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Category: Kickboxing

WATCH: Glory Highlights British Talent Heading Into GLORY 54 Birmingham

On June 2nd GLORY returns to the UK for the first time in, well, quite a while. This video, aptly titled “The British Are Coming” highlights some of the British talent that GLORY will be utilizing on this upcoming show, with some solid insight into how the British scene has been evolving and growing since the last time that GLORY was in town. Really, it’s sort of astonishing that GLORY hasn’t made the UK a regular stop as we’ve seen lots of top-tier talent come out of the UK, as well as promotions like MTGP/KGP, Yokkao has been running very [read more]

GLORY 55 New York Announced, Featuring Van Roosmalen vs. Petchpanomrung, Pereira vs. Belgaroui

GLORY will return to New York City and the Theater at MSG — now the Hulu Theater and MSG — with GLORY 55, featuring two big headlining fights for GLORY world titles. The first of which is the much-anticipated, often-booked, hasn’t-been-delivered-yet Alex Pereira vs. Yousri Belgaroui for Pereira’s GLORY Middleweight Championship. The second bout is GLORY Featherweight Champion Robin van Roosmalen defending against Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao once again. Those two fights will absolutely be worth the price of admission alone, especially after seeing both of Belgaroui’s and Petch’s recent performances, they’re absolutely ready for their respective attempts at the titles. No [read more]

Muay Thai Sensation Manachai Picks Up a Win at All Star Fight in Hong Kong

This past weekend at the big All Star Fight event in Hong Kong saw Buakaw Banchamek go to a decision against Victor Nagbe, but the highlight for a lot of fight fans was seeing Manachai YOKKAOSaenchaiGym back in action and once again picking up a big victory. He fought against Abdou Haddad from Canada, who put up a good fight for three rounds, but ultimately saw Manachai walk away victorious. Manachai has upped his profile since joining YOKKAO’s fight team and training at the YOKKAOSaenchaiGym, where his talents have been appreciated by a broader audience while he grows into one [read more]

Enfusion Introducing Modified MMA Rules in Near Future

Enfusion is, perhaps, an interesting experiment in combat sports. Risen from the ashes of the purchase of It’s Showtime by GLORY, run by a lot of similar faces as before and helping to keep European kickboxing thriving while GLORY was busy globe-trotting. Since then, Enfusion has filled an important gap for fans in the Netherlands and surrounding areas all while cultivating some top prospects. Interestingly enough, Enfusion’s rules were, at first, a bit strange. It was kickboxing rules, which meant NOT muay thai, but there were points awarded for sweeps, dumps and takedowns. Think Shootboxing without the standing submissions. As [read more]

Kunlun Fight 75 Fight Card: Zeuv vs. Superbon Banchamek

On June 6th Kunlun Fight returns with Kunlun Fight 75, featuring Dzianis Zeuv vs. Superbon Banchamek in a 70kg showdown. There’s also a host of super fights across Kunlun’s multiple weight classes here, taking a break from the mega tournaments. 66KG Super Fight : Saranyoo Intharaprasoet vs. Sun Zhixiang 62KG Super Fight : Italo Freitas vs. Lu Dongqiang 67KG Super Fight : Eiki vs. Lu Jianbo 75KG Super Fight : Andronikos Evripidou vs. Zhang Yang 61.5KG Super Fight : Amnat Ruenroeng vs. Lin Qiangbang 76KG Super Fight: Tengnueng Sitjesairong vs. Law Chosing MMA Featherweight Bout : Mark Abelardo vs. Yan [read more]

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K-1 World Grand Prix 2018 Japan – Featherweight Championship Tournament

K-1 Japan continues to pump out the quality events on June 17th. This time around it’s the Featherweight Championship Tournament (57.5kg) featuring a one-night, eight-man tournament in addition to a few big superfights on the undercard. It’s K-1 Japan so they don’t mess around. Hideaki Yamazaki against Jun Nakazawa, Rukiya Anpo proving that gym splits from K-1 Japan are in the end utterly meaningless but fighting Gonnapar isn’t, Kido vs. Glunder oh my, Minoru Kimua and Melsik ready to throw down, Noiri and Urabe fighting. That’s something to behold. Featherweight Tournament Reserve: Yuta Otaki vs. Yuki Egawa Featherweight Tournament: Jorge [read more]

ONE Championship: Unstoppable Dreams Results – Sam-A Claims Muay Thai Flyweight Title

ONE Championship ran their third event featuring kickboxing and muay thai today in ONE: Unstoppable Dreams, featuring the crowning of a muay thai flyweight champion in a bout between Sam-A and Sergio Wielzen. Sam-A was able to bring the wealth of experience into the cage with him, wearing MMA gloves and fighting in a cage might be a different experience for a tried-and-true muay thai competitor, but both men brought it in this fight, with Sam-A working away with elbows in the fourth round to score the finish. Sam-A Gaiyanghadao elbowed his way to a TKO victory at 2:47 of [read more]

Steven Seagal Helping Promote Zhara Fight Event in Russia: Samedov, Ignashov, Levin and More

Jeez. For the longest time Jean-Claude Van Damme was the talk of the town in possible heading into professional kickboxing. The legendary fight with Somluck Kamsing will most likely never happen, although it did provide us with some comedy. But Steven Seagal, the former martial arts film superstar-turned-sex-trafficker-turned-Russian-PR-guy will be helping with the public image of Russia’s Zhara Fight promotion, the event we reported on earlier that is featuring Zabit Samedov vs. Freddy Kemayo. The card itself is exactly what you’d expect of a Russian promotion tossing money around, with Zabit Samedov vs. Freddy Kemayo, Sergey Kharitonov vs. Frederick Sinistra, [read more]

LiverKick Podcast May 16, 2018: ONE Super Series, GLORY 53, Kunlun 74 and More

Jay Jauncey and Dave Walsh are back after, well, quite an extended podcastcation, to bring those of you that have been patiently waiting for the LiverKick Podcast yet another episode. This time we cover the most recent GLORY show, GLORY 53, while previewing GLORY 54 a bit as well. We also talk about the ONE Super Series events that have happened, including the absolutely awesome Maslobojev vs. Plazibat fight from last week and the fights coming up on Friday. On top of that there’s Kunlun Fight 74, including Big Boss Kyshenko and a new champion being crowned. We also talk [read more]

Kunlun Fight 74 Results: Wang Wengfeng Wins 61.5kg Tournament, Kyshenko is a Beast

In what was a jam-packed weekend of kickboxing, Kunlun Fight offered perhaps the biggest card of the weekend with Kunlun Fight 74. KLF 74 offered up a 61.5kg tournament that saw familiar faces and new heroes born. Wang Wengfeng defeated Cristian Spectu, Daniel Gallardo and then Lin Qiangbang in the finals of the tournament to secure the Kunlun Fight 61.5kg Championship. The two big, advertised names for this card were Artur Kyshenko (fighting at 85kg!) and Albert Kraus. Kraus, who perhaps is on the dark side of his career, lost to Li Zhuangzhuang via decision while Big Boss Artur Kyshenko [read more]