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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Warman's Kickfighting Show #60: MPL and Shoot Boxing Results and It's Showtime Preview

  • Category: Interviews
  • Published: Friday, 11 November 2011 14:18
  • Written by Dave Walsh

Another week and another podcast with Steven Wright and myself running down the week's happenings in the Kickboxing and Muay Thai worlds. This week we turn our eye to the results from the MPL event, as well as the looming question of why is it that we still can't watch these shows? Then we move our attention to Japan where Shoot Boxing co-promoted this year's Shoot the Shooto events with Shooto and how that turned out, as well as look at Zambo's recent jaw injury and what that fight really means.

As always, it is an hour of insightful Kickfighting news and analysis and you can find it on Steven's blog, or search for it on iTunes (keyword: LordGaul). Or go ahead and listen to it on, this time it won't expire, I promise.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Interviews Mousid Akhamrane @mousidgym

  • Category: Interviews
  • Published: Tuesday, 08 November 2011 14:40
  • Written by Dave Walsh

Mousid and YounessLast week we posted our exclusive interview with Youness El Mhassani, and at the same time we spoke with his trainer Mousid Akhamrane. Mousid is a truly interesting character in the realm of Dutch Kickboxing, being a long-time trainer and inspiration to those around him, he has finally begun to really make a bigger impact on the international scene with the breakout of Mosab Amrani over the past year. Please note that this interview was conducted on November 1st, so in relation to the It's Showtime event in December it had yet to be called off.

Liverkick: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us, go ahead and introduce yourself for those who aren't familiar.

Mousid: I'am Mousid Akhamrane former Dutch, European and World champion. In my fighting career i had 83 fights and i won 72 of those fights. From 6 of my 11 losses i took revanche and won the second fight. After winning  those 12 titles, there was no fighting spirit anymore, but i wanted to help the youth and i started my own gym in 1989. Since that day i put all of my energy in the gym and i think we do well.

Liverkick: What were your thoughts on the recent Thai Fight Extreme card that you had fighters participating in?

Mousid: It was already sometime ago but it was a great event, we had a good time over there and i have mixed feelings about the results. Of course i'm happy with the win from Mosab, i looked back his match against Ibrahim Chiahou and at the end it was a fair result and Mosab deserve the win. That night we had also Hafid El Boustati fighting against Mickael Piscitello and in my opinion Hafid didn't get enough in this match.

The first round was for Mickael but the second en third round Hafid was making the fight, he delivered & launded heavy punches and was dominating the fight, the only thing Mickael did was running away and searching the clinch, for the jury enough to get the victory. I'am still disappointed about it, maybe it was like this. The winner of this match should fight Buakaw and it is better for him to fight Michael instead of Hafid. Hafid is a dangerous fighter because he is powerful and quite complete, so there is always a change that he is gonna knock you out with one punch. I am still searching one the internet to find this match but i cannot find it. All the other fights you can find back except this fight what is strange for me. But Hafid showed the people in Thailand that he is capable to fight the best and the crowd enjoyed his fight. There will be one day that Hafid will meet Buakaw inside the ring.

Anyway at the end we had a very good time over there and none of the fighters get injured, both Hafid & Mosab are back in training again.

Liverkick: Mosab is fighting for Thai Fight again soon, how are his preparations going for that?

Mousid: Mosab is doing well, trained hard today and i give him "2 days off" after the training this morning. I don't want to see him in the dojo, he needs to rest. He trains very hard, is injury free, and he is looking very eager, day by day he is getting sharper. As a trainer i do do a lot of padswork and i see/feel that Mosab is hungry.

On the other hand it is sad that the event is replaced three times, but if you see the circumstances over there, there is a possibility that the event will be moved again, i hope the circumstances will change very soon for the people in Thailand.

For this reason we had to change the trainings schedule from Mosab overall i'am very satisfied about the preparation so far. This gonna be a match many fans have been waiting for so long. A fight between two of the best Europian fighters, fighting in Bangkok for the Final of the Thai Fight event.

18 December Mosab will fight for the It's Showtime worldtitle against Denis Schneidmiller. Hafid will fight also at this It's Showtime event against a former student from me Khalid Bourdif, i'am sure that this gonna be a awesome fight for sure.

Liverkick: Mosab vs. Fabio is kind of a clash between two well known gyms, what do you know about Team NAS-R.K.

Mousid: Thank you for the compliment, it is true that Team NAS-R.K. is a very good gym. head-coach Nasser Kacem is an old fighter himself, former French champion. His understanding is very good, he got a good view and he delivers the best fighters in French. I know they train a lot in Thailand, they have also a trainer from Thailand. The fighters from Team NAS-R.K. also fights in Thailand. But i don't see it like a competition between two gyms.

Liverkick: How about the rest of your fighters, do any have an upcoming fights?

Mousid: Yes i have a very busy schedule right now, for example Ilyasse & Rachid will fight in South America - La Réunion. We have to leave 7 November, about 12 hours flight from Amsterdam. Than we have Hicham fighting in the finale of the Taftnet cup, so we are busy as usual.

