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Peter Aerts Does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

  • Published in Kickboxing

There have been a literal ton of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos out in the wild. From just normal, everyday people to A-list celebrities. Most of these don't concern us, though, because, well, we cover kickboxing. Even then, lots of fighters have been participating in the ALS Ice Bucket challenge. We probably won't post that many of them because once you've seen one person pour ice on their heads and imply that they are cold you've probably seem them all. 

This is Peter Aerts, though. Peter Aerts will always hold a special place in our hearts for being Mr. K-1. So let's watch Peter Aerts participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Saint-Tropez Fight Night II set for Aug 4th

  • Published in Kickboxing

Saint-Tropez Fight Night have announced their sophomore event will take place on August 4th 2014 from the unique and beautiful venue of La Citadelle in Saint-Tropez, France. The card will be headlined by a heavyweight double-header featuring French kickboxing legend Jerome Le Banner and his fellow countryman Freddy Kemayo, as they square of against Daniel Sam and Peter Aerts respectively. 

Many fans will remember the infamous debut of Saint-Tropez Fight Night last year, whereby Jerome Le Banner defended his WKN World Title and was subsequently presented the belt by Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone. Le Banner looks to pick up his second victory of 2014, as he stopped Luican Danilencu with body-shots back in May. Englishman Daniel Sam will look to get back in the winners circle after getting KO’d by Moroccan prospect Ismael Lazaar last weekend in London. To make it even worse for Sam, he’d lost his last three bouts previously as well, with all three losses coming in in dominant fashion.

Fresh of the announcement that he will meet long-time rival Ernesto Hoost in Japan later this year, ‘The Dutch Lumberjack’ Peter Aerts will also square off against Frenchman Freddy Kemayo. Kemayo enters the bout on a six-fight win streak, having not loss since November 2012.

Saint-Tropez Fight has also announced that all bouts will be contested under Muay Thai rules and at 95kgs. There are more bouts expected to be announced at a later date.

Fight Card

Jerome Le Banner vs. Daniel Sam
Peter Aerts vs. Freddy Kemayo
Correntin Jallon vs. Sergej Maslobojev
Nicolas Wamba vs. Arnold Oborotov
Vladimir Mineev vs. Mikhail Tuterev

 

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SuperKombat Makes a Difference in Flood-Afflicted Region of Romania

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I feel like the world of fight sports has been afflicted with some really, really awful press of late. Right now there is just so much negative press out there, a lot of it based around the whole War Machine/Christy Mack story that just won't go away. So I'm happy to see that Romanian kickboxing promotion SuperKombat is actually doing something positive, they are giving back to their community. Two weeks ago there was flooding in Valcea County in Romania. This flooding affected many of the over 400,000 residents there.

Valcea County was the first place where SuperKombat held an event in 2011 and they looked to give back yesterday when staff members and fighters took part in a humanitarian effort to deliver food, drinking water and clothing to those who were affected by the flooding. Residents are still recovering from the floods and it's nice to see a promotion like SuperKombat giving back.

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Paul Daley's K-1 Debut Happening on October 4th

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UFC and Bellator veteran Paul Daley has been in the news this past week after it was announced that Scott Coker has resigned the British fighter to Bellator, hoping that he'll make his debut in the near future. K-1 fires back by announcing Paul Daley's K-1 debut fight will happen on October 4th at the K-1 World MAX Finals in Thailand. The event is headlined by the Buakaw vs. Kehl rematch for the K-1 MAX title (which we are told will be defended on its own, outside of tournaments in the future), but will also see the debut of Paul Daley.

Daley is 4-0 this year alone in kickboxing since he's returned, leading to there being a lot of hype behind his K-1 debut. His opponent has been announced as Mohammad Ghaedibardeh and the fight will be at 80kg. 

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SuperKombat in Constanta Brought the Spectacle on Top of the Action

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This past weekend in Constanta, Romania SuperKombat presented their fourth SuperKombat World Grand Prix event of this year. It was an event highlighted by big wins by Catalin Morosanu, Cristian Milea, Sebastian Ciobanu and a surprise win from Alex Filip with a huge rolling thunder KO victory that has gone viral all over the internet since the event. But, as per usual, SuperKombat events were a lot more than just the fights, SuperKombat pushes their events to be cultural events in Romania.

This event in Constanta was no different, with the leadup to the event including television stars from America, European pop stars, artists and actors were there, hell, even Remy Bonjasky was in attendance as a special guest at the event, coming off of his recent retirement bout earlier this year. 

French footballer Bacary Sagna, who currently is a part of the popular Manchester City, was also in attendance in the event (pictured above in the center), where he was not only a spectator, but he also entered the ring to present a trophy to Alex Filip after his wonderful performance that night. 

In addition Romanian pop singer Roxana Nemes, winner of the Mamaia Music Awards 2014 “Best Girl Act” award, performed a rendition of “I Love Rock N’ Roll” for the enthusiastic crowd welcoming Cenik Cankurtaranoglu to the ring. 

