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K-1 World GP in Japan 2014 -65kg Tournament

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The Japanese entity formerly known as K-1 World League has changed things up a bit, confirming that they are indeed an official branch of K-1 Global running the K-1 World GP in Japan 2014 -65kg tournament. The event goes down on November 3rd in Japan and will crown a champion at -65kg, featuring some familiar names, including the best 65kg fighter in the world named Yuta Kubo. Former FEG K-1 sensation HIROYA is also in the tournament.

Here's a look at the tournament as it stands right now;

HIROYA (Japan) vs. Michael Thompson (Australia)
Soda Yasuomi (Japan) vs. Kimura Minoru (Brazil)
Yamazaki Hideaki (Japan) vs. Kaew Fairtex (Thailand)
Kubo Yuta (Japan) vs. Raz Sarkisjan (Armenia)

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Paul Daley Racks Up Another KO Win in MMA

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Former UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator fighter Paul Daley has made a name for himself in 2014 on the kickboxing circuit, picking up some super impressive wins over top competition. Daley caught the attention of K-1 and he is set to make his big K-1 debut in October at the K-1 World MAX Finals in Thailand event against Mohammad Ghaedibardeh. Paul Daley has been resigned by Bellator and is expected to fight for them some time in the coming months. 

Before either of those, though, he was scheduled to fight at BAMMA 16 in the UK where he made a huge impact when he scored a huge TKO victory in the second round over Marinho Moreira da Rocha with a crushing left to the liver. Paul Daley's left hand is really a thing of beauty, is it not?

Here's a look at the finishing blow thanks to Caposa.

 

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K-1 Announces World MAX Final Card for Oct. 11th in Pattaya

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On October 11th in Pattaya, Thailand, K-1 will present their K-1 World MAX Finals event. The event will crown a K-1 World MAX Champion, who will serve as K-1's king of the 70kg division and defend the title in the coming years. The tournament began last year with a strong group of sixteen fighters from across the world before coming down to two-time K-1 World MAX Champion Buakaw Banchamek and German up-and-comer Enriko Kehl. Kehl will be facing Buakaw for a second time now, the first fight happening in December and Banchamek getting the better of him in Thai rules. 

The show also features the debut of Paul "Semtex" Daley, best known for his runs in UFC and Bellator, but who has made a huge impact on the kickboxing world this year with four huge KO wins over top competition. This is one of the better K-1 cards that we've seen in a while and should be pretty exciting.

K-1 World MAX Final: Buakaw Banchamek vs. Enriko Kehl
Paul “Semtex” Daley vs. Mohammad Ghaedibardeh
Rungravee Sasiprapa vs. Dennis Puric
Andrei Kubelin vs. Lee Sung Hyun
Maximo Suarez vs. Tural Bayramov
Andre “Dida” Amade vs. Li Yankun
Artem Pashporin vs. Petmongkol Thor. Thesputin
Xei Lei vs. Yoshimoto

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Paul Daley's K-1 Debut Happening on October 4th

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UFC and Bellator veteran Paul Daley has been in the news this past week after it was announced that Scott Coker has resigned the British fighter to Bellator, hoping that he'll make his debut in the near future. K-1 fires back by announcing Paul Daley's K-1 debut fight will happen on October 4th at the K-1 World MAX Finals in Thailand. The event is headlined by the Buakaw vs. Kehl rematch for the K-1 MAX title (which we are told will be defended on its own, outside of tournaments in the future), but will also see the debut of Paul Daley.

Daley is 4-0 this year alone in kickboxing since he's returned, leading to there being a lot of hype behind his K-1 debut. His opponent has been announced as Mohammad Ghaedibardeh and the fight will be at 80kg. 

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LiverKick Throwback: Buakaw vs. Masato K-1 World MAX Finals 2004

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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.

Let's travel back in time now, all the way back to 2004. Yes, 2004, almost exactly ten years ago to the day, on July 7th, 2004. The K-1 World MAX Finals were the hottest ticket in town since Masato's win in the first ever tournament back in 2002 and Buakaw Banchamek (formerly Por. Pramuk) vs. Masato was the fight that everyone was clawing to see. They were the best of the best; Masato representing the Japanese bushido spirit and Buakaw the best that Thailand had to offer (regardless of your opinion, he was the best in kickboxing at the time). 

