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Card for Venum Victory World Series Panama

On October 24th Venum Victory World Series returns with another night of big fights, this time in Panama City. The big fight of the night will be Armen Petrosyan vs. Luis Castaneda, but there will also be two tournaments, one at -95kg and one at -72.5kg. The -95kg tournament features Claudio Istrate vs. Lucas Alsina and Rafael de Souza vs. Sergio Pique. The -72.5kg tournament features Li Zikai vs. Nicolas Ryske and Mohamed El Mir vs. Ian Alexander. 


Shootboxing Star RENA Fighting MMA at Rizin on New Year's Eve

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Everyone has been waiting with baited breath for more information on Sakakibara's latest venture into the world of MMA after the untimely death of PRIDE FC. Well, we at least have a name now as well as a few other details. The name of this promotion will be Rizin Fighting Federation, or Rizin FF. The show on New Year's Eve will be the Rizin Fighting World Grand-Prix 2015 and while the main even will be Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jaideep "Heart" Singh, the card will also feature BJJ competitor Gabby Garcia, Shinya Aoki vs. Kazushi Sakuraba and female Shootboxing superstar RENA.

That's right, RENA. 

For a long time now RENA (Rena Kubota) has been one of Shootboxing's biggest stars. Shootboxing itself is not exactly huge in Japan, but has a good following and RENA often appears on mainstream Japanese television. Apparently she is MMA-bound now, making her MMA debut this December at Rizin against an unnamed opponent. What is fascinating about this is that RENA could be a huge, huge breakout star in Japan beyond where she is now. Shootboxing is just, well, a bit weird and might never be more than a niche sport. MMA has proven to be a sport that fans can get behind and with her innate starpower on this show it could mean big things for both Rizin and herself.

More when we have it.


Card for This Weekend's Enfusion 32

This Saturday in Belgium Enfusion Live presents their 32nd event, headlined by Nordin Ben Moh vs. Sergio Sanchez. This is looking to be one of Enfusion's better cards of the year, featuring a 61kg title fight between Anke Van Gestel and Aleide Lawant. Brice Guidon returns to action against Dexter Suisse, Mohammed Jaraya takes on Youssef Boulahtari, Ilias Bulaid fihgts David Mejia and Hafid El Boustati takes on Harut Grigorian.

Enfusion Live #32 Gent, Belgium Saturday 10.10.2015
21.00 Local start time (19.00 GMT)
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If you live in the following countries the stream will be blocked due to your broadcaster showing Enfusion Live soon... Switzerland, France, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Belgium
1. 3X3 -70Kg
Hafid El Boustati (Morocco) Vs Harut Grigorian (Armenia)
2. 3X3 -67 Kg
Ilias Bulaid (Morocco) Vs David Mejia (Spain)
3. 3X3 -70Kg
Mohammed Jaraya (Morocco) Vs Youssef Boulahtari (Belgium)
Dexter Suisse (The Netherlands) Vs Brice Guidon (France)
Anke Van Gestel (Belguim) Vs Aleide Lawant (The Netherlands)
6. 3X3 -70Kg 
Nordin Ben Moh (Morocco) Vs Sergio Sanchez (Spain)


Singh Jaideep Wins (Loses) Fedor Lottery on New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve in Japan wouldn't be New Year's Eve without a freakshow here and there. For fans salivating at the idea of a brutal squash match your prayers have been answered by the way of Fedor Emelianenko's opponent on New Year's Eve being a former K-1 and GLORY competitor in Jaideep "Heart" Singh. Jaideep, hailing from India, has seen a deal of success competing as a heavyweight in Japan's rather lacking heavyweight kickboxing scene over the years. 

In 2009 he got the call to fight for K-1, winning his first K-1 tournament by the way of a qualifying tournament in South Korea. Jaideep did see some success beyond that, but whenever he was called up to fight the bigger names he seemed to be coming up just a bit short. His losses include Gokhan Saki, Ewerton Teixeira, Ismael Londt and Daniel Sam. That isn't to say that his career was all rain and gloom, though. Wins over Hiromi Amada, Raomaru and a knockout win over Sergei Kharitonov are easily his career highlights.

