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Liverkick Throwback: Kunimatsu Okao vs. Benny "The Jet" Urquidez

The world of kickboxing has a rich history to fall back upon so we here at LiverKick figure, why not? Why not give a glimpse into some of the fights from the past that have made up this wonderful sport and tie it all in to the present. The kids on the Instagram and Twitter like to call Thursdays "Throwback Thursdays," I'm just going to say that this is a LiverKick Throwback.

This week the throwback includes one of the best American Kickboxer's ever, Benny "The Jet" Urquidez. He held Six world titles in Five weight classes and only ever lost one fight(on paper). His record when he retired was 49 wins and 1 loss, 35 of those wins coming by knockout. Benny was known for his vicious hooks, throws and a spinning back kick that knocked out numerous opponents. Once people started calling him a world champion, he decided that to be called a world champ he better start travelling to fight considering all his fights up until then been in the U.S.A or Mexico. He ended up getting in contact with Antonio Inoki in 1977 and he was brought to Japan to fight Katsuyuki Suzuki whom he KO'd in the 6th round. The Japanese desperately wanted to beat Urquidez so they brought him back repeatedly, with different rules and weights but each time he would knockout their challenger just becoming a bigger star to the Japanese fans.

This fight is Benny's second fight in Japan against Kunimatsu Okao. Okao actually came out of retirement to fight Benny because he was upset about his training partner Katsuyuki Suzuki losing to him earlier in the year. Okao was pretty arrogant, being a retired, proclaimed master he figured he would just steam roll Urquidez. Benny was known for being a slow starter and he also got knocked down quite a few times in his career, but they always seemed like flash knockdowns, because he seemed to get up perfectly fine. 

Anyway this fight pretty much sums up Benny "The Jet" Urquidez's style of fight, he fights through adversity and shows the thunderous power he possessed in his hands. Enjoy!

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WGP 22 Fight Card and Stream Info - Alex Pereira vs. Robert Thomas

On September 27th in Sao Paulo, Brazil WGP Kickboxing will present their 22nd event, featuring GLORY's Alex Pereira competing against Canadian fighter Robert Thomas in the main event. The event will be streamed live on WGP's site for a super low price of $10. It is looking to be a great card and won't set you back a ton, either, allowing you to support WGP and Brazilian Kickboxing.

Under Card

K1 Rules (64.5 kg): Samuel Pereira vs Wellington Lopes
K1 Rules (71.800 kg): Fabiano “Mineiro” Silva vs Marcelo Dionisio
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (66.800 kg): Valmir Theiss vs Édipo Herbert Lima 

Main Card

60kg GP Semi-Final - K1 Rules (60 kg): Ignacio Capllonch (ARG) vs Gustavo Piacentini (BRA)
60kg GP Semi-Final - K1 Rules (60 kg): Rafael “Coruja” Xavier vs Paulo Tebar
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (69.100 kg): Wellington Tom vs Bruno Gazani
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (94,100 kg): Wallyson “Maguila” Carvalho vs Felipe Micheletti
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (85 kg): Francisco Araújo vs Cesar Almeida
60kg GP Finals - K1 Rules (60 kg): Winner Fight 1 x Winner Fight 2
K1 Rules (85 kg): Robert Thomas (CAN) x Alex “Po Atan” Pereira (BRA)

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Former K-1 USA Fighter Sean O'Haire Passes Away at 43

Sad news today that former WCW/WWE wrestler and former K-1 fighter Sean O'Haire passed away yesterday at the age of 43. O'Haire's career began in WCW where he entered the WCW Power Planet where they trained new wrestlers. From there he ended up on WCW television in 2000 until the company was sold to WWE in 2001. He continued on to WWE (WWF at the time) where he competed under numerous gimmicks before he was released in 2004.

It was no secret that he loved fighting sports and was soon given an offer to compete for K-1 in 2004. O'Haire's focus was split between MMA, kickboxing and professional wrestling for most of his time in the ring, but he wasn't without controversy. K-1 had claimed that O'Haire had a 10-1 kickboxing record and 8-0 MMA record, which of course he had two MMA fights in 2004 that he won and zero kickboxing bouts until he made his K-1 debut. O'Haire couldn't quite hang in K-1, but brought them a lot of attention until he retired from kickboxing and MMA to settle down and be a barber in South Carolina.

Condolences to his friends, family and fans across the world. 

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Glory Technique Video: Knees In The Clinch

 

Glory Sports International have provided us with another technique of the week, this time they are going over knees in the clinch. Veteran trainer Martijn de Jong and Glory welterweight Karapet Karapetyan do the instructional portion of the video and focus on the importance of making space with inside knees to the leg so you can knee the body properly.

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