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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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Programming Note: Peter Graham Fights Cheick Kongo Tomorrow Night in Bellator

  • Published in Kickboxing

Graham

If you would have told me in 2006 that Peter Graham would be fighting in MMA regularly and that he'd not only do okay, but do pretty well, I'd probably not believe you. Not because Peter Graham isn't an awesome fighter, but because I just couldn't imagine the man behind the Rolling Thunder navigating the waters of wrestling and jiu-jitsu. Peter has always been known as an exciting, no-nonsense fighter who isn't afraid to pull out all of the stops.

Well, here we are in 2013 and the 38 year old Graham is making a serious go at Heavyweight MMA as he'll fight his second fight under the Bellator banner this Friday night against none other than Cheick Kongo. Kongo is himself known for being an exciting striker with a Kickboxing past, but then again, he doesn't have a KO win over Badr Hari with a Rolling Thunder, now does he? Graham's hard work and dedication to MMA have shown in his recent MMA outings, with him picking up a decision victory over Eric Prindle in his Bellator debut. He also isn't at all deterred from Kongo's size or reputation.

"I know who Cheick Kongo is but I haven't followed his career. He's been a great athlete for a long time. He's got a bit of kickboxing and wrestling skill. It'll be a good fight and I'm ready to go. I hope he doesn't underestimate me. I know he's been famous and had a big name for a while and, when it comes to MMA, I'm somewhat of a newcomer. I've come from the worst record to one of the best heavyweight win streaks there's been. I went from going 1-6 to 9 wins a row with 8 of them being KO's over some really good fighters. I want to get to the top and I'm not there yet, but I'm relentless. He needs to bring his A-game, which I'm sure he will. He's got that inner strength to keep going but I have it more than ever and I've worked harder than ever to make every performance better than the last."

Now if only we could see a Rolling Thunder in the Bellator cage, I'd be a happy, happy man.

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Marc De Bonte vs. Joseph Valtellini Added to Last Man Standing PPV

  • Published in Glory

Last Man Standing

We already knew that Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven would battle it out at GLORY 17's Last Man Standing PPV event for the GLORY Heavyweight Championship, but now it looks like there will be three titles decided on the Last Man Standing PPV. Sure, we'll have a Middleweight and a Heavyweight Champion crowned, but it looks like Marc De Bonte gets what he asked for in getting to defend his GLORY Welterweight Championship against Joseph Valtellini at the Last Man Standing PPV.

Add in a Featherweight Championship tournament on the GLORY 17 Spike TV card, as well as Andy Ristie vs. Ky Hollenbeck and Cro Cop on the card and you have a ton of reasons to be watching on June 21st.

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Fight Videos: 70kg, 80kg and +91kg TATNET Cup Finals

  • Published in Video

The TATNET Cup was this weekend, which featured their +91kg finals, 70kg and 80kg. It featured some of the top names in the world of Kickboxing that aren't the best known fighters in the world, the guys that are ready to get to that next level in the world scene and become stars. We have the videos from two of the finals, 70kg and 80kg, the two with the biggest impact on the world scene.

70kg: Dzhabar Askerov vs. Maxim Smirnov

80kg: Alexander Oleinik vs. Dmitry Shakuta


+91kg: Hicham Achalhi vs. Dmitri Bezus.

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Sem Schilt Talks Upcoming Glory World Title Fight

  • Published in Kickboxing

This weekend Semmy Schilt and Errol Zimmerman will do battle to be crowned as the very first Glory Heavyweight Champion, in a battle of two of the sport's best heavyweights at very different places in their careers. Schilt, with four K-1 World Grand Prix Championships under his belt as well as holding the K-1 Super Heavyweight Championship, has been on top of the Kickboxing world for nearly a decade now, while Zimmerman is younger and has yet to see the level of success that Schilt has. Zimmerman has for a long time been referred to as a fighter with endless potential, but fans and pundits have gotten down on Zimmerman for some of his weaker efforts. In 2011 Zimmerman went on a tear, amassing a massive win streak heading into his fight with Schilt.

