|Heavyweight (Per 4/15)|
|Light HW (per 4/15)|
|Middleweight (per 4/15)|
|Welterweight (per 4/15)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 4/15)|
|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
Our friends at GLORY have given us a sneak peak at a video interview that they are going to be releasing later on in the week from GLORY 12 New York headliner Wayne Barrett. Barrett will have the unenviable task of squaring off against GLORY 10 Middleweight Champion Joe Schilling in what is definitely the fight of his young career thus far. Barrett seems focused and like he's done everything that he can to prepare for Schilling, but we won't know what that means until fight day.
So fine LiverKick.com readers, check out this video which you can view exclusively on LiverKick until, you know, it's released to the public.Add a comment
GLORY 13 has really been shaping up for being the card of the year thus far, with big fights from Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky, Daniel Ghita, etc. I mean, there is just so much going on for GLORY 13 as it is and they went and just made it a bigger deal with two new fights signed for the event. Those fights, you might ask (and neglected to read the headline)?
First thing is first, this marks the return of Brazilian K-1 star Ewerton Teixeira who has not been seen in a Kickboxing ring since the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010. For a lot of fans they might see him as a more conservative fighter, or the guy that guy kneed to death by Alistair Overeem, but Teixeira is an incredibly skilled fighter and a great name to have involved in their Heavyweight division. A fight against Gerges is a perfect test for him. The bout between Amrani and Kubo will prove to be an important fight for the 65kg division as Kubo won the GLORY 65kg tournament this year, while Amrani lost to the runner up, Masaaki Noiri.Add a comment
SuperKombat continued their deluge of events with this weekends SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Elimination event in Romania. This event saw four spots for SuperKombat's World Grand Prix tournament solidified as winners of tournaments past squared off for a spot in the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Finals. Of course it wouldn't be a big SuperKombat event without some big Romanian names thrown into the mix, with both Raul Catinas and Catalin Morosanu in action, picking up solid wins.
This weekend's LEGEND 2: Invasion was a great example of a promotion that shows a lot of promise but still needs to work out the kinks in their production. Crazy T-100 NFL rappers with cheerleaders is cool and all, but having such things happen in between what felt like every fight tends to make everything drag on a bit too much. That's just me, though, maybe that is what Russian fans are really into, my finger isn't on the pulse of the Russian people.
Anyway, Jon Jones was paid a lot of money to fly out to LEGEND 2: Invasion, put on a seminar at the owner's gym and then basically hang out for a week. This resulted in Jon Jones photobombs of all kinds including this one of Jon Jones awkwardly dancing to help Badr Hari celebrate his victory with the Mike's Gym crew post-fight. If I were a young, inebriated UFC Light Heavyweight Champion I'd probably be doing the same thing.Add a comment
Jesus christ this show. I don't even know what to say about LEGEND at this point. If you've been watching this, you know what I'm saying, as they've apparently spent over $3 million in making this show happen, yet they are publicly sharing links to Firstrow.eu to watch the event. This is the conundrum of LEGEND, which makes this whole thing just fascinating to watch. This show features a one-night tournament as well as Badr Hari because why not?
*Zabit Samedov was pulled from the tournament finals due to a cut.
When I first started doing this whole writing about Kickboxing and Muay Thai thing years ago part of what made it so frustrating is that a lot of the events that I'd be writing about just wouldn't be viewable to most of the audience reading the site -- including myself. It's been the biggest bummer, but over the last few years the internet has really been helping to reshape this. With better internet connections available in more places this has led to streams becoming a more normal thing, allowing for fans all over the world to catch their favorite fighters in action.
One of those fighters who has been hard for us Westerners to catch has been John Wayne Parr. JWP, as we lovingly call him, has been around for a while now and is without dispute one of the best fighters in the world at 75kg fighting in Muay Thai internationally. He fights tonight in Australia and thanks to Epicentre.tv you can watch it live! It goes down at 4am Eastern time tonight and will set you back $14.95, but that's the price for watching some solid action.
The main event is JWP vs. Brad Riddell after Cosmo Alexandre failed to apply for a visa in time for the fight. Bummer.Add a comment
Man, there really has been a lot going on over the last few days and SuperKombat has been keeping rather busy as well. Over the weekend they held their New Heroes 6 event in Italy and this coming weekend plays host to bigger and better things by the way of their SuperKombat WGP Final Elimination event. So without further ado, here is the card for this weekend's event, which will be aired on Epicentre.tv for $9.95 starting at 3PM Eastern.
