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Former NBA Player Darko Miličić to Pursue Career in Kickboxing

Chalk this up as some strange news, but professional basketball player Darko Milicic has decided that basketball just isn't for him, but that professional kickboxing is. The Serbian was a second draft pick in his rookie year and has since played on the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Boston Celtics before retiring in 2012. It seems like a bit of an odd transition to go from the NBA to professional kickboxing, but apparently it is a real thing. 

Now, before you get excited and start talking about GLORY, K-1, SuperKombat or Enfusion, he's apparently inked a deal with WAKO Pro and will announce his first kickboxing fight on Wednesday. [source]

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Hunt and Manhoef score epic face-plant KO’s

Kickboxing royalty Mark Hunt and Melvin Manhoef were both successful in MMA bouts as they finished off Roy Nelson and Doug Marshall respectively.

 

Mark Hunt’s unlikely career resurgence continues, as the 40-year old became only the second fighter to knockout the notoriously durable Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson. The bout headlined UFC’s third trip to Japan since the Zuffa takeover and was a seemingly logical match-up of fan favorites.

 

The bout was relatively even throughout the first round, as both battled to establish dominance over the other with both fighters scoring with occasional punches and a few thudding low kicks from the former K-1 champion Hunt. Nelson was unsuccessful in two attempts at bringing the fight to the mat in the first as he likely lost a very close first round to the New Zealand native.

 

At the start of the second round Nelson was finally able to secure a takedown and briefly took Hunt’s back however Hunt was able to escape back to his feet shortly after. The two continued to trade on the feet as the momentum began to swing in Hunt’s favor whilst Nelson began to show signs of fatigue. With two minutes left on the clock, Hunt crumbled Nelson with a monstrous uppercut followed by his typical walk-off celebration.

 

With the victory Hunt moves to (5-2-1) in the UFC and could see himself enter the UFC’s top 5 rankings for the very first time (currently ranked #6), whilst after being stopped for the first time in nearly six years, Nelson falls to (7-6) in the octagon.

 

Melvin Manhoef, who coincidently was the first man to knockout Mark Hunt, made quick work of former Bellator title challenger Doug ‘The Rhino” Marshall in the Bellator 125 main event from Fresno, California. After a brief feeling out period both fighters began swinging wildly before an inadvertent shot to the groin of Marshall halted the bout temporarily. After the restart the two went back at it, throwing an assortment of haymakers and kicks to no avail. However after stinging Marshall with several low-kicks, Manhoef flattened his foe with a quick overhand right that sent Marshall face-first into the mat in dramatic fashion.

 

Manhoef immediately moves into title contention with his successful Bellator debut and could be in line for a Middleweight title shot against the winner of Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brandon Halsey who clash next Friday in the main event of Bellator 126. Marshall meanwhile drops to 4-2 inside the Bellator cage as he fought for the first time since his unsuccessful title shot against the aforementioned Shlemenko last November, a bout in which he subsequently tested positive for a banned substance post-fight.

 

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Pat Barry Added to Legacy Kickboxing Card in January

Former UFC fighter and current GLORY fighter Pat Barry was announced as an addition to January's Legacy Kickboxing event promoted by Legacy Fighting. The fight goes down on January 16th in Houston, Texas and Pat Barry will be fighting Demoreo Dennis. Barry is still under contract with GLORY but GLORY has given both Pat and Legacy the go-ahead for the fight. 

The fight will air on AXS TV and will be using a variation of the K-1/GLORY rule set, which means no elbows and limited clinch work. This is already adding to a card including Michael Corley and Cosmo Alexandre, which is great. It's good to see more kickboxing hitting the airwaves soon and bringing the heat. 

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Liverkick Throwback: Mark Hunt Vs Ray Sefo

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.

This week we figured it was the perfect time to post a throwback to Mark Hunt in K-1, not that there is ever a bad time to post any Mark Hunt fight. This is one of the best kickboxing slug fests of all time, Ray Sefo is known for his great chin, big power, and the way he drops his hands and urges people to hit him during fights, well Mark Hunt gave him a run for his money on all of these things. This was the 2001 K-1 WGP in Fukuoka, Mark hunt was granted the wild card spot because Mirko CroCop got injured, so happened to draw Ray Sefo's name. Even though in my eyes there is no loser in this fight apart from maybe some brain cells, the judges gave the fight to Sefo, but he had an eye injury so Hunt moved on to the finals to TKO Adam Watt and advance to the big stage in Tokyo in two months time. Mark Hunt proceeded to beat Jerome Le Banner, Stefan Leko, and Francisco Filho to become the K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 champion.

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LEGEND IV Rumored for Paris in December Featuring 70kg Tournament

After quite a bit of radio silence after LEGEND 3: Pour Homme it looks like we will see another LEGEND event before the year's end. The biggest hint was the huge birthday party thrown for LEGEND promoter Ruslan Suleymanov recently that faetured lots of big names from the worlds of MMA and kickboxing with the LEGEND name and brand on everything from big screens to sunglasses. It was clear that LEGEND was going to be gearing up for another event soon and that Ruslan wasn't done living the dream of promoting big events.

