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Badr Hari's Love Affair Hits the Tabloids

  • Published in Kickboxing

Ah summer, with love in the air and celebrity gossip magazines there to take candid shots of them and repost them with scandalous headlines. That is your life if you are Kickboxing superstar Badr Hari and you find yourself involved with Dutch soccer legend Ruud Gullit's wife, Estelle Gullit, going as far as said wife leaving her superstar husband and taking up a serious relationship with you. This photo is courtesy of Marloes Coenen's twitter. As we wait to find out if Badr will be fighting for Glory or not, we are instead treated to photographs of him enjoying his life. Good for him.

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LiverKick Throwback: Melvin Manhoef Destroys Paul Slowinski

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The world of kickboxing has a rich history to fall back upon so we here at LiverKick figure, why not? Why not give a glimpse into some of the fights from the past that have made up this wonderful sport and tie it all in to the present. The kids on the Instagram and Twitter like to call Thursdays "Throwback Thursdays," I'm just going to say that this is a LiverKick Throwback.

Melvin Manhoef will be fighting in the Last Man Standing tournament on June 21st in Los Angeles for GLORY, meeting Filip Verlinden in the first round of the tournament. To say that Melvin Manhoef at Middleweight will be a force to be reckoned with is putting it lightly; Melvin Manhoef was a force to be reckoned with at Heavyweight. If you need proof of that, look no further than December 6th, 2012, when Melvin Manhoef fought in the Reserve bout for the K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 against tough Australian slugger Paul Slowinski. 

Paul Slowinski is a legitimate 6'3" 240lbs while Manhoef is 5'8" and has fought as low at 170lbs in the past. This is just so you understand the size difference going into this fight and why Melvin Manhoef is so impressive. Melvin Manhoef was never the best Heavyweight Kickboxer in the world, but he was able to knock out some of the best and make it look easy. That's incredible. 

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Latest Twist in Badr's Case: He's Suing the Police

  • Published in Kickboxing

BadrA part of me is beginning to feel like Badr Hari's personal life is like a bad episode of "As the World Turns" sometimes. Every day there are more and more complications for Badr, more news coming out about his alleged assaults or affairs and to say that his personal life is personal would be a stretch. The latest in the case of the beaten Dutch millionaire at the giant dance party is that Badr is turning the tables on the legal system.

Badr's lawyer has apparently lodged a complaint with the courts that he feels there is an open line of communication between the team handling Badr's case within the police department and Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf (The Guardian). He claims that the news outlet has too much inside information, that it clearly must be coming from the police and that it is illegal.

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It's Time for the Smaller Weight Classes to Shine

  • Published in Kickboxing

Kickboxing has long been all about the heavyweight weight classes. If you were to ask anyone about K-1 the first thing that would come to mind would be the K-1 World Grand Prix. Of course, there is a good reason for that. When modern kickboxing in the form of K-1 began in Japan it was to appeal to the local audiences with a blend of Kyokushin, Karate and professional wrestling. The Japanese public was always attracted to the idea of the clash of titans (I mean, really, isn’t everybody?) so K-1 focused heavily on the Heavyweights. 

If you look at GLORY, SuperKombat and even promotions like Enfusion you’ll see that the focus is still largely on the heavier weight classes. No matter what Badr Hari is doing it is news, if Peter Aerts is in a pro wrestling match in Japan everyone cares and people still ask if Sem Schilt will ever return to the ring. Speculation over Alistair Overeem leaving the UFC to return to kickboxing has been healthy for his entire UFC run. Needless to say, the big guys draw eyeballs.

The one real anomaly is the rise of K-1’s MAX division in the 2000’s. It was an idea created to promote the handsome and talented MASATO originally, but the reality was that it created a good number of stars and helped to make something outside of Heavyweight sustainable. We’ve seen the rise of a few stars like Giorgio Petrosyan, Buakaw Banchamek, Andy Ristie, Robin van Roosmalen and many more. It’s Showtime helped to push forward with expanded weight classes and GLORY is continuing along the path with the Light Heavyweight and Middleweight classes a big focus over the last year.