This video from Glory TV talks to Schilt about the upcoming bout. Don't forget to purchase the event, coming on May 26th, from your friends here at LiverKick. Proceeds go to maintaining Rian's haircut while affording Dave the flexibility to not cut his, along with both of us keeping the site up to date.

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Fight Card For K-1's China vs. Japan Feb. 1st Event

  • Published in K-1

K-1 is continuing to go full speed ahead with their Chinese home base with their second event of the year in Changsua, China. This time around the theme is China vs. Japan and will feature some of their Chinese standouts against a few Japanese fighters. Sadly a lot of the talent they wanted were already booked due to New Year's and early January events, but they still pulled together a pretty good card.

I assume there will be a free stream via Hunan TV like the last time as well. Stay tuned for that. Also Jungle Koki is the coolest name ever.

60kg Tomohiro Kiyai vs. Wu Ze
63kg Keisuke Nakamura vs. Wang Zhiwei
65kg Kuji Yoshimoto vs. Hanji
70kg Hideaki Kikkawa vs. Tien Xin
70kg K-Jee vs. Zang Lei
70kg Jungle Koki vs. Ba Te Er
53kg Syuri vs. E Meidie
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Weekend Results: K1ngs of Glory

  • Published in Europe

K1ngs of Glory debut card went down this weekend from the Rainton Meadows arena in the North East of England. K1ngs of Glory is a sister promotion to the UK MMA promotion Made4theCage which was established by Steven Scott and Dale Percival. 

Glory competitor and top UK talent Reece McAllister headlined the event and showed why he’s one of the best up and coming talents at 67 kg. McCallister dominated Serbian-born Dragan Pesic from the opening bell before finishing him in the second round to claim the promotions inaugural 67kg world title. 

Former UFC competitors Colin Fletcher and Andre Winner met in the co-feature where Fletcher emerged victorious with a unanimous decision. ‘Freakshow’ controlled the bout largely with his kicks, which he utilized to help maintain his range as he consistently out-landed Winner throughout the bout.

Results:
Reece McAllister def. Dragan Pesic by TKO in Round 2
Colin Fletcher def. Andre Winner by Unanimous Decision
Danny Blankharn def. Shaun Lomas by Unanimous Decision
Duncan McLean def. Bradley Conway by TKO in Round 1
Garry Laws def. Javonne Morrison by Unanimous Decision
Ben Holdsworthy def. Craig Shadforth by KO in Round 2
Gary Head def. Andy Cona by TKO in Round 2

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Enfusion Live Streaming Free Tomorrow

  • Published in Kickboxing

Enfusion

This is an exciting time to be a fan of Kickboxing and Muay Thai. The internet is finally taking off as a medium to deliver fights to fans directly without worrying about television deals getting in the way, which means that the fans get the content directly. Enfusion is currently a leader in delivering live, streaming content to fans through their website, EnfusionLive.com. Tomorrow at 21:00 Amsterdam time/3:00PM Eastern time Enfusion Live will present a live event, Enfusion Live #16 from the Hague, Holland. The event is preceded by a new show by Enfusion called "Kickboxing Talents," which begins at 18:30 Amsterdam time/12:30pm Eastern.

Here is a look at the fight card for Enfusion Live 16.

  • 1. Reda Narain ( Surinam ) vs Paolo Renna ( France ) -63 kg
  • 2. Kristy Ooms ( Indonesia ) vs Marieke Post ( The Netherlands ) -64 kg
  • 3. Ismael Benali ( Morocco ) vs Kevin Miruka ( Kenya ) -70 k
  • 4. Andrii Panov ui Ukraine vs Hicham El Gaoui (Morocco) -85 kg
  • 5. Mohamed Boubkari ( Morocco ) vs Sam Tevette ( Senegal ) open weight
  • 6. Mohammed Jaraya ( Morocco ) vs Mohamed Galaoui ( France ) Enfusion world title -67kg

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The Last Chance at Glory for Melvin Manhoef?

  • Published in Glory

Knockout artist and perennial fan favourite Melvin Manhoef makes his long-awaited Glory debut this Saturday in Los Angeles, but is this weekend’s tournament the last straw for the Dutchman?

