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LiverKick Guest Commentary at BloodyElbow.com

John MadessiA quick plug to throw out there: make sure you swing over to visit our friends at BloodyElbow.com to read the latest entry in their excellent Judo Chop series.  Judo Chop breaks down the techniques used in MMA fights, and is always a good read.  The latest takes a look at the great kicking arsenal used by John Makdessi at UFC 124, and features some quest commentray from yours truly.  A quick sample:

"One of the chief techniques Makdessi employs is the side kick. You see this kick used from time to time, but it's rare in MMA that you see anyone use it as effectively as Makdessi does here. The side kick is typically thrown from the lead leg, turning your body so that you are perpendicular to your opponent's body. Often it's used almost like a jab, or a front kick, as a way to keep your opponent back. Makdessi uses it in the much more aggressive style. The key to his technique is in his rear leg. Note the way Makdessi jumps forward with his rear leg before throwing the kick. He brings that back leg all the way up to where his front leg was, while at the same time throwing that front leg as the kick. This gives him the momentum to kick through Audinwood, so that the point of impact on his kick is far past Audinwood's body."

For the full analysis, plus an army of gifs to help illustrate the points, read the full article.  Would love to hear your comments!

Photo by Josh Hedges, Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

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Weekend Fight Videos

This weekend saw three fights take place that should be of interest to kickboxing fans, and as it turns out, all 3 are already available online.  As always, we'll have a weekend recap posted tomorrow, but before that goes up, here is footage of the weekend's fights.  If you don't yet know the results, and want to watch before being spoiled, this is the place to do it.  Tomorrow we will post an article with the results and news from the weekend (though we'll keep the headline spoiler-free).  For now, watch, and enjoy!

NATHAN CORBETT (red) vs. PIOTR LEPICH (blue), Domination 6

KHEM SITSONGPEENONG (red) vs. PRAKYSIANG SIT OR (blue), Isuzu Thai Fight qualifying tournament semi-final

SERGEI KHARITONOV vs. FILIP HRGOVIS (Boxing)

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Photo of the Day: Cosmo Alexandre Trains MMA With UFC Fighters Jon Jones and GSP

Yet another of the kickboxing/muay thai world is dipping his toes into the water of the MMA world, this time in the way of Cosmo Alexandre. As we've seen with Cosmo, he is immensely talented, hits hard and has incredible skill. If he learned how to sprawl and escape submissions he could be a force to be reckoned with in MMA, but of course, that takes years of preparation.

If you've been following Cosmo's exploits online, you've seen the mentions of him training for MMA, but here is the photographic proof of him training with some of the best (or at least posing with them). [source]

Cosmo with Jon Jones Cosmo with GSP
Cosmo/Jon Jones Cosmo/GSP
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Fight Code Budapest Fight Card

Fight CodeThe next big European fight card is only a few short weeks away, taking place on May 1st in Budapest, Hungary. The card will be promoted by dynamo fight promotion Fight Code, who much like It's Showtime and Ultimate GLORY have stepped up in 2011 as serious contenders in the realm of high-end kickboxing.

This is a continuation of Fight Code's "Dragon Series." The Dragon Series is Fight Code's 72.5kg tournament (primarily 70kg/MAX fighters), where we've seen such fighters as Yoshihiro Sato, Armen Petrosyan, Dzabar Askerov, Giorgio Petrosyan and Cosmo Alexandre participate.

Fight Code released the card for the event earlier in the week, and it is shaping up to look like a strong event.

Dragon Tournament Bouts

Halim Issaoui [Maroc] vs Simon Chu [United Kingdom]

Luka Tomic [Croatia] vs Norbert Balogh [Hungary]

Juri Bessmertny [Belarus] vs Selmedin Didic [Switzerland]

 

Non-Tournament Bouts

Vitaly Akhramenko [Belarus] vs Gyorgy Mihalik [Hungary]

Mladen Brestovac [Croatia] vs Tihamer Brunner [Hungary]

Corneliu "Coco" Rus [Romania] vs Freddy Kemayo [France]

 

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