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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" LiverKick.com Interviews SuperKombat's Andrei Stoica

  • Category: Interviews
  • Published: Wednesday, 29 August 2012 09:17
  • Written by Rian Scalia

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We caught up with Andrei Stoica, one half of the SuperKombat stars, the Stoica brothers. Andrei has a fight coming up on October 20 for SuperKombat. We asked him about that and also about the new partnership between SuperKombat and K-1, his brother and training partners and his status as a star in Romania.

LK: Now that SuperKombat and K-1 have a partnership, what do you think about fighting in K-1?

AS: I would be honored to fight in K-1. For me it would be a dream come true! We'll see if the organizers will give me the chance to fight in the K-1 Final 16! I told you, it's my dream!

LK: Usually in SuperKombat you fight at -95kg but now that K-1 has a partnership with SuperKombat, would you fight at heavyweight with much bigger fighters?

AS: For me it's not a problem to fight opponents heavier than me. I always do that! I will try to gain extra pounds and I will be good for heavyweight in the near future!

LK: After the fight with Hakan Aksoy, you said that you were "not yourself" in your previous fights. Can you go into detail about what you meant by that, and why you said that?

AS: I had a difficult period, it is personal and I can not go into detail. I was weak and due to stress, I fought against opponents heavier and the weight difference was observed! But now it will be fine. You will see another Andrei Stoica. I will be in my best shape.

LK: You have a fight on October 20 for SuperKombat, but you will not be able to train with your brother Bogdan for this fight, as he is injured. Will this make much of a difference?

AS: I regret that my brother is injured. It's hard to train without him, but it will motivate me even more and I will train twice as hard. His absence will count but I am optimistic.

LK: What is it like to see your friends and training partners like Benny Adegbuyi be successful lately?

AS: Every one of us will get the chance to be a hero. Now it is Benny's turn. I'm very happy because my colleagues are progressing near me. Also, I get more experience with them. We grow up together.

LK: There is also discussion of the 85kg weight class coming to K-1 soon, maybe next year. You have fought at that weight before, are you able to still make 85kg and willing to fight there if it's in K-1?

AS: If my coach wants me to fight at 85 kg I will. But for now we focus on heavyweight, and we think we do a pretty good job! It's a good initiative to bring this weight category to K-1. For me it is a fascinating class with technique, and strength and speed. What could be better?

LK: SuperKombat has made you a star in Romania, what does that feel like?

AS: I'm glad and I also thank Mr. Irimia who gave me the chance to fight in SuperKombat. I can only say I am glad they are appreciating me in my country and also abroad. I hope the SuperKombat team will continue to do the same job, as they did before.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" LiverKick Talks With K-1's Jarrell Miller Week 3: Breaking Faces

  • Category: Interviews
  • Published: Thursday, 23 August 2012 12:36
  • Written by Dave Walsh

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K-1 returns on September 8th with the K-1 U.S. Grand Prix in Los Angeles, with an American line up of both old stars and new, K-1 looks to make its biggest impact yet on the United States with its own unique brand of fighting. LiverKick has the pleasure of bringing you, the reader, insight into the mind of one of the newer fighters to the K-1 ring, Jarrell Miller. Over the next four weeks we will be talking with Jarrell and bringing you his thoughts and preparations leading up to his fight against another newcomer to K-1, Jack May. This is week 3.

This week as a big week for K-1, as K-1 and Spike TV announced a multi-platform deal which means that the September 8th show will be streamed live on Spike TV’s website, Spike.com. Spike.com has been airing Bellator MMA events on there and see a healthy amount of traffic, which for this event only means that more eyes will be on it. We asked Jarrell if this changes anything for him.

“Nah, I mean, I’m motivated regardless. Even if this fight was shown in, you know, a hole in the wall I’d be motivated,” he explains. “I’m even more excited knowing that more eyes are on me now. At the end of the day, I know what I gotta do regardless. You know, I got my life on the line here.”

But that wasn’t the only thing that was new for this week for Jarrell, as he has ramped up his training considerably. Originally slated to work with Phil Nurse, they’ve switched up his camp a bit and brought in a new striking coach for him and the focus has been on his kicks, as his hands don’t need the same type of focus.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" LiverKick Talks With K-1's Jarrell Miller Week 2: Training for His Olympics

  • Category: Interviews
  • Published: Tuesday, 14 August 2012 15:25
  • Written by Dave Walsh

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K-1 returns on September 8th with the K-1 U.S. Grand Prix in Los Angeles, with an American line up of both old stars and new, K-1 looks to make its biggest impact yet on the United States with its own unique brand of fighting. LiverKick has the pleasure of bringing you, the reader, insight into the mind of one of the newer fighters to the K-1 ring, Jarrell Miller. Over the next four weeks we will be talking with Jarrell and bringing you his thoughts and preparations leading up to his fight against another newcomer to K-1, Jack May. This is week two.

