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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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K-1

This weekend the K-1 World MAX Quarter Finals in Foshan will be coming your way live via Epicentre.tv's PPV if you live outside of China, and if my traffic records indicate anything, you probably do. So you might not want to miss this awesome card from K-1, including Buakaw Banchamek, Saenchai, Shane Campbell and more. The event costs $20 and takes place on December 28th at 6am Eastern time.

UPDATE: The event has started now, much earlier than projected time.

 

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Glory

When it comes to television ratings on Kickboxing events, we've been forced to be extremely patient as American fans both warm up to the sport of Kickboxing and learn when and where to watch it, something that all combat sports fans are familiar with. So while GLORY has had a bit of a slow start on Spike TV, the ratings have shown improvement for every single event. Going into GLORY 13 there were definitely some lingering concerns that any momentum gained would be lost due to the nature of the event; tape delayed from Japan with results readily available 12 hours before the broadcast.

Yet, those fears seem to be unfounded as GLORY 13 was able to pull in what I'd consider a tremendous number at 659,000 viewers on average. Take into account UFC's ratings on Fox Sports 1 fall within this range and that the UFC is a well-established brand and this is even more amazing to consider. Also consider that it is in the range of Bellator events on Spike TV as well. The final factor to consider is that it was on tape delay which will of course deter some viewers, yet, there was still an increase of 38% from the previous event.

When talking television there is also talk of peak numbers, the numbers when there are the most viewers for the given program. The last few events have seen a lone peak early on, which we consider a bleedover effect from the previous program, COPS, which always tends to pull in a million and a half or so. So the first peak was at 9:11 at 905,000 which is expected. The thing is, there was a second peak that came at 10:42pm, near the tail end of the event, and that was 873,000, which is nothing short of tremendous.

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Nieky Holzken

By now we've all experienced GLORY 13, now it's time to get thoughts from the fighters after the event is over. Hear from Peter Aerts, Daniel Ghita, Rico Verhoeven and the newly-crowned GLORY Welterweight Champion Nieky Holzken!

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Rico

So GLORY 13 is in the books now, where Nieky Holzken held onto the top spot in the Welterweight division, Peter Aerts showed that at 43 he's still one of the most exciting guys in the world to watch and two Heavyweights proved that they are without a doubt the two best Heavyweights in the world; Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven. Rico Verhoeven kept his composure as Peter Aerts kept applying pressure and looking for the big knockout in a fight billed as his "Japanese retirement," able to land cleaner shots and pick up the decision victory. Earlier in the night Daniel Ghita met an old foe by the way of Errol Zimmerman and made shorter work than he did of him the first time.

For those who follow Heavyweight kickboxing, well, this all won't surprise you, but it does segue into what is the most logical match to make in the Heavyweight division right now; Daniel Ghita vs. Rico Verhoeven II. Rico Verhoeven is perhaps the fighter of the year for 2013, with wins over Jhonata Diniz, Errol Zimmerman, Gokhan Saki, Daniel Ghita and Peter Aerts, with Saki and Ghita being on the same night. It wasn't that no one believed that Verhoeven would ever reach such heights, it's that no one expected it to be this year, yet, that is exactly what happened.

For Daniel Ghita there has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for him, including a heartbreaking loss to Semmy Schilt in the finals of the GLORY 4 Grand Slam last year, followed by a poor performance against Gokhan Saki. Ghita's personal life was beginning to get in the way of his professional life and there were a lot of changes for him, both in his family and in who he was training with. Ghita bounced back and the GLORY 11 Heavyweight tournament was going to be his shot at redemption, the only thing was that nobody told Rico Verhoeven that this was the narrative for the night.

For both men they are at the top of their respective games right now and the third man in the GLORY Heavyweight universe, Gokhan Saki, is most likely dropping down to Light Heavyweight or testing out non-GLORY waters once his contract is up. Then add in the imminent retirements of Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky and Semmy Schilt. This leaves Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven as the lone goliaths atop of the Heavyweight Kickboxing world and with them only having met once before, which for Heavyweight kickboxing is incredibly rare. While seeing both in another tournament would be great, a single rematch to crown a king of the division seems like a more refined way for them to meet, as would bumping up the number of rounds to 5 or even 7 to really see who walks away as the winner.

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I'm going to let this poster do all of the talking for me on this one. Check out how awesome Lion Fight 13 is going to be.