Melvin Manhoef has been competing in professional combat sports for nearly as long as I have been alive. At 38 years of age and with nearly 90 professional bouts to his name, Manhoef is no spring chicken. He enters this Saturday’s Glory event as the oldest competitor in the tournament field; coincidently the next oldest competitor is his quarterfinal opponent, the 31-year-old Belgian Filip Verlinden.  

Despite having a highly successful career in both kickboxing and mixed martial arts, Manhoef has never won a ‘major’ title. I use that term loosely, as Manhoef has held belts in both kickboxing and in MMA. Manhoef was at one time the light-heavyweight champion of former British MMA promotion Cage Rage; he recently won the Gringo Super Fight welterweight championship after finishing long time rival Evangelista Santos in less than a minute and once held the Showtime 85kg title back in 2009. Whilst these achievements should not be undermined, Manhoef has yet to taste gold in the upper echelons of both kickboxing and MMA. 

Manhoef’s best opportunities have come primarily within the sport of MMA. He was a finalist in the former Japanese promotion Hero’s light-heavyweight tournament and was also a semi-finalist in DREAM’s middleweight tournament, losing by submission in both instances to Yoshihiro Akiyama and Gegard Mousasi respectively. He unfortunately hasn’t been quite as lucky in kickboxing, as after having successful quarterfinals in both the 2006 K-1 Grand Prix in Amsterdam and the 2008 K-1 Grand Prix in Tokyo, he had to bow out early due to injury, however his tournament experience could definitely play a factor come Saturday night.

Manhoef enters this Saturday’s Glory middleweight tournament in a somewhat difficult position. Manhoef has lost his last four in kickboxing (albeit against Samedov, Spong, Saki and Bonjasky) and his hopes of finally earning a UFC contract went out the window with his losses to Brock Larson and Mamed Khalidov last year, meaning Glory 17 this weekend might provide the last chance Manhoef will ever have at winning a major title. It may also be the most ideal stage in which to do it on; Glory’s middleweight tournament presents a unique challenge in his more natural weight class of 185lbs and on fast-rising Glory’s biggest event to date, which will also be the first time the promotion has ventured into the PPV market. 

Whilst the challenge is most certainly enticing and one that I’m sure Manhoef is incredibly excited to start, it is also highly formidable, even for someone like Manhoef who has fought a who’s who of fighters throughout his career. Glory have forged a tournament that features arguably the eight best middleweight kickboxers on the planet and if Manhoef wants the gold at the end of the rainbow, he’s going to have to beat at least three of them all within the space of a few hours.  

Whilst a devastating loss this weekend might signal the end for Manhoef’s hopes of becoming a champion and perhaps one of the last times we see him step in to battle with the elite of either sport, it most certainly will not tarnish his legacy. From his electrifying walk-outs to his apocalyptic punching and devastating leg-kicks, Melvin Manhoef has wow’d endless audiences for nearly 20 years and even as he enters into the twilight stage of his career, he is still one of the most terrifying fighters on this planet and will without a doubt go down in kickboxing and MMA history as one of the most exciting fighters of our generation.

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LEGEND 3 Set for April 5th in Milan, LEGEND 4 with Badr Hari in June

  • Published in Kickboxing

Legend

Interestingly enough, if you follow the exploits of LEGEND's Ruslan Suleymanov you'd know that he appeared at UFC 169 to have some discussions with Dana White and Lorenzo Fertita about a possible UFC event in Russia, just like he had been in discussions with GLORY officials recently and plans to again. Suleymanov has money and a love for the world of Kickboxing and MMA, so he seems steadfast on promoting more big events around the world.

According to an interview with MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani from this weekend, the next LEGEND event will be on April 5th in Milan, Italy. There have been no bouts announced yet, but we have learned that it will be a co-promotion with Carlo di Blasi's Oktagon promotion, which promotes Muay Thai in Milan. This has added to it rumors of using Giorgio Petrosyan on the card, as Di Blasi is Petrosyan's manager. This could be an explanation for the meetings with GLORY officials, as Petrosyan is signed to GLORY. The next LEGEND event afterwards will be in June, where Suleymanov expects Badr Hari to appear.

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