The rumor mill has been turning about K-1 Global in the past few days, and instead of the rumors coming from upset fighters and managers like it was in the past, this time it was from some of the more powerful titans of the world of kickboxing. K-1 Global forged a partnership with It's Showtime's Simon Rutz, with Rutz and It's Showtime's team helping to promote, produce and essentially handle the entire event in Madrid. According to Rutz, K-1 Global has neglected to pay for the event or the fighters, which has led to a historic event of Glory Sports International and It's Showtime coming to an agreement, with It's Showtime being purchased by GSI and becoming a part of the Glory family.
It appears that this could just be attributed to fighters associated with Simon Rutz and It's Showtime, although we have yet to hear much yet. Yasuhiro Kido aparently spoke out about his situation on his twitter, and he says that he was paid.
We've been getting some questions as to who Saenchai will be fighting on February 19th at Yokkao 7 and now we have solid answers, as Saenchai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym will be squaring off against Victor Ngabe on February 19th. Victor Ngabe is perhaps best known for his huge win over Fabio Pinca last year at MAX Muay Thai. The fight will be Full Muay Thai Rules with three three minute rounds at -65kg.
When Nathan "Carnage" Corbett made his GLORY debut at GLORY 11 Chicago against Tyrone Spong there were high hopes among seasoned Kickboxing and Muay Thai fans as Nathan Corbett has been tearing up opponents at Light Heavyweight for years now, but mostly in Australia. He's been the guy that everyone has wanted to switch over to Kickboxing for years, but honestly, his few stints into Heavyweight Kickboxing didn't bear fruit. With GLORY promoting more weight classes it seemed like a perfect fit, the only problem was he ran into Tyrone Spong in the prime of his fighting career and things didn't work out for him.
Carnage came back with a vengeance this weekend at Total Carnage IV from Gold Coast where he met Henriques Zowa from the Netherlands. How did it go? Well, it's Carnage and he's allowed to throw elbows. Carnage scored a stoppage via an elbow strike in the second round.
Yokkao wowed fans in the UK last month with Yokkao 10 and 11 -- a double-headed at the Rebok -- featuring some of the world's top talents competing against each other. Two world titles were decided that night, with Jordan Watson taking home the gold at Yokkao 10 and at Yokkao 11 Pakorn met Greg Wootton for the -65kg World Title.
Thanks to Yokkao, there is now video of the full fight for your enjoyment.
Forgive me for not posting results last night, but, you know, this was GTA V week and I do have a fiance who enjoys my company once in a while. These are the things that happen in life, alright? Last night did play host to Lion Fight 11, live from Las Vegas on AXS TV and saw a solid night of action with a few strange caveats here and there. As always, Lion Fight delivers in the end, but I might suggest that I understand that they want to include fighters from Thailand, but next time, be more selective. Nampon is a fine fighter, but last night was a pretty awful display and all for a fighter who has virtually no hype surrounding him.
The fight that most of us were looking forward to, Kevin Ross vs. Tetsuya Yamato delivered just like we thought it would, as they went all-out for the entire fight before the judges were forced to come to a decision and chose Yamato. I can see the arguments for Ross winning the fight, as he looked strong early and finished strong, but the rest of the fight saw Yamato really turn up the heat and deliver the better blows. It's hard to say that Ross walks away a "loser" in this one because he put his all into the fight and looked strong, although some fans might not know just how good Tetsuya Yamato really is. Yamato is really good, there is no shame in putting on a close fight with him.
Cosmo vs. Nampon was very much of a fight that was just "there" and that saw Nampon just show nothing of real value against Cosmo. The other feature bout of the evening saw Cris "Cyborg" Justino (formerly Santos) run roughshod over Jennifer Colomb, who filled in on late notice. Colomb is a tough fighter, but short notice is short notice.
After it's successful 7th event on Valentine's Day WMC Hungary returns with another show to the location at Szentendre, Hungary well known to the fans. The previous show brough some intense fights in five weight classes and Hungary's first professional female WMC bout!
Muaythai Mania 8 will be the fourth under the WMC umbrella with a more than likely sold out venue. The organizers (Róbert Skrobár of SzVSE) recently managed to sign a contract with one of the leading sports channels of Hungary the fights will be recorded and a highlight will air soon after the live event.