Lion Fight

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Glory

GLORY 13 Tokyo happens tonight/airs tomorrow, with the big GLORY Welterweight tournament, as well as Peter Aerts vs. Rico Verhoeven and a whole hell of a lot more. Here are my picks for GLORY 13 Tokyo's main card.

  • Dustin Jacoby vs. Makoto Uehara
  • Jacoby has seen mixed results since joining up with GLORY, but you can’t count him out after his impressive victories over Brian Collette. When Jacoby got a taste of some of the elite Kickboxers things were rough for him, which makes a matchup with Makoto Uehara a solid one for both men. Uehara has seen a good deal of success and heartbreak in his career, but a win over Jacoby could do a lot for his career right now. I think that Jacoby takes this and Spike TV will rejoice.
  • Winner: Dustin Jacoby
  • Joseph Valtellini vs. Raymond Daniels
  • Ahh yes, youthful power against age and experience. Raymond Daniels has a lot of experience fighting, even if a lot of it doesn’t count towards a pro career, he also uses a more traditional karate style for Kickboxing. Valtellini on the other hand has been on a roll in Kickboxing and looks unstoppable. I think that Daniels puts up a good fight, but Joe takes it.
  • Winner: Joseph Valtellini
  • Nieky Holzken vs. Karapet Karapetyan
  • Karapet is a guy who has fought in a bunch of different weight classes, but this one is probably going to be the best, most comfortable one for him. His win over Stetskurenko is proof enough of just how good Karapetyan can be. With that being said, this division feels tailor made for Nieky Holzken, who finally has a field to test himself against. I think this will be a close battle, but if Nieky can get some body shots in and keep going there the fight is his. This being said, GLORY tournaments have seen their share of upsets, Karapetyan is my pick for the guy who could be the spoiler.
  • Winner: Nieky Holzken
  • Daniel Ghita vs. Errol Zimmerman
  • I want to be a big Errol Zimmerman fan and I want to believe in him, but his mixed bag of performances keeps me away from that. The last time these guys met Daniel Ghita flattened Zimmerman and since then Ghita has only gotten better as a fighter. I’m not sure that Zimmerman has gotten better as a fighter since then, but that has never been the issue, the issue has always been his conditioning. Did Errol put in the work? We’ll have to wait and see.
  • Winner: Daniel Ghita
  • Peter Aerts vs. Rico Verhoeven
  • I feel like I’ve been one of the few people who was actually a fan of Verhoeven before he won the Heavyweight tournament and believed that he could be a great fighter. GLORY 11 was a huge deal for his young career and I think it is only up from there. But, he’s facing Peter Aerts. Peter Aerts may be getting older, he may be getting slower and guys like Tyrone Spong may be able to put him down, but Rico isn’t a KO artist, Rico is a technician who likes to pick away at fighters. Rico’s style and Peter’s style clash, with Peter having more of a chance of knocking Rico out before he “retires” in Japan.
  • Winner: Peter Aerts
  • Tournament Final: Nieky Holzen vs. Joseph Valtellini
  • This one, if it would come to pass, is a tough fight to pick. Both guys are great fighters with their ups and downs, but I’m not sure that we’ve seen enough weakness in either guy to be able to really figure out which one will have an upper-hand. That is pretty exciting. If Joe can keep Nieky from coming inside too close he’ll be able to slowly pick him apart, but if Nieky gets in close it could mean trouble. I still think that Valtellini is smart enough and skilled enough to keep things moving in his direction. I’m not sure I’d call it an upset, but I see him winning.
  • Winner: Joseph Valtellini
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G13

GLORY 13 is rapidly-approaching, as in, it'll be live in Japan in about 12 hours, which is just insanity. The weigh-ins for GLORY 13 and the GLORY Tokyo SuperFight Series went down when I was sleeping, which makes a whole lot of sense as Japan is across the globe, so here are the weigh-in results. Note that Le Banner hadn't weighed in yet because, well, he's Jerome Le Banner and he tends to come and go as he pleases.

