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Heavyweight (Per 4/15)
1. Rico Verhoeven
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Tyrone Spong
5. Peter Aerts
6. Errol Zimmerman up
7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

Light HW (per 4/15)
1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

Middleweight (per 4/15)
1. Wayne Barrett
2. Joe Schilling
3. Artem Levin
4. Steven Wakeling
5. Franci Grajs

Welterweight (per 4/15)
1. Nieky Holzken 
2. Joseph Valtellini 
3. Simon Marcus
4. Marc de Bonte
5. Aussie Ouzgni

 

70kg (Per 4/15)
1. Davit Kiriaup
2. Andy Ristiedown
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Giorgio Petrosyandown
5. Murthel Groenhart
6. Buakaw Banchamek
7. Dzhabar Askerov
8. Ky Hollenbeckup
9. Aikprachaup
10. Enriko Kehlup

65kg (per 1/20)
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

Daily News

Glory 12

Our friends at GLORY have given us a sneak peak at a video interview that they are going to be releasing later on in the week from GLORY 12 New York headliner Wayne Barrett. Barrett will have the unenviable task of squaring off against GLORY 10 Middleweight Champion Joe Schilling in what is definitely the fight of his young career thus far. Barrett seems focused and like he's done everything that he can to prepare for Schilling, but we won't know what that means until fight day.

So fine LiverKick.com readers, check out this video which you can view exclusively on LiverKick until, you know, it's released to the public.

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GLORY

GLORY 13 has really been shaping up for being the card of the year thus far, with big fights from Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky, Daniel Ghita, etc. I mean, there is just so much going on for GLORY 13 as it is and they went and just made it a bigger deal with two new fights signed for the event. Those fights, you might ask (and neglected to read the headline)?

  • Hesdy Gerges vs. Ewerton Teixeira
  • Mosab Amrani vs. Yuta Kubo

First thing is first, this marks the return of Brazilian K-1 star Ewerton Teixeira who has not been seen in a Kickboxing ring since the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010. For a lot of fans they might see him as a more conservative fighter, or the guy that guy kneed to death by Alistair Overeem, but Teixeira is an incredibly skilled fighter and a great name to have involved in their Heavyweight division. A fight against Gerges is a perfect test for him. The bout between Amrani and Kubo will prove to be an important fight for the 65kg division as Kubo won the GLORY 65kg tournament this year, while Amrani lost to the runner up, Masaaki Noiri.

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SK

SuperKombat continued their deluge of events with this weekends SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Elimination event in Romania. This event saw four spots for SuperKombat's World Grand Prix tournament solidified as winners of tournaments past squared off for a spot in the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Finals. Of course it wouldn't be a big SuperKombat event without some big Romanian names thrown into the mix, with both Raul Catinas and Catalin Morosanu in action, picking up solid wins.

  • 1. SUPERKOMBAT® New Heroes Middleweight Title Eliminator – Middleweight Bout (-71.00kg)
  • Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) won by TKO in Round 2 (0:00) against Mohamed Ben Ali (Tunisia)
  • 2. Final Elimination / Spot 1 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
  • Giannis Stoforidis (Greece) won by TKO in Round 3 (2:58) against Mathieu Kongolo (Belgium)
  • 3. Final Elimination / Spot 2 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
  • Frank Munoz (Spain) won by Split Decision against Muamer Tufekcic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • 4. Final Elimination / Spot 3 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
  • Redouan Cairo (Suriname) won by Unanimous Decision against Jegish Yegoian (Armenia)
  • 5. Final Elimination / Spot 4 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
  • D’Angelo Marshall (Suriname) won by KO in Round 2 (0:20) against Pacome Assi (Ivory Coast)
  • 6. SUPERKOMBAT® Super Cruiserweight Title Eliminator / Spot 2 – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95.00kg)
  • Ondrej Hutnik (Czech Republic) won by TKO in Round 2 (2:05) against Massinissa Hamaili (Algeria)
  • 7. SUPERKOMBAT® Cruiserweight Title Eliminator – Cruiserweight Bout (-92.00kg)
  • Igor Bugaenko (Belarus) won by Unanimous Decision against Jorge Loren (Spain)
  • 8. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
  • Raul Catinas (Romania) won by KO in Round 1 (1:40) against Ricardo Van Den Bos (Netherlands)
  • 9. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
  • Catalin Morosanu (Romania) won by KO in Round 1 (2:20) against Daniel Lentie (Cameroon)

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Jones

This weekend's LEGEND 2: Invasion was a great example of a promotion that shows a lot of promise but still needs to work out the kinks in their production. Crazy T-100 NFL rappers with cheerleaders is cool and all, but having such things happen in between what felt like every fight tends to make everything drag on a bit too much. That's just me, though, maybe that is what Russian fans are really into, my finger isn't on the pulse of the Russian people.

