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Hunt and Manhoef score epic face-plant KO’s

  • Published in Kickboxing

Kickboxing royalty Mark Hunt and Melvin Manhoef were both successful in MMA bouts as they finished off Roy Nelson and Doug Marshall respectively.

 

Mark Hunt’s unlikely career resurgence continues, as the 40-year old became only the second fighter to knockout the notoriously durable Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson. The bout headlined UFC’s third trip to Japan since the Zuffa takeover and was a seemingly logical match-up of fan favorites.

 

The bout was relatively even throughout the first round, as both battled to establish dominance over the other with both fighters scoring with occasional punches and a few thudding low kicks from the former K-1 champion Hunt. Nelson was unsuccessful in two attempts at bringing the fight to the mat in the first as he likely lost a very close first round to the New Zealand native.

 

At the start of the second round Nelson was finally able to secure a takedown and briefly took Hunt’s back however Hunt was able to escape back to his feet shortly after. The two continued to trade on the feet as the momentum began to swing in Hunt’s favor whilst Nelson began to show signs of fatigue. With two minutes left on the clock, Hunt crumbled Nelson with a monstrous uppercut followed by his typical walk-off celebration.

 

With the victory Hunt moves to (5-2-1) in the UFC and could see himself enter the UFC’s top 5 rankings for the very first time (currently ranked #6), whilst after being stopped for the first time in nearly six years, Nelson falls to (7-6) in the octagon.

 

Melvin Manhoef, who coincidently was the first man to knockout Mark Hunt, made quick work of former Bellator title challenger Doug ‘The Rhino” Marshall in the Bellator 125 main event from Fresno, California. After a brief feeling out period both fighters began swinging wildly before an inadvertent shot to the groin of Marshall halted the bout temporarily. After the restart the two went back at it, throwing an assortment of haymakers and kicks to no avail. However after stinging Marshall with several low-kicks, Manhoef flattened his foe with a quick overhand right that sent Marshall face-first into the mat in dramatic fashion.

 

Manhoef immediately moves into title contention with his successful Bellator debut and could be in line for a Middleweight title shot against the winner of Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brandon Halsey who clash next Friday in the main event of Bellator 126. Marshall meanwhile drops to 4-2 inside the Bellator cage as he fought for the first time since his unsuccessful title shot against the aforementioned Shlemenko last November, a bout in which he subsequently tested positive for a banned substance post-fight.

 

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GLORY 13 Scores Big on Spike TV

  • Published in Glory

Glory

When it comes to television ratings on Kickboxing events, we've been forced to be extremely patient as American fans both warm up to the sport of Kickboxing and learn when and where to watch it, something that all combat sports fans are familiar with. So while GLORY has had a bit of a slow start on Spike TV, the ratings have shown improvement for every single event. Going into GLORY 13 there were definitely some lingering concerns that any momentum gained would be lost due to the nature of the event; tape delayed from Japan with results readily available 12 hours before the broadcast.

Yet, those fears seem to be unfounded as GLORY 13 was able to pull in what I'd consider a tremendous number at 659,000 viewers on average. Take into account UFC's ratings on Fox Sports 1 fall within this range and that the UFC is a well-established brand and this is even more amazing to consider. Also consider that it is in the range of Bellator events on Spike TV as well. The final factor to consider is that it was on tape delay which will of course deter some viewers, yet, there was still an increase of 38% from the previous event.

When talking television there is also talk of peak numbers, the numbers when there are the most viewers for the given program. The last few events have seen a lone peak early on, which we consider a bleedover effect from the previous program, COPS, which always tends to pull in a million and a half or so. So the first peak was at 9:11 at 905,000 which is expected. The thing is, there was a second peak that came at 10:42pm, near the tail end of the event, and that was 873,000, which is nothing short of tremendous.

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Weekend Results: Thai Fight and MAX Muay Thai

  • Published in Asia

MAX Muay Thai

Man, I picked a pretty packed weekend to go on vacation, didn't I? Then again, most of the weekends are packed and I've been working 60 hour weeks for the past few months, so maybe any weekend would do in that case, right? I kind of agree, just because I needed to not do any work for an extended period of time or else I was fearing that I'd be seeing my walls made out of gold bricks because the Federal Reserve is a conspiracy and driving axes through doors while my girlfriend looks not-so-pleased.

So this weekend there were two bigger events, Thai Fight and MAX Muay Thai, both of the Muay Thai persuasion and both featuring some solid names and solid fights. Thai Fight was the standard Thai Fight fare of bigger name Thais against some okay competition which sees the Thais walk away with some cool looking wins and everyone goes home happy.

MAX Muay Thai gave a bit more by the way of competitive fights to fans, including a one night, four man tournament. There were some legitimately interesting bouts on the card such as Aikpracha against Warren Stevelmans as well as Sitthichai against Juri Jehl and already fans went home with a bit of a better feeling than they did from the Thai Fight card, or, well, at least we all did.

