|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 aren't a lot of documentaries made about the current state of kickboxing worldwide, which is why when I happened across this filmmaker I got very excited. Steven Wright traveled the world to make a documentary that he felt needed to be made, and from what I've seen of it so far, it is amazing. The film involves three parts; Europe, Oceania and Americas, takes a look at Muay Thai and Kickboxing on a global scale and involves incredible backstage footage and interviews with some of the top fighters in the world. For now, just watch this trailer that is just full of awesome.
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Tonight in the main event of Strikeforce's show in Dallas, Alistair Overeem won a decision over Fabricio Werdum. The fight didn't go as anyone predicted it. It was drawn out over 3 rounds, with Overeem constantly stuffing Werdum's takedowns, spending little portions of time on the ground and battling it out on the feet. The thing that surprised many was that Werdum actually outlanded Overeem on the feet. I'm going to get into every aspect of this fight, the future and the backlash of the fight community.
Now you may notice that Werdum outlanded Overeem in the stand up. A lot of people who don't understand what's going on are jumping on this fact. People don't realize how much the threat of a takedown plays into the striking. Many are even going as far to discredit the whole sport of kickboxing just because Werdum outlanded Overeem. Go watch the fight and you can see Overeem is solely focusing on defending the takedown from Werdum. Overeem respected the ground game of Werdum so much that he didn't showcase a lot of his striking ability in fear of getting put on his back, where Werdum has the advantage. Now this can be seen as a flaw in itself and I acknowledge that Overeem needs some more time to readjust to MMA. Overeem's stints in K-1 have clearly pushed back his overall MMA mentality and he'll have to work on it.
But to discredit the whole sport of kickboxing for this is absurd. The threat of the takedown is an added element in MMA that can change the whole stand up realm. Reem didn't throw any kicks because of the threat of the takedown, and the one time he threw a kick he was taken down. Overeem was so focused on defending the takedown that he was willing to give up some defence in order to do so. It may look good for Werdum but let's be real. The shots had no effect in comparison to the strikes that Overeem landed. Overeem landed the more effective strikes while Werdum's were glancing blows and didn't even phase Overeem. Because of the takedown, Overeem didn't open up to throw strikes and had to hold back in order to not over commit himself. Whenever Overeem would set himself to defend a takedown, Werdum would come with strikes. Whenever Overeem would set himself to strike, Werdum would go for a takedown or flop to his back. Put any MMA fighter in a ring with Overeem under kickboxing rules without the threat of a takedown and he'll crush them. Read more...Add a comment
Today, It's Showtime ventures into Madrid for their sixth event of the year. Among the names on the card are Tyrone Spong, Gago Drago, Murthel Groenhart and It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion Karim Bennoui just to name a few. We'll be providing live results here at Liverkick.com. For live play by play of the event, check us out on Twitter, @LiverKickdotcom and @rianscalia.
The event goes live at 3PM EST/12PM PST. You can order the event for 10 Euros at www.showtimefights.com or if you're in Canada, you can watch it live on The Fight Network at the same time.
The full line up:
Zeben Diaz vs. Yavuz Kayabasi
Zeben Diaz wins by Unanimous Decision over 3 rounds. The fight was all Diaz as Kayabasi pretty much didn't do anything. Diaz showcased very crisp hands and combos to get the win.
Moises Ruibal vs. Sahak Parparyan
Sahak Parparyan wins by Majority Decision (4-1) over 3 rounds. Good fight, Sahak had a very hard time finding Ruibal in the first round but by the third round, Sahak came on strong and hurt Ruibal a few times.
Murthel Groenhart vs. Rafi Zouheir
Murthel Groenhart wins by TKO (Corner Stoppage). Zouheir got dropped quickly and was accidentally hit while on the way down, resulting in a yellow card for Groenhart. Groenhart then rushed out and dropped Zouheir twice, forcing the corner to throw in the towel. The Spanish crowd is going crazy over the controversial kick while Zouheir was on the way down.
Javier Hernandez vs. Karim Bennoui (It's Showtime 61MAX World Title Fight)
Javier Hernandez wins by Decision over 5 rounds to become the new It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion. Great fight, both fighters traded knockdowns. I had Bennoui winning but it was close.
Abraham Roqueni vs. Gago Drago
Abraham Roqueni wins by Majority Decision (4-1) over 3 rounds. Drago didn't have much for Roqueni, who moved around the ring picking his shots while Drago chased after him. Drago made it a but closer in the third round, with the pressure wearing on Roqueni but it was a clear win for Roqueni.
Tyrone Spong vs. Loren Javier Jorge
Tyrone Spong wins by Unanimous Decision over 3 rounds. Spong battered Loren with knees to the body but couldn't finish. Vinny Shoreman was sure that Spong had hurt his hand, and thus why he didn't throw more left hooks to the body to finish off Loren.
Tyrone Spong and his opponent Loren Javier Jorge both made weight for their showdown tomorrow in Madrid for It's Showtime. Both fighters vowed to finish their opponent inside the distance. Both fighters are coming into the fight with bad intentions. You don't wanna miss this one.
The event airs live at 3PM EST/12PM PST on www.showtimefights.com for 10 Euros or if you're in Canada, The Fight Network will be airing the event live. The event will most likely be airing at a later date on HDNet.Add a comment