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Bas Rutten Wants the Netherlands to Respect Ramon Dekkers

  • Published in Muay Thai

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Without a doubt the loss of Ramon Dekkers earlier this year was a big loss for the fight world. Dekkers was really one of the first non-Thai to make waves in Thailand like he did and is still considered by some to be ones of the best foreigners to ever compete in Thailand. That is a pretty big deal considering how huge of a deal Muay Thai is in Thailand and some of the names that have gone through Thailand over the years.

Golden Glory TV is putting together a documentary on Ramon Dekkers, which will include some interviews with his friends and fellow fighters. This clip that was released this weekend shows part of an interview with Bas Rutten who gets rather emotional about his home country of the Netherlands neglecting to respect Ramon Dekkers after his passing, virtually ignoring him.

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Photo of the Day: Glory World Heavyweight Championship

  • Published in K-1

Tomorrow Errol "Bonecrusher" Zimmerman will square off against Semmy Schilt, the four time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion and former K-1 Super Heavyweight Champion, and the winner takes home the big, new Glory World Heavyweight Championship belt. For Zimmerman, this would be his first major championship outside of the 2008 K-1 Amsterdam tournament and the 2011 SuperKombat Fight Club tournament wins.

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Why You Should Be Giving the "New" K-1 a Chance

  • Published in K-1

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It is really hard in 2012 to be a K-1 apologist. I'm not sure that I can even consider myself one at this point, as I've said my piece against K-1 for quite a while now. They were doing what could quite simply be called terrible business. It was bad for the fans, it was bad for the fighters, it was bad for the managers, it was bad for the trainers and it was bad for the sport. What was worse is that if you knew how messed up K-1 was behind the scenes, it was coming from twenty miles away like an out of control train waiting to derail.

If you want to know when things started to go downhill for K-1, look no further than its founder, Kazuyoshi Ishii. In 2002 he was charged with tax evasion, as he subtracted well over 100 million yen from K-1's taxable income to save K-1 from millions in taxes. The charges were for tax evasion in the late 90's, which during all of this meant that Ishii had to step down and something had to happen with the K-1 name. Around this time, Fighting Entertainment Group (FEG) was founded, and former professional wrestling writer Saduaru Tanikawa was placed in charge. It is important to note at this point, that K-1 at this point is wholly owned and operated by FEG and is no long its own operation. Sure enough, Ishii is then found to of concealed another 530 million yen and was arrested in 2003, and in 2004 is sentenced to a paltry twenty two months in prison.

FEG kept things business as usual, for the most part, with many simply seeing Tanikawa as an extension of Ishii and simply doing his will. As Ishii's legal troubles continued on, outside of the realm of K-1 for this part, FEG was having its own financial woes, with 2006 almost being the year of critical mass. There is talk of loans and other deals that would lead to serious problems down the line to keep K-1 alive at the time, with most of it being completely obscured from the public eye. K-1 chugged on, eventually gaining a partnership with HDnet in the United States to air their programming and were even looking to enlist HDnet to assist in booking suitable arenas within the US.

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The Reality of a Fractured Kickboxing Scene

  • Published in K-1

K-1Today’s announcement from It’s Showtime about K-1 contracting some of their top fighters confirms months upon months of rumors and discussion about what would happen with K-1. There has been a behind-the-scenes war of sorts between two factions; Golden Glory and It’s Showtime. Without a doubt both factions are where the power lies within the Kickboxing world right now, with top names working on both sides and there being some crossover when at all possible.

A good example of crossover would be Robin van Roosmalen, the It’s Showtime Fast and Furious 70kg MAX 2011 Champion. In a world without K-1, the Fast and Furious tournament was without a shadow of the doubt the biggest tournament for 70kg fighters. Van Roosmalen worked his way through the most prestigious tournament possible while representing Golden Glory. On top of that, Errol Zimmerman and Gokhan Saki appeared on It’s Showtime’s latest card, with the rumor being that both men worked out their own deals in the fall to participate on the card.

Both factions have the very best talent in the top weight divisions in the world, making cards featuring both fight camps imperative to see the best competition and best fights in the world. When talks surfaced of both sides looking to become closer to the troubled K-1 over the past six months or so, it was clear that whomever won the race to latch onto K-1 would leave the other one in a predicament. It turns out that Golden Glory lost their bid for K-1, but with the help of investor and partner Total Sports Asia, have been assembling three huge tournaments at Heavyweight, 85kg and 70kg, with a total of $1 million as a prize.

This announcement of K-1 working with It’s Showtime to help acquire talent for K-1 events comes and it appears that the rumors of It’s Showtime working with Mr. Kim to help rebuild K-1 seem to be true. That comes along with Golden Glory talking about their extreme displeasure with Mr. Kim, who bought K-1 out from under their noses, which leads the reality to Golden Glory probably not looking to work with Mr. Kim any time soon.

