Buakaw Banchamek successfully defended his WMC world title last night against a surprisingly tough Yan Bin from China. I figured this would be just like most recent Buakaw fights where he just makes a fool of his opponents but Yan Bin did not come to lose. He landed some shots that surprised Buakaw and even swept him which I don't think I've seen for years. To be fair though Yan Bin has a very erratic style which I'd imagine would give anyone problems, not to mention he got kicked in the head multiple times which seemed to have no effect.
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During the 55kg tournament K-1 held on April 19th in Japan there were a few big upsets in the super fights and K-1 has just released the videos.
First of all Kimura "Phillip" Minoru vs Hiroya, since I didn't get to watch this event live I have to say it was pretty surprising to read that Minoru KO'd Hiroya in 1 round even though Hiroya can be hot and cold sometimes. Now after watching the fight, honestly Minoru looks really damn good. He has improved leaps and bounds, his timing, speed and power all looked amazing, very impressive.
Next we have Massaki Noiri vs Massaro Glunder, Glunder looks so much like a mini Andy Ristie its crazy and even has a similar style but i think hes a little bit less awkward. When I read that Noiri had lost by cut the first thing I thought was that it must have been lucky but after watching the fight Glunder not only beat Noiri but he did it in Japan, and on short notice, I definitely do not think Glunder was losing the fight. Great breakthrough win for a young up and comer in Massaro Glunder.
Glory 21 will be taking place in just 2 weeks time and the full card including super fights has now been announced. So what better time is there to breakdown some of fights?
Apart from the middleweight title fight it seems that Glory has brought in lots of new fighters for this show to test themselves in the Glory ring and hope a new North American star will emerge. Its really great they are giving opportunities for people to fight on a big promotion and on Live TV considering how hard it is to get noticed in Kickboxing.
Anyway on to the fights, lets start with the middleweight title fight between the champ Artem Levin and the challenger Simon Marcus. They have already fought each other once in 2009 at Lion Fight 9 with Muay Thai rules and Marcus won a very close fight with I'd say at least 70% of the fight taking in the clinch. After watching this fight again recently I really felt that Artem did not look himself at all, now this could very well be due to Simon's style in which case he will give him just as much trouble again. The Glory rules will not allow clinching for such extended periods of time but in their first fight Levin was initiating the clinch just as much as Marcus was and was even winning the clinch early in the fight, but what Artem stopped doing was moving. Simon Marcus is always going to move forward and if Levin moves straight back and doesn't fight like his usual self where he uses lots of angles he will risk losing a decision again. I am certain that Artem Levin has wanted this rematch with Kickboxing rules for some time, he has probably watched the first fight 100 times and knows exactly where he went wrong, now if he can overcome Simon's pressure and fight like he has been recently I am fairly confident he will remain the champion... But Simon Marcus ALWAYS seems to prove me wrong.
On to the Co-main event Ramond Daniels vs Justin Baesman, we won't spend too much time on this fight. Baesman has an MMA record of 16 wins and 7 losses with 4 wins by KO, according to the Glory site he is 17-6-1 in kickboxing but I can't seem to find any of his kickboxing fights. Pretty sure we can expect another wicked highlight reel KO from Mr. Daniels.
Now the heavyweight tournament which was supposed to be an all American affair with Xavier Vigney, Maurice Jackson, and Everett Sims but it seems that the big Englishman "Chopper" Chi Lewis-Parry has infiltrated the tournament after his 15 second KO at Glory 20.
Xavier Vigney vs. Maurice Jackson is a bit of a strange situation, at this point most kickboxing fans have seen or at least head of Vigney especially in America, he has solid boxing basics and of course he is a big dude so has KO power in both hands. Maurice Jackson also is a huge man at 6"9 and 275lbs his record on the Glory site is 31-0 with 23 ko's but once again I can only find one of his MMA fights online so they must be amateur. His MMA record is 2 wins 1 loss and 3 no contests, which leads me to believe we may see something strange during this fight. I'm going to go with Vigney by KO or DQ for this one.
Everett Sims vs "Chopper" Chi Lewis-Parry is interesting since we have a fresh image of both fighters from 2 previous Glory events. Sims who fought Vigney on Glory 19 didn't look too bad until Vigney started to swarm him and then he just started to turtle up. As for Chopper he just swarmed his opponent instantly and KO'd him in 15 seconds at Glory 20, just looking at these two variables it seems like a pretty rough match up for Sims, I'm going to predict an Xavier Vigney vs Chi Lewis-Parry final.
