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GLORY 23 on August 7th to Feature Daniels vs. Holzken for GLORY Welterweight Title

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After the staggering news of Joseph Valtellini relinquishing his GLORY Welterweight Championship it was announced today via John Joe O'Regan at Sherdog that the title won't be vacant for long. On August 7th in Las Vegas Nieky Holzken will vie for the championship against Raymond Daniels in a rematch from the GLORY contender tournament that Holzken won. 

The event is GLORY 23 and is set for August 7th at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas and will be airing live on Spike TV. Raymond Daniels has had some solid exposure on Spike TV and it should make for an interesting bout for the ever-evolving Daniels against the consensus top dog in the division in Holzken. 

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Raymond Daniels is Chasing Another World Title in Bellator Kickboxing

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This weekend Bellator presents Bellator MMA: Dynamite 2, a hybrid MMA and kickboxing event followed by Bellator Kickboxing 2. At Bellator Kickboxing 2 Raymond Daniels will be one of the banner fighters, taking on Stefano Bruno during the telecast. Whenever Daniels is in the ring you can expect something spectacular and in his first Bellator bout Daniels delivered exactly that. In just 30 seconds he was able to finish Francisco Morrica with a spinning back kick, the move that has become a pro wrestling-like finisher of sorts for Daniels.

But the thing is, Daniels has been working incredibly hard on rounding out his kickboxing game and he’s rarely getting to show it. “Yeah, you know,” Daniels told us, “it’s funny because we do all of these things in training camp and have plans to try them out, but the openings are there, so I take them and I knock guys out.”

Raymond Daniels is acutely aware that he provides what nobody else in professional kickboxing currently can in spectacular knockouts. He’s even got a signature kick that is credited with many of his knockout victories. Does it bother Daniels, though? “Not really. I know what I’m capable of, I know what I train and people will get to see it eventually. We always plan on showing off what I’ve learned, but I’ve mastered certain techniques -- and when I say master I mean that I’ve been practicing them for years -- and it’s like what Bruce Lee said; ‘I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.’ There are just certain techniques that I know when to set up, I know how I’m going to land, what happens if I miss. So yeah, when I see that opening I’m going for it.”

As Daniels continues forward in Bellator and becomes more and more synonymous with crazy knockouts and one of the more recognizable names in kickboxing, the question comes of what does Daniels look to do with his future. Does he stay humble and teaching karate, or does he have to move on? “I’ll always find time to teach,” he explained. “It’s a part of me and it’s so important to me. I think about what it did for me growing up, how it helped to shape and mold me. You don’t have to go on to become a world champion for martial arts training to be important in your life. When I was a kid I thought that I had it all figured out, but now that I’m older I realize that while I’m in a better position, I’m still not perfect. I’ve got an 18 year old son that just graduated from high school and he’s trying to figure his life out, it’s funny because he has these plans and he thinks that he’s got it figured out, now it’s his time to learn that he can be wrong.”

When it comes to fighting, though, Daniels does have his eyes on the prize. While he’s not overlooking his opponent this weekend, he will be looking for another spectacular knockout. “That’s just what I do. Against that traditional kickboxing and muay thai style I’m able to really frustrate guys, to make them move like they aren’t comfortable, to be aware that I hit from different angles. It keeps them on edge.” 

But for the future? “Karim Ghajji won that title on the first show and I’m not that guy, I’m not gonna call out the champion before he has a chance to settle in. Let him have his moment, let him be happy with his accomplishments, but I’m coming for him. I’m a world champion, that’s what I do. I’m not looking beyond this next fight, but the way I see it, if I win this fight and get another big knockout I’ve got a pretty good claim to challenge for that title. Then I can make my way to another world title. That’s just what I do.”

Daniels does make a point, I can’t imagine anyone else challenging Karim Ghajji at this point. We’ll have to tune in this weekend to see what Daniels brings to the table and if we get another spectacular knockout. Bellator Kickboxing 2 airs directly after Bellator MMA: Dynamite 2 on Friday, June 24th.

 

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Glory 21 Full Fight Card and Breakdown

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Glory 21 will be taking place in just 2 weeks time and the full card including super fights has now been announced. So what better time is there to breakdown some of fights?

Apart from the middleweight title fight it seems that Glory has brought in lots of new fighters for this show to test themselves in the Glory ring and hope a new North American star will emerge. Its really great they are giving opportunities for people to fight on a big promotion and on Live TV considering how hard it is to get noticed in Kickboxing.

