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Insiders Now Linking K-1 with M-1 Global, Drama Continues

  • Published in K-1

MessAnother day another notch in the belt that is mudslinging between K-1 and Glory. Apparently a new player has entered into the game, and while It's Showtime has turned the tables on the Kickboxing world by siding with Glory over K-1, K-1 will possibly be teaming up with M-1 Global, to what ends, no one is truly sure. This all comes from sources who have been posting on message boards, and one that is believed to be Apy Echteld of M-1 fame. According to Apy, on Friday now, there will be a big press conference from K-1 about these two sides working together. This will do no favors for K-1 in the West, as both companies are essentially demonized for various misgivings in the past.

Consider this with a grain of salt until anything official comes out.

"This friday, there will be an official press conference - you could call this a temporary press release until then. A big announcement will be made concerning a new player that will cooperate with K-1 Global - rumors say this will be M-1 Global.

The story concerning K-1 Global and It's Showtime is as follows:

An agreement had been made between K-1 and IS is that the IS fighters would only receive 30% payout. K-1 would also cover the costs of organising the event, but not before 2013 and under the condition of certain profit/ratings etc. which the Madrid event didn't seem to be able to reach. IS would cover 50%. IS planned to contract big name fighters which Kim would cover for 30%. IS guaranteed fighters like Kraus, Le Banner, Bonjasky, Sato, Guidon and Askerov (among others) would be involved. Needless to say, it didn't happen. An especially large point of frustration was that they weren't able to get Sato and that Petrosyan left. Kim was promised a lot by IS, but in the end IS wasn't even able to keep their own fighters. Relations between Kim and IS deteriorated.

Following this, K-1 said not to want to hold any events in the US, because with the list of fighters they ended up with, they wouldn't get it off the ground there. Final16 was scrapped for a while and instead some other sort of qualification event was planned to be held in Japan/Korea with the winner(s) being added to the Final8 list. Simon (Rutz) didn't want this and threatened to back out, basically because a lot of his fighters wouldn't get a spot at Final8 which he wasn't happy about. Things didn't look good for a while. Simon then asked if Kim wanted to cover the full costs of organization and cover 50% of the fighters' payout rather then 30%. In the end the agreement was made that Kim would cover the full costs of organization. In return the US events had to be scrapped and this was agreed upon as well.

Behind the scenes though, it seemed that Glory made Simon an offer for his company and even that Simon already sold, but wanted to wait for Kim's payout before shutting the whole operation down.

Kim reacted by contracting IS fighters like Hari and Spong among others. All of this happened before the Madrid event and had nothing to do with Bank Guarantees etc. After all, al non-IS fighters have been paid. In addition, Kim did pay 50% of the costs for the Madrid event. This is basically it, but there are more details which will hopefully be addressed at the press conference."

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Glory Sports International Adds Former FIFA and Olympic Exec Graeme White to Management Team

  • Published in Glory

GloryGlory Sports International continue to expand their internationally-renowned management team with the latest acquisition this week by the way of Graeme White. Graeme White has formerly worked to help promote the Olympic Games as well as the FIFA World Cup and UEFA Champions League. He brings with him a wealth of high-level sports management from an executive level, which can only add to their management team and help them with future events.

Entire press release follows.

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Benjamin Adegbuyi Defeats Ismael Londt at Slamm IV

  • Published in Europe

SlammSlamm held their last big event, Slamm!! Soema Na Basi IV yesterday in Suriname which featured a few fights of note, with the biggest being the main event between Slamm's Ismael Londt and Romania's Benjamin Adegbuyi. Adegbuyi has really burst onto the scene over the last few years, fighting some really legitimate competition and holding his own. This fight was no different, as this was arguably one of the biggest fights of his young career. Adegbuyi was the aggressor throughout the fight, landing a hard shot in the first round that had Londt reeling but the referee didn't count as a down. The third round was the real deciding factor, as a left hook sent Londt crashing to the canvas, proving to be the biggest shot of the fight. Londt fought hard, though, and was able to get up, but not able to score any significant blows before the fight ended.

The big win for Adegbuyi helps to propel his career even further now, with a win over a top ten Heavyweight. Here are more results from the event, courtesy of the MixFight forums.