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Legacy Fighting Delving Into Kickboxing This January

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We heard about this earlier this summer when Legacy Fighting, best known for their MMA offerings on AXS TV, announced that they'd be dipping their toes into the kickboxing waters come 2015. Now Legacy has announced their first kickboxing card is coming on January 16th in Houston, Texas. They will be looking to make a big splash by booking Cosmo Alexandre to headline their first kickboxing card, which should be interesting. Here is the card thus far.

Cosmo Alexandre vs. Regian Eersel

Michael Corley vs. Marco Pique

Valentina Schevchenko vs. Lindsay Haycraft

We'll let you know when we know more.

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The Pressure is on Catalin Morosanu this Weekend in SuperKombat

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Saturday at the SuperKombat World Grand Prix in Constanta Catalin Morosanu looks to enter the ring for the third time this year, but only his second time in the ring in his home of Romania. For Catalin Morosanu, he’s proven to be a viable personality in the Romanian mainstream and will always draw eyes for SuperKombat throughout Europe, but this fight is important for him. Morosanu is perhaps best known for his wild, brawling style that he has claimed to be modeled after early Bob Sapp, but that wild, brawling style has gotten him into trouble throughout his career.

It’s hard not to imagine being distracted with the kind of schedule that Catalin Morosanu keeps up. Kickboxing will always be his home, but his work in politics takes up time, including an election this year. To top that off he’s a television personality and even markets his own brand of wine to Romanian fans. He still finds time to fight, though, and while he’s known for his brawling style, it would be crass to say that he’s just a brawler. Morosanu has evolved over the years and proved that with his wins over Stefan Leko, Anderson Silva and Paul Slowinski.

Since 2013 Morosanu has gone 3-3, batting .500 after going on an epic win-streak, which has led to some questioning his commitment to the sport and to growing, but if you look back at those losses they were all incredibly close. The fight with Ben Edwards was one of the more entertaining slugfests of the past few years at Heavyweight, even, with many seeing the fight going either way. The recent loss to Tomas Hron was a minor setback, for sure, but that is why his fight this weekend against Giannis Stoforidis is so important.

The Greek Stoforidis has had an equally interesting 2013 and 2014, with him making a big impression during the SuperKombat Tryouts in Greece, then putting on an amazing show in the SuperKombat New Heroes event in Croatia. When given a chance at a SuperKombat World Grand Prix tournament he made it to the finals in a qualifier, losing a tough fight to another young, rising star in D’Angelo Marshall. With Stofodiris it’s hard to forget that he’s only 25 and his career on the big stage is just beginning.

For Stoforidis, the fight with Morosanu is his biggest to date yet and his chance to make a huge impression on Romanian fans and hand Morosanu his first loss on Romanian soil since he fought Errol Zimmerman in Bucharest in 2010. A win over Morosanu would not only get his young career back on track, but would turn him into a superstar in Romania. Many have looked at Stoforidis as one of SuperKombat’s next big breakout stars, already gaining popularity in his home of Greece, but this would only make it all happen a lot quicker.

For Morosanu a win over Stoforidis would send the fans home happy in Romania, also proving that Morosanu is still focused on being one of the best in the world at kickboxing. Morosanu has always been knocking at the door of being considered one of the best Heavyweights and scoring a win over Stoforidis gets his name back into the discussion and opens up doors for fights with bigger names down the road. 

In my estimation the pressure is on Morosanu for this fight, with him fighting in Romania and being a national hero and all. There are a lot of expectations for him to not only win, but to do so in entertaining fashion. I think that Morosanu might get the job done here, but I don’t envy him right now, that’s for sure. 

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A Breakdown of Yokkao's Return to the UK with Yokkao 10 and 11

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Yokkao are once again returning to the UK only this time with two cards in one night.

On October the 11th 2014 Yokkao will host their tenth and eleventh events from Bolton, England.  Whilst most of the card is yet to be unveiled, the handful of fights already announced make this a card not to be missed, featuring the best the UK Muay Thai scene has to offer against a whole host of talented and highly-regarded international opposition. 

Headlining the first card will be a bout between England’s best at 70kg as Jordan Watson competes for only the second time this calendar year as he faces off against French-Italian journeyman Mickael Piscitello.

Fellow Bad Company Muay Thai representative Liam Harrison will headline the second card against Kongsak Sitboonmee, a man who only a few years ago was regarded as one of the best Muay Thai fighters in all of Thailand. 

The fight between Pakorn and Greg Wootton was originally scheduled for this past March at Yokkao 8, however the bout was unfortunately cancelled due to travel issues with Pakorn and has been rescheduled for this event.

