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K-1 News and Notes, Fueled by Tanikawa and K-1's New Investors/Buyers

  • Published in K-1

Watch the above video and note some of the key words that Tanikawa uses and that he does seem dead set that not only will K-1 continue on, but that K-1 will be fine. While in the past I've felt that those were empty words, I can confirm now that things are indeed looking up. The PUJI deal has actually yielded some capital for K-1 and there are some investors (or possibly even buyers) who are serious about K-1 continuing and becoming a worldwide force. The show in China that Tanikawa mentions is currently airmarked for October and does indeed seem like a reality as opposed to "Japanese Grandstanding" that we hear about.

LiverKick.com has been made aware of who some of the investors are, and confirmed through a number of sources the accuracy of the information, but will continue to keep it under wraps until the deals are finalized on all sides and the exchange of money and power have been made. What we can say is that the companies investing in K-1 are very serious about kickboxing and K-1 and have the money to make sure there are not as many hurdles. It also means that K-1's typical Japan-centric approach will be compromised as it is not a viable business model, nor is it one these new investors would support. K-1 putting on one show is a big deal, as will be paying fighters who are owed money. For all the talk of Japanese television deals, while those will be important for K-1, they will no longer be the driving force of revenue and motivation like they once were if these deals go according to plan.

K-1 is lucky that they made themselves the undeniable brand in kickboxing, mainly by establishing a set of rules that were universally adopted and by running worldwide tournaments on a yearly basis to determine who the best are. Many promotions are able to book some of the top talent from K-1, but it seems like no one can pull in all of the exact names (granted, some like It's Showtime have their own pool of talent and exclude some headscratchers of names like Teixeira and Jaideep) and pit them against each other successfully.

A K-1 looking to take a global scale seriously is a K-1 that will have multiple revenue streams and actually build up its name internationally, with a focus on Japan as a homebase but not its only base there is a greater chance for the company to succeed and prosper. Expect big things to come from K-1 if things go according to plan.

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Iman Barlow Pulls Out Of GLORY Super Bantamweight Tournament

  • Published in Glory

Interesting update following the announcement of the GLORY Super Bantamweight Tournament, as one of the bigger names that was signed has already pulled out. That name is Iman Barlow, the UK-based fighter known as one of the best in the world. Her statement via Facebook points towards a lack of communication.

Unfortunately I have come to a decision that I am not going to be part of the Glory tournament. I was asked to fight on Glory 25th June to which I said Yes. I then later find out via social media that it was a tournament which is above my fight weight class. This was bad communication, I was never told it was at 55.5 or more than one bout. I can not commit to this as I have other commitments to fulfil. I would and am willing to fight Tiffany (as I know many want to see this fight) after the tournament if they want in a one off

Fight, but without signing a long confusing contract. I wish everyone in it the best of luck and I hope it's a great success for Glory. It's an amazing opportunity but for me just came across at the wrong time. 

I hope you all understand.Thanks X

So, according to Barlow, she didn't know the weight class that she was supposed to be competing in, didn't know that it was a tournament and it seems like she didn't understand that the contract with GLORY was a longer term one and not just one fight. This all feels like strange oversight considering how the tournament came together. Possibly her and her team agreeing to a deal without weighing deals she already had in place? Especially considering just the other day she posted a screenshot of the GLORY rankings (with the weight clearly listed) celebrating her #1 spot, she seemed excited about fighting in GLORY and being atop of their division.

This wouldn't be the first false-start that GLORY has seen with well-known muay thai fighters. GLORY had initially announced signing muay thai phenom Kevin Ross only for his previous contract with Lion Fight ultimately getting in the way. Here's to hoping that this gets worked out in the near future and that we're able to see more of Iman Barlow in the near future.

We've reached out to GLORY for comment.

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Peter Aerts Wants To Fight

  • Published in K-1

We haven't heard much from Peter Aerts since the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix but that's not to say he hasn't been busy.

In this interview with FightStar TV, Peter talks about helping Andy Souwer open his new gym, Peter's own gym that is set to open next month, and the tragedy in Japan.

What I really found interesting is Mr. K-1's willingness to fight elsewhere in the world if K-1 won't be conducting their own shows. He is still clearly wanting to fight and has the passion to continue. As we saw in the semifinals of the WGP, Peter still has what it takes to compete at a high level.

Aerts also expresses his interest in fighting in Holland as it's been awhile since he's done so. According to WikiKick, Aerts last fought in Holland with a winning effort against Bob Sapp at the K-1 2007 Amsterdam WGP.

