Heavyweight - Nobu Hayashi (Japan) vs. Murat Aygun (Holland)
  • 70Kg - Hinata (Japan) vs. Nagashima Jienotsu Yuichirou (Japan)
  • Heavyweight - Raoumaru (Japan) vs. KOICHI (Japan)
  • 55Kg - Degai Taisuke (Japan) vs. Nasukawa Tenshin (Japan)
  • 64Kg - Yuki (Japan) vs. Taniyama Toshiki (Japan)

 

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Full Card WGP 23 on November 29th

On November 29th WGP Kickboxing returns to action with WGP #23, a night that will feature a 64.5 kg GP with some awesome talent. The big name that stands out for me is Marcus Vinicius, but Bereta, Falcao and Djavan all bring a lot to the table themselves. The event will be streaming live on the 29th via their website as well as here for $5. 

 
Main Card 
Fight 1 – GP Semifinal
K1 Rules (64.5 kg)
Emerson Falcão vs Vinícius Bereta
 
Fight 2 – GP Semifinal
K1 Rules (64.5 kg)
Marcus Vinícius vs Wilson Djavan
 
Fight 3 – GP Reserve Fight
K1 Rules (64.5 kg)
Anderson Buzika vs Paulo Freitas
 
Fight 4 – Super Fight
K1 Rules (71.8 kg)
Nicolas "Nitro" Mujica (URU) vs Ravy Brunow (BRA) 
 
Fight 5 – Super Fight
K1 Rules (85 kg)
Aleksandr Dmitrenko (RUS) vs Cesar Almeida (BRA)
 
Fight 6 – GP Final
K1 Rules (64.5 kg)
Fight 1 Winner vs Fight 2 Winner
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Roufusport Under Fire In Light of Munson Death From March

Duke Roufus has been an integral part of the kickboxing community for the past two decades, initially competing as a heavyweight before diverting his attentions to coaching and commentating in more recent years. Widely regarded as one of the best coaches within combat sports, Roufus has come under fire over the past few days from both the media and by several of his former fighters.

The criticism began with the release of an article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Saturday, highlighting some atrocities involved in the handling of former Roufusport fighter Dennis Munson Jr. On the 28th of March this year, the martial arts community received the tragic news that 24-year old kickboxer Dennis Munson had passed away after collapsing during his amateur debut, the Milwaukee Police Department's medical examiner concluded that Munson died because of head trauma. The article, titled 'Death in the Ring' went in depth regarding the mishandling and negligence that surrounded the fighters untimely passing. 

For those who haven't seen the video of Munson's fight, there were noticeable signs that something was apparently wrong. After a competitive first round Munson seemed noticeably slower in the second, stumbling at points and lowering his defense. Although this could easily be perceived as signs of a fatigued fighter, it was in-between the second and third round when it became obvious that there issues with Munson. 

Munson slumped to his chair and seemed to struggle holding his head up. His cornerman, Scott Cushman had to repeatedly push his head back as the fighter's condition was clearly deteriorating. As the third round begins, Munson attempts to stand but is incredibly unstable, needing to be propped up by coach Cushman.

The third round is very difficult to watch. Munson is completely out of it, he can barely hold up his hands whilst his opponent pummels him for the better part of two minutes. Despite obvious signs that Munson is unable to defend himself and clearly in no condition to be fighting, the cornerman fail to intervene and save Munson from more punishment. After the fight ends Munson struggles back to his corner before collapsing to the canvas.

So I'm sure you're wondering why the finger is being pointed at Duke Roufus regarding this tragic incident. The Wisconsin Athletic Commission does not regulate kickboxing events, so all doctors, physicians and officials for the event were provided by the NAFC promotion, which is run by Duke Roufus and Scott Joffe. There were also several other factors that contributed to the event which could have easily been avoided, were it not for the negligence of the promoters. 

The fighters were subject to same-day weigh-ins. So merely hours after the exhausting process of attempting to make weight before a contest, they only had several hours to replenish themselves before competing. This is uncommon in combat sports as fighters are usually required to weigh-in the day before, giving them ample time to recover. As the Milwaukee Journal pointed out the likely reason for this would be to save money, as officials wouldn't be required until the day of the event. It has also been reported that no pre-fight medical examinations took place.

The promotion has also come under heavy criticism for how they dealt with Munson once he collapsed. In usual circumstances it is the standard procedure for the doctor to enter the ring and attend to the fighter in trouble. In this instance, the doctor stood outside of the ring, looking on as Cushman knelt by the fighter. After a minute or so Munson was inexplicably rolled from the ring and seated him against the ring apron.

Munson was also sent to the wrong hospital by the doctor at the event. Despite clearly suffering from head trauma of some kind, the doctor suggested Munson was sent to the nearest hospital instead of Froedert hospital, the regions nearest trauma centre. Thirty minutes after collapsing Munson finally entered the hospital in a comatose state, passing away shortly after.

Highly-regarded kickboxing referee Al Wichgers has also been criticized. Wichgers was the referee in charge of Munson's bout and failed to stop the contest despite clear signs that Munson's was unfit to be competing. Fighter protection should always be at the forefront of any officials focus, however in between rounds Wichgers did not go over to check on Munson once, despite Munson stumbling around for the better part of two rounds. 

In addition to the release of the journal , several former members of Roufusport have spoken out against Duke Roufus and his coaching staffs handling of their fighters. Current Ultimate Fighter contestant and women's MMA competitor Rose Namajunas released numerous accounts on social media site Sqor, detailing different accounts reports of Roufus allegedly bullying some of his team.

The stories ranged from Roufus and his coaching staff forcing fighters to spar with people over double their weight, being told to continue training after being rocked, and even Roufus soccer kicking a pupil whom he regularly humiliated. 

Namajunas isn't the only fighter to speak out against her former trainer. Former UFC competitor and Roufusport grappling coach Eric 'Red' Schafer today released his own statement regarding the accusations, describing Roufus as 'a bully, a liar and one of the worst people I have ever met.'

The negligence in the unfortunate case of Dennis Munson combined with the reports of Roufus allegedly bullying his pupils does not put Roufus and his team in a good position at all. If the accusations put forward are indeed true, they will receive a massive backlash from the combat sports community and will likely lose their position as one of the top kickboxing and MMA camps in North America. It is also worth noting that Roufus has also been a color commentator for GLORY in the past, so it'll be interesting to see whether or not these recent accusations affect his position within their organisation.

 

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