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|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
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|4.||Marc de Bonte|
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|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
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Follow Alistair Overeem in his online documentary "The Reem" as episode twelve shows the culmination of Alistair's hard work; the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals. This is a must-watch for K-1 fans, as it is like having an all-access pass to the K-1 World Grand Prix. To those that believed that there was some controversy over Gokhan Saki fighting Overeem you get to see Cor Hemmers backstage with Overeem and makes no mention of Saki being injured, only that both men had a war and that he will only be at ringside and let both men fight it out without providing support for either individual, only the team.
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Apparently, being let in on contract negotiations as they happen is not a good thing, which explains this afternoon's debacle with Todd Duffee. A member of Todd Duffee's fight camp told a blog, AroundTheOctogon.com, that the money offered to Todd Duffee was not as verbally agreed upon, so Duffee was not taking the fight. Now the same site is reporting that Duffee has sorted out the issues and will indeed fight Alistair Overeem on New Year's Eve in Japan.
It is great to finally see Alistair Overeem's opponent for New Year's Eve ironed out, and that apparently Duffee can expect that $60k paycheck from FEG, of course, whenever FEG has the money.
There are a few issues that have arisen from this that should become crystal clear to the casual onlooker, the first and possibly most important is that Japanese MMA has become important in the United States. A few years ago something being passed around message boards, blogs and news sites would be written off as unimportant, but with how the media is now and how the average consumer receives their news, that is not the case. Japanese MMA might be a dying fad in Japan itself, but something new is happening here, and it should be noted. For all of the fatalism paperclipped to MMA's file, I'm not quite sure that anyone expected a fighter from Holland who became a name in the United States fighting in Japan would make such a splash on such an isolated, hard to read country as Japan.
This year's Dynamite!! card will appeal to the hardcore fan, but to the casual MMA fan who might not follow Japanese MMA, Alistair Overeem's name being attached to it has lent it some much-needed credibility and hype. The question that I ask is this; is Alistair Overeem what Japanese MMA needs to survive? Is a fighter becoming a huge name internationally while making Japan their de facto home going to help bring in attention to a sport dying on the vine there? Time will only tell.
The other issue is that, with this, comes a wealth of MMA bloggers and legitimate reporters (I mean this at no slight to bloggers anywhere) who have very little knowledge about just how insane the Japanese MMA world is. Where in the United States, a last minute fight like this would result in a rumor, closed contract negotiations and a resolution, Alistair Overeem's journey for a fight has led to endless rumors, assurances from some of the MMA world's top reporters that fell flat and people squabbling over whose sources are more legitimate than others.
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I feel like we've been crushing dreams lately when it comes to Alistair Overeem. LiverKick.com has barely been up a week and we've been able to assure you that Bobby Lashley would not fight Alistair Overeem, Satoshi Ishii and were pretty skeptical of Todd Duffee happening. Overeem's people seemed less-than-confident of the fight happening after all of the nonsense, and apparently as of today, the fight is officially off. We haven't been able to officially confirm what happened this morning, but all signs are indeed pointing to Todd Duffee turning down the contract at the last minute.
Around the Octogon has decided to pit their credibility for this story (note the one comment from "Monte Cox"). As always, grains, salt, use them.
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Todd Duffee and DREAM officials had a verbal agreement in place for him to face Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem at Dream Dynamite 2010 on New Years Eve. But when he received the contract this morning the money wasn’t right and Duffee decided to pass on the fight. ATO learned of the situation earlier today through a source close to Duffee
That headline will read as downright odd to anybody who follows kickboxing. Gokhan Saki is known as being one of the most exciting high level kickboxers in the world, who has overcome the odds over and over again. He is one of the few fighters who is always undersized going into his bouts, but always puts his all into every fight, leaving nothing to question.
Well, according to Saki's Twitter account, he wants to fight in Strikeforce.
My arm is oke I hope to fight at glory and in the summer for strike force!
If you are like me, you don't even know what to read into this. It is good that his arm is doing better now, and is perfectly logical that he wishes to fight for Golden Glory's next show, which is coming up in a few months. The surprise is that he wants to fight in Strikeforce. This, coming off some rather substantial rumors that It's Showtime is looking to break into the United States market next year and that their relationship with Scott Coker is "healthy" makes one wonder if maybe there is a chance of seeing some of the best kickboxers in the world fight in the US, regardless of the banner in 2011.
