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Sharing a Six-Pack with Justin Greskiewicz

  • Published in Interviews

8/1/14, Mashantucket Reservation, CT - The night before a fight can be a weird time for a fighter.  Some go into seclusion, turning off their phones and locking themselves in a room.  Some go out to a big dinner with the team or friends and family.  Some just eat, watch movies, visualize and pass out, or try to.  I was lucky enough to catch Justin Greskiewicz, the Purple People Eater, the night before the biggest match-up of his professional Muay Thai career, Malaipet Sasiprapa in the Lion Fight 17 show at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.  

Not wanting to take up too much of his time, especially while he was eating, we shared a quick six questions, and then I let him get back to it:

Okay, the weigh-ins over, the hard work is done, time to eat rest, relax and get ready to have some fun tomorrow... if you have the time it'd be great if you can answer these any way you see fit.

The Arbiter: What makes tomorrow's match-up different or more challenging than previous fight? Do you think it's your toughest?

Justin Greskiewicz: This fight is definitely going to be tough. He keeps talking about how hard he trained and that we're gonna see the old Malaipet again. That will make my victory that much sweeter. This will be one of my toughest fights to date for sure.

T.A.: What are some challenges that you faced in training and teaching/running Stay Fly at the same time?

JG: Training hard for a fight is difficult with my own business to run. I'm pretty much the Lone Ranger running stuff there. Also, I don't really have a coach, but lots of people have helped me out along the way for this fight and so many people have stepped up so I could train hard.

T.A.: How has your training differed from prior fights? Any new wrinkles?

JG: I trained hard for this fight. My last 2 fights I had a tough time finding training, but I still did very well. For this fight, I had the help I needed to get ready to do it.

T.A.: What are the weaknesses in your opponent’s game that you think you can exploit?

JG: Malaipet's biggest weakness has been his conditioning, recently. I think I can exploit that if I really push the pace of the fight. Also, his boxing is not really great, he looks for one big shot at a time, and I'll be looking to take advantage of that.

T.A.: Which part of your game or personality would you say is your most reliable or central to victory tomorrow?

JG: My biggest ally in this fight is my will to win. A win here at Lion Fight would be great for my career, especially against one of the best in the game. I want it bad, and tomorrow I'm gonna take it.

T.A.: And lastly, are there any special combos or techniques we should watch for? Old favorites, new experimental stuff? 

J.G.: I will be looking to mix it up a lot in there tomorrow. You might see a fancy technique or two thrown in, which isn't normally the style that I fight. It should be exciting.

T.A.: Thanks for your time brother, I'll let you get back to your visualizations or Tekken or watching Dolomite, whatever your routine is.

J.G.: Ha-ha! Thanks still stuffing my face…

T.A.: Enjoy, asta manana!

J.G.: Werd up!

T.A.: Thanks again for taking time to answer even a couple if these. Best of health and luck tomorrow, CHOK DEE, BROTHER!!!!

Justin will be fighting Thai Champion Malaipet Sasiprapa tonight as the main event of Lion Fight 17 from the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Casino and Resort tonight.  If you can’t be there live you can catch it on AXS TV, starting at 7:00pm.

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Card for SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Elimination on October 25th in Geneva

  • Published in Kickboxing

On October 25th in Geneva, Switzerland SuperKombat will return with the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Elimination event. THere are a series of Super Fights lined up for the event that promise to deliver a lot of action, the same with the Final Elimination tournament for the SuperKombat World Grand Prix at Light Heavyweight. The featured bout of the evening is between Super Cruiserweights Andrei Stoica and Moises Baute.

1. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
Enver Sljivar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) vs. Lucian Danilencu (Romania)
2. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)
Jamie Bates (Great Britain) vs. Yoann Kongolo (Switzerland)
3. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
Nordine Mahieddine (France) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (Switzerland)
4. Quarter Final 1 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)
Ibrahim El Bouni (Morocco) vs. Dawid Kasperski (Poland)
5. Quarter Final 2 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)
Michael Terrill (Great Britain) vs. Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname)
6. Quarter Final 3 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)
Aristote Quitusisa (France) vs. Bogdan Stoica (Romania)
7. Quarter Final 4 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)
Beni Osmanoski (Switzerland) vs. Jorge Loren (Spain)
8. Title Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)
Moises Baute (Spain) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)

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Weekend Results: LEGEND III

  • Published in Europe

Legend III

This was quite a weekend for the sport of Kickboxing as LEGEND III, in cooperation with Carlo di Blasi's Oktagon in Milan, put forth a solid Kickboxing effort. The card was filled, from top to bottom, with not only solid names, but good names, in the world of kickboxing. Some of the bigger fights of the night saw UFC veteran Paul Daley pick up a win over Alexander Surjko, Andy Souwer over Yuri Bessmertny, Pavel Zhuravlev defeat michal Turynski and Murthel Groenhart defeat Dzhabar Askerov.

