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Giorgio Petrosyan Returns This Weekend, Plus ANOTHER Fight in April Against Enriko Kehl

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It's been a long time since we've seen Giorgio Petrosyan in the ring. In fact, I'd argue that it has been too long. The last time that we saw Petrosyan in the ring was December of 2013 when Andy Ristie was able to overcome the best fighter at 70kg via knockout. It was shocking at the time, but now we've all settled into this reality. This coming Saturday Petrosyan finally returns to the ring at Thai Boxe Mania 2015 against Erkan Varol in Turin, Italy.

The other big news is that Petrosyan's next fight is already lined up and it's going to be a big one. At Oktagon's 20th anniversary event on April 11th Petrosyan is set to face 2014 K-1 World MAX Champion Enriko Kehl in what should be an awesome bout. The young Kehl has proven himself as a worthy contender and a rising star of his own over the past few years and it will be quite the test for Petrosyan after such a long layoff.

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AXS is Ready to Showcase New Japan Pro Wrestling Like Never Before

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 (C) NJPW/AXS TV/TV Asahi

On Friday evening AXS TV will not only be presenting Legacy FC’s first kickboxing event, Legacy Kickboxing 1, they will also be starting off their series of english broadcast New Japan Pro Wrestling events from 2013. This will mark the first time in the modern age of New Japan Pro Wrestling that an American network has not only taken interest in presenting their programming, but to do so in a respectful, exciting manner.

Sure, this isn’t kickboxing news, but the truth is that Japanese professional wrestling was at the roots of K-1 and modern kickboxing as a whole. Without Japanese pro wrestling there would be no GLORY or K-1 right now, there would have been no boom for kickboxing and we wouldn’t have grown to idolize Peter Aerts, Ernesto Hoost, Andy Hug and countless others. 

New Japan Pro Wrestling is probably the best professional wrestling organization around at the moment. If you ever had any interest in professional wrestling but found the offerings of WWE to be a bit too hokey or childlike for you and simply gravitated towards MMA and other “real” sports instead, I urge you to check out what AXS TV is going to be presenting this Friday. 

New Japan was not always the best that Japan had to offer, with All Japan being the king of the 90’s, NOAH being the king of the early 00’s but New Japan’s younger talent from the early 00’s matured into some of the best talents ever seen on this stage and the action is simply divine. New Japan Pro Wrestling is based on what they call “strong style.” Strong Style is basically whatever style of pro wrestling that New Japan is dabbling in, but its roots are based on martial arts due to the founder Antonio Inoki’s obsession with the concept of the “mixed fight.” It doesn’t hurt that Inoki is one of the fathers of modern MMA, either, with most of those early MMA fights taking place in a New Japan ring. 

The action tends to be brutal, the storytelling takes place inside of the ring and while there is still big characters, elaborate costumes and other basics of pro wrestling, things tend to feel a bit more “real” and exciting. It won’t feel remarkably different to the average viewer as much as it will feel alien, but that is where Mauro Ranallo and Josh Barnett come into play. AXS TV’s series is set to span the epic saga of the IWGP Title in 2013, which saw struggles between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchida Okada. The first episode kicks off with Tanahashi vs. Okada from January 4th, 2013 this Friday evening before Legacy Kickboxing is set to kick off. So you’ll be there anyway, just show up an hour earlier for an awesome hour of pro wrestling.

AXS TV sent us the third episode of New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV, which was the April 7th main event between Tanahashi and Okada, a rematch that saw Dave Meltzer of the WON praise it as a five-star classic, the match of the year. It’s truly the pinnacle of that style of pro wrestling and a tremendous match, so it speaks for itself, but Ranallo and Barnett were able to do it justice in a way that we haven’t seen in a long time.

On January 4th of this year Global Force Wrestling helped to distribute the annual NJPW Tokyo Dome event, Wrestle Kingdom 9, with Matt Striker and Jim Ross on commentary. Ross and Striker were good, but they were tossed together for the first time and some things simply didn’t mesh. The team of Ranallo and Barnett had none of these problems and were able to add historical context and personal insights without having to start relating to the WWE or other domestic products. 

There is a level of immersion that comes with this, which is aided by Ranallo’s wrestling knowledge and A+ research that goes into calling each show and Barnett’s personal history in Japan. Barnett competed in Japan for years in MMA and also spent time training in professional wrestling before wrestling under the New Japan Pro Wrestling banner for a while. So it’s safe to say that what Barnett adds is his own personal experiences in the grueling training that New Japan wrestlers go through and how they perform in the ring. Hell, he’s even been in the ring with a lot of these guys and knows them personally. 

We can -- for the most part -- ignore the pretty awful ad that was produced for the series and is airing on AXS TV, because the program itself is extremely well done. In this episode it began with interviews with the wrestlers, helping to set up the match a bit more, then the meat of the match (which was a long one, took up the entire program), followed by a post-match interview. It wasn’t the kind of thing that I’d expect for what is just an hour-long program that could have easily been slapped together for cheap and tossed on air.

Definitely tune in for this -- or at least set your DVR for it -- because it’s definitely worth watching.

 

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Mike Zambidis to Defend SuperKombat Title Plus More SK 2015 Details

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Mike Zambidis captured the SuperKombat Middleweight Championship back in August of 2013 against Harun Kina in Romania and now in January he is set to defend that title for the very first time in a return match. At an Iron Challenge 2015 event in Greece Zambidis is set to defend that title against Kina. If you are wondering why it isn't on a SuperKombat card proper, that's because 2015 will be the year that SuperKombat begins licensing out their brand to interested partners.

