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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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GLORY 37 Los Angeles Card Released

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While we are just over a week away from the huge GLORY Collision event in Germany, GLORY hasn't been resting on their laurels at all, instead they've geared up for a January event in Los Angeles that promises to bring action to the world in the new year. GLORY 37 features a Welterweight tournament as well as Jason Wilnis defending the GLORY Middleweight Championship against the whirlwind that is Israel Adesayna.

The SuperFight Series is headlined by newly-crowned Featherweight Champion Robin van Roosmalen defending his title against the tough Matt Embree. Al,so featured is Zoila Frausto against Daniela Graf and Giga Chikadze against Victor Pinto.

This all goes down on January 20th, GLORY 37 airing live on ESPN3 at 10pm pacific and GLORY 37 SuperFight Series airing at 7:30pm pacific on UFC Fight Pass.

GLORY 37 Los Angeles

Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Jason Wilnis (c) vs. Israel Adesayna

Welterweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Guto Inocente vs. TBA

Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Alan Scheinson vs. Karim Benmansour

Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Yoann Kongolo vs. Konstantin Khuzin

GLORY 37 SuperFight Series

Featherweight Title Headline Bout: Robin van Roosmalen (c) vs. Matt Embree

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Jhonata Diniz vs. Tomas Mozny

Middleweight Bout: Mike Lemaire vs. Warren Thompson

Super Bantamweight Bout: Zoila Frausto vs. Daniela Graf

Featherweight Bout: Giga Chikadze vs. Victor Pinto

 

GLORY Collision SuperFight Series to Air Free on UFC.tv

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For those of us looking forward to December 10th for GLORY Collision and GLORY 36 there's yet another incentive. If, for some reason, you are not a subscriber to UFC Fight Pass, you've been missing out on the SuperFight Series, which have been some of the promotion's best efforts of the year when it comes to pure match quality. Thanks to the UFC and GLORY, the upcoming GLORY SuperFight Series will air live as prelims for GLORY Collision.

Here's what the card looks like.

Light Heavyweight Headline Bout: Danyo Ilunga vs. Michael Duut

Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Danijel Solaja

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal B: Tiffany van Soest vs. Jessica Gladstone

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal A: Isis Verbeek vs. Amel Dehby

Lightweight Bout: Andrej Bruhl vs. Tyjani Beztati

The order for the show is as follows; GLORY 36 on ESPN3, GLORY SuperFight Series on UFC.tv (free) and GLORY Collision on UFC.tv PPV ($29.99).

GLORY Collision Hype: Badr Hari vs. Sem Schilt From It's Showtime

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On December 10th kickboxing's biggest fight in ages will rock Germany with Badr Hari returning to the spotlight to take on GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven is a showdown for the ages. The event will be aired live on UFC's PPV service and is set to be a callback to the glory days of kickboxing. UFC posted a video from the archives for free to hype fans up and it's the legendary bout between Badr Hari and Semmy Schilt from It's Showtime. At the time Semmy Schilt was the undisputed king of kickboxing, serving as K-1's biggest nightmare in a huge beast of a fighter who put on staggeringly brilliant performances that seemed to lack that K-1 "pop" and excitement.

Badr Hari was a rising star at the time and, as you can see from the video, his star was perhaps never bigger worldwide. What's fascinating is as much as I remember this fight, it's still incredible to see just how many fans were in attendance and how rabid they were. These were truly the glory days of kickboxing.

Card for Enfusion Live #44 Featuring the Return of Andrew Tate

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Enfusion returns on Saturday, December 3rd with Enfusion #44, featuring the return of "The Cobra" Andrew Tate challenging for the Enfusion -90kg world title against Ibrahim El Boustati. Tate is perhaps one of the most colorful fighters in the UK scene who has been calling out Joe Schilling for the better part of a year. If he wanted to get Schilling's attention, this would a good way to get that ball rolling a bit further. Tate is returning from some down time after pursuing some business ventures and coping with the loss of his father. 