Anyway on to the fights, lets start with the middleweight title fight between the champ Artem Levin and the challenger Simon Marcus. They have already fought each other once in 2009 at Lion Fight 9 with Muay Thai rules and Marcus won a very close fight with I'd say at least 70% of the fight taking in the clinch. After watching this fight again recently I really felt that Artem did not look himself at all, now this could very well be due to Simon's style in which case he will give him just as much trouble again. The Glory rules will not allow clinching for such extended periods of time but in their first fight Levin was initiating the clinch just as much as Marcus was and was even winning the clinch early in the fight, but what Artem stopped doing was moving. Simon Marcus is always going to move forward and if Levin moves straight back and doesn't fight like his usual self where he uses lots of angles he will risk losing a decision again. I am certain that Artem Levin has wanted this rematch with Kickboxing rules for some time, he has probably watched the first fight 100 times and knows exactly where he went wrong, now if he can overcome Simon's pressure and fight like he has been recently I am fairly confident he will remain the champion... But Simon Marcus ALWAYS seems to prove me wrong.

On to the Co-main event Ramond Daniels vs Justin Baesman, we won't spend too much time on this fight. Baesman has an MMA record of 16 wins and 7 losses with 4 wins by KO, according to the Glory site he is 17-6-1 in kickboxing but I can't seem to find any of his kickboxing fights. Pretty sure we can expect another wicked highlight reel KO from Mr. Daniels.

Now the heavyweight tournament which was supposed to be an all American affair with Xavier Vigney, Maurice Jackson, and Everett Sims but it seems that the big Englishman "Chopper" Chi Lewis-Parry has infiltrated the tournament after his 15 second KO at Glory 20.

Xavier Vigney vs. Maurice Jackson is a bit of a strange situation, at this point most kickboxing fans have seen or at least head of Vigney especially in America, he has solid boxing basics and of course he is a big dude so has KO power in both hands. Maurice Jackson also is a huge man at 6"9 and 275lbs his record on the Glory site is 31-0 with 23 ko's but once again I can only find one of his MMA fights online so they must be amateur. His MMA record is 2 wins 1 loss and 3 no contests, which leads me to believe we may see something strange during this fight. I'm going to go with Vigney by KO or DQ for this one.

Everett Sims vs "Chopper" Chi Lewis-Parry is interesting since we have a fresh image of both fighters from 2 previous Glory events. Sims who fought Vigney on Glory 19 didn't look too bad until Vigney started to swarm him and then he just started to turtle up. As for Chopper he just swarmed his opponent instantly and KO'd him in 15 seconds at Glory 20, just looking at these two variables it seems like a pretty rough match up for Sims, I'm going to predict an Xavier Vigney vs Chi Lewis-Parry final.

As for the super fights, Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva could easily be the fight of the night. Both guys always bring everything they have to the ring, and never have boring fights. I'm pretty sure a win for Adegbuyi should put him very close if not inline for a shot at Rico Verhoeven's belt. Both of these guys are very technical heavyweights with knockout power and great combos, I would personally lean towards a decision win for Benny just because he is the younger, Hungrier fighter.

Full card

Main Card on Spike TV

Middleweight Title Fight: Artem Levin vs. Simon Marcus

Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Raymond Daniels vs. Justin Baesman

Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final: Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Everett Sims

Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final: Xavier Vigney vs. Maurice Jackson

Middleweight Armed Forces Bout: Devin Goodale vs. Kyle Stewart

Super Fights

Heavyweight: Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva

Welterweight: Omari Boyd vs. James Steelesmith

Lightweight: Luis Castaneda vs. Ken Tran

Middleweight: Mike Lemaire vs. Armin Mrkanovic

 

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GLORY 16: Raymond Daniels Goes Viral

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Tonight at GLORY 16 something kind of magical happened. What was that? Was it Errol Zimmerman once again dusting himself off and picking up some huge knockout wins to place him back into title contention? Was it Marc de Bonte's technical victory over Karapet Karapetyan for the GLORY Welterweight Title? Hell, was it Pat Barry getting laid out by Zack Mwekassa? It was none of those, instead, it was Raymond Daniels, buried deep on the GLORY SuperFight Series undercard who pulled off a move that looked like it was out a film.

"I visualized that win, I visualized that kick against that opponent and that finish," he explained at the post-fight press conference at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. "When I was standing up on those steps before I walked out to the ring I told my coach that I was going to finish with that kick. When I set it up my corner was shouting for me to take my time, to set it up, so I slowed down, I set it up, then it landed."

