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Dave Walsh

Dave Walsh

Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.

His first novel, the Godslayer, is available now

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Video: Josh Jauncey vs. Jae-Gil Noh From GLORY 18

GLORY 18 might be in the books and we might be kind of frustrated with the lack of information about GLORY 19, but we can at least bask in the glory (no pun intended) of watching from the SuperFight Series the fight between Josh Jauncey and Jae-Gil Noh. Watch Jauncey just dismantle Noh in the second round here in what was just a beautiful display.

WGP #24 on December 20th Featuring Alex Pereira and Felipe Micheletti

WGP Kickboxing in Brazil plan to close out 2014 with a bang with WGP #24 on December 20th featuring some of their biggest stars competing at the highest level. WGP has taken to streaming their events of late on internet PPV for cheap, which means that you should be able to catch the event on LiverKick on December 20th.

The big fight is featuring GLORY standout Alex Pereira, who is set to square off against Ivan Galaz. Also on the card will be Felipe Micheletti against Toni Milanovic. There will also be a one-night Grand Prix for the 71.8kg title, featuring Bruno Gazani vs. Ravy Brunow and Weber Shrek vs. San Martino. 

K-1 Signs Yodsanklai Fairtex to Two-Year Contract

In an interesting twist of fate considering the recent events that unfolded in Thailand with Buakaw Banchamek and K-1, K-1 has been able to secure a two-year, kickboxing-exclusive deal with one of the best muay thai fighters who ventures outside of Thailand in Yodsanklai Fairtex. They announced the deal yesterday, which comes as a bit of a shock considering the shock and outrage we saw coming from Thailand after the last event. 

Then again, Yodsanklai has been angling with a fight with Buakaw for ages now and it has simply not materialized. Yodsanklai will be competing at 70kg, which places him within the MAX division. A potential fight between Yodsanklai and K-1 MAX Champion Enriko Kehl would be nothing short of awesome, that's for sure. 

K-1 Announces Deal in China and Three 2015 Events

If you've been wondering why K-1 has been seemingly so focused on China over the past year or so, look no further than the announcement made today by K-1 that they have secured what looks to be a pretty hefty broadcast deal in China that will reach most of the country. We had the news on the next event in China, taking place on January 1st, last week. That will be the first of ten live events that will be produced inside of China next year by K-1 through this partnership.

That first event is a China vs. USA themed event. Originally they had announced Kevin Ross and Tiffany Van Soest from the USA as fighting for the event, but due to commitments to Lion Fight Van Soest is 100% out and Ross is still trying to clear things up, but it's up in the air right now. 

According to their statement today, K-1 will be aired live on nine major, commercial broadcast network in China. I'm not kidding. Those listed are; Hunan TV, Hebei TV, Hubei TV, JiangXi TV, Anhui TV,Chongqing TV, Guangdong TV, Hainan TV, Qinghai TV. This covers most of China's population, which is estimated at 1.357 billion people. I'm not sure how to compare this to the US because China has over four times the population that the US does, but this is basically like being on one of the major broadcast networks like CBS, ABC or NBC. This partnership will make K-1 one of the most widely-viewed combat sports in the world.

K-1 has also announced two other events;

February 1st; China vs. Japan
March 28th; China vs. Thailand

WGP Kickboxing #23 Results

This weekend WGP Kickboxing in Brazil presented their 23rd event, featuring a 64.5kg tournament. The action was intense and saw Emerson Hawk walk away with the tournament crown over the early favorite going into the tournament of Marcus Vinicius. 

Fight 1 - Semifinal GP
Rules K1 (64.5 kg)
Emerson Hawk won Vinicius Bereta by unanimous decision.
 
Fight 2 - Semifinal GP
Rules K1 (64.5 kg)
Marcus Vinicius Wilson Djavan won by unanimous decision.
 
Fight 3 - Reserve Fight GP
Rules K1 (64.5 kg)
Anderson Buzika Paulo Freitas won by knockout.
 
