|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)|
Look, I know that only Americans call it Soccer and that everywhere else in the world it is Football. I get it. The...Read more
Kickboxing and Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr is in what we know to be his retirement year and he has not only been incredibly active, but he has always been training his 8 year old daughter, Jasmine in the art of muay thai as well. There was quite a stir over the weekend as Parr's daughter had her first kickboxing bout in Australia against a fellow youngster and the media there has decided that eight is simply too young to participate in such "brutal" sports.
JWP has spent the last few days defending his choice to let his daughter fight and has been faced with the most criticism of his long, storied career. This of course comes across as ridiculous to me, after watching a video of Millionaire Manhoef, age 9, in a bout in the Netherlands from a few weeks ago. I don't think that 8 is too young to be involved in a contact sport, nor do parents and athletes who participated in youth sports growing up, the simple fact is that a sport that involves this level of contact makes people uncomfortable.
When I was 7 I was playing baseball for the first time and on my second practice a line drive came at me quickly while I was drawing a sword in the sand with the tip of my shoe, by the time I realized it was coming it was too late and the ball smashed me in the face, taking out one of my front teeth and leaving me dazed for about twenty seconds. What struck me as funny was that injury from baseball was far more serious than anything I suffered when I took up Kenpo two years later and began sparring after about a year of practicing. American Football, Soccer and any other sport children play can be equally as violent, if not more violent than muay thai.
I think if people want to criticize children in Muay Thai that they should take a long, hard look at traditional sports and some of the injuries kids receive every season in these sports, as long as the proper precautions are taking place, let the kids do what they love.Add a comment
After the recent success of Thai Fight Extreme's event in France in May, they're now headed to Japan. With an already scheduled event in Hong Kong on July 17, Thai Fight Extreme is yet another organization that is picking up the pace in 2011. As usual, Thai Fight Extreme will use full Thai rules.
The two time K-1 World MAX Grand Prix champion, Buakaw Por. Pramuk is set to take on Tomoaki Makino. Makino is very tall for the weight class and he'll have to use every bit of his height to beat one of the K-1 greats in Buakaw. Buakaw has recently had a foray into fighting under full Thai rules, picking up a win over Djime Coulibaly at the May 14 Thai Fight Extreme show in France. Before ths fight in August though, Buakaw will be taking on Brazillian Gilmar China on the Thai Fight Extreme card in Hong Kong on July 17.
Yodsaenklai Fairtex is another fighter who picked up a win at Thai Fight Extreme's May event, and also who will be fighting on the Hong Kong card against Karim Ghajji. On August 7, he'll fight Yasuhiko Shirasu of Japan.
World renowned Saiyok Pumpanmuang will take on Kou Suman of Japan. Fabio Pinca will fight Yuya Yamato, not to be confused with the Yuya Yamamoto of Krush and K-1. Yamato upset Pinca at the May Thai Fight Extreme event when Pinca was unable to continue due to cuts. Pinca will look to get his revenge and even up the score. Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee will be facing TOMOYUKI but before that he'll take on Egon Racz on the July 17 card in China. Also look out for MMA veteran Akihiro Gono to be on the card.Thai Fight Extreme seems to be using the same Thai fighters on each of their events with Buakaw, Yod, Sudsakorn and Saiyok being showcased on all 3 current events. Much like the France card, the Japan card features a Japan vs. Thailand theme. Thanks to Nightmare of Battle for the news. Add a comment
There aren't a lot of documentaries made about the current state of kickboxing worldwide, which is why when I happened across this filmmaker I got very excited. Steven Wright traveled the world to make a documentary that he felt needed to be made, and from what I've seen of it so far, it is amazing. The film involves three parts; Europe, Oceania and Americas, takes a look at Muay Thai and Kickboxing on a global scale and involves incredible backstage footage and interviews with some of the top fighters in the world. For now, just watch this trailer that is just full of awesome.
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Tonight in the main event of Strikeforce's show in Dallas, Alistair Overeem won a decision over Fabricio Werdum. The fight didn't go as anyone predicted it. It was drawn out over 3 rounds, with Overeem constantly stuffing Werdum's takedowns, spending little portions of time on the ground and battling it out on the feet. The thing that surprised many was that Werdum actually outlanded Overeem on the feet. I'm going to get into every aspect of this fight, the future and the backlash of the fight community.
Now you may notice that Werdum outlanded Overeem in the stand up. A lot of people who don't understand what's going on are jumping on this fact. People don't realize how much the threat of a takedown plays into the striking. Many are even going as far to discredit the whole sport of kickboxing just because Werdum outlanded Overeem. Go watch the fight and you can see Overeem is solely focusing on defending the takedown from Werdum. Overeem respected the ground game of Werdum so much that he didn't showcase a lot of his striking ability in fear of getting put on his back, where Werdum has the advantage. Now this can be seen as a flaw in itself and I acknowledge that Overeem needs some more time to readjust to MMA. Overeem's stints in K-1 have clearly pushed back his overall MMA mentality and he'll have to work on it.
But to discredit the whole sport of kickboxing for this is absurd. The threat of the takedown is an added element in MMA that can change the whole stand up realm. Reem didn't throw any kicks because of the threat of the takedown, and the one time he threw a kick he was taken down. Overeem was so focused on defending the takedown that he was willing to give up some defence in order to do so. It may look good for Werdum but let's be real. The shots had no effect in comparison to the strikes that Overeem landed. Overeem landed the more effective strikes while Werdum's were glancing blows and didn't even phase Overeem. Because of the takedown, Overeem didn't open up to throw strikes and had to hold back in order to not over commit himself. Whenever Overeem would set himself to defend a takedown, Werdum would come with strikes. Whenever Overeem would set himself to strike, Werdum would go for a takedown or flop to his back. Put any MMA fighter in a ring with Overeem under kickboxing rules without the threat of a takedown and he'll crush them. Read more...Add a comment