This fight was everything that K-1 was meant to embody; Japan vs. Thailand, the foreigner vs. the hometown hero and it delivered in spades. We can look back upon this fight and marvel at the display, the heart and fortitude shown and how K-1 saw Buakaw as a threat to their Japanese-centric MAX brand. This fight was the poor kid from Thailand against the groomed mega-star of Japan and it is beautiful. 

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K-1 World MAX Final Gets New October Date

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Legendary kickboxing promotion K-1 has announced a new date for their K-1 World MAX Final event in Pattaya, Thailand. Originally scheduled for July, K-1 ran into issues due to the recent political coup in Thailand. Part of the issue was being a foreign promoter looking to enter into a climate that is not usually friendly to outside promoters during a period of turmoil and so many internal changes. K-1 has worked with the local Thai government to acquire the proper licensing and the K-1 World MAX Finals will happen on October 4th, 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand.

The event will feature the K-1 World MAX Finals, crowning a new champion in their 70kg MAX division between Buakaw Banchamek and Enriko Kehl.

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Japan's Kickboxing Scene Reunites Under the K-1 World League Banner

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K-1 began in Japan, becoming the world standard for professional Kickboxing and the name, to this day, holds the most weight when it comes to Kickboxing. Of course, mismanagement and corruption led to the demise of FEG, who held the K-1 name at the time. Since then K-1 Global has taken over the K-1 name and have been working their way towards their own goals that exist outside of Japan. So consider the shock today when news comes out of Japan of a new promotion called K-1 World League using the K-1 logo and everything. 

There was a press conference in Japan today to announce the formation of K-1 World League, which will be managed by Good Loser, the company that produces KRUSH events in Japan, and produced by M-1 Sports Media. The first event is set to take place on July 21st at Shinjuku FACE and will be an amateur tournament akin to K-1 Koshien, the finals being held on November 3rd at Yoyogi National Stadium along with professional fights from some of Japan's top fighters. Announced names are Yuta Kubo, Yoshihiro Sato, Yasuhiro Kido, Hirotaka Urabe, Koya Urabe, HIROYA, Takeru and others. Takayuki Kohiruimaki is also listed as one of the K-1 Gym's official trainers, as this whole thing is in association with the K-1 Gym.

K-1 Global will continue to run events outside of Japan and K-1 World League will serve as K-1's re-entry point into the Japanese market beginning this year.

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K-1 Postpones World MAX Show in Thailand

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If the only news that you pay attention to is fighting sports you might not have known that there is currently a bit of political upheaval in Thailand right now. In fact, there was a military coup that went down just days ago, leaving some areas of Thailand under strict military presence. Not all, though, some areas are untouched. Pattaya, where K-1 is planning their K-1 World MAX Finals event, happens to be one of the places under strict curfew. 

K-1 has been monitoring the situation and along with their partners in Thailand have decided to postpone the event for the time being. It might not be until July, but two months for a nation to get itself in order after a government is overthrown is a bit quick and they will wait out the situation before booking another event there. Kind of a bummer, we know, but it seems like the right call for this one. 

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K-1 Brings in Andre Dida, World MAX Finals Gearing Up

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K-1 continues to chug along with plans for post-Japan Asian domination. On July 21st K-1 will present the K-1 World MAX Finals event, featuring Buakaw Banchamek vs. Enriko Kehl in the Finals. Some fans are expecting a repeat from December's fight between Banchamek and Kehl, but that was under Muay Thai rules, making this fight all the more interesting. Kehl is a solid up-and-comer and has a lot of upsides to him. Banchamek was the biggest signing for K-1, but Kehl has to be the best prospect that they currently have and he does possess the tools to possibly defeat Buakaw.

K-1 has added more fights to the card of late, including Lee Sung-Hyun squaring off against Andrei Kulebin. Kulebin has been a solid name throughout the world for the past few years and should make for a fine addition for K-1 on this event.

