|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
Liam Harrison and Mohammed Khamal fought on October 8th in Padova, Italy at the MuayThai Premier League's second event. The video has finally gotten out and we can now see if the whole judging controversy was true or not. Khamal won a disputed decision. Watch the video below and be the judge.Add a comment
After all of last week's deluge of K-1 news it was clear that a lot of shuffling was going on backstage within K-1. The company's financial woes are documented, but it was clear that there were people looking to "bail out" K-1 and begin working to rebuild the company's reputation with fighters and fans alike. Everyone involved understands this will take time and work, so it looks like the Final 16 might be called off. Initially there were rumors of the show being pushed back, then cancelled. Last night Mike Kogan made a remark on Twitter about hearing the Final 16 is potentially pushed back a few weeks, but he did not seem overly confident in it happening.
All throughout this there have been talks of K-1 still looking to put on an event in December, and it appears that it is not only true, but could be the Final 8. According to Anil Dubar, he was told to keep himself and Daniel Ghita in good shape as there will be a K-1 announcement by the end of this week, also that there will be a focus on the Final 8 due to time constraints. "They are not dead yet," he states, going on to talk about payments and a future for K-1, which includes still crowning a World Grand Prix Champion in 2011. Daniel Ghita looks to be invited right into the Final 8.
As for who would participate in the Final 8, the names being thrown around are heavy hitters already; Badr Hari, Daniel Ghita, Peter Aerts and Hesdy Gerges so far, with others being negotiated. It looks like they are going to book only the best of the best for the Final 8 and if they can, make a truly memorable event.
The question then comes if Peter Aerts will participate in the K-1 World Grand Prix, as we've reported he has a fight set up on December 11th. According to Mourad Bouzidi Mr. K-1 will indeed fight in Japan on December 11th, but if K-1 were to organize a Final 8 and invite him to participate, he'd fight in that instead in a heartbeat. Good news all around. [source]Add a comment
With the K-1 WGP Final 16 being cancelled, making this the first year in K-1's existence without a World Grand Prix, many are throwing around the misconception that Kickboxing is dying. The statement couldn't be any more false. It's a reality of the Kickboxing world: For many, K-1 is kickboxing. With K-1 not hosting a World Grand Prix this year, many have also falsely declared that the organization is dead which is another notion that couldn't be any farther from the truth. The false thought of K-1 supposedly being dead in the minds of many fans is enough to claim that the entire sport of Kickboxing is dying. Dave Walsh gave some information on K-1's future here, to get rid of the thought that K-1 is dead.
The reality is that right now, there are a lot more viable options for kickboxing than in the past. Yes, the big monster K-1 isn't around for the time being but think for a minute: For all the years that K-1 ruled kickboxing, was there really any alternatives with potential? Sure, SuperLeague was around for a few years and had some real quality, but it didn't last that long. There were pretty much no sustainable alternatives in Kickboxing that were easy to follow. Fast forward to the present day and there's a healthy stable of Kickboxing promotions slowly rising to prominence. It's Showtime in 2010 and mostly in 2011 has really expanded their territory, both geographically and in the general picture of Kickboxing. Fight Code has really put together a nice 2011, slowly gaining some ground. SuperKombat is also gaining ground, and with some tweaks here and there could really expand their product, especially its internet presence.
More fighters that would normally be in the shadows of K-1 are getting a shot on bigger stages than they would have before. With K-1 only having two (only very recently three) weight classes, everyone in between and below 70kg-Heavyweight/Super Heavyweight was left in the dust. It's Showtime is providing a better platform for these weight classes to receive their due and with the direction of the promotion seeming to be straight ahead, I think we can expect even more progress. Who would know who Javier Hernandez and Karim Bennoui are if not for It's Showtime?
Although the current viable promotions that are present now have nowhere near the awareness and hype that K-1 had, it's still a building block. More fans have taken notice with K-1's absence and now are aware that there are alternatives. Even if the amount of these fans is little, every one counts.
If K-1 is finally, completely sold and running by next year, it's an additional plus for the sport. Not only would K-1 be back and running, it would be running alongside these other promotions like It's Showtime, Fight Code and SuperKombat that have picked up awareness from K-1's absence. Normally, the typical kickboxing fan would not have many events to look forward to due to K-1's schedule. The fans that have picked up on other promotions would now have other events to watch alongside K-1.
Despite the numerous ideas and opinions being thrown around, Kickboxing isn't going anywhere. One might not realize looking at it from a purely North American standpoint, but countries all over Europe and around the world like Australia and Japan have had established scenes for years that just won't die off. No matter how obscure that some parts of the Kickboxing world may appear, the fact is they're still there and will remain there. Promotions have popped up and are making advances. K-1's absence, Badr Hari's moves to boxing and the potential loss of Gokhan Saki and Tyrone Spong to other sports may seem like the dagger in kickboxing, but all these situations have been overblown for the most part. Kickboxing will live on to see another day.Add a comment
On August 14th Kevin Ross fought arguably the best Thai boxer in the world, Saenchai Sinbimuaythai. He did not win but in defeat he showed he could at the very least be competitive with the worlds best. Just over two months later he will get another chance against an elite Thai when he takes on Lumpinee lightweight champion, Sagetdao Petpaiyathai. Sagetdao however will bring a completely different style of fighting, something that may be even harder for Ross to deal with. The 24 year old Thai is a southpaw with a solid left kick and a fairly decent punch, but being that he's 5'10 or 5'11 his strong point would obviously be kneeing on the way into the clinch, and strong sharp knees while tying up his opponent with a plethora of different clinch techniques. Kevin Ross will likely have his chances to land on Sagetdao, as he is very hittable, particularly with punches. When he fought Liam Harrison he was able to land his kicks and knees, but ate a lot of hard punches, fortunately he has a great chin and was able to absorb them and win the fight. Another thing that could help Ross is his style. Sagetdao often fights at the pace that his opponent chooses, which may have costed him some wins. However its hard to say Ross brings something to the table that Sagetdao's never seen. He's fought and beaten one of the top foreign Thai boxers, Liam Harrison, and has wins over top Thai's like Saenchai Sinbimuaythai, Petchboonchu FA Group, Singdam Kiatmuu9, Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym, Jomthong Chuwattana, and many others. Seeing as Saenchai was able to hurt Ross to the body I find it difficult to believe he'll be able to last all 5 rounds from a fighter with a much better body assault.
Ross can suck Sagetdao into a brawl, but he will need to be careful.
Sagetdao has good finishing instinct.
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On December 17th at The Sand in Amsterdam It's Showtime will once again hold their holiday time event after last year's much-celebrated card. This year's main event features the 70kg MAX Championship on the line as Giorgio Petrosyan challenges the Champion Chris Ngimbi.
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