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VIDEO: Masato's Fight With Takanori Gomi From New Year's Eve

  • Published in Kickboxing

While the legendary Masato may be retired, that doesn't mean that he doesn't like to entertain audiences from time-to-time. For the second year in a row, Masato participated in an exhibition bout for the New Year's Eve variety show Kyokugen in Japan. Last year was a bout with rival KID Yamamoto, while this year was a kickboxing exhibition bout with PRIDE lightweight legend Takanori Gomi.

Both men were a huge part of the boom years of Japan's obsession with kakutougi and this fight did take a back seat to RIZIN due to its nature, but it's still worth a watch and has some really crazy moments for two guys fighting for essentially nothing but fun.

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Yokkao in Talks to Bring Popular Brand of Gear and Fight Shows to the US

  • Published in Muay Thai

Yokkao is one of those brands that started out small, then was able to grow with their products increasing in quality and prominence while they started sponsoring bigger and bigger name fighters and even hosting their fights at Yokkao branded events. After a whirlwind of attention (over 1.7 million Instagram views in ten days), Yokkao is looking to further enter the US market. 

While Yokkao has dipped its toes in the US waters before, they are looking now to find a distributor for Yokkao products to cut costs for those in the US looking to attain said goods, as well as places to host seminars, workshops and fight events. A large volume of their products are shipped internationally to fans and fighters in the US and having a distributor in the US will allow for prices to drop significantly.

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Yokkao Bringing Saenchai to the US This Winter For Seminars

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Living legend Saenchai will be returning to North America in January and February for a tour of the US, Mexico and Canada for seminar sessions thanks to Yokkao. Yokkao, who have already announced their intentions to focus more heavily on the US market, will be making part of their big push this winter with these Yokkao-sponsored Saenchai seminars. 

Saenchai has been holding seminars all around the world, teaching packed gyms some of his astounding techniques and rock-solid grasp on the sport. 

Check out Yokkao for more info.

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Badr Hari Wants Rico Verhoeven Rematch in May or June

  • Published in Glory

The fight that many believed would never happen between Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven did happen, but the ending was perhaps bittersweet and exactly the kind of letdown that fans have grown accustomed to when it comes to the sport of kickboxing under-delivering on big promises. So while the fight was put together, the fighters ready to brawl and the arena packed full of passionate fans, the outcome was Badr Hari forfeiting thanks to an injury. 

Rico Verhoeven immediately offered Badr a rematch in the ring, to which Badr Hari replied in amiable fashion to, although still denigrating his opponent. The scorecards reflected that the judges had Badr Hari winning the first round, but the fight was far from over, especially considering a strike from Verhoeven is ultimately what injured Hari and forced the stoppage. For fans a conclusion to this fight is not only desirable, but almost a necessity. In an interview with John O'Regan, Hari claimed that he was looking to plan for a rematch in May or June, although he still didn't seem to respect his opponent.

“That's why it was so sour that I had to stop. But be honest, did you see me worrying, or in trouble? Like I said in the ring [after the fight], he became a man but he needs to be more to beat me. He is still not in my league.”

Hari's punching power and explosiveness are legendary, as are his temper both in and out of the ring. Legal issues have kept him away from the ring during what could have been the prime of his career and still haunt him to this day, everything from where he can actually get a license to fight to working around court dates and the uncertainty of the future. 

A rematch seems in order as long as both men are up for it and the asking prices don't fly through the roof. Right now the sport needs the rematch, if not to clear up the debate of who is the better fighter, to deliver on a promise and help build up the reputation of the sport once again.

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Kunlun Fight 54 Fight Card: 70kg Tournament Continues

  • Published in Kickboxing

Kunlun Fight continues putting on some of the biggest shows in all of kickboxing on October 30th with Kunlun Fight 54. The event features the continuation of Kunlun's 70kg tournament and the women's 61.5kg World Championship Tournament. 

61.5kg World Championship Tournament: Candice Mitcgell vs. Melinda Madjene

60kg Lee Chanhyeong vs. Wang Wenfeng

61.5kg World Championship Tournament: Marisa Pires vs. Anissa Haddoui

75kg Konishi Takuma vs. Arthit

61.5kg World Championship Tournament: Korina Papachrysanthou vs. Wang Kehan

61.5kg World Championship Tournament: Diana Zubrovskaia vs. Juliana Werner

72kg Noh Jaegil vs. Cai Liangchan

70kg Dzhabar Askerov vs. Dzianis Zuev

71kg Yuichiro Nagashima vs. Tian Xin

70kg World Championship Tournament: Mohamed Mezouari vs. Davit Kiria

70kg World Championship Tournament: Cedric Manhoef vs. Wu Xuesong

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Never Underestimate Anderson 'Braddock' Silva

  • Published in Glory

When you ask kickboxing fans about the fight that they are most excited for the answer is almost inevitable; Badr Hari making his GLORY debut against reigning GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven. It's the biggest kickboxing fight at heavyweight since the fall of FEG's K-1 back in 2010, a battle between the man who was primed to become the king of the heavyweight division and the man who actually became that top fighter.

