|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're still coming off of the big rush of the year-end kickboxing shows when Shootboxing gives us something to look forward to over the next year. There will be 5 shows spread out over the rest of the year, the first in February and the last in November. Expect the big names to return, with Buakaw Por. Pramuk looking to defend his Shootboxing S-Cup Championship honor, as will newcomer Toby Imada who made a giant impression making it further than anyone expected a MMA fighter who specializes in submissions and judo would make it in a stand up tournament. Also returning with be Andy Souwer, Takaai Umeno and Hiroki Shishido.
The schedule unfolds as such:
SHOOT BOXING2001 acts. 1 - 5, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
After all of the surprises that unfolded in 2010, expect 2011 to be another dynamite year for that strange kickboxing promotion with standing submissions and throws. Shootboxing has really gone out of its way to provide dynamic, exciting events for fans of K-1 MAX. [source]Add a comment
If you'll remember way back, way back to a few weeks ago, we ran a poll on LiverKick.com to determine who you, the fans believed to be the kickboxer of the year in 2010. There really was not much of a gamble involved in this, as it was going to come down to one of the two K-1 World Grand Prix Champions, either heavyweight or MAX. Even then, it seemed like a no-brainer as to who the fans were going to vote for, due to his popularity in Mixed Martial Arts and now holding three combat sports world championships, affording him a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records.
That's right, Alistair Overeem.
Alistair Overeem ended 2008 by knocking out Badr Hari, which many conceived to be insanity at the time. Overeem was a MMA fighter with a losing kickboxing record from when he was just a kid. We all knew that Alistair Overeem was a good, not great MMA fighter and was best known for making Cro Cop's testicles hurt, a lot. For the rest of 2009 he had dedicated himself to a K-1 career, which incited Western fans who just wanted the absurdity that was the Strikeforce title situation to come to an end. Alistair Overeem was living out a dream in 2009, which was competing with the best kickboxers in the world and holding his own, while fighting MMA fights to keep himself active in between. If anything, people should have taken a step back and looked at the sheer brilliance of what his manager, Bas Boon was doing. Bas Boon was creating the next big international breakout star, something the world of fighting had not seen since the days of PRIDE.
Of course Overeem's dedication to his training, his diet and keeping a sound mind are things he himself has to accomplish, but Bas Boon's role in the whole thing is that of a mastermind. Fans cried out that Overeem was ducking fighters, but Bas Boon was signing the contracts and negotiating for different fights. In a way, it follows the old professional wrestling rules where you build a monster up through public slaughterings of lesser opponents while still placing him in real competition. The real competition in 2009 for Overeem was the K-1 World Grand Prix. He did better than anyone really expected of him and built up a big enough name for himself to where 2010 he had another shot at K-1 glory.
2010 was the year of "the Reem." 2009 ended with a strategic slaughtering of Kazuyuki Fujita, which Western fans once again complained was not elite competition, but was a solid name who was once a very competitive gatekeeper in the heavyweight division. The Yokohama GP show in April was meant to be sort of a "Feature" show for certain fighters going into the Final 16, and Overeem was one of them, being given an opponent of a tough, but outmatched Dzevad Poturak. Contrary to popular belief, this was very real competition and Overeem proved a lot in a dominant victory. Overeem defended his Strikeforce title, while was enough to calm some of the rabid Western fans (not all, you can never please them all), and then finished out 2010 with a flawless K-1 record, ripping Ben Edwards to shreds at the Final 16, scoring a tough decision over Tyrone Spong in the quarterfinals, stopping an injured Gokhan Saki in the semis and putting an exhausted and injured Peter Aerts down like Old Yeller in the finals.
All throughout this, Overeem's name was kept fresh in everyone's minds. How? Brilliance and marketing. Overeem was in attendance when Fedor Emelianenko was submitted by Fabricio Werdum to challenge the winner, and express his disappointment with Fedor's loss but loved the idea of avenging a previous loss to Werdum later on. Then throughout the year, the viral documentary that followed Alistair Overeem's career, "The Reem" was a hit, making headlines on every website the day a new episode was launched. Marketing, as well as top performances against tough competition made Alistair Overeem a superstar.
In 2011 he looks to defend his K-1 World Grand Prix Championship, his DREAM Heavyweight Championship and enter the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP to defend his title three times in MMA competition. At this point, the line between kickboxer and MMA fighter is blurred, as Alistair Overeem is just The Reem.Add a comment
Jomthong Chuwattana beat Jaroenchai Audonmuang in a rematch this January 6th in Bangkok, Thailand. Jomthong normally fights below 130 lb, while Jaroenchai is ranked in the lightweight 135 lb division at both Rajadamnern and Lumpini. Jaroenchai is a former Rajadamnern champion at 135 lb lightweight.
This fight was contested with Jomthong at 133 lb and Jaroenchai at 138 lb. Jaroenchai's allowance in weight reflects Jomthong's more consistent performances in recent years. Jomthong has consistently been in the top ranks at the stadiums, while moving slowly up in weight, and currently holds the Rajadamnern strap at super featherweight 130 lb.
Vigo Sor Phenprapa def. Kaiyasit Chuwattana (profiled on My Muay Thai), TKO Rd 3
Dendanai PK Stereo def. Sakuntong Tor Ponchai, Points
Kompayak Chuwattana def. Aranchai Kiatpataraphan, TKO Rd 4
Jomthong Chuwattana def. Jaroenchai Audonmuang, Points
Videos are not yet up for the January 6th, 2011 card, but t63t94 has video of an earlier meeting between Jomthong and Jaroenchai on August 2nd, 2007:
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This is a follow-up to the article from the other day about Badr Hari and commentators on crimesite.nl reporting news about the Amsterdam assault from last February at the night club BlinQ (thanks to reader Ramon for translation help). Wim van den Pol of the website considers himself a journalist and the readers who comment on his articles as "sources." Like any media source, he claims, he refuses to disclose their personal information. Amsterdam officials believe otherwise, that van den Pol is a "telecommunications provider" and must abide by those laws -- which means to hand over IP addresses of those posting comments on his site so that they can be questioned and used as witnesses in the case.
How serious are officials? Van den Pol might be arrested if the IP addresses of the users are not forwarded to Amsterdam officials. That is pretty serious and shows just how much attention this case is garnering at this point in time. Officials are doing more research into the matter currently, with the investigation "frozen" until they can conclude if van den Pol is truly, legally considered a "journalist" or as an operator of a website, simply a telecommunications network provider.Add a comment
Satoshi Ishii may be a bust but his MMA rules fight against K-1 legend Jerome Le Banner was the highest rated fight during the Dynamite!! show with a 14.1% share. Coming in second is K-1 MAX fighter Nagashima's brutal KO of DREAM lightweight champion Shinya Aoki.
Dave covered the Dynamite!! ratings situation and they weren't good. Obviously down from the year prior.
Ishii, an Olympic gold medal winning judoka in the 2008 games, entered the Japanese MMA scene with much hype. He was the one that would supposedly resurrect MMA in Japan. Satoshi had the credentials and potential but so far, it hasn't happened. Between his odd behavior and failure to endear himself in Japan, the fans haven't taken to Ishii. The future doesn't look bright either as he was booed after his victory over JLB by the normally reserved Japanese crowd. It will be interesting to see if Ishii can resurrect his own image before he can help Japanese MMA improve their own. (Source)Add a comment