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Hunt and Manhoef score epic face-plant KO’s

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Kickboxing royalty Mark Hunt and Melvin Manhoef were both successful in MMA bouts as they finished off Roy Nelson and Doug Marshall respectively.

 

Mark Hunt’s unlikely career resurgence continues, as the 40-year old became only the second fighter to knockout the notoriously durable Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson. The bout headlined UFC’s third trip to Japan since the Zuffa takeover and was a seemingly logical match-up of fan favorites.

 

The bout was relatively even throughout the first round, as both battled to establish dominance over the other with both fighters scoring with occasional punches and a few thudding low kicks from the former K-1 champion Hunt. Nelson was unsuccessful in two attempts at bringing the fight to the mat in the first as he likely lost a very close first round to the New Zealand native.

 

At the start of the second round Nelson was finally able to secure a takedown and briefly took Hunt’s back however Hunt was able to escape back to his feet shortly after. The two continued to trade on the feet as the momentum began to swing in Hunt’s favor whilst Nelson began to show signs of fatigue. With two minutes left on the clock, Hunt crumbled Nelson with a monstrous uppercut followed by his typical walk-off celebration.

 

With the victory Hunt moves to (5-2-1) in the UFC and could see himself enter the UFC’s top 5 rankings for the very first time (currently ranked #6), whilst after being stopped for the first time in nearly six years, Nelson falls to (7-6) in the octagon.

 

Melvin Manhoef, who coincidently was the first man to knockout Mark Hunt, made quick work of former Bellator title challenger Doug ‘The Rhino” Marshall in the Bellator 125 main event from Fresno, California. After a brief feeling out period both fighters began swinging wildly before an inadvertent shot to the groin of Marshall halted the bout temporarily. After the restart the two went back at it, throwing an assortment of haymakers and kicks to no avail. However after stinging Marshall with several low-kicks, Manhoef flattened his foe with a quick overhand right that sent Marshall face-first into the mat in dramatic fashion.

 

Manhoef immediately moves into title contention with his successful Bellator debut and could be in line for a Middleweight title shot against the winner of Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brandon Halsey who clash next Friday in the main event of Bellator 126. Marshall meanwhile drops to 4-2 inside the Bellator cage as he fought for the first time since his unsuccessful title shot against the aforementioned Shlemenko last November, a bout in which he subsequently tested positive for a banned substance post-fight.

 

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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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Liverkick Throwback: Mark Hunt Vs Ray Sefo

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The world of kickboxing has a rich history to fall back upon so we here at LiverKick figure, why not? Why not give a glimpse into some of the fights from the past that have made up this wonderful sport and tie it all in to the present. The kids on the Instagram and Twitter like to call Thursdays "Throwback Thursdays," I'm just going to say that this is a LiverKick Throwback.

This week we figured it was the perfect time to post a throwback to Mark Hunt in K-1, not that there is ever a bad time to post any Mark Hunt fight. This is one of the best kickboxing slug fests of all time, Ray Sefo is known for his great chin, big power, and the way he drops his hands and urges people to hit him during fights, well Mark Hunt gave him a run for his money on all of these things. This was the 2001 K-1 WGP in Fukuoka, Mark hunt was granted the wild card spot because Mirko CroCop got injured, so happened to draw Ray Sefo's name. Even though in my eyes there is no loser in this fight apart from maybe some brain cells, the judges gave the fight to Sefo, but he had an eye injury so Hunt moved on to the finals to TKO Adam Watt and advance to the big stage in Tokyo in two months time. Mark Hunt proceeded to beat Jerome Le Banner, Stefan Leko, and Francisco Filho to become the K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 champion.

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LEGEND IV Rumored for Paris in December Featuring 70kg Tournament

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After quite a bit of radio silence after LEGEND 3: Pour Homme it looks like we will see another LEGEND event before the year's end. The biggest hint was the huge birthday party thrown for LEGEND promoter Ruslan Suleymanov recently that faetured lots of big names from the worlds of MMA and kickboxing with the LEGEND name and brand on everything from big screens to sunglasses. It was clear that LEGEND was going to be gearing up for another event soon and that Ruslan wasn't done living the dream of promoting big events.

