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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

Lion Fight

Lion Fight 11 on September 20th has already been shaping up to be a pretty incredible card, featuring Kevin Ross vs. Tetsuya Yamato and Nampon vs. Cosmo Alexandre, but now a third big fight has been added by the way of former Strikeforce champion and current Invicta FC champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino (formerly Santos). Cyborg is perhaps best known for her run in Strikeforce which included wins over Marloes Coenen as well as Gina Carano. She is just coming off of a win over Coenen at Invicta FC and it was announced today that she will return to Muay Thai under the Lion Fight banner on September 20th against Martina Jindrova of Holland.

Jindrova fights out of Brutal Gym in Holland with a record of 17-5 and looks forward to making her Lion Fight debut against a star like Cris Cyborg.

“I know Cyborg is a huge MMA star and this is a big challenge for me to fight an opponent like her,” said Jindrova. “She is very strong with hard punches, kicks and knees. But this is not an MMA, this is Muay Thai and she will be fighting me against my rules. I’m very proud to be on this historic Lion Fight 11 card and am ready to make a great knockout win for the fans.”

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Badr

K-1 fighter Badr Hari lives a pretty crazy life that has seen a great deal of controversy, with some of that controversy revolving around his relationship with Estelle Cruijff, the former wife of football star Ruud Gullit. It looks like the odd love affair, punctuated by Badr Hari's brawl at the Amsterdam ArenA that left Koen Everink in rough shape, has finally come to an end and has hit the Dutch tabloids. The relationship between the two was fodder for the press for quite a while and it looks like today will be no different.

It is interesting to note that Badr Hari's next court date is in October and that the relationship couldn't outlast the charges accrued during it. Maybe Badr Hari will finally find some peace and get back into fighting shape in time for the K-1 World Grand Prix this time around.

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K-1

We are all still waiting for K-1 to unveil the full line-up and matches from the K-1 World MAX Final 16, so now is as good of a time as any to take a look at their two recent announced fighters in Yasuhiro Kido and Lee Sung-Hyun. Kido has been around the block in K-1 MAX and was a participant in last year's K-1 World MAX tournament as well. He's had a bit of a new leaf on life when it comes to his Kickboxing career and been on a bit of a roll, which is nice to see. Of course, a loss to Murthel Groenhart is right smack dab in the middle of that resurgence, but you can't win them all. With the field that we know right now it is safe to assume that Kido in his current form should do just fine and we might actually see him in the Final 8.

The second signing is Lee Sung-Hyun of South Korea, who primarily fights at 63 or 65kg, but has been known to fight at 70kg if the competition is right. He fought at the MAX Korea event earlier this year, winning the tournament. I'm still not sure if that was a K-1 event or not, but he won the tournament and ended up in the K-1 World MAX tournament, so I guess? It'll be interesting to see how he does at 70kg and if he's put on some muscle, or if he'll be undersized against some of the bigger 70kg guys who cut to make it there.

Since we don't have a list yet and we've seen a lot of stuff floating around the internet, this is, from what we can tell, guys who are 100% involved in the K-1 World MAX Final 16.

  • Buakaw Banchamek
  • Andy Souwer
  • Henri Van Opstal
  • Yasuhiro Kido
  • Lee Sung-Hyun
  • David Calvao
  • Shane Campbell
  • Joey Pagliuso
  • Abraham Roqueni
  • Wallace Lopez

While Mike Zambidis was originally announced, from all that I've heard, Zambidis will not be involved in the K-1 World MAX tournament due to some financial disputes involving his management, which co-promoted the K-1 World MAX Finals in Athens last year.

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Souwer

This announcement seems to coincide with the signing of Buakaw Banchamek by K-1 and serves more as a "see, we have some big stars" than an actual signing, as Andy Souwer was originally announced for the event. Andy Souwer was originally announced for the September 14th event in Mallorca, Spain, but then again, so was Mike Zambidis, whom we've heard might not be participating in the event after all.

That being said, the idea of Andy Souwer and Buakaw Banchamek stepping into the ring again is an awesome selling point for K-1's upcoming World MAX Final 16 and World MAX tournament as a whole. We've also heard that there might be some other surprises, but nothing is set in stone yet. The final card should be available within a few weeks now and will be packing a decent amount of star power to go along with talent, which is the important thing here. The addition of Henri Van Opstal is also a good choice as Van Opstal has been tearing up Shoot Boxing of late, even meeting Souwer in the Finals of the 2012 S-Cup.

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SuperKombat

Today is a day that just keeps on giving for Kickboxing fans across the world and looks to do some more as SUPERKOMBAT has announced that their New Heroes series will return to Romania on August 30th in Targoviste, the city best known as the home of Vlad Tepes -- also known as Dracula. This is SUPERKOMBAT's first show back after a bit of a summer break, but they do note that they've already run a staggering ten events this year so far.

The participants announced so far are as follows; Amansio Paraschiv (Local Kombat champion -67 kg and two times WAKO amateur european champion), Cristian Milea (Local Kombat champion -71 kg), Danut Hurduc (Local Kombat champion – 91 kg), Claudiu Badoi (Superkombat challenger), Cristian Ristea, Ciprian Schiopu, Stefan Szomoru, Catalin Sacagiu, Flavius Boiciuc and Daniel Lazar.