1. A +95 kg 3x3 Ismael “Mr. Pain” Londt (Suriname) vs Benny Adegbuyi (Roemenië) WOP
2. MMA Pro 75 kg Victor “Tigri” Kuku (Angola) WOP vs Djamil Chan (China/Suriname)
3. A 70 kg 3x3 Cedric Manhoef (Suriname) WOP vs Mika Tahitu (Molukken)
4. A 82,5 kg 3x3 Darryl Sichtman (Suriname) WOP vs Fernando Groenhart (Nederland)
5. A 95 Kg 3x3 Dangelo Marshall (Suriname) WOP vs Nedd Evan (Aruba)
6. C 78 Kg 3x3 Valentino Brunswijk (Suriname) vs Marciano Bhoegwandas (Suriname) WOP

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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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Liverkick Throwback: Branko Cikatic Vs Ernesto Hoost II

  • Published in Kickboxing

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.

Branco Cikatic was the original Croatian heavyweight Kickboxer and the first Croation born fighter to achieve international success. K-1 didn't start until 1993, Branko was 38 years old already, but he made the most of it and became the very first K-1 grand prix champion and won all three fights in one night by knockout. Cikatic had a rock-solid chin and huge power in both hands, he wasn't the most technical fighter but he was more of a take a punch to land my harder punch type. Branco tried a few MMA fights after winning K-1 and jumped in the Pride ring, now Cikatic was never the cleanest of fighters and that ended up causing most of his Pride fights to end in DQ or No contest.

This fight with the legend Ernesto Hoost was for the K-1 grand prix 1993 Finals in Tokyo, Japan. Hoost was 10 years younger than Cikatic and had already beat Peter Aerts and Maurice Smith in the quarter and semi finals. I feel Hoost was easily winning this fight up until Branko did what he does best and landed a huge right on poor Ernesto's chin and cause a heavy KO.

 

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John Wayne Parr vs. Ky Hollenbeck Set for Feb. 2012

  • Published in Muay Thai

If you are a fan of John Wayne Parr (and by all means, you should be), it has been a bit of a rollercoaster year to say the least. According to JWP himself, 2011 was his final year as a fighter. He had achieved everything that he wanted to and was going to ride off into the sunset. Then something happened, JWP was picking up wins, big wins, and retirement did not seem like that great of an idea anymore. He obviously still had a lot left to do in the Kickfighting world and there were a lot of asses for him to kick. Then, mid-way through the year, something as innocent as his daughter participating in a Muay Thai bout became international headline news and JWP's parenting skills came into question.

As someone who has had the distinct pleasure of interacting with Mr. Parr, I have to say that it is ridiculous to question his love for his family, for fighting or for anything else in this world. JWP is a stand-up guy and anyone who thinks differently should re-evaluate their priorities.

This brings us to the matter at hand, which is that JWP has a big fight coming up in February in his home land of Australia. According to our good friends at Muay Thai Authority he'll be taking on one of the United State's best and brightest in Ky Hollenbeck.If you haven't seen Hollenbeck's recent string of fights, I implore you to do so as he is an incredibly legitimate fighter. The event is Knees of Fury 36 and will go down on February 25th. [source]

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Full SuperKombat Card for June 21st

  • Published in Kickboxing

SuperKombat's June 21st event is quickly-approaching and now we not only know that Andrei Stoica will be defending his SuperKombat Super Cruiserweight Championship, but we know the location and the rest of the card. Originally Horace Martin was supposed to challenge Stoica for the title, but he was forced to withdraw and has been replaced with perhaps the better known Ali Cenik. 

The event will take place in the Sports Hall in Constanta, Romania and will air on Sport.ro in Romania and on Eurosport throughout Europe. 

1. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)
Daniel Lazar (Romania) vs. Ciprian Schiopu (Romania)
2. Semifinal 1 – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)
Michael Terrill (United Kingdom) vs. Patrick Van Rees (Netherlands)
3. Semifinal 2 – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)
Moises Baute (Spain) vs. Cristian Ristea (Romania)
4. Super Fight – Lightweight Bout (-63.5 kg)
Cristian Spetcu (Romania) vs. TBA (To-be-announced)
5. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
D’Angelo Marshall (Curacao) vs. Thomas Vaneste (Belgium)
6. Super Cruiserweight Title – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)
Ali Cenik (Turkey) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)
7. Final – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)
Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2

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'The Godfather of Kickboxing' Thom Harinck Back Into the Mix

  • Published in Kickboxing

In 1972, director Francis Ford Coppola breathed life into Mario Puzo's most famous crime drama, The Godfather. The story and its subsequent sequels chronicled the story of the Corleone family from their origins in Sicily, rise to power and finally the efforts of the family to legitimize the family's name and fortune. One of the best scenes in trilogy is when an exasperated Michael Corleone exclaims, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!"

Why even bring up The Godfather on a kickboxing site?

Why, because sometimes the truth can be stranger than fiction. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, something else big was happening in 1972, the founding of Chakuriki Gym in Amsterdam by Thom Harinck. The 'Chakuriki' style which represents a fusion of techniques from boxing, Kyokushin karate, judo, jujitsu wrestling, Muay Thai and Savate for over forty years became a dominant influence on the fighting styles of many of the biggest names in kickboxing. Among his many talented pupils standouts such as Peter Aerts, Andy Hug, Badr Hari, Melvin Manhoef, Branko Cikatic, Hesdy Gerges, Pedro Rizzo, Jerome LeBanner and countless others have had their careers and fighting style shaped by Harinck's Chakuriki philosophy. In 2013, however, one of the most influential men in the sport decided to retire. At that time Harinck stated that he would continue to support the sport from the sidelines focusing his energy on the completion of a book about his life, spending time with his family, participating in European forums regarding kickboxing, and of course doing seminars all over the world.

During his first year of retirement, Thom Harinck was still one of the busiest retirees I had ever met. In 2015, one of his former pupils, current Glory light heavyweight champion, Saulo Cavalari reached out to him for management services. Always one to support the sport and his former pupils, Harinck agreed. With one foot already back in the game, 2016, Thom Harinck has decided to take Chakuriki full throttle again, coaching a small number of his former pupils including Saulo Cavalari, Hesdy Gerges and Amir Zeyada. Just when he thought he was out, they pulled him back in. His comeback has not been unconditional. While Harinck has sold his old gym in Amsterdam, he has found another place to train and it, like before, is under the Chakuriki system: hard training, no talking, no drugs. The Chakuriki style according to Harinck is not just a fight style, it's a lifestyle and in 2016 it begins again. For forty years Thom Harinck dedicated his life to training boys to be the best men in the ring and as long as he has his health, he's dedicated to training for many more. Watch out Glory, K-1, SuperKombat......Harinck's back.

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It's Showtime 59 in Tenerife Live Results

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It's Showtime

It's Showtime 59 is live from Tenerife, Spain in just a few moments here with a stacked card featuring fighters like Andy Souwer, Sergei Laschenko, Andy Ristie, Javier Hernandez and more. The event can be purchased from showtimefights.com for just 10 euros (about $12.50 USD). I will be live tweeting results at @liverkickdotcom as well.

Andy Ristie (R1 - KO) David Calvo - A brutal knee by Ristie that came up the middle put Calvo down very early in the first round and he was unable to answer the count. Props to Calvo for stepping in on late notice, but wow.

Amir Zeyada (Decision) Moises Ruibal - I have no clue what happened in this fight. Major technical difficulties.

Sergei Laschenko (R1 - KO) Danny Garcia

They now bring out Moises Ruibal and announce that the judges score cards were not rendered correctly, and that he is the rightful winner of the bout with Amir Zeyada.

Murthel Groenhert (R2 - Cut Stoppage) Maximo Suarez - Murthel looked a bit rough in R1, but was able to pull it together for the second round and open a nasty cut on Suarez for the finish.

61kg Championship: Masahiro Yamamoto (R5 - Decision) Sergio Hernandez - Masahiro Yamamoto was completely on point throughout the fight. His knees were doing a lot of damage and keeping Hernandez off balance while his hands did a bulk of the work.

Andy Souwer (R3 - Decision) Zeben Diaz - Diaz put up a really great fight, almost a dead even fight with Souwer, but the third round was truly a deciding factor for both men. Souwer rocked Diaz with a right hand which more or less sealed the fate of the bout. Diaz is really a legitimately good fighter.

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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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