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LiverKick Podcast - Volume 10: K-1 Returns, Again

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K-1 is back and so are we. After a month without hearing Rian Scalia (@rianscalia) and myself (@liverkickdotcom / @dvewlsh) talking about Kickboxing, we are at it again. The K-1 World Grand Prix in Los Angeles happened and here are our thoughts from after the show.

Join myself and Rian Scalia as we prattle on for about 40 minutes about K-1.

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LiverKick Podcast - Volume 9: Battle of the Press Releases

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Yes, you read that correctly; the LiverKick podcast is back once again. We've taken it upon ourselves to only give this to you when the time is right, and seeing as though we are finally getting some announcements from both K-1 and Glory, the time felt about right. This has truly been the battle of the press releases, for better or for worse. Both companies have been releasing press releases with announcements, big and small, and it is up for you to decide which appeals to you.

Join myself and Rian Scalia as we prattle on for about 40 minutes about the latest in the Kickboxing world.

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LiverKick Podcast - Volume 8: Glory Buys It's Showtime

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This weekend was huge for Kickboxing. Firstly, It's Showtime promoted It's Showtime 57&58, featuring some very important fights and putting on an incredibly entertaining card. That wasn't it, though, was it? On top of that, Glory Sports International announced -- from that show -- that they had purchased It's Showtime and will absorb It's Showtime's staff and fighters into the Glory team, shaking the Kickboxing world up like never before. Rian Scalia (@rianscalia) and myself (@dvewlsh / @liverkickdotcom) talk you through what was a historic weekend for Kickboxing.

without further ado, go ahead and take a listen.

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LiverKick.com Podcast - Week of December 11

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This week we bring you something a bit newer and different, as Rian Scalia (@rianscalia) and myself (@LiverKickdotcom) come to you for the first time with the LiverKick podcast. We kick off with this, a test of sorts, which we recorded on Saturday night after all of the excitement surrounding the UFC show and the Amir Khan fight. There was not exactly a ton of happenings within the world of Kickboxing, but we decided to go over the fan-generated list of Fights of the Year that they've submitted.

Look for an official poll from us soon so you can vote for the Fight of the Year! We also discuss what is going on with FIKA, Cro Cop returning to K-1 action and what to look forward to in 2012.

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Performance Enhancing Drugs Found in Badr Hari's Home

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I feel like this is one of those stories that makes everyone scratch their heads in unison; Badr Hari was on performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). It feels like one of those, "well, duh" situations, as most of us have noted that Badr Hari has been huge at times, but reports of him in prison were of him at under 80kgs. Badr was at one time a skinny guy, small and wiry, before he became the beast that he is today.

According to Crimesite.nl, the Dutch police went into his home to look for evidence against him in his upcoming court case about the mistreatment of Everink Koen, when they discovered a few performance enhancing drugs. What exactly were these drugs? The steroid Anapolon, estrogen blocker Tamoxifen and lastly Gentropin, or injectable Human Growth Hormone (HGH). While sure, this is not really illegal, it is proof that Badr Hari has used performance enhancing drugs and that he most likely is on them again.

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March 12: Mike Zambidis vs. Ali Gunyar

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Zambidis_GunyarNew fight news coming out of Greece: On March 12 in Athens it will be "Iron" Mike Zambidis vs. Ali Gunyar.  The two are headlining a show called Iron Challenge.  No other fights are yet announced.

This is a big fight for both men.  For Zambidis, this is a chance to continue to reestablish himself as a relevant name in the 70kg ranks.  Two years ago, it looked like Zambo's time at the top might have been done.  But he turned that around in 2010, putting together a 4 fight win streak over all strong names (Dzhabar Askerov, Warren Stevelmans, Chahid Oulad El Hadj, Yuichiro Nagashima) and ending the year as the first man in K-1 MAX to actually give champ Giorgio Petrosyan a challenge.  Oh, and along the way he just happened to turn in one of the greatest fights in K-1 MAX history, the 2010 LiverKick.com Fight of the Year against Chahid.  He's pulled himself all the way back up to #11 in our rankings, which is a huge swing from where he was not long ago.  A win over Gunyar says that he's all the way back, but a loss here will cause some to question if 2010 was an anomaly for the popular veteran fighter.

For Ali Gunyar, this is a chance to put his name in there with the real players in this division. The veteran fighter has faced many of the big names at 70kg, including Albert Kraus and Gago Drago among others, although he has often come up short in these fights.  In 2008 and 2009 he put together some solid wins, scoring victories over Chahid Oulad El Hadj, Virgil Kalakoda, and more.  He's the kind of skilled, traveled fighter that could give Zambidis a challenge, and while he's the underdog here, this is not a gimme for Zambidis.