If we look at other sports the focus isn’t always just on huge, lumbering titans, though. While American Football might have a few such characters, a lot of the time the smaller, more agile players end up a focal point. The home run sluggers in baseball might draw eyeballs, but not all baseball players are Mark Mcguire. In football (you know, soccer) it is even more clear that you don’t (and shouldn’t) be a giant to be successful. Look no further than some of the lines at betting at William Hill to see how diverse the playing field can be. 

At GLORY 20 Gabriel Varga and Mosab Amrani will compete for the GLORY Featherweight Championship. It’s a solid first step, although there is confusion as to if this will air on the SuperFight Series or on Spike TV. Last that I’ve heard it was the SuperFight Series. Even so, it will be the headliner for that show that will air on CBS Sports Network and across the globe as its own show. 

Then, of course, is K-1’s 55kg World Grand Prix going down in Japan on April 19th. K-1 Japan has been putting out a steady stream of events featuring smaller weight classes and has been wildly entertaining. As long as the big players in kickboxing keep focusing on smaller weight classes there is still hope that the lighter, more technical and quick weight classes can shine in the near future. 

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K-1 World Grand Prix in Los Angeles Promo Videos

  • Published in K-1

The K-1 World Grand Prix in Los Angeles is just days away now, with the show going down this coming Saturday and the heat of the summer is still on. K-1 makes its return to US soil for the first time in years and on top of that, K-1 Global will promote their first official show on their own, so there will be a lot on the line. To add to that, the event will be broadcast live on Spike.com as the first step in a multiplatform deal with Spike TV. K-1 has gone ahead and uploaded a few new videos promoting the big Heavyweight fights, and we are glad to share them with you.

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GLORY Overhauls Their Rules

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GLORY have done a lot for the world of Kickboxing in the past few years, some of which was adapting some of the better rules which were instated via the acquisition of It's Showtime, such as the five judge system which helped to prevent terrible decisions. Then, of course, they were also making their own unique stamp on the rules of fighting by keeping an open scoring system, which helps the fans and fighters to know where they stand. It appears that era has come to an end as GLORY has looked to homogenize itself with the rest of the American fight scene by dropping down to three judges and removing that open scoring system.

Those two changes alone are enough to make fans groan, as they were some of the more progressive rules used by GLORY that helped to ensure that the right fighter won at the end of the fight. It isn't all bad, though, as some of the more controversial stoppages in GLORY have come by the way of the standing 8-count rule, where the referee could step in if a fighter was in trouble and give them an 8-count. They have no adopted a 10-count rule where the fighter must be down or must take a knee to initiate a down, which will put the fight back in the hands of the fighters, thankfully.

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Andy Ristie Claims to Have Received His K-1 Money; New Questions Arise

  • Published in K-1

Andy RistieThe saga of K-1 continues on, as yet another fighter from K-1 Global's "K-1 Rising" show in Madrid has stepped forward to claim that he has received the money that was owed to him, and this fighter comes by the way of Andy Ristie. Interestingly enough, Ristie just fought for It's Showtime on It's Showtime 57&58, so if the odds were in favor of him bending in one direction or another, it would be towards It's Showtime, which is now a part of Glory.

This raises some very important questions, questions which have remained unanswered. After we heard about these "payment" issues, we reached out to It's Showtime head Simon Rutz in regards to some further details, and while he did issue a press release shortly thereafter, a lot of our questions remain unanswered. We have not heard from It's Showtime or Glory in an official fashion since the release of their counter press release, but with so many fighters coming forward to say that they were paid, the questions to the validity of the claims against K-1 are starting to rise more and more.

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Latest Episode of The Reem Follows Overeem in Albuquerque

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We'll never stop posting about Alistair Overeem. Why? Because he's the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, that's why. That's a pretty big deal and we continue to honor the fact that Ubereem made a huge impact on the kickboxing world in just a short span of time. Hell, we want to see him fight for GLORY, desperately. It's okay that he's in the UFC now, though. We want him to succeed because it'd be really cool to see Alistair Overeem become UFC Heavyweight Champion and have held the two most prestigious titles in two different combat sports like that. 