According to reports the next LEGEND event will be LEGEND IV and take place in Paris, France in December of this year. The event is scheduled to feature a 70kg tournament and while no names were mentioned, it was said that some of the names will "surprise you." If you were to take a roll call from his birthday party, the big name 70kg kickboxers there were Andy Souwer, Giorgio Petrosyan, Gago Drago, Murat Direkci, Mike Zambidis, Dzhabar Askerov and a few others. We aren't saying that they are gonna be in the tournament, but it would seem likely that the fighters that LEGEND was wining and dining would be the fighters involved in their upcoming tournament.

The big name in there is, of course, Giorgio Petrosyan. Petrosyan was last seen at GLORY 12 New York where his crazy win streak was beaten by Andy Ristie in the third round. That was Petrosyan's sixth performance under the GLORY banner and no one has heard much from him ever since. It's entirely possible that he could fight for LEGEND, either with the permission of GLORY, or if his contract with GLORY has ended.

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Liverkick Video: Sem Braan Vs Tom Duivenvoorde Beautiful KO

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Sem Braan is a fighter we haven't heard much from lately, he won the It's Showtime Reality show in 2008 and has been active, but since It's Showtime is no longer, most of his fights have not been available to watch. He is a true Mejiro Gym fighter trained mostly by Andre Mannaart, he used to fight at around 70 kilos, seems as though he has moved up to about 82-83 kgs now and is looking great.

Here is a video from his fight this weekend at the House of Pain event in Alkmaar, Netherlands. Pretty violent but beautiful KO I'd say.

 

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Legacy Fighting Delving Into Kickboxing This January

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We heard about this earlier this summer when Legacy Fighting, best known for their MMA offerings on AXS TV, announced that they'd be dipping their toes into the kickboxing waters come 2015. Now Legacy has announced their first kickboxing card is coming on January 16th in Houston, Texas. They will be looking to make a big splash by booking Cosmo Alexandre to headline their first kickboxing card, which should be interesting. Here is the card thus far.

Cosmo Alexandre vs. Regian Eersel

Michael Corley vs. Marco Pique

Valentina Schevchenko vs. Lindsay Haycraft

We'll let you know when we know more.

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Liverkick Throwback: Kunimatsu Okao vs. Benny "The Jet" Urquidez

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The world of kickboxing has a rich history to fall back upon so we here at LiverKick figure, why not? Why not give a glimpse into some of the fights from the past that have made up this wonderful sport and tie it all in to the present. The kids on the Instagram and Twitter like to call Thursdays "Throwback Thursdays," I'm just going to say that this is a LiverKick Throwback.

This week the throwback includes one of the best American Kickboxer's ever, Benny "The Jet" Urquidez. He held Six world titles in Five weight classes and only ever lost one fight(on paper). His record when he retired was 49 wins and 1 loss, 35 of those wins coming by knockout. Benny was known for his vicious hooks, throws and a spinning back kick that knocked out numerous opponents. Once people started calling him a world champion, he decided that to be called a world champ he better start travelling to fight considering all his fights up until then been in the U.S.A or Mexico. He ended up getting in contact with Antonio Inoki in 1977 and he was brought to Japan to fight Katsuyuki Suzuki whom he KO'd in the 6th round. The Japanese desperately wanted to beat Urquidez so they brought him back repeatedly, with different rules and weights but each time he would knockout their challenger just becoming a bigger star to the Japanese fans.

This fight is Benny's second fight in Japan against Kunimatsu Okao. Okao actually came out of retirement to fight Benny because he was upset about his training partner Katsuyuki Suzuki losing to him earlier in the year. Okao was pretty arrogant, being a retired, proclaimed master he figured he would just steam roll Urquidez. Benny was known for being a slow starter and he also got knocked down quite a few times in his career, but they always seemed like flash knockdowns, because he seemed to get up perfectly fine. 

Anyway this fight pretty much sums up Benny "The Jet" Urquidez's style of fight, he fights through adversity and shows the thunderous power he possessed in his hands. Enjoy!