“You know, man, this is my Olympics, you know?” Jarrell Miller, one of the few younger fighters selected for K-1’s American return explained to me. “I came into Boxing and I was already a professional fighter, so I didn’t get to go through the amateur system like some guys do. I didn’t get to go to the Olympics, man. So for me, fighting in K-1, that is like the Olympics for me.”

To say that Jarrell Miller will be prepared for his upcoming bout in Los Angeles is an understatement, I think. Miller, whose Muay Thai and Kickboxing career spans 19 fights now has transitioned to Boxing where he has seen a deal of success in a short period of time. By the time he steps into the ring with Jack May in September, Jarrell Miller will be just about a year removed from his last Kickboxing fight, but he isn’t worried about being rusty.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" LiverKick Talks With K-1's Jarrell Miller Week 1: The Introduction

  • Category: Interviews
  • Published: Wednesday, 08 August 2012 12:08
  • Written by Dave Walsh

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K-1 returns on September 8th with the K-1 U.S. Grand Prix in Los Angeles, with an American line up of both old stars and new, K-1 looks to make its biggest impact yet on the United States with its own unique brand of fighting. LiverKick has the pleasure of bringing you, the reader, insight into the mind of one of the newer fighters to the K-1 ring, Jarrell Miller. Over the next four weeks we will be talking with Jarrell and bringing you his thoughts and preparations leading up to his fight against another newcomer to K-1, Jack May.

“Daniel Ghita,” Jarrell told me, without a hint of hesitation in his voice. “If I were looking forward to fighting one guy in this K-1 tournament, it would be Daniel Ghita. I want to whoop Daniel Ghita’s ass, that’s for sure.”

This is how I want to introduce fans to Jarrell Miller. To many, this would seem like an empty boast, part of pre-fight preparations and the process of psyching up to take on the world. Jarrell Miller, though, is a bit of a different case. Jarrell is only 23 years old, and already packs a 19-0 record in Kickboxing and Muay Thai as well as a professional Boxing record of 3-0. There is something to be said for remaining undefeated early on in a professional career, but it isn’t like Jarrell has been without challenge. Jarrell is a man with many nicknames, and if you were lucky enough to catch the WCL - World Combat League - when it was running, you’ll remember him as the 19 year old kid named Achilles King who defeated UFC superstar Pat Barry. That was Jarrell.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" LiverKick.com Exclusive Interview with Glory's Pierre Andurand

  • Category: Interviews
  • Published: Monday, 16 July 2012 05:27
  • Written by Dave Walsh

AndurandIt takes more than just passion to create a successful Kickboxing promotion, sadly. If all it took was passion, I'd be running a Kickboxing organization that is without rival and would leave people in awe. No, it takes more than just passion, it takes a lot of things, with one of the most important pieces of the puzzle being money. When Glory Sports International was announced, it was clear they were embarking on the daunting journey of creating a whole new brand in a sport that has been dominated by one brand for almost twenty years now. The organization is bolstered by members of the Golden Glory team as well as the Total Sports Asia team, with one other big piece of the puzzle coming into the picture in the form of superstar investor Pierre Andurand. Pierre not only brings with him success as an investor, funding and business sense, but he also brings with him pure passion for the sport.

LiverKick.com caught up with Mr. Andurand to discuss his move into the Kickboxing world as well as what fans should be on the lookout for from Glory.

LiverKick: So you are best known for running BlueGold, an oil-oriented hedge fund, and helping to run a Kickboxing empire is a vast departure from that. What prompted you to invest in the sport of Kickboxing?

Pierre Andurand: Yes indeed it is a very different project. But being good at investing/trading is mainly about recognising good opportunities and understanding risk and reward. I think the sport of kickboxing has a lot of potential, actually, more than the other combat sports (MMA, boxing, wrestling, etc.). It is fast, technical, and very exciting. So far no organisation managed to exploit its true potential. I closed BlueGold in April this year for other reasons, and right now I am 100% focused on getting the right vision, the right team, and the right partners in GLORY. I do believe by the end of the year GLORY will not need my involvement on a full-time basis anymore, and I’ll just take a step back and let the team run the organisation, even though I will still oversee it and make sure we go in the right direction. I will remain involved in major decisions to some extent, but I will not be running the company. I am I think the right person to understand the potential, and to put the right pieces together, but I would not be the right person to run it on a day by day basis. We are putting a world-class team together.

LK: We understand that you are a big fan of Kickboxing, tell us a bit about how you got into Kickboxing; like which event was the first one that really made you a fan, which fighters caught your eye at first.

PA: I started practising martial arts about 10 years ago when I was living in Asia. I did some Muay Thai, then Shaolin Wushu, and then Muay Thai again and kick boxing. I started watching it on TV actively in 2005. The first big event I watched was the K1 WGP final in 2005. I was then hooked. It was such a great event. I love the tournament format. I was very impressed by Semmy Schilt, the way he destroyed his opponents with such ease. I was scared for them. They really looked like they didn’t have a chance. People say he has an unfair advantage being so tall, but they don’t realise that he is incredibly fast and precise for his height too, and very technical. He clearly is the man to beat, still today. I also loved Remy Bonjasky’s style, in and outside of the ring.

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