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FEG's Bankruptcy Makes Waves in Japan

  • Published in K-1

K-1 BankruptFighting Entertainment Group, best known as FEG, has gotten an incredibly bad rep after the past few years, and rightfully so. The sad part is, this led to the K-1 name being dragged through not only the mud, but the pig pen. K-1 is now under new ownership, but a lot of this news has apparently yet to really hit Japan. Tony L and Go Yamamoto, whom I greatly respect and have always been on the ball, published this article on Sherdog that quite simply seems out of date and will simply confuse many fans who have been following this closely. If anything, it reflects the understanding of K-1's current situation in Japan or if you aren't reading LiverKick on a regular basis; hazy, at best.

K-1 Global Holdings has made no ifs about it, their focus is on the United States. Their plan is for three events in the United States in 2012, including the K-1 WGP USA Qualifying Tournament in Los Angeles, the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 in Miami and K-1 World Grand Prix Finals in New York.

Today Tanikawa made a public statement, which was published on the FEG official website, confirming that indeed, FEG and himself were beyond broke.

e it gets confusing is how it has been appearing in the media. The same day that Masato appeared to the media alongside Mike Kim to talk about K-1 in Madrid, newspapers in Japan were running headlines stating "K-1 Bankrupt." They were talking about FEG, but there has been very little K-1 news in Japan and even less buzz about K-1 Global Holdings and the "new management" before Masato's appearance.

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LiverKick Best of 2013: Comeback of the Year

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Photo (C) Pink Elephant Photography

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, with Monday featuring Fighter of the Year, Tuesday featuring Fight of the Year and Wednesday being Knockout of the Year. Today’s category is a little bit more fluid and up for discussion than the others, as today is Comeback of the Year. There have been a few fighters who either came back from a long layoff or returned to the big leagues and made a solid impression, making it an interesting topic.

LiverKick 2013 Comeback of the Year: Buakaw Banchamek

Few names in Kickboxing and Muay Thai hold the weight that Buakaw Banchamek’s does. Buakaw is a legend in every sense of the word, as in Thailand he might not be known as the best Thai Boxer, but he’s one of the most famous. This comes with its own set of consequences, though, as Buakaw has had a bumpy last few years that has seen him step back from a higher level of competition and instead get into the rhythm of taking either easier or exhibition bouts depending on the circumstances.

Buakaw fought his last fight for Thai Fight in December of 2012 and then that was it from Banchamek for months. In fact, he didn’t fight again until August of 2013 for MAX Muay Thai after yet another lawsuit, this time with Thai Fight, was settled. His year began at MAX Muay Thai 3 against Dong Wenfei in a bout that barely saw Buakaw warm up, leaving us all to fear that Buakaw would be back in “Thai Fight mode” just taking easier fights and having fun. Then, after years of rumors of him joining GLORY a huge announcement came out that Buakaw had signed with K-1 and would be entering the World MAX tournament.

His complete decimation of David Calvo in the Final 16 was proof enough that Buakaw was back and ready to show the Kickboxing world what they were missing out on. The rest of his year saw him defeat both Yoshihiro Sato and Enriko Kehl in MAX Muay Thai and in both fights looking like the Buakaw of old. Then on December 28th he battled a very game Zhou Zhi Peng before turning up the heat in the fourth round and dominating him.

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Qabala Fight Series #1 Full card Announced

  • Published in Kickboxing

The first Qabala Fight Series event on June 29th in Azerbaijan have announced their full fight card including super fights between Glory ranked fighters and an 8 man Lightweight tournament.

These fights will help the Glory fighters climb the ranks on the Glory ladder, and for all the fighters who have not fought in Glory yet, this is a great chance to impress and secure a place in the #1 kickboxing organization in the world.

