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Heavyweight (Per 4/15)
1. Rico Verhoeven
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Tyrone Spong
5. Peter Aerts
6. Errol Zimmerman up
7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

Light HW (per 4/15)
1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

Middleweight (per 4/15)
1. Wayne Barrett
2. Joe Schilling
3. Artem Levin
4. Steven Wakeling
5. Franci Grajs

Welterweight (per 4/15)
1. Nieky Holzken 
2. Joseph Valtellini 
3. Simon Marcus
4. Marc de Bonte
5. Aussie Ouzgni

 

70kg (Per 4/15)
1. Davit Kiriaup
2. Andy Ristiedown
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Giorgio Petrosyandown
5. Murthel Groenhart
6. Buakaw Banchamek
7. Dzhabar Askerov
8. Ky Hollenbeckup
9. Aikprachaup
10. Enriko Kehlup

65kg (per 1/20)
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

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Errol Zimmerman

They call him "The Bonecrusher" and that’s exactly what he does. But more than just being a skilled fighter, Errol Zimmerman is a devoted father and a man with a vision for his future.

In a sport known for it's brutality, vicious knees, kicks and brutal knock-outs, I am always pleased to find how kind and well grounded many of its practitioners are. One such meeting was my encounter with Errol Zimmerman. During our time together we talked Glory, MMA, family and everything in between.

He is undisputedly one of the best heavyweights in kickboxing today and having fought professionally for the last twelve years, Zimmerman's record is a veritable who's who in the sport. He has notable wins over Mourad Bouzidi, Teixeira, and Gerges, LeBanner and Rico Verhoeven. Even on those occasions when he didn't win, Errol demonstrated that he could go the distance with greats like Aerts, Schilt, Bonjasky and Badr Hari. He has even tried his hand at MMA, facing off against Minowa in 2008. Regarding this match, Zimmerman looks back fondly at this fight and states that he went into the match thinking he would easily overtake this opponent who was much smaller. After a defeat via toe hold Zimmerman muses that he learned that the size of the man is not always the main determining factor in victory.

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GLORY 15

On Saturday, April 12th in Istanbul, Turkey Gokhan Saki will make his Light Heavyweight debut in front of a home town audience with the GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship on the line. GLORY 15 features a one night Light Heavyweight tournament where we'll see Gokhan Saki square off against Nathan Corbett and Tyrone Spong against Saulo Cavalari. The winners will go on to face each other for the honor of being called GLORY's Light Heavyweight Champion.

This interview with Gokhan Saki was posted today, where he discusses the controversial loss to Rico Verhoeven at GLORY 11.

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Jorina

When I think about my prediction of Jorina (pronounced Yorina as the J's are pronounced like Y's in Holland) over Cyborg, I didn't even have to mull it over long. In truth, I don't even think I picked an upset. Jorina Baars is way better than Chris Cyborg in Muay Thai and kickboxing. Jorina Baars has beaten far better fighters than Cris Cyborg. Jorina throws solid combinations, lands flush low kicks, moves extremely well, has awesome timing on her teeps and step up knees, and most importantly for someone fighting Cyborg, Jorina is big for the weight class. She is 5'11 and has fought over 150 pounds before. So this means that a clinch and pressure game is tough to do on her, even though Jorina isn't particularly strong in the clinch for a tall fighter. The only thing Cyborg had going for her was aggression. Some thought power would be an obstacle, but Jorina has been hit harder by other fighters, including one that used to be a guy. Not to mention, the gauntlet of training in Holland. Cyborg's only chance was to make the fight ugly, throwing Jorina on the ground and landing wild shots. She was only able to do this in spots, and was beaten throughout the five round fight. Yet I couldn't help but be bothered by the fact that on the strength of her name and history in MMA, people thought that she would be able to just show up and dominate in Muay Thai. This is the lost narrative of a fight that people only see value in discussing the loser, not the winner. Add a comment

Cedric Manhoef

SuperKombat kicked off their 2014 season with style this past weekend with SuperKombat New Heroes in Ploiesti. The main event of the night was Cedric Manhoef defending his SuperKombat New Heroes Middleweight Championship against Amansio Paraschiv in a fight that went to a draw, which means that Manhoef retains the Championship. Other big fights included Ionut Atodiresei defeating Stauro Exakoustidis via decision and Jorge Loren scoring a victory over Bogdan Stoica.

Here are the results courtesy of SuperKombat.