Kickboxing Talents #26, The Hague, The Netherlands, Saturday

03.12.2016

18.30 local start time (17.30 GMT)

1. 3X3 Tournament  -67Kg

Lofogo Sarour (South Sudan)  Vs Tarik Lyachat (Morocco) 

2. 3X3 Tournament  -67Kg

Samir Lopes (Cape Verde)  Vs Tony Jas (The Netherlands) 

3. 3X3 Tournament  -67Kg  

Wail Karroumi (Morocco)  Vs Juan Javier Barragan (Spain) 

4.   3X3 Tournament  -67Kg

Walid Hamid (Morocco)  Vs Richaymond Lopez (The Netherlands) 

5.   3X3 -63Kg    

Reda Narain (Surinam)  Vs   Mohammed Dadda (Morocco)

6.  3X3 Heavyweight

Ashraf Houssini (Morocco) Vs Balhor Nasim (Belgium)

7.  3X3 -70KG

Jassem Al Djilawi (Egypt)  Vs Romano Bakboord (The Netherlands) 

The winners from the tournament will face one another in 2017. The winner will secure their spot in the -67kg Enfusion League.

Enfusion Live #44, The Hague, The Netherlands, Saturday 3.12.2016

21.00 local start time  (20.00 GMT) 

1. 3X3    -54Kg FEMALE

Fadma Basrir (France)  Vs Sanne Strabbing (The Netherlands)

2. 3X3  -72.5Kg

Patrick van Rees (The Netherlands)  Vs Reda Zaidi (Morocco)

3. 3X3   -70Kg 

Bilal Kasrioui (Morocco)  Vs William Diender (The Netherlands)

4.  3X3   -72.5Kg

Yassin Baitar (Morocco) Vs Redouan Laarkoubi (Morocco)

5.  3X3    -72.5Kg    

Aziz Kallah (Morocco)  Vs   Marcel Verhaar (The Netherlands)

6.  3X3      Heavyweight

Hicham Achalhi (Morocco) Vs Vladimir Tok (Germany)

7.  5X3            ENFUSION WORLD TITLE               -90Kg

Andrew Tate (USA)  Vs Ibrahim El Boustati (Morocco)

Remembering Former GLORY Champion Marc de Bonte

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There's no easy way to talk about the sudden and untimely passing of someone young who had a bright future ahead of them, especially when the individual had already shown flashes of brilliance in a short life. The sport of kickboxing is one of the most thrilling in the world, with action that keeps fans on the edge of their seats and enough intrigue, flash and politics in play to enrapt even the least sport-minded of fans. 

Without a doubt, Marc de Bonte was a special fighter and person who left an indelible mark in his short time in the limelight. Fighting inside of a division that has been ruled over by Nieky Holzken for as long as there have been championships in major organizations, de Bonte rose up to prominence within the GLORY ranks and after a few cancellations, the trigger was pulled for Marc to fight for the title at GLORY 16. The fight was supposed to be against Holzken, but injury had plagued him throughout the year, meaning the clash wouldn't happen just yet. This set the stage for de Bonte to fight Karapet Karapetyan at GLORY 16 Denver where he won the world championship. He was just 24-years-old at the time.

As a writer (sometimes even a journalist) a part of my job is to remain impartial, which includes not publicly claiming favorites and avoiding discouraging fighters I'm not quite fond of. That night I was there live for what was Marc de Bonte's crowning achievement of his professional career, I got to see him emotional over winning the world title, to see the look in his eyes, the relief and the determination and it felt special. While I only briefly spoke with him that night, congratulating him and seeing how proud he was has taken on new meaning in the light of his passing. It was difficult not to feel his passion and get swept up in it, to feel like we had all witnessed something important from someone special.

He was only a few years into his professional career and was so ready to take on Nieky Holzken, a man that was almost ten years his elder and who had fought the best in the world in multiple weight classes before paving the way for a welterweight division, but he wasn't afraid, he was ready to prove himself. Even though he knew that people were expecting Holzken to take his title, he was still there and he was still proud of his accomplishments. 

What struck me about Marc was that he was soft-spoken and respectful, even in the face of the biggest victory of his entire career. Even when he spoke about Nieky Holzken -- and I can remember the thick accent that he pronounced the name "Holzken" in like it was yesterday -- it was almost in reverence. That fight never materialized, as de Bonte lost the title just over a month later to Joseph Valtellini and shifted his focus towards professional boxing. Much like the rest of us, he faced his share of setbacks in his career.