Previously they would license out tryout events, but starting this year they will also license out Elimination and World Title fights. The SuperKombat season begins on March 7th with their first event of this season, but look for more events held around the world with fights that impact the world of SuperKombat throughout the year. We'll have more on SuperKombat and Mike Zambidis when it's available.

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Legacy Kickboxing 1 Fight Card for January 16th

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In exactly one week Legacy Kickboxing 1 is set to go down live from Houston, Texas. The event will be airing live on AXS TV at 10pm Eastern time. The main event features muay thai and kickboxing veteran Cosmo Alexandre squaring off against Regian Eersel. The co-main is UFC and GLORY veteran Pat Barry taking on Demoreo Dennis with Barry looking to get back into the win column after a disappointing debut with GLORY in May. 

Miguel Torres, former WEC Champion and UFC veteran will take on Angel Huerta. The card also features Michael Corley vs. Marco Pique, Valentina Schleychenko vs. Lindsay Haycraft,  Alex Morono vs. Lucas Pimenta and Justin Reiswerg vs. Will Morris. 

Tune in next week and follow the live results here on LiverKick.com.

165 - Cosmo Alexandre 42-15 v. Regian Eersel  26-2  
HVY – Pat Barry 16-6  v. Demoreo Dennis 9-3
135 – Angel Huerta 4-1 v. Miguel Torres 0-0
155 – Michael Corley 18-11 v. Marco Pique 60-38
135 – Valentina Schlevchenko 54-1 v. Lindsay Haycraft - 25–12
170 -  Alex Morono 6-3 v. Lucas Pimenta - 8–2
155 - Justin Reiswerg  v. Will Morris 
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Mirko Cro Cop Finishes Satoshi Ishii in Japan

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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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China Making Big Plays for Kickboxing in 2015

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If you've been paying attention to kickboxing, you'll probably recognize that 2014 has been a strange year for the sport. We started things off with GLORY as the clear #1 promotion in the world, with the top talents, biggest events and the most promise. As we enter into 2015 things are a bit more muddy and confusing. In fact, they are a lot more confusing. 

GLORY 19 is in February, featuring Rico Verhoeven vs. Errol Zimmerman for the GLORY Heavyweight Championship, but to say that things seem to be in disarray in the GLORY camp is an understatement. The postponement of the show raised a lot of eyebrows and now we are seeing more and more GLORY contracted fighters taking fights somewhere else, or, like Joe Valtellini, petitioning for a shot at the UFC against CM Punk. I wouldn't count GLORY out just yet, but at the same time, if we look at the upcoming Kunlun and Wu Lei Feng cards in China, it's hard not to notice the sheer amount of GLORY talent on those cards

On January 3rd and 4th
#Kunlun Fight 15
– Rico Verhoeven vs Andrei Herasimchuk
– Sittichai Sitsongpeenong vs Murthel Groenhart
– Jafharr Wilnis vs Alireza Karbasi
Other fights:
– Andy Souwer vs Jaio Fukai
– Steve Moxon vs Aikpracha Meenayothin
– Tomas Hron vs Roman Kryklia
– Victor Nagbe vs Mostafa Rajabi
 
On January 31 and February 1st
Kunlun Fight 16 and WLF
– Albert Kraus vs ??
– Simon Marcus vs ??
– Arthur Kyshenko vs Bai Jinbin
– Andy Ristie vs Aikpracha Meenayothin
– Robin van Roosmalen vs Dzianis Zuev
 
Other fights:
– Hesdy Gerges vs Alexy Ignashov
– Colin George vs Mighty Mo
– Cosmo Alexandre vs Li Yankun
 

This is kind of revealing. In addition to that, on K-1's USA vs. China event happening in China on January 1st the #1 contender for GLORY's Featherweight Championship, Gabriel Varga, will be fighting with GLORY's blessing. K-1 also announced a huge partnership with some of the biggest networks in China for ten live events in 2015. While it isn't clear if K-1 will be making big money from that just yet, the potential viewership for them is out-of-this-world. 

As of right now it is looking like China is making huge moves to be the new home of kickboxing and could potentially be the "new" Japan, possibly even ushering in a boom period. We'll just have to wait and see.

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VIDEO: Former NBA Player Darko Milicic Loses Kickboxing Debut

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This is one of those weird, only-in-kickboxing types of stories. Darko Milicic, former NBA player, made his kickboxing debut in an exhibition on Wednesday in Serbia, fighting under the WKA banner. There was some fanfare and hype around it, considering his profile, but WKA's global presence isn't quite what it's cracked up to be.

Anyway, he made his debut and things didn't go so well for the awkwardly tall basketball player when the doctors stopped it after a cut opened up on his shin.

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Rico Verhoeven, Murthel Groenhart and Andy Souwer on KhunLun Fight 15

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Rico Verhoeven is supposed to fight Errol Zimmerman at GLORY 19 in February, so we still don't have a time or date, but it is interesting to learn that he'll be fighting for another promotion in China on January 4th. Rico Verhoeven will be fighting on January 4th for Khunlun Fight 15, as well as Andy Souwer, Murthel Groenhart and many others. While we don't have a full card just yet, what we know thus far is exciting;

A 4-man 70kg tournament;

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong vs Murthal Groenheart
Andy souwer vs Jaio Fukai
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WGP #24 on December 20th Featuring Alex Pereira and Felipe Micheletti

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WGP Kickboxing in Brazil plan to close out 2014 with a bang with WGP #24 on December 20th featuring some of their biggest stars competing at the highest level. WGP has taken to streaming their events of late on internet PPV for cheap, which means that you should be able to catch the event on LiverKick on December 20th.