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K-1 Announces World MAX Final Four Event

  • Published in K-1

K-1

Yesterday K-1 sent out a press release announcing the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final Four event, which is set to take place on February 23rd in Azerbaijan. The card features the four finalists from the previous K-1 World MAX events; Sung Hyung Lee, Buakaw Banchamek, Shane Campbell and Enriko Kehl.

 

  • 63kg: Amil Sahmarzade (AZE) vs. Zakaria Zougarry (MAR)
  • 83kg: Ruslan Kobzev (RUS) vs. Dennis Matthew (NED)
  • 72kg: Babek Rustamov (AZE) vs. Miodrag Olar (ROU)
  • 71kg: Alim Nabiev (UKR) vs. Chad Sugden (GBR)
  • 70kg: Ziya Bayramov (AZE) vs. TBA
  • 70kg: Ismat Agazade (AZE) vs. Cedric Manhoef (SUR)
  • 85kg: Samet Kesser (TUR) vs. Lazar Daniel (ROU)
  • 72.5kg: Tural Bayramov (AZE) vs. Mukai Maromo (CAN)
  • 70kg: Maximo Suarez (ESP) vs. TBA
  • +100kg: Agalar Sadikhzade (AZE) vs. George Colin (SUR)
  • K-1 World MAX Final Four: Shane Campbell (CAN) vs. Enriko Kehl (GER)
  • K-1 World MAX Final Four: Buakaw Banchamek (THA) vs. Sung Hyung Lee (KOR)

 

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Photo of the Day: Shootboxing Returns April 23rd

  • Published in Kickboxing

April is shaping up to be a rather uneventful month for the world of kickboxing after a jam-packed March return for many of the bigger promotions in Europe. We saw the GLORY World Series continue, It's Showtime put on two big cards and Fight Code gave us the gift of Giorgio Petrosyan and a few other big fights. Understandably, Japan has been rather quiet the past month or so. Japan was actually hit by another earthquake today, a 7.4 and is once again on tsunami watch. Needless to say, inactivity in Japan is not a big deal. A few promotions are stepping up and running shows for Japan, to show the strength of the nation as well as to do their best to help out. Thankfully for us, Shootboxing is one of those promotions. Here is their poster. [source]

Shootboxing

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Photos of the Day: Lion Fight 10 Title Fights Face Off

  • Published in Muay Thai

This Friday night on AXS TV we'll see two huge title fights presented by Lion Fight Promotions at Lion Fight 10. Those two fights are between Yodsanklai Fairtex fighting Chike Lindsay and Tiffany Van Soest against Lucy Payne. Both fights are to establish the respective championships; World Middleweight for the men and World Featherweight for the women.

Last night the four fighters squared off against their opponents for the first time.

Lion Fight 10 goes down Friday night at 10:00 PM Eastern on AXS TV.

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

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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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Video: Robin Van Roosmalen vs. Steve Moxon for Happy Hearts Fund.

  • Published in Video

We had been waiting to see this video of Glory lightweight champion Robin van Roosmalen vs "Stone Cold" Steve Moxon which took place on June 3rd in New York. This was a charity black tie event for the Happy Hearts Fund, as you can see by the poster the co-main event featured Pierre Andurand, one of Glory's biggest shareholders. I personally think its really great of Pierre to get in the ring and try at least one fight, it really shows that he is a huge kickboxing fan and just an overall good guy, maybe we will get to see that video soon.

Van Roosmalen vs Moxon was a much more competitive fight than I had anticipated considering Moxon has been a little bit off his game lately. Moxon fought really well and showed great head movement and footwork avoiding Robin's hooks early. Eventually Robin started with the leg kicks and that's when the tide changed in the Glory champions favor. This was just a very fun fight to watch with two very similar style fighters.

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K-1 WGP 2015 The Championship Live Results

  • Published in Asia

Join us for the K-1 WGP The Championship Live Results at 12am EST/ 9pm PST. I'll also be Tweeting Live @JayJauncey 

FULL CARD

65kg Title - Kaew Fairtex def. Minoru Kimura by KO Rd 1(overhand left, and left head knee)

60kg Title - Hirotaka Urabe def. Koya Urabe by KO Rd 3 (flying knee)

55kg Title - Takeru def. Charles Bongiovanni by KO Rd 2 (left hook)

65kg - Masaaki Noiri def. Yasuomi Soda bu Unanimous Dec

70kg - Hiroki Nakajima def. Dmitrii Grafov by Unanimous Dec

60kg - Leona Pettas def. Taiga by Majority Dec

60kg - Fumiya Osawa def. Kotaro Shimano by Unanimous Dec

65kg - Massaro Glunder def. Ren Hiramoto by Majority Dec

65kg - Yuta Shinohara def. Kensei Kondo by TKO Rd 3 (body punches)

55kg - Haruma Saikyo def. Tatsuya Tsubakihara by Split Dec

PRELIMS

60kg - Taishi Hiratsuka def. Yuki Miwa by KO Rd 3

70kg - Jin Hirayama def. Daisuke Fujimura by KO Rd 2

65kg - Daiki Matsushita def. Kazuhiro by KO Rd 1

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