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Alistair Overeem's Reaction to Strikeforce's Golden Glory Purge

  • Published in K-1

Alistair Overeem's dismissal from the UFC has been a topic for debate over the past week, as has the more recent release of his Golden Glory teammates Marloes Coenen, Valentijn Overeem and Jon Olav Einemo. This leaves the lone Golden Glory contracted fighter of Sergei Kharitonov who will fight on September 10th in the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP. There has been widespread speculation over what has happened between Zuffa and Golden Glory, with both sides making claims of the other. Zuffa claims Golden Glory was trying to have their fighters paid through Golden Glory and Zuffa claims they only pay the fighters directly, the fighters can pay their management on the side. Marloes has been very public about this, saying that she didn't need Zuffa's "protection" and that she prefers her camp be paid directly due to tax reasons in Europe.

This interview with Inside MMA covers a lot of this, with Overeem discussing his injuries and the fact that Zuffa attempted to push their standard, exclusive contract upon him and that he was not pleased with that. Overeem is clear that he still wants to fight for K-1.

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WLF Results: Giorgio Petrosyan Gets Things Done

  • Published in Asia

Wu Lin Feng returned with a big night of fights, headlined by the Doctor himself, Giorgio Petrosyan, against Jiao Fukai. Petrosyan fought against what seemed like immeasurable odds in China only to knock Jiao Fukai out in the second round. This is a rare knockout from Petrosyan and it's clear that he's still working up to the level that he was before the Ristie knockout. Is Petrosyan's full confidence back now? If so, look out. 

There was a big 67kg tournament that took place featuring eight men that saw Andrei Kulebin look great, but only to be bested by china's Qiu Jiangliang. Jiangliang is perhaps one of the best prospects out of China over the past few years, but of course, 67kg isn't exactly a normal weight class that you'll find in most kickboxing promotions at the moment, so he'd either need to move to 65kg or 70kg to fight some of the best in the world in either weight class.

67kg Tournament: Andrei Kulebin (Ext.R - Decision) Jie Feng

67kg Tournament: Qiu Jiangliang (R3 - Decision) Nathan Robson

67kg Tournament: Lu Jianbo (R2 - KO) Melsik Bagdasarayan

67kg Tournament: Xie Lei (R3 - Decision) Uma

Jomthong Chuwattana (R1 - KO) Zeqi Deng

Yang Zhuo (R1 - KO) Craig Dickson

Yi Long (R3 - Decision) Seyedisa Alamdarnezam

Wei Rui (R3 - Decision) Pakorn PK Saenchaimuaythaigym

67kg Tournament Semi-Final: Andrei Kulebin (R3 - Decision) Xie Lei

67kg Tournament Semi-Final: Qiu Jianglian (R1 - KO) Lu Jianbo

Wang Honxiang (R3 - Decision) King

Fang Bian (Ext.R - Decision) Cedric Doumbe

67kg Tournament Final: Qiu Jiangliang (R1 - KO) Andrei Kulebin

Giorgio Petrosyan (R2 - TKO) Jiao Fukai

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Jordan Watson Out, Ravy Brunow in Against Giorgio Petrosyan on April 16th

  • Published in Kickboxing

At the big Oktagon/Bellator super show on April 16th Giorgio Petrosyan is set to put his skills on display for the world. His opponent has changed already, leaving us with UK muay thai specialist Jordan Watson, but after his last bout contested for Yokkao it looks like Watson won't be prepared for Petrosyan. This left promoters in a lurch heading into the Venum Victory World Series portion of the card, with Giorgio Petrosyan's fight as the centerpiece of the entire event for many. 

Organizer Carlo di Blasi began searching for a formidable opponent and went to GLORY matchmaker Cor Hemmers for advice, Hemmers proposing Brazilian standout Ravy Brunow. Ravy Brunow has been making waves in Brazil for a while now under the WGP banner, recently competing at WGP 28 in December, where he defended the 71.8kg title. He should make for an interesting opponent for Petrosyan.

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Bellator Adds Don 'The Dragon' Wilson to Stable of Legends for Fan Fest

The upcoming Bellator MMA: Dynamite 2 card, followed directly by Bellator Kickboxing 2, is set to be a huge event for the company. The newfound focus on kickboxing includes Kevin Ross and Denise Kielholtz fighting on the Dynamite card and Schilling/Kato headlining the kickboxing card afterwards. Bellator's Scott Coker has always been in touch with his martial arts roots and it looks like things will be no different with their extended push into kickboxing.

Their fan fests have always included MMA legends, but now they've added martial arts and kickboxing icon Don "The Dragon" Wilson to their line-up. Wilson is perhaps one of the greatest American kickboxers of all-time, especially for his time, and moved on to a career in movies, starring in the Bloodfist series as well as doing stunts and producing his own films later on.

Bellator's fan fest is set for June 23rd at Dave & Busters in Maryland Heights, MO.

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Card for Enfusion #25 on March 14th

  • Published in Kickboxing

On March 14th Enfusion returns with Enfusion Live #25 live from Belgium. The event is headlined by an Enfusion World Title match at 80kg where Hicham El Gaoui looks to defend that title against Morad Salhi. Also in the card is the talented William Diender against Nordin Ben Moh, a huge 70kg battle between Harut Grigorian and Marco Pique and more.

