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A-1 World Combat Cup 2014 Tournament Results

  • Published in Europe

A-1 World Combat Cup tournament in Eindhoven took place this weekend, sadly Henri Van Opstal had to pull out due to his grandmothers passing, Liverkick wishes him and his family all the best, so Soufiane Benallal took his place against Steven Jonis. Otherwise the card seemed very exciting, with lots of knockouts for the Dutch crowd.

Tournament Results

Quarter Finals: Nordin Ben Moh def. Robbie Hageman (TKO)

Quarter Finals: Steven Jonis def. Soufiane Benallal (KO)

Quarter Finals: Harut Grigorian def. Nicky Lopez (decision)

Quarter Finals: Tayfun Özcan def. Mo Ben Nasser (KO)

Semi Final: Nordin Ben Moh def. Steven Jonis (decision)

Semi Final: Harut Grigorian def. Tayfun Özcan (decision)

Final: Harut Grigorian def. Nordin Ben Moh (KO)

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Check Out GLORY's 20 Best Knockouts on Spike TV This Friday

  • Published in Glory

This Friday at 11pm Eastern time Spike TV will present a special one hour piece of programming highlighting some of the best action to happen thus far in a GLORY ring. Sure, it might be hard to contain all of that action into one hour, but they've opted to do a special on the 20 best knockouts, which is awesome. We've kind of been begging Spike for quite a while to give GLORY some more air time to promote their events and they are giving it to us right after Bellator this Friday.

This is all to promote GLORY 18, which goes down on November 7th live on Spike TV.

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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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Joe Schilling vs. Eddie Walker Set for Lion Fights on October 13th

  • Published in Muay Thai

Eddie Walker's name is one that has been kicked around a bunch recently, in regards to his signing with K-1. Sadly for him and his fans, the fight that was in the works for this upcoming weekend never came to fruition and Walker had to wait to make his K-1 debut. It looks like instead, he'll be the opponent that Lion Fights has selected to face Joe "Stich 'em Up" Schilling on October 13th. Schilling has long been the headliner for this card, but Lion Fights had a problem finding a suitable opponent for him. Walker, who fights at Cruiserweight, will make for a good opponent for Schilling.

For US Muay Thai and Kickboxing this is a pretty big deal of a fight, as Schilling has built his name up on the West coast while Walker has built his name up on the East coast. [source]

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A New Chapter for Cro Cop Ahead of Glory Debut

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Glory

Peter Aerts has shown us that while a 40-year-old body that has endured a lifetime of physical punishment may not respond as vigorously as it once could, a smart gameplan can still provide a path to victory for an older fighter. Aerts’ shocking upset of Semmy Schilt in 2010 and near upset of Rico Verhoeven in 2013 was a testament both to his unreal physical and mental toughness as well as to his ability to execute an effective gameplan that pushed his opponents out of their desired fighting styles. Indeed, adapting and finding a way to win is both Peter Aerts’ unique forte and the source of his career longevity, remaining in the top-10 across multiple decades and generations of fighters.

When 39-year-old Mirko Cro Cop makes his Glory debut, he will find himself in a division full of dangerous young opponents ranging from skilled technical fighters like Rico Verhoeven to bloodthirsty knockout artists like Daniel Ghita, Gokhan Saki, and Errol Zimmerman. After enduring years of trauma fighting through the ranks of K-1, Pride, and the UFC, Cro Cop will have to fight smart, trading physical prowess for intelligent and perceptive kickboxing. He will have to become a crafty and tactically adept fighter to stay afloat in a shark tank of heavyweight talent.

Perhaps sensing the need for reinvention, Cro Cop has actually developed a close-ranged dirty boxing style in his return to kickboxing. This tactic appears to have paid off for the Croatian, who has now gone 6-0 with notable wins over SuperKombat veterans Ismael Londt, Pavel Zhuravlev, and Loren Javier Jorge as well as young American upstarts Randy Blake and Jarrell Miller, controversial home town decisions notwithstanding. While his new style may not please those who wish to see Cro Cop turn back the clock, the move reflects Cro Cop’s growth as a fighter and signifies his maturing expectations. It’s a wise decision that has allowed him to remain competitive in today’s kickboxing world.

