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Card for FFC 18 Tomorrow

Tomorrow in Ljubljana FFC will present their 18th numbered event featuring a split MMA and Kickboxing card. The kickboxing card features some bigger names like Mladen Brestovac, Miran Fabjan and Samo Petje set to defend his FFC 70kg World Championship.

Eyevan Danenberg vs. Jasmin Bajrovic - 77kg

Fabio di Marco vs. Teo Mikelic - 72kg

Vasil Ducar vs. Denis Chorchyp - 91kg

Denis Marjonovic vs. Miran Fabjan - 85kg

Colin George vs. Mladen Brestovac - Heavyweight

Valentin Rybalko vs. Samo Petje - 70kg Title Fight

 

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Andy Souwer Returns to the Enfusion Ring This Weekend

In what looks to be one of the better Enfusion Live cards of this year Enfusion presents Enfusion Live 27 this weekend on April 18th from Tenerife, Spain. The main event sees the -95kg Enfusion World title on the line between Moises Baute and champion Mohamed Boubkari and the co-main event sees K-1 legend Andy Souwer square off against Spanish star Jonay Risco.

Spanish living legend Maximo Suarez will take on Frenchman Rafael Llodra and in a pretty huge 70kg bout Amansio Parasciv will take on K-1 vet Elam Ngor.

1.  3X3                                                             - 70 KG 
Ricardo Costa (Portugal) Vs Maikel Garcia (Spain)
2.  3X3                                                             - 54 KG
Anissa Meksen (France) Vs Eva Naranjo (Spain)
3.  3X3                                                             - 70 KG
Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) Vs   Elam Ngor (Senegal)
4.  3X3                                                             - 75 KG
Rafael Llodra (France) Vs Maximo Suarez (Spain)
5.  3X3                                                             - 70 KG
Andy Souwer (The Netherlands) Vs Jonay Risco (Spain)
6.  5X3             Enfusion World Title          - 95 KG
Mohamed Boubkari (Morocco) Vs Moises Baute (Spain)

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King in the Ring 8-man Cruiserweight Tournament

In just 2 days King in the Ring will be holding an 86kgs 8 man tournament in Aucklands ASB Stadium Kohimarama. This event will be streamed live HERE AT THIS LINK for $19.95.

Israel "Stylebender" Adesanya will be defending his place as the king in the ring after winning the tournament last year. Adesanya is fresh off his Super 8 boxing tournament win 2 weeks ago, so I'm sure confidence is high, not that he has ever had a problem with that anyway. 

The tournament consists of 4 Australian fighters and 4 New Zealanders plus 4 super fights. I am always interested in 8 man tournaments, they have always been some of the most exciting events for me, plus I always take the chance to watch The Stylebender fight live if possible.

FULL CARD

King in the Ring Trans-Tasman 8 Man Tournament

Team New Zealand

Pati Afoa [ETK, Auckland]

Israel Adesanya [CKB, Auckland]

Zak Fatamaka [GRizzly Thai Boxing, Auckland]

Zane Hopman [Fortitude Thai Boxing]

Team Australia

Simon Maait [Bulldog Gym, Castle Hill]

Mark Timms [Bulldog Gym, Manly]

Kurt Pegoraro [Corporate Boxing Gym, Brisbane]

Kim Loudon [Extreme Muay Thai, Sydney]

Superfights

MiddleweightMike “Blood” Diamond [City Kickboxing] - “Dirty” Sanchez [Full Force Gym]

LightweightSone ‘Arch Angel’ Vannathy [Arch Angel Muay Thai] - Pumipi ‘Caezar’ Ngaronoa [Dannevirke Bulldogs]

Heavyweight - Pane ‘The Punisher’ Haraki [Hastings Fitness Centre] - Nato ‘Hard Knox’ Laauli [ETK]

Middleweight - Chris ‘Cobra’ Eades [ETK North Shore] - Jordan ‘Sniper’ Syme [Grizzly Thai Boxing]

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Sergei Laschenko Murdered in Ukraine

K-1, SuperKombat and It's Showtime veteran Sergei Laschenko was pronounced dead on April 8th at the Odessa Jewish Hospital in the Ukraine after being shot multiple times, one of the shots hitting his carotid artery. Laschenko is survived by his wife and 18-month old child.

