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Photo of the Day: Giorgio Petrosyan, Gago Drago and Melvin Manhoef Partying with Alexander Gustafsson

  • Published in Kickboxing

If the average picture if worth a thousand words then I'm not really sure what this one is worth. Ruslan Suleymanov, the owner of LEGEND, recently turned 35 years old. What better way to celebrate turning 35 than by having a huge birthday party featuring some of the best fighters of the world just hanging out, right? Benson Henderson, Alexander Gustafsson, Andy Souwer, Giorgio Petrosyan, Melvin Manhoef and Gago Drago were among the names of fighters that were in attendance, but there were more, a lot more. 

Ben Pontier was there snapping up photos of the whole thing, which is when he captured this moment above. I don't even know.

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VIDEO: Former NBA Player Darko Milicic Loses Kickboxing Debut

  • Published in Kickboxing

This is one of those weird, only-in-kickboxing types of stories. Darko Milicic, former NBA player, made his kickboxing debut in an exhibition on Wednesday in Serbia, fighting under the WKA banner. There was some fanfare and hype around it, considering his profile, but WKA's global presence isn't quite what it's cracked up to be.

Anyway, he made his debut and things didn't go so well for the awkwardly tall basketball player when the doctors stopped it after a cut opened up on his shin.

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Four Fights Added to Dynamite!!

  • Published in K-1

With Dynamite!! 2010 just a few weeks away, FEG has slowly been trickling out news for the fans and media. As always, things are handled in a hush-hush manner by FEG, but fight camps sometimes spill the goods before they do. FEG held a press conference on Friday to announce a few of the feature bouts for the upcoming card.

After featuring only one kickboxing bout last year (Masato vs. Andy Souwer), they have added a second K-1 rules bout to the card, in the form of K-1 Heavyweight Champion Kyotaro facing off with Gegard Mousasi. Mousasi has not fought in a kickboxing fight since December 2008 at Dynamite!! 2008 where he made short work of the now retired Musashi. Mousasi is the current DREAM Light Heavyweight Champion and has held the promotion's Middleweight Championship as well as Strikeforce's Light Heavyweight Championship. Kyotaro poses a unique challenge for the Dutch kickboxer, as Kyotaro has speed, power and precision on his side.

The colorful Kazuhisa Watanabe will return to MMA action squaring off against Hideo Tokoro, with both men looking to add another much-needed win on their records. Another fight that was long-rumored is now confirmed, as Jason "KC Bandit" High returns to DREAM for the first time since DREAM.10 to face off with Hayato "Mach" Sakurai. Sakurai's back is against the wall against the younger High and High is looking to work his way back into the major leagues after a disappointing UFC debut this year.

Everyone's favorite Super HULK Champion, Ikuhisa Minowa, known as Minowaman, makes his return to the DREAM ring for the first time since his loss to Olympic Judoka Satoshi Ishii at DREAM.16. Minowa's last fight at DEEP 50 saw him get back into the win column with an armbar on Chang Hee Kim, providin some momentum against another Olympic Judoka, Hiroshi Izumi. Izumi is a Olympic Silver medalist from Athens in 2004 and fights for the first time away from the SRC banner.

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Giorgio Petrosyan is Not Dead

  • Published in Kickboxing

A part of me feels like that is the dumbest headline I'll write all week, but then again, it apparently is a story that needs some traction. There was an earthquake in Italy earlier today that was around 5.1 on the richter scale that sent shock through Northern Italy. To compound the issue, someone started a chain message that has spread throughout the fight industry in Europe that two-time K-1 World MAX Champion Giorgio Petrosyan was dead.

This happens all of the time, as I'm sure we all remember TMZ reporting that former UFC fighter Kimo Leopoldo was dead in 2009 and the amount of strange rumors that go around twitter daily revolving around Justin Bieber being a pedophile disguised as a child singer or of course being deceased. The good news is that not only is Kimo alive and kicking, but Giorgio Petrosyan is completely fine as well. Carlo DiBlasi sent out an email earlier today confirming that Petrosyan is fine and also asking anyone who has received a message stating Petrosyan is dead to try to help find the person responsible for spreading the rumor and to notify authorities.

