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Tag: K-1

Chingiz Allazov Signs Chinese-Exclusive Deal with EM Legend for 2018

When discussing some of the best 70kg fighters in the world it’s hard not to talk about Chingiz Allazov. The current, reigning K-1 Super Middleweight Champion and who has been on a complete tear with a record that has been unblemished since 2014. LiverKick has heard that heading into EM Legend’s 2018 season that Chingiz Allazov has signed on exclusively with the promotion, which is sure to send some shockwaves throughout the kickboxing community. He has been competing in China under the Wu Lin Feng banner previously but will now be tied up exclusively with EM Legend moving forward. This [read more]

K-1 Japan Doesn’t Just Replace Taiga, But Adds a Tournament to K’Festa.1

Over the weekend K-1 Japan made a major announcement that their main event — a much-anticipated rematch between Taiga and Takeru — had fallen apart. Not just that, but the TRY HARD Gym, where a number of their fighters came from, had pulled out of K-1 Japan completely. There’s a lot of background shuffling going on within K-1 Japan right now, a lot of which has to do with the exclusivity of their contracts, Sakkibara from RIZIN looking to break further into the kickboxing business and promotions like KNOCK OUT looking to expand further. Essentially, if you are a fighter [read more]

K-1 Japan Fracture Leads to Cancellation of Taiga vs. Takeru

In a shocking shake-up that has been rumored for a few days now, K-1 Japan made an announcement that has an immediate impact upon the crazy, stacked K’Festa.1 card that takes place in March at the Saitama Super Arena. After days of TRY HARD fighters posting negative things about K-1 Japan via social media, fears were confirmed at a press conference on Saturday from K-1 producer Mitsuru Miyata: K-1 Japan and the TRY HARD Gym had splintered, with the fighters no longer working with K-1. TRY HARD, which includes names like HIROYA, Shintaro Mitsukura, Ryuji Horio, the Anpo brothers and [read more]

The 2017 LiverKick Awards: Rising Star — Tenshin Nasukawa

There are times when you need to adjust your thinking to make way for greatness, because thinking in the “old way” would mean ignoring the future. Tenshin Nasukawa is not a prospect, yet he did many things in 2017 that have worked to show potential for the future, not just for himself, but for kakutougi as a whole in Japan. So instead of crowning him the Prospect of the Year for perhaps a second time, the award is being adjusted to the “Rising Star” award. If you’ve been following Japanese MMA and kickboxing in 2017, you’ll understand why. If not, [read more]

The 2017 LiverKick Awards: Knockout of the Year – Antonio Plazibat’s Flying Knee

There were a lot of really, really good knockouts in 2017. Usually there are a few real big standouts, but in 2017 there was a pretty dense selection of knockouts to choose from as the knockout of the year that it became difficult to narrow down the field to just one, defining moment. So, in a way, this year’s LiverKick Knockout of the Year is one that is overflowing with symbolism on top of the brutality. Because, at the core of it, that’s what knockouts are: brutality. Two fighters enter the ring and our job, as spectators, is to wish [read more]

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WATCH: Hinata vs. Hirono Yu From K-1 Survival Wars

This week saw K-1 Japan’s last show of the year with ramifications heading into K’Festa.01 in March. The K’Festa show is their biggest event to date, with the promotion looking to bring the K-1 name back into the limelight in the land of kakutougi and beyond. In the main event Hinata battled Hirono Yu for the chance to challenge K-1 Super Welterweight (70kg) Champion Chingiz Allazov in March. Now you can watch it here. As always, the entirety of the show has made its way to their YouTube channel.

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K-1 Japan Survival Wars 2017 Results: Hinata Wins the Right to Challenge Allazov

K-1 Japan capped off their successful 2017 with another edition of Survival Wars, where Hirono Yu and Hinata fought for the right to challenge Chingiz Allazov for the K-1 Japan 70kg title in March at K’Festa at the Saitama Super Arena. Hinata was able to pull off the big victory, meaning that we’re heading towards a Hinata/Allazov showdown on one of the most stacked cards that we’ve seen in years that goes down in March. 【K-1 WORLD GP】12.27(水)後楽園 スーパー・ウェルター級次期挑戦者決定戦日菜太(@hinata0826)vs廣野祐(@Yu__HIRONO)試合ハイライト📹https://t.co/yIaAknCgSP#AbemaTV#k1_wgp pic.twitter.com/vvZseM0mc0 — K-1/Krush/KHAOS【公式】 (@k1wgp_pr) December 27, 2017 Hinata (R3 – Majority Dec) Hirono Yu Tsubakihara Tatsuya (R3 – Majority Dec) Saikyo [read more]

K-1 Japan K-Festa.1 Fight Card From Saitama Super Arena

K-1 Japan has slowly but surely been building up their popularity after the brand took a hit in 2011 when FEG folded up shop and owed most of their fighters a lot of money. While many thought that K-1 was done for, K-1 Japan sprung up and has been keeping the K-1 name alive with some of the very best shows anywhere in the world. After a few years in operation they feel like it’s time to return to K-1’s spiritual home of the Saitama Super Arena on March 21st, 2018 and the card that they are presenting is perhaps [read more]

K-1 Japan Survival Wars 2017 Fight Card

On December 27th the K-1 tradition of Survival Wars lives on with yet another installation of the fan-favorite year-end event. This time out the show is headlined by the Super Welterweight Next Challenger Final between Hinata and Hirono Yu. The event takes place at the legendary Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. Fightcard Super Welterweight Next Challenger Final: Hinata vs. Hirono Yu Saikyo Haruma vs. Tsubakihara Tatsuya Gunji Taito vs. Oiwa Shota Ashizawa Ryusei vs. Murakoshi Yuta Yamazaki Yoichi vs. Wajima Hiromi Sugimoto Hitoshi vs. RUI Shinohara Yuto vs. Suzuki Hayato

Now’s The Time For Rico Verhoeven vs. Alistair Overeem

If you follow MMA, this past weekend was one marked by a somewhat unremarkable UFC 218, but most importantly, it featured former K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 champion Alistair Overeem against up-and-coming heavyweight crusher Francis Ngannou. Here we are, just days out, and Alistair Overeem, head cocked back by the force of Ngannou’s uppercut, has become a meme all while Ngannou is set to become the next dominant heavyweight in the UFC that looks unstoppable. If you are asking why this is pertinent to GLORY, the answer is simple: it’s been clear for the past few months that GLORY has [read more]