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Video: Nieky Holzken Pre-Fight Interview for Glory 19

  • Published in Glory

Glory 19 in Hampton, Virginia will include a 4 man Welterweight tournament where we will finally get to see the return of Nieky "The Natural" Holzken. Holzken believes he is already the champion considering he knocked out current champion Joseph Valtellini and has expressed the fact that he is surprised he still has to go through a tournament to fight for the belt again.

He was on the sidelines last year and couldn't compete in Glory due to a shoulder injury caused partly by his fight with Karapet Karapetyan and partly by a car accident. According to him Nieky's shoulder is not causing him pain anymore and he is prepared to win this tournament.

Nieky Holzken is the favourite in this tournament by far, he also has easily the best hair.


Card for Hero Legends Featuring Petrosyan vs. Xu Yan

  • Published in Kickboxing

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.


Full Card for GLORY 24 Shows Packed Heavyweight Tournament

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There may have been some doubts as to the heavyweight tournament going down at GLORY 24 but now we know that not only is the tournament formidable, it's actually a damned good tournament. The tournament rounds out what is probably one of the better GLORY cards in a while with Joe Schilling vs. Jason Wilnis in the main event, most likely serving as a title eliminator since Artem Levin had to bow out of the fight with Schilling. 

Pat Barry is injured and won't be fighting Karl Roberson, instead we'll get a middleweight showdown between Denver native Dustin Jacoby and Wayne Barrett. Barrett, who hasn't been seen in quite some time, is without a doubt one of the rising stars in the division and it will be great to see him back in action again.

The heavyweight tournament features an all-star line-up of Benjamin Adegbuyi -- fresh off of a win in Russian -- squaring off against Mladen Brestovac. On the other side we have Kunlun Heavyweight Champion Jahfarr Wilnis up against a returning Aussie in Ben Edwards. 

Middleweight Headline Bout: Joe Schilling vs. Jason Wilnis

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

Middleweight Co-Headline Bout: Dustin Jacoby vs. Wayne Barrett

Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Mladen Brestovac

Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Ben Edwards vs. Jahfarr Wilnis


GLORY SuperFight Series Moving to UFC Fight Pass

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If you are a fan of kickboxing and also really into MMA and were looking for everything to be in one place then today might be your day. Today it was announced that starting with GLORY 27, the GLORY SuperFight Series will be airing on UFC Fight Pass. On top of that, the GLORY tape library will be available as on demand content on Fight Pass as well. 

According to UFC, that means every GLORY event up until now is available immediately on UFC Fight Pass, a handful of It's Showtime events and over 100 K-1 events. That's a lot of kickboxing, apparently over 2,000 hours of kickboxing available right now. If you are like me that means you have to grumble about everything being removed from YouTube and you have to buy a subscription to something you thought you'd never have to use, but this also means added exposure for GLORY towards the hardcore MMA fan base.'


Catalin Morosanu vs. Giannis Stoforidis Headlining Aug. 2nd SuperKombat Event

  • Published in Kickboxing

On August 2nd SuperKombat will promote their fourth SuperKombat World Grand Prix event. The event is set to be headlined by Catalin Morosanu squaring off against SuperKombat's home-grown star in Giannis Stoforidis. Morosanu has been focused on his political career of late, but still loves to step into the ring to show his fans what he's all about. Morosanu is probably one of the biggest, mainstream stars that kickboxing has in Romania, with him regularly appearing on Romanian television.

Giannis doesn't seem phased by the challenge, though; “I’m hungry for the revange in Superkombat® after in my last fight where I wasn’t able to qualify for the final because of my hand injury. This time I have a big chance to establish myself as a star if I win against a living legend in kickboxing. Morosanu, be afraid! Hercules is coming for war.”, announced Giannis Stoforidis, one of the Superkombat New Heroes.


Antoine Habash - a Beautiful Upset

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The 6000 fans at The Centennial Hall of Wroclaw, Poland didn't see this coming. Probably no one did except a few from the Hungarian fighter, Antoine Habash's team. FEN's K-1/MMA event "War is coming" had local hero, multiple times WKN, WKA, WFM K-1 and Muay Thai champ Tomas Makowski as the main event against Hungary's IFMA bronze medalist, WAKO amateur silver medalist, WAKO PRO K-1 champ Antoine Habash, training out of Re-Gym, Hungary's most prestigious Muay Thai camp.

