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We're just coming off a busy kickboxing weekend in the midst of a jam packed March, and already April is looking stacked. We've previously covered 8 April cards featuring top international names - here's a 9th to add to the list.
On April 9 in Moscow, KO Fight Club will host the W5 Grand Prix - a one night, 4 man, 71kg tournament. They've already announced the field, and it's pretty nice. In semi-final #1, the resurgent #7 ranked Mike Zambidis will face Enriko Gogokhia. The other semi-final sees #23 Dzhabar Askerov vs. William Diender.
Really good stuff here, with a very solid line-up. As I mentioned, Zambidis has seemingly come out of nowhere to reclaim his spot as one of the division's most dangerous strikers, while Askerov looked simply phenomenal in his 1 round destruction at the Oktagon event a few weeks ago. A Zambo vs. Askerov final would be something to see. As for the other two - Diender also puts up a good fight, but will be a big underdog to Askerov. Gogokhia was a semi-finalist in last year's K-1 MAX East Europe GP, losing to eventual champ Vitaly Hurkou, but he looked good at that show, and I'm interested to see him once again.
Also on the card are superfights featuring Alexander Stetsurenko, Basil Tereshonok, Ramil Novruzov, Roman Mailov, Vladimir Mineev, and Vitaly Shemetov, plus a reserve fight of Vladimir Shuliak vs. Peter Woznicki.Add a comment
We do a lot of things here at LiverKick.com, we keep up relationships with the big promotions around the world, we speak with fighters on a regular basis and we do our best to keep hardcore fans informed and happy as well as break down the sport for newcomers to make them feel welcome to the world of kickboxing. We understand just coming into the kickboxing world completely dry can be a bit of a stretch for some people; it is an entirely different sport, and while some parts will be familiar, like the basics, a lot of the rules, names, promotions, titles and tournaments can be entirely confusing and turn off people who don't have a wealth of information at their finger tips.
I've been following kickboxing for 15 years or so now and even I get frustrated with there being no central place for information and that promotions, camps and fighters themselves don't keep up to date information. For example, Bas Boon of Golden Glory sent out a press release about the Ultimate Glory show this weekend and it listed Wendy Annonay as one of the fighters on the card when he was not at all on the card.
It is this kind of information that frustrates us here at LiverKick.com and could only turn away the average newcomer in a blink of an eye.
So we've had it. One of the tools that a lot of MMA fans reference as helpful for them learning about fighters and promotions is the Sherdog.com Fight Finder. It is an absolutely incredible tool, only recently rivaled by the Wikipedia community. For kickboxing, there is no resource outside of Wikipedia. Wikipedia does indeed have a lot of valuable information, a lot of that we've been using for ourselves recently to help build up a tool for you; the hardcore fan, the newer fan, the promoter, the professional fighter or simply the historians.
Enter WikiKick. WikiKick is our hat being thrown into the ring, for now we are in the process of building up a database, and there will be some information that is redundant to Wikipedia for the time being, but that is where you come in. Are you a fighter and is your record incorrect or simply not on Wikipedia? We want to hear from you. Are you a promoter and want your card listed somewhere available to those looking for information about events? We want to hear from you. Are you a historian and have all of this valuable information inside of a book? We want to hear from you, scan it, type it, do anything! Are you a fan who just wants there to be a resource like that? Then join us.
Use the contact form at the bottom of LiverKick.com and contact us, or simply go to WikiKick and get started, we left all of the information you'll need to get started using Wiki software, and if you don't feel comfortable, don't worry, just email us and we'll take your information and post it for you.Add a comment
Now I'm only 20 so when it comes to guys like Pete Cunningham, Don Wilson, Benny Urquidez etc.. I can't say I know a whole lot about those guys, or much about the kickboxing boom in the 70's and 80's in general. I'm sure there were some badass KO's in that time, but since Im not as familiar with those times Im keeping this to mainly the 90's and on.
10 It's not Mirko: Mladen Brestovac vs. Zentai Mate from 2009. Mirko CroCop isn't the only Croatian with a badass left high kick. Meet a training partner of his Mladen Brestovac. Flush! He's young, in a few years don't be surprised if he's a household name.
9 Shin Meet Head: Orono Vor Petchpun vs. William Diender from 2007. Now William Diender is a quality fighter, nothing special, but he's solid. Orono Vor Petchpun on the other hand is a great fighter. Champ at Lumpinee, and the current It's Showtime 65 KG champion. The one thing Diender had going for him in this fight was size, does it pay off?