#25 Enfusion Live, Turnhout Belgium Saturday 14.03.2015
Local Start Time 21.30
1. 3X3      
Youssef Challouki (Belgium) Vs Sidy Barry (France) - 70KG
2. 3X3      
Anissa Meksen (France) Vs Isis Verbeek (The Netherlands)- 54Kg
3. 3X3      
Robbie Hageman (The Netherlands) Vs Engin Kutuk (Turkey)-  70 KG
4.  3X3     
Harut Grigorian (Armenia) Vs Marco Pique (Surinam)- 70 KG
5. 3X3      
Nordin Ben Moh (Morocco) Vs William Diender (The Netherlands)- 70Kg
6. 5X3      
Hicham El Gaoui (Morocco) Vs Morad Salhi (Morocco)
- 80Kg  Enfusion World Title
 

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Four Fights Added to Dynamite!!

  • Published in K-1

With Dynamite!! 2010 just a few weeks away, FEG has slowly been trickling out news for the fans and media. As always, things are handled in a hush-hush manner by FEG, but fight camps sometimes spill the goods before they do. FEG held a press conference on Friday to announce a few of the feature bouts for the upcoming card.

After featuring only one kickboxing bout last year (Masato vs. Andy Souwer), they have added a second K-1 rules bout to the card, in the form of K-1 Heavyweight Champion Kyotaro facing off with Gegard Mousasi. Mousasi has not fought in a kickboxing fight since December 2008 at Dynamite!! 2008 where he made short work of the now retired Musashi. Mousasi is the current DREAM Light Heavyweight Champion and has held the promotion's Middleweight Championship as well as Strikeforce's Light Heavyweight Championship. Kyotaro poses a unique challenge for the Dutch kickboxer, as Kyotaro has speed, power and precision on his side.

The colorful Kazuhisa Watanabe will return to MMA action squaring off against Hideo Tokoro, with both men looking to add another much-needed win on their records. Another fight that was long-rumored is now confirmed, as Jason "KC Bandit" High returns to DREAM for the first time since DREAM.10 to face off with Hayato "Mach" Sakurai. Sakurai's back is against the wall against the younger High and High is looking to work his way back into the major leagues after a disappointing UFC debut this year.

Everyone's favorite Super HULK Champion, Ikuhisa Minowa, known as Minowaman, makes his return to the DREAM ring for the first time since his loss to Olympic Judoka Satoshi Ishii at DREAM.16. Minowa's last fight at DEEP 50 saw him get back into the win column with an armbar on Chang Hee Kim, providin some momentum against another Olympic Judoka, Hiroshi Izumi. Izumi is a Olympic Silver medalist from Athens in 2004 and fights for the first time away from the SRC banner.

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Enfusion Live #21 on October 4th Card

  • Published in Kickboxing

Enfusion returns with Enfusion Live #21 on Saturday, October 4th live from Germany. The event will be streaming on EnfusionLive.com for free and will feature Nikolaj Falin fighting Mohamed Boubkari for the Enfusion -95kg World Championship. Here is the full card for the event.

#21 Enfusion Live Merseburg, Germany Saturday 4.10.2014

Watch Live on the Enfusion Stream www.enfusionlive.com

Start Time 22.00 local time 

1. Max Baumert (Germany) Vs Valdet Gashi (Albania) -70 KG

2. Mellony Geugjes (The Netherlands) Vs Dilara Yildiz (Turkey) -54 KG

3. Leo Bönniger (Germany) Vs Mohammed Jaraya (Morocco) -70 KG

4. Enrico Rogge (Germany) Vs Mohand Bouzidi (France) -90 KG

5. Mark Vogel (Germany) Vs Ilias Bulaid (Morocco) -70 KG

6. Nikolaj Falin (Russia) Vs Mohamed Boubkari (Morocco) -95 KG - Enfusion World Title -95KG

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FundAFighter Launches Campaign For Muay Thai Trainer Peter Sisomphou

  • Published in Muay Thai

Legendary Muay Thai trainer Peter Sisomphou has worked with countless top names in the world of martial arts over the years, including Firas Zahabi, David Loiseau, Ivan Menjivar and more. He's been a name within the world of martial arts for a very long time now and recently had to undergo a quadruple bypass surgery, which has a very long road to recovery. For a guy like Sisomphou, being in the gym and training fighters is how he makes his living and right now he is unable to do that.

FundAFighter has launched a campaign to raise money for Sisomphou while he is recovering to help to pay for his bills while he waits to get back into the gym and working again. Remember, the world of martial arts is not one that includes 401ks, sick pay and other luxuries found in desk jobs. So head over to FundAFighter to read more about Masta Peter Sisomphou and how you can help. 

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Photo of the Day: Giorgio Petrosyan, Gago Drago and Melvin Manhoef Partying with Alexander Gustafsson

  • Published in Kickboxing

If the average picture if worth a thousand words then I'm not really sure what this one is worth. Ruslan Suleymanov, the owner of LEGEND, recently turned 35 years old. What better way to celebrate turning 35 than by having a huge birthday party featuring some of the best fighters of the world just hanging out, right? Benson Henderson, Alexander Gustafsson, Andy Souwer, Giorgio Petrosyan, Melvin Manhoef and Gago Drago were among the names of fighters that were in attendance, but there were more, a lot more. 

Ben Pontier was there snapping up photos of the whole thing, which is when he captured this moment above. I don't even know.

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