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LiverKick.com Podcast - Volume 12: K-1 Final 16 and Lion Fight 7

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Yet another weekend where the Kickboxing world gives us something of note to digest. This weekend was the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 in Tokyo, and there was a lot to talk about. On top of that, we talk about Lion Fight 7 and more. Join Rian Scalia (@rianscalia) and myself (@LiverKickdotcom / @dvewlsh) as we run through the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16, a look at the field moving forward and other stuff.

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LiverKick Podcast - Volume 11: Glory 2 Brussels and K-1 Preview

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This weekend saw the GLORY World Series put on their Glory 2 Brussels event in Brussels, Belgium, headlined by Remy Bonjasky vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva. The return bout of Bonjasky was a big deal, as was Gokhan Saki taking on Mourad Bouzidi and a slew of other big matches. Join Rian Scalia (@rianscalia) and myself (@LiverKickdotcom / @dvewlsh) as we run through the Glory World Series event as well as look at next weekend's K-1 Final 16 and the inherent lack of hype surrounding it.

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K-1 Final 16 Matches Unveiled

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K-1

This is the moment that Kickboxing fans across the world have been waiting for (or at least one of them), as today on K-1's [Japanese] website the matchups for the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 were posted. There will be some surprises, as a popular name associated with the K-1 World Grand Prix so far in Daniel Ghita does not appear anywhere on this bout sheet. On top of that, it was long-rumored that four fighters from the Los Angeles GP show would move on to the Final 16, but it looks like Rick Roufus will be fighting on the event, but will not be a part of the actual tournament matchups, facing Los Angeles GP undercard fighter James Wilson after his brutal KO of Doug Souer.

Without further ado...

K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16

Raul Catinas (Romania) vs. Ben Edwards (Australia)

Makoto Uehara (Japan) vs. Hiromi Amada (Japan)

Xavier Vigney (USA) vs. Zabit Samedov (Azerbaijan)

Hesdy Gerges (Egypt) vs. Sergii Laschenko (Ukraine)

Singh Jaideep (India) vs. Ismael Londt (Surinam)

Jarrell Miller (USA) vs. Arnold Oborotov (Lithuania)

Paul Slowinski (Poland) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

Mirko Flipovic (Croatia) vs. Randy Blake (USA)

 

Super Fights

Genji Umeno (Japan) vs. Chanhyung Lee (Korea)

Jafar Ahmadi (Iran) vs. Benjamin Adegbuyl (Nigeria)

Saulo Cavalari (Brazil) vs. Pavel Zuravliov (Russia)

Rick Roufus (USA) vs. James Wilson (USA)

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Watch GLORY World Series LIVE on LiverKick Oct. 6th

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GloryThe next GLORY World Series event will go down this Saturday, October 6th live from Brussels, Belgium starting at 1PM Eastern time. The event will be streaming live on the GLORY home page for $15.00 USD, but why purchase the event from them when you can watch it live on LiverKick.com? You can stay right here on LiverKick to watch this event, just like the last one. The entire event will be streamed in full HD quality and purchasing the event through LiverKick helps keep your favorite Kickboxing news source online and bringing you the latest and greatest from the world of Kickboxing.

Click through for the video player and to watch an awesome preview of the event. Check out the entire fight card here.

 

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K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 Tonight

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For the uninitiated the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 takes place on Sunday afternoon in Japan, which means for Americans and most in Europe, it will be starting a bit earlier. For Americans, it means staying up really, really late to watch a Japanese event, which hasn't been the case for quite a while and is actually a nice change of pace. We've been getting a lot of questions about how to watch the event, what time it is airing and exactly what is going on. Never fear, while information-tracking hasn't been entirely easy, here is what we've got for you.

The event goes down at 16:00 Tokyo time, which means 3:00am Eastern time in the US/12:00am Pacific.

How do you watch it? Well, Spike should be providing access to a stream at http://www.spike.com/shows/k-1/live. As the event draws near we'll keep you updated with how to watch.

Now the fight card.