Can we say Peter Aerts fighting in Holland for It's Showtime in 2011? I'd love to see it!

Enjoy the video. It's always good to hear the booming voice of the Dutch Lumberjack, a true legend.


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Davit Kiria is the NEW GLORY Lightweight Champion

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Photo (C) Dave Mandel / Sherdog

There was something in the air in Zagreb, Croatia tonight as Andy Ristie and Davit Kiria stepped into the ring. The swell of momentum was clearly behind Andy Ristie. Ristie had a night that would make anyone’s career in knocking out Giorgio Petrosyan and Robin van Roosmalen a few months ago, making him the top Lightweight in the world. Now all that he needed to do was go into a fight with the usually patient, defensive Davit Kiria and knock him stupid. Everyone was tossing their money onto Ristie for this fight and for good reason -- he is the best in the world.

Everyone was proven right early on in the fight, as Ristie was dominating round one, then knocking Kiria down early in the second round. Kiria fought back, but there was a feeling in the air that it was just a matter of time before Ristie found a way through Kiria’s air-tight defenses again and put him to sleep. Because that is what Andy Ristie does, he puts guys to sleep. The thing is, if this went into the deep waters beyond round three, what would that mean for Andy Ristie, who has been known to slow down even in three round fights?

Round four saw more of the same, with Ristie not slowing down. Kiria was landing a little bit more, but it was still nothing to be afraid of. A lot of people felt it was just inevitable, that we had to sit out two more rounds before Ristie was crowned as the first GLORY Lightweight Champion, adding to his tournament victory. Round five came and it was thick in the air; Kiria had to hit a Hail Mary to walk away with this, that everyone had started to celebrate Ristie’s win. Then something crazy happened; Kiria started landing and Ristie wasn’t going down, but was clearly hurt. The ref counted and the fans were in disbelief.

Now it came down to a matter of could Ristie hold on for the final bell, could Ristie just hold on and win his championship? Kiria came in like his life depended on it, landing a huge shot on Ristie that sent him down like a character from Mike Tyson’s Punchout into the ropes. This was insanity, Andy Ristie down for a second time in the fifth round! Ristie struggles to his feet and the ref lets it keep going, but Ristie can barely stand. Just a few more shots by Kiria put him onto the mat and the arena explodes as Davit Kiria is crowned the first ever GLORY Lightweight Champion.

The truth is that it was never impossible, that Andy Ristie always had these holes in his game, he just had risen to the top of the division and looked untouchable. Davit Kiria has always been a fighter that has looked great, but never seems to get started in three round fights, but when given five rounds against the best in the world, Davit Kiria overcame all of the odds and found himself as the number one Lightweight in the world.

Congratulations, Davit Kiria, you deserve it.

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Alistair Overeem's Reaction to Strikeforce's Golden Glory Purge

  • Published in K-1

Alistair Overeem's dismissal from the UFC has been a topic for debate over the past week, as has the more recent release of his Golden Glory teammates Marloes Coenen, Valentijn Overeem and Jon Olav Einemo. This leaves the lone Golden Glory contracted fighter of Sergei Kharitonov who will fight on September 10th in the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP. There has been widespread speculation over what has happened between Zuffa and Golden Glory, with both sides making claims of the other. Zuffa claims Golden Glory was trying to have their fighters paid through Golden Glory and Zuffa claims they only pay the fighters directly, the fighters can pay their management on the side. Marloes has been very public about this, saying that she didn't need Zuffa's "protection" and that she prefers her camp be paid directly due to tax reasons in Europe.

This interview with Inside MMA covers a lot of this, with Overeem discussing his injuries and the fact that Zuffa attempted to push their standard, exclusive contract upon him and that he was not pleased with that. Overeem is clear that he still wants to fight for K-1.

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The GLORY 11 Weigh-Ins and Staredowns

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GLORY

Tonight at 9pm Eastern time GLORY 11 Chicago will be airing live on Spike TV. Pinch yourself, it's alright, we aren't judging. GLORY has graciously put up the weigh-in videos, so get your dosage of dudes in their skivvies having macho staredowns with each other before GLORY 11 goes down tonight. It's okay, we aren't judging, remember?

