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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Video: Aziz Kallah vs. Alim Nabiev - Future of the Sport

  • Category: Video
  • Published: Tuesday, 01 November 2011 21:22
  • Written by Rian Scalia

Aziz Kallah has been hailed as one of the future figures of kickboxing by Steven Wright and October 22nd just seemed like another fight for him. No one knew his opponent, everyone figured it would be a walk in the park for the Lucien Carbin pupil. It turned out to be anything but a walk in the park. Kallah just couldn't get off at all against the tall Russian opponent, Alim Nabiev, who used his height to throw Kallah off. Nabiev looked like a mixture of Yoshihiro Sato and Artem Levin in the ring, blasting step-up knees at Kallah and took a clear decision.

Not only did Nabiev beat a fighter who is supposed to be the next big thing, he did at at 17 years old. Yes, I repeat, Alim Nabiev is 17 years old. It's amazing how he already has such a great skillset at such a young age, even younger than Kallah. With this win, Nabiev really cemented himself as one to look out for in the future. I have a feeling we'll be hearing his name more in years to come. Who said kickboxing is dead?

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Shoot the Shooto 2011 Preview: Ramon Dekkers in MMA; Genki Sudo in K-1

  • Category: Video
  • Published: Tuesday, 01 November 2011 16:38
  • Written by Dave Walsh

Today's preview looks at Dutch kickboxing legend Ramon Dekkers' lone MMA bout in K-1 HERO's against Japanese MMA legend Genki Sudo and Sudo's own foray into the kickboxing world. Dekkers retired initially in 2001 before signing a contract with K-1 in 2005 to take on Sudo at the first HERO's event. Sudo, known for his aggressive, entertaining grappling style started out in Pancrase and went on to the UFC, going 2-1 in his time with the company. Sudo didn't reach his peak of stardom until signing with K-1, where he actually started as a kickboxer for the company, competing in the first two Japan MAX qualifying tournaments in 2002 and 2003, losing to Taishin Kohiruimaki and Masato in the quarterfinals of each event, respectively. A win over Royler Gracie and "freakshow" fight wins over Eric "Butterbean" Esch and the aforementioned Dekkers, along with his run to the finals of the K-1 HERO's 2005 Lightweight GP sealed Sudo's fame and he has since retired, becoming a musician. Sudo's overall kickboxing record in K-1 was 2-4.

Genki Sudo vs Ramon Dekkers

     

Genki Sudo vs Taishin Kohiruimaki

   

Genki Sudo vs Masato

More of Sudo in K-1 after the break

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" SuperKombat: Wendell Roche vs. Erhan Deniz Video

  • Category: Video
  • Published: Monday, 31 October 2011 19:09
  • Written by Dave Walsh

SuperKombat ran their last tournament that feeds into the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Finals a few weeks back and the finals turned out to be Erhan Deniz vs. Wendell Roche. Roche is a fighter who has had some struggles within the past few years, including lack of motivation and having some excess weight on him. He recently made the cut to -85kgs for a few fights and it shows in his performance.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Shoot the Shooto 2011 Preview: Hiroaki Suzuki vs "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura

  • Category: Video
  • Published: Monday, 31 October 2011 18:57
  • Written by Dave Walsh

For today's preview of Shoot the Shooto, I've decided to look at a particular matchup and that is Shootboxing #1 ranked Super Featherweight Hiroaki Suzuki going up against Shooto and DREAM vet, "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura. It is fitting that Suzuki is going up against an MMA fighter at the event as he has fought 3 MMA fighters in the past 2 years, taking on Tenkei Oda, Mitsuhiro Ishida and Shigeki Osawa. Nishiura's lone kickboxing fight was against 2010 K-1 63kg GP champion Tetsuya Yamato at Dynamite!!! 2010. Nishiura should stand a better chance than his fellow MMA fighters as he is primarily a striker, whereas Ishida and Osawa are predominantly wrestlers.

Hiroaki Suzuki vs Mitsuhiro Ishida

  

Hiroaki Suzuki vs Shigeki Osawa

"Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura vs Tetsuya Yamato

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjM1NDExNzAw.html

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Watch This Great Peter Aerts Highlight

  • Category: Video
  • Published: Saturday, 29 October 2011 22:10
  • Written by Dave Walsh

Our good friend Jacob, better known as IQ Wrestler in internet circles has gone ahead and made another of his fine highlight reels, this one dedicated to the man, the myth, the legend Peter Aerts, Mr. K-1 himself. Aerts has a fight coming up in December, sadly not for K-1, but in his home away from home in Japan and it is hard not to support him. Go ahead and take a peek at this video and marvel at Mr. K-1.

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