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Paul Daley Racks Up Another KO Win in MMA

  • Published in K-1

Former UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator fighter Paul Daley has made a name for himself in 2014 on the kickboxing circuit, picking up some super impressive wins over top competition. Daley caught the attention of K-1 and he is set to make his big K-1 debut in October at the K-1 World MAX Finals in Thailand event against Mohammad Ghaedibardeh. Paul Daley has been resigned by Bellator and is expected to fight for them some time in the coming months. 

Before either of those, though, he was scheduled to fight at BAMMA 16 in the UK where he made a huge impact when he scored a huge TKO victory in the second round over Marinho Moreira da Rocha with a crushing left to the liver. Paul Daley's left hand is really a thing of beauty, is it not?

Here's a look at the finishing blow thanks to Caposa.

 

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This Promo For LEGEND 3 is Bonkers

  • Published in Kickboxing

LEGEND

LEGEND 3 is coming up -- fast -- in Milan, Italy. If we've seen anything from LEGEND in the past few events, it is that they go big absolutely every time. This time around they've partnered with our friend in Italy, Carlo di Blasi, and his Oktagon promotion to ensure that everything for the event is top notch. The card itself is definitely drool-inducing for the discerning Kickboxing fan, then there is that bonkers promo video that they released. I don't even know, but it's really incredible, like nothing we've ever seen done to promote a fight card before.

 

  • FIGHT-CARD "LEGEND III: POUR HOMME"
  • (K-1 RULES, MILAN, APRIL 5, MEDIOLANUM FORUM):
  • 1. Armen Petrosyan (Italy) VS Alim "Professor" Nabiev (Ukraine), 70 kg
  • 2. Mohamed Khamal (Morocco) VS Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand), 70 kg
  • 3. Enriko "Goodan" Gogokhia (Russia) VS Alessandro Campagna (Italy), 70 kg
  • 4. Alexander Surjko (Russia) VS Paul "Semtex" Daley (United Kingdom), 77 kg
  • 5. Andy "The Destroyer" Souwer (Netherlands) VS Yuri "The Prince" Bessmertny (Belarus), 70 kg
  • 6. Pavel "The Caiman" Zhuravlev (Ukraine) VS Tomasz Szczepkowski (Poland), 93+ kg
  • 7. Murthel "The Predator" Groenhart (Netherlands) VS Dzhabar "Genghis Khan" Askerovв (Russia), 70 kg
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Start Your Monday Off Right: Watch This Highlight

  • Published in Video

Initially I was going to post a highlight reel that went up on Mixfight of ten of the top K-1 knockouts in history, and while that is good in theory, if you are coming to LiverKick.com on a regular basis, this is stuff that you should already have in your pocket somewhere. If not, well, have at it. Our good friend Jill puts together some rather awesome highlight packages once in a while, and on occasion when I actually check my Tumblr account I see them and think that the world needs to see them.

All Japan Kickboxing Federation had a very rich history until its untimely death in 2009, while still making sure to keep us happy by splintering off into the KRUSH events that we know and love today. AJKF gave us a lot of top Japanese stars, so why not reflect on it?

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Pat Barry Added to Legacy Kickboxing Card in January

  • Published in Kickboxing

Former UFC fighter and current GLORY fighter Pat Barry was announced as an addition to January's Legacy Kickboxing event promoted by Legacy Fighting. The fight goes down on January 16th in Houston, Texas and Pat Barry will be fighting Demoreo Dennis. Barry is still under contract with GLORY but GLORY has given both Pat and Legacy the go-ahead for the fight. 

The fight will air on AXS TV and will be using a variation of the K-1/GLORY rule set, which means no elbows and limited clinch work. This is already adding to a card including Michael Corley and Cosmo Alexandre, which is great. It's good to see more kickboxing hitting the airwaves soon and bringing the heat. 

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GLORY 16's Zack Mwekassa on Redemption and New Beginnings

  • Published in Interviews

GLORY

"Nothing beats faith and hope in life", Zack Mwekassa said.

Powerful words from a man who has obviously had to live at times on the strength of the meaning of those very words. In a bout that is sure to be explosive, the Glory family welcomes Zack Mwekassa, who is set to face kickboxing's returning son, Pat Barry, at Glory 16 in Denver.

