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Rick Roufus and Doug Kaplan Talk K-1 in LA

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K-1

Our good friend Camaro Kev runs a pretty awesome podcast and holds on to his roots as a Kickboxing fan for dear life while still covering MMA, which we are always pleased to see. This week on his show, named Kicking in Zubaz, he spoke with K-1's Chief Operating Officer Doug Kaplan as well as rumored K-1 in Los Angeles fighter Rick "The Jet" Roufus. Overall some interesting tidbits came out from this.

Roufus confirmed his participation on the show, discussing working with Doug Kaplan and Maurice Travis for the LA show. He signed a multi-fight contract that extends into January, which would seem to cover him for this year's World Grand Prix season if he were to move on to the Final 16. There was also a moment where Rick seemingly discovered (or re-discovered) that visiting LiverKick.com is a good idea. The next interview was with Doug Kaplan, and it appears that firstly, the Miami show is still not definite for a location for the Final 16. On the Los Angeles show front, it appears that a proper tournament is not in order, but instead, qualifications for the Final 16. We've heard before that four Heavyweights will move on, which means to expect four Heavyweight fights with Final 16 implications.

Listen to the show here.

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February 2015 LiverKick Rankings Update

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You've spoken and we've listened. We know there was a bit of a lapse in updating the official LiverKick Rankings, but they are officially back after the events of GLORY 19. Some of the movements will make sense, others will be a bit more confusing or you might not agree with. That's why we are here to talk about it. 

First off, apologies on the lack of updates on them. There wasn't a ton of movement for a while and then when there was both Jay and myself were busy. In late 2014/early 2015 Jay's wife gave birth to their beautiful daughter and during that time I was finishing up my second novel, which is currently off with my editor being polished up. LiverKick has always been a small operation and when we are under a crunch the site tends to suffer a bit. It just is how it is, but we appreciate your understanding.

Now, onto the rankings.

The first odd thing is Heavyweight. Just the entire division at this point. Andrei Gerasmichuk is the new addition to Heavyweight and he's troublesome, at best. He defeated Rico Verhoeven in January at a Kunlun event, but the reality here is that we can't just place him at #1 just yet. The problem created by that win is immense. Placing him at #1 is an issue if he does not continue to face top competition. His win over Balrak was impressive, but depending on how the rest of the Kunlun tournament goes will depend on if he's a legitimate top ten player or not.

The inclusion of Ben Edwards at Heavyweight will continue until either he loses in HW Kickboxing or he goes for one year inactive (as has been our rule since the beginning and how most 'retirements' are not permanent). 

Not much movement at Light Heavyweight.

Middleweight saw very little movement as well. With Simon Marcus we had a similar problem with him getting smoked in China, but his opponent is still a relatively unknown quantity on this level. If he continues to face tough opponents we'll rank him and Marcus will probably drop out.

Welterweight had some movement, but not much that you'll recognize. It is not that deep of a division considering that some Lightweights fight up in weight, but usually not enough to warrant them being considered Welterweights (for example fighting at 72.5kg or so).

Lightweight has been interesting of late with there being a lot of movement. The biggest x-factor in the bottom half of the division has been the unranked Steve Moxon. He holds a win over Aikpracha, but he holds so many lopsided losses that including him felt pained, especially considering the level of competition that Aikpracha has been facing of late. Sitthichai comes in after a long tradition of including muay thai fighters who fight in kickboxing and only weighing their kickboxing fights, not their muay thai fights. He has a ton of quality wins including ones over Andy Souwer and Murthel Groenhart. 

Featherweight saw a lot of movement thanks to the recent Shoot Boxing and K-1 happenings. The division has always seen things shaken up all of the time thanks to how active a lot of the fighters are in Japan. GLORY has an upcoming title bout between Mosab Amrani and Gabriel Varga which could be changing the landscape quite a bit. No, we aren't happy about having to rank a certain tournament winner who received poor decisions in his favor, but it is what it is. 