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WGP 22 Fight Card and Stream Info - Alex Pereira vs. Robert Thomas

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On September 27th in Sao Paulo, Brazil WGP Kickboxing will present their 22nd event, featuring GLORY's Alex Pereira competing against Canadian fighter Robert Thomas in the main event. The event will be streamed live on WGP's site for a super low price of $10. It is looking to be a great card and won't set you back a ton, either, allowing you to support WGP and Brazilian Kickboxing.

Under Card

K1 Rules (64.5 kg): Samuel Pereira vs Wellington Lopes
K1 Rules (71.800 kg): Fabiano “Mineiro” Silva vs Marcelo Dionisio
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (66.800 kg): Valmir Theiss vs Édipo Herbert Lima 

Main Card

60kg GP Semi-Final - K1 Rules (60 kg): Ignacio Capllonch (ARG) vs Gustavo Piacentini (BRA)
60kg GP Semi-Final - K1 Rules (60 kg): Rafael “Coruja” Xavier vs Paulo Tebar
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (69.100 kg): Wellington Tom vs Bruno Gazani
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (94,100 kg): Wallyson “Maguila” Carvalho vs Felipe Micheletti
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (85 kg): Francisco Araújo vs Cesar Almeida
60kg GP Finals - K1 Rules (60 kg): Winner Fight 1 x Winner Fight 2
K1 Rules (85 kg): Robert Thomas (CAN) x Alex “Po Atan” Pereira (BRA)

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Former K-1 USA Fighter Sean O'Haire Passes Away at 43

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Sad news today that former WCW/WWE wrestler and former K-1 fighter Sean O'Haire passed away yesterday at the age of 43. O'Haire's career began in WCW where he entered the WCW Power Planet where they trained new wrestlers. From there he ended up on WCW television in 2000 until the company was sold to WWE in 2001. He continued on to WWE (WWF at the time) where he competed under numerous gimmicks before he was released in 2004.

It was no secret that he loved fighting sports and was soon given an offer to compete for K-1 in 2004. O'Haire's focus was split between MMA, kickboxing and professional wrestling for most of his time in the ring, but he wasn't without controversy. K-1 had claimed that O'Haire had a 10-1 kickboxing record and 8-0 MMA record, which of course he had two MMA fights in 2004 that he won and zero kickboxing bouts until he made his K-1 debut. O'Haire couldn't quite hang in K-1, but brought them a lot of attention until he retired from kickboxing and MMA to settle down and be a barber in South Carolina.

Condolences to his friends, family and fans across the world. 

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Glory Technique Video: Knees In The Clinch

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Glory Sports International have provided us with another technique of the week, this time they are going over knees in the clinch. Veteran trainer Martijn de Jong and Glory welterweight Karapet Karapetyan do the instructional portion of the video and focus on the importance of making space with inside knees to the leg so you can knee the body properly.

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Remy Bonjasky Accuses 80 - 90% of High Level Kickboxers of Doping

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If you follow sports outside of kickboxing you know how much of a problem performance enhancing drugs are. Hell, we even had our first positive drug test at a GLORY event at GLORY 17. It is kind of the nature of sports, in a way; you want to be bigger, better, stronger and to be able to compete. If you think that everyone else is doping, you find yourself needing to do it to compete. There haven't been a ton of cases of kickboxers in trouble for PEDs, but there have always been rumors and accusations.

Remy Bonjasky this weekend added fuel to the fire by claiming that 80 - 90% of K-1 fighters were juicing and that he was never a part of that club. He cites wider jaws and added muscle mass as visual cues that someone is on steroids, which seems like a pretty broad statement. 

"I do not use and have never done so. I've always said that if I do not succeed in a normal way, I should quit [fighting.] I always want to win and if I can not win with eating normally then it stops." [source]

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Full FFC 14 Card for October 3rd

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Croatian kickboxing and MMA organization FFC will be holding its 14th event on October 3rd in Slovenia. The card will be a split between MMA and kickboxing like we've seen in the past, this time they will crown two different champions in one night. The first will be MMA at 66kg, the second at 70kg in kickboxing. 

