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Dave Walsh

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.

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Muay Thai Grand Prix 2 Results

MTGP 2 Main Card Results:

MTGP 4 Man Grand Final – 66KG:

Charlie Peters def. Alex Bublea by unanimous decision

MTGP World Super Featherweight Championship – 59KG A-Class:

Jose Varela def. Hamlaoui Yacine by split decision

60KG K-1:

Jamie Whelan def. Panagiotis Zisimopoulos by unanimous decision

77KG K-1:

Kev Ward def. Reece Rowell by unanimous decision

MTGP World Featherweight Championship – 57KG A-Class:

Matthew Tieu def. Thibaud Duphil by unanimous decision

54KG A-Class:

Daniel McGowan def. Adrian Lopez Moreno by unanimous decision

48KG A-Class:

Evan Jays def. Alejandro R. Conception by unanimous decision

ISKA English Title – 63KG B-Class:

Rory Crawford def. Luke Portanier by unanimous decision

78KG B-Class:

Ryan Li def. Mark Robinson by unanimous decision

MTGP 4 Man Semi Final 2 of 2 – 66KG:

Alex Bublea def. Khun Bank by KO 2nd Round (knock out of the night)

MTGP 4 Man Semi Final 1 of 2 – 66KG:

Charlie Peters def. Ben Lucas by unanimous decision (fight of the night)

70KG B-Class:

Michael Pham def. Krystian Ozog by unanimous decision

75KG K-1:

Robert Vereyken def. James Gridley by split decision

72KG A-Class:

Marcel Dehinde def. Sevket Karaoglanoglu (MTGP fastest KO record of 0:18 secs)

86KG K-1:

Louis “KO” King def. Jack Deacon by KO 1st round

New Year's Eve Roundup: Akebono vs. Sapp Rematch, KID/Masato Off and More

For the first time in a while it feels like there is a lot of movement in Japan when it comes to New Year's Eve. Inoki will be holding his annual Inoki Bom Ba Ye event, Nobuyuki Sakikabara has returned with RIZIN FF and there has been talk of TBS's Kyokugen airing a special exhibition bout between KID Yamamoto and MASATO.

The KID Yamamoto vs. Masato bout was lining up to be a bit of a strange one. Kyokugen is not a fight show, in fact, it's just a New Year's Eve variety show, but TBS, remembering the crazy ratings that they got from KID vs. Masato before, were dedicated to trying to rekindle some sort of spark with a rematch of sorts. Of sorts. The bout was originally planned to be an exhibition bout between the two men, most likely happening in a television studio and not in an arena. Oh yeah, and it was scheduled to be one round. There was never going to be a real fight because Yamamoto is under contract to the UFC. But none of that matters now as it looks like the fight is in danger due to KID Yamamoto's chest tattoo. Over the past few years Yamamoto has gone deeper into the realm of tattoos and now has a giant bird and snake on his torso and this is a big deal in Japan. I'm not sure that I get it, either, just make him wear a rash guard. For what it's worth the fight is still listed on TBS's official site.

IGF Inoki Bom Ba Ye will the the standard issue Inoki event that mixes MMA fights with professional wrestling and hopefully he bring in some bigger name kickboxers for pro wrestling like he has in the past. Not that the wrestling is ever good, just that it's a pretty cool spectacle is all. There are currently only two matches on the card thus far, one of which is a pro wrestling match, the other is Shinya Aoki against former K-1 kickboxer Montonha Silva. 

As for RIZIN, man, who even knows. There is so much going on with RIZIN right now and most of it is just crazy. Fedor Emelianenko was originally to fight Jaideep Singh and then we heard that they changed that because fans were upset, then we heard that Jaideep was out of shape anyway, so he couldn't fight. Then it was Tsuyoshi Kosakha, but now TK is fighting someone else instead. 