Anyway, Jon Jones was paid a lot of money to fly out to LEGEND 2: Invasion, put on a seminar at the owner's gym and then basically hang out for a week. This resulted in Jon Jones photobombs of all kinds including this one of Jon Jones awkwardly dancing to help Badr Hari celebrate his victory with the Mike's Gym crew post-fight. If I were a young, inebriated UFC Light Heavyweight Champion I'd probably be doing the same thing.

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legend

Jesus christ this show. I don't even know what to say about LEGEND at this point. If you've been watching this, you know what I'm saying, as they've apparently spent over $3 million in making this show happen, yet they are publicly sharing links to Firstrow.eu to watch the event. This is the conundrum of LEGEND, which makes this whole thing just fascinating to watch. This show features a one-night tournament as well as Badr Hari because why not?

*Zabit Samedov was pulled from the tournament finals due to a cut.

  • 1. Tournament Reserve Bout
  • Agron Preteni (R3 - Dec.) Andrei Stoica
  • 2. Superfight:
  • Chingiz Allazov (R3 - Dec.) Warren Stevelmans
  • 3. Superfight:
  • Eduard Vartanyan (R3 - Dec.) Florent Betorangal
  • 4. Tournament:
  • Zabit Samedov (R3 - Dec.) Melvin Manhoef
  • 5. Tournament:
  • Pavel Zhuravlev (R1 - KO) Sahak ‘Hak’ Parparyan
  • 6. Superfight (MMA):
  • Alexander Yakovlev (R3 - Dec.) Paul Daley
  • 7. Superfight:
  • Badr Hari (R3 - Dec.) Alexey Ignashov
  • 8. Tournament Finals:
  • Pavel Zhuravlev (R2 - TKO) Agron Preteni*
  • 9. Superfight (MMA):
  • Alexey Oleinik (R1 - Submission) Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic
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JWP

When I first started doing this whole writing about Kickboxing and Muay Thai thing years ago part of what made it so frustrating is that a lot of the events that I'd be writing about just wouldn't be viewable to most of the audience reading the site -- including myself. It's been the biggest bummer, but over the last few years the internet has really been helping to reshape this. With better internet connections available in more places this has led to streams becoming a more normal thing, allowing for fans all over the world to catch their favorite fighters in action.

One of those fighters who has been hard for us Westerners to catch has been John Wayne Parr. JWP, as we lovingly call him, has been around for a while now and is without dispute one of the best fighters in the world at 75kg fighting in Muay Thai internationally. He fights tonight in Australia and thanks to Epicentre.tv you can watch it live! It goes down at 4am Eastern time tonight and will set you back $14.95, but that's the price for watching some solid action.

The main event is JWP vs. Brad Riddell after Cosmo Alexandre failed to apply for a visa in time for the fight. Bummer.

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SK

Man, there really has been a lot going on over the last few days and SuperKombat has been keeping rather busy as well. Over the weekend they held their New Heroes 6 event in Italy and this coming weekend plays host to bigger and better things by the way of their SuperKombat WGP Final Elimination event. So without further ado, here is the card for this weekend's event, which will be aired on Epicentre.tv for $9.95 starting at 3PM Eastern.