The other big news is that former K-1 MAX and K-1 HERO*s star Andre "Dida" Amade has signed a new deal with K-1. Dida is perhaps best known for his appearance on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil recently where he was involved in a pull-apart brawl between Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen, with Dida throwing a few punches after Sonnen took Silva down in the middle of shooting. Dida landed in hot water with the UFC for that and was told that he was potentially banned from cornering fighters in the UFC, but things worked out for him in the end. He announced his return to the ring shortly afterwards and has now announced his intentions to fight for K-1.

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Watch K-1 The Battle for Spain on Saturday

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This Saturday at 19:00 GMT/3PM Eastern K-1 will present The Battle for Spain live and FREE online. You'll be able to watch K-1's Battle for Spain live on LiverKick this Saturday. I know, there are a lot of events to watch this weekend, but if you've got the time it'll definitely be worth it. The promotion also announced today that Elam Ngor was forced to pull out due to injury and will be replaced in the main event by Sergio Sanchez against Maximo Suarez.

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K-1 Announces April 12th Event in Spain

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K-1's next event will not be the K-1 World MAX Finals, but instead another trip to Spain featuring some of the Spanish talents that they've helped cultivate over the past year or so. It's a solid move seeing as though their events in Spain have drawn good crowds and gotten a good deal of local press. So K-1 will head to Mallorca, Spain on April 12th for "The Battle for Spain," featuring a headlining bout between Maximo Suarez and Elam Ngor.

Here is the fight card per the press release issued today.

 

  • 70kg: Maximo Suarez (Spain) VS Elam Negor (Spain)
  • 86kg: Denis Marjanivic (Serbia) VS Moises Ruibal (Spain)
  • +100kg: George Collin (Holland) VS Mario Jagatic (Croatia)
  • 63kg: Cristian Barrionueveo (Spain) VS Zakaria Zougarry (Morocco)
  • 70kg: Miodrag Olar (Romania) VS Alejandro Rodriguex (Spain)
  • 95kg: Adam Hart (England) VS Jose IIaneras (Spain)
  • More fights will be added in the coming weeks.

 

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K-1 World MAX Final Four This Sunday

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This Sunday, February 23rd, K-1 will host the K-1 World MAX Final Four in Azerbaijan event. This event will feature the Final Four for the 2013 K-1 World MAX tournament, with the winners moving onto the Finals in May. The event will be streamed for free, live on http://www.k-1.tv on Sunday starting at 16:00 GMT time (we'll let you guys do your own time conversion, we usually mess it up). In the top two fights we'll see two-time K-1 World MAX Champion Buakaw Banchamek vie for a spot in the Finals against tough-as-nails Korean Lee Sung-Hyun and two up-and-comers in Enriko Kehl and Shane Campbell battle for the other spot.

On top of that there are a bunch of tremendous bouts between some of the top future stars in the sport.

 

  • Amil Shakhmarzade vs. Zakaria Zougarry
  • Ruslan Kobzev vs. Dennis Ippema
  • Ziya Bayramov vs. Omar el Amrani
  • Ismat Agazade vs. Cedric Manhoef
  • George Colin vs. Agalar Sadikhzade
  • Alim Nabiev vs. Chad Sugden
  • Miodrag Olar vs. Babek Rustamov
  • Marco Groh vs. Tural Bayramov
  • Fabio Kwasi vs. Moises Ruibal Martinez
  • Moises Baute vs. Fabian Gondorf
  • K-1 World MAX Final Four: Buakaw Banchamek vs. Lee Sung-Hyun
  • K-1 World MAX Final Four: Enriko Kehl vs. Shane Campbell
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Sung-Hyun Lee Isn't Afraid of Buakaw Banchamek

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This weekend Buakaw Banchamek will square off against Korea's Sung-Hyun Lee in the K-1 World MAX Final Four event. This event is scheduled for February 23rd and will air on http://www.k-1.tv via a free stream. No doubt that this is a huge fight for Sung-Hyun Lee, who was competing at 65kg previously before deciding to move up to 70kg in 2013 and enter the K-1 World MAX tournament. Now he has reached the coveted Final Four and will fight the legendary Buakaw Banchamek, but don't color him scared, because he's not. [source]

"In a lot of ways Buakaw is a fighter with basic patterns. He has a lot of power but his combinations are easy to predict. He does not have the technical ability or combination punching of European fighters like Andy Souwer. I feel my style matches up better with Buakaw than those fighters.

