Our good friend from Team Takeover, Daniel Fletcher, caught up with Mike's Gym head trainer and lead man, Mike Passenier to discuss all matters that are awesome for us. He talks about Melvin Manhoef, Badr Hari and the rest of the Mike's Gym fighters. Hopefully we'll be seeing more stuff from Fletch coming up shortly. Oh, and there is also a Paul "Semtex" Daley interview about BAMMA in there as well.
You go on vacation for just a few measly days, then some Delta pilot thinks he is pulling fancy moves, which delays you half an hour and makes you miss your connecting flight. He then jokes about it with you in the Salt Lake City airport before giving you a voucher for 6 dollars worth of food and a crappy hotel room, you forget that Andy Souwer vs. L'houchine "Aussie" Ouzgni is literally days away. Thankfully for me, and thankfully for you, AFAV, a pretty great video production team, brings you close to the action as both men prepare for their bout.
We've posted the first video in the series, which was Andy Souwer discussing the upcoming bout and then getting an inside look at his training. In the second episode, we catch up with Aussie.
We aren't done yet. In the third episode, they move back to Andy Souwer's camp, where he discusses cutting weight, his fallout with K-1 and a possible move to MMA. After the break the next two episodes.
Results from last week's question: Who is K-1's greatest of all time?
42% - Peter Aerts
27% - Ernesto Hoost
11% - Semmy Schilt
9% - Andy Hug
7% - Remy Bonjasky
2% - Jerome Le Banner
2% - Ray Sefo
This week: Coming up this Saturday will be the first truly major card of 2011 as It's Showtime kicks off their year. Headlining the event is a great top 10 battle with #8 Daniel Ghita vs. #9 Hesdy Gerges. So, who wins?
Results are in from this weekend, and there were three kickboxing events of interest.
Top 10 Middlewweight Nieky Holzken (ranked #6) was in action this weekend, headlining a Golden Glory event in Eindhoven and challenging Thilo Schneider for the WFCA World Title. The intense Holzken brought the fight to Schneider early, using a wide range of techniques to overwhelm his opponent and score the 2nd round TKO win. A bit of an ugly moment in the 2nd round here after Holzken dropped Schneider with a punch. As Schneider was down on one knee in the corner, the referee was slow to step in and Holzken blasted his clearly downed opponent with a brutal punch that rocked the completely exposed Schneider. Poor reffing there for sure, but also not the most sportsmanlike move from Holzken. After the fight Faldir Chahbari entered the ring and challenged Holzken. Those two put on one of the best fights in 2009 with Holzken pulling off a close decision win, and I would have no problem seeing them square off again.
In Australia, the big event was Knees of Fury 32, headlined by Paul Slowinski vs. Thor Hoopman. Slowinski (pictured) was able to get his revenge on Hoopman for a 2009 loss, as the long-time K-1 veteran scored a 1st round KO victory over his younger opponent. The difference in the fight seemed to be Slowinski's power, which proved too much for the smaller Hoopman. At one point, Slowinski was able to simply pick Hoopman up and slam him to the mat in a throw that was low on technique, but high on strength. As the round progressed, Slowinski increased his pressure, landing multiple punch combos that dropped Hoopman before the referee stepped in and stopped the fight. Great win for Slowinski, who was talking about retiring two years ago, but is now 8-2 in the last year and getting ready for a May showdown with Daniel Ghita in what will be Slowinski's biggest international fight since the 2008 K-1 GP Finals. Hoopman remains a young talent to watch, but this is a definite setback for him, and he will need to figure out how to deal with bigger, stronger opponents if he hopes to remain at Heavyweight. Elsewhere on the card Wes Capper stopped Kym Johnson in 1 round, Flip Street defeated Myles Simpson by TKO after round 2, Sarah O'Connell decisioned Tenille May, Charlie Chau KO'd Hiki Hanui in the 1st via leg kicks, and Cameron Murcott stopped Steve Behan, again in the 1st.
Finally, over in Japan was R.I.S.E. 74 with a pair of title fights as the main attraction. In the main event, Kosuke Komiyama took a 5 round split decision win over Kan Itabashi to become the new R.I.S.E. 60 kg champion, while Koji Yoshimoto and Yusuke Sugawara battled to a Draw in a 63kg title fight. Yoshimoto remains the champion after the draw decision. The other notable fight was Dyki vs. Hiroki Maeda, where Dyki scored the decision win. The event also included a retirement ceremony for K-1 MAX veteran Tatsuji.