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Gabriel Varga Makes His Bellator Debut at Bellator Kickboxing 6

Hot off of the news that former two-time GLORY Featherweight Champion Gabriel Varga has signed with Bellator Kickboxing, the promotion has confirmed that his first fight will be happening in short order at Bellator Kickboxing 6. Bellator Kickboxing 6, set for Friday, April 14th in Budapest, Hungary, already features a Welterweight World Championship bout between champion Zoltan Laszak and former champion Karim Ghajji, but now Gabriel Varga will be making his Bellator debut on the card in a featherweight bout against Gabor Gorbics. 

Gabor Gorbics is a Hungarian native who has an extensive combat sports history, including an impressive 23-5 record in professional boxing, four professional MMA fights (1-3) and a kickboxing record of 30-10 with 18 KOs. He also has an extensive amateur record across boxing and kickboxing to boot, making him a solid veteran and one of Hungary's better known names internationally. It will be an interesting challenge for the well-rounded and technical-minded Gabriel Varga who took some big shots from heavy-puncher Robin van Roosmalen. Chances are he won't be looking to repeat that any time soon and will be looking to keep Gabor at bay with his kicks and speed.

Of course, the fight that fans want to see is Gabriel Varga vs. Kevin Ross and chances are that we'll see that. Kevin's coach, Kieran, Tweeted us over the weekend that we'd see that fight happen.

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Former GLORY Champion Gabriel Varga Signs with Bellator Kickboxing

In an interesting win for Bellator Kickboxing, it has emerged today that former GLORY Featherweight Champion Gabriel Varga has signed a four-fight deal with GLORY's main rival. Varga is a former two-time Featherweight Champion, first winning the title at GLORY 20 against Mosab Amrani to be the promotion's first champion at that weight, then losing it to Serhiy Adamchuk at GLORY 25. Varga was able to win that title back at GLORY 32, only to lose it again to Robin van Roosmalen at GLORY 34. 

He found himself without a contract and in negotiations with GLORY, only to find their terms, while mostly satisfactory, lacking in the pay department. According to a report from Michael Stets at MMAPlus, things were copacetic between the two sides, they simply couldn't agree to financial terms. Varga wanted the pay and respect of a two-time champion while the promotion was looking to stick to their more rigid pay scale that rewards champions and bigger name draws. The company and his management seemingly couldn't find their interests intersecting here, which led Varga to look towards Bellator Kickboxing, who seemed happy to take care of the former champion financially.

In the article, he makes it clear that the increase in pay was not massive, but that he felt there was a clearer path for him to make more money in the future. "The ironic part is it’s not a massive difference. It’s not like one organization is offering 50 percent more. Realistically, it’s like 10 or 20 percent more," Varga explained. "It’s not big dollars, but I noticed that with the Bellator contracts it seems there is more of a path to work your way up to being a higher-paid fighter. With GLORY it just seemed like a lot slower process."

A possible fight with one of the muay thai world's most popular fighters in Kevin Ross could be on the horizon at some point, which would excite a wide variety of fans. Varga also expressed interest in possibly shifting over into mixed martial arts, a move that many top kickboxers have either contemplated or began the process of recently. 

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Bellator Announces Bellator Kickboxing 5 and 6 in April

Bellator will be returning to Europe on April 14th with Bellator 177 in Budapest, as well as Bellator Kickboxing 6. Bellator Kickboxing 6 will be headlined by the rematch between Bellator Welterweight World Champion Zoltan Laszak and former champion Karim Ghajji. Ghajji was the favorite going into the bout but Laszak put forth the performance of a lifetime to earn the Bellator gold in a fight that you can watch below.

Bellator Kickboxing 6 Main Card:

Welterweight World Title Bout: Zoltan Laszak (11-2) vs. Karim Ghajji (97-13-1)

But before that, Bellator will be returning to Italy for Bellator Kickboxing 5, piggybacking on Bellator 176. The card will be headlined by Giorgio Petrosyan against Amansio Paraschiv

Bellator Kickboxing 5 Main Card:

Flyweight World Title Bout: Denise Kielholtz (46-3) vs. Martine Michieletto (34-12-5)

Giorgio Petrosyan (83-2-2-1NC) vs. Amansio Paraschiv (23-5-1)

 

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Bellator Kickboxing Florence Spoilers

On Saturday, December 10th Bellator Kickboxing ran their final event of the year. The show, which is set to air on Friday evening here in the United States, featured the Bellator Kickboxing debut of Giorgio Petrosyan, arguably the pound-for-pound king of the kickboxing world. These are the results that have made themselves available until the show debuts.

The big news is obviously that Schilling, Ghajji and Kevin Ross picked up wins on the show, but that Giorgio Petrosyan was able to soundly defeat Jordan Watson via TKO in a fight that many saw as one of his toughest challenges in years. [source]

Bellator Kickboxing

Giorgio Petrosyan (R3 - TKO) Jordan Watson 

Bellator Kickboxing Flyweight Championship: Denise Kielholtz (R3 - Dec) Gloria Peritore

Joe Schilling (R? - TKO) Victorio Lermano 

Karim Ghajji (R3 - Dec) Luca Novello 

Kevin Ross (R2 - KO) Alessio Arduini 

Venum Victory World Series

ISKA 70kg Championship: Armen Petrosyan (R3 - Dec) Charles “Karlito” François 

ISKA 72.5kg Championship: Musta Haida (R3- Dec) Johane Beausejour 

Nando Calzetta (R2 - KO) Li Jun 

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Giorgio Petrosyan Opens Up on His Time Off and Pressures of Being the GOAT

Few names in the realm of kickboxing are synonymous with greatness quite like Giorgio Petrosyan. Petrosyan, a former two-time K-1 World MAX Champion during the height of the tournament, as well as the 2012 GLORY 70kg Slam Champion, he's competed against the best in the world and proven himself many times over as not only one of the best, but perhaps the very best. 

On Saturday, December 10th Petrosyan returns to the ring to fight against a man that he's been aiming to take on headfirst for about a year now in the UK's Jordan Watson. Watson, a muay thai standout, is looking to make a name for himself against Petrosyan in what is essentially a no-lose situation for him; losing to Giorgio Petrosyan is so normal that there's nothing to be ashamed of at this point.

The fight has been postponed prior, but will now happen, as to if that'll affect Petrosyan heading into the fight, his answer was simple; "I don't think so," he said. It isn't that Petrosyan is taking Watson lightly, it's that he's at the level where regardless of the competition, he understands that he most likely has an advantage. When prompted on who of his recent opponents was his toughest test, he was unable to find someone who really gave him a challenge. "I have won against all, but there was no one in particular that has put me in trouble most of the other."

For Petrosyan, one fight does stand out, which was his loss to Andy Ristie in 2013 via knockout, which led to the Doctor taking time away from the ring to recuperate and prepare himself to return to the ring. "I needed to metabolise this defeat," he explained about the prolonged time away from the ring. As for if his hand injury was a factor or a concern, he didn't think so; "Unfortunately," he admitted to the injury, "although I did not think about it, my head always brought me [back]."

