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Fight Night Hungary II. - SIMPLY THE BEST 3

This Sunday (29 March 2015) will see local fighters against some of the best of Europe when Gábor Görbics, Barnabás Szűcs will enter the ring for the WKN titles in the second installment of the Fight Night Hungary series. The night will see muay thai, K-1 title fights and a presumably all out full contact title fight. The event will air on Kombat Sport TV.

Complete fight card
Muay thai fights
Rehák Márk vs Simon Csanád /51 kg (Junior muay thai Fight)
Tóth Bence vs Erik Kasuba (Slovakia) /71 kg
Kurdy István vs Nagy Richárd /65 kg
Muay Thai Hungarian Champion Title Fight
Erdős Attila vs Spéth Norbert /63,5 kg
Muay Thai Hungarian Championship Title Fight
Horváth István vs Szentkuti Norbert /81 kg
K-1 Fights
Vásony Ferenc  vs Bereczki Dominik   / 71 kg
WKN K-1 Hungarian Championship
Balajti Bianka  vs  Szendrei Rebeka  / -60kg  
WKN K-1 European Championship
Tomas „Bery” Beran / Czech Republic  vs Szűcs Barnabás  / 75 kg
Lévai László vs. Koczfán János  /91 kg
WKN K-1 Hungarian Championship
Bors Ádám vs Gilányi Attila /91 kg
WKN Full Contact Int.cont. title fight
Görbics Gábor vs Renna Paolo /Belgium/ 64,40 kg
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Gokhan Saki Speaks About His Contract Status and Future

There are very few modern kickboxers who command an audience anymore, but without a doubt one of those names is Gokhan Saki. Saki, with a passionate fan base, has been one of the top Heavyweights and now Light Heavyweights for a while now. After the generation of Peter Aerts, Semmy Schilt and Jerome Le Banner were retired it was clear that Gokhan Saki was a part of the next generation of top kickboxing stars. Of course, things within FEG's K-1 fell apart and the kickboxing world fractured. It was then partially reassembled in the way of GLORY, where Saki competed until recently.

It's been no secret that GLORY has been restructuring and reevaluating their business and that fighters who were commanding hefty purses but weren't drawing ratings became quite a bit less valuable. Many fans see it as a slap in the face that GLORY no longer sees fighters like Gokhan Saki and Tyrone Spong worth hundreds of thousands of dollars per appearance, but the reality is that GLORY 15, which featured the two men in a Light Heavyweight tournament, drew the weakest ratings to date on Spike TV.

While GLORY has not abandoned their global audience, the dollars and cents boil down to the United States market being more profitable than anywhere else in the world for the promotion, which made the value of guys like Saki and Spong drop a bit. Understandably Gokhan Saki felt that he was worth more, which led to a rift between the promotion and the fighter, this ultimately led to Gokhan Saki fighting on an upcoming GFC event against Sebastian Ciobanu. While Ciobanu is a fine fighter, no one expects him to give Saki any trouble. 

In a new interview (in Dutch) Saki spoke about what has been going on from his point of view and it's interesting, to say the least. According to Saki he is still willing to fight for GLORY, but it has to be at the right price. He says that he will only fight when he is being paid what he is worth and not a dime less. On top of that, he had some pointed criticism towards GLORY's management, believing that they are still the top promotion and that they always treated him well, but he believes that the "American influence" has tainted the company and that the Americans are clueless in regards to promoting the sport. 

It's unfortunate that GLORY and Saki couldn't come to terms, but there is still hope for the future for fans. Of course, both sides have valid points in such a situation; the promotion shouldn't lose money on its fighters and should pay them what the market value is and for the fighters they should be compensated for their experience, talent and appeal. Fans have been bickering about who is right and who is wrong in this matter and the reality seems to be that everyone did what was best for themselves and that hopefully the situation changes in the future.

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Legacy FC Presents Legacy Kickboxing 2 on May 29th

Legacy FC presented their first kickboxing event earlier this year in LK1, which featured the likes of Pat Barry, Cosmo Alexandre and more. It was a fun event and did well enough for Legacy to justify putting on another event, which is awesome. Today we've learned the lineup for Legacy Kickboxing 2, which is set for May 29th at Horseshoe Casino Bossiesr City in Louisiana. 

Main event sees Glory vets Brian Collette and Marcus Sursa in a 209lbs showdown. The co-main sees Myron Dennis take on Warren Thompson in a Light Heavyweight bout. Here's the full line-up.

