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Celebrate Rob Kaman's Birthday

I'm not even sure if there is any other way to say this; Rob Kaman is one of the few living legends in the sport of kickboxing that deserves to be revered. Rob Kaman turns 51 years old today, and shows no signs of stopping as he is still training fighters to this day. Recently he has trained Jake Shields and Mark "Fightshark" Miller. Catch this highlight reel below, courtesy of Fight Game and make a toast to Mr. Lowkick.

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La Nuit Des Challenges 10 Results: Lidon, Mabel, H. Bennoui Pick Up Wins

lanuitdeschallenges10Yesterday in Lyon, France, French promotions La Nuit Des Challenges and Explosion Fight Night came together to hold La Nuit Des Challenges 10. Five full Thai rules fights and a 4 man -71kg tournament. The original card was very stacked but unfortunately injuries ransacked a lot of the great matchups that were to happen. Nonetheless, the card still went on with some great fights.

The new It's Showtime 73MAX World Champion, Yohan Lidon got revenge against Kongjak Sor Tuanton with a 5 round decision. Kongjak had previously beaten Lidon in August of last year when Lidon was unable to continue due to a broken arm in the 4th round. It's a good win for Lidon as he avenges a loss and is now on a 3 fight win streak, including winning his 73MAX World Title in It's Showtime.

Abdallah Mabel got back in the win column with a victory over Chanachai Kaewsamrit with a 5 round decision win. Houcine Bennoui, the brother of It's Showtime's 61MAX World Champion Karim Bennoui, scored a TKO victory over Olan Kaewsamrit in the 2nd round with low kicks. That makes it 5 wins in a row for Bennoui, with all of them being stoppages, including a win over Mosab Amrani last month for It's Showtime.

In the Explosion Fight Night portion of the card, the Explosion Fight Night Vol. 4 Tournament took place at -71kg. Aziz Ali Kada knocked out Abdel El Fariki to advance to the finals while Ludovic Millet decisioned Hichem Chaibi to set up the tournament final. In the final, Millet decisioned Ali Kada to claim the tournament title.

Injuries definitely didn't help the card at all but overall, it sounded like a good event. Videos haven't gotten out yet but when they do, be sure to check here on Liverkick.com first.

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Port of Rotterdam, June 18: Zimmerman vs. Lascenko, Heavyweight tournament feat. Braddock, Roche, Falin

zimmermanFor months it had been speculated that Gokhan Saki would be taking on Sergei Lascenko in the mai event on June 18 in Rotterdam. We now have confirmation that Saki is injured and stepping in for him is fellow Golden Glory teammeate, Errol Zimmerman.

Fresh off a dominant win over Mourad Bouzidi, Zimmerman makes a quick turn-around. Zimmerman dominated Bouzidi, knocking him down twice over the course of 3 rounds to win a unanimous decision. Zimmerman will look to add to the current momentum he has and make it a 3 fight win streak for himself.

Sergei Lascenko recently won the SuperKombat World Grand Prix I Heavyweight Tournament, knocking out Dzevad Poturak and Roman Kleibl in the process. Lascenko recently made the move to Mike's Gym and it looks like so far it's paid off for him. In his K-1 fights, Lascenko looked to be out of shape, having unneeded fat around the waste and lackluster cardio. On May 21st for Super Kombat, he looked much leaner and more crisp with his technique.

Many will be quick to pick a Zimmerman win here, but don't write off Lascenko. The move to Mike's Gym has seemed to rejuvinate his career. Zimmerman also isn't exactly the most in-shape guy either. I expect this to be a pretty competitive fight with cardio being a big factor in who wins.

Also on the card is an 8 man Heavyweight Tournament. Featured in it are names like Anderson "Braddock" Silva, Wendell Roche and recent Mark Miller opponent, Nicolaj Falin. The tournament will be fought under K-1 rules with 3x3 rounds. To win the tournament, a fighter will have to win 3 fights to claim the crown. The quarter final matchups haven't been determined but here are the participants:

Anderson “Braddock” Silva
Wendell Roche
Utley Mariana
Dennis Stolzenbach
Tommy van Wijngaarden
Philip van der Linde
Nicolaj Falin
TBA

Stay tuned for more news here on Liverkick.com, including quarterfinal matchups.

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Former UFC Fighter Phillipe Nover Takes a Crack at Muay Thai

Former runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter's eighth season and UFC fighter Phillipe Nover has been quiet of late. His UFC record of 0-3 made him think long and hard about where his career is going and what to do. Nover returned to nursing full time while training part time, and it looks like Nover has aspirations to return to the ring and fight, but not what you'd think. Instead of returning to MMA immediately, Nover is looking to fight in some Muay Thai fights in his home of New York first. MuayThaiAuthority.com has the story.

