|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)|
A quick piece of news that should come as no surprise - the Krush show scheduled for this weekend has been postponed due to the tragedy in Japan.
This weekend's Krush show was going to feature the semi-finals and finals of the 55, 60, and 63kg tournaments. Those fights will now be moved back to April 30. No word yet on what this means for the 70kg tournament, which was originally slated to begin on that April 30 date - I imagine they will just bump that entire tournament back one show as well. One other note regarding this - 55kg tournament participant Ryuya Kusakabe is currently scheduled to compete at the Shootboxing event on April 23, so we'll have to see how those two dates play together. Kusakabe is the Shootboxing champion.
In similar news, last weekend's Shootboxing Young Cesar's Cup was cancelled. It will be rescheduled, but no date has yet been mentioned.
While this Krush event is one I am really looking forward to, I'm very glad to see it delayed. These fighters don't need to be worrying about entertaining us in the face of such a horrible tragedy at home, and even thinking about them fighting this weekend seems so small and petty. It's been said before, but it can never be said enough - all our thoughts and best wishes to everyone in Japan during this extremely difficult time.Add a comment
Yesterday I started a series about the 10 best fighters in Muay Thai history according to me.
Here is part two, with #8, and #7
8 Boonlai Sor Thanikul: While Boonlai was a great technician but he often found himself forgetting he's the superior fighter, and frequently got into hard fought battles with his opponents. This is one of the main reasons he lost important fights, and came close to winning fighter of the year many times, but never did. Nonetheless his skill is unquestionable. As age caught up to him and he began losing more fights, he got involved in working a fight. After the work, he was basically finished with fighting in big shows, and was forced to fight in small shows making small money. Soon after he completely quit the sport and began training fighters more frequently at his gym. Many Thai's say he was the most skilled fighter they've ever seen in the gym. But knowing he worked a fight its impossible for me to put him any higher than #8. Here you can see just how good he was. Even a bit past his prime he still thoroughly dissected Jongsanan Fairtex, who is a great fighter in his own right. There are plenty of Boonlai fights out there so check 'em out.
7 Poot Lorlek: Before CroCop was destroying people with his great left high kick there was Poot Lorlek. The 1974 fighter of the year, and maybe the greatest head kicker in Muay Thai history. He knocked out at least 20 people with head kicks in just 80 or so fights. He started boxing at the age of 16 and soon became a familiar face on television. After becoming the man at Lumpinee Stadium he moved over to Raja and became champion, and highest paid fighter in all of Thailand. While offensively very gifted it was his movement and brains that made him the elite fighter he came to be. Its almost as if he knew the move his opponent was going to do well in advance. Over the course of 80+ fights he was never knocked down. Like a lot of fighters he came back several times after retirement with mixed success. He was a trainer for sometime after retirement, but now lives on a farm.
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|11.||Jerome Le Banner
Welcome back to the LiverKick.com rankings. These rankings are an attempt to break down the top 25 fighters in two different weight classes - Heavyweight, for fighters above the 77kg limit, and Middleweight, for fighters at the 70-72.5kg limit. Our rankings are based on in-ring accomplishments and recent wins and loses. We hope they reflect where these fighters currently stand, although we recognize that all rankings are inherently subjective.
Another month, another period of essential inaction in the heavyweight ranks, although this time there were at least a few fights that impacted the rankings.
The biggest of course was the huge It's Showtime clash between Hesdy Gerges and Daniel Ghita. This battle between the sport's next generation heavyweights lived up to the hype. Gerges pulled out a close (and, according to some, controversial) decision - he moves up to #7, while Ghita falls back to #9.
The other notable fight was in Australia, where Paul Slowinski defeated Thor Hoopman handily in one round. With that win, Slowinski brings his record in the last year up to an impressive 8-2, and earns himself a spot back in the rankings at #22. Glad to see The Sting back in here after many wrote him off a few years ago.
