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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 second novel, Terminus Cycle, is available now via Kindle and Paperback.

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Errol Zimmerman: Wasted Potential

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In the wake of last weekend's GP, most discussion focused on the big wins by Peter Aerts and Alistair Overeem.  But one fighter who drew my attention for very different reasons was Errol Zimmerman.  Competing in the reserve fight against Ewerton Teixeira, Zimmerman was defeated soundly in a fight that may cause you to rethink his current K-1 standing.  Why?  Let's take a look.

To start, let's roll back to 2008.  This was the year Zimmerman made a splash in K-1, winning the World GP Amsterdam title.  That night, the Golden Glory fighter turned heads with wins over Atila Karacs, Bjorn Bregy, and Zabit Samedov.  Immediately, people were interested in the Bonecrusher, and he only increased that interest and hype with his dominant Final 16 victory over Glaube Feitosa.  From there, Zimmerman took out Teixeira in the GP quarter-finals, making it to the final 4 where he was defeated by Badr Hari in one of the best fights of 2008.  As the year ended, Zimmerman was on a roll, coming from semi-obscurity to being a top 5 fighter in just a few months.

As 2009 started, Zimmerman hit a bit of a bump in the road.  He followed up the Hari loss with an ill-advised MMA fight against Minowaman at Dynamite!! before suffering back to back loses to Peter Aerts and Mourad Bouzidi.  Those loses were somewhat troubling, but Aerts is always dangerous, and the Bouzidi loss came from a freak cut, so there wasn't a huge cause for concern.  Yet.

That changed last weekend.  In his reserve fight with Teixeira, Zimmerman did not just lose, he lost decisively.  Worse, he looked, in a word, bad.  Kogan and The Voice called him "bloated," which was an apt description.  After a year plagued by rumors of lackluster training habits, Zimmerman looked out of shape, unprepared, and simply out of his element.  It was the kind of performance that brings his entire recent career into stark perspective.  And when you look back at recent years, you see a disturbing trend in Zimmerman's performances, and that trend points decidedly down.

Since that career-defining 2008, Zimmerman has gone an unimpressive 3-6.  But it wasn't until recently that his loses started to look bad.  In addition to the Teixeira fight, Zimmerman looked completely over matched when knocked out by Daniel Ghita, and was made to look somewhat foolish by Semmy Schilt earlier this year.  However, it's not the losses that really show Zimmerman's troubles - it's the wins.  Of those 3 wins, only 1 was a stoppage.  That fight, a 24 second KO of Catalin Morosanu, was so brief that it said almost nothing about where Zimmerman stood (though it did speak volumes about Morosanu).  The other 2 wins were an extra round decision over the unranked Wendell Roche, and a close majority decision over Glaube Feitosa in the 2009 Final 16.  The Feitosa fight in particular stands out, as the Brazilian had only fought once since being dismantled by Zimmerman a year earlier, and was on the verge of retirement.  This had all the ingredients to be a Gerges/Fujimoto style win for Zimmerman, but instead Errol struggled, barely sneaking by the man he had so easily handled not long ago.  Against both Feitosa and Teixeira, we saw Zimmerman losing ground against fighters he handled not long ago.  Instead of hitting the upper ranks and continuing his rise, Zimmerman has fallen fast.

Sadly, this kind of story is all too common in sports.  It takes great dedication to make it to the upper reaches of any professional sport, and once you make it there, it takes even more dedication to maintain your spot against an increasingly tough level of competition.  But at the same time that these athletes must step up their game, they are also faced with increased fame and popularity and all the distractions that accompany them.  There is a great temptation to coast on your talent instead of pushing harder, and right now it seems like Zimmerman is indeed coasting.

For a prime example of where this can lead, Errol need look no further than another fighter in action last weekend.  Alexey Ignashov was once poised to be the next big name in K-1 and kickboxing.  But at his height, temptation took over, and Ignashov's career plummeted.  Just hours after Zimmerman's loss, Ignashov too was defeated, bringing an uninspired ending to the Red Scorpion's 2010 - the year that was suppossed to be Iggy's glorious comeback, but could end up as his swan song.