In 2013 he fought a lone MMA fight under the Super Fight League banner in India scoring a TKO victory over Alireza Tavak. On New Year's Eve Jaideep will step into the ring for his second professional MMA bout against the Last Emperor himself, Fedor Emelianenko. If it doesn't seem fair to pit a relative newcomer to MMA against someone like Fedor it probably isn't, but Emelianenko is returning after three years away from the ring due to his retirement and it would be foolish to expect him to be returning and fighting the best that there are in the world right now, if ever again. 

Fedor Emelianenko needs to prove himself to no one at this point, nor should he ever in the future. If the man wants to get paid, the man should get paid. As for Jaideep, well, this would be a big win for him. Nobody will hold that loss against him and it's not like his career is exactly booming at the moment anyway.

Jaideep has done the impossible before, though, folks.


World Fight Tour Holding 63kg Tournament in Spain This October

On October 17th in Spain World Fight Tour is set to hold a 63kg tournament, the winner walking away with 7000 euros. The tournament participants are mainly up-and-comers from Spain and Europe that are looking to make a name for themselves in one of kickboxing's more competitive divisions. 

  • Sergio Cabezas (El Origen-Thaimartín)
  • Asier Iglesias (Kanku-Eguzkiza)
  • Antonio Jesús Ponce (RR Team Córdoba)
  • Fajardín Krarma (Ronin-Saturfight club)
  • Cristian Barrionuevo (UFM Combat Mallorca)
  • Daniel Botella (Muay Combat Novelda)
  • Juan Martos (Club Campió Barcelona)
  • Soufian Ben Zerrouk (Internacional Gym Canovellas)

You can check out the rest of the card on their website.


Card for SuperKombat WGP Final Elimination on Oct. 2nd

On October 2nd in Milan, Italy SuperKombat returns with their World Grand Prix Final Elimination event, airing live on EuroSport. As always there will be a New Heroes event serving as the undercard featuring some up-and-comers. The real meat of the event happens on the main card that sees a main event between Catalin Morosanu vs. Tomasz Czerwinski. Both Stoica brothers will be in action as will Amansio Paraschiv.

Raul Catinas was originally scheduled to fight Rustemi Kreshnik on this card but due to an injury to Kreshnik that fight has been pushed back to the November WGP Finals event. Look for more on the event as it approaches.

SUPERKOMBAT NEW HEROES (18:00 CET, live on Fight Box)

1. Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Claudio Istrate (Italy) vs Gianfranco Bianchi (Italy)

2. Middleweight bout (-67 kg)

Madalin Craciunica (Romania) vs Rahim Moutarrik (Switzerland)

3. Middleweight bout (-71 kg)

Eduard Chelariu (Romania) vs Ovidio Mihali (Italy)

4. Light Heavyweight Plus bout (-86 kg)

Dumitru Topai (Romania) vs Winner of Dutch Eliminator Fight

5. WTKA title - Lightweight bout (-65 kg)

Cristiana Stancu (Romania) vs Irene Martens (Italy) 

6. Light Heavyweight (-81 kg)

Matt Murdoch (Great Britain) vs Remus Cretan (Italy)

7. WTKA world title - Lightweight bout (-63,5 kg)

Amed West (Morocco) vs Cristi Spetcu (Romania) 


1. Light Heavyweight plus bout (-86 kg)

Alexandru Negrea (Romania) vs Winner of Dutch Eliminator Fight

2. Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)

Atakan Arslan (Turkey) vs Giuseppe de Domenico (Italy)

3. Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)

Patrick Veenstra (Netherlands) vs Bogdan Stoica (Romania)

4. Middleweight bout (-71 kg)

Giannis Skordilis (Greece) vs Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

5. Super Cruiserweight bout (-95 kg)

Pavel Voronin (Moldova) vs Andrei Stoica (Romania)

6. Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Tomasz Czerwinski (Poland) vs Catalin Morosanu (Romania)


Dynamite Concept a Flop - Kickboxing Treated Like MMA's Little Brother

Tonight's Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1 was a bit of a strange night, to say the least. Dynamite was billed as a hybrid show being thrown by Scott Coker, the brainchild of the former K-1 and Strikeforce promoter. Dynamite was the culmination of his vision to bring that Japanese feel into the world of American combat sports. The problems started mounting almost immediately, even before the show was announced.

