|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
Over the last few months there have been various reports that four-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, 2012 Glory Grand Slam and Glory Heavyweight Champion Semmy Schilt will no longer be fighting. The rumors were first centered around his participation in future tournaments, as after his victory on New Year's Eve in 2012 he stated that he would not participate in future tournaments, although it was quickly brushed off. Since then there has been talk about him fighting Gokhan Saki with the Heavyweight title on the line, but there has also been talk of Schilt no longer fighting at all.
Since last night LiverKick has received numerous reports from reliable sources that Semmy Schilt is retired, effective immediately. The decision was apparently not an easy one for the Hightower, who was instructed to retire from his medical team due to a heart condition that was discovered. This marks the retirement of what may be the greatest Heavyweight Kickboxer of all time, with five big tournament victories under his belt and numerous world championships. Schilt was also a pioneer in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, making his debut in Pancrase in 1996, fighting in both the UFC and PRIDE over the course of his career.Add a comment
For Badr Hari the nightmare of his legal problems has still yet to really end. While Hari might be a free man for the time being, there is still an upcoming trial that looms ahead for him in the brutal beating of Koen Everink. Everink was beaten within an inch of his life, with a plate in his head now and limited use of his ankle, which was damaged so severely in a night club attack, which he has pointed out Badr Hari as his attacker.
Hari served some prison time already in the case, but was let out on bail earlier this year, which allowed for him to return to the ring where he has competed twice this year so far. According to De Telegraaf Hari is due back in court starting on October 10th where his fate will be decided once and for all.Add a comment
This Friday evening TaKe-On Productions puts on yet another big New York Muay Thai event from the Resorts World Casino. It will be broadcast on GFL.tv, but of course, if you are in the New York area nothing beats live fighting. LiverKick.com will be live at the event as well, so don't worry about missing too much of the action. The event is headlined by Cyrus Washington against JR Hines.Add a comment
This weekend's GLORY 9 New York event featured the GLORY Light Heavyweight Slam tournament, which was won by Tyrone Spong in a controversial bout with Danyo Ilunga. The ref, Mufadel Elghazaoui, stepped in as soon as Spong swarmed Ilunga with punches, stopping the bout while Ilunga was still of a clear mind, defending and on his feet. Since then fans have been speaking out against Mufadel, who has a history of poor stoppages in the past, much like we saw with former GLORY head referee Joop Ubeda.
Glory released a statement earlier today about it.
We agree with most viewers of June 22nd's telecast that the fight stoppage at Glory9 of Spong versus Ilunga, the final fight of the night, seemed premature. However, a professional referee is going to see things that we, and the audience, might not. He is the one who has the best vantage point to determine whether a fighter is capable of continuing the match and we must respect that. In this way, the referee acted fully within his authority and the rules of the sport. Anytime a fighter fails to intelligently defend himself, the referee must effectively end the fight.
Overall it was an amazing evening for our first event in the US and one few of us will forget. There were some real back-and-forth wars during the night, and the fighters, almost to a man, brought their best selves to the Glory ring in New York City at the historic Manhattan Center. We thank them and congratulate Tyrone Spong, the winner of the 8-man tournament and the $200,000 in prize money.
We look forward to another great night of fights this September on US soil and we will keep the fans posted on those details shortly.
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The first LEGEND Fighting event was a bit of a mixed bag, but a success in many regards as it featured a solid 72kg Kickboxing tournament on top of the now infamous battle between Badr Hari and Zabit Samedov, where Samedov was able to do the impossible and toppled Badr Hari. It also appealed with the freakshow factor by putting Aleksander Elemianenko up against Bob Sapp, with the local hero making short work of the sham of a fighter known as Bob Sapp.
The second LEGEND Fighting event is scheduled for November now and is set to feature the rematch that is almost ten years in the making between Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic against Aleksander Emelianenko in Russia. This will be contested under MMA rules, where Emelianenko is more comfortable and where Cro Cop has not ventured since his release from the UFC in October, 2011, save for the IGF New Year's Even event against professional wrestler/former sumo Wakakirin Shinichi.
Here's hoping that they once again feature some bigger Kickboxing bouts on this card as well, as the last event turned out to be quite entertaining.Add a comment
Glory 9 brought great action to kickboxing fans this past Saturday. The event also helped the Glory promotion name its first light heavyweight Slam champion, and provided everyone a greater sense of who’s who in a long-underrepresented division. Glory will now have to attract additional talent from around the world to bolster the ranks of an already strong group of light heavyweights. This series of articles looks at kick boxers that we at LiverKick would have liked to see in Saturday’s tournament and hope Glory can bring into the fold going forward.
Vladimir Mineev is a Russian light heavyweight that has been highlighted by our own staff on various occasions as someone to keep an eye on. While the 23-year-old is the youngest fighter to be featured in this series, he already has a number of amateur and professional titles to his name. Mineev is a two-time gold medalist in the -91kg. weight class at the W.A.K.O. European Championships, first winning the competition in 2008.
Mineev hasn’t lost a professional bout since taking Igor Jurkovic to an extension round in December 2010 (part 1, part 2). Mineev put together a 6-0 record while fighting exclusively in Russia in 2011. He duplicated that mark in 2012, traveling outside of Russia once to fight in France.
