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

  • Published in Kickboxing

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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Science of 8 Limbs Says Goodbye to Lumpinee

  • Published in Muay Thai

Lumpinee

When you think about Muay Thai chances are that Lumpinee Stadium will pop into your head at some point, at least it should. Lumpinee Stadium is perhaps the most famous stadium in all of Muay Thai, as it has housed some of the biggest stars in the sport of Muay Thai and some truly classic fights. Sure, there are other stadiums that have housed some tremendous talent and great fights as well, but Lumpinee's history made it stand out. Lumpinee Stadium opened in 1956 and the old warhorse was showing some serious wear, which led to a new, improved Lumpinee Stadium being built.

On Friday the last event at Lumpinee Stadium was held and the Science of 8 Limbs' Mike LNg spoke with Michael "Chase" Corley, Mark DeLuca, Wayne Gregory and Dave Zuninga about their memories and experiences at Lumpinee Stadium and I highly recommend that you check it out.

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Adidas Announces Partnership with Friday Night Fights

  • Published in Muay Thai

Sports apparel brand adidas has been making a big push into the world of Martial Arts over the past few months with their latest move being an interesting one, to say the least. Today adidas announced that they are teaming up with New York muay thai promotion Friday Night Fights. Adidas seems inspired to look outside of the box in their sponsorships and teaming with Friday Night Fights is a tremendous opportunity for the New York-based promotion that has been making waves for years.

“From our perspective as a brand that so many expect so much from, connecting with the right grass roots fight promotion means everything. Our objective is support the core audience and everyday blue & white collar warriors,”  “The women and men who embrace what it means to face your goals and improve yourself every night you hit the gym are who we care about. This is our company obsession. How do we serve these dedicated people and their beloved sport?  The answer is clear.: We form an alliance with Friday Night Fight’s.”

ACS’s Managing Director Scott Viscomi continues, “when you come to their events, you can feel the energy in the room, it’s electrifying! Justin and his team are long term pro’s who know what it takes to match great athletes, and entertain the people buying seats.  As we work to remind the core market of adidas’ long and rich history in Olympic Judo, Tae Kwon Do, and Boxing to Professional Boxing, MMA, and Kickboxing, we couldn’t have a better strategic partner than FNF to relaunch our Muay Thai programs."

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GLORY Adds Aikpracha vs. Kraus at GLORY 14

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Glory

GLORY has been scooping up talent from across the world left and right but has had some issues when it comes to getting some bigger name Thais under a contract, but all of that has changed as at GLORY 14 in Zagreb Aikpracha will make his debut for the organization against Albert Kraus. This is a huge signing for GLORY as the 28 year old Aikpracha is still in the prime of his career, holding the Lumpinee Stadium Welterweight Championship in 2012.

Aikpracha has been testing the waters outside of Thailand over the past few years, fighting under the banners of La Nuits de Titans, Yokkao, Thai Fight and most recently MAX Muay Thai.

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March 2011 Month in Review

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We're always trying new things out here at LiverKick.com, and so here is our latest feature: the video Month in Review. Each month, I'll post a short 3-5 minute review of the month's top stories, the best fights from the month, and a look ahead at the most anticipated fights of next month.

Below is our first installment for March 2011.

Check the full entry for videos of the 4 must watch fights from March.

Of course, since this is a new feature, any (constructive) feedback is most appreciated.  Too long?  Too short?  Something you want added?  Something you want removed?  Let me know so I can improve for next month.

Thanks for your support - and I hope you enjoy!

 

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Lion Fight 20's Jorina Baars Talks Ughi Rematch and Life Post-Cyborg Win

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(C) Lion Fight/Bernie Palmore

This Friday evening on AXS TV we'll see Lion Fight return to Connecticut with Lion Fight 20. While women headlining major fight cards is still a bit of a misnomer in combat sports Lion Fight is unafraid to place their Women's Welterweight Champion Jorina Baars as their headliner. Baars will be fighting the tough veteran that is Chantal Ughi in what is a rematch from a few years ago. Both women are world-renowned and have fought the best of the best, but for right now Jorina is the woman to beat. 

We briefly spoke with Jorina heading into the fight this Friday about the American media coverage that has come from the Cris Cyborg Justino victory as well as how she feels about the rematch with Ughi.