Yet, at GLORY 33 New Jersey Rico Verhoeven takes possibly the biggest gamble that he's taken in his professional career, months out from the biggest fight of his life and of GLORY's tenure thus far. At GLORY 33 Rico Verhoeven will defend the GLORY Heavyweight Championship against Anderson "Braddock" Silva. Silva, who has been fighting at heavyweight for years, proving himself to be a name and a guy who has always been knocking at the door of the top ten or traversing it without finding his way to the top. His shot comes with question marks attached, like where is Ismael Londt, the man who earned a shot against Verhoeven? Braddock perhaps deserved a shot a while ago, but now there are contenders for Verhoeven.

To many, the conclusion has been that Braddock is simply a "warm up" fight. The last time that someone viewed Braddock as merely a speed bump was Remy Bonjasky, who was looking to prove that his career was not over yet, only for Braddock to push the pace and pick up the victory over the K-1 legend.

In the same vein, at GLORY 16 Denver Braddock was facing off against Sergei Kharitonov, a man that had a bigger contract with GLORY thanks to his previous accomplishments only for Braddock to soundly defeat him. While Braddock may not have ever held those big, impressive championships, Braddock has been a spoiler within the division, the guy that serves as the gatekeeper to becoming elite, or the man who would defeat would-be contenders and send them back to the end of the line. 

He's a dangerous fight for any heavyweight, especially for someone like Rico Verhoeven, who when proven to be distracted in the past has lost a fight that many thought he'd handily win.

Plus, let's never forget one of the best heavyweight head kick knock outs in kickboxing history courtesy of Braddock. 

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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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SuperKombat Announces US Television Deal with CBS Sports Network

  • Published in Kickboxing

After the rumors had been around for a few months that SuperKombat had worked out a television deal in the United States, they finally announced the deal on December 14th, confirming that they had inked a deal with CBS Sports Network. CBS Sports Network has aired combat sports in the past, including MMA promotions like Titan MMA, Cage Fury and others, as well as formerly airing the GLORY SuperFight Series. 

The deal for 2017 is for CBS Sports Network to air six SuperKombat events and that the events will be kickboxing with some MMA sprinkled in as well. Eduard Irimia issued a statement in a press release today. “We are very excited to have CBS Sports Network air Superkombat and to have our brand exposed through a major sports network in the United States. After six years of live events broadcast in 95 countries, five continents, and commentary in 22 languages, we are proud to bring Superkombat to CBS Sports Network and provide exposure for the brand across the United States and Canada.” 

CBS Sports Network is in approximately 60 million homes in the United States and Canada.

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FFC Ending the Year with a Championship-Filled FFC 27

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Croatian promotion FFC looks to wrap up 2016 with a big show in Zagreb Arena on December 17th, featuring four big title fights featuring some of their biggest stars. Heavyweight Champion Mladen Brestovac will look to defend his title against Daniel Lentie, Pavel Zhuravlev will be defending his -95kg championship against Dzevad Poturak. Denix Marjanovic and Rene Wimmer will be vying for the 85kg championship and Samo Petje will take on Tigran Movisyan for the -70kg championship.

FFC 27 – NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS

December 17, Zagreb Arena

Mladen Brestovac(C) (CRO) vs. Daniel Lentie (CAM/FRA), HW – title match

Pavel Zhuravlev(C) (UKR) vs. Dževad Poturak (BiH), -95kg – title match

Denis Marjanović (BiH) vs. Rene Wimmer (AUT), -85kg – title match

Jasmin Bajrović (CRO) vs. Ivan Bilić (CRO), -77kg

Samo Petje (CRO) vs. Tigran Movisyan (CZE/ARM), -70kg – title match

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Yokkao Holding 30% Off Black Friday Sales All Week

  • Published in Muay Thai

While the whole concept of Thanksgiving as an American holiday can and has been disputed throughout modern history, it's primarily a holiday about spending time with family, eating turkey for some reason and watching football. Over the past few years the idea of Black Friday -- the day following Thanksgiving -- has blossomed from a way for retail outlets to kickstart their extremely profitable holiday season to a global tradition that sees everyone slashing prices to attract the attention and money of you, the customer looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, someone you don't particularly like, or just yourself. 

In that fine tradition, globally-sought-after gear and lifestyle brand Yokkao is offering a whopping 30% off sale until Friday in honor of Black Friday. Yes, that means gear, gloves, shorts, t-shirts and even having your stuff embroidered with your name as well. All of that is 30% off with the code BLACKFRIDAY during checkout at http://www.yokkao.com/shop

The offer is good until Friday, so if you or someone you love is in the market for some new gloves, pads, shorts or anything else muay thai related Yokkao has you covered as long as you punch in the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.

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