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Kickboxing Doesn't Need to Be Ashamed of Booking Shows in Casinos

  • Published in Kickboxing

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There have been numerous rumors about the next GLORY event here in the United States, including possibly being in a city in California that doesn’t really lend itself to many sports arenas in the area. The first thing that I thought of was that maybe we’d see a GLORY event at an Indian casino, which is something that we still see for a lot of combat sports events. TaKe-On Productions in New York has built up a decent relationship with a local casino which seems to suit them well right now, and Muay Thai events in California and Las Vegas have long-been associated with casinos.

Most non-UFC MMA events tend to take place at casinos, as well, due to them housing smaller venues than traditional sports arenas, making it easier for a promoter to not lose a lot of money by booking an arena and only being able to fill it beyond half capacity, including free tickets. Even the UFC was taking place in casinos for quite a while, which was in part due to problems with State Athletic Commissions not recognizing the sport or refusing to regulate it.

There should be no shame seen in booking an event in a casino, as for someone like GLORY they might not want to just jump into booking larger arenas right away. Right now seems like a good time to consider it, as online poker went from being illegal to each state having their own unique laws regarding it. The popularity of stuff like WSoP, both online and offline, has made casinos come out of the smokey grey area that they resided in before and into being viewed as just another part of American culture again.

While we still don’t know exactly where GLORY is planning to organize their next event within the United States yet, the bump on Spike TV should absolutely help them to gain more attention, but they shouldn’t rush into a larger arena just assuming that they will be able to fill it up, as a half empty arena, no matter what camera tricks are done, can show through on live TV sometimes.

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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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Watch John Wayne Parr's Amazing Retirement KO Over Jordan Tai

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It is impossible not to respect John Wayne Parr and the career that he has had. We, as fans fully support his decision to retire from fighting and understand that injuries catch up and after a while your body stops doing what it used to do. Hell, JWP told us after the fight that he broke his finger again, the same one as before that left him sidelined, in the first punch of the fight. That being said, he put up footage from the fourth round of his retirement fight, and I'll be damned if he looked slow or like he had a broken anything.

If you have a Twitter account, go ahead and send some well wishes to @JohnWayneParr

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Sem Schilt Talks Upcoming Glory World Title Fight

  • Published in Kickboxing

This weekend Semmy Schilt and Errol Zimmerman will do battle to be crowned as the very first Glory Heavyweight Champion, in a battle of two of the sport's best heavyweights at very different places in their careers. Schilt, with four K-1 World Grand Prix Championships under his belt as well as holding the K-1 Super Heavyweight Championship, has been on top of the Kickboxing world for nearly a decade now, while Zimmerman is younger and has yet to see the level of success that Schilt has. Zimmerman has for a long time been referred to as a fighter with endless potential, but fans and pundits have gotten down on Zimmerman for some of his weaker efforts. In 2011 Zimmerman went on a tear, amassing a massive win streak heading into his fight with Schilt.

This video from Glory TV talks to Schilt about the upcoming bout. Don't forget to purchase the event, coming on May 26th, from your friends here at LiverKick. Proceeds go to maintaining Rian's haircut while affording Dave the flexibility to not cut his, along with both of us keeping the site up to date.

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Go Ahead and Watch Tyrone Spong's MMA Debut

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So Tyrone Spong finally made his MMA debut this weekend at the World Series of Fighting's inaugural event. WSoF is headed up by Ray Sefo, whom you should all know, so there is no surprise that this is where Kickboxing and Muay Thai fighter Tyrone Spong decided to make his debut. Spong fought, well, some dude named Travis Bartlett that we give all of the credit in the world to for stepping into the ring with Tyrone, but yeah. This was what it was. Watch it and marvel at why Tyrone hasn't been super active in Kickboxing.

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Check Out This Behind the Scenes From GLORY 10

  • Published in Glory

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GLORY 10 was this past weekend and most of us are still coming down from the buzz of it all, where we saw some great fights and a new Middleweight Champion crowned by the way of Joe Schilling. For GLORY, who are looking to make a big push into the United States, things couldn't have went better for them as there were multiple American stars born from outstanding performances. Ky Hollenbeck, Wayne Barrett and Joe Schilling put forth great efforts that really caught the world by fire.

So relive it and check out what was going on backstage during the event.

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Saenchai Wins at the Hoost Cup - Will He Go to K-1?

  • Published in Asia

Hoost CupThe Hoost Cup went down this weekend, featuring a few interesting fights, namely Saenchai's first "Kickboxing" fight, which has sparked all sorts of speculation as to what his future might be and if he might be headed to K-1 as his sponsor Yokkao has insinuated at on Twitter. It doesn't hurt that K-1 head Mr. Kim has been seen visiting with Stefania, the mastermind behind Yokkao Extreme, either.