You’ve fought Chantal Ughi before and it was a close fight, how do you feel that you’ve evolved since then and how different of a fight will this be?

I have evolved in different ways, I developed and gained more experience in Muay Thai, have become stronger physically and mentally. I still train and fight for SportsArt Den Helder and started training with Andre Mannaart from Mejiro Gym to assist in coaching me, he has been the trainer of many champions such as Rob Kaman, Remy Bonjasky, Peter Aerts, Andy Souwer there is a lot of talent at both Mejiro Gym and SportsArt and all my trainings partners at both these gyms have helped me evolve. I've also been training a lot with Marieke Post, she's a professional fighter as well and a friend, we battle together in the gym each day and she has pushed me forward and I gain lots of strength from her knowledge and passion to fight.

Chantal Ughi is a tough opponent who has made a name for herself by fighting in Thailand, while you have made a name for yourself by fighting in Europe. Do you consider this a clash in styles or traditions?

No I do not think it is a clash of styles and/or traditions, in Muay Thai there are more possibilities than in K1, Glory or Kickboxing rules, that means that this will be a more exciting fight. 

The win over Cyborg Justino was a huge one, how did it feel knowing that many fans saw this as an easy fight for her only to see you outclass her throughout most of the fight?

There was a lot of talk about the Cyborg fight and most fight fans thought that she was going to beat me, they were unfamiliar with me, didn’t know who I am.  But the talk after the fight is that Cyborg only had 2 Muay Thai fights and Jorina has 36.  Cyborg proved to be a great Sport and was honest about it, she stated that she fights anybody, anytime, she accepted the fight and knew where she was up against. I respect Cyborg for that !

Did you feel that you were perhaps being looked over by many people going into the fight against Cyborg?

I am sure some people overlooked me going into the Cyborg fight.  I never underestimated Cyborg, never underestimate any opponent that is put in front of me.  I knew where I was up against as well, Cyborg was a very worthy opponent and she came to fight, we both fought hard and I enjoyed that fight very much. I am always coming to fight, no ifs ands or buts it is what the Fans and Lion Fight expect me to do and it is what I do best.

Have you gotten a lot more attention since the Cyborg win, or has it only been in the United States, really?

I get attention through the Social Media and some Dutch Newspapers after the last fight, now for the upcoming fight against Ughi the newspapers have shown interests again and published some articles.  My day to day life is still the same, I work at a nightclub in Amsterdam as a Bouncer, its happens every once in a while that a guest at our club comes to me and says; “You are Jorina, right ?” it flatters me and respond “Yes, that’s me !”

You’ve dabbled in mixed martial arts before, is that something that you’d like to try again some time, or are you content sticking with muay thai?

I switched to MMA as it was impossible to find anyone to fight me on Muay Thai rules, I like MMA but for now, or at least for the time I am under contract with Lion Fight Promotions I will stay and remain focused on Muay Thai.

Do you feel that there are any specific challenges or hurdles that you have to overcome as a woman in fighting sports?

Women have to train just as hard as their male colleagues, it is easier to get fights as a man, there are just a lot more men fighting then there are women, it’s supply and demand, plain and simple.  Women are underappreciated in the fight business, but there are lots of improvements happening and I am happy to see that and be on the first row of experiencing it.

Is there any one fight out there that you haven’t gotten yet that you’ve really wanted to happen?

Yes there is, I would love to fight Germaine de Randamie. She is a very good and strong fighter. Before she fought in the UFC, both our teams were looking for a promoter who could let us fight at their event, as of today that has not happened yet.  Maybe and hopefully Lion Fight can make that fight happen and I will happily accept that opportunity.

What kind of responsibility do you feel as a World Champion for a sport?

Yes we are an example to all fans, kids and adults alike.  There is a tremendous responsibility with that and I enjoy having to deal with that, in matter of fact it is an honor.  I always like to inspire kids to take on Muay Thai as it not only helps them physically but also mentally, it builds their confidence that they will able to benefit from the rest of their lives. I like to portray the fighting sports and muay thai in a positive light, always have. There are still some misunderstandings for this Sport, especially in the Netherlands and I like to set that record straight and continue to do be righteous– Osu !

