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Anderson Silva Puts on Performance of a Lifetime Against Badr Hari at K-1 in Madrid

K-1Tonight at K-1 Global's coming out party there was a lot of hype surrounding the return of Badr Hari to a K-1 ring. Badr Hari made his departure from Kickboxing in January against Gokhan Saki, so we thought, but then signed with K-1 as soon as things were in order for them and stepped into the ring against a surprisingly game Anderson "Braddock" Silva tonight. No one gave Braddock Silva much of a chance, as Braddock's career has been spotty to say the least, while Badr's career is that of a supernova that has burned incredibly brightly. Hari only has losses to some of the biggest and best names in the Kickboxing world, while Braddock holds a number of frustrating losses. Braddock was going into this fight looking for a win, coming off of a tough loss to the much smaller Catalin Morosanu in SuperKombat.

Everything was primed for Badr Hari to rip Braddock's head off, you could feel it in the air. The fans expected it, the media expected it, the fighters expected it, everyone was ready for Badr Hari to have an easy fight. In round one, Badr Hari was Badr Hari; aggressive, throwing power shots and fighting with emotion. There were differences, though. The super ripped physique from his 2011 bout with Tony Gregory and his fight in January against Gokhan Saki was nowhere to be seen. Instead, a lot of his muscle mass was simply not there and he looked a little soft around the mid section. That isn't to say that is a bad thing, as we've seen with fighters like Sem Schilt, physique doesn't mean much when you can fight like no one else can. The round saw Badr drop Braddock after a brutal flurry of hooks that saw a right connect to the side of Braddock's head and sent him crashing to the met. It felt like a forgone conclusion, even if Badr wasn't in perfect shape, he was Badr.

Then Braddock got up, and Badr started to go nuts on him, but Braddock was covering up. Braddock held out for the rest of the round, and Hari didn't look like he wanted to stop after the bell rang, but something clicked and he stopped himself from going crazy like we've seen him do before. Then round two happened, and Braddock seemed to be in control. Badr was gassing out, looking tired and like he had punched himself out. Braddock was actually controlling the action and landing some big shots, to the point where everyone felt comfortable after the second round to say that Anderson "Braddock" Silva, the sacrificial lamb was in control of the fight.

The third round is up for debate, but Badr was still slower and a lot less aggressive than we've seen him in years, while Braddock was connecting with some solid shots and weathering any storm from Badr Hari. Whether or not Badr Hari won the round and deserved the decision victory doesn't matter, I would have liked to see the fight go to an extension round and felt that Braddock might be able to win the fight. What is important is that Anderson "Braddock" Silva, a man that we usually write off, looked fantastic against top competition, while Badr Hari looked like he didn't belong in the ring.

Badr Hari walks away with the win, but there are a lot of questions surrounding him right now and where he is at, both mentally and physically, while Anderson Silva walked into a fight as a heavy underdog and walked away with lots of fans respecting him and wanting to see more of him.

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Semmy Schilt: Undisputed #1 Heavyweight Kickboxer

Schilt winsI'm not afraid to say it at this point, that Semmy Schilt is the top Heavyweight/Super Heavyweight in the Kickboxing world. In a sea of legitimate contenders to his throne, all of them considerably younger than him, Semmy Schilt at thirty eight years old is still one of the toughest men to figure out in all of combat sports. Tonight in Sweden, Schilt took on a very, very game challenger in the way of Errol Zimmerman, and not only did he defeat Zimmerman, but he made Zimmerman look bad.

The thing is, Errol Zimmerman is far from bad, if anything, Zimmerman is one of the top Kickboxers in the world. Zimmerman may have a few technical holes in his game, but his power and speed at Heavyweight are practically unrivaled. Errol was on a huge winning streak and had really taken his career seriously over the past year and a half, all leading to a rematch from two years prior against Semmy Schilt. Zimmerman took Schilt to a lopsided decision in 2010, where he was simply happy holding on to lose the decision, but tonight he was looking to take Schilt's head off.