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VIDEO: Artur Kyshenko vs. Radoslaw Paczuski

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Leave it to Artur Kyshenko to keep busy, right? Yesterday Kyshenko fought at the KOK WGP 2014 event in Gdansk against Radoslaw Paczuski in a night that also saw Sergei Laschenko take a Heavyweight tournament. Go ahead and check out Kyshenko's performance and let us know what you thought. Kyshenko has been hit-or-miss at times and jumped around weight classes. 

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GLORY 26 Airing Live on ESPN3, Two Day Delay on ESPN2

  • Published in Glory

There has been some speculation online about the future of GLORY and if the ESPN deal was a "one and done." GLORY CEO Jon Franklin discussed that there was a verbal agreement between GLORY and ESPN to air GLORY 26 as well while they continued with negotiations and now, today, according to ESPN's WatchESPN website, we know when it will be airing on ESPN platforms. 

GLORY 26 will air live on ESPN3 once again, this time at 4pm Eastern. Much like the previous event, it will air on ESPN2 via tape delay, only this time it won't be 1:30am in the morning. Instead it will air on Sunday, December 6th at 8pm Eastern time. This is a two day tape delay, but on prime time. Airing on a Sunday during football season seems like a hard win for kickboxing, with the Packers vs. the Lions airing at 6:30pm eastern on the same evening. 

We'll have to see how it turns out, but it is good to see that GLORY and ESPN have gotten things ironed out for the next event. 

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Vinny Shoreman Hosting K-1 Open Tryouts

  • Published in K-1

ShoremanWhen Glory purchased It's Showtime, it did mean that the Kickboxing world was becoming partially united once again, but for commentators Vinny "Showtime" Shoreman and Kieran Keddle, it meant that their positions might be in a bit of limbo. We've been petitioning on Twitter for Shoreman and Keddle to keep their jobs, but it looks like we might be seeing them again soon, Shoreman at least. Of course, they will be doing the It's Showtime event in Tenerife, Spain, but on top of that, Vinny Shoreman will be in Los Angeles for K-1's Open Tryouts, serving as the host.

Sadly, Kieran was busy, but having Vinny there shows that K-1 is looking to secure some of the people that fans know and love. Shoreman is one of the few commentators in the sport whose pure love and passion for the sport comes across in every single event, much like Michael "The Voice" Schiavello. We very much look forward to hearing Shoreman at future events and hope that if he does begin working for K-1, that Kieran Keddle will join him as well, as they make for a very good team that many have grown very accustomed to and grown to love.

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Trailer for Enfusion Season 2

  • Published in Kickboxing

If you are one of the lucky few to get Fight Now! TV in the US, you will be treated to being able to watch the second season of Enfusion. This season focuses on the 95MAX division as they train at Super Pro Samui bootcamp in Thailand with weekly fights that see one fighter eliminated. Looks like it'll be airing Tuesdays at 8pm Eastern time, so if you get it, watch it!

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Dzevad Poturak Announces Retirement

  • Published in Kickboxing

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Bosnian Heavyweight Kickboxer Dzevad Poturak has released a statement today announcing his retirement from the sport of Kickboxing at the age of 35. Poturak, who has competed in K-1, It's Showtime, SuperKombat and most recently Final Fight, will fight one last time at Final Fight 07, which is scheduled for September. Poturak's record currently stands at 50-22-1-1, with notable wins over Sergei Laschenko, Wendel Roche and Daniel Ghita under his belt.

Poturak had a strong showing at the K-1 World Grand Prix in March where he defeated Laschenko in a reserve bout and was called to fill in for an injured Badr Hari. Poturak was actually injured himself at the time, but opted to head to the ring and fight, putting forth a valiant effort against Ismael Londt. His most recent bout was at Final Fight 06 where he lost to Igor Jurkovic.

His retirement bout is slated for September 6th in Sarajevo under the Final Fight banner. Everyone here at LiverKick wishes Poturak well in his retirement.