 

Nover began working his Muay Thai with Jason Straut at Church Street Boxing Gym and what better way to return to combat sports than by showcasing his skills on New York’s premier Muay Thai promotion, Friday Night Fights. Despite being known for his stand up skills in the MMA world Nover admits that he has only had one fight that was stand up only, and that was an underground fight in Brooklyn. Although he is only focusing on his stand up he admits it isn’t any easier. “The particulars you have to get use to” such as the different clinches, and sweeps which keep things interesting. Despite being focused on a Muay Thai fight Nover is still training his entire arsenal as he plans to make a run at the UFC again.

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Armen Petrosyan vs. Warren Stevelmans on June 11 in Rome

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On June 11 in Rome, Italy, KickBoxing International and Oktagon present a card main evented by Giorgio Petrosyan's brother, Armen Petrosyan vs. Warren Stevelmans.

Armen Petrosyan is coming off the biggest win of his career over Yoshihiro Sato and he'll look to continue his recent success when he takes on Warren Stevelmans. Stevelmans is coming off a win over Mohammed Medhar on March 6th for It's Showtime. He'll look to start a winning streak with a win over Armen.

Armen Petrosyan is the younger brother of Giorgio Petrosyan. He fights much more aggressively than his older brother. While not as good as Giorgio (Who is?), Armen is a very good fighter and Dave Walsh and myself had him just right outside the Middleweight top 10 at #11. Giorgio has fought and beaten Stevelmans before so Armen should be well prepared.

Warren Stevelmans trains out of the Vos Gym under Ivan Hippolyte. Despite being around kickboxing for a long time now, Stevelmans is still only 28. One of the toughest fighters around, Stevelmans is incredibly hard to stop having been stopped only once by Chahid Oulad El Hadj.

This should be a great fight and it adds to the list of big fights on June 11. It's Showtime will be in Poland on the same day and Jerome Le Banner will be taking on Stefan Leko also. It'll be another good weekend of kickboxing.

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Photo of the Day: RENA and Ai Takahashi Rematch in ShootBoxing

While there are debates ongoing in the United States MMA world about the state of female fighters now that Zuffa owns Strikeforce, in Japan ShootBoxing is committed to bringing women's fights to the masses. In just a few days, ShootBoxing's third card of the year will take place and one of the feature fights is a rematch from last year between RENA and Ai Takahashi. The photo below if from that bout, as there is recent talk in the press about the two women getting into a war of words, with Takahashi bringing up RENA's recent loss to a high school student.

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If you are wondering who supports RENA, look no further as a group of Junior High students have shown their love for RENA, from RENA's official blog.

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Watch Previews for It's Showtime 50 and 51

It's Showtime has shown absolutely no sign of slowing down in the coming months, after running a blistering number of shows already in the first half of the year. In just a few weeks It's Showtime will run two more shows, June 11th from Warsaw and June 18th from Madrid. So to go along with that pair of shows, we have a pair of awesome hype videos from the team at It's Showtime.

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Weekly Poll Results: Glory World Series

This week our question revolved around this weekend's Glory World Series event. We asked you what bout you were looking forward to the most, and the results fell right in line with what we predicted. So let's go to the results.

Which Glory World Series Fight Are You Looking Forward to?

32.4% - Gokhan Saki vs. Brice Guidon

24.5% - Nieky Holzken vs. Artur Kyshenko

20.6% - Sergei Kharitonov vs. Mighty Mo

11.8% - Mark Miller vs. Nikolaj Falin

5.9% - Errol Zimmerman vs. Mourad Bouzidi

4.9% - Other

This week's poll is; Favorite Knockout From the Glory World Series?

Mark Miller

Sergei Kharitonov

Jason Jones

Siyar Bahadurzada

Dion Staring

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Photo of the Day: Mark "Fightshark" Miller and Nikolaj Falin

If for some reason you missed the Glory World Series Finals you missed one hell of a show. One of the most exciting moments of the night was Mark "Fightshark" Miller making his return from open heart surgery against Nikolaj Falin. The lead-up to the fight was huge here in the United States, with Mark making all of the media rounds and many fans who don't follow kickboxing were all of a sudden all-eyes on the world of kickboxing for this fight. Mark showed that hard work pays off with a one punch KO on Nikolaj Falin. Our photo of the day is to one of the most inspirational men I've ever known, in a photo with his opponent Nikolaj Falin and his trainer post-fight. Class acts.

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Final Promo for Glory World Series Finals!

Saturday marks an important milestone in the world of kickboxing for 2011, actually a few big milestones all in one show. Fight Game will take things to the next level in conjunction with Ultimate Glory as they make their U.S. internet PPV debut for $7.95. At 11am Eastern time the show will kick off LIVE on YouTube. At this point no one has done a YouTube PPV yet, so having a combat sports card as big as this one as the first is an honorable feat. We get to see the Finals of the first big Heavyweight tournament of the year (and possibly the only one) between Gokhan Saki and Brice Guidon. Of course, we also get to see Mark "Fightshark" Miller make his return to action against Nikolaj Falin in a much-anticipated bout.

So tune in Saturday at 11am Eastern/8am Pacific at YouTube.com/FightGameTV.

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