FFC 14 - Ljubljana (Slovenia)

3.10. 2014. Dvorana Tivoli

Kickboxing: 

Samo Petje (SLO)  vs. Teo Mikelić (CRO), -70kg  - FFC 70kg World Championship

Mirko Vorkapič (SLO vs. Kevin Hesseling (NED), -70kg

Denis Chorchyp (SLO) vs. Dženan Poturak (BiH), -91kg

Miran Fabjan (SLO) vs. Boban Krušić (MNE), -83kg

Ivan Bilić (CRO) vs. Lirim Ahmeti (AUT), -77kg

Jovan Kaluđerović (SER) vs. Miloš Ivas (GER), -95kg

MMA:

Lemmy Krušič (SLO) vs. Antun Račić (CRO), -66kg - FFC 66kg World Championship

Stipe Bekavac (CRO) vs. Marcin Prachnio (POL), -93kg

Maro Perak (CRO) vs. TBA, -93kg

Tomislav Spahović (BiH) vs. Sandror Okros (HUN), -93kg

Luka Jelčić (CRO) vs. Elia Madau (ITA), -70kg

Marko Dmonjič (SLO) vs. Pavel Doroftei (RUS), -84kg

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Photo of the Day: Giorgio Petrosyan, Gago Drago and Melvin Manhoef Partying with Alexander Gustafsson

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If the average picture if worth a thousand words then I'm not really sure what this one is worth. Ruslan Suleymanov, the owner of LEGEND, recently turned 35 years old. What better way to celebrate turning 35 than by having a huge birthday party featuring some of the best fighters of the world just hanging out, right? Benson Henderson, Alexander Gustafsson, Andy Souwer, Giorgio Petrosyan, Melvin Manhoef and Gago Drago were among the names of fighters that were in attendance, but there were more, a lot more. 

Ben Pontier was there snapping up photos of the whole thing, which is when he captured this moment above. I don't even know.

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Liverkick Throwback: Ernesto Hoost Vs Jerome Le Banner 1999

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The world of kickboxing has a rich history to fall back upon so we here at LiverKick figure, why not? Why not give a glimpse into some of the fights from the past that have made up this wonderful sport and tie it all in to the present. The kids on the Instagram and Twitter like to call Thursdays "Throwback Thursdays," I'm just going to say that this is a LiverKick Throwback.

Today we are going to back to one of the best K-1 Heavyweight Rivalry's, Ernesto "Mr. Perfect" Hoost Vs Jerome Le Banner. These two fought 5 times, Hoost won 3 and Le Banner won 2 and not a single one of those fights went the distance. The style clash in these fights was the brawler against technical fighter that people love to see. Le Banner still had a lot of technical skill but compared to Hoost's technique he was a brawler and at 6 foot 3 inches and 265 pounds Le Banner was very powerful to say the least.

This fight was at the K-1 WGP 1999 Semi-Finals, Hoost beat Andy Hug by decision to advance and JLB knocked out Peter Aerts in the first round, which made Le Banner the much fresher man. They had already fought each other twice and had one win each, this was essentially the rubber match. Le Banner came out strong and fast as usual, but Mr. Perfect weathered the storm until the second round and capitalized on his opponents aggression to land a few well timed right hands, followed by a flurry and put Le Banner's lights out. Hoost moved on to the finals where he knocked out Mirko Cro Cop with a liver punch to become the K-1 WGP Champion for the second time.

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A1 World Combat Cup 2014 - Final 8

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A1 World Combat Cup is bringing us the Final 8 of their 70kgs tournament in Eindhoven, Netherlands on Sept 20th. Sixteen fighters started this tournament on May 17th of this year, and now we get to enjoy the rest of this tournament in one night.

The tournament includes names like Team Souwer member Henri Van Opstal and SuperKombat fighter Cenik Cankurtaranoglu. One Night 8 man tournaments are always one of the most exciting events to watch, especially when they include top level fighters like this one, Plus with Dutch favorites like Henri Van Opstal, Robbie Hageman, and Sergio Wielzen the atmosphere in Eindehoven should be amazing.