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Daniel Ghita Rumored for Participating in K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16

  • Published in K-1

GhitaSo far a lot of the attention for K-1 has been focused with a laser-sharp precision on the K-1 Rising US GP in Los Angeles event, and of course with good reason, as it is the next event that K-1 is holding. The event, while getting a good deal of press and groaning from hardcore fans, is the US GP, though, a qualifier for the World Grand Prix and for the World MAX tournament for US fighters. For the actual K-1 World Grand Prix there has been little news outside of a date of October 14th in Tokyo outside of Cro Cop looking to participate in the Final 16.

Now it looks like one fighter who has been a hot topic of late, Daniel Ghita, has finally landed on one side for now, and that appears to be K-1. Daniel Ghita was one of the key fighters for either side to land, and as of last week when we spoke with Anil Dubar, Ghita's trainer, it seemed like a frustrating situation for all involved. They were not sure which contract was valid and who he would fight for, and it felt like Ghita, one of the best Heavyweights in the world, was being used as a pawn in a powerplay to gain headway in the Kickboxing world. Now today reports close to Ghita's camp are coming out that Daniel Ghita will fight in the Final 16 and the Final 8 before he most likely departs to fight for GLORY and test his skills in that tournament.

Ghita has always been quoted wanting to be the K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, and to many it feels like no matter who they get, K-1 will not be able to find a real challenge for him, especially with Badr Hari sitting in a Dutch prison.

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Check Out Can't Stop Crazy's Family Business Vol. 1

  • Published in Kickboxing

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Can't Stop Crazy isn't really a fight team, exactly, just like it isn't just a way of mind. Can't Stop Crazy is sort of a collective within the West Coast Muay Thai scene that features some of the best muay thai fighters in the country who are just friends with each other and look to help each other out. So when they all converged upon one location to help prepare for fights something cool happens, which was captured on video by Jeff Dojillo, and we will be happy to share with you on here.

Kevin Ross is preparing for a fight in Lion Fight come the end of September and Joe Schilling is preparing for the GLORY 10 Los Angeles Middleweight tournament, so both men will have their hands full come the end of September. Check out this video below.

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SuperKombat Special Edition from Zurich Results

  • Published in Europe

Yesterday in Switzerland SuperKombat presented their SuperKombat Special Edition event, headlined by Bogdan Stoica vs. Horace Martin in a title eliminator that saw Stoica score a second round knockout to earn himself a chance at the title again. What was originally slated to be Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Brian Douwes quickly turned into Daniel Sam vs. Brian Douwes and Sam was able to pick up the split decision victory over Douwes.

There was also a Heavyweight tournament that saw D'Angelo Marshall once again prove himself one of SuperKombat's better finds over the past few years in the Heavyweight division. SuperKombat returns next weekend with their WGP series, so stay tuned for that.

Bogdan Stoica (R2 - TKO) Horace Martin

Daniel Sam (R3 - SD) Brian Douwes

Heavyweight Tournament:

Semi-Final: D’Angelo Marshall (R3 - Decision) Michal Reissinger 

Semi-Final: Nikolaj Falin (R3 - Decision) Enver Šljivar 

Final: D’Angelo Marshall (R3 - Decision) Nikolaj Falin 

Errol Koning (R3 - Decision) Zyber Rudaj 

Shkodran Veseli (R3 - Decision) Anghel Cardoș 

Faton Vukshinaj (R3 - Decision) Mika Tahitu 

Francisco Matos (R3 - Decision) Cristian Milea 

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Bellator Announces Bellator: Dynamite 2 on June 24th

While there might have been a few hitches at last year's Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1 card, Bellator looks to have their ducks in a row this year and have announced Bellator: Dynamite 2. Dynamite 2 will take place on June 24th at the ScotTrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri and once again be a hybrid card between MMA and kickboxing. The only real difference is that this time they get their way and will have complete control over the show, with Bellator Kickboxing launching in just under two weeks now. 

The only fight announced for the card thus far is Quinton "Rampage" Jackson taking on Japanese judoka Satoshi Ishii in an MMA bout. Here's hoping to some big name kickboxing fights at Dynamite 2. 

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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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Enriko Kehl and Artur Kyshenko Victorious in Kunlun

  • Published in Europe

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

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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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