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Simon Rutz Possibly Finished With Promoting in the Netherlands

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Big news coming from the Netherlands as Simon Rutz has been making the media rounds to promote the huge It's Showtime 55 event taking place in Leeuwarden. Leeuwarden was an interesting choice, as it was obviously not It's Showtime's home base when compared to Amsterdam. Apparently Rutz is upset with the recent events within his home country that revolve around the BIBOB law. BIBOB, for those unaware, is a law where local officials are able to require local businesspeople to acquire  a license through them after going through a background check to ensure that there are no criminal elements within the organization. For It's Showtime we've seen this law rear its ugly head in Amsterdam, canceling the December event on short notice due to BIBOB restrictions.

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Iman Barlow Pulls Out Of GLORY Super Bantamweight Tournament

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Interesting update following the announcement of the GLORY Super Bantamweight Tournament, as one of the bigger names that was signed has already pulled out. That name is Iman Barlow, the UK-based fighter known as one of the best in the world. Her statement via Facebook points towards a lack of communication.

Unfortunately I have come to a decision that I am not going to be part of the Glory tournament. I was asked to fight on Glory 25th June to which I said Yes. I then later find out via social media that it was a tournament which is above my fight weight class. This was bad communication, I was never told it was at 55.5 or more than one bout. I can not commit to this as I have other commitments to fulfil. I would and am willing to fight Tiffany (as I know many want to see this fight) after the tournament if they want in a one off

Fight, but without signing a long confusing contract. I wish everyone in it the best of luck and I hope it's a great success for Glory. It's an amazing opportunity but for me just came across at the wrong time. 

I hope you all understand.Thanks X

So, according to Barlow, she didn't know the weight class that she was supposed to be competing in, didn't know that it was a tournament and it seems like she didn't understand that the contract with GLORY was a longer term one and not just one fight. This all feels like strange oversight considering how the tournament came together. Possibly her and her team agreeing to a deal without weighing deals she already had in place? Especially considering just the other day she posted a screenshot of the GLORY rankings (with the weight clearly listed) celebrating her #1 spot, she seemed excited about fighting in GLORY and being atop of their division.

This wouldn't be the first false-start that GLORY has seen with well-known muay thai fighters. GLORY had initially announced signing muay thai phenom Kevin Ross only for his previous contract with Lion Fight ultimately getting in the way. Here's to hoping that this gets worked out in the near future and that we're able to see more of Iman Barlow in the near future.

We've reached out to GLORY for comment.

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Former K-1 Fighter Scott Lighty Faces Satoshi Ishii in March

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Scott LightyK-1's short run of USA shows have produced more MMA talent than one might think at a first glance. That isn't to say that there is a wealth of talent that came out of it, but Pat Barry is currently a UFC Heavyweight who has had mixed results and there was one man that beat him that went on to MMA, Scott Lighty. Scott Lighty trains with The Pit, you know, John Hackleman's camp, best known for former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell. Lighty made the transition to MMA after mixed success in the K-1 USA ring. In the 2004 USA GP he knocked out Frank Cota before being stopped himself by Mighty Mo. Then in 2005 he defeated Pat Barry in a Reserve bout and got called into action, where he was knocked out by a then game Gary Goodridge.

People hate on Goodridge for his most recent performances, but in 2005 squaring off with Goodridge was a scary affair. K-1 ran another Vegas GP in August and Lighty's guts and determination earned him a spot again. This time he pushed forward, knocking out Tatsufumi Tomihira, taking Chalid "Die Faust" to a decision only to lose a close fight to Ruslan Karaev in the Finals. He came back, again, in 2006 to take Dewy Cooper to a Decision before running head first into Gary Goodridge again, and that, as they say, was that, for Lighty's K-1 career. Lighty didn't stop because he didn't have the talent, drive and determination, it stopped because K-1 stopped running their Las Vegas GP and he started training for MMA. This was the height of the Chuck Liddell era, so for a kickboxer like Lighty to see Liddell running roughshod over an entire division, he had to think, "I can do that."

Coming into his next fight, he will be 6-1, with his only loss to hot prospect Antwain Britt, whose wrestling was a bit out of Lighty's league. But regardless, yeah, Lighty can do that. Lighty was picked up by EliteXC in his first year as a professional MMA fighter, which turned out to be EliteXC's last year. He moved on to Strikeforce where he is 1-1 and looks at his next step to moving up the ladder; 2008 Judo Olympic Gold Medalist, Satoshi Ishii.

Ishii talked and talked about making a Strikeforce debut in April, and it turns out, for once, that wasn't grandstanding, he will make his Strikeforce debut on April 1 on a Strikeforce Contenders/ShoMMA card against Lighty. This is a good fight for both fighters, as a win can justify moving up in the rankings and taking on stiffer competition, with each men providing a foil for each other. Lighty has superior stand up, if anything, K-1 level beyond UFC's Pat Barry, and Ishii has Olympic Judo skills.

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Watch Tyrone Spong and Peter Aerts Staredown

It's Showtime is tomorrow, coming at us with one of the biggest fights of the year so far in Peter Aerts taking on Tyrone Spong live from Brussels. For Americans, the second half of the card will air on HDnet (soon to be AXS) at 3pm Eastern, for anyone who wants to watch the full card or is in an area where it won't be aired on television, head to ShowtimeFights.com and order the PPV now (clicking that link supports LiverKick!).

This video is courtesy of our friends at Staredown.NL, who will without a doubt be posting some more awesome content over the weekend.

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Kunlun Books Sitthichai vs. Yodsanklai for December

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Fans of Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong know that not only has Sitthichai been competing in the GLORY ring, but he's also been competing in China's premier kickboxing league in Kunlun. Under the Kunlun banner Sitthichai has wins over both Murthel Groenhart and Andy Souwer. While his last fight may have been disappointing against Robin van Roosmalen, his next fight is nothing short of a dream match for fans of kickboxing and muay thai.