As we mentioned in an earlier article regarding another show some promotions already started to get a foothold on national sports channels and coverage in general just seems to be increasing in Hungary. A window of opportunity seems to be opening up for bigger and better things. Fight fans might expect a bright future for kickboxing and muay thai in Hungary and we have do have some reasons to be optimistic when looking ahead into the future.
Fight card:1. Kovács Alexandra (Tong Thai) vs Vaida Masiokaite (Kaunas) 61.24 kg2. Kisfalvi Milán (SzVSE) vs Ovidijus Jurginas (Kaunas) 82.55 kg3. Bereczki Dominik (Perfect Fight Club) vs Martynas Jasiunas (Vilnius) 72.58 kg4. Bakacs Dezső (RFC) vs Ernestas Dapkus (Vilnius) 76.2 kg5. Lapusnyik László (SzVSE) vs Mantas Rimdeika (Kaunas) 95+ kgWMC Pro6. Albrecht Péter (SzVSE) vs Radics Róbert (Simon Gym Fertőszentmiklós) 66.68 kg
This Friday, July 4th at 9pm Eastern time on AXS TV the world will be treated to Lion Fight 16. Lion Fight 16 will take place at the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada and be an official part of UFC's International Fight Week. That means that the UFC will be helping Lion Fight to promote the event throughout the week and it should be an electric atmosphere on Friday. The event is headlined by Kevin Ross taking on Michael Thompson with the Lion Fight Super Lightweight Championship to be decided.
The event will also feature muay thai legend Rungravee Sasiprapa and Tiffany Van Soest in action. Here is a look at the full fight card.
Super Lightweight Title Bout Kevin Ross vs Michael Thompson Co-Main Event Tiffany Van Soest vs Sindy Huyer Super Fight Rungravee Sasiprapa vs. Adrian Morilla Tyler Toner vs. Gaston Bolanos Josh Shepard vs Casey Parlett
AXS TV has also released the bloody, awesome video from Lion Fight 15 of Kevin Ross vs. Chris Mauceri. Check it out.
In just 2 days King in the Ring will be holding an 86kgs 8 man tournament in Aucklands ASB Stadium Kohimarama. This event will be streamed live HERE AT THIS LINK for $19.95.
Israel "Stylebender" Adesanya will be defending his place as the king in the ring after winning the tournament last year. Adesanya is fresh off his Super 8 boxing tournament win 2 weeks ago, so I'm sure confidence is high, not that he has ever had a problem with that anyway.
The tournament consists of 4 Australian fighters and 4 New Zealanders plus 4 super fights. I am always interested in 8 man tournaments, they have always been some of the most exciting events for me, plus I always take the chance to watch The Stylebender fight live if possible.
King in the Ring Trans-Tasman 8 Man Tournament
Team New Zealand
Pati Afoa [ETK, Auckland]
Israel Adesanya [CKB, Auckland]
Zak Fatamaka [GRizzly Thai Boxing, Auckland]
Zane Hopman [Fortitude Thai Boxing]
Simon Maait [Bulldog Gym, Castle Hill]
Mark Timms [Bulldog Gym, Manly]
Kurt Pegoraro [Corporate Boxing Gym, Brisbane]
Kim Loudon [Extreme Muay Thai, Sydney]
Middleweight - Mike “Blood” Diamond [City Kickboxing] - “Dirty” Sanchez [Full Force Gym]
I've got to admit the idea of hopping on a Greyhound bus and traveling to Atlantic City has never been on my top ten list of things I'm really interested in doing before I die. Actually it has never even been on my list of things to ever contemplate doing in my life. I would have probably thrown going to Atlantic City on my list of things I'll be happy to never do. Fortunately my good buddy Bauzen used some jedi mind trickery and dangled some Catvonc style kryptonite in front of my face and convinced me to cash in some travel vouchers and head to the Jersey shore for the weekend. I say fortunately because had Bauzen not exploited my weakness I might not have gone out of my way to attend what in my opinion was one of the most well run, classiest and amazing combat sports events I've ever attended.
