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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Liverkick.com Exclusive Frank Munoz Interview

  • Category: Interviews
  • Published: Sunday, 12 February 2012 15:18
  • Written by Rian Scalia

SuperKombat's first event of 2011 is just under two weeks away on February 25, and headlining the card is Frank Munoz, who takes on the hometown Montenegran fighter, Goran Radonjic. Frank is originally from Spain and now lives and trains out of the Netherlands at the Chakuriki Gym. He's one of the best -95kg kickboxers in the world but can also fight with the big boys at Heavyweight too. We talked with Frank about a number of subjects, including his upcoming fight, his career and what it's like being a kickboxer. Click "Read More" to check out the interview.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" AFAV Is Back: Melvin Manhoef Video

  • Category: Interviews
  • Published: Saturday, 11 February 2012 09:45
  • Written by Rian Scalia

After a bit of a hiatus, AFAV, who have produced numerous great videos of training and behind the scenes footage of Dutch kickboxers is back. This is the "third season" of AFAV and they've kicked it off with a great video of Melvin Manhoef training. The footage takes place in Melvin's new gym. As always, everything about the video is top notch from quality to how the overall project is put together. You can find more of their videos at AFAV.info or on their Youtube channel.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Warman's Kickfighting Show #71: It's Showtime, K-1 Purchase and More

  • Category: Interviews
  • Published: Saturday, 04 February 2012 15:25
  • Written by Dave Walsh

Yet another week, yet another episode of Warman's Kickfighting show featuring Steven Wright and myself. This week we take a look at It's Showtime 55 results from last weekend, including the retirement of Badr Hari, the rise to stardom from Daniel Ghita and the fist-to-stomach ratio of Errol Zimmerman.

As always, find it on Steven's blog or on iTunes [keyword: LordGaul].

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" LiverKick.com Interviews Daniel Ghita: "K-1 is Back This Year"

  • Category: Interviews
  • Published: Thursday, 02 February 2012 13:48
  • Written by Dave Walsh

It is safe to say that Daniel Ghita made an impression on fans across the world on January 28th, so much so that his status within the Heavyweight division has shot up and many are considering him to be one of the best, if not the best Heavyweight in the world. It was immediately clear to us that we had to pick Daniel Ghita’s mind and find out what the future holds for him. The only problem is, as is in most cases, Ghita’s english is not as great as it could be, so we reached out instead to his trainer Anil Dunbar to have him translate the questions for us and then translate his answers into English. A special thanks goes to Anil Dubar for making the interview happen as well as Karel ten Haaf for getting us into contact with Mr. Dubar.

First of all, congratulations on the win over Hesdy Gerges. Huge win and incredibly impressive.

Thank you very much, it was a good strategy that my trainer, Anil Dubar choose for me and it worked perfectly.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" The Technical Brilliance of Daniel Ghita's KO of Hesdy Gerges

  • Category: Interviews
  • Published: Sunday, 29 January 2012 18:08
  • Written by Dave Walsh

Gerges/Ghita

I think it is fair to say that everyone is thoroughly impressed with Ghita's knockout of Hesdy Gerges and his performance in general. Gerges is an incredibly tough fighter whose defenses are usually air tight. If you need an example of that, go no further than watching the controversial bout between Gerges and Badr Hari in 2010 where Badr Hari was throwing everything that he had at Gerges but Gerges would not go down. It led to one of the "Badr Moments" that we will all miss so much where Badr Hari pushed Gerges down and punted him in the face. After the beating that Badr put on Gokhan Saki, you should be able to appreciate just how good Gerges's defenses are against powerful hands.

So the marvel is that Daniel Ghita, the man who we have all labeled as the guy with no hands went ahead and took Gerges out of the game with a marvelous three-punch combination. Watch the fight again. The game plan for Gerges early on was to not allow Ghita to get into a rhythm with his kicks. Ghita quickly walked Gerges down into the corner and began his barrage of kicks, which Gerges was able to check or defend while keeping his hands up near his head to defend against possible punches. Ghita then began throwing combinations while in the corner, mixing it up just enough to begin cutting away at Gerges's defenses. Ghita's jab became incredibly important all of a sudden, as he was using it to set up the low kick, and then other times he was not. So now every time Ghita was throwing the jab, Gerges had to wonder if the low kick was going to follow, or if Ghita was just going to jab.

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