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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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Bellator Announces Bellator: Dynamite 2 on June 24th

While there might have been a few hitches at last year's Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1 card, Bellator looks to have their ducks in a row this year and have announced Bellator: Dynamite 2. Dynamite 2 will take place on June 24th at the ScotTrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri and once again be a hybrid card between MMA and kickboxing. The only real difference is that this time they get their way and will have complete control over the show, with Bellator Kickboxing launching in just under two weeks now. 

The only fight announced for the card thus far is Quinton "Rampage" Jackson taking on Japanese judoka Satoshi Ishii in an MMA bout. Here's hoping to some big name kickboxing fights at Dynamite 2. 

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Live Stream Information for GLORY 25 and SuperFight Series

  • Published in Glory

GLORY 25 will be going down this Friday live from Monza, Italy. Now, look, I know that everyone is waiting with baited breath over what GLORY's new television deal will be and how it will impact this event. For now, just like previous events, the GLORY SuperFight Series is available to purchase and view within the United States. GLORY 25 will not be. The same restrictions in ex-Yugoslavia nations as always, you know who you are. 

So take that as a sign, people.

The SuperFight Series begins at 1:30pm Eastern time. GLORY 25 is 4pm Eastern. The price is $9.99 USD per.

GLORY SuperFight Series

GLORY 25 Milan

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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.'

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Yokkao Introduces Yokkao Muay Thai Weapon Technique Videos

  • Published in Muay Thai

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Yokkao, one of the bigger gear and supply companies in the world of muay thai is going to start producing a series of videos called "Yokkao Muay Thai Weapon" where some of the fighters on Yokkao's fight team will demonstrate some of the cooler muay thai techniques. The first video is of Khen Sitsongpeenong demonstrating a flying elbow strike. Fans can look for more videos in the coming weeks and if they have suggestions for techniques to be featured they can tweet @YokkaoBoxing (or us @LiverKickdotcom) with what they want to see and Yokkao will do their best to make it happen.

Of course, Yokkao has their fifth event coming up in Reunion, France on November 8th, where Stefania Picelli was recently to help get everything prepared. Fans will be able to follow everything about the event on Twitter and Instagram via the hashtag #Yokkao5. Yokkao is also shipping gear from the United States via their new web shop, with goods being shipped directly from San Francisco, we urge you to check out their shop today.

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Watch AFAV's Awesome Documentary on Mosab vs. Mootje

  • Published in Kickboxing

It seems the way to go if you are a kickboxer who competes in the Netherlands is to allow a really tight documentary crew follow you around and document your fighting career. Luckily for us, it wasn't just the brains behind the Alistair Overeem hype train, but AFAV (Advanced Fighters Action Visuals) has been putting together some great videos, and the highlight being a 5-part series about the build-up to Mosab Amrani vs. Mohamed Khamal from It's Showtime 45. As we all saw, it was an absolute-war, one of the best fights of the year. Now watch part 5 of AFAV's awesome series and be in awe.

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The Not-So-Amateur System of Kickboxing

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I will never forget it. There was a ton of buzz on all the fight forums in preparation for the World Muay Thai Council and the International Federation of MuayThai Amateur, putting together a major event in Thailand. It was, and I believe still is, the largest collection of organized amateur muay thai fights in the world. I remember how many people were talking about the event, and how it was so big, people started to imagine the idea of Muay Thai being an Olympic sport in the near future. After all, red and blue head gear, body and shin guards, it really did look the part. Then, while exploring the forums one day I came across popular muay thai forum contributor Hellfighter, who posted an interesting picture. It was a picture of him and Artur Kyshenko. I thought it was pretty cool, until I read the comment that accompanied the post. It said that the picture was taken right after Artur Kyshenko won his fight. So naturally, the first thing that ran through me head was. What on Earth is the 2007 K-1 World Grand Prix Semi-finalist doing in an Amateur kickboxing event?

In a way, I almost thought of it as a bully move...until I realized it was the norm. All of a sudden, well known MuayThai fighters started posting pictures from their fights and uploading video from the event. It turns out, that the professional fighters were not the exception, they were the norm. Outside of the female fighters. The majority of the men had fought professional before, and a decent amount of the women had too. After reading that now 27-1 boxer, but then K-1 veteran Alexander Ustinov had won the heavyweight amateur title in 2006, that Shane Campbell, Andrei Kulebin, Dmitry Valent, Emil Zoraj, and many others all competed at the amateur games throughout the years, I heightened my stance. I saw them as taking spots a true amateur could have. Its not just that these men are pro's fighting amateur, but also that these men are World Champions fighting amateur. And here is the strangest thing about it. Despite having my disagreements, in muay thai and kickboxing there is nothing wrong with it.

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VIDEO: Former NBA Player Darko Milicic Loses Kickboxing Debut

  • Published in Kickboxing

This is one of those weird, only-in-kickboxing types of stories. Darko Milicic, former NBA player, made his kickboxing debut in an exhibition on Wednesday in Serbia, fighting under the WKA banner. There was some fanfare and hype around it, considering his profile, but WKA's global presence isn't quite what it's cracked up to be.

Anyway, he made his debut and things didn't go so well for the awkwardly tall basketball player when the doctors stopped it after a cut opened up on his shin.

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Photo of the Day: The Future of Japanese Kickboxing

  • Published in Kickboxing

There is something about the youth system in Japan that cultivates talent in a very public way and creates stars that is unrivaled. K-1 ran their KOSHIEN series for a long time and it looks like Japanese promotion KRUSH, who was affiliated with FEG and K-1, have been on the same path. There is a good chance if FEG is completely cut out of K-1 that KRUSH will continue on in the legacy as their Youth GP has been a success so far. This image shows the next round of match-ups, HIROYA vs. Masaaki Noiri and Koya Urabe vs. Yukimitsu Takahashi. If you haven't seen these guys fight before, check our Fight Videos section and be in awe.

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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.

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