Of course, the kicker was him taking a pot shot at rival Melvin Manhoef.
Yes I like to fight manhoef at mma fight I win for sure by submussion heheheeheh!!!
Gokhan by armbar, somebody book this.
UPDATE: We've received word that this wasn't just a one-off joke post by Saki, there is some weight to this. Saki is in talks with Strikeforce.Add a comment
Last year, Masato was chosen by one of Japan's largest newspapers, NikkanSports as their Combat Sports MVP. It was an honor for the retiring fighter, and a great way to cap off his stellar fighting career. This year, they chose Alistair Overeem, the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Champion. It is safe to say that the man known as "The Reem," "The Dutch Cyclone" as well as "Ubereem" had a banner year, with five victories in K-1 competition (Poturak, Edwards, Spong, Saki and Aerts), with four KO victories. To top it off, he defended his Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship against Brett Rogers in May and looks to be competing at Dynamite!! against Todd Duffee for the DREAM Heavyweight Championship. For any fighter, this would be a good year, for Ubereem, it was another year in the life.
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We've reached that point in the year where there are very few big kickboxing bouts left, all of the major titles and tournaments have been decided. To coincide with our big move to LiverKick.com, we want to ask you, the fans, who should be the Kickboxer of the Year. We've narrowed it down to seven choices, including all of the major GP winners and runners-up, as well as the Shootboxing S-Cup Champion and Saenchai Sor Kingstar, who captured three major Muay Thai titles this year.
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If you haven't had enough Alistair Overeem rumors, prepare for a new one. Remember the opponent of the week last week? Last week, Bobby Lashley was all-but-confirmed according to multiple websites, with a Strikeforce employee tweeting that Lashley was going to be the man to step up and fight Alistair Overeem. The way that FEG has handled Alistair Overeem is really no different than the way that they handle any other fighter, the main difference is that Overeem holds a championship in a United States promotion, Strikeforce.
This immediately means that any Overeem news garners attention from the media and blogs in the US and the speculation goes through the roof. In a way, it is a severe shortcoming on the part of FEG. FEG has finally found a star that could help them truly break through to a United States audience, but they are treating him like business-as-usual.
Last night, Todd Duffee posted on his Facebook page that you can watch him vs. "Overeem" on HDnet on New Year's Eve. So now there is a post on Sherdog that the fight is "50-50." At this point, Duffee has signed his cotract and the money has been hammered out between his camp and FEG, he simply needs to attain a short-term visa and everything is a go, right?
I feel like a grandfather trying to talk to his teenage grandson about the time he got the clap in Korea while all the kid can think about is getting laid. Everyone is so excited for the prospect of Overeem finally having a fight that they are missing the fact that this feels familiar. Last week Dave Meltzer, the most reliable reporter in the business (I know, Helwani does cool backstage videos, I know) said he was certain of the Lashley fight happening. Last year Andrei Arlovski's camp applied for a temporary work visa and had signed a contract, too.
No matter who the source, how certain they are, until the ink is completely dry and FEG announces it, Overeem does not have an opponent.
UPDATE: According to sources close to the situation, Todd Duffee has agreed to be paid $60,000 to fight Overeem and has not been training for a fight at all, this was completely last minute. Official announcement expected the 27th.Add a comment
Our good friend and combat sports veteran announcer Michael Schiavello also happens to be one of the better combat sports writers out there when he wants to be, which should make a lot of people take notice. Schiavello does this in his free time, in between jetsetting all over the world and calling nearly every awesome combat sports show not under the Zuffa banner in the world. What I am saying is, take note, MMA writers.
Schiavello take a look at ten of the best kicks outside of MMA, which he rightfully so, has labeled the "Showtime Kick" by Anthony Pettis at WEC's finale event as the best MMA kick. He runs the gambit, from Muay Thai strikers like Enriko Kehl and Saenchai to kickboxing legends like Andy Hug and Remy Bonjasky, Schiavello covers it all.
One of my favorites that he covers is Andy Hug's Tornado kick to the leg of Mike Bernardo in 1996.
