This is the LiverKick Week in Review, a new audio segment that I'm giving a test-run to where I recap the previous weeks' news in kickboxing. This felt like a good week to start coming right after GLORY 39 and some other news during the week. And yes, my allergies are destroying me this week.
GLORY 39 is this weekend, on Saturday even, which for you dearest readers (and listeners) is but a solitary day away. That means that both Jay Jauncey and myself have returned to talk about the upcoming GLORY event as well as opine about those glory (no pun intended) days of Japanese kickboxing.
The LiverKick Podcast's revival revival has a fourth episode, folks.
K-1 Japan just held arguabaly the card of the year thus far, are planning a killer 70kg tournament, Kunlun still exists and is doing stuff, Enfusion just had a card and a lot more. We also discuss the marvelous public resource that is Grabaka Hitman.
Don't tell me that we weren't gonna do this again, because it's the third episode of this iteration of the LiverKick podcast.
This time out Jay and myself get to talking about the latest in the kickboxing world, including Enfusion Live 46 featuring Jaraya vs. Ben Moh II, Bulaid vs. Zouggary and more. We also talk about W5's KITEK show, which included Giorgio Petrosyan taking home another world title and where he goes from there. Then, to cap it off, we look at this week's upcoming GLORY 38 event and how GLORY is announcing cards way in advance.
Oh yes, it's back. The LiverKick Podcast is back for the second episode of this iteration where Jay Jauncey and myself talk about kickboxing and hopefully keep you, our fine readers and listeners, happy.
Last time we talked about GLORY: Collision, rankings, the state of kickboxing and how much we missed Japanese kickboxing. It was kind of a blast, let me tell you. Now here we are, back again, this time with talk about the kickboxing-related stuff that went down at RIZIN at the end of the year, we do a full preview of the GLORY 37 Los Angeles card and even bring back the LiverKick Year-End Awards!
So no, you aren't really going to get fully-fleshed out predictions on these fights, but you'll get us talking about the fighters, where they're at, what we expect to see and why we are excited about each fight. This leads us to having an in-depth discussion about how these one-night, four-man tournaments probably aren't worth doing anymore and how the SuperFight Series has continually been the best part of GLORY events since they signed on with UFC Fight Pass.
We close out the show with our LiverKick Year-End Awards, which we'll be writing up in more detail for each award over the coming days and week(s). Excuse the fact that I have a pretty nasty head cold and have been running on four hours of sleep for the past few months due to the twins, but such is life. Enjoy.
We've also done away with SoundCloud for the embed since we got a few complaints. Hopefully the embedded player ins't too much of a bummer. The podcast should be showing up on iTunes shortly, I'll insert the link to that when it's up.
So. It's been a while since LiverKick has done a podcast, hasn't it? In fact, I don't even want to know how long it's been. That's okay, though, because we made the conscious decision to jump right back into it and the fallout from GLORY: Collision seemed like the perfect opportunity for that. All it took was near-perfect timing for Jay and I, a time when our kids were asleep and not being crazy, then we were a go.
There was a lot to talk about, that's for sure. The topics range from Badr Hari vs. Rico fallout, talk about the logistics, fights and disappointments of GLORY: Collision, GLORY's future in 2017 and less of a focus on the United States and then veered into other European kickboxing topics like SuperKombat's new television deal, Enfusion Live's push for top-level Thais but having a broadcast platform that nobody wants to pay for and then we get to Asia. Both Jay and myself miss Japanese kickboxing, but try to give Chinese kickboxing a chance, so we try to put our finger on what exactly Kunlun is missing to make it recapture that feel that old K-1 had.
This, of course, sent us down the rabbit hole. The strict runsheet that I had keeping us to an hour was thrown out the window and we delved into why old K-1 was so great, how their production was an important part to creating the big-match feels and everything in between. This includes talking about K-1 Japan being the best pound-for-pound promotion in the world, but still not old K-1 and even a brief reprieve into Japanese pro wrestling history to explain why KNOCK OUT's parent company, Bushi Road, could, in fact, be the savior of Japanese kickboxing after they were able to rehabilitate New Japan Pro Wrestling.
We had fun, so we hope that you have fun listening.
Whew, GLORY 30 is rapidly approaching and there is a lot to talk about. Michael Stets from MMAMania and myself sat down to talk about GLORY 30 as well as some of the recent Rico Verhoeven news. So go ahead and give it a listen.
This weekend is a big one for kickboxing and combat sports as GLORY 29 comes at you live on Saturday afternoon and Bellator Kickboxing makes its debut on Saturday in Italy. The Bellator event won't be airing until next week on Spike TV, but the MMA portion will be airing on Saturday. That doesn't mean that we can't talk about it, right?
MMAMania.com's Michael Stets and myself have been talking about putting together some sort of podcast thing for a while now, usually trying to include BloodyElbow's Fraser Coffeen and John O'Regan, but trying to organize four busy schedules has led to it never happening. Last night Stets decided to set things up and I was around, so this meeting of the minds is setting up this weekend's events with a lot of talk and insight into what to expect from GLORY 29 and Bellator Kickboxing.
GLORY 13 Tokyo is this weekend, featuring the GLORY Welterweight tournament. The GLORY Welterweight tournament features some of the best and brightest in GLORY's Welterweight division, including Nieky Holzken, Karapet Karapetyan, Raymond Daniels and Joseph Valtellini. I had the pleasure of speaking with Joe on Friday as he was preparing to leave for Japan where we discussed his upcoming fight(s) as well as how it feels to be fighting on yet another card with Kickboxing legends.
I also run down the GLORY 13 and SuperFight Series cards for you because, well, you really care what I think, right? Maybe?
Also, for those who have phones, etc. that don't support flash, here it is on SoundCloud.
Man, GLORY 12 New York came FAST, didn't it? GLORY 12 is this weekend live on Spike TV from the Theater at Madison Square Garden. We decided that it sounded like a good idea to have another sitdown with Joe Schilling as you all seem to love them so much, this time around we were talking about Joe's life post-GLORY 10 money, the quick turnaround between camps and his preparation going into the fight with Wayne Barrett.
As always, I have a lot of fun talking to Joe about Kickboxing and everything in between.
Ha! Just when you thought you were done having to listen to me (@dvewlsh / @LiverKickdotcom) ramble on about Kickboxing, you were wrong. This time I'm joined by a very special guest by the way of GLORY 10 Middleweight Champion Joe Schilling as we discuss his big victory at GLORY 10 as well as how he felt going into the tournament and how his life has changed after it. Joe also weighs in on the GLORY 11 card coming up this week and that his next fight will be at GLORY 12 New York.