The reality of these announcements is that unless both sides can work together, a fractured Kickboxing scene is looking to come to fruition within short order. For the Glory World Series tournaments, it could mean that Daniel Ghita, Hesdy Gerges, Tyrone Spong, Melvin Manhoef, Sahak Paparyan, Andy Souwer and many more might be off-limits. For K-1, it could means that in the World Grand Prix and World MAX Tournament we could be looking at tournaments that do not include Semmy Schilt, Errol Zimmerman, Gokhan Saki, Sergei Kharitonov, Mark Miller, Robin van Roosmalen, Nieky Holzken and others.

The other reality is, for fighters who have fallen out with It’s Showtime, it could mean a hard time working with K-1. The big name that I am thinking about here is Giorgio Petrosyan, who recently broke away from It’s Showtime over monetary disputes. We do know that K-1 has been in talks with fighters outside of It’s Showtime’s management, and for now we can only speculate and hope that K-1 is able to bring in the other big names in the Kickboxing world and is willing to come to an agreement with Golden Glory, and vice versa, for the Glory World Series.

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Bas Rutten Lays Down the Law in the Zuffa/Golden Glory Situation

  • Published in Kickboxing

BasIf one thing can be said for the Dutch outside of their acumen for kickfighting, it is their loyalty and how forthcoming they can be. Bas Rutten's reputation is one of the few truly sterling reputations in the MMA world, he was able to retire as a legend and a hero and is better known by modern MMA fans as the "voice of PRIDE" and now co-host of Inside MMA on HDnet. When it comes down to it, Rutten is one of the few voices in the MMA world that comes from experience, often goes against what most of the media are selling, and also has a wealth of personality and knowledge to back up whatever he claims.

There is no secret that Rutten is close with a few members of the Golden Glory team, and sees a certain level of respect for what his fellow Dutch fighters are doing long after he has retired. So there is no surprise that when he finally decided to speak out about the Golden Glory purge from Zuffa, that it was going to be good. Bas made a rather long post to his Twitter (not a fan of 140 characters, I suppose) where he gives a very in depth rundown of how Golden Glory treat their fighters and explaining their business practices. Read it.

Some will ask, “Why does GG do business like this?” Well, it’s for their own protection of course, but it probably started because some checks from Japan started to bounce from some organizations. And if they didn’t bounce, the fighters would be able to get them cashed 6 or 8 weeks later. Since fighters want their money right away, and GG loves their fighters, they said “No problem, we pay the fighters from our OWN money, pay their trainers and sparring partners, and then when the money comes in, we simply deduct everything from the check that is paid, this way everybody get’s paid”. I know for a fact, 100% true, that they STILL need to get money from some organizations. The fighters got paid, but GG didn’t because they paid the fighters out of their own money. And some people say that they are crooks? Please explain this to me, who else, what management, give me one name, does this?
As a fighter, this would be something really cool, but even more for the trainers, because, ask trainers how many times they get paid by their fighters? You will be amazed with how many do NOT. I know fighters who became World champion in big organizations, even the UFC, and they never, yes, you read this good, NEVER, paid their trainer (OK, I might be wrong 1 or 2 times from the at least 10 or 15 times, but I am pretty sure I am not wrong). It sickens me and I would love to mention names, but out of respect of their coaches, I won’t. I hope those fighters read this, so they know that I know.
Anyway, these problems don’t exist at GG, at least not when the management is taking care of this.

If what Rutten is saying is true, it turns out that Golden Glory pays their fighters what they are owed by an organization, regardless of the promotions status, then waits for the money to come in from the promotion. That means in the K-1 fiasco that Golden Glory has fit the bill for their inability to pay up. He also talks at length about Alistair Overeem and the criticism he receives. [source]

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Watch StillWill's Awesome New Gokhan Saki Highlight Reel

  • Published in Video

Everyone who watches highlight reels knows that for MMA, it is hard to beat LayzietheSavage, but the world of kickboxing has a new hero who has emerged over the past year or so, and that is user StillWill. You might know him as the guy who won all of the awesome It's Showtime gear in our recent contest, or the guy who did the awesome Badr Hari and Melvin Manhoef tribute vids. Well, he is back, and the latest video is a Godkhan Saki video.

If you aren't familiar with Gokhan Saki, this video gives you and up close and personal view of just how incredible "The Rebel" is and why we are all huge fans of him. [source]

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Peter Aerts Signs With GLORY, Declines K-1 Contract

  • Published in Kickboxing

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In what comes as a massive shot across the bow in the awkward war going on in the kickboxing world right now, Peter Aerts has apparently signed with GLORY Sports International. Aerts has inked a multi-fight deal with GLORY, which apparently makes his "retirement" fight against Tyrone Spong null and void as a retirement bout. We already knew that Aerts was in talks with K-1 to continue fighting, as we reported earlier, but according to Fighters Only's John Joe O'Regan Aerts has "snubbed" K-1 to sign with GLORY.

