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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

Lion Fight 32 Returns To Las Vegas With Malaipet vs. Hollenbeck

Lion Fight has announced their return to Las Vegas at the Tropicana for Lion Fight 32 on October 21st. The event, which will air live on AXS TV, is set to feature a showdown between Ky Hollenbeck and Malaipet for the Super Welterweight Championship, as well as Romie Adanza against Ming Freeman and a host of other bouts. Lion Fight has always delivered with their events and this one is shaping up to be no different.

Lion Fight 32

Super Welterweight Championship: Ky Hollenbeck vs. Malaipet

Travis Clay vs. Marvin Madriaga

Josh Shepard vs. Gabriel Mazzetti

Victor Saravia vs. Cody Allen Moberly

Romie Adanza vs. Ming Freeman

Watch Benjamin Adegbuyi's Latest Execution From ACB 7

Benjamin Adegbuyi fought last weekend at ACB 7 in Romania and, well, this was just a flat-out execution. You can watch the video here. Adegbuyi is clearly one of the best heavyweights and the world and his competitor was sadly a bit thrown to the wolves. 

Bellator Announces Bellator Kickboxing Event In December Featuring Giorgio Petrosyan

With Bellator Kickboxing: Budapest airing on Friday evening here in the States, Bellator is looking to make a tidal wave within the kickboxing industry by announcing their next event, a split MMA and kickboxing event, happening on December 10th in Florence, Italy. The show will feature Bellator Kickboxing's top talent, include a women's rematch, this time for the vacant Bellator Flyweight World title between Denise Kielholtz and Gloria Peritore. In addition to that, the names of Raymond Daniels, Kevin Ross and Joe Schilling were mentioned, but the biggest news yet is their latest acquisition.

The Doctor himself, Giorgio Petrosyan, will be fighting for Bellator Kickboxing, making his debut on December 10th.

Updated “Bellator Kickboxing: Florence” Card:

Female Flyweight World Title: Denise Kielholtz (45-3) vs. Gloria Peritore (11-1-1)

Enfusion Live Antwerp Results: Ozcan and Jaray Throw Down Again

Over the years what Enfusion has done the best has been to create their own, homegrown stars. One such star is Mohammed Jaraya from Morocco, who has been in some wars in the Enfusion ring. This time he squared off with Tayfun Ozcan, the two having a rich history. This time it was a part of the Enfusion League and once again, they delivered.

1. 5X2 ENFUSION WORLD TITLE -67Kg

Sheena Widdershoven (The Netherlands) Vs Najat Hasnouni Alaoui (Morocco)

WINNER: Najat Hasnouni Alaoui (Morocco) and new Enfusion World Champion

2. 3X3 Heavyweight

Ismael Lazaar (Morocco)Vs Shkelqim Ademaj (Germany)

WINNER: Ismael Lazaar (Morocco) TKO Rd 2

3. 3X3 € 10.000 Tournament Final -72.5Kg 

Aziz Kallah (Morocco) Vs Cedric De Keirsmaeker (Belgium)

WINNER: Aziz Kallah (Morocco) KO Rd 1

4. 3X3 -85Kg

Ibrahim El Boustati (Morocco) Vs Filip Verlinden (Belgium)

WINNER: Ibrahim El Boustati (Morocco)

5. 3X3 ENFUSION LEAGUE -72.5Kg    

Crice Boussoukou (France)  Vs   Jonay Risco (Spain)

WINNER: Crice Boussoukou (France) after a 4th Rd

6. 3X3 ENFUSION LEAGUE -72.5Kg

Mohammed Jaraya (Morocco) Vs Tayfun Ozcan (Turkey)

WINNER: Tayfun Ozcan (Turkey)

7. 3X3 ENFUSION LEAGUE -72.5Kg

Nordin Ben Moh (Morocco) Vs Serginio Kanters (The Netherlands)

WINNER: Nordin Ben Moh (Morocco)

 

Bellator Kickboxing 3 Spoilers and Interview

Bellator Kickboxing returned for its third event this Saturday in Budapest, Hungary. There wasn't a ton of press going into this show, but it will air on Friday on Spike TV, so if you want to wait for that, be warned, spoilers ahoy. Results from CombatPress.

Bellator middleweight title: Zoltán Laszák def. Karim Ghaji

Raymond Daniels (R3 - Decision) Zsolt Benedek 

Denise Kielholtz (R3 - Decision) Renáta Cseh-Lantos 

Alexandru Negrea (R3 - Decision) Ali El Ameri 

Mustapha Haida (Ext.R - Decision) Kike Bonnin 

On top of that, Adam Repa spoke with the new champion, Zoltan Laszak about his big win.

