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Watch K-1 World MAX Final 16 LIVE TODAY

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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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Weekend Results: Souwer Loses!

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Souwer RoqueniIn a result I don’t think anyone saw coming, Abraham Roqueni scored a huge upset this weekend, defeating the #3 fighter in the world, Andy Souwer.  The fight was the main event for El Desafio in Spain; Roqueni took the decision win.

When this fight was announced, it seemed like such a routine win for Souwer that we didn’t even discuss it much here at LiverKick.com.  I don’t want to take anything away from Roqueni, who is a good fighter, but this is Andy Souwer we’re talking about, and the result was little in doubt.  Instead, Roqueni treated local fans to an amazing upset, knocking the heavily favored Souwer down early in the fight and holding on from there to get the win.

Check the full entry for video of the fight.

With this loss, Andy Souwer has now lost 2 of his last 3 fights, with both loses coming against fighters far outside the top 25.  In fact, this makes him 4-4 in his last 8, which doesn’t sound so bad, especially considering the level of opposition Souwer faces, but when you look at his overall record of roughly 150 fights and only 11 loses, you can see that something may be amiss here.  Souwer spent much of 2010 sidelined due to an eye injury – is it possible he has come back too fast?  Or are those 150 fights and 12 years as a pro catching up to Souwer?  There’s a temptation to say it’s just one loss, but as I said after the Imada fight, Andy Souwer is the kind of fighter who just doesn’t lose to anyone but the very best.  Since making his K-1 debut, Souwer has only lost 3 times to fighters outside of the top 5 – and two of those 3 loses have occurred in his last 3 fights.  It’s extremely premature to write Souwer off after this loss, but it’s also unwise to ignore the facts.  And the facts say that Souwer is not at the top of his game right now.  Will he shake that off and get back to the dominance he is capable of?  We’ll have to see.  Souwer’s next scheduled fight is a tough one – March 6 against L’houcine Ouzgni for It’s Showtime.  That will be a must win for Souwer against a very capable foe.

Elsewhere on the card Dennis Schneidmiller lost a decision to Fran Palenzuela, Youness el Mhassani defeated Oliver Tinda by decision, and Hafid el Boustati vs. Manuel Hinojo went to a draw.  Full results available here.

Also in action this weekend was Alexey Ignashov.  The Red Scorpion headlined a European event billed as Ring of Honor on Saturday, facing K-1 ColliZion 2009 tournament champion Roman Kleibl.  Ignashov took the decision victory, redeeming a 2009 loss.  Click here for fights from the entire event, including Ignashov vs. Kleibl.

 

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Andy Souwer vs. Yoshihiro Sato Set for Shootboxing

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Souwer SatoK-1 may be quiet these days, but that doesn't mean the rest of the kickboxing world is just sitting back.  Shootboxing has their 2nd big show of 2011 coming up later this month, and they have just announced quite the main event.  Headlining Shootboxing 2011 act.2 on April 23 will be former multi-time Shootboxing S-Cup and K-1 MAX Grand Prix champion Andy Souwer vs. Yoshihiro Sato.  According to our rankings, that's a clash between the #3 and #5 fighters in the world at 70kg, and no matter how you see it, this is undoubtedly a great fight.

Souwer will come into the fight with a considerably edge in Shootboxing rules; an edge he has used to his advantage before, including his quick submission victory over Hinata last year.  He also has the advantage of already holding a win over Sato - the two men met once before in K-1 MAX in 2007 with Souwer scoring the decision win (video below).  But Sato is an incredibly skilled fighter, and an opponent you can never underestimate.  After a rocky 2008, the Japanese star has regained his footing somewhat, going 9-3 in the last two years.  He will be coming in off an upset loss to Armen Petrosyan, while Souwer has two recent upset loses of his own, to Abraham Roqueni under K-1 rules, and to Toby Imada at Shootboxing's 2010 S-Cup.

I see this being a highly technical affair, with both men using superior skill.  The trouble for Sato is that Souwer may just have a few more skills in his arsenal.  In addition to the experience in Shootboxing's unique rules, Souwer also is skilled at fighting in the clinch - and area that has shown to be a weakness for Sato, as seen most recently in the Armen Petrosyan fight.  As he typically does, Sato will have a reach advantage here, and as always, he'll know how to use it.  I expect he will try to keep on the outside and pick Souwer apart, but Souwer should be able to break through that range, get inside, and cause Sato enough damage to take the win.  This is definitely one of those fights where the old adage of a human chess match will come to life.

This show will serve as a benefit for disaster relief in Japan, with many of the fighters already promising to donate their purses to relief efforts.  Also announced for this card are some of Shootboxing's biggest homegrown names: Girls S-Cup champion RENA, Shootboxing 55kg champion Ryuya Kusakabe (who is also scheduled for Krush on April 30, so may end up dropping out of one or the other), and the popular Hiroaki Suzuki.

