The K-1 World Grand Prix will not happen for the first time since 1993 this year. Sometimes you have to make a sacrifice for the good of the sport and a promotion like K-1, and having this time to re-organize and re-group and kick off next year with FIKA is vital. This, of course, means that over the past week or so many of us who have been following K-1 for years were sorely missing the K-1 World Grand Prix. If you are like me, then go ahead and watch the Finals to the very first World Grand Prix, held in 1993. If you have the time, check out K-1's official YouTube channel that still features the 1993 - 1999 World Grand Prix events, which you should be studying for the holidays.
When Buakaw Por. Pramuk fights, the world watches. Thai Fight 2011 was no different. Buakaw made it all the way to the Thai Fight 2011 70kg Finals where he squared off with Frank Giorgi. On paper, this fight was all Buakaw, but if you don't know how this fight turns out we aren't about to spoil it for you. Go ahead and watch it below. If you want to catch the entire event, head on over to GFL.tv to watch it for the confusing price of $14.99.
Here at LiverKick we strive to bring you the best in news and results from the world of Kickboxing and the overlapping Muay Thai world, also taking a look at Mixed Martial Arts and the Martial Arts world as a whole when it fits our needs. One man transcends both space and time just as easily as he defies logic and reason, and that man is Bob Sapp. Bob Sapp is the NFL player-turned-professional wrestler-turned-Kickboxer-turned-MMA-fighter who found his way back to professional wrestling in Japan. Bob Sapp became such a huge name in Japan that he actually became a matchmaker for K-1 and had some political power within the company for a few years.
Sapp's Kickboxing style was a mess, with him fouling left and right but bullrushing his opponents and striking with reckless abandon, picking him up some high profile wins against opponents that should have easily handled him. The same can be said for MMA where his lack of skill and fight IQ led to him doing absolutely insane things, like a deadlift powerbomb against Big Nog that has no real place in MMA but helped make him even more famous. He then became a regular on the variety show circuit in Japan, making him a national hero of sorts and his fights became a necessity for promoters who wanted the big television networks to support them.
The year of 2011 has been an odd year for Sapp, and a really telling year where Sapp, who is actually very good with his money and has saved and invested most of his gigantic earnings, has been cashing in on the European circuit. The only problem for Sapp is that it seems like he has actually been training more and has been honing his skill, which for a fighter like Sapp means strange things. I have theorized that he is now thinking about what he is doing and it is causing him problems. Of course, his other problem is he does not like to get hit. He still wrestles in Japan, which seems to be his best fit, but in professional fighting it does not make sense anymore. Sapp is 0-3 in Kickboxing and with his latest fight today, he is 0-3 in MMA to close out 2011.
It is impossible not to respect Bob Sapp for carving out his place in the world and for being conservative with his money. While we understand what he is doing in Europe, it might be time to cut it out, Bob. This is from Dec. 16 in Croatia. Noc Gladijatora 6. MFC Heavyweight Championship vs. Maro Perak.
With the talk of a possible [fake] showdown between Jerome Le Banner and Mirko Cro Cop there is a reason why such a bout would be a big deal in Japan, even if it were simply professional wrestling. It would be a rematch, of sorts, from 1996 where the two younger men met in the K-1 ring. Both men would go on to be wildly successful in Japan and become gigantic stars. Cro Cop became one of the biggest names in PRIDE FC and JLB became a K-1 legend.
So while it is not official yet, the thought of both men in the ring together again, even if not real, is exciting and would be a great moment for fans across the world. So go ahead and check out their first fight.