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What makes Hug’s variation so special is that he threw the kick to Bernardo’s thigh, rather than delivering, as is usual, to the opponent’s midsection. No sooner had the kick been thrown did it become an international sensation and everyone in the world began attempting spinning back kicks to the thigh (just as we’ll no doubt see many Pettis “Showtime Kick” clones). To this day, however, in my many years of watching and commentating combat sports, I have never seen another fighter execute a spinning back kick to the thigh for a knockout. Take into consideration that Hug performed this technique against the more highly-fancied Bernardo in the final of the biggest martial arts competition on Earth and you can appreciate the complete spectacle of this technique.
In the recent batch of Dynamite!! 2010 fight announcements was a fight worth a closer look. Under K-1 rules, it will be K-1 Heavyweight champion Kyotaro v. Dream LHW champion Gegard Mousasi. This is one of only two kickboxing fights currently scheduled for Dynamite!!, and although Mousasi is primarily an MMA fighter, this is a very intriguing fight.
The backstory of this fight largely stems from Dynamite!! 2008. There, Mousasi made his K-1 debut, easily dispatching Japanese veteran Musashi in under one round (check out today's daily fight or click here to watch). Since then, Musashi has retired, and Kyotaro has picked up the mantle of Japan's top heavyweight, winning the K-1 heavyweight title, and scoring upsets over opponents like Gokhan Saki, Peter Aerts, and Jerome Le Banner. Given Japan's national pride, the story here is clear - Kyotaro wants to avenge the honor of Musashi and K-1. As the champion himself stated: "I saw Mousasi KO Musashi 2 years ago and now I want to prove that K-1 fighters are stronger... I want to win back our prestige." That story alone gives this fight a nice edge.
In ring, the fight should deliver as well. Mousasi is a very strong all around fighter who can not be discounted here. Kyotaro is more experienced, but far from invincible, and if Mousasi fights a smart game, he could bring his K-1 record up to 2-0. Kyotaro will no doubt be looking to pull Mousasi into his game and get the Dream fighter moving forward and attacking. From there, Mousasi could be exposed to Kyotaro's beautiful counter-punching attack. That ability to counter-punch has been the demise of fighters with considerably more stand-up experience than Mousasi, and Gegard will need to be well prepared to avoid the same fate. I think those skills will guide Kyotaro to victory again here, but I certainly don't think it's a lock.
The Dynamite card is now shaping up nicely with 11 confirmed fights and 1 confirmed by everyone but K-1. Here's the line-up:
Andy Ologun v. Furuki Katsuaki
Hideo Tokoro v. Kazuhisa Watanabe
Hayato Mach Sakurai v. Jason High
Kazushi Sakuraba v. Marius Zaromskis
Jerome Le Banner v. Satoshi Ishii
Josh Thomson v. Tatsuya Kawajiri
MINOWAMAN v. Hiroshi Izumi
Kazuyuki Miyata v. Caol Uno
Bibiano Fernandes v. Hiroyuki Takaya
Tetsuya Yamato v. Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura
Kyotaro v. Gegard Mousasi
Mixed DREAM/K-1 Rules:
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If you've been paying attention to the kickboxing world in 2010 you'll notice that Badr Hari's name has been continually coming up in regards to a February altercation in front of an Amsterdam night club. This led to a brief stint in prison as well as Badr Hari missing the K-1 World Grand Prix, a glaring omission from this year's tournament for all the die hard fans.
Dutch newspaper "The Telegraaf" is now reporting that Badr Hari had originally paid off the bouncer to not come forward with his name. Through intermediaries, the bouncer had asked Badr Hari for 15,000 Euros (around $20,000 USD). Badr Hari's lawyer, Benedicte Ficq, decided that it was in their best interest to pay the bouncer some money to keep him quiet on the "false" allegations. Instead, they opted to pay 5,000 Euros (around $6,500 USD) as to not damage Hari's career.
"It was hush money paid to the doorman, who had been asked to stop discussing the incident. There is absolutely no truth to it. The doorman kept gossiping and chat that Hari had beaten him, which is not true. It could cause Hari lot of damage to his career, so I thought my client would be smart to pay. "
As you can see, this did not exactly turn out the way that they planned it.Add a comment