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LiverKick's Official Glory 33 Predictions

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Glory 33 begins this Friday with the Super Fight Series at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT on UFC Fight Pass followed by Glory 33 on ESPN 2 or Eversport.tv. With the event just over 24 hours away we've once again decided to try and predict the unpredictable known as Kickboxing. There have been a few last minute changes to the card with the addition of Kevin Vannostrand to the SFS as well as Zoila Frausto no longer fighting and the tough Canadian, trained by Trevor Smandych, Jessica "Thumper" Gladstone taking her place against Daniela Graf.

JJ is Jay Jauncey (@jayjauncey).

DW is Dave Walsh (@dvewlsh).

Glory 33

HW Title: Rico Verhoeven vs Anderson "Braddock" Silva

JJ - Rico by Decision, I feel his cardio and technique is just too good for most heavyweights out there.

DW - Rico by decision. Rico is a beast right now and while Braddock could be the ultimate spoiler here, Rico knows that and will probably play it safe.

Hesdy Gerges vs Guto Inocente -

JJ - Gerges by TKO, Inocente has looked great but Hesdy is a huge step up and in my opinion its too soon for Inocente to be fighting a legend like Gerges.

DW - Gerges by decision. I think that Inocente has proven himself a valuable asset to GLORY, but Gerges is a gatekeeper to the elite and he's not there yet.

Tournament Final: 

JJ - Serhiy Adamchuk wins tournament to get rubber match with Gabriel Varga.

DW - Adamchuk wins this. I don't see any other way. He's a very, very complete fighter even if at times he isn't exciting to watch.

FW semi: Serhiy Adamchuk vs Giga Chikadze - 

JJ - Serhiy Adamchuk by Decision, Chikadze has looked great in Glory so far but before Glory he had problems with tricky, durable guys which is exactly Adamchuk.

DW - All respect to Giga, but Adamchuk is one of those guys that is gonna be at the top of this division for a long time, right alongside Varga.

FW semi: ChiBin Lim vs Matt Embree - 

JJ - Matt Embree by Decision just because Lim has been through too many wars and its starting to catch up to him while Embree is still young and fresh.

DW - Embree by decision. Lim has been a .500 fighter against top guys and always puts up a gutsy performance, but Embree is younger, fresher and less battle worn than Lim.

Super Fight Series

MW Title: Simon Marcus vs Jason Wilnis

JJ - Jason Wilnis by KO, this is a really hard one to predict but Wilnis does have good KO power in his hands and that has proven a problem for Marcus in the past even though he beat him previously but that was their 2nd fight that night.

DW - Marcus by decision. Marcus is simply the guy right now. He's had a suspect chin a few short times in kickboxing, but he's learned his lesson since then, I don't see him getting into wild exchanges with Wilnis. Their first fight he won by volume while Wilnis simply walked him down and got hit. I expect similar.

Chi Lewis-Parry vs Anthony Mcdonald

JJ - Chopper by KO, Mcdonald took the fight on short notice while Chopper is in the best shape of his life and looked much more technical and composed his last fight. I foresee a nasty ending in this fight.

DW - Chopper via KO. Choppa's comin'.

Jessica Gladstone vs Daniela Graf

JJ - Gladstone by Decision, I've seen Jessica fight live before and she is as tough as they come, she can grind out a fight like no other as long as she is in shape considering taking the fight last minute.

DW - Graf via decision. I like Gladstone, but Graf was prepared to fight on this night against an American favorite, none-the-less. I think that she'll just be able to outpoint her.

Francois Ambang vs Daniel Morales 

JJ - Ambang by KO, Leg kick Destruction

DW - Ambang via KO. Morales is trying, but Ambang is by far a more complete kickboxer and he's proven himself time and time again. Morales doesn't have the power or ability to get on the inside and test Ambang's chin like others have, period.

Kevin VanNostrand vs David Moore

JJ - VanNostrand by Dec, Kevin is a really hard fight for anyone due to his awkward style.

DW - Van Nostrand by decision. Kevin is a surprisingly good fighter for a guy of his renown and really deserves more time in the spotlight. This is that and I appreciate it. Also, since we've been caring for newborn twins I've been rewatching Seinfeld again and Dr. Van Nostrand always wins. 

