|Heavyweight (Per 4/15)|
|Light HW (per 4/15)|
|Middleweight (per 4/15)|
|Welterweight (per 4/15)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 4/15)|
|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
According to Dutch site at5, Badr Hari has made claims in his upcoming autobiography that Ernesto Hoost had attempt...Read more
The K-1 MAX Japan -63kg tournament that happened a month ago was an event to remember, partially because K-1 has only held one event so far this year, but also because 8 men put it all on the line in a one night tournament and showed a lot of heart. None quite showed the heart and determination like Koya Urabe did. Watch what went down backstage after his loss and how tough his corner is on him for his loss, from "You need to show more spirit" to telling him that he let the fans and his team down. Ouch. Put the subtitles on if they aren't already. There is also a whole playlist of these from K-1, but none quite as harsh as this one.
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Andy Souwer is one of the few elite kickboxers in the world that also sports a grappling background that he keeps sharp, which has made him a perfect training partner for MMA fighters looking to improve their stand up. There have been rumors of Souwer looking to enter the world of MMA (including our interview with him a few months ago that he confirmed that), with him having been training in MMA for over a year and a lot of his students at Team Souwer have been training in MMA as well. This interview with GnP.de talks about Souwer's stance on MMA as well as his thoughts on the It's Showtime Fast and Furious tournament and what he saw the problems with K-1 were. [source]
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Thailand vs Challenger took place at the prestigious River City Shopping Complex in Bangkok on Saturday night. It was one of the most upmarket events in the history of Muay Thai and the no expense spared production was witnessed by a well heeled crowd which included a number of celebrities.
Thailand vs Challenger was set up to take Muay Thai into the mainstream and this event, which will be broadcast to a televised viewership of 600 million people worldwide, was a big step in the right direction.
The first fight of the night saw Armin Muay Thai Plaza take on Hong Guan. After some controversy early in the fight over whether the use of elbows was allowed (Wang Guan walked out the ring because he didn't like being elbowed in the face) the Thai fighter proved just a little bit too sharp for his Chinese opponent outclassing him from start to finish to cruise to a comfortable decision win.
Saiyok Windy Sport then took on Contender Asia veteran Bruce Macfie in one of the most ancitipated contests of the evening. The Thai fighter was substantially smaller than the Australian, who beat John Wayne Parr last year, but Saiyok made light of the size difference using his superior speed to pepper Macfie with some lightning fast combinations
To his credit the Macfie kept coming forward but he would have been relieved to hear the final bell after taking sustained punishment throughout the five rounds. Saiyok demonstrated why he is widely regarded as one of the top fighters in Thailand with an imperious and impressive performance which saw him repeatedly land with sharp elbows and vicious body kicks.
Kaoklai Kaennorsing and Cyrus Washington provided some of the most entertaining exchanges of the evening in an exciting opening round which saw both men showing off some unorthodox and innovative techniques. In the second round Kaoklai looked the stronger man but his American opponent came on strong in round three landing an eye catching spinning back kick which seemed to catch Kaoklai flush.
It appeared the tide might be turning but the Thai fighter responded in style with a vicious elbow which opened up an enormous cut above Washington's left eye leaving the referee no option but to step in and stop the fight. It was an anticlimactic end to an engaging contest but with blood streaming down into his eye the American was simply unable to continue. Add a comment
Renouned highlight video-maker and friend of Liverkick.com StillW1ll has just released his latest video, featuring "The Red Scorpion" Alexey Ignashov. The video details Alexey's rise to the top, how his career came crashing down and what could've been. This is a must watch video, amazingly well done. Check it out.Add a comment
K-1 legend Francisco Filho gave an exclusive interview with Tatame recently and was asked about what he feels about the current state of K-1.
Granted, this is what he has heard, but there are strong rumors now that there will indeed be a K-1 Heavyweight Grand Prix as long as everything goes according to plan. Filho does not fault the fighters, believing the level of competition to still be elite, but the politics and poor management involved.