|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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Peter Aerts has shown us that while a 40-year-old body that has endured a lifetime of physical punishment may not respond as vigorously as it once could, a smart gameplan can still provide a path to victory for an older fighter. Aerts’ shocking upset of Semmy Schilt in 2010 and near upset of Rico Verhoeven in 2013 was a testament both to his unreal physical and mental toughness as well as to his ability to execute an effective gameplan that pushed his opponents out of their desired fighting styles. Indeed, adapting and finding a way to win is both Peter Aerts’ unique forte and the source of his career longevity, remaining in the top-10 across multiple decades and generations of fighters.
When 39-year-old Mirko Cro Cop makes his Glory debut, he will find himself in a division full of dangerous young opponents ranging from skilled technical fighters like Rico Verhoeven to bloodthirsty knockout artists like Daniel Ghita, Gokhan Saki, and Errol Zimmerman. After enduring years of trauma fighting through the ranks of K-1, Pride, and the UFC, Cro Cop will have to fight smart, trading physical prowess for intelligent and perceptive kickboxing. He will have to become a crafty and tactically adept fighter to stay afloat in a shark tank of heavyweight talent.
Perhaps sensing the need for reinvention, Cro Cop has actually developed a close-ranged dirty boxing style in his return to kickboxing. This tactic appears to have paid off for the Croatian, who has now gone 6-0 with notable wins over SuperKombat veterans Ismael Londt, Pavel Zhuravlev, and Loren Javier Jorge as well as young American upstarts Randy Blake and Jarrell Miller, controversial home town decisions notwithstanding. While his new style may not please those who wish to see Cro Cop turn back the clock, the move reflects Cro Cop’s growth as a fighter and signifies his maturing expectations. It’s a wise decision that has allowed him to remain competitive in today’s kickboxing world.
While a fight against semi-retired Remy Bonjasky may not necessarily provide great insight into Cro Cop’s place in the heavyweight division, it will undoubtedly offer kickboxing fans around the world the chance to see one of the great legends of the sport return to the sport’s grandest stage, and in 2014, following a year of upsets which saw long-held titles, ranks, and orthodoxies overturned, Cro Cop may have some surprises--which hopefully include some vintage LHK finishes--left in store.Add a comment
It seems that 2014 is going to be the year where Kickboxing organizations are on the hunt for great, young talent, as we've seen K-1, SuperKombat and now Final Fight based out of Croatia push forward with initiatives to discover the next great Kickboxing superstar. For Final Fight's effort they will be calling it "FFC Futures."FFC Futures will be a series of four events held in the tourist city of Opatija, Croatia and heavily feature up-and-coming talents in both MMA and Kickboxing, with cash, prizes and even contracts to fight on bigger Final Fight cards given out.
These events will also be headlined by fights from bigger name fighters under the FFC banner, meaning that the shows will have appeal beyond just finding new talent. The first event is scheduled for March 1st in Opatija and there will be a press conference in Croatia on the 22nd with more details.Add a comment
GLORY 14 Zagreb is still a ways away, taking place on March 8th in Zagreb, Croatia, being headlined by Mirko "Cro Cop" Filiipovic vs. Remy Bonjasky, but it is the first big GLORY event of the year and should be an exciting one. Much of the card is still veiled in mystery, but then again, we have a month and a half before the event happens, which is a lot of time. What we do know is that there will be a Middleweight Contender tournament on the card.
This past weekend in the Netherlands Enfusion Live held their first event of the year. This event featured a -57kgs World Title fight between Champion Ilona Wijmans and Denise Kielhotlz that ended with Wijmans winning the bout via a controversial decision. Many fans who witnessed it believed that the fight should be a draw and yesterday Kielholtz filed a formal appeal to have the decision overturned.
Now it's your turn to decide, as Enfusion Live has put the fight up on YouTube for all to view and decide for themselves. Go ahead and watch it, then let us know.Add a comment
Our good friend Steven "The Warman" Wright has once again put together a highlight for the past year, this time it is a 25-minute epic that shows all of the great action that happened in 2013. So go ahead and relive some of the best moments from Kickboxing and Muay Thai, but be prepared to spend some time on this one, as it's as long as a television show.Add a comment