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It's Showtime Fast & Furious 70MAX Preview: Reserve Fights

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Before we get to the main attraction on Saturday at the It's Showtime Fast & Furious 70MAX event, the reserve fights will be taking place on the undercard. These fights won't be televised,and we'll probably never see them but they're still important in that if one of the tournament participants get injured, the winners of these bouts will be substituted in their place. Now before we get into breaking down the fights, let's be real here. None of these fighters really deserve a reserve spot, having not done anything to warrant them.

Reserve Fight #1: William Diender vs. Andy Ristie

How William Diender received a reserve spot is pretty puzzling. Name a fighter and there's a big chance he's lost to them. Diender has lost seven of his last eight, including a dreadful six fight losing streak. As for Andy Ristie, he's a pretty decent fighter himself. Ristie still doesn't have the resume to justify a reserve spot though.

A good comparison to Andy Ristie in my opinion would be Marco Pique.  Much like Pique, Ristie loves using his step up and jump knees. He's really light on his feet and can move around the ring efficiently enough to give opponents trouble. Add in his aggressive fighting style and I favor Andy Ristie in this fight. Both guys don't have great defence by any means but atleast Ristie will move away from strikes while Diender just stands in front of his opponent and absorbs shots. Ristie will leave himself open a lot but Diender doesn't have enough power to throw him off.

If I were to predict the outcome, I'd say Andy Ristie will tag Diender with knees to the body many times in the fight and finish it in the third round. That or he takes a wide decision.

Reserve Fight #2: Fatih Ozkan vs. Nordin Benmoh

Again, another head-scratcher here. Neither of these guys have done anything to warrant a reserve spot. Fatih Ozkan came up short in a competitive fight against Mosab Amrani in February while Nordin Benmoh laid out Ibrahim Chiahou in pretty spectacular fashion in the same month. Benmoh has grown quite well into a 70kg frame, while Ozkan is still on the small side and could probably fight at lower weights.

Nordin Benmoh has a decent understanding of how to fight tall, and he'll need to do it in this fight. He'll have to stay on the outside and pick his shots. He tends to explode on opponents when he has them backed up and often leaves himself open. This is where Ozkan could catch him if he isn't careful. Benmoh has sufficient power and his progression as a fighter from a few years ago has been apparent. Ozkan will have to pressure him in order to win.  He can't afford to have lapses of inactivity in the fight either, as that's where Benmoh will start unleashing the full arsenal of power strikes.

My prediction? Nordin Benmoh by decision. I think he has some upside and potential that can be utilized with his frame at 70kg. In his recent fights, he's shown a better understanding of using his height and better judgement of when to unleash with power shots. Then again, I could be way off here, as Steven Wright and Dave Walsh both picked Fatih Ozkan.

To sum it up: None of these fighters really stand a chance against anyone in the tournament. No one here has done anything to warrant a reserve spot. Hate to sound like a negative nancy but that's just how I see it, and I'm sure how many others do as well.

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Fight Code Teams With TK2 to Bring Stacked Card

Yeah, I know that all you probably care about today is the Golden Glory saga but here's some other news. On October 15th in Marseilles, France, Fight Code will team up with TK2 to put on a pretty nice card.

There's two portions of the card, the Fight Code portion and the TK2 portion. The Fight Code portion will hold four of the Dragons Series Final 8 match-ups along with two super fights. The TK2 portion of the card will hold a one night, eight man tournament along with a reserve fight and three super fights.

Fight Code

Dragon Series Final 8:

Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee (Thailand) VS Halim Issaoui (Morocco)

Bruno Franchi (Italia) VS Norbert Balogh (Hungary

Abdallah Mabel ( France) VS Xu Yan (China)

Armen Petrosyan (Armenia) VS Jury Bessemrtny (Belarus)

Super Fights:

Chingiz Allazov (Azerbaijan) vs. Raouf Beliouz (France)

Cedric Castagna (France) vs. Sofiane Derdega (France)

TK2

Tournament:

Leroy Kaestner (Netherlands) vs. Ismail Uzuner (Turkey)

Farhat Ahmedjanov (Belarus) vs. Aziz Ali Kada (France)

Yohan Lidon (France) vs. Ait Said (Netherlands)

Mohammed Medhar (Netherlands) vs. Enriko Gogokhia (Georgia)

Super Fights:

Philippe Salmon (France) vs. Willy Borrel (France)

Wallid Haddad (France) vs. Niklas Larsen (Denmark)

Fabrice Aureng (France) vs. TBA

 

Overall, a very solid card from top to bottom. Very established names like Yohan Lidon and Sudsakorn are on the card with a ton of lesser known but good fighters that are waiting for their moment to get recognition. Enriko Gogokhia and Chingiz Allazov are ones to watch out for here.