Sergei Laschenko was a very popular Heavyweight kickboxer who trained under some of the best in the world, including Thom Harinck and Mike Passenier. For a period of time Laschenko was without a doubt one of the top ten Heavyweights in the world, which at the time of having such legendary names as Schilt, Aerts, Le Banner, Hari, Ghita and others active it was truly an important accomplishment. In 2011 he won the SuperKombat World Grand Prix and in 2014 he won the KOK World Grand Prix.

There were ups and downs in his career, but Laschenko was truly one of the more memorable Heavyweight stars over the past ten years and his loss will be felt across the kickboxing community.

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First Chapter of the New Badr Hari Documentary Released

So our bud StillWill has made his return to the world of kickboxing videos and done so in not only a big way, but a huge way by working with Badr Hari and his team to bring to the world a documentary called "The Golden Boy" which will center around Badr Hari's life and career. The whole thing is due to be released soon but for now the first episode has been released and it's well worth the watch.

Check it out.

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SuperKombat Returning to Switzerland on June 13th

SuperKombat will be returning to Switzerland on June 13th for SuperKombat Special Edition in Zurich. The event will feature a four-man Heavyweight qualifying tournament featuring four bruisers. In that mix is SuperKombat favorite D'Angelo Marshall as well as Enver Slijvar, Nikolaj Falin and Danut Hurduc. 

The headline attraction will be a Heavyweight slugfest between world-renowned Benjamin Adegbuyi and the tough Brian Douwes. The co-main event is between SuperKombat standout Bogdan Stoica and Ali Cenik with Cenik looking for revenge after losing to Bogdan's brother last year, Andrei.

In other SuperKombat news on April 24th in Serbia will be holding an elimination event for the SuperKombat Academy program, you can find more information here

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Kunlun Fight 22 Full Fight Card for April 12th

On Sunday April 12th Kunlun will present Kunlun Fight 22 live on Jiang Su TV. Kunlun Fight 22 is set to feature one of the most-talked about fights in the past few months by the way of Marat Grigorian vs. Yodsanklai Fairtex in a super fight. 

Du Changdong(CHN) vs Lei Penghui(CHN) 60kg

Liu Mingzhi(CHN) vs Masson Dimitry(CHE) 75KG

Tang Jin(CHN) vs Marina Lvova(RUS) 58KG (MMA)

WU Haotian(CHN) vs Zulfikar UsManov(RUS) 70.5KG (MMA)

Wu Tieyin(CHN) vs Vadim Zhlobich(BLR) 60KG (MMA)

Jiang Chunpeng(CHN) vs Diogo Antonio (PRT) 75KG

Yan Xibo(CHN) vs Hidemasa Soga(HAN) 68KG (MMA)

Bai Jinbin(CHN) vs Saeid Chahardouli (IRI) 80KG

Bai Lishuai(CHN) vs Mahdi Mahmoudvand (IRI) 67KG

Xiong Jingnan(CHN) vs Babii Galina (RUS) 58KG (MMA)

Yodsanklai Fairtex (THL) vs Marat Grigorian (BEL) 70KG 

Zhang Chunyu (CHN) vs Seyedisa Alamdrnezam (IRI) 70KG

Yang Jianping(CHN) vs TBA 68KG (MMA)

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Enfusion Live 26 Fight Card

Enfusion Live #26 will be taking place this Saturday, April 4th in The Hague, Netherlands. This will be the first of four 70kgs 4 man tournaments. They are doing a 16 man tournament but instead of using the old format where you have a single fight to qualify for the final 8 and then 3 fights in one night to win the whole thing, they are doing Four 4 man tournaments where the winners will have their own 4 man tournament. It sounds pretty exciting especially with all the top names involved including Hafid El Boustati, Nordin Ben Moh, Amansio Paraschiv, David Calvo and Mohammed Jaraya just to name a few.

Enfusion Live #26 Fight Card

1. 70Kg Tournament Semi Final - Hafid El Boustati (Morocco) Vs Edson Fortes (Cape Verde)  

2. 70Kg Tournament Semi Final - Nordin Ben Moh (Morocco) Vs Paul Jansen (The Netherlands)

3. 65kg - Shana Lammers  (Indonesia)  Vs Manal Arrad (The Netherlands)

4. Hvy - Brice Guidon (France) Vs Hicham Achalhi (Morocco)

5. 70kg - Walid Hamid (Morocco) Vs Dennis Kabbedijk (The Netherlands)

6. 70Kg - Tournament Final - Winner Fight #1 Vs Winner Fight #2

7. 60kg Enfusion World Title - Reda Narain (Surinam) Vs Tommy Dieckmann (The Netherlands)

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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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