Rumors flew that Coker wanted it to include kickboxing, but that GLORY's name was not in the equation until pretty late in the planning of the event. The question was why would Scott Coker want to run his own kickboxing fights when he is in charge of Bellator, Spike TV's MMA promotion? Using GLORY's roster, production, brand and identity for the show made a whole lot of sense, so by the time the show was unveiled it was going to be a huge Bellator event featuring GLORY kickboxing.

Many fans saw this as GLORY's chance at being in front of a huge audience on Spike TV. Bellator's ratings have been increasing since Coker took the wheel and started promoting shows that were more his style, so some of that Midas Touch could wear off on GLORY, right? As the event approached it appeared that GLORY's role in the event would indeed be lesser than imagined. Their name wasn't attached to the event, as Bellator's staff was quick to correct, the event was Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1, not Bellator and GLORY: Dynamite or any other derivative of that. 

The event was going to be loaded with Bellator MMA fights, too. A one-night Light Heavyweight tournament, a Light Heavyweight Championship bout, even the debut of former UFC and Strikeforce fighter Josh Thomson. GLORY was going to get four slots to fill, which seemed fair. Joe Schilling's name was originally attached to the event, but the knockout from a few months back and subsequent suspension saw that go up in flames, but at least Bellator was loaning Paul Daley to GLORY for the night, right?

Wrong. Paul Daley would be fighting another Bellator fighter by the way of Fernando Gonzalez. Gonzalez is not a kickboxer, but instead a Bellator welterweight. In fact, the only fight that was actually booked by GLORY involving GLORY opponents on the entire main card was the Light Heavyweight Championship bout between Zack Mwekassa and Saulo Cavalari. The other "GLORY kickboxing fight" that would air would be Bellator's new signee in Keri Melendez against a 1-4 MMA fighter named Hadley Griffith. If it feels like a stretch to blame GLORY for this fight you are probably connecting the right dots.

The undercard saw TJ Arcangel vs. Jose Palacios, a fight which was planned before GLORY's involvement, then Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Anyar Boynazarov, originally supposed to be a main card fight of Adamchuk vs. Varga until Varga had to pull out due to injury.

What's clear is that both Bellator and GLORY didn't exactly mesh well together. Bellator was protective of the card being their show and GLORY was trying to protect the integrity of their own brand and put on a strong showing on their biggest platform. Instead what we got was everything feeling half-cocked. We got two Bellator fights contested under GLORY rules and we got a GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship fight that saw MMA fans turning their noses up at the prospect of having to sit through it for who knows what reason. All of this happened without a single advertisement or mention of GLORY 24 outside of from the lips of Mauro Ranallo and Stephan Quadros.

That fun feel of kickboxing vs. MMA that happened at Dynamite shows of the past was missing in a big way here. Opportunities were seemingly boundless for interpromotional fights. Paul Daley and Nieky Holzken even worked social media angles against each other hyping up a potential fight, only for that fight to never amount to much because one promotion would end up "losing." The final result was the fans lost and the sport of kickboxing was treated like an afterthought. 

MMA sites everywhere are tsking and shaking their heads at how GLORY could fumble such an opportunity, or dismissing them entirely after the show. I find it hard to really point the finger at GLORY for what was essentially one fight that they presented on the main card. Their only crime was wanting to show their product to the world, which in the end was not what happened. No one can really walk away happy from this show. The concept of the Dynamite show might have felt special and different at the time, but this was not the caliber of show that anyone was expecting, nor did it even attempt to deliver on that level. Instead it gave everyone a little bit of what they might want and a whole lot of what they didn't want.