Liverkick: I've heard that your gym has moved before and has moved again somewhat recently, do you think this time is for good?

Mousid: Again you are right, during the summer we made another move, but this time we stay here and day by day the gym is getting better and better. This gym is smaller but there are better facilities and it is also located in Amsterdam East. We work hard to get everything ready before the end of the year. This gym gives us new opportunities and it feels already like home again.

Liverkick: We've heard that you have also added a high level boxing instructor at Mousid Gym, care to elaborate?

tMousid: We have Martin Jansen for this, Martin works individual with the fighters and besides that he gives lessons. Right now Martin is very busy with the Belgium/Italian boxer Ermano Fegatilli. Ermano will defend his EBU boxing title soon. Martin already proofed himself as a toptrainer and for example he is also the boxing trainer from Nick Frese. We also work with K1 fighters or MMA fighters they come over on a regular base to train at Mousid Gym i cannot tell the names of those fighters but believe me they are very well know. And of course we have other gyms that come over to train here. Actually right now we have a couple of Spanish fighters over to train. They prepare them self for the upcoming It's Showtime event at the Canary Islands. In the 60 till 76 kg class, we have so many great fighters that those gyms decide to come over, because the high level of opponents in our gym.

Liverkick: We also spoke with Youness a bit for the site, and have been talking to him a bit lately and his frustrations with getting fights, what can you tell me about Youness?

Mousid: Yes Youness El Mhassani is a very talented fighter, he was about 16 years when he enters the gym for the first time and he never went away. As a fighter he is very dangerous because you never know what he is gonna do, he is incalculable and that makes him a danger fighter for everybody. Youness is complete, he know how to use his legs, arms and has very good reflexes. It is a pity that he doesn't get the fights he deserve, last week he got the offer to fight Simon Marcus at TheMPL, but this was above Youness his weight, he fight from 72.5 till 77.5 kg. Youness is good enough to fight with the top of the world, and i hope next year he will get the change to show the world his skills. I'am sure you gonna enjoy his fights.

Liverkick: Thank you very much, Mousid, we appreciate you taking this time with us.

Mousid: Of course you are welcome, one more thing. Since a while our good friends from AFAV arrange high quality boot-camps for professional fighters and through their mediation i work already with some MMA/UFC fighters to improve their stand up skills. If you want to visit Mousid-Gym and train with champions like Fikri Tijarti, Mosab Amrani, Youness El Mhassani or Nordin El Otmani, please contact or check and they will arrange everything for you.

I hope to see you once in our gym and follow our gym on twitter: @mousidgym or Mosab "The Jaguar" Amrani: @mosabjaguar

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Youness El Mhassani: He'll Fight Artem Levin or Giorgio Petrosyan, Just Stop Ducking Him @younessmatrix

  • Category: Interviews
  • Published: Tuesday, 01 November 2011 15:39
  • Written by Dave Walsh


The magic of the internet and Twitter has made us pretty well acquainted with Mousid fighter Youness el Mhassani, who if you follow Dutch Kickboxing and It's Showtime you should know very well. Youness is probably one of the best -77kg fighters out there but has been criticized for his style in the past, which has led to fighters actively not looking to take fights with him. Just earlier this year there was a bout between Youness and Artem Levin set up for It's Showtime, only for the fight to fall apart. Youness is one of those guys who is without really a weight class, as he'll fight at 72.5 all the way up to 77kg and not only fight there, but impress. We got a few words with him and what he has upcoming. Also stay tuned as we talk to Mousid Akhamrane as well.

LiverKick: Go ahead and introduce yourself to those not familiar with you or your fights.

Youness: I am Youness El Mhassani and i am a professional fighter (around -76kg) from Mousid Gym. When i was 15 years old Mousid started to teach kickboxing in my neighborhood in Amsterdam East, i went to watch a training and immediately fall in love with the sport, the next training i was there again and i directly participated in the class and get hooked. In those days i missed a lot of school to learn from Mousid. I set myself the goal to become the best of the world.

LiverKick: Tell us what you remember about your first fight.

Youness: To be honest almost nothing, i know that i had to train for about 6 months from Mousid before i got my first fight. At those days i was 16 years old and i won this fight and from this moment everything went very fast. At the age of 18 years old i was already a A-class fighter and won all my fights so far.

LiverKick: You've never trained anywhere else besides Mousid's Gym?

Youness: No, i have already trained more than 10 years at Mousid Gym and for me it's the same like Mosab. I fought my first fight with Mousid in my corner and it will be the same with my last fight. I cannot image me fighting a fight without Mousid in the corner. Mousid knows me, can take the best out of me. In those 10 years i have trained with so many top fighters for example: Nordin El Otmani, Fikri Tijarti, Hoessein Abdelhadi, Mosab Amrani, Badr Hari and many more. Why i should go to another gym? i feel very good at this gym, it is like my home.

LiverKick: Fair enough, so what is the secret to the gym that makes it a good home for fighters like yourself?

