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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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Badr Hari Getting Mystery Opponent for GFC 4, Quateron Not Conducive to 'Family Environment'

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Over the past few days rumors have been swirling around that Badr Hari vs. Patrice Quateron would not happen at GFC 4, that Badr Hari had refused to fight Quateron. Of course most of that came from Quateron and his camp, who are very vocal on social media. Today GFC and Badr Hari released a statement in regards to the event.

According to this statement Badr Hari will be fighting at GFC 4, just against a mystery opponent. The explanation as to why he isn't fighting Patrice Quateron? Patrice was not conducive to a "family environment" that GFC was going for with their promotion. I don't even know. Decipher that for yourself.

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Badr Hari Rumor to Have Pulled Out of GFC 4 Fight with Patrice Quateron

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Okay now, do this with me, breathe deep. Exhale. Good. The past few days have been marred by the confusing antics of Buakaw Banchamek in Thailand and for now we as a whole are moving on from that story. What are we moving on to? Apparently Badr Hari drama. Badr Hari drama is always the least shocking thing in the world of kickboxing and it is the thing that keeps him from appearing in the ring with top competition like everyone would like to see.

On October 16th Badr Hari was scheduled to meet Patrice Quateron at GFC 4 in Dubai. Things began to get fishy in the lead-up to the event when Quateron released a recording of a conversation between Mike Passenier and himself where Passenier attempted to pay Quateron to pull out of the fight and to accept another opponent. The promise was that they would instead fight in Morocco under a show promoted by Kader Marouf for bigger money and a bigger audience. 

Instead of "playing ball" with them, Quateron released the phone call to the public and peppered it with insults to Badr's manhood. At the press conference earlier today Badr Hari was a no-show, leaving Quateron dressed in a silly costume with no one to troll. Shame.

According to our friends at MixFight, RTL7 is no longer airing the event and are claiming that Badr Hari has pulled out of the fight against Quateron. It's still not 100% clear considering that whomever is handling Badr Hari's social media posted just a few moments ago that Badr fights in two days. They might not have gotten the memo or maybe Badr has already fallen out of favor with them. There's also a chance that he's still fighting, who knows.

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GFC 4: Badr Hari Vs. Patrice Quarteron Press Conference

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The GFC 4 press conference was held today and once again we see Quarteron dressed up in another disguise, this time as a Sheikh. He showed up shouting, singing and dancing but once he sat down he realized Badr wasn't there. He began to yell out Badr's name but Mr. Hari still didn't show up, he did amuse the crowd though and they seemed to enjoy his antics.

So here is a video of the press conference or more like the "Patrice Conference"

Here is an upset Quarteron after the Conference

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Card for SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Elimination on October 25th in Geneva

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On October 25th in Geneva, Switzerland SuperKombat will return with the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Elimination event. THere are a series of Super Fights lined up for the event that promise to deliver a lot of action, the same with the Final Elimination tournament for the SuperKombat World Grand Prix at Light Heavyweight. The featured bout of the evening is between Super Cruiserweights Andrei Stoica and Moises Baute.

1. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
Enver Sljivar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) vs. Lucian Danilencu (Romania)
2. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)
Jamie Bates (Great Britain) vs. Yoann Kongolo (Switzerland)
3. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
Nordine Mahieddine (France) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (Switzerland)
4. Quarter Final 1 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)
Ibrahim El Bouni (Morocco) vs. Dawid Kasperski (Poland)
5. Quarter Final 2 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)
Michael Terrill (Great Britain) vs. Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname)
6. Quarter Final 3 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)
Aristote Quitusisa (France) vs. Bogdan Stoica (Romania)
7. Quarter Final 4 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)
Beni Osmanoski (Switzerland) vs. Jorge Loren (Spain)
8. Title Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)
Moises Baute (Spain) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)

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Mike Passenier Explains the Patrice Quateron/Badr Hari Phone Call

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Over the weekend Patrice Quateron released a recording from a phone call with Mike Passenier that made it sound like Badr Hari's team was attempting to pull out of the fight with Quateron. Now here is a statement from Mike Passenier with his side of the story. It sounds logical, for sure.

Translation via K1Power at Kakutougi.

