The King in the Ring 8-man Cruiserweight tournament will be starting in just a few hours at 12:00AM PST/ 3:00AM CST. If anyone is interested in watching live it will be streamed on their site http://www.kinginthering.co.nz/ Otherwise if you feel like just staying up all night I will be posting Live Results and Tweeting @JayJauncey
Final - Israel Adesanya def. Pati Afoa (Simon Maait Injured) by TKO Rd 1 (head kick)
Semi-Final - Israel Adesanya def. Mark Timms by KO Rd 2 (left knee to the body)
Semi-Final - Simon Maait def. Zane Hopman by Unanimous Dec
Quarter final - Mark Timms def. Pati Afoa by Unanimous Dec EX Rd.
Quarter final - Israel Adesanya def. Kim Loudon by TKO Rd 3 (ref stoppage)
Quarter final - Simon Maait def. Zack Fatamaka by Unanimous Dec
Quarter final - Zane Hopman def. Kurt Pegoraro by Unanimous Dec
Middleweight - Mike “Blood” Diamond def. “Dirty” Sanchez by TKO Rd 2 (Referee Stoppage)
Lightweight - Sone ‘Arch Angel’ Vannathy def. Pumipi ‘Caezar’ Ngaronoa by TKO Rd 2 (referee stoppage)
Heavyweight - Nato ‘Hard Knox’ Laauli def. Pane ‘The Punisher’ Haraki by Unanimous Dec
Middleweight - Chris ‘Cobra’ Eades def. Jordan ‘Sniper’ Syme by Unanimous Dec
In the odd K-1 / DREAM hybrid rules bout, it was K-1 MAX Japan champion Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima who stood supreme, knocking Aoki out cold in a dramatic finish.
The two men started with a 3 minute K-1 rules round that was marked primarily by Aoki's flopping and stalling. Aoki spent the majority of the 3 minutes throwing himself to the ground, shooting takedowns on Jienotsu, and using a two handed clinch - basically doing anything he could to avoid standing and exchanging with the striker Nagashima, despte the rules. It was perhaps a sound strategy, but frustrating to watch.
As they came out for round 2 and 5 minutes of MMA action, Aoki immediately went for the takedown, but was hit perfectly by a Nagashima knee and knocked completely unconcious.
Great determination by Nagashima, who came into the MMA round at a huge disadvantage, but continued to fight his fight and earned the huge victory. Good to see a bit of redemption for K-1 as well after Kyotaro's defeat.
There have been rumors about Spong for weeks now, with the former K-1 Heavyweight being a hot commodity on the open market. It appeared that Spong was linked to K-1 for a while, as he was used in the promotional materials for the K-1 Open Tryouts in Los Angeles, but those close to him in the Netherlands were saying the opposite; that he was unhappy with K-1 and didn't trust them. In a press release yesterday (sorry, we've been down for 24 hours), Glory announced that Tyrone Spong had signed with them and will be a participant in their tournament in December in Japan.
Spong makes a welcome addition to the Glory World Series tournament in what could be one of his last active years as a Kickboxer, as he resides in Florida, training with the Blackzilians team (also known as Team Jaco) and is managed by Authentic Sports Management. Spong is essentially surrounded by MMA and talk of him making a MMA debut at some point in the near future has not died down at all. Whatever his decisions for signing with Glory over K-1 are, they are his own and he has not publicly explained it, but his reasons are his reasons.
The last K-1 fight on the list, and we may have saved the best for last...
Peter Aerts v. Semmy Schilt (K-1 World Grand Prix Finals, December 11)
There's been a lot of ink spent on this fight already, but it's the kind of fight that deserves all that attention and more. This was, in my opinion, the single greatest combat sports story of 2010, and the kind of story that makes you a sports fan. On one side - the 40 year old Peter Aerts. Aerts is the most beloved veteran of the sport, but after an unprecedented 17 year run at the top, he finally faltered last year, missing his first ever Grand Prix. Earlier in 2010, Aerts had talked about the end coming soon, and after his KO loss to Kyotaro, it felt like the writing was on the wall - this could be the end of the road for the great one. On the other side - the near 7 foot tall Semmy Schilt, the defending and 4 time K-1 Grand Prix champion. Schilt is as dominant a fighter as K-1 has ever seen, never once being knocked out of the Grand Prix, or any other tournament for that matter. All signs pointed to Schilt taking down the aged Aerts.
Now that is a moment.
Before moving on, let's take a look at exactly how Aerts pulled this off. So many men had failed to take Schilt down - how did Aerts succeed? One key to his victory is Aerts's ability to mix up his attack and constantly keep Schilt guessing. He knows when to wade in with punches, when to lock Schilt up because he is too far inside, and when to retreat from the big man's strikes. He reads Schilt masterfully, allowing him to always keep the pressure up and never let Schilt find his own rhythm. And with that pressure he is able to connect punch after punch accurately on Schilt's chin. They're not powerful KO shots, but they keep stunning Schilt. Most importantly, they prevent Schilt from establishing the methodical rhythm he has used to defeat so many opponents. It's a masterful plan, but one that takes intense concentration, confidence, and stamina to execute. And that's where Aerts seals the deal - he never lets up, ultimately winning the fight in the final minutes. When Schilt finally wilts under the Aerts attack, the 40 year old is still there to put the pressure on, claiming his victory with a definitive closing to the fight. Beautiful, beautiful work that, when combined with the story going in, makes for a truly exceptional fight.