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Thai Fight Pattaya Results: Buakaw Victorious

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Thai Fight

Thai Fight Pattaya went off without a hitch. To say that feels good, as there were a lot of questions going into the event about what would become of Buakaw Banchamek. Although there were reports that Buakaw might not be able to fight, Buakaw came out swinging both during and after the fight. He handily dispatched Rustem Zaripov in the second round before he gave an emotional speech to the crowd, talking about his troubles with Por. Pramuk and losing his mother recently, inviting his father into the ring to show support.

In other action Kem Sitsongpeenong made incredibly short work of Mickael Cornubet with his elbows opening up a cut that stopped the fight in the first round. Singamanee Kaewsamrit took a hard-fought decision victory over Sudsakorn Sor. Klimee whose mediocre streak continues. Sudsakorn never seemed to really throw himself into the fight at all, which cost him dearly against a hungry Singamanee.

Buakaw (TKO - R2) Rustem Zaripov

Singmanee Kaewsamrit (Dec.) Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee

Kem Sitsongpeenong (TKO (Cut) - R1) Mickael Cornubet

Bernueng TopKing Boxing (Dec.) Chaz Mulkey

Chanaeak PK Muaythaigym (Dec.) Bibi Team Nikiema

Kemarat Sitjapae (Dec.) Mathias Sitsongpeenong

Roongroj Petchrungruang (Dec.) Danny Jittigym

Armin Matli (TKO - R1) Ibrham Chiahou

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Enriko Kehl and Artur Kyshenko Victorious in Kunlun

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Kunlun Fight held yet another international event this past weekend in Slovakia. The card featured a 70kg tournament as well as fights featuring Enriko Kehl and Artur Kyshenko.

Kickboxing Tournament -70kg semifinals
Superball Bachamek (Thailand) def. Lukasz Plawecki (Poland)
Deng Li (China) def. Hichem Menaouine (Spain)
Single Fights
-60kg MMA
Wu Tieyin (China) def. Miroslav Kuban (Slovakia)
-75kg Kickboxing
Jan Mazur (Slovakia) def. Chen Duoli (China) via unanimous decision
-67kg Kickboxing
Vlad Tuinov (Russia) def. Wu Xuesong (China) via unanimous decision
-75kg Kickboxing
Peter Lamper (Slovakia) def. Liu Mingzhi (China) via unanimous decision
Lethwei -75kg
Igor Danis (Slovakia) fights with Too Too (Myanmar) to draw *
70kg tournament final
Superball Bachamek (Thailand) def. Deng Li (China) via KO
-60kg Kickboxing
Wang Wanben (China) def. Tomas Tkac (Slovakia) via unanimous decision
-67kg Kickboxing
Chen Junxian (China) def. Matej Kalisky (Slovakia) via KO
-79kg Kickboxing
Li Baoming (China) def. Michal Tomko (Slovakia) via unanimous decision
-72,5kg Kickboxing
Enriko Kehl (Germany) def. Mohamed Diaby (France) via unanimous decision after extra round
-71kg MMA
Wu Haotian (China) def. Martin Mihalik (Slovakia) via tko (punches)
-72kg Kickboxing
Zheng Zhaoyu (China) def. Marko Adamovic (Serbia) via unanimous decision.
-77kg Kickboxing
Artur Kyshenko (Ukraine) def. Dmitry Valent (Belarus) via unanimous decision
World Professional Lethwei Champion Title fight -69,9kg
Vladimir Konsky (Slovakia) def. Ye Ta Gon (Myanmar) via unanimous decision

 

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Programming Note: GLORY Super Fight Series Fights From GLORY 10 Available for FREE

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GLORY

This is what a lot of us have been waiting for; what will GLORY do with those "Super Fight Series" fights on their undercards? We spoke with them and found out that they'd be on their website, but it wasn't clear when they'd appear and if they'd cost money to watch or not. Well, today we stirred to find a nice surprise; the GLORY 10 undercard is up on their site and it is entirely free! That means that the fights that you missed can be viewed now on GLORY's website on demand for absolutely free while we get excited over GLORY 11 Chicago.

Here is the breakdown;

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Alistair Overeem Wishes You a Happy New Year

  • Published in K-1

We have just emerged from the holiday season, and were greeted by MiddleEasy.com turning into a Voltron-like entity that is the MiddleEasy Network. We all probably had to deal with some sort of crazed family members or crazed friends and family of our loved ones at some point, so what better way to alleviate that stress than to be wished a happy new year from a fighter whose knee could rip your head off. Check out K-1's photo album. While we are at it, the team at LiverKick.com would like to wish you a Happy New Year as well. I mean, if Overeem, Sakuraba, Aoki and the gang can, why can't we?

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