Andy Souwer vs. Yoshihiro Sato, K-1 MAX, 2007:

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It's Showtime 46: Andy Souwer Puts on a Masterful Performance Against Aussie

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This is a fight that has the kickboxing world buzzing as Aussie dropped 7kg to fight Andy Souwer and looks to take on the 70kg division by storm. Souwer looks composed and regal in his Shootboxing trunks and the first round proves to be incredibly close. Every time Aussie lets Souwer in, Souwer does some serious damage. This is going to be a close fight if round 1 is any indication.

The second round is given a punctuation mark as Souwer drops Aussie early on with an overhand. Aussie protests that it was a knockdown, but like hell it was. Andy Souwer is showing the world that while he has had some disappointing performances that isn't who he is. Souwer now really cutting off the ring for Aussie, getting him in the corner. Aussie is able to work his way off the ropes but there is no saving this round for him.

Andy Souwer comes into the third round with his amazing hand speed and the younger Aussie is starting to look frustrated. The fans are chanting for Aussie but Souwer's movement and handspeed is really giving him problems every time he comes inside to go for a combo. Andy scores an amazing high kick in the corner that makes the crowd roar and Aussie proves his mettle by not going down.

The final bell rings and it was a masterful performance for Andy Souwer, absolutely masterful. Never doubt Souwer Power. Ever.

Unanimous Decision for Andy Souwer. Amazing.

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Andy Souwer Training with Jose Aldo; Possible Entry into MMA?

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Souwer Power (C) SusumuWhen worlds collide sometimes, it can make your head explode. Today, that occurred as Andy Souwer on his official Twitter made mention that Jose Aldo had just arrived in Holland to train with Team Souwer for three weeks in preparation for his April 30th UFC Featherweight Title defense against Mark Hominick. To understand the gravity of this, Jose Aldo, the beast of a striker from WEC's Featherweight division, now the UFC's Featherweight division, will be training in Holland with Andy Souwer and countless other names to prepare for his upcoming UFC Title Fight at UFC 129, the biggest show UFC has ever attempted.

There is a lot of awesome involved in that.

Jose Aldo's WEC career consisted of seven forms of KO or TKO and only one decision against the tough-as-nails Urijah Faber, where Aldo turned Faber's knee into hamburger meat but couldn't finish the California Kid. Aldo is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt, not that anyone gets to see his ground work in his MMA fights, who is well known for his Muay Thai, training with the Black House fighters in Brazil. Sharpening his skills with some of the best Dutch kickboxers is truly a great idea and can only help him to refine that raw striking talent he has.

The other news bit is that Andy Souwer made mention to possibly switching over to MMA. I'm not joking.

souwerpower82: k1 is game over so no changes for Jose, i hope i'll get the change in his discipline (UFC)!!!

The english isn't fantastic and you could read it a few different ways if you wish to, but it does indeed read like Andy Souwer has his eyes set on fighting in Mixed Martial Arts if his K-1 career is indeed over like he believes it to be. For now we know that Andy Souwer has a fight on March 6th with It's Showtime and is slated to participate in It's Showtime's Russian event, featuring an 8-man 70kgs MAX tournament, so I don't see Souwer going anywhere for the time being.

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Shootboxing: Souwer Overcomes Sato, RENA Gets Knocked Down

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Masato Delivers Flowers to Andy SouwerAfter a bit of a lull for high end kickboxing Shootboxing returns with a bang this weekend in an event featuing Andy Souwer, Yoshihiro Sato and female superstar RENA. Andy Souwer had a rematch with Yoshihiro Sato, but this time under Shootboxing rules where Souwer is much more comfortable than Sato. Sato was coming off a rather dirty loss to Armen Petrosyan but was still unable to overcome an environment where he could possibly be taken down.

A side note to the main event, retired K-1 MAX superstar Masato was in attendance and presented both Sato and Souwer with flowers before the bout (pictured, right). Whenever Masato makes his presence felt in the kickboxing world in Japan it should be noted, as there are persisting rumors that there are multiple forces trying to pull him back into active competition.

Hiroaki Suzuki was able to keep his winning streak alive in Shootboxing, besting the Korean Wu Hu Kim by decision. Japanese boxer-turned-kickoxer Satoru Suzuki continued to look strong with a first round knockout over Masahiro Shimada.

One of the most noteworthy moments of the show was an exhibition bout between Shootboxing's female ace RENA and a high school student, Erika Kamimura. Kamimura was a late replacement for Sun Young Kim, who didn't want to risk any type of exposure in Japan, but put on a quite impressive performance. They were given one three minute round to work in, and in that round Kamimura actually dropped the women's S-Cup Champion with a hook! By all reports Kamimura outclassed RENA, which leaves fans and pundits alike scratching their heads.

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K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 Live Results

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Today is the day! The K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 goes down live from Palma de Mallorca, Spain live at 3:00PM Eastern time here in the United States. The event is the Final 16 of this year's K-1 World MAX tournament, which means eight tournament bouts are set for the card, featuring Andy Souwer vs. Yasuhiro Kido, Buakaw Banchamek vs. David Calvo, Enrico Kehl vs. Henri Van Opstal and more! Tune in live, right here on LiverKick or via Epicentre.tv. Either way you do it, the event is absolutely free of charge!

