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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

K-1

Well, god damn, tomorrow is a big day for K-1, as they are holding the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 event in Mallorca, Spain. The event will feature Buakaw Banchamek, Andy Souwer, Henri Van Opstal, Yasuhiro Kido, Enrico Kehl and many others in one of K-1's biggest events of this year. There has been a lot of movement on the K-1 front over the past few days. As we've already gone over before, the event will be streamed live tomorrow in the afternoon here in the United States. You can watch the event live here on LiverKick!

There was a press conference yesterday afternoon live in Mallorca, featuring what fighters had arrived already. There is also a video posted from The Fight Network in Canada of Kru Alin from K-1 giving a preview of the event from before he left for Mallorca.

For those looking to bet on the event, you are in luck as K-1 has forged a deal with TopBetta.com so that you can place bets directly on the fights! They use the European betting system, so if you are like me, American, and used to -140, etc., well, get used to it? We'll hopefully have footage from the weigh-ins shortly, but there are photos on K-1's Facebook and it looks like there are a ton of people there, which bodes well for tomorrow's event.

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Yokkao

Yokkao is one of the better-known gear companies within the world of Muay Thai and a lot of the time we end up with questions like; where can I get Yokkao gear in the United States. The answer was, to say the least, kind of frustrating. Yokkao gear was a bit tough to come by here stateside, but it looks like that is all changing as Yokkao announces their official US shop!

That means if you live in the United States you can finally get your own Yokkao gear direct! That means gloves, pads, shorts, t-shirts and more. There is now a Muay Thai Combat San Francisco, which will serve as the base of operations out there, with Stefania Picelli opening up the office just weeks ago now; “The project that I am starting in the US will give each and every US State the opportunity to sell Yokkao Boxing. All of what I am doing with Muay Thai Combat and Yokkao is being copied by the world round, but a copy is ONLY a copy and I am proud to be the original one and only with fresh ideas to keep our fans happy, impressed and wanting more .. so USA, Get Ready!”

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Yokkao

Yokkao are not only one of the top gear companies in the world, but with the cooperation of Stefania Picelli, they promote a few big muay thai events a year that have always been fan favorites. Their events have provided some of the most anticipated and talked-about Muay Thai fights for fans. Their next event is set to go down in March 2014 from the Muay Thai-rich country of England! Muay Thai Combat Mania England promises to be a great show, promoted by Brizo Calder of SuperShowDown in conjunction with Yokkao and Stefania Picelli.

They announced on their Facebook today that the event will be headlined by Liam Harrison vs. Damien Alamos in a Full Rules Muay Thai fight at 64kg, five rounds at three minutes apiece. We've also been informed by our friends at Yokkao of two other huge bouts set for the event.

Rungravee Sasiprapa vs. Dean James

Tim Thomas vs. Reece McAllister

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we'll have more on Muay Thai Combat Mania England and much more!

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Glory

New York has long been one of the hotbeds for Muay Thai and Kickboxing in the United States and GLORY Sports International has taken a keen focus on New York as one of its home bases for the coming years -- for a good reason. GLORY has held a number of events in New York already, including GLORY 9 and smaller Road 2 Glory events with local promoter Lou Neglia at at the helm, but it looks like now that GLORY has an abundance of options, tapping into some of the other top promoters in the area.

GLORY announced today that they have forged new partnerships with popular promotions Friday Night Fights and TaKe-On Promotions based out of New York. For those who regularly read the site or follow NYC's scene these names will be very familiar for you, as they are two of the biggest and most popular promotions in New York. This means that their roster of promoters in New York is now up to three, which could mean more events in the area in the upcoming months.

GLORY's next event in New York is GLORY 12 NYC, which goes down at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 23rd.

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K-1

The K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 is just a matter of days away now and there are still some gears in motion in the K-1 machine. The big news from a few days ago was that K-1 has signed a deal with Thai Airways International, who will be sponsoring the event and have made it feasible for the stream, available here on LiverKick.com as well as Epicentre.tv, to be available free of charge to all. Of course, that all comes with a catch, as countries like Canada and Belgium, which have exclusive television deals in place, will not be able to view the stream. So everyone say thank you to Thai Airways International then, they just saved you $20!

The other news is that Mike Zambidis has pulled out of the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16. I won't lie, this was shaky from the start here, in part due to Zambo's management being the promoters from last year's tournament in Greece and some of the fallout from that. If you have been curious as to why everything like fighters and matches were announced so late, it was in part because Zambidis changed his mind just a few weeks away from the tournament and negotiated to get into the tournament again. Then there was talk of him not wanting to fight in the tournament anymore and being unhappy with drawing Elam Ngor. His pulling out is a disappointment, but it seems like getting Zambidis on board was too much of a hassle for K-1 at this point, anyway.

Replacing Zambidis will be Ismat Aghazade from the country of Azerbaijan.

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CSC

Can't Stop Crazy isn't really a fight team, exactly, just like it isn't just a way of mind. Can't Stop Crazy is sort of a collective within the West Coast Muay Thai scene that features some of the best muay thai fighters in the country who are just friends with each other and look to help each other out. So when they all converged upon one location to help prepare for fights something cool happens, which was captured on video by Jeff Dojillo, and we will be happy to share with you on here.

