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Take On Battle at Bally’s 3 Results and Recap

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Take On

Take On Productions returned for a third time to Atlantic City, giving Muay Thai fighters and fans from all over a little taste of what it means to be “Jersey Strong” by bringing the fights back to Bally’s Hotel & Casino.  Highlights included several full-rules amateur bouts, particularly the first woman’s fight of the night, Jess Ng of Sitan Gym versus Kit Fung of Queens MMA.  After a full-rules, five round battle, Ng was the victor by Unanimous Decision, giving her her tenth consecutive win.  Dubious judging marred an otherwise great showing in the main event which featured Omar Estevez of Sitan Gym versus a very cocky Christopher Williams of  Pound 4 Pound MMA.  After some flagrant showboating in the first round, Williams fought a close fight with Estevez, and took a controversial win by Unanimous Decision, which was met with loud booing from the crowd.

Take On Muay Thai XXII

Ricardo Mixco (Crazy 88 Maryland) def Chris Berrocal (Impact Muay Thai) via UD

Nick Grant (The Wat) def Christian O’Bannon (Sitan Gym PA) via Split Decision

Vinnie Landolfo (Impact Muay Thai) def Dan Walls (Choice Martial Arts NJ) via Split Decision

Carl Gaeta (5 Points Muay Thai) def Matt Bonaventure (Pinpoint Muay Thai) via UD

Gerson Ochoa (Daddis Fight Camp) def Joe Laterra (Impact Muay Thai) via TKO RD 3

Jess Ng (Sitan Gym NY) def Kit Fung (Queens MMA) via UD

Keeman Diop (Crazy 88 Maryland) def Boya Gao (Cool Hearts Muay Thai) via TKO RD 1

Pete Bouton (Impact Muay Thai) def Derrick Garlington (BC MMA) via UD

Nicole Scimeme (Pride Fitness & MMA NY) def Bridget Mceleice (Daddis Fight Camp) via UD

Paul Banasiak (Thornton Muay Thai CT) def Jose Araujo (The Wat) via Split Decision

Georgui Smaguin (Pride Fitness & MMA NY) def Brian Hansen (5 Points Muay Thai) via UD

Christopher Williams (Pound 4 Pound MMA Canada) def Omar Estevez (Sitan Gym NY) via UD

Full event can be watched here:

https://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/MuayThai/Battle_at_Ballys_3__Takeon_Productions/2010

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Glory Moving Forward After GLORY 9 New York

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Glory9

If there is one reason why I will never leave the kickboxing sport, it is because the product rarely fails to deliver. This was accomplished once again in New York, as the best kickboxing promotion in the world made its way to the States for the first time. Glory 9 featured a 8-man Light Heavyweight tournament, bringing in a lot of the best 209 pound (95kgs) kick boxers from around the world. They also filled the super fights with top ten heavyweight competitors and a chance to look at several of the Road to Glory products on the biggest stage. The main Glory card used a representative from each US Road to Glory tournament, with the exception of the recent Super Heavyweight tournament done a week earlier.

As I mentioned in the opener, and despite the black eye left by the Ref decision in the last bout of the night, the product delivered. A fighter announced himself to the world, as Wayne Barrett, 1-0 into his pro career, took out middleweight Road to Glory winner Mike Lemaire. Wayne introduced an awkward style and exceptional athleticism, making himself one to watch moving forward. We got confirmation; Joseph Valtellini performing as advertised with his dominate low kick win, Rico Verhoeven overcoming a mental lapse to out-kickbox Errol Zimmerman, and Danya Illunga showing why he was so hittable, yet incredible in his run to the top of 95kgs. The stars performed, Daniel Ghita delivering a multi shot combo KO, just a few months removed from being on the other end of one. His win showed the crowd just what an elite top 3 fighter in the heavyweight class looks like. Finally, they had their moment, as tournament favorite and kickboxing super star Tyrone Spong was dropped ten second into the bout as a right hand caught him while he was firing an inside low kick. After seeing several "WTF" tweets dominate my twitter wall, Spong got up, measured with his left while loading up his right hand, then sent a bomb that dropped opponent Michael Dutt. Adding to the legend of the moment, Dutt got up, beating the count, but then feeling the concussion roll over him, returned to the mat. You couldn't have scripted a better opening moment.

