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K-1 Confirms October Date in Japan

  • Published in K-1

K-1After rumors began circulating about K-1 running October 14th in Japan, Doug Kaplan went on our friend Steven Wright's podcast show and more or less confirmed it, and now K-1 has released an official press release stating that they will, indeed, be running an event on October 14th in Japan. They will be booking the legendary Ryogoku Kokugikan -- lovingly known to the rest of the world simply as "Sumo Hall" because of its main purpose of hosting Sumo events.

Sumo Hall seats around 13,000 fans, and is probably a very good selection for a venue in Japan, as Japan is an incredibly tough market for the kakutougi world right now. It should not be lost on the reader that both K-1 and GLORY announced on the same day their intent to run events in Japan. For GLORY it will be difficult as a new, unestablished brand, even with big name fighters, and for K-1 it will be difficult following newspapers a few months ago boldly proclaiming "K-1 Bankrupt!"

The event for K-1 will be the Heavyweight World Grand Prix Final 16, which has traditionally over the last few years taken place in Korea, with the finals in Japan, but with the finals happening in the USA, the Final 16 in Japan makes perfect sense.

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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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Get Hyped for Diaz vs. Cyborg This Weekend

  • Published in Kickboxing

There has been a lot written about Nick Diaz over the past few years, and his hilarious performance at the recent Strikeforce conference call has helped lead him into the limelight once again. This weekend he defends his Welterweight Championship against Brazilian striker Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos. Cyborg has fought just about everywhere, from Brazil to the US and Japan and fights with that crazy, brawling Chute Boxe style that we all know, love and miss in modern MMA. Robbie Lawler is also coming off the destruction of Manhoef last year to take on Jacare. Even if you are just a stand up fan, you are bound to see some awesomeness this weekend.

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Bloodstain Lane Urges You to Support Kickboxing

  • Published in Kickboxing

We've been preaching this for a while now; that kickboxing is one of the greatest sports in the world and that it needs a bigger following in the United States. No, it deserves a bigger following in the United States. Any sport as exciting as kickboxing deserves a wider audience and the fighters, promoters and sponsors who work hard all do so for a reason; passion. That is all that you can ask for, and that is what kickboxing delivers.

Our good friend Bloodstain Lane agrees and his latest video is just that; he urges everyone to support the kickboxing world and talks about the upcoming return of Mark Miller as well.

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Yokkao Introduces Yokkao Muay Thai Weapon Technique Videos

  • Published in Muay Thai

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Yokkao, one of the bigger gear and supply companies in the world of muay thai is going to start producing a series of videos called "Yokkao Muay Thai Weapon" where some of the fighters on Yokkao's fight team will demonstrate some of the cooler muay thai techniques. The first video is of Khen Sitsongpeenong demonstrating a flying elbow strike. Fans can look for more videos in the coming weeks and if they have suggestions for techniques to be featured they can tweet @YokkaoBoxing (or us @LiverKickdotcom) with what they want to see and Yokkao will do their best to make it happen.

Of course, Yokkao has their fifth event coming up in Reunion, France on November 8th, where Stefania Picelli was recently to help get everything prepared. Fans will be able to follow everything about the event on Twitter and Instagram via the hashtag #Yokkao5. Yokkao is also shipping gear from the United States via their new web shop, with goods being shipped directly from San Francisco, we urge you to check out their shop today.

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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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Full Yokkao 9 Fight Card

  • Published in Muay Thai

On May 24th in Xinyang Stadium Yokkao will present Yokkao 9, a card that promises to bring some of the best Kickboxing and Muay Thai to China. Pakorn was forced to pull out due to illness, but has been replaced by Phiaphaeng Walchart and, if you'll notice, there are a lot of K-1 rules bouts on this card. That has to do more with the Thailand vs. China theme and how Chinese fighters perform better under Kickboxing rules.

The main bout is Sudsakorn vs. Yi Long in a bout billed as Muay Thai vs. Gung Fu.

