|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)|
Our good friends at Phuket Top Team do some great work over in Phuket, running a hybrid Muay Thai and MMA camp out of Thailand and churning out some great prospects. One of their top fighters is without a doubt Cyrus Washington. Check out this video fresh from Thailand of Cyrus taking on K-1 legend Kaoklai. Yeah, Kaoklai, the guy that knocked Mighty Mo out with a flying head kick that looked like something out of a Bruce Lee film. Cyrus puts up an awesome fight, and if the rumors are true, Phuket Top Team is trying to put together Cyrus vs. Refi Zouhir in K-1 rules, which would be incredible.
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If you are an Alistair Overeem fan and a kickboxing fan, there is some good news for you. Much like we speculated after Alistair Overeem had to pull out of the September date for the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, Alistair Overeem will be returning to action with his fight team and management at the helm for the October Glory World Series. Alistair Overeem, Sergei Kharitonov, Siyar Bahadurzada and Dion Staring appear on the new poster released today for the October event in Moscow, Russia. The strong rumor that we are hearing is that Alistair Overeem is set to headline the event and that it should be in a kickboxing bout, but no final opponent is set yet and the rules could change for his bout.
This will kick off their second Glory World Series tournament, which will be much like the last one, where there will be a Heavyweight Kickboxing tournament and there will be a MMA tournament, although it is still not clear which weight class it would be in. If they want to feature Siyar again, expect Middleweight.
The return of Alistair Overeem to fighting in kickboxing shows a serious disconnect between Overeem and current Strikeforce management in Zuffa, and this reads like a shot across the bow. Hopefully we are able to see Alistair Overeem defend his Strikeforce title soon, or even compete in the UFC, but the news of him fighting for the Glory World Series is a big deal after the May 28th supercard that was offered online streaming view YouTube.
Glory has even gone as far to say if you were one of the fans that purchased the Glory World Series card on YouTube PPV, fill out a survey and they will refund your purchase. Glory is rewarding loyalty to their product and is looking to push forward and put on more big events in the near future. We eagerly await finding out more details on this event.
UPDATE: Martijn de Jong spoke with Ariel Helwani and said "probably a MMA match" but that there was no opponent set yet.Add a comment
Vuyisile Colossa is one of the top Muay Thai fighters on the planet but he will be turning his attention to MMA this September to take part in ONE Fighting Championship's inaugural show. The Hong Kong based South African is still a very active Muay Thai fighter who regularly faces world class opposition. He is about to return to MMA, where he boasts a 3-1 record, after a six month absence but is still recovering from the disappointment of seeing a fight with Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr cancelled at late notice,
"I was very disappointed with the situation because fighting JWP in his home country was a great thing for my Muay Thai career and I had never fought in Australia. Training for that fight and for The Challenger has been very hard but there is no substitute for the experience that comes from world class Muay Thai training. I am already in great shape and to adjust for the up and coming fight I need only to spend time on the mat and I will be ready to go," he said.
Results from The Challenger, which is effectively season two of Contender Asia, have not been released yet because the TV series has yet to hit our screens. Colossa holds a victory over the original Contender Asia winner Yodsaenklai Fairtex and has won numerous world titles in Muay Thai. He probably has better stand up credentials than just about any active fighter in the world of MMA today,
"I think people appreciate the fact that a world class Muay Thai fighter is making a stand in MMA. I know for a fact my stand up skills are far better than any other MMA fighters out there and I am always looking for that knockout because I don't want to leave decisions in the hands of the judges," he said.
This is perhaps a thinly veiled reference to his fight with highly experienced Filipino Eduard Folayang last year when Colossa lost a controversial decision. Round three was an extremely one sided affair as Colossa chased the URCC Welterweight champion all around the cage dominating him in the stand up department. Folayang, who is probably the top fighter to emerge from the Philippines scene, managed to survive the round and was awarded the fight by all three judges courtesy of securing repeated takedowns in the opening two rounds. Many cageside spectators felt that Colossa had done enough to win the final round 10-8 and he still believes he won that fight,
"I was very suprised when they gave him the win because he only did eight takedowns in the whole fight and he didn't even control me on the ground. I was the aggressor and he was back peddling the entire fight, how can one win like that?"
Folayang's reward for defeating Colossa is a marquee fight against Ole Laursen in the main event at ONE Fighting Championship while the South African has had to settle for a place on what is admittedly a star studded undercard. Colossa has to get past Chinese Sanda champion Wang Ya Gi first but assuming he does he would relish the prospect of facing the winner of the contest between Folayang and Laursen,
"I think everyone would like to see the rematch with Folayang and I would also love to fight Laursen. Maybe we could fight for the ONE C lightweight belt? It would be a battle between two world class stand up fighters: Colossa vs Laursen, I like the sound of that."
One FC's lightweight division already looks set to be extremely competitive and Colossa will be keeping a close eye on Eddie Ng and Zorobabel Moreira Jnr who will both be in action on September 3rd. Ng's fight is of particular interest because Colossa has been based in Hong Kong for several years and Ng is being billed as the best fighter to ever emerge from his adopted home,
"I had never heard of him before because he had been living in England but since it got announced that he would be fighting for One FC a lot of people in Hong Kong have been talking about this fighter who is supposed to be the best fighter from Hong Kong. I hope I get to watch his fight because I want to see if he is as good as everyone says he is."
Mixed martial arts in Hong Kong is still a little way behind other places in South Asia such as the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore where there are numerous MMA camps and regular competitions. Colossa is currently without a full time training camp and has been forced to travel around in order to find suitable sparring partners but he has been making the most of a difficult situation,
"Since my gym closed up last month, it's been very hard to get in a routine. Luckliy I have guys like Irshaad Sayeed and Quinton Arendse at Versus gym who are both from South Africa and also Rodrigo Coporal and Andrew Wonkie at JAB MMA and Douglas Pieterse. All these guys have been very helpful with my MMA training and I would like to say thank you to them."
Colossa has won world titles in Muay Thai, kickboxing and Wu Ling Feng and with world class stand up skills and a rapidly evolving ground game many feel that is is only a matter of time until he adds MMA to the list. Audiences love to see a truly elite striker inside the cage and Colossa knows that September 3rd could be a truly defining moment for his career,
"I feel like this is the biggest fight of my life because not only will there be 12,000 people there but it is being shown on domestic TV in Singapore and will also be broadcast all over Asia so everyone in Hong Kong will be watching. It's a fantastic opportunity for me and I am looking forward to showcasing my Muay Thai skills in MMA."
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The K-1 MAX Japan -63kg tournament that happened a month ago was an event to remember, partially because K-1 has only held one event so far this year, but also because 8 men put it all on the line in a one night tournament and showed a lot of heart. None quite showed the heart and determination like Koya Urabe did. Watch what went down backstage after his loss and how tough his corner is on him for his loss, from "You need to show more spirit" to telling him that he let the fans and his team down. Ouch. Put the subtitles on if they aren't already. There is also a whole playlist of these from K-1, but none quite as harsh as this one.
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Andy Souwer is one of the few elite kickboxers in the world that also sports a grappling background that he keeps sharp, which has made him a perfect training partner for MMA fighters looking to improve their stand up. There have been rumors of Souwer looking to enter the world of MMA (including our interview with him a few months ago that he confirmed that), with him having been training in MMA for over a year and a lot of his students at Team Souwer have been training in MMA as well. This interview with GnP.de talks about Souwer's stance on MMA as well as his thoughts on the It's Showtime Fast and Furious tournament and what he saw the problems with K-1 were. [source]
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