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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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Adidas Announces Partnership with Friday Night Fights

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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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Enfusion Live This Weekend

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Enfusion

On January 12th Enfusion Live will present their first event of the year, including a -57kg Women's World Title fight. Here is a breakdown of the card;

 

  • Enfusion World Title Fight -57 kg: Ilona Wijmans (Netherlands) vs Denise Kielholtz (Netherlands)
  • Tayfun Ozcan (Turkey) vs Giga Chikadze (Georgia)
  • Mohammed Jarraya (Morocco) vs Christophe Maillot (France)
  • Joop Schneider (Netherlands) vs Melvin Wassing (Indonesia)
  • Pietje Doorje (Surinam) vs Mansour Yaqubi (Afghanistan)
  • Kevin Hesseling (Netherlands) vs Charlie Peters (England)
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GLORY 14 Zagreb Weigh-in Results

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Cro Cop

Tomorrow in Zagreb, Croatia, we'll see GLORY 14 take place. GLORY 14 features a Middleweight Contender tournament as well as a Lightweight title fight between Andy Ristie and Davit Kiria. The whole event is topped off with Mirko Filipovic vs. Remy Bonjasky in Remy Bonjasky's retirement bout, which makes this a can't miss event. The event will air on tape delay via Spike TV at 9pm Eastern time, so don't miss it.

  • GLORY 14 ZAGREB
  • Mirko Filipović (109.95 kg / 242.4 lbs) vs. Remy Bonjasky (108.8 kg / 239.86 lbs)
  • Andy Ristie (69.55 kg / 153.33 lbs) vs. Davit Kiria (69.6 kg / 153.44 lbs)
  • Dustin Jacoby (84.5 kg / 186.29 lbs) vs. Alex Pereira (85.0 kg / 187.39 lbs)
  • Sahak Parparyan (84.6 kg / 186.51 lbs) vs. Jason Wilnis (83.55 kg / 184.2 lbs)
  • Middleweight Tournament Reserve Samir Boukhidous (83.5 kg / 184.09 lbs) also weighed in.
  • GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES
  • Mladen Brestovac (116.9 kg / 257.72 lbs) vs. Jahfarr Wilnis (113.0 kg / 249.12 lbs)
  • Benjamin Adegbuyi (119.9 kg / 264.33 lbs) vs. Dmytro Bezus (118.55 kg / 261.36 lbs)
  • Albert Kraus (69.45 kg / 153.11 lbs) vs. Aikpracha Meenayothin (69.6 kg / 153.44 lbs)
  • Igor Jurković (94.45 kg / 208.23 lbs) vs. Michael Duut (95.3 kg / 210.1 lbs)
  • Artur Kyshenko (76.65 kg / 168.98 lbs) vs. Karapet Karapetyan (76.45 kg / 168.54 lbs)
  • Teo Mikelić (70.2 kg / 154.76 lbs) vs. Murthel Groenhart (69.8 kg / 153.88 lbs)

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Liverkick Throwback: Ernesto Hoost Vs Jerome Le Banner 1999

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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.

Today we are going to back to one of the best K-1 Heavyweight Rivalry's, Ernesto "Mr. Perfect" Hoost Vs Jerome Le Banner. These two fought 5 times, Hoost won 3 and Le Banner won 2 and not a single one of those fights went the distance. The style clash in these fights was the brawler against technical fighter that people love to see. Le Banner still had a lot of technical skill but compared to Hoost's technique he was a brawler and at 6 foot 3 inches and 265 pounds Le Banner was very powerful to say the least.

This fight was at the K-1 WGP 1999 Semi-Finals, Hoost beat Andy Hug by decision to advance and JLB knocked out Peter Aerts in the first round, which made Le Banner the much fresher man. They had already fought each other twice and had one win each, this was essentially the rubber match. Le Banner came out strong and fast as usual, but Mr. Perfect weathered the storm until the second round and capitalized on his opponents aggression to land a few well timed right hands, followed by a flurry and put Le Banner's lights out. Hoost moved on to the finals where he knocked out Mirko Cro Cop with a liver punch to become the K-1 WGP Champion for the second time.

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Yokkao 9 in China: Muay Thai vs. Kung Fu

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Yokkao

Yokkao continues their string of fan-favorite events with an event on May 24th in China, Yokkao 9: Muay Thai vs. Shaolin Kung Fu. The event is set to take place in Xinyang, China and will be headlined by Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee vs. a Shaolin Monk, Yi Long. Also confirmed for the event are Pakorn and Ekapop, both who have made strong impressions in the last few Yokkao events.

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Check out AFAV's Awesome New Melvin Manhoef Video

  • Published in Glory

Melvin Manhoef will be one of the eight men entering GLORY's Last Man Standing tournament on June 21st and there has been a lot of hype leading into this tournament, especially for the inclusion for Manhoef. Why? Because Melvin Manhoef hasn't competed at this level in Kickboxing in a while and this is being heralded as his big return to prominence in Kickboxing. 

Our friends at AFAV have put together this incredible video of Melvin Manhoef getting prepared for his fight at GLORY Last Man Standing. GLORY's Last Man Standing is June 21st live on PPV, for more information, check out http://www.gloryppv.com.

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VIDEO: Gokhan Saki Interview Leading Into GLORY 15

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GLORY 15

On Saturday, April 12th in Istanbul, Turkey Gokhan Saki will make his Light Heavyweight debut in front of a home town audience with the GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship on the line. GLORY 15 features a one night Light Heavyweight tournament where we'll see Gokhan Saki square off against Nathan Corbett and Tyrone Spong against Saulo Cavalari. The winners will go on to face each other for the honor of being called GLORY's Light Heavyweight Champion.

This interview with Gokhan Saki was posted today, where he discusses the controversial loss to Rico Verhoeven at GLORY 11.

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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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Watch Joe Schilling do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been all over social media for the past few weeks. The idea is to dump a bucket of ice water over your head, then call out three friends to do it themselves, all in the name of raising awareness and donating money for research into Lou Gehrig's Disease/ALS. We've seen it catch fire in the MMA world of late, now Joe Schilling of GLORY fame is taking the challenge and damn does he have a list of names that he calls out afterwards.

It's also awesome because his two sons, whom he'll usually lovingly refer to on Instagram as "Thing #1" and "Thing #2," take the challenge as well. His youngest son, Jax, is pretty endearing to watch try to run away from it, while Lil Joe takes it like a champ.

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