Of course, Petrosyan is considered to be one of, if not the greatest of all time in kickboxing, when asked what kind of pressure was on him when he returned, he didn't seem bothered by the hype. "I have always only fought for myself and for the fun, I never thought of having to prove something to someone." 

As for the pressures of being considered the best in the world? Nah. "I don’t feel any pressure and I cannot wait forward to December 10 to be able to see the result of all the effort I made to train at best."

Giorgio Petrosyan makes his Bellator Kickboxing debut on Saturday, December 10th in Firenze against Jordan Watson.

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Bellator Kickboxing Scoops Up Jorina Baars

There is something to be said for fighters who take control of their destiny when put in a tough spot. When Lion Fight needed an opponent for Cris "Cyborg" Justino many assumed that Jorina Baars, who was willing to accept the challenge, would simply be fodder for the MMA star. Yet, they couldn't have been more wrong. Baars was there to fight and won the Lion Fight Welterweight Championship and not only did she win the title, but she has gone on to defend that title three more times since then.

But it appears that she will no longer be fighting under the Lion Fight banner and instead Bellator Kickboxing has made a big move in signing Baars. 

Baars joins other stars formerly with organizations like Lion Fight, GLORY and K-1 in jumping ship to Scott Coker's kickboxing promotion. While Bellator Kickboxing hasn't exactly put on a ton of shows just yet, the recent signings like Baars, John Wayne Parr and many more shows their dedication to building up their divisions across the board.

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Victory World Series and Bellator Florence Fight Cards

The news out of Italy brings good tidings for the upcoming Bellator Kickboxing Florence event, which will feature a Victory World Series event as well. Promised fights for the Victory World Series event are two title fights; one at 70kg with Armen Petrosyan and one at 72.5kg with Musapha Haida.

For the Bellator portion of the card we have Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Jordan Watson, the Bellator 56.6kg World Title between Gloria Peritore and Denise Kielholtz, Joe Schilling returning to action against Iermano Vittorio, Kevin Ross against Allessio Arduni and Karim Ghajii against an still-unnamed opponent.

UPDATE: Bellator officials have informed us that Karim Ghajii will be fighting Luca Novello.

Victory World Series 

ISKA World Championship: - 70kg with Armen Petrosyan (ITA)

World Championship ISKA: -72,5kg with Musta Haida (ITA)

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Giorgio Petrosyan (ITA) vs Jordan Watson (GB)

Bellator World Title -56,6kg: Gloria Peritore (ITA) vs Denise Kielholz (NL)

Joe Schilling (USA) vs Iermano Vittorio (ITA)

Kevin Ross (USA) vs Alessio Arduini (ITA)

Karim Ghajii vs. Luca Novello (ITA)

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Giorgio Petrosyan Faces Off With Jordan Watson in Bellator Kickboxing This December

While we've known for a while that Giorgio Petrosyan will be making his Bellator Kickboxing debut this December in Firenze, his opponent has remained unknown. That is, until now. Bellator has confirmed to LiverKick that Giorgio Petrosyan's first test inside of the Bellator ring will be against none other than British muay thai standout Jordan Watson. The two were scheduled to clash earlier this year until Watson was forced to pull out due to injury.

Watson is coming off of a victory over Sanny Dahlbeck earlier this year in the Yokkao ring and has been one of the names to help put the UK on the map over the past few years, participating in wars with fighters like Dahlbeck, Sitthichai, Saiyok, Khem, Steve Moxon, Aikpracha, Yodsanklai and more. This will prove to be an interesting test for Petrosyan.

Petrosyan took some time off after his loss to Andy Ristie in December of 2013 and since his return has been fighting, but the toughest test that he's had has been the young Josh Jauncey. Watson will be a great litmus test to see where the Greatest of All-Time stands currently and fans should welcome the chance to once again see the Doctor do what he does best. 

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Bellator Announces Bellator Kickboxing Event In December Featuring Giorgio Petrosyan

With Bellator Kickboxing: Budapest airing on Friday evening here in the States, Bellator is looking to make a tidal wave within the kickboxing industry by announcing their next event, a split MMA and kickboxing event, happening on December 10th in Florence, Italy. The show will feature Bellator Kickboxing's top talent, include a women's rematch, this time for the vacant Bellator Flyweight World title between Denise Kielholtz and Gloria Peritore. In addition to that, the names of Raymond Daniels, Kevin Ross and Joe Schilling were mentioned, but the biggest news yet is their latest acquisition.

The Doctor himself, Giorgio Petrosyan, will be fighting for Bellator Kickboxing, making his debut on December 10th.

Updated “Bellator Kickboxing: Florence” Card:

Female Flyweight World Title: Denise Kielholtz (45-3) vs. Gloria Peritore (11-1-1)

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Bellator Kickboxing 3 Spoilers and Interview

Bellator Kickboxing returned for its third event this Saturday in Budapest, Hungary. There wasn't a ton of press going into this show, but it will air on Friday on Spike TV, so if you want to wait for that, be warned, spoilers ahoy. Results from CombatPress.

Bellator middleweight title: Zoltán Laszák def. Karim Ghaji

Raymond Daniels (R3 - Decision) Zsolt Benedek 

Denise Kielholtz (R3 - Decision) Renáta Cseh-Lantos 

Alexandru Negrea (R3 - Decision) Ali El Ameri 

Mustapha Haida (Ext.R - Decision) Kike Bonnin 

On top of that, Adam Repa spoke with the new champion, Zoltan Laszak about his big win.

Q: - First of all, congrats on the win and your peformance! Based on what we talked about pre-fight it seemed you slightly differed from the original strategy. Did something happen pre-fight or during the bout that made you change?

A: - Thanks. Yeah, somewhere early in the fight I managed to catch him with a pretty good shot and honestly, this made me a bit wanting to go for the kill. Therefore it became more like a punch for punch, kick for kick fight if you know what I mean.

Q: - How do you feel, do you think that overall you still managed to keep yourself to what you planned before with coach István Gnyálin?

A: - Absolutely. Although as I mentioned I stood more in front of Ghajji, traded more punches with him I still managed to keep the strategic plan and come out on top of most of the exchanges.

Q: - What was it like from the inside? What and how do you remember of the fight?

A: - Actually I don't really remember much. There were some really high points and I've enjoyed it thoroughly. When they put the belt around my waist.. There are simply no words of how that felt. I know it's a cliché but it's really indescribable. It was a very emotional moment for all of us - my coach, teammates (Dávid Elszaszer, Vivien Wágner). Those long years of working hard had been crowned yesterdey evening.

Q: - What's next for you? Have you talked to Scott Coker, the management or someone about it?

A: - They really enjoyed my performance, loved the fight but we didn't talk about any specific plan or opponent for my first title defense so I cannot tell you much at the moment.

