In this episode of The Striking Corner we speak with the world renowned commentator Vinny “Showtime” Shoreman. We discuss Glory, Kickboxing vs. Muay Thai, Mind Training for Fighters, and more!
It was an epic night for Muay Thai and Kickboxing fans worldwide and especially in America. GLORY, the cream of the crop when it comes to Kickboxing aired on American TV, nationwide for the first time in history. And the fighters, no doubt aware that they were on national television, did not fail to deliver. Out of the 17 fights on the card, 6 aired on television. And all 6 that did air were absolutely jaw dropping in their excitment. Probably one of the biggest stories of the night were that 24 year old Dutchman Rico Verhoeven stunned the world by defeating fan favorties Gokhan Saki and Daniel Ghita en route to the Glory Heavyweight Tournament Championship and a $250,000 grand prize. When discussing his win, Rico Verhoeven had this to say:
“I said I was going to do it and I did it. I have been dreaming of this since I was six years old and I always believed it would come true. I told myself every day since I was six years old that I would be a champion and today it came true. I always believed in myself. I did it for my daughter. She’s nearly three years old so she understands some things which are said to her. I promised her I was going to come back with the title and the prize money. I was thinking about that promise; that’s what kept me going in the final minutes and gave me the power to win the tournament. I’m really happy we were able to have such exciting fights for the SPIKE TV debut. I think we showed all the US fight fans what kickboxing is all about. This is our time now. GLORY is here to stay.”
In the other big news of the night Tyrone Spong defeated Nathan Corbett, got his revenge over the Australian, and further demonstrated that he deserves his nickname of “King of the Ring”.
“Everything went according to plan. I am very happy with the outcome; it all went exactly as planned. There was a lot of talk about the rematch and settling scores but there was no pressure for me. There is some bad blood but that’s in the past now after this fight. I think I played my part tonight for SPIKE and for the organization and for the sport. More and more I am becoming the face of GLORY and I deliver. I put in a lot of hard work to live up to this role as an ambassador for the sport and the organization here in the United States. I will keep working hard and I will continue to deliver.”
And Joseph Valtellini put on a masterful performance against Kharim Ghajji en route to Glory’s #2 spot and no doubt a shot at the Glory Welterweight title currently held by Nieky “The Natural” Holzken.
“Ghajii was really tough. He’s had over 100 fights and you could feel that in his quality and the way he responded to things. I hit him with some really hard shots, some big head kicks and I was like damn, how are you still standing up? It was one of the toughest fights of my career without a doubt. I move to number two in the rankings now and I’ve booked my spot in the welterweight tournament taking place in Tokyo this November. I can’t wait for that. I am coming for that number one spot that Nieky Holzken is in right now. I am going to be number one. I’ve always said it and now I am going to do it.”
It was definitely a historic night for Kickboxing in America, and if the turnout shown at Chicago’s Sears Centre Arena is any indication of the following GLORY can muster, than there is no doubt that next month’s event in New York and any subsequent events, will only continue to showcase that Kickboxing in America and especially GLORY, is the evolution of combat sports. Muay Thai and Kickboxing are here to stay!
GLORY 11 FULL RESULTS:
Glory 4-Man Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final
Rico Verhoeven def. Gokhan Saki by Majority Decision
Daniel Ghita def. Anderson Silva by KO in Rd. 1
Glory 4-Man Heavyweight Tournament Final
Rico Verhoeven def. Daniel Ghita by Unanimous Decision
Glory 4-Man Heavyweight Tournament Reserve Bout
Errol Zimmerman def. Hesdy Gerges by TKO in Rd. 3
Tyrone Spong def. Nathan Corbett by KO in Rd. 2
Joseph Valtellini def. Karim Ghajji by TKO in Rd. 3
Sergei Kharitonov def. Daniel Sam by Unanimous Decision
Danyo Ilunga def. Michael Duut by TKO in Rd. 1
Saulo Cavalair def. Filip Verlinden by Unanimous Decision
Steve Moxon def. Reece McAllister by KO in Rd. 3
Gabriel Varga def. Jose Palacios by Unanimous Decision
Troy Sheridan def. Michael Mananquil by Unanimous Decision
Maurice Greene def. Yang Rae Yoo by Unanimous Decision
Aaron Swenson def. Billy Rose by KO in Rd. 2
Kyle Weickhardt def. Quartus Stitt by Unanimous Decision
Ian Alexander def. Austin Lewis by Split Decision
Axel Mendez def. Jordan Weiland by Unanimous Decision
Boxsense, one of the most famous and highest quality Thai boxing factories in Thailand have offered a new product set that give us a chance to buy quality Thai boxing shorts for a lower price. The set allows you to choose 3 different pairs of Muay Thai shorts from Boxsense for $84.50 when they are usually $32 each.
This is a pretty good deal if you ask someone who train regularly. We do use up our shorts quite fast. The nice and beautiful design with lots of details on the shorts are totally Not necessary for training unless you have an extra money to spur.
Besides, choices of Boxsense Shorts in the set look good too. Plain Muay Thai Shorts with the text “มวยไทย” in the front middle (BXS-008) and the other are plain 2 colors shorts with “มวยไทย” text in the front middle and stars on each sides (BXS-007). Good design, High quality, yet simple, and CHEAP! Are what we really focus on. Here are the pictures of the shorts that you can choose in the set. Which three of these would you pick?
Click below to pick your shorts!
In this episode of The Striking Corner we speak with Mark Deluca, who after retiring from the sport 2 years ago has decided to step back into the ring and we are definitely excited to see him back in the game!
MTiL’s new West Coast photographer Chad Hill was ringside at the Glory 10 event this past Saturday, September 28th at the Citizens Bank Arena in Los Angeles, California. Aside from getting the opportunity to photograph and rub elbows with some of the world’s greatest kickboxers, this was a particularly special night for Chad because when he isn’t busy with a fashion photoshoot or shooting for Muay Thai is Life, Chad trains at LA’s The Yard. The Lincoln Heights (Los Angeles) gym that now Glory Middleweight Champion Joe Schilling calls home. So in what was without a doubt a big night for American kickboxers, Chad was on hand to catch all the excitement when Schilling defeated Levin and took home 150,000 dollars and the Glory Middlewight tournament crown! Check out the pics below!
Our new photographer Chad Hill was at Lion Fight 11 to cover all the action that took place at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, Sept. 20th, 2013. Chad, is an amazing photographer with talents that range from Fashion, Travel, and Headshots to of course…Muay Thai. You can check out Chad’s work at ChadHillPhoto.com. We are extremely excited and honored to have him as part of Muay Thai is Life. Here are just some of Chad’s pictures from Lion Fight 11. More to come soon!