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Check Out Jonathan Snowden's Awesome Strikeforce History

StrikeforceThis weekend marks the end of an era in both Kickboxing and MMA as Scott Coker's Strikeforce brand, which was acquired by UFC's parent company, Zuffa, will finally promote its last show. Scott Coker's history with martial arts extends way beyond just MMA as he was in action films, competed in martial arts himself and Strikeforce began as a Kickboxing promotion which in turn helped to run K-1 USA. Basically, Coker and Strikeforce did a lot for Kickboxing here in the United States before going full MMA and with Kickboxing in the US in the state that it is now, it is a good thing to reflect on one of the last guys who did K-1 correctly here in the States.

BleacherReport's Jonathan Snowden just compiled a pretty awesome Oral History of Strikeforce by interviewing a lot of the major players as well as members of the media who witnessed it. I urge you to read this first part where there is a lot of talk about the early Kickboxing and Muay Thai day, as well as looks at their glory days in MMA as well.

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Enfusion Live Getting a Head Start on 2013

Enfusion Live is coming into 2013 and has already gotten a head start, with four fight cards already scheduled, featuring marquee names and match-ups, along with a planned ten or so events this year. It's great to have another promotion on the scene that's putting together good fights and fight cards to look forward to.

Enfusion somewhat got an early start on the year with the third season of their reality show coming to an end on December 2 in Slovenia, which saw Franci Grajs defeat Sahak Parparyan and Andrew Tate in the process, staking his claim to being the number one fighter at 85kg in kickboxing. Based off their scheduled events on their websites so far, Enfusion has Grajs, Tate and Parparyan all scheduled to fight for them in the first half of 2013, getting a head start on the 85kg for the year. That's arguably the top three at 85kg, with Tate fighting in February and March, Sahak fighting in March and Grajs fighting in April under the banner.

First off, Enfusion will start their year on February 2 in Belgium with a four man, one night heavyweight tournament to determine a contestant for their reality show which takes place in Las Vegas. Andrew Tate will also be on the card in an 85kg super fight against David Radeff, along with a women's 61kg title fight between Anke van Genkel and Aleide Lawant.

To top that off, just look at the other three events that have been scheduled so far, via Enfusion's website. With ten potential events like the likes of these this year, one should be hard pressed not to be looking forward to some great fights and events being put on this year.

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Capital Punishment 7 in Canberra Line-Up

Capital Punishment 7

Our friends from down under keep pumping out the quality kickboxing with Capital Punishment 7 which is going down on March 23rd in Canberra. The show is to be headlined by the fourth showdown between Paul Slowinski and Ben Edwards. They've been trading wins for a while now and this fourth contest should be no different than an all-out brawl. For those in the area, tickets are on sale now and for the rest of us, well, tough luck.

Capital Punishment 7 - Slowinski vs. Edwards 4

Paul Slowinski vs. Ben Edwards

Steve McKinnon vs. Nato Lauuli

Spiro Black vs Eden McGrath (NZ) - ISKA South Pacific title

Josh Tonna vs Peter Tam Cai - Full Thai Rules

Damien Philpot vs Ali Kocak - MMA

More will be announced soon.

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TaCa Replaces Roman Mailov in Krush 67kg Tournament

After stepping in for Houcine Bennoui to face Yuta Kubo in the opening round of the Krush 67kg Tournament on January 14th, Krush has announced that Roman Mailov has sustained an injury in training and will be replaced by TaCa. TaCa was originally set to fight in the reserve bout against MA Kick champion Jun Nakazawa, but now gets his shot in the main tournament against favorite Yuta Kubo. TaCa is a heavy-handed fighter who handed Hideaki Yamazaki his first loss and competed in the 63kg WILDRUSH League, where he went 2-3 (1 KO), finishing in 4th place. Although he is just 3-6 in the past 2 years, he has fought a pretty good schedule, with the 3 losses in the WILDRUSH League coming to 1st, 3rd and 5th placed Hideaki Yamazaki, NOMAN and Yukimitsu Takahashi, while his 3 losses in 2011 came to Ryuji Kajiwara, Ikki and Naoki Terasaki. His wins include his first fight against Yamazaki and wins in the WILDRUSH League over Naoki Terasaki and 2nd placed Hitoshi Tsukagoshi. Quite honestly, he has nothing to lose here as Kubo is considered a huge favorite and the expectations for TaCa are low, considering he didn't initially make it into the tournament field. I expect him to come out guns blazing, but unless he is able to hurt Kubo badly in the opening round, I don't see him doing very well. Replacing TaCa in the reserve bout against Nakazawa is Yoshihiro Tomihita, who went 4-0 in 2012 with a pair of stoppages.

One interesting thing to note is that this makes Abdallah Ezbiri the only remaining non-Japanese fighter in the tournament and he has a tough quarterfinal fight against Yuji Nashiro. 

Full fight card for Jawin Presents Krush Grand Prix 2013 ~67kg First Class Tournament~ after the break

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