In reaction to the video of the recorded phone conversation I would like to share my side of the story before it blows up. The reason for the conversation is that a huge event is being organised in Morocco. It should be clear that Badr Hari is extremely popular and an event in his own country is a dream of his and the expectations will be very high. It will be the biggest fight sport event in Africa since Ali versus Foreman in Zaïre with an expected crowd between 45.000-50.000.

For this event we have been looking for a fitting opponent. To get the people in Morocco pumped for the fight we found out that a French speaking opponent would be ideal because the language is casually spoken in Morocco, rather than English which still gives most people there trouble. Additionally, Patrice is a guy who does not shy away from trashtalk and knows how to use the internet to make a fight personal. This is the reason we thought it would be smarter to do him a business proposition to relocate the fight, because if he wouldd be knocked out for example or lost to another opponent it would be more difficult to build up the fight in Morocco. If Badr decided not to fight it would have huge consequences for an organisation like GFC. In the conversation we made a very generous offer in which we would double his purse and even give him an advance to cover his preparation cost to the currently scheduled fight. That's it. In the meantime we have been discussing this with GFC and they have showed nothing but understanding and would like to solve this in a satisfactory way for all parties.

It's too bad the conversation has been edited to make Badr sound scared, but it says more about them then it does about us. Despite this we are not angry or bitter and will continue to organise the biggest fightsport event in Africa.

Mike Passenier.

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Patrice Quateron Claims Badr Hari's People Tried to Pay Him Off to Not Fight Badr

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When it comes to Badr Hari it's never quite clear what is really going on anymore. It's been like this for years, too, which is all the more frustrating. If you need proof of that, look no further than the recent social media fiasco where the accounts that were formerly "official" have been dubbed as unauthorized and now Badr Hari has all-new social media accounts and a new team running them. On October 16th in Dubai Badr Hari is scheduled to fight Patrice Quateron in a fight that Badr Hari fans are definitely looking forward to. 

Patrice Quateron is now claiming that Badr Hari's team has tried to pay him off to avoid fighting Badr Hari in Dubai by releasing this video. 

Does this sound like Mike Passenier? Sure. Is it believable that people are trying to protect Badr Hari to help preserve his image and ability to make money? Absolutely. Is this recording of the phone call real? Who knows. Patrice Quateron is not only well known for his fights and ability, but he's perhaps best known for his beef that he had with Jerome Le Banner a few years ago, culminating in this weird video series that he made called "Kill Le Banner" that included video of him confronting Le Banner in the ring. Hilariously enough, Jerome Le Banner and Patrice Quateron never met in the ring.

So the onus is on you, the viewer, to decide what is real and what is just hype for the fight that has very little buzz around it.

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UFC Vet Miguel Torres Added to Legacy Kickboxing Show in January

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Former WEC Champion and UFC fighter Miguel Torres has been in demand for kickboxing over the past year, with him initially announced to be participating in GLORY 17 only for the deal to fall through. It looks like Miguel Torres will make his kickboxing debut this January, only for Legacy Kickboxing 1, the event that already has quite a bit of talent lined up for it, including Cosmo Alexandre and Pat Barry. We were informed by Mick Maynard of Legacy Fights of Torres's inclusion over this weekend.

Miguel Torres will be fighting World Combat League(!) and Legacy veteran Angel Huerta. Yes, he fought in WCL, which automatically makes this a fight that we have to see because, well, WCL never die. Pretty much most of the American kickboxing landscape at this point all leads back to WCL in 2006.

Legacy Kickboxing 1 goes down on Friday, January 16th live on AXS TV.

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Enfusion Live #21 on October 4th Card

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Enfusion returns with Enfusion Live #21 on Saturday, October 4th live from Germany. The event will be streaming on EnfusionLive.com for free and will feature Nikolaj Falin fighting Mohamed Boubkari for the Enfusion -95kg World Championship. Here is the full card for the event.

