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Opponent Announced for Robin van Roosmalen's MMA Debut and More at FFC 22

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Robin van Roosmalen will be making his MMA debut at FFC 22 in Athens on February 19th, that much we knew, but his opponent was unknown still. Now we know that he'll be fighting 6-5 Greek fighter Theo Michailidis, currently fighting out of the UK at -66kg. This should be an interesting challenge for van Roosmalen as it'll involve weight cutting as well as fighting an opponent who is experienced in MMA, although not seemingly a world beater. 

Another fight to look forward to is at -95kg in kickboxing between Pavel Zhuravlev and Brian Douwes. Douwes has proven himself many times over after a few mediocre showings in It's Showtime early on in his career and this fight is a pretty big deal at -95kg.

FFC 22  Athens

19/2/2015, 8PM

 

MMA:

Robin Van Roosmalen (NED) vs. Theo Michailidis (GRE), -66kg

Darko Stošić (SER) vs. Emil Zahariev (BUL), HW

Pavel Doroftei (MOL) vs. TBA, -84kg

David Vasić (CRO) vs. Zauri Maisuradze (GE), -84kg

Alexander Papadimitriou (GRE) vs. Vladislav Genov (BUL), -70kg

TBA vs. TBA

KB:

Pavel Zhuravlev (UKR) vs. Brian Douwes (NED), -95kg

Samo Petje (SLO) vs. Meletis Kakaoubavas (GRE), -70kg

Antonio Plazibat (CRO) vs. Sergei Masloboev (LT), -95kg

Tomislav Čikotić (CRO) vs. Marius Munteanu (ROM), HW

Marko Adamović (SER) vs. Florian Marku (ALB), -70kg

JAsmin Bajrović (CRO) vs. Dimitris Chiotis (GRE), -77kg

 

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Dzevad Poturak Announces Retirement

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Poturak

Bosnian Heavyweight Kickboxer Dzevad Poturak has released a statement today announcing his retirement from the sport of Kickboxing at the age of 35. Poturak, who has competed in K-1, It's Showtime, SuperKombat and most recently Final Fight, will fight one last time at Final Fight 07, which is scheduled for September. Poturak's record currently stands at 50-22-1-1, with notable wins over Sergei Laschenko, Wendel Roche and Daniel Ghita under his belt.

Poturak had a strong showing at the K-1 World Grand Prix in March where he defeated Laschenko in a reserve bout and was called to fill in for an injured Badr Hari. Poturak was actually injured himself at the time, but opted to head to the ring and fight, putting forth a valiant effort against Ismael Londt. His most recent bout was at Final Fight 06 where he lost to Igor Jurkovic.

His retirement bout is slated for September 6th in Sarajevo under the Final Fight banner. Everyone here at LiverKick wishes Poturak well in his retirement.

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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

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Weekly Poll Results

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Results from last week's question: Who is K-1's greatest of all time?

42% - Peter Aerts

27% - Ernesto Hoost

11% - Semmy Schilt

9% - Andy Hug

7% - Remy Bonjasky

2% - Jerome Le Banner

2% - Ray Sefo

This week: Coming up this Saturday will be the first truly major card of 2011 as It's Showtime kicks off their year.  Headlining the event is a great top 10 battle with #8 Daniel Ghita vs. #9 Hesdy Gerges.  So, who wins?

Vote now!

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Giorgio Petrosyan is Not Dead

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A part of me feels like that is the dumbest headline I'll write all week, but then again, it apparently is a story that needs some traction. There was an earthquake in Italy earlier today that was around 5.1 on the richter scale that sent shock through Northern Italy. To compound the issue, someone started a chain message that has spread throughout the fight industry in Europe that two-time K-1 World MAX Champion Giorgio Petrosyan was dead.

This happens all of the time, as I'm sure we all remember TMZ reporting that former UFC fighter Kimo Leopoldo was dead in 2009 and the amount of strange rumors that go around twitter daily revolving around Justin Bieber being a pedophile disguised as a child singer or of course being deceased. The good news is that not only is Kimo alive and kicking, but Giorgio Petrosyan is completely fine as well. Carlo DiBlasi sent out an email earlier today confirming that Petrosyan is fine and also asking anyone who has received a message stating Petrosyan is dead to try to help find the person responsible for spreading the rumor and to notify authorities.

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WLF - Glory of Heroes Fight Card

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On April 2nd, WLF will be hosting their Glory of Heroes event in Shenzhen, China. WLF is the biggest fighting promotion in China at the moment and they don`t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

For this card they had an interesting concept. They have 4 fighters (2 Chinese and 2 Foreigners) at the 63kgs, 67kgs, and 70kgs weight class and they allowed the fans to vote on the match ups. Pretty cool idea and it has made for some great match ups with the amazing talent they have.

