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Heavyweight (Per 4/15)
1. Rico Verhoeven
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Tyrone Spong
5. Peter Aerts
6. Errol Zimmerman up
7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

Light HW (per 4/15)
1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

Middleweight (per 4/15)
1. Wayne Barrett
2. Joe Schilling
3. Artem Levin
4. Steven Wakeling
5. Franci Grajs

Welterweight (per 4/15)
1. Nieky Holzken 
2. Joseph Valtellini 
3. Simon Marcus
4. Marc de Bonte
5. Aussie Ouzgni

 

70kg (Per 4/15)
1. Davit Kiriaup
2. Andy Ristiedown
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Giorgio Petrosyandown
5. Murthel Groenhart
6. Buakaw Banchamek
7. Dzhabar Askerov
8. Ky Hollenbeckup
9. Aikprachaup
10. Enriko Kehlup

65kg (per 1/20)
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

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Romania based kickboxing promotion SuperKombat is back with another event that features yet another four-man heavyweight tournament in its "World Grand Prix" series. SuperKombat has so far held two of its "SuperKombat World Grand Prix" events this year. The remaining two, which includes this Saturday's event will seal the list of participants in SuperKombat's year end World Grand Prix event in Frankfurt, Germany. Each World Grand Prix event features a four man heavyweight tournament, with the winner advancing to the final year end show. So far, Sergei Lascenko and Ismael Londt have qualified.

This weekend's tournament pits Ricardo van den Bos against Pavel Zhuravlev and Stefan Leko against Sebastien van Thielen in the semi finals. The winner will advance to the year end World Grand Prix in Frankfurt.

Also featured on the card are five other fights in the heavyweight division. Redouan Cairo returns and fights Frank Munoz. Both of these fighters could easily fight a weight class under, with Cairo having fought most of his fights between 85 and 95kg. One of the times Cairo did step up to heavyweight, he got beat pretty badly by Filip Verlinden. Another heavyweight fighter, Benjamin Adegbuyi of Romania fights Martin Hauser of Slovakia. Adegbuyi is being brought up slowly in Romania, not having faced great competition yet.

Full fight card below:

The event airs live on Eurosport if you're keen to watch it. It airs at 9PM CET, which is 2PM EST/11AM PST in North America.

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November 5th's SuperShowDown show in Scotland is shaping up to be the biggest show in Scottish history and is up there with the best UK shows. Recently, promoter Brian Calder announced that the show was all but sold out, with only a handful of tickets left. Previously, we've had a look at the card as a whole and now we present you with a preview of the 8 fighters who will be competing in the 59kg tournament at SuperShowDown. For those of you who are unfamiliar with names on the UK Muay Thai circuit, I don't think I can emphasise enough how big this tournament is. Six of these eight fighters are ranked in the top 10 in UK/Irish rankings, with the exception being Jonno Chipchase (#11) and Ilias El Hajoui (26-3-1). While the line up includes veterans as well as relative newcomers, this really is anybody's tournament and as we seen in the recent It's Showtime Fast and Furious 70kg tournament, anything can happen! Read on for my run down of the fighters and who I predict will win.

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Badr HariThe news broke earlier today that Badr Hari would be hanging up his Kickboxing gloves to take up a pair of shiny new Boxing gloves and move his training and focus to the United States. To many this was a shock, but there have been signs of this move for a long time now. Originally Badr Hari was considering making a run for the Moroccan Olympic Boxing Team, but his stint in prison and legal troubles were enough to force him away from that idea.

In an interview with Michael Schiavello earlier this year, Badr Hari spoke about how he was a huge Boxing fan and followed the sport very closely, especially the Heavyweights. He couldn’t say the same for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, where he could not even recognize the bigger stars, or the sport of Kickboxing where he only followed where he needed to for upcoming fights. Then there was an interview in August with FightHype where he spoke out about some Heavyweight Boxing contenders like Chris Arreola and Tomasz Adamek was if he were ready to run right through them right now.

Badr Hari’s heart was set on being a Heavyweight Boxer and there was no one in the world who was going to stop him.

His announcement came from Kickboxing organization It’s Showtime, who also handle his management and will no doubt have a hand in his boxing career and caused a lot of stir throughout the internet. Some sites are proclaiming Badr’s move as a part of the mass exodus from Kickboxing to MMA while others are taking a look at Badr Hari’s kickboxing fights to determine that he will become a failure at another sport.