1. Superfight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)

Adrian Maxim (Romania) won by unanimous decision against Aleksandar Topic (Serbia)

2. Superfight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)

Miljan Vidovic (Serbia) won by unanimous decision against Mirel Iacob (Romania)

3. Superfight – Cruiserweight Bout (-91 kg)

Danut Hurduc (Romania) won by technical knockout Ibo Efe (Turkey)

4. Superfight – Lightweight Bout (-63.5 kg)

Cristian Spetcu (Romania) won by unanimous decision against Mansour Yaqubi (Afghanistan)

5. Superfight – Cruiserweight Bout (-91 kg)

Cristian Ristea (Romania) won by technical knockout against Romano Romasco (Ghana)

6. Superfight – Lightweight Bout (-65 kg)

Ionut Atodiresei (Romania) won by unanimous decision against Stauros Exakoustidis (Greece)

7. Superfight – Cruiserweight Bout (-91 kg)

Jorge Loren (Spain) won by unanimous decision against Bogdan Stoica (Romania)

8. Superkombat New Heroes Middleweight Title – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)

Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) vs. Cedric Manhoef (Suriname) has ended with a draw decision

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LF

 

There’s something awfully self-serving about wanting a fighter to lose. It reflects a deeper emotional connection to the fight that elevates it from a mere contest of skill and athleticism to a form of theater. The fighters are suddenly characters in a play with the fight and its outcome having a profound outcome on their narrative trajectories, and as viewers, we are emotionally engaged in that. Savvy promoters who appreciate this may find clever ways to engage our feelings, using various tools and devices to frame the story and its characters in a way that’s more gripping and engaging, where Fighter A becomes that person from Nowheresville who is looking for their big break while Fighter B is that person who’s been talking big and acting like they own the sport. Some readers might go further and call these characters Faces and Heels. That’s a line, however, that some fans don’t like to cross: scripted drama, they say, yet deliberate or not, the narrative process is exactly the same.

What then do we make of Cris Cyborg? The drama is well known and the key words require no elaboration: Steroids. Cheating. Ronda Rousey. Tito Ortiz. Dana White. Why do some fans (at least in the MMA world) choose to hate her? Because of her appearance combined with her accomplishments? Because they think all of her success is due to taking steroids despite only being busted once? Because she calls out Ronda Rousey? Does that make Rousey (ironically) the Face in all of this? Who’s writing the script now?

As powerful and *natural* as narrative is, sometimes it may blind us from appreciating something that’s far more important in this instance: that last night, Cris Cyborg and Jorina Baars put on one of the best fights of the year and possibly one of the all time best fights in women’s kickboxing. It was a battle that saw both fighters dig deep physically and technically, putting on a performance that was worthy of a stage far grander than the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. It was a spectacle that should rightly serve as a career highlight for both fighters, who each landed incredibly hard shots and rallied back from dangerous positions. This is a fight that we should be grateful for seeing with both fighters deserving our admiration and praise.

One of the best things about the K-1 promotional model was its tendency to highlight positive storylines and gloss over negative press. This could be frustrating at times when honesty was demanded, especially with regard to issues like Badr Hari’s behavior and fighter pay. Yet, the ability to sell these storylines allowed us to focus on the fights, not the mud and dirt of the fight business (which believe me, goes to far murkier depths than you or I will ever get to hear about). After all, does having a front row seat to situations that should play out behind closed doors really accomplish anything? Why are the petty squabbles between Dana White and Tito Ortiz every fan’s business? As fans, let’s focus on enjoying the fights and let the so-called “businesspeople” (such as they are) worry about the rest. Let’s enjoy the moment. If you’re new to kickboxing and watch MMA predominantly, I can say that last night, you got treated to a certain caliber of a fight (for free) and an experience that is rare, so rather than dwelling on what this means for Cyborg and the UFC, let’s take a moment to celebrate the incredible toughness of Cris Cyborg and the awesome talent of Jorina Baars.

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Munson

This is always the worst kind of news to have to post, especially for a younger fighter just trying to make his mark on the sport. Roufusport fighter Dennis Munson was participating in a fight in Milwaukee for the promotion Knockout Kings where bystanders claimed to have seen him acting strangely in the third round, only to collapse after the final bell rang. Munson was rushed to an area hospital where he clung to life for a few hours before passing away. This is obviously a terrible turn of events for the Kickboxing community as a whole, as well as Munson's friends, family and teammates.

We here at LiverKick express our deepest condolences and urge you to help the Roufusport team in collecting donations for his family to help cover funeral costs during this very tough time. You can find information about donating here.

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