Romania's Kickboxing powerhouse that is SUPERKOMBAT announced today that they will hold four huge events before the end of the year, including the finals of their WGP tournament in December. They announced the four dates for the events as well as discussed that they are currently looking for the right promotional partners for these events. They are already in talks with potential partners for these shows, but wanted to put the offer on the table for other potential partners to step in and help to host the SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix series of events.
The four dates are as follows;
September 28, 2013 – SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix
October 12, 2013 – SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix
November 9, 2013 – SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix – Final Elimination
December 21, 2013 – SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix – Final
For more information on how you can get involved with the SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix series please check their website.
You can't make this stuff up and you can't keep an old warrior down, as Ernesto Hoost announced via Facebook that he'll be fighting on the upcoming Hoost Cup event in Japan on March 23rd. If that sounds wild to you, that a 48 year old Hoost will fight again after such a long layoff then I don't think you follow fight sports that closely. Here is the statement from Hoost.
"Announcing my fight on March 23 in Nagoya Japan. I know some people will say I'm crazy. Maybe I am, maybe not. But it is my own decision and I am not (yet...) plan to fight with the best of the best. If I like it I'll continue, otherwise I'll stop. Anyway I love the preparation, now I realize I have missed this. Btw, My opponent will be Thomas Stanley, he is about my age"
We have a very busy schedule coming up for us after a bit of downtime. First off, DREAM.17 marks the return of live Japanese MMA to HDnet on September 24th.
That isn't the end of the action for fight fans, though. Not by a long shot. For kickboxing fans there are two huge 70kg tournaments happening in the two kickboxing hot beds of the world. It's Showtime puts on their Fast and Furious 70kg MAX tournament. The Fast and Furious tournament is shaping up to be the biggest tournament of the year, hands down, in any weight class in the kickboxing world. The event will be streamed on It's Showtime's website, ShowtimeFights.com for the usual 10 euros live, and according to Andrew Simon from HDnet, there are plans of airing the event on the 14th of October.
On top of that, It's Showtime has promised today that on Friday they will announce the fight card for the January 28th It's Showtime event, including the location and they've promised "REALLY breaking news."
We aren't done yet, with K-1 putting on their second tournament of the year. The 70kg MAX Japan tournament marks K-1's biggest tournament so far this year after the -63kg MAX Japan tournament. The event happens on the 25th in Japan and it is unclear if or when the event will air. We have yet to hear back from K-1 on our query about a possible streaming option and HDnet has confirmed that they have no current plans on airing the event.
Stay logged into the LiverKick.com all this week for updates and previews of these huge events.
It seems like It's Showtime keeps growing and expanding, with 2011 being their breakout year. They've already put on a slew of great shows, with another coming up this weekend, but that wasn't their big news that Simon Rutz alluded to yesterday. Yesterday Rutz told people that this morning he'd make a big announcement, and it turns out the big announcement is that It's Showtime is in the process of working with a Swiss Investment bank to acquire funding to create another, possibly bigger company. This company will apparently not be in the Netherlands, but Rutz says will be great for kickboxing.
We are very proud to announce that IT’S SHOWTIME is at the point of signing the biggest financial deal ever to be made in the sport of kickboxing. A Swiss investment company (which will be revealed soon) and IT’S SHOWTIME will collaborate and because of this collaboration, a company will exist which will change the history of worldwide kickboxing.
The new company which is to be founded from this collaboration will have its home ground in another country than The Netherlands. The next months will be used to decide the strategy that this company will follow. Details about this, not only for the kickboxing scene, megadeal will later be revealed during a press conference.
The reason to announce this deal already is the fact that several journalists already knew about these sensational developments, and also we thought that the combat sports fans deserved some positive news.
This deal will have only positive consequences, not only for IT’S SHOWTIME, but also for the fighters and the fans.
For the latest news, download our free IT’S SHOWTIME app on your smartphone or visitwww.fight.nl
You knew it was a hard road for Todd Duffee. Facing the rampaging Alistair Overeem, on short notice, under MMA rules where The Reem can use his killer knee? That's a tall order, and unfortunately for the ex- UFC fighter, he wasn't up to it.
In just 19 seconds, Overeem landed a series of blows, including that murderous knee, to knock Duffee down and out. Duffee's chin has been a question mark since his UFC loss to Mike Russow, but those blows would have put almost anyone away. Such is the power of the K-1 champion.
With that win, Overeem claims the Interim Dream Heavyweight title, making him the current Dream, Strikeforce, and K-1 champion. I know he has his detractors, but that's an impressive accomplishment.
Mosab "The Jaguar" Amrani is one of the breakout stars in the European kickboxing world after a few great bouts for It's Showtime, including a Fight of the Year Contender against Mootje Khamal at It's Showtime: The Sand in December. He has another fight for It's Showtime coming up on May 14th at It's Showtime Lyon against Houcine Bennoui. So where has he been training for this bout? At Superpro Samui in Thailand, one of the better-known, quality Thai Boxing camps, best known for Pajonsuk Superpro Samui. Many feel that Amrani is one of the fighters to watch over the coming years, so watch Amrani training and follow his path to becoming one of the best.