The big fight is featuring GLORY standout Alex Pereira, who is set to square off against Ivan Galaz. Also on the card will be Felipe Micheletti against Toni Milanovic. There will also be a one-night Grand Prix for the 71.8kg title, featuring Bruno Gazani vs. Ravy Brunow and Weber Shrek vs. San Martino. 

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Top King World Series Final 8 Fight Card

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Top King World Series will be holding their Final 8 event at the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong on December 20th at 23:30 (UTC +7 Thailand) and will be broadcast on Mordern 9 TV Thailand. So far the first two shows they have done to determine who the final 8 would be have been nothing short of amazing. Now we are down to all the top name guys and we get to see the fights that we have been waiting for. The tournament match ups have yet to be announced but the participants and super fights are here for you too look forward too. It's Great to see them bringing in more fighters from Thailand to introduce to the World.

TOPKING World Series Final 8 Full Fight Card.

Final 8 Tournament.

  • Buakaw Banchamek (THAI)
  • Andrei Kulebin (BEL)
  • Nicolas R. Larsen (DEN)
  • Reece MCallister UK)
  • Khayal Dzhaniev (RUS)
  • Dmytro Konstantynov (UKR)
  • Marat Grigorian (AMR)
  • Marcin Parcheta (POL)

SuperFights

  1. Pornsanae Sitmonchai vs. Denis Puric
  2. Sangmanee Sor Tiempoe vs. Ka Man Kwok
  3. Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym vs. Irshaad Sayed
  4. Peemai  Jitmuangnon vs. Mostafa Abdolahi
  5. Kaito Fukada VS. Chan Kai Tik
  6. Yusuke Otahara VS. Ming Tang
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Japan Gets Embarrassed By Shoot Boxing's S-Cup

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There’s a belief in the fight community that when you go to Japan that you need to be prepared for anything. You could say that for any fighter going into another country where they are to fight local fighters they have their backs against the wall and fear the “hometown decision,” but in Japan it always seems amplified. A part of that is the marriage of professional wrestling and professional fighting that has existed for a very long time in the world of “kakutougi.”

In fact, if you were to look at Shoot Boxing’s S-Cup event there was a professional wrestling bout on the card featuring New Japan Pro Wrestling Junior Heavyweight sensation Kota Ibushi against former DDT Pro Wrestling colleague Michael Nakazawa. It was originally labeled as an “exhibition match” under Shoot Boxing rules and was scheduled to be against Kazushi Sakuraba, but that fell through thanks to Metamoris 5. 

That should set the tone for you.

This S-Cup was one of the few that I’ve seen more than the usual fans excited over, which was in part due to the card that they put together. Mosab Amrani, Pornasae, Hiroaki Suzuki, Michiko Omigawa, Hiroki Shishido and American Muay Thai fighter Kevin Ross were all a part of the tournament, while legend Andy Souwer and Shoot Boxing hero RENA were in Super Fights. 

It felt like one of the bigger shows that Shoot Boxing had put on in a very, very long time and then Shoot Boxing went and put on a shameful display for all of the world to see. 

The draw for American fans was muay thai standout Kevin Ross being in the tournament. Ross went into the tournament against his toughest test by the way of former Sengoku, DREAM and UFC alumnus Michihiro Omigawa. Omigawa was a champion Judoka who rose to prominence in the Japanese MMA scene and after his UFC stint gave a shot at Shoot Boxing. Much like Toby Imada in the past, his grappling skills were able to help him against seasoned kickboxers and 2014 was his second attempt at Shoot Boxing gold.

By all accounts Omigawa was winning the first round handily thanks to his throws, which score heavily under Shoot Boxing rules, but there was a clash of heads that led to a nasty cut on Omigawa's face. In the second round the cut was a major factor, leading the ref to stopping the bout. The referee awarded the fight in favor of Ross due to the stoppage, while backstage there was a different story and Shoot Boxing organizers informed Ross that the fight was being rendered a No Contest and that he would not continue on in the tournament. 

The rules are a bit unclear at a time like this, where it isn’t clear who was at fault, or if it was accidental. What the referee most likely saw and ruled was that the cut was due to Omigawa’s own “negligence” (section 10) and ruled it in favor of Ross. Shoot Boxing might have been arguing that it was due to both men, which would make things a lot muddier. The truth of the matter is, the referee awarded Ross the win in the ring and any time the decision is reversed backstage it will be a tough sell to anyone that it was on the up-and-up.

If that wasn’t frustrating enough, then there is the story of Zakaria Zouggari. Don’t know who Zakaria Zouggari is? Neither did we, but we sure as hell know now. Rob Emerson of MMA fame (fame?!) was scheduled to take part, but at the last minute was unable to secure a visa, which left Shoot Boxing in a bind and called up relative unknown Zakaria Zouggari to fill in for Emerson in a reserve bout. 

Zouggari defeated Shoot Boxing’s resident punching bag Bovy Sor. Udomson via cut stoppage in round two and, thanks to the Kevin Ross/Omigawa shenanigans, was called upon to fight in the tournament moving forward. 

That led to a fight with internationally-renowned Houcine Bennoui and for this amazing display.

Seriously. God damn.

