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Heavyweight (Per 4/15)
1. Rico Verhoeven
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Tyrone Spong
5. Peter Aerts
6. Errol Zimmerman up
7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

Light HW (per 4/15)
1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

Middleweight (per 4/15)
1. Wayne Barrett
2. Joe Schilling
3. Artem Levin
4. Steven Wakeling
5. Franci Grajs

Welterweight (per 4/15)
1. Nieky Holzken 
2. Joseph Valtellini 
3. Simon Marcus
4. Marc de Bonte
5. Aussie Ouzgni

 

70kg (Per 4/15)
1. Davit Kiriaup
2. Andy Ristiedown
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Giorgio Petrosyandown
5. Murthel Groenhart
6. Buakaw Banchamek
7. Dzhabar Askerov
8. Ky Hollenbeckup
9. Aikprachaup
10. Enriko Kehlup

65kg (per 1/20)
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

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Nieky Holzken

By now we've all experienced GLORY 13, now it's time to get thoughts from the fighters after the event is over. Hear from Peter Aerts, Daniel Ghita, Rico Verhoeven and the newly-crowned GLORY Welterweight Champion Nieky Holzken!

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SK

SuperKombat held their World Grand Prix Finals today in Romania, an event that saw their World Grand Prix tournament conclude in dramatic fashion and saw some SuperKombat favorites in some competitive, interesting bouts. There were two champions crowned in the Cruiserweight and Super Cruiserweight divisions, with Andrei Stoica winning the Super Cruiserweight Championship and Igor Bugaenko defeating his brother, Bogdan Stoica, to capture the Cruiserweight Championship. Frank Munoz went on to win the one night tournament, making him the SuperKombat 2013 WGP Champion.

Oh, and Lungu. Always Lungu.

  • 1. Opening Fight – Ligh Heavyweight Bout (-85.00 kg)
  • Alexandru Nedelcu (Romania) (R2 - KO) Mohammed El Boulahiati (Morocco)
  • 2. Heavyweight Tournament / Semifinal 1 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00 kg)
  • Redouan Cairo (Suriname) (R2 - TKO) Giannis Stoforidis (Greece)
  • 3. Heavyweight Tournament / Semifinal 2 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00 kg)
  • Frank Munoz (Spain) (R3 - Dec.) D’Angelo Marshall (Curacao)
  • 4. SUPERKOMBAT® Super Cruiserweight Title – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95.00 kg)
  • Andrei Stoica (Romania) (R3 - Dec.) Ondrej Hutnik (Czech Republic)
  • 5. Entertainment Fight – Super Heavyweight Bout (+135.00 kg)
  • Alexandru Lungu (Romania) (R1 - TKO) Mike Bourke (United States of America)
  • 6. SUPERKOMBAT® Cruiserweight Title – Cruiserweight Bout (-92.00 kg)
  • Igor Bugaenko (Belarus) (R3 - Dec.) Bogdan Stoica (Romania)
  • 7. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00 kg)
  • Benjamin Adegbuyi (Romania) (R3 - KO) Pavel Zhuravlev (Ukraine)
  • 8. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00 kg)
  • Raul Catinas (Romania) (R3 - KO) Paul Slowinski (Australia)
  • 9. Heavyweight Tournament / Final – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00 kg)
  • Frank Munoz (R3 - Dec.) Redouan Cairo

 

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Rico

So GLORY 13 is in the books now, where Nieky Holzken held onto the top spot in the Welterweight division, Peter Aerts showed that at 43 he's still one of the most exciting guys in the world to watch and two Heavyweights proved that they are without a doubt the two best Heavyweights in the world; Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven. Rico Verhoeven kept his composure as Peter Aerts kept applying pressure and looking for the big knockout in a fight billed as his "Japanese retirement," able to land cleaner shots and pick up the decision victory. Earlier in the night Daniel Ghita met an old foe by the way of Errol Zimmerman and made shorter work than he did of him the first time.

For those who follow Heavyweight kickboxing, well, this all won't surprise you, but it does segue into what is the most logical match to make in the Heavyweight division right now; Daniel Ghita vs. Rico Verhoeven II. Rico Verhoeven is perhaps the fighter of the year for 2013, with wins over Jhonata Diniz, Errol Zimmerman, Gokhan Saki, Daniel Ghita and Peter Aerts, with Saki and Ghita being on the same night. It wasn't that no one believed that Verhoeven would ever reach such heights, it's that no one expected it to be this year, yet, that is exactly what happened.

For Daniel Ghita there has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for him, including a heartbreaking loss to Semmy Schilt in the finals of the GLORY 4 Grand Slam last year, followed by a poor performance against Gokhan Saki. Ghita's personal life was beginning to get in the way of his professional life and there were a lot of changes for him, both in his family and in who he was training with. Ghita bounced back and the GLORY 11 Heavyweight tournament was going to be his shot at redemption, the only thing was that nobody told Rico Verhoeven that this was the narrative for the night.

