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Start Your Monday Off Right: Watch This Highlight

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Initially I was going to post a highlight reel that went up on Mixfight of ten of the top K-1 knockouts in history, and while that is good in theory, if you are coming to LiverKick.com on a regular basis, this is stuff that you should already have in your pocket somewhere. If not, well, have at it. Our good friend Jill puts together some rather awesome highlight packages once in a while, and on occasion when I actually check my Tumblr account I see them and think that the world needs to see them.

All Japan Kickboxing Federation had a very rich history until its untimely death in 2009, while still making sure to keep us happy by splintering off into the KRUSH events that we know and love today. AJKF gave us a lot of top Japanese stars, so why not reflect on it?

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New Trailer for Yokkao 10 and 11

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On Saturday, October 11th in Bolton, UK Yokkao will return with a double-header of a night featuring both Yokkao 10 and 11. Yokkao have released a brand new trailer for the event, featuring highlights from the last time that they were in the UK in what was one of the most talked-about shows in a very long time.

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Weekend Results: Enfusion April 5th

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Enfusion

In what was a busy weekend for the Kickboxing world, Enfusion LIVE held an event in The Hague, Netherlands this Saturday that saw their unique blend of younger and established fighters putting on quite a show for the crowd.

  • Paolo Renna (R3 - Dec.) Reda Narain
  • Marieke Post (R3 - Dec.) Kristy Ooms
  • Ismael Benali (R3 - Dec.) Kevin Miruka
  • Hicham El Gaoui (R2 - TKO) Andrii Panov
  • Mohamed Boubkari (R4 - KO) Sam Tevette
  • Enfusion -67kg World Title: Mohammed Jaraya (R2 - TKO) Mohamed Galaoui

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Sharing a Six-Pack with Justin Greskiewicz

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8/1/14, Mashantucket Reservation, CT - The night before a fight can be a weird time for a fighter.  Some go into seclusion, turning off their phones and locking themselves in a room.  Some go out to a big dinner with the team or friends and family.  Some just eat, watch movies, visualize and pass out, or try to.  I was lucky enough to catch Justin Greskiewicz, the Purple People Eater, the night before the biggest match-up of his professional Muay Thai career, Malaipet Sasiprapa in the Lion Fight 17 show at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.  

Not wanting to take up too much of his time, especially while he was eating, we shared a quick six questions, and then I let him get back to it:

Okay, the weigh-ins over, the hard work is done, time to eat rest, relax and get ready to have some fun tomorrow... if you have the time it'd be great if you can answer these any way you see fit.

The Arbiter: What makes tomorrow's match-up different or more challenging than previous fight? Do you think it's your toughest?

Justin Greskiewicz: This fight is definitely going to be tough. He keeps talking about how hard he trained and that we're gonna see the old Malaipet again. That will make my victory that much sweeter. This will be one of my toughest fights to date for sure.

T.A.: What are some challenges that you faced in training and teaching/running Stay Fly at the same time?

JG: Training hard for a fight is difficult with my own business to run. I'm pretty much the Lone Ranger running stuff there. Also, I don't really have a coach, but lots of people have helped me out along the way for this fight and so many people have stepped up so I could train hard.

T.A.: How has your training differed from prior fights? Any new wrinkles?

JG: I trained hard for this fight. My last 2 fights I had a tough time finding training, but I still did very well. For this fight, I had the help I needed to get ready to do it.

T.A.: What are the weaknesses in your opponent’s game that you think you can exploit?

JG: Malaipet's biggest weakness has been his conditioning, recently. I think I can exploit that if I really push the pace of the fight. Also, his boxing is not really great, he looks for one big shot at a time, and I'll be looking to take advantage of that.

T.A.: Which part of your game or personality would you say is your most reliable or central to victory tomorrow?

JG: My biggest ally in this fight is my will to win. A win here at Lion Fight would be great for my career, especially against one of the best in the game. I want it bad, and tomorrow I'm gonna take it.

T.A.: And lastly, are there any special combos or techniques we should watch for? Old favorites, new experimental stuff? 

J.G.: I will be looking to mix it up a lot in there tomorrow. You might see a fancy technique or two thrown in, which isn't normally the style that I fight. It should be exciting.