Full Main Card

Quarter Finals: Robbie Hageman (Ned) Vs Nordin Ben Moh (Mor)

Quarter Finals: Henri Van Opstal (Ned) Vs Steven Jonis (Ned)

Quarter Finals: Cenik Cankurtaranoglu (Turkey) Vs Wael Karoumi (Mor)

Quarter Finals: Tayfun Ozan (Turkey) Vs. Mo Ben Nasser (Mor)

A-1 Rules 63kgs: Ilias El Hajoui (Ned) Vs Pietje Doorje (Sur)

Semi Finals #1 and #2

A-1 Rules 65kgs: Redouan Boukerche (Ned) Vs. Sergio Wielzen (Ned)

Tournament Final

 

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Glory Unlocks Simon Marcus Vs Joe Schilling Video

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Glory Sports International has unlocked one of the most exciting and dramatic kickboxing fights ever for us to watch completely free. Joe Schilling Vs Simon Marcus had us all jumping out of our seats at Glory 17. This was their third encounter with Marcus winning the first two but those were Muay Thai rules which favors Simon. This time it was Glory rules which allows Schilling to box more without Marcus smothering him in the clinch and the outcome shows what a difference it makes.

This was such a back and forth fight with Schilling looking like he was losing, and then all of a sudden a switch of momentum and Marcus would look like hes losing and this happened repeatedly until the very last second. It's fights like this that prove the excitement and entertainment that kickboxing can bring to the fans.

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Orsat Zovko Severs Ties with Mirko Cro Cop

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Orsat/Cro Cop via K-1 and Fight Channel

Earlier today Orsat Zovko, the longtime manager of Mirko Cro Cop, issued a statement to the press in regards to his relationship with Filipovic. It appears that after Zovko spent years helping to revive Mirko's career that both sides will not be working together anymore. It's fair to note that Zovko is the promoter of the Final Fight promotion in Croatia and was behind both the Final Fight: Cro Cop event where he fought Ray Sefo and the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals in Croatia where Cro Cop won. Orsat was also GLORY's co-promoter when they went to Zagreb earlier this year.

It's fair to say that Zovko has been behind a lot of Cro Cop's more publicized fights in the past few years and it'll be interesting to see where Cro Cop goes from here. The entire press release is below.

Termination of business cooperation with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipović

Dear media representatives, partners, combat sports fans and friends,

I hereby would like to inform you that as of August 25 I am no longer manager of Mirko “Cro Cop“ Filipović. The reason behind the termination of a very successful cooperation lies in the fact that I could not accept Mirko Filipović's new business proposal. Without going into more details, I would like to point out that our cooperation was immensely successful and fruitful.

After the cancellation of the contract with the UFC, Mirko's career started to move upwards again when he returned to kickboxing and after the successful Cro Cop Final Fight event in Zagreb, Croatia, which Fight Channel organized exclusively for Mirko. His return to kickboxing proved to be a good decision since Mirko won K-1 WGP title last year also in Zagreb, Croatia, which is, together with his Pride GP belt, the biggest success of his career. Then he signed with Glory, world's best kickboxing promotion at the moment, and he occasionally fought in free fight matches which culminated with his victory and winning the IGF belt last weekend.

It was a great pleasure to manage the career of one of the greatest fighters of all times and to cooperate with all the members of Cro Cop's team. I would like to thank all the media representatives and all the combat sports fans for cooperation and support. I hope we will successfully cooperate again on some projects in the future.

Sincerely,

Orsat Zovko

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Peter Aerts Does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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There have been a literal ton of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos out in the wild. From just normal, everyday people to A-list celebrities. Most of these don't concern us, though, because, well, we cover kickboxing. Even then, lots of fighters have been participating in the ALS Ice Bucket challenge. We probably won't post that many of them because once you've seen one person pour ice on their heads and imply that they are cold you've probably seem them all. 