While a fight against semi-retired Remy Bonjasky may not necessarily provide great insight into Cro Cop’s place in the heavyweight division, it will undoubtedly offer kickboxing fans around the world the chance to see one of the great legends of the sport return to the sport’s grandest stage, and in 2014, following a year of upsets which saw long-held titles, ranks, and orthodoxies overturned, Cro Cop may have some surprises--which hopefully include some vintage LHK finishes--left in store.

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GLORY 13 Super Fight Series to Air Live Via Internet PPV

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SFS

As we are all well aware of, the GLORY 13 card is astonishingly stacked. I mean that in every which way. Not just the main card, either, as the undercard, which GLORY has branded the Super Fight Series, is on its on an incredible event. While the main card features the GLORY 13 Welterweight tournament as well as Peter Aerts vs. Rico Verhoeven, the Super Fight Series card is just as stacked. Here is the card so far;

  • Remy Bonjasky vs. Anderson Silva
  • Yuta Kubo vs. Mosab Amrani
  • Jerome Le Banner vs. Sergei Kharitonov
  • Ewerton Teixeira vs. Hesdy Gerges
  • Karim Ghajji vs. Aleksandr Stetsurenko
  • Artur Kyshenko vs. Mr. Kenwood

So what is the good news? For those of you wishing to watch the event live, you'll be able to! Tokyo Super Fight Series will be airing live via internet PPV on GloryWorldSeries.com and LiverKick.com (link forthcoming) for $20. GLORY has gone out of their way to get permission from their international broadcast partners to air the Super Fight Series card live via PPV and you'll be able to see it live. The event starts at 1:30 am Eastern time on Saturday, Dec. 21st. Due to regional restrictions, the GLORY 12 portion of the card won't air live in the United States, as we'll have to wait for the Spike TV broadcast of the event.

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Glory 17: Glory Prepares to Distinguish Itself As a Combat Sports Brand

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Glory 17 is a turning point for Glory in many ways, marking its entry into the American PPV market by staging the largest, most significant kickboxing tournament on American soil in decades. But even more noteworthy than that, this event signifies the opportunity for Glory to truly distinguish itself as a unique combat sports product that is capable of delivering where other brands may falter, particularly the UFC. The UFC’s present difficulties are well known: problems with a ballooning roster, complaints about “boring” fights, and problems marketing fighters have led to great inconsistency in the quality of UFC events. Glory, on the other hand, has experienced few to no difficulties in this regard--and for very interesting reasons. In this article, I will talk about some of the things that I think make Glory a fairly unique entity in the combat sports world.

1. Each Glory weight class has more elite fighters than a single card can accommodate.

The Last Man Standing tournament is essentially a display of the entire Middleweight division, and it is a scary division, featuring Artem Levin, Joe Schilling, Simon Marcus, Wayne Barrett, Filip Verlinden, and Melvin Manhoef as well as dangerous contenders like Alex Pereira--all of these men are either champions, former champions, or fighters who have distinguished themselves against championship-level competition. Whereas some promotions might struggle to fill fight cards with less accomplished talent, Glory has the unique problem of struggling to fill fight cards with overqualified talent, bumping the likes of Levin to the non-televised SuperFight Series. If you ever find yourself wondering why a fighter like Giorgio Petrosyan gets to occupy the fourth slot on the Glory main card, it’s frequently because any Glory card could offer you a choice of several main event fights.

2. Glory has complete control of the rules of the sport.

No matter how many three or four-letter-name sanctioning bodies Glory will claim accountability to, the fact remains that Glory, as an organization in today’s combat sports market, is unique because of the complete control that it has on the rules of the sport. By frequently changing its clinch rules, its knockdown rules, and its 8-count rules, Glory has crafted and refined a viewing experience that is more fast-paced and exciting, producing a high volume of memorable fights and highlight reel moments. This is an ability that neither the UFC nor any other MMA organization possess, and the end result for them is a perpetual struggle to reconcile the Unified Rules of MMA with the type of fights that UFC wants to sell. Glory, by contrast, can eliminate any rule that negatively affects the viewing experience.

