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LiverKick - LiverKick Interviews Daniel Ghita: "K-1 is Back This Year"

It is safe to say that Daniel Ghita made an impression on fans across the world on January 28th, so much so that his status within the Heavyweight division has shot up and many are considering him to be one of the best, if not the best Heavyweight in the world. It was immediately clear to us that we had to pick Daniel Ghita’s mind and find out what the future holds for him. The only problem is, as is in most cases, Ghita’s english is not as great as it could be, so we reached out instead to his trainer Anil Dunbar to have him translate the questions for us and then translate his answers into English. A special thanks goes to Anil Dubar for making the interview happen as well as Karel ten Haaf for getting us into contact with Mr. Dubar.

First of all, congratulations on the win over Hesdy Gerges. Huge win and incredibly impressive.

Thank you very much, it was a good strategy that my trainer, Anil Dubar choose for me and it worked perfectly.


The Technical Brilliance of Daniel Ghita's KO of Hesdy Gerges


I think it is fair to say that everyone is thoroughly impressed with Ghita's knockout of Hesdy Gerges and his performance in general. Gerges is an incredibly tough fighter whose defenses are usually air tight. If you need an example of that, go no further than watching the controversial bout between Gerges and Badr Hari in 2010 where Badr Hari was throwing everything that he had at Gerges but Gerges would not go down. It led to one of the "Badr Moments" that we will all miss so much where Badr Hari pushed Gerges down and punted him in the face. After the beating that Badr put on Gokhan Saki, you should be able to appreciate just how good Gerges's defenses are against powerful hands.

So the marvel is that Daniel Ghita, the man who we have all labeled as the guy with no hands went ahead and took Gerges out of the game with a marvelous three-punch combination. Watch the fight again. The game plan for Gerges early on was to not allow Ghita to get into a rhythm with his kicks. Ghita quickly walked Gerges down into the corner and began his barrage of kicks, which Gerges was able to check or defend while keeping his hands up near his head to defend against possible punches. Ghita then began throwing combinations while in the corner, mixing it up just enough to begin cutting away at Gerges's defenses. Ghita's jab became incredibly important all of a sudden, as he was using it to set up the low kick, and then other times he was not. So now every time Ghita was throwing the jab, Gerges had to wonder if the low kick was going to follow, or if Ghita was just going to jab.


Warman's Kickfighting Show #70: It's Showtime Roundtable

It's Showtime 55 is tomorrow and it is a huge card. This week on Warman's Kickfighting Show we switched things up a bit and held a roundtable to discuss the results from the Yokkao Extreme card in Italy and then do a blow-by-blow on the It's Showtime 55 card that will hit the airwaves tomorrow afternoon at 3pm Eastern time on HDnet or at Steven and myself are joined by our own Rian Scalia as well as Ryan Ventura as we run down the card and take a look at what the future might hold for Badr Hari.

As always, the show can be accessed on Steven's blog or via iTunes [search: LordGaul].


Warman's Kickfighting Show #68: DREAM NYE, Slamm and 2012 Preview

In the latest installment of The Warman Kickfighting show, Steven Wright and myself sit down to talk about some of the recent results that have unfolded in the world of Kickboxing and Muay Thai, from DREAM's NYE event to Enfusion and Slamm!!'s event from Suriname. We also talk about what we expect from the upcoming year and some possible issues that the MPL are facing right now when it comes to financial problems.

As always, listen to the show on iTunes (Keyword: LordGaul) or check out Steven's blog.


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