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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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2010 Fight of the Year: Part 6

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Our next entry is the 2nd fight from K-1's big double Final 16 weekend, and is a fight you knew had to be on this list...

"Iron" Mike Zambidis v. Chahid Oulad El Hadj (K-1 MAX Grand Prix Final 16, October 3)

It's rare that we get fights like this - fights where both men throw down with so much passion that the energy just grabs you.  Where neither man wants to give in, and both push each other to the limit.  In the UFC, Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar had one of those fights, and it helped save the company.  This one likely won't have that same impact on K-1 MAX, but if things were right with the world, it would.  This is, quite simply, an amazing fight; you can tell from the passion in the commentary, the cheers from the crowd, and hopefully your own feelings while watching.  What makes it even better is that it is a fight between two men who always were able to deliver excitement, but had not found themselves on the winning side lately.  Zambidis's last K-1 appearance was a loss to Hinata, while Chahid had recently recovered from a terrible 2009.  Neither man seemed like they would be a real factor in the Grand Prix, but together they provided the greatest highlight of MAX's year.

Enough words... sit back and enjoy.

 

Previously featured:

Tyrone Spong v. Jerome Le Banner

Bovy Sor. Udomson v. Takaaki Umeno

Yuya Yamamoto v. Scott Shaffer

Tetsuya Yamato v. Yuta Kubo

Peter Aerts v. Ewerton Teixeira

There will be 10 fights total posted.  Fights 7 & 8 on Tuesday, and 9 & 10 conclude on Wednesday.  Fights are featured in chronological order moving through the year.  Voting will be open Wednesday night to determine the winner.

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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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Watch The Reem Episode 12: The Final

  • Published in K-1

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.

THE REEM EPISODE 12: THE FINAL from THE REEM on Vimeo.

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Weekly Poll Results

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Last week's question: What was the March Fight of the Month?

43% - Hesdy Gerges vs. Daniel Ghita

30% - Andy Souwer vs. L'houcine Ouzgni

14% - Other

9% - Khem vs. Kongjak

5% - Sergio Wielzen vs. Karim Bennoui

This week we offer a pretty straight-forward question, but one I am definitely interested in seeing the response to.

How much do you watch current MMA?

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

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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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Pat Barry Added to Legacy Kickboxing Card in January

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Former UFC fighter and current GLORY fighter Pat Barry was announced as an addition to January's Legacy Kickboxing event promoted by Legacy Fighting. The fight goes down on January 16th in Houston, Texas and Pat Barry will be fighting Demoreo Dennis. Barry is still under contract with GLORY but GLORY has given both Pat and Legacy the go-ahead for the fight. 

The fight will air on AXS TV and will be using a variation of the K-1/GLORY rule set, which means no elbows and limited clinch work. This is already adding to a card including Michael Corley and Cosmo Alexandre, which is great. It's good to see more kickboxing hitting the airwaves soon and bringing the heat. 

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HeadBlade Offering Discount to Benefit Mark 'Fightshark' Miller

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Fightshark

I’m sure that you’ve heard by now, but if not, Mark “Fightshark” Miller is going through a tough time over the past few months. Mark’s story is well known by fans far and wide; Mark was fighting throughout most of his career with a heart defect as well as diabetes -- without knowing -- then discovered the heart condition and was forced to undergo open-heart surgery. Mark was then the first fighter to come back from open-heart surgery in May of 2011. His heroic comeback story is the stuff of legends now for American Kickboxing, with his giant knockout of Nikolaj Falin at Ultimate Glory (the precursor to GLORY). Since then it has been a rollercoaster ride for Miller, including huge ups and rock bottom downs.

Most recently there have been a series of downs, when he was forced into the hospital for complications with his CHD as well as suffering from renal failure. Those complications led to boatloads of medical bills on the un-insurable Mark Miller due to “pre-existing conditions.” Crazy, right? Now he’s facing down a kidney transplant as well as $250,000 in medical bills with his mind still set on another comeback fight. If one thing is for certain, you cannot keep Mark Miller down.

HeadBlade, one of Mark’s sponsors has recognized how tough this HeadBlade user has been over the years and now they are looking to give back to Miller with your help. HeadBlade will be running a special, two-week long campaign to help raise money for Mark where using the coupon code “FightShark” at checkout will get you a 10% discount off of their entire stock, with a portion of the proceeds going to help Mark with his medical bills. So if you are sporting a freshly-shaved head, want to, or know someone that does head over to http://www.HeadBlade.com and enter the code “FightShark” at checkout to receive an instant 10% discount and to help out the storied Kickboxer.

HeadBlade was first approached about helping Miller through this difficult time by Kristen Brown, a two time cancer survivor and Founder of Livetofight.org, a charitable cause dedicated to “Fighting relentlessly for those in the martial arts, mixed martial arts, and combat sports community who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses."

You can donate directly for Mark's medical bills through his GoFundMe.

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2011 Fighter of the Year Peneak Sitnumnoi Joins the Evolve MMA Fight Team

  • Published in Muay Thai

Peneak Sitnumnoi who has won titles at Omnoi Stadium, Channel 7 Stadium and Lumpinee Stadium and was named the 2011 ‘Fighter of the Year’ is the latest Muay Thai legend to join Evolve MMA.

Originally from Phattalung, Peneak fought out of the Sing Patong camp in Phuket and is best remembered for beating Sam-A Gaiyanghadaogym in a 2012 bout at Lumpinee Stadium which decided who would win the Sports Writer’s ‘Fighter of the Year’ award, regarded as the single most prestigious honour in Muay Thai (see the fight here ).

That win would pave the way for Peneak to compete in marquee matchups with some of the biggest names in the sport including Saketdao Phetpayathai, Pakorn Sakyotin, Saeksan Or Kwanmuang and Kongsak Sitboonmee.

He was one of three Sing Patong fighters to simultaneously own titles at Lumpinee during a period when Peneak and his team mates Damien Alamos and Pentai Singpatong were all belt holders in their respective divisions at Bangkok’s most prestigious stadium.

Peneak has not been fighting as frequently of late but the 26 year old returned to Lumpinee last December and showed he still has what it takes to compete with the very best in the sport when he narrowly lost out to Muangthai PKSaenchaigym in a bout which won ‘Fight of the Night’ honours at the stadium’s big birthday show.

Peneak will be joining a team of trainers at Evolve MMA that also includes stellar names such as Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Orono Wor Petchpun, Pornsaneh Sitmonchai and Saketdao Petpayathai.

Although Peneak is not retiring from competitive fighting it is unlikely he will be competing as regularly in the Bangkok stadiums but there is a possibility that he could follow in the footsteps of fellow former Lumpinee champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke by trying his hand at MMA.

 

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Rizin News: Le Banner Might Be Out, Fujita or Aerts Possibly in

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Fans of Jerome Le Banner that were looking forward to his return on New Year's Eve in Japan against Kaido Hoovelson in an MMA bout, but it looks like that bout might be in danger now. Reports have been coming in from Japan that Le Banner is injured and won't be able to participate in the show. The only press that we've seen on it seems to be inconclusive, to say the least

The rumored replacement is former PRIDE fighter and New Japan Pro Wrestling star Kazuyuki Fujita and there have been some rumors of Peter Aerts possibly filling in -- and we know that he's in Japan right now -- but it's not clear. Fujita is currently scheduled for a bout on the IGF Inoki Bom-Be-Ye event

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