I am not that worried about his power. In 2009 I fought a Thai fighter named Ping Poongkwa. I remember his body kicks felt like being hit by a steel pipe. I fought a lot of other Thais but none of them had that kind of serious power. I feel people are just afraid of Buakaw because of his “name”."

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Buakaw Banchamek Giving Professional Soccer a Whirl

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Buakaw

Look, I know that only Americans call it Soccer and that everywhere else in the world it is Football. I get it. The thing is, I'm American and I feel it would be disingenuous for me to just start calling it Football like I've always called it Football. Football to me is still the NFL and will probably stay that way as long as there is an America and the NFL. I'm sorry. That being said, Buakaw Banchamek will be giving out the world of professional Football a try.

According to a report, two-time K-1 World MAX Champion Buakaw Banchamek will be playing for RBAC FC, which is a reserve team for the Thai Premier League club. No, Buakaw won't be involved in the Premier League, but what did you expect from him, to just immediately be among the elite? It's not clear what sort of role that Banchamek will have on the team, but he was involved in a game this Sunday and is expected to get some play time. How this will mesh with his career as a Kickboxing and Thai fighter has yet to be seen, but I suspect it won't have a huge impact.

Buakaw is scheduled to fight Lee Sung-Hyun on February 23rd in the K-1 World MAX Final Four. [source]

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K-1 Announces World MAX Final Four Event

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Yesterday K-1 sent out a press release announcing the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final Four event, which is set to take place on February 23rd in Azerbaijan. The card features the four finalists from the previous K-1 World MAX events; Sung Hyung Lee, Buakaw Banchamek, Shane Campbell and Enriko Kehl.

 

  • 63kg: Amil Sahmarzade (AZE) vs. Zakaria Zougarry (MAR)
  • 83kg: Ruslan Kobzev (RUS) vs. Dennis Matthew (NED)
  • 72kg: Babek Rustamov (AZE) vs. Miodrag Olar (ROU)
  • 71kg: Alim Nabiev (UKR) vs. Chad Sugden (GBR)
  • 70kg: Ziya Bayramov (AZE) vs. TBA
  • 70kg: Ismat Agazade (AZE) vs. Cedric Manhoef (SUR)
  • 85kg: Samet Kesser (TUR) vs. Lazar Daniel (ROU)
  • 72.5kg: Tural Bayramov (AZE) vs. Mukai Maromo (CAN)
  • 70kg: Maximo Suarez (ESP) vs. TBA
  • +100kg: Agalar Sadikhzade (AZE) vs. George Colin (SUR)
  • K-1 World MAX Final Four: Shane Campbell (CAN) vs. Enriko Kehl (GER)
  • K-1 World MAX Final Four: Buakaw Banchamek (THA) vs. Sung Hyung Lee (KOR)

 

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K-1 World MAX Quarter Final in Gran Canaria Card

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This weekend in Gran Canaria, Spain, K-1 is set to put forth their second K-1 World MAX 2013 Quarter Final event. This event will feature two additional Quarter Final bouts leading up to the K-1 World MAX 2013 Finals in February. The event will be free on Epicentre.tv thanks to TopBetta.com this time out and is set to start at 21:30 GMT time on Saturday.

 

  • K-1 MAX Quater Final: Maximo Suárez vs Enriko Kehl (70kg)
  • K-1 MAX Quater Final: Elam Ngor vs Sung Hyung Lee (70kg)
  • Damián García vs Alcorác Caballero (95kg)
  • Moisés Baute vs Tofan Pirani (95kg)
  • Aitor Alonso vs Chad Sudgen (72kg)
  • Alejandro Rodríguez vs Tural Bayramov (72kg)

 

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Watch K-1 World MAX Quarter Final in Foshan Here

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K-1

This weekend the K-1 World MAX Quarter Finals in Foshan will be coming your way live via Epicentre.tv's PPV if you live outside of China, and if my traffic records indicate anything, you probably do. So you might not want to miss this awesome card from K-1, including Buakaw Banchamek, Saenchai, Shane Campbell and more. The event costs $20 and takes place on December 28th at 6am Eastern time.

