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Powerplay Promotions 22 Tonight: Featuring JWP

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JWP

When I first started doing this whole writing about Kickboxing and Muay Thai thing years ago part of what made it so frustrating is that a lot of the events that I'd be writing about just wouldn't be viewable to most of the audience reading the site -- including myself. It's been the biggest bummer, but over the last few years the internet has really been helping to reshape this. With better internet connections available in more places this has led to streams becoming a more normal thing, allowing for fans all over the world to catch their favorite fighters in action.

One of those fighters who has been hard for us Westerners to catch has been John Wayne Parr. JWP, as we lovingly call him, has been around for a while now and is without dispute one of the best fighters in the world at 75kg fighting in Muay Thai internationally. He fights tonight in Australia and thanks to Epicentre.tv you can watch it live! It goes down at 4am Eastern time tonight and will set you back $14.95, but that's the price for watching some solid action.

The main event is JWP vs. Brad Riddell after Cosmo Alexandre failed to apply for a visa in time for the fight. Bummer.

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K-1 WGP 2015 The Championship Live Results

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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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Lion Fight 18 Competes For Your Time on Friday Night

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This Friday night is pretty much unprecedented for Lion Fight. Usually when they are running events they are clear of most competition. There might be a minor Bellator card here and there, but it’s usually nothing of consequence. This time around, well, things are a bit different. On September 5th combat sports fans are treated to an onslaught of programming that means that inevitably, only one event can be watched at a time. You can DVR what you want to watch later, for sure, but three events at the same time? Some DVRs aren’t even capable of such feats. 

This Friday we get to see the first real event from Bellator that will have his fingerprints all over it. Cokertor will finally make its debut with a card featuring King Mo Lawal against GLORY kickboxer Dustin Jacoby. The Bellator Featherweight Champinoship is on the line in a rematch betweeen Patricio Pitbull and Pat Curran, then you have both Cheick Kongo and Bobby Lashley in action. This is probably one of the bigger Bellator events that we’ve ever seen on free TV, at least since they canceled that PPV and moved the show to Spike. 

Then, on the other side of the spectrum, we have the UFC. The UFC goes down the street from Bellator to Foxwoods in Connecticut with what is a really stacked card for hardcore fans on free TV. The main event is Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi, a rematch from 2008. Then you have 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion and former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem against Ben Rothwell, which is an awesome fight. Add in Matt Mitrione and Joe Lauzon into the mix and you have an appealing free card for fight fans.

This is a lot of direct competition for Lion Fight this weekend. A lot. 

The Lion Fight Middleweight Championship is on the line as champion Yodsanklai Fairtex will square off against the game challenger that is Salah Khalifa from the UK. Then you have all-around bad ass Jason Andrada taking on Stan Mancebo in a bout that should feature excitement from beginning to end. Those are just the top two fights. The rest of the card is bound to provide quite a bit of excitement. In fact, to date, Lion Fight has yet to put on an event that would come anywhere close to considered dull. 

Nick Chasteen vs. Jose Palacios is another fight that you might not recognize their names unless you follow American muay thai and kickboxing closely, but this fight has the potential to be one of the better bouts of the night -- that’s across all three events -- and all you gotta do is tune in. Lion Fight has yet to disappoint and on Friday will have a lot of competition, but this fact alone, that Lion Fight has never disappointed, is reason enough to say that the rest can wait.

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Card for July 24th's Legacy Kickboxing 3

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On July 24th Legacy Fights will return with their third kickboxing offering, Legacy Kickboxing 3. LK3 will continue in their quest to crown a Light Heavyweight Champion with two quarterfinals in their tournament, including Manny Mancha vs. Fernando Almeida and Andres Van Engelen vs. Danny Mitchell. The big fight of the night, though, is the inclusion of Valentina Schevchenko against Anke Van Gestle in what should be an entertaining bout.

This event will air on AXS TV.

140 – Jordan Wieland 21-3 v. Samuel Mongonia 16-3

147 – Josh Glover 7-0 v. Sean Soriano 8-3  

140 – Justin Houghton 6-2 v. Angel Huerta 5-1

160 – Richard Abraham 6-2 v. Daniel Kim 4-2

Light Hvy Quarterfinals – Manny Mancha 11-2 v Fernando Almeida 9-1

Light Hvy Quarterfinals – Andres Van Engelen 8-1 v Danny Mitchell 4-1 

135 – Anke Van Gestle 22-3 v. Valentina Schevchenko 56-1

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Warman's Kickfighting Show #65: Fight Code, KRUSH, Challenger and Thai Fight

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As always, join Steven Wright and myself as we run down the biggest cards in the Kickfighting world while giving analysis as well. This week's show looks at the KRUSH event from last week, featuring Kajiwara's 63kg title defense and the finals of the Under 22 tournament featuring HIROYA, Noiri and Urabe. We also take a look at the upcoming Thai Fight show and tomorrow's big Fight Code finals.

To listen to the show, head to Steven's blog or pull it up in iTunes (search: LordGaul).

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Victory Muay Thai VIII Stream on Friday -- The Road to the Garden

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Victory Combat Sports in New York have been promoting fights for a while now and were the first to promote MMA fights in New York City last year. They continue with their Spring series of events titled the "Road to the Garden" that begins on April 10th with Victory Muay Thai VIII. It's a stacked card full of the hottest fighters in the New York muay thai scene including a few exciting title fights.

The event will be broadcast via GFL for $14.99 starting at 6:30 PM Eastern.

