|Heavyweight (Per 4/15)|
|Light HW (per 4/15)|
|Middleweight (per 4/15)|
|Welterweight (per 4/15)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 4/15)|
|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
Tomorrow in Istanbul, Turkey, GLORY will present GLORY 15 Istanbul. GLORY 15 is slated to feature the GLORY Light H...Read more
Results from last week's poll:"Would you be interested in a K-1 women's division?"
36% - Yes, absolutely!
29% - Yes, if they get RENA
22% - No, not interested
11% - Not yet, there aren't enough fighters
2% - Not sure
This week: K-1 veteran Pat Barry was in action this weekend, defeating Joey Beltran at the UFC Fight for the Troops event. Opinions on Barry are split, with some reports saying he used great striking to take the win, and others saying he lacked something in the victory. What was your take?Add a comment
Hinata was in action this weekend, taking part in an event for Japan's REBELS organization. The young fighter was in the main event, facing Korea's Woo Yong Choi. K-1 MAX fans may remember Choi as Pajonsuk's victim at the 2010 MAX Grand Prix Final 16 event. Hinata took the victory, scoring a head kick knockout at the start of the 3rd round. There's no video available yet, although pictures available at BoutReview.com certainly indicate that Choi took quite the beating. Check out the impressive photos here.
At the end of the fight, Hinata issued a challenge to Japan's top K-1 MAX star Yoshihiro Sato, which sounds like a great fight to me.
Hinata was one of the break out stars of 2010, as wins over Yuya Yamamoto and Artur Kyshenko brought him great acclaim. Since being choked out by Andy Souwer in Shootboxing, Hinata has now won two in a row, first over Andre Dida at K-1 MAX, and now against Choi.
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Thai Fight 2011 will feature two weightclasses: 67 kg and 70 kg. Thailand's 67 kg representative will be decided by the ongoing67 kg Isuzu Tournament. Thus far, strong contenders in that tournament are Kem Sitsongpeenong, Sudsakorn 13 Coins Gym, and Prakaisaeng Sit-Or. Dernchonlek Sor Sor Niyom is something of a dark horse. Thai Fight and the Isuzu Tournament share a sponsor in Isuzu Motors.
Buakaw Por Pramuk has been selected as the Thai representative in the 70 kg Thai Fight. He has a very high profile in international Muay Thai and kickboxing and his participation will draw a lot of media and fan attention.
The Thai Fight tournaments follow an eight man format, with fighters competing once per event.
The tournaments are set to kick off on September 25, 2011 with the quarterfinals in both weight divisions. The semi-finals follow on October 24th, and the finals on November 27th.
New fight news coming out of Greece: On March 12 in Athens it will be "Iron" Mike Zambidis vs. Ali Gunyar. The two are headlining a show called Iron Challenge. No other fights are yet announced.
This is a big fight for both men. For Zambidis, this is a chance to continue to reestablish himself as a relevant name in the 70kg ranks. Two years ago, it looked like Zambo's time at the top might have been done. But he turned that around in 2010, putting together a 4 fight win streak over all strong names (Dzhabar Askerov, Warren Stevelmans, Chahid Oulad El Hadj, Yuichiro Nagashima) and ending the year as the first man in K-1 MAX to actually give champ Giorgio Petrosyan a challenge. Oh, and along the way he just happened to turn in one of the greatest fights in K-1 MAX history, the 2010 LiverKick.com Fight of the Year against Chahid. He's pulled himself all the way back up to #11 in our rankings, which is a huge swing from where he was not long ago. A win over Gunyar says that he's all the way back, but a loss here will cause some to question if 2010 was an anomaly for the popular veteran fighter.
For Ali Gunyar, this is a chance to put his name in there with the real players in this division. The veteran fighter has faced many of the big names at 70kg, including Albert Kraus and Gago Drago among others, although he has often come up short in these fights. In 2008 and 2009 he put together some solid wins, scoring victories over Chahid Oulad El Hadj, Virgil Kalakoda, and more. He's the kind of skilled, traveled fighter that could give Zambidis a challenge, and while he's the underdog here, this is not a gimme for Zambidis.
As is always the case when Zambidis fights, he'll give up the height and reach to Gunyar, but will make up for it with an advantage in power. In the end, I think that power and resilience, combined with the thrill of fighting in front of the Greek fans that treat him as a national hero, will give Zambidis the edge here.Add a comment
Pat Barry got a chance to show off his stand up without breaking his hands and feet tonight, against fellow UFC Heavyweight Joey Beltran in one of those fights that makes UFC President Dana White proud to be a fight promoter and me confused as to why more UFC fans aren't dashing to watch K-1 events whenever they can to see better stand up wars. Barry took it to Beltran, who wasn't afraid to stand and bang with Barry.
This was a fight custom made for Pat Barry to show off his striking and I'm sincerely not sure that he accomplished what he wanted to do. Going into the Cro Cop fight one of the big stories for kickboxing fans was two K-1 deserters facing off, and Barry was completely trashed by Ernesto Hoost and the rest of the VOS gym for simply not being good enough to hang. Barry went out to prove himself and broke enough bones on Cro Cop's head to where a lazy choke took him out. Cro Cop choked him out.
Joey Beltran took it to Barry in round 1, Barry landing a few strong leg kicks but his dirty boxing was enough to secure him the round. Beltran was introduced to Barry's mean streak in the second round, to easily secure the round for him, but the third round saw a lot more of Joey Beltran dirty boxing and some great body shots while Barry simply winged head kicks at him looking to take his head off. The distinct lack of aggression was hurting Barry until he started landing some leg kicks, and unfortunately poked Beltran in the eye. setting up the kick.
The damage Barry had done to Beltran's legs over the three rounds accumulated in the third after Beltran recovered from the eye poke, to the point where every time Barry chopped away at the legs, Beltran shouted in pain and collapsed. Barry pulled off just enough to get the decision, winning the second and third rounds.
Pat gives an emotional speech after the bout about his father, who was in the military and passed away 25 years ago, which all but makes up for the fact that he really wasn't fighting up to his potential. Honestly, he has a height disadvantage and a cut to 205 could do wonders for him.Add a comment