Fight Card

Super Fight - Israel Adesanya vs Alex Pereira

70kgs - Enriko Kehl vs Yi Long

70kgs - Josh Jauncey vs Xu Yan

67kgs - Fabio Pinca vs Yinghua Tie

67kgs - Jomthong vs Qiujian Liang

63kgs - Yukiya Nakamura vs Wei Rui

63kgs - Emmanuel Lique Cañaveral vs Deng Zeqi

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GLORY Posts 283,000 Viewers on Spike TV for GLORY 24

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In what was supposed to be a triumphant return to Spike TV after being showcased on Bellator MMA's Dynamite 1 show GLORY instead found itself stuck in the morasses of Spike TV's endless runs of COPS and their ever-shifting time slot. The steady decline of GLORY ratings on Spike TV has been ongoing now with there being natural peaks and valleys. GLORY 13 still posted the highest ratings to date with the Welterweight tournament along with a heavyweight-heavy card featuring Rico Verhoeven against the legend Peter Aerts and Daniel Ghita against Errol Zimmerman. 

GLORY 21 showed a slight bump up from the previous show but then GLORY 22 being shown live at 4pm in the afternoon, dragging them down once again. GLORY 23 was and improvement, albeit still under 300,000 with 295,000 and now that SportsTVRatings has published Friday's ratings we can see that GLORY 24 saw a decrease from the previous show coming in at 283,000 viewers. 

While there hasn't been official word just yet, it is widely speculated that GLORY 24 was GLORY's last outing on Spike TV and if so they went out with a whimper instead of a bang. The show still delivered in solid action, although the main event did have a rather disappointing finish. Those kinds of things cannot be predicted. Jacoby/Barrett and the knockout-heavy heavyweight tournament delivered solid thrills there was just no one there to watch at 11pm eastern time, apparently.

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Kunlun Books Sitthichai vs. Yodsanklai for December

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Fans of Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong know that not only has Sitthichai been competing in the GLORY ring, but he's also been competing in China's premier kickboxing league in Kunlun. Under the Kunlun banner Sitthichai has wins over both Murthel Groenhart and Andy Souwer. While his last fight may have been disappointing against Robin van Roosmalen, his next fight is nothing short of a dream match for fans of kickboxing and muay thai.

That fight is against Yodsanklai Fairtex. 

While the big fight that everyone has wanted may be Buakaw Banchamek vs. Yodsanklai Fairtex, Buakaw's management and those in control of his career seem to be doing everything in their power to ensure that fight won't happen. At this point that is just a reality that fans will have to face. But Yodsanklai vs. Sitthichai? That's a big fight and one that fans should be over-the-moon about. 

Here's what the entire card looks like this far, from Kiksie.

Tournament Semifinal #1 - 80kg

Artur Kyshenko (Ukraine) vs. Dmitry Valent (Belarus)

Tournament Semifinal #2 - 80kg

Bai Jinbin (China) vs. Arthit Hanchana (Thailand)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #1 – 70kg

Kong Lingfeng (China) vs. Victor Nagbe (Australia)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #2 – 70kg

Zhang Chunyu (China) vs. Superbon Banchamek (Thailand)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #3 – 70kg

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) vs. Yodsanklai Fairtex (Thailand)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #4 – 70kg

Davit Kiria (Georgia) vs. Enriko Gogokhia (Ukraine)

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Hunt and Manhoef score epic face-plant KO’s

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Kickboxing royalty Mark Hunt and Melvin Manhoef were both successful in MMA bouts as they finished off Roy Nelson and Doug Marshall respectively.

 

Mark Hunt’s unlikely career resurgence continues, as the 40-year old became only the second fighter to knockout the notoriously durable Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson. The bout headlined UFC’s third trip to Japan since the Zuffa takeover and was a seemingly logical match-up of fan favorites.

 

The bout was relatively even throughout the first round, as both battled to establish dominance over the other with both fighters scoring with occasional punches and a few thudding low kicks from the former K-1 champion Hunt. Nelson was unsuccessful in two attempts at bringing the fight to the mat in the first as he likely lost a very close first round to the New Zealand native.

 

At the start of the second round Nelson was finally able to secure a takedown and briefly took Hunt’s back however Hunt was able to escape back to his feet shortly after. The two continued to trade on the feet as the momentum began to swing in Hunt’s favor whilst Nelson began to show signs of fatigue. With two minutes left on the clock, Hunt crumbled Nelson with a monstrous uppercut followed by his typical walk-off celebration.

 

With the victory Hunt moves to (5-2-1) in the UFC and could see himself enter the UFC’s top 5 rankings for the very first time (currently ranked #6), whilst after being stopped for the first time in nearly six years, Nelson falls to (7-6) in the octagon.

 

Melvin Manhoef, who coincidently was the first man to knockout Mark Hunt, made quick work of former Bellator title challenger Doug ‘The Rhino” Marshall in the Bellator 125 main event from Fresno, California. After a brief feeling out period both fighters began swinging wildly before an inadvertent shot to the groin of Marshall halted the bout temporarily. After the restart the two went back at it, throwing an assortment of haymakers and kicks to no avail. However after stinging Marshall with several low-kicks, Manhoef flattened his foe with a quick overhand right that sent Marshall face-first into the mat in dramatic fashion.

 

Manhoef immediately moves into title contention with his successful Bellator debut and could be in line for a Middleweight title shot against the winner of Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brandon Halsey who clash next Friday in the main event of Bellator 126. Marshall meanwhile drops to 4-2 inside the Bellator cage as he fought for the first time since his unsuccessful title shot against the aforementioned Shlemenko last November, a bout in which he subsequently tested positive for a banned substance post-fight.

 

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