|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
Bas Rutten is on a different level, and has been for a very, very long time. Not only a legendary Dutch Kickboxer and Mixed Martial Artist, or a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Bas Rutten has cemented himself as one of the premier commenters on the world of combat sports. He has deep connections all across the world, including connections with the Dutch team Golden Glory. He has made it clear that he is good friends with many inside of Golden Glory, including Alistair Overeem himself. He has been pretty quiet on the recent and very public argument between Alistair Overeem and Golden Glory. That is, until now. This recent interview is from PaulLazenby.com and he does not hold back. Bas talks about what Golden Glory has done for Overeem over the past few years.
It's a money thing. He simply doesn't want to pay the people who made him. When he lost three fights in a row...well, like pretty much 5, I mean, he lost, won, lost three times in a row, won, and lost again...and nobody wanted to have him.
But his management kept pushing and using the power that they have because they have other great fighters. Like, for example [they would say]: "If you want Semmy Schilt to fight, then you have to take Alistair as well."
This is not far fetched if you understand how the Dutch do business. Golden Glory is known for using strong arm tactics for their fighters, using their more popular, desirable fighters for leverage for their struggling fighters. Golden Glory is in business to make money, and when they see a fighter who could be marketable they do their best to get them out into the public and take care of them. Rutten talks about how sudden the split was, and looks at some of the reasons that prompted it.
I KNOW what Golden Glory did for him. He couldn't punch or kick when he came to them, and I mean, HE COULDN'T PUNCH OR KICK! Some fighters get big and then forget who was fighting for them when they were losing. Two months ago, he wanted to make a belt for the Golden Glory team with "FOR CHAMPION MANAGEMENT" engraved on it. Those were HIS words after they made this huge contract for him, and now he says they are morons? He used them to negotiate the best deal and when they did it, now suddenly they are morons? Explain that to me. It's unreal.
Also, a few months ago, when they started to get close to a good deal with the UFC, he realized that he could make a lot of money. The first thing he did was go to Cor Hemmers, his striking coach, and tried to renegotiate the 10% trainer's fee.
If you don't know, Golden Glory's contracts are usually in the 30% range, which includes 20% for management and 10% for the trainers and for use of the training facilities. This was where the problems started, when Alistair wanted to instead negotiate a flat rate for the trainers. Rutten goes on to explain how Martijn de Jong and Cor Hemmers stuck by Overeem and gave him the skills that he needed, building up a long-lasting twelve year relationship.
So anyway, [Hemmers and de Jong] put him back on track, they GAVE him all those skills, they were there from the beginning, and they build him to become the fighter he is now. So for a fighter to go in and trying to renegotiate the 10% trainer's fee is just absurd.
The last part I'm going to include is what Rutten claims Overeem told Martijn de Jong when Martijn told Alistair that they were friends and that he had helped contribute to Alistair's success.
But Alistair said: "Yeah, if we have to talk about people who contributed to my success, then I also have to mention my cleaning lady who cleans my house for eleven and a half Euros an hour."
If true, it is a bit harsh and probably emotionally-driven. Many in the Golden Glory camp feel the same way as Rutten and feel like success, money and the promise of fame have gotten into Alistair's head and altered the way he views his professional relationships. Of course, Overeem's side of the coin is that he is on the verge of becoming a very famous fighter in the United States and has seen how business is done here and feels like it is more fair than how the Dutch do business. If you want to hear more from El Guapo check out the rest of the interview. [source]Add a comment
The internet is a magical place at times, full of things that we never thought we'd get to see. This video includes an awesome Jerome Le Banner intro and two of the bigger fights to happen this weekend that we thought we wouldn't get to see. The Karim fight starts at about 10 minutes in and the Mabel fight at about 45 minutes in. Enjoy.Add a comment
Sure, you might not be able to understand all of the questions, but Andy Souwer answers every quetsion in English here, so listen to how Andy prepared for this bout and how he felt about some of Imada's tactics and how the smaller ring size that Shoot Boxing used affected how he fought.
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If you follow Kickboxing and Muay Thai the names of Mosab Amrani and Ramzi Tamaditi should be burned into your consciousness, as they are two guys on the way up and known for putting on extremely exciting fights. Thanks to AFAV and Mousid Gym Steven Wright, my partner in the weekly Warman's Kickfighting show we are able to bring this special interview to you.
Listen to the Interview here, on Steven's Blog.
Steven goes into detail with both men about their fighting style as well as what the future holds for both of them. It is definitely worth a solid listen to hear what both men have to say. I mean, Mosab wants to be remembered like Mike Tyson. There is a lot of awesome stuff like that in there.Add a comment
SuperKombat is set to hold two events this week, one on Thursday in Oradea, Romania and one on Saturday in Darmstadt, Germany. Both cards look really good and feature some many familiar names. The card on Thursday is a SuperKombat Fight Club card. It features a one night, eight man heavyweight tournament and two super fights.
Among the participants in the heavyweight tournament are K-1 veterans Errol Zimmerman, Ben Edwards and Stefan Leko. What I find interesting about this tournament is that along with a few K-1 veterans that everyone knows, there are some fighters in it that are rather under the radar. It should be interesting to see if any of these fighters such as Daniel Sam, Christian Colombo and Slavo Puglic can have some success. It's always great to hear of new talent in the heavyweight division, which has a rather shallow talent pool.It's unclear right now as to which fight is the reserve match. I'd speculate that Stefan Leko vs. Tsotne Rogava is.
It's Showtime World Heavyweight Champion and one of the top heavyweights in the world, Hesdy Gerges returns to action in a pretty decent fight against Rico Verhoeven. Hesdy and Rico are on this card due to the cancellation of the K-1 Final 16 and things turned out perfectly for them to fight. Hesdy is no doubt the favorite here, but it'll say a lot how he does against Verhoeven.
Full card below. The event will be broadcast live on Eurosport.
Tournament (8 men + 1 reserve match)
Stefan Leko (GER) v Tsotne Rogava (UKR))
Slavo Plugic (SVN) v Coco Rus (ROM)
Christian Colombo (DEN) v Roman Kleibl (CZE)
Daniel Sam (ENG) v Ben Edwards (AUS)
Sebastian van Thielen (BEL) v Errol Zimmerman (HOL)
Neil Cooke (USA) v Alexandru Lungu (ROM)
Rico Verhoeven (HOL) v Hesdy Gerges (EGY)