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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.

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Lion Fight 32 Main Event Update: Malaipet vs. Nattawut New Main Event

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Lion Fight 32 airs on Friday night on AXS TV live from Las Vegas with a huge main event for the Lion Fight Middleweight Championship. Originally scheduled to be Malaipet vs. Ky Hollenbeck, Hollenbeck suffered an unfortunate injury during his last training session and was forced to drop out. Luckily Jo Nattawut was there to step in and we've got ourselves a donnybrook on tap.

Lion Fight Middleweight Championship: Malaipet Sasiprapa VS Jo Nattawut


Romie Adanza VS Ming Freeman

Victor Saravia VS Kendrick Latchman 

Travis Clay VS Marvin Madariaga 

Josh Shepard VS Gabriel Mazzetti 

Cody Allen Moberly VS Anthony Castrejohn


Redemption Only Comes For One in GLORY 34's Main Event

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This weekend at GLORY 34 Murthel Groenhart will once again get his chance against long-reigning GLORY Welterweight Champion Nieky Holzken. Holzken has long-been considered unbeatable at this weight class. After toiling for years without recognition, Holzken is finally being recognized the world over for his immense talents. No other fighters in kickboxing is able to piece together the combinations that Holzken can assemble, from ballistic shots at different levels and angles to rapid-fire assaults on an opponent's midsection until he is forced to take a knee.

Yet, Murthel Groenhart was able to punch through Holzken's tight defenses and his punch-heavy output in their last meeting. Just forty seconds into the second round Murthel found a combination that worked against Holzken. In fact, he landed a kick to the body that put Holzken off-balance; a rare weakness shown from the champion in front of a very friendly crowd for him. When all was said-and-done, many felt that Groenhart had been done a disservice by the judges for Holzken getting the nod.

The truth was that it was an incredibly close fight, regardless of who you viewed the winner. But both men walked away different. Groenhart walked away feeling robbed, while Holzken walked away looking mortal. Since that loss Groenhart has gone 5-2, losing a decision to Cedric Doumbe in GLORY, then losing to Artur Kyshenko in Kunlun Fight in China. Holzken defeated Yoann Kongolo since then and fought in boxing to not only keep himself busy, but to keep his flawless boxing record in-tact.

But things are different.

Holzken was once the untouchable iron man of the division, but Groenhart has shown what it takes to hurt Holzken and keep him from falling into his pattern of destruction. Groenhart himself was a bit of a lost fighter for many years. The talented, powerful and explosive fighter jumped around divisions -- once winning the K-1 World MAX tournament at 70kg and having fought up in weight many, many times. GLORY cementing the 76kg weight class has been beneficial to both Holzken and Groenhart, who finally have a home to showcase their skills. 

It took another win in a contender tournament for Groenhart to get what he deserved in a rematch, but now it's time for him to show that the last fight with Holzken wasn't a fluke, but instead it was the evolution of the once-wild brawler into a composed fighter. For Holzken this is a chance to show that he's unstoppable and the king of this division, worthy of the praise and attention that he receives in the Netherlands as a national hero. 

So while everyone is hyped up for Badr Hari appearing in the GLORY ring against Rico Verhoeven, perhaps the best and biggest fight of the year will be happening in Denver, Colorado on October 21st between two of the best kickboxers in the world.

EM Legend 13 Results: Saenchai KO's Jonathan Tuhu and More

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This weekend EM Legend in China teamed up with Thai Fight to put on a mixed muay thai and kickboxing card in China which saw a 65kg kickboxing tournament on top of a host of entertaining muay thai bouts. Saenchai put on a show as he always does, while Wang Kang walked away with a victory in the 65kg tournament.

