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Daniel Ghita's Fight This Saturday Will Be His 5th Of The Year

It's Showtime's huge event on this Saturday, June 30 is right about at the halfway point of the year. Most of the top fighters so far haven't fought more than three times, which is still a lot compared to MMA and boxing, where we're lucky to see the world's best even fight three times in a year.

One fighter who hasn't taken that approach this year is Daniel Ghita, who's already fought four times this year. With two, good, solid wins overs Hesdy Gerges and Sergei Lascenko and then two lower level wins over Brian Douwes and Wendell Roche, Ghita isn't going to sit around and wait for the big fights to happen, which it seems they won't for him at least until the K-1 Final 16 in October, and probably not even until the Final 8 until he gets the "big" fight.

Last year saw Ghita only fight three times, as a proposed match with Badr Hari fell through, along with K-1's Final 16 return completely flopping. Ghita's 31 and in the prime of his career and unlike many other fighters, he's not wasting his prime away sitting on the sidelines. Although the competition hasn't been the best in his last two fights and won't be the best on Saturday, there's nothing wrong with him staying active. The big fights with the likes of Badr Hari, Semmy Schilt and Gokhan Saki just aren't really available at the moment, and probably won't be at all when it comes to the latter two, or any GLORY fighters for that matter.

So to make Ghita's fight on Saturday against Dzevad Poturak sound interesting, there are a few twists to it. This fight with Poturak is a rubbermatch. Ghita and Poturak have fought twice before, with Poturak beating Ghita back in 2008 by unanimous decision. They fought again at an It's Showtime event in 2010 and that time, Ghita walked away with the unanimous decision. Needless to say, Ghita is a completely different fighter than the one who fought Poturak twice previously, and Poturak might not even be as good as he was back then.

We all know what's going to happen on Saturday. Ghita will walk away as the winner, probably adding another highlight to his growing highlight reel. The big fights should come by the end of the year, and then hopefully we'll truly know where Daniel Ghita stands among the top of the heavyweight division. For now though, he's just staying active, and keeping sharp for when the opportunity presents itself.


Photo of the Day: Rashad Evans in Brussels to Corner Tyrone Spong

This weekend It's Showtime has a huge event coming up, including the "Benelux retirement" of Peter Aerts against internationally-acclaimed Tyrone Spong. The twenty-six year old Spong is possibly looking to make the transition to MMA, but not before settling his debts in the Kickboxing world and making his way to the top. Fighting Peter Aerts in one of his retirement fights is a huge honor for Spong, and would be one of his biggest wins at Heavyweight to date, which he very much needs. Spong has been training in Florida with Rashad Evan's "Blackzilian" camp, including fighters like former K-1 World Grand Prix Champion Alistair Overeem, so he will without a doubt be in good shape and will have had a decent sparring partner, to say the least.

It's Showtime 58 will air live on HDnet this Saturday at 3pm Eastern time, or if you are not in the United States or wish to view the entire card, purchase the event from

Rashad Evans

“I came all the way out here 2 Brussels, Belgium to corner @Tyrone_Spong & he got me out here like The Notorious Bum! I'm not trying 2 be high maintenance but could a brutha at least get a bed?! Lol” [source]


Tyrone Spong Has Chance To Establish Himself As A Top HW This Weekend

Tyrone Spong is back in action this weekend at It's Showtime 57/58 in Brussels, Belgium on Saturday, June 30. He'll be facing Peter Aerts, in Aerts' return fight, which we highlighted in a post a few days ago.

With the return of Peter Aerts to face Tyrone Spong, it also gives Spong the opportunity to finally get that big win in the heavyweight division that will help firmly establish him as a top heavyweight. There's no doubt that Tyrone Spong is a great fighter, and talent-wise, one of the best heavyweights out there. Some may wonder why he's currently ranked at #10 on our LiverKick rankings, and that's simply because he doesn't have a big win yet.

