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Muay Thai Combat Cagliari Opens, Exclusive Yokkao Retailer

  • Published in Muay Thai

Yokkao

Through a new video posted on YouTube, Yokkao has announced that Stefania Picelli has opened up a new Muay Thai Combat shop, this time Muay Thai Combat Cagliari in Cagliari, Italy. The shop will be home to Yokkao gear for the area and one of the hubs for Yokkao gear in Europe, as Muay Thai Combat is the exclusive retailer for Yokkao gear throughout Europe. Muay Thai Combat currently has shops in Cagliari, San Marino, Milan and Taranto with offices and distributors in Paris, San Francisco and Sao Paulo as well, helping to make Yokkao one of the biggest brands for muay thai gear in the world right now.

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Rumors Point to Badr Hari Possibly Signing with GLORY Soon

  • Published in Glory

Badr Hari

This one has been brewing since the weekend, but there have been reports of Badr Hari and GLORY coming to an agreement and Badr Hari potentially fighting on the GLORY 16 Denver card. LiverKick became aware of this rumor earlier in the week but as is our policy, unless it comes from a firsthand source or there are multiple, independent sources to verify said information, we don't run it. Since the cat is out of the bag, we are now sharing this information with you.

This comes hot off of the heels of Badr Hari being found guilty last week in his trial and sentenced to 18 months in prison. Both sides filed for immediate appeals, which means that Badr Hari is not in jail, in fact he was in attendance as a "special guest" at this past weekend's K-1 World MAX Final Four event in Azerbaijan. Badr Hari's next scheduled fight is on May 17th in Holland against Ismael Londt, making a May 3rd booking in the United States seem a bit more unlikely. There is also the fact that obtaining a work visa in the United States would be a difficult task for Badr Hari considering the recent conviction.

We've reached out to GLORY for comment on this story and multiple sources have denied this rumor. The timing of such a signing seems way off, especially with his ongoing legal issues. There is this message on his official Facebook, but understand that Badr Hari doesn't handle his social media and will at times decide that someone that he commissioned to handle his social media is no longer the "official voice of Badr Hari."

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Pat Barry Out of GLORY 20 -- Featherweight Title Fight Moves to Main Card

  • Published in Glory

For kickboxing fans there is some good news and some bad news regarding GLORY 20. The bad news is that Pat Barry vs. Mourad Bouzidi is officially off after Pat Barry suffered a hand injury while training for the upcoming fight. Bouzidi will still be on the GLORY 20 card but for now it looks like he'll be moved to the SuperFight Series undercard with a replacement opponent.

The good news is that the Featherweight Championship bout between Mosab Amrani and Gabriel Varga will no longer headline the SuperFight Series card and will instead be featured on the main card. That means that an astonishing two GLORY championships will be on the line for GLORY 20. The event, set to go down on April 3rd in Dubai, will air via tape delay on Spike TV that same evening.

GLORY has promised that Pat Barry will be booked on an upcoming card when he is healthy.

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Predicting GLORY 13 Tokyo

  • Published in Glory

Glory

GLORY 13 Tokyo happens tonight/airs tomorrow, with the big GLORY Welterweight tournament, as well as Peter Aerts vs. Rico Verhoeven and a whole hell of a lot more. Here are my picks for GLORY 13 Tokyo's main card.