So this unknown would move onto the finals. According to Andy Souwer after the event Zouggari literally got off of the plane, dropped his bag off in his hotel room then hopped on a bus and headed to the event without time to rest, eat or get acclimated. This was the man who went on to the finals against 2013 65kg S-Cup Champion Hiroaki Suzuki. This is where things went from bad to worse. Zouggari clearly had the fight won after three rounds, only for an extension round to be ordered. When that was too close a SECOND extension round happened where Suzuki was finally able to score a TKO over Zouggari and it looked like Shoot Boxing’s hand-picked champion had won again.

It was almost like they weren't trying to hide the favoritism and that they really, really wanted Suzuki vs. Omigawa in a rematch of last year's finals. 

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Watch WGP Kickboxing This Weekend on LiverKick

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We are proud to announce that much like the last WGP Kickboxing event, kickboxing fans will be able to tune in this weekend live via LiverKick and to help support the kickboxing world by purchasing the live stream of WGP 23. If you haven't checked out WGP before this is a great chance to and there are some solid names on the card that if you haven't seen before you'll be happy that you watched, for sure.

The event starts at 19:00 GMT-3 on Saturday. Check out the full card here.

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How to order the S-cup 2014 on NicoNico step by step

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Okay, so the S-cup is on this weekend, it starts on Sunday at 13:00 in Japan which is Saturday at 23:00 EST or 20:00 PST. Finally it's at a decent hour for us to watch, except to order it we have to decode NicoNico tv and most of us here in North America cannot read Japanese. The difference this time is that Kevin Ross in taking part who is American which will make more of us want to watch.

The easiest way to do this is use Google chrome and use the translate button (right beside the favourties star) to just translate the site one page at a time, But we have also decided to to a step by step for people that need a little help.

 - Step 1 - go to this link https://secure.live.nicovideo.jp/event/shootboxing and click the yellow "new account registration button"


- Step 2 - it will take you to a page where u have to type in your email, once you do that check your email account and click the confirmation link.

- Step 3 - Fill out this form 

- Step 4 - Once the form is filled out and u have clicked proceed go back to this link https://secure.live.nicovideo.jp/event/shootboxing and click the big pink/red button


- Step 5 - A box will come up that says you dont have enough points once again click the red/pink button and it will take you to a terms and conditions page, Scroll down and click the Yellow Button at the bottom and you will be at this page.

This page is asking how many points you want to buy, the shootboxing event is either 1300 or 1500 so u will need to click on 2000, which costs 2000 Yen, which is 16.99 USD.

-  Step 5 - once you have clicked the 2000 you will be at this page where it asks to click all sorts of payment methods that we don't know, just scroll down to the Visa one

- Step 6 - Fill in your credit card info here is a translated picture then click the yellow button.

One more screen will pop up confirming the 2000 points for 2000 Yen, just click the yellow button and transaction is complete. Now you have the points on your account u can go back to the first Link https://secure.live.nicovideo.jp/event/shootboxing and click red button to buy the ticket and it should go through nicely. If the you preorder the fights it costs 1300 Yen, if u wait its 1500 Yen.

 

 

 

 

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Blade 1 Superfights December 29th

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The Blade1 show will be taking place on December 29th at the Ota City General Gymnasium on December 29th in Tokyo, Japan. The card will consist of a 61 kgs tournament as well as quite a few superfights with well known names.

Zabit Samedov will be back in action facing Japan's Uehara Makoto should be a good for fight for Samedov I'd imagine. Slovenian Samo Petje fresh off his KO over Hinata will be facing another big Japanese name in Yasuhiro Kido, I have a feeling this will be fight of the night because Kido won't be going down without a fight. Next we have Hinata taking on the Cos-Play king Nagashima, I am very curious about this fight, it's all going to come down to who can avoid the others strengths. If Nagashima can get past Hinata's left kick and land any one of his powerful punches I feel he could finish him, otherwise Hinata is just going to kick him non-stop all fight.

SuperFights

  • 93Kg - Uehara Makoto (Japan) vs. Zabit Samedov (Azerbaijan/Belarus)
  • 70Kg - Kido Yasuhiro (Japan) vs. Samo Petje (Slovenia)
  • Heavyweight - Nobu Hayashi (Japan) vs. Murat Aygun (Holland)
  • 70Kg - Hinata (Japan) vs. Nagashima Jienotsu Yuichirou (Japan)
  • Heavyweight - Raoumaru (Japan) vs. KOICHI (Japan)
  • 55Kg - Degai Taisuke (Japan) vs. Nasukawa Tenshin (Japan)
  • 64Kg - Yuki (Japan) vs. Taniyama Toshiki (Japan)

 

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Full Card WGP 23 on November 29th

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On November 29th WGP Kickboxing returns to action with WGP #23, a night that will feature a 64.5 kg GP with some awesome talent. The big name that stands out for me is Marcus Vinicius, but Bereta, Falcao and Djavan all bring a lot to the table themselves. The event will be streaming live on the 29th via their website as well as here for $5. 