1. SUPERKOMBAT® New Heroes Middleweight Title Eliminator – Middleweight Bout (-71.00kg)
Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) vs. Mohamed Ben Ali (Morocco)
2. Final Elimination / Spot 1 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
Mathieu Kongolo (Belgium) vs. Giannis Stoforidis (Greece)
3. Final Elimination / Spot 2 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
Muamer Tufekcic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) vs. Frank Munoz (Spain)
4. Final Elimination / Spot 3 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
Jegish Yegoian (Armenia) vs. Redouan Cairo (Suriname)
5. Final Elimination / Spot 4 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
D’Angelo Marshall (Suriname) vs. Pacome Assi (Cote D’Ivoire)
6. SUPERKOMBAT® Super Cruiserweight Title Eliminator / Spot 2 – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95.00kg)
Massinissa Hamaili (France) vs. Ondrej Hutnik (Czech Republic)
7. SUPERKOMBAT® Cruiserweight Title Eliminator – Cruiserweight Bout (-92.00kg)
Igor Bugaenko (Belarus) vs. Jorge Loren (Spain)
8. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
Ricardo Van Den Bos (Netherlands) vs. Raul Catinas (Romania)
9. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
Daniel Lentie (Cameroon) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)
Now here are the results from this weekend's New Heroes 6 event in Italy. Add a comment
If you would have told me in 2006 that Peter Graham would be fighting in MMA regularly and that he'd not only do okay, but do pretty well, I'd probably not believe you. Not because Peter Graham isn't an awesome fighter, but because I just couldn't imagine the man behind the Rolling Thunder navigating the waters of wrestling and jiu-jitsu. Peter has always been known as an exciting, no-nonsense fighter who isn't afraid to pull out all of the stops.
Well, here we are in 2013 and the 38 year old Graham is making a serious go at Heavyweight MMA as he'll fight his second fight under the Bellator banner this Friday night against none other than Cheick Kongo. Kongo is himself known for being an exciting striker with a Kickboxing past, but then again, he doesn't have a KO win over Badr Hari with a Rolling Thunder, now does he? Graham's hard work and dedication to MMA have shown in his recent MMA outings, with him picking up a decision victory over Eric Prindle in his Bellator debut. He also isn't at all deterred from Kongo's size or reputation.
"I know who Cheick Kongo is but I haven't followed his career. He's been a great athlete for a long time. He's got a bit of kickboxing and wrestling skill. It'll be a good fight and I'm ready to go. I hope he doesn't underestimate me. I know he's been famous and had a big name for a while and, when it comes to MMA, I'm somewhat of a newcomer. I've come from the worst record to one of the best heavyweight win streaks there's been. I went from going 1-6 to 9 wins a row with 8 of them being KO's over some really good fighters. I want to get to the top and I'm not there yet, but I'm relentless. He needs to bring his A-game, which I'm sure he will. He's got that inner strength to keep going but I have it more than ever and I've worked harder than ever to make every performance better than the last."
Now if only we could see a Rolling Thunder in the Bellator cage, I'd be a happy, happy man.Add a comment
If you weren't already super stoked for Muay Thai Combat Mania Yokkao 5 on the 15th of November, things only get better with Saenchai vs. Singdam headlining in a 3x3 fight. If you are saying that it might not be enough time for both men to work their magic and put on an exciting fight, Yokkao has tossed in a special KO Bonus, giving incentive for the fighters to give it their all and get an extra pay day out of the fight.Add a comment
If you follow American Kickboxing chances are you know about Mark Miller. Mark competed in Kickboxing for years, making his way onto K-1 USA events, which at the time was about as good as an American Kickboxer could ever hope for. Things went a little haywire for Mark in the mid-00's when the loss of three members of his family was compounded with him finding out that he had a heart condition, CHD, which led to him having to have open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve.
Mark's story led to a triumphant comeback in 2011 when he was the first fighter to come back from open heart surgery with a stunning nine second knockout on Nikolaj Falin. The year 2012 wasn't as charitable to him with two losses to Sergei Kharitonov and Koichi Watanabe, but 2013 was beginning to take shape for him as he was scheduled to fight at GLORY 12 in New York. That is where our story starts to come together, though, as he came down with a bad case of bronchitis. This bronchitis led to a bad case of pneumonia, which ultimately led to congenital heart failure and a very, very pricey trip to the hospital.
Not only did it mean that his chances of fighting at GLORY 12 were dashed, it also meant a week-long stay in the hospital hooked up to a dialysis machine. The kicker here is that Mark doesn't have health insurance. Now, before you begin pointing fingers, cursing and calling anyone a moocher, it isn't for lack of effort. See, Mark has CHD and type 1 diabetes, which makes insurance companies almost immediately turn him down due to his "preexisting conditions." Say what you will about Obama's Affordable Care Act, but under that act Mark would be able to purchase his own insurance and have help with his medical bills. Instead he is faced with potentially a six figure medical bill, which is just another in a long line of medical bills that he's had to foot due to insurance companies being unwilling to touch him.
So if you can, donate what you can to help him out.Add a comment