UPDATE: The event has started now, much earlier than projected time.

 

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Andy Souwer Out - Christopher Mena in K-1 MAX Final 8

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A bit of a streak of bad luck struck K-1, who has split the K-1 World MAX Final 8 into two upcoming events, this weekend as both Andy Souwer and Enriko Kehl were forced to pull out from the December 28th event in Foshan, China. Souwer, who was ready to go, suffered from a bout of appendicitis late last week which forced him into the hospital where they had to perform a routine but emergency surgical procedure to remove the troubled organ. Souwer is resting comfortably and healing up but will not be ready in time for either event, so he has had to pull out. Enriko Kehl fought Buakaw Banchamek last weekend and received a rather nasty cut on his forehead which will not be healed up in time for December 28th.

So the fight between Andy Souwer and Enriko Kehl will obviously not happen, but that doesn't mean that all hope is lost. Oh no. K-1 has been prepared in case of such an emergency and was quick to do some shuffling, as Shane Campbell will now be fighting on the December 28th event against the winner of the Reserve bout from September, Christopher Mena. That left Maximo Suarez without an opponent, which, yes, you figured it out, his new opponent is Enriko Kehl.

So that means that the awesome fight between Shane Campbell and Maximo Suarez won't happen, but who knows, there is always next round, right?

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K-1 Announces World MAX Final 8 Event in Foshan, China

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If you were one of the people who saw the January 11th K-1 event, which serves as one half of the K-1 World MAX Final 8, and were a bit disappointed by it, K-1's announcement today makes up for that tenfold. Today K-1 held a press conference in China to announce the K-1 World MAX 2013 Quarter Final event in Foshan, China which takes place on December 28th. The event will air live on Hunan TV in China as well as across the globe via Epicentre.tv (like last time).

While the card for the January 11th event might be a bit threadbare to the untrained eye, this event is pretty stacked with some big names on the card. Here is the full card;

  • K-1 World MAX Final 8: Buakaw Banchamek vs. Zhou Zhi Peng
  • K-1 World MAX Final 8: Andy Souwer vs. Enriko Kehl
  • Kong Hong Xing (China) vs. Saenchai (Thailand)
  • Li Ning (China) vs. Sutin (Thailand)
  • Han Kai Hu (China) vs. Chengrob (Thailand)
  • Zhang Kai Yin (China) vs. Rachen (Thailand)
  • Xie Lei (China) vs. Pasol (Philippines)

Saenchai is another huge win for K-1, especially after signing Buakaw Banchamek a few months ago, with this whole China show being a win. It is being viewed as the beginning of a new era for K-1 as they are looking to potentially make China their new home for their big events.

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GLORY Releasing GLORY 12 Super Fight Series Fights on Saturday

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Trust us, we get it, the whole Super Fight Series thing is mildly confusing at times, as it is basically like old pro wrestling events where you go to a live show but before hand another show is taped, which will air at a later date, while the main show will air live. That is basically what happens at GLORY live events right now and can create some mild confusion when it comes to what actually constitutes a numbered GLORY event or not.

Anyway, we are almost two weeks past GLORY 12 and now this weekend we can expect to see the GLORY Super Fight Series from GLORY 12 on GloryWorldSeries.com. This means that the six undercard fights that you've been waiting for will be available starting this Saturday. Enjoy.

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K-1 Announces First of Two K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 8 Events

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K-1 issued a press statement today announcing what will be the first of two K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 8 events, as we previously had announced that they'd be splitting the Final 8 into two separate events. Oddly enough, the event announced today is actually the second of the two events, with the first event being rumored to be taking place on either December 28th or 30th in China featuring Buakaw Banchamek and Andy Souwer. Regardless, the event announced today will go down on January 11th and feature four of the participants of the Final 8 (which also tells us who'll be competing in December by process of elimination).

