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Hesdy Gerges Sentenced to Five Years in Prison on 2011 Cocaine Smuggling Case

If you remember all the way back to 2011, you might remember that Hesdy Gerges was arrested for drug trafficking in connection to a case involving his half-brother. Gerges was charged with trafficking 128 kilos of cocaine (not joking). He wasn't actually caught with the drugs, his half-brother was, but he was linked to the case for potential smuggling. That case came back to bite him on Friday, when he was sentenced to five years in prison. 

Gerges made a statement on his Facebook page yesterday refuting the charges yet again.

"I was truly shocked about my conviction today. But trust me, I am NOT guilty! So I will fight this battle in court.

Meanwhile, I will keep training hard, and will be fighting my battles in the ring.

To all my loyal friends and fans: Thanks for your trust and support!!!

Osu!"

His lawyer went on Twitter to express his frustrations, with many believing that Gerges and his legal team are going to fight the charges.

"Unbelievable that Hesdy Gerges is convicted in Belgium about a file case that didn't have any evidence at the time in 2011, for any involvement with coke."

In the meantime all eyes are on GLORY to see if they publicly react to this. Considering the gravity of the charges and the penalty, if Gerges is to spend time in prison chances are he won't be able to compete. It is also a black eye for the promotion who recently had him fight for a chance to challenge for the GLORY Heavyweight Championship. We've heard word that GLORY has privately dismissed Gerges for the time being, but like they dismissed his former opponent, Jamal Ben Saddik, after Ben Saddik attacked him in the ring during a fight for another organization. Although, keep in mind that it is not official until it is announced. 

We hope that this situation is resolved quickly, for the sake of the fans and the sport. 

UPDATE: It looks like Gerges has been officially cut. Here's a statement from Jon J. Franklin to BloodyElbow.

"Hesdy Gerges has been cut from the GLORY roster and removed from its rankings. GLORY does not tolerate any type of illegal activity and will remove athletes that violate our code of conduct in or out of the ring."

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Jo Nattawut Filling in for Fabio Pinca at Lion Fight 19 Tonight

Last night word came through that Fabio Pinca was ill and would be unable to compete tonight, meaning that Lion Fight had to scramble to find a new opponent for Sean Kerney for tonight's Lion Fight 19 on AXS TV. They announced today that Jo Nattawut has stepped in. Here is the information below.

The headlining main event fighters for LION FIGHT 19 both made weight this morning, and the men’s super middleweight main event is on for the full Muay Thai rules event tonight, Lion Fight CEO Scott Kent announced this morning.

Yesterday, Kent stated that Muay Thai Champion Jo Nattawut is stepping in on short notice to replace Fabio Pinca in the main event of LION FIGHT 19. Pinca had to withdraw from the fight due to illness. Nattawut vs. Kearney will now be a non-championship headliner for LION FIGHT 19 at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theatre.

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Five Titles on the Line at Lumpinee Birthday Show on December 9th

Every December Lumpinee Stadium celebrates its birthday with a big card and while the location might have recently changed the tradition remains with a show featuring no fewer than five title fights booked for next month.

The Krekkrai + Kiatpetch Promotions show on December 9th will see Pakorn PKSaenchaiGym take on Parnphet Kiatjaroenchai in defence of the 135 lbs Lumpinee belt he won by beating Singdam Kiatmoo9 at the grand opening of the stadium’s new location on Ram Intra Road in February.

The challenger is coming off a win over Kongsak PKSaenchaiGym, who trains at the same camp as Pakorn in Bangkok, and Parnphet has also beaten Yodpanomrung Jitmuangnont this year and will be looking to claim a title in one of Muay Thai’s most competitive divisions.

Saketdao Petpayathai, who beat Parnphet earlier this year, was scheduled to take on Kongsak but has been pulled from the card to be replaced by his Kiatpetch team mate Sittisak who faces the former ‘Fighter of the Year’ in a 133 lbs non title bout.

MuangThai Sor Boongium is coming off a fourth round KO win over Tuanpae ThebestUdon and will be back in action to take on another former ‘Fighter of the Year’, Peneak Sitnumnoi, who will be looking to work his way back up the rankings in the lightweight division.