65kg Muay Thai: Victor Pinto defeated Zhang ChengLong by decision

 65kg Muay Thai: Saenchai defeated Jonathan Tuhu by KO

 75kg Muay Thai: Tengnueng defeated Erik Massion by KO

 68kg Muay Thai: PTT Petrchrungrueng defeated Christ Axelsson by decision

 70kg Muay Thai: Denphanom defeated Jarred Rothwell by decision

 68kg Muay Thai: Payak Samui defeated Bobur Tagaev by decision

 75kg Muay Thai: Youssef Boughanem defeated Ahmed Aushev by KO

 73kg Muay Thai: Islam defeated Sudsakorn by decision

 63kg Muay Thai: Han ZiHao defeated Fridavs by KO

 60kg Kickboxing: Zhu Xu draw with Santi

 59kg Kickboxing: Chen ChangLin defeated Motoaki Takahashi by decision

 67kg Kickboxing: Liang YuanHao defeated Sun QianKun by decision

 80kg Kickboxing: Pavel Turuk defeated Wei GaoJie by decision

65kg Kickboxing World Championship Tournament:

Wang Kang defeated Samuel Sanchez Rodriguez by KO

65kg Kickboxing World Championship Tournament:

Fu QingNan defeated Brian Denix by decision

65kg Kickboxing World Championship Tournament Finals

Wang Kang defeated Fu QingNan by decision

Fight Card for K-1 World Grand Prix Europe -95kg

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After the runaway success that K-1 Japan has had, K-1 Global is looking to bring that level of excitement and interest to K-1 in Europe with their K-1 World Grand Prix Euro -95kg tournament. K-1's Ned Kuruc had discussed the idea of moving away from the eight-man tournaments in the past, but K-1 has done an about-face in seeing the high demand for these tournaments and the excitement that they can create. 

The idea behind this tournament is to blend together some well-known -95kg fighters along with some lesser known, younger talents to create a new, thriving division. K-1 Japan has been focused on the smaller weights and K-1 Europe is going to focus on the heavier weights. 

Of course, this is not without controversy. K-1 ran a World Grand Prix event in Croatia -- the one that Cro Cop won -- in cooperation with Cro Cop's former manager and Final Fight promoter Orsat Zovko. Orsat has spoken about the poor relationship with K-1 and how there were financial disagreements in the past, but now the claims have resurfaced, namely from the Zovko-affiliated FightSite, which has published a number of pieces now of fighters claiming to still be owed money from the 2013 event. This is not the first that we've heard of this, but it has been a while since this has been discussed. K-1 Global has not replied to the claims, but were aware of them. 

Regardless of past, broken business relationships, there are high hopes for K-1's new start in Europe with the -95kg tournament. Well known fighters like Mladen Kujundzic, Fabio Kwasi, Emmanuel Payet and Igor Bugaenko are involved in the tournament alongside up-and-comers. 

K-1 World Grand Prix Euro -95kg Tournament

Igor Bugaenko (Belarus) vs. Tomasz Sarara (Poland)

Atha Kasapis (Germany) vs. Aundre Groce (England)

Fabio Kwasi (Holland) vs. Mladen Kujundzic (Croatia)

Rade Opacic (Serbia) vs. Emmanuel Payet (France)

Reserve Fight

Vasil Ducar (Czech Republic) vs. Bahrudin Mahmic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Super Fights

60kg Women - Marina Spasic (Serbia) vs. Merima Basic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

71kg Men - Marko Adamovic (Serbia) vs. Sayfullah Hambahadov (Russia)

Victory World Series and Bellator Florence Fight Cards

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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)

Bellator Kickboxing hours

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)

Lion Fight 33 on Friday Nov. 18th

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Lion Fight has announced that Lion Fight 33 will take place on Friday, November 18th at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut. This will be airing on AXS TV live and will feature a main event between "Smokin' Jo" Nattawut and Hassan Toy.

Also featured on the poster is Eesel vs. Zwanenberg and Wijmans vs. Schevchenko.

EM Legend 13 Card Featuring Saenchai and More

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EM Legend will be holding their next event on October 15th at Emei Mountain, featuring a mixed card of muay thai and kickboxing bouts, including a one-night 65kg kickboxing tournament.

The event, in coordination with Thai Fight, will be broadcast live in Thailand on Channel 3, then in China it airs on Sichuan TV every Monday at 11:30 PM.

