|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
Some of you might recognize the name of Steven Wright, as he not only contributes articles to LiverKick.com when he can find time in his busy schedule, but he also runs his tremendous Warman's Kickfighting Show podcast. What you might not know, as he is a really humble guy who doesn't like to talk about himself a lot and brag, is that he's a very accomplished striking coach. When I say accomplished, I think the only example that I need to give is Johny Hendricks, who will be challenging GSP for the UFC Welterweight title soon. Yeah, that kind of accomplished.
He worked with Brian Foster heading into GLORY 11, where he fought Raymond Daniels. Things might not have gone the way of Foster, but Steven still got some backstage footage of Foster warming up and goes into detail about Foster's training and what happened in the fight. Check it out.Add a comment
|Stefania Picelli with Mohamed Diaby|
We are involved in a very interesting time right now if you are a fan of Kickboxing and Muay Thai. There has been tremendous change within the industry over the past few years, with everything being reshuffled, new promotions rising up, old ones falling and lots of established fighters are aging, leaving room for a new generation of fighters to rise into prominence. In the past few years, Yokkao has not only been making headway in regards to bringing muay thai gear to the world, but they've also done a lot to raise awareness for some of the best talents from Thailand and around the world.
Part of that strategy has involved sponsoring fighters, assembling an all-star fight team and promoting their own Yokkao events as well. Yokkao has a big event coming up in March in England and Stefania Picelli has reached out to us this morning with a statement on Yokkao's mission to bring the best fighters -- from anywhere -- to the attention of the world.
The concept of Yokkao events is to find the best talents and to give them a chance to fight vs Top fighters, not only because they are "recommended" for their affiliations.
Our staff works to find what no one else is looking for: fighters who deserve to fight in big events not only because their gym is famous. Of course there are gyms that are institutions who provide fighters, but there are many gyms with good trainers and fighters who are still unknown in the world.
What my staff and I do is to find these gyms, trainers and fighters.
Why? Because Yokkao is aimed by the real spirit of Muay Thai and give fighters from every country in the world a chance to transform his dream into reality by being part of the most famous Muay Thai team in the world; the Yokkao Fight Team.
What we evaluate is the hard training, the sacrifice and the determination of each fighter who want to transform his life.
This is Yokkao: the realization of the Dream.
To go along with this, Yokkao is announcing today that Saenchai will square off against Aziz Hlali on November 8th at Muay Thai Combat Mania Ile de la Réunion, or what we'll call #Yokkao5. On top of that, Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee will square off against Mohamed Diaby and Andrea Masini vs Crice Boussoukou, making it yet another incredible event from Yokkao and Stefania Picelli.
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So we've been doing some serious waiting on GLORY 11's ratings and they are finally in. What the numbers are telling us is that Kickboxing still has to develop an audience here in America, but there was a really solid start to this over the weekend at GLORY 11. In a few places I've gone on record saying that I felt that 200,000 - 400,000 were my expectations and that 500,000 would be a huge win for GLORY. Not everyone agreed with that, but the final numbers are in and they look to be exactly where they should be.
The average rating for GLORY 11 was 381,000 viewers, with the peak being 781,000 viewers. It should be noted that the peak came within the first quarter, which was most likely due to the lead-in from Spike's previous programming, which is Cops. Cops, somehow, draws over 1.5 million viewers in 2013 and it is safe to say that not all of these Cops viewers were Rico Verhoeven fans. Considering that this was GLORY's largest platform within the US to date and the first time that Kickboxing has seen a major audience in this long, consider this a solid first step.
The card featured primarily European fighters (with an Australian) whose prior exposure in the United States was only to the most hardcore of hardcore fans. It is actually admirable that they were able to pull in these kind or ratings with their core product and not by bringing in former UFC fighters to compete.Add a comment
GLORY 13 Tokyo goes down in December, which means that it is still a ways off for us, but that doesn't mean that we can't already start the conversation about the GLORY 13 Welterweight tournament. Rumors have been flying around over the past few days as to who will be participating in the tournament, outside of Nieky Holzken. Joseph Valtellini's name has been floated around quite a bit after his impressive win over Karim Ghajji at GLORY 11 and now, according to Joe himself, he is indeed in the tournament.
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The mixture of Kickboxing and MMA has been around for a while now, with promoters trying to get a "best of both worlds" feel going, but I'm not sure that it has ever made much sense or been a great idea. With that being said, LEGEND Fight Show will be promoting their second event on November 8th and will feature both MMA and Kickboxing. It's obvious that they plan to spend some serious money on this event, as the main event of Alexander Emelianenko vs. Cro Cop must cost a lot and Badr Hari doesn't come cheap, either. The Light Heavyweight Kickboxing tournament is actually pretty awesome as well.
This is definitely something to keep your eye on.
UPDATE: Replaced Aleks Emelianenko.