On the 29th RIZIN will hold an event that supposedly is Sakuraba's retirement (yeah, right). Sakuraba is scheduled to face Shinya Aoki. Tsuyoki Kosakha is scheduled to fight James "The Colossus" Thompson, AJ Matthews against Anatoly Tokov and Yuki Motoya vs. Nam Jin Jo.

The 31st is the big one, though. That is the event that is featuring Fedor Emelianenko against a mysterious question mark, Estonian sumo wrestler Kaido Hoovelson will step into the ring against another set of question marks as well, hoping to usher in a new era of sumo superstardom not seen since Akebono. BJJ dynamo Gabi Garcia makes her MMA debut against professional wrestler Lei'd Tapa and RENA from Shootboxing is scheduled to fight Jleana Valentino.

Just announced today was the rematch to end all rematches in Bob Sapp vs. Akebono. Originally they met at K-1 PREMIUM 2003 Dynamite!! in a bout that saw Sapp take the win during his rise to prominence in Japan. Now, many years later, both men will meet again. This time not in K-1 rules, but instead MMA rules. Yikes.

Oktagon Co-Promoting with Bellator in 2016

Italian promoter and manager Carlo di Blasi has been a very busy man of late. If you were to look at his plate right now you'd see the recent K-1 Global World Amateurs, GLORY 25 and Venum Victory World Series events. He had a hand in all of those (and the upcoming Venum Victory World Series event as well) and he has shown no signs of stopping yet. The April Oktagon event has been a staple for Italian fans for a while now and this upcoming year will be no different. On April 16th in Torino we'll see the next Oktagon event, for which we can probably expect a big Giorgio Petrosyan fight, but the big news today was that Bellator announced that they will be co-promoting that event with Oktagon.

The card will be a split one, half Bellator, half Oktagon kickboxing, but from what it looks like only the Bellator MMA part will be airing on Spike TV, which is kind of a bummer. Still, di Blasi is hard at work again and this is truly an interesting partnership to look out for in the future.

Venum Victory World Series News: Maria Lobo to Challenge Anissa Peksen

On Saturday, November 28 in Paris at the Levallois Perret Arena the 28 year old Portuguese Maria Lobo will challenge the champion, Anissa Peksen, at the tournament finals for Venum Victory World Series. 

Mario Lobo from Lisbon, Portugal fights out of Team Dynamite and is coached by Dina Pedro has been a world champion under the Muay Thai WMF banner in 2013 and 2014 and has won world championships under K-1 rules as well. Throughout her 24-fight career she boasts 17 victories, 6 losses and only one draw thus far.

Previously she has fought in other large organizations such as Kunlun Fight and WLF in China, as well as Real Fighter. Her background is primarily in muay thai but she adapted her style towards kickboxing rules in an aggressive manner, making her a force to be reckoned with under any set of rules. This world title fight at Venum Victory World Series in Paris should deliver on action while fans around the world watch this closely-contested battle to see which of the two world class fighters walks out victorious.

Enfusion Live #34 Results

This weekend in the Netherlands we saw Enfusion Live 34, featuring Ilias Bulaid and Edye Ruiz in a world title fight that saw Bulaid pick up the victory, continuing his rather impressive streak in the Enfusion ring. 

Lorena Klijn (R4 - Decision) Mellony Geugjes

Tayfun Ozcan (R3 - Decision) William Diender

Mohammed Jaraya (R1 - KO) Andrei Ostroyanu

Mohamed Boubkari (R3 - Decision) Kamran Amindzade

Fabio Kwasi (R3 - Decision) Patrick Veenstra

Artur Kyshenko (R3 - Decision) Hicham El Gaoui

Enfusion -67kg World Title: Ilias Bulaid(C) (R3 - Decision) Edye Ruiz

Lion Fight 26 Live Results

Join us tonight for Lion Fight 26 featuring Nick Chasteen against Turan Hassanov, John Nofer vs. Victor Saravia and much more.

