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K-1 Secures Andy Souwer and Henri Van Opstal for K-1 World MAX Final 16

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Souwer

This announcement seems to coincide with the signing of Buakaw Banchamek by K-1 and serves more as a "see, we have some big stars" than an actual signing, as Andy Souwer was originally announced for the event. Andy Souwer was originally announced for the September 14th event in Mallorca, Spain, but then again, so was Mike Zambidis, whom we've heard might not be participating in the event after all.

That being said, the idea of Andy Souwer and Buakaw Banchamek stepping into the ring again is an awesome selling point for K-1's upcoming World MAX Final 16 and World MAX tournament as a whole. We've also heard that there might be some other surprises, but nothing is set in stone yet. The final card should be available within a few weeks now and will be packing a decent amount of star power to go along with talent, which is the important thing here. The addition of Henri Van Opstal is also a good choice as Van Opstal has been tearing up Shoot Boxing of late, even meeting Souwer in the Finals of the 2012 S-Cup.

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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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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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Gabriel Varga Out of K-1 USA vs. China Event

  • Published in K-1

GLORY fighter Gabriel Varga was set to compete at the K-1 USA vs. China event on January 1st in China but it looks like all of that has gone up in smoke over the past day. Varga is reporting on having visa issues. Upon entering China they found that he did not have the proper paperwork to enter the country, which meant that he had to turn around and go right back home to Canada. 

Definitely a bit of a bummer for those looking forward to seeing Varga fight. The good news is that there are no other issues as of press time with the event and it should go off without a hitch. We'll keep you posted on any further news for the K-1 China vs. USA event.

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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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Abraham Roqueni vs. Albert Kraus Promo Video

  • Published in Kickboxing

While there is a lot of buzz around the upcoming K-1 and Glory tournaments, there is still a ton of great fights going on elsewhere. On April 28th K-1 mainstay Albert Kraus takes on another big name in the world of 70kgs in Abraham Roqueni. Hopefully we have easy access to the fight as it will be a great test for seeing where Albert Kraus is right now and if we expect him in the K-1 tournament what to expect from him.

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More Super Fights Announced for GLORY 10 Los Angeles

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GLORY 10 Los Angeles goes down on September 28th, which is still more than two months away, and we are finally starting to get some more news on the upcoming card from GLORY. We've had a few fights slowly leak out over the past few weeks, but today sees a few more fights added into the mix, making for a really interesting card for the Los Angeles area.

Here are the fights.

 

  • Brian Collette vs. Randy Blake
  • Davit Kiria vs. Murthel Groenhart
  • Andy Ristie vs. Sanny Dahlbeck
  • Jordan Watson vs. Albert Kraus
  • Jerome Le Banner vs. Sergei Kharitonov
  • Robin van Roosmalen vs. Shemsi Beqiri
  • Brice Guidon vs. Jahfarr Wilnis

 

GLORY Middleweight Tournament

 

  • Artem Levin
  • Joe Schilling
  • Jason Wilnis
  • Steve Wakeling

 

There will be more fights announced shortly, including a reserve bout for the tournament and a few more Super Fights.

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Nathan Corbett Talks First Fight With Spong and Looks Ahead to Glory 11

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Glory

When it comes to fights that fans are dying to see, GLORY seems dead set on making those big fights happen to not only keep old fans happy, but to show newer fans just how exciting GLORY Kickboxing can be. That is definitely the case when it comes to GLORY 11's big showdown between Tyrone Spong and Nathan Corbett. The two first met in 2009 in Jamaica in a fight that resulted in a No Contest due to some late shots that Corbett fired off after it looked like Spong was done for. In Corbett's mind this is still a KO win for him, but for Spong, there is revenge on his mind.

Corbett very rarely goes outside of Muay Thai rules, as his elbows are two of his best tools in the ring and over the past few years he hasn't ventured very far from the Gold Coast of Australia, but that is all about to change. Corbett will enter the ring at GLORY 11 in Chicago against Tyrone Spong and he sure as hell seems ready to me, what do you think? Check out this interview from GLORY with Corbett.

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K-1 World Grand Prix -65kg Results: Kaew the Killer

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K-1 Japan held their K-1 World Grand Prix -65kg tournament last night in Japan in a night full of huge fights and a -65kg tournament that determined the best fighter in the weight class. Like a buzzsaw, Kaew Fairtex found himself holding steady as the king of the -65kg division, winning his second K-1 World Grand Prix in spectacular fashion. The night opened for him blasting through HIROYA, taking a hard-fought decision over Masaaki Noiri and then making mince-meat out of Ilias Bulaid's ribs in the second round of the finals with three blistering knee knockdowns.

Bulaid's path to the finals was impressive as well, with him taking out Chris Mauceri with body punches in the quarterfinals and taking a close extra round decision over Yamazaki to make it to the finals. Kaito Ozawa also learned that you just don't mess with Takeru. You just don't. 

Waki def Ueda DEC (UD = Unanimous 30-27 x3)

KJee def Sugimoto DEC (UD 29-28 x3)

Sakiyo def Asahisa ( MD = Majority? 30-29,30-29,29-29)

Reserve bout

Kimura def Noman (UD = 30-26,30-26,30-28)

Quarterfinals

Yamazaki def Renita (UD = 30-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Bulaid def Mauceri (KO body punch , 2 knockdowns in 2nd rnd)

Noiri def Glunder (UD , 30-28,30-26,30-26)

Kaew def Hiroya (KO punches, 2knockdowns , 1st rnd)

Superfight

Uehara def Takahagi (TKO, knee injury,1st rnd)

Qi def Komiyama (MD , 29-27,28-28,29-28)

Semi finals

Bulaid def Yamazaki (SD ,(Extra Rnd 1 split) 10-9,9-10,10-9

Kaew def Noiri (UD , 29-28,29-28,30-29)

Superfights

Kido def Daiki (UD, 30-27x3)

Takeru def Ozawa (UD, 30-28,29-28,30-28)

65kg Final

Kaew def Bulaid (KO 2nd round, Knees to body on all three Knockdowns)

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Badr Hari's Love Affair Hits the Tabloids

  • Published in Kickboxing

Ah summer, with love in the air and celebrity gossip magazines there to take candid shots of them and repost them with scandalous headlines. That is your life if you are Kickboxing superstar Badr Hari and you find yourself involved with Dutch soccer legend Ruud Gullit's wife, Estelle Gullit, going as far as said wife leaving her superstar husband and taking up a serious relationship with you. This photo is courtesy of Marloes Coenen's twitter. As we wait to find out if Badr will be fighting for Glory or not, we are instead treated to photographs of him enjoying his life. Good for him.

Badr

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