So night complete, how does Glory move forward? As the event ended, a flood of ideas went through my head. Most of those thoughts were about the bad stoppage at the end of the final bought, but the other ones were solid to the subject of moving forward.

 

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Weekend Results: FFC 8 in Croatia

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Fight Channel

Final Fight Championship 8 went down over the weekend in Croatia, the promotion of Orsat Zovko. You might remember the name from such Cro Cop-oriented events as Final Fight (which the MMA media thought was his retirement, lolz) as well as this year's K-1 World Grand Prix Finals. Since then they've been going full blast in Croatia, pumping out quality Kickboxing events and drawing solid crowds for them. FFC8 got a little messy, though, as LEGEND 2: Invasion is coming up which forced both Sergei Laschenko and Pavel Zhuravlev to withdraw from this event. Let's be honest here, it is all about money.

Anyway, Thomas Hron stepped in at last minute and put on the performance of the show, which is admirable. Here are the results from Fight Channel.

  • FFC 8:
  • MMA - 95: Ricco Rodriguez (USA) def. Zelg Galešić (CRO) - R1 3:50 submission
  • KB HW: Mladen Brestovac (CRO) def. Ali Cenik (TUR) - decision
  • KB HW: Thomas Hron(CZE) def. Jahfarr Wilnis (NED) - decision
  • KB 80: Stevan Živković (SER) def. Miran Fabjan (SLO) - split decision
  • MMA - 66:Francisco Barrio (ARG) def. Darko Banović (AUT) - decision
  • MMA -77: Primož Vrbinc (SLO) def. Dušan Džakić (SER) - R1 1:19 TKO
  • FFC Challenger 8:
  • MMA HW: Dion Staring (NED) def. Ante Delija (CRO) - R2 2:42 submission
  • MMA - 77: Ivica Trušček (CRO) def. Goran Vuković (AUT) - R1 2:13 TKO
  • KB HW: Mladen Kujundžić (CRO) def. Senid Imamović (BiH) - R1 1:19 TKO
  • MMA - 77kg: Laszlo Senyei (HUN) def. Luka Jelčić (CRO) - R2 0:30 TKO
  • MMA -77kg: Matej Truhan (CRO) def. Josif Al Said (SER) - R1 3:50 TKO

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Weekly Poll Results

  • Published in Kickboxing

Last week's question: Is Giorgio Petrosyan the #1 fighter in the world in any combat sport?  The results surprised me a bit...

39% - No way

35% - Yes!

26% - Close, but not quite there

I didn't expect No way to be the winner here, though it was close.  I am curious who people think is so clearly ahead of him.  GSP? Silva? Pacquiao? Mayweather?

This week: I've started a new series here at LiverKick.com discussing my journey through Muay Thai training and encouraging others to share their experiences as well.  So, I am curious - do you train in any martial arts, whether it's Muay Thai, kickboxing, MMA, Jiu Jitsu, or anthing else?

Vote now!

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Davit Kiria is the NEW GLORY Lightweight Champion

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Photo (C) Dave Mandel / Sherdog

There was something in the air in Zagreb, Croatia tonight as Andy Ristie and Davit Kiria stepped into the ring. The swell of momentum was clearly behind Andy Ristie. Ristie had a night that would make anyone’s career in knocking out Giorgio Petrosyan and Robin van Roosmalen a few months ago, making him the top Lightweight in the world. Now all that he needed to do was go into a fight with the usually patient, defensive Davit Kiria and knock him stupid. Everyone was tossing their money onto Ristie for this fight and for good reason -- he is the best in the world.

Everyone was proven right early on in the fight, as Ristie was dominating round one, then knocking Kiria down early in the second round. Kiria fought back, but there was a feeling in the air that it was just a matter of time before Ristie found a way through Kiria’s air-tight defenses again and put him to sleep. Because that is what Andy Ristie does, he puts guys to sleep. The thing is, if this went into the deep waters beyond round three, what would that mean for Andy Ristie, who has been known to slow down even in three round fights?