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SuperKombat New Heroes Card for March 29th

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SK

On March 29th SuperKombat will kick off their 2014 season with SuperKombat New Heroes in Ploiesti, Romania. There are a few recognizable names mixed in with some newer ones, making this an interesting event for fans both new and old. We'll see an establishment of a SuperKombat New Heroes Middleweight Champion in a bout between Romania's Amansio Paraschiv and Cedric Manhoef. Also on the card are SuperKombat standouts Bogdan Stoica, Ionut Atordiresei and Cistian Ristea.

  • Fight Card:
  • 1. Superfight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)
  • Aleksandar Topic (Serbia) vs. Adrian Maxim (Romania)
  • 2. Superfight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)
  • Miljan Vidovic (Serbia) vs. Mirel Iacob (Romania)
  • 3. Superfight – Cruiserweight Bout (-91 kg)
  • Ibo Efe (Turkey) vs. Danut Hurduc (Romania)
  • 4. Superfight – Lightweight Bout (-63.5 kg)
  • Mansour Yaqubi (Afghanistan) vs. Cristian Spetcu (Romania)
  • 5. Superfight – Cruiserweight Bout (-91 kg)
  • Romano Romasco (Ghana) vs. Cristian Ristea (Romania)
  • 6. Superfight – Lightweight Bout (-65 kg)
  • Stauros Exakoustidis (Greece) vs. Ionut Atodiresei (Romania)
  • 7. Superfight – Cruiserweight Bout (-91 kg)
  • Jorge Loren (Spain) vs. Bogdan Stoica (Romania)
  • 8. Superkombat New Heroes Middleweight Title – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)
  • Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) vs. Cedric Manhoef (Suriname)

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Yokkao and Supershowdown Come to Agreement for Multiple UK Events

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Yokkao

After the blistering event that was Yokkao 8 it looks like the UK will be in store for more Yokkao events in the near future. It was announced this weekend that Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli and Supershowdown promoter Brian Calder have come to a multi-year agreement to bring the Yokkao brand back to the UK. This deal will assure two Yokkao events a year in the UK with the next event planned for October at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton.

Stefania Picelli: “The success of March 8 could not go unnoticed. The partnership signed with Brian Calder will give the possibility to UK Yokkao fans to have really unforgettable Muay Thai events. We will involve our best fighters to raise the level of Muay Thai as no one had ever done before. The passion that binds Brian Calder to the Muay Thai has made possible this wonderful agreement with Yokkao Boxing that will surely discover new fighters. To be honest, we have already some of them under observation .. .”

Brian Calder: “I have worked many years to bring Muay Thai to a higher level in England and I’m pleased to be recognized as the best in the UK by an organization such as Yokkao Boxing. The partnership with Stefania Picelli and Yokkao will allow the Muay Thai to reach the highest level in the UK. Fighters deserve it and I’m sure that they will commit much to meet the expectations.”

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GLORY Collision Hype: Badr Hari vs. Alistair Overeem

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The sport of kickboxing was once ruled by giants that roamed the Japanese countryside, competing in the K-1 World Grand Prix events as larger-than-life titans looking to floor each other. This is, in part, what made the sport of kickboxing so popular and left a lasting legacy that everyone is trying to live up to now. When Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem decided to dip his toes into the realm of K-1 many thought that he'd be easy fodder for the elite of the elite, only for him to score an upset against Badr Hari, one of the greats of the time. 

This led to Overeem entering the K-1 World Grand Prix the following year, a year that many saw Badr Hari as the man to beat in the tournament. When it came down to both men squaring off that night, everyone was expecting fireworks. That's exactly what happened.

If this Badr Hari shows up on Saturday, Rico Verhoeven is in trouble. Interestingly enough, Alistair Overeem will be joining the broadcast team on Saturday to provide expert commentary during the main event. 

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LiverKick Podcast January 15, 2017: GLORY 37 Preview and 2016 Awards

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Oh yes, it's back. The LiverKick Podcast is back for the second episode of this iteration where Jay Jauncey and myself talk about kickboxing and hopefully keep you, our fine readers and listeners, happy. 

Last time we talked about GLORY: Collision, rankings, the state of kickboxing and how much we missed Japanese kickboxing. It was kind of a blast, let me tell you. Now here we are, back again, this time with talk about the kickboxing-related stuff that went down at RIZIN at the end of the year, we do a full preview of the GLORY 37 Los Angeles card and even bring back the LiverKick Year-End Awards! 