Mineev started his 2013 with a knockout victory over Revanho Blokland, finishing the bout with a looping left hand near the opening of the second round. He also earned a decision victory over Redouan Cairo in April, taking Cairo’s Wako-Pro title in the process. This most recent bout allowed Mineev to show his offensive arsenal against an extremely capable opponent. Seeing Mineev next to Cairo also reinforced the idea that the Russian needs to remain at light heavyweight for the moment, rather than make the all-too-common jump to heavyweight that similarly situated fighters have made in the past.
Despite Mineev’s success, the young Russian’s recent bouts have not been without some challenge. A left hook sent Mineev to the canvas in the second round of his bout against Ali Cenik last December. Forced to fight from a deficit, Mineev eventually earned the victory with two knockdowns in the extension round.
Vladimir Mineev is scheduled to face off against Brazil’s Tiago Beowulf on August 4th, at the Fight Nights St. Tropez event in scenic Saint Tropez, France.Add a comment
If there is one reason why I will never leave the kickboxing sport, it is because the product rarely fails to deliver. This was accomplished once again in New York, as the best kickboxing promotion in the world made its way to the States for the first time. Glory 9 featured a 8-man Light Heavyweight tournament, bringing in a lot of the best 209 pound (95kgs) kick boxers from around the world. They also filled the super fights with top ten heavyweight competitors and a chance to look at several of the Road to Glory products on the biggest stage. The main Glory card used a representative from each US Road to Glory tournament, with the exception of the recent Super Heavyweight tournament done a week earlier.
As I mentioned in the opener, and despite the black eye left by the Ref decision in the last bout of the night, the product delivered. A fighter announced himself to the world, as Wayne Barrett, 1-0 into his pro career, took out middleweight Road to Glory winner Mike Lemaire. Wayne introduced an awkward style and exceptional athleticism, making himself one to watch moving forward. We got confirmation; Joseph Valtellini performing as advertised with his dominate low kick win, Rico Verhoeven overcoming a mental lapse to out-kickbox Errol Zimmerman, and Danya Illunga showing why he was so hittable, yet incredible in his run to the top of 95kgs. The stars performed, Daniel Ghita delivering a multi shot combo KO, just a few months removed from being on the other end of one. His win showed the crowd just what an elite top 3 fighter in the heavyweight class looks like. Finally, they had their moment, as tournament favorite and kickboxing super star Tyrone Spong was dropped ten second into the bout as a right hand caught him while he was firing an inside low kick. After seeing several "WTF" tweets dominate my twitter wall, Spong got up, measured with his left while loading up his right hand, then sent a bomb that dropped opponent Michael Dutt. Adding to the legend of the moment, Dutt got up, beating the count, but then feeling the concussion roll over him, returned to the mat. You couldn't have scripted a better opening moment.
So night complete, how does Glory move forward? As the event ended, a flood of ideas went through my head. Most of those thoughts were about the bad stoppage at the end of the final bought, but the other ones were solid to the subject of moving forward.
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In what was a matchup between the best fighters at Light Heavyweight under the GLORY banner we saw Tyrone Spong square off against Danyo Ilunga in the Light Heavyweight Slam Finals. Both men were worn down from fighting twice earlier in the night, with Ilunga fighting two harder bouts for sure. Both men were primed and ready for action when Spong landed a barrage of strikes that Ilunga was covering up.
In what was a rather confusing turn of events, Ilunga, who was still standing, still covering up and aware of what was happening, was pushed aside by the ref who called the bout in what was one of the worst stoppages that we've seen in a very, very long time. It makes some of the Joop Ubeda stoppages of the last few years look competent. We'll hopefully have footage of the stoppage in a bit up on the site, but if you somehow missed it, trust us, Spong was looking good, but Ilunga was not down and out by any stretch of the imagination.
Congratulations go out to Tyrone Spong, though, as he won the GLORY Light Heavyweight Slam in New York, which is a feather in his cap no matter what.
GIF from ZombieProphet.
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Glory 9 has really turned into one of the most fun events of the year so far, with another American fighter, this time Wayne Barrett, putting on an incredible performance against a very tough Mike LeMaire. LeMaire is known for his Road 2 Glory LA win, including a win over Eddie "Showtime" Walker, but he had a tough time against Wayne Barrett here tonight.
Barrett really turned up the heat in the second round and this Knockout was one of the most impressive of the night. Watch the KO thanks to ZombieProphet.
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The fight that we all predicted as the finals of the GLORY 9 New York Light Heavyweight tournament might have been Danyo Ilunga vs. Tyrone Spong, but the other fighters on the card were not ready to just let that happen. Danyo Ilunga went up against Dustin Jacoby, whom many saw as a pushover in the tournament, only for him to really turn up the pressure and give Ilunga a run for his money. While Ilunga's cardio might not have held up, Jacoby's did and he did his best to pull out the upset against Ilunga. Ilunga did walk away the better man, moving into the finals.
That left Tyrone Spong against Filip Verlinden. Verlinden might have had some doubts about his last fight hanging over his head, as you could argue that Steve McKinnon won the bout, but he really turned up the intensity against Spong, knowing what was on the line here. Spong against a guy closer to his size showed some hesitation and restraint, which gave Verlinden a chance to get off some better shots and hold his own. Spong was still the stronger fighter, with the damage all over Verlinden's arms and body showing up by the end of the second round. Spong won the decision to put him into the Finals.
That leaves Tyrone Spong vs. Danyo Ilunga as your Finals in what will determine the best Light Heavyweight Kickboxer in the world.
GIF from Jacoby vs. Ilunga credit to ZombieProphet.
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