|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)|
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?
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.Add a comment
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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.Add a comment
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.Add a comment
If you're like me, commentary matters to you when you watch fights. For GLORY, who will soon be making a big splash on American audiences by debuting on Spike TV. According to our old friend Fraser, that will begin with GLORY 10 Los Angeles, which is good news indeed, but the question of commentary team is still a big one for fans. While Stephen Quadros has been a mainstay for GLORY, his broadcast partner has shifted a few times now without there really being a good fit between a myriad of broadcast partners, but it looks like luck will change. Duke Roufus, the trainer from Roufus Sport who is responsible for such talents as new UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis and a staggering amount of other top level talent will be providing the color commentary when GLORY makes their Spike TV debut.
So, if you are in the area and haven't gotten your tickets already, you should probably consider doing so, and if you'll be at home watching it on Spike TV, you'll be glad to have a knowledgeable team in control of the broadcast. The full card can be viewed here.Add a comment
Although the Netherlands certainly holds the choice cuts of fighters at 70kg and above, Japan has dominated the lighter weights of kickboxing for years and without much credit. Last weekend, the two best fighters from the 65-67kg divisions- former K-1 Youth champion, Masaaki Noiri, and current GLORY and Krush 67kg champion, Yuta Kubo- met in Nagoya for 3rd time.
While Kubo had come away with two big wins in their previous meetings (once in the K-1 63kg tournament semi-finals and once in the GLORY 65kg finals) it was Noiri, the 20 year old prodigy, who finally earned his revenge and the Krush 67kg title.
By all reports, the fight was relatively one-sided. After sustaining an eye injury from a knee in the second round, Kubo desperately tried to employ clinching tactics against Noiri, which failed when the ref took measures to seperate them frequently, even going so far as to give Kubo a warning. Noiri picked apart Kubo from the outside using his length, taking extra care to aim for the older fighter's injured eye.
In the final round Kubo again tried his hand at clinching but this time was given a deduction from the referee for doing so. Free to engage, Noiri began landing hard knees, kicks, punches, and swarming Kubo at the end of the round with hooks to the body and head.
At the end of three, Noiri was awarded the unanimous decision victory, snapping Kubo's impressive 17 fight winning streak and taking his 67kg Krush title in the process.
This win, in my opinion, has created the most dynamic and interesting rivalry in kickboxing. With the exception of perhaps Peter Aerts and Semmy Schilt (Recently retired), no other pair of fighters in the sport have such a series of high level back and forth battles. They have only lost to each other on the world's biggest stages, and only after defeating everyone else in their weight brackets (which now span three seperate divisions). They are far and away some of the most technically skilled athletes in the world, they have distinctly opposing personalities, and they're both from the same country.
As GLORY Kickboxing continues its push into Japan, Noiri and Kubo are without a doubt the keys to getting Japanese fans back in seats. The Japanese favor exciting narratives over rankings and title fights, and right now there is no better narrative than a fourth, and potentially fifth match between the two best 65kg kickboxers in the world.
Also on the Krush .32 card, Yoshihiro Sato continued his impressive rebound from a disasterous 2012, winning his fourth straight fight and defeating Shintaro Matsukara by unanimous decision. Sato will be riding a hefty amount of momentum into his Full Thai rules fight against Buakaw on October 6, which will undoubtedly be his most significant battle since the 2010 K-1 MAX Finals against Giorgio Petrosyan.
The rumor over the past week or so was that Badr Hari would be back in the ring for the LEGEND promotion, based out of Russia, but let's be honest with ourselves here, it felt like a longshot at best. Badr Hari is due in court in October for his trial which will decide his fate for the brutal beating of Koen Everink at the Amsterdam ArenA last year. So when rumors of him participating in the next LEGEND event, which was scheduled for October 31st, started sprouting it up it seemed that they were overly confident in his court case.
That confidence has not wavered, though, as it looks like these rumors were true. According to De Telegraaf in the Netherlands, Badr Hari is set to fight for LEGEND on November 9th against none other than Alexey Ignashov. One would have to think that this could fall through if Badr is found guilty, but maybe not, who knows? Golden Glory founder Ron Nyqvist escaped from prison in July when he was given a "break" from prison (yes, a break from prison!) and was apprehended this last week, so it feels like anything is possible with how international judicial systems work.
The last time that Badr Hari was in the ring was in May at LEGEND against Zabit Samedov, with Samedov stopping Hari and shocking the world.Add a comment
Word has come down the pipe today that Stefania Picelli of Yokkao has had a successful meeting of Mr. Peter Wetzer of All Combat Sports (http://www.allcombatsports.eu/) which has brought Yokkao products into one of the hearts of the Kickboxing and Muay Thai world that is the BeNeLux region of Europe (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg). This partnership goes well beyond the scope of just having an exclusive, authorized Yokkao dealer within the BeNeLux region, though. There is also talk of more coming from the partnership in the future, with some immediate implications.
What are those immediate implications? Yokkao and All Combat Sports will be looking into building up a team of sponsored fighters from the region. Holland is known to be one of the hotbeds for some of the best gyms and fighters in the world and could possibly be the home of a new Yokkao Fight Team, if things pan out as we've heard. That is exciting news for fighters in the region, who are encouraged to head to http://www.allcombatsports.eu and use the contact form (on the right side of the page) to pass along their information. We know for sure that Stefania and Peter are going to be looking for the best new talents to proudly wear the Yokkao name into battle.
Since it is such a dense region of Europe chock full of talent there are some immediate questions we have, such as; which fighters will Yokkao choose to sponsor first? There are legends like Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky, Andy Souwer or even the Bad Boy, Badr Hari based out of Holland, just like there are newer stars like Andy Ristie, Davit Kiria, Henri Van Opstal and more. There is also the question of whether or not we'll see a Yokkao Extreme event in the near future in the area? With a new region opening up like this for Yokkao there seem to be limitless possibilities for them.
For further information check out the new http://www.allcombatsports.eu as well as http://www.yokkao.com, don't forget to follow @YokkaoBoxing or check them out on Facebook, as well as follow Stefania as she treks around the world.Add a comment
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