 
Main Card 
Fight 1 – GP Semifinal
K1 Rules (64.5 kg)
Emerson Falcão vs Vinícius Bereta
 
Fight 2 – GP Semifinal
K1 Rules (64.5 kg)
Marcus Vinícius vs Wilson Djavan
 
Fight 3 – GP Reserve Fight
K1 Rules (64.5 kg)
Anderson Buzika vs Paulo Freitas
 
Fight 4 – Super Fight
K1 Rules (71.8 kg)
Nicolas "Nitro" Mujica (URU) vs Ravy Brunow (BRA) 
 
Fight 5 – Super Fight
K1 Rules (85 kg)
Aleksandr Dmitrenko (RUS) vs Cesar Almeida (BRA)
 
Fight 6 – GP Final
K1 Rules (64.5 kg)
Fight 1 Winner vs Fight 2 Winner
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Roufusport Under Fire In Light of Munson Death From March

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Duke Roufus has been an integral part of the kickboxing community for the past two decades, initially competing as a heavyweight before diverting his attentions to coaching and commentating in more recent years. Widely regarded as one of the best coaches within combat sports, Roufus has come under fire over the past few days from both the media and by several of his former fighters.

The criticism began with the release of an article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Saturday, highlighting some atrocities involved in the handling of former Roufusport fighter Dennis Munson Jr. On the 28th of March this year, the martial arts community received the tragic news that 24-year old kickboxer Dennis Munson had passed away after collapsing during his amateur debut, the Milwaukee Police Department's medical examiner concluded that Munson died because of head trauma. The article, titled 'Death in the Ring' went in depth regarding the mishandling and negligence that surrounded the fighters untimely passing. 

For those who haven't seen the video of Munson's fight, there were noticeable signs that something was apparently wrong. After a competitive first round Munson seemed noticeably slower in the second, stumbling at points and lowering his defense. Although this could easily be perceived as signs of a fatigued fighter, it was in-between the second and third round when it became obvious that there issues with Munson. 

Munson slumped to his chair and seemed to struggle holding his head up. His cornerman, Scott Cushman had to repeatedly push his head back as the fighter's condition was clearly deteriorating. As the third round begins, Munson attempts to stand but is incredibly unstable, needing to be propped up by coach Cushman.

The third round is very difficult to watch. Munson is completely out of it, he can barely hold up his hands whilst his opponent pummels him for the better part of two minutes. Despite obvious signs that Munson is unable to defend himself and clearly in no condition to be fighting, the cornerman fail to intervene and save Munson from more punishment. After the fight ends Munson struggles back to his corner before collapsing to the canvas.

So I'm sure you're wondering why the finger is being pointed at Duke Roufus regarding this tragic incident. The Wisconsin Athletic Commission does not regulate kickboxing events, so all doctors, physicians and officials for the event were provided by the NAFC promotion, which is run by Duke Roufus and Scott Joffe. There were also several other factors that contributed to the event which could have easily been avoided, were it not for the negligence of the promoters. 

The fighters were subject to same-day weigh-ins. So merely hours after the exhausting process of attempting to make weight before a contest, they only had several hours to replenish themselves before competing. This is uncommon in combat sports as fighters are usually required to weigh-in the day before, giving them ample time to recover. As the Milwaukee Journal pointed out the likely reason for this would be to save money, as officials wouldn't be required until the day of the event. It has also been reported that no pre-fight medical examinations took place.

The promotion has also come under heavy criticism for how they dealt with Munson once he collapsed. In usual circumstances it is the standard procedure for the doctor to enter the ring and attend to the fighter in trouble. In this instance, the doctor stood outside of the ring, looking on as Cushman knelt by the fighter. After a minute or so Munson was inexplicably rolled from the ring and seated him against the ring apron.

Munson was also sent to the wrong hospital by the doctor at the event. Despite clearly suffering from head trauma of some kind, the doctor suggested Munson was sent to the nearest hospital instead of Froedert hospital, the regions nearest trauma centre. Thirty minutes after collapsing Munson finally entered the hospital in a comatose state, passing away shortly after.

Highly-regarded kickboxing referee Al Wichgers has also been criticized. Wichgers was the referee in charge of Munson's bout and failed to stop the contest despite clear signs that Munson's was unfit to be competing. Fighter protection should always be at the forefront of any officials focus, however in between rounds Wichgers did not go over to check on Munson once, despite Munson stumbling around for the better part of two rounds. 

In addition to the release of the journal , several former members of Roufusport have spoken out against Duke Roufus and his coaching staffs handling of their fighters. Current Ultimate Fighter contestant and women's MMA competitor Rose Namajunas released numerous accounts on social media site Sqor, detailing different accounts reports of Roufus allegedly bullying some of his team.

The stories ranged from Roufus and his coaching staff forcing fighters to spar with people over double their weight, being told to continue training after being rocked, and even Roufus soccer kicking a pupil whom he regularly humiliated. 

Namajunas isn't the only fighter to speak out against her former trainer. Former UFC competitor and Roufusport grappling coach Eric 'Red' Schafer today released his own statement regarding the accusations, describing Roufus as 'a bully, a liar and one of the worst people I have ever met.'

The negligence in the unfortunate case of Dennis Munson combined with the reports of Roufus allegedly bullying his pupils does not put Roufus and his team in a good position at all. If the accusations put forward are indeed true, they will receive a massive backlash from the combat sports community and will likely lose their position as one of the top kickboxing and MMA camps in North America. It is also worth noting that Roufus has also been a color commentator for GLORY in the past, so it'll be interesting to see whether or not these recent accusations affect his position within their organisation.

 

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Hunt falls in title bout, Schilling flattens Manhoef

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Unfortunately for Mark Hunt the fairytale ending wasn't to be. On less than a months notice, the K-1 2001 champion stepped in for an injured Cain Velasquez to fight Fabricio Werdum for the interim UFC heavyweight title at last nights UFC 180 event in Mexico City. Prior to the bout Hunt was listed as high as a 4/1 underdog, however during the opening seven minutes he looked anything but an underdog. 