The K-1 World MAX 2013 Quarter Finals in Spain will happen on January 11th, 2014 from Gran Canaria, Spain and will once again be streamed live on Epicentre.tv. The event is again involving Street Culture as the promoter, which makes sense due to the locale, with the card as follows;

  • K-1 MAX Quarter Final: Elam Ngor vs. Lee Sung-Hyun
  • K-1 MAX Quarter Final: Maximo Suarez vs. Shane Campbell
  • David Calvo vs. Chad Sugden
  • Damian Garcia vs. Alcorac Caballero
  • Moises Baute vs. Razvan Floria
  • Alejandro Rodriguez vs. Tural Bayrmov
  • Aitor Alonso vs. TBA

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Thoughts on K-1's Move Away From Tournaments

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The big news that we broke on Monday was that K-1 has decided to move to a format that is more standard for combat sports; multiple divisions with champions in each division. For combat sports fans it is a format that we all know very well, as it is a staple in Boxing as well as MMA. For many fans, the idea of K-1 moving away from the tournament structure is blasphemous, as K-1 made its name as a company with its yearly World Grand Prix tournament which has helped to build up stars like Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky, Masato, Buakaw Por. Pramuk and many more.

Of course, K-1 isn’t going to abandon the tournaments altogether, as they plan to run them every few years as opposed to yearly, but for fans the sting is still the same. I’ve seen and heard it all in regards to this news now; K-1 is dead, GLORY rules, etc. The irony here is that even GLORY has moved away from the big tournament format. They ran one 16-man Heavyweight tournament and one 8-man Lightweight tournament before moving to a much more svelte one night 4-man format, which with a reserve fight only takes up four fights on one card.

The truth of the matter is this; the market has changed drastically in the last few years and it is no longer a viable business model to hold these big tournaments. The proof is in the pudding when GLORY held a giant 16-man Heavyweight tournament in Japan and the only way they could sell tickets to the show was to tack on a DREAM card to it and to place the DREAM card before the Kickboxing card to ensure that the arena wasn’t empty. Reports from inside of the stadium were of confusion, dread and boredom when it came to GLORY’s Heavyweight Grand Slam, regardless of the actual quality of the event and the big, recognizable names on the card.

The big tournament format for Kickboxing was forged in Japan in the early 90’s and for that place and time it was a hit. It was what the fans were hungry for and what they were willing to consume. K-1 is no longer a Japanese-centric organization anymore, in fact, their office is in China right now. This is all for good reason, too, as the Japanese fighting market is deader than dead right now. Smaller organizations still exist and draw decent crowds, but Japan has always been a fad-based culture and quite frankly, kakutougi is not in fashion right now.

I think that the occasional tournament will actually hold more weight than a yearly one at this point, especially with the market as fractured as it is right now. As much as fans are willing to immediately extol the benefits of GLORY, the creation of GLORY changed the Kickboxing market for good, fracturing up the fanbase and the talent pool. A good portion of the world’s recognizable Heavyweight talent is currently signed to GLORY’s roster, while the other weight classes are more of a tossup. I’m not sure if makes sense to hold a Heavyweight WGP this year with the talent that is available on the market. The K-1 World Grand Prix is a name that holds weight and is prestigious, I’m not sure that I want just any sixteen names tossed into a pool under the name K-1 World Grand Prix to play make believe like everything is as it was in 2001.

It’s not 2001 anymore, Japan isn’t the booming market that it was and Kickboxing has adapted to work outside of the Japanese market. Part of this adaptation has been showcasing talents from all over the world in different weight classes. There is less of a need for the “freakshow factor” of having huge Heavyweights and Super Heavyweights battling it out like titans while Japanese audiences oooh and ahh. The MAX/70kg division means a lot more right now than a division created to feature the talented and uber-pretty MASATO to draw in younger female crowds.

While we as fans may have appropriated K-1 to mean whatever it is that we feel it was, it doesn’t mean that it always has to be that. The Asian MMA market has reached a point of it being just comical due to the endless attempts to emulate the “feel” of PRIDE FC. PRIDE FC is dead and no low level emulation of PRIDE is going to bring back those memories, much in the same way that those old memories of K-1 World Grand Prixs of past years are just that, memories. There is no better point to hammer this home with than Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky and Semmy Schilt retiring.