For both men they are at the top of their respective games right now and the third man in the GLORY Heavyweight universe, Gokhan Saki, is most likely dropping down to Light Heavyweight or testing out non-GLORY waters once his contract is up. Then add in the imminent retirements of Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky and Semmy Schilt. This leaves Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven as the lone goliaths atop of the Heavyweight Kickboxing world and with them only having met once before, which for Heavyweight kickboxing is incredibly rare. While seeing both in another tournament would be great, a single rematch to crown a king of the division seems like a more refined way for them to meet, as would bumping up the number of rounds to 5 or even 7 to really see who walks away as the winner.

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I'm going to let this poster do all of the talking for me on this one. Check out how awesome Lion Fight 13 is going to be.

Lion Fight

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Glory 13

GLORY 13 went down last night in the wee hours of the morning, I thank those of you that stayed up to watch the PPV here on LiverKick and apologize for my absence, but sometimes a man gets sick and things happen. Then sometimes you guys overload the site with traffic, which is really cool. Bravo (except for the downtime!). So I'm sure you are wondering who won what, right? Here is a rundown of both the GLORY SuperFight Series and GLORY 13 Tokyo.

If you are waiting for Spike TV later tonight then obviously you should not read the GLORY 13 section, which I'm going to place after a jump for those on the main page.

  • SuperFight Series Tokyo:
  • Sergei Kharitonov (R3 – UD) Jerome LeBanner
  • Hesdy Gerges (R3 – UD) Ewerton Teixeira
  • Anderson Silva (R3 – UD) Remy Bonjasky
  • Aleksandr Stetcurenko (R3 – UD) Karim Ghajji
  • Artur Kyshenko (R3 – UD) Masayuki Kenmun
  • Mosab Amrani R3 – UD) Yuta Kubo

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Glory

GLORY 13 Tokyo happens tonight/airs tomorrow, with the big GLORY Welterweight tournament, as well as Peter Aerts vs. Rico Verhoeven and a whole hell of a lot more. Here are my picks for GLORY 13 Tokyo's main card.

  • Dustin Jacoby vs. Makoto Uehara
  • Jacoby has seen mixed results since joining up with GLORY, but you can’t count him out after his impressive victories over Brian Collette. When Jacoby got a taste of some of the elite Kickboxers things were rough for him, which makes a matchup with Makoto Uehara a solid one for both men. Uehara has seen a good deal of success and heartbreak in his career, but a win over Jacoby could do a lot for his career right now. I think that Jacoby takes this and Spike TV will rejoice.
  • Winner: Dustin Jacoby
  • Joseph Valtellini vs. Raymond Daniels
  • Ahh yes, youthful power against age and experience. Raymond Daniels has a lot of experience fighting, even if a lot of it doesn’t count towards a pro career, he also uses a more traditional karate style for Kickboxing. Valtellini on the other hand has been on a roll in Kickboxing and looks unstoppable. I think that Daniels puts up a good fight, but Joe takes it.
  • Winner: Joseph Valtellini
  • Nieky Holzken vs. Karapet Karapetyan
  • Karapet is a guy who has fought in a bunch of different weight classes, but this one is probably going to be the best, most comfortable one for him. His win over Stetskurenko is proof enough of just how good Karapetyan can be. With that being said, this division feels tailor made for Nieky Holzken, who finally has a field to test himself against. I think this will be a close battle, but if Nieky can get some body shots in and keep going there the fight is his. This being said, GLORY tournaments have seen their share of upsets, Karapetyan is my pick for the guy who could be the spoiler.
  • Winner: Nieky Holzken
  • Daniel Ghita vs. Errol Zimmerman
  • I want to be a big Errol Zimmerman fan and I want to believe in him, but his mixed bag of performances keeps me away from that. The last time these guys met Daniel Ghita flattened Zimmerman and since then Ghita has only gotten better as a fighter. I’m not sure that Zimmerman has gotten better as a fighter since then, but that has never been the issue, the issue has always been his conditioning. Did Errol put in the work? We’ll have to wait and see.
  • Winner: Daniel Ghita
  • Peter Aerts vs. Rico Verhoeven
  • I feel like I’ve been one of the few people who was actually a fan of Verhoeven before he won the Heavyweight tournament and believed that he could be a great fighter. GLORY 11 was a huge deal for his young career and I think it is only up from there. But, he’s facing Peter Aerts. Peter Aerts may be getting older, he may be getting slower and guys like Tyrone Spong may be able to put him down, but Rico isn’t a KO artist, Rico is a technician who likes to pick away at fighters. Rico’s style and Peter’s style clash, with Peter having more of a chance of knocking Rico out before he “retires” in Japan.
  • Winner: Peter Aerts
  • Tournament Final: Nieky Holzen vs. Joseph Valtellini
  • This one, if it would come to pass, is a tough fight to pick. Both guys are great fighters with their ups and downs, but I’m not sure that we’ve seen enough weakness in either guy to be able to really figure out which one will have an upper-hand. That is pretty exciting. If Joe can keep Nieky from coming inside too close he’ll be able to slowly pick him apart, but if Nieky gets in close it could mean trouble. I still think that Valtellini is smart enough and skilled enough to keep things moving in his direction. I’m not sure I’d call it an upset, but I see him winning.
  • Winner: Joseph Valtellini
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