Q: - Did you suffer any injuries, any break in the fight?

A: - No, luckily not. I had a long night with the hospital visits but I came away from the fight with a few stitches on my eyebrow so that's it. My ribs hurt and my thighs show some beautiful patterns so it's the usual. That's the fight game.

Q: - Any closing words, shout outs?

A: - Yeah, hereby I'd love to thank my coach, my teammates Dávid and Vivien and all those people who have rooted for me - My family, all my teammates, friends, students and last but not least my partner!

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Legendary John Wayne Parr Heads to Bellator Kickboxing in 2017

Remember when John Wayne Parr retired?

I'm not sure that JWP remembers that, even, because he got the itch to come back and did. Back in 2012 he was going to retire, he fought his first Caged Muay Thai bout and got that itch after just a few months. He's now ten fights deep after his retirement and if you've ever spoken to or heard an interview with him, it shouldn't come as a shock to you. The guy just loves to fight. 

Last year he appeared in Lion Fight and America's interest in The Gunslinger is as real as ever. Now it looks like Bellator Kickboxing has scooped up the legendary JWP and he'll be making his Bellator Kickboxing debut in early 2017. Awesome, right?

 

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Joe Schilling Talks About The Technically Illegal Shot That Kato Won With

This past Friday at Bellator Kickboxing 2 Joe Schilling stepped into the ring against Hisaki Kato. Kato holds a victory over Schilling under MMA rules, but to many this was Joe's chance to shine and avenge the loss to Kato under his own rules. The fight was going Joe's way until a fateful blow landed and Joe was down on the mat. That blow was a spinning backfist, only many were quick to note that it looked more like the elbow or forearm connected, not the glove.

Technically under ISKA rules that was an illegal shot. Throughout the evening I heard talk about there being heated discussions backstage about the legality of the blow and even rumblings of it being overturned. Cooler heads prevailed and that talk has died down. Interestingly enough, Joe appeared on a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience this week where both men talked about losing, talked about the kind of awful people who exist online and talk smack at fighters as well as the legality of the blow. 

At about 13:47 listen for the talk of the shot and how both seem to agree that shots like that should probably be legal anyway.

There's also just some solid talk about kickboxing and muay thai in the show as well.

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Bellator MMA Dynamite and Bellator Kickboxing 2 See Bump In Numbers

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On Friday evening Spike TV and Bellator presented Bellator MMA: Dynamite 2 as well as Bellator Kickboxing 2. Dynamite saw a number of kickboxing bouts, including Denise Kielholtz against Gloria Peritore and Kevin Ross against Justin Houghton. Bellator Kickboxing 2 started with a bang as Joe Schilling fought Hisaki Kato in a rematch and Raymond Daniels did what Raymond Daniels does best. 

After slightly disappointing numbers for the debut Bellator Kickboxing event, Bellator Kickboxing 2 with a strong Bellator Dynamite lead-in pulled in solid numbers. While Bellator itself did 601,000 viewers, Bellator Kickboxing 2 did 418,000. The Kimbo Slice special aired earlier in the evening did 416,000.

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UPDATE: Spike TV have reached out with peak numbers and DVR figures. Rampage Jackson vs. Satoshi Ishii peaked at 1,140,000 viewers, with the show averaging 675,000 viewers. Joe Schilling vs. Hisaki Kato drew 624,000 viewers, the Kickboxing show pulling a 642,000 peak and average of 439,000.

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Bellator MMA: Dynamite 2 and Bellator Kickboxing 2 Results

Tonight Bellator and Spike TV present their big Bellator MMA: Dynamite 2 card, featuring Satoshi Ishii vs. Rampage Jackson as the MMA main event. While there will be a lot of MMA fights, there will also be two kickboxing bouts broadcast on Dynamite 2, Denise Kielholtz against Gloria Peritore and Kevin Ross against Justin Houghton.

Bellator Kickboxing 2 directly follows that, starting off with a bang with the big rematch between Joe Schilling and Hisaki Kato. Also fighting will be Raymond Daniels and Keri Melendez.

Prelims

Tara Walker (R3 - Decision) Mimi Kutzin

Darryl Cobb (R2 - TKO) Elmir Kulosmin

Bellator MMA: Dynamite 2

Gloria Peritore (R3 - Split Decision) Denise Keilholtz -- Weird decision. Denise was mostly in control of the fight, but she was doing as she does where she does a lot of foot sweeps and dumps. Those scored points in Enfusion, but nowhere else. Gloria looked pretty good in round one, was backpedaling during the second round and turned it up a bit in round three, but it was still a close fight. Not a great decision, not a total robbery, either.

Kevin Ross (R3 - Decision) Justin Houghton -- This was exactly what you would expect from this fight, along with crappy reffing with a ref not calling a livershot down in the third round. 

Bellator Kickboxing 2

Hisaki Kato (R2 - KO) Joe Schilling  -- This fight was all Joe, up until that last moment. Kato was settling into his groove and landing shots, but Joe was aggressive like usual and landing some big shots. Joe had Kato hurt in the second round and off of a clinch break Kato went for a spinning backfist that connected and put Joe down and out. Crazy.

Raymond Daniels (R1 - KO) Stefano Bruno -- Raymond Daniels spinning back kick. That's all that you need to know.

Keri Melendez (R3 - Decision) Sarah Howell

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Joe Schilling on Kato: 'This Time It's In My Ring'

American kickboxing has been hurting for stars since the original rise and fall of the sport in the 70’s and 80’s. Names like Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Rick Roufus, Benny Urquidez and “Superfoot” Bill Wallace might ring a bell for purists, but the style of kickboxing from yesteryear went out of fashion, fell off of the map and very few made the transition to the K-1 style (out of those names only Roufus, really). Since then we’ve been hurting for stars to help to sell the sport to American audiences. 

Sure, there have been attempts and muay thai has gained cult popularity among fight fans, but there hasn’t really been anyone that has connected on a mass level yet. The one name that people will kick around who seems primed to break through on that level is Joe Schilling, though. Schilling had initially moved out to LA thanks to their booming interest in muay thai where he initially made a name for himself. When kickboxing came knocking he answered, though, and for the past few years Schilling has been one of the few Americans that promoters can feel confident putting on their banners without a show completely bombing. 

Over the span of multiple contract disputes with GLORY he found himself fighting in MMA for Bellator, with one of the biggest knockouts of 2014 under his belt against Melvin Manhoef before he waded deeper into the waters of MMA that involved bad decisions based upon grappling and then a showdown with karateka Hisaki Kato. Kato was still a virtual unknown at the time, all of his professional fights happening in one of Japan’s minor leagues called HEAT when he was called up to fight Schilling. Karate vs. kickboxing, what was there to lose?