Kickboxing deserves so much better than this.


Spike TV Announces Fedor Emelianenko Fighting on New Year's Eve

The Fedor Emelianenko lottery is over and it was won by none other than Nobuyuki Sakakibara. Yeah, you read that correctly. The UFC didn't secure Fedor, nor did Bellator. Oh no, instead former PRIDE boss Sakakibara has won the Fedor lottery and is starting his own promotion. That promotion will kick off on New Year's Eve in Japan and guess what? They are teaming up with Scott Coker for this and it'll air on Spike TV. 

There have been rumors flying around about Coker teaming up with Sakakibara for a huge Japanese event and for once these rumors delivered. If this feels strange to you, it is. Sakakibara was exiled from the world of combat sports after the PRIDE yakuza scandal that led to the promotion's demise, yet, here he is again. I'm waiting for Kazuyoshi Ishii to jump out next and start up a new kickboxing promotion any day now. I should note that K-1 Japan does have a press conference scheduled for early this coming week and the buzz is that they have a broadcast television deal. Don't get excited yet, though.


Dynamite 1 Preview: The Left Hook of Paul Daley

On Saturday night in San Jose GLORY and Bellator MMA will be bringing us a jam-packed night of fights on Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1. While the kickboxing offering is paltry in comparison to the MMA portion of the show, what's being offered is still some really, really good stuff. Paul Daley is best known for his time in the cage as a Mixed Martial Artist, perhaps mostly for his UFC run that ended with a punch after the bell on Josh Koscheck after a heated rivalry led to a frustrating fight for both men.

Daley rebuilt his name and legacy after he was kicked out of the UFC and a part of that was his absolutely incredible run in kickboxing in 2014. That run included six victories in the kickboxing ring with an astounding five TKO victories. Oh yeah, and those victories came against some of the best fighters at his weight class in the world, too. Daley is a fine fighter, a bit limited when it comes to the kicking department but his hands more than make up for it. 

This Saturday at Bellator MMA Dynamite 1 he faces an outmatched Fernando Gonzalez. I'm not going to sugar coat how difficult of a task this fight will be for Gonzalez, but I'm also not going to count him out, either. When he entered Bellator he was outmatched in his first few fights and not only found a way to win, but did so in a decisive fashion. He's a skilled professional and while he might not be as skilled as Daley with his stand up game, as we've seen in the past anything can happen inside of a ring. Daley's defense is good, but he still gets hit, which could spell trouble against an opponent of any caliber. 

The greatest weapon that Paul Daley possesses would have to be that crazy left hook, though. That left hook has spelled disaster for just about anyone who has been hit by it, which includes some of the modern greats in kickboxing. Want proof? Ask Alexander Stetsurenko.

How about Miran Fabjan?

Even Alexander Surzhko went down to Paul Daley's left hook. This is just in kickboxing, too. That left hook is just as deadly in MMA with those little gloves as it is in kickboxing. On Saturday night kickboxing fans will be in for a treat. While it may not be clear if Daley will ever fight in kickboxing again afterwards, or if we'll ever get that dream bout of Nieky Holzken vs. Paul Daley, but we can dream. At the very least we'll be treated to some top-notch violence on Saturday night, which is why we all watch in the first place, right?


Legacy Running Mixed Kickboxing/MMA Event on November 13th

Legacy Fighting Championship, the promotions behind Legacy Kickboxing events that have been airing on AXS TV this year have announced that on November 13th at LEGACY 48 they will run a co-branded show as both Legacy FC and LK. The event will feature the finals of their light heavyweight kickboxing tournament as well as a few feature MMA bouts on top of that.

The kickboxing card is as such;

Reserve Bout: Chris Trammel vs. Matt Baker

Tournament: Brian Colette vs. Manny Mancha 

Tournament: Myron Dennis vs. Andres Can Engelen

Tournament Finals

The show will be headlined by the Legacy FC Middleweight Champion Leonardo Leite vs. Ryan Spann.

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