|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)|
This announcement seems to coincide with the signing of Buakaw Banchamek by K-1 and serves more as a "see, we have some big stars" than an actual signing, as Andy Souwer was originally announced for the event. Andy Souwer was originally announced for the September 14th event in Mallorca, Spain, but then again, so was Mike Zambidis, whom we've heard might not be participating in the event after all.
That being said, the idea of Andy Souwer and Buakaw Banchamek stepping into the ring again is an awesome selling point for K-1's upcoming World MAX Final 16 and World MAX tournament as a whole. We've also heard that there might be some other surprises, but nothing is set in stone yet. The final card should be available within a few weeks now and will be packing a decent amount of star power to go along with talent, which is the important thing here. The addition of Henri Van Opstal is also a good choice as Van Opstal has been tearing up Shoot Boxing of late, even meeting Souwer in the Finals of the 2012 S-Cup.Add a comment
Today is a day that just keeps on giving for Kickboxing fans across the world and looks to do some more as SUPERKOMBAT has announced that their New Heroes series will return to Romania on August 30th in Targoviste, the city best known as the home of Vlad Tepes -- also known as Dracula. This is SUPERKOMBAT's first show back after a bit of a summer break, but they do note that they've already run a staggering ten events this year so far.
The participants announced so far are as follows; Amansio Paraschiv (Local Kombat champion -67 kg and two times WAKO amateur european champion), Cristian Milea (Local Kombat champion -71 kg), Danut Hurduc (Local Kombat champion – 91 kg), Claudiu Badoi (Superkombat challenger), Cristian Ristea, Ciprian Schiopu, Stefan Szomoru, Catalin Sacagiu, Flavius Boiciuc and Daniel Lazar.
SUPERKOMBAT will also kick off their World Grand Prix tournament series starting on September 28th.Add a comment
Today is a breakneck big news day, which we here at LiverKick are very okay with. The fight that we've been hearing for GLORY 11 Chicago for a while now has been Australian superstar Nathan Corbett vs. Tyrone Spong, and yes, it is official! On top of that there will also be the rumored Heavyweight Grand Slam Tournament, featuring Daniel Ghita, Anderson "Braddock" Silva, Rico Verhoeven and Gokhan Saki.
This one night, four man tournament will crown the king of the Heavyweight division (with Semmy Schilt retired) and will bring an incredible night of top level competition to the Chicago area. This will crown the new GLORY Heavyweight Champion and do so on US soil airing live on Spike TV! Stay tuned for more updates on GLORY 11, including the rest of the card.Add a comment
K-1 has been promising some big news for a few days now and many have believed it just to be another show, but instead it is the signing of one of the hottest free agents on the market today; Buakaw Banchamek. Buakaw has had some very well-documented problems over the past few years, from Por. Pramuk to Thai Fight, and has found himself unable to fight for whomever he wants. His legal issues have subsided a bit, though, as he found himself once again able to fight for promotions outside of Thai Fight.
Rumors have been circulating that Buakaw would sign with GLORY any day now, with some stating that he'd be fighting Giorgio Petrosyan, some saying that he'd be fighting in GLORY's upcoming Lightweight tournament and others saying that he'd fight for them in 2014 instead. It looks like none of that will happen as Buakaw Banchamek has instead opted to sign with K-1, where he will participate in the upcoming K-1 World MAX Final 16 tournament in September, which goes down in Mallorca, Spain. This is a huge acquisition for K-1 at this pointAdd a comment
Lion Fight had already announced that their big September 20th event, Lion Fight 11, would go down at the Fremont Experience in Las Vegas and would be headlined by Nampon, but he didn't have an opponent until last night. It was announced that the 23-year old Thai fighter will square off against veteran Muay Thai, Kickboxing and MMA fighter Cosmo Alexandre on September 20th.
Cosmo Alexandre currently trains out of the Blackzilian camp down in Boca Raton, Florida with the likes of Tyrone Spong, Alistair Overeem and Rashad Evans. Cosmo has competed under the Lion Fight banner previously, defeating Cyrus Washington at Battle in the Desert 2 and losing to Sakmongul at Battle in the Desert 3.Add a comment
As we reported earlier on, GLORY had added Heavyweights Ben Edwards and Hesdy Gerges to their rankings and roster a while ago, which meant that them fighting for the organization was imminent. Well, it looks like they've finally made the official announcement and included a surprise in the mix as well of former DREAM and Strikeforce Lightweight JZ Cavalcante signing with the organization as well. JZ currently competes with World Series of Fighting, but has fought Kickboxing in the past, acquiring an 0-2 record in fights with Masato and Shootboxing's Hiroki Shishido.