It was a Joe Schilling fight through-and-through, with him being aggressive, but MMA always seems to hinger his aggression. “Yeah, I mean, people were saying all this stuff like ‘oh, you are a kickboxer and this guy knocked you out,’ well yeah, it happens. In kickboxing you don’t have to worry about someone shooting in for a takedown on you, keeping your hands up is a part of the game, in MMA there’s so much going on. It was a superman punch, he threw a hail mary and it caught me,” Schilling explained. 

Kato went on to lose to Melvin Manhoef, clouding the waters of Bellator’s Middleweight division even further. So after Schilling had fulfilled his duties to GLORY, he was eager to step into the Bellator Kickboxing ring as soon as he could. “I really don’t know what happened with GLORY. Things were going great, I was their marquee guy for that pay-per-view that nobody bought, you know? That was just one of the many stupid decisions that they made, but anyway, I was their guy for it, then it was radio silence. I had to do something, so I went to Bellator. I thought that I was their guy, but apparently not. I re-signed with them and nothing got better, so when it came time for Bellator to launch their kickboxing I wanted in. 

“GLORY all of a sudden wouldn’t let me go, so I fought two more times for them without a contract in place and here I am now. I’m so happy to be with Bellator and Spike. I didn’t have an option before, it was just MMA, but now that I can fight kickboxing for Bellator? It’s just perfect.” 

So on June 24th he’ll be stepping into the ring with Hisaki Kato once again, but this time it’s under kickboxing rules and there is no cloud hanging over Joe’s head. He’s with Bellator, he doesn’t have to do MMA anymore and he gets to fight Kato under the rules that he’s not only good at, but he’s one of the best. “This time it’s in my ring, my realm. This is where I made a name for myself, this is what people know me from. I’m not gonna take anything away from him, but will he be comfortable in kickboxing? I doubt it. He gets to fight the best Joe Schilling, the one that can be aggressive without having to worry about takedowns. I feel bad for him.”

As for MMA, while he isn’t ruling it out, he also doesn’t seem to feel like there’s a reason to fight in MMA when kickboxing is right there. “Now that Bellator has kickboxing I can be their star. You know, they were all about being in the Joe Schilling business after that win over Melvin, then I had those two losses and I thought, ‘shit, that’s it for me.’ But it’s nothing like that, they are still very happy to be in the Joe Schilling business. Scott Coker, everyone at Bellator and Spike have been great to me and they still see me being a star for them, so I’m going to prove them right. Will I fight MMA again? Maybe, but kickboxing is where I want to be and I think where they want me to be.”

Bellator still haven’t exactly filled out their divisions just yet, though, so the question is for a guy like Schilling, is he comfortable just being the number one guy in Bellator while his career-long rivals in Simon Marcus and Artem Levin are still out there? “Let me tell you about Artem Levin, man. I respected that guy once, you know? We had some stuff go down before, but after the second fight we had a mutual respect and all of that is gone now. Cancelled fights and then that shit that he pulled against Simon? I have no desire to ever fight him again, he’s proven the kind of fighter that he is. As for Simon? Look, Simon’s a great guy and he deserves that championship, but I’ve proven that I can beat him. I’m fine with us not fighting again. He can do his thing, while I’ll do mine. I’m the number one kickboxer at Middleweight right now and he’ll have to live with that, not me.”

 

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Bellator Kickboxing 2 In Focus With Joe Schilling

This weekend Bellator puts forth their second kickboxing effort in Bellator Kickboxing 2, immediately following Bellator MMA: Dynamite 2. Joe Schilling vs. Hisaki Kato II will be kicking off Bellator Kickboxing 2 as the main event, this being a showdown a year to the day after Kato knocked Joe Schilling out in the Bellator MMA ring. This featurette takes an in depth look at Joe Schilling and why he's one of the biggest names in American kickboxing.

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Raymond Daniels is Chasing Another World Title in Bellator Kickboxing

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This weekend Bellator presents Bellator MMA: Dynamite 2, a hybrid MMA and kickboxing event followed by Bellator Kickboxing 2. At Bellator Kickboxing 2 Raymond Daniels will be one of the banner fighters, taking on Stefano Bruno during the telecast. Whenever Daniels is in the ring you can expect something spectacular and in his first Bellator bout Daniels delivered exactly that. In just 30 seconds he was able to finish Francisco Morrica with a spinning back kick, the move that has become a pro wrestling-like finisher of sorts for Daniels.

But the thing is, Daniels has been working incredibly hard on rounding out his kickboxing game and he’s rarely getting to show it. “Yeah, you know,” Daniels told us, “it’s funny because we do all of these things in training camp and have plans to try them out, but the openings are there, so I take them and I knock guys out.”

Raymond Daniels is acutely aware that he provides what nobody else in professional kickboxing currently can in spectacular knockouts. He’s even got a signature kick that is credited with many of his knockout victories. Does it bother Daniels, though? “Not really. I know what I’m capable of, I know what I train and people will get to see it eventually. We always plan on showing off what I’ve learned, but I’ve mastered certain techniques -- and when I say master I mean that I’ve been practicing them for years -- and it’s like what Bruce Lee said; ‘I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.’ There are just certain techniques that I know when to set up, I know how I’m going to land, what happens if I miss. So yeah, when I see that opening I’m going for it.”

As Daniels continues forward in Bellator and becomes more and more synonymous with crazy knockouts and one of the more recognizable names in kickboxing, the question comes of what does Daniels look to do with his future. Does he stay humble and teaching karate, or does he have to move on? “I’ll always find time to teach,” he explained. “It’s a part of me and it’s so important to me. I think about what it did for me growing up, how it helped to shape and mold me. You don’t have to go on to become a world champion for martial arts training to be important in your life. When I was a kid I thought that I had it all figured out, but now that I’m older I realize that while I’m in a better position, I’m still not perfect. I’ve got an 18 year old son that just graduated from high school and he’s trying to figure his life out, it’s funny because he has these plans and he thinks that he’s got it figured out, now it’s his time to learn that he can be wrong.”

When it comes to fighting, though, Daniels does have his eyes on the prize. While he’s not overlooking his opponent this weekend, he will be looking for another spectacular knockout. “That’s just what I do. Against that traditional kickboxing and muay thai style I’m able to really frustrate guys, to make them move like they aren’t comfortable, to be aware that I hit from different angles. It keeps them on edge.” 

But for the future? “Karim Ghajji won that title on the first show and I’m not that guy, I’m not gonna call out the champion before he has a chance to settle in. Let him have his moment, let him be happy with his accomplishments, but I’m coming for him. I’m a world champion, that’s what I do. I’m not looking beyond this next fight, but the way I see it, if I win this fight and get another big knockout I’ve got a pretty good claim to challenge for that title. Then I can make my way to another world title. That’s just what I do.”

Daniels does make a point, I can’t imagine anyone else challenging Karim Ghajji at this point. We’ll have to tune in this weekend to see what Daniels brings to the table and if we get another spectacular knockout. Bellator Kickboxing 2 airs directly after Bellator MMA: Dynamite 2 on Friday, June 24th.

