|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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There are many gyms throughout the world of combat sports. Some fighters stay at the same gym with the same trainer for their entire careers. Some fighters switch from gym to gym. Some gyms are more than just a gym, displaying a true family-like bond between fighters and coaches. Mike's Gym is more than just a gym.
The bond between trainer and fighter at Mike's Gym is a special one. Fighters like Melvin Manhoef and Badr Hari have rejuvenated their careers under the tutelage of Mike Passenier. Mike has taken fighters from deep struggles and they have risen to prominence with him by their side.
The moments before the fight are intense. Most intense are right before the fighter makes his way to the ring. Mike reminds the fighter of everything they've been through, how they got to their current position and to go out there and leave it all in the ring. In a way, it unleashes the inner beast of a figure like Badr Hari or Melvin Manhoef. Badr went from a skinny Moroccan kid to an absolute monster of a man under Mike Passenier.
Sergei Lascenko and Artur Kyshenko were two fighters who had made their careers fighting out of the Captain Odessa team in Ukraine. Both found themselves at a crossroad in their respectice careers. Two losses in a row for Kyshenko. Three consecutive losses for Lascenko. Artur and Sergei looked towards Mike Passenier to take them under his wing, and the results have been spectacular. Sergei, known in his K-1 stints for being chubby and out of shape, lost weight and went on a five fight winning streak to this date. Kyshenko also won five in a row, dropping his last bout in the intense final third fight of the night at the It's Showtime Fast & Furious 70MAX Tournament.
The scene after Saturday's SuperKombat World Grand Prix final match was one of pure joy. Sergei Lascenko overcame a swarming Ismael Londt to score a huge victory over a year after people had written him off. He was embraced by Mike Passenier in one of the purest moments you'll see in combat sports. Despite Sergei's lack of English, the bond between him and Mike Passenier needs no speech to show how strong it has become over the past year. The two of them and Artur came together in the ring to celebrate just how far they had come, together.
The bond between coach and fighter is not just exclusive to certain fighters at Mike's Gym. All the fighters share a bond with Mike, from Murthel Groenhart to the retired Joerie Mes. Mike stays firmly behind his fighters through and through, no matter the outcome. The sense of a family community at Mike' Gym is what makes it more than just a gym.Add a comment
It's Showtime's 61MAX World Champion Javier Hernandez took to the ring on Saturday in Cordoba, Spain. His opponent was Portuguese fighter Ruben Almeida. Hernandez picked up a three round decision win after not fighting since June when he won the title.
Hernandez was originally supposed to fight on It's Showtime's November 12th card in Tenerife against Sergio Wielzen but was replaced by Carlos Reyes. The number one contender for Hernandez's title is Japanese fighter Masahiro Yamamoto, who earned the spot of number one contender with a win over Kan Itabashi. It doesn't look like Hernandez will be defending his title anytime soon, with only Jan. 28 being scheduled for It's Showtime at the moment. Hernandez rose to prominence from obscurity after defeating Karim Bennoui in one of the best fights of 2011 in June. [source]Add a comment
Cosmo Alexandre made his MMA debut a few weeks ago, and it was a tentative and downright terrible affair for all involved. His opponent was able to do enough to pull off the decision victory while Cosmo seemed afraid to let his hands go and open up the takedown. Sometimes in MMA it is just a matter of experience, or getting your sea legs. It doesn't matter how good you are in the gym, it is different in the ring. Cosmo has such a great standing skill set that his grappling was a clear weakness and had him worried, but come this weekend and his second fight, that was something of the past. Watch as Cosmo shows the MMA world what the Kickboxing and Muay Thai worlds already knew.
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After a successful year for SuperKombat, the four final participants for the "World Grand Prix Final" met today in Darmstadt, Germany to determine a winner of a brand new Mitsubishi Lancer and 50 000 Euros. Sergei Lascenko rolled through Erhan Deniz and Ismael Londt squeaked by Pavel Zhuravlev, both in the semi finals. Londt and Lascenko met in the finals and threw down, vying not to depend on the judges for a win. Both fighters tasted the canvas, but who would overcome being knocked down to prevail? Watch the fight and see.The rest of the videos from yesterday's SuperKombat event can be seen here. Add a comment
With the formation of the Muay Thai premier league, shows starting to pop up in the U.S, and notable events happening almost every week in Europe, boxing in Thailand seems to have taken a backseat. Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Kem Sitsongpeenong, Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee, Yodsanklai Fairtex etc... are the Thai fighters that get most of the attention because they frequently fight outside of the country. However they are nowhere near the best fighters in Thailand. I don't know if its because the best fighters are genetically smaller than "international level" fighters, or because people stereotype stadium boxing as a type of sameness, but for some reason or another Muay Thai in Thailand is viewed as something that is just... there, and nothing more for a lot of people. The best Thai boxers in the world are all 132 pound and under Thai's. I'm not bitter, just perplexed as to why the best fighters minus Saenchai aren't getting a fair shake, or even attention.
1. Saenchai Sinbimuaythai: It's impossible to not have Saenchai at #1. The guy has proven time and time again that he is the best stand up fighter on the planet. One week he'll go to another country at 140 pounds and dominate, 2 weeks later he'll get down to 127 and teach the hottest fighter in Thailand a boxing lesson. Vision, speed, balance, technique, he has it all. At 31 and 300 fights to his name you'd think the decline would have started by now, but if anything he's getting better and plans to fight for 4 or 5 more years. Next month he's scheduled to fight F16 Rajanont at the Lumpinee birthday show where he'll be giving up a full weight class to F16.
2. Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym: In a recent interview from mymuaythai Ponsaneh Sitmonchai was asked who his hardest opponent has been, and without pausing he said Sam-A. Not surprising as Sam-A has beaten him 3/4 times with the reason for the loan loss being from a slip that was ruled a count. Sam-A is old for a Thai boxer at 28, but its not surprising to see him still at such a high level. He's a technical master who now very rarely ever gets hit with a clean shot. Pad's don't hit back, but you can generally get a good idea of what level a fighter is at by the speed and balance a fighter has when kicking pads. This video came out just before his fight with Kongsak earlier this year and I don't know that I've ever seen someone kick pads as good as Sam-A. His next fight is also scheduled for the Lumpinee birthday card next month against Rittidej Wor. Wanthavee. If he wins he'll end the year with an 8-0-1 record.
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