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Video: Jerome Le Banner's First Fight of His Retirement Tour

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When reflecting upon the golden days of K-1 in Japan it's hard not to think of the names of the fighters that made K-1 so special. We have reached a point where a lot of those fighters are winding down their careers and Jerome Le Banner is one of them. This past weekend he fought the first of his three retirement bouts of his retirement tour where he fought Claudiu Istrate.

Check out the fight here.

We'll have more on Jerome Le Banner's retirement tour as it is available.

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

  • Published in Kickboxing

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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A Look Back at Battle of the PRO's From Brooklyn on Sept. 13th

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Story by R. Choi

Photos by Bauzen

On Thursday, September 13th, eight professional Muay Thai fighters gathered at the Renzo Gracie Academy in Brooklyn to fight in a one-night “Battle of the PRO’s” tournament.  The event, which took place in the impressive new facility and was elegant enough to require a corporate casual dress code (sorry, no TapouT gear allowed) nevertheless delivered a great night of fights with plenty of action and several knockouts.

The first round of fights featured Rafael Machado of Gold Team (Newark, NJ) defeating Nate Chambers of Hyena Muay Thai (Las Vegas, NV) via unanimous decision, Villi Bello (Ardon’s Sweet Science, NY) advancing after the fight was ruled a no contest in the first round due to a questionable groin shot to Mervin Rodriguez (Pellegrino MMA, Belmar NJ), Troy Sheridan of Team Ultimate (Toronto, Canada) defeating the older and very experienced Peter Kaljevic by unanimous decision, and Deshawn Robinson (America’s Finest Kickboxing, NJ) overcoming a very aggressive Turan Hasanov (Fight Factory, NY) two minutes and 42 seconds into the second round with a devastating knockout by knee that left him unable to continue.


An intermission and the only amateur bout of the night showed why clinch is essential in Muay Thai, as Jason Sheena (Workshop Muay Thai, NY) won a unanimous decision against Daniel Cronin (Renzo Gracie, NY). This also seemed to set the tone for the first fight in the semi-finals, which was also decided in the clinch with Villi Bello winning by TKO 1 minute and 25 seconds into the second round after landing several vicious knees on his opponent, Rafael Machado. Afterwards, Troy Sheridan and Deshawn Robinson faced off in a very exciting bout that had a flurry of back and forth exchanges in the first round.  Troy looked rocked early but he still managed to send Deshawn crashing through the ropes onto the judge’s table and was not only able to make a full recovery, but also scored an impressive KO at 2 minutes and 46 seconds with a right hook that sent Deshawn’s mouthguard flying.

The final fight pitted Troy Sheridan against Villi Bello.  Bello was very aggressive, but had problems with the longer reach of Sheridan. Bello tried changing levels and kept up an aggressive pace, but Sheridan ultimately controlled the distance and and kept Bello from getting close with a nasty jab and low kick combination that had served him well all night.  In rounds two and three, Sheridan also added a high left kick to the mix and won the fight by unanimous decision, as well as the tournament.

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Mirko Cro Cop Finishes Satoshi Ishii in Japan

  • Published in Kickboxing

New Year's Eve in Japan has been a tradition in combat sports for years now. Sadly, after the fall of FEG we've seen very little in the way of what we used to get with the huge Dynamite!! events in Japan. The days of Kakutougi being king in Japan have come and gone, but that doesn't mean that people don't try. 

There were a handful of events in Japan today, with the bigger ones being run by DEEP and Inoki Genome Federation. IGF featured the bigger names like Cro Cop, Satoshi Ishii, Shinya Aoki, Josh Barnett (pro wrestling, not MMA) and even hosting Fedor Emelianenko and Wanderlei Silva as special guests. The story coming away from the event is that Mirko Cro Cop finished Satoshi Ishii with a left head kick to knock him off balance then following up with a flurry of punches to put him down and out. 

This means that Mirko Cro Cop begins 2015 by holding onto the IGF World Championship.