T.A.: Thanks for your time brother, I'll let you get back to your visualizations or Tekken or watching Dolomite, whatever your routine is.

J.G.: Ha-ha! Thanks still stuffing my face…

T.A.: Enjoy, asta manana!

J.G.: Werd up!

T.A.: Thanks again for taking time to answer even a couple if these. Best of health and luck tomorrow, CHOK DEE, BROTHER!!!!

Justin will be fighting Thai Champion Malaipet Sasiprapa tonight as the main event of Lion Fight 17 from the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Casino and Resort tonight.  If you can’t be there live you can catch it on AXS TV, starting at 7:00pm.

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Yokkao 10 & 11 Fight Card: Two Championships at Stake

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Supershowdown presents Yokkao are combining both their 10th and 11th shows into a super-card this coming Saturday from the Reebox Arena in Bolton, UK. It was announced today that both shows will feature a Yokkao World Champion crowned in the main events in the respective weights. 

Headlining Yokkao 10 will be Bad Company representative Jordan Watson as he makes only his second appearance of 2014 when he battles Frenchman Mickael Piscitello. 

Previous headliner Liam Harrison has unfortunately had to pull out of his scheduled bout with Kongsak Sitboonmee due to a shin injury he sustained in his September victory over Mehdi Zatout (link to image of injury). Veteran Tim Thomas has stepped up to replace him. 

Greg Wootton vs. Pakorn headlines the second show and was due to take place this past March, however Pakorn was unable to make the trip over to the UK due to visa issues. 

The event starts at 13:00 GMT with Junior and Pre-event Muay Thai bouts scheduled to start the evening. All bouts are to be contested under full Muay Thai rules (5x3).  

Here are the official cards.

YOKKAO 10


Jordan Watson vs. Mickael Piscitello (70kg) - Yokkao 70kg World Championship
Tim Thomas vs. Kongsak Sitboonmee (65kg)
Panicos Yusuf vs. Karim Bennoui (62kg)
Ste Long vs. Salah Khalifa (68kg)
Ben Lucas vs. Brian Totty (65kg)
Tim Nutter vs. Ste Foy (61kg)
Leif Taggart vs. Shane Farquarson (60kg)
Kai Laithwaite vs Sammy Baruca (51kg)

YOKKAO 11

Pakorn Sakyothin vs. Greg Wootton (65kg) - Yokkao 65kg World Championship
Dean James vs. Runmai Mo Tammachat (56kg)
Brad Stanton vs. Crice Boussoukou (69kg)
Dan McGowan vs. Nestor Rodriguez (54kg)
Sam Jackson vs. Luca Fonda (70kg)
Chris Whittle vs. Marcus Compton (61kg)
Josh Turnbill vs. Tommi McCormick (68kg)
Myk Estlick vs. Kieron Jessop (63.5kg)

 

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TaKe-On Productions This Friday in New York

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This Friday evening TaKe-On Productions puts on yet another big New York Muay Thai event from the Resorts World Casino. It will be broadcast on GFL.tv, but of course, if you are in the New York area nothing beats live fighting. LiverKick.com will be live at the event as well, so don't worry about missing too much of the action. The event is headlined by Cyrus Washington against JR Hines.

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Cris Cyborg: Negative Narrative, Uplifting Performance

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LF

 

There’s something awfully self-serving about wanting a fighter to lose. It reflects a deeper emotional connection to the fight that elevates it from a mere contest of skill and athleticism to a form of theater. The fighters are suddenly characters in a play with the fight and its outcome having a profound outcome on their narrative trajectories, and as viewers, we are emotionally engaged in that. Savvy promoters who appreciate this may find clever ways to engage our feelings, using various tools and devices to frame the story and its characters in a way that’s more gripping and engaging, where Fighter A becomes that person from Nowheresville who is looking for their big break while Fighter B is that person who’s been talking big and acting like they own the sport. Some readers might go further and call these characters Faces and Heels. That’s a line, however, that some fans don’t like to cross: scripted drama, they say, yet deliberate or not, the narrative process is exactly the same.