 

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Bellator Adds Don 'The Dragon' Wilson to Stable of Legends for Fan Fest

The upcoming Bellator MMA: Dynamite 2 card, followed directly by Bellator Kickboxing 2, is set to be a huge event for the company. The newfound focus on kickboxing includes Kevin Ross and Denise Kielholtz fighting on the Dynamite card and Schilling/Kato headlining the kickboxing card afterwards. Bellator's Scott Coker has always been in touch with his martial arts roots and it looks like things will be no different with their extended push into kickboxing.

Their fan fests have always included MMA legends, but now they've added martial arts and kickboxing icon Don "The Dragon" Wilson to their line-up. Wilson is perhaps one of the greatest American kickboxers of all-time, especially for his time, and moved on to a career in movies, starring in the Bloodfist series as well as doing stunts and producing his own films later on.

Bellator's fan fest is set for June 23rd at Dave & Busters in Maryland Heights, MO.

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Fights Announced for Bellator Kickboxing 2: Daniels, Ross, Melendez and More

On June 24th in St. Louis, Missouri Bellator will be holding their second Bellator MMA: Dynamite event, but instead of running kickboxing fights during the show, there will be a second event directly following the MMA portion of the card on Spike TV featuring the kickboxing card. Officially titled Bellator Kickboxing 2 it will be headlined by the Joe Schilling vs. Hisaki Kato rematch, only this time contested under kickboxing rules. What's unique is that riding the wave of Bellator MMA: Dynamite 2, Joe vs. Kato will open the card in a way to immediately grab the attention of Bellator MMA viewers.

While the card is not complete yet, the fights that are signed and ready are as follows. Kevin Ross is expected to fight on Bellator Kickboxing 2, as should Denise Kielholtz.

Joe Schilling vs. Hisaki Kato

Raymond Daniels vs. Stefano Bruno 

Keri Melendez vs. Sarah Howell 

 

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Schilling vs. Kato II Headlining Bellator's Second Kickboxing Card

When Joe Schilling initially made the move to Bellator MMA's middleweight division many saw this as his opportunity to break out and really make a name for himself. His debut came against Melvin Manhoef in what was a crazy brawl of a fight that ended with Schilling knocking Manhoef out in spectacular fashion. Joe Schilling had arrived. His next fight against Rafael Carvalho saw Schilling demonstrate some of the grappling that he had been working on to spruce up his MMA game, but ultimately the judges gave the fight to Carvalho, which was not without some controversy. 

His next fight was against Hisaki Kato in Kato's Bellator debut in a fight that many saw as a foregone conclusion. The only problem was that no one told Kato that. Kato scored a rather crazy superman punch against Schilling, putting Schilling down and out. Interestingly enough, the superman punch has been one of Schilling's signature moves in the kickboxing realm, it being the punch that put down Artem Levin in their first meeting back at GLORY 10, leading to Schilling's big tournament victory. Since the June loss to Kato Schilling has been competing in kickboxing, working his way through the remainder of his GLORY contract with wins over Jason Wilnis and Mike Lemaire followed by a loss to Wilnis at the recent GLORY 30.

This past weekend it was announced that Bellator was setting up Hisaki Kato vs. Joe Schilling II, but that interestingly enough, it would headline Bellator's second kickboxing event. That event is set to take place directly following Bellator MMA: Dynamite 2 on June 24th. 

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Bellator Kickboxing Sees Solid Number in Spike TV Debut

On Friday, Bellator Kickboxing made its debut on Spike TV. The event, taped the prior Saturday in Italy, aired after Friday's Bellator MMA event. The show featured what looks to be the future stars of Bellator's kickboxing branch including Raymond Daniels, Kevin Ross, Karim Ghajji and Denise Kielholtz. All of the above had a winning night, while the main event saw Melvin Manhoef upset by Alexandru Negra in an exciting battle. 

The debut for Bellator Kickboxing clocked in at 360,000 viewers, according to Bellator officials. Compared to what kickboxing had been doing prior on Spike TV, the nature of tape delay, the internet and spoilers, as well as a late start time after an already long night of fights, this number seems right in line with what kickboxing had been doing on Spike TV. Here's to hoping for live events (or at least closer to live) in the future and I'm willing to bet that we'll see Bellator Kickboxing grow with time. The action speaks for itself, frankly, people just need time to see the fighters.

UPDATE: Bellator has passed along more information on the ratings, including the peak numbers and the first hour. The first hour saw 464,000 viewers while the peak viewers was 730,000.

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Bellator Kickboxing's Raymond Daniels Looks For Cosmic Immortality in Upcoming Fight

Every time that I talk to Raymond Daniels I walk away with different stuff to consider and let germinate. Because Bellator Kickboxing’s Raymond Daniels at his core isn’t like a lot of other fighters who step into the ring as a professional, instead he’s rather grounded and his world outside of the ring looks very different compared to most. His life doesn’t revolve around training for his next fight or chasing that next high, instead his life revolves around his time in the dojo and training the next generation of martial artist. A big part of that is instilling the core tenets of martial arts into their daily lives and showing that while martial arts can be violent, but that violence doesn’t define a martial artist.

“I keep those parts of me very separate,” he explained, “most of my students don’t know my other life at all, or that I fight professionally. To them I’m just sensei. A few of them have seen me fight on TV and they were surprised, or would say, ‘that’s not sensei, he doesn’t act like that.’ They are just very different parts of my life. Some of my students have come out to see me fight, like at my last fight in Las Vegas, but what I’m teaching them is entirely different.”

It’s this duality that has helped to define Raymond Daniels and set him apart from other fighters. He understands that being a professional fighter means being marketable both in and out of the ring. If you’ve heard Raymond Daniels talk when hyping up a fight you know that he doesn’t shy away from doing press and actually tends to enjoy himself. Not that he’s talking a lot of trash, but he’s more than willing to put himself out there and talk about his growth as a fighter, how people have overlooked him or expectations. 

As for expectations, to say that his are high heading into his fight with Francesco Morrica at Bellator Kickboxing’s inaugural event is an understatement. “You know, that first knockout that I got against Francois Ambang? They called that the ‘Knockout Heard Around the World,’ and while that’s good and all, I want to do more than that. I want it to be heard throughout the whole universe. I have some moves up my sleeve, stuff that nobody has seen before in kickboxing and I know how to land them. All respect to Morrica, he’s got great hands and fights that Dutch style, but it’s nothing that I haven’t dealt with before and I want this to be the ‘Knockout Heard Throughout the Universe.’ I want it to put Bellator Kickboxing on the map.”

Daniels remained respectful of his opponent, but throughout his short professional career he has fought some of the very best in the world already, including two tough fights against Nieky Holzken, the current GLORY Welterweight Champion. Twice Daniels had to watch Holzken celebrate, but the second time he was prepared for the fight and was up on the scorecards heading into the third before a cut from Holzken pushed officials to stop the fight. 

