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Category: Europe

Full Fight Card for GLORY 45 Announced

The full fight card for GLORY 45 Amsterdam was announced today, the event taking place on Saturday, September 30th. The event is headlined by Robin van Roosmalen defending his GLORY Featherweight Championship against former champion Serhiy Adamchuk in the main event, with the event also featuring a light heavyweight tournament and a welterweight bout between Nieky Holzken and Yoann Kongolo. The GLORY 45 SuperFight Series is headlined by a heavyweight bout between Hesdy Gerges and Mladen Brestovac and the line-up in general is pretty great. Former Middleweight champion Jason Wilnis takes on up-and-coming contender Yousri Belgaroui and in a featherweight [read more]

Steven Wright’s Top 15 fighters in women’s Kickfighting

There hasn’t been much movement at the top, but the new Best female fighters in Kickfighting list has a lot of the usual suspects and one huge move forward for one of the combatants. Also the list of 15 now includes more 48kg fighters, so Muay Thai writer Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu should approve of the full list this year. As always my list is focused on International resumes. Honorable mention. In one of the craziest career turn arounds ever, Mellony Geugjes is having a great year and is Krush champion. Not enough to be on the list, but great turnaround. [read more]

Remy Bonjasky vs. Melvin Manhoef IV Set For October

While we might have moved on from the days of K-1’s glory years and into a new generation, there is still some fight left in the men that made those events feel special. We’ll get further proof of that in October when Melvin Manhoef will step into the ring for a fourth time against Remy Bonjasky. The bout is scheduled for October 29th in the WFL ring — Manhoef’s promotion — and will air on Spike TV Netherlands. Bonjasky holds an impressive three victories over Manhoef, but perhaps something may have changed in the eight years since the two men [read more]

SuperKombat Eyes Chinese Market with Partnership with Faith Fight

All eyes have been on the Chinese market in the past few years. Japan was once the home of kickboxing, but after that failed many thought that Europe would be able to leverage the immense amount of talent in the region to lock up the market, but results have been mixed, to say the least. Instead China has emerged as a hot market for professional kickboxing, with everyone from K-1 to GLORY trying to get their foot in the door. Chinese promotions have been sprouting up at insane rates, with WLF, Kunlun, Hero Legends, Emei Legend, Glory of Heroes and [read more]

W5 ‘Legends Collide’ on September 16th Featuring Vlad Tuinov, Miran Fabjan and More

September 15th from Koper, Slovenia W5 brings their brand of high-energy, top level kickboxing back to Slovenian soil with a night of big fights planned. The big fights of the night are local legend Miran Fabjan taking on one of the toughest men working in kickboxing in Dzevad Poturak. Vlad Tuinov will be looking to defend his W5 European Championship, but truthfully, they need to find someone willing to fight Tuinov first, which is no small feat. Also on the card is Agron Preteni vs. Franc Grajs, Samuele Canonico vs. Jasmin Becirovic, Andrej Kedves vs. Sananzade Orfun and Envar Sjilvar [read more]

Enfusion Pull Mohammed Jaraya From Enfusion League Event

Even more bad news for Enfusion Live fans looking forward to more Mohammed Jaraya fights in the Enfusion League: he’s out. It’s official, as Edin van Os, the promotion’s owner, confirmed it in an interview with Combat Point (see below with subtitles). At least sort of. Van Os claimed that there would be a punishment handed down to Jaraya and that they’d have to work around the suspension, but that he will not compete in the final tournament in Abu Dabi as punishment. MMAPlus has a part of the transcript from the above interview where van Os talks about a [read more]

Mohammed Jaraya Suspended For Two Years After Assault on Judge

Bad news for Enfusion fans as one of their best fighters, Mohammed Jaraya, has been suspended for two years by Sectie Ringcontactsporten Federatie Oosterse Gevechtskunsten (also known as FOG). On April 29th at an Enfusion event in the Netherlands Jaraya was frustrated with what he felt was a bad decision and took out those frustrations on official Tim van Duijn. The suspension will be retroactive to April 29th and last for a rather harsh two years for the 21-year-old fighter. Jaraya is scheduled to participate in an upcoming Enfusion Live event as part of the Enfusion League on September 30th in [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]

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 Releases Statement on Groenhart Attack From GLORY 42

GLORY 42 was a solid event from top-to-bottom, but perhaps the moment that will overshadow the rest of the event was when two men rushed the ring after Murthel Groenhart knocked out a dazed and clearly confused Harut Grigorian, one landing a superman punch on Groenhart before they swarmed and were pulled off of him. Early reports were that Murthel had injured his jaw, but backstage video footage from after the event shows him in good spirits and talking just fine. Yet, it was still an unprovoked, unprofessional attack. GLORY has released an official statement on the attack. GLORY has [read more]