So no, you aren't really going to get fully-fleshed out predictions on these fights, but you'll get us talking about the fighters, where they're at, what we expect to see and why we are excited about each fight. This leads us to having an in-depth discussion about how these one-night, four-man tournaments probably aren't worth doing anymore and how the SuperFight Series has continually been the best part of GLORY events since they signed on with UFC Fight Pass. 

We close out the show with our LiverKick Year-End Awards, which we'll be writing up in more detail for each award over the coming days and week(s). Excuse the fact that I have a pretty nasty head cold and have been running on four hours of sleep for the past few months due to the twins, but such is life. Enjoy.

We've also done away with SoundCloud for the embed since we got a few complaints. Hopefully the embedded player ins't too much of a bummer. The podcast should be showing up on iTunes shortly, I'll insert the link to that when it's up.


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Weekend Results: Friday Night Fights Feb. 28th

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FNF

Friday Night Fights bid February farewell last night with a card that featured a highly anticipated match between two well known professional female fighters. The main event of the evening, Ashley Nichols versus Angela Hill, highlighted the distinctive fighting styles of both women to full effect, and showed why both have struck such a strong chord within the North American Muay Thai community. For the first three rounds, Hill demonstrated the aggressive punching and clinching style that inspired her fight name of “Overkill.” The beautiful technique of Nichols was more visible in rounds four and five, when she used front push kicks and long knees to keep Hill from closing in as much, but it was too little too late. Hill won a split decision victory over Nichols, maintaining her undefeated record and winning the WKA North American Flyweight title.

The other pro fight of the evening featured another Canadian from MAS Academy, Robert “White Dragon” Thomas, versus Tarek Rached, the Lebanese Tiger. The powerful Rached bullied his much taller opponent until Thomas gained control of the distance in round two and three. Rached was rocked by a knee and saved by the bell in round two, but not before getting an 8-count. Another crisp right knee from Thomas ended the fight 59 seconds into round three, giving him the win by TKO.

You can watch the whole show here:

http://new.livestream.com/fridaynightfights/events/2802041

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The Narratives Leading Out of GLORY 37: Van Roosmalen, Kongolo and More

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For a lot of people, GLORY 37 snuck up on everyone. It's easy to understand, there is a lot going on in the world right now and the brief reprieve that we had from the usual onslaught of kickboxing shows was perhaps a welcome one. But it's right back to it and GLORY 37 saw a lot of interesting things happen. So here we are, let's break them down.

The smaller ring meant more action. This was a product of the venue and what worked best there, I suppose, but man did it really impact the night. The larger, more standard ring makes a lot of sense when it comes to heavyweights duking it out, but for lighter weight classes it has always felt a bit large. The smaller ring absolutely impacted the fights and it was interesting to see who benefited from it and who didn't. The smaller ring meant that more technical, outside fighters like Adesanya and Embree found themselves against strong pressure fighters being pressured. In the case of Adesanya it is fair to say that a larger ring could have yielded a completely different result. While a fight is a fight, things like gloves, the size of the ring and the slickness of a mat might seem incidental but can have a huge impact on the action. 

Not everyone can instantly adjust to kickboxing rules. This feels like a big one. Zoila Frausto has primarily fought in MMA and muay thai, this was her first kickboxing bout and it showed. When the fight got close she couldn't throw elbows, clinch and start throwing knees and it led to the fight being exciting to watch, but a bit of a mess. The same can be said for Matt Embree, who is an incredibly talented fighter who had a bit of trouble when it came to van Roosmalen's Dutch style. 

California is a mess. The issue of Robin van Roosmalen's weight cut and him being stripped of the title is an interesting one. While Robin's post-fight speech did perhaps try to shift away the blame from himself and his camp for him missing weight, there is a valid point that I've heard from others in California that everything with the commission gets gummed up there. Robin didn't have an official scale during his cut, was "on" in his hotel scale only to find out that he missed weight. That can't feel good. Something was clearly not communicated well during this process and van Roosmalen seemed to feel that he could have made weight if things had gone more smoothly.