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August 2015 LiverKick Rankings Update

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(C) GLORY Sports International/James Law

It's August heading into September and the time felt right to give the Official LiverKick Rankings an overhaul. There has been movement in quite a few weight classes while some of the others (Light Heavyweight and most of Featherweight) have seen no real movement at all. The first thing to mention is that there was a bit of housecleaning on the rankings, which happens when fighters have been inactive for over 12 months. The two big omissions this round are Daniel Ghita at #3 in Heavyweight and Joseph Valtellini at #2 at Welterweight. Both have been inactive for a year and we were forced to drop them from the rankings. 

For them to be re-included in said rankings can be a long road. That means beating someone else on the top ten or winning a tournament featuring top ten fighters to get back near the top. 

So let's get down to some of these changes then, shall we? Heavyweight has seen some movement, some of which was the removing of Ghita, the rest of due to stuff happening. Jamal Ben Saddik returned from his suspension with a win earlier this year, but not a top ten win. Beating Braddock Silva, though? That's huge and secures him the #4 spot. Jahfarr Wilnis makes his way to the Heavyweight top ten with his Kunlun tournament victory, the win over Gerges front and center. Gerges beat Gerasmichuk, which bumps those two around. Sergei Kharitonov is no longer with GLORY and seems focused on MMA. It hasn't been a year yet but it seems safe to remove him for now. 

No movement at Light Heavyweight for now. Saki was a tough call, but simply leaving GLORY does not disqualify him from the rankings. He had one fight this year which was at Heavyweight, but he's still active. If he plans a full-time move to Heavyweight then he will leave the Light Heavyweight rankings. Middleweight saw very little movement. Sahak Parparyan's poor performance in the A1 World Cup pushed him out in lieu of others and Dmitry Valent makes his debut on the rankings in a tough decision. This is a very tough division to rank and Valent has faced some of the top names in the division and just barely fallen short while picking up wins over everyone else. Bogdan Stoica was considered, but losses to unranked competition sent him to the back of the line. 

Welterweight saw a new GLORY Champion crowned in Nieky Holzken, but he was already the top ranked fighter. Hicham El Gaoui returns after a long absence on the LiverKick rankings with a win over Karapetyan and Bai Jinbin from China earned his way into the number eight slot with a crazy win in Kunlun over Stetsurenko. There was some movement at Lightweight, but most of it makes a lot of sense. Sitthichai won the contender tournament, bumping him up further while everyone else dropped down to accommodate that. Petrosyan might still be the most talented, but neither wins over Varol or Kehl were going to push him up any further. Yodsanklai decides to confuse us even further by competing in Kunlun under kickboxing rules, making him a must-rank fighter. Oh yeah, and Dzhabar Askerov is back after a win over Kehl. Big congratulations go to newcomer to the world rankings in Josh Jauncey for his performance in the GLORY contender tournament.

Featherweight only saw movement within the top three thanks to K-1 Japan's awesome shows. Kaew is back to being king again and Soda drops down to a more comfortable 3. 

Heavyweight (Per 8/15)

1 Rico Verhoeven
2 Errol Zimmerman
3 Benjamin Adegbuyi
4 Jamal Ben Saddik
5 Anderson Silva
6 Jahfarr Wilnis
7 Hesdy Gerges
8 Andrei Gerasmichuk
9 Zabit Samedov
10 Ismael Londt

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Heavyweight (Per 8/15)

1 Gokhan Saki
2 Saulo Cavalari
3 Danyo Ilunga
4 Artem Vakhitov
5 Mourad Bouzidi
6 Igor Jukovic
7 Michael Duut
8 Andrei Stoica
9 Zack Mwekassa
10 Reduon Cairo
Middleweight (Per 8/15)

1 Artem Levin
2 Simon Marcus
3 Joe Schilling
4 Filip Verlinden
5 Jason Wilnis
6 Alex Pereira
7 Wayne Barrett
8 Israel Adesanya
9 Fang Bian
10 Dmitry Valent
Welterweight (Per 8/15)

1 Nieky Holzken
2 Artur Kyshenko
3 Hicham El Gaoui
4 Karapet Karapetyan
5 Raymond Daniels
6 Karim Ghajji
7 Paul Daley
8 Bai Jinbin
9 Alexander Stetsurenko
10 Jonatan Oliveira
Lightweight (Per 8/15)