Q: - First of all, congrats on the win and your peformance! Based on what we talked about pre-fight it seemed you slightly differed from the original strategy. Did something happen pre-fight or during the bout that made you change?

A: - Thanks. Yeah, somewhere early in the fight I managed to catch him with a pretty good shot and honestly, this made me a bit wanting to go for the kill. Therefore it became more like a punch for punch, kick for kick fight if you know what I mean.

Q: - How do you feel, do you think that overall you still managed to keep yourself to what you planned before with coach István Gnyálin?

A: - Absolutely. Although as I mentioned I stood more in front of Ghajji, traded more punches with him I still managed to keep the strategic plan and come out on top of most of the exchanges.

Q: - What was it like from the inside? What and how do you remember of the fight?

A: - Actually I don't really remember much. There were some really high points and I've enjoyed it thoroughly. When they put the belt around my waist.. There are simply no words of how that felt. I know it's a cliché but it's really indescribable. It was a very emotional moment for all of us - my coach, teammates (Dávid Elszaszer, Vivien Wágner). Those long years of working hard had been crowned yesterdey evening.

Q: - What's next for you? Have you talked to Scott Coker, the management or someone about it?

A: - They really enjoyed my performance, loved the fight but we didn't talk about any specific plan or opponent for my first title defense so I cannot tell you much at the moment.

Q: - Did you suffer any injuries, any break in the fight?

A: - No, luckily not. I had a long night with the hospital visits but I came away from the fight with a few stitches on my eyebrow so that's it. My ribs hurt and my thighs show some beautiful patterns so it's the usual. That's the fight game.

Q: - Any closing words, shout outs?

A: - Yeah, hereby I'd love to thank my coach, my teammates Dávid and Vivien and all those people who have rooted for me - My family, all my teammates, friends, students and last but not least my partner!

Bushiroad Creates KNOCK OUT, Aiming To Take Over Kickboxing

Kickboxing's rise in popularity can almost entirely be thanked on behalf of Japan, K-1 in particular. Sure, lots of talent came from (and still comes from) Europe, but the shows never quite reached the level that K-1 did in Japan. Therefore, K-1 was kickboxing for a very, very long time. The death of FEG led to the fracturing of the sport. Now we have GLORY, K-1 Japan, K-1 Europe, SuperKombat, WGP, Kunlun and many other promotions in its wake. 

The reality here is that there are people who believe in kickboxing as a sport and all want to make it big again, but under their own terms. Would it take a rising in Japan for the sport to boom again? That's what KRUSH has been hoping for with their K-1 Japan. KRUSH originally began as a joint venture between the All Japan Kickboxing Federation and K-1, then when AJKF fell to the wayside KRUSH split off on its own. Ironically, KRUSH now is the brand keeping the K-1 name alive in Japan. But that doesn't mean that everyone has always relied upon the whole K-1/AJKF mindset when it comes to kickboxing.

There was the New Japan Kickboxing Federation as well, which split off from AJKF in the mid-90's. The promotion No Kick, No Life rose in the ashes of the whole "anti-K-1" brand of kickboxing, instead focusing on muay thai rules. Now, replacing NKNL is KIXROAD, a collaboration between NKNL and Bushiroad with their show KNOCK OUT. Confused yet? KNOCK OUT takes over No Kick, No Life's television slot on Tokyo MX starting in 2017 and is being backed by Bushiroad. If you are unfamiliar with Bushiroad they are a trading card company based out of Japan. In 2012 Bushiroad acquired New Japan Professional Wrestling and has since made the once-great Japanese wrestling promotion flourish with the help of placing New Japan's biggest stars in Hiroshi Tanahashi, Shinsuke Nakamura (now in WWE), Kazuchika Okada and Togi Makabe (what?!) back into the national spotlight. 

That is exactly what Bushiroad is looking to do with KNOCK OUT. Our pal karaevfan on Kakutougi (the best kickboxing message board, period) gave a full report and translations from their first press conference and they have huge plans. They noted that kickboxing has yet to have a global leader since FEG's K-1 disappeared. MMA has the UFC, pro wrestling has WWE (although Kriyama of Bushiroad notes that New Japan is 'working on that'), but kickboxing is fractured. 

