On Sunday, October 15th, Yokkao returns to the UK with their brand of top-level muay thai that has been driving fans in the UK nuts with another double-header in Yokkao 27 and 28. Each card has its own stacked card, making a 12-fight overall card featuring some of the best from the UK, Thailand and more. Yokkao 27 is headlined by Yokkao -65kg World Champion Liam Harrison taking on Kevin Burnmaster, while Yokkao 28 sees Yokkao -70kg World Champion Jordan Watson against Pongsiri PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym. ** Supershowdown presents YOKKAO 28 ** YOKKAO World Title -70kg YOKKAO World Champion vs YOKKAO Fight [read more]
When analyzing the modern sport of kickboxing it is virtually impossible to do so without considering the impact that China has been able to make in a rather short period of time. China went from the closed off home of Wushu and Sanda to one of the epicenters for the sports of kickboxing and MMA almost overnight. For western fight organizations China is the last frontier for them; the lone holdout and a burgeoning market, brimming with potential to be the largest market in the world for the sport. The problem is that most western companies have failed in moving [read more]
We’re just a few days away from GLORY’s mainland China debut with GLORY 46 China, which features a Chinese-heavy card that is set to not only make Chinese fans happy, but wow fans across the world by showcasing these new stars from China. Of course, western fans are hung up on the one big fight being showcased on the GLORY SuperFight Series: Rico Verhoeven vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Bigfoot Silva is known for his massive wins over guys like Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski, Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem within the MMA cage, but when it comes to kickboxing he’ll be [read more]
On November 5th from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo KRUSH returns with KRUSH.82, featuring a wide array of fights making use of the whole K-1 Japan stable of fighters from all ends of the spectrum, with the big name featured here being Gonnapar Weerasakreck taking on Kenta Hayashi. The main event sees Nobuchika Terado against Kenji Kubo for the KRUSH -55kg Championship. KRUSH -55kg Championship: Nobuchika Terado (C) vs. Kenji Kubo Gonnapar Weerasakreck vs. Kenta Hayashi Rukiya vs. Kyoshiro Taisuke Degai vs. Akihiro Kaneko Tatsuya Inaishi vs. Ishida Katsuki Sugimoto Hitoshi vs. Od Ken Takahito Oki vs. Syuji Kawarada Hiroki Suzuki [read more]
This coming weekend at GLORY 46: China we’ll see a host of debuts for the promotion, as GLORY looks to fully realize their vision of GLORY China by appealing to the local fans with exciting Chinese fighters and international combat sports fans by bringing in Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva for a super fight against GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven. GLORY has released video introductions for two of the Chinese fighters: Shanghai Gao and Hongxing Kong, which you can watch below. GLORY 46 China is this Saturday, October 14th.
On October 4th Japanese kickboxing promotion KNOCK OUT returned for their sixth event, KNOCK OUT vol.5, featuring yet another semifinal in their KING OF KNOCKOUT Championship tournament that saw Yosuke Morii advance in the tournament after stopping Hikaru Machida in the second round due to a nasty cut. They released the full video of that fight, included below. Their next event, KNOCK OUT vol.6 is December 10th where Yosuke Morii will meet Katsujii to determine the KING OF KNOCKOUT Lightweight Championship tournament winner and crown their first champion. Seiichi Otsuki (R1 – TKO) Nakame Mitsu Aibase Kobayashi (R3 – Dec) [read more]
This Friday night Bellator Kickboxing will air their latest event, taped two weeks ago, featuring Joe Schilling, Raymond Daniels, Karim Ghajji, Kevin Ross and more. One of the main attractions is Kevin Ross fighting for the Bellator Kickboxing Featherweight Championship. Watch Ross prepare for his fight at CSA Gym while talking about how he came up, his mentality on the fight game and what kind of preparation he does for specific opponents.
Kickboxing promotion Enfusion will be celebrating five years of its existence in 2018 and doing so in style on their 5th Anniversary event on February 17th with the return of K-1 legend Andy Souwer to fight Enfusion League winner Tayfun Ozcan in a blockbuster main event. Souwer, who hasn’t competed in kickboxing since late 2016 and has instead been focused on professional MMA, amassing a 2-2 record since 2015, will make his return to the sport that made him famous against one of the very best 70kg fighters. Souwer last fought for Enfusion in April of 2015 when he competed [read more]
Say what you will about Melvin Manhoef and Remy Bonjasky fighting in 2017, there’s something charming about these two doing battle yet again and keeping the old K-1 spirit alive. Of course, it’s all to sell tickets for Melvin Manhoef’s WFL league, but if the upcoming card tells us anything, it’s that Manhoef is serious about his promotion. Outside of Manhoef vs. Bonjasky, there is a final 16 tournament in place which will lead to a World Grand Prix style tournament at a later date featuring the following names. Final 16 – Participants – Andrei Stoica – Murat Aygun – [read more]
On November 11th, in conjunction with Rebuy Stars, W5 returns to Slovenia with W5 Kosice. The event features two European championship bouts as well as a host of other fights. In the main event, Ondrej Hutnik will take on Miran Fabjan for the W5 Light Heavyweight European Championship, with Hutnik currently the promotion’s top ranked light heavyweight. The other title fight features Andrej Kedves against Abash Antoine for the W5 Welterweight European Championship. The co-main event of the evening is an interesting style matchup of Vladimir Idranyi against America’s Omari Boyd. Ivan Bartek vs. Dzenan Haibi Poturak Markus Ehrenhdfer vs. [read more]