Hunt started extremely well, landing with a grazing overhand right that put Werdum on the canvas inside the opening minute. The two giants continued to trade until midway through the round Hunt scored with a surprising takedown. Despite Werdum being a multiple time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion he was unable to get any offence going against Hunt, who seemed content to stay on top and score with occasional punches. With less than a minute remaining in the opening round they returned to their feet where Hunt stunned Werdum once again, sealing a decisive first round for the Kiwi. 

Werdum looked very hesitant at the start of the second round as Hunt continued to land with punches, momentarily flooring Werdum with a right as the Brazilian attempted a leg kick. Hunt seemed to be in control, he had found his range, he was easily stuffing Werdum’s takedown attempts and appeared to be en route to an upset victory. That was until halfway through the second stanza where a beautifully timed leaping knee from Werdum stopped Hunt in his tracks. Follow up shots on the mat caused referee Herb Dean to intervene as Werdum finished off Hunt by technical knockout and was crowned the new interim UFC Heavyweight champion.

Elsewhere in California, Bellator MMA hosted their 131st event from the Valley View Casino Centre in San Diego. Featuring on the card was a battle between Glory veterans Joe Schilling and Melvin Manhoef. Coming into the bout Manhoef had won his two previous MMA contests in 2014, stopping both Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos and Doug Marshall in the first round with punches. Schilling on the other hand hadn’t competed in MMA for over six years and was coming off a losing effort in the final of Glory’s Middleweight tournament back in June.

It was Manhoef who struck first in the opening round dropping Schilling with an overhand right. Manhoef swarmed frantically to finish however Schilling was able to move around just enough to avoid the referee stopping the bout. After brief period of inactivity on the mat, the referee stood the two up and they continued to exchange until the bell sounded. It was an electrifying opening round but one that definitely would have been scored in favour of Manhoef.

The second round started with Schilling being the aggressor, pushing Manhoef back against the cage with combinations. After a counter left-hook from Manhoef had Schilling reeling once again, Schilling was able to capitalise on Manhoef being overzealous  landing a swift one-two that instantly put the Dutchman to sleep a mere 32 seconds into the second round. 

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Fight Night Hungary - WKN European Title Fight

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Fight Night Hungary will see a headliner where Antoine Habash (Hungary) will challenge current WKN European champion Tihomir MITEV (Bulgaria) for the belt. The undercard has various professional muay thai and k-1 fights.

Amongst other we will see Bianka Balajti (WAKO junior World Champion), Róbert Géczei and Norbert Spéth who we've written about in our earlier article and a rematch between two really well-accomplished and well known fighters Tamás Birics (ISKA Hungarian Champion, K-1 Serbian Open Champion, WFMC Muay Thai European Champion) and Gábor Görbics (2013 World Combat Games Champion, WAKO Senior European Championships Full-Contact champion).

Main Event

WKN Kickboxing European Championship / Oriental Rules / -60.300 kg / 5x3mn

Tihomir Mitev (Bulgaria / Champion) vs Antoine Habash (Hungary / Challenger)

 

Muay Thai fights

Tomi Cheng vs Erik Kasuba

Szebeni Attila vs. Erdős Attila

Balajti Bianka vs Krisztina Lindtnerova

Dicku Péter vs Szőke Tibor

 

K-1 fights

Géczei Róbert vs. Spéth Norbert

Pardavi Dávid vs. Vásony Ferenc

Mártha Zsolt vs Sallai Bence

Koczfán János vs Kozsák György

Attila Gilányi vs Bors Ádám

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Liverkick Throwback: Badr Hari Vs Errol Zimmerman K-1 WGP 2008

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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.

With the announcement of Glory 19 this week where Errol "Bonecrusher" Zimmerman will face Rico Verhoeven, I just had to post one of my favourite Bonecrusher fights and really one of the best Heavyweight kickboxing fights as far as excitement goes. This was the semi-final of the 2008 K-1 WGP, Badr Hari had just TKO'd Peter Aerts, and Zimmerman had just won a decision against Ewerton Texeira, and now we had two young knockout artists  ready to smash each other to get tot he finals against Remy Bonjasky. The first round was back and forth, both men throwing big punches and hard low kicks but Zimmerman always has a tendency to get tired and sloppy later in the fight which we began to see in the second round. Out of nowhere The Bonecrusher does exactly as his name would imply and shows us all why you should never lean back when throwing a right uppercut, especially with in my opinion the hardest puncher in the heavyweight division at the moment. He landed a picture perfect right hand which arched Badr's back all the way to the floor and it is still one of my favourite knockdowns of all time. Hari played it smart and stayed down waiting out the count, getting up at 8 and recovering amazingly well. Hari started to our the pressure on Zimmerman after being knockdown which led to Badr scoring a knockdown and getting his points back for that round. In the 3rd round Zimmerman's Fatigue was showing and Badr was picking him apart until finally landing his trademark straight right underneath Errol's left hook to finish the fight.

This fight was the one that made me realize how good Badr Hari really is, it was this fight that really made me a fan, I'm not even going to mention the Final because we all know what happened and it just takes away from how good this fight was. Also it showed Zimmerman's potential at only 22 years old, when Errol trains hard and is motivated he is a very hard man to beat, he will always have crazy knockout power but when he has cardio to go with it he is a scary, scary man. I'm really hoping a motivated, in shape Bonecrusher shows up to fight for the belt on December 19th at Glory 19.

