|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
If you've paid attention to the Muay Thai world at all over the past year, you almost certainly know the name- Yodwicha Por Boonsit. This young dynamo has taken Muay Thai's best division by storm, virtually clearing house and making a name for himself off some of the most talented Thai fighters in the world. But just how high could Yodwicha go? How good is he really? For my money, Yodwicha is poised to become one of the biggest international superstars Thailand has produced since Buakaw, and here's my top 5 reasons why.
--1. He's Beaten The Best...Repeatedly
Muay Thai isn't a sport where you stay unbeaten for long. Different from other combat sports like MMA, Boxing, or even Kickboxing, where a single loss can devalue your standing in the eyes of an international audience, Thai boxers are accustomed to accruing several losses a year with little to no drop in popularity. This is mainly because the top class of Muay Thai (or the names most foreigners are familiar with) is like an exclusive club that only 5 star quality athletes are allowed into. For our American fans, imagine a pick-up game of basketball played between likes of Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, and Blake Griffin on opposing teams. It wouldn't be too difficult to imagine an 8 game series between the best players in the NBA being split 4-4.
Now imagine that out of those 8 games, one player in particular scored the most points, grabbed the most rebounds, and had the most assists...every single match. This is the equivalent of what Yodwicha Por Boonsit has done in his last eight fights.
With only two losses in nearly 20 bouts, Yodwicha has recently beaten Singdam twice, Petchboonchu twice, Saenchai, Wanchalerm, Kongsak, and Nong-O. If you don't know some or all of those names, trust me, it's like the Hall of Fame list for modern Muay Thai. And while a few of his fights have been won by razor thin margins, no one has been able to figure out or neutralize Yodwicha's imposing clinch.
While a rematch with the lanky Wanchalerm is on the way, most people are already writing it off as another 'W" for Thailand's newest prodigy. And although most would like to see the sensation from Por Boonsit rematch Saenchai, in what would undoubtedly be one of the biggest fights of 2013, the chances of this happening drop with every passing month. Why? Well....Add a comment
While most of the card for GLORY 10 Los Angeles has been floating around the internet for some time now, we finally get the full, finalized card from GLORY this afternoon, from the Main Card to the Undercard. As was originally announced, Sergei Kharitonov vs. Jerome Le Banner is the main event for the card, with there being a four-man Middleweight tournament featuring four of the best in the world. This will be the final event on their CBS Sports Network deal before joining Spike TV. The event goes down on September 28th.
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Jérôme Le Banner vs. Sergei Kharitonov
Robin van Roosmalen vs. Shemsi Beqiri
Wayne Barrett vs. Kengo Shimizu
Joe Schilling vs. Stephen Wakeling
Artem Levin vs. Jason Wilnis
Davit Kiria vs. Murthel Groenhart
Brian Collette vs. Randy Blake
Brice Guidon vs. Jahfarr Wilnis
Andy Ristie vs. Sanny Dahlbeck
Aleksandr Stetcurenko vs. Karapet Karapetyan
Albert Kraus vs. Jordan Watson
Johann Fauveau vs. Hinata
Xavier Vigney vs. Hyunman Myung
Jacob Poss vs. Casey Greene
Jermaine Soto vs. Melisk Baghdasaryan
Ron Cruz vs. Francisco Garcia
Daniel Valdez vs. Brian Del Rosario
Charles Bisset vs. Matt Baker
Badr Hari always seems to be in some sort of trouble, always seems to be making some sort of headline across the world -- usually negative -- but even through all of that, he has some very, very dedicated fans in Morocco who will always love him and look at him as a hero. What better way to prove that than to see Badr work up a huge crowd at a music festival in Morocco? Seriously, get a look at how huge this crowd is and how they really seem into Badr Hari.Add a comment
SUPERKOMBAT have a huge double-header coming up next weekend in Romania, kicking off on the 30th with SUPERKOMBAT New Heroes in Targoviste, followed the next night by SUPERKOMBAT VIP in Bucharest, Romania. We finally have the full card for SUPERKOMBAT New Heroes and there are definitely some worth additions to the card on here, including fights from Bogdan and Andrei Stoica!
