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LiverKick Podcast - Vol. 3

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After a bit of a break for the holidays and other assorted nonsense the LiverKick Podcast makes it's [mildly] glorious return. As always, Rian Scalia (@rianscalia) joins myself (@LiverKickdotcom / @LocustStar) as we discuss the latest happenings in the world of Kickboxing. We take a look at some of the huge announcements from Golden Glory, including a card announcement for March 23rd as well as them announcing three huge tournaments and the whole saga of them and the K-1 name. Then we move on to look at the Yokkao Extreme card that went down yesterday before bringing it all back to It's Showtime which goes down next week.

Fight the good fight and listen to the LiverKick Podcast. Intro and outtro music provided by Night Terrain (@nightterrain).

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Buakaw Returns to K-1 Starting at the World MAX Final 16

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Buakaw

K-1 has been promising some big news for a few days now and many have believed it just to be another show, but instead it is the signing of one of the hottest free agents on the market today; Buakaw Banchamek. Buakaw has had some very well-documented problems over the past few years, from Por. Pramuk to Thai Fight, and has found himself unable to fight for whomever he wants. His legal issues have subsided a bit, though, as he found himself once again able to fight for promotions outside of Thai Fight.

Rumors have been circulating that Buakaw would sign with GLORY any day now, with some stating that he'd be fighting Giorgio Petrosyan, some saying that he'd be fighting in GLORY's upcoming Lightweight tournament and others saying that he'd fight for them in 2014 instead. It looks like none of that will happen as Buakaw Banchamek has instead opted to sign with K-1, where he will participate in the upcoming K-1 World MAX Final 16 tournament in September, which goes down in Mallorca, Spain. This is a huge acquisition for K-1 at this point

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May 14: Buakaw, Yodsaenklai

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Buakaw Por PramukOn May 14, Thai Fight Extreme will host a card in France.  Not many details on this card yet, but the two big featured names (and they are indeed big ones) will be Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Yodsaenklai Fairtex.  The way the promo video is set up, it seems to be implying that it will actually be Buakaw vs. Yodsaenklai, but as much as fans want that fight to happen, and as much as it honestly should happen, I highly doubt that's where the matchmaking will go.  Look for both men to be paired against other opponents, and hopefully we'll see Buakaw against a foe who poses at least a moderate threat.  Other names being tossed about for this show include Lumpinee champ Saiyok Pumpanmuang, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee, and 2010 Thai Fight champion Fabio Pinca, which would make for a fantastic overall card.

In other Thai Fight news, the round robin tournament to determine Thailand's 2011 Thai Fight representative continues at Omnoi Stadium in Bangkok.  Things have become a bit muddy and confusing here, as Sudsakorn established himself as the tournament favorite, but was then kicked out of the tournament for taking a fight with Giorgio Petrosyan in January.  Now, Khem Sitsongpeenong is looking like the favorite again, despite having been defeated by Sudsakorn earlier in the tournament.  Up next for Khem is Prakaisaeng Sit O in the semi-final on April 16.  A win there puts him into the finals, likely against Nopparat Kiatkumthorn, who Khem defeated once already earlier in the tournament.

Promo video for May 14:

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LiverKick.com Middleweight Rankings

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Middleweight
1. Giorgio Petrosyan
2. Buakaw Por. Pramuk
3. Andy Souwer
4. Albert Kraus
5. Yoshihiro Sato
6. Nieky Holzken
7. Artur Kyshenko
8. Murat Dirkeci
9. Gago Drago
10. Pajonsuk
11. Mike Zambidis
12. Hinata
13. Chris Ngimbi
14. Yuichiro Nagashima
15. Mohamed Khamal
16. Yuya Yamamoto
17. Hiroki Nakajima
18. Khem Sitsongpeenong
19. Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee
20. John Wayne Parr
21. Chahid Oulad El Hadj
22. Leroy Kaestner
23. Marcus Oberg
24. Armen Petrosyan
25. Chi Bin Lim

Welcome to part two of our inaugural LiverKick.com rankings.  These rankings are an attempt to break down the top 25 fighters in two different weight classes - Heavyweight, for fighters above the 77kg limit, and Middleweight, for fighters at the 70-72.5kg limit.  We'll be posting rankings on roughly a quarterly basis.  Just as yesterday, I want to stress that all rankings are inherently subjective, and are sure to ruffle a few feathers.  To be clear, our rankings are based on in-ring accomplishments and recent wins and loses, and as such, we hope they reflect where these fighters currently stand.