The guys managing K-1 now are a new team that were brought in this year, given a mess of an organization and a limited budget and told “fix it.” If everyone really considers themselves such hardcore K-1 fans, you’ll recognize the hard work that has gone into reviving the brand and to do so in a way that promotes growth and restraint, not one that involves tossing millions of dollars away per show in a feeble attempt to pretend that they are healthy. It was precisely that type of promoting that led to the giant collapse of FEG’s K-1 in 2010 and left in its wake fighters who were promised big money contracts without any of that money and no answers. I’d much rather see thought being put into the future of K-1 than K-1 Global performing a blitzkrieg to keep the internet happy, only to implode within a few months and leave fighters unpaid, unhappy and harm the whole sport all over again.

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How K-1 Blew it and Let the UFC Become Huge on Spike TV

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This video is both fascinating and frustrating, as Albie Hecht, the founder of Spike TV sits down to talk about how the deal between Spike TV and the UFC first came to be. As we all know, the UFC's deal with Spike TV happened and it opened up the market to MMA and helped to save the UFC from an untimely demise. The UFC and MMA in general might have never "boomed" if it weren't for the support of Spike TV.

What's the worst part as a Kickboxing fan? Knowing that it could have been K-1 instead, but that Ishii and K-1 in general back then kind of blew it by being as shady as we all knew that they were. This video is utterly fascinating in that Spike went FIRST to Japan to speak with K-1 before the UFC and that Ishii believing that Hecht insulted his geisha led to K-1 being more than just a Japanese brand and possibly the biggest combat sports brand in the world went up in smoke just like that.

As we've known, K-1 rarely thought about the American market in a serious way, as multiple K-1 USA heads (Scott Coker and Mike Kogan) have spoke about how shows in the US were geared towards Japanese audiences and television and more for saying that they ran shows in the US than to build up the brand and sport here in America. Even when both tried to build up K-1 in the USA, K-1 seemed disinterested in any money coming from the US. Just bonkers. We all do remember K-1 blowing it in China a few years ago, too, right? FIKA? Thanks to our old mothership for the discovery.

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K-1 Issues a Statement in Response to GLORY Purchasing Video Library

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K-1Man, as soon as I heard about GLORY talking about buying K-1's archive footage I had a feeling that it wouldn't be the last that we hear about it. It turns out, it isn't. K-1 Global just issued a press release on their official website that claims that FEG has sold footage that FEG no longer has the rights to, basically. K-1 is essentially saying that FEG sold the "use rights" to GLORY Sports International even though they no longer had the ability to do so, also that GLORY paid $140,000 USD for said video library.

K-1 also seems prepared to go to war over this one.

After the deal with Mr. Ishii was finalized, FEG declared bankruptcy in Japan and a lawyer was appointed as a controller for the bankrupted company. This new controller of FEG insisted that FEG still had the copyrights of the K-1 archive footage in their control and sold the “Use Right” of the K-1 archives for an approximate amount of $140,000. K-1 Global had warned FEG’s new controller that K-1 Global does indeed own the rights to this library, but FEG’s new controller refused to listen and went through with the sale.

Now the bankrupted FEG has sold the “Use Right” for $140,000, much less than what K-1 Global initially paid for it, as a nuisance to K-1 Global and to publicly embarrass the company. Essentially, FEG has sold the footage twice now, although it was initially to K-1 Global for a much higher sum. At this time, the bankrupted FEG has sold footage that it no longer owns to GLORY Sports International. K-1 Global has no option right now but to bring this matter to court.

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K-1 News and Notes for K-1 World MAX Final 16

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K-1

Well, god damn, tomorrow is a big day for K-1, as they are holding the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 event in Mallorca, Spain. The event will feature Buakaw Banchamek, Andy Souwer, Henri Van Opstal, Yasuhiro Kido, Enrico Kehl and many others in one of K-1's biggest events of this year. There has been a lot of movement on the K-1 front over the past few days. As we've already gone over before, the event will be streamed live tomorrow in the afternoon here in the United States. You can watch the event live here on LiverKick!

There was a press conference yesterday afternoon live in Mallorca, featuring what fighters had arrived already. There is also a video posted from The Fight Network in Canada of Kru Alin from K-1 giving a preview of the event from before he left for Mallorca.