Lion Fight 26 Main Card – Begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on AXS TV

Main Event – Welterweight (142 pounds) fight – Nick Chasteen def. Turan Hassanov by TKO in Rd 3

Co-Main Event – Super Bantamweight (122 pounds) fight – John Nofer def. Victor Saravia by Unanimous Dec

Middleweight (160 pounds) fight – Josh Shepard  def. Ben Peak by Unanimous Dec

Lightweight (135 pounds) – Julio Pena def. Tim Amorim by KO Rd 3 (spinning back elbow)

Welterweight (142 pounds) – Pedro Gonzalez def. Sean Fagan by Unanimous Dec

Lion Fight 26 Weigh-in Results

Tomorrow night on AXS TV at 9pm eastern Lion Fight will present Lion Fight 26 with a main event of Turan Hassanov against Nick Chasteen. John Nofer and Victor Saravia are in the co-main and social media superstar Sean Fagan will be fighting Pedro Gonzalez.

Lion Fight 26 Main Card – Begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on AXS TV

Main Event – Welterweight (142 pounds) fight – Turan Hassanov (142) vs. Nick Chasteen (141)

Co-Main Event – Super Bantamweight (122 pounds) fight – John Nofer (122) vs. Victor Saravia (122)

Middleweight (160 pounds) fight – Ben Peak (159) vs. Josh Shepard (159)

Lightweight (135 pounds) – Tim Amorim (136) vs. Julio Pena (133)

Welterweight (142 pounds) – Sean Fagan (141) vs. Pedro Gonzalez (142)

Amateur Undercard

Super Middleweight (165 pounds) fight – Brian Bogue (166) vs. Chris Baker (165)

Super Lightweight (140 pounds) fight – Malcolm Hill (139) vs. Mike Savvas (138)

Middleweight (155 pound fight) – Jermaine Palmer (156) vs. Justin Lozada (153)

Super Lightweight (140 pounds) – Stergos Mikkios (140) vs. Niko Qirjazo (142)

Middleweight (155 pound fight) – Frank Wells (156) vs. Phabion Wilson (154)

Danyo Ilunga in Against Mourad Bouzidi at GLORY 26 SuperFight Series

At the GLORY 26 SuperFight Series on December 4th in Amsterdam the main event was originally slated to be a Heavyweight showdown between Mourad Bouzidi and Michael Duut, but today we learned that Duut will not be competing at GLORY 26 and in his stead will be top Light Heavyweight contender Danyo Ilunga. This bout will be contested at Light Heavyweight and is coming hot off of the heels of Ilunga's hotly contested bout with Artem Vakhitov that saw back-and-forth action and Vakhitov just narrowly walking away with the decision.

Bouzidi has been angling for a title shot for a while and a win over Ilunga here could be what he needs to break into that top echelon of the Light Heavyweight division. For Ilunga he'll be looking to get back on the winning track after the loss to Vakhitov and to turn his rather disappointing 2015 around with his second win over the year.

GLORY 26 Airing Live on ESPN3, Two Day Delay on ESPN2

There has been some speculation online about the future of GLORY and if the ESPN deal was a "one and done." GLORY CEO Jon Franklin discussed that there was a verbal agreement between GLORY and ESPN to air GLORY 26 as well while they continued with negotiations and now, today, according to ESPN's WatchESPN website, we know when it will be airing on ESPN platforms. 

GLORY 26 will air live on ESPN3 once again, this time at 4pm Eastern. Much like the previous event, it will air on ESPN2 via tape delay, only this time it won't be 1:30am in the morning. Instead it will air on Sunday, December 6th at 8pm Eastern time. This is a two day tape delay, but on prime time. Airing on a Sunday during football season seems like a hard win for kickboxing, with the Packers vs. the Lions airing at 6:30pm eastern on the same evening. 

We'll have to see how it turns out, but it is good to see that GLORY and ESPN have gotten things ironed out for the next event. 

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