This is Peter Aerts, though. Peter Aerts will always hold a special place in our hearts for being Mr. K-1. So let's watch Peter Aerts participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Liverkick Throwback: Gago Drago Vs Su Hwan Lee

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The world of kickboxing has a rich history to fall back upon so we here at LiverKick figure, why not? Why not give a glimpse into some of the fights from the past that have made up this wonderful sport and tie it all in to the present. The kids on the Instagram and Twitter like to call Thursdays "Throwback Thursdays," I'm just going to say that this is a LiverKick Throwback.

Today we are only back four years to when Giorgio Petrosyan was dominating the K-1 MAX scene. This fight between Gago Drago and Su Hwan Lee was part of the 2010 K-1 MAX final 16. Drago was still competing with the top guys at the 70 kgs (154 lbs) weight class at this point but after this fight he defeated Mohammed Khamal in the quarter finals then lost a decision to Yoshihiro Sato in the semi's which started his 8 fight and 2 year losing spree. Drago was always had one of the most exciting styles in the K-1 MAX, not the most technical or intelligent, but always going for the KO and fighting hard, that's without mentioning his amazing entrances.

Su Hwan Lee had fought some good names already like Artur Kyshenko or Albert Kraus for example, but he always came up short against the elite level fighters. He's a south paw with technical ability to do well he just always seemed to get caught and knocked outy by the more experienced fighters.

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SuperKombat WGP 5 Sept 27th Fight Card

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SuperKombat's next show will be on September 27th in Almere, Netherlands. Just the fact of it being in Holland means the atmosphere is going to be amazing, let alone a 95 kgs 4 man tournament and the always explosive Catalin Morosanu in a super fight against Dutch fighter Brian Douwes who seems to have taken Ismael Londts place. This will be a good test for Morosanu considering Douwes has fought everyone and is on a three fight winning streak, this will be one of Morosanu's hardest fights since Ben Edwards I'd say.

These fight cards are ever changing so here is the most recent card:

WGP Semifinal 1 3x3 +95Kg - Tarik Khbabez (Morocco) vs. Gurhan Degermenci (Turkey)

WGP Semifinal 2 3x3 +95Kg - Patrick Veenstra (Holland) vs. Viktor Bugotzki (Germany)

Superfight 3x3 63.5Kg - Hamza Soesie (Morocco) vs. Christian Spetcu (Romania)

Superfight 3x3 -91Kg - Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname) vs. Hovik Tikranjan (Armenia)

Superfight 3x3 -100Kg - Jegish Yegoian (Armenia) vs. Marcello Adriaansz (Suriname)

Superfight 3x3 -95Kg - Redouan Cairo (Suriname) vs Ali Cenic (Turkey)

Superfight 3x3 +100Kg - Brian Douwes (Holland) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

WGP Final +95Kg -WINNER SEMI FINAL 1 vs. WINNER SEMI FINAL 2

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Lukas Podolski supports Badr Hari for his next fight October 16th in Dubai

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German soccer player and Arsenal standout Lukas Podolski suffered a hamsting injury last year and began training boxing to hep with recovery. Looks like while he was training he may have watched a few Badr Hari fights and became a fan.

Here is a short video of him hitting the bag and wishing Badr luck on his GFC fight Oct 16th in Dubai against Patrice Quateron.

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Liverkick Throwback: Ronnie Green Vs Joao Vierra II

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The world of kickboxing has a rich history to fall back upon so we here at LiverKick figure, why not? Why not give a glimpse into some of the fights from the past that have made up this wonderful sport and tie it all in to the present. The kids on the Instagram and Twitter like to call Thursdays "Throwback Thursdays," I'm just going to say that this is a LiverKick Throwback.

Today we are going way back to the 90's and taking a look at an English fighter who was miles ahead of the game, Ronnie "Machine Gun" Green. Ronnie Green was known for his quick footwork, nasty left hook and hard low kicks. He was one of the very few foreign fighters to go to Thailand, beat the Thai's and be considered a Master now that he has retired. Outside of the ring Ronnie is a very quiet, polite and humble man. He will never brag about being a multiple time world champion in 3 different weight classes, to be honest he would probably never even mention kickboxing, but when you watch him fight his skills are remarkable. I have watched him since I was probably 5 or 6 years old and I feel that he is one of the best fighters of all time, if he was in his prime now he would still be at the top of his weight class that's how far ahead of his time he was.

