|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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K-1's financial woes are nothing new to LiverKick.com's readers, as we've been covering K-1's inability to pay their fighters on time for longer than the existence of LiverKick.com now. Ray Sefo's last bout with K-1 was in October of 2010 after fighting for K-1 3 times within the span of a year. Sefo's deal with K-1 was heavily talked about throughout the hardcore fan community as being upwards of 3 million dollars for a multi-fight deal, and apparently the last part of that deal was to pay Sefo $700,000. It has been 9 months now, and Sefo has been very publicly discussing how K-1 has yet to pay him. Many have rushed to defend K-1, whose contracts do have certain clauses about pay and the timeliness of it. This is standard in the international fighting world, for example Ultimate Glory pays 30 days after the event. K-1's clause is usually in the range of six months, and Ray Sefo has worked with K-1 for many years, so there is no chance of him not knowing this.
This is all immaterial now, as it has been over nine months and Tanikawa has even stated that the Sefo situation is "taken care of." It is important to note that the Japanese media have an unspoken gag order of sorts of them when it comes to matters like this. Business in Japan is very different and there are a lot of secrets, what happens behind closed doors is usually not as public as it is in other places. For a Japanese newspaper to print an article about Ray Sefo, Peter Aerts and more being owed money by Tanikawa, as well as Tanikawa lying, it would have to be considered a big deal. It is. [source]
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It's Showtime has long-been the number two kickboxing promotion in the world and in 2011 has decided to go all-out while K-1 was experiencing financial problems. In the span of time that it took for K-1 to run one event, It's Showtime has run six events and already has a 70kg MAX tournament lineup prepared for September as well as other big bouts planned like Badr Hari vs. Daniel Ghita. There have been rumblings of K-1's future activities, including being bought out and running further tournaments, as well as their Facebook campaign, but outside of the Facebook activity things have been very quiet on the K-1 front.
Heavyweight Grand Prix
Simon Rutz is very active on his Facebook, to the extent where if you ask him a question the chances of him replying are indeed very good. One of our awesome readers who uses the Facebook tag of "Ruslan Karaev" asked Mr. Rutz if they plan on running a Heavyweight tournament in the wake of K-1 not running it. Rutz's response was to the point; "If K-1 do not survive then we shall do it."
Since at this point in time I am certain that K-1 will "survive" I'm not exactly sure that they will run a Heavyweight Grand Prix soon, and if they do, it will be last minute. Even if the K-1 World Heavyweight Grand Prix does have a lot of prestige and history behind it, that does not mean that no one else should try to run a tournament. Fight Code is running their Rhinos tournament, and while the talent is definitely second-tier compared to K-1 or It's Showtime's top talent, the effort is appreciated and the output is fun to watch. United Glory also ran a Heavyweight Kickboxing tournament, and while it did not feature the very, very best in the world it did feature a solid line-up. It's Showtime has enough talent under contract to make this happen, as we've seen with their 70kg MAX tournament.
REBELS X It's Showtime Japan Countdown-1
Many people have gone out on a limb and assumed that It's Showtime would be live streaming the July 18th Countdown to It's Showtime Japan show which is co-promoted with REBELS Muay Thai in Japan, but I have confirmed with It's Showtime management that they have no plans to air the It's Showtime Japan Countdown series. Seeing as though the event features Giorgio Petrosyan it is indeed a bit upsetting that It's Showtime won't be carrying the fight.
Nightmare of Battle has reported that the REBELS portion of the event will be streamed live on the REBELS UStream channel. The It's Showtime Japan portion of the event will be streamed live as well, but at a cost, and a rather steep one at that. The event will be available on UStream PPV for 2,100 Yen, which converts to between 25 and 26 dollars USD, which is a steep increase from the $15 the average It's Showtime card costs with decidedly less fights to watch.Add a comment
If for some reason you missed Fight Code's Istanbul event over the weekend where they ran their Rhinos Heavyweight tournament's first round, never fear. Fight Code always goes out of their way to put fights from each event onto their web site in high quality. From this weekend's event there are five full length bouts up, with of course the highlight of the event being Freddy Kemayo's awesome head kick knockout victory. Click here and go to around the 9:30 mark to see Kemayo's work pay off for him.
