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Dave Walsh

Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.

His second novel, Terminus Cycle, is available now via Kindle and Paperback.

Dave (a) LiverKick dot com.

Website URL: http://www.dvewlsh.com

K-1 Japan Holding -57.5kg Tournament For New World Title in November

Fans of K-1 Japan know better than to mess with Takeru, the K-1 -55kg Champion, a truly violent force in kickboxing. Yet, it appears that K-1 is moving the goalpost a bit for Takeru's brand of violence by adjusting the division's weight to -57.5kg, where they will crown a new champion. This goes down on November 5th at Yoyogi National Stadium and will be an 8-man tournament.

K-1 Japan -57.5kg GP

Tournament: Ozawa Kaito vs Josh Tonna

Tournament: Tobe Ryuma vs Elias Mahmoudi

Tournament: Kanbe Shota vs Yun Qi

Tournament: Takeru vs. Jamie Whelan

Reserve: Otaki Yuta VS Asahisa Yuki

Xavier Vigney Out Against Chi Lewis-Parry at GLORY 33 SuperFight Series

The much-anticipated rematch between Californian giant Xavier Vigney and Chi Lewis-Parry will have to wait, it seems. Without a reason given, Vigney is off of the card and replacing him will be Oregon's Anthony McDonald. 

GLORY 33 SuperFight Series

Middleweight World Title Headline Bout: Simon Marcus vs. Jason Wilnis

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Anthony McDonald

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal Bout: Zoila Frausto vs. Daniela Graf

Welterweight Bout: Francois Ambang vs. Daniel Morales

Catchweight (140 lb) Bout: Rami Ibrahim vs. David Moore

Superstar Actor Idris Elba to Fight in Kickboxing For Reality Series

One of the biggest stories that amounted to nothing for the kickboxing world was Jean-Claude Van Damme's desire to fight Somluck Kamsing in a kickboxing fight. The fight was teased for years, with the revival of JCVD's acting career getting in the way of his dream to prove to the world that his fighting credentials were for real and that he was an actual tough guy. The last we heard of this was JCVD jumping into the ring during one of Kamsing's fights in Thailand where he found himself in trouble, with Van Damme jumping into the ring in between rounds and attempting to fan his would-be challenger in an attempt to help him. Instead, Kamsing was disqualified. 

That was it for JCVD's big fight and perhaps we'll never hear about it again, but now an even bigger name has made a commitment to kickboxing; Idris Elba. Elba, the man who went from being Stringer Bell in The Wire to Luther on BBC to being a Hollywood leading man with everyone calling for him to portray James Bond, is probably at his peak popularity right now. His most recent role was as the main villain in Star Trek: Beyond with a lot more on the horizon.

But at age 43 he's following a dream of his, which is to fight professionally. During his 20's he trained kickboxing to keep himself in shape and considered fighting, but instead he found himself landing steady acting gigs, leaving his dream behind. Now, thanks to a partnership with Discovery Networks, he's back in training to be a kickboxer and the whole thing will be recorded and presented for audiences. 

The show is called Idris Elba: Fighter and will follow Elba throughout the span of a year, documenting his training across the world as well as his fight. Who he will be training with and who the fight will be against are a mystery, but the whole thing is said to air in early 2017.

Featherweight Tournament Set For GLORY 33

Newly-crowned GLORY Featherweight Champion Gabriel Varga won't have to wait long to discover who his next challenger will be, as GLORY has announced that on September 9th at GLORY 33 there will be a new contender's tournament. The tournament features Chibin Lim against Matt Embree and Serhiy Adamchuk -- the former champion -- against Giga Chikadze.

Also featured will be heavyweight knockout artist Guto Inocente against perennial top-ten heavyweight Hesdy Gerges.

GLORY 33 New Jersey
Hesvyweight World Title Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Anderson Silva
Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Hesdy Gerges vs. Guto Inocente
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Chibin Lim vs. Matt Embree
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Giga Chikadze

Yokkao 21 Scheduled For October 28th in Hong Kong Featuring Saenchai

The ATMA Yokkao Training Center in Hong Kong will be responsible with staging the next, big Yokkao event. The event, scheduled for October 28th promises to be a huge event with Yokkao taking on the burgeoning Chinese kickboxing and muay thai market with an outdoor event headlined by none other than Saenchai himself. Saenchai, who has made the ATMA Yokkao Training Center in Hong Kong the only gym in Hong Kong that he considers his home, has held two previous seminars there alongside Pakorn.

In addition, expect other Yokkao fighters to participate, including Manachai and 16-year-old female phenom Fah Yokkaosaenchaigym and some of the brightest stars from prior Yokkao events in the UK who made a big impression on the world. 

More information will be released soon.

Never Underestimate Anderson 'Braddock' Silva

When you ask kickboxing fans about the fight that they are most excited for the answer is almost inevitable; Badr Hari making his GLORY debut against reigning GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven. It's the biggest kickboxing fight at heavyweight since the fall of FEG's K-1 back in 2010, a battle between the man who was primed to become the king of the heavyweight division and the man who actually became that top fighter.

Yet, at GLORY 33 New Jersey Rico Verhoeven takes possibly the biggest gamble that he's taken in his professional career, months out from the biggest fight of his life and of GLORY's tenure thus far. At GLORY 33 Rico Verhoeven will defend the GLORY Heavyweight Championship against Anderson "Braddock" Silva. Silva, who has been fighting at heavyweight for years, proving himself to be a name and a guy who has always been knocking at the door of the top ten or traversing it without finding his way to the top. His shot comes with question marks attached, like where is Ismael Londt, the man who earned a shot against Verhoeven? Braddock perhaps deserved a shot a while ago, but now there are contenders for Verhoeven.

