|Heavyweight (Per 4/15)|
|Light HW (per 4/15)|
|Middleweight (per 4/15)|
|Welterweight (per 4/15)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 4/15)|
|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
If there has been one name that we've wanted to be hammering into your heads over the past few years as a super talent that would have to be Andrew Tate. Andrew Tate appeared on one It's Showtime card and he really helped to turn the whole thing upside down. He fought Sahak Parparyan for the It's Showtime 85kg Championship and the level of smack talk was unlike anything that It's Showtime had ever seen. It made it one of the most anticipated fights in It's Showtime's history, which was really cool. Oh, it was a good fight, as well.
Tate will be competing on the April 26th Enfusion 17 event in a four-man 85kg Championship tournament, the winner walking away with the Enfusion world title. The participants in that tournament are Andrew Tate, Jiri Zak, Miroslav Cingel and Rustam Guseinov. Check out the promo video below and don't forget to check out Enfusion 17 on April 26th.Add a comment
On May 25th there will be elections held for the European Parliament, not something that would usually interest us here on LiverKick. That being said, this is a bit different, as for the first time there could be an international Kickboxing star elected to the European Parliament. It's been discussed in the past, but SuperKombat's Catalin Morosanu serves as a Counselor to his birth region of Iasi.
So on May 25th Morosanu will be vying for a role in European Parliament, up for a role as a deputy for Romania. This would make Catalin Morosanu the first major elected official in European Parliament whose first career was that of a Kickboxer.
At SuperKombat's World Grand Prix at Riseta the promotion launched a limited edition line of commemorative watches for Catalin Morosanu, as well as Raul Catinas and Jerome Le Banner. On top of that, Stefan Popa, the "fastest cartoonist in the world" offered cartoons to all of the fighters, one of which, of Eduard Irimia can be seen in the photo above.Add a comment
According to Dutch site at5, Badr Hari has made claims in his upcoming autobiography that Ernesto Hoost had attempted to "fix" a Badr Hari fight in 2008. In typical Badr Hari fashion, this is mildly controversial.
'He once tried to make a deal with me, it was on Hawaii in 2008. He proposed I take it easy for the first two rounds and really see who's the best in Round 3. Hoost, the coward.'
Ernesto Hoost denies the accusations. 'I did talk to Badr about fighting at one time, but this is completely made up by him. Total nonsense.'
The fight in question would be from the 2008 K-1 World Grand Prix in Hawaii against Domagoj Ostojic. I'm not sure that Ernesto Hoost would have much of a reason to ask Badr Hari to go lightly on Ostojic, so yeah, the story makes little sense. If it was about a fight with Hoost, well, he was retired but possibly planning on a comeback at that point. If Hari is claiming that Hoost approached him about a future fight where Hari takes it easy on him in the future, only Badr really knows.Add a comment
The ratings for GLORY 15 are in and there sadly isn't a lot to say about them. The truth of the matter is that GLORY was growing in the fall and winter, but a long layoff from being on American television, followed by events airing via tape delay here in the United States, have created a bit of confusion surrounding the brand. To make matters worse, GLORY 15 was pushed up an hour from it's usual 9pm slot to 8pm.
The sad fact is that Tyrone Spong and Gokhan Saki, two of the promotion's bigger stars, were featured heavily on the event. Spike TV remains a lone holdout when it comes to airing sports on tape delay on cable television at this point. I'm not sure what else was airing on Spike TV on Saturday afternoon, but airing GLORY 15 both live and later via tape seems like it'd be the best way to get that bang for your buck out of the GLORY brand. What's troubling is that the numbers that were reported today; 354,000 average, 720,000 peak, are considerably lower than GLORY 14 Zagreb's. The show was also airing the same night as the Pacquiao/Bradley rematch was on PPV, although that played a factor in the time change so to avoid losing viewers.
With GLORY looking to make their PPV debut in June it's not difficult to imagine some of the questions hanging in the air right now.Add a comment
Tyrone Spong is a crazy man. No, not in a bad way, but in the sense that he is just a tough dude. When Spong went down this weekend at GLORY 15 there was no screaming, no pained looks. Spong was stoic in the face of a possibly career-threatening injury. He handled it like a boss, it was incredible. Now it is Wednesday and Tyrone Spong has posted a video on Instagram of him up and walking.
Yes, he's a bit shaky and can't put his full weight on his leg just yet, but the man broke his shin on Saturday night and come Wednesday is walking without assistance. Crazy.Add a comment
Tyrone Spong suffered what had to be one of the worst injuries of his career on Saturday night in Istanbul, but he's back in America and has undergone surgery. The recovery process should take about six months for him and we all wish him a speedy recovery. This message was posted earlier and is from Tyrone to all of his fans out there, letting them know that he's doing well after his surgery and that he plans to come back strong and healthy.Add a comment
When it comes to GLORY events, semantics are vital. Numbered GLORY events have been airing on Spike TV and television around the world while the undercards are the GLORY SuperFight Series. When it comes to GLORY 17 Los Angeles things are going to be a little bit different. GLORY 17 Los Angeles will air on Spike TV, like usual, but this time around that will not be the main attraction. Oh no.
The main attraction?
The GLORY Last Man Standing Middleweight tournament on PPV. We told you that GLORY PPV was coming and here it is. This will be an 8-man tournament, which GLORY has announced six of the names thus far. Those names are as follows; Joe Schilling, Simon Marcus, Alex Pereira, Bogdan Stoica, Melvin Manhoef and Wayne Barrett. The big surprise is the inclusion of Simon Marcus, who has a long history with GLORY 10 Middleweight tournament winner Joe Schilling. The new names are Bogdan Stoica, brother of Andrei Stoica and Melvin Manhoef. We all know Melvin.
This is a huge deal, obviously, we'll have more information when it becomes available.Add a comment
This is, of course, why rumors are rumors. GLORY has announced GLORY 17 Los Angeles today. GLORY 17 Los Angeles is scheduled for June 21st at the Forum in Inglewood, California. No bouts have been announced just yet, but tickets are on sale starting on April 16th at the box office or ticketmaster.com.
This will be GLORY's first trip back to Los Angeles since GLORY 10 last year, which saw Joe Schilling conquer the Middleweight division in the Middleweight tournament, including a big win over Artem Levin. If I were a betting man I'd probably bet some money on Joe Schilling being on that card, but that is of course nothing official.Add a comment
Glory never disappoints when it comes to bringing fresh faces to the ring. Making his Glory debut in Istanbul is Israel Adesanya. Originally from Nigeria, he now calls New Zealand home. Although he is new to the Glory stage, he has an impressive number of wins and is poised to set the middleweight ranks on fire, starting at GLORY 15.
At only 24 years of age Israel has racked up an impressive 32-1 record. As a new comer to the scene, he feels ready for any opponent and credits his roots in Tae Kwan Do and dance to his frenetic fight style. He's fast, flexible and has great reach. Look out Glory middleweights, there's a storm coming, that storm is Hurricane Israel.Add a comment