|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
We do a lot of things here at LiverKick.com, we keep up relationships with the big promotions around the world, we speak with fighters on a regular basis and we do our best to keep hardcore fans informed and happy as well as break down the sport for newcomers to make them feel welcome to the world of kickboxing. We understand just coming into the kickboxing world completely dry can be a bit of a stretch for some people; it is an entirely different sport, and while some parts will be familiar, like the basics, a lot of the rules, names, promotions, titles and tournaments can be entirely confusing and turn off people who don't have a wealth of information at their finger tips.
I've been following kickboxing for 15 years or so now and even I get frustrated with there being no central place for information and that promotions, camps and fighters themselves don't keep up to date information. For example, Bas Boon of Golden Glory sent out a press release about the Ultimate Glory show this weekend and it listed Wendy Annonay as one of the fighters on the card when he was not at all on the card.
It is this kind of information that frustrates us here at LiverKick.com and could only turn away the average newcomer in a blink of an eye.
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Enter WikiKick. WikiKick is our hat being thrown into the ring, for now we are in the process of building up a database, and there will be some information that is redundant to Wikipedia for the time being, but that is where you come in. Are you a fighter and is your record incorrect or simply not on Wikipedia? We want to hear from you. Are you a promoter and want your card listed somewhere available to those looking for information about events? We want to hear from you. Are you a historian and have all of this valuable information inside of a book? We want to hear from you, scan it, type it, do anything! Are you a fan who just wants there to be a resource like that? Then join us.
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The below is a beautiful display of Muay Thai. Both Buakaw and Petnamek throw beautifully and utilize their technique in rather different strategies to impose their will on the fight.
This bout, in addition to being a fun to watch display of Muay Thai, also serves to highlight a difference in scoring between Muay Thai and kickboxing or Western boxing. Namely, that the judges weigh the last two rounds heavily over the first three. This makes sense on paper, but for those of us who are used to seeing each round weighed equally, it seems strange on viewing.
Of the fighters, Buakaw is undoubtedly more famous, due to his successes in K-1. At this point, he was still fighting in the 135 - 140 lb (61.5 - 63.5 kg) range. It would be two years before his debut in that organization. He now fights at 154 lb (70 kg), which is also his walk-around weight.
Like Buakaw, Petnamek Sor Siriwat was a well-regarded fighter on the Muay Thai circuits during this time. He too would move up in weight. I believe the most recent footage of him on Youtube showed him participating in Muay Thai vs San Da in 2005.
Buakaw fights out of the blue corner in this bout, Petnamek, southpaw, fights out of the red corner.
We've got more information coming in from United Glory from this past weekend. First up, if you are interested in the MMA portion of the card, Sherdog.com has full results from the MMA fights online. Check those out here. Video has also surfaced of both Nieky Holzken and Errol Zimmerman in their fights, so we have some details on those fights, plus those videos, below. As for the rest of the card - your guess remains as good as mine. Which, I have to say, is completely ridiculous. It's a real shame that this company would put on a show featuring multiple top 25 fighters, then not even bother to tell anyone who was actually on the show. In this day and age it's absurd not to put results up on your own site, or at the very least, visit a big message board such as Mixfight.nl and post full results. I'd like to say I'm looking forward to the next United Glory show and Guidon vs. Saki, but I have so little faith that I'll actually see the show that it's hard to drum up much interest.
Up first is Nieky Holzken vs. an unknown fighter mis-labeled as Wendy Annonay. To be clear, Holzken's opponent here is NOT Wendy Annonay, as the YouTube video states. Mr. Annonay himself contacted us to clear this up. Our sincere apologies to him, and our readers for the confusion - just more proof of the lack of information from UG. UPDATE: It appears Holzken's opponent is French fighter Carlos Tavares.
Anyway, not sure what weight class this was, as Holzken has been moving around the 70-77 range a bit lately. His opponent looks pretty big, so I would guess something higher than just 70kg. Very impressive performance from Holzken, who patiently waits for the right opening, then takes advantage once he gets it:
Next is Errol Zimmerman vs. Zinedine Hamer-Lain. After hearing Zimmerman was on this card, I was interested to see this, as the Bonecrusher has not looked too good in his last few showings. Here, we once again get the somewhat overweight looking Zimmerman - a fighter who looks distinctly different from the man who made the K-1 semi-finals 2 years ago. On the plus side, he does show off his power and aggression here, putting a heavy beating on Hamer-Lain that ends up breaking the overmatched fighter's arm. I'll call this one better than we've seen from Zimmerman lately, but still not the kind of shape I would like to see him in:
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Japan is in dismay still from the earth-shattering (literally) 9.0 Earthquake that happened just a week and a half ago off the Northeastern coast of Japan, triggering aftershocks that would send most of us reeling, tsunamis that we got to watch wash away entire towns and cities live across the world and finally the uncertainty that comes from fires in nuclear reactors. It has already been rated about as much of a toxic disaster as 1979's Three Mile Island incident in Pennsylvania that scared Americans to death about the future of nuclear energy. So, donate if you can, to any charitable organization you feel fit.
Secondly, if you are like me, you had a few heroes in the MMA and fighting world in general. If you did, Genki Sudo was probably on the list somewhere. The guy was simply amazing on many levels; from his insane grappling ability, to the striking skills he picked up, to his incredible dance skills and intricate entrances, to his acting, to his people skills, world outlook and of course, now his music. This guy really has done everything.
Genki Sudo's message to the Japanese people and world remains as clear as ever; WE ARE ALL ONE. In his message, he talks about the darkness of these disasters eating up the light, but wants people to remain positive; "and I also believe that no matter how strong that darkness is, we can always use light to beat it back."
This same day, he released a mind-boggling, insane new music video that tops the last one for slow-motion dance moves over a real-time world. He also asks very serious questions, apparently; "Where's the world going, won't somebody tell me? Are these thoughts illusion? Are we all one? Can this world change, is this feeling an illusion?"
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Time gets the better of all of us once in a while, and for me, there has been a lot of combat sports lately, enough so to where I kept putting off discussing this weekend's It's Showtime event. Now here I am early on Tuesday morning trying to sell you on watching the fights this weekend. The big fight coming up is a 61kg MAX It's Showtime World Championship bout between the champion, Sergio Wiezlen.
Wiezlen, for a fighter at a mere 61kg (135lbs) has a ton of power to go with his speed. If you need proof, watch this video from a fighter last year, where Wiezlen faced off against a former Lumpini and four time Rajadamnern Stadium Champion (this was of course 2003 - 2006ish) and annihilated him with a right head kick.
Not sold yet? OK, in December Sergio defended his newly won It's Showtime 61kg MAX crown against a game challenger in Masahiro Yamamoto. Yamamoto was able to match him with speed, but not in power. One of my favorite moments in this fight is the left knee in the first round that puts Yamamoto down. Wiezlen looks to use those knees like a mini Ubereem, granted he is just about half the size and uses his kicks a bit more liberally.
A nice, commanding performance and what we get to look forward to this weekend. Will Wiezlen make this his 19th professional knockout?Add a comment