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Year: 2017

Daniels vs. Ghajji Set for Bellator Kickboxing 7

After Bellator’s last round of kickboxing fights in April, the promotion will once again be giving Bellator Kickboxing their star treatment with Bellator Kickboxing 7. Bellator Kickboxing 7, which will happen in San Jose on September 23rd at Bellator 183, will finally see karate legend Raymond Daniels get his shot at the Bellator Welterweight Championship, currently held by Karim Ghajji. The Bellator Welterweight Championship is Bellator’s only established kickboxing title thus far outside of the Women’s Flyweight Championship. The title, established in April of 2016, was won by Ghajji against Mustapha Haida, before he lost it to Zoltan Laszak in [read more]

Lion Fight Signs Cruiserweight Contender Chip Moraza-Pollard to Long-term Deal

It only took three fights from cruiserweight Chip Moraza-Pollard for Lion Fight officials to see something special in the young fighter from New England and secure him for the long-term. Moraza-Pollard made a name for himself on the AXS TV Fights platform in the realm of MMA before he made his debut for Lion Fight against veteran Brett Hlavacek. Since then he’s wowed fans and secured his spot on the Lion Fight roster. On July 28th at Lion Fight 37 he’s primed to fight for the vacant Lion Fight Cruiserweight Championship against Paul Banasiak, airing live on AXS TV. He’ll be able [read more]

Cavalari vs. Zhuravlev at GLORY 43 For Interim Light Heavyweight Championship

Not many of GLORY’s titles have been pushed into the realm of having interim championships, but light heavyweight has had an interim champion before. Now it will once again have an interim champion that will be decided at GLORY 43 New York. GLORY announced today that after his last fight at GLORY 38 the GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Artem Vakhitov suffered a hand injury and wouldn’t be able to defend his title within the time frame they had expected. So a decision was made that the GLORY 43 SuperFight Series headline fight of Saulo Cavalari vs. Pavel Zhuravlev would be [read more]

Cyril Abidi Looking to Revive Age-Old Rivalry with Jerome Le Banner

In the age of the professional sport of kickboxing there isn’t a whole lot of bad blood anymore. Sure, Badr Hari can turn things up when he wants to, but that feeling of pure hatred still isn’t quite there, especially when Rico Verhoeven and him embrace after an odd fight. Badr Hari is a businessman now and his brand — as tainted as it is — is still Badr Hari. There’s not much pure hatred left. That’s why when one retired fighter saw that K-1 legend Jerome Le Banner was looking to step back into the ring against somewhat rival [read more]

Saenchai Issues Open Challenge for Yokkao 26 in Hong Kong

Legendary Thai fighter Saenchai has been and done everything, from the stadiums in Thailand to fighting the best of the best in both muay thai and kickboxing worldwide. Now, for one of his upcoming fights at Yokkao 26 on September 28th in Hong Kong he’s looking for something new, something different in the way of an open challenge. Word is that Yokkao is looking for someone from the United States or North America to challenge the legendary Saenchai. Let’s look at some of the fighters based out of the US or North America that we’d like to see fight Saenchai. [read more]

Jerome Le Banner Wants to Come Out of Retirement to Fight Patrice Quarteron

When it comes to unfulfilled grudge matches, Patrice Quarteron and Jerome Le Banner is perhaps one of the strangest. It all began years ago when Quarteron set his sights on the bright lights by elevating his status by challenging one of the biggest names in heavyweight kickboxing in Jerome Le Banner. This manifested itself in two YouTube videos entitled “Kill Le Banner”  a la Kill Bill. Public call-outs, confrontations, social media showdowns, this feud had it all. It just never culminated in an actual fight. Indeed, Le Banner was at the top of his game at the time, while Quarteron [read more]

GLORY Paints a Picture of Their Champions and Title Challengers

GLORY is perhaps one of the world’s biggest kickboxing promotions when it comes to divisions, champions and up-and-coming challengers. Today they released this graphic that shows the current champions and the fighters that are next in line to receive a shot at their championship. Among the challengers are Adamchuk at Featherweight, Baya at Lightweight, Groenhart at Welterweight, Belgaroui at Middleweight, Machado at Light Heavyweight and Ben Saddik at Heavyweight. The stage has been set for the second half of 2017. Which fighter will rise to the occasion and wrap the GLORY strap around their waist? pic.twitter.com/7WYwodJnWB — GLORY Kickboxing (@GLORY_WS) [read more]

Josh Jauncey vs. Elvis Gashi Set for GLORY 43

The card for GLORY 43 has been set for a while now, but one piece of the puzzle was still missing, which was an opponent for Josh Jauncey on the main card. We learned that it was a local New Yorker, but that was about all that we knew until today. Today it was revealed that Josh Jauncey will fight a man that is no stranger to the New York kickboxing and muay thai scene in Elvis Gashi. Gashi, with a professional record of 18-0 with an impressive 107-3 amateur record will look to put his stamp on the world [read more]

WATCH: Josh Jauncey Trains at Mayweather Gym to Prepare for GLORY 43

For young up-and-comer Josh Jauncey there is no limit in what he’s willing to do to receive the best possible training as he pushes forward in his career. Not only did he start off training with his esteemed father, Vincent Jauncey, but he quickly caught the eye of K-1 legend Andy Souwer and became his young apprentice. From there he’s worked with some of the best fighters all over the world, including preparing in Thailand for his last bout. For his fight at GLORY 43 he had something different in mind. He went to Las Vegas where he worked on [read more]

Dzhabar Askerov Signs on with Yokkao, Training at Yokkao Bangkok

Over the years Yokkao has proven itself to be a force in the realm of muay thai gear and lifestyle apparel, but they’ve also branched out to exciting events, gyms and even their own professional team of fighters, trainers and brand ambassadors for the sport. One such fighter was Dzhabar Askerov. Askerov has always been in the discussion when it comes to the world’s top 70kg fighters in both muay thai and kickboxing and now after recovering from a rocky year in 2016 with three wins in Russian and China, Askerov has returned to the Yokkao fold, inking a management and training [read more]