As for the super fights, Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva could easily be the fight of the night. Both guys always bring everything they have to the ring, and never have boring fights. I'm pretty sure a win for Adegbuyi should put him very close if not inline for a shot at Rico Verhoeven's belt. Both of these guys are very technical heavyweights with knockout power and great combos, I would personally lean towards a decision win for Benny just because he is the younger, Hungrier fighter.
Main Card on Spike TV
Middleweight Title Fight: Artem Levin vs. Simon Marcus
Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Raymond Daniels vs. Justin Baesman
Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final: Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Everett Sims
Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final: Xavier Vigney vs. Maurice Jackson
Middleweight Armed Forces Bout: Devin Goodale vs. Kyle Stewart
Heavyweight: Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva
Enfusion Live #27 in Tenerife earlier today. The card had some great match ups and quite a few upsets. I'd say the biggest one being the Jonay Risco's extra round win over Andy Souwer. The fight was close with Souwer pushing the pace and landing the more powerful strikes but Risco was countering with fast combos that didn't seem to have much steam on them, suppose it all depended on what the judges liked. Also Amansio "The Viking" Paraschiv dropped a 3 round decision to Elam Ngor who was probably Paraschiv's biggest test.
1. Ricardo Costa (Portugal) Vs Maikel Garcia (Spain)
WINNER POINTS Maikel Garcia (Spain)
2. Anissa Meksen (France) Vs Eva Naranjo (Spain)
WINNER POINTS Anissa Meksen (France)
3. Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) Vs Elam NGor (Senegal)
WINNER POINTS Elam NGor (Senegal)
4. Rafael Llodra (France) Vs Maximo Suarez (Spain)
WINNER POINTS Rafael Llodra (France)
5. Andy Souwer (The Netherlands) Vs Jonay Risco (Spain)
WINNER POINTS AFTER A 4th RD Jonay Risco (Spain)
6. Mohamed Boubkari (Morocco) Vs Moises Baute (Spain)
WINNER AND STILL 95kg Enfusion World Title Mohamed Boubkari
We had the pleasure to interview none other than Mr. "Chopper" Chi Lewis-Parry today. Definitely one of the best interviews I've ever had the opportunity to do, his charisma and humor really makes our job easy. We spoke about everything from how he got his nickname to, wedgies, to what he likes to eat and I just had to add some of his voice notes because writing it out just doesn't do it justice. **sorry but audio won't play on mobile devices**
LK: What about the upcoming tournament? What do you think of your first opponent Everett Sims and also who you will face in the final?
Chopper: I'm stoked about the tournament! Really looking forward to showing what I have to offer & to get 2 more scalps to my name! Wooha! Everett looks the part but he ain't the part! There's only enough cash in the budget for 1 leading man in this epic motion picture and that's me! Whoever I face in the final is fine with me but I'd prefer to face Vigney so I can show him who's the boss man!
LK: What do you think of Maurice Jackson he says he's also 6 foot 9 but his record on the glory site is 31-0?
LK: I forgot to ask you about ethnicity, I've had probably 10 people ask me what your background was, so I figured this was a good time to ask.
Chopper: I'm like Perseus, the son of a beautiful mortal & a god, haha. My mother is Welsh/Israeli/English. My father is straight up Guyanese. So that makes me some kinda super shit!
LK: One last question and we are done but its 4 questions in one.
1. Hardest puncher you've fought?
2. Hardest kicker?
3. Hardest fight?
4. Favourite fighter (can be anyone real or fake)
Chopper:1. Alistair Overeem (technically it was sparring but it may aswell have been a fight lol he goes hard)
2. Alain Ngalani. The guy had rhino legs attached to a gorilla lol.
3. Probably my debut. I completely snapped my 1st & 2nd metacarpal in my hand in the first exchange so I had to fight with a completely fucked hand (haha still won tho)
4. Favourite fighter has gotta be "The Rock". It's fake and all but we all know it's fake yet we STILL watch it. The Rock just has that wow factor.
LK: HAHA perfect anything else you would like to add for fans, sponsors, other fighters etc?
Chopper: Shout out to you guys for having me! My very loyal supporters, nothing but love back at ya. My newly aquired haters, hahaha get used to me, I'm just getting started! My loving family & friends for unrivaled support. My sponsors Golds Gym, Hooligans United & I'm a beast apparel. If you hadn't heard.... "Chopper's Coming!"