Alistair Overeem is training here in Albuquerque now, which is kind of a trip to me. I don't get starstruck by much, I mean, Keith Jardine almost sideswiped me on the way to work one day, I was doing laundry next to him once, I saw GSP and Rashad out at a bar once and all of these things were just whatever. Hell, I even physically bumped into Robert Downey Junior when they were filming the Avengers and didn't mind (although I was upset that I missed Joss Whedon hanging out in that same bar), but Overeem? Pfft.

That's awesome. Anyway, here's the latest episode of The Reem, featuring Overeem training in Albuquerque and a whole hell of a lot more.

THE REEM SEASON 3 EPISODE 6: THE FOUNDATION from THE REEM on Vimeo.

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Jerome Le Banner Successful in Retirement Fight and More

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Hot on the heels of K-1 MAX legend Mike Zambidis hanging up the gloves K-1 legend Jerome Le Banner has followed suit and ended his JLB Retirement tour with a victory in France. He fought against a late replacement of Karl Roberson from the United States and Roberson impressed many with his performance against Le Banner. JLB was victorious, which is what matters here, and gets to go out a champion. Congratulations Jerome and thanks for the marvelous career.

Of course, there were more fights on this Fight Night San Tropez card, a lot of which involved some big names. The show was a mix of muay thai and kickboxing and, well, some stuff went down, that's for sure. The big news would have to be Aleksandr Vezhevatov defeating Filip Verlinden as well as Sergei Papin defeating Danyo Ilunga. Yohan Lidon was victorious over Jonatan Oliveira to round out the card and it's interesting that a card like this will be impacting global rankings so much. 

Results thanks to our friends at Kiksie, an awesome Kickboxing database that everyone should be checking out

1. Kickboxing 4×2
Sharos Huyer (Italy) def. Bakari Tounkara (France) by decision
2. Kickboxing 4×2
Frank Munoz (Spain) def. Zinedine Hameur-Lain (France)
3. Muay Thai 5×3
Yodwicha Por Boonsit (Thailand) def. Jimmy Vienot (France) by decision
4. Kickboxing 4×2
Fabrice Aurieng (France) def. Yuksel Ayaydin (France/Turkey) by decision
5. Kickboxing 4×2
Aleksander Vezhevatov (Russia) def. Filip Verlinden (Belgium) by decision
6. Muay Thai 5×3
Lizzie Largilliere (France) def. Petchoydying Mor (Thailand)
7. Kickboxing 4×2
Sergei Papin (Russia) def. Danyo Ilunga (Germany) by decision
8. Muay Thai 3×3
Yohan Lidon (France) def. Jonatan Oliveira (Brazil) by TKO
9. Kickboxing 5×2
Jérôme Le Banner (France) def. Karl Roberson (United States) by decision
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Liverkick Throwback: Branko Cikatic Vs Ernesto Hoost II

  • Published in Kickboxing

The world of kickboxing has a rich history to fall back upon so we here at LiverKick figure, why not? Why not give a glimpse into some of the fights from the past that have made up this wonderful sport and tie it all in to the present. The kids on the Instagram and Twitter like to call Thursdays "Throwback Thursdays," I'm just going to say that this is a LiverKick Throwback.

Branco Cikatic was the original Croatian heavyweight Kickboxer and the first Croation born fighter to achieve international success. K-1 didn't start until 1993, Branko was 38 years old already, but he made the most of it and became the very first K-1 grand prix champion and won all three fights in one night by knockout. Cikatic had a rock-solid chin and huge power in both hands, he wasn't the most technical fighter but he was more of a take a punch to land my harder punch type. Branco tried a few MMA fights after winning K-1 and jumped in the Pride ring, now Cikatic was never the cleanest of fighters and that ended up causing most of his Pride fights to end in DQ or No contest.

This fight with the legend Ernesto Hoost was for the K-1 grand prix 1993 Finals in Tokyo, Japan. Hoost was 10 years younger than Cikatic and had already beat Peter Aerts and Maurice Smith in the quarter and semi finals. I feel Hoost was easily winning this fight up until Branko did what he does best and landed a huge right on poor Ernesto's chin and cause a heavy KO.

 

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