Baxter Humby, a man who has defied the odds of someone who is missing a limb in professional combat sports over and over- has done it again. The intercontinental champ defeated Zidov Domenik handily over the weekend at the Muay Thai Premier League's "Stars and Stripes" event. The one armed man indeed did it. Take a look at the impressive KO below.
Welcome to a new series here on LiverKick.com, Kickboxers in MMA. The purpose of the series is to profile kickboxers or Muay Thai fighters that dabble into the MMA world, whether it be mixed in with competing in the realm of stand up fighting or permanently. Our first fighter profile will be on Vuyisile Colossa, fresh off a win at One Fighting Championship today.
Vuyisile Colossa is from South Africa, where he started his career. Colossa racked up wins on the South African scene before moving to Hong Kong, where he currently calls home. Since the move to Hong Kong, Colossa has fought all over Asia, stepping over the top rope in China, Thailand and Korea. Colossa has faced Yodsanklai Fairtex four times, going the distance each time, including one win, albeit controversial. Naruepol Fairtex, Armen Petrosyan and Dmitry Valent are among other names that Colossa has shared the ring with.
Colossa first tested the MMA waters in May of 2010, where he submitted John Vargas with a rear naked choke (video). Submitting an opponent in your first MMA fight is very uncharacteristic of a kickboxer just entering the sport. His opponent came to grapple and ended up getting submitted. Not too shabby for an MMA debut. Next up was Alex Niu, who succumbed to Colossa's fists at Martial Combat 7 in Singapore. Colossa found himself in trouble, caught in an early armbar attempt but battled out of it and finished the job in the second round. Colossa's next fight would be against Eduard Folayang, the biggest MMA star in Filipino MMA. Folayang took Colossa down many times but when the fight was on the feet, Colossa owned it. Folayang walked away with the decision, but many were talking about the South African fighter.
Fast forward a bit less than a year later with one more win under his belt, and we're at One Fighting Championship's inaugural event. Colossa is up against a Chinese Sanda fighter, Xing Yu Ma. It was apparent from the get-go that Colossa was the far superior striker, brutalizing the Chinese fighter on the feet. The knockout came just 49 seconds into the first round. There should be no doubt now that Colossa is one of the best strikers in MMA.
Video from ironforgesiron.com
Colossa's stand up fighting experience is very apparent when he steps in the cage, especially in Muay Thai. Knees and elbows are fired off as opponents find themselves clinched up, making them think twice about trying to grapple. From range, Colossa throws crisp punches in bunches to batter opponents. This is where he often finishes fights.
As far as being a top fighter in MMA, it probably won't happen for Colossa. His grappling skills simply aren't good enough to become a true force and training in Hong Kong isn't the ideal place to fix that. What we can expect though if he continues fighting MMA are some more great displays of striking. It's not often in MMA that high levels of striking such as that of Colossa's are seen. A drop to featherweight would most likely benefit him as well.
So what's next for Mr. Colossa? Well, he'll be taking place in the Thai Fight -70kg tournament on September 25 in Bangkok. He'll take on Nishiwaka Tomoyuki of Japan in the opening round. As for MMA, Colossa is signed to One Fighting Championship, so it's probably safe to say he'll fight there again sometime in the near future.
MMA promotion Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that they had signed Cosmo Alexandre, a very accomplished standout in the world of muay thai and kickboxing. Alexandre has not had any MMA fights but has been training MMA for a while in America. Right now, Cosmo trains out of Imperial MMA, with the likes of Rashad Evans, Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, Jorge Santiago and most recently Tyrone Spong. "Good Boy" has accomplished feats such as winning the 2009 King's Cup tournament and holding the It's Showtime 77MAX World Title.
One of the most interesting things about this is that Cosmo has never fought in MMA before. Bellator is signing him solely based off of his credentials in stand up fighting. It's a bold move by Bellator. They must be making the assumption that Cosmo has trained for long enough to have grappling skills that will get him by.
Cosmo will be fighting at 155 lbs in the Lightweight division. In kickboxing, Cosmo normally fought at 160 and in recent years moved to 170. This year, Cosmo started cutting to 155 where he posted a 1-2 record at the weight. Cosmo's optimum weight would probably be 160, but there's no division for that in MMA and 155 is the closest thing. Either way, 155 and 170 are filled with wreslers in MMA and almost everyone will be trying to take him down.
Recently, some high profile kickboxers have talked about fighting MMA. Tyrone Spong looks to be all but headed to MMA by next year. Andy Souwer talked about it too, although I think he'll most likely stay in kickboxing. Recently in MMA, we've seen kickboxers try their hand at MMA, and a few have had success. Konstantin Gluhov has been stopping everyone with body shots, fighting pretty frequently with only one recent loss in January. Alexei Kudin just knocked out two opponents in under a minute to win a tournament this past week. Kudin has won four MMA fights this year and it looks like he'll continue doing it.
This raises the question: Will more kickboxers try their hand at MMA and possibly even fully make the transition? It's proven that humans will flock to where the money is, and as the sport grows, more and more money is going into MMA. The recent inactivity of K-1, along with several fighters claiming to not have been paid are just adding more fuel to the fire. K-1 was the pinnacle of kickboxing and if they're not paying fighters, many might look for an alternative in MMA.
It looks like if you are a kickboxing fan, your patience over what has been a tumultuous and eerily quiet year for the kickboxing world is about to payoff. It's Showtime began the year strong, promoting event after event in March, April, May and June before the "summer silence" hit. If you are a longtime reader and have been wondering why LiverKick.com's rankings have not changed since then, the reason is just that -- nobody is putting on big fights between ranked opponents. September is gearing up to be another big month for the kickboxing world, and is starting off with a bang as Simon Rutz of It's Showtime promised a big announcement and has delivered on that announcement.
It's Showtime is indeed planning a mega-show on January 28th as previously announced. This show will not be a Heavyweight tournament as was rumored, but will feature top names inside of the It's Showtime ring, including but not limited to Badr Hari, Tyrone Spong, Hesdy Gerges, Daniel Ghita and Ben Edwards. That would be a great beginning of a line up for a Heavyweight tournament, but big matches are just as good if delivered as It's Showtime has promised. It's Showtime has promised 12 "absolute world class" fights.
It's Showtime also wants to know who you want to fight Badr Hari at this event. They plan on releasing the card by the end of September and tickets should be on presale on October 15th. In honor of this, LiverKick.com's latest poll will ask you just who you want to see as Badr Hari's next opponent. Everyone has been waiting a long time to see Badr Hari against a legitimate opponent and now might be the time.
The decision for this card to be in January rests on the fact that It's Showtime has received word that K-1 plans to hold the World Grand Prix Final 16 in October and the Final 8 in December of this year, and that this gives more time for the fighters to prepare for their fights (WGP is usually the second week of December, the It's Showtime card is the last week of January). So for kickboxing fans the next few months should be gearing up again.