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S-Cup 2014 is Jam-Packed with Talent

The always-entertaining S-Cup has been announced for the 30th of November. For those who are new to shootboxing, the S-Cup features a hybrid rule system focusing primarily on striking, however also allowing specific takedowns and standing submissions. Notable previous competitors include Buakaw Banchamek (2010 winner), Albert Kraus and Hayato.

Headlining the card will be a 70 kg ‘special’ match between four-time S-Cup winner Andy Souwer and MMA veteran Kuniyoshi Hironaka. The bout is currently scheduled for 3x3 rounds with unlimited extension rounds if the rounds are scored a draw.

Three-time Girls S-Cup winner Rena is also scheduled to compete under shootboxing rules however her opponent has yet to be announced.

The obvious name that stands out in this years tournament field is the #1 ranked Glory featherweight Mosab Amrani. After taking the whole of 2012 off to recuperate from injuries, Amrani has gone 4-1 since, beating the likes of Yuta Kubo, Liam Harrison and Marcus Vinicius whilst losing a controversial decision to youngster Masaaki Noiri in the process.

American Muay Thai competitor Kevin Ross has also been announced. Ross has spent the last two years competing solely for the Las Vegas based Lion Fights promotion, recently claiming their Super Welterweight title in a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate with Australian Michael Thompson.

WFC World Muay Thai champion Houcine Bennoui will make his shootboxing debut after competing only once in 2014, a decision loss to Liam Harrison back at Yokkao 8. Bennoui owns a stoppage victory over fellow tournament competitor Mosab Amrani back in 2011.

Glory veteran and K-1 Korea Max 2013 winner Lee-Sung Hyun will also compete. Hyun’s already had a busy 2014, competing five times with the only loss coming via decision to Buakaw Banchamek back at the K-1 World Max semi-finals in February.

Rounding out the rest of the tournament will be 2013 S-Cup winner Hiroaki Suzuki, MMA journeyman Michihiro Omigawa and Muay Thai veteran Ponsane Sitmonchai.

So far seven of the eight tournament competitors have been announced, with one still to be named.

No streaming information has been announced yet.

Main card is due to start at 2:00 local time.

Andy Souwer vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka- 70kg

Yojiro Uchimura vs. Yuki Sakamoto- 70kg

Fushimi Kazyuki vs. Taiki Naito- 55kg

Rena Kubota vs. TBA- 50kg

S-Cup 65kg Tournament Competitors:

Hiroaki Suzuki

Mosab Amrani

Michihiro Omigawa

Ponsane Sitmonchai

Houcine Bennoui

Lee Sung-Hyun

Kevin Ross

 

 

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SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final in Monza Card for Nov. 22nd

On November 22nd in Monza, Italy SuperKombat will present the finals of the SuperKombat Light Heavyweight GP, the winner walking away as the champion of this season of SuperKombat and bragging rights. Aristote Quitusisa, Dawid Kasperski, Michael Terril and Jorge Loren compete for the honors.

There are also some superfights on the show, including names familiar to SK fans like Andrei Stoica, Bogdan Stoica, Catalin Morosanu and Errol Koning. There is also a Middleweight title fight between Cedric Manhoef and Julian Imeri.

Main Card:

1. Semifinal 1 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Aristote Quitusisa (France) vs. Dawid Kasperski (Poland)

2. Semifinal 2 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Michael Terrill (United Kingdom) vs. Jorge Loren (Spain)

3. Reserve Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Alexandru Negrea (Italy) vs. Bogdan Stoica (Romania)

4. Super Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)

Riccardo Lecca (Italy) vs. Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

5. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)

Errol Koning (Suriname) vs. Giuseppe De Domenico (Italy)

6. Title Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)

Julian Imeri (Italy) vs. Cedric Manhoef (Suriname)

7. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)

Emilio Vallecillo (United States) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)

8. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)

Ron Sparks (United States) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

9. Final – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2

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Dutch Legend Hans Nijman Murdered in Drive-By Shooting

Dutch martial arts legend Hans Nijman might not be a household name to many. He wasn't a K-1 legend like countrymen Peter Aerts, Ernesto Hoost and company, but he was a pioneer in the world of MMA who worked for the Japanese promotion RINGS early on. RINGS was a hybrid professional wrestling and MMA promotion, meaning that the lines were sometimes blurred and there were times where these guys were involved in worked fights, while other times the fights were 100% legitimate. 

It was reported today that Hans Nijman was murdered outside of a gym in a drive-by shooting at the age of 55 and there are no suspects yet. There has been talk about Nijman's possible connections with a criminal element and Dick Vrij, another RINGS legend, recently checked himself into prison for protection after receiving a death threat. This is a sad time for the kickboxing and MMA community and Nijman was truly an early pioneer. 

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Enfusion Live #22 is a Stacked Card Featuring Tiffany Van Soest, Andy Souwer, Henri Van Opstal

Enfusion Live have quietly been promoting their brand of kickboxing over the past few years introducing some great new talents into the world and putting on solid, entertaining shows. On November 23rd in the Netherlands they are set to promote what might be their biggest show ever, featuring big names and big fights. The biggest fight to look out for is Denise Kielholtz defending her Enfusion -57kg World Title against American Tiffany Van Soest.

Let's run down the card.

