|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)|
The K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 is just a matter of days away now and there are still some gears in motion in the K-1 machine. The big news from a few days ago was that K-1 has signed a deal with Thai Airways International, who will be sponsoring the event and have made it feasible for the stream, available here on LiverKick.com as well as Epicentre.tv, to be available free of charge to all. Of course, that all comes with a catch, as countries like Canada and Belgium, which have exclusive television deals in place, will not be able to view the stream. So everyone say thank you to Thai Airways International then, they just saved you $20!
The other news is that Mike Zambidis has pulled out of the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16. I won't lie, this was shaky from the start here, in part due to Zambo's management being the promoters from last year's tournament in Greece and some of the fallout from that. If you have been curious as to why everything like fighters and matches were announced so late, it was in part because Zambidis changed his mind just a few weeks away from the tournament and negotiated to get into the tournament again. Then there was talk of him not wanting to fight in the tournament anymore and being unhappy with drawing Elam Ngor. His pulling out is a disappointment, but it seems like getting Zambidis on board was too much of a hassle for K-1 at this point, anyway.
Replacing Zambidis will be Ismat Aghazade from the country of Azerbaijan.Add a comment
Can't Stop Crazy isn't really a fight team, exactly, just like it isn't just a way of mind. Can't Stop Crazy is sort of a collective within the West Coast Muay Thai scene that features some of the best muay thai fighters in the country who are just friends with each other and look to help each other out. So when they all converged upon one location to help prepare for fights something cool happens, which was captured on video by Jeff Dojillo, and we will be happy to share with you on here.
Kevin Ross is preparing for a fight in Lion Fight come the end of September and Joe Schilling is preparing for the GLORY 10 Los Angeles Middleweight tournament, so both men will have their hands full come the end of September. Check out this video below.Add a comment
Right in line with the rumors that we've been hearing, GLORY will be heading back to Japan for the end of the year once again, this time instead of on New Year's Eve it will be on December 21st at the Ariake Colosseum in a night featuring a Welterweight/77kg tournament. The only name announced for the tournament this so far is longtime Golden Glory member Nieky Holzken, who sits atop the GLORY rankings at 77kg/170lbs currently.
If I were to wager a guess as to who else will be involved, I'd look at GLORY 10's undercard fight between Alexander Stetsurenko and Karapet Karapetyan and GLORY 11's Joe Valtellini vs. Kharim Ghajji to complete the tournament spots, but that is just a [very] educated guess on my part. They also will be booking a series of Super Fights, for what they are calling a "SuperFight Series," which does make me curious as to what that exactly means. Once again, if I were to guess, I'd say that it had something to do with Spike TV.Add a comment
In the past LiverKick has been dedicated to bringing you some of the best and greatest Kickboxing events from all over the world, from GLORY, It's Showtime and SuperKombat and we look to continue that trend by becoming an official partner with K-1's broadcast partner, Epicentre, to bring to you, the best Kickboxing fans in the world, the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 live here on LiverKick. You can view the fight card here.
The event will be on September 14th at 1PM Eastern time here in the US, 6PM London time in the UK and will cost $19.99 USD. So we invite you to join us on September 14th for the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 event live here on LiverKick. Remember that purchasing the PPV through the site helps to support LiverKick so we can continue to bring you the latest and greatest in Kickboxing coverage.
UPDATE: Thanks to K-1's sponsorship deal with Thai Airways International the stream will now be free!Add a comment
The K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 is rapidly approaching, going down on September 14th in Palma de Mallorca, Spain with a few big names tacked onto tournament and qualifying bout winners from this year. It makes for an interesting yet odd blend of names, which have now been put into fights! We've been waiting for these, so it is nice to see them laid out finally. The big match-ups are Andy Souwer vs. Yasuhiro Kid, Mike Zambidis vs. Elam Ngor and Buakaw Banchamek vs. David Calvo, but there are some interesting fights on there as well like Henri Van Opstal vs. Enriko Kehl.
So, let's get on with it already, right?
LiverKick will be hosting the internet PPV for the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16, so you won't even have to leave your favorite Kickboxing site to watch the event! Stay tuned for more details shortly.Add a comment
|Credit to GLORY/Ben Pontier and Bart van Leersum|
For the past few years, names like Buakaw Por Pramuk, Giorgio Petrosyan and Yodsaenklai Fairtex have been the talk of the kickboxing town, with British Muay Thai fighters like Jordan Watson and Iman Barlow also making massive waves in the stand-up circuit. The sport has undoubtedly been growing in recent years, evident through avenues like The Contender Asia and K-1 Max as well as the expansion of mixed martial arts and the increasing exposure of its exciting strikers like Anderson Silva and Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic.