8.5 Shin Meet Bigger Head: Kaoklai Kaennorsing vs. Mighty Mo from the 2004 K-1 World Grand Prix Final. This was a quarterfinal bout, and once again there is a disparity in size. But this time were talking well over 100 pounds.
8 Brazilian Kick: Glaube Feitosa vs. Alex Roberts from 2008.
7 You Should Have Stayed Down: Remy Bonjasky vs. Petar Majstorovic from 2002. This is a nice little fight where both guys score a knockdown, however its obvious which one should have stayed down.
6 Bow To The Emperer: Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn vs. Baipet(ch)? I'm not sure of the eaxt date here, but I'm guessing late 90's. Yeah, namsaknoi is one of the greatest, and I have no idea who Baipet is. I wonder who wins?
5 I did it first: Taishin Kohiruimaki vs. Akeomi Nitta from the finals of the 2005 K-1 MAX Japan tournament. This could be viewed as a front kick, push kick, or what not. But at the end of the day all that matter is its a kick to the head. Now Nitta was a good fighter in the late 90's and early 2000's, but was coming off a layoff. However he won his previous 2 fights earlier in the night and it set up a final, and a rematch with Kohi. In 1997 Nitta knocked Kohi out. Would Kohi get his revenge?
4 Perfect Timing: Jaroenthong Kiatbanchong vs. Andrea from the 90's. Sorry, I have no clue what Andrea's last name is, or maybe first name. The OneSongchai DVD doesn't give both names for this guy. However he probably doesn't mind that his full name isn't on the event.
3 Revenge!: Stefan Leko vs. Badr Hari from 2005. Five months prior to this fight Stefan Leko stopped Hari with a spinning kick to the body. This time around it was Hari spinning.
2 Is he dead?: Peter Aerts vs. Jean Claude Leuyer from 1996. There about 2 billion head kick KO's from Aerts, but this one is the most memorable to me, and one of the few times during a fight the thought "is he dead?" has crossed my mind. Danny Bennett vs. Jay R Palmer from one of the old Superbrawl shows was the only other time I can remember thinking that.
1 False Sense Of Security: Therdkiat Sittepitak vs. Jongsanan Fairtex from the 90's. This isn't the most sensational kick out of the group, but I absolutely love the set up. Uppercut, uppercut, uppercut. "OK he's backing off me" BAM! Absolutely beautiful. And Jongsanan Fairtex was one of my favorite Muay Thai fighters of all time. Therdkiat had his number big time in this fight.
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Japan is in dismay still from the earth-shattering (literally) 9.0 Earthquake that happened just a week and a half ago off the Northeastern coast of Japan, triggering aftershocks that would send most of us reeling, tsunamis that we got to watch wash away entire towns and cities live across the world and finally the uncertainty that comes from fires in nuclear reactors. It has already been rated about as much of a toxic disaster as 1979's Three Mile Island incident in Pennsylvania that scared Americans to death about the future of nuclear energy. So, donate if you can, to any charitable organization you feel fit.
Secondly, if you are like me, you had a few heroes in the MMA and fighting world in general. If you did, Genki Sudo was probably on the list somewhere. The guy was simply amazing on many levels; from his insane grappling ability, to the striking skills he picked up, to his incredible dance skills and intricate entrances, to his acting, to his people skills, world outlook and of course, now his music. This guy really has done everything.
Genki Sudo's message to the Japanese people and world remains as clear as ever; WE ARE ALL ONE. In his message, he talks about the darkness of these disasters eating up the light, but wants people to remain positive; "and I also believe that no matter how strong that darkness is, we can always use light to beat it back."
This same day, he released a mind-boggling, insane new music video that tops the last one for slow-motion dance moves over a real-time world. He also asks very serious questions, apparently; "Where's the world going, won't somebody tell me? Are these thoughts illusion? Are we all one? Can this world change, is this feeling an illusion?"
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Time gets the better of all of us once in a while, and for me, there has been a lot of combat sports lately, enough so to where I kept putting off discussing this weekend's It's Showtime event. Now here I am early on Tuesday morning trying to sell you on watching the fights this weekend. The big fight coming up is a 61kg MAX It's Showtime World Championship bout between the champion, Sergio Wiezlen.
Wiezlen, for a fighter at a mere 61kg (135lbs) has a ton of power to go with his speed. If you need proof, watch this video from a fighter last year, where Wiezlen faced off against a former Lumpini and four time Rajadamnern Stadium Champion (this was of course 2003 - 2006ish) and annihilated him with a right head kick.
Not sold yet? OK, in December Sergio defended his newly won It's Showtime 61kg MAX crown against a game challenger in Masahiro Yamamoto. Yamamoto was able to match him with speed, but not in power. One of my favorite moments in this fight is the left knee in the first round that puts Yamamoto down. Wiezlen looks to use those knees like a mini Ubereem, granted he is just about half the size and uses his kicks a bit more liberally.