65kg Muay Thai: Victor Pinto vs. Zhang ChengLong

65kg Muay Thai: Saenchai vs. Jonathan Tuhu

75kg Muay Thai: Tengnueng vs. Erik Massion

68kg Muay Thai: PTT Petrchrungrueng vs. Christ Axelsson

70kg Muay Thai: Denphanom vs. Tukhtaboev

68kg Muay Thai: Payak Samui vs. Tagaev

75kg Muay Thai: Youssef Boughanem vs. Ahmed Aushev

73kg Muay Thai: Sudsakorn vs. Islam

63kg Muay Thai: Han ZiHao vs. Fridavs

60kg Kickboxing: Zhu Xu vs. Santi

59kg Kickboxing: Chen ChangLin vs. Motoaki Takahashi

67kg Kickboxing: Sun QianKun vs. Liang YuanHao

80kg Kickboxing: Pavel Turuk vs. Wei GaoJie

65kg Kickboxing World Championship Tournament: Sanchez Rodriguez vs. Wang Kang

65kg Kickboxing World Championship Tournament: Bian Denix vs. Fu QingNan

65kg Kickboxing World Championship Tournament Finals

Fight Card for KNOCK OUT vol.0 on December 5th

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Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT will be making its debut on December 5th at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The event by the new promotion, that looks to take on the world of kickboxing by storm, will be featuring a few huge bouts, including Takuya "T-98" Imamura against Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima, Keisuke Miyamoto against Masahide Kudo and more.

KNOCK OUT vol.0 5.12.2016


Genji Umeno(35W.7L.3D) vs TBA

Tenshin Nasukawa(16W) vs TBA

takuya Imamura(31W.13L.4D) vs Youichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima(33W.15L.1D)

Yosuke Morii(35W.7L.3D) vs Yodwandee Nitisamui(140W.41L.2D)

Haruaki Otsuki(37W.8L) vs Starboy

Keisuke Miyamoto(23W.9L.5D) vs Masahide Kudo(13W.4L.2D)

W5 Grand Prix: Legends in Prague Results: Cosmo Wins Big

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W5 held their Legends in Prague event on Saturday, featuring a 75kg tournament, two European title fights and a few bigger fights that dazzled their live audience. Tomas Hron was able to defeat Andrei Stoica in the main event via decision in what is a huge win for Hron at this stage in his career. Ondrej Hutnik defeated Catalin Morosanu, who has been on a bit of a slide of late.

Cosmo Alexandre took home the tournament trophy after a win over Darryl Sichtman, followed by a win over Matous Kohout to take home the championship. Alim Nabiev heads home with the W5 European Welterweight Championship and Vlad Tuinov with the -71kg Championship.

W5 Grand Prix: Legends in Prague

Tomáš Hron (R3 - Decision) Andrei Stoica 

Pyramid World Title Tournament Final: Cosmo Alexandre (R3 - Decision) Matous Kohout

Ondřej Hutník (R3 - Decision) Cătălin Moroşanu 

W5 European Welterweight Championship: Alim Nabiev (R3 - Decision) Vladimir Moravicik 

W5 European -71kg Championship: Vlad Tuinov (R3 - TKO) Erkan Varol 

Freddy Kemayo (R3 - KO) Jan Soukup 

Ibragim El Bouni (R1 - TKO) Dževad Poturak 

Jiri Zak (R1 - TKO) Petr Ondrus 

75kg Tournament: Matous Kohout (R3 - Decision) Berat Aliu

75kg Tournament: Cosmo Alexandre (Ext.R - Decision) Darryl Sichtman

Nikola Cimesa (R3 - Decision) Martin Gano 

Anatoli Hunanyan (Ext.R - Decision) Jasmin Bajrovic 

Michael Krcmar (R1 - TKO) Segey Chadin 

Ilsury Hendrikse (R3 - Decision) Michaela Kerlehova 

Matej Penaz (R3 - Decision) Patrik Vidakovics 

Andrej Kedves (R3 - Decision) Jakub Krofta 

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

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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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