The truth is, the transition from Kickboxing to Boxing is not an easy one, nor is it one that we’ve seen happen with a great deal of success. There have been a few cross overs from Mixed Martial Arts such as Kimbo Slice and KJ Noons, but the sample size is far too small to come to any real conclusion. Boxing or Kickboxing into MMA is a much more logical move for many fighters as opposed to the other way around. Working in grappling and takedown defense into a striking discipline is a lot easier than transitioning from the more “loose” striking styles in MMA to the tighter striking of Kickboxing or Boxing.

The transition from Kickboxing to Boxing can be said to be similar, as Kickboxing or Muay Thai employee different stances and entirely different approaches to striking than Boxing does. In any sort of kick fighting, the stance needs to compensate for incoming kicks as well as throwing kicks or knee strikes. This means that the front leg is not rested upon as heavily to check a leg kick or to begin the momentum shift into throwing a kick with the back leg. This also means that footwork is vastly different as is foot speed, as it is more difficult to move quickly while staying poised in position to kick or check a kick. A Boxer has more ability to move and use his feet as a tool for movement, not for giving and receiving damage.

In Kickboxing this also means that your hands will be positioned differently when worried about incoming kicks to the mid section or head. Kickboxing can often times be a distance game as the reach of a fighters’ legs is vastly superior to that of their arms (in most cases). Blocking a kick to the midsection will often times involve catching the leg underneath the arm near the armpit or deflecting through movement. Compared to Boxing where there is a lot less range fighting and a lot more close fighting and technical hand work, Kickboxing defense can seem a bit odd and “open.” Kicks come in hard and fast while an opponent has distance and defenses need to take that into account and be switched when the fighters are in close. A Boxer keeps his hands lower than a Kickboxer in most cases, with their hands in tight to their body to help deflect body shots or head shots in a quick, efficient manner.

It is impossible to judge where Badr Hari will be when he steps into the Boxing ring, though. Without a doubt Badr Hari understands these differences and will need to take a lot of hard work, dedication and most importantly time to make sure he is ready for the rigors of professional boxing. A big question mark is Badr Hari’s chin, which has been tested and crushed on a few occasions, but good defense in many cases can make up for this. Badr Hari’s punching technique will need to be tightened up as will his defenses, but to judge these details from his Kickboxing work may be premature and crass at best.

Many should be reminded that Badr Hari has yet to even announce his Boxing debut and it could be quite a ways off. For now sit back and enjoy his last few fights within the realm of Kickboxing and remind yourself that retirements in combat sports don’t often stick, for the right amount of money it is fair to assume Badr Hari could step into a Kickboxing ring again.

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Middleweight
1. Giorgio Petrosyan
2. Buakaw Por. Pramuk
3. Robin Van Roosmalen
4. Artur Kyshenko
5. Andy Souwer
6. Mohammed Khamal
7. Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee
8. Yuji Nashiro
9. Armen Petrosyan
10. HINATA

Welcome back to the LiverKick.com rankings. These rankings are an attempt to break down the top 10 fighters in three different weight classes - Heavyweight, for fighters above the 85kg limit, Middleweight, for fighters at the 70-72.5kg limit, and Light Heavyweight, for fighters at the 77-84kg limit. Our rankings are based on in-ring accomplishments and recent wins and loses. We hope they reflect where these fighters currently stand, although we recognize that all rankings are inherently subjective. Rankings are compiled by Rian Scalia and Dave Walsh.

September 2011

Giorgio Petrosyan

After what felt like endless months of inactivity for top level competition between each other, September delivered in an incredibly big way all in one weekend. Over the course of the last weekend we saw It's Showtime promote their "Fast and Furious 70kg MAX" tournament which saw Andy Souwer fall victim to an injury and Artur Kyshenko and the unlikely hero of Robin Van Roosmalen emerge as the victor. It's Showtime's 70kg champion Chris Ngimbi suffered from a very poor showing and awaits a fate of squaring off against Giorgio Petrosyan in a few months for that very title, something that many see as Ngimbi's curtain call at the top.

On the other side of the world in Japan K-1 promoted their MAX Japan tournament the very next day with Albert Kraus seen as the favorite in the tournament. What happened instead was Yuji Nashiro took Kraus out in the first round before marching forward to the round where he defeated Takafumi Morita and then in the finals beat past MAX Japan victor Yuya Yamamoto. It was not expected in the least, but was the second tournament with an unexpected winner and a very entertaining show.