What then do we make of Cris Cyborg? The drama is well known and the key words require no elaboration: Steroids. Cheating. Ronda Rousey. Tito Ortiz. Dana White. Why do some fans (at least in the MMA world) choose to hate her? Because of her appearance combined with her accomplishments? Because they think all of her success is due to taking steroids despite only being busted once? Because she calls out Ronda Rousey? Does that make Rousey (ironically) the Face in all of this? Who’s writing the script now?

As powerful and *natural* as narrative is, sometimes it may blind us from appreciating something that’s far more important in this instance: that last night, Cris Cyborg and Jorina Baars put on one of the best fights of the year and possibly one of the all time best fights in women’s kickboxing. It was a battle that saw both fighters dig deep physically and technically, putting on a performance that was worthy of a stage far grander than the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. It was a spectacle that should rightly serve as a career highlight for both fighters, who each landed incredibly hard shots and rallied back from dangerous positions. This is a fight that we should be grateful for seeing with both fighters deserving our admiration and praise.

One of the best things about the K-1 promotional model was its tendency to highlight positive storylines and gloss over negative press. This could be frustrating at times when honesty was demanded, especially with regard to issues like Badr Hari’s behavior and fighter pay. Yet, the ability to sell these storylines allowed us to focus on the fights, not the mud and dirt of the fight business (which believe me, goes to far murkier depths than you or I will ever get to hear about). After all, does having a front row seat to situations that should play out behind closed doors really accomplish anything? Why are the petty squabbles between Dana White and Tito Ortiz every fan’s business? As fans, let’s focus on enjoying the fights and let the so-called “businesspeople” (such as they are) worry about the rest. Let’s enjoy the moment. If you’re new to kickboxing and watch MMA predominantly, I can say that last night, you got treated to a certain caliber of a fight (for free) and an experience that is rare, so rather than dwelling on what this means for Cyborg and the UFC, let’s take a moment to celebrate the incredible toughness of Cris Cyborg and the awesome talent of Jorina Baars.

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Check Out Matt Lucas's Short Story Collection; 'The Boxer's Soliloquy'

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Sometimes it is good to know that there are people out there as crazy as I am. When I say crazy, I mean that in the nicest way, as well. In January of last year I released my first book, The Godslayer, which was a novel about a professional fighter coping with retirement and an ever-changing landscape of his sport passing him by. The truth of the matter is, there isn't a ton of fiction out there that accurately depicts the life of a fighter, which sucks considering there are tons of biographies. 

So I was pretty excited when I found out about Matt Lucas's short story collection, The Boxer's Soliloquy. Here's somebody as crazy as I am (well, maybe not as crazy) putting his stuff out into the wild and letting everyone have at it. It is a collection of fifteen interconnected short stories showing what life is like for fighters in both America and Thailand in one of the most brutal-yet-beloved sports in muay thai. Matt brings his own personal experiences from fighting to the table to add to the authenticity. 

I recommend that you check it out via ebook (here), or if you are still one of those tactile people, buy a hard copy

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Check Out the Video From Yokkao 11's Fight of the Night: Brad Stanton vs Crice Boussoukou

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Exactly one month ago Yokkao held a double-header in the UK with Yokkao 10 and Yokkao 11. Both events featured some crazy action, some of which we've seen thanks to them uploading it to their YouTube channel, now we get to see the fight from Yokkao 11 that has been labeled as the fight of the night; Brad Stanton vs. Crice Boussoukou. 

After Yokkao 10 and 11 Yokkao saw a lot of talent in the UK, which has led for Stefania Picelli and Brian Calder to begin work in creating a Yokkao Fight Team based out of the UK. This fight is just further proof of the talent that the UK possesses, for sure. 

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Video: Lion Fight 18's Yodsanklai Open Work Out

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Tomorrow night on AXS TV Lion Fight 18 will go down, featuring Yodsanklai Fairtex defending the Lion Fight Middleweight Championship against the UK's Salah Khalifa. Yesterday Lion Fight hosted an open workout featuring the internationally-renowned fighter and Block Boy Media was there filming it for them. Check it out below.

Don't forget that Lion Fight 18 airs tomorrow night at 10pm Eastern time on AXS TV.

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