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Old 12-22-2007, 12:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Before there was Mirko CroCop...

... there was Peter Aerts.

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Aerts is one of the greatest kickboxers in the history of the sport. His kicks are incredible and his explosive combo fighting was one of the things that got me into K-1 way back when. I still love the league, but I don't think anybody fights like him.

I also dig the music in the video.
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Old 12-22-2007, 12:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Good call my man, good call.

Aerts
Hug
Mirko

With the exception of Hoost, those guys are the greatest kickboxers imo
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Old 12-22-2007, 02:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Good call my man, good call.

Aerts
Hug
Mirko

With the exception of Hoost, those guys are the greatest kickboxers imo
Yeah, there are a few other guys I think are really great, but even Mirko wasn't as dominant as Aerts was. Mirko just had the one-shot style that made it easier for him to transition to MMA, as opposed to Aerts' combos that opponents would probably have used to shoot on him.

Aerts, in my opinion, is the best kickboxer of all time. Hoost runs a close second, and Mirko behind Hoost. I also think that there are some great guys like Branko Cikatic and Musashi who don't get all of the credit they deserve, but they're not up there with those three.
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Old 12-22-2007, 02:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I think JLB is the best kickboxer out there that could make the crossover to mma. Granted he's had 4 or 5 fights, but he just seems to have a good style. Aerts just looks out of place in mma.

Aerts and Hoost were the Kickboxers of our generation. I've read some shit on Rob Kamon lately and he was the top guy during his time. Like the first Dutch Thai Boxer to hit it big. He practically invented their lowkick. I havn't seen one of his fights, but he has a good list of accomplishments. He also has a win over Hoost.

You can soon start looking at Semmy Schilt too. Really early, but he's won 3 grand prixs in a row now and defeated some great fighters along the way. K1 Max has some awesome fighters as well.

Peter Aerts is my favorite kickboxer and he has the greatest nick name in all of fighting. All hail the "Dutch Lumberjack".
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Old 12-22-2007, 02:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, there are a few other guys I think are really great, but even Mirko wasn't as dominant as Aerts was. Mirko just had the one-shot style that made it easier for him to transition to MMA, as opposed to Aerts' combos that opponents would probably have used to shoot on him.

Aerts, in my opinion, is the best kickboxer of all time. Hoost runs a close second, and Mirko behind Hoost. I also think that there are some great guys like Branko Cikatic and Musashi who don't get all of the credit they deserve, but they're not up there with those three.
Im not arguing that, I know Aerts is much better than Mirko, But I really like Mirko's style, its pretty predicatble but hes just so fast and effective.

Aerts was probably the most laid back dude in K-1, he just sat back, set up his shot with a couple of punches, got close and wrapped that leg around the back of your head, he was almost all shin, while Mirko was mostly instep.

Andy Hug was also an amazing dude, he had so much creativity and was always exciting.

But I have to put Aerts at #1 for being the first king of the HK, then its almost a draw for 2nd between Mirko and Hug.
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Old 12-22-2007, 05:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Aerts was probably the most laid back dude in K-1, he just sat back, set up his shot with a couple of punches, got close and wrapped that leg around the back of your head, he was almost all shin, while Mirko was mostly instep.
I love Aerts' facial expression after he starches a dude. He's totally calm and collected, like he knew it was going to happen. He's like the Gracies, but, in my opinion, the most exciting fighter in history to watch.

Good call on the difference between the kicks. Aerts used the instep occassionally, but not as much as Mirko. He was definitely always aiming with the shin.
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Old 12-22-2007, 06:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hoost has to be the best kick boxer of all time. who accomplished what he did? Mirko is simply the best kickboxer ever to cross over to MMA and attain an even higher level of sucess, recognition, and prestige!
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Old 12-22-2007, 11:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Im not a kickboxing guru but how does Mike Zambidis fair in terms of greatness?

I know he holds a vicious KO victory over "kid" yamamoto and Ive seen HL reels of his devastating power.

Hear is the video for ya to check out if ya guys dont know who im talkin about.
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Old 12-23-2007, 01:30 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Yeah alot of people think Zambidis is one of the hardest hitters p4p. He recently lost at the MAX GP to Artur Kyuchenko(sp)
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Old 12-23-2007, 02:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Peter is my favorite too... damn how many years is he in the business now... 15 at least ? i've seen him in videos were he looks like a kid. and the dude still gets to finals second year in the row, too bad he lost.
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