“That was my first ever cut, you know that?” He said. “I have never been cut in a fight like that before, and it just so happened to be in one of my biggest fights and be enough to stop the fight. I was winning those first two rounds and I would say that I was winning the third as well until that happened. But it’s just made me itch to get back in the ring all that much more now.”

On the topic of Holzken, when asked if he was upset that he wouldn’t get another crack at him, he seemed to be at peace with it. “You know, I’d love to fight Nieky again. I feel like I’ve come so far and that last fight showed so much, but what can you do? If it happens, it happens. You can never say never, situations change and maybe we’ll get to fight again. But regardless, I wish him the nothing but the best in his career. He just came off of a pretty controversial win, right? Over Groenhart. I think that he’s already got his hands full as it is.”

Daniels sets off on a new journey for himself, though, in this new chapter of his career in Bellator Kickboxing. Much like we’ve heard from other fighters who have made their way to the promotion, there were some important factors for him. “Spike TV is really a great platform,” he said, “it’s in just about every home that it can be here in the States and is available in other places as well. I think that we can really build an audience and build the sport here, especially with Scott Coker at the wheel. “

The subject of Coker seems to be one that comes up often with fighters who are fighting for him. Not because Coker is a commanding figure who demands respect or reverence, but because of his work ethic and history. “I’ve worked with Scott before, I know Scott and we’ve gotten to sit down a bunch and talk. We’ve both that that traditional martial arts background and I think that’s important. Scott has that Midas Touch, you know? Everything he touches turns to gold because he’s a leader and he’s not afraid to take control and lay out his vision for everyone. That’s important and he’s built up more champions and stars than people want to give him credit for. He was the guy that got me my first professional fight in K-1.”

Indeed back when Scott Coker was in charge of K-1 USA he was the first to book Raymond Daniels as a professional in a bout that saw Daniels walk away with a TKO victory. The allure of traditional martial arts is something that has mostly been forgotten in a lot of professional combat sports, but is something that Daniels hopes to help bring back in Bellator Kickboxing alongside Scott Coker.

“If you look at MMA,” he said, “you have guys fighting inside of a cage and while they took parts of martial arts, they cherry picked what they took and left out the peaceful parts of it. If you don’t know what it is and just tune in, it looks almost animalist and brutal. When the Gracies first introduced everyone to jiu-jitsu it opened some eyes and helped to at least change that view for a while, but that’s sorta been lost along the way. I’m hoping that kickboxing can sort of bridge that gap. If I have to take that weight onto my shoulders then so be it.”

We talked about the careful blend that it would take to help bolster the popularity of kickboxing in America. Kickboxing saw some popularity here in the 70’s and 80’s before scandal and disparate, confusing rule sets pushed it aside. While GLORY has made some strides towards making the sport more popular, their approach still feels a bit foreign and different to a lot of fans. “Right, like people don’t realize that kickboxing has a long history, that it was around before MMA. The sport has existed for a long time and has just changed a bit. This is a chance for a fresh start and to really push things forward.”

Getting that “right blend” steered our conversation towards his time in WCL and how WCL was a great idea, but still had perhaps a bit too confusing of a rule set and that the presentation was left lacking in the face of modern sports like MMA. “I think that’s really where Bellator Kickboxing can shine. We can be different and help to push the sport forward, but it doesn’t have to be too different. I’m looking forward to making the sport more popular and to what I’m gonna do in Bellator Kickboxing with Spike TV. The first card has a little bit of everything, different styles and flavors, it brings it all together.”

Look for Raymond Daniels strive for his “Knockout Heard Throughout the Universe” on April 16th in Torino, Italy at Bellator Kickboxing: Torino, airing April 22nd at 11pm Eastern on Spike TV.

 

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Bellator Kickboxing Announce Team Set Heading Into Inaugural Event

Bellator Kickboxing has announced today that the broadcast team for the inaugural event has been set. The team in place should feel familiar for fans of Bellator with the inclusion of Sean Grande, and for MMA fans as a whole the addition of Matt Mitrione will add a recognizable voice to the broadcast. Upon Mitrione's signing to Bellator it came out that he was going to be involved in the Bellator Kickboxing broadcasts but now it's official. 

The first Bellator Kickboxing event happens on April 16th and will air on April 22nd.

Complete “Bellator Kickboxing: Torino” Fight Card:

Bellator Kickboxing Middleweight Main Event: Melvin Manhoef (37-12) vs. Alexandru Negrea (8-2)

Bellator Kickboxing 165-Pound Feature Bout: Mustapha Haida (37-3-3) vs. Karim Ghajji (95-12)

Bellator Kickboxing Welterweight Feature Bout: Raymond Daniels (10-3) vs. Francesco Moricca (15-2-1)

Bellator Kickboxing Flyweight Feature Bout: Denise Kielholtz (43-2) vs. Veronica Vernocchi (31-6-1)

Bellator Kickboxing Bantamweight Feature Bout: Kevin Ross (30-9) vs. Matteo Taccini (24-3-1)

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Bellator Announces Bellator: Dynamite 2 on June 24th

While there might have been a few hitches at last year's Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1 card, Bellator looks to have their ducks in a row this year and have announced Bellator: Dynamite 2. Dynamite 2 will take place on June 24th at the ScotTrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri and once again be a hybrid card between MMA and kickboxing. The only real difference is that this time they get their way and will have complete control over the show, with Bellator Kickboxing launching in just under two weeks now. 

The only fight announced for the card thus far is Quinton "Rampage" Jackson taking on Japanese judoka Satoshi Ishii in an MMA bout. Here's hoping to some big name kickboxing fights at Dynamite 2. 

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Kevin Ross Talks Signing with Bellator Kickboxing, Freedom of Expression and Always Entertaining

Perhaps the thing that caught my eye the most about the early leaks for the inaugural Bellator Kickboxing card was some of the names included. Sure, Melvin Manhoef makes a lot of sense, considering he’s signed to Bellator for MMA already, but it was the names Denise Kielholtz, Raymond Daniels and Kevin Ross that really caught my eye. All three were stars in other promotions before; Kielholtz in Enfusion Live, Daniels in GLORY and Ross in Lion Fight. While Daniels departing GLORY came as a bit of a shock, Kevin Ross signing with Bellator Kickboxing was the real surprise.

Kevin Ross is perhaps the poster boy for muay thai in the United States, to the point where Ross himself is sort of a meme. Seriously, Ross is sort of a meme for this photo of him bowing, fists extended towards the camera with the words “muay thai” scrawled across his knuckles. Chances are that you’ve seen that photo before, even if you aren’t super into kickboxing or muay thai. Regardless, Ross made his name among hardcore fans as a tough-as-nails American nak muay who wasn’t afraid to fly over to Thailand and scrap with the best of them or to sign on to face top level Thais in his home of California. The list of Thai opponents stretches from Coke Chunhawat to Malaipet, Sagetdao and even, yes, one of the greatest of all time in Saenchai. 

