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Mike Zambidis Announces His Retirement Fight is Against Steve Moxon

When it comes to K-1 MAX fighters there may have been a lot of technical fighters who participated in those tournaments, but most of us fondly remember Mike Zambidis for his battles in the ring. Zambidis was never the biggest guy in the fights, never the most technical, but my god did he leave it all on the line when he stepped into the ring. When Mike Zambidis stepped into the ring you knew that you were going to see some violence, which is more than we can ask for usually.

Zambidis announced his retirement this year, already having one of his two retirement fights. The second fight was announced for June in Greece (venue and date TBA) against Australian slugged Steve Moxon. Moxon has a similar attitude when it comes to going toe-to-toe inside of the ring and there's a very good chance that Zambo will go out in style. Stay tune for more.

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Chad '2Slick' Sugden: Ahead of His Time

On Saturday night, GLORY veteran Chad Sugden will challenge Michael Wakeling for the IKF 75kg title in the feature bout of The Main Event from the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.

Chad '2Slick' Sugden hails from the town of Newark in the midlands of England and fights out of Suggy's Gym, training under his father and former WKA Light Middleweight World Champion Dean Sugden. Chad is the oldest of three brothers, with 19-year old Regis Sugden and 17-year old Bailey Sugden also following their father's footsteps into the world of combat sports. 

"We've all been training since we were five" Chad reveals, "it started off with hitting the pads, hitting the bag and then I realised I had a bit of a knack for it so I kept at it." Besides growing up with a former world champion as a father, what else does Chad think has contributed to the constant rise of him and his brothers? "We're all good students - we learn, we listen and since we were young, we would never shy away from a challenge. "

Although the bulk of Chad's training is completed under the tutelage of his Dad at the family gym, he has also diversified his training with trips to the legendary Hemmers gym in Holland and with the newly formed 4th Dimension MMA gym in Nottingham. He is willing to train with mixed martial artists, but as for competing in MMA itself? It doesn't seem likely. "It's not really my style" Chad reveals, "I can kickbox with the best, I can box with the best and I want to prove it. Never say never, but it's not really for me".

Whilst Chad has no intentions of following his younger brother Regis into a mixed martial arts bout any time soon, he did not rule out the possibility of returning to the sport of boxing. "It's possible" he states, "I want to enjoy what I'm doing, but I also need to stay busy. This is what I do for a living so if I'm not staying busy, I'm not making money. It all depends on what I'm doing in the future, but for now I want to secure my legacy under K-1/Glory rules."

For many kickboxing fans around the world, Chad's decision to decline GLORY’s offer to fight Karate extraordinaire Raymond Daniels in favour of a bout here in the UK may have come across as a little strange. Understandably so to, as a match with the aforementioned Daniels would have provided Sugden with exposure and an enormous opportunity to prove himself on kickboxing's biggest stage against a highly ranked opponent. The bout may have even had title implications, however before Sugden continues his ascension in the GLORY Welterweight division, he has some unfinished business to attend to.

On Saturday night, the ISKA 72.5kg champ will step-up in weight to fight Enfusion and ISKA 75kg champion Michael Wakeling. Michael and his brother, former GLORY competitor Stephen Wakeling have dominated the UK Muay Thai circuit for years, with Michael remaining unbeaten for over a decade. Whilst Sugden has confidence that his style, skills and specifically his boxing angles with get the upper hand come fight night, even he recognises the steep challenge ahead, admitting that "on paper its a 50/50 fight".

But why is this bout so important you may ask? "It's a massive fight, it's been in the works since November and it's one people in the UK have wanted to see for a while now" Chad explains, "I come from a kickboxing background and Michael is a thai boxer, so it's kickboxing vs. Muay Thai. I'm unbeaten in the UK and Michael hasn't lost in over ten years, but it's time for someone new to wear the crown."  

You see, this is far more than just a IKF title fight. It's a stylistic clash for the ages, with the winner conceivably earning the unofficial title as the pound-for-pound best striker in the whole of the UK.

Chad acknowledges the bout with Wakeling on Saturday provides a steep challenge, but he does still have his eye on the previously proposed GLORY bout with Raymond Daniels. "I'd fight him tomorrow" Chad says confidently "I don't need anymore experience. I've had over one-hundred amateur fights and that's not even including my boxing bouts. I've fought all over the world and at this weight class I'm great. I can't wait to be up there mixing it with the likes of Valtellini and Holzken and I definitely think I can beat them both too." 

Considering Chad only turned 21-years old last month, it's remarkable that he is already this accomplished within the world of kickboxing, but does the future hold for the man known as '2Slick'? "I'm looking to get my hands on that IKF world title, being ranked at number one in the UK at two different weight classes and then I'm coming for the Glory title. I mean, who wouldn't want it?"