In this fight Green is fighting Joao Vierra, a very tough dutch trained fighter with an aggressive and powerful style. Vierra even knocked out a very young Ramon Dekkers back in 1988 with a right hand so he was definitely no slouch. Ronnie was just too slick for Vierra's style though. His foot work, his head movement, he was just never there for Vierra to land anything. These two fought three times, and Ronnie had Vierras number and won them all.

 

 

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SuperKombat Makes a Difference in Flood-Afflicted Region of Romania

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I feel like the world of fight sports has been afflicted with some really, really awful press of late. Right now there is just so much negative press out there, a lot of it based around the whole War Machine/Christy Mack story that just won't go away. So I'm happy to see that Romanian kickboxing promotion SuperKombat is actually doing something positive, they are giving back to their community. Two weeks ago there was flooding in Valcea County in Romania. This flooding affected many of the over 400,000 residents there.

Valcea County was the first place where SuperKombat held an event in 2011 and they looked to give back yesterday when staff members and fighters took part in a humanitarian effort to deliver food, drinking water and clothing to those who were affected by the flooding. Residents are still recovering from the floods and it's nice to see a promotion like SuperKombat giving back.

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Enfusion Announces Roster for Enfusion Reality: Victory of the Vixen

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Enfusion released the list of names that will be participating in their Enfusion Reality: Victory of the Vixen season that is set to begin filming in September. One glaring omission from this list was the originally announced Tiffany Van Soest, who has a fight with Lion Fight in September and also has a new, exclusive contract with the promotion. This season will feature four teams of four women, coached by a Heavyweight male. Those Heavyweights will fight in a tournament of their own at the end. It looks like there might be some sort of contest to see which women get on the show and which four men get on the show.

One of the strangest names on this list is Ashwin Balrak, best known for making headlines in 2010 for drug trafficking and mob connections. He was always seen as a black mark on European kickboxing and it's interesting to see his name on this list.

Competitors Ladies 54KG

1. Fatima Pinto Norway
2. Johanna Rydberg Sweden
3. Ferial Ameerroedien South Africa
4. Meryem Uslu Germany
5. TBC
6. Samantha Van Doorn The Netherlands
7. Soraya Haurissa Indonesia
8. Isis Verbeek The Netherlands
9. Marina Zueva Russia
10. Filipa Correia Portugal
11. Adi Rotem Israel
12. Anissa Meksen France
13. Iman Barlow England
14. Ashley Nichols Canada
15. Lizzie Largilliere France
16. Sammy-Lee Brown Australia
17. Maria Pantazi Greece
18. Simone Dommelen The Netherlands

Captains
1. Daniel Sam England
2. Lukasz Krupadziorow Poland
3. Bruice Guidon France
4. Kirk Krouba Ivory Coast
5. Ashcwin Balrak Surinam

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Shin on Shin Series: Episodes 5 - 7

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Our bud Steven Wright has always made it clear how much he loves the sport of kickboxing. He makes his money by helping out some of the best MMA fighters in the world to hone their standup, but his passion has always been kickboxing. For about as long as I've known Steven he has been talking about his documentary. Steven is a lot like me in the regards of he always has a lot going on, but he always stuck to his guns; he was going to release his epic kickboxing documentary at some point. 

So we waited and waited and I at times wondered if he had forgotten about it. He hasn't, not at all. The other week Steven released episodes 1 - 4, now here are episodes 5, 6 and 7. Enjoy

Shin on Shin Series: EP5 The Tour

Shin on Shin Series: EP6 The Never Ending Story (Women's Fighting)

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Shemsi Beqiri Gym Raided By Paulo Balicha Fight Video

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 Earlier this year, February 24th to be exact, Paulo Balicha a previous trainer of Shemsi Beqiri raided Reinach Superpro Sportcenter (Beqiri's gym) with around 20 masked men armed with bats and other weapons. It seemed as though Balicha and his men stormed into the gym just to challenge Beqiri to a bare knuckle fight, Shemsi being the fighter he is told his students to stay back and the two men fought for 7 minutes wearing only wraps. Balicha tries and succeeds to take Bequiri down a few a times but they always end up standing again while the masked men cheer and shout instructions like cornermen. Near the end of the video Beqiri gets the upper hand and has Balicha on his back and begins to punch and elbow his face, then we see the armed men begin to intervene  and the video cuts out.

