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LiverKick Throwback: Peter Cunningham Takes the Fight to Dida Diafat in Paris in 1992

  • Published in Kickboxing

The world of kickboxing has a rich history to fall back upon so we here at LiverKick figure, why not? Why not give a glimpse into some of the fights from the past that have made up this wonderful sport and tie it all in to the present. The kids on the Instagram and Twitter like to call Thursdays "Throwback Thursdays," I'm just going to say that this is a LiverKick Throwback.

This time we are going back before even the days of K-1, we are going back to a time when fighters were men and they fought for twelve rounds and beat the snot out of each other. Basically, we are going back to 1992. This was November 21st, 1992 in Paris, France and it was between two world-class fighters at the time; France's Dida Diafat and Canada's Peter "Sugarfoot" Cunningham for the ISKA World Light Welterweight Championship contested under ISKA's "Oriental Rules."

Cunningham might be before the time of some fans now, but it's worth reflecting upon a guy who fought some of the best in the world while representing North America (Canadian, but has resided in Southern California for quite a few years now). Cunningham would fight Diafat in 1996 in what would be his retirement fight, but continues to work as a trainer to this day when he isn't busy in acting, most recently appearing in The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.

Rumor has it that he'll be in attendance this weekend for GLORY 17 and Last Man Standing, so be on the lookout. 

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Watch The Reem Episode 12: The Final

  • Published in K-1

Follow Alistair Overeem in his online documentary "The Reem" as episode twelve shows the culmination of Alistair's hard work; the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals. This is a must-watch for K-1 fans, as it is like having an all-access pass to the K-1 World Grand Prix. To those that believed that there was some controversy over Gokhan Saki fighting Overeem you get to see Cor Hemmers backstage with Overeem and makes no mention of Saki being injured, only that both men had a war and that he will only be at ringside and let both men fight it out without providing support for either individual, only the team.

THE REEM EPISODE 12: THE FINAL from THE REEM on Vimeo.

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Lion Fight 12 Airs Tonight -- Here Are the Weigh-Ins

  • Published in Muay Thai

Lion Fight 12

Tonight is yet again another good night for American Muay Thai as Lion Fight 12 goes down tonight in Las Vegas, airing live on AXS TV at 10PM Eastern time. Lion Fight has always delivered and tonight's card looks to be doing just the same with another action-packed line-up. Here is the card for tonight;

  • LION FIGHT 12 - 10PM - AXS TV
  • LION FIGHT WELTERWEIGHT TITLE: MALAIPET vs. FABIO PINCA
  • TIFFANY VAN SOEST vs. MAGALI FORONI
  • JASON ANDRADA vs. ABER BOUTTAVONG
  • NICK CHASTEEN vs. CHRIS CULLEY
  • GLEN SPENCER JR vs. STEPHEN RICHARDS
  • ANTHONY CASTREJON vs. MIGUEL ROSALES
  • MIRANDA CAYABYAB vs. KAIYANA RAIN

 

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Video: Lion Fight 18's Yodsanklai Open Work Out

  • Published in Muay Thai

Tomorrow night on AXS TV Lion Fight 18 will go down, featuring Yodsanklai Fairtex defending the Lion Fight Middleweight Championship against the UK's Salah Khalifa. Yesterday Lion Fight hosted an open workout featuring the internationally-renowned fighter and Block Boy Media was there filming it for them. Check it out below.

Don't forget that Lion Fight 18 airs tomorrow night at 10pm Eastern time on AXS TV.

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The Yokkao Factory in Bangkok is Open for Business

  • Published in Muay Thai

The Yokkao factory in Bangkok had its soft-opening last week for the public, meaning that if you are in the area you can go and check out the Yokkao Shop that has opened up inside of the new factory. To celebrate this Yokkao is pushing out a line of leather and denim Yokkao gloves and released a pretty awesome video highlighting the making of these gloves. 

It's pretty cool to see how far Yokkao have come over the past few years and how seriously they are taking their quality control and craftsmanship. Check out more details on Yokkao's site.

