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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.

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Giorgio Petrosyan Returning to Italy for November 6th Fight

Just hours after Giorgio Petrosyan defeated Xu Yan in China the Italian media are already abuzz about the next bout for Giorgio Petrosyan and it looks like that next bout will be on November 6th in Monza, Italy. While there hasn't been an opponent announced just yet there might be some headway as to which banner Petrosyan will be fighting under. There have been rumors abound over the past few months at Giorgio Petrosyan fighting in Italy once again under the GLORY banner.

That is not official just yet but this seems like a very good sign that Petrosyan will indeed be fighting in the fall in Italy, now the rest of the puzzle just has to come together and fans might just get their wish of seeing Giorgio Petrosyan back among the GLORY elite on his quest to once again be known as the top 70kg kickboxer in the world.

Gabriel Varga vs. Serhiy Adamchuk Pulled from Dynamite 1

After rumors were abound yesterday that the GLORY Featherweight title fight between Gabriel Varga and Serhiy Adamchuk was off it has come out today that Adamchuk and Varga will indeed not meet at Bellator MMA Dynamite 1 on September 19th in the GLORY ring. While not one of the headline attractions it did help to bolster the GLORY portion of the card with a second title fight between the two Featherweights.

According to our bud Michael Stets GLORY officials informed him that the fight was indeed off but wouldn't clarify on where the injury was. From our own reports we've heard that the injury was on Varga's side, although the specifics of the injury remain unclear. Gabriel Varga was forced to pull out is all that we know. Here's hoping to a formidable bout replacing it.

VIDEO: A Return to Form for Petrosyan vs. Xu Yan

\When talking about Giorgio Petrosyan it is difficult to not devolved into hyperbole at times. Petrosyan is one of the most astounding talents that we've seen in the sport of kickboxing yet and back in 2013 we were reminded that he's human. Since Petrosyan's return to the ring from that knockout he's looked good but many had wondered if Petrosyan had perhaps lost a step or some confidence in himself. After last night's performance against Xu Yan at Hero Legends in China I believe that any of those doubts need to be washed away.

The Petrosyan that we saw last night was a return to form in many ways. Everything from his movement to how he would utilize angles to slip strikes and avoid Xu Yan's offense was exactly what we've come to know and expect from a Giorgio Petrosyan fight. Xu Yan is an absolutely formidable opponent and proved as perfect vehicle for Petrosyan to show just how "back" he really is. Anyway, without further ado, here is Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Xu Yan.

Card for Hero Legends Featuring Petrosyan vs. Xu Yan

Tomorrow evening in the West, tonight in the East Giorgio Petrosyan will return to the ring against Chinese star Xu Yan in the Hero Legends ring. Xu Yan is a local legend who has seen success internationally and has been one of China's greatest exports. Sure, it isn't the fight with Yodsanklai but such is life, right? There will absolutely be demand for it and people will work hard to make that fight come together in the future.

For now Xu Yan is a fantastic measuring stick for Petrosyan to see if he's still, indeed, the best in the world. A win here just makes us want to see him against Ristie again even more. There should be a live stream for this so we'll keep you posted.

Yokkao Heads to Argentina for Yokkao 16

South America has long been an interesting incubator for talent in combat sports and Yokkao is looking to bring their unique brand of muay thai to Argentina this year. Yokkao announced that Yokkao 16 will take place in Argentina on November 13th in Rosario, Argentina. 

The focus of the show will be fighters from Brazil and Argentina as well as the inclusion of fighters from the Yokkao's UK team. The card will be announced shortly as well as the full, complete card for the upcoming Yokkao 14 and 15 in the UK that is set to take place on October 10th in Bolton. 

RIP Andy Hug 15 Years Ago Today

So much has changed in the past 15 years in the world and in kickboxing that it's almost impossible to think of how different both would be if Andy Hug were still around. Hug was a rare ambassador for a sport that likes to kick itself when its down continually. While we only had a brief amount of time with Andy Hug he provided us with some of the most memorable moments in kickboxing history and taught us all that hard work, dedication, belief and spirit can get you very far in the world.

RIP Andy Hug. 

Results From Venum Victory World Series Event in Decemberen

On Saturday evening in Hungary Venum Victory World Series held another event. This time around featuring tournaments at 95kg and 72.5kg. Mustapha Haida turned out to indeed be a big signing for VVWS picking up two big wins and the big victor of the night.

The following results are courtesy of Victory World Series.

OFFICIAL RESULTS VVWS 3 Debrecen, Hungary August 22nd, 2015

- 95 kg Tournament 3 x 3 minutes

1.Gokhan Gedik / TurkeyvsKryspin Kalski / Poland

Winner Gokhan Gedik by split decision

2.Alexandru Burduja / MoldovavsMihalik György / Hungary

Winner Alexandru Burduja by KO 2R 0’30”

- 72,5 kg Tournament  3 x 3 minutes 

3.   Mustapha Haida / MoroccovsBenedek Zsolt / Hungary

Winner Mustapha Haida by unanimous decision  

4.Abdallah Mabel / CameroonvsNorbert Balogh / Hungary

Winner Abdellah Mabel by unanimous decision

Venum Title fight – Female 54 kg

5.Sylwia Juskiewicz / PolandvsAnissa Meksen / France

Winner Anissa Meksen by unanimous decision

Venum Title fight – Male 67 kg

6.Mehdi Zatout / FrancevsGörbics Gábor / Hungary

Winner Gabor Görbics by unanimous decision

- 95 kg Tournament Final

7.Gokhan Gedik / TurkeyvsAlexandreu Burduja / Moldova

Winner Alexandru Burduja by Doctor stoppage 1R 0’42’’

- 72,5 kg Tournament Final

8.Mustapha Haida / MaroccovsAbdallah Mabel / Cameroon

Winner Mustapha Haida by Majority decision after an extra round.

