|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)|
Some of the downright oddest news I had read in the past few weeks was that Alistair Overeem was no longer in the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP and there were rumors swirling around that he was no longer fighting under the Zuffa banner at all. On Monday Overeem went on the MMA Hour and more or less trashed his new bosses, claiming no one had confirmed him fighting on September 10th with him and revealing that he only had one fight on his contract remaining with Zuffa. The insanity that a fighter involved in a possible three-fight tournament with only two fights remaining on their current contract is disorganized at best. Many had assumed that since Zuffa's purchase of Strikeforce that fighters like Overeem would be immediately locked down into newer contracts, but the truth is that Overeem's management team at Golden Glory has been trying to negotiate with Zuffa to secure the future for Overeem and it appears that things have reached a standstill.
With UFC scooping up Strikeforce talent such as Nick Diaz and possibly Gilbert Melendez it would only make sense to scoop up Heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem as well, but the Heavyweight Grand Prix has made that difficult. Overeem is apparently nursing a broken toe, which he has decided will keep him out of action until at least October, when he feels like he could fight.
In recent interviews Alistair has made mention of a possible boxing match with Vitali Klitschko in Europe, which for the uninitiated is a reigning boxing world champion and former kickboxer himself and would make for a huge payday for Overeem, possibly more than he could make in his MMA career. Overeem has also noted that K-1 will be returning and that he would love to return to kickboxing action and under his current Strikeforce contract he is able to do so. If you add this to the persistent rumors that K-1 has an upcoming event planned for October in China or Japan and there being no Strikeforce events scheduled for October, it appears like Overeem showing up in a K-1 ring is possible.
Out of all the unlikely scenarios one would have imagined just two months ago, it has once again become a possibility.Add a comment
Lion Fights is one of the few promotions in the U.S. fighting the good fight and promoting higher level kickfighting. Scott Kent begun Lion Fights as a bit of a lover letter to the sport of muay thai, and going into their third big show there is no doubt that there has been a certain level of success involved. Battle in the Desert 3 will be headlined by none other than former It's Showtime champion Cosmo Alexandre.
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This past weekend, promotion Real Fighters held an event in Malaga, Spain and the show played host to some familiar kickboxing talent from Europe.
A -70kg tournament was the main showcase on the card, as 4 fighters battled it out for the 5000 Euro prize. In the first semi-final, Jonay Risco took on Mike's Gym fighter Rachid Belaini and took a decision in an extra round to advance to the finals. In the other semi-final, it was an all Spanish affair as Javier Maiz took on Fran Palenzuela. Palenzuela beat Maiz and advanced to the final, making it an two Spaniards in the final. Palenzuela took a decision over Risco to win the tournament. It was a quick turn-around for both men, as they both fought and lost to Naruepol and Yodsaenklai Fairtex respectively in China on June 18.
Two relatively high profile super fights also took place on the card. Faldir Chahbari took on late replacement Sergio Sanchez in a -72kg bout. It was a close fight but the experienced Chahbari was able to pull through and edge out a decision over 3 rounds. This win makes it four in a row for Chahbari, and maybe warrants a step up in competition for the Dutch-Moroccan.
Coming off his win over Yavuz Kayabasi for It's Showtime in Madrid on June 18, Zeben Diaz took on Warren Stevelmans. Diaz took the first round handily, dominating Stevelmans. Never one to quit, Stevelmans stormed back in the second round. The referee stopped the fight after the second round when Diaz appeared not able to continue after resting his arms on the ring ropes. We don't know if it was questionable stoppage or not yet, hopefully a video comes out. Stevelmans now has two wins in a row, and this can make up for his loss to Rafi Zouheir in the finals of the K-1 MAX Madrid Tournament.Add a comment
A new documentary on the life and career of John Wayne Parr is in the works and it's titled John Wayne Parr: Blessed With Venom. The first trailer has come out and from what we can see, this documentary is a must-watch. It doesn't have a release date yet but it is set to come out this year. If you want, read the full description:
The documentary will also examine seminal fights in Parr’s career. From his bloody contests with Thai marvel Orono, which is considered the making of the Gunslinger’s legend, to his contemporary battles with Mike Zambidis, Lamsongkram and the three, all out wars with superstar Yodsanklai Fairtex. We bear witness as Parr comes back from 2 losses to ultimately defeating Yodsanklai in Melbourne – a blockbuster encounter between two giants of the sport – two modern day gladiators doing what they do best – trading bone crunching blows in the brutal world of Muay Thai Boxing.
You can also check out the official website, jwpblessedwithvenom.com.