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United Glory's Jan. 30th Show Postponed Due to Gokhan Saki's Injury

  • Published in Kickboxing

United GloryWith Gokhan Saki and John Alessio injured entering into the January 30th United Glory card, held by the Golden Glory team, they've decided to postpone the show until March. They put up a notice on their website on the 21st and will announce a make-up date on the 25th.

UG has taken this decision in the light of the news that Gokhan Saki has not recovered sufficiently from his broken hand (an injury sustained during the K1 final held in Japan). As a result of the injury, Saki would have been unable to fight in the Glory World Series on 30 January 2011.
In view of his unique kickboxing skills and enormous public popularity, UG believes that the event cannot continue without him. UG aims to prevent the major disappointment among fans that would result if he was not given a fair chance to prove himself in the Glory World Series. The recommendation to postpone the event in order to ensure that the favourite Gokhan Saki can still take part was also made for the sake of the TV companies who broadcast the Glory World Series to countless fans. The move is also of major importance for the sponsors of the Glory World Series.

Read the entire release on the United Glory website. Keep your eyes glued to for more information when we have it.


Abraham Roqueni vs. Albert Kraus Promo Video

  • Published in Kickboxing

While there is a lot of buzz around the upcoming K-1 and Glory tournaments, there is still a ton of great fights going on elsewhere. On April 28th K-1 mainstay Albert Kraus takes on another big name in the world of 70kgs in Abraham Roqueni. Hopefully we have easy access to the fight as it will be a great test for seeing where Albert Kraus is right now and if we expect him in the K-1 tournament what to expect from him.


Watch Sergei Kharitonov Training With Golden Glory

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Sergei Kharitonov is one of the "dark horses" in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, as he takes on Andrei Arlovski in the first round, in a fight which very well could have happened in the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 last year if Andrei Arlovski's nose didn't explode in training. Bas Boon's company, Fight Game, released some training footage of Sergei Kharitonov preparing for his Strikeforce fight on February 12th. Sergei looks great, and for all of those out there who have hated on Bas Boon in the past, understand just how involved Boon is in his fighters' training. Watch at the 3:09 mark where Boon himself steps into the ring and spars with an exhausted Kharitonov.

Bas Boon is a bad ass, he is the real deal and what I'd love to see in more fight managers. He understands because he is a fighter himself. Andrei Arlovski facing off with Sergei Kharitonov is one of the fights I'm looking forward to the most, I don't know about you. Onward, Strikeforce Heavyweight GP. [hat tip]


It's Showtime and GLORY Compromise Over Robin van Roosmalen

  • Published in Kickboxing

Robin van Roosmalen

LiverKick has covered on numerous occasions how the Kickboxing world has been essentially split down the middle and the recent announcement of Robin van Roosmalen's signing to It's Showtime and participation in K-1 was huge. GLORY then threatened to sue Robin over breach of contract and said that they could not get into contact with him. Van Roosmalen had not only a management contract with Glory, but a fight contract with Glory Sports International that barred him from competing for certain organizations, which he promptly ignored. It looks like there is a resolution with no one being sued, and that means that Robin had to pull out of the K-1 World MAX GP on May 27th and will compete in the Glory World Series tournament on May 26th as scheduled, but will fight for It's Showtime and possibly K-1 in the future as well. Press release follows;

Golden Glory and IT’S SHOWTIME have come to a compromise regarding Robin van Roosmalen.

Both Golden Glory, IT’S SHOWTIME and Robin have made clear mutual agreements that make it possible for Robin to fight on Glory events as well as on IT’S SHOWTIME events.

These agreements prevent a lawsuit, which is in the best interest of the person and the fighter Robin van Roosmalen. The management contract from Golden Glory with Van Roosmalen will be respected and all parties hope to send out a signal that’s in the best interest of our sport in general.

On May 26, Robin van Roosmalen will be on the fight card of Glory in Sweden.


