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Yakkao Boxing Promo

Remember that big fight to take place in Los Angeles between Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Dzabar Askerov? Well, it is happening in Italy now, next year, as a part of Yakkao Boxing's big event. Yakkao Boxing sponsors a lot of fighters and does great things, so catch this new promotional video for them.

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The Return of ProElite: Looking at the Rise of Strikeforce as a Model to Reach For

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The new ProElite is beginning to turn its gears and is looking for an August or September launch to whatever their new vision is. ProElite is the company that was known in the past for its main subsidiary, EliteXC that ran live fights on CBS and Showtime Sports before ProElite filed for bankruptcy. The concept behind ProElite was confusing at best, as they seemed to simply be a public company (first off -- bad idea for a new company) that had capital behind it to go out and purchase smaller organizations to bring them all under one roof.

The main problem with ProElite was that EliteXC was always the only show in town and those in charge of ProElite were not in the mindset of slow, steady growth as much as making an immediate splash on the MMA world and competing with UFC right off the bat. Fans watched as EliteXC did their best to compete with UFC, while at the same time a San Jose kickboxing promotion was putting on their own series of MMA cards that had people talking.

Strikeforce took a much different approach to the Mixed Martial Arts world, as Scott Coker at the helm had a lot of experience with the martial arts world as the former head of K-1’s USA operations before Mike Kogan as well as promoting Strikeforce as a kickboxing promotion in the Northern California region. Coker knew what to expect in Northern California, knew what would bring fans to the arena and how to organize these events.

Strikeforce for a long time was the little engine that could, the promotion that was in the background; they did well but they never stepped on any toes or overreached their boundaries. Dana White even had a grudging respect for Coker and would never talk bad about him. The Strikeforce formula was unique for MMA; the undercards were entirely taken from the local scene, with local up-and-comers who would fight for cheap and even help with the event (ticket sales, set up/tear down of the ring, etc.). The main card was full of fighters who were a little bit more established names but could still not command a king’s ransom to be booked, guys like Joe Riggs, Bobby Southworth, Clay Guida, Tyson Griffin, etc. You might know a lot of these names from the UFC, but their UFC tenure was either over or had yet to begin.

Continue Reading to read about how they built on weak divisions and made stars.

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Yohan Lidon vs. Akihiro Gono, August 7 in Tokyo

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Thai Fight Extreme's Tokyo event on August 7 is set and It's Showtime 73MAX World Champion Yohan Lidon will take on MMA veteran Akihiro Gono at -75kg.

After many years fighting MMA, Gono recently switched his focus to pure striking this year. Gono started off his kickboxing career, jumping straight into the deep end, dropping a decision to Yuya Yamamoto. Gono then went straight into Thai rules, winning a 4 man tournament to qualify as the Japanese representative in the -70kg Thai Fight final tournament later this year. Once again, Gono will go straight into the deep end again when he takes on a high level fighter in Yohan Lidon.

Yohan Lidon recently won the It's Showtime 73MAX World Title, topping Marat Grigorian in a tough 5 round bout. Lidon returned to action just a month later, getting a 5 round devision over Kongjak Sor Tuantong, a fighter who had previously stopped Lidon in Thailand. Lidon is riding a 3 fight win streak and Gono will be a notable step down in competition.

Lidon really shouldn't have much trouble here, as Gono is quite inexperienced and hasn't fought anywhere near the competition of Lidon.

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-70kg Tournament July 16 in Spain plus Stevelmans, Zeben Diaz, Chabrani, Chahbari in Action

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On July 16 in Malaga, Spain the Spanish promotion Real Fighters will put on a one night 4-man -70kg tournament along with many big names in super fights for their card at the Polideportivo Carrangue de Malaga. The four fighters in action will battle it out for the Real Fighters -70kg Title. Featured in the tournament are It's Showtime veteran Rachid Belaini, Fran Palenzuela, Jonay Risco and Javier Maiz. The quarter final match ups are set up as follows:

Quarter Final Match Up #1:

Rachid Belaini vs. Jonay Risco

Quarter Final Match Up #2:

Fran Palenzuela vs. Javier Maiz

Belaini has recently fought in Spain at the K-1 MAX Madrid 2011 tournament, losing in the first round to Nick Beljaards by TKO. Fran Palenzuela is coming off a KO loss to Yodsaenklai Fairtex on June 18 and Jonay Risco is coming off a decision loss to Naruepol Fairtex on the same card.

In the super fight portion of the card, many familiar names are on hand. Here's what fights we've got:

-70kg: Zeben Diaz vs. Warren Stevelmans

-72kg: Bruno Carvalho vs. Faldir Chahbari

-73kg: Khalid Chabrani vs. Emad Kadyear

If you saw It's Showtime Madrid this past weekend, you probably saw Zeben Diaz showcase his skills as he dominated Yavuz Kayabasi. Not many knew of Diaz before the bout and now he's taking on another name in the veteran Warren Stevelmans. Faldir Chahbari is coming off a win in April over Anthony Kane and face the man from Portugal, Bruno Carvalho. Khalid Chabrani recently defeated Errol Koning in May and faces Emad Kadyear who is coming off a stoppage win at It's Showtime Madrid this past weekend.

All in all, a solid card. Keep your eye out for more here on Liverkick.com


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