Famed former New Japan Kickboxing champion Onodera Riki will be producing KNOCK OUT and looking to once again make kickboxing flourish. This will be straight-forward, traditional kickboxing, which means three minute rounds, three rounds for normal fights, five for title fights. As for the rules? It sounds like muay thai, but they are calling it kickboxing. Why muay thai? Because they mentioned elbows. 

The first event is scheduled for December 5th at the Tokyo Dome City Hall (formerly JCB Hall), which seats about 3,000 people. The card is threadbare for now, but they aren't focusing on exclusive talent acquisition for now, just partnering with RISE and taking freelancers. 

Yuichiro 'Jienotsu' Nagashima  vs. T-98 (Takuya Imanari)

Haruaki Otsukivs. StarBoy KwaythongGym

Tenshin Nasukawa vs TBA

Genji Umeno vs TBA

They plan on running shows every other month and don't plan on making money for two years. Everything seems ambitious, with them wanting to expand the kickboxing market and overtake their competition. I guess we'll have to wait and see what they do.

Fight Card for EM Legend 16 (Emei Legend)

EM Legend in China continues hitting on all cylinders for their next event, which happens on September 24th in China. Their 65kg tournament continues with Quade Tarnaki against Anvar Boynazarov and Kunchai vs. Manas. Also featured on the card is Rasul against Hiroya and a few other big fights.

65kg Tournament: Quade Tarnaki vs. Anvar Boynazarov

65kg Tournament: Kunchai vs. Manas

60kg Christian vs. Ji Duo Yi Bu

63kg Antoine Habash vs. Zhao ChuanLin

64kg Jonnata vs. Zhang ChengLong

65kg Rasul vs. HIROYA

70kg Sasu Lucian vs. Zhao XiaoYu

70kg Magomedov vs. Bian Denis

70kg Mendes vs. Liang YuanHao

70kg Mo ZhuangWei YuLong vs. Valentino Thibaut

70kg Ying PengPeng vs. William Whipple

70kg Elizier vs. Liu Lei

75kg Bahram Abdolmaleki vs. Han KaiHu

80kg Alexei Liubchenko vs. Falcao

93kg Sergj vs. Carlos Ulberg

100kg Douglas Abror vs. Andrei Sen

Legendary John Wayne Parr Heads to Bellator Kickboxing in 2017

Remember when John Wayne Parr retired?

I'm not sure that JWP remembers that, even, because he got the itch to come back and did. Back in 2012 he was going to retire, he fought his first Caged Muay Thai bout and got that itch after just a few months. He's now ten fights deep after his retirement and if you've ever spoken to or heard an interview with him, it shouldn't come as a shock to you. The guy just loves to fight. 

Last year he appeared in Lion Fight and America's interest in The Gunslinger is as real as ever. Now it looks like Bellator Kickboxing has scooped up the legendary JWP and he'll be making his Bellator Kickboxing debut in early 2017. Awesome, right?

 

K-1 Europe Planning 95kg World Grand Prix on October 27th

While K-1 Japan has been putting on some of the best shows in the world, K-1 outside of Japan has been rather quiet. K-1 GLOBAL was running events in China, but the ongoing details of setting up shop in China have considerably slowed down their approach on China for the moment. 

For fans across the world the K-1 name is still the standard for which all kickboxing is measured and K-1 is returning to Europe, kickboxing's spiritual home. K-1 Europe will operate much in the same vein that K-1 Japan does, operating shows based out of Europe highlighting the best talents around, but while K-1 Japan has lighter weights covered, K-1 Europe will be focusing on heavier weights. Everything kicks off on October 27th in Belgrade, Serbia with the K-1 Europe 95kg World Grand Prix.

This will be a one-night, eight-man tournament, returning to K-1's roots and while no names have been announced yet, the promotion is going to focus on talented up-and-comers as well as established talents in the weight division, with some of the names that I've heard being kicked around as definite crowd-pleasers.

GLORY 33 Draws 517,000 Viewers Live on ESPN2

GLORY's run on ESPN has most been live on ESPN3 and replayed on ESPN2 some time in the near future. That has been anywhere from a day to two days to two weeks, depending on ESPN's scheduling. On Friday night for GLORY 33, ESPN2 aired the event live. Well, there is a caveat to that, because the college football game between Louisville and Syracuse ran over and GLORY 33 was pushed to ESPNews until it was over.

That left about an hour and fifteen minutes for GLORY 33 on ESPN2 and the numbers that they pulled were the best that we've seen in quite a while with 517,000 live viewers. That means that live viewers got to see Rico Verhoeven crush Anderson Silva and Matt Embree look like a million bucks. That's not a bad way to snag viewers.

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