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Press Release: Mixed Striking Championship Live on GFL.tv on July 25th

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MIXED STRIKING CHAMPIONSHIP CONTINUES ITS COMBAT SPORTS REVOLUTION

WITH STACKED FIGHT CARD ON FRIDAY, JULY 25

 

KO Artist Alan “The Rebel” Arzeno Battles Johnavan

Vistante in Welterweight Main Event

 

Live on GFL.tv from Miami, Fla.

 

MIAMI, Fla. (July 16, 2015) –With its patented “EVO” competition glove and an assembly of combatants from a vast array of striking-based martial arts disciplines, Mixed Striking Championship (MSCFights.com) will continue its bid to provide the most exciting, action-packed sports entertainment experience in world-class, professional martial arts combat sports with its second live event at BankUnited Center in Miami, Fla. on Saturday, July 25, live on Go Fight Live (GFL.tv).

In the welterweight (170 pounds) main event of a 9-bout fight card, Combate Americas MMA competition reality series star, and hard-hitting Muay Thai specialist, Alan “The Rebel” Arzeno (1-0, 1 KO, MSC) will square off with battle-tested Johnavan Vistante (0-1 MSC).

“We are excited to be back in action with a fight card that is loaded with some of the best American strikers from their respective martial arts disciplines,” said MSC President Wayne Bermudez, whose promotion allows its fighters to use punches and kicks as well as both elbow and knee strikes in competition.

“MSC is poised to break new ground in the world of combat sports,” continued Bermudez, “with our talent, our matchmaking and, of course, our compact ‘EVO’ competition glove that essentially places all of our fighters on an even playing field in the ring, since many martial artists are not accustomed to using boxing gloves.”

Carefully constructed to protect the hands of MSC fighters, the EVO glove is curved at the fingers to provide the feel of a boxing glove, and is fully enclosed at the thumb to avoid eye pokes. The glove has separate, webbed fingers that are stitched together to enable advanced hand mobility.

Arzeno of Miami is coming off a spectacular performance at the inaugural MSC event on April 18 when the Combate Americas MMA competition reality series star scored a quick and devastating, first round (:46) KO on Whitney Waddell, with a punishing right hook.

In the co-main event, Taylor Krahl (0-0 MSC) will face Antonio Molloy (0-0 MSC) at a catchweight of 155 pounds.

Murc Jones (0-0 MSC) will square off with Joey “The Real Deal” Rodriguez (0-1 MSC) in a lightweight (155 pounds) contest.

Jimmy Alexander (0-0 MSC) will battle Abe Estacio (0-0 MSC) in a flyweight (125 pounds) affair.

In another flyweight matchup, hard punching Luay Ashkar (0-0 MSC) will lock horns with Josh “Fireball Kid” Mercado (0-0 MSC).

Making his professional combat sports debut, 25-year-old prospect Amos Merriweather (0-0 MSC) will face 23-year-old Harrison Melendez (0-0 MSC) in a 140 pound catchweight bout.

A second 140 pound catchweight contest will pit Edir Terry (0-0 MSC) against aggressive-minded finisher Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath (0-0 MSC).

In a battle between two prospects making their respective professional combat sports debuts, Judah Anderson (0-0 MSC) and Luke Jackson (0-0 MSC) will duke it out at welterweight (170 pounds).

The live GFL.tv stream of MSC 2 will begin at 7 p.m. ET with coverage of the leadoff preliminary bout of the night, a featherweight (145 pounds) meeting between Bruce Lutchmedial (0-0 MSC) and Pedro Cossoma (0-0 MSC).

 

About Mixed Striking Championship
Mixed Striking Championship (MSCFights.com) is a world championship, professional martial arts combat sports franchise that produces live events pitting martial arts fighters, skilled in different combative disciplines, against one another under a set of rules that permits punching, kicking, elbow strikes and knee strikes. MSC is the first franchise in history to outfit its athletes with the patented “EVO” competition glove, a smaller and more compact glove than the traditional boxing glove. Follow MSC on Twitter (@MSCFights)

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