We all knew going into this weekend that there was going to be fireworks, but sometimes fights go above and beyond what you expect, and Yodsaenklai vs. Kyshenko from Rumble of the Kings did just that. Both men absolutely went to war on Saturday and we have the video evidence to prove it. This is not a fight that you want to miss by any stretch of the imagination.
Part of the fun of running a site dedicated to the art of Kickboxing is that sometimes in Mixed Martial Arts there will be moments where a fighter will go for something that seems so out-of-nowhere and unique, but it has been done before in Kickboxing. Part of the fun is pointing these classics out to fans, which either means introducing them to a part of fight history or giving a gentle reminder of just how awesome Kickboxing can be.
The buzz today is focused on Marius Zaromskis landing a somersault kick, leading to a big KO at Rumble of the Kings. You can check that out here and see it for yourself. A truly spectacular move, but it did not connect flush and needed a lot of follow-up to finish the fight. Immediately upon seeing that, I was reminded of Peter Graham's crowning moment in K-1 history, which took place in 2006 against none other than Badr Hari. Hari was still young, skinny and not yet able to truly harness his potential (you could make an argument that he has yet to do this, but that is for another post) yet, and Graham had a lot to prove on the K-1 circuit.
It was a good, competitive fight with both men looking great, but if you skip ahead to about eleven minutes in something truly spectacular happens; Rolling Thunder. This is a Knockout that K-1 fans have been talking about ever since and one that will always be in the record books. While the techniques are different, Peter Graham's kick is proof that throwing some fancy all-or-nothing kick can connect and can do damage.
The fight happened a month ago, but video of Ismael Londt vs. Mourad Bouzidi from October 23 it finally made its way onto Youtube today. Bouzidi was one of Londt's toughest tests to date and Londt demolished him. Since then, Londt went on to beat Pavel Zhuravlev and get knocked out by Sergei Lascenko in the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final tournament on November 19. This fight includes a few awesome knockdowns so check it out.
Cosmo Alexandre made his MMA debut a few weeks ago, and it was a tentative and downright terrible affair for all involved. His opponent was able to do enough to pull off the decision victory while Cosmo seemed afraid to let his hands go and open up the takedown. Sometimes in MMA it is just a matter of experience, or getting your sea legs. It doesn't matter how good you are in the gym, it is different in the ring. Cosmo has such a great standing skill set that his grappling was a clear weakness and had him worried, but come this weekend and his second fight, that was something of the past. Watch as Cosmo shows the MMA world what the Kickboxing and Muay Thai worlds already knew.