Luckily, things are definitely gaining momentum, as we have some solid fights announced in the upcoming weeks and months. This weekend is the Ultimate Glory semi-finals, featuring #5 Gokhan Saki vs. Wendell Roche and #15 Brice Guidon vs. #19 Mourad Bouzidi. Also this weekend is a Local Kombat show with a number of fighters just outside the top 25: Freddy Kemayo vs. Sebastian Ciobanu, Dzevad Poturak vs. Ionut Ifitmoaie, Catalin Morosanu vs. Ayadin Yuksel, and hot upcoming prospect Andrei Stoica vs. Alex Rossi. I'd expect at least the winner of Kemayo vs. Ciobanu to make it in to next month's rankings.
But the big news is the return of #4 Badr Hari. It's been nearly a year since we've seen the Golden Boy in action - he'll make his long-awaited return on May 14 for It's Showtime in Lyon. His opponent will be French fighter Tony Gregory. Also on that card: #10 Tyrone Spong vs. Igor Mihaljevic, and #9 Daniel Ghita vs. #22 Paul Slowinski. For some reason, rumors keep popping up about #11 Jerome Le Banner fighting on this card as well, but I would not count on it as the main card seems completed.
After that, It's Showtime continues their lock on the HW division with #7 Hesdy Gerges vs. Alexey Ignashov on July 23.
Finally, 2010 K-1 Oceania champion Ben Edwards has two upcoming fights - April 2 vs. Carter Williams, and July 30 vs. an opponent TBA. Good chance for Edwards to get back into the rankings with a pair of wins.
As for #1 Alistair Overeem? No clue. His next fight should be an MMA fight against Fabricio Werdum in the opening round of the Strikeforce Grand Prix. But with the recent UFC buyout of Strikeforce, who knows what this means. Will Overeem continue on as Strikeforce champion? Will he move into the UFC? Will Zuffa allow him to still take kickboxing bouts on the side (don't bet on it). It's all up in the air. For now, get your Reem fix with the first episode of The Reem, Part 2.Add a comment
If you enjoyed 'The Reem' -- an online documentary about Alistair Overeem's trials and tribulations, following his career from his Strikeforce title win to Alistair Overeem's big win at the K-1 Heavyweight World Grand Prix. So now, we follow Alistair Overeem from Dynamite!! 2010 and onward. This episode of The Reem starts off on Superbowl Weekend to the Strikeforce Fan Expo and Media Day for the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP. As per usual, incredible music choices line the innards of "The Reem." I'm always happy to hear mixes of Guns N' Roses and Ennio Morricone when I'm watching stuff about one of my favorite fighters. [source]
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In my last piece I tried my shot at exposing the Buakaw, and Ramon Dekkers myth. Someone replied and asked if they weren't the best, than who was?
If you ask Muay Thai fans that question, every top 10 list will be different. These are strictly my opinion
10 Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn: A long time training partner of Buakaw Por.Pramuk, Namsaknoi can be credited to some of the success Buakaw got in K-1. Its widely believed and often said that he dominated Buakaw in training. He held Lumpinee titles at 4 different weight classes for more than a decade. In 1996 he was voted fighter of the year and for the next 10 years stayed incredibly consistent until he retired to become a trainer. He came back several times over the last few years, but it finally appears age has caught up with the "Emperor." With multiple wins over Samkor Keatmontep, and Saenchai Sinbimuaythai formerly known as Saenchai Sor. Kingstar its impossible for me to leave him off this list. Im unsure of his actual record, but he rarely lost in the late 90's, and early 2000's. I don't doubt that he won at least 90% of his fights. Which is is phenomenal when you consider even the top Thai's fight 8-12+ times a year.
On top of being an all time great fighter he has the most beautiful Wai Kru I've ever seen.
9 Sangtienoi Sor. Rungrot: "The Deadly Kisser" (He apparently kissed his opponents on the cheek before he stopped them) was not very fast, nor was he too physically gifted in general, but he made up for it with amazing heart, and absolutely phenomenal technique. He's known for his kicks, and knees, but also has good hands, and good elbows, which make him one of the most complete fighters I've seen in Muay Thai. A long time champion at Rajadamnern Stadium he made the move to Lumpinee for better competition. Soon after he became lightweight champion, and beat all the best fighters of that era (90's) which is considered to be the greatest era of fighters ever. Today Sangtienoi is retired and is not only a trainer, but one of the best ambassadors for the sport. His son Moses, though not nearly as good as his father has followed in his footsteps and is ranked in the top 10 middleweights at Rajadamnern Stadium.
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