FEG's Bankruptcy Makes Waves in Japan

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K-1 BankruptFighting Entertainment Group, best known as FEG, has gotten an incredibly bad rep after the past few years, and rightfully so. The sad part is, this led to the K-1 name being dragged through not only the mud, but the pig pen. K-1 is now under new ownership, but a lot of this news has apparently yet to really hit Japan. Tony L and Go Yamamoto, whom I greatly respect and have always been on the ball, published this article on Sherdog that quite simply seems out of date and will simply confuse many fans who have been following this closely. If anything, it reflects the understanding of K-1's current situation in Japan or if you aren't reading LiverKick on a regular basis; hazy, at best.

K-1 Global Holdings has made no ifs about it, their focus is on the United States. Their plan is for three events in the United States in 2012, including the K-1 WGP USA Qualifying Tournament in Los Angeles, the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 in Miami and K-1 World Grand Prix Finals in New York.

Today Tanikawa made a public statement, which was published on the FEG official website, confirming that indeed, FEG and himself were beyond broke.

e it gets confusing is how it has been appearing in the media. The same day that Masato appeared to the media alongside Mike Kim to talk about K-1 in Madrid, newspapers in Japan were running headlines stating "K-1 Bankrupt." They were talking about FEG, but there has been very little K-1 news in Japan and even less buzz about K-1 Global Holdings and the "new management" before Masato's appearance.


No, Gokhan Saki Didn't Leave Glory, Is Training at Mike's Gym

  • Published in Kickboxing

An interesting rumor has been circulating the past few days in the Kickboxing world, the rumor being that Gokhan Saki has left Golden Glory and instead set up shop at Mike's Gym. The rumor does have some truths in it, but the truth part is a bit minor in the grand scheme of things. Maritjn de Jong has been quoted saying that Gokhan Saki has indeed been doing some training at Mike's Gym, but it does not mean that he has left team Golden Glory. The Dutch kickboxing world is just a small world and while there are gym rivalries, they are usually exaggerated in the press and most gyms are rather friendly with each other.

Anyway, here is the video that really sparked this rumor.


Nicky Hemmers On Dynasty and Pressures

  • Published in Interviews

Nicky Hemmers

In Shakespeare's Henry IV part II, the king muses, "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown." In saying this, the king is referencing how he himself or any other person who is a leader can be consumed with worries due to a sometimes overwhelming amount of responsibility and tough decisions. A crown, however, is not always tangible, it can be analogous to something such as one's surname. One's name in this life can come with certain expectations for achievement.

Within the kickboxing community, the name Hemmers rings loudly and proudly as one of the most prestigious families to be associated with the sport. Beginning with the patriarch, Cor Hemmers, this legacy for greatness in the sport has been passed down now to his son Nick, who is now creating a legacy of his own .

Beginning his own training at age eleven, Nicky has lived on both sides of the combat sports coin as both as fighter and a trainer. Having fought professionally from age 16 until 2 years ago, now he has now found his niche as a trainer in Breda at Hemmers Gym where he helps to shape and mold the careers of many of the best and brightest of today's kickboxing community. If you want to know who, think Errol Zimmerman, Jamal Ben Saddik, Filip Verlinden, Robin van Roosmalen, Marc de Bonte and countless others who are making their way up the ranks in Glory and other organizations.

Coming from such a prestigious and well known family one would think the pressure to perform and/or make a mark in this world would be immense, and perhaps it is, but Nicky plays his role with style, grace as well as with a touch of humor. In our talk prior to Glory 16 in Denver, he touched upon that very issue, stating that he does feel pressure to perform but also, that he feels he has a down to earth style that allows him to not only explore innovative ways of training fighters but also to seek and accept constructive criticism about performance. He names his father as a key figure and stated that he frequently asks for feedback on his performance.

With a maturity that exceeds his actual years of experience, Nicky also seems to have developed rather keen insight on the multi-dimensional role he plays in the life of a fighter. Having been there himself, Nicky is not afraid to counsel his trainees on the importance of having a back up plan to sustain them once their days in the ring have come to an end. Nicky also expresses a clear understanding of his role in letting a fighter know when enough is enough, stating, "Sure, he can do what he wants, just not under my name."