There has been a lot of motion within the division due to these two tournaments, including a few fighters departing the top 10 and others being added. As always, #1 is Giorgio Petrosyan who has yet to even be challenged. It was difficult to choose the #2 spot, but on a very solid win-streak with no end in sight is Buakaw Por. Pramuk who is fighting for Thai Fight Extreme right now. The #3 slot was a bit easier to choose in It's Showtime Fast and Furious winner Robin Van Roosmalen. Van Roosmalen's stock has been steadily on the rise over the past two years, and this tournament win elevates him into the elite and in a hurry.

After a solid showing at the It's Showtime tournament, the #4 spot can be firmly given to Artur Kyshenko.Kyshenko who at our last ranking was #5 moves up a full spot, and a tough spot to move up in at that with two big wins in one night to help propel that. The biggest slip within the top ten is #5 Andy Souwer. Souwer has had a rough year and his leg injury against Kyshenko cost him what could have been a tournament win over the weekend. There is no doubt that Souwer is not only still relevant, but that he can easily jump up a few spots again in a hurry once he is healthy. A new addition to the rankings comes in at #6 as Mohammed Khamal makes his debut in the top 10. His last big win was over van Roosmalen in May and actually holds two wins over him, as well as wins over Kyshenko and Mosab Amrani.

Sudsakorn Sor Klimnee holds strong in the rankings at #7 with only one loss this year to Giorgio Petrosyan and a string of wins over lesser opponents in Thai Fight Extreme. The #8 spot goes to another newcomer, Yuji Nashiro whose run in the K-1 MAX Japan tournament helped propel him into the international scene in a big way. Wins over Albert Kraus and Yuya Yamamoto help secure his spot. Rounding out the #9 and #10 spots respectively are Armen Petrosyan and HINATA, both who have had strong wins within the past year and losses, but only to top names.

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In 2009 the Wor. Wiwatananont gym was voted as the best gym at the Lumpinee Stadium awards. The best fighter, or at the very the least the most notable fighter from the gym is Werachai Wor. Wiwatananont. A teen who fights with a swagger and once 105 pound champion of Lumpinee. Over the last year or two he has grown into a top 10 ranked fighter at 115. A long the way he has beaten good competition, including a pair of wins over the current champion, Wanchalong Sitzornong.

In 2010 and into 2011 he had a trilogy with Mongkolchai Skindaewgym. Unfortunately there is no video of the first fight, but Mongkolchai won after dominating Werachai and finally in the 5th he scored a head kick knockout. Here's a look at the two fights they have had since and how his favorite technique, the teep helped him win both fights.

Werachai is a bit unconventional in that he uses a lot of push kicks to the face, not just as a measuring stick, but an actual way of hurting someone. Here he does just that.  

                   

The 3rd fight was just this July, and again Werachai's teeps played a major roll in how this fight was decided. You can see they both get a little careless and perhaps tired later in the fight and start swinging punches, which is undoubtedly the weak point for most elite Thai boxers. But when the well timed teep lands it clearly has an effect on Mongkolchai, and Werachai is able to finish in spectacular fashion, and avenge his head kick loss from the previous year. 

 

This fight was against Nueangthep Eminentair one of the top fighters in Thaialnd regardless of weight. He was too big and probably too good for Werachai, but as you can see at 8:30, and 12:12 he is always capable of landing that kick. 

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It's Showtime sure does know how to package the good in with the [possibly] bad. in the process of announcing that Badr Hari's last fight in the realm of Kickboxing will be on January 28th against Gokhan Saki and that the K-1 World Grand Prix even happening depends on FEG paying all of the It's Showtime fighters in advance. That is a lot of news that will leave you wondering why you got up this morning, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, as they announced their January 28th card and it is incredibly stacked, if not the most stacked event we've seen in years.

Fight card January 28, 2012 in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands:

Badr Hari vs Gökhan Saki
Daniel Ghita vs Hesdy Gerges (IT’S SHOWTIME world title heavyweight)
Tyrone Spong vs Melvin Manhoef
Errol Zimmerman vs Rico Verhoeven
Ben Edwards vs Ricardo van den Bos
Murat Direkçi vs Robin van Roosmalen
Lhoucine ‘Aussie’ Ouzgni vs Yohan Lidon (IT’S SHOWTIME world title 73kg max)
Gago Drago vs Hinata Watanabe
Chahid Oulad El Hadj vs Harut Grigorian
Danyo Ilunga vs Mourad Bouzidi
Michael Duut vs Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva
Henry van Opstal vs Hafid el Boustati


There are two relevant title matches, four competitive Heavyweight/Super Heavyweight bouts, competitive 95kg bouts and a lot more. [source]

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