To many, the conclusion has been that Braddock is simply a "warm up" fight. The last time that someone viewed Braddock as merely a speed bump was Remy Bonjasky, who was looking to prove that his career was not over yet, only for Braddock to push the pace and pick up the victory over the K-1 legend.

In the same vein, at GLORY 16 Denver Braddock was facing off against Sergei Kharitonov, a man that had a bigger contract with GLORY thanks to his previous accomplishments only for Braddock to soundly defeat him. While Braddock may not have ever held those big, impressive championships, Braddock has been a spoiler within the division, the guy that serves as the gatekeeper to becoming elite, or the man who would defeat would-be contenders and send them back to the end of the line. 

He's a dangerous fight for any heavyweight, especially for someone like Rico Verhoeven, who when proven to be distracted in the past has lost a fight that many thought he'd handily win.

Plus, let's never forget one of the best heavyweight head kick knock outs in kickboxing history courtesy of Braddock. 

SuperKombat WGP IV Results: Ionut Iftimoaie Retires In Front Of Record-Breaking Crowd

SuperKombat held their WGP IV event in Comanesti, Romania on Saturday evening in a night that will go down in the history books for the promotion. Ionut Iftimoaie picked up a decision victory over Jorge Loren after being plagued by injuries throughout his career, picking up the SuperKombat Super Cruiserweight Championship as well as the WKN Championship, then announced his retirement in front of a huge crowd in Romania.

The crowd was 34,000 people, setting a record for European kickboxing events. The previous record was held by K-1 in 2007 for an event in Amsterdam that drew 25,000.

World Grand Prix (21:00 CET)

6. World title - Super Cruiserweight division (-95 kg)

Ionuț Iftimoaie (Romania) (R3 - Decision) Jorge Loren (Spain)

5. Super Fight - Light weight division (-65 kg)

Cristi Spetcu (Romania) (R3 - Decision) Mo Abdourahman (South Africa)

4. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight division (-81 kg)

Bogdan Năstase (Romania) (R2 - Technical Decision) Dani Traore (Germany) 

3. Super Fight - Cruiser weight division (-95 kg)

Lucian Danilencu (Romania) (R3 - Decision) Vlad Grigore (Romania) 

2. Super Fight – Cruiser weight division (-95 kg)

Antonio Plazibat (Croatia) (R3 - Decision) Dănuţ Hurduc (Romania)

1. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight Plus division (-86 kg)

Badr Traore (Germany) (R3 - Decision) Daniel Alexandru (Romania)

 

Xavier Vigney and Chi Lewis-Parry Clash Again at GLORY 33 SuperFight Series

At the GLORY 33 SuperFight Series in New Jersey on September 9th GLORY has added a big heavyweight showdown between Chi Lewis-Parry and Xavier Vigney. The two met last at GLORY 21 San Diego where the trash talk was tremendous heading into a heavyweight tournament, with both men clashing in the finals and a barrage of right hands from Vigney put Parry away. Since then Parry has picked up a big, knockout victory and is looking for revenge on the huge American heavyweight.

This fight will round out the SuperFight Series that already features a GLORY Middleweight World title bout between champion Simon Marcus and challenger Jason Wilnis. 

GLORY 33 SuperFight Series

Middleweight World Title Headline Bout: Simon Marcus vs. Jason Wilnis

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Xavier Vigney

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal Bout: Zoila Frausto vs. Daniela Graf

Welterweight Bout: Francois Ambang vs. Daniel Morales

Catchweight (140 lb) Bout: Rami Ibrahim vs. David Moore

Kunlun Fight 48 Results: Kyshenko Wins Big, Challenges Holzken

A bit of a crazy night for Kunlun Fight this past weekend, as there was opening round fights for their 65kg tournament, which actually saw Massaro Glunder lose, then the main event saw Artur Kyshenko demolish Alex Pereira in the second round only for Nieky Holzken to step into the ring and tell Kyshenko if he wants to fight the best at 77kg, he needs to fight Holzken. They said they'd try to make it happen in Kunlun.

Kunlun also showed the GLORY rankings during the broadcast. Who knows what to make of anything anymore, right?

65kg Tournament Opening Round: Maxim Maruha (R3 - Decision) Zhang Jinglei 

65kg Tournament Opening Round: Kim Minsoo (R3 - Decision) Massaro Glunder 

65kg Tournament Opening Round: Meng Guodong (R3 - Decision) Khufenia Giorgi 

65kg Tournament Opening Round: Abdallah Ezbiri (R3 - Decision) Isaac Araya 

Vuyisile Colossa (Ext.R - Decision) Nurla Mulali 

Zhang Chunyu (Ext.R - Decision) Zhao Yan 

100kg Tournament Quarterfinal: Andrey Gerasimchuk (R3 - Decision) Bruno Susano 

100kg Tournament Quarterfinal: Asihati (R1 - KO) Tofan Pirani 

World MAX 70kg Touurnament: Superbon Banchamek (R2 - TKO) Khayal Dzhaniev 

Artur Kyshenko (R2 - TKO) Alex Pereira 

Davit Kiria (R3 - Decision) Robbie Hageman 

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