Fight 4 - Super Fight
K1 Rules (71.8 kg)
Ravy Brunow (BRA) beat Nicolas "Nitro" Mujica (URU) by knockout.
 
Fight 5 - Super Fight
K1 Rules (85 kg)
Cesar Almeida (BRA) won Dmitrenko Aleksandr (RUS) by unanimous decision.
 
Fight 6 - Final GP
Rules K1 (61.5 kg)
Emerson Hawk won Marcus Vinicius by unanimous decision.

Caged Muay Thai Returns This Weekend

Legend John Wayne Parr was supposed to retire a long time ago, but he had this crazy idea to take muay thai and put it inside of a cage while wearing MMA gloves. Of course, he wouldn't ask someone to do something like that if he wasn't prepared to and he did just that. Since then the Caged Muay Thai shows have taken off big time in Australia and this weekend they return for Caged Muay Thai 5: Lidon vs. Badato.

The event will be streamed live via GFL.tv.

Card for AMTL's King's Birthday Event on December 5th

It's hard to deny that the East Coast has a thriving muay thai scene that can at time rival the West Coast's. It's that kind of rivalry that is good for the sport here in America as it continues to grow and find a new audience. On December 5th AMTL (American Muay Thai League) will hold a King's Birthday event in Annandale, Virginia to honor the King of Thailand's birthday with what is looking to be a very solid muay thai card featuring Justin Greskiewicz, Coke Chunhawat, Jeremy Carper and more. 

WMC Vice President Paulo Tocha will be there to present the world titles, perhaps best known as Paco from Bloodsport. 

The card will be streaming via GFL.tv.

Main"Sugar Cane" Phanuwat "Coke" Chunhawat vs. Carlos Lopez
Co-mainJustin "The Purple People Eater" Greskiewicz vs. Jeremy Carper
Co-mainCaleb Archer vs. Ahmet Kayretli
UndercardAsa Ten Pow vs. Neil Mustafa
UndercardGianna Smith vs. Diana Metzger
UndercardEvan Reed vs. Jonathan George
UndercardKelly Huston vs. Greg Rowe
UndercardRudy Felix vs. Jared "Diamond" Tipton
UndercardJoey "Twinkle Fingers" Hernandez vs. Namron Bibbens
UndercardRolando Valdez vs. Pablo Garcia
UndercardAllen Hargrove vs. Brian Hansen

 

 

Japan Gets Embarrassed By Shoot Boxing's S-Cup

There’s a belief in the fight community that when you go to Japan that you need to be prepared for anything. You could say that for any fighter going into another country where they are to fight local fighters they have their backs against the wall and fear the “hometown decision,” but in Japan it always seems amplified. A part of that is the marriage of professional wrestling and professional fighting that has existed for a very long time in the world of “kakutougi.”

In fact, if you were to look at Shoot Boxing’s S-Cup event there was a professional wrestling bout on the card featuring New Japan Pro Wrestling Junior Heavyweight sensation Kota Ibushi against former DDT Pro Wrestling colleague Michael Nakazawa. It was originally labeled as an “exhibition match” under Shoot Boxing rules and was scheduled to be against Kazushi Sakuraba, but that fell through thanks to Metamoris 5. 

That should set the tone for you.

This S-Cup was one of the few that I’ve seen more than the usual fans excited over, which was in part due to the card that they put together. Mosab Amrani, Pornasae, Hiroaki Suzuki, Michiko Omigawa, Hiroki Shishido and American Muay Thai fighter Kevin Ross were all a part of the tournament, while legend Andy Souwer and Shoot Boxing hero RENA were in Super Fights. 

It felt like one of the bigger shows that Shoot Boxing had put on in a very, very long time and then Shoot Boxing went and put on a shameful display for all of the world to see. 

The draw for American fans was muay thai standout Kevin Ross being in the tournament. Ross went into the tournament against his toughest test by the way of former Sengoku, DREAM and UFC alumnus Michihiro Omigawa. Omigawa was a champion Judoka who rose to prominence in the Japanese MMA scene and after his UFC stint gave a shot at Shoot Boxing. Much like Toby Imada in the past, his grappling skills were able to help him against seasoned kickboxers and 2014 was his second attempt at Shoot Boxing gold.

