|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)|
Rumble of the Kings will be hosting its annual event in Sweden on November 26 and the highly anticipated match-up of Artur Kyshenko and Yodsanklai Fairtex is taking place on the card. For this fight, Rumble of the Kings has done a countdown show for that fight. The show is very similar to an HBO 24/7 type lead-up and gives an inside look at each fighter's preparation for the upcoming bout. I quite enjoyed this video and I think most kickboxing fans will too. Check it out.Add a comment
With a fight against Yodsanklai Fairtex coming up in two weeks, Artur Kyshenko now has another bout set. He'll fight on February 4th in Turin, Italy on the Thai Boxe Mania event which has played host to Giorgio Petrosyan before. His opponent, Roberto Cocco, is an Italian fighter based out of Turin who has recently fought in the MPL.
Cocco hasn't fared well in the MPL so far, losing both of his fights. What's interesting about this fight though, is that Cocco has been fighting at 82kg in the MPL. Kyshenko has been fighting at 70k for a long time with a few bouts above, like his fight with Nieky Holzken at 74kg. His fight with Yodsanklai Fairtex will take place at 72.6kg. Artur was scheduled to fight L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni in July at 77g but the event was cancelled. There's no specified weight for this bout with Cocco yet, but one would assume it's around 77kg.
While Kyshenko is definitely the favorite here, it's interesting to see him finally start to take fights all over from 70-77kg. I've long been a believer that Kyshenko would be even more of a monster if he didn't have to cut so much weight and instead fought at a bit higher weight. [source]Add a comment
Lots of professional MMA fighters have gotten the itch to bring over high level Kickboxers into their camps over the past year. Well, it appears that Jerome Le Banner is finally getting the call and is in the United States. He keeps good company. JLB has apparently been training at KINGS MMA now with Rafael Cordiero. It feels like Chute Boxe all over again, go figure. Maybe Jerome Le Banner is training for a fight in December at GENKI DESUKA!, even. We went ahead and asked him as soon as the show was announced, and he said that he is definitely onboard if they want him.
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You know there is something going on in the combat sports world when online gossip site TMZ is sending out a fight-related news release. As opposed to the usual inside scoop on a backstage brawl or something involving a lady of the night that might be a man of the night, instead it is about the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion and newly signed UFC fighter Alistair Overeem. As we learned from the latest episode of The Reem, Alistair isn't happy with Bas Boon. It appears that, like everything else with the Reem, he strategically released it just as his team was ready to file a lawsuit against Bas Boon.
According to the lawsuit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Overeem stupidly agreed to give his managers 35% of his pre-tax income in exchange for their services -- but the managers failed him miserably.
Overeem claims the managers have refused to pay him more than $151,000 in earnings -- including a bigtime bonus he was supposed to rake in when he signed with the UFC.
Overeem is suing for unspecified damages -- and he wants a court order to break his contract with the management team ASAP.
As much as I feel for Alistair and wish him the best, if you sign a contract, even a bad one, you should have read the fine print. From what we know Golden Glory contracts include free training as long as you are a part of the team, which for a lot of fighters the fees related to training can add up very quickly. It is also not unheard for in Europe to see management take 25 - 30% of fighter's income.Add a comment
Although Artem Levin can have what could be called "ugly" fights, he's truly a pleasure to watch when he opens up with his full arsenal. Levin is bar none the number one fighter from 77-82kg in the world for a reason, making good opponents look very average. He fights with his hands all the way down most of the time and taunts opponents to try to hit him. He fought Roberto Cocco on Sunday at the MPL's third event, and scored another spectacular finish. Check out the video.Add a comment