 

 

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S-Cup 2014 is Jam-Packed with Talent

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The always-entertaining S-Cup has been announced for the 30th of November. For those who are new to shootboxing, the S-Cup features a hybrid rule system focusing primarily on striking, however also allowing specific takedowns and standing submissions. Notable previous competitors include Buakaw Banchamek (2010 winner), Albert Kraus and Hayato.

Headlining the card will be a 70 kg ‘special’ match between four-time S-Cup winner Andy Souwer and MMA veteran Kuniyoshi Hironaka. The bout is currently scheduled for 3x3 rounds with unlimited extension rounds if the rounds are scored a draw.

Three-time Girls S-Cup winner Rena is also scheduled to compete under shootboxing rules however her opponent has yet to be announced.

The obvious name that stands out in this years tournament field is the #1 ranked Glory featherweight Mosab Amrani. After taking the whole of 2012 off to recuperate from injuries, Amrani has gone 4-1 since, beating the likes of Yuta Kubo, Liam Harrison and Marcus Vinicius whilst losing a controversial decision to youngster Masaaki Noiri in the process.

American Muay Thai competitor Kevin Ross has also been announced. Ross has spent the last two years competing solely for the Las Vegas based Lion Fights promotion, recently claiming their Super Welterweight title in a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate with Australian Michael Thompson.

WFC World Muay Thai champion Houcine Bennoui will make his shootboxing debut after competing only once in 2014, a decision loss to Liam Harrison back at Yokkao 8. Bennoui owns a stoppage victory over fellow tournament competitor Mosab Amrani back in 2011.

Glory veteran and K-1 Korea Max 2013 winner Lee-Sung Hyun will also compete. Hyun’s already had a busy 2014, competing five times with the only loss coming via decision to Buakaw Banchamek back at the K-1 World Max semi-finals in February.

Rounding out the rest of the tournament will be 2013 S-Cup winner Hiroaki Suzuki, MMA journeyman Michihiro Omigawa and Muay Thai veteran Ponsane Sitmonchai.

So far seven of the eight tournament competitors have been announced, with one still to be named.

No streaming information has been announced yet.

Main card is due to start at 2:00 local time.

Andy Souwer vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka- 70kg

Yojiro Uchimura vs. Yuki Sakamoto- 70kg

Fushimi Kazyuki vs. Taiki Naito- 55kg

Rena Kubota vs. TBA- 50kg

S-Cup 65kg Tournament Competitors:

Hiroaki Suzuki

Mosab Amrani

Michihiro Omigawa

Ponsane Sitmonchai

Houcine Bennoui

Lee Sung-Hyun

Kevin Ross

 

 

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SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final in Monza Card for Nov. 22nd

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On November 22nd in Monza, Italy SuperKombat will present the finals of the SuperKombat Light Heavyweight GP, the winner walking away as the champion of this season of SuperKombat and bragging rights. Aristote Quitusisa, Dawid Kasperski, Michael Terril and Jorge Loren compete for the honors.

There are also some superfights on the show, including names familiar to SK fans like Andrei Stoica, Bogdan Stoica, Catalin Morosanu and Errol Koning. There is also a Middleweight title fight between Cedric Manhoef and Julian Imeri.

Main Card:

1. Semifinal 1 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Aristote Quitusisa (France) vs. Dawid Kasperski (Poland)

2. Semifinal 2 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Michael Terrill (United Kingdom) vs. Jorge Loren (Spain)

3. Reserve Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Alexandru Negrea (Italy) vs. Bogdan Stoica (Romania)

4. Super Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)

Riccardo Lecca (Italy) vs. Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

5. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)

Errol Koning (Suriname) vs. Giuseppe De Domenico (Italy)

6. Title Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)

Julian Imeri (Italy) vs. Cedric Manhoef (Suriname)

7. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)

Emilio Vallecillo (United States) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)

8. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)

Ron Sparks (United States) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

9. Final – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2

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Dutch Legend Hans Nijman Murdered in Drive-By Shooting

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Dutch martial arts legend Hans Nijman might not be a household name to many. He wasn't a K-1 legend like countrymen Peter Aerts, Ernesto Hoost and company, but he was a pioneer in the world of MMA who worked for the Japanese promotion RINGS early on. RINGS was a hybrid professional wrestling and MMA promotion, meaning that the lines were sometimes blurred and there were times where these guys were involved in worked fights, while other times the fights were 100% legitimate. 

It was reported today that Hans Nijman was murdered outside of a gym in a drive-by shooting at the age of 55 and there are no suspects yet. There has been talk about Nijman's possible connections with a criminal element and Dick Vrij, another RINGS legend, recently checked himself into prison for protection after receiving a death threat. This is a sad time for the kickboxing and MMA community and Nijman was truly an early pioneer. 

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Enfusion Live #22 is a Stacked Card Featuring Tiffany Van Soest, Andy Souwer, Henri Van Opstal

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Enfusion Live have quietly been promoting their brand of kickboxing over the past few years introducing some great new talents into the world and putting on solid, entertaining shows. On November 23rd in the Netherlands they are set to promote what might be their biggest show ever, featuring big names and big fights. The biggest fight to look out for is Denise Kielholtz defending her Enfusion -57kg World Title against American Tiffany Van Soest.

Let's run down the card.