105 lb USKA Women's Muay Thai Title- Gianna Cuello-Smith (5 Points Academy) vs Kit Fung (Queens MMA) 
147 lb Victory MT Title - NJ Mac (Blade Fist Muay Thai) vs Amin Almelik (Warrior Muay Thai)
170 lb Victory MMA Title - Champ Robert Ovalle defends against Cire Taylor
Prairie Rugilo (Girl Fight) vs Tiffany Cass (Krudar Muay Thai) 
Codie Payne (ATT Whitestone) vs Jesus Morales (Mantra MMA) 
Valeria Cardozo (Monster Muay Thai Arizona) vs Giovanna Wood (Sitan Gym Long Island) 115 lbs
Jeanette Esposito (CROM Physical Culture) vs Kyla Hachay (Kalsamrit Gym Canada) 115 lbs
Diego Jagessar (Striking 101) vs Josh Santos (Stockade MMA) 
Matt McCullough (Wellington Muay Thai) vs Marlon Wiprud (Class One MMA, Brooklyn, NY) 190 lbs MT
Kyle McShane (Toronto Kickboxing & Muay Thai) vs Rohan Dalton (Renzo Gracie NYC) 170 lbs
Brandon Medina (ECUBJJ) vs Westley Chow (Renzo Gracie NYC) 125 lbs
Arthur Bartosiewicz (C3 Athletics) vs Travis Hassang (ATT Whitestone) 
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Four Fights Added to Dynamite!!

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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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Warman's Kickfighting Show #66: Thai Fight and Fight Code Results

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Warman's Kickfighting Show is back for the 66th episode featuring Steven Wright (@steventhewarman) and myself (@liverkickdotcom / @locuststar) as we run down the biggest cards in the Kickboxing and Muay Thai worlds in the weekly hour-long podcast. This week we take a look at the Fight Code and Thai Fight results, as well as the future for each promotion and some of the big highlights. We also discuss the return of Ernesto Hoost and both Gokhan Saki and Tyrone Spong being on tap for June as opposed to "quitting the sport."

Check out the show on Steven's blog or subscribe on iTunes (Keyword: LordGaul).

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Photo of the Day: KRUSH Crowds Three Champions

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It has been a bit difficult to approach this weekend's KRUSH results, as the show has yet to air in Japan or anywhere else, but there are reports on the internet about them, as opposed to retread on territory that has already been covered by people at the show, I defer you, our readers to K-1's official site for our friend Stuart Tonkin's write up of the event. Tonkin has been covering events for K-1's official site for years now and was live in the arena for the event. So here, your photo of the day, is KRUSH's newly-crowned Triple Champions.

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LiverKick Best of 2013: Fighter of the Year

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The year 2013 was a tremendous year for the sport of Kickboxing as we saw GLORY take aim at America as one of its home bases and really made some strides that I honestly thought we’d never see for the sport here. GLORY not only ran shows, but they ran a bunch of shows and those shows were attended by a good number of paying customers. Then, to top it off, GLORY moved from CBS Sports Network and internet PPVs to Spike TV, picking up steam and viewers with every show. That was a big deal.

GLORY wasn’t the only organization to make moves, either, as we saw another season of the SuperKombat World Grand Prix, the birth of LEGEND in Russia and K-1 starting to get the gears in motion by running both a Heavyweight World Grand Prix and a World MAX tournament within the same year. But which company did what doesn’t really matter, what matters are the fights and the fighters.

Throughout the coming week we’ll be looking at the best of 2013 throughout multiple categories, but first we kick things off with LiverKick’s 2013 Fighter of the Year, which was probably the most competitive category of them all. Just about every GLORY tournament winner deserved a spot as Fighter of the Year and the decision between the last two was incredibly difficult, but a decision was rendered. First, let’s look at the runner-up.

LiverKick 2013 Fighter of the Year - Runner Up: Andy Ristie

Man, what a year for Andy Ristie. The man was a wrecking machine with a five-fight win streak in 2013, including two wins that eclipsed the rest. Ristie’s wins were over Alessandro Campagna, Albert Kraus, Niclas Larsen, Giorgio Petrosyan and Robin van Roosmalen. The last two were by knockout to claim the spot of #1 in the 70kg division across the world, which is a herculean feat.

If it wasn’t for the guy who claimed the top spot having as great of a year as he did, Andy Ristie would have been a shoo-in for Fighter of the Year.

LiverKick 2013 Fighter of the Year: Tyrone Spong

Andy Ristie’s 2013 was incredibly impressive, but Tyrone Spong’s 2013 started off with a complete annihilation of a three-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion in Remy Bonjasky before heading into the GLORY 9 Light Heavyweight tournament. GLORY 9 was unique in that it was an 8-man tournament, not a 4-man tournament, meaning that Spong had to win three fights in one night, which saw him knock out Michael Duut, pummel Filip Verlinden for three rounds and then stop the reigning king of the Light Heavyweight division, Danyo Ilunga, in just one round.

What followed after that was Tyrone Spong making up for one of the few strange points of contention on his record with a rematch against the legendary Nathan “Carnage” Corbett. Carnage has been the king of 95kg Muay Thai for what seems like forever now, remaining unchallenged. Carnage was on a seven-year win streak (with a random No Contest to Spong in the mix, even though he had knocked Spong out) before he met Tyrone Spong and not only did Spong look good against Carnage, but he looked incredible. No one has been able to make Carnage look that lost in the ring, which is what set Tyrone Spong apart and made him the LiverKick 2013 Fighter of the Year.

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