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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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Bloodstain Lane Urges You to Support Kickboxing

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We've been preaching this for a while now; that kickboxing is one of the greatest sports in the world and that it needs a bigger following in the United States. No, it deserves a bigger following in the United States. Any sport as exciting as kickboxing deserves a wider audience and the fighters, promoters and sponsors who work hard all do so for a reason; passion. That is all that you can ask for, and that is what kickboxing delivers.

Our good friend Bloodstain Lane agrees and his latest video is just that; he urges everyone to support the kickboxing world and talks about the upcoming return of Mark Miller as well.

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Yokkao Introduces Yokkao Muay Thai Weapon Technique Videos

  • Published in Muay Thai

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Yokkao, one of the bigger gear and supply companies in the world of muay thai is going to start producing a series of videos called "Yokkao Muay Thai Weapon" where some of the fighters on Yokkao's fight team will demonstrate some of the cooler muay thai techniques. The first video is of Khen Sitsongpeenong demonstrating a flying elbow strike. Fans can look for more videos in the coming weeks and if they have suggestions for techniques to be featured they can tweet @YokkaoBoxing (or us @LiverKickdotcom) with what they want to see and Yokkao will do their best to make it happen.

Of course, Yokkao has their fifth event coming up in Reunion, France on November 8th, where Stefania Picelli was recently to help get everything prepared. Fans will be able to follow everything about the event on Twitter and Instagram via the hashtag #Yokkao5. Yokkao is also shipping gear from the United States via their new web shop, with goods being shipped directly from San Francisco, we urge you to check out their shop today.

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Lion Fight 23 Live Results

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Lion Fight 23 goes down tonight live on AXS TV and we'll be here with live results for you. Don't forget to check on twitter (@liverkickdotcom) for more updates as well. 

LION FIGHT 23 FIGHT CARD

Liam Harrison (R5 - Split Decision) Malaipet

Lion Fight Women's Featherweight Championship: Tiffany Van Soest (R5 - Unanimous Decision) Martyne Krol 

Rungrat Sasiprapa (R2 - KO) Kevin Ross 

Victor Saravia (R3 - TKO) Stan Mancebo

Mike Lemaire (R5 - TKO) Andrew Kapel

Romie Adanza (R3 - TKO) Daniel McGowan

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Fight Code Rhino Series Finals Trailer

  • Published in Kickboxing

Fight Code is the promotion that has been slowly and steadily taking the world by storm in 2011, with two huge kickboxing tournaments being run throughout the year in two of the most competitive weight classes of 72.5kg and Heavyweight. In a world of giants, Fight Code has quickly made a niche for themselves by promoting extremely entertaining shows by booking available talent and matching opponents closely against each other to make the best possible fights.

In November their "Rhino Series" Heavyweight Tournament will come to a close, hopefully in dramatic fashion. Today they released a teaser trailer for the event, set to happen in Geneva, Switzerland on November 25. There are two more shows to determine the finals for the Rhinos tournament, August 13th and October 22.

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GLORY Possibly Looking to Expand into MMA Waters in 2015

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The year 2014 was an interesting one for kickboxing and 2015 is looking to be just as crazy by the looks of it. GLORY 19 will kick off GLORY's 2015 with a GLORY Heavyweight Championship bout between champion Rico Verhoeven and challenger Errol Zimmerman in Virginia. The rest of the year we'll have to wait and see. In Jon J. Franklin's holiday address he gave some insight into what to expect from 2015 and surprisingly enough the term "MMA" appeared.

GLORY 19 will be held in Virginia with the team behind Spartyka Fight League assisting in promoting the event, meaning to expect the local undercard to feature some MMA bouts for sure. Is that a sign of things to come? Here's a passage from Franklin's statement.

2015 will be a year of great fight nights, spectacular new promotions and new exotic locations.  We will be in Dubai, UAE and we will welcome international superstars to our events.  Glory also looks forward to amazing evenings in conjunction with with top MMA promotions and to new television networks all over the world joining the Glory juggernaut.  Stay tuned for the many exciting surprises that are on tap for 2015.

It seems to point to possibly seeing co-promotional events much like GLORY 4 Tokyo was with DREAM. The question is; will they work with Bellator? Will GLORY hold their own MMA fights? I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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Photo of the Day: Giorgio Petrosyan, Gago Drago and Melvin Manhoef Partying with Alexander Gustafsson

  • Published in Kickboxing

If the average picture if worth a thousand words then I'm not really sure what this one is worth. Ruslan Suleymanov, the owner of LEGEND, recently turned 35 years old. What better way to celebrate turning 35 than by having a huge birthday party featuring some of the best fighters of the world just hanging out, right? Benson Henderson, Alexander Gustafsson, Andy Souwer, Giorgio Petrosyan, Melvin Manhoef and Gago Drago were among the names of fighters that were in attendance, but there were more, a lot more. 

Ben Pontier was there snapping up photos of the whole thing, which is when he captured this moment above. I don't even know.

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Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt Cancelled

  • Published in Kickboxing

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In what might be the least shocking bit of news to Kickboxing fans, the fight in May between Badr Hari and Ismael Londt has been cancelled. This confirms reports that we've been hearing for at least the past few weeks that the Gunyar brothers, who were promoting the fight, were having issues acquiring a license to promote an event in Eindhoven (which shares Amsterdam's laws in this case). This, of course, comes as zero shock if you've been following Dutch Kickboxing.

There have been incredibly heavy restrictions set on Kickboxing events in Amsterdam and neighboring cities thanks to a law called BIBOB that is targeted at organized crime. The school of thought was that Kickboxing events held within the city would always pander to certain "VIPs" from the world of organized crime, thus making them meeting places for criminals. The city of Amsterdam wanted to clean up their reputation and saw this as a natural way to do so.

It didn't matter how legitimate of a business the Gunyars were going to run, trying to promote a convicted criminal with known ties to organized crime in an event in Amsterdam was never, ever going to work. According to Badr Hari's Facebook page, "May 29th in Dubai" seems to be his next stop.

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VIDEO: Artur Kyshenko vs. Radoslaw Paczuski

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Leave it to Artur Kyshenko to keep busy, right? Yesterday Kyshenko fought at the KOK WGP 2014 event in Gdansk against Radoslaw Paczuski in a night that also saw Sergei Laschenko take a Heavyweight tournament. Go ahead and check out Kyshenko's performance and let us know what you thought. Kyshenko has been hit-or-miss at times and jumped around weight classes. 

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Watch, and Find Out the Hype Around RENA

  • Published in Kickboxing

We've been talking about RENA a bit the past few days, the 2009 and 2010 SHOOTBOXING Girls S-Cup Champion, but for a lot of people out there, they might not be as familiar with SHOOTBOXING, never mind Girls SHOOTBOXING. Leave it to one of our favorite readers, Jill, to toss together an awesome highlight video where you can see RENA's awesome use of push kicks, mid kicks and great judo throws that put her on top of the SHOOTBOXING mountain. [source]

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