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GLORY Returns to the UK with GLORY 54 Featuring Rico Verhoeven vs. Mladen Brestovac

The UK has always been considered one of the hot bed markets for stand up fighting, which makes GLORY’s absence felt all-the-more by the residents of the area that have been hungry for combat sports. The UK has a thriving MMA, muay thai and kickboxing scene and after a five year absence GLORY will once again run the UK on Saturday, June 2nd with GLORY 54. The card that they have lined up thus far is a doozy, as well, with Rico Verhoeven facing off with Mladen Brestovac in a rematch from 2016 that saw Brestovac challenger Verhoeven for the [read more]

ONE Holds Press Conference Hyping Up ONE Super Series Kickboxing Debut

Today in Manila, ONE Championship hyped up their upcoming event, ONE: Heroes of Honor, which takes place on April 20th, featuring Kevin Belingon vs. Andrew Leone as the main event in MMA, but also the debut of the ONE Super Series, their kickboxing and muay thai fights. The big ONE Super Series feature bout is Giorgio Petrosyan taking on “Smokin” Jo Nattawut in a bout that should be a scorcher. ONE President and CEO Chatri Sityodong talked about the historic event. “It’s an open invitation to the greatest strikers in the world,” said Sityodtong. “Fans will witness the absolute elite in [read more]

EM Legend 30 Fight Card

On April 21st EM Legend will come roaring back to their home at Emei Station in China with a huge card, featuring Pan Jianyun vs. Anvar Boynazarov, Rungrawee vs. Sosefo Falekaono. EM Legend 30 Emei Station April 21st, 2018 Zhang Yiqiang (CHN) vs Wang Jun (CHN) – 60 kg Li Xiaomao (CHN) vs Liu Xiaoping (CHN) – 60 kg Huang Shijie (CHN) vs Huang Dongbo (CHN) – 60 kg Lv Ruilei (CHN) vs Liu Xu (CHN) – 65 kg Li Shenshen (CHN) vs Hao Yang (CHN) – 66 kg Shen Zebao (CHN) vs Wu Guoping (CHN) – 67 kg Chen [read more]

Kunlun Fight 72 Results: Tuinov and Toutouh Advance in 70kg Tournament

Kunlun Fight 72 happened this weekend with more 70kg Clash of the Titans qualifying tournaments, this time featuring Vlad Tuinov slicing through Yassin Baitar and then Tomoyuki Nishikawa, while Marouan Toutouh won a tight decision over Nayanesh Ayman before defeating Milan Pales via TKO in R3. Full Results of KLF 72 65kg Rookie Fight: Luo Jie (China) def Aratunan Albert (Russia) via R3 Decision 66kg Super Fight: Yuma Matsui (Japan) def Bai Lishuai (China) via R3 Decision 2018 Clash of Titans Reserve Fight: Zhu Baotong (China) def Takafumi Morita (Japan) via R3 Decision 2018 Clash of Titans Group E Semifinals: [read more]

GLORY 53 SuperFight Series: Thongchai Replaces an Injured Danenberg

When it comes to professional kickboxing fans have become accustomed to fights falling apart and replaced. GLORY 53’s SuperFight Series will be no different as Eyevan Danenberg was originally slated to face off against former GLORY Welterweight Champion Cedric Doumbe, but due to an injury, will be forced to drop out. Replacing him will be the man that Danenberg defeated in a contender tournament, Thongchai Sitsongpeenong. Thongchai still has a solid month to prepare for Doumbe, meaning that this is last-minute but not exactly last-minute and should have a solid camp leading into this fight and ample time to prepare [read more]

ONE Kickboxing and Muay Thai Bouts Announced For Two May Events

As we heard a while ago, ONE Championship is moving into the realm of professional kickboxing and muay thai. The first two foray will be on April 20th, featuring Petrosyan vs. Nattawut and more, with back-to-back events announced in May featuring a few big bouts. The first event is May 12th in Jakarta which features a kickboxing bout and a muay thai bout. The second is May 18th in Singapore, which features two muay thai bouts, one of which is a world title bout, and one kickboxing bout. It’s interesting to note the quality of names on these shows, with [read more]

Bellator Heads to Rome For Bellator Kickboxing 10 Featuring Two Title Fights

On July 14th Bellator heads to Rome and will be presenting Bellator Kickboxing 10. Thus far two fights have been made for the card and these two are a doozy. The first is a Lightweight World Championship bout between Giorgio Petrosyan and Chingiz Allazov. This is a tough fight for Petrosyan, with Allazov perhaps one of the best lightweights in the world right now (we currently have him ranked at #6) and a real test of where he’s at in his career. The second fight is one that Bellator has been looking to put together for a while now in [read more]

Watch Yokkao’s Manachai in His Latest Fight From Italy, Plus Details on Next Fight

Yokkao has always been about pushing the sport of muay thai further and growing the sport, be it through their super-popular gear, their live events or their fight team. Their latest crown jewel is the young Thai fighter Manachai. Manachai has been on a roll of late and that roll continued yesterday in Italy where he fought Christian Zahe. You can watch the entire fight below, thanks to Yokkao’s Facebook page. Manachai returns to the ring on April 29th in Southampton in the UK for Yokkao Next Generation, a talent-scouting event that features Manachai against Mo Abdurahman in the main [read more]

Zabit Samedov vs. Freddy Kemayo Scheduled for May 30th in Russia

On May 30th in Moscow, Russia Zabit Samedov and Freddy Kemayo will clash in a battle of smaller heavyweights in perhaps one of the better non-GLORY, non-Kunlun heavyweight fights available. Zabit Samedov doesn’t fight quite as much as he used to, averaging about one or two fights a year, which makes this fight with Kemayo a big deal. Samedov, of course, really helped to cement his status as one of the elite heavyweights when he defeated Badr Hari in 2013. Kemayo has been hot-and-cold of late, coming off of two losses to Zinedine Hameur-Lain and Igor Bugaenko, respectively. This will [read more]

Former K-1 and GLORY Fighter Koichi Watanabe Passes Away

Earlier today it was reported that former K-1 and GLORY fighter Koichi Watanabe — best known as Koichi Pettas — passed away after a traffic accident in Japan. Watanabe, who retired in November of 2017 to focus on family and working as a trainer, was driving a scooter when he was struck by another vehicle. Koichi was recently active in K-1 Japan’s heavyweight division, participating in the K-1 Japan Heavyweight World Grand Prix in November where he fought against Ibrahim El Bouni. He retired after his bout and dedicated himself to training. His Instagram feed shows him training with children [read more]