209 - Main - Brian Collette 20-2 v. Marcus Sursa 5-2
205 - Co-main Myron Dennis 18-4 v. Warren Thomson 10-4
170 - Abdul Razak 5-0 v. Francois Ambang 13-4
140 - Tommy Diekmann 30 -6 v. George Pacarariu 9–0
154 - Dustin Johnson 5-0 v. Bruno Carvalho 18-7
125 - Lindsey Marino 2-0 v. Andrea Lee pro debut, 12-0 ammy)
145 - Kendrick Williams (pro debut,  9-1 ammy) v. David Bosnick (pro kickboxing debut)
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GFC Releases Card for April 17th Featuring Saki, Ilunga, Samedov and More

The wait is over for Gokhan Saki's return and it will not be in the GLORY ring but instead in the GFC ring in Dubai. On April 17th GFC will present an oddly-enough Badr Hari-free show that is headlined by another four-man tournament. Winning the tournament gains entry into an 8-man tournament later on this year that Badr Hari and Ismael Laazar have already qualified for.

What's interesting is that most of these fighters are smaller than your average Heavyweight and qualify as Light Heavyweights in most respects, especially Ilunga, who made a name for himself as It's Showtime 95kg Champion and as a GLORY Light Heavyweight contender.

Heavyweight 4 Man Tournament
Steve Mckinnon VS Zabit Samedov 
Jafar Ahmadi VS Danyo Ilunga
Superfights
Gokhan Saki VS Sebastian Ciobanu
Ismael Lazaar VS Fatih ulusoy
Andre Meunier VS Naoufal Benazzous
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Enfusion Live 25 is Live Today at 20:30 GMT

Today is a pretty good day for kickboxing with both FFC 7 and Enfusion Live 25 going down. Enfusion Live will -- as always -- be streaming live for free at EnfusionLive.com

Here's what the card for today looks like;

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 Karapet Karapetyan (Armenia)
- 80Kg Enfusion World Title
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Fight Card for Kunlun Fight 21

Kunlun Fight returns this weekend with a new show that will air over the next few Sundays. This one features the next round of the Kunlun Fight Heavyweight Tournament that includes Andrei Herasimchuk, Jahfarr Wilnis, Hesdy Gerges, Konstantin Glukhov and more. 

The event goes down on March 17th and will be airing in part the following Sunday afternoon on Jiang Su TV at 15:30 local time.

Kunlun Fight 21
He Qun (CHN) vs Maria Lobo (PRT)  60kg
Mustapha Haida (MAR) vs Chingiz Allazov (BLR) 70kg
Juri Kehl (GER) vs Milad Farzad (AUS) 70kg
Wang Weihao(CHN) vs Pong Thong (THA) 70kg
Tang Jin (CHN) vs TBA 56kg(MMA)
Wei Ninghui(CHN) vs Denies Puric (CAN) 62kg
Xu Yongba (CHN) vs Cyrus Washington (USA) 75kg
Hesdy Gerges(EGY) vs Konstantin Glukhov(LAT) 100kg+
Asihati(CHN) vs Yoo Yangrea (KOR) 100kg+
Roman Kryklia (UKR) vs Jahfarr Wilnis 100kg+
Andrei Herasimchuk (BLR) vs Steven Banks 100kg+
Wang Wanben (CHN) vs Barish (FRA) 60kg
Jiao Fukai (CHN) vs Yuki Sugita (JAN) 70kg
Wang Chongyang (CHN) vs Marcel Jager(SVK) 88kg
 
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It's Time for the Smaller Weight Classes to Shine

Kickboxing has long been all about the heavyweight weight classes. If you were to ask anyone about K-1 the first thing that would come to mind would be the K-1 World Grand Prix. Of course, there is a good reason for that. When modern kickboxing in the form of K-1 began in Japan it was to appeal to the local audiences with a blend of Kyokushin, Karate and professional wrestling. The Japanese public was always attracted to the idea of the clash of titans (I mean, really, isn’t everybody?) so K-1 focused heavily on the Heavyweights. 

If you look at GLORY, SuperKombat and even promotions like Enfusion you’ll see that the focus is still largely on the heavier weight classes. No matter what Badr Hari is doing it is news, if Peter Aerts is in a pro wrestling match in Japan everyone cares and people still ask if Sem Schilt will ever return to the ring. Speculation over Alistair Overeem leaving the UFC to return to kickboxing has been healthy for his entire UFC run. Needless to say, the big guys draw eyeballs.

The one real anomaly is the rise of K-1’s MAX division in the 2000’s. It was an idea created to promote the handsome and talented MASATO originally, but the reality was that it created a good number of stars and helped to make something outside of Heavyweight sustainable. We’ve seen the rise of a few stars like Giorgio Petrosyan, Buakaw Banchamek, Andy Ristie, Robin van Roosmalen and many more. It’s Showtime helped to push forward with expanded weight classes and GLORY is continuing along the path with the Light Heavyweight and Middleweight classes a big focus over the last year.

If we look at other sports the focus isn’t always just on huge, lumbering titans, though. While American Football might have a few such characters, a lot of the time the smaller, more agile players end up a focal point. The home run sluggers in baseball might draw eyeballs, but not all baseball players are Mark Mcguire. In football (you know, soccer) it is even more clear that you don’t (and shouldn’t) be a giant to be successful. Look no further than some of the lines at betting at William Hill to see how diverse the playing field can be. 