The ten fight card also features reigning ‘Fighter of the Year’ Panpayak Jitmuangnongym who will put his Lumpinee 115 lbs title on the line against Prachanchay PK Saenchaigym while Ongree Sor Decapan and Wanchalong Sitsornong will also be defending stadium titles, against Ronachai Santi-Ubon and Gengkla Por Pekko respectively.

Judging from the flyer the fight between reigning Lumpinee 112 lbs champion Saknarinnoi Or.Auansuwan and Sarawute Phitphakpahadang will be a non title bout although this could easily be an oversight.

Krekkrai + Kiatpetch Promotions show, Lumpinee Stadium, December 9th

1 Ongree Sor Decapan Vs Ronachai Santi-Ubon

(for the Lumpinee 105 lbs title)

2 Prajanban Phor.Suantong vs Ballangngern Phetphanomtuan (107) 

3 Wanchalong Sitsornong vs Gengkla Por Pekko 

(for Lumpinee 115 lbs title)

4 Prachanchay PK Saenchaigym vs Panpayak Jitmuangnongym 

(for the Lumpinee 118 lbs title)

5 MuangThai Sor Boongium vs Penake Sitnumnoi (130)

6 Sittisak Phetphyathai vs Kongsak PK Saenchaigym (133)

7 Superbank Sakchaichode vs Thaksinlek Sitiniwat

(for Lumpinee 126 lbs title)

8 Pakorn PK Saenchaigym vs Parnphet Kiatjaroenchai 

(for Lumpinee 135 lbs title)

9 Saen Pranchaypit vs Sirimongkol PK Saenchaigym (127)

 

10 Saknarinnoi Or.Auansuwan vs Sarawute Phitphakpahadang (112)

 

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This was Glory 18 - Return to Glory Video

Glory has released their own "This is Glory" after movie for everyone to watch. Since its the Official Glory version they get to include lots of good fight footage which is pretty wicked, and also some short interviews directly after their fights.

We know everyone has busy schedules but taking 10 minutes out of your day to watch this will be well worth your time.

 

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Sam-A vs Bangpleenoi Headlines Big Petyindee Promotions Card at Lumpinee on November 25th

November 25th is the date of Petyindee’s annual show at Lumpinee Stadium to celebrate the birthday of promoter Wirat Wachirarattanawong and this year some of the fights will be televised live in Thailand on Channel 5.   

This follows on from the grand opening of Lumpinee Stadium in February when a 125 lbs four man tournament was broadcast on the same network and once again TV viewers will get a chance to see Petyindee’s golden boy Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym live in action.   

The broadcast is scheduled to last from 10:10pm to 12:10am with Sam-A’s battle with Bangpleenoi 96Peenang undoubtedly the main attraction, there’s no word on what weight this will be at or whether there will be a title on the line.   

Sam-A’s stablemate Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym, fresh from his Toyota Marathon win, will also be competing on live television when he takes on Kiatphet Suanaharnpeakmai while Satharnmuanglek Numpontep is going up against Thanaphet Tor Pran49.   

There are three additional fights which could potentially be televised live and they are Ploysiam Petchyindeeacademy vs Tukatatong Por Thairungruang, Satharnmuanglek Numpontep vs Thanaphet Tor Pran49 and Nomdapern STDtransport vs Yimsiam Nakornmuangdet.   

In addition there will be a nine fight card of non televised fights headlined by a super featherweight matchup between the tall, clinch orientated Petmorakot Wor Sangprapai and the notoriously hard hitting veteran Seksun Or.Kwanmuang.   