As is always the case when Zambidis fights, he'll give up the height and reach to Gunyar, but will make up for it with an advantage in power.  In the end, I think that power and resilience, combined with the thrill of fighting in front of the Greek fans that treat him as a national hero, will give Zambidis the edge here.

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Daniel Ghita Moving to Florida to Train with Overeem and "Blackzilian" Team

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Daniel GhitaIn a move that might seem sudden to some, Daniel Ghita will be moving his base of operations to the United States in the near future. The move comes at the behest of Alistair Overeem, who recently inked an agreement with the "Blackzilian" camp in Florida that is run by Authentic Sports Management, led by Glenn Robinson. Now, if your question is why would Daniel Ghita move to the United States because of Alistair Overeem moving there, the answer is simple; Daniel Ghita has been a vital part of Alistair Overeem's recent training and has become such an asset that Overeem wanted to lock him up.

This comes after there were rumors that Junior Dos Santos was trying to bring Daniel Ghita into his camp to help prepare for Alistair Overeem, knowing that Ghita had worked with Overeem on his last fight and would be a good sparring partner as well. We confirmed this with Anil Dubar earlier in the week, but at that point there had been no decision yet. There is a good chance that when Overeem and his people found out about JDS trying to lure Ghita to Brazil there became an immediate need to lock down Daniel Ghita to ensure he wasn't snatched up.

Ghita's home base will be in Florida now, but he has spoken to Sport.ro and said that his focus is still on competing in Kickboxing (noted: K-1), but he will also be training with UFC fighters as well. This will probably bring about rumors of Ghita making a switch to MMA, but as we saw from Tyrone Spong, training in a camp with MMA fighters will not exactly negate your skills as a Kickboxer and Ghita should be fine training for future bouts there.

Update: Anil Dubar confirmed to us that Ghita will only be staying there for two months.

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Badr Hari in Trouble Again -- This Time in Ibiza

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Oh Badr, when you chose the nickname of "Bad Boy" did you feel like you had to live up to the name all of the time? There have been reports over the last few weeks of some more trouble for Badr Hari, a lot of it rumor, conjecture and so forth. Stuff like possibly harassing Ruud Gullit, his family, etc. It's been hard to find any reliable proof about these claims, but the latest one was that he trashed a Villa of Gullit's in Ibiza and, well, he got himself into more trouble in Ibiza, which might substantiate it.

So what exactly is this trouble in Ibiza? Badr Hari got into an argument with DJ Afrojack, a famous Dutch musician and performer, in Ibiza, which led to him attacking Afrojack, only for it to be broken up before more damage could be done. Apparently Afrojack is not looking to press charges, though, as he is afraid of what Badr Hari might do to him if he does. This altercation seems to be a few weeks old now, just now leaking out because of Afrojack not talking about it.

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Badr Hari To Be Charged With Attempted Manslaughter, Facing Possibly 10 Years in Prison

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Things have been up-in-the-air for the bad boy, Badr Hari, as he has been in jail awaiting sentencing for quite a while now. It appears that the courts have decided what to do with him, and if you are a Badr Hari fan, it does not look good for him right now. The charges to be levied against the former K-1 fighter who recently attempted to switch gears to professional Boxing before returning to the Kickboxing ring in May is that of Attempted Manslaughter.

If you are wondering about the kind of evidence they have against him, they have DNA evidence from a towel that they found and there are also nine open cases against Badr Hari right now. Of course, the most serious is the Attempted Manslaughter of Koen Everink in July, and it looks like with the evidence that they have and his past history, things might be looking bleak for Hari. The court is going to attempt to put Hari away for ten years, which would effectively mean the end of Badr Hari's career as a Kickboxer, Boxer or anything else in the world of combat sports. [Source]

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LiverKick Podcast - Vol. 4: It's Showtime 55, Heavyweight Kickboxing

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You know that you are doing something right when you get emails and tweets asking you do to more of something. Especially in the age of the internet where just about everything sucks according to somebody and comments sections on just about every site turns into armchair grammarians, historians and experts of all kinds decide to dig their heels into the sand and prove their internet superiority. So you asked for more of the LiverKick podcast and we are more than happy than to bring it directly to you.

This week Rian (@rianscalia) and myself (@liverkickdotcom / @locuststar) talk about It's Showtime 55, looking through the card and giving analysis on the future for these fighters and some of the divisions. We take a long, hard look at how these fights affect the rest of 2012 in the Kickboxing world, especially at Heavyweight. The retirement of Badr Hari and rising of Daniel Ghita and Errol Zimmerman really paints a new picture at Heavyweight.

So go ahead and give it a listen. Into and outtro provided by my own project called Night Terrain (@nightterrain).

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