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Start Your Monday Off Right: Watch This Highlight

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Initially I was going to post a highlight reel that went up on Mixfight of ten of the top K-1 knockouts in history, and while that is good in theory, if you are coming to LiverKick.com on a regular basis, this is stuff that you should already have in your pocket somewhere. If not, well, have at it. Our good friend Jill puts together some rather awesome highlight packages once in a while, and on occasion when I actually check my Tumblr account I see them and think that the world needs to see them.

All Japan Kickboxing Federation had a very rich history until its untimely death in 2009, while still making sure to keep us happy by splintering off into the KRUSH events that we know and love today. AJKF gave us a lot of top Japanese stars, so why not reflect on it?

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Lion Fight 19 Live Results

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Even though the main event was changed it should still be a good card and fill everyone's Friday night full of knees and elbows and if you cant watch it at least you can read these results.

Full Card Results

Jo Nattawut vs. Sean Kearney - Jo Nattawut defeats Sean Kearney by Unanimous Decision

Chajmaa Bellakhal vs. Jeri Sitzes - Chajmaa Bellakhal defeats Jeri Sitzes by Split Decision

Rungravee Sasiprapa vs. Ognjen Topic - Ognjen Topic defeats Rungravee Sasiprapa by Unanimous Decision

Rungrat Sasiprapa vs. Pedro Gonzalez - Rungrat Sasiprapa defeats Pedro Gonzalez by KO Rd 4 (body kick and body knees)

Chris Mauceri vs. Coke Chunhawat - Chris Mauceri defeats Coke Chunhawat by Unanimous Decision

Matt Doherty vs. Julio Pena - Julio Pena defeats Matt Doherty by Unanimous Decision

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Yokkao 7 Update: Saenchai vs. Victor Ngabe

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Yokkao

We've been getting some questions as to who Saenchai will be fighting on February 19th at Yokkao 7 and now we have solid answers, as Saenchai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym will be squaring off against Victor Ngabe on February 19th. Victor Ngabe is perhaps best known for his huge win over Fabio Pinca last year at MAX Muay Thai. The fight will be Full Muay Thai Rules with three three minute rounds at -65kg.

Also confirmed for the event;

Geoffrey Rivière vs Ekapop Sor Klinmee

Lommanee Sor Hirun vs. Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu

 

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FundAFighter Launches Campaign For Muay Thai Trainer Peter Sisomphou

  • Published in Muay Thai

Legendary Muay Thai trainer Peter Sisomphou has worked with countless top names in the world of martial arts over the years, including Firas Zahabi, David Loiseau, Ivan Menjivar and more. He's been a name within the world of martial arts for a very long time now and recently had to undergo a quadruple bypass surgery, which has a very long road to recovery. For a guy like Sisomphou, being in the gym and training fighters is how he makes his living and right now he is unable to do that.

FundAFighter has launched a campaign to raise money for Sisomphou while he is recovering to help to pay for his bills while he waits to get back into the gym and working again. Remember, the world of martial arts is not one that includes 401ks, sick pay and other luxuries found in desk jobs. So head over to FundAFighter to read more about Masta Peter Sisomphou and how you can help. 

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The Main Event on June 7th Brings Harrison vs. Wooten

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On June 7th in Bolton, England The Main Event will go down, a Muay Thai card featuring Greg Wooten vs. Liam Harrison, as well as a few other big name British fighters participating as well. Here is a look at the card as it stands right now;

  • Liam Harrison vs Greg Wootton
  • Panicos Yusuf vs Darren O'Connor
  • Reece Mcallister vs Brad Stanton
  • Carlos Degraca vs Darren Howieson
  • Chad '2Slick' Sugden vs Nathan Epps
  • Andrew Lofthouse vs Keith McLachlan
  • Mark Skeer vs Aaron Turner
  • Daitan Jackson vs Solomon Wickstead

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TaKe-On Productions This Friday in New York

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This Friday evening TaKe-On Productions puts on yet another big New York Muay Thai event from the Resorts World Casino. It will be broadcast on GFL.tv, but of course, if you are in the New York area nothing beats live fighting. LiverKick.com will be live at the event as well, so don't worry about missing too much of the action. The event is headlined by Cyrus Washington against JR Hines.

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Top King World Series unveil tournament bracket

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As previously announced, Top King World Series will be hosting their third and final event of 2014 from the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong on December 20th. The match-ups have now been unveiled for the quarter finals of their 70kg tournament.

Buakaw is a strong favorite to win the tournament and has coincidentally been given the easiest route to the final. Buakaw will take on Dmytro Konstantynov of Ukraine. Buakaw decimated Moxon in the opening round, ruining the Australian with knees to the body before eventually finishing him with an elbow. Konstantynov defeated Giorgio Petrosyan's younger brother Armen via unanimous decision. 

The winner will go on to face the winner Khayal Dzhaniev and Andrei Kulebin who both won their previous contests via decision.

