The new episode of Alistair Overeem's documentary series, The Reem just came out today. It features some great exclusive footage from back in PRIDE and from the present day at Golden Glory. This has to be the best MMA documentary out there. Check it out.
Both of the Petrosyan brothers star in this Italian rap video. Although it's in Italian and most of you probably won't understand anything, check out the video. It's the only time you'll see Giorgio Petrosyan get beat up.
It's Showtime Lyon is in the books now, with Badr Hari officially back in action against a less-than-game Gregory Tony, disappointing some, but doing as expected and taking out Tony within the first round. In a night that was largely filled by bigger names against up-and-comers there were a few big knockouts and TKO victories, but one of them really sticks out, and that is Chris Ngimbi and Will Borrel's scrap at 70kg.
Chris Ngimbi is hilariously underrated in the 70kg weight class, mainly because the bigger names have all competed for K-1 MAX and Ngimbi has not, but that does not mean that he is a slouch. He is It's Showtime's 70kg Champion and will actually be fighting Giorgio Petrosyan soon, as was announced on the broadcast tonight. Many fans enjoyed Remy Bonjasky's style of fighting for his flying kicks, and Chris Ngimbi showed in this fight against Willy Borrel that he is not afraid to take to the air and throw a flying knee when it's open. This was without a doubt the KO of the night. [source]
Stand Up Japan was an event a few days ago held in Japan that was featuring some of the biggest names in Japan's combat sports in exhibition bouts. The two big names at the event were KID Yamamoto and Masato. Masato retired at the ripe age of 30, during the peak of his career and did it on his own terms. Masato retired as a legend, while Yamamoto continues to fight past what many consider his prime and has had no success in the United States fighting for the UFC.
Daniel Herbertson of AOL's MMAFighting.com was live at the event and captured it on video, so sit back and watch clips from this great event. [source]
If you didn't know yet, Badr Hari's opponent for It's Showtime Lyon on May 14, Gregory Tony, fought in the PrizeFighter Heavyweight International Tournament yesterday. Tony won in the first round with a controversial split decision over Russian Evgeny Orlov. In the second round he faced rising prospect Mike Perez, who stopped Tony in the first round quite easily. Now on the first knockdown, Tony seemed to injure his left arm. Right as he started getting up he was moving his left arm around in a manner that would suggest it was injured while he landed on the canvas. No one has any idea if Tony is still going to fight Badr Hari. As of now we can only speculate.
Keep an eye out on Liverkick.com for news regarding Gregory Tony's injury.
KRUSH ran the finals of their three big tournaments over this weekend and finally we are getting some video footage uploaded. Watch the 60kg finals as Hirotaka Urabe squares off against Yuji Takeuchi. Takeuchi more or less brutalized former K-1 Koshien Champion Masaaki Noiri earlier on in the night, a fighter known for being one of the absolute best in the weight class, helping to set up the finals. Here in the finals it is a thing of beauty as both fighters are looking to kill each other with every strike it seems like, which can only lead to one outcome.
Here is a hint; there is an absolutely brutal head kick knockout in this fight.
This weekend's KRUSH show saw MMA fighter Akihiro Gono return to his kickboxing roots as he dropped down to a svelte 70kg (around 150lbs) to face K-1 MAX fighter Yuya Yamamoto. Gono had some issues making weight, missing weight and having to go cut a few more kilograms to make 70kg. He hasn't fought that light in years now, so it makes sense. He looked extremely dehydrated in the photos floating around of the weigh-ins, albeit also very cut. Watch how Gono, a SHOOTO, Pancrase, ZST, DEEP, PRIDE and UFC veteran handles himself against a good K-1 MAX fighter in Yamamoto, while still out classed he had some tricks in his bag.
Not bad for a MMA fighter who was brutally KO'd by Dan Hornbuckle in Sengoku a while back.
A couple of days ago, one of our fighters fought at Rajadamnern. It was his third outing there, with him going 1 and 1 in his first two bouts there, and he put on a good showing.
I've embedded the video from the Sor Klinmee Youtube channel. Subscribe to the channel for updates from the gym. Sudsakorn and Ekapapop – not to be confused with Ekapon, though the three are friends – will be fighting in France, and there are fights at Theprasit, Rajadamnern, and Lumpini almost every week. Ekapop is doing a four man tournament at 72 kg in France this month.
Robert is in the red corner, Famai the blue. The bout was contested at 45 kg, or 99 lb.
The return of Badr Hari on May 14th is a big deal, as Badr Hari is one of the kickboxing world's top fighters. Badr Hari has for a long time been a very strong prospect before making it to the finals of the K-1 World Grand Prix in 2008. Making the Finals in 2008 was huge for Badr Hari, but his much-talked about temper reared its ugly head when he couldn't get the better of Remy Bonjasky. Bonjasky went down after being tripped and Badr Hari's heel met Bonjasky's face.
In 2009 Badr Hari had a lot to prove, to the world and to himself. His temper kept him from achieving what many saw as his destiny, to win the K-1 World Grand Prix. So for Badr Hari, the year of 2009 was a year of redemption and second chances. Not only was he disqualified against Remy Bonjasky in the Finals, but at Dynamite!! he was knocked out by Alistair Overeem. To say when he was given a shot at then three-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion Semmy Schilt that he had a lot to prove is an understatement. Badr Hari walked into the Amsterdam ArenA to fight for It's Showtime in a bout to decide the It's Showtime World Heavyweight Championship.
Many saw this fight as Semmy Schilt's fight, for Badr Hari to defeat Schilt he would need to pull off a miracle Peter Aerts performance.
An oft overused phrase in fightsports, but in this case it is undoubtedly true. As Liam himself puts it in this video interview, regarding the fight later today with Saenchai, it is a meeting between "the p4p best thai-boxer in England, against the p4p best in the world in the last 20yrs, from Thailand".