The few times that I spoke with him afterwards he was always exactly as I had remembered him; kind, respectful and down-to-Earth. Perhaps that is what makes his passing all-the-more difficult to comprehend and process. Marc de Bonte wasn't a guy with a long rap sheet, a guy snatching headlines for assaulting anyone or smuggling drugs. There weren't hushed rumors about what sort of people he ran with or how he played gangster when the lights were off him. He had a girlfriend that he'd post photos with on Instagram regularly, his family thinks the world of him and he didn't even drink. This wasn't one of those "bad seeds" that we regularly have to talk about.

Instead he had returned to kickboxing and was chasing his second world title. The sport had genuinely missed him and his return was something that caught everyone's attention. In fact, he was scheduled to fight in just a matter of weeks from now in China, where he was involved in a tournament for a world title. So when he was reported missing on November 4th there was a lot of speculation, but the reality was that Marc was on the upswing again and everyone was pulling for him. He'd turn up eventually, right? 

The weeks dragged on without word, his family and friends became increasingly desperate and finally, on November 24th, a body was found near his car, twenty days after his disappearance, with police confirming his identity days later. There will be speculation, investigations, allegations and everything in between in the coming weeks, months and years about what happened to Marc. Hopefully his family and close friends will get the closure that they need while the rest of us remember Marc for the brief, fleeting impact that he had on the sport and just how brightly his light burned for someone as young as he was. 

Marc was a glowing reminder that these larger-than-life characters in the sports world are just as vulnerable and fallible as the rest of us are. They feel the same range of emotions that we do, face the same daily struggles and have to fight for inspiration not only in their careers, but themselves as well. Marc came back to kickboxing and was going to leave his mark on the sport, his friends and family have spoken about how excited he was to fight again, to entertain us and to prove himself to the world. 

The Kickboxing World Reacts to the Loss of Marc de Bonte

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While the kickboxing world is gearing up for a mega-fight between Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven in December, things have taken a more somber tone over the past few days with officials in the Netherlands discovering the body of what is presumably Marc de Bonte. Police are working on an autopsy and final identification on the body that was discovered before giving the final confirmation, but his friends and family have accepted that the body was his. Already, Marc de Bonte's personal website bears messages about his passing, his parents have confirmed that the body was his, and while we are waiting for that final confirmation, most have accepted the news and have begun grieving the loss of the 26-year-old former world champion. 

These are just some of the public reactions from the kickboxing world over the past few days.

To younge to go Rip marc de bonte

A photo posted by nieky holzken (@niekyholzken) on

We'll have more on Marc de Bonte as it becomes public. For now, keep his friends and family in your thoughts during this rough time.

Body Matching Marc de Bonte's Description Found Near His Vehicle

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After being missing for almost three weeks, it appears that the disappearance of former GLORY Welterweight Champion has come to a somber conclusion. While police have not made a positive confirmation yet, reports have surfaced that on Thursday a man spotted a body floating in the river near where Marc de Bonte's car was found abandoned over two weeks ago.

De Bonte was said to have gone out with friends in the Belgian town of Turnhout on that Friday evening that he went missing, although his car was found in Best on Wilhelmina Canal Street. According to one of the gyms that Marc trained at, Training Unit, they were told that a body was found and that there was a "99% chance" of it being Marc.

The Eindhoven police twitter account provided two brief updates on the find, one of which claimed that due to similar clothing the body was believed to be de Bonte's, the other that they won't know for sure until Saturday when they do an official identification on the body.

While there has been no official word just yet, the kickboxing world seems somber and already in mourning for the young fighter who was preparing to participate in the Kunlun 80kg tournament as well as upcoming Enfusion Live events. It seems like it is only a matter of time before the body is identified as de Bonte's and there are so many questions left hanging in the air still. 

Kunlun Fight 55 Fight Card: 80kg Tournament Finals

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Kunlun Fight returns on December 10th with a huge card full of kickboxing with Kunlun Fight 55. The event sees the finals of the 80kg World Title tournament, sadly without Marc de Bonte, who has been missing for over two weeks now without a trace. The tournament will continue on without him, although there is a bit of a dark cloud cast over it. 