The flipside is that we also don’t have to talk about drug testing in the sport of Kickboxing. Glory is in a peculiar position here as well, operating between the lines of an oversight structure that is very dated and arguably unequipped to handle a multimillion dollar professional sport. Indeed, WKA’s official rules, published in 2011, leave drug testing up to the discretion of the “WKA supervisor, tournament promoters, and the official doctor,” who “can and may perform tests” but don’t necessarily have to do so unless directed by local law, making WKA’s actual responsibility very unclear. The procedure, standards, and logistics of testing are either mentioned in vague terms or not outlined at all. Glory, for its part, hasn’t forced the issue, leaving us to enjoy the fruits of ambiguity. In other words: don’t ask, don’t tell, and Pride never die.

3. Glory is learning how to market its fighters.

This is an issue that we’ve discussed several times here on LiverKick and which Dave Walsh expounded on in his excellent piece comparing kickboxing to the history of regional pro wrestling promotion. Behind every fight is an evolving narrative with at least two central characters, and as viewers, we’re interested in not only the fight itself but also in how the fight will determine the next chapter of the story. The promoter’s job is to build anticipation and interest in the fight and to illustrate what it means in the grand scheme of the division. With Glory 17, Glory has been proactive in producing media which tells us the story, including an excellent video on the rivalry between Rico Verhoeven and Daniel Ghita. The authenticity of this rivalry (for the critics’ sake) is as irrelevant as the authenticity of the 2009 rivalry between Badr Hari and Alistair Overeem--it felt real at the time and it electrified the atmosphere at the Saitama Super Arena. As Glory gains screen time on television and PPV, promotional efforts like this will be increasingly vital to its success.

While Glory got off to a rough start, it seems like the organization has found its identity as a kickboxing promotion and major combat sports brand. It is undeniably a unique presence in today’s sports entertainment market. If this event is a success and the Glory audience continues to grow, I think that Glory could become a leading company. Until then, you will have to join me in keeping fingers tightly crossed.

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Yokkao return to the UK in March 2015

  • Published in Muay Thai

Following on from their highly successful double event this past October, Yokkao have announced their return to the UK for the 21st of March 2015. Once again the event will feature two cards and will be taking place from the same venue at the Macron Stadium in Bolton, Manchester.

Yokkao announced via their website that most of the fighters have already been confirmed for the event however no names have been released as of yet.

In addition to the announcement, Yokkao have organised a contest whereby the winner can get their hands on some Yokkao merchandise of their choice. To participate, head over to Yokkao's Facebook page take a guess at who'll be the match-ups in the main events of Yokkao 12 and 13.

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TaKe On Productions and MSG Sports Muay Thai at the Mecca TV Spot

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This Friday TaKe On Productions and MSG Sports bring to the world Muay Thai at the Mecca, from the Theater at MSG in New York City. The Theater at MSG has a ton of history, from Boxing to Basketball and everything in between, seating up to 5,000 when set up for a Boxing ring. To think about Muay Thai in New York moving into such an amazing spot is hard to believe, but TaKe On and MSG have done some great work together. LiverKick will have a man on the scene this friday, but if you are like me and can't make it, check out a stream on GFL.tv for $15USD, or about the amount of an It's Showtime stream.

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Alistair Overeem: 2010 Nikkan Sports Fighting MVP

  • Published in K-1

Last year, Masato was chosen by one of Japan's largest newspapers, NikkanSports as their Combat Sports MVP. It was an honor for the retiring fighter, and a great way to cap off his stellar fighting career. This year, they chose Alistair Overeem, the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Champion. It is safe to say that the man known as "The Reem," "The Dutch Cyclone" as well as "Ubereem" had a banner year, with five victories in K-1 competition (Poturak, Edwards, Spong, Saki and Aerts), with four KO victories. To top it off, he defended his Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship against Brett Rogers in May and looks to be competing at Dynamite!! against Todd Duffee for the DREAM Heavyweight Championship. For any fighter, this would be a good year, for Ubereem, it was another year in the life.

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