Beqiri said that Balicha attacked him with brass knuckles which is what started the brawl, it's very hard to tell if Balicha is in fact wearing brass knuckles from this video. A total of six people were injured during this escapade including Beqiri who fractured his hand and nose forcing him to pull out of his fight on Glory 14 against Murthel Groenhart. Balicha and some of his accomplices have been arrested and taken into custody.

Here is the video of most of the fight and the main piece of evidence in Beqiris case. There is some interviews and things before the fight but for those of us who don't speak german, the fight beings at 7:30.

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Video Of Jerome Le Banner Destroying Another Liver

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In Saint-Tropez on August 4th Jerome Le Banner claimed another victim with his nasty liver kick. He was facing off against Colin George a very tall fighter from Mike's gym in Holland. During the first round JLB did seem to be getting a little frustrated with George's height and reach, and having a hard time getting inside but always throwing out that left body kick to wear down George's arm. The second round Le Banner came out much more aggressive and it took him less than 10 seconds to land that liver kick of doom and crumple George, you can feel Colin's pain watching him roll around holding his Liver. JLB executed this kick perfectly by setting it up with his right hook then stepping off to the side so that he can land the entire shin across his opponents body. Le Banner did the same to his last opponent Lucian Danilencu, he first dropped him with the kick, then finished it off by lifting him off the ground with a huge body hook.

I can't express enough how much we enjoy watching Jerome Le Banner destroy people in this fashion and obviously we enjoy a good liver kick. I just wish he could have done that in a K-1 Final.

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SuperKombat in Constanta Brought the Spectacle on Top of the Action

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This past weekend in Constanta, Romania SuperKombat presented their fourth SuperKombat World Grand Prix event of this year. It was an event highlighted by big wins by Catalin Morosanu, Cristian Milea, Sebastian Ciobanu and a surprise win from Alex Filip with a huge rolling thunder KO victory that has gone viral all over the internet since the event. But, as per usual, SuperKombat events were a lot more than just the fights, SuperKombat pushes their events to be cultural events in Romania.

This event in Constanta was no different, with the leadup to the event including television stars from America, European pop stars, artists and actors were there, hell, even Remy Bonjasky was in attendance as a special guest at the event, coming off of his recent retirement bout earlier this year. 

French footballer Bacary Sagna, who currently is a part of the popular Manchester City, was also in attendance in the event (pictured above in the center), where he was not only a spectator, but he also entered the ring to present a trophy to Alex Filip after his wonderful performance that night. 

In addition Romanian pop singer Roxana Nemes, winner of the Mamaia Music Awards 2014 “Best Girl Act” award, performed a rendition of “I Love Rock N’ Roll” for the enthusiastic crowd welcoming Cenik Cankurtaranoglu to the ring. 

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Full Cast Revealed for Reboot of The Kickboxer

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So a few months ago we heard news about the classic Jean-Claude Van Damme flick, "The Kickboxer" being remade with the likes of GSP, Dave "Batista" Bautista and Alain Moussi. Now we finally have more news about the flick, including a few big casting announcements that are a big deal for the martial arts world. We already knew that Alain Moussi would take the lead role of Kurt Sloan, who heads to Thailand to learn how to fight and avenge the tragic beathdown of his brother by the evil Tong Po.

We now know for sure that Batista, who is currently starring in Guardians of the Galaxy, will play the role of Tong Po. The recent additions to the cast are Scott Atkins of the Undisputed films fame (or lack thereof) and, yes, this is the big one, Tony Jaa. Tony Jaa set the world on fire with Ong Bak back in 2003, using a modified muay thai style, muay boran. Since then he's gone on to make a number of films that martial arts fans have salivated over (although Ong Bak 2 and 3 are pretty terrible). [source]

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