 

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Video: When Muay Thai Gets Ridiculous and Stupid

  • Published in Muay Thai

So, muay thai. Muay Thai is a sport that is widely respected the world over for demonstrating some of the best fighting technique and skill, as well as being one of the most exciting sports in the world. Muay Thai has spread throughout the entire world and has taken on a life of its own in different nations, gaining popularity in places like the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States.

Of course, not everything muay thai is high level. There are some places in Thailand that like to take advantage of the national sport and lure in tourists with ridiculous spectacles. This video is just that. This video is from the Reggae Bar in Koh Phi Phi that is best known for letting tourists step into the ring for free booze or food. As you can see, this is not what you'd expect at Lumpinee or Rajadamnern. Trash can lids are definitely not a part of your standard muay thai fight.

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Yokkao 12 & 13 Results

  • Published in Europe

Yokkao 12 & 13 had great match ups this weekend and from the sounds of it everyone that was at the event thoroughly enjoyed it. It's just too bad we had no way to watch it on TV or online, we will just have to patiently wait until they are uploaded to Youtube. The most surprising result for me is Sanny Dahlbeck's TKO win over Jordan Watson. I wasn't sure who was going to win that fight but I figured it would go the distance at least.

Results - YOKKAO 13

YOKKAO 65kgs World Title - Pakorn PKSaenchaimuaythaigym def. Liam Harrison via unanimous decision (-65kg)

Co-main event female fight - Bernise Alldis def. Tanya Merrit via unanimous decision (-57kg)

Keith McLachlan def. Paul Karpowicz via doctor’s stoppage in 2:11 of Round 3 (-59kg)

Steven Long def. John Kaufman via unanimous decision (-67.5kg)

Josh Turbill def. Jack Cooper via unanimous decision (-70kg)

Chris Whittle def. Ross George via unanimous decision (-61.5kg)

Wojtek Oleksyk def. Dale Hughes via unanimous decision (-65kg)

YOKKAO 12

Sanny Dahlbeck def. Jordan Watson via TKO (ref stoppage) in 2:50 of Rnd 4 (-70kg)

Karim Bennoui def. Darren O’Connor via majority decision (-61,5kg)

Stephen Meleady def. Chris Shaw via unanimous decision (-61kg)

Kyle Helleur def. Danny Harrison-Little via TKO (ref stoppage) in 1:26 of Rnd 3 (-64.5kg)

Myk Estlick def. Jack McGuire via unanimous decision (-63.5kg)

Kris Addis def. Jake Barton via KO (elbow) in Rnd 4 (-72.5kg)

Juan Cervantes def. Joe Newton unanimous decision (-77kg)

Jack Kennedy def. Harry Burton via unanimous decision (-65kg)

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Nieky Holzken Joins Yokkao Fight Team

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Holzken

GLORY 13 Welterweight Champion Nieky Holzken is without a doubt the best in the world at Welterweight, so it should come as no shock that companies want to work with him. It was announced today that Nieky Holzken has joined the Yokkao Fight Team, meaning that he will represent the brand for the next three years, which includes wearing their gear and possibly even appearing on upcoming Yokkao events!

Nieky will be sporting a special Yokkao collection in the coming weeks, so look out for that. For those in Europe interested in purchasing Yokkao gear, it is available through http://www.allcombatsports.com.

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Special Preview: Stefan Struve's Special Weapon for UFC 146 by AFAV

  • Published in Kickboxing

Right now you should be watching the Glory World Series on LiverKick, as we've just seen some amazing bouts so far with a lot more to come. But, you'll have time in between fights, won't you? If so, we have something for you to watch.

The Heavyweight showcase that is UFC 146 goes down tonight, and Stefan Struve is on the card. Struve is a tall, rangey Dutch fighter and has had some tough luck in the UFC on top of some impressive wins. So, he went out and decided to change up his training, and he decided on one of the best, which is Mousid. Mousid is a legendary trainer, best known for his crown jewel that is Mosab Amrani. A trainer like Mousid can do wonders with a fighter like Stefan, and he has a few special weapons ready for Lavar Johnson tonight.

AFAV, the gold standard for fight documentaries, put together this video, titled "The Ambush." On top of that, they chose LiverKick.com as the place to debut it. That's right folks, you saw it here first.

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