He's defeated the likes of Melvin Manhoef, Loren Javier Jorge, Ray Sefo and Kyotaro at heavyweight, and if you notice, none of them were real, top heavyweights at the time and at this present moment, still aren't. His losses are nothing to scoff at, as they've come to top heavyweights in Alistair Overeem, who went on to win the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix, Gokhan Saki, who today is considered one of the best heavyweights in the world and Jerome Le Banner at the time, who Spong was getting the better of towards the end of the fight.

It's taken a long time for Spong to really get adjusted to heavyweight and he fights in a much more measured way than he did before at lower weights. He's been at around a weight of 230lbs/105kg for some time now, so he's not even a small heavyweight anymore.

Spong has all the ability to be one of the best heavyweights. He's arguably the most naturally talented heavyweight in all of kickboxing. After cleaning out all the divisions in between "MAX" and Heavyweight there really was nowhere else to go, especially if he wanted the money to be good.

His run so far at  heavyweight has had some ups and some downs and some growing pains, but this Saturday he'll get another chance at defeating a top heavyweight and further establishing himself as one. With his future in kickboxing somewhat cloudy due to his afilliation with the Blackzillians and Authentic Sports Management in Florida and a lingering MMA career, it's uncertain how much longer he'll stick around, but for the time being, he still has a chance to become one of the best heavyweights.

It's Showtime 57/58 takes place on June 30 in Brussels, Belgium. To see Peter Aerts vs. Tyrone Spong live, you can buy It's Showtime's stream of the event, which features 12 fights with some of kickboxing's best. For full information on the event, including buying it and viewing the full fight card, click here.


Peter Aerts Is Finally Back In Just Under A Week

With the upcoming big It's Showtime card headlined by Peter Aerts vs. Tyrone Spong coming up, I feel like it needs to be reiterated how big of a deal the return of Peter Aerts is.

Aerts' last fight was on December 11 of last year, where he stopped "Mr. Kamikaze" in the first round in Japan. Yeah, I know what you're thinking about that. That "return" to action in Japan was quite obscure and against a nobody so we'll just disregard it, as we should when considering his return. Really, his last real fight was against Alistair Overeem in the finals of the K-1 World Grand Prix in December of 2010, the last K-1 World Grand Prix to happen.

Aerts has fought the best of the best pretty much consistently since the early 90s, on the world's biggest stage, which is quite crazy when you sit and think of it. So it comes as no surprise when his return fight is against one of the best, LiverKick's #10 ranked heavyweight, Tyrone Spong. This will be Aerts' first fight for It's Showtime and really, his first fight outside of K-1 since 1995. Things have changed and as of right now, It's Showtime is one of the biggest stages in the world in the sport of kickboxing.

K-1 went on a major hiatus and with it, so did Aerts. He was owed a lot of money by themand decided to sit out, hoping he'd get it and that K-1 would come back strong. Well, needless to say, that didn't happen last year and with things still uncertain at the beginning of this year, Aerts signed on for his, at the time, retirement fight for It's Showtime on June 30. Shortly after that, new kickboxing superpower, GLORY came in and with the long bankroll Pierre Andurand, signed Peter Aerts, effectively making his fight on June 30 a "Benelux retirement fight."

What all this really means, is that Peter Aerts is back in the mix at the top of heavyweight kickboxing. Aerts may be 41 years old and may have tons of wear and tear, but one thing hasn't changed, and that's that he's still a top fighter in the heavyweight division. He beat Semmy Schilt a year and a half ago. Schilt didn't fight at all last year and came back as his usual, dominant self, at 38 years old. What's to say that Aerts can't return to his normal self in the ring? He was still a top heavyweight in 2010.

Against Tyrone Spong he's in the ring with a fighter 15 years younger than him, looking to add a win over his first real top heavyweight onto his resume. He's faced this situation before, like when he fought and defeated Errol Zimmerman in 2009. I wouldn't put it past him to win again on June 30. That's just Peter Aerts for you.

It's Showtime 57/58 takes place on June 30 in Brussels, Belgium. To see Peter Aerts vs. Tyrone Spong live, you can buy It's Showtime's stream of the event, which features 12 fights with some of kickboxing's best. For full information on the event, including buying it and viewing the full fight card, click here.


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