  • *** YOKKAO 9 Fight Card ***
  • Saturday 24th May - Xinyang Stadium (China)
  • Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee (Thailand) vs Yi Long (China)
  • -72kg K-1 rules 3x3
  • N'Diaye Carl (France) vs Fang Bian (China)
  • -80kg K-1 rules 3x3
  • Imwiset Pornnarai (Thailand) vs Qiu Jianliang (China)
  • -67kg Muay Thai Full Rules 3x3
  • Calogero Palmeri (Italy) vs Yang Zhou (China)
  • -67kg K-1 rules 3x3
  • Ekapop Sor Klinmee (Thailand) vs Nu Er La (China)
  • -80kg K-1 rules 3x3
  • Runmai Mo Tammachat (Thailand) vs Ji Wenhao (China)
  • -58kg Muay Thai Full Rules 3x3
  • Igor Klimovich (Belarus) vs Li Ning (China)
  • -60kg K-1 rules 3x3
  • Kamel Meztani (France) Guo Xi Chuang (China)
  • -74kg K-1 rules 3x3
  • Philaphaeng Walchart (Thailand) vs Deng Ze Qi (China) ***Pakorn injured
  • -65kg Muay Thai Full Rules 3x3
  • Gustavo Ferreira De Oliveira Mendes (Brazil) vs Zhou Tao (China)
  • -70kg K-1 rules 3x3
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Former NBA Player Darko Miličić to Pursue Career in Kickboxing

  • Published in Kickboxing

Chalk this up as some strange news, but professional basketball player Darko Milicic has decided that basketball just isn't for him, but that professional kickboxing is. The Serbian was a second draft pick in his rookie year and has since played on the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Boston Celtics before retiring in 2012. It seems like a bit of an odd transition to go from the NBA to professional kickboxing, but apparently it is a real thing. 

Now, before you get excited and start talking about GLORY, K-1, SuperKombat or Enfusion, he's apparently inked a deal with WAKO Pro and will announce his first kickboxing fight on Wednesday. [source]

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GLORY Possibly Looking to Expand into MMA Waters in 2015

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The year 2014 was an interesting one for kickboxing and 2015 is looking to be just as crazy by the looks of it. GLORY 19 will kick off GLORY's 2015 with a GLORY Heavyweight Championship bout between champion Rico Verhoeven and challenger Errol Zimmerman in Virginia. The rest of the year we'll have to wait and see. In Jon J. Franklin's holiday address he gave some insight into what to expect from 2015 and surprisingly enough the term "MMA" appeared.

GLORY 19 will be held in Virginia with the team behind Spartyka Fight League assisting in promoting the event, meaning to expect the local undercard to feature some MMA bouts for sure. Is that a sign of things to come? Here's a passage from Franklin's statement.

2015 will be a year of great fight nights, spectacular new promotions and new exotic locations.  We will be in Dubai, UAE and we will welcome international superstars to our events.  Glory also looks forward to amazing evenings in conjunction with with top MMA promotions and to new television networks all over the world joining the Glory juggernaut.  Stay tuned for the many exciting surprises that are on tap for 2015.

It seems to point to possibly seeing co-promotional events much like GLORY 4 Tokyo was with DREAM. The question is; will they work with Bellator? Will GLORY hold their own MMA fights? I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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Bellator MMA Dynamite and Bellator Kickboxing 2 See Bump In Numbers

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On Friday evening Spike TV and Bellator presented Bellator MMA: Dynamite 2 as well as Bellator Kickboxing 2. Dynamite saw a number of kickboxing bouts, including Denise Kielholtz against Gloria Peritore and Kevin Ross against Justin Houghton. Bellator Kickboxing 2 started with a bang as Joe Schilling fought Hisaki Kato in a rematch and Raymond Daniels did what Raymond Daniels does best. 

After slightly disappointing numbers for the debut Bellator Kickboxing event, Bellator Kickboxing 2 with a strong Bellator Dynamite lead-in pulled in solid numbers. While Bellator itself did 601,000 viewers, Bellator Kickboxing 2 did 418,000. The Kimbo Slice special aired earlier in the evening did 416,000.

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UPDATE: Spike TV have reached out with peak numbers and DVR figures. Rampage Jackson vs. Satoshi Ishii peaked at 1,140,000 viewers, with the show averaging 675,000 viewers. Joe Schilling vs. Hisaki Kato drew 624,000 viewers, the Kickboxing show pulling a 642,000 peak and average of 439,000.

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