Enfusion Live #22 Groningen, The Netherlands 23.11.2014 

Local Start Time 20.30

1.3X3

Marvin Sansaar  (Surinam)  Vs  Romar Quandt  (Aruba)    -70 KG

2. 3X3

William Diender  (The Netherlands)  Vs  Henri van Opstal  (The Netherlands)    -70 KG

3.3X3

Cedric Bacuna  (Curacao)  Vs  Andrei Ostrovanu  (Romania)    -70 KG

4. 3X3

Tom De Smet  (The Netherlands)   Vs Daniel Ciric (Serbia) -85 KG

5. 5X3

Denise Kielholtz (The Netherlands)  Vs  Tiffany van Soest  (USA)  -57KG  Enfusion World Title -57 KG

6. 5X3

Ardalan Sheikholeslami (Iran) Vs Andy Souwer (The Netherlands)     -70KG

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Michael Page Talking About Freestyle Kickboxing in MMA is Fascinating

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When it comes to the realm of professional kickboxing not many people pay much credence to freestyle kickboxing anymore. Freestyle kickboxing is probably closest to what we call "full contact" kickboxing, which means that it is the long pants, point-fighting variant of kickboxing. Modern kickboxing in the GLORY/K-1 rules is Japanese in origin, coming from the idea of blending Kyokushin Karate with Muay Thai and deviates quite a bit from the days of point fighting, although point fighting and other variants of kickboxing still exist, but we don't hear much about them anymore. 

Bellator fighter Michael Page spoke with MMAFighting's Luke Thomas recently and talked a lot about freestyle kickboxing and how it helped to make his style so unique in MMA. It's interesting because we are so used to GLORY/K-1 style or muay thai style being the go-to for sport fighting and MMA that we've all kind of written off other styles of kickboxing or karate as useful in an environment of professional fighting, but apparently it can be useful. Hell, look at Lyoto Machida's success in the UFC. 

Fascinating stuff, that's for sure, especially considering that at GLORY 18 we'll see Kyokushin (technically Ashihara) stylist Davit Kiria look to defend his GLORY Lightweight Championship against Robin van Roosmalen in a classic Kyokushin vs. Dutch style fight. 

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StillWill Returns For An Official Badr Hari Documentary

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If you've been reading the site for a while you are probably well aware of the name Will "StillWill" Prescott. Will has done some of the absolute best kickboxing and Japanese MMA highlight videos that there are in the world and probably ever will be. That has led to him getting a few pretty cool gigs, the latest of which is working with Badr Hari's team to present an unfiltered documentary about Badr Hari himself. The promise is that it will look at his career and his personal life, all playing out in an episodic manner much like "The Reem" or Spong's "King of the Ring."

This is just the trailer, but it has us pretty pumped up, that's for sure. 

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SuperKombat WGP Final Elimination Geneva This Weekend

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SuperKombat WGP is taking place this Saturday in Geneva, Switzerland, and will air live on Eurosport at 9:00pm (CET). It will include the quarter finals of a light heavyweight tournament as well as a cruiserweight title fight between Moises Baute and Andrei Stoica 

The light heavyweight tournament will take place over two events, the winners of the quarter final match ups tomorrow will earn their place in the finals on November 22 in Monza, Italy for a 1 night 4 man tournament to decide the champion.

FULL CARD

 

 

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Former K-1 Champion Mark Hunt Gets a Crack at UFC Gold

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On November 15th at UFC 180 in Mexico the unthinkable will happen; 40 year old Mark Hunt will have a shot to become UFC [Interim] Heavyweight Champion. The injury-prone Champion, Cain Velasquez, has been forced to pull out of his scheduled title defense against Fabricio Werdum and who else would step forward on a few weeks notice for the shot of his life? Of course Mark Hunt would jump at the chance to be called UFC Heavyweight Champion.

Mark Hunt got his spot with the UFC via a technicality thanks to his contract with PRIDE FC, the UFC opting to honor said contract and give Hunt a shot at the UFC. At the time there were no real hopes to Hunt impressing anyone. Hunt was 36 and he stepped into the ring with Sean McCorkle coming off of a five fight losing streak. McCorkle would make six. Hunt swore that he'd do better and Dana White gave him another shot. What followed was a crazy four-fight winning streak that was finally derailed by former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos. Many would claim that JDS won via knockout, but it always just seemed that Hunt was just exhausted and the kick just put him onto the mat, where he was just too wiped out to stand up.

His next fight was against perennial title contender and one of the men who beat the unbeatable Fedor Emelianenko in Bigfoot Silva. It was a bloodbath of a fight, one of the most beautiful things that a fan could witness, ending in a rare majority draw after five rounds of action. Afterwards Bigfoot Silva tested positive for banned substances, which didn't come as much of a surprise. Hunt's next fight was in Japan against Roy Nelson. Nelson had always been knocking at the door of being a top guy in the division, but was always held back by his stubbornness. Mark Hunt laid him out in just two rounds.

Now Mark Hunt is the man to fill in and is given the opportunity of a lifetime. Fabricio Werdum will no doubt be in better shape, is younger and more well-rounded, but Mark Hunt is Mark Hunt. 

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Photo of the Day: Aerts and Hoost Stare Down

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There is so much history between Peter Aerts and Ernesto Hoost, with most of it taking place in the K-1 ring. This weekend in Japan the two will meet in a WKO ring; World Kumite Organization. It doesn't matter if you haven't heard of it before, it doesn't matter if both Aerts and Hoost are older, this is pure nostalgia on so many levels and a chance for a final in-ring chapter to play out between two of the all-time greats in K-1 history. 

Most of our attention over the past few years has been on the future and present stars, but it is safe to say that most of us wouldn't be here right now as fans if it weren't for Peter Aerts and Ernesto Hoost. 

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