Kevin Ross is preparing for a fight in Lion Fight come the end of September and Joe Schilling is preparing for the GLORY 10 Los Angeles Middleweight tournament, so both men will have their hands full come the end of September. Check out this video below.

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Glory

Right in line with the rumors that we've been hearing, GLORY will be heading back to Japan for the end of the year once again, this time instead of on New Year's Eve it will be on December 21st at the Ariake Colosseum in a night featuring a Welterweight/77kg tournament. The only name announced for the tournament this so far is longtime Golden Glory member Nieky Holzken, who sits atop the GLORY rankings at 77kg/170lbs currently.

If I were to wager a guess as to who else will be involved, I'd look at GLORY 10's undercard fight between Alexander Stetsurenko and Karapet Karapetyan and GLORY 11's Joe Valtellini vs. Kharim Ghajji to complete the tournament spots, but that is just a [very] educated guess on my part. They also will be booking a series of Super Fights, for what they are calling a "SuperFight Series," which does make me curious as to what that exactly means. Once again, if I were to guess, I'd say that it had something to do with Spike TV.

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K-1

In the past LiverKick has been dedicated to bringing you some of the best and greatest Kickboxing events from all over the world, from GLORY, It's Showtime and SuperKombat and we look to continue that trend by becoming an official partner with K-1's broadcast partner, Epicentre, to bring to you, the best Kickboxing fans in the world, the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 live here on LiverKick. You can view the fight card here.

The event will be on September 14th at 1PM Eastern time here in the US, 6PM London time in the UK and will cost $19.99 USD. So we invite you to join us on September 14th for the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 event live here on LiverKick. Remember that purchasing the PPV through the site helps to support LiverKick so we can continue to bring you the latest and greatest in Kickboxing coverage.

UPDATE: Thanks to K-1's sponsorship deal with Thai Airways International the stream will now be free!

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K-1 MAX

The K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 is rapidly approaching, going down on September 14th in Palma de Mallorca, Spain with a few big names tacked onto tournament and qualifying bout winners from this year. It makes for an interesting yet odd blend of names, which have now been put into fights! We've been waiting for these, so it is nice to see them laid out finally. The big match-ups are Andy Souwer vs. Yasuhiro Kid, Mike Zambidis vs. Elam Ngor and Buakaw Banchamek vs. David Calvo, but there are some interesting fights on there as well like Henri Van Opstal vs. Enriko Kehl.

So, let's get on with it already, right?

  • Andy Souwer (NLD) vs. Yasuhiro Kido (JAP)
  • Buakaw Banchamek (THA) vs. David Calvo (SPA)
  • Shane Campbell (CAN) vs. Wallace Lopez (BRA)
  • Lee Sung-Hyun (KOR) vs. Francois Alexande (FRA)
  • Zhou Zhi-Peng (CHN) vs. Joey Pagliuso (USA)
  • Maximo Suarez (ESP) vs. Miodrag Olar (ROU)
  • Henri Van Opstal (NLD) vs. Enriko Kehl (DEU)
  • Mike Zambidis (GRC) vs. Elam Ngor (ESP)

LiverKick will be hosting the internet PPV for the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16, so you won't even have to leave your favorite Kickboxing site to watch the event! Stay tuned for more details shortly.

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Credit to Ben Pontier and Bart van Leersum
Credit to GLORY/Ben Pontier and Bart van Leersum

For the past few years, names like Buakaw Por Pramuk, Giorgio Petrosyan and Yodsaenklai Fairtex have been the talk of the kickboxing town, with British Muay Thai fighters like Jordan Watson and Iman Barlow also making massive waves in the stand-up circuit. The sport has undoubtedly been growing in recent years, evident through avenues like The Contender Asia and K-1 Max as well as the expansion of mixed martial arts and the increasing exposure of its exciting strikers like Anderson Silva and Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic.

Despite winning his first WMC world title at 19 against the experienced Ying Yai, as well as defeating the legendary ‘John’ Wayne Parr – arguably the most popular Western Muay Thai fighter to grace the ring – back in 2006, the UK’s Stephen Wakeling has remained relatively low key. In the last five years you can count the number of bouts he’s had on one hand, and with a record of just over 40 professional fights, the Epsom-born Thai boxer hasn’t had nearly half the amount of experience in the ring as most of his contemporaries.

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SuperKombat

SUPERKOMBAT has an interesting stable of fighters at its disposal, guys like Benjamin Adegbuyi, Bogdan and Andrei Stoica, Catalin Morosanu, Raul Catinas and Sebastien Ciobanu. While lots of promoters force fighters into exclusive contracts, Eduard Irimia would like to make it clear that fighters under the employ of SUPERKOMBAT are not held to those kinds of restrictions. In fact, he encourages fighters under the SK banner to gain experience outside of the SUPERKOMBAT organization.

In the article, which was posted to Romanian luptatorii.ro, Irimia talks about his "gentlemen's agreement" with Pierre Andurand and GLORY, stating that they are not rivals and that he would be happy to send some of his fighters to GLORY. There is also a brief mention that Irimia would allow fighters to fight for K-1 as well.

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