 

  • Alim Nabiev (R3 - Dec.) Armen Petrosyan
  • Sitthichai Sitsonpeenong (R3 - Dec.) Mohamed Khamal
  • Enriko Gogokhia (R1 - KO) Alessandro Campagna
  • Paul Daley (R3 - TKO) Alexander Surjko
  • Andy Souwer (R3 - Dec.) Yuri Bessmertny
  • Pavel Zhuravlev (R3 - Split Dec.) Michal Turynski
  • Murthel Groenhart (R1 - KO) Dzhabar Askerov

 

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K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Finals Results

  • Published in Asia

 

K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final

Dec. 11, 2010

Tokyo, Japan

Ariake Colisseum

 

1. Tsutomu Takahagi (R3 - Unanimous Dec.) Hidekazu Kimura

2. Reserve Fight: Ewerton Teixeira (R3 - Unanimous Dec.) Errol Zimmerman

3. Quarterfinals: Peter Aerts (R1 - KO/High Kick) Mighty Mo

4. Quarterfinals: Semmy Schilt (R3 - Unanimous Dec.) Kyotaro

5. Quarterfinals: Gokhan Saki (Ext.R - Unanimous Dec.) Daniel Ghita

6. Quarterfinals: Alistair Overeem (R3 - Unanimous Dec.) Tyrone Spong

7. Hesdy Gerges (R1 - TKO) Yusuke Fujimoto

8. Semi finals: Peter Aerts (R3 - Majority Dec.) Semmy Schilt

9. Semi finals: Alistair Overeem (R1 - TKO) Gokhan Saki

10. Singh Jaideep (R1 - TKO) Sergey Kharitonov

11. Finals: Alistair Overeem (R1 - KO) Peter Aerts

 

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SuperKombat Dabbles in the Mainstream in Romania

  • Published in Kickboxing

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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Yokkao 7 and 8 Updates

  • Published in Muay Thai

Yokkao

Yokkao 6 was the first big event of 2014 and Yokkao 7 is looking to be one of the more exciting events of the beginning of the year as well. Yokkao is looking to keep the momentum going in 2014 as Yokkao 8 is literally right around the corner. Yokkao 7 will take place on February 19th at the Pattaya Boxing World Stadium with a line-up featuring Saencha, Ekapop, Apidej and Suedam, as well as many others.

Then on Saturday March 8th at Botlon's Reebok Stadium Yokkao 8 will be coming to the UK, headlined by Liam Harrison vs. Damian Almos! More information on that card as it approaches, but first Yokkao 7.

Yokkao

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GLORY's Greatest Hits Volume I

  • Published in Glory

GLORY have been around for two years now and have run a total of 16 events thus far, with each one producing some truly memorable moments. GLORY have collected the most memorable moments in their 16 events into one video, dubbing it their Greatest Hits Volume I. So of course we all want to watch it, right? So check it out.

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Adidas Announces Partnership with Friday Night Fights

  • Published in Muay Thai

Sports apparel brand adidas has been making a big push into the world of Martial Arts over the past few months with their latest move being an interesting one, to say the least. Today adidas announced that they are teaming up with New York muay thai promotion Friday Night Fights. Adidas seems inspired to look outside of the box in their sponsorships and teaming with Friday Night Fights is a tremendous opportunity for the New York-based promotion that has been making waves for years.

“From our perspective as a brand that so many expect so much from, connecting with the right grass roots fight promotion means everything. Our objective is support the core audience and everyday blue & white collar warriors,”  “The women and men who embrace what it means to face your goals and improve yourself every night you hit the gym are who we care about. This is our company obsession. How do we serve these dedicated people and their beloved sport?  The answer is clear.: We form an alliance with Friday Night Fight’s.”

ACS’s Managing Director Scott Viscomi continues, “when you come to their events, you can feel the energy in the room, it’s electrifying! Justin and his team are long term pro’s who know what it takes to match great athletes, and entertain the people buying seats.  As we work to remind the core market of adidas’ long and rich history in Olympic Judo, Tae Kwon Do, and Boxing to Professional Boxing, MMA, and Kickboxing, we couldn’t have a better strategic partner than FNF to relaunch our Muay Thai programs."

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Free Unlocked Video: GLORY 11 Chicago - Rico Verhoeven vs. Daniel Ghita

  • Published in Glory

Glory World Series has unlocked the video of the four man heavyweight tournament final from October 12th last year, between Rico Verhoeven and Daniel Ghita to get us ready for the rematch. This is one of the highest paced and exciting heavyweight fights I have seen for a long time. After watching this fight multiple times I still have a hard time choosing a winner. Ghita and Verhoeven used to be sparring partners, which explains why they seem to know each other so well and neither of them could land their signature techniques. Ghita is definitely the harder hitting fighter with more knockouts to his name, but his power seemed to fade early on in this fight due to Verhoeven pulling him into his technical and grinding style.

Will Ghita be able to get the knockout this time, or will Verhoeven grind out a 5 round decision, What do you think?

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Enfusion Live Streaming Free Tomorrow

  • Published in Kickboxing

Enfusion

This is an exciting time to be a fan of Kickboxing and Muay Thai. The internet is finally taking off as a medium to deliver fights to fans directly without worrying about television deals getting in the way, which means that the fans get the content directly. Enfusion is currently a leader in delivering live, streaming content to fans through their website, EnfusionLive.com. Tomorrow at 21:00 Amsterdam time/3:00PM Eastern time Enfusion Live will present a live event, Enfusion Live #16 from the Hague, Holland. The event is preceded by a new show by Enfusion called "Kickboxing Talents," which begins at 18:30 Amsterdam time/12:30pm Eastern.

Here is a look at the fight card for Enfusion Live 16.

  • 1. Reda Narain ( Surinam ) vs Paolo Renna ( France ) -63 kg
  • 2. Kristy Ooms ( Indonesia ) vs Marieke Post ( The Netherlands ) -64 kg
  • 3. Ismael Benali ( Morocco ) vs Kevin Miruka ( Kenya ) -70 k
  • 4. Andrii Panov ui Ukraine vs Hicham El Gaoui (Morocco) -85 kg
  • 5. Mohamed Boubkari ( Morocco ) vs Sam Tevette ( Senegal ) open weight
  • 6. Mohammed Jaraya ( Morocco ) vs Mohamed Galaoui ( France ) Enfusion world title -67kg

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