Main card SUPERKOMBAT New Heroes Targoviste:
Super-fight – 91 kg
Marsan Yohan (France) vs Bogdan Stoica (Romania)
Super-fight – 95 kg
Zinedine Hameur-Lain (Algeria) vs Andrei Stoica (Romania)
Super-fight -65 kg
Kostas Papedelis (Greece) vs Ionut Atodiresei (Romania)
Super-fight -95 de kg
Kay Bult (Holland) vs Dănuţ Hurduc (Romania)
Super-fight -71 kg
Claudiu Badoi (Romania) vs Cristian Milea (Romania)
Super-fight -85 kg
Ibrahim El Bouni (Marocco) vs Ciprian Schiopu (Romania)
Super-fight -91 kg
Stefan Szomoru (Romania) vs Cristian Ristea (Romania)
Super-fight -81 kg
Daniel Lazar (Romania) vs Flavius Boiciuc (Romania)
Superfight +95 kg
Catalin Sacagiu (Romania) vs Florin Niculae (Romania)
Oh Badr, when you chose the nickname of "Bad Boy" did you feel like you had to live up to the name all of the time? There have been reports over the last few weeks of some more trouble for Badr Hari, a lot of it rumor, conjecture and so forth. Stuff like possibly harassing Ruud Gullit, his family, etc. It's been hard to find any reliable proof about these claims, but the latest one was that he trashed a Villa of Gullit's in Ibiza and, well, he got himself into more trouble in Ibiza, which might substantiate it.
So what exactly is this trouble in Ibiza? Badr Hari got into an argument with DJ Afrojack, a famous Dutch musician and performer, in Ibiza, which led to him attacking Afrojack, only for it to be broken up before more damage could be done. Apparently Afrojack is not looking to press charges, though, as he is afraid of what Badr Hari might do to him if he does. This altercation seems to be a few weeks old now, just now leaking out because of Afrojack not talking about it.Add a comment
A few days ago we reported that there was a high chance Buakaw Banchamek would be stepping into the ring against Yoshihiro Sato on MAX Muay Thai's 4th Show in Sendai, Japan. Earlier today, that rumor was confirmed when MAX made the official fight announcement public.
While Buakaw and Sato have clashed three seperate times before, their fight on MAX Japan will be the first time they compete against one another under Full Thai rules.
On the surface, it would appear that the rule system for match fight greatly favors Buakaw over his Japanese opponent. However, it should be taken into consideration that Sato was a talented Nak Muay prior to his turn to stardom on the K-1 stage, who specialized dominating in the clinch with his tremendous height and accurate knees. While Buakaw certainly had one of greatest weapons taken away from him under K-1 rules, it could argued that Sato had an even greater disadvantage.
It will be interesting to see how these two match-up. While Sato had a particularly bad run in 2012 (to the point that many were calling for him to retire) he has rebounded this year with 3 solid wins over quality opposition like Sun Hyun Lee and Henri Van Oepstal. Buakaw, on the other hand, has been shelved during the last six months and seemed worse for wear against a lesser known opponent at MAX China.
Also on the card, Aikpracha Meenayothin faces Tomoaki Makino (A Thai Fight regular who once fought Buakaw), while Yuya Yamamoto, Dylan Salvador, Alessandro Campagna, and one unamed fighter round out MAX's final 67kg 4 man tournament.
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K-1 has been in motion the past few days, making their big announcement of the list for the K-1 World MAX Final 16 as well as announcing that it will be available via internet PPV via the Epicentre.tv platform for $19.99. Needless to say, there has been a lot of movement from K-1, especially in regards to the World MAX Final 16, and all of it looks to be some good stuff. While there were some bumps in the road when it came to the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals earlier this year and the stream, K-1 has teamed up with Australia's Epicentre.tv to provide a HD quality stream of the event. Epicentre has been around for a while, streaming combat sports events all over the world and has a very good reputation for providing quality streams, so you can put yourself at ease knowing that you'll be able to view the K-1 World MAX Final 16 without any real hiccups.
Then, of course, comes the list of fighters for the Final 16. Considering the competition and the nature of the game right now, especially with exclusive contracts and whatnot, the fact that K-1 put together such a great list of fighters is astonishing. Some of the lesser-known fighters, like Enrico Kehl, are really top notch and will make for worthy additions to the K-1 MAX division.
They've also released their final poster for the event, as well. Add a comment
Thirteen years ago, today, the kickboxing world lost one of it's greatest and most treasured fighters- Andreas "Andy" Hug.
There is perhaps no kickboxer, besides maybe Masato, that embodies the "Samurai Spirit" of K-1 more than Hug. Born in Switzerland to a widowed mother, Andy Hug became a star in Japan when the Kyokushin Karate blackbelt (and one of the most well respected non-Japanese karatekas of all-time) defeated the original K-1 Champion, Branko "The Croatian Tiger" Cikatic directly after his celebrated WGP win.