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The New Official Badr Hari Documentary Gets Inside of the Bad Boy's Head

Badr Hari's team has been working on an official documentary about Badr Hari now for a while, a rare look into the life of Badr Hari and for him to get on camera and talk about the highs and lows of his career. It was done in conjunction with our old friend Will "StillWill" Prescott, narrated by Michael Schiavello and shot by Eldar Gross, so you know that the quality for it will be top notch. It's fascinating to see how Badr reasons with some of the bigger mistakes in his career, notably the infamous bout with Remy Bonjasky in the 2008 K-1 finals and the Hesdy Gerges fight. His response was very telling, "I was like, fuck it." 

They even delve into Badr's legal troubles and his thoughts on the loss to Samedov. It's interesting to see how Badr transitioned to seeing fighting as a business as opposed to a passion and how it affected him both in and out of the ring.

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Card For Enfusion Live #29 on Sunday

On Sunday Enfusion will present Enfusion Live #29 from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This one will feature a one-night 70kg tournament featuring Aziz Kallah, Fatih Ozkan, Tafun Ozcan and Reouan Larkoubi. Also on the card will be Racehl Adamus vs. Sheena Widdershoven for the Enfusion -67kg World Championship. 

The event will air at 21:00 local time on http://www.enfusionlive.com.

1. 3X3       Tournament Reserve fight
Mohammed Ben Nasser (Morocco)      Vs William Diender (The Netherlands)
-70Kg
2. 3X3       Tournament Semi Final
Aziz Kallah (Morocco) Vs Fatih Ozkan (Turkey)
- 70 Kg
3. 3X3       Tournament Semi Final
Tayfun Ozcan (Turkey) Vs Redouan Larkoubi (Morocco) 
- 70 Kg
4. 5X3       Enfusion World Title
Rachel Adamus (The Netherlands)  Vs  Sheena Widdershoven (The Netherlands) 
- 67 Kg
5. 3X3
Serginio Kanters (The Netherlands)  Vs Abdelmounim Mouya (Morocco)
- 75 Kg
6. 3X3
Ilias Bulaid (Morocco) Vs Maxim Federkov (Germany)
- 67Kg
7. 3X3       Tournament Final
Fight 1 winner   Vs          Fight 2 winner
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Card For May 23rd's SuperKombat Event

This weekend will see the return of SuperKombat in Bucharest, pumping out a New Heroes and WGP card in the same night, featuring some big SuperKombat names to keep the fans happy. The event proper features such names as Amansio Paraschiv, Cristian Milea, Cristian Ristea and of course Bogdan and Andrei Stoica in action as well. It should be a fun, action-packed card that delivers this weekend.

SUPERKOMBAT WORLD GRAND PRIX II - BUCHAREST
Superkombat New Heroes Romania - 20:00 CET (3 rounds x 2 minutes)
1. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)
Ionuţ Stanciu vs Alin Tamaş
2. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Madalin Craciunica vs Adrian Giurgiu
3. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Andrei Ostrovanu vs Eduard Chelariu
4. Super Fight - Lightweight bout (-65 kg)
Songul Yilmaz (Turkey) vs Cristiana Stancu
5. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight (-86 kg)
Cosmin Ionescu vs Costin Mincu
6. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)
Bogdan Qatawneh vs Mirel Iacob
7. Super Fight - Super Middleweight bout (-77 kg)
Benedek Zsolt (Hungary)vs Bogdan Nastase
8. Super Fight – Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Adrian Asoltanii vs Claudiu Badoi
 
SUPERKOMBAT WORLD GRAND PRIX - 22:00 CET, LIVE ON EUROSPORT (3 rounds x 3 minutes)
1. Super Fight - Lightweight bout (-63,5 kg)
Suliman Vazeilles (France) vs Cristian Spetcu (Romania)
 2. Super Fight – Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Hirachidine Saindou (France) vs Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)
3. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Marvin Ullrich (France) vs Cristian Milea (Romania)
4. Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 g)
Ibrahim Giydirir (Turkey) vs Bogdan Stoica (Romania)
5. Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)
Redha Ogdou (France) vs Cristian Ristea (Romania)
6. Super Fight - Super Cruiserweight bout (-95 kg)
Thomas Alizier (France) vs Andrei Stoica (Romania)
7. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)
Giuseppe de Domenico (Italy) vs Ciprian Schiopu (Romania)
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Joe Schilling's Next Fight in Bellator on June 26th

There has been some speculation as to where we'll see Joe Schilling fight next; the GLORY ring or the Bellator cage. Today that was answered when Bellator announced that Joe Schilling will return to the cage on June 26th against Japanese Middleweight slugger Hisaki Kato. Kato is 4-1, all of his professional bouts happening in the Japanese promotion Heat, all four of those wins coming via knockout, only one fight making it to the second round. 