#21 Enfusion Live Merseburg, Germany Saturday 4.10.2014

Watch Live on the Enfusion Stream www.enfusionlive.com

Start Time 22.00 local time 

1. Max Baumert (Germany) Vs Valdet Gashi (Albania) -70 KG

2. Mellony Geugjes (The Netherlands) Vs Dilara Yildiz (Turkey) -54 KG

3. Leo Bönniger (Germany) Vs Mohammed Jaraya (Morocco) -70 KG

4. Enrico Rogge (Germany) Vs Mohand Bouzidi (France) -90 KG

5. Mark Vogel (Germany) Vs Ilias Bulaid (Morocco) -70 KG

6. Nikolaj Falin (Russia) Vs Mohamed Boubkari (Morocco) -95 KG - Enfusion World Title -95KG

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Live Stream for WGP #22 Tonight

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Today at 8pm Eastern time WGP Kickboxing in Brazil will present WGP#22 live via internet PPV. You will be able to view the event for $10 via their website or by purchasing the event below. The card is as follows.

Under Card

K1 Rules (64.5 kg): Samuel Pereira vs Wellington Lopes

K1 Rules (71.800 kg): Fabiano “Mineiro” Silva vs Marcelo Dionisio

WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (66.800 kg): Valmir Theiss vs Édipo Herbert Lima 

Main Card

60kg GP Semi-Final - K1 Rules (60 kg): Ignacio Capllonch (ARG) vs Gustavo Piacentini (BRA) 

60kg GP Semi-Final - K1 Rules (60 kg): Rafael “Coruja” Xavier vs Paulo Tebar

WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (69.100 kg): Wellington Tom vs Bruno Gazani

WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (94,100 kg): Wallyson “Maguila” Carvalho vs Felipe Micheletti

WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (85 kg): Francisco Araújo vs Cesar Almeida 

60kg GP Finals - K1 Rules (60 kg): Winner Fight 1 x Winner Fight 2

K1 Rules (85 kg): Robert Thomas (CAN) x Alex “Po Atan” Pereira (BRA)

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Liverkick Throwback: Branko Cikatic Vs Ernesto Hoost II

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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.

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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SuperKombat Announces World Grand Prix Final Elimination on October 25th

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This weekend SuperKombat will promote the SuperKombat World Grand Prix in Almere, Netherlands, featuring Catalin Morosanu vs. Brian Douwes, plus a four-man tournament. They plan on staying ahead of the curve, though, announcing the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Elimination event for October 25th in Geneva, Switzerland. The show will feature four elimination bouts between top Light Heavyweights, which will seed them for the November 22nd SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final tournament in Italy.

The main event of the evening will be SuperKombat Super Cruiserweight Champion Andrei Stoica vs. Moises Baute of Spain. This will be Andrei's second title defense and Moises Baute's time to shine after winning the tournament in Constanta earlier this year. For more information on the event, check out SuperKombat.com.

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Former NBA Player Darko Miličić to Pursue Career in Kickboxing

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Chalk this up as some strange news, but professional basketball player Darko Milicic has decided that basketball just isn't for him, but that professional kickboxing is. The Serbian was a second draft pick in his rookie year and has since played on the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Boston Celtics before retiring in 2012. It seems like a bit of an odd transition to go from the NBA to professional kickboxing, but apparently it is a real thing. 

Now, before you get excited and start talking about GLORY, K-1, SuperKombat or Enfusion, he's apparently inked a deal with WAKO Pro and will announce his first kickboxing fight on Wednesday. [source]

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Hunt and Manhoef score epic face-plant KO’s

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Kickboxing royalty Mark Hunt and Melvin Manhoef were both successful in MMA bouts as they finished off Roy Nelson and Doug Marshall respectively.

 

Mark Hunt’s unlikely career resurgence continues, as the 40-year old became only the second fighter to knockout the notoriously durable Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson. The bout headlined UFC’s third trip to Japan since the Zuffa takeover and was a seemingly logical match-up of fan favorites.

 

The bout was relatively even throughout the first round, as both battled to establish dominance over the other with both fighters scoring with occasional punches and a few thudding low kicks from the former K-1 champion Hunt. Nelson was unsuccessful in two attempts at bringing the fight to the mat in the first as he likely lost a very close first round to the New Zealand native.

 

At the start of the second round Nelson was finally able to secure a takedown and briefly took Hunt’s back however Hunt was able to escape back to his feet shortly after. The two continued to trade on the feet as the momentum began to swing in Hunt’s favor whilst Nelson began to show signs of fatigue. With two minutes left on the clock, Hunt crumbled Nelson with a monstrous uppercut followed by his typical walk-off celebration.