Youness: I think there is no secret, i think Mousid is such a good trainer because of the fact that he have been there by himself. He is a former world champion, fought with the best and travel the hole world during his career. For this reason Mousid knows what he is talking about and besides that he can explain/teach the techniques very well. He is capable to make a champion out of nothing, he did this in the past and he will do this in the future. His lessons are very technical, but he also plays a lot of attention about discipline and respect. For this reasons i see many "foreign" fighters come over here to improve their stand up skills, and this only happens if you deliver quality.

LiverKick: Youness you've had what feels like a hundred fights and finding a complete record for you is, well, tough, do you know your record?

Youness: Sorry i don't know my record! i had so many fights for example i fought with Diender, Pique, Gunyar, Zak, Kamponglek and all defeat them, and than there were the fights with Pajonsuk. I fight him 2 times and i won both of the fights, in those days everybody says that no one can stop Pajonsuk but they forgot Youness. I also fought Spong twice and i had a victory and the last time i lost. I had about 62 fight and if i look back i can be proud, the only problem is that all those victories are from some time ago. I don't want to look back anymore, i want to prove myself again and fight with the best fighters from this moment.

LiverKick: What have you been doing lately?

Youness: I give lessons myself, i train the youngsters and newbie's and i try to create new world champions. It's very nice to see those kids grow up, improve their fighting skills, but more important to see them grow up as a human being. For example Reda, i work already a long time with him and he made huge progress, if Reda goes on like this, he will be the next big thing from Mousid-Gym. Besides that i train with the group of professional fighters to help them with their preparation, in this way i stay sharp myself as well. Since a week i trained with some Spanish fighters, one of them will fight against Giorgio Petrosyan in Spain and to be honest i teach him al lesson but that doesn't say anything for Giorgio Petrosyan because i will teach him a lesson also.

Liverkick: So the real question here is when will we see you fighting again? It has been a while and a few fights that were announced just sort of disappeared.

Youness: At the moment there are no fights fixed, i train hard and i am getting in shape.

You know what the thing is? In this days i train a lot alongside Mosab and then it starts to itch for me automatically, when i see Mosab is getting in shape, see him working. This gives me the right spirit, the boost to train my ass off. There are so many great shows like the Thai Fight Extreme, Oktagon, Fight Code, Taftnet Cup, the Muay thai Premier League or It's Showtime, when i see all those fightcards i see good fighters but the best is missing and that is me. For example i would like to fight with Artem Levin for his It's Showtime worldtitle, because i'am sure i can beat Artem. But i would fight him on any rules he wants: It's Showtime or Muay Thai rules, i don't mind.

Liverkick: I can only speak for myself, but a fight with Artem would be awesome. Anything else on your mind?

Youness: I would love to get the change to show the world my skills inside the ring, i bring spectacular fights. I will travel all the world i'am ready for everybody around -76kg no mather if it is Holzken, Yodsanklai or Levin.

Or what do you think about Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Youness El Mhassani and the winner takes it all, i am so confident that i would take the risk to end up with nothing. I am wondering if Giorgio will accept this offer and give me the change to fight with him on 72.5 kg. The winner takes it all, so it will be an interesting match for the promotors also. I have seen on the internet that they are searching somebody who wants to fight against Giorgio in Milan, well they can stop searching and contact Mousid Akhamrane to arrange the fight.

As i told you before i am still alive and i am ready for everybody, if you want to know more about me, follow me on twitter: @younessmatrix.

Thank you very much for this interview see you at mousidgym, ush!

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Warman's Kickfighting Show #59: FIKA, MPL in the Netherlands, Shoot the Shooto and More!

  • Category: Interviews
  • Published: Friday, 04 November 2011 19:33
  • Written by Dave Walsh

Yet another episode of Warman's Kickfighting show with Steven Wright and myself discuss the wild world of Kickfighting, from Muay Thai to Kickboxing. This week we start off taking a look at the announcement of FIKA and how it has been received and what we know. Of course, when discussing anything K-1 related there were a lot of concerns and things that we wanted to see.

On top of that, we run down the MPL card coming up this week from the Netherlands. It is an unbelievably packed card and we tear it down fight-by-fight, looking at the good, the bad and the whatever. From there we enter into the realm of Shoot Boxing and just how well will Toby Imada fare this time around?

The show can be accessed from going to Steven's blog or by searching on iTunes (keyword: LordGaul). As always, I'll post it in this thread, but there is a timeout for it, so listen while you can!

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Warman's Kickfighting Show #58: Fight Code Rhinos and M-One Muay Thai

  • Category: Interviews
  • Published: Friday, 28 October 2011 17:48
  • Written by Dave Walsh

You've already listened to the exclusive interview that Steven Wright had with MPL's Clifton Brown, which is of course timely as we've been discussing over the past few weeks some serious issues with MPL, but have you listened to Warman's Kickfighting show featuring both myself and Steven? We go over the Fight Code Rhinos series, M-One Muay Thai from Los Angeles, including a look at American's in Muay Thai and we talk about a whole lot of other great stuff, including Ismael Londt.

As always, you have many ways of listening to it; the first and easiest is on iTunes to search for it (keyword: LordGaul), or to listen to it on the dedicated blog, or of course just listen to it on here.

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