Love him or hate him, you probably know who Bloodstain Lane is. BSL is one of the most passionate fans of combat sports anywhere around and tells it how it is. It's Showtime's Lyon card is coming up this weekend, May 14th at 4PM Eastern time in the United States on ShowtimeFights.com for 10 Euro (about 13 bucks) and is shaping up to be one of the best fight cards of the year. Here is Bloodstain Lane's latest video where BSL breaks the card down, Queens Style.
We draw nearer and nearer to May 14th's It's Showtime Lyon event, featuring Badr Hari's return bout. The question that we've been slowly answering over the past few weeks is why exactly should we be excited about the return of Badr Hari and where did he go?
Badr Hari had a disappointing 2008, and 2009 was primed to be the year that he finally won a K-1 World Grand Prix title, and as we looked at in our last installment, he made it to the finals again only to be stopped in short order by Semmy Schilt, the now four-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion. For Badr Hari, this was crushing, as he had worked all year at being "good" and focusing on fighting, finishing out the year at 5 - 1.
The question for 2010 was; now what? Badr Hari had shown self control, skill and power throughout 2010, but it still wasn't enough to get two wins over Semmy Schilt. He came so very, very close to being on top of the kickboxing world, but at the last minute choked. So now it looked like for Badr Hari he must go through another year's worth of trials to give it another shot. His year started off with a bout against solid up-and-comer Mourad Bouzidi for It's Showtime in Prague, Badr was looking for blood.
Bouzidi was able to hold on for the bell in the first round, but was clearly wobbled and ready to go down like a sack of bricks before the ref stepped in. The last combination of a left hook to the jaw and a right to the body was just missing the right hook follow up to put him down on the canvas. The second round starts with an all-out assault on Bouzidi, where a left finally puts him down. Bouzidi gets up only to get put back down a mere minute later by a barrage of lefts and rights. Bouzidi somehow staggers to his feet again to come back for more. Badr finally composes himself a bit and starts throwing more calculated shots until with 10 seconds left in the round he slips in a right uppercut that sends Bouzidi down for good.
What should be noted is the calm, controlled agression of Badr Hari that we saw in 2010 was gone, this Badr Hari was throwing wild flurries again and was being super agressive, caution-to-the-wind style.
What happens next led to his one year layoff, which we'll touch upon tomorrow.
Poor LiverKick.com's Weekly Polls. Fraser Coffeen had to step back from the day-to-day kickboxing grind for the best of his growing family, and sadly I've been playing catch-up with a lot of the things Fraser did on a daily basis. It's safe to say that Fraser did a lot of stuff and we'll miss having him here to help out.
Anyway, onward. In our last poll we asked if there would be a K-1 Heavyweight World Grand Prix this year, and while "Yes" did win, I'm not sure that I believe you guys felt 100% about it.
56.5% of you said yes, there will be a K-1 World Grand Prix.
43.5% believe that no, there will not be.
We are still unsure of exactly what'll happen with K-1, as we were due for a K-1 announcement last week and it never happened, this all just seems par for the course. I love your optimism and I'll do my best to share it.
This week's poll is about controversial Super Heavyweight Badr Hari; Do You Think that Badr Hari is the Best (Current) Super Heavyweight in the World?
Today, after weeks of speculation for a big announcement, It's Showtime announced their new "Fast and Furious Five 70MAX Tournament" which will take place on September 24 in Brussels, Belgium. Many fans have expressed the desire for a one night tournament much like the K-1 World Grand Prix and now it's finally here.The winner will have to get through three fights in one night to clam a 50 000 Euro prize on top of their fight salary and win bonuses.
The event features some of the top -70kg fighters in the world with names you'll surely be familiar with. The eight participants are as follows:
What's also interesting about this tournament is that this is not too far off of the regular schedule for the K-1 MAX World Grand Prix Finals. With the chances looking slim of having a K-1 MAX World Grand Prix this year, this will most likely act as the premier -70kg tournament of the year. Petrosyan, Souwer, Kyshenko and Drago have been mainstays in the K-1 MAX World Grand Prix for a while now and with them set to participate in this tournament, it makes you wonder what they would opt to do if a K-1 MAX World Grand Prix was announced around the same time as this event. Take the guaranteed money you could get for It's Showtime or venture into K-1 where the worldwide glory is, despite numerous fighters having claimed to not have been paid.
The full announcement can be seen on It's Showtime's website here.