According to reports the next LEGEND event will be LEGEND IV and take place in Paris, France in December of this year. The event is scheduled to feature a 70kg tournament and while no names were mentioned, it was said that some of the names will "surprise you." If you were to take a roll call from his birthday party, the big name 70kg kickboxers there were Andy Souwer, Giorgio Petrosyan, Gago Drago, Murat Direkci, Mike Zambidis, Dzhabar Askerov and a few others. We aren't saying that they are gonna be in the tournament, but it would seem likely that the fighters that LEGEND was wining and dining would be the fighters involved in their upcoming tournament.

The big name in there is, of course, Giorgio Petrosyan. Petrosyan was last seen at GLORY 12 New York where his crazy win streak was beaten by Andy Ristie in the third round. That was Petrosyan's sixth performance under the GLORY banner and no one has heard much from him ever since. It's entirely possible that he could fight for LEGEND, either with the permission of GLORY, or if his contract with GLORY has ended.

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Liverkick Video: Sem Braan Vs Tom Duivenvoorde Beautiful KO

Sem Braan is a fighter we haven't heard much from lately, he won the It's Showtime Reality show in 2008 and has been active, but since It's Showtime is no longer, most of his fights have not been available to watch. He is a true Mejiro Gym fighter trained mostly by Andre Mannaart, he used to fight at around 70 kilos, seems as though he has moved up to about 82-83 kgs now and is looking great.

Here is a video from his fight this weekend at the House of Pain event in Alkmaar, Netherlands. Pretty violent but beautiful KO I'd say.

 

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Legacy Fighting Delving Into Kickboxing This January

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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Liverkick Throwback: Kunimatsu Okao vs. Benny "The Jet" Urquidez

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.

This week the throwback includes one of the best American Kickboxer's ever, Benny "The Jet" Urquidez. He held Six world titles in Five weight classes and only ever lost one fight(on paper). His record when he retired was 49 wins and 1 loss, 35 of those wins coming by knockout. Benny was known for his vicious hooks, throws and a spinning back kick that knocked out numerous opponents. Once people started calling him a world champion, he decided that to be called a world champ he better start travelling to fight considering all his fights up until then been in the U.S.A or Mexico. He ended up getting in contact with Antonio Inoki in 1977 and he was brought to Japan to fight Katsuyuki Suzuki whom he KO'd in the 6th round. The Japanese desperately wanted to beat Urquidez so they brought him back repeatedly, with different rules and weights but each time he would knockout their challenger just becoming a bigger star to the Japanese fans.

This fight is Benny's second fight in Japan against Kunimatsu Okao. Okao actually came out of retirement to fight Benny because he was upset about his training partner Katsuyuki Suzuki losing to him earlier in the year. Okao was pretty arrogant, being a retired, proclaimed master he figured he would just steam roll Urquidez. Benny was known for being a slow starter and he also got knocked down quite a few times in his career, but they always seemed like flash knockdowns, because he seemed to get up perfectly fine. 

Anyway this fight pretty much sums up Benny "The Jet" Urquidez's style of fight, he fights through adversity and shows the thunderous power he possessed in his hands. Enjoy!

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WGP 22 Fight Card and Stream Info - Alex Pereira vs. Robert Thomas

On September 27th in Sao Paulo, Brazil WGP Kickboxing will present their 22nd event, featuring GLORY's Alex Pereira competing against Canadian fighter Robert Thomas in the main event. The event will be streamed live on WGP's site for a super low price of $10. It is looking to be a great card and won't set you back a ton, either, allowing you to support WGP and Brazilian Kickboxing.

Under Card

K1 Rules (64.5 kg): Samuel Pereira vs Wellington Lopes
K1 Rules (71.800 kg): Fabiano “Mineiro” Silva vs Marcelo Dionisio
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (66.800 kg): Valmir Theiss vs Édipo Herbert Lima 

Main Card

60kg GP Semi-Final - K1 Rules (60 kg): Ignacio Capllonch (ARG) vs Gustavo Piacentini (BRA)
60kg GP Semi-Final - K1 Rules (60 kg): Rafael “Coruja” Xavier vs Paulo Tebar
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (69.100 kg): Wellington Tom vs Bruno Gazani
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (94,100 kg): Wallyson “Maguila” Carvalho vs Felipe Micheletti
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (85 kg): Francisco Araújo vs Cesar Almeida
60kg GP Finals - K1 Rules (60 kg): Winner Fight 1 x Winner Fight 2
K1 Rules (85 kg): Robert Thomas (CAN) x Alex “Po Atan” Pereira (BRA)

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Former K-1 USA Fighter Sean O'Haire Passes Away at 43

Sad news today that former WCW/WWE wrestler and former K-1 fighter Sean O'Haire passed away yesterday at the age of 43. O'Haire's career began in WCW where he entered the WCW Power Planet where they trained new wrestlers. From there he ended up on WCW television in 2000 until the company was sold to WWE in 2001. He continued on to WWE (WWF at the time) where he competed under numerous gimmicks before he was released in 2004.

It was no secret that he loved fighting sports and was soon given an offer to compete for K-1 in 2004. O'Haire's focus was split between MMA, kickboxing and professional wrestling for most of his time in the ring, but he wasn't without controversy. K-1 had claimed that O'Haire had a 10-1 kickboxing record and 8-0 MMA record, which of course he had two MMA fights in 2004 that he won and zero kickboxing bouts until he made his K-1 debut. O'Haire couldn't quite hang in K-1, but brought them a lot of attention until he retired from kickboxing and MMA to settle down and be a barber in South Carolina.

Condolences to his friends, family and fans across the world. 

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