Entering the Glory ring, with a 10-1-9, record, this Congolese fighter is ready to show the world what he's all about. Born the youngest of eight children, Mwekassa's life began as somewhat of a miacle. His mother, he stated, had years previously been told that she would bear no more children, only years later to have become pregnant with Zack and to have had his name revealed to her in a dream.

The son of a chemist, Mwekassa describes a life of happiness with his family but also of conflict between he and one of his older brothers. Conflict that set him on the path to a career in combat sports. The relationship which he characterizes as antagonistic, one day led his father to ask "Why don't you two behave normally? Why don't you get involved in sports, football, basketball, boxing, something!" Ah yes, boxing, through the power of that single suggestion, Mwekassa was on his way.

Although he admits that he initially wanted to be a pilot, Mwekassa began training at age 13. After a while he mused that he was no longer bullied by his brother, he had begun to develop skills that would physically give him the upper hand. From that time Mwekassa embarked on a road to success in the boxing ring that saw him doing whatever honest job, no matter how big or small, to support himself. By this time, Mwekassa states, he was living in South Africa following an arrest in 2004. In this early part of his career, Mwekassa, describes a period of intense struggle before he began to experience success in the ring. He recalls working as a sort of valet, guarding people's cars and at times not being paid for hours of work. Still he perservered, continuing to hone his skills as a fighter and eventually success did come with Mwekassa eventually earning UBC and WBF titles. There, however, often a dark side to success.

It's an often told story in the history of professional sports, many athletes experience a shift in the balance between training and enjoying the fruits of their labour. Id versus ego. He readily admits that for a time partying became more important than training. But as with us all, life has a way of delivering us a smack down that ultimately reorients us to reality, if we are smart. Mwekassa too, had such a rude awakening that caused him to reevaluate his priorities and return to his roots as a God a fearing, disciplined and focused man with his eyes on the prize. Today that prize is success in the ring with Glory and it begins Saturday, May 3rd with the match up against former kickboxing champ and UFC veteran, Pat Barry. Although he admits that prior to the bout being scheduled he had not heard of Barry.

Today Mwekassa presents feeling that he has done his homework and is prepared for the final exam. While he is excited and contemplates a long and bright future with Glory, he is today fully focused on Saturday's event. "No I don't want to call anyone out", he smiled and stated when asked if there were other opponents he would be interested in fighting. Win or lose Saturday night Mwekassa presents as a man is here to go the distance and if his past is in any way predictive of his future he will.

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Can Pat Barry Move the Needle For GLORY?

  • Published in News

GLORY

This weekend at GLORY 16 we'll see the GLORY Kickboxing debut of Pat Barry. Pat Barry is perhaps best known from his run in the UFC, where he was involved in some truly memorable fights, some of the most memorable in UFC history. Of course, part of the problem with being a UFC fighter is that the UFC promotes the brand first, Dana White second, their shows third and somewhere along the way the fighters. This creates an atmosphere devoid of individual stars.

Pat Barry's jump to GLORY is a huge win for GLORY, seeing as though Pat Barry is a marketable personality and a talented striker. The question is, will he give them an immediate injection of credibility? The data from Google Trends tends to say "no."

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Cris Cyborg: Negative Narrative, Uplifting Performance

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There’s something awfully self-serving about wanting a fighter to lose. It reflects a deeper emotional connection to the fight that elevates it from a mere contest of skill and athleticism to a form of theater. The fighters are suddenly characters in a play with the fight and its outcome having a profound outcome on their narrative trajectories, and as viewers, we are emotionally engaged in that. Savvy promoters who appreciate this may find clever ways to engage our feelings, using various tools and devices to frame the story and its characters in a way that’s more gripping and engaging, where Fighter A becomes that person from Nowheresville who is looking for their big break while Fighter B is that person who’s been talking big and acting like they own the sport. Some readers might go further and call these characters Faces and Heels. That’s a line, however, that some fans don’t like to cross: scripted drama, they say, yet deliberate or not, the narrative process is exactly the same.

What then do we make of Cris Cyborg? The drama is well known and the key words require no elaboration: Steroids. Cheating. Ronda Rousey. Tito Ortiz. Dana White. Why do some fans (at least in the MMA world) choose to hate her? Because of her appearance combined with her accomplishments? Because they think all of her success is due to taking steroids despite only being busted once? Because she calls out Ronda Rousey? Does that make Rousey (ironically) the Face in all of this? Who’s writing the script now?