The event will be broadcast on Fight Code's website, but as of right now it's not known if the TK2 portion will also be shown. I'd sure hope it would be. As per usual with kickboxing shows, don't be surprised if many match-ups get shuffled, new participants come in or fighters drop out. Many of these fighters have a very busy schedule around this time and one small injury can end one's go at this event.

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UPDATE: Gokhan Saki and Others Possibly Also Leaving Golden Glory

UPDATE 9/22: Saki tweets: "I haven't left golden glory at all. I'm still fighting for GG guys!!!" Sources still claiming that Saki and two others have left/are leaving, take that for what it is.
Gokhan Saki

UPDATE 21:04 Eastern Time: Bas Boon spoke with LiverKick.com, when prompted on Saki leaving, "Not that I am aware of..." Other sources still insist that Saki has left.

UPDATE 19:51 Eastern Time: Received independent confirmation from a source close to both Saki and Golden Glory that Saki is indeed out of Golden Glory. Glory has not finalized talks with K-1 yet and is apparently not working well with It's Showtime, so look carefully and put two and two together for other possible departures.

When it rains it pours. Earlier today it was announced that Alistair Overeem was leaving his home management and team of Golden Glory. Overeem has been a part of the Golden Glory umbrella for about twelve years now, since the formation of the team. Overeem has been described by Bas Boon as like "family" to him and the team, and Golden Glory trainer Martijn de Jong has been known to be very good friends with Alistair.

There has been a rumor that some of us have been sitting on for a while as it wasn't clear if it was ever going to come to fruition, but apparently it has. The latest rumor is that Gokhan Saki has also left team Golden Glory, but this has not been confirmed. LiverKick.com has reached out to Bas Boon for comment on this but have not heard back from him of yet. Generally speaking, we do not like to post rumors like this, but it has been a longstanding rumor, persisting for the better part of this year and with it coming out into the public's eye, now is as good of a time as any to talk about it.

Gokhan Saki had apparently been unhappy with Team Golden Glory for quite a while now, going as far back as last year's K-1 World Grand Prix. We had heard from multiple sources that Saki was aggressively looking for a way out of his contract with Golden Glory and looking to relocate and enter the world of MMA. While he could easily make a transition to MMA within the Golden Glory camp, he has been looking for new representation and for a new home to train, apparently sick of working with Golden Glory. This afternoon Percy Crawford of FightHype.com confirmed that he was indeed bringing Gokhan Saki stateside and helping him find a trainer. According to everyone's favorite MMA personality Bloodstain Lane, a "BIG TIME" boxing trainer.

The rumor doesn't stop with Gokhan Saki, though. There has been rumblings that Bas Boon's sick leave over the summer caused some massive internal problems at Golden Glory. Problems with Strikeforce and other big business deals that fell through had caused some friction between fighters, trainers and management with talks of some big names within the camp possibly leaving to pursue other options.

We'll give you more information when we have it.

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Programming News and Notes on This Weekend's K-1 and It's Showtime Events

K-1/It's ShowtimeWe have a very busy schedule coming up for us after a bit of downtime. First off, DREAM.17 marks the return of live Japanese MMA to HDnet on September 24th.

That isn't the end of the action for fight fans, though. Not by a long shot. For kickboxing fans there are two huge 70kg tournaments happening in the two kickboxing hot beds of the world. It's Showtime puts on their Fast and Furious 70kg MAX tournament. The Fast and Furious tournament is shaping up to be the biggest tournament of the year, hands down, in any weight class in the kickboxing world. The event will be streamed on It's Showtime's website, ShowtimeFights.com for the usual 10 euros live, and according to Andrew Simon from HDnet, there are plans of airing the event on the 14th of October.

On top of that, It's Showtime has promised today that on Friday they will announce the fight card for the January 28th It's Showtime event, including the location and they've promised "REALLY breaking news."

We aren't done yet, with K-1 putting on their second tournament of the year. The 70kg MAX Japan tournament marks K-1's biggest tournament so far this year after the -63kg MAX Japan tournament. The event happens on the 25th in Japan and it is unclear if or when the event will air. We have yet to hear back from K-1 on our query about a possible streaming option and HDnet has confirmed that they have no current plans on airing the event.

Stay logged into the LiverKick.com all this week for updates and previews of these huge events.

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