  • GLORY 13 TOKYO
  • Peter Aerts (104.6 kg - 230.6 lbs) vs. Rico Verhoeven (116 kg - 255.7 lbs)
  • Daniel Ghita (113.6 kg - 250.4 lbs) vs. Errol Zimmerman (108.6 kg - 239.4 lbs)
  • Dustin Jacoby (90 kg - 198.4 lbs) vs. Makoto Uehara (90.3 kg - 199.1 lbs)
  • Joseph Valtellini (77.1 kg - 170 lbs) vs. Raymond Daniels (76.7 kg - 169.1 lbs)
  • Nieky Holzken (77.2 kg - 170.2 lbs) vs. Karapet Karapetyan (76.3 kg - 168.2 lbs)
  • TOKYO SUPERFIGHT SERIES
  • Yuta Kubo (64.9 kg - 143.1 lbs) vs. Mosab Amrani (64.9 kg - 143.1 lbs)
  • Artur Kyshenko (77 kg - 169.8 lbs) vs. Kenmun (77 kg - 169.8 lbs)
  • Aleksandr Stetcurenko (76.8 kg - 169.3 lbs) vs. Karim Ghajji (77.5 kg - 170.9 lbs)
  • Remy Bojansky (108 kg - 238.1 lbs) vs. Anderson Silva (113 kg - 249.1 lbs)
  • Ewerton Teixeira (110.2 kg - 242.9 lbs) vs. Hesdy Gerges (107.6 kg - 237.2 lbs)
  • Jerome Le Banner (TBD*) vs. Sergei Kharitonov (122.2 kg - 269.4 lbs)

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Badr

While everyone is pretty certain that Badr Hari will be booked on whatever LEGEND event pops up next, it looks like Badr Hari will be fighting in the Netherlands yet again, this time not under any familiar banner. If that sounds far-fetched to you, as Badr Hari is a top dollar Heavyweight fighter, I share those sentiments, but it appears to be legitimate. On May 17th in the Netherlands Badr Hari is scheduled to meet Ismael Londt in a Kickboxing bout for A1 WCC.

The event is being promoted by the Gunyar Brothers and will also feature a 16-man 70kg tournament. [source]

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Yokkao Pattaya

Yokkao have announced that their next big event -- Yokkao 6 -- will be starting off the year 2014 on January 3rd in Pattaya, Thailand. This will be right after the holidays and is set to feature some big names like Sittichai Sitsonpeenong as well as Thongchai Sitsonpeenong. It should come as no surprise that they'll be promoting the event alongside the Sitsonpeenong Yokkao Training Center, so expect more names from that gym.

We'll have more on Yokkao 6 in the coming weeks, including the fight card and much, much more. Make sure to follow the event on Facebook and Twitter via the hashtag #Yokkao6.

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GLORY 13

Funny how time tends to get away with us, especially during the holiday season, huh? This weekend is a huge weekend for Kickboxing as GLORY will promote GLORY 13 as well as the Tokyo Super Fight Series event. I know that many are disappointed that in the United States we won't get to enjoy GLORY 13 live, as Spike TV will air the event on tape delay on the 21st here in the United States, but the good news is that if you have fond memories of staying up late to watch Japanese kakutougi you'll be able to do just that for the uber-stacked GLORY SuperFight Series card, which begins at 1:30am Eastern time.

Oh yeah, you can watch it here on LiverKick.com, as well as GLORY 13 if you are outside of the US, Japan and ex-YU nations. If you are in the US you won't be able to order GLORY 13, but you can order the SuperFight Series for $20. Not bad, right? If you are planning on ordering both event and worried about costs, don't worry, we've got you covered. Ordering both events here on LiverKick will get you a cool 50% discount off of the second event, which means $30 for both.

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K-1

A bit of a streak of bad luck struck K-1, who has split the K-1 World MAX Final 8 into two upcoming events, this weekend as both Andy Souwer and Enriko Kehl were forced to pull out from the December 28th event in Foshan, China. Souwer, who was ready to go, suffered from a bout of appendicitis late last week which forced him into the hospital where they had to perform a routine but emergency surgical procedure to remove the troubled organ. Souwer is resting comfortably and healing up but will not be ready in time for either event, so he has had to pull out. Enriko Kehl fought Buakaw Banchamek last weekend and received a rather nasty cut on his forehead which will not be healed up in time for December 28th.

So the fight between Andy Souwer and Enriko Kehl will obviously not happen, but that doesn't mean that all hope is lost. Oh no. K-1 has been prepared in case of such an emergency and was quick to do some shuffling, as Shane Campbell will now be fighting on the December 28th event against the winner of the Reserve bout from September, Christopher Mena. That left Maximo Suarez without an opponent, which, yes, you figured it out, his new opponent is Enriko Kehl.

So that means that the awesome fight between Shane Campbell and Maximo Suarez won't happen, but who knows, there is always next round, right?

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