The results are as follows;

Yoshihiro Sato (R3 - Dec.) Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima

Saenchai (R3 - Dec.) Yosuke Mizuochi

Souta Ichinohe (R1 - TKO) Ryuya Kusakabe

Shu Ogawa (R3 - Dec.) Hiroki

Hukashi (R3 - Dec.) Yuto Tsujide

Satoko Sasaki (R3 - Dec.) Maria Pantazi

Now, as for Saenchai and K-1, it is no secret that K-1 is looking to re-establish itself with a new set of stars, and who better than one of the most famous Thai fighters alive today in Saenchai? Saenchai's flashy style has won him tons of fans all over the world and it would make for a perfect and entertaining fit for K-1. Seeing as though Saenchai's natural weight class is around 60kg and his tendency to fight up in weight it wouldn't shock me to see him at 65kgs.

As for Saenchai's relationship with K-1 right now it is still too early to predict what will happen, but LiverKick has been able to confirm that there have been preliminary talks between the two parties, although it is not clear how far these talks have gone.

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Tyrone Spong Signs with Glory

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SpongThere have been rumors about Spong for weeks now, with the former K-1 Heavyweight being a hot commodity on the open market. It appeared that Spong was linked to K-1 for a while, as he was used in the promotional materials for the K-1 Open Tryouts in Los Angeles, but those close to him in the Netherlands were saying the opposite; that he was unhappy with K-1 and didn't trust them. In a press release yesterday (sorry, we've been down for 24 hours), Glory announced that Tyrone Spong had signed with them and will be a participant in their tournament in December in Japan.

Spong makes a welcome addition to the Glory World Series tournament in what could be one of his last active years as a Kickboxer, as he resides in Florida, training with the Blackzilians team (also known as Team Jaco) and is managed by Authentic Sports Management. Spong is essentially surrounded by MMA and talk of him making a MMA debut at some point in the near future has not died down at all. Whatever his decisions for signing with Glory over K-1 are, they are his own and he has not publicly explained it, but his reasons are his reasons.

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Weekend Results: Shoot Boxing Girls' S-Cup

  • Published in Asia

This weekend in Japan Shoot Boxing held their 2014 Girls S-Cup tournaments, which saw both a 50kg and 48kg tournament, the 50kg one being an eight-girl tournament, the 48kg one being four. In the 50kg division RENA walked away with her fourth Girls S-Cup Championship, which is quite a feat for the face of Shoot Boxing. In the 48kg division Yukari Yamaguchi picked up big wins over V.V Mei and Momi to take home the gold. 

Full event results follow, courtesy of CJ's Report.

50kg Girls S-Cup
RENA (R3 - Dec.) Simone Dommelen
Christina Jurjevic (R3 - Dec.) Kill Bee
Ticha (R3 - Dec.) Eduarda Lima
Jiwaen Lee (R3 - Split Dec.) Lorena Klijn
Semi-Finals: RENA (R3 - Dec.) Christina Jurjevic
Semi-Finals: Ticha (R3 - Dec.) Jiwaen Lee
Finals: RENA (R2 - TKO) Ticha

48kg Girls S-cup
Semi-Finals:
Yukai Yamaguchi (R3 - Majority Dec.) V.V Mei Yamaguchi
Semi-Finals: Mio (R3 - Dec.) Momi
Finals: Yukari Yamaguchi (R3 - Split Dec.) Mio

Ai Takahashi (R2 - KO) Nong Em
Union Akari (R3 - Majority Dec.) Yuki Kira
Michi Nakamura (R3 - Dec.) Tomomi Souda
Arisa (R2 - TKO) Maki Goto
Mai Iwata (R3 - Dec.) Bovy Okada

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Joe Schilling vs. Eddie Walker Set for Lion Fights on October 13th

  • Published in Muay Thai

Eddie Walker's name is one that has been kicked around a bunch recently, in regards to his signing with K-1. Sadly for him and his fans, the fight that was in the works for this upcoming weekend never came to fruition and Walker had to wait to make his K-1 debut. It looks like instead, he'll be the opponent that Lion Fights has selected to face Joe "Stich 'em Up" Schilling on October 13th. Schilling has long been the headliner for this card, but Lion Fights had a problem finding a suitable opponent for him. Walker, who fights at Cruiserweight, will make for a good opponent for Schilling.

For US Muay Thai and Kickboxing this is a pretty big deal of a fight, as Schilling has built his name up on the West coast while Walker has built his name up on the East coast. [source]

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