It's been a tough year for the Middleweight division.  Where the K-1 MAX Grand Prix once stood as the clear pinnacle of accomplishment for a 70kg fighter, this year's GP was somewhat watered down by the loses of Souwer and Buakaw.  In the end, only 5 of the top 10 fighters were even entered in the GP.

Hopefully we can all agree that depleted line-up or not, K-1 MAX champion Giorgio Petrosyan remains the #1 man at MW.  The man is simply amazing, with only one loss to his name, and a massive undefeated streak stretching nearly 4 years.  That said, Petrosyan wasn't truly pushed this year.  The man to challenge him is probably #2 Buakaw Por. Pramuk, the newly crowned Shootboxing S-Cup champion.  These two men met in 2007 and fought to a draw - a rematch absolutely must happen.  Let's hope It's Showtime puts it together.

The warring crowns of Buakaw and Petrosyan speak to the difficulties currently facing this division.  With MAX having a rough 2010, the 70kg division has become quite fractured.  A number of fighters are competing almost exclusively in Japan, or Europe, or for select companies, with no central event bringing them together.  As a result, rankings have become increasingly difficult, with many of the top fighters not having met in recent years.

One other tricky point in these rankings is the split between Muay Thai and kickboxing.  Muay Thai inspires a great passion in their fans, which inevitably results in some heated discussions over these rankings.  I find including Muay Thai to be a tricky proposition.  On the one hand, since so many of these fighters regularly compete in both, it seems foolish to discredit a result just because it was under Muay Thai rules.  If Buakaw defeats Petrosyan in a Muay Thai contest, should Buakaw be #1?  I would think so.  But a lot of the Muay Thai scene is concentrated in Thailand, making it difficult to rank on an international level.  My philosophy is this: in these rankings I am focusing on kickboxing and including fighters who compete on at least a semi-regular basis in the international kickboxing scene.  I factor in wins and loses in Muay Thai just as I would wins and loses in other kickboxing events.  Disagree with that plan?  I absolutely welcome any feedback in the comments.

Moving on, there are some good fights coming up involving big MW names.  On New Year's Eve #2 Buakaw faces #17 Hiroki Nakajima for SRC, while #14 Yuichiro Nagashima meets Shinya Aoki at Dynamite.

Switching into the new year, Giorgio Petrosyan is currently set to defend his #1 spot twice inGiorgio Petrosyan upcoming fights - first against #19 Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee on January 29, then against 77kg fighter Cosmo Alexandre in March, though his hand injury could easily force him out of those fights.

Finally, It's Showtime has some big plans set.  Their March 6 shows features two superb fights in #3 Andy Souwer v. L'houcine Ouzgni and #7 Artur Kyshenko v. #9 Gago Drago.  And their July 3 show features Kyshenko v. Ouzgni plus a stacked 8 man tournament which could rival the K-1 MAX Grand Prix in determining the #1 man at MW.  The current line-up for that tournament includes #1 Petrosyan, #3 Souwer, #5 Yoshihiro Sato, #8 Murat Direkci, #9 Drago, and #13 Chris Ngimbi.

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Buakaw Por Pramuk vs. Dzabar Askerov Set for Sept. 2 in Los Angeles

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BuakawOriginally, Buakaw Por. Pramuk was supposed to fight over the summer in the United States for Stand Up Promotions, something that excited U.S. fans, giving them a possible opportunity to see one of the world's top kickboxers and most popular thai fighters live in person. Sadly that fell through due to Buakaw's links to the Thai Fight series at the time. It looks like the foundation of the new Muay Thai Premier League has secured Buakaw Por. Pramuk to fight for them as well though, and the kicker? They announced yesterday that their first show in their new series will take place in Los Angeles, California.

That really doesn't come as a shock, though, as California plays host to a lot of modern Muay Thai shows over the past few years, being one of the hot spots for United States Muay Thai next to New York City and Las Vegas.