That fight is against Yodsanklai Fairtex. 

While the big fight that everyone has wanted may be Buakaw Banchamek vs. Yodsanklai Fairtex, Buakaw's management and those in control of his career seem to be doing everything in their power to ensure that fight won't happen. At this point that is just a reality that fans will have to face. But Yodsanklai vs. Sitthichai? That's a big fight and one that fans should be over-the-moon about. 

Here's what the entire card looks like this far, from Kiksie.

Tournament Semifinal #1 - 80kg

Artur Kyshenko (Ukraine) vs. Dmitry Valent (Belarus)

Tournament Semifinal #2 - 80kg

Bai Jinbin (China) vs. Arthit Hanchana (Thailand)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #1 – 70kg

Kong Lingfeng (China) vs. Victor Nagbe (Australia)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #2 – 70kg

Zhang Chunyu (China) vs. Superbon Banchamek (Thailand)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #3 – 70kg

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) vs. Yodsanklai Fairtex (Thailand)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #4 – 70kg

Davit Kiria (Georgia) vs. Enriko Gogokhia (Ukraine)

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Watch Murat Direcki vs. Chris Ngimbi From It's Showtime!! 44

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Kickboxing is like MMA in a way, where there are results that are disputed by fans when it comes to close fights. This past weekend's It's Showtime!! event flew under the radar due to falling on the same weekend as the K-1 World Grand Prix, but that doesn't mean that it did not have its share of exciting action. It's Showtime's 70kgs championship was on the line as Murat Direcki defending the title against Chris Ngimbi in the main event. It was a close bout, seeing Ngimbi pulling out the decision victory, but many fans, as well as the announce team, feel that Direcki deserved the nod. Who do you feel won the bout? Direcki is in the blue trunks, Ngimbi in the white.

 

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Liverkick Throwback: Ernesto Hoost Vs Jerome Le Banner 1999

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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.

Today we are going to back to one of the best K-1 Heavyweight Rivalry's, Ernesto "Mr. Perfect" Hoost Vs Jerome Le Banner. These two fought 5 times, Hoost won 3 and Le Banner won 2 and not a single one of those fights went the distance. The style clash in these fights was the brawler against technical fighter that people love to see. Le Banner still had a lot of technical skill but compared to Hoost's technique he was a brawler and at 6 foot 3 inches and 265 pounds Le Banner was very powerful to say the least.

This fight was at the K-1 WGP 1999 Semi-Finals, Hoost beat Andy Hug by decision to advance and JLB knocked out Peter Aerts in the first round, which made Le Banner the much fresher man. They had already fought each other twice and had one win each, this was essentially the rubber match. Le Banner came out strong and fast as usual, but Mr. Perfect weathered the storm until the second round and capitalized on his opponents aggression to land a few well timed right hands, followed by a flurry and put Le Banner's lights out. Hoost moved on to the finals where he knocked out Mirko Cro Cop with a liver punch to become the K-1 WGP Champion for the second time.

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VIDEO: Mike Zambidis Victorious Against Steve Moxon in Retirement Bout

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Well damn. Sometimes the good comes with the bad. This weekend was the retirement of one of the all-time greats in the sport of kickboxing in Iron Mike Zambidis. Zambidis had endeared himself to fans all across the world with his explosive and exciting fighting style and never-say-die attitude, but it was time for him to hang up the gloves. Zambidis had to make the tough decision but in pure Mike Zambidis fashion he decided to go out on his own terms. Most fighters would have fought in front of their hometown against someone that would be a pushover to create a memorable last victory. Zambidis is not that guy. 

Oh no, Mike Zambidis wanted to fight a top-ranked Steve Moxon who had laid out a challenge to him last year. It was a title vs. title affair and it was Mike Zambidis's retirement. How did it go? Well, Zambidis goes out with a huge victory and you can watch the fight here.

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Kunlun Fight 39 Results and Kunlun Acquires Series B Financing, Making Them a Chinese Powerhouse

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This past weekend Kunun Fight returned with their 39th numbered event in which we saw two more 70kg tournaments to decide who moves on to the next stage. Those two men are Artem Pashporin and Zhao Shuai, both men picking up decisions on their way to the top. Aso on the event we saw Buakaw defeat Kong Lingfeng via decision and Gu Gui defeat Abert Kraus.

To top things off, Kunlun Fight also secured its B round of financing today, securing 200 million RMB from Morningside Ventures. This places their valuation at over 350 million USD, which makes them the most valuable startup in combat sports in all of China. According to their investors sports in America make up for 3% of the GDP while in China it is currently only sitting at .3% of their GDP, meaning that there is a lot of room for expansion in the Chinese marketplace, which is only exasperated by the interest that promotions like Kunlun Fight have gained in just the last two years. 

Kunlun Fight 39

Buakaw Banchamek (R3 - Decision) Kong Lingfeng

Gu Gui (R3 - Decision) Albert Kraus

Zhang Meng (R3 - Decision) Ulrich Emmanuel

70kg Tournament Group C Semi: Artem Pashporin (R3 - Decision) Victor Nagbe

70kg Tournament Group C Semi: Li Zhuangzhuag (R3 - Decision) Bruno Miranda

70kg Tournament Group C Final: Artem Pashporin (R3 - Decision) Li Zhuangzhuag

70kg Tournament Group D Semi: Vladimir Konsky (R3 - Decision) Hakim Att Hma

70kg Tournament Group D Semi: Zhao Shuai (R3 - Decision) Seyedisa Alamdrnezam

70kg Tournament Group D Final: Zhao Shuai (R3 - Decision) Vladimir Konsky

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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.

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