It was an amazing sight. For the rest of the evening Raymond Daniels received the star treatment no matter where he went in the arena. Fans were stopping him for photos, local fighters asking him for tips, all without Daniels knowing that GLORY had released the video of his Knockout to the world and that fans were already sharing it. GLORY originally distributed a lower resolution video, but now they've released a full resolution version of it in all of its glory (no pun intended), so check it out.

GLORY CEO Andrew Whitaker also announced tonight that GLORY SuperFight Series will be airing on CBS Sports Network on Sunday evening at 9pm eastern time, so watch the whole fight as well as the rest of the undercard (hint: it was great).

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Updated Card for Bellator Kickboxing's Debut Show in Torino, Italy

On April 16 in Torino, Italy Bellator Kickboxing will finally make its debut. The card, set to be headlined by Melvin Manhoef, is starting to come together with a few interesting bouts. Melvin Manhoef finally has an opponent in Alexandru Negrea and Mustapha Haida will fight Karim Ghajji in a very, very interesting battle between a battle-hardened veteran and a fighter that many see with a bright future in Haida. Raymond Daniels, Denise Kielholtz and Kevin Ross are still scheduled without opponents.

Updated “Bellator Kickboxing: Torino” Fight Card:

Bellator Kickboxing Middleweight Main Event: Melvin Manhoef (49-12) vs. Alexandru Negrea (8-2)

Bellator Kickboxing 165-Pound Feature Bout: Mustapha Haida (37-3-3) vs. Karim Ghajji (95-12)

Bellator Kickboxing Welterweight Feature Bout: Raymond Daniels (10-3) vs. TBA

Bellator Kickboxing Flyweight Feature Bout: Denise Kieholtz (43-2) vs. TBA

Bellator Kickboxing Bantamweight Feature Bout: Kevin Ross (30-9) vs. TBA

Update: Here is the full card for the kickboxing portion of the event, including the Venum Victory World Series portion of the card.

Card 

H 17:30 VICTORY WORLD SERIES. 

Technical partner Leone Sport.

ThaiBoxe code Fight Rules, 3 rounds x 3 min + extra rounds in case of a tie.

Cat - 60 kg Tarik Totts (Mar) vs. Wang Shanwei (Chn)

Cat -95 kg Igor Bougaienko (BR) vs. Bruno Sousano (Portugal)

Cat -70 kg Armen Petrosyan (ITA) vs Wang Tengyue Chn)

Cat -72.5 kg Chingis Allazov (Az) vs Wu Sihan (Chn)

Cat -70kg Giorgio Petrosyan (TA) vs Jordan Watson (UK)

H 20:00 Bellator KICKBOXING. 

Technical partner Boxeur des rues.

3 x 3 min rounds + extra round for a draw

Cat -57 kg Denise Kielholz (NL) vs tba (ITA)

Cat -65 kg Taccini Matteo (ITA) vs Kevin Ross (USA)

Cat -77 kg Moricca Francesco (ITA) vs Raymond Daniels (USA)

Cat - 75.5 kg world title ISKA 5 rounds of 3 minutes 

karim Gajii (F) champion vs Mustapha Haida (Sea) Challenger 

Cat -86 kg Melvin Manhoef (NL) vs Alexandru Negrea (ROM)

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Bellator Completes Inaugural Kickboxing Card with Opponents for Daniels, Ross and Kielholtz

Bellator Kickboxing's debut is in just under a month now, being headlined by Melvin Manhoef taking on Alexandru Negrea in a middleweight bout that should have a lot of fireworks. The other announced bout is with hot European prospect Mustapha Haida taking on Karim Ghajji in what should be an exciting battle between two top fighters. Also on the card is Raymond Daniels, Denise Kielholtz and Kevin Ross, but until now their opponents have not been finalized.

We've learned from Bellator that their three opponents have been finalized and that these are official. America's favorite son in muay thai, Kevin Ross, will be making his Bellator Kickboxing debut against the young Italian fighter, Taccini Matteo. Dutch champion Denise Kielholtz will be fighting a veteran Italian striker with a whole slew of amateur and professional accolades in Veronica Vernocchi while the explosive, always exciting Raymond Daniels will be fighting someone with experience in amateur kickboxing, MMA and boxing in Morrica Francesca.