The Famous Photo of Ross
The Famous Photo of Ross

Win, lose or draw (Ross actually has zero draws to his credit) Ross is always looking to entertain. “I’m there to put on a show for the fans,” he explained to me. “I put everything into my fights, I’m never taking it easy or trying to just hold on, I’m always doing my best even if it means losing.” This is the Kevin Ross that endeared himself to a larger audience thanks to Lion Fight’s television deal with AXS TV that saw Ross as one of Lion Fight’s centerpieces for so long. Much like Ross explained, he entertained in each and every outing with Lion Fight, which is what made the fact that Lion Fight somehow let him go all the more insane. Who let’s a guy like that go?

Bellator’s Scott Coker made a deal that Ross simply couldn’t resist. “What’s important to me is staying active, being able to go anywhere and fight anyone if I have downtime. That’s what they offered me. Of course, Bellator is my home base and takes priority, but part of my deal is that I can take outside fights.” If you’ve never spoken to Kevin before he’s an incredibly nice guy, always easy to talk with. I joked with him about how he had multiple fight offers in China, only for those to fall apart due to his contractual obligations and exclusivity. “Yeah, exactly,” he said. “I can take outside fights now. If you are gonna keep me under lock and key at least keep me active. Fighting once or twice a year just isn’t enough.”

As I mentioned above, Ross is best known for muay thai. In fact, if you talk to Ross he’ll express his love and passion for the sport, but kickboxing has been on his agenda for a while now. Ross has had multiple false starts when it comes to kickboxing, from being booked with K-1 in China to GLORY announcing that they signed Ross only for Lion Fight to impose their will and keep Ross from fighting there. I’ve always seen Ross as sort of a ride-or-die guy for muay thai, but he brushed that off.

“Muay thai is my passion,” he explained, “but I’ve always loved kickboxing as well. I’ve always been a fan of it and it’s a really good fit for me. I can’t throw elbows or anything, but that’s okay.” His style actually adapts incredibly well to kickboxing. Ross has a fluid style that relies a bit heavier on range than your average muay thai fighter. Sure, kickboxing lacks the clinch or the elbows, but that also means we probably won’t have that many more Kevin Ross bloodbaths, which got a laugh out of him. “Yeah, I’m comfortable with kickboxing, for sure. You’ll see the same Kevin Ross that you always see, I’m gonna be fighting my heart out as always.”

And fight he will, because on April 16th he’s schedule against Matteo Taccini, whom we both admitted to not exactly know a ton about. “I know that he’s young, I know that he’s hungry and for me this isn’t anything different. I’m prepared to be myself and to fight like I always do, whatever he brings to the table I’ll be prepared for. It’s gonna be a fun fight.”

The future's looking bright for Ross, who admits that he’s been fighting for over 13 years now. The inevitable question was that now that he’s under contract to Bellator would he consider MMA, something that he had considered for a long time in the past, but was able to avoid. The answer was pretty simple. “If I was going to do it, I would have done it already, you know? For a long time I thought that I was going to, I was getting ready for it. Never say never, I guess? But probably not.” We had agreed that it makes a bigger statement for him to stay where he is, and according to Ross he’s already see the flow move towards kickboxing and muay thai thanks to the popularity of Glory and Lion Fight. “I’m already seeing fighters trying to make their way in kickboxing, choosing it over MMA, I think that you’ll see more of that in the future.”

When I brought up the topic of if MMA and kickboxing needed to be connected closely for kickboxing and muay thai to grow, or if it was detrimental he was optimistic in it finding its own audience as well as appealing to fight fans in general. “It’s a little of both, I think. I don’t think that being closely related to MMA will be a bad thing for it, or that anyone will look down on it. I think that people will realize that it’s different and that it’ll come into its own. I’m just happy that I get to be a part of it and to help move the sport forward still.”

The decision that Ross made to jump to Bellator Kickboxing is a huge one for the sport, with Ross being incredibly upbeat heading into his first fight for the organization and clearly holds Scott Coker and his past accomplishments within kickboxing and MMA in high regards. “I mean, it’s Scott Coker,” he said, “his track record speaks for itself. Nobody has more experience doing what he’s done and how he’s done it, I’m looking forward to seeing how it pans out and I’m honored to be an important part of it. He’s got the right fighters, the right team and the right network in Spike TV in place to help to make this a success.” 

Indeed, Scott Coker made his mark on kickboxing a great deal of years ago with his own events before he took the reins of K-1 USA and before Strikeforce transitioned to MMA and took the world by storm. On April 16th (airing on April 22nd on Spike TV) we’ll see the vision start to fall into place with Kevin Ross at the forefront against Matteo Taccini.

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Bellator Completes Inaugural Kickboxing Card with Opponents for Daniels, Ross and Kielholtz

Bellator Kickboxing's debut is in just under a month now, being headlined by Melvin Manhoef taking on Alexandru Negrea in a middleweight bout that should have a lot of fireworks. The other announced bout is with hot European prospect Mustapha Haida taking on Karim Ghajji in what should be an exciting battle between two top fighters. Also on the card is Raymond Daniels, Denise Kielholtz and Kevin Ross, but until now their opponents have not been finalized.

We've learned from Bellator that their three opponents have been finalized and that these are official. America's favorite son in muay thai, Kevin Ross, will be making his Bellator Kickboxing debut against the young Italian fighter, Taccini Matteo. Dutch champion Denise Kielholtz will be fighting a veteran Italian striker with a whole slew of amateur and professional accolades in Veronica Vernocchi while the explosive, always exciting Raymond Daniels will be fighting someone with experience in amateur kickboxing, MMA and boxing in Morrica Francesca.

Complete “Bellator Kickboxing: Torino” Fight Card:

Bellator Kickboxing Middleweight Main Event: Melvin Manhoef (37-12) vs. Alexandru Negrea (8-2)

Bellator Kickboxing 165-Pound Feature Bout: Mustapha Haida (37-3-3) vs. Karim Ghajji (95-12)

Bellator Kickboxing Welterweight Feature Bout: Raymond Daniels (10-3) vs. Francesco Moricca (15-2-1)

Bellator Kickboxing Flyweight Feature Bout: Denise Kielholtz (43-2) vs. Veronica Vernocchi (31-6-1)

Bellator Kickboxing Bantamweight Feature Bout: Kevin Ross (30-9) vs. Matteo Taccini (24-3-1)

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Bellator Kickboxing Announces Rules and Weight Classes

On Friday, April 16th Bellator Kickboxing will hold their first event in Italy, the event will air on April 22nd at 11pm Eastern, directly following Bellator 153, which sees the debut of former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson. With one month to go there have been questions as to what sorts of rules and weight classes the new promotion will be using and today they are announcing just that. 

Bellator Kickboxing will be adhering to MMA weight classes, a smart move that keeps uniformity between both brands and helps to make kickboxing less confusing to newer viewers. According to Bellator, the weight classes that they plan on featuring are listed below.