For Zimmerman, the end of 2010 is a clear crossroad.  If he continues as he has been, he will be another in a long line of underachievers who did not quite hit the levels their earlier careers forecast.  But if he makes changes, the man who rolled through the 2008 Europe GP, who pummeled Glaube Feitosa, who gave Badr Hari all he could handle - that man has the skills to be a future champion.  The choice is his.

Let's Kill that Bobby Lashley vs. Overeem Rumor

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As with anything FEG-related, it is best to approach anything you hear like a one night stand; carefully, with protection, and to do your best to forget about it the next morning. Our friends at NightmareOfBattle learned that the Lashley vs. Overeem bout is indeed "off" -- as if it was ever truly on.

From what we are hearing currently, Lashley's management turned down the fight due to not having enough time to prepare for a bout of that magnitude, which all-in-all is a very smart move. Liver Kick is still waiting to hear back from Alistair Overeem's management as to what the future plans are, but we do know that Bobby Lashley will not be the opponent, nor will Satoshi Ishii, who is fighting Jerome Le Banner instead.

The current rumor is that Golden Glory fighters will clash in the fight that fans across the world were waiting for at this year's World Grand Prix; Alistair Overeem vs. Semmy Schilt. No word on the validity of this rumor, or if it would be DREAM or K-1 rules, but we should have more details within the next few days.

Photo of the Day: Golden Glory Team Photo

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As if you ever had any doubt as to how awesome Golden Glory was, here is the Golden Glory team photograph to celebrate new years. After the break is another image of team Golden Glory all suited up.

 

 

Jerome Le Banner vs. Satoshii Ishii for Dynamite!!

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We learned today from our good friends at Riddum.com that Jerome Le Banner and his team have finally signed a contract for Dynamite!! 2010. At Dynamite!! JLB will take on Olympic Gold Medalist Satoshi Ishii.

Last week, the team of JLB informed us that kickboxer Jerome Le Banner was about to face Tatsuya Mizuno December 31 next at Dynamite! 2010 . Since then, his manager wrote on the Facebook social network that The Banner had a choice between Mizuno and Olympic gold medalist in judo, Satoshi Ishii, as an opponent, for a MMA fight.

MMAFighting.com wrote today that Sergei Kharitonov will face Tatsuya Mizuno in a MMA bout, indicating that Le Banner has opted for a fight against Ishii.

Four Fights Added to Dynamite!!

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With Dynamite!! 2010 just a few weeks away, FEG has slowly been trickling out news for the fans and media. As always, things are handled in a hush-hush manner by FEG, but fight camps sometimes spill the goods before they do. FEG held a press conference on Friday to announce a few of the feature bouts for the upcoming card.

After featuring only one kickboxing bout last year (Masato vs. Andy Souwer), they have added a second K-1 rules bout to the card, in the form of K-1 Heavyweight Champion Kyotaro facing off with Gegard Mousasi. Mousasi has not fought in a kickboxing fight since December 2008 at Dynamite!! 2008 where he made short work of the now retired Musashi. Mousasi is the current DREAM Light Heavyweight Champion and has held the promotion's Middleweight Championship as well as Strikeforce's Light Heavyweight Championship. Kyotaro poses a unique challenge for the Dutch kickboxer, as Kyotaro has speed, power and precision on his side.

The colorful Kazuhisa Watanabe will return to MMA action squaring off against Hideo Tokoro, with both men looking to add another much-needed win on their records. Another fight that was long-rumored is now confirmed, as Jason "KC Bandit" High returns to DREAM for the first time since DREAM.10 to face off with Hayato "Mach" Sakurai. Sakurai's back is against the wall against the younger High and High is looking to work his way back into the major leagues after a disappointing UFC debut this year.

Everyone's favorite Super HULK Champion, Ikuhisa Minowa, known as Minowaman, makes his return to the DREAM ring for the first time since his loss to Olympic Judoka Satoshi Ishii at DREAM.16. Minowa's last fight at DEEP 50 saw him get back into the win column with an armbar on Chang Hee Kim, providin some momentum against another Olympic Judoka, Hiroshi Izumi. Izumi is a Olympic Silver medalist from Athens in 2004 and fights for the first time away from the SRC banner.

Alistair Overeem: K-1 World Grand Prix Champion

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Your K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Champion: Alistair Overeem. In one night Alistair Overeem pulled off wins over Tyrone Spong, Gokhan Saki and Peter Aerts to claim his first K-1 World Grand Prix Championship.

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