Complete “Bellator Kickboxing: Torino” Fight Card:

Bellator Kickboxing Middleweight Main Event: Melvin Manhoef (37-12) vs. Alexandru Negrea (8-2)

Bellator Kickboxing 165-Pound Feature Bout: Mustapha Haida (37-3-3) vs. Karim Ghajji (95-12)

Bellator Kickboxing Welterweight Feature Bout: Raymond Daniels (10-3) vs. Francesco Moricca (15-2-1)

Bellator Kickboxing Flyweight Feature Bout: Denise Kielholtz (43-2) vs. Veronica Vernocchi (31-6-1)

Bellator Kickboxing Bantamweight Feature Bout: Kevin Ross (30-9) vs. Matteo Taccini (24-3-1)

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Bellator Kickboxing Sees Solid Number in Spike TV Debut

On Friday, Bellator Kickboxing made its debut on Spike TV. The event, taped the prior Saturday in Italy, aired after Friday's Bellator MMA event. The show featured what looks to be the future stars of Bellator's kickboxing branch including Raymond Daniels, Kevin Ross, Karim Ghajji and Denise Kielholtz. All of the above had a winning night, while the main event saw Melvin Manhoef upset by Alexandru Negra in an exciting battle. 

The debut for Bellator Kickboxing clocked in at 360,000 viewers, according to Bellator officials. Compared to what kickboxing had been doing prior on Spike TV, the nature of tape delay, the internet and spoilers, as well as a late start time after an already long night of fights, this number seems right in line with what kickboxing had been doing on Spike TV. Here's to hoping for live events (or at least closer to live) in the future and I'm willing to bet that we'll see Bellator Kickboxing grow with time. The action speaks for itself, frankly, people just need time to see the fighters.

UPDATE: Bellator has passed along more information on the ratings, including the peak numbers and the first hour. The first hour saw 464,000 viewers while the peak viewers was 730,000.

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GLORY 23 Card Finalized for August 7th

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GLORY 23 will take place on August 7th live from the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, featuring a bout for the GLORY Welterweight Championship between Nieky Holzken and Raymond Daniels in a rematch from earlier this year. The title was vacated by Joseph Valtellini recently when it was revealed that he had suffered a concussion and was still dealing with the after effects of said concussion and wasn't sure when he'd be able to return to the ring. 

GLORY today released the finalized card (of course subject to change due to injuries, medical or visa issues as are prone to happen in this sport), which mostly just solidifies the fighters involved in the Qualifying tournament at Middleweight. Dustin Jacoby is the big name in this tournament with Casey Greene as the other GLORY veteran. The other two names are Quinton O'Brien and Ariel Sepuvelda.

GLORY 23

GLORY Welterweight Championship: Nieky Holzken vs. Raymond Daniels
Xavier Vigney vs. Daniel Sam
GLORY Middleweight Contender Tournament: Casey Greene vs. Quinton O'Brien
GLORY Middleweight Contender Tournament: Dustin Jacoby vs. Ariel Sepuvelda

GLORY SuperFight Series

Anderson "Braddock" Silva vs. Jamal Ben Saddik
Murthel Groenhart vs. Chad Sugden
Matt Baker vs. Edward Hyman
Giga Chikadze vs. Anvar Boynazarav
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Let's Relive Nieky Holzken vs. Raymond Daniels II

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To many this fight was a forgone conclusion. Of course Nieky Holzken was going to win and finally capture the GLORY Welterweight Championship. Why wouldn't he? After a defeat of Raymond Daniels at GLORY 19 it all seemed academic. Holzken, who is a notoriously slow starter at times, was going into this fight with all of the momentum in the world it seemed. In his post-fight interview he talked about how his game plan revolved around letting Daniels do his thing early on and tire himself out.

Of course, what's interesting here is that Daniels didn't care about the ongoing narrative and he didn't care about Holzken's plan, he had one of his own. This was an almost entirely different Raymond Daniels than we've seen in the past who was keeping out of corners, mixing his kicks with his punches, piecing together combinations with his hands and actually scoring on Holzken, which was obviously not a part of Holzken's game plan.

Holzken of course looked great when he turned up the heat, but damn, this is quite a fight. So let's watch it again, shall we?

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Best Of Glory On Spike TV, Tell Your Friends!

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Spike TV will be showing a one hour long segment on the best of Glory at 11pm ET/8pm PT right after Bellator's live show. For people who are already Glory Kickboxing fans this is a good time to watch some of the most exciting fights and hardest knockouts to excite you for their next event. It's also a good time to invite your die hard UFC fan boy friends to come and watch real excitement. There is no way that a fan of any combat sports will not enjoy one hour of Glory's best moments, from five round wars, to first round jumping, spinning heel kick knock outs Glory has it all.

This a perfect time for all the Kickboxing fans to support kickboxing and spread the word about Glory, it's free, one hour long and just enough time to get everyone hooked.

Check out Spike TV's Glory Page for extra information.

 

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