1 Robin van Roosmalen
2 Sitthichai
3 Davit Kiria
4 Andy Ristie
5 Giorgio Petrosyan
6 Yodsanklai Fairtex
7 Marat Grigorian
8 Dzhabar Askerov
9 Enriko Kehl
10 Josh Jauncey
Featherweight (Per 8/15)

1 Kaew Fairtex
2 Minoru Kimura
3 Yasuomi Soda
4 Massaro Glunder
5 Masaaki Noiri
6 Yuta Kubo
7 Gabriel Varga
8 Mosab Amrani
9 Hiroaki Suzuki
10 Zakaria Zouggari
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Andy Ristie Claims to Have Received His K-1 Money; New Questions Arise

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Andy RistieThe saga of K-1 continues on, as yet another fighter from K-1 Global's "K-1 Rising" show in Madrid has stepped forward to claim that he has received the money that was owed to him, and this fighter comes by the way of Andy Ristie. Interestingly enough, Ristie just fought for It's Showtime on It's Showtime 57&58, so if the odds were in favor of him bending in one direction or another, it would be towards It's Showtime, which is now a part of Glory.

This raises some very important questions, questions which have remained unanswered. After we heard about these "payment" issues, we reached out to It's Showtime head Simon Rutz in regards to some further details, and while he did issue a press release shortly thereafter, a lot of our questions remain unanswered. We have not heard from It's Showtime or Glory in an official fashion since the release of their counter press release, but with so many fighters coming forward to say that they were paid, the questions to the validity of the claims against K-1 are starting to rise more and more.

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A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: Bill Goldberg in Front of a GLORY Logo

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They always say that a picture is worth 1,000 words, right? So how about this one?

Rumors of Bill Goldberg fighting for GLORY in an exhibition bout have been swirling around for the past few months and while nothing has been made official just yet, this photo tweeted out by GLORY this afternoon sure is telling us that there will be some level of involvement from the former WCW and WWE pro wrestler, MMA commentator, actor and NFL player Bill Goldberg. Even if that something is just in a promotional extent and not fighting, which I'm sure most people wouldn't mind.

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LiverKick Throwback: Melvin Manhoef Destroys Paul Slowinski

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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.

Melvin Manhoef will be fighting in the Last Man Standing tournament on June 21st in Los Angeles for GLORY, meeting Filip Verlinden in the first round of the tournament. To say that Melvin Manhoef at Middleweight will be a force to be reckoned with is putting it lightly; Melvin Manhoef was a force to be reckoned with at Heavyweight. If you need proof of that, look no further than December 6th, 2012, when Melvin Manhoef fought in the Reserve bout for the K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 against tough Australian slugger Paul Slowinski. 

Paul Slowinski is a legitimate 6'3" 240lbs while Manhoef is 5'8" and has fought as low at 170lbs in the past. This is just so you understand the size difference going into this fight and why Melvin Manhoef is so impressive. Melvin Manhoef was never the best Heavyweight Kickboxer in the world, but he was able to knock out some of the best and make it look easy. That's incredible. 

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New Trailer for K-1 Rising on May 27th

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K- is back and the time is drawing increasingly near. On May 27th the K-1 World MAX Final 16 goes down after a year's absence, and on top of that, two big heavyweight bouts including some of the biggest names like Daniel Ghita and Badr Hari. After a few weeks of radio silence, we are treated to a trailer which seems official but sounds and looks a lot like an It's Showtime promo video.

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GLORY 28 and SuperFight Series Live Results

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GLORY 28 is today! That means that, as usual, we'll be providing live results throughout the event. The SuperFight Series airs on UFC's Fight Pass and GLORY 28's main card on ESPN3.

Follow us at @liverkickdotcom to talk about the show live or talk in the comments section here.

GLORY 28 Paris (Live on ESPN3 at 4 p.m. ET)

Heavyweight Title Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven (c) (R5 - Unanimous Decision) Mladen Brestovac -- Welp, this was exactly the fight that we all thought it would be. Rico didn't get a big knockout, sure, but Brestovac is a more careful fighter and wasn't looking to be overly-aggressive. Rico is fast, technical and defensive when he needs to be. I'm not sure who in this division beats him.

