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JCVD's The Kickboxer Being Remade with GSP and Bastista

JCVD

I feel like the title alone and how instrumental the Jean-Claude Van Damme movies were in the 80's into making Kickboxing a more popular sport here in the United States warrants coverage, but damn, they are remaking The Kickboxer. This is really a classic film in the world of martial arts, Kickboxing specifically. It featured Dennis Alexio as JCVD's brother, who was training and fighting in Thailand before he ran into the devious Thai Boxer Tong Po, who crippled him. This led JCVD on a mission of revenge and to learn Muay Thai.

What wasn't to like about it?

Now it looks like it is being remade with an interesting cast of characters to back it up. Alain Moussi will be the lead actor, best known for his marital arts-based stunt work in big budget films like Pacific Rim, White House Down, Brick Houses and many others. Hong Kong actor/producer/director Steven Fung will be directing the remake. It sounds like they change things up a little bit, with Eric (the Dennis Alexio character) being murdered by Tong Po, but hey, why not, right?

The film is also set to feature former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre as well as WWE wrestler Batista (Dave Bautista), although it isn't clear which roles they will play. I'd have to say that Batista would make for a convincing Tong Po, wouldn't you agree.?

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Dutch Film About Kickboxing and Crime Heading to the US

Wolf

The Netherlands are known for being one of the homes of modern day Kickboxing, with a lot of the best fighters and gyms in the world coming from the Dutch people. One of the things that we don't like to talk about are the links to organized crime that have been whispered about for years. It's one of the chief reasons that Kickboxing in major cities in the Netherlands has had such a tough time over the past few years. How big of a deal is the organized crime world being involved with Kickboxing?

Dutch filmmaker Jim Taihuttu released the film "Wolf" last year in the Netherlands, which is centered upon a Dutch Kickboxer who works his way up the ranks of the local scene where he falls into a world of organized crime. You follow Maj-id on his journey from a grey, unidentifiable Dutch suburb into the shady underworld that surrounds Kickboxing and apparently it will be coming to US shores soon! The film is due out on May 23rd and has garnered a good deal of critical acclaim already.

Truly some interesting timing as Kickboxing has been picking up here Stateside, with many aware that some of the top talent come from the Netherlands. Now it looks like fans will get a glimpse into the rest of the world of Dutch Kickboxing.

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Peter Aerts vs. Dewey Cooper Featured on Global FC Card

GFC

The big story for many on the upcoming Global FC event is that Badr Hari will be fighting, but an interesting bit of information came out last week, with that being that Peter Aerts was set to fight Dewey Cooper on the event. I'll make this clear; I'm a huge Peter Aerts fan, always have been, always will be, and I want Peter Aerts to retire. I want Peter Aerts to enjoy his family, spend time with his children, run his gym, to live a long, healthy life.

That being said, a fight against Dewey Cooper seems about right for the time being. Dewey Cooper is an American fighter who has had a good deal of success here in the United States and abroad, but never was able to break through into that top echelon of fighters. Dewey Cooper is a fighter that can absolutely give Peter Aerts trouble, but is not a guy that I'm concerned about giving Aerts any sort of crazy concussion or really hurting Aerts. That isn't to say that Cooper can't win, because he could and he might, this is a pretty even fight. But, you know, Cooper is not Jamal Ben Saddik.

Here's a look at the rest of the card thus far.

  • Kamran Morovati vs. Darco Jeremic
  • Luke Jumeau vs. Hossein Mollamahdi
  • Gokhan Turkyilmaz vs. Voughn Donayre
  • Abbas Mollamahdi vs. Erkan Varol
  • Brian Douwes vs. Srdjan Seles
  • Singh Jaideep vs. Fatih Ulusoy
  • Peter Aerts vs. Dewey Cooper
  • Tournament: Arnold Oborotov vs. Peter Graham
  • Tournament:Badr Hari vs. Stefan Leko

 

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Nieky Holzken Joins Yokkao Fight Team

Holzken

GLORY 13 Welterweight Champion Nieky Holzken is without a doubt the best in the world at Welterweight, so it should come as no shock that companies want to work with him. It was announced today that Nieky Holzken has joined the Yokkao Fight Team, meaning that he will represent the brand for the next three years, which includes wearing their gear and possibly even appearing on upcoming Yokkao events!

Nieky will be sporting a special Yokkao collection in the coming weeks, so look out for that. For those in Europe interested in purchasing Yokkao gear, it is available through http://www.allcombatsports.com.

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