 

With the victory Hunt moves to (5-2-1) in the UFC and could see himself enter the UFC’s top 5 rankings for the very first time (currently ranked #6), whilst after being stopped for the first time in nearly six years, Nelson falls to (7-6) in the octagon.

 

Melvin Manhoef, who coincidently was the first man to knockout Mark Hunt, made quick work of former Bellator title challenger Doug ‘The Rhino” Marshall in the Bellator 125 main event from Fresno, California. After a brief feeling out period both fighters began swinging wildly before an inadvertent shot to the groin of Marshall halted the bout temporarily. After the restart the two went back at it, throwing an assortment of haymakers and kicks to no avail. However after stinging Marshall with several low-kicks, Manhoef flattened his foe with a quick overhand right that sent Marshall face-first into the mat in dramatic fashion.

 

Manhoef immediately moves into title contention with his successful Bellator debut and could be in line for a Middleweight title shot against the winner of Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brandon Halsey who clash next Friday in the main event of Bellator 126. Marshall meanwhile drops to 4-2 inside the Bellator cage as he fought for the first time since his unsuccessful title shot against the aforementioned Shlemenko last November, a bout in which he subsequently tested positive for a banned substance post-fight.

 

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Pat Barry Added to Legacy Kickboxing Card in January

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Former UFC fighter and current GLORY fighter Pat Barry was announced as an addition to January's Legacy Kickboxing event promoted by Legacy Fighting. The fight goes down on January 16th in Houston, Texas and Pat Barry will be fighting Demoreo Dennis. Barry is still under contract with GLORY but GLORY has given both Pat and Legacy the go-ahead for the fight. 

The fight will air on AXS TV and will be using a variation of the K-1/GLORY rule set, which means no elbows and limited clinch work. This is already adding to a card including Michael Corley and Cosmo Alexandre, which is great. It's good to see more kickboxing hitting the airwaves soon and bringing the heat. 

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Liverkick Throwback: Mark Hunt Vs Ray Sefo

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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.

This week we figured it was the perfect time to post a throwback to Mark Hunt in K-1, not that there is ever a bad time to post any Mark Hunt fight. This is one of the best kickboxing slug fests of all time, Ray Sefo is known for his great chin, big power, and the way he drops his hands and urges people to hit him during fights, well Mark Hunt gave him a run for his money on all of these things. This was the 2001 K-1 WGP in Fukuoka, Mark hunt was granted the wild card spot because Mirko CroCop got injured, so happened to draw Ray Sefo's name. Even though in my eyes there is no loser in this fight apart from maybe some brain cells, the judges gave the fight to Sefo, but he had an eye injury so Hunt moved on to the finals to TKO Adam Watt and advance to the big stage in Tokyo in two months time. Mark Hunt proceeded to beat Jerome Le Banner, Stefan Leko, and Francisco Filho to become the K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 champion.

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LEGEND IV Rumored for Paris in December Featuring 70kg Tournament

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After quite a bit of radio silence after LEGEND 3: Pour Homme it looks like we will see another LEGEND event before the year's end. The biggest hint was the huge birthday party thrown for LEGEND promoter Ruslan Suleymanov recently that faetured lots of big names from the worlds of MMA and kickboxing with the LEGEND name and brand on everything from big screens to sunglasses. It was clear that LEGEND was going to be gearing up for another event soon and that Ruslan wasn't done living the dream of promoting big events.

According to reports the next LEGEND event will be LEGEND IV and take place in Paris, France in December of this year. The event is scheduled to feature a 70kg tournament and while no names were mentioned, it was said that some of the names will "surprise you." If you were to take a roll call from his birthday party, the big name 70kg kickboxers there were Andy Souwer, Giorgio Petrosyan, Gago Drago, Murat Direkci, Mike Zambidis, Dzhabar Askerov and a few others. We aren't saying that they are gonna be in the tournament, but it would seem likely that the fighters that LEGEND was wining and dining would be the fighters involved in their upcoming tournament.

The big name in there is, of course, Giorgio Petrosyan. Petrosyan was last seen at GLORY 12 New York where his crazy win streak was beaten by Andy Ristie in the third round. That was Petrosyan's sixth performance under the GLORY banner and no one has heard much from him ever since. It's entirely possible that he could fight for LEGEND, either with the permission of GLORY, or if his contract with GLORY has ended.

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