Expect judges to rule against logic. One of the problems with the growing pains of kickboxing is referees and judges that don't have a strong connection with the sport. According to the GLORY rules and what we can assume was a literal interpretation of them by the judges, Wilnis was always going to win that fight. It was an incredibly close fight that really could have gone to either guy. That is on both fighters. What isn't is how the judges score these fights. Adesanya landed the better shots throughout the fight and kept Wilnis on the defensive, unable to land many of his trademark bombs. Yet, Wilnis waded in with the earmuffs on and controlled the ring. I saw a lot of disappointment that Adesanya didn't get the nod, even people upset at one particular bad scorecard that gave Wilnis four rounds. 

Robin van Roosmalen is a beast at Featherweight. Seriously. Sure, the weight cut happened, but there's a difference between having to overcome the mentality of being done with a weight cut only to find out you were off and being able to know exactly where you stand. It was .8lbs, which in the grand scheme of things, isn't the end of the world. As long as Robin van make the weight he's going to be a near-unstoppable force in this division. 

Cedric Doumbe's first challenge is set. There's a natural narrative in Kongolo fighting Doumbe for a third time, with that being Kongolo holds wins over Doumbe. Doumbe has grown a lot since those fights and has looked incredible, but styles make fights. It'll be interesting to see how Doumbe holds up against Kongolo in their third outing and there is really a natural story built in to this fight. Embrace it.

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The Road to Glory Tournament Comes to the UK in 2017

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When GLORY was first gearing up they held a series of tournaments in the United States called 'Road to Glory,' with the intent being to find new talent to become an integral part of the promotion. It could be considered a success considering that we see Road to Glory fighters so often, including winners Francois Ambang, Dustin Jacoby as well as many more names from these tournaments, from Brian Collette to Myron Dennis.

Now the Road to GLORY tournaments will be making their way to the United Kingdom starting in 2017 on March 18th, hosted by Suggy's Gym. Suggy's Gym, ran by Dean Sugden, has produced former GLORY kickboxer-turned-boxer Chad "2 Slick" Sugden as well as many others in the UK. 

More details can be found on the Suggy's Gym website.

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Remy Bonjasky Accepts Gokhan Saki's Challenge Via Social Media

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The fires within Saki have been stoked after over a year away from the ring. After seeing a packed arena for GLORY: Collision, former GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Gokhan Saki was quick to toss his name into the hat for a big money fight with the champion, calling out Verhoeven. Claiming to be aiming to be a two-division champion (Saki still argues his claim to the Light Heavyweight Champion even though the promotion has moved on).

Of course, Remy Bonjasky had gone on Dutch television days prior to GLORY: Collision to say that he'd be willing to come out of retirement and fight Badr Hari. So it seemed only natural for the two of them to get into a social media battle of their own. So they did, with Saki saying that he'd fight Bonjasky as well. It didn't take long for the now-retired Remy Bonjasky to reply and accept the fight via a video on his Instagram. 

 

Saki seemed pleased with it, using it as a platform to continue calling out Rico Verhoeven. 

So while the two legends seem set to fight each other in the GLORY ring, currently only Gokhan Saki has a contract with GLORY. That means that they'd have to renegotiate with Remy Bonjasky and in the past that has been an issue with the three-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion usually demanding a rather hefty purse for his fights. Will GLORY be willing to pay that? Considering his last few fights with the promotion didn't draw huge numbers for them and were a bit underwhelming, I would assume not, so it would be in Bonjasky's interest if he really wants to fight to be open to negotiations. 

The two met in 2008 in the K-1 World Grand Prix Semi-Finals where Bonjasky scored a highlight reel knockout via a flying kick to the midsection.

Remy Bonjasky's last fight was at GLORY 14 where he narrowly defeated Mirko Cro Cop in 2014. Gokhan Saki's last fight was in 2015 for GFC where he fought at heavyweight against Sebastian Ciobanu, picking up a decision victory. His last GLORY appearance was in 2014 at GLORY 14 where he won the GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship tournament by defeating both Nathan Corbett and Tyrone Spong.

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This Was GLORY 13 Tokyo Video

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GLORY likes to wrap up events by posting videos showing what went down at them and GLORY 13 was no different. GLORY 13 saw Nieky Holzken hold onto his top spot in GLORY's Welterweight division as well as legends squaring off in the Heavyweight division. So watch the highlights of GLORY's last show for 2013 while you celebrate the new year.

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