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Celebrate Rob Kaman's Birthday

I'm not even sure if there is any other way to say this; Rob Kaman is one of the few living legends in the sport of kickboxing that deserves to be revered. Rob Kaman turns 51 years old today, and shows no signs of stopping as he is still training fighters to this day. Recently he has trained Jake Shields and Mark "Fightshark" Miller. Catch this highlight reel below, courtesy of Fight Game and make a toast to Mr. Lowkick.

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La Nuit Des Challenges 10 Results: Lidon, Mabel, H. Bennoui Pick Up Wins

lanuitdeschallenges10Yesterday in Lyon, France, French promotions La Nuit Des Challenges and Explosion Fight Night came together to hold La Nuit Des Challenges 10. Five full Thai rules fights and a 4 man -71kg tournament. The original card was very stacked but unfortunately injuries ransacked a lot of the great matchups that were to happen. Nonetheless, the card still went on with some great fights.

The new It's Showtime 73MAX World Champion, Yohan Lidon got revenge against Kongjak Sor Tuanton with a 5 round decision. Kongjak had previously beaten Lidon in August of last year when Lidon was unable to continue due to a broken arm in the 4th round. It's a good win for Lidon as he avenges a loss and is now on a 3 fight win streak, including winning his 73MAX World Title in It's Showtime.

Abdallah Mabel got back in the win column with a victory over Chanachai Kaewsamrit with a 5 round decision win. Houcine Bennoui, the brother of It's Showtime's 61MAX World Champion Karim Bennoui, scored a TKO victory over Olan Kaewsamrit in the 2nd round with low kicks. That makes it 5 wins in a row for Bennoui, with all of them being stoppages, including a win over Mosab Amrani last month for It's Showtime.

In the Explosion Fight Night portion of the card, the Explosion Fight Night Vol. 4 Tournament took place at -71kg. Aziz Ali Kada knocked out Abdel El Fariki to advance to the finals while Ludovic Millet decisioned Hichem Chaibi to set up the tournament final. In the final, Millet decisioned Ali Kada to claim the tournament title.

Injuries definitely didn't help the card at all but overall, it sounded like a good event. Videos haven't gotten out yet but when they do, be sure to check here on Liverkick.com first.

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Port of Rotterdam, June 18: Zimmerman vs. Lascenko, Heavyweight tournament feat. Braddock, Roche, Falin

zimmermanFor months it had been speculated that Gokhan Saki would be taking on Sergei Lascenko in the mai event on June 18 in Rotterdam. We now have confirmation that Saki is injured and stepping in for him is fellow Golden Glory teammeate, Errol Zimmerman.

Fresh off a dominant win over Mourad Bouzidi, Zimmerman makes a quick turn-around. Zimmerman dominated Bouzidi, knocking him down twice over the course of 3 rounds to win a unanimous decision. Zimmerman will look to add to the current momentum he has and make it a 3 fight win streak for himself.

Sergei Lascenko recently won the SuperKombat World Grand Prix I Heavyweight Tournament, knocking out Dzevad Poturak and Roman Kleibl in the process. Lascenko recently made the move to Mike's Gym and it looks like so far it's paid off for him. In his K-1 fights, Lascenko looked to be out of shape, having unneeded fat around the waste and lackluster cardio. On May 21st for Super Kombat, he looked much leaner and more crisp with his technique.

Many will be quick to pick a Zimmerman win here, but don't write off Lascenko. The move to Mike's Gym has seemed to rejuvinate his career. Zimmerman also isn't exactly the most in-shape guy either. I expect this to be a pretty competitive fight with cardio being a big factor in who wins.

Also on the card is an 8 man Heavyweight Tournament. Featured in it are names like Anderson "Braddock" Silva, Wendell Roche and recent Mark Miller opponent, Nicolaj Falin. The tournament will be fought under K-1 rules with 3x3 rounds. To win the tournament, a fighter will have to win 3 fights to claim the crown. The quarter final matchups haven't been determined but here are the participants:

Anderson “Braddock” Silva
Wendell Roche
Utley Mariana
Dennis Stolzenbach
Tommy van Wijngaarden
Philip van der Linde
Nicolaj Falin
TBA

Stay tuned for more news here on Liverkick.com, including quarterfinal matchups.

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Former UFC Fighter Phillipe Nover Takes a Crack at Muay Thai

Former runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter's eighth season and UFC fighter Phillipe Nover has been quiet of late. His UFC record of 0-3 made him think long and hard about where his career is going and what to do. Nover returned to nursing full time while training part time, and it looks like Nover has aspirations to return to the ring and fight, but not what you'd think. Instead of returning to MMA immediately, Nover is looking to fight in some Muay Thai fights in his home of New York first. MuayThaiAuthority.com has the story.

 

Nover began working his Muay Thai with Jason Straut at Church Street Boxing Gym and what better way to return to combat sports than by showcasing his skills on New York’s premier Muay Thai promotion, Friday Night Fights. Despite being known for his stand up skills in the MMA world Nover admits that he has only had one fight that was stand up only, and that was an underground fight in Brooklyn. Although he is only focusing on his stand up he admits it isn’t any easier. “The particulars you have to get use to” such as the different clinches, and sweeps which keep things interesting. Despite being focused on a Muay Thai fight Nover is still training his entire arsenal as he plans to make a run at the UFC again.

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