  • Dustin Jacoby vs. Makoto Uehara
  • Jacoby has seen mixed results since joining up with GLORY, but you can’t count him out after his impressive victories over Brian Collette. When Jacoby got a taste of some of the elite Kickboxers things were rough for him, which makes a matchup with Makoto Uehara a solid one for both men. Uehara has seen a good deal of success and heartbreak in his career, but a win over Jacoby could do a lot for his career right now. I think that Jacoby takes this and Spike TV will rejoice.
  • Winner: Dustin Jacoby
  • Joseph Valtellini vs. Raymond Daniels
  • Ahh yes, youthful power against age and experience. Raymond Daniels has a lot of experience fighting, even if a lot of it doesn’t count towards a pro career, he also uses a more traditional karate style for Kickboxing. Valtellini on the other hand has been on a roll in Kickboxing and looks unstoppable. I think that Daniels puts up a good fight, but Joe takes it.
  • Winner: Joseph Valtellini
  • Nieky Holzken vs. Karapet Karapetyan
  • Karapet is a guy who has fought in a bunch of different weight classes, but this one is probably going to be the best, most comfortable one for him. His win over Stetskurenko is proof enough of just how good Karapetyan can be. With that being said, this division feels tailor made for Nieky Holzken, who finally has a field to test himself against. I think this will be a close battle, but if Nieky can get some body shots in and keep going there the fight is his. This being said, GLORY tournaments have seen their share of upsets, Karapetyan is my pick for the guy who could be the spoiler.
  • Winner: Nieky Holzken
  • Daniel Ghita vs. Errol Zimmerman
  • I want to be a big Errol Zimmerman fan and I want to believe in him, but his mixed bag of performances keeps me away from that. The last time these guys met Daniel Ghita flattened Zimmerman and since then Ghita has only gotten better as a fighter. I’m not sure that Zimmerman has gotten better as a fighter since then, but that has never been the issue, the issue has always been his conditioning. Did Errol put in the work? We’ll have to wait and see.
  • Winner: Daniel Ghita
  • Peter Aerts vs. Rico Verhoeven
  • I feel like I’ve been one of the few people who was actually a fan of Verhoeven before he won the Heavyweight tournament and believed that he could be a great fighter. GLORY 11 was a huge deal for his young career and I think it is only up from there. But, he’s facing Peter Aerts. Peter Aerts may be getting older, he may be getting slower and guys like Tyrone Spong may be able to put him down, but Rico isn’t a KO artist, Rico is a technician who likes to pick away at fighters. Rico’s style and Peter’s style clash, with Peter having more of a chance of knocking Rico out before he “retires” in Japan.
  • Winner: Peter Aerts
  • Tournament Final: Nieky Holzen vs. Joseph Valtellini
  • This one, if it would come to pass, is a tough fight to pick. Both guys are great fighters with their ups and downs, but I’m not sure that we’ve seen enough weakness in either guy to be able to really figure out which one will have an upper-hand. That is pretty exciting. If Joe can keep Nieky from coming inside too close he’ll be able to slowly pick him apart, but if Nieky gets in close it could mean trouble. I still think that Valtellini is smart enough and skilled enough to keep things moving in his direction. I’m not sure I’d call it an upset, but I see him winning.
  • Winner: Joseph Valtellini
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Long Watch: GLORY's Ivan Farneti Talks Business and Kickboxing

  • Published in Glory

Part of what makes GLORY such an interesting company is the guys who comprise said company. All of the people that we've spoken to which in the company are passionate and knowledgeable about the sport of kickboxing. They are fans, not just casual fans, but real fans. If you are looking for a fan, look no further than GLORY's Ivan Farneti. You can find him on Twitter or Facebook most of the time talking about combat sports -- and he's nowhere near just a casual fan -- he hangs with the most hardcore of us. In fact, I'd go as far as to call Ivan a kickboxing nerd. It's okay, he's in good company. 

Watch this uber-long interview with Ivan to learn more about him, his love for the sport, how he got started with the organization as well as some of the big picture, vision stuff for GLORY. For those that grow tired of hearing Dana White's brand of vitriol, listen to Ivan pretty much say everything you want to hear and really mean it. 

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Final Card for K-1 Japan on January 18th

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K-1’s Japan contingent have promised us what looks to be a pretty amazing card on January 18th. The event features a classic K-1 one night tournament, this time at 60kg. It features a mix of names that we know from the Japanese scene to some heavy hitters from around the world including Javier Hernandez, Karim Bennoui and Denis Puric.

The rest of the card is an awesome, eclectic mix of styles with some really fascinating fights on the card. Kaew Fairtex vs. Minoru Kimura is an awesome, awesome fight and I’m very happy to see Sanny Dahlbeck back in the mix against the very awesome Yoshihiro Sato. This event will be broadcast on NicoNico on the 18th.

HW: Manabu vs Fujita Tomoya
60kg: Yuma vs Kanbe Shota
65kg: Goto Masanobu vs Saito Yuta
65kg: Hiramoto Ren vs Ishikawa Yuki
60kg GP Reserve Fight: TOSHI vs Kim Hun Jae
60kg GP: Shimano Kotaro vs Javier Hernandez
60kg GP: Urabe Hirotaka vs Karim Bennoui
60kg GP: Yamamoto Masahiro vs Gagny Baradji
60kg GP: Urabe Koya vs Denis Puric
65kg: Kaew Fairtex vs Kimura Minoru
70kg: Sato Yoshihiro vs Sanny Dahlbeck
55kg: Takiya Shota vs Shou Rong
55kg: Tobe Ryuma vs Horio Ryuji
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SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final in Monza Card for Nov. 22nd

  • Published in Kickboxing

On November 22nd in Monza, Italy SuperKombat will present the finals of the SuperKombat Light Heavyweight GP, the winner walking away as the champion of this season of SuperKombat and bragging rights. Aristote Quitusisa, Dawid Kasperski, Michael Terril and Jorge Loren compete for the honors.