SUPERKOMBAT will also kick off their World Grand Prix tournament series starting on September 28th.

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glory

Today is a breakneck big news day, which we here at LiverKick are very okay with. The fight that we've been hearing for GLORY 11 Chicago for a while now has been Australian superstar Nathan Corbett vs. Tyrone Spong, and yes, it is official! On top of that there will also be the rumored Heavyweight Grand Slam Tournament, featuring Daniel Ghita, Anderson "Braddock" Silva, Rico Verhoeven and Gokhan Saki.

This one night, four man tournament will crown the king of the Heavyweight division (with Semmy Schilt retired) and will bring an incredible night of top level competition to the Chicago area. This will crown the new GLORY Heavyweight Champion and do so on US soil airing live on Spike TV! Stay tuned for more updates on GLORY 11, including the rest of the card.

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Buakaw

K-1 has been promising some big news for a few days now and many have believed it just to be another show, but instead it is the signing of one of the hottest free agents on the market today; Buakaw Banchamek. Buakaw has had some very well-documented problems over the past few years, from Por. Pramuk to Thai Fight, and has found himself unable to fight for whomever he wants. His legal issues have subsided a bit, though, as he found himself once again able to fight for promotions outside of Thai Fight.

Rumors have been circulating that Buakaw would sign with GLORY any day now, with some stating that he'd be fighting Giorgio Petrosyan, some saying that he'd be fighting in GLORY's upcoming Lightweight tournament and others saying that he'd fight for them in 2014 instead. It looks like none of that will happen as Buakaw Banchamek has instead opted to sign with K-1, where he will participate in the upcoming K-1 World MAX Final 16 tournament in September, which goes down in Mallorca, Spain. This is a huge acquisition for K-1 at this point

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Lion Fight

Lion Fight had already announced that their big September 20th event, Lion Fight 11, would go down at the Fremont Experience in Las Vegas and would be headlined by Nampon, but he didn't have an opponent until last night. It was announced that the 23-year old Thai fighter will square off against veteran Muay Thai, Kickboxing and MMA fighter Cosmo Alexandre on September 20th.

Cosmo Alexandre currently trains out of the Blackzilian camp down in Boca Raton, Florida with the likes of Tyrone Spong, Alistair Overeem and Rashad Evans. Cosmo has competed under the Lion Fight banner previously, defeating Cyrus Washington at Battle in the Desert 2 and losing to Sakmongul at Battle in the Desert 3.

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Glory

As we reported earlier on, GLORY had added Heavyweights Ben Edwards and Hesdy Gerges to their rankings and roster a while ago, which meant that them fighting for the organization was imminent. Well, it looks like they've finally made the official announcement and included a surprise in the mix as well of former DREAM and Strikeforce Lightweight JZ Cavalcante signing with the organization as well. JZ currently competes with World Series of Fighting, but has fought Kickboxing in the past, acquiring an 0-2 record in fights with Masato and Shootboxing's Hiroki Shishido.

Cavalcante makes for an interesting signing as he's been struggling in his MMA career since his knee surgery a while back, but a revival in the GLORY ring could be just what he ordered. The addition of Gerges and Edwards has been noted and only helps to bolster GLORY's already huge Heavyweight roster.

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Glory

This was all just a matter of time as these two shows have been floating around in whispers for a while now, compounded by Nathan Corbett in his announcing that he signed for GLORY saying that he'd be fighting for GLORY in Chicago in October. Basically, the signs have been around for a while now and you don't need to be me to have known that this was going down, right? Right.

So, GLORY announced today that GLORY 11 will go down in Chicago, going down at the Sears Center at Hoffman Estates, Ill. on October 12th. This is set to be the promotion's Spike TV debut event and will air LIVE on Spike TV. While they have not announced a card for this yet, the rumors are pinning Nathan Corbett vs. Tyrone Spong as the main event and for a four-man Heayweight tournament featuring Daniel Ghita, Gokhan Saki, Rico Verhoeven and Anderson "Braddock" Silva. The rumored matchups are Saki vs. Rico and Braddock vs. Ghita, which should make for a fine tournament.

GLORY 12 will take place in New York City on November 9th, should also be airing on Spike TV (although the press release doesn't say this), live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The Theater at MSG has hosted a lot of great boxing events throughout history and was also where TaKe-On produced an event last year. GLORY 12 New York will feature a Lightweight tournament. Although there aren't a lot of details about this event, expect to see Giorgio Petrosyan as well as the two Lightweight winners from GLORY 10 Los Angeles in the tournament. Do not expect Buakaw, though, okay?

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Blackzilian

We've been talking about GLORY helping fighters find a gym to train at in America, as well as the possibility of some gyms moving some operations over to the United States. While we already know that Murthel Groenhart has been training in the US at the Blackzilians camp, it might be good to note that we've heard of other guys from Mike's Gym training there as well, namely Gokhan Saki.

Well, here is just further proof of the work that they've been putting in by the way of a photo of both Murthel and Saki at the Blackzilians camp hanging out with Tyrone Spong.

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