Final 16:

Raul Catinas vs. Ben Edwards

Makoto Uehara vs. Hiromi Amada

Xavier Vigney vs. Zabit Samedov

Hesdy Gerges vs. Sergei Lascenko

Singh Jaideep vs. Ismael Londt

Jarrell Miller vs. Arnold Oborotov

Paul Slowinski vs. Catalin Morosanu

Mirko Cro Cop vs. Randy Blake

Super Fights:

Genji Umeno vs. Changhyun Lee

Zhou Zhi Peng vs. Koutaro Moro

Jafar Ahmadi vs. Benjamin Adegbuyi

Saulo Calavari vs. Pavel Zhuravlev

James Wilson vs. Rick Roufus

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K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 Live Results

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K-1

Yes, it is that time yet again for live results. This time feels a bit special as this is the first time in two years now that we will be seeing a K-1 Heavyweight tournament event originating live in Japan. It is airing on Ustream/Spike TV's website for free. Yes, for free. Follow us on Twitter as well (@LiverKickdotcom and @RianScalia).

Stay tuned to LiverKick for live results.

 

Super Fights:

Zhou Zhi Peng (R2 - TKO) Koutaro Mori - Zhou simply applied too much pressure and used his hands effectively against Mori, who was working his kicks.

James Wilson (R3 - Draw) Rick Roufus - Absolute garbage decision here. Roufus outclassed the larger fighter by controlling the ring and landing kicks. Originally announced an extension round, and then said no extra round, just a draw. Weird.

Benjamin Adegbuyi (R1 - TKO [Injury]) Jafar Ahmadi - Decent bit of a fight, then Ahmadi's hand came down onto Benny's leg and apparently broke his hand. He shook his hand in the corner and took a 10 count.

Pavel Zhuravlev (R3 - Dec.) Saulo Calavari - Good back-and-forth with Saulo showing flashes of brilliance, but was simply outclassed by Pavel. Oddly enough, they listed Pavel as being from Russia, not the Ukraine.

Changhyun Lee (R3 - Dec.) Genji Umeno - Amazing, amazing fight. Just go and watch this one, I don't feel like I can do it justice right now.

 

Final 16:

 

Ben Edwards (R2 - KO) Raul Catinas - Both men were looking to murder the other in round 1, but between rounds it became clear that Catinas was completely gassed out. Edwards slugged Catinas out and then pushed him over for the ref to count him down.

Jarrell Miller (R3 - Dec.) Arnold Oborotov - This was kicks vs. punches and Jarrell's punches put Oborotov down in R1. Round 2 saw Oborotov look a bit better, but round three was all Miller.

Zabit Samedov (R1 - KO) Xavier Vigney - This fight was brutal. Samedov is a seasoned veteran and Xavier Vigney is fresh out of high school with one professional fight under his belt. It felt irresponsible of K-1 to put Vigney in a position like this. After Vigney was hit once he fell apart and went down three times, his corner throwing in the towel right before the third.

Hesdy Gerges (R3 - Dec.) Sergei Lascenko - This fight was exactly what you'd expect of it. Hesdy is the easy favorite for the whole tournament now.

Ismael Londt (R3 - Dec.) Singh Jaideep - This fight was also exactly what you'd expect of it. Londt gassed out, Jaideep hit like he was trying not to break an egg.

Makoto Uehara (R3 - Dec.) Hiromi Amada - Yeah.

Catalin Morosanu (R3 - Dec.) Paul Slowinski - Slowinski looked good early on, but Morosanu kept throwing bombs until they did him favors in round 3. Two knockdowns in R3 told the story.

Mirko Cro Cop (R3 - Dec.) Randy Blake - Randy Blake simply had no answer for Cro Cop and was connecting here and there, but proved to not have the power to make a difference. Late in the third Randy suckerpunched Cro Cop, which sadly for him, did little damage. Cro Cop walks away with the win.

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Building a Narrative: The Story of Daniel Ghita

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When fight fans think about a fighter, especially a rising star, I’m surprised how few think about the term narrative. To me, the narrative of a fighter’s career and of each fight is one of the most alluring parts of the fight game, and partially why Kickboxing has always aced Mixed Martial Arts for me. Sure, the kicks, the clinch game and the constant action helps, but K-1 especially did a great job in the 90’s and early 00’s of building up new stars and telling a story to the world, as opposed to simply pushing out fighters and booking them in competitive fights.