The show that Take On Productions, in association with MSG Sports puts on is a well oiled machine and I can only hope they continue to grow and their show is able to expand throughout the country. From the local favorite talented ring announcer Larry Legend to MuayThaiislife.com owner Eric Rivera handling the fight commentary, to the promotors and fighters-this is a professional and entertaining show. I know from personal experience, we've got nothing that even comes close to their level of production quality here in Atlanta. Take On's event truly made me fall deeper in lust with the sport of Muay Thai and if you ever have the opportunity to go to one of their shows I say you had better jump on it. I'm not even mad that I somehow lost an earring, a ring, a phone charger and a flat iron in the post fight celebrations. I'll blame all of that on sharing too many watermelon rock rancher drinks with Bauzen's girlfriend.
The West Coast has always boasted about having the creme de la creme of Muay Thai fighters on American soil but I think the gyms on the East Coast are ready to give them a run for their money. Gyms like Sitan NY, Phil Nurse's The Wat, Cool Hearts from Philly and Boston Muay Thai just to name a few-have trained and assembled crews of skilled and exciting fighters that combat sport junkies need to start paying close attention to. From the ammy fights to the pro debuts and full rules title fights-there was not one moment where I felt the action was lagging. Here's some of the highlights of the night:
Amateur fight Rich Brattole of Weapons 9/Strategic Combat Gym vs Tim Scmeier of Sitan NY
These guys were both obviously not used to wearing headgear, which is a New Jersey athletic commission rule and not a requirement where the fighters normally fight in their home state of NY, but despite that they went to war with each other trading blows back and forth for the entire 3 round contest.
Amateur fight Caitlyn Dempsey of Impact Martial Arts vs Christina Rodriguez of Girl Fight MMA NJ
The ladies brought the first blood of the evening and the first extremely loud crowd response of the night. Caitlyn Dempsey won her debut fight and the crowd erupted in excitement.
Amateur fight Tianna Urman of The Wat vs Prarie Ruglio of Girl Fight MMA
Prarie came at Tianna Urman raging with unrelenting fists for one full minute before her right hand shut Urman down for good. Girl Fight MMA fans in the crowd went absolutely bonkers and let's be honest, Bauzen had a momentary fear of being trampelled by a mass of angry lesbians.
Main event Justin Greskiewicz of Cool Hearts Muay Thai Philly vs Eddie Martinez of Sitan Gym NY
Another really great fight featuring one of the Sitan gym fighters Eddie Martinez versus the always fun to watch purple haired Justin Greskiewicz. Justin took full advantage of the NJ elbow allowance and used those along with some kicks and punching combos to take the very close split decision win over Eddie Martinez.
Pro fight Jay Matias of Sitan Gym NY vs Jake Mainini of Boston Muay Thai
Saving the best for last here-this was the pro debut for both of these fighters and most of the media in attendance agree it was hands down the fight of the night. These two stole the show and put on an amazing display of technical and precise Muay Thai from round one all the way to the end of the fifth round and never once looked fatigued. Jay Matias gave the crowd a show that they will talk about for years afterwards with his arsenal of kicks and unrelenting combinations that ultimately won him the unanimous decision over an also very skilled Mainini. Here's a small video clip from this fan favorite fight to help fill your hungry Muay Thai bellies.
I know right now you are sitting there dying to watch the rest of that fight. As a matter of fact, I'm certain you want to watch the whole event and you are now angrily axe kicking your little sister into your mom's plastic covered couch because you missed out on all the action this weekend. Well calm down and stop being an angry bully. You can go check out the whole event on GFL.tv right now. The full event results on TakeOnProductions.com and don't forget to follow TakeOn Muay Thai on Twitter and like them on Facebook for all the information you are going to need about their upcoming shows.
Follow Alistair Overeem in his online documentary "The Reem" as episode twelve shows the culmination of Alistair's hard work; the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals. This is a must-watch for K-1 fans, as it is like having an all-access pass to the K-1 World Grand Prix. To those that believed that there was some controversy over Gokhan Saki fighting Overeem you get to see Cor Hemmers backstage with Overeem and makes no mention of Saki being injured, only that both men had a war and that he will only be at ringside and let both men fight it out without providing support for either individual, only the team.