Makowski came out swinging and tried to cut it short with low kicks and combinations but Antoine had other plans. He countered with straight punches, uppercuts, thigh kicks and some flying knees. As the round was over and the fighters went to their corners you could see the surprised look in Makowski's eyes.

Then the second round has started and you could see Habash changing gears and taking over. Combinations were raining down on Makowski and a when a brutal thigh kick landed his leading leg buckled as the knee gave out. He couldn't stand on it anymore and the fight got called.

Antoine Habas won via TKO in rd 2.


Tyrone Spong Considers Himself the Bo Jackson of Combat Sports, But GLORY Can't Afford Him

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Tyrone Spong's rehabilitation since his horrific leg injury last year has involved him taking some boxing fights, but the question has been; how serious is this boxing career? When will he return to kickboxing? In this interview that popped up yesterday Spong talked about his boxing career as well as the outlook for MMA and kickboxing, which seems to be in a bit of a muddled place at the moment.

Spong claims that the organization that he fought for [GLORY] can't afford him right now, but it's clear that he'd like to fight for them again. It's clear to most that GLORY is in a period right now where they are focused on building up new stars and their television presence, so from their standpoint if Spong can't pull in the TV ratings that someone a lot cheaper can, it doesn't make sense to pay him a ton. It appears that they are deadlocked, which is unfortunate.


GLORY: Collision Featuring Verhoeven vs. Hari Happens On December 10th

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The fight finally has a finalized date and location.

While we had heard a while ago that GLORY was aiming for December 10th for the big GLORY: Collision event featuring Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven, now that is officially the date of the event. The show happens on Saturday, December 10th live from Oberhausen, Germany at the Konig Pilsener Arena. 

GLORY: Collision will be a four-fight card that will be in addition to GLORY 36 and the GLORY 36 SuperFight Series, so expect them to pull out all of the stops for this mega-event. Tickets go on sale to the public on September 19th at Ticketmaster and September 16th for GLORY email members.


Kunlun Fight 48 Fight Card

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Kunlun Fight 48 will take place on July 31st in Jining, Shandong Province, China at the Gymnasium of Jining Sport Center. This card has some very interesting match ups to say the least.

Lets start with Artur Kyshenko vs Alex Pereira at 81kgs, I can't help but think that Pereira is going to tower over Kyshenko and have a huge reach advantage over him which Artur is not used too as he is usually the bigger man. If Kyshenko can get the win at this weight class and still look as powerful as he always does, then he is a scary addition to this shallow weight division.

A few other really good fights on this card are Superbon Banchamek looking to get revenge on Khayal Dzhaniev for slicing up and beating legend and teammate Buakaw Banchamek last year. Robbie Hageman taking a step up to fight veteran Davit Kiria who really needs a win right now as hes on a 3 fight losing streak. Andrei Herasimchuk the man who ko'd Glory champion Rico Verhoeven will be back in action against Portugals Bruno Susano. Masaro Glunder will take on Koreas Kim Minsoo and last but not least it makes me happy to see Abdallah Ezbiri back in the mix and getting some fights in China.



Vinny Shoreman Hosting K-1 Open Tryouts

  • Published in K-1

ShoremanWhen Glory purchased It's Showtime, it did mean that the Kickboxing world was becoming partially united once again, but for commentators Vinny "Showtime" Shoreman and Kieran Keddle, it meant that their positions might be in a bit of limbo. We've been petitioning on Twitter for Shoreman and Keddle to keep their jobs, but it looks like we might be seeing them again soon, Shoreman at least. Of course, they will be doing the It's Showtime event in Tenerife, Spain, but on top of that, Vinny Shoreman will be in Los Angeles for K-1's Open Tryouts, serving as the host.

Sadly, Kieran was busy, but having Vinny there shows that K-1 is looking to secure some of the people that fans know and love. Shoreman is one of the few commentators in the sport whose pure love and passion for the sport comes across in every single event, much like Michael "The Voice" Schiavello. We very much look forward to hearing Shoreman at future events and hope that if he does begin working for K-1, that Kieran Keddle will join him as well, as they make for a very good team that many have grown very accustomed to and grown to love.

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