  • Heavyweight: 265 pounds
  • Light Heavyweight: 205 pounds
  • Middleweight: 185 pounds
  • Welterweight: 170 pounds
  • Lightweight: 155 pounds
  • Featherweight: 145 pounds
  • Bantamweight: 135 pounds
  • Flyweight: 125 pounds

Much like MMA, there will be a one pound allowance, although that will be different in title fights.

The fights will be following the general ruleset that we've known for a long time now as "K-1 rules," which means that regular fights will be contested in three rounds with each round clocking in at three minutes. In case of a draw there will be an extension round, but only one. For world title fights there will be five rounds. As for the actual rules, here is what they sent us in regards to how the fights will take place.

  • The competitors will attack and defend using punches (including spinning backfists), kicks and knee strikes.
  • Each non-title fight is scheduled for three, three-minute rounds with the potential for an extra sudden victory round if the bout is scored a draw. Title fights will be scheduled for five, three-minute rounds.
  • Prohibited techniques include: elbow strikes, throws, takedowns, and submission attempts or striking a downed fighter. Fighters may only clinch if they immediately attack with a knee strike.
  • Three judges will score Bellator Kickboxing using the “10-Point-Must” system applying a prioritized criterion that values knockdowns, impact on the opponent and clean scoring strikes.

The debut card currently looks like this:

Updated “Bellator Kickboxing: Torino” Fight Card:

Bellator Kickboxing Middleweight Main Event: Melvin Manhoef (49-12) vs. Alexandru Negrea (8-2)

Bellator Kickboxing 165-Pound Feature Bout: Mustapha Haida (37-3-3) vs. Karim Ghajji (95-12)

Bellator Kickboxing Welterweight Feature Bout: Raymond Daniels (10-3) vs. TBA

Bellator Kickboxing Flyweight Feature Bout: Denise Kielholtz (43-2) vs. TBA

Bellator Kickboxing Bantamweight Feature Bout: Kevin Ross (30-9) vs. TBA

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Updated Card for Bellator Kickboxing's Debut Show in Torino, Italy

On April 16 in Torino, Italy Bellator Kickboxing will finally make its debut. The card, set to be headlined by Melvin Manhoef, is starting to come together with a few interesting bouts. Melvin Manhoef finally has an opponent in Alexandru Negrea and Mustapha Haida will fight Karim Ghajji in a very, very interesting battle between a battle-hardened veteran and a fighter that many see with a bright future in Haida. Raymond Daniels, Denise Kielholtz and Kevin Ross are still scheduled without opponents.

Updated “Bellator Kickboxing: Torino” Fight Card:

Bellator Kickboxing Middleweight Main Event: Melvin Manhoef (49-12) vs. Alexandru Negrea (8-2)

Bellator Kickboxing 165-Pound Feature Bout: Mustapha Haida (37-3-3) vs. Karim Ghajji (95-12)

Bellator Kickboxing Welterweight Feature Bout: Raymond Daniels (10-3) vs. TBA

Bellator Kickboxing Flyweight Feature Bout: Denise Kieholtz (43-2) vs. TBA

Bellator Kickboxing Bantamweight Feature Bout: Kevin Ross (30-9) vs. TBA

Update: Here is the full card for the kickboxing portion of the event, including the Venum Victory World Series portion of the card.

Card 

H 17:30 VICTORY WORLD SERIES. 

Technical partner Leone Sport.

ThaiBoxe code Fight Rules, 3 rounds x 3 min + extra rounds in case of a tie.

Cat - 60 kg Tarik Totts (Mar) vs. Wang Shanwei (Chn)

Cat -95 kg Igor Bougaienko (BR) vs. Bruno Sousano (Portugal)

Cat -70 kg Armen Petrosyan (ITA) vs Wang Tengyue Chn)

Cat -72.5 kg Chingis Allazov (Az) vs Wu Sihan (Chn)

Cat -70kg Giorgio Petrosyan (TA) vs Jordan Watson (UK)

H 20:00 Bellator KICKBOXING. 

Technical partner Boxeur des rues.

3 x 3 min rounds + extra round for a draw

Cat -57 kg Denise Kielholz (NL) vs tba (ITA)

Cat -65 kg Taccini Matteo (ITA) vs Kevin Ross (USA)

Cat -77 kg Moricca Francesco (ITA) vs Raymond Daniels (USA)

Cat - 75.5 kg world title ISKA 5 rounds of 3 minutes 

karim Gajii (F) champion vs Mustapha Haida (Sea) Challenger 

Cat -86 kg Melvin Manhoef (NL) vs Alexandru Negrea (ROM)

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Bellator Kickboxing Announced, Kicking Off on April 16th

Today in Texas, Bellator finally announced what we've known for quite a while now: Bellator will be running professional kickboxing shows. The first event will be piggybacked onto the Oktagon/Bellator event in Italy, much like we've speculated. The names that Coker introduced at the press event today were Kevin Ross, Joe Schilling, Keri Melendez, Raymond Daniels and Anastasia Yankova. These will most likely be the banner fighters for the promotion moving forward.

Many have noted that Schilling is fighting on the upcoming GLORY card, but there have been some weird contractual issues between Schilling and GLORY, I wouldn't be shocked if this was simply finishing things out. 

Carlo di Blasi was there to discuss rules, regulations and promotional impact worldwide. This event will air immediately after the Bellator event does, meaning that Spike and Bellator are putting their all into making this event seem huge. 

So this is finally happening. After almost a year of rumors and false starts, Scott Coker's kickboxing organization is finally happening.

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A Look at the Oktagon/Bellator/Victory World Series April 16th Card

While Giorgio Petrosyan will be fighting Enriko Gogokhia on April 16th, there are going to be a lot more fights going on that night. In fact, there are essentially three events featured during that show in Bellator, Victory World Series and a "Made in the USA" kickboxing portion of the card. 

Now, before you get overly excited about the prospects of seeing some of this kickboxing on Spike TV remember that absolutely none of that has been confirmed yet. It hasn't. There are also fighters that, last time that I checked, had exclusive deals for the United States in kickboxing or muay thai, making a show in Italy possible for them to fight on, but if it aired on US TV chances are that their contracts with their respective promotions have ended. We're looking into that right now. 

So here's what you can look forward to on April 16th. 

Made in the USA (5 kickboxing fights promised)

Melvin Manhoef (NL) cat - 86 Kg

Kevin Ross (USA) cat - 65 Kg    

Raymond Daniels (USA) cat - 77 kg 

Victory World Series (7 kickboxing fights promised)

Giorgio Petrosyan (ITA) vs Enrikho Gogokiia (Georgia) 

Chingis Allazov (AZ) WAKO PRO World Champion - 72.5 Kg

Haida Mustapha (MAR) Winner of Venum Victory World Series PRO ISKA World Champion - 72.5 Kg

More when it's available.

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