Schilt had about fifteen months off between the K-1 World Grand Prix in 2010 and his bout with Brice Guidon in March, so when people explain Schilt in that bout as not as responsive or dominating, I chalk it up to a few different factors. The first being ring rust. Ring rust is very real, and if you talk to a lot of fighters who have had long layoffs, they will tell you about just how strange it is to step back into a ring in front of a crowd against a man trying to rip your head off. The other factor was that Brice Guidon is six foot seven, effectively nullifying Semmy Schilt's monster reach that helps him keep most fighters at bay. If you need proof that Schilt's reach being eliminated makes for a strange fight, watch his fight with Hong Man Choi.

With the Kickboxing world divided down the middle there is a limit to who Schilt can fight right now, but within the realm of Glory, it is safe to say he will remain unchallenged outside of the his achilles heel; Peter Aerts. The real fights fans want to see are between Schilt and the two big names signed to K-1 right now; Badr Hari and Daniel Ghita. The last time he met both men he made them look like amateurs, much like he did Errol Zimmerman here tonight. Badr Hari, though, does hold one of those rare W's over Schilt, from 2009 in It's Showtime. He used the tactic best used by Peter Aerts to defeat Semmy, which is to rush in and not stop until Semmy is turtled up or on his back.

The only problem with that tactic is that it clearly doesn't work all of the time. Zimmerman landed a few big shots against Schilt and tried to do exactly that, but he still was unable to force the giant to the mat. Schilt, like most top fighters, learns his lesson. I do not see Schilt losing any time soon, and the man has been on top of the Kickboxing world since 2005. His longevity and the gravity of his big wins lands him his spot at the top, and until someone is able to derail him, he is still the man to beat.

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Special Preview: Stefan Struve's Special Weapon for UFC 146 by AFAV

Right now you should be watching the Glory World Series on LiverKick, as we've just seen some amazing bouts so far with a lot more to come. But, you'll have time in between fights, won't you? If so, we have something for you to watch.

The Heavyweight showcase that is UFC 146 goes down tonight, and Stefan Struve is on the card. Struve is a tall, rangey Dutch fighter and has had some tough luck in the UFC on top of some impressive wins. So, he went out and decided to change up his training, and he decided on one of the best, which is Mousid. Mousid is a legendary trainer, best known for his crown jewel that is Mosab Amrani. A trainer like Mousid can do wonders with a fighter like Stefan, and he has a few special weapons ready for Lavar Johnson tonight.

AFAV, the gold standard for fight documentaries, put together this video, titled "The Ambush." On top of that, they chose LiverKick.com as the place to debut it. That's right folks, you saw it here first.

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LiverKick's Guide to This Weekend's Live Events

This weekend is huge, and we mean that in every way possible. Glory launches their revamped Glory World Series tournaments, starting off with the Final 16 for the 70kg tournament and putting on a slew of incredible Superfights. That is on Saturday, but on Sunday, K-1 Global marches forward with their first show, this one being the K-1 World MAX Final 16, and why not? Heavyweight Superfights on that show as well. Also on Sunday, if the stars align, you'll be able to watch Slamm!! 7: Holland vs. Thailand. That is, only if the stars align, and I'm not sure that they have just yet.

So are you curious as to what time these events start? Where you can view them? What to expect? That is why LiverKick is here.

Saturday, May 26th

Glory World Series - 70kg First 16

LIVE from Stockholm, Sweden

Fight Card | Weigh-ins

12:30pm Eastern Time/9:30am Pacific Time / 18:30 GMT+2

Live Stream on LiverKick, $15 USD, Live on the Fight Network in Canada

 

Sunday, May 27th

K-1 RISING 2012 ~ World MAX Final 16 ~

LIVE from Madrid, Spain

Fight Card | Weigh-ins (?)

20:00 CET / 2:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific

LIVE Stream on UStream, Free

 

Team Slamm!! Slamm 7: Netherlands vs. Thailand

Almere, the Netherlands

Fight Card | Weigh-Ins

Time?

Live Stream (Nothing Scheduled, Might Air Event, Might Not)

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