Petyindee Promotions, Lumpinee Stadium, November 25th 

Televized Fights 

Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym Vs Bangpleenoi 96Peenang

Kiatphet Suanaharnpeakmai Vs Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym

Satharnmuanglek Numpontep vs Thanaphet Tor Pran49

Ploysiam Petchyindeeacademy vs Tukatatong Por Thairungruang

Numdabplerng STDtransport vs Yimsiam Nakhonmuangdej

Non Televized Fights 

Petmorakot Wor Sangprapai vs Seksun Or.Kwanmuang (130)

Kwankaw Chor.Rajabhatsadu-Esarn vs Phet-Utong Or.Kwanmuang (129)

Egmonkol Kaiyanghadaogym vs Methee Sor.Jor.Toypedriew (119) 1 million Baht side bet

Gawganwang Kaiyanghadaogym vs Kachasan Wor Wiwatayana (126)

Wanchana Or Boonchuay vs Peteng Kiatphontip (120)

Panomrunglek Kiatmoo9 (118) vs Saksit Tor Piemsappadrew (120)

Kunhan Sitomnsak (112) vs Petlucha Sorupinda (114) for Thailand 115 lbs title

Petcharprap Kaiyanghadaogym vs Watfarmai Lianagym (113)

Petsormpom Sor Chalermsak (104) vs Taban Mike Sitjaysarong (105 lbs)

 

 

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Lion Fight 19 Card for November 21st

On Friday the 21st of November, American Muay Thai promotion Lion Fights are returning to the East Coast for their seventh event this calendar year. Lion Fights 19 is set to take place from Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.  

Headlining the event will be a Welterweight title fight between current champion Fabio Pinca and contender Sean Kearney. Pinca captured the title just over a year with a five round unanimous decision victory over Muay Thai legend Malaipet back at Lion Fights 12. Canadian Sean Kearney comes into the bout on a five-fight win streak, recently completing a three month stint in Thailand in preparation for this bout. During his time in Thailand Kearney won an eight-man tournament, finishing all three of his opponents.

Chajmaa Bellakhal was originally supposed to be fighting current champion Caley Reece for the Women's Featherweight title. Unfortunately, Reece was forced to pull out due to injury so in her place steps combat sports veteran Jeri Sitzes. Despite entering the contest with only five professional Muay Thai bouts to her name, Sitzes has fight experience elsewhere as she's also competed in professional boxing and mixed martial arts. The bout will be a non-title affair.

Lion Fights 19 will be available to watch live on AXS TV from 9pmET.

  • Fabio Pinca (c) vs. Sean Kearney- Welterweight title bout
  • Chajmaa Bellakhal vs. Jeri Sitzes
  • Rungravee Sasiprapa vs. Ognjen Topic
  • Chris Mauceri vs. Coke Chunhawat
  • Rungrat Sasiprapa vs. Pedro Gonzalez
  • Matt Doherty vs. Julio Pena
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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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Hunt falls in title bout, Schilling flattens Manhoef

Unfortunately for Mark Hunt the fairytale ending wasn't to be. On less than a months notice, the K-1 2001 champion stepped in for an injured Cain Velasquez to fight Fabricio Werdum for the interim UFC heavyweight title at last nights UFC 180 event in Mexico City. Prior to the bout Hunt was listed as high as a 4/1 underdog, however during the opening seven minutes he looked anything but an underdog. 

Hunt started extremely well, landing with a grazing overhand right that put Werdum on the canvas inside the opening minute. The two giants continued to trade until midway through the round Hunt scored with a surprising takedown. Despite Werdum being a multiple time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion he was unable to get any offence going against Hunt, who seemed content to stay on top and score with occasional punches. With less than a minute remaining in the opening round they returned to their feet where Hunt stunned Werdum once again, sealing a decisive first round for the Kiwi. 

Werdum looked very hesitant at the start of the second round as Hunt continued to land with punches, momentarily flooring Werdum with a right as the Brazilian attempted a leg kick. Hunt seemed to be in control, he had found his range, he was easily stuffing Werdum’s takedown attempts and appeared to be en route to an upset victory. That was until halfway through the second stanza where a beautifully timed leaping knee from Werdum stopped Hunt in his tracks. Follow up shots on the mat caused referee Herb Dean to intervene as Werdum finished off Hunt by technical knockout and was crowned the new interim UFC Heavyweight champion.

Elsewhere in California, Bellator MMA hosted their 131st event from the Valley View Casino Centre in San Diego. Featuring on the card was a battle between Glory veterans Joe Schilling and Melvin Manhoef. Coming into the bout Manhoef had won his two previous MMA contests in 2014, stopping both Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos and Doug Marshall in the first round with punches. Schilling on the other hand hadn’t competed in MMA for over six years and was coming off a losing effort in the final of Glory’s Middleweight tournament back in June.