For those looking to bet on the event, you are in luck as K-1 has forged a deal with TopBetta.com so that you can place bets directly on the fights! They use the European betting system, so if you are like me, American, and used to -140, etc., well, get used to it? We'll hopefully have footage from the weigh-ins shortly, but there are photos on K-1's Facebook and it looks like there are a ton of people there, which bodes well for tomorrow's event.

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A Few K-1 Updates: Zambo Out, Stream is Now Free

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K-1

The K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 is just a matter of days away now and there are still some gears in motion in the K-1 machine. The big news from a few days ago was that K-1 has signed a deal with Thai Airways International, who will be sponsoring the event and have made it feasible for the stream, available here on LiverKick.com as well as Epicentre.tv, to be available free of charge to all. Of course, that all comes with a catch, as countries like Canada and Belgium, which have exclusive television deals in place, will not be able to view the stream. So everyone say thank you to Thai Airways International then, they just saved you $20!

The other news is that Mike Zambidis has pulled out of the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16. I won't lie, this was shaky from the start here, in part due to Zambo's management being the promoters from last year's tournament in Greece and some of the fallout from that. If you have been curious as to why everything like fighters and matches were announced so late, it was in part because Zambidis changed his mind just a few weeks away from the tournament and negotiated to get into the tournament again. Then there was talk of him not wanting to fight in the tournament anymore and being unhappy with drawing Elam Ngor. His pulling out is a disappointment, but it seems like getting Zambidis on board was too much of a hassle for K-1 at this point, anyway.

Replacing Zambidis will be Ismat Aghazade from the country of Azerbaijan.

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Watch K-1 World MAX Final 16 LIVE TODAY

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K-1

In the past LiverKick has been dedicated to bringing you some of the best and greatest Kickboxing events from all over the world, from GLORY, It's Showtime and SuperKombat and we look to continue that trend by becoming an official partner with K-1's broadcast partner, Epicentre, to bring to you, the best Kickboxing fans in the world, the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 live here on LiverKick. You can view the fight card here.

The event will be on September 14th at 1PM Eastern time here in the US, 6PM London time in the UK and will cost $19.99 USD. So we invite you to join us on September 14th for the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 event live here on LiverKick. Remember that purchasing the PPV through the site helps to support LiverKick so we can continue to bring you the latest and greatest in Kickboxing coverage.

UPDATE: Thanks to K-1's sponsorship deal with Thai Airways International the stream will now be free!

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K-1 Announces K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 Tournament Fights

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K-1 MAX

The K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 is rapidly approaching, going down on September 14th in Palma de Mallorca, Spain with a few big names tacked onto tournament and qualifying bout winners from this year. It makes for an interesting yet odd blend of names, which have now been put into fights! We've been waiting for these, so it is nice to see them laid out finally. The big match-ups are Andy Souwer vs. Yasuhiro Kid, Mike Zambidis vs. Elam Ngor and Buakaw Banchamek vs. David Calvo, but there are some interesting fights on there as well like Henri Van Opstal vs. Enriko Kehl.

So, let's get on with it already, right?

  • Andy Souwer (NLD) vs. Yasuhiro Kido (JAP)
  • Buakaw Banchamek (THA) vs. David Calvo (SPA)
  • Shane Campbell (CAN) vs. Wallace Lopez (BRA)
  • Lee Sung-Hyun (KOR) vs. Francois Alexande (FRA)
  • Zhou Zhi-Peng (CHN) vs. Joey Pagliuso (USA)
  • Maximo Suarez (ESP) vs. Miodrag Olar (ROU)
  • Henri Van Opstal (NLD) vs. Enriko Kehl (DEU)
  • Mike Zambidis (GRC) vs. Elam Ngor (ESP)

LiverKick will be hosting the internet PPV for the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16, so you won't even have to leave your favorite Kickboxing site to watch the event! Stay tuned for more details shortly.

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No Matter What Badr Hari is a Hero in Morocco

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Badr

Badr Hari always seems to be in some sort of trouble, always seems to be making some sort of headline across the world -- usually negative -- but even through all of that, he has some very, very dedicated fans in Morocco who will always love him and look at him as a hero. What better way to prove that than to see Badr work up a huge crowd at a music festival in Morocco? Seriously, get a look at how huge this crowd is and how they really seem into Badr Hari.

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