Enfusion Live #22 Groningen, The Netherlands 23.11.2014 

Local Start Time 20.30

1.3X3

Marvin Sansaar  (Surinam)  Vs  Romar Quandt  (Aruba)    -70 KG

2. 3X3

William Diender  (The Netherlands)  Vs  Henri van Opstal  (The Netherlands)    -70 KG

3.3X3

Cedric Bacuna  (Curacao)  Vs  Andrei Ostrovanu  (Romania)    -70 KG

4. 3X3

Tom De Smet  (The Netherlands)   Vs Daniel Ciric (Serbia) -85 KG

5. 5X3

Denise Kielholtz (The Netherlands)  Vs  Tiffany van Soest  (USA)  -57KG  Enfusion World Title -57 KG

6. 5X3

Ardalan Sheikholeslami (Iran) Vs Andy Souwer (The Netherlands)     -70KG

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Michael Page Talking About Freestyle Kickboxing in MMA is Fascinating

When it comes to the realm of professional kickboxing not many people pay much credence to freestyle kickboxing anymore. Freestyle kickboxing is probably closest to what we call "full contact" kickboxing, which means that it is the long pants, point-fighting variant of kickboxing. Modern kickboxing in the GLORY/K-1 rules is Japanese in origin, coming from the idea of blending Kyokushin Karate with Muay Thai and deviates quite a bit from the days of point fighting, although point fighting and other variants of kickboxing still exist, but we don't hear much about them anymore. 

Bellator fighter Michael Page spoke with MMAFighting's Luke Thomas recently and talked a lot about freestyle kickboxing and how it helped to make his style so unique in MMA. It's interesting because we are so used to GLORY/K-1 style or muay thai style being the go-to for sport fighting and MMA that we've all kind of written off other styles of kickboxing or karate as useful in an environment of professional fighting, but apparently it can be useful. Hell, look at Lyoto Machida's success in the UFC. 

Fascinating stuff, that's for sure, especially considering that at GLORY 18 we'll see Kyokushin (technically Ashihara) stylist Davit Kiria look to defend his GLORY Lightweight Championship against Robin van Roosmalen in a classic Kyokushin vs. Dutch style fight. 

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StillWill Returns For An Official Badr Hari Documentary

If you've been reading the site for a while you are probably well aware of the name Will "StillWill" Prescott. Will has done some of the absolute best kickboxing and Japanese MMA highlight videos that there are in the world and probably ever will be. That has led to him getting a few pretty cool gigs, the latest of which is working with Badr Hari's team to present an unfiltered documentary about Badr Hari himself. The promise is that it will look at his career and his personal life, all playing out in an episodic manner much like "The Reem" or Spong's "King of the Ring."

This is just the trailer, but it has us pretty pumped up, that's for sure. 

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SuperKombat WGP Final Elimination Geneva This Weekend

SuperKombat WGP is taking place this Saturday in Geneva, Switzerland, and will air live on Eurosport at 9:00pm (CET). It will include the quarter finals of a light heavyweight tournament as well as a cruiserweight title fight between Moises Baute and Andrei Stoica 

The light heavyweight tournament will take place over two events, the winners of the quarter final match ups tomorrow will earn their place in the finals on November 22 in Monza, Italy for a 1 night 4 man tournament to decide the champion.

FULL CARD

 

 

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Former K-1 Champion Mark Hunt Gets a Crack at UFC Gold

On November 15th at UFC 180 in Mexico the unthinkable will happen; 40 year old Mark Hunt will have a shot to become UFC [Interim] Heavyweight Champion. The injury-prone Champion, Cain Velasquez, has been forced to pull out of his scheduled title defense against Fabricio Werdum and who else would step forward on a few weeks notice for the shot of his life? Of course Mark Hunt would jump at the chance to be called UFC Heavyweight Champion.

Mark Hunt got his spot with the UFC via a technicality thanks to his contract with PRIDE FC, the UFC opting to honor said contract and give Hunt a shot at the UFC. At the time there were no real hopes to Hunt impressing anyone. Hunt was 36 and he stepped into the ring with Sean McCorkle coming off of a five fight losing streak. McCorkle would make six. Hunt swore that he'd do better and Dana White gave him another shot. What followed was a crazy four-fight winning streak that was finally derailed by former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos. Many would claim that JDS won via knockout, but it always just seemed that Hunt was just exhausted and the kick just put him onto the mat, where he was just too wiped out to stand up.

His next fight was against perennial title contender and one of the men who beat the unbeatable Fedor Emelianenko in Bigfoot Silva. It was a bloodbath of a fight, one of the most beautiful things that a fan could witness, ending in a rare majority draw after five rounds of action. Afterwards Bigfoot Silva tested positive for banned substances, which didn't come as much of a surprise. Hunt's next fight was in Japan against Roy Nelson. Nelson had always been knocking at the door of being a top guy in the division, but was always held back by his stubbornness. Mark Hunt laid him out in just two rounds.

Now Mark Hunt is the man to fill in and is given the opportunity of a lifetime. Fabricio Werdum will no doubt be in better shape, is younger and more well-rounded, but Mark Hunt is Mark Hunt. 

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Photo of the Day: Aerts and Hoost Stare Down

There is so much history between Peter Aerts and Ernesto Hoost, with most of it taking place in the K-1 ring. This weekend in Japan the two will meet in a WKO ring; World Kumite Organization. It doesn't matter if you haven't heard of it before, it doesn't matter if both Aerts and Hoost are older, this is pure nostalgia on so many levels and a chance for a final in-ring chapter to play out between two of the all-time greats in K-1 history. 

Most of our attention over the past few years has been on the future and present stars, but it is safe to say that most of us wouldn't be here right now as fans if it weren't for Peter Aerts and Ernesto Hoost. 

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