At GLORY 20 Gabriel Varga and Mosab Amrani will compete for the GLORY Featherweight Championship. It’s a solid first step, although there is confusion as to if this will air on the SuperFight Series or on Spike TV. Last that I’ve heard it was the SuperFight Series. Even so, it will be the headliner for that show that will air on CBS Sports Network and across the globe as its own show. 

Then, of course, is K-1’s 55kg World Grand Prix going down in Japan on April 19th. K-1 Japan has been putting out a steady stream of events featuring smaller weight classes and has been wildly entertaining. As long as the big players in kickboxing keep focusing on smaller weight classes there is still hope that the lighter, more technical and quick weight classes can shine in the near future. 

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Bai Ling attending SuperKombat World Grand Prix I next Sat. evening (Mar. 7) in Ploiești, Romania

It's nice to have friends in high places.

SuperKombat Fighting Championship will enjoy yet another special guest appearance from Hollywood, as famous actress Bai Ling will be ringside for next Saturday evening's (Mar. 7, 2015) SuperKombat World Grand Prix I event on Eurosport from Sala Sporturilor in Ploiești, Romania.  

The Chinese-born is no stranger to fighting since she often trains in martial arts for her interesting movie roles. 

Bai Ling is known for her work in films such as The Crow, Red Corner, Crank: High Voltage and Wild Wild West, and TV shows including Lost.

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Interview with the Glory heavyweight challenger and the SuperKombat's franchise, Benny Adegbuyi

The Romanian fighter Benjamin Adegbuyi is taking on Daniel Lentie on 7th March at SuperKombat World Grand Prix I. LiverKick is offering you the translation of his SportNews interview in native language. 

R: How do you feel? Are you ready?

B.A.: I feel very good. It's always a pleasure to fight in Romania, where the fans are with you, your family, and Ploiești is a great city. I feel good, I'm ready, I'm the same every time regardless of the opponent. I hope to make show. 

R: Do you find it harder to fight under this pressure?

B.A.: At the level where we are, we have to be professional, and these thoughts should not affect us at all.

R: Are you superstitious?

B.A.: I have no superstition, I'm always prepared. I hope to make a great game and win by knockout.

R: Did you study your opponent?

B.A.: Unfortunately I found out quite late the opponent's name. He's a pretty good fighter, awkward, southpaw... I began to study him, we have available a week and it will not be a problem. We have a plan. I hope him to have the same fate as against Morosanu.

R: What means the SuperKombat promotion for you?

B.A.: For me it means a lot, I was discovered here. I started here, and since then every gala I have been included, I won and I did very good matches. It remains my first love, forever in my soul... 

R: What advice do you have for those who want to follow in your footsteps?

B.A.: I always guided them, even on Facebook, to try not to quit. It's a pretty difficult sport, which is not sustained from the beginning, but with desire and will, seriousness, talent and a bit of luck you can get a pretty good level. So follow your dreams!

R: What are your goals for 2015? Where will you stop? 

B.A.: I would like to finish undefeated again. I hope to be the best if I can. I think I could get 2nd, but depends on the matches. The ranking system is a little odd, so I also need knockouts. Certainly if I grow, I get 2nd or 3rd.

R: Did you think about MMA?

B.A.: Honestly I thought, I think I will also do a little Brazilian jiu-jitsu in parallel. It helps the stand-up fighters' mobility.

R: Who would you want to fight and who would you want to avoid?

B.A.: I wanted to fight Semmy Schilt but he withdrew. He is a man who barely lost. I wanted to see my level and I think I would have been able to beat him. I fight any opponent, I would not refuse anyone.

R: Who  was your idol?

B.A.: I had no idol, but I admired Bonjasky, Aerts, Sefo and Hunt in Japan. Prior to my kickboxing start, I used to wake up at night to morning to watch them.

R: Could you fight a gym colleague?

B.A.: Honestly, I can't, but it can happen in some pyramids of the greatest promotions. If it happens so, we are professionals. But in other circumstances, I would refuse to fight with an opponent from our crew (Respect Gym).

R: What's a training day for you the SK figthers there?

B.A.: It is very complex. We wake up at 8 am, we have training, 2 hours of exhaustion. Some vomit, some faint, some have dizziness, some liver problems. After, you eat a bit, you go home and get some rest if you don't have anything else to do during the day and again at 6, training. You end at 8, you eat, watch a movie if you can, then simply fall to the bed.

If you're not in a training camp, you can manage to play soccer or go to the cinema/bowling. During the preparation only Playstation and FIFA.

R: Do you enjoy watching movies? Are you watching motivational movies?

B.A.: Yes. Well, not really. I just like good movies with great actors.

R: A message for your opponent?

B.A.: You made a mistake by accepting this fight against me, I will destroy you! Haha...

 

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Card for Enfusion #25 on March 14th

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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