1. SUPERKOMBAT® New Heroes Middleweight Title Eliminator – Middleweight Bout (-71.00kg)

Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) vs. Mohamed Ben Ali (Morocco)

2. Final Elimination / Spot 1 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)

Mathieu Kongolo (Belgium) vs. Giannis Stoforidis (Greece)

3. Final Elimination / Spot 2 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)

Muamer Tufekcic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) vs. Frank Munoz (Spain)

4. Final Elimination / Spot 3 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)

Jegish Yegoian (Armenia) vs. Redouan Cairo (Suriname)

5. Final Elimination / Spot 4 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)

D’Angelo Marshall (Suriname) vs. Pacome Assi (Cote D’Ivoire)

6. SUPERKOMBAT® Super Cruiserweight Title Eliminator / Spot 2 – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95.00kg)

Massinissa Hamaili (France) vs. Ondrej Hutnik (Czech Republic)

7. SUPERKOMBAT® Cruiserweight Title Eliminator – Cruiserweight Bout (-92.00kg)

Igor Bugaenko (Belarus) vs. Jorge Loren (Spain)

8. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)

Ricardo Van Den Bos (Netherlands) vs. Raul Catinas (Romania)

9. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)

Daniel Lentie (Cameroon) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

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Graham

If you would have told me in 2006 that Peter Graham would be fighting in MMA regularly and that he'd not only do okay, but do pretty well, I'd probably not believe you. Not because Peter Graham isn't an awesome fighter, but because I just couldn't imagine the man behind the Rolling Thunder navigating the waters of wrestling and jiu-jitsu. Peter has always been known as an exciting, no-nonsense fighter who isn't afraid to pull out all of the stops.

Well, here we are in 2013 and the 38 year old Graham is making a serious go at Heavyweight MMA as he'll fight his second fight under the Bellator banner this Friday night against none other than Cheick Kongo. Kongo is himself known for being an exciting striker with a Kickboxing past, but then again, he doesn't have a KO win over Badr Hari with a Rolling Thunder, now does he? Graham's hard work and dedication to MMA have shown in his recent MMA outings, with him picking up a decision victory over Eric Prindle in his Bellator debut. He also isn't at all deterred from Kongo's size or reputation.

"I know who Cheick Kongo is but I haven't followed his career. He's been a great athlete for a long time. He's got a bit of kickboxing and wrestling skill. It'll be a good fight and I'm ready to go. I hope he doesn't underestimate me. I know he's been famous and had a big name for a while and, when it comes to MMA, I'm somewhat of a newcomer. I've come from the worst record to one of the best heavyweight win streaks there's been. I went from going 1-6 to 9 wins a row with 8 of them being KO's over some really good fighters. I want to get to the top and I'm not there yet, but I'm relentless. He needs to bring his A-game, which I'm sure he will. He's got that inner strength to keep going but I have it more than ever and I've worked harder than ever to make every performance better than the last."

Now if only we could see a Rolling Thunder in the Bellator cage, I'd be a happy, happy man.

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Yokkao

If you weren't already super stoked for Muay Thai Combat Mania Yokkao 5 on the 15th of November, things only get better with Saenchai vs. Singdam headlining in a 3x3 fight. If you are saying that it might not be enough time for both men to work their magic and put on an exciting fight, Yokkao has tossed in a special KO Bonus, giving incentive for the fighters to give it their all and get an extra pay day out of the fight.

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Fightshark

If you follow American Kickboxing chances are you know about Mark Miller. Mark competed in Kickboxing for years, making his way onto K-1 USA events, which at the time was about as good as an American Kickboxer could ever hope for. Things went a little haywire for Mark in the mid-00's when the loss of three members of his family was compounded with him finding out that he had a heart condition, CHD, which led to him having to have open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve.

Mark's story led to a triumphant comeback in 2011 when he was the first fighter to come back from open heart surgery with a stunning nine second knockout on Nikolaj Falin. The year 2012 wasn't as charitable to him with two losses to Sergei Kharitonov and Koichi Watanabe, but 2013 was beginning to take shape for him as he was scheduled to fight at GLORY 12 in New York. That is where our story starts to come together, though, as he came down with a bad case of bronchitis. This bronchitis led to a bad case of pneumonia, which ultimately led to congenital heart failure and a very, very pricey trip to the hospital.

Not only did it mean that his chances of fighting at GLORY 12 were dashed, it also meant a week-long stay in the hospital hooked up to a dialysis machine. The kicker here is that Mark doesn't have health insurance. Now, before you begin pointing fingers, cursing and calling anyone a moocher, it isn't for lack of effort. See, Mark has CHD and type 1 diabetes, which makes insurance companies almost immediately turn him down due to his "preexisting conditions." Say what you will about Obama's Affordable Care Act, but under that act Mark would be able to purchase his own insurance and have help with his medical bills. Instead he is faced with potentially a six figure medical bill, which is just another in a long line of medical bills that he's had to foot due to insurance companies being unwilling to touch him.