With many impressive wins at Glory 14, 15 and 16, 2014 promises to be a very big year for Nicky and his team. Admittedly, he has faced adversity and change during the last 18 months but still he smiles, remarking that it has been these changes that continue to help him to grow and make him a better person. As Glory 17 approaches, we can only wish him the best of luck as he and the men from Hemmers Gym continue to make their mark in this often unpredictable world of combat sports.


Mark "Fightshark" Miller Asks if He is Famous

  • Published in Kickboxing

The Glory World Series on May 28th is rapidly approaching as U.S. fighter Mark "Fightshark" Miller prepares for his return fight against Nikolaj Falin. Miller has overcome many hurdles on the way to his comeback, from open heart surgery where he had a cadaver valve placed in his chest to replace his own faulty heart valve to losing his parents and brother in short order. For most people, this kind of crippling pain would be the end of the line, they'd give up on their dreams, but not for Miller.

Miller has worked hard at getting himself healthy, back into fighting shape and surrounding himself with good people to get his comeback in gear. 2011 is the year where things are coming together for Mark, as he finally has his comeback fight for the Glory World Series, Golden Glory's promotional arm. In his latest blog on MMAWeekly, Miller discusses this past weekend where he went to an invite-only dinner as the guest of television personality Anthony Bourdain and his wife.

On Sunday, I drove to Santa Barbara to see Anthony and genius chef Eric Ripert speak. Following their talk, I was invited by Ottavia to attend a small gathering, where I was to meet Anthony and Eric. I was a little excited. The brash honesty, not blunted, but accompanied by a good heart in Anthony was always a thing I thought would jive well with me. I wasn’t wrong.

After a few minutes of mingling and nibbling on tasty food, Anthony’s eyes caught mine and he gestured vehemently at me while mouthing “get your ass over here!” Anthony Bourdain knew who I was. Color me tickled.

He asked about the comeback, and we chatted honestly about the fight, about Russia, about his fantastic MMA enthusiast wife, all the while Shelby stood, shuffling her feet and looking nervous, as she is a serious fan of Eric Ripert.

After chatting with them for a while, I invited him to the fight (should he find himself in Russia), posed for a photo, which he asked for (again, color me tickled), and shook the big man’s hand.

Read more of Mark's blog including a guilt-by-association moment and him reflecting on what it means to be famous. [source]


It's Showtime 60 in Japan is Off, For Now

IS Japan

Chalk this one up to an unfortunate circumstance of the GLORY buyout of It's Showtime, as there are still a few It's Showtime events scheduled for this year and it looks like the first victim will be the It's Showtime event in Yokohama. To understand what kind of a blow this is, It's Showtime has been working with local promoters in Japan for well over a year now promoting "Countdown to It's Showtime" events, which were all supposed to lead to It's Showtime's big Japan debut. This was to take place in September, but it looks like it might not happen in September, or even at all. Statement from Simon Rutz and It's Showtime Japan's President Fujiawara below.

"As a result of the acquisition of IT'S SHOWTIME by GLORY Sports International and all necessary internal adjustments associated with this acquisition, we’ve both, GLORY Sports International and Showtime Japan concluded that the necessary period for the preparation is too short to ensure the desired quality for our show, which was scheduled for September 17, 2012, in the Pacifico National Convention Hall in Yokohama, Japan.

For this reason we decided to postpone this event until further notice.


Bloodstain Lane Urges You to Support Kickboxing

  • Published in Kickboxing

We've been preaching this for a while now; that kickboxing is one of the greatest sports in the world and that it needs a bigger following in the United States. No, it deserves a bigger following in the United States. Any sport as exciting as kickboxing deserves a wider audience and the fighters, promoters and sponsors who work hard all do so for a reason; passion. That is all that you can ask for, and that is what kickboxing delivers.

Our good friend Bloodstain Lane agrees and his latest video is just that; he urges everyone to support the kickboxing world and talks about the upcoming return of Mark Miller as well.

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