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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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K-1 MAX Madrid Show This Weekend

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Here's a show announcement that kind of snuck up out of nowhere - this weekend in Madrid, Spain will be a regional K-1 MAX show.  The show is being put on by K-1 MAX Madrid, and will feature a traditional 8 man tournament.  These kind of regional events are not out of the ordinary for K-1, who brand many smaller, local shows as K-1 shows.  While these shows are affiliated with K-1, they are typically not a part of the official K-1 season - meaning don't expect mention of this event on the K-1 website, or for the tournament winner to automatically enter the GP Final 16.

The biggest name in the tournament is definitely Warren Stevelmans.  A K-1 MAX veteran who won the MAX 2008 Netherlands tournament, Stevelmans has been in there with the division's very best, including Andy Souwer, Giorgio Petrosyan, and Albert Kraus among many others.  He fights often, and almost always against tough competition, so his record only stands at 4-5 in the last 2 years, but those loses all come against tough opposition.  I would consider him the favorite in this field.

Stevelmans's toughest challenger here is likely Rachid Belaini, who comes in off a huge win over the top 25 ranked Khem Sitsonpeenong at It's Showtime in September.  If Belaini can keep that momentum going, he can definitely win this event and use that victory as the start of a big 2011.

Also in the tournament are WBC champion Alex Asumu; Hassan Ait Bassou, a good fighter making the move up to 70kg from his normal 63kg weight; Jonay Risco; Manzy Pauwels, a Muay Thai fighter who won a similar regional tournament in 2009; Rafa Del Toro; and Rafi Zohueir, a Muay Thai fighter who was slated to represent Spain on the ill-fated The Contender Asia Season 2.

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Full Card for Lion Fight 16 on July 4th

  • Published in Muay Thai

This Friday, July 4th at 9pm Eastern time on AXS TV the world will be treated to Lion Fight 16. Lion Fight 16 will take place at the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada and be an official part of UFC's International Fight Week. That means that the UFC will be helping Lion Fight to promote the event throughout the week and it should be an electric atmosphere on Friday. The event is headlined by Kevin Ross taking on Michael Thompson with the Lion Fight Super Lightweight Championship to be decided.

The event will also feature muay thai legend Rungravee Sasiprapa and Tiffany Van Soest in action. Here is a look at the full fight card.

Super Lightweight Title Bout
Kevin Ross vs Michael Thompson
Co-Main Event
Tiffany Van Soest vs Sindy Huyer
Super Fight
Rungravee Sasiprapa vs. Adrian Morilla
Tyler Toner vs. Gaston Bolanos
Josh Shepard vs Casey Parlett

AXS TV has also released the bloody, awesome video from Lion Fight 15 of Kevin Ross vs. Chris Mauceri. Check it out.

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Saenchai Set to Train UFC Fighters in New York Seminar

  • Published in Muay Thai

Muay Thai legend Saenchai has landed in New York and is all set for his round of seminars that are set to go down on the 13th, 14th and 15th at the Striking 101 Gym in New York City. Pakorn was initially supposed to accompany Saenchai, but due to visa issues Saenchai will be going it alone without Pakorn.

There are a host of UFC, MMA and Kickboxing stars that are to be in attendance for Saenchai's NYC seminars, with Uriah Hall's name being tossed around as one of the names that has requested some time with the legendary Thai fighter. We'll have an update with what his schedule looks like further in the coming days. Here's a look at some highlights from his seminar in Kuala Lumpur. 

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Quick Results: Yokkao 6

  • Published in Asia

Yokkao

Yokkao 6 went down today in Thailand, with Yokkao pushing forward with their sixth numbered event which will hopefully be appearing on their YouTube channel some time soon. Here are the quick results from Pattaya, Thailand courtesy of Yokkao.

  • Sittichai Sitsongpeenong wins by points vs Wanchalerm Udduonmuang
  • Thongchai Sitsongpeenong lost by points vs Toby Smith
  • Apidej Sitsongpeenong wins by points vs Yacine Darkrim
  • Sinsamut Sor Klinmee lost by points vs Suedam Kauanjai
  • Imwiset Pornnarai wins by points vs Behzad Rafigh Doust
  • Ekapop Sor Klinmee wins by KO (2nd round) vs Aussie Sam
  • Mathias Gallo Cassarino wins by KO (2nd round) vs Chokdee Lappet Ubon
  • Eddie Martinez wins by TKO (2nd round) vs Rachid Bantla
  • Kom Kop Pechthroungrang lost by points vs Martin Tomascik Sitpholek

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