The match-up of the round is without a doubt Niclas Larsen vs. Marat Grigorian. Both are two of the best prospects at 70kg and made it to the quarter finals with very impressive performances. Larsen destroyed Vladimir Konsky with his patented right hand in the first round 

whereas Grigorian defeated karate stylist Abraham Roqueni via unanimous decision. This should play out to be a terrific stylistic clash, as Larsen will likely aim to finish this within the distance with his heavy hands meanwhile Grigorian will look to

utilize his immaculate technique and pinpoint accuracy to out-land Larsen over the course of three rounds.

Providing no one is injured or unable to continue in the tournament the winner of Grigorian/Larsen will meet either Reece McAllister or Marcin Parcheta in the semi-finals. McAllister turned in a career-best performance in the opening round, blitzing hometown favorite Crice Boussoukou with a combination of punches and knees in the opening round. Parcheta also scored an impressive stoppage as he knocked out Azize Hlali in the third round.

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Yokkao return to the UK in March 2015

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Following on from their highly successful double event this past October, Yokkao have announced their return to the UK for the 21st of March 2015. Once again the event will feature two cards and will be taking place from the same venue at the Macron Stadium in Bolton, Manchester.

Yokkao announced via their website that most of the fighters have already been confirmed for the event however no names have been released as of yet.

In addition to the announcement, Yokkao have organised a contest whereby the winner can get their hands on some Yokkao merchandise of their choice. To participate, head over to Yokkao's Facebook page take a guess at who'll be the match-ups in the main events of Yokkao 12 and 13.

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Cris Cyborg: Negative Narrative, Uplifting Performance

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There’s something awfully self-serving about wanting a fighter to lose. It reflects a deeper emotional connection to the fight that elevates it from a mere contest of skill and athleticism to a form of theater. The fighters are suddenly characters in a play with the fight and its outcome having a profound outcome on their narrative trajectories, and as viewers, we are emotionally engaged in that. Savvy promoters who appreciate this may find clever ways to engage our feelings, using various tools and devices to frame the story and its characters in a way that’s more gripping and engaging, where Fighter A becomes that person from Nowheresville who is looking for their big break while Fighter B is that person who’s been talking big and acting like they own the sport. Some readers might go further and call these characters Faces and Heels. That’s a line, however, that some fans don’t like to cross: scripted drama, they say, yet deliberate or not, the narrative process is exactly the same.

What then do we make of Cris Cyborg? The drama is well known and the key words require no elaboration: Steroids. Cheating. Ronda Rousey. Tito Ortiz. Dana White. Why do some fans (at least in the MMA world) choose to hate her? Because of her appearance combined with her accomplishments? Because they think all of her success is due to taking steroids despite only being busted once? Because she calls out Ronda Rousey? Does that make Rousey (ironically) the Face in all of this? Who’s writing the script now?

As powerful and *natural* as narrative is, sometimes it may blind us from appreciating something that’s far more important in this instance: that last night, Cris Cyborg and Jorina Baars put on one of the best fights of the year and possibly one of the all time best fights in women’s kickboxing. It was a battle that saw both fighters dig deep physically and technically, putting on a performance that was worthy of a stage far grander than the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. It was a spectacle that should rightly serve as a career highlight for both fighters, who each landed incredibly hard shots and rallied back from dangerous positions. This is a fight that we should be grateful for seeing with both fighters deserving our admiration and praise.

One of the best things about the K-1 promotional model was its tendency to highlight positive storylines and gloss over negative press. This could be frustrating at times when honesty was demanded, especially with regard to issues like Badr Hari’s behavior and fighter pay. Yet, the ability to sell these storylines allowed us to focus on the fights, not the mud and dirt of the fight business (which believe me, goes to far murkier depths than you or I will ever get to hear about). After all, does having a front row seat to situations that should play out behind closed doors really accomplish anything? Why are the petty squabbles between Dana White and Tito Ortiz every fan’s business? As fans, let’s focus on enjoying the fights and let the so-called “businesspeople” (such as they are) worry about the rest. Let’s enjoy the moment. If you’re new to kickboxing and watch MMA predominantly, I can say that last night, you got treated to a certain caliber of a fight (for free) and an experience that is rare, so rather than dwelling on what this means for Cyborg and the UFC, let’s take a moment to celebrate the incredible toughness of Cris Cyborg and the awesome talent of Jorina Baars.

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Lion Fight 16 Weigh-in Video

  • Published in Muay Thai

Tonight at 9pm Eastern time on AXS TV Lion Fight 16 goes down, coming to you live from UFC International Fight Week in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lion Fight 16 will feature Kevin Ross vs. Michael Thompson for the Lion Fight Super Lightweight Championship, with the card also featuring Tiffany Van Soest and Rungravee Sasiprapa.

Check out the Lion Fight 16 weigh-ins first while you prepare for the action tonight. 

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