A nice, commanding performance and what we get to look forward to this weekend. Will Wiezlen make this his 19th professional knockout?Add a comment
Trust me, I know what most kickboxing fans like, and know that there are a few names that excite everyone. Names like Badr Hari, Daniel Ghita and Gokhan Saki. Well, one of them was in action this weekend and it happened to include a return from a rather major hand injury. Gokhan Saki made his return to action at the GLORY World Series Second Round where he dismantled Wendell Roche for three rounds.
Our friends at MixFight.nl were there to document the action and there is a great thread up there with photos from th event, so while we can't find full results for the event, we do have dozens of close ups of Bas Rutten in a suit. [source]
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Last week's question: Is Giorgio Petrosyan the #1 fighter in the world in any combat sport? The results surprised me a bit...
39% - No way
35% - Yes!
26% - Close, but not quite there
I didn't expect No way to be the winner here, though it was close. I am curious who people think is so clearly ahead of him. GSP? Silva? Pacquiao? Mayweather?
This week: I've started a new series here at LiverKick.com discussing my journey through Muay Thai training and encouraging others to share their experiences as well. So, I am curious - do you train in any martial arts, whether it's Muay Thai, kickboxing, MMA, Jiu Jitsu, or anthing else?
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We just passed the halfway point of March, which means that the return of Badr Hari is just under two months away. He is preparing vigorously for the challenge of French Muay Thai fighter Tony Gregory (yes, this is correct, it is how It's Showtime, K-1 and his website list him). It isn't that anyone is giving Gregory a lot of a chance as much as we all have high hopes for Badr Hari's first fight in a year.
Mike's Gym on Facebook just posted an album of photos of the Bad Boy himself training with newer Mike's Gym recruit, Sergei Laschenko. [source]
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To say I'm a pretty bright guy is probably an understatement, and to publicly say that is probably a good way to make people either roll their eyes or continue an onslaught of e*attacks against my person, yet here I am, writing exactly that. I think having some confidence in a world of uncertainty is a great feature to possess. Like a good portion of hardcore fans on the internet, I've been watching MMA for a very long time, and like an even smaller portion, I watched PRIDE during its heyday.
I don't make a lot of PRIDE NEVER DIE posts, but yes, the bushido spirit flows through my veins at times and I remember that really awesome Japanese promotion that was home to a lot of the world's top talent as well as a lot of the world's most charismatic cans and both sometimes converged to create incredible squashes like only PRIDE could do. That is to keep the haters happy, as there were also a lot of really, really incredible fights between the best in the world.
So I have to be honest, I'm scratching my head over here; how is Mauricio "Shogun" Rua an underdog against Jon "Bones" Jones at this weekend's UFC 128 event? I pose a very, very serious question to those that feel like Jones is unstoppable; who has he beaten compared to Shogun? Shogun was the PRIDE 2005 Middleweight Champion, quite possibly having the most incredible tournament run imaginable for that year. Shogun defeated, in the opening round, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, then Antonio Rogerio "Little Nog" Nogueira, Alistair Overeem and then Ricardo Arona.
To me, this fight is a no-brainer. An absolute no-brainer, to the extent that I've been given $1,000 by BetDSI to bet on this fight, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I'm all in for Mauricio Shogun Rua. The odds on BetDSI right now? Ridiculous. Shogun is +155 and I'm betting that I'll be laughing all the way to the bank on this one. So that is, risking $1,000 to win $1,550. Want to know why? Read more.Add a comment
If you weren't clear on what happened with the Amsterdam ArenA event that It's Showtime usually holds every May, we covered exactly what happened in our exclusive interview with Simon Rutz. We talked with Rutz about some of the financial problems and how K-1 really put a wrench in the whole ordeal. On top of that, Mayor van der Laan of Amsterdam has been a bit, well strict on fights happening in his city, defiling what is a otherwise pristine place for Christian worship (note: sarcasm). This left the kickboxing world without a gigantic show in one of the biggest fight cities in the world.
Well that might not be all that we hear of this. There were rumors they might try to make the show happen in October, but we heard no more of that after January after the Lyon, France show was booked with Badr Hari in action, automatically making it a huge show.
We are waiting to hear if It's Showtime will run in Australia this year, by the end of the month, and apparently, we'll also hear about It's Showtime running in the Amsterdam ArenA in October within the same time frame. That is very exciting news, and means that It's Showtime really means business. It could also mean that K-1 could be back in the fold soon.
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