Buakaw Por. Pramuk is set to square off with Dzabar Askerov on September 2nd. On top of that, there will be a rematch between Baxter Humby and John Wayne Parr as a part of JWP's impressive world tour that he is doing in 2011 for his retirement. [source]

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Soul of Fight: Hioki, Buakaw Win

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Buakaw Soul of FightEarlier today was the SRC marathon year end show, Soul of Fight.  In the main event, Hatsu Hioki defeated Marlon Sandro for the SRC Featherweight title in a bout reports are calling a potential fight of the year.  Hioki and Sandro battled it out for a full 5 rounds before Hioki took the unanimous decision victory.  Sandro came in with incredible momentum riding a string of big KO's, while Hioki had come back strong from a controversial 2009 loss to Michihiro Omigawa.  Most pundits predicted Sandro taking this one, but Hioki turned in an amazing, career-defining performance that stopped Sandro dead in his tracks.  With that win, Hioki will jump into the top 5 rankings at FW, making him one of Japan's top talents right now.

In the biggest fight of the night for kickboxing fans, Buakaw Por. Pramuk faced K-1 MAX Final 16 fighter Hiroki Nakajima.  Buakaw easily controlled his younger opponent, dominating Nakajima en route to a unanimous decision win.  Also in stand-up action, Genki Yamamoto fell to Kanongsuk Weerasakreck via unanimous decision under Muay Thai rules in a bout that sounds brutal.

The entire card was epic, with over 20 fights, so there were a lot of highlights.  A few notable results to point out:

-Maximo Blanco continued his impressive run through SRC, although he faced stiff competition from Won Sik Park.  Blanco took a close decision in a tough fight.

-Yoshihiro Maeda bounced back from a rough year in Dream by defeating former SRC champion Masanori Kanehara by stoppage in the 1st round.  Most reports say the stoppage was a bit early in this wild fight.

-Ryo Chonan faced late replacement Taisuke Okuno, and was unfortunately caught early, being KO'd in just 19 seconds to an Okuno punch.

No video available just yet, but MMA Fighting's Daniel Herbertson has a great breakdown of all the action.

Full results are as follows:

Sotaro Yamada def. Yi Sak Kim via TKO (Punches) Round 1 - 1:40
Kiyotaka Shimizu def. Ichiro Sugita via Decision (Split)
Yukio Sakaguchi def. Jin Suk Jung via Decision (Unanimous)

Hitomi Akano def. Roxanne Modafferi via forfeit
Erika Kamimura
def. Chiharu by TKO (Elbow) - Round 1
Fabiano Cyclone
def. Andrew Peck by TKO (Elbow) - Round 2
Kazuki Osawa
def. Chang Seob Lee by TKO (Punches) - Round 1
Norihiro "Musashi" Miyamoto
vs. Hiroki Komata - Majority Draw
Kanongsuk Weerasakreck
def. Genki Yamamoto by Unanimous Decision
Arashi Fujiwara
def. Mutsuki Ebata by Unanimous Decision
Yutaro Yamauchi
vs. Go Yokoyama - Split Draw
Yusuke Ikei
def. Shintaro Matsukura by TKO (Knee) - Round 1
Hironobu Ikegami
vs. Yuji Tanaka - Majority Draw

Misaki Takimoto def. Amy Davis via Decision (Split)
Rin Nakai def. Mika Harigai via Submission (Keylock) Round 1 - 2:09
Shunichi Shimizu def. Manabu Inoue via Decision (Unanimous)
Taiyo Nakahara def. Akitoshi Tamura via DQ (Low Blows) Round 1 - 2:07
Dave Herman def. Yoshihiro Nakao via Decision (Unanimous)
Mamed Khalidov def. Yuki Sasaki via TKO (Punches) Round 1 - 2:22
Jadamba Narantungalag def. Kazunori Yokota via KO (Punch)     Round 1 - 2:03
Keita Nakamura def. Yasubey Enomoto via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Round 2 - 3:48
Maximo Blanco def. Won Sik Park via Must Decision (Unanimous)
Taisuke Okuno def. Ryo Chonan via KO (Punch) Round 1 - 0:19
Yoshiro Maeda def. Masanori Kanehara via TKO (Punches) Round 1 - 1:27
Megumi Fujii def. Emi Fujino via Decision (Unanimous)
Kazuo Misaki def. Mike Seal via TKO (Punches) Round 1 - 1:15
Hatsu Hioki def. Marlon Sandro via Decicion (Unanimous)