As powerful and *natural* as narrative is, sometimes it may blind us from appreciating something that’s far more important in this instance: that last night, Cris Cyborg and Jorina Baars put on one of the best fights of the year and possibly one of the all time best fights in women’s kickboxing. It was a battle that saw both fighters dig deep physically and technically, putting on a performance that was worthy of a stage far grander than the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. It was a spectacle that should rightly serve as a career highlight for both fighters, who each landed incredibly hard shots and rallied back from dangerous positions. This is a fight that we should be grateful for seeing with both fighters deserving our admiration and praise.

One of the best things about the K-1 promotional model was its tendency to highlight positive storylines and gloss over negative press. This could be frustrating at times when honesty was demanded, especially with regard to issues like Badr Hari’s behavior and fighter pay. Yet, the ability to sell these storylines allowed us to focus on the fights, not the mud and dirt of the fight business (which believe me, goes to far murkier depths than you or I will ever get to hear about). After all, does having a front row seat to situations that should play out behind closed doors really accomplish anything? Why are the petty squabbles between Dana White and Tito Ortiz every fan’s business? As fans, let’s focus on enjoying the fights and let the so-called “businesspeople” (such as they are) worry about the rest. Let’s enjoy the moment. If you’re new to kickboxing and watch MMA predominantly, I can say that last night, you got treated to a certain caliber of a fight (for free) and an experience that is rare, so rather than dwelling on what this means for Cyborg and the UFC, let’s take a moment to celebrate the incredible toughness of Cris Cyborg and the awesome talent of Jorina Baars.

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GLORY 15 Istanbul Weigh-in Restuls

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GLORY 15

GLORY 15 Istanbul takes place tomorrow, April 12th, from Istanbul, Turkey. The event will feature a one-night, four-man tournament to crown a GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion. Fans across the world are eagerly awaiting the Light Heavyweight tournament, featuring Gokhan Saki, Nathan Corbett, Saulo Cavalari and Tyrone Spong. The card also features a Light Heavyweight bout of note between Danyo Ilunga and Andrei Stoica, as well as Robin van Roosmalen vs. Marat Grigorian.

 

  • GLORY 15 ISTANBUL
  • Robin van Roosmalen (69.5 kg / 153.22 lb) vs. Marat Grigorian (69.8 kg / 155.21 lb)
  • Danyo Ilunga (94.95 kg / 209.33 lb) vs. Andrei Stoica (93.7 kg / 206.57 lb)
  • Tyrone Spong (94.7 kg / 208.78 lb) vs. Saulo Cavalari (94.6 kg / 208.56 lb)
  • Gökhan Saki (94.85 kg / 209.11 lb) vs. Nathan Corbett (94.2 kg / 207.68 lb)
  • GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES
  • Jhonata Diniz (111.1 kg / 244.93 lb) vs. Hesdy Gerges (108 kg / 238.10 lb)
  • Randy Blake (95.1 kg / 209.66 lb) vs. Mourad Bouzidi (95.1 kg / 209.66 lb)
  • Filip Verlinden (84.7 kg / 186.73 lb) vs. Israel Adesanya (84.6 kg / 186.51 lb)
  • Atakan Arslan (76.8 kg / 169.32 lb) vs. Jonatan Oliveira (76.65 kg / 168.98 lb)
  • Niclas Larsen (69.5 kg / 153.22 lb) vs. Steve Moxon (69.9 kg / 154.10 lb)
  • Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai* (66.05 kg / 145.62 lb) vs. Raz Sarkisjan (64.25 kg / 141.65 lb)
  • *Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai was re-weighed and came in under the 65 kg limit

 

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FundAFighter Launches Campaign For Muay Thai Trainer Peter Sisomphou

  • Published in Muay Thai

Legendary Muay Thai trainer Peter Sisomphou has worked with countless top names in the world of martial arts over the years, including Firas Zahabi, David Loiseau, Ivan Menjivar and more. He's been a name within the world of martial arts for a very long time now and recently had to undergo a quadruple bypass surgery, which has a very long road to recovery. For a guy like Sisomphou, being in the gym and training fighters is how he makes his living and right now he is unable to do that.

FundAFighter has launched a campaign to raise money for Sisomphou while he is recovering to help to pay for his bills while he waits to get back into the gym and working again. Remember, the world of martial arts is not one that includes 401ks, sick pay and other luxuries found in desk jobs. So head over to FundAFighter to read more about Masta Peter Sisomphou and how you can help. 

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