Heavyweight (Per 2/13)

1 Rico Verhoeven
2 Daniel Ghita
3 Errol Zimmerman
4 Sergei Kharitonov
5 Anderson Silva
6 Benjamin Adegbuyi
7 Andrei Gerasmichuk
8 Hesdy Gerges
9 Ben Edwards
10 Zabit Samedov

Light

Heavyweight (Per 2/13)

1 Gokhan Saki
2 Tyrone Spong
3 Saulo Cavalari
4 Danyo Ilunga
5 Nathan Corbett
6 Artem Vakhitov
7 Mourad Bouzidi
8 Igor Jukovic
9 Michael Duut
10 Andrei Stoica
Middleweight (Per 2/13)

1 Artem Levin
2 Joe Schilling
3 Filip Verlinden
4 Jason Wilnis
5 Wayne Barrett
6 Alex Pereira
7 Sahak Parparyan
8 Simon Marcus
9 Israel Adesanya
10 Robert Thomas
Welterweight (Per 2/13)

1 Nieky Holzken
2 Joseph Valtellini
3 Artur Kyshenko
4 Karapet Karapetyan
5 Raymond Daniels
6 Karim Ghajji
7 Paul Daley
8 Alexander Stetsurenko
9 Jonatan Oliveira
10 Francois Ambang
Lightweight (Per 2/13)

1 Robin van Roosmalen
2 Davit Kiria
3 Andy Ristie
4 Giorgio Petrosyan
5 Sitthichai
6 Murthel Groenhart
7 Marat Grigorian
8 Andy Souwer
9 Enriko Kehl
10 Aikpracha
Featherweight (Per 2/13)

1 Mosab Amrani
2 Kaew Fairtex
3 Masaaki Noiri
4 Yuta Kubo
5 Gabriel Varga
6 Hiroaki Suzuki
7 Liam Harrison
8 Shane Oblonsky
9 Zakaria Zouggari
10 Houcine Bennoui
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Weekend Results: Thai Fight and MAX Muay Thai

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MAX Muay Thai

Man, I picked a pretty packed weekend to go on vacation, didn't I? Then again, most of the weekends are packed and I've been working 60 hour weeks for the past few months, so maybe any weekend would do in that case, right? I kind of agree, just because I needed to not do any work for an extended period of time or else I was fearing that I'd be seeing my walls made out of gold bricks because the Federal Reserve is a conspiracy and driving axes through doors while my girlfriend looks not-so-pleased.

So this weekend there were two bigger events, Thai Fight and MAX Muay Thai, both of the Muay Thai persuasion and both featuring some solid names and solid fights. Thai Fight was the standard Thai Fight fare of bigger name Thais against some okay competition which sees the Thais walk away with some cool looking wins and everyone goes home happy.

MAX Muay Thai gave a bit more by the way of competitive fights to fans, including a one night, four man tournament. There were some legitimately interesting bouts on the card such as Aikpracha against Warren Stevelmans as well as Sitthichai against Juri Jehl and already fans went home with a bit of a better feeling than they did from the Thai Fight card, or, well, at least we all did.

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K-1 Announces Deal in China and Three 2015 Events

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If you've been wondering why K-1 has been seemingly so focused on China over the past year or so, look no further than the announcement made today by K-1 that they have secured what looks to be a pretty hefty broadcast deal in China that will reach most of the country. We had the news on the next event in China, taking place on January 1st, last week. That will be the first of ten live events that will be produced inside of China next year by K-1 through this partnership.

That first event is a China vs. USA themed event. Originally they had announced Kevin Ross and Tiffany Van Soest from the USA as fighting for the event, but due to commitments to Lion Fight Van Soest is 100% out and Ross is still trying to clear things up, but it's up in the air right now. 

According to their statement today, K-1 will be aired live on nine major, commercial broadcast network in China. I'm not kidding. Those listed are; Hunan TV, Hebei TV, Hubei TV, JiangXi TV, Anhui TV,Chongqing TV, Guangdong TV, Hainan TV, Qinghai TV. This covers most of China's population, which is estimated at 1.357 billion people. I'm not sure how to compare this to the US because China has over four times the population that the US does, but this is basically like being on one of the major broadcast networks like CBS, ABC or NBC. This partnership will make K-1 one of the most widely-viewed combat sports in the world.

K-1 has also announced two other events;

February 1st; China vs. Japan
March 28th; China vs. Thailand
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Live Stream for WGP #22 Tonight

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Today at 8pm Eastern time WGP Kickboxing in Brazil will present WGP#22 live via internet PPV. You will be able to view the event for $10 via their website or by purchasing the event below. The card is as follows.