There are also some superfights on the show, including names familiar to SK fans like Andrei Stoica, Bogdan Stoica, Catalin Morosanu and Errol Koning. There is also a Middleweight title fight between Cedric Manhoef and Julian Imeri.

Main Card:

1. Semifinal 1 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Aristote Quitusisa (France) vs. Dawid Kasperski (Poland)

2. Semifinal 2 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Michael Terrill (United Kingdom) vs. Jorge Loren (Spain)

3. Reserve Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Alexandru Negrea (Italy) vs. Bogdan Stoica (Romania)

4. Super Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)

Riccardo Lecca (Italy) vs. Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

5. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)

Errol Koning (Suriname) vs. Giuseppe De Domenico (Italy)

6. Title Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)

Julian Imeri (Italy) vs. Cedric Manhoef (Suriname)

7. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)

Emilio Vallecillo (United States) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)

8. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)

Ron Sparks (United States) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

9. Final – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2

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K-1 China vs. Japan Results From Feb. 1st

  • Published in Asia

On February 1st (this morning for the West) in China K-1 held their 409th event. Much like the previous K-1 event in China, K-1 China vs. USA, this event saw a stable of Chinese fighters take on a few Japanese fighters for national honor and pride. What ensued was a series of fun fights that showed both a lot of promise and some disappointments. 

It's clear to see that the Chinese fighters have been working hard to adapt to the K-1 rules, but when a relatively famous fighter like Ba Te Er in China steps into the K-1 ring there are expectations that he'll be a bit more experienced in the ruleset. Er was proof that traditional martial arts can indeed be valuable in a professional kickboxing setting, but he was missing one key ingredient from the equation, which was the "boxing" part of kickboxing. 

Overall another fun events from K-1 and it's interesting to see what kind of spoils China will continue to net them in the future. If you missed it you can check out the archived fights here.

K-1 409 - CHINA vs JAPAN
65 Kuji Yoshimoto (R3 - Dec.) Hanji 
70kg K-Jee (R3 - TKO) Zang Lei
53kg E Meidie (R3 - Dec.) Syuri
63kg Keisuke Nakamura (Ext. R - TKO) Wang Zhiwei 
60kg Tomohiro Kiyai (R3 - Dec.) Wu Ze 
70kg Tien Xin (R3 - Dec.) Hideaki Kikkawa 
70kg Jungle Koki R3 - Dec.) Ba Te Er 

 

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Kickboxing Needs to Bring Their Content to the Fans

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Enfusion

Kickboxing is a frustrating sport sometimes. There, I said it.

Kickboxing has been struggling to find its identity over the past few years. That might seem like a bit of an ominous statement, but when you look at how many different organizations we’ve seen in different mediums, how many star Kickboxers we’ve seen retire or rise to prominence, or how many we’ve seen languish in smaller promotions you’ll see what I’m talking about. Right now is an interesting transition period for the sport of Kickboxing and a vital time for the sport where it could either grow to be huge or it could fail and return to obscurity. How that product gets to the fans is probably the most vital part of the sport right now, even more important than the quality of the fights themselves.

The landscape right now is like this; GLORY airs on Spike TV in the United States and then has various, smaller television deals throughout Europe and Asia. K-1 is currently attempting to negotiate television deals while providing free streams via their website. SuperKombat airs on EuroSport and a few smaller networks in different spots in the world. Enfusion is in a similar spot to SuperKombat. Then there are various, regional Kickboxing events that get solid coverage locally but not much anywhere else.

Like I’ve been saying, it’s a very strange and fragmented sport for the time being. There are talks of GLORY considering moving some select, bigger events to PPV here in the United States, starting with GLORY 17. It would probably be in the vein of the UFC model, where the prelims would be on Spike TV and the main card on PPV, which is fine, the only issue is that PPV as a medium is a dying one. The concept of Pay-Per-View in the United States began in the 50’s but came to prominence in the 70’s and 80’s when Boxing took a shine to the concept of selling live broadcasts of big fights through cable systems.

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