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LiverKick Podcast Revival: December 15th, 2016 GLORY: Collision Fallout and More

So. It's been a while since LiverKick has done a podcast, hasn't it? In fact, I don't even want to know how long it's been. That's okay, though, because we made the conscious decision to jump right back into it and the fallout from GLORY: Collision seemed like the perfect opportunity for that. All it took was near-perfect timing for Jay and I, a time when our kids were asleep and not being crazy, then we were a go. 

There was a lot to talk about, that's for sure. The topics range from Badr Hari vs. Rico fallout, talk about the logistics, fights and disappointments of GLORY: Collision, GLORY's future in 2017 and less of a focus on the United States and then veered into other European kickboxing topics like SuperKombat's new television deal, Enfusion Live's push for top-level Thais but having a broadcast platform that nobody wants to pay for and then we get to Asia. Both Jay and myself miss Japanese kickboxing, but try to give Chinese kickboxing a chance, so we try to put our finger on what exactly Kunlun is missing to make it recapture that feel that old K-1 had.

This, of course, sent us down the rabbit hole. The strict runsheet that I had keeping us to an hour was thrown out the window and we delved into why old K-1 was so great, how their production was an important part to creating the big-match feels and everything in between. This includes talking about K-1 Japan being the best pound-for-pound promotion in the world, but still not old K-1 and even a brief reprieve into Japanese pro wrestling history to explain why KNOCK OUT's parent company, Bushi Road, could, in fact, be the savior of Japanese kickboxing after they were able to rehabilitate New Japan Pro Wrestling. 

We had fun, so we hope that you have fun listening. 


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SuperKombat Announces US Television Deal with CBS Sports Network

After the rumors had been around for a few months that SuperKombat had worked out a television deal in the United States, they finally announced the deal on December 14th, confirming that they had inked a deal with CBS Sports Network. CBS Sports Network has aired combat sports in the past, including MMA promotions like Titan MMA, Cage Fury and others, as well as formerly airing the GLORY SuperFight Series. 

The deal for 2017 is for CBS Sports Network to air six SuperKombat events and that the events will be kickboxing with some MMA sprinkled in as well. Eduard Irimia issued a statement in a press release today. “We are very excited to have CBS Sports Network air Superkombat and to have our brand exposed through a major sports network in the United States. After six years of live events broadcast in 95 countries, five continents, and commentary in 22 languages, we are proud to bring Superkombat to CBS Sports Network and provide exposure for the brand across the United States and Canada.” 

CBS Sports Network is in approximately 60 million homes in the United States and Canada.

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Early Card For KNOCK OUT vol.1 Plus 2017 Schedule

After what was an exciting inaugural event for the Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT with their vol.0 event, featuring Tenshin Nasukawa's insane spinning back kick knockout and a six-fight event that featured a staggering five knockouts, the promotion is ready to march into 2017 by announcing their next four events. They will be running three events in Ota-City General Gymnasium, which can accommodate for 4,100 spectators, while once again running Tokyo Dome City Hall (formerly JCB Hall) in the summer, which they ran their first event at and can hold about 3,100 fans. 

What they've released of the card thus far is merely a list of names, but the inclusion of Genji Umeno and Tenshin Nasukawa once again should definitely be a crowd pleaser.

KNOCK OUT 2017 event schedule

2017.2.12 "KNOCK OUT vol.1" Ota-city General Gymnasium

2017.4.1 "KNOCK OUT vol.2" Ota-city General Gymnasium

2017 6.17 "KNOCK OUT vol.3" TOKYO DOME CITY HALL

2017.8.20 "KNOCK OUT vol.4" Ota-city General Gymnasium

KNOCK OUT vol.1

Genji Umeno vs TBA

Tenshin Nasukawa vs TBA

Hikaru Machida vs TBA

Taison Maegchi vs TBA

Indo Shinya vs TBA

 

 

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Kunlun Fight 55: Alexander Stetsurenko Wins 80kg Tournament

This past weekend was jam-packed for kickboxing, including the Kunlun Fight 80kg tournament coming to a close at Kunlun Fight 55.  The 80kg tournament was one of their bigger tournaments of the year and saw Alexander Stetsurenko walk away as the champion. It wasn't an easy evening for Stetsurenko, with a hard-fought decision over Darryl Sichtman followed by a close, split-decision victory over Dmitry Valent, but he was able to overcome to win the 2016 championship.

Tournament Final: Alexander Stetsurenko (R3 - Split Decision) Dmitry Valent 

Steven Banks (R1 - KO) Ashihati 

Kong Lingfeng (R3 - Decision) Li Zhuangzhuang

Muslim Salikhov (R2 - KO) Nuerla Mulali 

Massaro Glunder (Ext.R - Decision) Zhang Chunyu 

Zhang Yang (R3 - Decision) Komsan Hanchana 

Tournament Semi: Alexander Stetsurenko (R3 - Decision) Darryl Sichtman

Tournament Semi: Dmitry Valent (R3 - Decision) Hicham El Gaoui 

Lin Qiangbang (R3 - TKO) Lau Waicheuk 

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