So if you can, donate what you can to help him out.

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K-1

The big news that we broke on Monday was that K-1 has decided to move to a format that is more standard for combat sports; multiple divisions with champions in each division. For combat sports fans it is a format that we all know very well, as it is a staple in Boxing as well as MMA. For many fans, the idea of K-1 moving away from the tournament structure is blasphemous, as K-1 made its name as a company with its yearly World Grand Prix tournament which has helped to build up stars like Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky, Masato, Buakaw Por. Pramuk and many more.

Of course, K-1 isn’t going to abandon the tournaments altogether, as they plan to run them every few years as opposed to yearly, but for fans the sting is still the same. I’ve seen and heard it all in regards to this news now; K-1 is dead, GLORY rules, etc. The irony here is that even GLORY has moved away from the big tournament format. They ran one 16-man Heavyweight tournament and one 8-man Lightweight tournament before moving to a much more svelte one night 4-man format, which with a reserve fight only takes up four fights on one card.

The truth of the matter is this; the market has changed drastically in the last few years and it is no longer a viable business model to hold these big tournaments. The proof is in the pudding when GLORY held a giant 16-man Heavyweight tournament in Japan and the only way they could sell tickets to the show was to tack on a DREAM card to it and to place the DREAM card before the Kickboxing card to ensure that the arena wasn’t empty. Reports from inside of the stadium were of confusion, dread and boredom when it came to GLORY’s Heavyweight Grand Slam, regardless of the actual quality of the event and the big, recognizable names on the card.

The big tournament format for Kickboxing was forged in Japan in the early 90’s and for that place and time it was a hit. It was what the fans were hungry for and what they were willing to consume. K-1 is no longer a Japanese-centric organization anymore, in fact, their office is in China right now. This is all for good reason, too, as the Japanese fighting market is deader than dead right now. Smaller organizations still exist and draw decent crowds, but Japan has always been a fad-based culture and quite frankly, kakutougi is not in fashion right now.

I think that the occasional tournament will actually hold more weight than a yearly one at this point, especially with the market as fractured as it is right now. As much as fans are willing to immediately extol the benefits of GLORY, the creation of GLORY changed the Kickboxing market for good, fracturing up the fanbase and the talent pool. A good portion of the world’s recognizable Heavyweight talent is currently signed to GLORY’s roster, while the other weight classes are more of a tossup. I’m not sure if makes sense to hold a Heavyweight WGP this year with the talent that is available on the market. The K-1 World Grand Prix is a name that holds weight and is prestigious, I’m not sure that I want just any sixteen names tossed into a pool under the name K-1 World Grand Prix to play make believe like everything is as it was in 2001.

It’s not 2001 anymore, Japan isn’t the booming market that it was and Kickboxing has adapted to work outside of the Japanese market. Part of this adaptation has been showcasing talents from all over the world in different weight classes. There is less of a need for the “freakshow factor” of having huge Heavyweights and Super Heavyweights battling it out like titans while Japanese audiences oooh and ahh. The MAX/70kg division means a lot more right now than a division created to feature the talented and uber-pretty MASATO to draw in younger female crowds.

While we as fans may have appropriated K-1 to mean whatever it is that we feel it was, it doesn’t mean that it always has to be that. The Asian MMA market has reached a point of it being just comical due to the endless attempts to emulate the “feel” of PRIDE FC. PRIDE FC is dead and no low level emulation of PRIDE is going to bring back those memories, much in the same way that those old memories of K-1 World Grand Prixs of past years are just that, memories. There is no better point to hammer this home with than Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky and Semmy Schilt retiring.

The guys managing K-1 now are a new team that were brought in this year, given a mess of an organization and a limited budget and told “fix it.” If everyone really considers themselves such hardcore K-1 fans, you’ll recognize the hard work that has gone into reviving the brand and to do so in a way that promotes growth and restraint, not one that involves tossing millions of dollars away per show in a feeble attempt to pretend that they are healthy. It was precisely that type of promoting that led to the giant collapse of FEG’s K-1 in 2010 and left in its wake fighters who were promised big money contracts without any of that money and no answers. I’d much rather see thought being put into the future of K-1 than K-1 Global performing a blitzkrieg to keep the internet happy, only to implode within a few months and leave fighters unpaid, unhappy and harm the whole sport all over again.

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