I’m not trashing competitive fights, just saying that simply booking them alone is not always enough in building a star. This line of thought crossed my mind when it became clear this week that K-1 had Daniel Ghita on the hook for the K-1 World Grand Prix, and instead of reeling him in and claiming the biggest star and most talented Heavyweight in Kickboxing today, they opted to let him go due to fears of him jumping to the competition after fighting for them and winning their tournament. I understand that line of reasoning, but the truth is, there is a good chance of Daniel Ghita, potentially the best Heavyweight alive in the world right now, might have to sit out the 2012 tournament season due to politics. This is all happening right when his star has been cemented and the narrative has been in place that Daniel Ghita is the best in the world, just ready to claim his throne.

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LiverKick Talks With Glory's Gokhan Saki

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SakiGokhan Saki put on an impressive performance this weekend against Mourad Bouzidi, his first fight since moving from training with Team Golden Glory under the watchful eye of Cor Hemmers to Mike's Gym under Mike Passenier. This new team switch can be tough for some fighters, but for Saki, it seemed like business-as-usual. Our European correspondents Umut Ismik and Birol Topuz caught up with Saki after his fight to ask him a few questions, and if you know Saki, you know he tells it how it is.

LK: How has training at Mike's Gym been different than training with Golden Glory?

GS: After 10 years of working with Cor it was time for a change and when Cor told me that he accepted a function in the staff of Glory it became clear to me. I needed to think for myself for once in my life so I went to Mike. Everybody said that I was crazy but I believed in myself and in Mike of course. It was hard in the beginning but Mike did his best to make me feel at home so I made an extra effort to fit in and it worked so far. There is no way in hell to compare these two(Mike and Cor), you have to experience it to know.

LK: Is there anything different that fans should expect to see in Gokhan Saki's style since the gym change?

GS: After my first fight everybody including Cor was very excited so there must be something right. I will always fight like the old Saki because that style is what brought me my enormous fanbase. I'll never change that and Mike doesn't want to change that either. I am just evolving. I will take my style to the next level and maybe some levels more. Ha ha ha. So sit back, relax and enjoy. 

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Rumblings of K-1 World Grand Prix Final 8 in NYC Moving to Jan. to Air Live on Spike TV Emerge

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K-1

Seeing as though after this weekend, the next big K-1 Heavyweight event was set to be the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 8 originating from New York City on December 26th -- or so we thought. There are rumblings coming out of Japan tonight that the date may be pushed back to some time in January to air it live on Spike TV here in the United States, which would make a whole hell of a lot more sense than streaming it via UStream on Spike's website for $10. As WWE and the UFC can tell you, the PPV business is a fickle mistress, and things can drop off in the blink of an eye or simply never pick up. Never mind when it comes to internet stream PPVs, which is a harder sell, to say the least.

If this is true, this will be huge for K-1, to be able to air an event originating from the US live on a major cable network.

We will keep you updated on this story and more K-1 news throughout the weekend.

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LiverKick Talks with K-1's Randy Blake

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Randy Blake

Randy Blake is a name that if you follow Kickboxing in the United States, you’ve heard it before. You’ve heard him talked about as an up-and-comer, a real talent and a guy who is going to make an impact on the world. He fought in the WCL when he was just 21 years old, and for the past few years has been making his impact on the Oklahoma scene, but hasn’t left home much. That all changed this past weekend when K-1 brought Randy Blake into the fold, pairing him up against K-1 USA veteran Dewey Cooper.

LiverKick caught up with Randy Blake this afternoon and spoke with him about his big win over Dewey Cooper at the K-1 World Grand Prix in Los Angeles, his future with K-1, his outlook for Kickboxing and much more.

“I felt pretty good after that win,” Blake stated. “Felt like I had a whole lot of pride on the line this weekend, like there was a big question mark on my head; are you ready for it? Are you big enough? Can you really do this? I stepped up to the plate on Saturday.”

Without a doubt, Blake stepped up to the plate. He has had a good, storied young career, making the unique decision to fight Kickboxing as opposed to MMA when a lot of fighters his age would simply choose to move over to MMA where there is more money and opportunities, but the return of K-1 and them scouting him has changed everything.

“Yeah, K-1 calling me up and putting on a show this big justified my decision to Kickbox,” Blake said, before reflecting on some decisions he was on the verge of making about his career. “I was getting to the point where I was gonna have to eventually jump to MMA. We had been talking about making that jump for a while now, but now that K-1 is back, I don’t have to. I feel blessed that K-1 is here.”

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