Under Card

K1 Rules (64.5 kg): Samuel Pereira vs Wellington Lopes

K1 Rules (71.800 kg): Fabiano “Mineiro” Silva vs Marcelo Dionisio

WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (66.800 kg): Valmir Theiss vs Édipo Herbert Lima 

Main Card

60kg GP Semi-Final - K1 Rules (60 kg): Ignacio Capllonch (ARG) vs Gustavo Piacentini (BRA) 

60kg GP Semi-Final - K1 Rules (60 kg): Rafael “Coruja” Xavier vs Paulo Tebar

WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (69.100 kg): Wellington Tom vs Bruno Gazani

WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (94,100 kg): Wallyson “Maguila” Carvalho vs Felipe Micheletti

WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (85 kg): Francisco Araújo vs Cesar Almeida 

60kg GP Finals - K1 Rules (60 kg): Winner Fight 1 x Winner Fight 2

K1 Rules (85 kg): Robert Thomas (CAN) x Alex “Po Atan” Pereira (BRA)

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Mirko Cro Cop Training to Fight, Unsure of K-1's Future

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When things get strange in Kickboxing, sometimes you can feel a bit overwhelmed when checking out the news. It might seem like there is just a deluge of information and that you might not be getting everything. If it makes you feel any better, a guy like Mirko Cro Cop feels the same way, and is unsure of what is going on as the rest of the world is. In a recent interview Cro Cop discusses his intense training and preparations for the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16, although he has no clue when the Final 16 will be. What is interesting to note is that Cro Cop continues to train MMA, training wrestling and grappling as well as stand up, strength and conditioning. He says that wrestling training helps even a stand up fighter and that he won't rule out fighting MMA again, but sees the UFC as the only place worth fighting for.

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Remy Bonjasky Accuses 80 - 90% of High Level Kickboxers of Doping

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If you follow sports outside of kickboxing you know how much of a problem performance enhancing drugs are. Hell, we even had our first positive drug test at a GLORY event at GLORY 17. It is kind of the nature of sports, in a way; you want to be bigger, better, stronger and to be able to compete. If you think that everyone else is doping, you find yourself needing to do it to compete. There haven't been a ton of cases of kickboxers in trouble for PEDs, but there have always been rumors and accusations.

Remy Bonjasky this weekend added fuel to the fire by claiming that 80 - 90% of K-1 fighters were juicing and that he was never a part of that club. He cites wider jaws and added muscle mass as visual cues that someone is on steroids, which seems like a pretty broad statement. 

"I do not use and have never done so. I've always said that if I do not succeed in a normal way, I should quit [fighting.] I always want to win and if I can not win with eating normally then it stops." [source]

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Photo of the Day: Rashad Evans in Brussels to Corner Tyrone Spong

This weekend It's Showtime has a huge event coming up, including the "Benelux retirement" of Peter Aerts against internationally-acclaimed Tyrone Spong. The twenty-six year old Spong is possibly looking to make the transition to MMA, but not before settling his debts in the Kickboxing world and making his way to the top. Fighting Peter Aerts in one of his retirement fights is a huge honor for Spong, and would be one of his biggest wins at Heavyweight to date, which he very much needs. Spong has been training in Florida with Rashad Evan's "Blackzilian" camp, including fighters like former K-1 World Grand Prix Champion Alistair Overeem, so he will without a doubt be in good shape and will have had a decent sparring partner, to say the least.

It's Showtime 58 will air live on HDnet this Saturday at 3pm Eastern time, or if you are not in the United States or wish to view the entire card, purchase the event from ShowtimeFights.com.

Rashad Evans

“I came all the way out here 2 Brussels, Belgium to corner @Tyrone_Spong & he got me out here like The Notorious Bum! I'm not trying 2 be high maintenance but could a brutha at least get a bed?! Lol” [source]

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Liverkick Throwback: Buakaw Banchamek's K-1 MAX Debut Vs. Jordan Tai

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The world of kickboxing has a rich history to fall back upon so we here at LiverKick figure, why not? Why not give a glimpse into some of the fights from the past that have made up this wonderful sport and tie it all in to the present. The kids on the Instagram and Twitter like to call Thursdays "Throwback Thursdays," I'm just going to say that this is a LiverKick Throwback.

Since Buakaw is fighting in another K-1 Final this weekend I figured it would be good time to look back at when it all started. In 2004 Buakaw Banchamek (Por Pramuk at that time) made his K-1 Max debut against New Zealand's Jordan Tai, who trained with Ray Sefo. It's hard to remember a day when Buakaw wasn't a name that every fight fan knew, but this video shows us it existed. First of all his name is spelled wrong, secondly his record says this is his pro debut, (there is a not chance that's true) and listening to the commentator calling him "the Thai fighter" felt strange to me. The commentator is also very bias against Buakaw but then again it doesn't seem like he has much idea of whats going on anyway. It's interesting to see that Buakaw's style really hasn't changed a lot over the years, his stamina has improved and he uses his hands a little more now, but otherwise not a big difference. He also lands the same liver punch he recently finished David Calvo off with but Jordan Tai toughs it out and stays on his feet even after getting hit with two more.

Enjoy the fight and allow it to prepare you for this weekends K-1 Final.

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