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Trainer Nick Hemmers Hints at a Possible Ruslan Karaev Return

There aren’t many fighters out there that could elicit actual excitement from hardcore kickboxing fans with a return left. Alexey Ignashov at one point had this sort of respect, but the many false starts have led most fans to abandon hope for the Red Scorpion. Instead, imagine a fighter that hasn’t fought since 2009 returning to the ring, because, apparently, that is exactly what is happening with Ruslan Karaev. Karaev is one of the few men to hold a win over Badr Hari during the heyday of K-1. For newer fans it might be confusing to get excited over a [read more]

Former K-1 and GLORY Fighter Koichi Watanabe Passes Away

Earlier today it was reported that former K-1 and GLORY fighter Koichi Watanabe — best known as Koichi Pettas — passed away after a traffic accident in Japan. Watanabe, who retired in November of 2017 to focus on family and working as a trainer, was driving a scooter when he was struck by another vehicle. Koichi was recently active in K-1 Japan’s heavyweight division, participating in the K-1 Japan Heavyweight World Grand Prix in November where he fought against Ibrahim El Bouni. He retired after his bout and dedicated himself to training. His Instagram feed shows him training with children [read more]

K-1 Japan K’FESTA.01 Results: Takeru is the King of the World

Last night K-1 Japan held their biggest event to date, K’FESTA.01, where the promotion reached back to their K-1 roots by running the Saitama Super Arena for a huge event. Well, it was sold out, which is really a testament to just how incredible the rise of K-1 Japan has been, and it featured some of the best action anywhere around. It was, of course, an incredibly long event, but it was well-worth it. Takeru walked away victorious in the 8-man tournament, claiming another title and two ultra-violent knockouts. There was just so much on this show. this was perfectChingiz [read more]

Here’s the Whole, Crazy, Nine-Hour-Long K-1 Japan K’Festa.01 Card

There’s no secret here, K-1 Japan is perhaps the best promotion in the world when it comes down to pure match quality and top-to-bottom amazing shows. So the coming K’Festa.01 event that is planning for March 21st at the Saitama Super Arena is not just packed, but clocking in at about nine hours long. Watching this event will be difficult, but not impossible for us in the western world. The show starts at 11:00am Japan time for the prelims, the main card at 1:00pm. This show will have two intermissions and be approximately… nine hours. Nine. https://t.co/iRndnAbaCs you can sign [read more]

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.