Shunsuke has made an absolutely amazing tribute and recap of the legendary Masato's kickboxing career. It's 3 hours long and in 17 parts on Youtube but this is an absolute must see for any fans of kickboxing or people that don't know much about kickboxing. Everything about this video is simply amazing. Here's Part 1 and you can see the rest from here. Enjoy.
Once again, StillWill delivers with another top notch kickboxing highlight reel. You might remember his other amazing highlights of names such as Gokhan Saki and Melvin Manhoef. This time, the featured fighter is Tyrone Spong. Spong started out in the lower weight classes where he cleaned out the divisions and now he's all the way up to heavyweight where he's currently one of the top ranked fighters in the world. Check out the new amazing highlight below!
Thai Fight Extreme has come and gone, with one of the more notable Thai Fighters to the world of kickboxing, Buakaw Por. Pramuk fighting. It is always great to see Buakaw back in action, and Muay Thai purists should be a bit more happy to see him back in action in full Thai rules.
The new episode of Alistair Overeem's documentary series, The Reem just came out today. It features some great exclusive footage from back in PRIDE and from the present day at Golden Glory. This has to be the best MMA documentary out there. Check it out.
Both of the Petrosyan brothers star in this Italian rap video. Although it's in Italian and most of you probably won't understand anything, check out the video. It's the only time you'll see Giorgio Petrosyan get beat up.
It's Showtime Lyon is in the books now, with Badr Hari officially back in action against a less-than-game Gregory Tony, disappointing some, but doing as expected and taking out Tony within the first round. In a night that was largely filled by bigger names against up-and-comers there were a few big knockouts and TKO victories, but one of them really sticks out, and that is Chris Ngimbi and Will Borrel's scrap at 70kg.
Chris Ngimbi is hilariously underrated in the 70kg weight class, mainly because the bigger names have all competed for K-1 MAX and Ngimbi has not, but that does not mean that he is a slouch. He is It's Showtime's 70kg Champion and will actually be fighting Giorgio Petrosyan soon, as was announced on the broadcast tonight. Many fans enjoyed Remy Bonjasky's style of fighting for his flying kicks, and Chris Ngimbi showed in this fight against Willy Borrel that he is not afraid to take to the air and throw a flying knee when it's open. This was without a doubt the KO of the night. [source]
Stand Up Japan was an event a few days ago held in Japan that was featuring some of the biggest names in Japan's combat sports in exhibition bouts. The two big names at the event were KID Yamamoto and Masato. Masato retired at the ripe age of 30, during the peak of his career and did it on his own terms. Masato retired as a legend, while Yamamoto continues to fight past what many consider his prime and has had no success in the United States fighting for the UFC.
Daniel Herbertson of AOL's MMAFighting.com was live at the event and captured it on video, so sit back and watch clips from this great event. [source]
If you didn't know yet, Badr Hari's opponent for It's Showtime Lyon on May 14, Gregory Tony, fought in the PrizeFighter Heavyweight International Tournament yesterday. Tony won in the first round with a controversial split decision over Russian Evgeny Orlov. In the second round he faced rising prospect Mike Perez, who stopped Tony in the first round quite easily. Now on the first knockdown, Tony seemed to injure his left arm. Right as he started getting up he was moving his left arm around in a manner that would suggest it was injured while he landed on the canvas. No one has any idea if Tony is still going to fight Badr Hari. As of now we can only speculate.
Keep an eye out on Liverkick.com for news regarding Gregory Tony's injury.
KRUSH ran the finals of their three big tournaments over this weekend and finally we are getting some video footage uploaded. Watch the 60kg finals as Hirotaka Urabe squares off against Yuji Takeuchi. Takeuchi more or less brutalized former K-1 Koshien Champion Masaaki Noiri earlier on in the night, a fighter known for being one of the absolute best in the weight class, helping to set up the finals. Here in the finals it is a thing of beauty as both fighters are looking to kill each other with every strike it seems like, which can only lead to one outcome.
Here is a hint; there is an absolutely brutal head kick knockout in this fight.
This weekend's KRUSH show saw MMA fighter Akihiro Gono return to his kickboxing roots as he dropped down to a svelte 70kg (around 150lbs) to face K-1 MAX fighter Yuya Yamamoto. Gono had some issues making weight, missing weight and having to go cut a few more kilograms to make 70kg. He hasn't fought that light in years now, so it makes sense. He looked extremely dehydrated in the photos floating around of the weigh-ins, albeit also very cut. Watch how Gono, a SHOOTO, Pancrase, ZST, DEEP, PRIDE and UFC veteran handles himself against a good K-1 MAX fighter in Yamamoto, while still out classed he had some tricks in his bag.
Not bad for a MMA fighter who was brutally KO'd by Dan Hornbuckle in Sengoku a while back.