We'll be bringing you live updates from the event so keep refreshing LiverKick!

K-1 MAX Reserve Bout: Christopher Mena (R3 - Dec.) Chad Sugden - They were closely matched up throughout the first two rounds, but Mena scored a knockdown in the third round which secured the decision for him.

Final 16: Maximo Suarez (R3 - Dec.) Miodrag Olar - Damn, this was just an all-out war. Olar fought very hard, with super heavy hands but Suarez had technique on his side.

Final 16: Buakaw Banchamek (R1 - TKO) David Calvo - What a demolition! Buakaw knocked Calvo down early with a devastating punch to the liver, only for Calvo to stand back up, then get hit with another and was unable to answer the ref!

Final 16: Lee Sung-Hyun (R3 - Dec.) Charles Francois - Lee got a solid knockdown in the first round which helped to dictate the pace of the fight. Francois had a stronger second round, but Lee took the third round easily.

Final 16: Shane Campbell (R1 - KO) Wallace Lopes - Wow, Shane Campbell. Wallace Lopes missed weight and was docked a point but it didn't matter as a kick to the liver (YEAH!) put Lopes down and kept him down.

Final 16: Enriko Kehl (R3 - Dec.) Henri van Opstal - Close, competitive fight. Van Opstal took the first round, but Kehl came back in the second round with the body shots that did some damage, following up with the same stuff in round three for the win.

Final 16: Zhou ZhiPeng (R3 - Dec.) Joey Pagluiso - One of those down and dirty fights that saw a lot of clinching from both sides. Pagliuso was given a yellow card in round three which made it clear that the fight would go in the way of Zhou.

Final 16: Elam Ngor (R3 - KO) Ismat Aghazade - Another ugly fight with Aghazade getting a yellow card for clinching. Ngor landed a body punch and low kick that put Ismat down, with him unable to answer the ref's count in time.

Final 16: Andy Souwer (R3 - Dec.) Yasuhiro Kido - This fight was a lot closer than most would have expected, with Souwer being in control most of the bout but Kido landing some really clean shots. A cut was open over Souwer's eye and it was inspected, but he was cleared to finish the bout.

K-1 World Grand Prix Qualifier: Frank Munoz (R3 - Dec.) Damien Garcia - God, this fight was AWFUL.

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Feb 5: Andy Souwer In Action

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ElDesaafioNew fight announcement here coming from Spain: on February 5, former K-1 MAX and Shootboxing S-Cup champion Andy Souwer will be in action.  Souwer, our #3 ranked middleweight fighter, will be facing Spanish fighter Abraham Roqueni in the main event of a show billed as El Desafio K-1 ("The Challenge" in English).  The fight is 3 X 3 minute rounds, K-1 rules, at 70kg.

It's good to see Souwer back in action here.  The normally busy Souwer had a relatively slow 2010, as he spent much of the year recovering from an eye injury, as well as searching for a new home after being ousted from K-1 MAX.  But Souwer has often spoken of his desire to fight frequently, so a busy schedule against various opponents suits him well.  Obviously, Souwer is the massive favorite here, but Roqueni may be game to make this an interesting fight.  Nicknamed "The Demon", Roqueni has been around for a few years, competing in Muay Thai and various other styles, and he holds a win over Jose Reis.  Check out the Highlight reel on Roqueni below - he's aggressive, and combines KO power with some devastating kicks, especially leg kicks.  If he pushes Souwer, this could be fun.  Souwer however always has the ability to take his opponents right out of their games, drawing them into a technical battle that they can't win, and there's a good chance we'll see that on Feb. 5.

The rest of the card includes a number of Spanish fighter, with a few fights of interest to international fight fans.  Germany's Dennis Schneidmiller faces Fran Palenzuela. Hafid El Boustati, who defeated Chahid Oulad El Hadj at this time last year, faces Manuel Hinojo.  And Oliver Tinda faces Younnes El Mhassani, the man rumored to be challenging Artem Levin in It's Showtime in March.

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K-1 Announces K-1 World MAX Final 16 in Spain

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K-1 MAX Spain

Today K-1 has finally made a big announcement that will make longtime fans happy, as they have announced a date and a few names for the K-1 World MAX Final 16 event. The K-1 World MAX Final 16 will go down on September 14th in Spain, with K-1 Global working in conjunction with Street Culture Promotions, whom you might remember from various It's Showtime events.

The event will go down on September 14th on the island of Mallorca in Spain and while the whole field of competitors has not been announced yet, they have released a list of names signed on so far, including some old favorites and some of the fighters from the K-1 World Qualifying Tour events.

Andy Souwer

Mike Zambidis

Abraham Roqueni

David Calvo

Shane Campbell

Joey Pagliuso

Wallace Lopez

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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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