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Golden Glory has posted a huge gallery of great pictures from their Ultimate Glory event. Lots of great stuff. Check out all the pictures at mixfight.nl here.
Next up in the MAX finalist promo videos: Yuya Yamamoto. Be sure to turn on English subtitles, as he has some great things to say.
Bad news for US fight fans – HDNet will not air the MAX finals until Saturday, October 31 at 11:00 pm EST, almost 1 week after they take place. As their website makes clear, this delayed presentation will be the premiere airing of the show.
Sadly, this kind of move shows that while K-1 gains traction in the US, it is a long way from MMA levels of popularity, and MAX faces an even steeper uphill battle. We’ll have results here before it airs.
A great destruction by Morosanu here. If he gets in this groove this weekend, Mo is in big trouble:
In the aftermath of the Kin fight, it’s also interesting to watch how close Morosanu comes to late hits in this fight. He really needs to get that under control.
Our preview of K-1 ColliZion continues with main eventer Mighty Mo in, arguably, his finest hour. Any newer fans who may not know Mo so well are well served to check this one out:
This is a jam packed weekend for kickboxing fans, with big shows from It’s Showtime, K-1 ColliZion, and the K-1 MAX Finals on Monday. All week we will preview the weekend’s events, starting with ColliZion today.
This Saturday’s K-1 ColliZion card is an interesting beast. What started off looking like something of a freakshow card has evolved into one of the most exciting smaller shows of the year, with a couple of highly competitive and interesting fights. While the undercard features some notable fighters (mainly Petr Vondracek and Freddy Kemayo), we’ll focus on the top three fights of the night, as these are the draws that make this card.
ALEXANDRU LUNGU v. JUSTICE SMITH (MMA rules)
This is one of two fights ColliZion determined by fan voting, as it was going to be either Lungu v. Smith or Lungu v. Butterbean. Justice Smith won by a narrow margin, and now looks to follow in Gina Carano’s footsteps by making the transition from American Gladiator to combat MMA fighter. Smith does have limited experience in MMA and kickboxing, including an MMA loss to UFC #1 contender Shane Carwin, and a kickboxing loss to Mighty Mo, but make no mistake, it is not his ring experience that gets him this spot, it is his high profile role as American Gladiator Justice. As a bonus for pro wrestling fans, Smith may also be recognizable as one of the contestants on WWE’s Tough Enough, losing to fellow MMA fighter Daniel Puder.