It was Manhoef who struck first in the opening round dropping Schilling with an overhand right. Manhoef swarmed frantically to finish however Schilling was able to move around just enough to avoid the referee stopping the bout. After brief period of inactivity on the mat, the referee stood the two up and they continued to exchange until the bell sounded. It was an electrifying opening round but one that definitely would have been scored in favour of Manhoef.

The second round started with Schilling being the aggressor, pushing Manhoef back against the cage with combinations. After a counter left-hook from Manhoef had Schilling reeling once again, Schilling was able to capitalise on Manhoef being overzealous  landing a swift one-two that instantly put the Dutchman to sleep a mere 32 seconds into the second round. 

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Fight Night Hungary - WKN European Title Fight

Fight Night Hungary will see a headliner where Antoine Habash (Hungary) will challenge current WKN European champion Tihomir MITEV (Bulgaria) for the belt. The undercard has various professional muay thai and k-1 fights.

Amongst other we will see Bianka Balajti (WAKO junior World Champion), Róbert Géczei and Norbert Spéth who we've written about in our earlier article and a rematch between two really well-accomplished and well known fighters Tamás Birics (ISKA Hungarian Champion, K-1 Serbian Open Champion, WFMC Muay Thai European Champion) and Gábor Görbics (2013 World Combat Games Champion, WAKO Senior European Championships Full-Contact champion).

Main Event

WKN Kickboxing European Championship / Oriental Rules / -60.300 kg / 5x3mn

Tihomir Mitev (Bulgaria / Champion) vs Antoine Habash (Hungary / Challenger)

 

Muay Thai fights

Tomi Cheng vs Erik Kasuba

Szebeni Attila vs. Erdős Attila

Balajti Bianka vs Krisztina Lindtnerova

Dicku Péter vs Szőke Tibor

 

K-1 fights

Géczei Róbert vs. Spéth Norbert

Pardavi Dávid vs. Vásony Ferenc

Mártha Zsolt vs Sallai Bence

Koczfán János vs Kozsák György

Attila Gilányi vs Bors Ádám

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Liverkick Throwback: Badr Hari Vs Errol Zimmerman K-1 WGP 2008

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.

With the announcement of Glory 19 this week where Errol "Bonecrusher" Zimmerman will face Rico Verhoeven, I just had to post one of my favourite Bonecrusher fights and really one of the best Heavyweight kickboxing fights as far as excitement goes. This was the semi-final of the 2008 K-1 WGP, Badr Hari had just TKO'd Peter Aerts, and Zimmerman had just won a decision against Ewerton Texeira, and now we had two young knockout artists  ready to smash each other to get tot he finals against Remy Bonjasky. The first round was back and forth, both men throwing big punches and hard low kicks but Zimmerman always has a tendency to get tired and sloppy later in the fight which we began to see in the second round. Out of nowhere The Bonecrusher does exactly as his name would imply and shows us all why you should never lean back when throwing a right uppercut, especially with in my opinion the hardest puncher in the heavyweight division at the moment. He landed a picture perfect right hand which arched Badr's back all the way to the floor and it is still one of my favourite knockdowns of all time. Hari played it smart and stayed down waiting out the count, getting up at 8 and recovering amazingly well. Hari started to our the pressure on Zimmerman after being knockdown which led to Badr scoring a knockdown and getting his points back for that round. In the 3rd round Zimmerman's Fatigue was showing and Badr was picking him apart until finally landing his trademark straight right underneath Errol's left hook to finish the fight.

This fight was the one that made me realize how good Badr Hari really is, it was this fight that really made me a fan, I'm not even going to mention the Final because we all know what happened and it just takes away from how good this fight was. Also it showed Zimmerman's potential at only 22 years old, when Errol trains hard and is motivated he is a very hard man to beat, he will always have crazy knockout power but when he has cardio to go with it he is a scary, scary man. I'm really hoping a motivated, in shape Bonecrusher shows up to fight for the belt on December 19th at Glory 19.

 

 

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