The King in the Ring 8-man Cruiserweight tournament will be starting in just a few hours at 12:00AM PST/ 3:00AM CST. If anyone is interested in watching live it will be streamed on their site http://www.kinginthering.co.nz/ Otherwise if you feel like just staying up all night I will be posting Live Results and Tweeting @JayJauncey
Final - Israel Adesanya def. Pati Afoa (Simon Maait Injured) by TKO Rd 1 (head kick)
Semi-Final - Israel Adesanya def. Mark Timms by KO Rd 2 (left knee to the body)
Semi-Final - Simon Maait def. Zane Hopman by Unanimous Dec
Quarter final - Mark Timms def. Pati Afoa by Unanimous Dec EX Rd.
Quarter final - Israel Adesanya def. Kim Loudon by TKO Rd 3 (ref stoppage)
Quarter final - Simon Maait def. Zack Fatamaka by Unanimous Dec
Quarter final - Zane Hopman def. Kurt Pegoraro by Unanimous Dec
Middleweight - Mike “Blood” Diamond def. “Dirty” Sanchez by TKO Rd 2 (Referee Stoppage)
Lightweight - Sone ‘Arch Angel’ Vannathy def. Pumipi ‘Caezar’ Ngaronoa by TKO Rd 2 (referee stoppage)
Heavyweight - Nato ‘Hard Knox’ Laauli def. Pane ‘The Punisher’ Haraki by Unanimous Dec
Middleweight - Chris ‘Cobra’ Eades def. Jordan ‘Sniper’ Syme by Unanimous Dec
In just 2 days King in the Ring will be holding an 86kgs 8 man tournament in Aucklands ASB Stadium Kohimarama. This event will be streamed live HERE AT THIS LINK for $19.95.
Israel "Stylebender" Adesanya will be defending his place as the king in the ring after winning the tournament last year. Adesanya is fresh off his Super 8 boxing tournament win 2 weeks ago, so I'm sure confidence is high, not that he has ever had a problem with that anyway.
The tournament consists of 4 Australian fighters and 4 New Zealanders plus 4 super fights. I am always interested in 8 man tournaments, they have always been some of the most exciting events for me, plus I always take the chance to watch The Stylebender fight live if possible.
King in the Ring Trans-Tasman 8 Man Tournament
Team New Zealand
Pati Afoa [ETK, Auckland]
Israel Adesanya [CKB, Auckland]
Zak Fatamaka [GRizzly Thai Boxing, Auckland]
Zane Hopman [Fortitude Thai Boxing]
Simon Maait [Bulldog Gym, Castle Hill]
Mark Timms [Bulldog Gym, Manly]
Kurt Pegoraro [Corporate Boxing Gym, Brisbane]
Kim Loudon [Extreme Muay Thai, Sydney]
Middleweight - Mike “Blood” Diamond [City Kickboxing] - “Dirty” Sanchez [Full Force Gym]
Enfusion Live #26 will be taking place this Saturday, April 4th in The Hague, Netherlands. This will be the first of four 70kgs 4 man tournaments. They are doing a 16 man tournament but instead of using the old format where you have a single fight to qualify for the final 8 and then 3 fights in one night to win the whole thing, they are doing Four 4 man tournaments where the winners will have their own 4 man tournament. It sounds pretty exciting especially with all the top names involved including Hafid El Boustati, Nordin Ben Moh, Amansio Paraschiv, David Calvo and Mohammed Jaraya just to name a few.
Enfusion Live #26 Fight Card
1. 70Kg Tournament Semi Final - Hafid El Boustati (Morocco) Vs Edson Fortes (Cape Verde)
2. 70Kg Tournament Semi Final - Nordin Ben Moh (Morocco) Vs Paul Jansen (The Netherlands)
3. 65kg - Shana Lammers (Indonesia) Vs Manal Arrad (The Netherlands)
4. Hvy - Brice Guidon (France) Vs Hicham Achalhi (Morocco)
5. 70kg - Walid Hamid (Morocco) Vs Dennis Kabbedijk (The Netherlands)
6. 70Kg - Tournament Final - Winner Fight #1 Vs Winner Fight #2
7. 60kg Enfusion World Title - Reda Narain (Surinam) Vs Tommy Dieckmann (The Netherlands)
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