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Buakaw's Next Fight: Feb. 12

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Buakaw Nuit des Titans2010 Shootboxing S-Cup champion Buakaw Por. Pramuk has just been announced for an upcoming fight.  On February 12, the 2 time former K-1 MAX champion will main event the "Nuit des Titans" card held in France.  His opponent will be Youssef Adgham-Boughanem, a French-Moroccan Muay Thai fighter.  The fight will be under full Muay Thai rules.

Boughanem has good experience, and is coming off a strong 2010 where he made the finals of the Isuzu Thai Fight tournament, ultimately losing to Fabio Pinca.  He's definitely not a can, but he is a huge underdog again Buakaw.  There's no shame in that as Buakaw is the clear #2 70kg fighter in the world at this point, and is currently riding a nice 6 fight win streak that includes his S-Cup championship run.

Since parting ways with K-1 at the end of 2009, Buakaw has been fighting in various organizations throughout the world.  This announcement also comes on the heels of Shootboxing revealing that Buakaw would be featured in their 2011 season.  Although it's unfortunate to have him out of K-1, it's nice seeing him compete in these different settings, and particularly great to see him back in Muay Thai competition as we see here.  It feels like he has transitioned into a new phase of his career where he faces various regional talents looking to take a shot at the legend.  These may not be the most competitive match-ups, but it is fun to see Buakaw do his thing.

Come Feb. 12, Buakaw's 2011 begins.  I don't expect Boughanem to provide much of a challenge just yet, so we will see just who can indeed challenge the champ in the new year.

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Shootboxing 2011 Schedule Released

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We're still coming off of the big rush of the year-end kickboxing shows when Shootboxing gives us something to look forward to over the next year. There will be 5 shows spread out over the rest of the year, the first in February and the last in November. Expect the big names to return, with Buakaw Por. Pramuk looking to defend his Shootboxing S-Cup Championship honor, as will newcomer Toby Imada who made a giant impression making it further than anyone expected a MMA fighter who specializes in submissions and judo would make it in a stand up tournament. Also returning with be Andy Souwer, Takaai Umeno and Hiroki Shishido.

The schedule unfolds as such:

SHOOT BOXING2001 acts. 1 - 5, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

  1. February 19
  2. April 23
  3. June 5
  4. September 10
  5. November 11

After all of the surprises that unfolded in 2010, expect 2011 to be another dynamite year for that strange kickboxing promotion with standing submissions and throws. Shootboxing has really gone out of its way to provide dynamic, exciting events for fans of K-1 MAX. [source]

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Buakaw Wins in France

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Buakaw Por. PramukThe #2 ranked Buakaw Por. Pramuk had a fight this weekend, headlining the Nuit des Titans 6 event in Tours, France. Buakaw’s opponent was Youssef Boughanem. Unfortunately, this fight did not amount to much, as Boughanem suffered a dislocated shoulder halfway through round 1, forcing the match to end even before it could get started.

Rough footage of the fight is available online, and it appears Boughanem is injured as a result of a strong Muay Thai dump that sends him awkwardly to the canvas. He gets up, throws a punch, and immediately waves off the fight, knowing something is wrong. Some reports are calling it a freak injury, but to me it seems Buakaw’s attack directly caused the injury, so it’s a legit TKO as I see it.

Check the full entry for the rough footage.

Prior to the fight there was a bit of controversy, as some reports indicate the fight was changed at the last minute from Muay Thai rules to more modified rules that did not allow elbow strikes.  Boughanem, a fighter skilled with his elbows, was reportedly frustrated and felt the rules were being skewed in favor of Buakaw.

With this win, Buakaw extends his current streak to 7 straight victories. Next up for the Thai legend is the Isuzu Thai Fight tournament, where he will represent Thailand at the 70kg limit. No further details yet on this fight.

 

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