Round four saw more of the same, with Ristie not slowing down. Kiria was landing a little bit more, but it was still nothing to be afraid of. A lot of people felt it was just inevitable, that we had to sit out two more rounds before Ristie was crowned as the first GLORY Lightweight Champion, adding to his tournament victory. Round five came and it was thick in the air; Kiria had to hit a Hail Mary to walk away with this, that everyone had started to celebrate Ristie’s win. Then something crazy happened; Kiria started landing and Ristie wasn’t going down, but was clearly hurt. The ref counted and the fans were in disbelief.

Now it came down to a matter of could Ristie hold on for the final bell, could Ristie just hold on and win his championship? Kiria came in like his life depended on it, landing a huge shot on Ristie that sent him down like a character from Mike Tyson’s Punchout into the ropes. This was insanity, Andy Ristie down for a second time in the fifth round! Ristie struggles to his feet and the ref lets it keep going, but Ristie can barely stand. Just a few more shots by Kiria put him onto the mat and the arena explodes as Davit Kiria is crowned the first ever GLORY Lightweight Champion.

The truth is that it was never impossible, that Andy Ristie always had these holes in his game, he just had risen to the top of the division and looked untouchable. Davit Kiria has always been a fighter that has looked great, but never seems to get started in three round fights, but when given five rounds against the best in the world, Davit Kiria overcame all of the odds and found himself as the number one Lightweight in the world.

Congratulations, Davit Kiria, you deserve it.

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2010 LiverKick.com Fans' Fight of the Year

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Zambidis_Chahid2010 was a rough year for K-1 MAX.  Three of the division's very top stars fought their (for now) last MAX fights in 2009, including Masato, the man MAX had been built around from the start.  Shows were planned, then canceled.  Only two qualifying Grand Prixs were held, and one of those 2 never aired.  Half of the Final 16 fights were shoved onto the 63kg GP finals almost as an afterthought, and at one time, there were rumors that the 2010 MAX Grand Prix might not even happen.  Fans of MAX were looking at the year as somewhat of a disaster.

That changed on October 3.  Amidst all this chaos and confusion, the MAX Final 16 event in Seoul was a grand slam of an event - an all around fantastic card with every fight delivering.  The next day, no one was talking about how K-1 MAX was struggling.  Instead, they were talking about what a show it was.  And they were talking about one fight.

That fight is your 2010 LiverKick.com Fans' Fight of the Year - "Iron" Mike Zambidis vs. Chahid Oulad El Hadj.

Coming into the event, this was a fight that on paper looked like it could be a good one.  Both Zambidis and Chahid are exciting fighters who like to push the pace and have turned in plenty of fun bouts.  But they are also two men whose presence in the Final 16 was questionable, as neither had claimed a significant K-1 win in some time.  From the moment the two men meet in center ring for the staredown, any concerns about them not belonging flew out the window.  Because right from the opening, you can tell this is going to be something special.  Both men looked hungry, out for redemption, and just plain pissed off.  They looked ready to tear into each other.  And that's exactly what they did.

For four epic rounds, Zambidis and Chahid engaged in an all out war.  By the end of the 3rd, the announcers are all on their feet waiting for the judges' decision.  By the end of the 4th, fans are already writing their friends telling them what they just saw.  And by the next morning, all the focus was on this classic.

Watching it now, I'm reminded of another all-time K-1 great contest - Ray Sefo vs. Mark Hunt (and if you've never seen that, watch it, seriously, now).  Like Sefo vs. Hunt, this is a fight that doesn't need any backstory.  It's a moment that stands on its own, where even if you've never heard of either man, the combination of heart, determination, technique, and aggression they show is enough to grab you.  At a time in combat sports where the UFC is the clear top dog, and where Dana White's love of wild stand-up brawling has come to define how many fans view stand-up action, this fight is a definitive example of what stand-up can be.  Yes it's a brawl, but it's also two supremely skilled fighters never losing track of the technique needed to fight at this level.  It's a fight every fan of Griffin vs. Bonnar, Garcia vs. The Korean Zombie, or countless other recent fights really owes it to themselves to watch.