So head over to LiveFightCode.tv and check out the "Full Fights" section for videos from this weekend's event. [source]Add a comment
Rob Kaman is one of the few legends in the world of kickboxing that no one can deny; he has been everywhere and done everything. Our good friends at AFAV do some of the best interviews int he business, clearly the best in the world of kickboxing. We showed the preview before, and here is the full, finished product.
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This is a not an official P4P list from any stadiums, or groups in Thailand. Just my personal opinion on who are the 10 best Muay Thai fighters in Thailand.
1. Saenchai SinbiMuayThai: Saenchai has been the P4P king of Muay Thai for years. Every now and then he'll be defeated, and at an age where most Thai's are washed up you have to think his time is coming to an end. However, time after time he bounces back with a classic performance. He showed that in his most recent fight where he beat Kongsak Sitboonme. He'll look to keep the train rolling when he once again fights Petchboonchu FA Group on August 2nd.
2. Kongsak Sitboonme: Prior to the loss against Saenchai, Kongsak was on an insane winning streak. In just over a year he piled up a 10-0-1 record against some of the best fighters in Thailand. The lone draw he got on the winning streak was a highly controversial one to Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym. He will also be featured on the same August 2nd card against another hot fighter, F16 Rajonont.
3. Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym: The model of consistency. Sam-A has been a top Nak Muay for many years. He's fought every named fighter that is relatively close to him in weight. He too is on the big August 2nd card against the much bigger Lekklar Thanasukarn who is coming off a knockout win over legend Wuttidet Lukprabart.
4. Pakon Sakyothin: Earlier this year he lost to Kongsak in a big fight that was to determine the fighter of the year. Pakon has been a multiple weight champion, and is one of the most talented fighters, and a bit of a throw back to the early 90's. Here is his unforgettable classic with Ponsaneh Sitmonchai.
5. Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym: Despite losing 6 fights in a row its tough to not put Nong-O on this list. Among those losses were a bogus decision to Saenchai, two very close fights with Jomthong Chuwattana, a close fight with Kongsak, and a pair of losses to larger fighters in F16 Rajonont, and Sagetdao Petpaiyathai. Prior to the losing streak he was on a very impressive run, and has been the 2nd most consistent fighter in the last 6 or 7 years, only behind Saenchai.
6. Singdam Kiatmuu9: Singdam is also a very consistent fighter. Known for his powerful right leg, and a solid clinch game he's been a prominent fighter for over a decade. In 2002 he won the fighter of the year award, and in 2004 he was one win away from winning it again, but was knocked out by Anuwat Kaewsamrit. He's coming off a loss to Petchboonchu FA Group, but will have a fight on the August 2nd card against Sagetdao Petpaiyathai, a fighter he's already beaten this year.
7. Chokpreecha Kor. Sakooncher: Some aren't as high on this 115 killer as I am. He gets knocked for not having a large skill set, but I think his talents are more prevalent than people think. He does fall behind in fights and relies on his 1 punch KO to comeback. However he does have some points victories over top fighters at his weight. But it is his KO power that gets him most of his victories. Something like 7 of his last 10 wins have been by knockout.
8. Jomthong Chuwattana: Jomthong was a bit of a phenom. In 2006, at just 16 years old he won fighter of the year. Since then he's been on a bit of a roller coaster, with some ups and downs. Most recently though, he's been fighting very well. His next fight will be this Thursday at Rajadamnern against Phetaik Aizbangzai.
9. Nuangthep Eminentair: Nuangthep is a bit of a bully at 115 pounds, but he's a winner. He also has a big win over a Ponsawan Lukprabart, and a few other elite fighters at 118 pounds.
10. Penaik Sitnumnoi: Penaik is a very strong clinch fighter, with a good supporting cast of weapons. He's come close to fighter of the year on several occasions in the past, but just couldn't get the big win when he needed it.
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