Kunlun continues to mix in MMA fights into their cards, although they are now rebranding their MMA events as Kunlun Fight MMA, with Kunlun Fight MMA 7 coming up on December 15th. As per usual, Kunlun doesn't pull any punches with their tournaments and we're looking at Stetcurenko vs. Sichtman and el Gaoui vs. Valent on December 10th.

Kunlun Fight 55

Dec. 10th

61kg: Lau Waicheuk vs. Lin Qiangbang

80kg Reserve: Salihov Muslim vs. Nuerla Mulali

60kg: Kodera Kohei vs. Gong Yuankun

85kg MMA: Koji Shikuwa vs. Wang Sai

75kg: Monsan Hanchana vs. Zhang Yang

80kg World Championship Semi-Final: Aleksandr Stetcurenko vs. Darryl Sichtman

80kg World Championship Semi-Final: Hicham El Gaoui vs. Dmitry Valent

72kg: LiZhuangzhuang vs. Kong Lingfeng

67kg: Kim Dongsu vs. Zhang Chunyu

75kg MMA: Juan Suarez vs. Zhang Lipeng

100kg+: Tofan Pirani vs. Asihati

Yokkao Holding 30% Off Black Friday Sales All Week

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While the whole concept of Thanksgiving as an American holiday can and has been disputed throughout modern history, it's primarily a holiday about spending time with family, eating turkey for some reason and watching football. Over the past few years the idea of Black Friday -- the day following Thanksgiving -- has blossomed from a way for retail outlets to kickstart their extremely profitable holiday season to a global tradition that sees everyone slashing prices to attract the attention and money of you, the customer looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, someone you don't particularly like, or just yourself. 

In that fine tradition, globally-sought-after gear and lifestyle brand Yokkao is offering a whopping 30% off sale until Friday in honor of Black Friday. Yes, that means gear, gloves, shorts, t-shirts and even having your stuff embroidered with your name as well. All of that is 30% off with the code BLACKFRIDAY during checkout at http://www.yokkao.com/shop

The offer is good until Friday, so if you or someone you love is in the market for some new gloves, pads, shorts or anything else muay thai related Yokkao has you covered as long as you punch in the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.

Quick Results: EM Legend 14

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EM Legend held their 14th event this past weekend, which featured additional fights in their 65kg tournament. 

1) Ilhom Rustamov (UZB) defeated Ji Duo Yi Bu (CHN) - 60 kg

 2) Gong YuanKun (CHN) defeated Kim Gyeongwan (KOR) - 60 kg

 3) Zhao ChuanLin (CHN) defeated Dzhamshed (TJK) – 64 kg

 4) Toofan (IRN) defeated Deng Lele (CHN) by KO – 71 kg

 5) Lang TingGui (CHN) defeated Chamrong (THA) – 70 kg

 6) Atik Askarzadeh (AFG) defeated Su ZhiYong (CHN) – 70 kg

 7) Han Zihao (CHN) defeated Jakkrit (THA) by TKO – 63 kg

 8) Ibrahim El Bouni (NED) defeated Xing WenXiu (CHN) – 85 kg

 9) Keivan Soleimani (IRN) defeated Son Jun Heok (KOR) – 70 kg

 10) Pu DongDong (CHN) defeated Firdaus (TJK) by KO – 71 kg 

 11) Senmanee (THA) defeated vs Meng GuoDong (CHN) – 65 kg

 12) Rasul (RUS) vs Fu QingNan (CHN) by TKO – 65 kg

 13) Magomedov (RUS) defeated Waranat Ponnikom (THA) by TKO – 70 kg 

 14) Li Shenshen (CHN) defeated Ruslan Salmanov (RUS) – 65 kg

 15) Wang HuaiSheng (CHN) defeated Dias (KAZ) by TKO – 75 kg

 16) Zhao XiaoYu (CHN) defeated Andres (FRA) – 70 kg

 17) Ramil (BLR) vs Zhang Ye (CHN) by TKO – 70 kg

 18) Chen ChangLin (CHN) defeated Yuma (JPN) – 59 kg

 19) Younes Smail (NED) defeated Wang YuanLei (CHN) - 67 kg

 17) Zhang ChengLong (CHN) defeated Kang Minsuk (KOR) – 65 kg

 18) Evgenii (RUS) defeated Liu Lei (CHN) – 70 kg

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