Schilling is coming off of a decision loss to Rafael Carvalho in April in a fight that turned out to be a lot tougher than anyone had ever imagined it would be. Schilling is looking to bounce back inside of the Bellator cage and a battle against a slugger like Kato could exactly be that chance to make fireworks happen. GLORY fans are still waiting with baited breath for a rematch between Joe and Artem Levin, but after Levin drew against Marcus it looks like it might be a while before the GLORY Middleweight Champion is available to fight Schilling.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme Re-Enacts Kickboxer Dance Scene on Conan

If you are a fan of kickboxing, action movies or even Artem Levin then you know about the JCVD dance from the film "The Kickboxer." It's a thing of legend now and is still something that is joked about. Hell, Artem Levin enters the ring doing "the dance" to the Beau Williams classic "Feeling So Good Today."

So of course when JCVD appeared on Conan this week he was asked to recreate the dance and, well, a fight breaks out. That's just what happens whenever Feeling So Good Today plays. It is probably a fact at this point.

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Card for Kunlun Fights 25 This Weekend

This Friday Kunlun Fights 25 will take place in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Once again Artur Kyshenko will be fighting, this time against Dmitry Valent of Belarus and Enriko Kehl is taking on Mohamed Diaby from France. They will also feature a 70kg 4-man tournament. We will keep you updated on how to watch online if its available. Here is the full card by our friends at Kiksie.

Full Card

Kickboxing Tournament Reserve Fight -70kg

Volodymyr Artemenko (Ukraine) vs. Dani Corbeanu (Romania)

Kickboxing Tournament -70kg

Superball Bachamek (Thailand)

Lukasz Plawecki (Poland)

Deng Li (China)

Hichem Menaouine (Spain)

Single Fights

-60kg MMA

Miroslav Kuban (Slovakia) vs. Wu Tieyin (China)

-60kg Kickboxing

Tomas Tkac (Slovakia) vs. Wang Wanben (China)

-67kg Kickboxing

Vlad Tuinov (Russia) vs. Wu Xuesong (China)

-67kg Kickboxing

Matej Kalisky (Slovakia) vs. Chen Junxian (China)

-72kg Kickboxing

Marko Adamovic (Serbia) vs. Zheng Zhaoyu (China)

-71kg MMA

Martin Mihalik (Slovakia) vs. Wu Haotian (China)

-75kg Kickboxing

Peter Lamper (Slovakia) vs. Liu Mingzhi (China)

-75kg Kickboxing

Jan Mazur (Slovakia) vs. Chen Duoli (China)

-79kg Kickboxing

Michal Tomko (Slovakia) vs. Li Baoming (China)

-72,5kg Kickboxing

Enriko Kehl (Germany) vs. Mohamed Diaby (France)

-77kg Kickboxing

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

Lethwei -75kg

Igor Danis (Slovakia) vs. Too Too (Myanmar)

World Professional Lethwei Champion Title fight -69,9kg

Vladimir Konsky (Slovakia) vs. Ye Ta Gon (Myanmar)

 

 

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Catalin Morosanu vs. Badr Hari Postponed Due to 'Conditions'

For Badr Hari and Morosanu fans the upcoming bout between the two sluggers was a highlight for the year. It was Badr Hari's return to the ring after some time off and it was against the best competition that he's faced since Zabit Samedov in 2013. But, much like the proposed fight with Patrice Quateron from a previous GFC event, it looks like the fans will have yet another Badr Hari fight fall through for the time being.

The official statement is vague, citing "conditions" of the fights as the reason. Morosanu isn't one to pull out of a fight and if Badr Hari's social media is any indication he seems ready to go, so one has to assume that there is something strange going on here. Much like when Patrice Quateron was pulled from the Hari fight for not "creating a family friendly atmosphere" before, we are hearing rumors of Badr Hari being unhappy with something heading into this fight. 

For now the entire event is postponed, so it looks like GFC will try to keep the fight between the two together, but if Hari is truly unhappy with the arrangement it may simply not happen. GFC has also promised a more entertaining event than the last one, for what that is worth.

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Bellator Signs Former K-1 and GLORY Star Ewerton Teixeira

James Law for GLORY Sports International

It's no surprise to those that know how Scott Coker has promoted MMA in the past to know that he enjoys having a stable of kickboxers under his promotional banner to help to create exciting fights. Joe Schilling, Melvin Manhoef, Paul Daley and many others have found themselves gainfully employed by Scott Coker's Bellator and now Ewerton Texieira joins the mix. After FEG's K-1 folded up shop Teixeira turned his attention to MMA where he has a 3-0 record.

The last time that we saw Teixeira in the ring was at GLORY 13 where he competed against Hesdy Gerges in a tightly-contested bout seeing Gerges take the nod. Teixeira is a fighter that hasn't gotten the attention or the credit that he deserves over the years considering that he was a K-1 mainstay and was involved in three K-1 World Grand Prix tournaments before FEG's K-1 dissolved into thin air. He held wins over Jaideep Singh, Musashi, Kyotaro, Jerome Le Banner and even Errol Zimmerman in his K-1 tenure, which is nothing to scoff at. Most people remember Teixeira from his bout with Overeem that ended in a brutal knee KO, but there is a lot more to Teixeira than that.

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