According to O'Regan, sources told him that the offer might have been too low for Mr. K-1, as well as there being a certain level of mistrust of K-1 making good on their promises after past issues with late or non-payments. It is not clear if Aerts was offered the famous "50%" offer that many fighters under It's Showtime contract were offered or if he was offered a signing bonus with GLORY like many Golden Glory fighters were offered, but what is clear is that he has chosen a side.

We've reached out to people within Aerts's camp for comment and will report back when we know more, but for now it does seem that Aerts has signed with GLORY and that the GLORY World Series has yet another big name to participate in their tournament.

UPDATE: Confirmed with a source close to Peter Aerts that this is indeed the case.

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United Glory's Jan. 30th Show Postponed Due to Gokhan Saki's Injury

  • Published in Kickboxing

United GloryWith Gokhan Saki and John Alessio injured entering into the January 30th United Glory card, held by the Golden Glory team, they've decided to postpone the show until March. They put up a notice on their website on the 21st and will announce a make-up date on the 25th.

UG has taken this decision in the light of the news that Gokhan Saki has not recovered sufficiently from his broken hand (an injury sustained during the K1 final held in Japan). As a result of the injury, Saki would have been unable to fight in the Glory World Series on 30 January 2011.
In view of his unique kickboxing skills and enormous public popularity, UG believes that the event cannot continue without him. UG aims to prevent the major disappointment among fans that would result if he was not given a fair chance to prove himself in the Glory World Series. The recommendation to postpone the event in order to ensure that the favourite Gokhan Saki can still take part was also made for the sake of the TV companies who broadcast the Glory World Series to countless fans. The move is also of major importance for the sponsors of the Glory World Series.

Read the entire release on the United Glory website. Keep your eyes glued to LiverKick.com for more information when we have it.

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GLORY Overhauls Their Rules

  • Published in Glory

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GLORY have done a lot for the world of Kickboxing in the past few years, some of which was adapting some of the better rules which were instated via the acquisition of It's Showtime, such as the five judge system which helped to prevent terrible decisions. Then, of course, they were also making their own unique stamp on the rules of fighting by keeping an open scoring system, which helps the fans and fighters to know where they stand. It appears that era has come to an end as GLORY has looked to homogenize itself with the rest of the American fight scene by dropping down to three judges and removing that open scoring system.

Those two changes alone are enough to make fans groan, as they were some of the more progressive rules used by GLORY that helped to ensure that the right fighter won at the end of the fight. It isn't all bad, though, as some of the more controversial stoppages in GLORY have come by the way of the standing 8-count rule, where the referee could step in if a fighter was in trouble and give them an 8-count. They have no adopted a 10-count rule where the fighter must be down or must take a knee to initiate a down, which will put the fight back in the hands of the fighters, thankfully.

What do you think?

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K-1 on Bas Boon's Statement: Tanikawa and Ishii Are Not Involved

  • Published in K-1

K-1 Global

Earlier today, Bas Boon of Golden Glory, GLORY International and other affiliated Glory properties issued a statement addressed to Zach Arnold of FightOpinion. It was your standard Bas Boon statement, which means that it made a lot of accusations and Bas expressed his opinion while discussing some of the issues that he has been dealing with over the past year or so. If you have been following the saga, you understand that Bas Boon and Glory were looking to purchase K-1 but the deal fell through when Mr. Kim of EMCOM went ahead and purchased the rights to the K-1 brand, likeness and library from Ishii and Barbizon, leaving FEG and Glory out on their own.

Simon Rutz has been serving as an advisor to the new K-1 Global organization for European events, which has helped take the Bas Boon and Simon Rutz rivalry to new levels. This includes back and forth shots over the bow, both publicly and behind-the-scenes, including accustations from Boon of Rutz in collusion with Mr. Kim, who is in turn in collusion with Kazuyoshi Ishii and Sadaharu Tanikawa in secretly running K-1.

We reached out to K-1 Global's head of operations, Doug Kaplan for a statement, and his message is a strong one that fans and industry insiders have needed to hear; Tanikawa and Ishii are no longer involved in K-1 in any way.

"K1G is organizing great events in the US, Europe and Asia," Kaplan said in a statement to LiverKick.com today. He continued that "Mike" Kim, himself and the whole team are working to bring together the best fighters for the fans and have been doing exactly that.

As for the issues of the ghosts of K-1's past, he is very clear; "Tanikawasan and Ishiisan are not involved. I know this because I am involved and know what is going on intimately." This lines up with the conversations that LiverKick has had in the past week with Mr. Kaplan in regards to K-1 Global's future, as well as the involvement of Ishii and Tanikawa.

When it comes to Bas Boon's statement and how outspoken he is, Kaplan was to the point that K-1 Global is working hard for the fans and are not concerned with fighting battles through the press. "I don't know why Bas Boon is spending so much time in the press but we are busy focused on delivering the fans what they want, incredible K1 events."

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