Chances are good you've already seen this fight, probably more than once.  But as we say our final good-byes to 2010, do yourself a favor and watch it once more.  You'll thank yourself later.

A big thanks to all our fans who voted in this poll.  In the end, Zambidis vs. Chahid was the clear winner, drawing 34% of the vote.  #2 and #3 were only separated by a handful of votes, with the sentimental favorite Peter Aerts vs. Semmy Schilt at #2, and the battle of the new guard in Gokhan Saki vs. Daniel Ghita at #3.  For full results, click here, and don't forget to vote on our new polls every week here at LiverKick.com.

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Thai Fight Pattaya Results: Buakaw Victorious

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Thai Fight

Thai Fight Pattaya went off without a hitch. To say that feels good, as there were a lot of questions going into the event about what would become of Buakaw Banchamek. Although there were reports that Buakaw might not be able to fight, Buakaw came out swinging both during and after the fight. He handily dispatched Rustem Zaripov in the second round before he gave an emotional speech to the crowd, talking about his troubles with Por. Pramuk and losing his mother recently, inviting his father into the ring to show support.

In other action Kem Sitsongpeenong made incredibly short work of Mickael Cornubet with his elbows opening up a cut that stopped the fight in the first round. Singamanee Kaewsamrit took a hard-fought decision victory over Sudsakorn Sor. Klimee whose mediocre streak continues. Sudsakorn never seemed to really throw himself into the fight at all, which cost him dearly against a hungry Singamanee.

Buakaw (TKO - R2) Rustem Zaripov

Singmanee Kaewsamrit (Dec.) Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee

Kem Sitsongpeenong (TKO (Cut) - R1) Mickael Cornubet

Bernueng TopKing Boxing (Dec.) Chaz Mulkey

Chanaeak PK Muaythaigym (Dec.) Bibi Team Nikiema

Kemarat Sitjapae (Dec.) Mathias Sitsongpeenong

Roongroj Petchrungruang (Dec.) Danny Jittigym

Armin Matli (TKO - R1) Ibrham Chiahou

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GLORY 28 Clash Between Saki and Cavalari in Danger Due to Injury to Saki

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In what the world thought would be one of Glory's best match-ups of 2016, the bout between Brazil's heavy hitter, Saulo Cavalari, and Gokhan Saki will most likely not be happening at Glory 28 in Paris.  Yesterday on social media it was reported that Saki is potentially out with an injury. There has been talk of a leg injury with Saki floating around for a while now.

 

This leaves us with a veritable who's who in the list of opponents who can take Saki's place. Most formidable a among his contenders are Mourad Bouzidi, Danyo Ilunga, Zack Mwekassa and Artem Vakhitov.  Also within the same division are Filip Verlinden,  Brian Collette and Aleksandr  Stetcurenko.  How it will all hash out in Paris is any body's guess, but it will be an exciting ride.

We've reached out to GLORY for further comment.

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Alistair Overeem Wishes You a Happy New Year

  • Published in K-1

We have just emerged from the holiday season, and were greeted by MiddleEasy.com turning into a Voltron-like entity that is the MiddleEasy Network. We all probably had to deal with some sort of crazed family members or crazed friends and family of our loved ones at some point, so what better way to alleviate that stress than to be wished a happy new year from a fighter whose knee could rip your head off. Check out K-1's photo album. While we are at it, the team at LiverKick.com would like to wish you a Happy New Year as well. I mean, if Overeem, Sakuraba, Aoki and the gang can, why can't we?

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The GLORY 11 Weigh-Ins and Staredowns

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GLORY

Tonight at 9pm Eastern time GLORY 11 Chicago will be airing live on Spike TV. Pinch yourself, it's alright, we aren't judging. GLORY has graciously put up the weigh-in videos, so get your dosage of dudes in their skivvies having macho staredowns with each other before GLORY 11 goes down tonight. It's okay, we aren't judging, remember?

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