If you are like us, you watched and enjoyed the Glory World Series event fromt his past weekend. Glory have been going out of their way to make their events as big of a deal as they can, which includes some awesome documentaries. If you for some reason missed the event, you can purchase a replay for $5. On June 4th Glory TV will be launching a documentary series on the huge event, and for now you can watch this video and get hyped up.
In preparation of their upcoming title bouts, Bad Company's Jordan Watson and Liam Harrison were sparring in front of the Yokkao cameras, when Harrison landed flush with an uppercut, knocking one of Watson's teeth out.
Despite the injury, it was all smiles between the two, who both are scheduled to headline Yokkao's double-event next month. Watson will be defending his 70kg Yokkao world title he won last October when he meets the ultra-talented Sanny Dahlbeck. Harrison on the other-hand, will need to claw the 65kg belt away from the grasp of pound-for-pound great Pakorn.
Yokkao's 12 & 13 will commence on March 21st from the Macron Arena in Bolton, Manchester.
Another week and another episode of Warman's Kickfighting show where I join Steven Wright to discuss the goings on of the worlds of kickboxing and muay thai. This week we look at the results from this past weekend's Fight Code event as well as the fallout from it, including Fight Code organizing two rematches from the show and the one disqualification being overturned. We also go into depth on SuperKombat's last GP event which did not feature the same level of talent as per the last few shows but still delivered on a few different levels, as well as their business model going forward and why it is vital for them to get their act together.
And of course, you can't talk about the last week in the Kickboxing world without talking about K-1. This means talk about the show being cancelled, possibly postponed and the news finally being released that there are many potential buyers for the company but Master Ishii seems to be the lone force holding the company back. As always, the show can be downloaded on iTunes (search: LordGaul) or on the PodBean site. As always, I'm going to embed it, but there does seem to be a timeout with these files, so if it isn't working make sure to go and download it yourself.
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.
In episode 54 of the Warman Kickfighting Show I once again join Steven Wright to discuss the happenings of the Kickboxing and Muay Thai worlds. As Steven was in attendance at the UFC event over the weekend cornering Shane Roller of Team Takedown, which meant travel, this show which was supposed to be up sooner took a little bit longer, but it was worth it. We work out any technical issues we had the first time around and take a look at the recent K-1 MAX, It's Showtime and Thai Fight events, as well as SuperKombat and Mike Zambidis having a successful comeback fight after the loss to JWP.
It was a lot to cover and we did so in the course of an hour, with a look at how stars are made within the tournament format and how there are a lot of bright spots coming up in the kickboxing world, especially at 70kg. (Direct Download)
There is a whole lot to cover and we do our best, which leads us into the next episode! The next episode we take a long, hard look at the loss of Badr Hari, Gokhan Saki and possibly Tyrone Spong from the kickboxing world and just what that means. We also look at how Hari and Saki would potentially make a Boxing career work and what impact they could really have. There has been a lot of negative stuff going around focusing on lack of depth of talent and a lot of that simply is not true, as we go into depth on these issues and more. (Direct Download)
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So GLORY 17 and GLORY Last Man Standing -- okay, first of all, I'm not going to refer to them as different shows, because they are on the same night -- so, GLORY 17, is a really huge event. GLORY 17 at the Forum in Los Angeles is going to feature a whole lot of talent. As you can see from that graphic above, the fight that we all wanted to see between Andy Ristie and Ky Hollenbeck is finally going down! By the looks of it, this fight will be on the Spike TV card for free, which is great. It will serve as the Main Event for GLORY 17 on Spike TV.
The other big news is that GLORY has secured the final two names for the GLORY Last Man Standing Middleweight Championship Tournament. Those names are Filip Verlinden and Artem Levin. Levin was the lone holdout and was just announced on Tuesday. Oh Artem.
At this point, Bob Sapp fighting is clearly not a good idea. We've all discussed how over the years he has been smart with his money and how he has made a lot out of a little, but at this point it is clear that he can go no further in the fighting world. Winning a fight against even lesser competition seems to be far from his grasp. As a fighter, you simply cannot fix the inability to take a punch. We've seen this in recent, high profile cases like Brock Lesnar retiring from the UFC and returning to the WWE after a string of losses where as soon as he got hit he'd turtle up. This is where Bob Sapp is right now, and it is time for him to pack it in. His latest fight was against Rok Strucl and Sapp actually put forth some effort, rushing in like he was looking for the kill but did not, at all, do it with precision or power.
The year 2014 has had a bit of an odd start, as the first scheduled GLORY event for February is no longer scheduled and we won't get our first GLORY fix until March in Croatia. K-1 holds an event on January 11th in Gran Canaria, Spain, although the card has come down in prominence a bit with the loss of the Maximo Suarez vs. Shane Campbell fight. Hero Legends went down on the 3rd of January in Jinan, China, including some big names.
As someone who lives in the Southwest I can say that it is sometimes difficult to be a fan of combat sports out here. Going to live events is kept to local and smaller events, which let's be honest, isn't everyone's cup of tea. Sometimes you want to see high level stuff and your only choice is to make a long trek to Las Vegas, Texas or California, which, also isn't great. Well, GLORY is going to make good on their promise to come to Denver, Colorado. They originally were talking about GLORY 14 happening in Denver, but circumstances obviously changed and now we instead will get GLORY 16 Denver on May 3rd at the 1STBANK Center.
Still no information on the card just yet, but as it is a major GLORY event and knowing their plans for the year, we can expect something big.
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.