Lightweight Tournament Final Bout: Sitthichai (R3 - Decision) Marat Grigorian -- Great fight by both guys. Marat was right there with Sitthichai throughout the fight, forcing Sitthichai to fight a bit more aggressively than we are used to. He really turned it up and wanted to be assured the win from the judges, which he got. Great stuff by both guys.

Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé(R3 - UD) Murthel Groenhart -- Wow. Again. Many had seen Doumbe as simply a stepping stone for Murthel to pick up a win and some momentum, but you know what? Nobody told Doumbe that. If you've keenly followed Murthel's career you'll know that Murthel has always had a tendency to lose his temper and fight sloppy. That's not the Murthel that we've seen in his last few fights, but Doumbe was able to pull that out from him in this fight and it was beautiful. He had completely frustrated Murthel to the point where Murthel had a late hit in the last round, which the ref took a point for (which, c'mon, no way), but Doumbe pulled off the win. Chaos in the welterweight division!

Lightweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Marat Grigorian (R3 - Decision) Anatoly Moiseev -- Wow. I mean, I saw Grigorian winning this, but Moiseev is 100% legit, yet Grigorian really showed just how great he was here. He had Moiseev in trouble a bunch of times with multiple knockdowns. Great performance.

Lightweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Sittichai (R3 - UD) Davit Kiria -- Yep. I mean, we've seen this fight before, the biggest difference was that Kiria was prepared for the knees and kicks so he was a lot more defensive. He hung in there, but this was mostly one-way traffic.

GLORY SuperFight Series Paris (Live on UFC FIGHT PASS at 1 p.m. ET)

Light Heavyweight Title Headline Bout: Artem Vakhitov (R5 - UD) Saulo Cavalari (c) -- Saulo came out strong, but Vakhitov's boxing was simply too slick here. The one problem that I saw for Vakhitov going into this was going to be lack of aggression, but none of that happened here. Vakhitov was aggressive and worked over the leg and body of Saulo. Just a clinic from Vakhitov while a tired Saulo kept coming, but simply didn't have enough power left in him to fight back too much. Saulo did work the leg kick, but his own leg was so torn up that he had problems piecing together combinations.

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Xavier Vigney (R3 - UD) Freddy Kemayo -- Crazy slugfest from both guys. Things started off looking all-Vigney, but as the fight went on Kemayo found a way through Vigney's thin defenses. Biggest win that Vigney has had in a while, but man, I'm concerned about seeing him fight top heavyweights in this division. There were some serious holes in his defenses (as in, were there defenses?) and against the upper echelons of the division things could go poorly for him. You can't rely on your jaw protecting you forever. That being said, this was a pretty crazy slugfest from both guys.

Featherweight Title Bout: Serhiy Adamchuk (c) (R5 - Decision) Mosab Amrani -- Look, this fight was never gonna be pretty. This was Amrani via KO in the early rounds or it was Adamchuk via clinching and his solid boxing. That's exactly what happened and my god did Amrani take a brutal beating. In the third round Amrani went down like a sack of potatoes but got up. What ensued was two rounds of Amrani taking brutal amounts of damage and not going down. Heart? Sure. But this fight shortened his career because he wasn't doing anything, just taking shots to the jaw and holding on for a clinch. Brutal.

Middleweight Bout: Jason Wilnis (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Filip Verlinden -- This was just an incredible fight. Watch this fight, no matter how you have to. These guys were both going full force all fight and the third round ended with a crazy exchange between the two. Wilnis got the nod but great performance by both guys.

Lightweight Bout: Josh Jauncey (R2 - TKO) Johan Tkac -- Josh Jauncey has looked really good in his last few fights, but here he looked absolutely incredible. This was the complete Josh Jauncey that we've always wanted to see. Incredibly confident, slipping strikes, awesome head movement and was changing levels with fluidity. Tkac was putting forth effort, but Jauncey was able to keep him off balance and kept attacking the body and legs throughout, while not neglecting to land whenever there was a hole in Tkac's defenses up top. Tkac's corner called it after R2 due to a broken nose.

Featherweight Bout: Eddy Naït-Slimani (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Maykol Yurk -- Tough, close fight from both guys to kick things off. Really entertaining and Nait-Slimani threw some really hard shots here. Great debut.

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