|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)|
MMA promotion Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that they had signed Cosmo Alexandre, a very accomplished standout in the world of muay thai and kickboxing. Alexandre has not had any MMA fights but has been training MMA for a while in America. Right now, Cosmo trains out of Imperial MMA, with the likes of Rashad Evans, Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, Jorge Santiago and most recently Tyrone Spong. "Good Boy" has accomplished feats such as winning the 2009 King's Cup tournament and holding the It's Showtime 77MAX World Title.
One of the most interesting things about this is that Cosmo has never fought in MMA before. Bellator is signing him solely based off of his credentials in stand up fighting. It's a bold move by Bellator. They must be making the assumption that Cosmo has trained for long enough to have grappling skills that will get him by.
Cosmo will be fighting at 155 lbs in the Lightweight division. In kickboxing, Cosmo normally fought at 160 and in recent years moved to 170. This year, Cosmo started cutting to 155 where he posted a 1-2 record at the weight. Cosmo's optimum weight would probably be 160, but there's no division for that in MMA and 155 is the closest thing. Either way, 155 and 170 are filled with wreslers in MMA and almost everyone will be trying to take him down.
Recently, some high profile kickboxers have talked about fighting MMA. Tyrone Spong looks to be all but headed to MMA by next year. Andy Souwer talked about it too, although I think he'll most likely stay in kickboxing. Recently in MMA, we've seen kickboxers try their hand at MMA, and a few have had success. Konstantin Gluhov has been stopping everyone with body shots, fighting pretty frequently with only one recent loss in January. Alexei Kudin just knocked out two opponents in under a minute to win a tournament this past week. Kudin has won four MMA fights this year and it looks like he'll continue doing it.
This raises the question: Will more kickboxers try their hand at MMA and possibly even fully make the transition? It's proven that humans will flock to where the money is, and as the sport grows, more and more money is going into MMA. The recent inactivity of K-1, along with several fighters claiming to not have been paid are just adding more fuel to the fire. K-1 was the pinnacle of kickboxing and if they're not paying fighters, many might look for an alternative in MMA.
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It looks like if you are a kickboxing fan, your patience over what has been a tumultuous and eerily quiet year for the kickboxing world is about to payoff. It's Showtime began the year strong, promoting event after event in March, April, May and June before the "summer silence" hit. If you are a longtime reader and have been wondering why LiverKick.com's rankings have not changed since then, the reason is just that -- nobody is putting on big fights between ranked opponents. September is gearing up to be another big month for the kickboxing world, and is starting off with a bang as Simon Rutz of It's Showtime promised a big announcement and has delivered on that announcement.
It's Showtime is indeed planning a mega-show on January 28th as previously announced. This show will not be a Heavyweight tournament as was rumored, but will feature top names inside of the It's Showtime ring, including but not limited to Badr Hari, Tyrone Spong, Hesdy Gerges, Daniel Ghita and Ben Edwards. That would be a great beginning of a line up for a Heavyweight tournament, but big matches are just as good if delivered as It's Showtime has promised. It's Showtime has promised 12 "absolute world class" fights.
It's Showtime also wants to know who you want to fight Badr Hari at this event. They plan on releasing the card by the end of September and tickets should be on presale on October 15th. In honor of this, LiverKick.com's latest poll will ask you just who you want to see as Badr Hari's next opponent. Everyone has been waiting a long time to see Badr Hari against a legitimate opponent and now might be the time.
The decision for this card to be in January rests on the fact that It's Showtime has received word that K-1 plans to hold the World Grand Prix Final 16 in October and the Final 8 in December of this year, and that this gives more time for the fighters to prepare for their fights (WGP is usually the second week of December, the It's Showtime card is the last week of January). So for kickboxing fans the next few months should be gearing up again.Add a comment
Over the weekend Errol Zimmerman squared off with Nikolaj Falin, who had last been seen by the international eye being knocked out by Mark Miller in May at Ultimate Glory's last show. GroundNPound.de posted an interview with Errol Zimmerman after the fight and included what is pretty much the entire fight at the 30 second mark, where you can see Zimmerman's left hand meet Falin's jaw and him crashing to the canvas, fighting to get himself back up, but ultimately unable to. [source]
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Krush and Yuji Takeuchi have finally come to a decision on his opponent for his September 24th bout and it will be none other than former AJKF Super Featherweight champion "Naokick" Naoki Ishikawa, a rematch from the 2009 Krush Lightweight GP semifinals. Their first fight ended with an amazing flying knee knockout from Ishikawa, but Takeuchi had started a cut over Ishikawa's eye, making him unable to compete in the finals. Since that fight, neither man has had the best of luck, with Ishikawa going 2-5 and Takeuchi going 2-4. However, Takeuchi did make it to the finals of the Krush 60kg tournament, knocking out Masaaki Noiri in a wild 3rd round before being knocked out himself by Hirotaka Urabe, the man that bested Ishikawa in the first round of that same tournament. As always with Takeuchi's fights, this one should deliver the fireworks that Krush fans have become accustomed to.
Also on the card is 3 members of Team Dragon, Krush 63kg champion Ryuji Kajiwara, Krush 60kg champion Hirotaka Urabe and Hideaki Yamazaki who are all taking on Chinese fighters.Add a comment
This is where things are for Kickboxers who want to compete in Japan and get paid by their sponsors with K-1 still not 100% up and running, in a professional wrestling ring. On August 27th there was an unprecedented number of K-1 fighters participating in professional wrestling in Antonio Inoki's IGF promotion. Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima, Ray Sefo, Jerome Le Banner and yes, Mr. K-1, Peter Aerts. Le Banner is currently the big star of IGF, serving as Antonio Inoki's Champion, he was originally slated to defend his title against Josh Barnett, but Barnett was forced to pull out due to scheduling difficulties with his fight in Strikeforce, so Kazuyoshi Fujita stepped in for him. Peter Aerts 'fought' former sumo wrestler Shinnichi Suzukawa and brutalized him until the referee stopped the match. [source]
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