By all accounts Omigawa was winning the first round handily thanks to his throws, which score heavily under Shoot Boxing rules, but there was a clash of heads that led to a nasty cut on Omigawa's face. In the second round the cut was a major factor, leading the ref to stopping the bout. The referee awarded the fight in favor of Ross due to the stoppage, while backstage there was a different story and Shoot Boxing organizers informed Ross that the fight was being rendered a No Contest and that he would not continue on in the tournament. 

The rules are a bit unclear at a time like this, where it isn’t clear who was at fault, or if it was accidental. What the referee most likely saw and ruled was that the cut was due to Omigawa’s own “negligence” (section 10) and ruled it in favor of Ross. Shoot Boxing might have been arguing that it was due to both men, which would make things a lot muddier. The truth of the matter is, the referee awarded Ross the win in the ring and any time the decision is reversed backstage it will be a tough sell to anyone that it was on the up-and-up.

If that wasn’t frustrating enough, then there is the story of Zakaria Zouggari. Don’t know who Zakaria Zouggari is? Neither did we, but we sure as hell know now. Rob Emerson of MMA fame (fame?!) was scheduled to take part, but at the last minute was unable to secure a visa, which left Shoot Boxing in a bind and called up relative unknown Zakaria Zouggari to fill in for Emerson in a reserve bout. 

Zouggari defeated Shoot Boxing’s resident punching bag Bovy Sor. Udomson via cut stoppage in round two and, thanks to the Kevin Ross/Omigawa shenanigans, was called upon to fight in the tournament moving forward. 

That led to a fight with internationally-renowned Houcine Bennoui and for this amazing display.

Seriously. God damn.

So this unknown would move onto the finals. According to Andy Souwer after the event Zouggari literally got off of the plane, dropped his bag off in his hotel room then hopped on a bus and headed to the event without time to rest, eat or get acclimated. This was the man who went on to the finals against 2013 65kg S-Cup Champion Hiroaki Suzuki. This is where things went from bad to worse. Zouggari clearly had the fight won after three rounds, only for an extension round to be ordered. When that was too close a SECOND extension round happened where Suzuki was finally able to score a TKO over Zouggari and it looked like Shoot Boxing’s hand-picked champion had won again.

It was almost like they weren't trying to hide the favoritism and that they really, really wanted Suzuki vs. Omigawa in a rematch of last year's finals. 

Kevin Ross Captaining K-1's Upcoming USA vs. China Event on January 1st

Since K-1's event last December in China there has been a lot of hushed talk about the future of K-1 in China. The year 2014 has been a lot better to K-1 than other years and there have been a lot of deals talked about that could possibly make K-1 not only a major player in China, but huge in China. From what we've seen, K-1 has been training referees, judges and other officials on top of lending a hand to train fighters in China over the last year and on January 1st K-1 will make their return to China with a huge USA vs. China event.

It'll take place in Golden Eagle Culture City, Changsua, China and as I stated before, the theme will be USA vs. China. While we don't know all of the names just yet, we have heard that Kevin Ross has signed to be the Team Captain of Team USA and will be fighting, which is pretty big news considering that Ross was being courted by K-1 years ago and GLORY last year only for nothing to come of it. We've also been told that Canadian Gabriel Varga is scheduled to appear on the card, which is interesting considering there was talk of him competing for GLORY's Featherweight Championship soon. 

Tiffany Van Soest is also announced for the card.

Watch WGP Kickboxing This Weekend on LiverKick

We are proud to announce that much like the last WGP Kickboxing event, kickboxing fans will be able to tune in this weekend live via LiverKick and to help support the kickboxing world by purchasing the live stream of WGP 23. If you haven't checked out WGP before this is a great chance to and there are some solid names on the card that if you haven't seen before you'll be happy that you watched, for sure.

The event starts at 19:00 GMT-3 on Saturday. Check out the full card here.

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