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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

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SK

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)

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Badr Hari

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.

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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 MAX

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.

  • Andy Souwer
  • Buakaw Banchamek
  • Mike Zambidis
  • David Calvo
  • Elam Ngor
  • Máximo Suárez
  • Henry Van Opstal
  • Wallace López
  • Shane Campbell
  • Miodrag Olar
  • François Alexande
  • Yasuhiro Kido
  • Zhi-Peng Zhou
  • Enrico Kehl
  • Joey Pagliuso
  • Lee Sung-Hyun

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. 

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Yokkao

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.

East Coast fighters that are looking to be a part of Yokkao's US Fight Team are encouraged to submit their record and information to Yokkao directly at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We urge you to pass this along to any top fighters that you know on the East Coast who are looking to take their game to the next level! You can check out Yokkao on Twitter (@YokkaoBoxing) and Facebook, or at http://www.Yokkao.com.

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MAXJapan

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.

You can check out the full released roster for MAX Muay Thai Japan below, and be sure to follow @Liverkickdocom and @SandersonSensei on twitter for all the latest updates.

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MAX JAPAN

Y.Yuya
A. Campegna
D. Salvador
N. Keawsumrid
Y. Mori
E. Meenayothin
T. Makimo
B. Banchamek
Y. Sato
K. Sitittisukto

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K-1

Mike Zambidis, better known as Zambo, is probably one of the most exciting fighters in K-1 history and it looks like he'll be making his return to the K-1 ring in September in Mallorca, Spain as a part of the Final 16 event.

Zambo was originally announced for the event over the summer but then reports surfaced that Zambidis would not be participating after all. So this comes as a bit of a surprise, but a good surprise at that, especially after Abraham Roqueni pulled out, citing issues with the event promoter, Street Culture. Zambidis makes for a fine addition to the K-1 World MAX tournament, joining K-1 veterans like Buakaw Banchamek, Andy Souwer and Yasuhiro Kido as well as a host of younger fighters as well.

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Glory 12

Well, GLORY has finally come clean with the fact that their second event on Spike TV will be GLORY 12 New York and that it will go down at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. GLORY 12 will go down on November 9th in New York City and will air live on Spike TV, featuring a Lightweight tournament to crown the best in the world, featuring Giorgio Petrosyan. Not much else is known about the card, but there have been some rumors about possibly seeing Peter Aerts back in action at GLORY 12 in New York, which is really all that you need to know, right?

Here is the full event poster, which sure is pretty.

Glory

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Roqueni

You can't have a week without having some drama, and some drama we do have, as upcoming K-1 World MAX Final 16 participant Abraham Roqueni has publicly made a statement declaring that he's ending his relationship with his manager, Javier Rolo of Street Culture. If Street Culture sounds familiar to you it is because Street Culture worked as the local promoter in Spain for past It's Showtime events and is doing the same duty for the upcoming K-1 World MAX Final 16 in Mallorca. For promoter Javier Rolo this is not his only pressing issue, though, as there have been some issues with recent Enfusion Live events which he helped to promote.

Roqueni has severed his relationship with Rolo and Street Culture, which in turn has forced him to pull out of the K-1 World MAX Final 16. Before the lynch mob comes out, it's hard to see this as a reflection of K-1, really, and instead is an issue with their promotional partner. Some might be surprised at K-1 using a local partner, but it is pretty standard procedure for organizations, as even GLORY uses local promoters (Topuz in Turkey, DiBlasi in Italy, Neglia in New York, etc.). This is a loss for K-1, as Roqueni does have a solid name from his win over Andy Souwer back in 2011, but not a huge loss by any stretch of the imagination.

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Badr

I feel like this is one of those stories that makes everyone scratch their heads in unison; Badr Hari was on performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). It feels like one of those, "well, duh" situations, as most of us have noted that Badr Hari has been huge at times, but reports of him in prison were of him at under 80kgs. Badr was at one time a skinny guy, small and wiry, before he became the beast that he is today.

According to Crimesite.nl, the Dutch police went into his home to look for evidence against him in his upcoming court case about the mistreatment of Everink Koen, when they discovered a few performance enhancing drugs. What exactly were these drugs? The steroid Anapolon, estrogen blocker Tamoxifen and lastly Gentropin, or injectable Human Growth Hormone (HGH). While sure, this is not really illegal, it is proof that Badr Hari has used performance enhancing drugs and that he most likely is on them again.

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