Despite winning his first WMC world title at 19 against the experienced Ying Yai, as well as defeating the legendary ‘John’ Wayne Parr – arguably the most popular Western Muay Thai fighter to grace the ring – back in 2006, the UK’s Stephen Wakeling has remained relatively low key. In the last five years you can count the number of bouts he’s had on one hand, and with a record of just over 40 professional fights, the Epsom-born Thai boxer hasn’t had nearly half the amount of experience in the ring as most of his contemporaries.Add a comment
SUPERKOMBAT has an interesting stable of fighters at its disposal, guys like Benjamin Adegbuyi, Bogdan and Andrei Stoica, Catalin Morosanu, Raul Catinas and Sebastien Ciobanu. While lots of promoters force fighters into exclusive contracts, Eduard Irimia would like to make it clear that fighters under the employ of SUPERKOMBAT are not held to those kinds of restrictions. In fact, he encourages fighters under the SK banner to gain experience outside of the SUPERKOMBAT organization.
In the article, which was posted to Romanian luptatorii.ro, Irimia talks about his "gentlemen's agreement" with Pierre Andurand and GLORY, stating that they are not rivals and that he would be happy to send some of his fighters to GLORY. There is also a brief mention that Irimia would allow fighters to fight for K-1 as well.Add a comment
If you're like me, commentary matters to you when you watch fights. For GLORY, who will soon be making a big splash on American audiences by debuting on Spike TV. According to our old friend Fraser, that will begin with GLORY 10 Los Angeles, which is good news indeed, but the question of commentary team is still a big one for fans. While Stephen Quadros has been a mainstay for GLORY, his broadcast partner has shifted a few times now without there really being a good fit between a myriad of broadcast partners, but it looks like luck will change. Duke Roufus, the trainer from Roufus Sport who is responsible for such talents as new UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis and a staggering amount of other top level talent will be providing the color commentary when GLORY makes their Spike TV debut.
So, if you are in the area and haven't gotten your tickets already, you should probably consider doing so, and if you'll be at home watching it on Spike TV, you'll be glad to have a knowledgeable team in control of the broadcast. The full card can be viewed here.Add a comment
Although the Netherlands certainly holds the choice cuts of fighters at 70kg and above, Japan has dominated the lighter weights of kickboxing for years and without much credit. Last weekend, the two best fighters from the 65-67kg divisions- former K-1 Youth champion, Masaaki Noiri, and current GLORY and Krush 67kg champion, Yuta Kubo- met in Nagoya for 3rd time.
While Kubo had come away with two big wins in their previous meetings (once in the K-1 63kg tournament semi-finals and once in the GLORY 65kg finals) it was Noiri, the 20 year old prodigy, who finally earned his revenge and the Krush 67kg title.
By all reports, the fight was relatively one-sided. After sustaining an eye injury from a knee in the second round, Kubo desperately tried to employ clinching tactics against Noiri, which failed when the ref took measures to seperate them frequently, even going so far as to give Kubo a warning. Noiri picked apart Kubo from the outside using his length, taking extra care to aim for the older fighter's injured eye.
In the final round Kubo again tried his hand at clinching but this time was given a deduction from the referee for doing so. Free to engage, Noiri began landing hard knees, kicks, punches, and swarming Kubo at the end of the round with hooks to the body and head.
At the end of three, Noiri was awarded the unanimous decision victory, snapping Kubo's impressive 17 fight winning streak and taking his 67kg Krush title in the process.
This win, in my opinion, has created the most dynamic and interesting rivalry in kickboxing. With the exception of perhaps Peter Aerts and Semmy Schilt (Recently retired), no other pair of fighters in the sport have such a series of high level back and forth battles. They have only lost to each other on the world's biggest stages, and only after defeating everyone else in their weight brackets (which now span three seperate divisions). They are far and away some of the most technically skilled athletes in the world, they have distinctly opposing personalities, and they're both from the same country.
As GLORY Kickboxing continues its push into Japan, Noiri and Kubo are without a doubt the keys to getting Japanese fans back in seats. The Japanese favor exciting narratives over rankings and title fights, and right now there is no better narrative than a fourth, and potentially fifth match between the two best 65kg kickboxers in the world.
Also on the Krush .32 card, Yoshihiro Sato continued his impressive rebound from a disasterous 2012, winning his fourth straight fight and defeating Shintaro Matsukara by unanimous decision. Sato will be riding a hefty amount of momentum into his Full Thai rules fight against Buakaw on October 6, which will undoubtedly be his most significant battle since the 2010 K-1 MAX Finals against Giorgio Petrosyan.
The rumor over the past week or so was that Badr Hari would be back in the ring for the LEGEND promotion, based out of Russia, but let's be honest with ourselves here, it felt like a longshot at best. Badr Hari is due in court in October for his trial which will decide his fate for the brutal beating of Koen Everink at the Amsterdam ArenA last year. So when rumors of him participating in the next LEGEND event, which was scheduled for October 31st, started sprouting it up it seemed that they were overly confident in his court case.
That confidence has not wavered, though, as it looks like these rumors were true. According to De Telegraaf in the Netherlands, Badr Hari is set to fight for LEGEND on November 9th against none other than Alexey Ignashov. One would have to think that this could fall through if Badr is found guilty, but maybe not, who knows? Golden Glory founder Ron Nyqvist escaped from prison in July when he was given a "break" from prison (yes, a break from prison!) and was apprehended this last week, so it feels like anything is possible with how international judicial systems work.
The last time that Badr Hari was in the ring was in May at LEGEND against Zabit Samedov, with Samedov stopping Hari and shocking the world.Add a comment