Cavalcante makes for an interesting signing as he's been struggling in his MMA career since his knee surgery a while back, but a revival in the GLORY ring could be just what he ordered. The addition of Gerges and Edwards has been noted and only helps to bolster GLORY's already huge Heavyweight roster.Add a comment
This was all just a matter of time as these two shows have been floating around in whispers for a while now, compounded by Nathan Corbett in his announcing that he signed for GLORY saying that he'd be fighting for GLORY in Chicago in October. Basically, the signs have been around for a while now and you don't need to be me to have known that this was going down, right? Right.
So, GLORY announced today that GLORY 11 will go down in Chicago, going down at the Sears Center at Hoffman Estates, Ill. on October 12th. This is set to be the promotion's Spike TV debut event and will air LIVE on Spike TV. While they have not announced a card for this yet, the rumors are pinning Nathan Corbett vs. Tyrone Spong as the main event and for a four-man Heayweight tournament featuring Daniel Ghita, Gokhan Saki, Rico Verhoeven and Anderson "Braddock" Silva. The rumored matchups are Saki vs. Rico and Braddock vs. Ghita, which should make for a fine tournament.
GLORY 12 will take place in New York City on November 9th, should also be airing on Spike TV (although the press release doesn't say this), live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The Theater at MSG has hosted a lot of great boxing events throughout history and was also where TaKe-On produced an event last year. GLORY 12 New York will feature a Lightweight tournament. Although there aren't a lot of details about this event, expect to see Giorgio Petrosyan as well as the two Lightweight winners from GLORY 10 Los Angeles in the tournament. Do not expect Buakaw, though, okay?Add a comment
We've been talking about GLORY helping fighters find a gym to train at in America, as well as the possibility of some gyms moving some operations over to the United States. While we already know that Murthel Groenhart has been training in the US at the Blackzilians camp, it might be good to note that we've heard of other guys from Mike's Gym training there as well, namely Gokhan Saki.
Well, here is just further proof of the work that they've been putting in by the way of a photo of both Murthel and Saki at the Blackzilians camp hanging out with Tyrone Spong.Add a comment
Something curious has come out from GLORY's updated Heavyweight rankings, with that curiosity being that there are currently two new fighters thrown into the mix who weren't there before. Their names won't surprise you, as they've been around for a while now, and arguably they both belong with the top Heavyweights in GLORY. Those names are Hesdy Gerges and Ben Edwards. While there has been no official announcement just yet as to their signing, all of the signs seem to be pointing towards both men fighting for GLORY in the near future.
Both men appear in the updated rankings on GLORY's site, and seeing as though GLORY does not rank fighters who are not a part of their roster, it is safe to assume that they'll both be fighting for GLORY sometime in the near future. For K-1, who are currently planning their World Grand Prix events, this is considered a blow, as both men would make for solid competition and are recognizable names.
Ben Edwards first made waves internationally in 2010 when he won the K-1 World Grand Prix in Canberra event in devastating fashion, which put him right into the mix against Alistair Overeem in the Final 16. Since then he has competed in Australia as well as for SUPERKOMBAT and It's Showtime. Hesdy Gerges has been around for quite a while now, really making a name for himself in a fight against Badr Hari in 2010, when Hari delivered a kick to his face when he was down.Add a comment
After this weekend's Lion Fight 10 event in Las Vegas Lion Fight is not going to make us wait that long for the next big Lion Fight event, as the next one is coming up quite soon, September 20th to be exact. Lion Fight 11 is set to go down on the 20th and will be at the Fremont Experience in Las Vegas, which is a big, open mall that happens to have an area for performances, the Third Street Stage. Tickets to the event will be handled by the neighboring hotel, The D.
As for the fights that are lined up, there isn't much official yet, but what has been announced is pretty exciting. The main event is to feature former Rajadamnern Stadium Welterweight Champion Nampon PK Muay Thai against a yet-to-be-named opponent, but getting Nampon aboard is pretty cool for Lion Fight. The co-main is a pretty big deal as Tetsuya Yamato will once again fight in the United States against American standout Kevin Ross. Ross is coming off of a loss to Matt Embree at Lion Fight 10, which will make the showdown between Yamato and Ross all the more interesting.Add a comment