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Trailer for It's Showtime 50 in Warsaw

It's Showtime marches on as 2011 unfolds, with May 14th being the next big It's Showtime show. In June 11th It's Showtime heads to Warsaw, Poland for yet another great card. With big names like Daniel Ghita and It's Showtime 95kg MAX World Champion Danyo Ilunga set to defend his title against Nenad Pagonis there is a lot to look forward to.

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Mark Miller Talks About the Hurdles to His Return on May 28th

A lot of fighters have had a tough road leading to present day. You'll hear about Jens Pulver and his alcoholic, abusive father and how that led him to being a professional fighter and the man that he is today. You'll hear about Forrest Griffin getting into fighting and not having healthcare so a broken arm just became a part of his life. We all remember Chris Leben breaking down on national television over his daddy issues and then, of course, Josh Koscheck spraying him with a hose for laughs because crippling emotional problems should be funny.

Our good friend Mark Miller makes his return to the ring on May 28th in Moscow, Russia under the banner of Ultimate Glory. Ultimate Glory is the promotional arm of the Golden Glory gym, ran by their trainer Martijn de Jong. This show will be the finals of the GLORY World Series, which ran a Heavyweight kickboxing tournament and a Middleweight MMA tournament. There are a ton of kickboxing names involved in this event and I'm proud to say that Mark Miller is up there with them, where he belongs. In a way, he is the American K-1 fighter that time forgot. He was primed to be K-1's American guy, their champion and a name to help them break into the US scene stronger than before.

Things didn't work out as planned, then they really didn't work out as planned. Mark just started a weekly blog for MMAWeekly discussing his comeback, and the first one revolves around his life-changing 2007.

Next thing I know, I’m booking an appointment for aortic valve surgery. This procedure could have ended my career.

I opted to take the chance on requesting a cadaver valve, one which would need to be replaced in 15-20 years, but would allow me the chance to come back to fight. On the 21st of September, 2007, I went under the knife. I emerged victorious.

My heart healed perfectly. I was released to begin my training 15 weeks following. The day I went into the gym I received a phone call: Office of Latrobe Medical Examiner.

My father, Harry “Moose” Miller, had fallen sick. My father wasn’t a young man. He was almost 84 years old. He had played in the very first NBA game.

He had instilled in me my love for sports. I could never have pictured him, as old as he was, ever being so sick. April 18th, my father died.

What's ridiculous about that is, there is more to read. So go on and read the rest and continue following Mark's amazing comeback story.

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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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