Yokkao # 10 2pm GMT:
Jordan Watson (ENG) vs. Mickael Piscitello (FRE)
Pakorn Sakoythin (THA) vs. Greg Wootton (ENG)

Yokkao # 11 6pm GMT:
Liam Harrison (ENG) vs. Kongsak Sitboonmee (THA)
Brad Stanton (ENG) vs. Crice Boussouku (FRE)
Dean James (ENG) vs. Runmai Mo Tammachat (THA)

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SuperKombat Dabbles in the Mainstream in Romania

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When it comes to combat sports, no matter how popular the promotion, it usually seems like a stretch to ever say that it is mainstream. Mainstream attention is something that sports leagues like the UFC and GLORY are hungry for right now, but finding considerable hurdles in the way of this level of success. What’s interesting to note is that Romanian-based kickboxing promotion, SuperKombat, has achieved that very success in Romania.

It might be difficult to process at times that a kickboxing promotion could be considered mainstream, but Romania’s population of 20 million is very aware of SuperKombat and its stars. To many of us here in America we might look at fighters like Catalin Morosanu, Alexandru Lungu, Andrei and Bogdan Stoica and appreciate them on their own levels, but when it comes to Romania, these guys are huge stars. 

Catalin Morosanu has seen success in his kickboxing career, making a name for himself throughout Europe and Asia with K-1, but Morosanu has also made himself into a media star and politician. In 2010 Catalin Morosanu took part in Romania’s Dancing with the Stars, moving all the way to the finals where he and his partner won the entire show, Morosanu donating his winnings to a widow. From there he was able to leverage his popularity to serving as a councilor in Iasi County, with him up for an elected spot in the European Parliament later this year. Morosanu even has his own brand of wine. 

Alexandru Lungu is a guy that hardcore sports fans might look at and be confused by, equating him more to a Bob Sapp-like spectacle, but Lungu was at one time a competitive Judoka, earning third place in the Openweight division in the European Championships in 1999, earning him a spot in the hearts of the proud Romanian fans. Since then he has competed in Mixed Martial Arts in PRIDE, Cage Rage and K-1, as well as taking up kickboxing in SuperKombat. Spectacle he may be at times, but Lungu is a national hero for his achievements in Judo and when he steps into the ring, fans take notice. 

With the Stoica brothers there are similar tales, with Andrei, the older of the two, competing for Romania in the sport of Wushu, winning three national championships before winning a vaunted European championship in Sanshou in 2008. It was after that where he switched to kickboxing where both Andrei and Bogdan have had their careers fostered under the SuperKombat banner. 

Of course it doesn’t stop there, with SuperKombat nurturing more careers of Romanian fighters, such as Benjamin Adegbuyi, Ionut Atodiresei and Ionut Iftimoaie as well. SuperKombat shows have drawn tens of thousands of fans to events that are watched by millions in Romania as well as the rest of Europe and even America. If you wanted to look at a promotion that has done a good job of being a regional promotion, you should look no further than SuperKobmat, who has done an admirable job of breaking through that elusive “mainstream” barrier and who hold the largest television coverage for the sport in all of Europe.

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Enfusion Live 20 Fight Card

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Only two weeks removed from their successful fifth trip to London, England Enfusion Live hosts their 20th event this weekend on July 12th from the Palma Arena in Mallorca, Spain. 

The card is headlined by an all-Spanish clash at 95kg between former K-1 veteran Loren Jorge vs. Damian Garcia. Most kickboxing fans will remember Loren Jorge as the only man Mirko Cro Cop has finished since returning to kickboxing in 2012. Loren looks to build off an upset win over recent Glory middleweight quarter-finalist Bogdan Stoica in the Superkombat promotion. His fellow countryman Damian Garcia recently competed in his second MMA bout, losing to French Heavyweight Chaban Ka by first round TKO. Garcia was born and bred in Mallorca will be looking to give his hometown fans something to cheer about come July 12th.

There'll also be a title on the line in the battle of the Imans as the UK's Iman Barlow and Morocco's Iman Ghablou square off in Barlow's first defense of her 54kg Women's Enfusion World Title. Barlow, who successfully defeated Loren Klijn at the Enfusion 15 in Dublin earlier this year, is definitely someone of note when it comes to women's kickboxing. Her opponent Ghablou, is currently training with former opponent Victoria Lomax for this fight, which is somewhat peculiar considering the two only fought a matter of months ago.

Journeyman Wendell Roche, who was TKO'd at Enfusion 19 by Andrew Tate and subsequently lost his 90kg title in the process, looks to get back in the win column against German Christian Brorhilker.

Fight Card
Damian Garcia vs. Loren Jorge 95kg
Iman Barlow vs. Iman Ghablou 54kg Womens Enfusion title bout
Wendell Roche vs. Christian Brorhilker 90kg
Kike Bonnin vs. Oli Koch 75kg
Antonio Gomez vs. Ricardo Luiz 70kg
Ruben Barnabe vs. Thomas Alisier 90kg

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