Hug became an instant international star, well known for wearing his Karate Gi and blackbelt into the ring, brutal Ax kicks, and the ever enduring "Hug Tornado,"- a lethal spinning kick aimed at the opponent's thigh. The technique required such precision and timing that Japanese fans believed no one else on Earth was capable of executing such a move in high level competition.
Today, some might see Karate as a novelty. In the age of MMA, Boxing, Muay Thai, and other brutal stand-up sports, time honored traditions like forms and board breaking may seem out of place among hard-nosed full combat action. Back in the early days of K-1 however, Karate was represented by a wealth of significant talent like Francisco Filho, Sam Greco, Nicholas Pettas, and Glaube Feitosa. Of them all, Andy reigned supreme.
Hug was one of the most popuar fighters in the world, not only for his humility and camera charm, but also because he represented the Japanese sport of Karate in the face of dangerous Muay Thai, Savate, and Boxing practioners. While not being Japanese himself, he was embraced by his adoptive country for rigorously dedicating himself to the tradition of Japan's most time-tested stand-up sport.
While Hug is often passed on the Greatest of All-Time list of kickboxers, few remember that the Swiss fighter holds one of the most impressive records in the sport, with wins over Ernesto Hoost, Mike Bernardo (x2), Peter Aerts (x2), Stefan Leko, Stan Longinidis, Sam Greco, Ray Sefo (x2), Cro Cop, Jerome Le Banner, and Musashi.
Another forgotten piece of trivia about Hug is that he was a natural middleweight. Even with his significant size disadvantage against fighters like Aerts, Le Banner, and Bernardo, Hug's movement, power, and ferocity was so high that he could break even the most talented K-1 star in their primes.
Despite all his other fantastic performance, there is perhaps, no greater moment in Hug's career than his defining K-1 WGP win in 1996.Add a comment
Yokkao, one of the premier brands of Muay Thai gear and apparel, is once again turning its eyes to the East Coast of the United States in hopes of finding some new talent to add to the Yokkao US Fight Team. Yokkao has been sponsoring some of the best Muay Thai fighters in the world since their inception and look to continue that tradition, this time branching out and sponsoring fighters within the United States. The United States has become a focal point over the past few years for the increased focus on Muay Thai here, which has only been helped by international Kickboxing juggernaut, GLORY, holding more and more events here State-side.
Stefania Picelli, one of the masterminds behind the Yokkao brand, is currently in New York City scouting some talent from all of the top gyms out there, looking to expand the Yokkao Fight team into the United States. The New York area has always been considered one of the more talent rich areas of the United States for Muay Thai outside of Los Angeles, with fighters like Jay Mattias, Brett Hlvacek, Cyrus Washington, Ognjen Topic, Jarrell Miller, Rami Ibraham and more making their home in that area. There has never been a lack of talent in the New York area and hopefully we'll soon have some of the top fighters in the United States with a stronger presence around the world fighting in Muay Thai.
MAX Muay Thai's resume' of stacked cards continues to roll, as today the Thai based promotion released a tentative roster for their 4th show scheduled for October 6th in Sendai, Japan.
As usual, the always controversial Buakaw Banchamek headlines the event against an as-of-yet unnanounced opponent.
However, using a bit of deductive reasoning, it wouldn't be a stretch to assume that Muay Thai's golden boy could be stepping into the ring against former K-1 stalwart and Japanese icon, Yoshihiro Sato. Sato and Buakaw have met three times before, with the man from Banchamek taking the first two fights, and Sato scoring a KO victory in the third. This time, it appears that Buakaw will have the chance to earn his revenge against Sato in Full Thai Rules. While Yoshihiro suffered a rough spot in 2012, the "Infinity Sniper" has since rebounded with wins over Henri Van Oepstal, Sun Hyun Lee, and Yuichiro Nagashima.
Other notable names scheduled for MAX Japan include the surging Aikpracha Meenayothin, who looked nearly unbeatable in his latest MAX outing against Warren Stevelmans, young GLORY fighter Alessandro Campagna, who owns a recent victory over the (often) unlucky but skilled Fabio Pinca, Dylan Salvador- who more than likely makes his return to MAX as France's 67kg tournament representative, and Yuya Yamamoto, AJKF kickboxing champion, K-1 MAX Runner-Up, and Krush faithful.
Overall, the card seems very solid. Because Sagetdao qualified for the MAX Final Tournament in December, the Japanese 4 Man will take place without a Thai representative. The winner will go on to face Andrei Kulebin, Victor Ngabe, and Sagetdao at the end of the year.