Breakdown & Highlights Of 3 Artfully Violent Fights
Waiting for kickboxing or Muay Thai events is a bit like watching paint dry, especially since promotions like GLORY are still somewhat budding.
Highlights and coverage usually don’t appear until we get a bit closer to fight week. Until then, fans of the stand-up game are left waiting in the wings. We usually have to look elsewhere to keep our appetites for carnage whetted.
Fret not, fellow striking enthusiasts!
Here are my picks for exciting kickboxing and/or Muay Thai fights that should scratch that carnal itch for frenzied mayhem:
GLORY 13 Tokyo
Nieky Holzken vs. Joseph Valtellini
The highlight of GLORY 13 was the welterweight world championship tournament featuring four semi finalists consisting of Holzken, Karapetyan, Valtellini, and Daniels.
Nieky fought Karapet to three rounds and won via unanimous decision, while Joseph fought and knocked out Raymond in his fight during the third round.
If you are a fan of Dutch-style kickboxing or combination fighting in general, this fight will definitely get some cylinders going. The battle between Holzken and Valtellini was an amazing display of technical brawling, aggression, and tremendous willpower. Valtellini and Holzken threw high output combinations from round 1-3, peppering each other with shots that varied high or low with the slightest opening costing either man (as seen in the final round).
Lion Fight 20
Jorina Baars vs. Cris Cyborg
In the women’s division, Cyborg’s striking was something fierce (we’re talking 18-1-(1), 16 by the way of TKO/KO fierce).
Jorina Baars was an undefeated Muay Thai fighter that had won the Amazon of K-1 Grand Prix Final, winning three fights in one night. While she did not possess the same destructive force of Cyborg, Baars was a more measured fighter. It is no coincidence Baars’ high volume, experience and variety of strikes kept her from ever tasting defeat .
Most viewers thought Cyborg would win via death, but Jorina refused to crumble under Cyborg’s relentless pressure and power like many others have.
K-1 World Max 2010
Mike Zambidis vs. Chahid Oulad El Hadj
Zambidis puts so much force behind his strikes, he himself could probably power your home with the kinetic energy from his punches. Even when he misses, Michael Schiavello says, “If you could knock out air, Zambidis would have knocked out the entire arena!”
Still relatively unknown, nobody would have ever guessed El Hadj would have helped put on a show that would leave everyone’s mouth agape for four rounds.
From the opening to the bell, the fight was an absolute barn burner. It was clear from the get-go that this fight was not heading to a decision.
If I have missed any amazing fights or you feel like let down by these picks, feel free to let me know in the comments!
- Daniel Nguyen is a packaging engineer who trains Muay Thai as a passionate hobby. With a smoker fight under his belt, his ultimate goal is to convince others to join in by conveying his passion for the sport and writing about his experiences.