Tag: kickboxing

KNOCK OUT First Impact Card for February 12th Ft. Tenshin Nasukawa

KNOCK OUT will air their first big show of 2018 featuring Tenshin Nasukawa in the main event against Suakim. There are also two Super Lightweight Tournament bouts featured. The event will air live on Periscope worldwide at 5pm Japan time. 2.12 Ota Ward Gymnasium Start 5 p.m. Japan time 1st match 136 lbs Hikaru Machida  vs.  Kazuma Takahashi 2nd match 105 lbs Manazou Kobayashi  vs.  Kill Bee 3rd match 113 lbs Issei Ishii  vs.  Nong Rose 4th match 136 lbs Keijiro Miyakoshi  vs.  Yota Shigemori 5th match 141 lbs KING OF KNOCK OUT SUPER LIGHT WEIGHT TOURNAMENT First round Yosuke Mizuochi  vs.  [read more]

VIDEO: Badr Hari and Hesdy Gerges Have a Blue-Suited Staredown

How does one counter Badr Hari’s blue press conference suit? Simple, with another blue suit*. That’s exactly what we saw today when GLORY headed to the Netherlands for a press conference featuring GLORY 51 headliners Badr Hari and Hesdy Gerges. Hesdy Gerges wore a blue suit of his own, perhaps the strongest statement that could be made when going up against a career-rival like Badr Hari. Watch the entire video below. *I’m fully aware that Hesdy is just wearing a blue sports jacket.

GLORY Announces Robin van Roosmalen vs. Kevin VanNostrand for GLORY 52

GLORY is looking to start 2018 with a bang, with three events set in rapid-fire succession. First comes GLORY 50 in a matter of weeks, then GLORY 51 in early March, now GLORY 52 Los Angeles on March 31st. GLORY 52 will be headlined by Robin van Roosmalen defending the GLORY Featherweight Championship against Interim Champion Kevin VanNostrand in what is being billed as a title unification bout. Also scheduled is Marat Grigorian vs. Stoyan Koprivlenski in a Lightweight Contendership bout. Marat Grigorian is coming hot off of the Kunlun Fight 70kg tournament victory where he defeated what was the [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]

Mohammed Jaraya’s Official GLORY Debut at GLORY 51, Dutch Commission Responds

As reported previously, Mohammed Jaraya has signed a brand new deal with GLORY where he will be moving up in weight to compete a 77kg (welterweight). While GLORY officials assured us if he was to fight, it would be soon, and that would mean the Netherlands, there should be snags with that. The snag would be that Mohammed Jaraya was suspended for two years by the Dutch commission, Sectie RCS FOG, for assaulting a judge last year at an Enfusion event. GLORY officials were adamant that Jaraya’s suspension was up on March 1st and that his suspension was only for one [read more]

GLORY Signs Mohammed Jaraya, Hints at Fighting ‘Soon’

Fans of kickboxing will undoubtedly know the name Mohammed Jaraya, or, if they don’t know it yet, they’ll know it very well soon. Jaraya is one of those rare, young talents that shines bright in the early stages of his career and has gathered a pretty rabid following because of that. He’s been mostly competing within the Enfusion ring, but now will venture into the deep waters of GLORY’s Welterweight division. The talk of Jaraya signing to GLORY has been floating around for at least a week now, which makes this announcement come as no surprise. The problem lies in [read more]

Programming Note — GLORY: Redemption Airs on ESPN Classic Tonight

Interesting programming note, if you somehow missed out on GLORY: Redemption last month and have a cable subscription with ESPN, you’re in lucky. The blockbuster event featuring Rico Verhoeven vs. Jamal Ben Saddik is set to air tonight on ESPN Classic starting at 8pm eastern/5pm pacific. Only the PPV portion will be airing via ESPN Classic, which means Baley Sugden vs. Chenglong Zhang, Danyo Ilunga vs. Michael Duut, Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. Zakaria Zouggary and, of course, Rico Verhoeven vs. Jamal Ben Saddik. After you’ve watched (or if you already have), listen to Jay Jauncey and myself talk about GLORY: Redemption as [read more]

LiverKick Podcast January 14th, 2018: GLORY: Redemption, Kunlun Finals and More

Alright, so the last episode was garbled up by audio problems galore, then the holidays happened, Jay went on vacation and finally, here we are, a month later, with a new episode of the LiverKick Podcast. But, of course, this time we try to make up for it by going over GLORY: Redemption, talking about some of the other big stories that have happened in the last month or so, like Badr Hari’s GLORY signing and more. We also brush upon K-1 Japan happenings, just how big of a star is Tenshin Nasukawa compared to Takeru and the upcoming Kunlun [read more]

Kunlun Fight 69 Fight Card: Buakaw, 100kg and 70kg Tournaments

On February 4th Kunlun Fight returns with Kunlun Fight 69, featuring the 100kg and 70kg tournament semifinals. At 100kg Iraj Azizpour fights Asihati and Felipe Stievano fights Roman Kryklia. At 70kg Sergii Kuliaba fights Superbon Banchamek while Marat Grigorian meets Dzianis Zuev. Buakaw Banchamek vs. Hu Yafei Seksan Somai vs. Wang Wenfeng Vitaly Gurkov vs. Zhang Yang KLF 100+kg Championship Semifinal: Iraj Azizpour vs. Asihati KLF 100+kg Championship Semifinal: Felipe Stievano vs. Roman Kryklia KLF 70kg Championship Reserve: Takuya Imamura vs. Kong Lingfeng KLF 70kg Championship Semifinal: Sergii Kuliaba vs. Superbon Banchamek KLF 70kg Championship Semifinal: Marat Grigorian vs. Dzianis [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]