Burduja and Haida qualified for Venum Victory World Series Finals to take place in Paris, France on November 28th 2015

 

VIDEO: Badr Hari Scores TKO Victory Over Ismael Londt in Grozny

It was an interesting night in Chechnya for kickboxing fans around the world as Badr Hari returned to the ring yet again, fighting under the Akhmat FC banner for his good friend and Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. Kadyrov was shown on screen multiple times throughout the fight, pumping his fists when Badr was in control and looking upset when Badr went down. The fight opened with a rather strangely-subtitled full version of the video that we posted the other day that saw Badr Hari detained and questioned only to be saved by a Chechen SWAT team.

That same SWAT team then led Hari to the ring while Ismael Londt stood and watched. Then the announcer read off both men's resumes while they stood staring at each other in the center of the ring for what felt like a solid five minutes. It was a very, very long stare down, everyone agrees on that. 

The first round started off with a bang with Hari connecting with a sneaky short right straight that put Londt down onto the canvas early. Londt flopped over and it looked like that might've been the end of the fight right there, but Londt got up. From there Londt looked unsteady on his feet and walked into another short right in what was a slip that was ruled a down by referee Joop Ubeda (no comment). Londt was able to weather Hari's relentless attack and survive to the second round, but it was already looking like doom for him without a knockout.

Crazily enough that almost happened in the second round. Badr was looking to finish things and when Badr goes too hot and heavy he opens himself up. Londt scored a right hook to the temple and Hari was down, stunned silence washing over the arena. Hari was up, though, and if you've seen Hari fight before you know that if you knock him down he gets mad. The only problem is that he looked a bit punch drunk. Luckily for him Londt was hurt as well and he was able to put Londt down. Londt got back up to his feet and kept fighting, scoring a series of rights that had Hari in the ropes only for Londt to not be able to capitalize on it before the bell rung. 

This had turned into a fight when most were expecting Hari to walk through Londt. They were both hurt and tired going into the third but Badr was perhaps just a bit fresher. Hari scored another short right straight and it sent Londt flying across the comically large ring, with Ubeda administering a standing 8-count only to then wave the fight off under the pretense of a third down. Technically it's four downs in a fight and that's it, so it was the correct call, but was announced as a third down.

Regardless that was the best competition that Hari has faced since Samedov in 2013 (who knocked him out) and a solid win for the Bad Boy.

Live Results: Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt and Samedov vs. Poturak

Here we are. It's Saturday and Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt is going down live in Grozny any time now. Akhmat Fight Show has been ongoing for a bit now with almost entirely MMA fights leading up to the main events featuring Zabit Samedov vs. Dzevad Poturak and Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt. If you are curious about the MMA results our friend Kiksie has them up

Zabit Samedov (R3 - Decision) Dzevad Poturak

R1: Not much happened in the first round. They opened up by exchanging leg kicks. Samedov was starting to unload with heavier punch combinations but Poturak was very good at covering up and not taking too much damage. 

R2: A lot of the same in this round. Poturak doing a lot of defending and walking Samedov down, but Samedov really started opening up with his hands in this round. He was having trouble scoring on Poturak, though, who at one point held out his hands and was grinding his crotch at Samedov.

R3: Samedov opened up the round with a front kick that connected hard. Poturak was quick to cover up, but Samedov finally found his left hand in this round. It looks like Poturak's nose is busted up plus a cut under his left eye that was checked on a few times. Once the action was restarted Samedov was connecting with the left hand, but it wasn't enough to put Poturak down. That round was probably enough to win him the fight.

Samedov takes the decision.

Badr Hari (R3 - TKO) Ismael Londt

There was a crazy entrance video for Badr Hari, then a SWAT team came out before him. I'm not sure why. 

R1: Badr starts off with a short right and Londt kinda flopped over onto the mat before getting up. So that is how this fight started. Badr controlled the rest of the round, landing another short right that saw Londt slip onto his ass and Joop call it a down. Okay. Badr finally unloaded near the end of the round as he is akin to do but Londt weathers the storm.

R2: Badr is fighting like he always does, which means super aggressive and Londt does not look like Londt. Londt scores a big right hand that downs Hari and there is nothing but stunned silence in the arena. Hari up and he's mad, pounding on Londt until he goes down. Londt recovers and hurts Hari but can't get him down. Crazy round.

R3: Both guys look punch drunk going into this round. Londt has Badr backed up into the ropes but Hari comes back, throws another quick right that sends Londt comically back onto his ass (he skidded around the ring). Joop starts counting and Londt is up only for Joop to call it and say it was the third knockdown, thus the end of the fight. Technically, since Joop called the slip earlier, this was the fourth knockdown.

This Badr Hari Promo Video is Downright Insane

Has Badr joined the special forces? Is he an action movie star? Neither, but this weekend he'll be fighting Ismael Londt in one of the more anticipated heavyweight bouts of the year for Akhmat FC in Grozny. We've already documented that Akhmat's links to Ramzan Kadyrov, whom many believe to be a war criminal, and that Badr Hari is good buds with Kadyrov. If you were curious what kind of money was being sunk into promoting this fight look no further than this super high budget promo video featuring Badr Hari.

But of course this isn't the full video. Oh no. The full video will be his entrance when he fights Londt. Is this even going to be a fight? 

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