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Superstar Actor Idris Elba to Fight in Kickboxing For Reality Series

One of the biggest stories that amounted to nothing for the kickboxing world was Jean-Claude Van Damme's desire to fight Somluck Kamsing in a kickboxing fight. The fight was teased for years, with the revival of JCVD's acting career getting in the way of his dream to prove to the world that his fighting credentials were for real and that he was an actual tough guy. The last we heard of this was JCVD jumping into the ring during one of Kamsing's fights in Thailand where he found himself in trouble, with Van Damme jumping into the ring in between rounds and attempting to fan his would-be challenger in an attempt to help him. Instead, Kamsing was disqualified. 

That was it for JCVD's big fight and perhaps we'll never hear about it again, but now an even bigger name has made a commitment to kickboxing; Idris Elba. Elba, the man who went from being Stringer Bell in The Wire to Luther on BBC to being a Hollywood leading man with everyone calling for him to portray James Bond, is probably at his peak popularity right now. His most recent role was as the main villain in Star Trek: Beyond with a lot more on the horizon.

But at age 43 he's following a dream of his, which is to fight professionally. During his 20's he trained kickboxing to keep himself in shape and considered fighting, but instead he found himself landing steady acting gigs, leaving his dream behind. Now, thanks to a partnership with Discovery Networks, he's back in training to be a kickboxer and the whole thing will be recorded and presented for audiences. 

The show is called Idris Elba: Fighter and will follow Elba throughout the span of a year, documenting his training across the world as well as his fight. Who he will be training with and who the fight will be against are a mystery, but the whole thing is said to air in early 2017.

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Krush 68 Fight Card

Krush 68 takes place tonight in Nagoya, Japan at the Nagoya Congress Center. The card will air live on Abema.tv if you are "IN" Japan, it wont be on their sports channel this time but on their designated fight channel which is shown by some Japanese kanji symbols. Aside from the great talent and usual crazy fights Krush always gives us this card as a special exhibition between Kaew Weerasakreck the K-1 65kgs champ and Takeru the K-1 55kgs champ. The fight is 3x2min rounds, I wonder how hard they will actually go. Hopefully its the type of exhibition that Masato and Kid Yamamoto had where Kid got dropped multiple times.

Fight Card

Kuroudo vs Shun Kato

Daiki Shimizu vs Takuma Kawaguchi

Seiya Ueda vs Kazuyuki Yamashita

Kentaro Miyachi vs Syun Kentoshi

Kazunari Kimura vs Daisuke Fujimara

Keisuke Nakamura vs Hiroyuki

Hiroto Iwasaki vs Rukiya

Masafumi Kurasaki vs Ryuji Horio

Exhibition match - Kaew vs Takeru

Taito vs Hisaki Higashimoto

Masaaki Noiri vs Pengfei Wang

 Kaito Ozawa vs Tatsuya Oiwa

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Hayabusa's New Glory Gloves

If you are a Glory fan then you have noticed the change in gloves since they switched from Leone to Hayabusa. Now I've been to a decent amount of the Glory events with my brother and got to talk to fighters and feel the gloves first hand. The overall consensus on the Hayabusa gloves has not been good at all. The comment I was hearing most of all was about the size, the gloves were simply too big and it was effecting the excitement of the cards as knockouts were not happening anymore. So myself and a few others took to twitter and made a few complaints expecting them to fall on deaf ears but we were wrong. Hayabusa took our complaints seriously and emailed me to let me know they were changing their gloves for upcoming events and they would send me a pair to take a look at. 

Here is a comparison picture, Top picture is old gloves, bottom picture is new gloves. You can start by looking at the length on his forearm, secondly just the overall shape of the glove. I have never seen a glove shaped like the first gloves, the new ones are more what we are used to. I will say the new gloves are very small, I'm not positive how the big heavyweights are going to fit their hands in them as we had trouble putting our hands in when wrapped but I can guarantee more knockouts with these. With these gloves the women will have the power to finish fights much more easily as they are just much more compact for the punch and it makes it harder to cover up. It was great of Hayabusa to look out for the fighters safety with the first gloves but in the end they are being used for a fight, fighting is not necessarily safe and if you take the danger out of it the fans will lose interest.

I am 100% happier with these gloves, I feel Hayabusa did a great job taking everyone's criticism and made a glove everyone will be happy with. I wanted a fighters opinion as well, so Josh wore them and bashed a few things and liked them a lot more than the previous gloves he had fought with, he did agree that they are very small but he had a big smile on his face while he said it.

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Kunlun Fight 51 & 52 Fight Card

After a stacked Kunlun Fight 50 on August 20th they will have Kunlun Fight 51 and 52 on Sept 10 and 11 in Fuzhou, China. Now the events aren't as stacked as Kunlun Fight 50 but there are some very interesting match ups including the return of Marc De Bonte to kickboxing, Hicham El Gaoui's Kunlun Debut, Andrei Herasimchuk in a heavyweight tournament and a 65kgs tournament. Adding Marc De Bonte and Hicham El Gaoui to the 80kgs division makes things very interesting.

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Featherweight Tournament Set For GLORY 33

Newly-crowned GLORY Featherweight Champion Gabriel Varga won't have to wait long to discover who his next challenger will be, as GLORY has announced that on September 9th at GLORY 33 there will be a new contender's tournament. The tournament features Chibin Lim against Matt Embree and Serhiy Adamchuk -- the former champion -- against Giga Chikadze.

Also featured will be heavyweight knockout artist Guto Inocente against perennial top-ten heavyweight Hesdy Gerges.

GLORY 33 New Jersey
Hesvyweight World Title Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Anderson Silva
Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Hesdy Gerges vs. Guto Inocente
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Chibin Lim vs. Matt Embree
Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Giga Chikadze

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Kunlun Fight 50 Fight Card Featuring Sitthichai, Stetsurenko, Groenhart and More

Kunlun Fight 50 is happening on August 20 in Jinan, China with a lot of tournament action on the card. The 70kg tournament continues with 6 more fights to decide who gets to join Superbon Banchamek in the quarterfinals. On the event also the first 2 fights of a quality 8-man 80kg tournament with the likes of Murthel Groenhart and Alexander Stetsurenko participating.

Fight Card

60kg
Hao Jiahao (China) vs. Lin Qiangbang (China)

60kg
Li Jia (China) vs. Liu Lianfeng (China)

70kg
Yohann Drai (France) vs. Canison Yokasay (Thailand)

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Mohamed Mezouari (Netherlands) vs. Arthit Hanchana (Thailand)

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Serginio Kanters (Suriname) vs. Wu Xuesong (China)

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Jomthong Chuwattana (Thailand) vs. Lee Sung-Hyun (South Korea)

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Andrei Kulebin (Belarus) vs. Tian Xin (China)

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Cedric Manhoef (Suriname) vs. Kong Lingfeng (China)

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) vs. Claudiu Badoi (Romania)

75kg
Hossein Karami (Iran) vs. Zhang Yang (China)

MMA - 59kg
Hera Tamati (New Zealand) vs. Tang Jin (China)

MMA - 61,5kg
TBA vs. Chu Guangfu (China)

80kg Tournament Quarterfinal A
Alexander Stetsurenko (Russia) vs. Bo Fufan (China)

80kg Tournament Quarterfinal B
Jonatan Oliveira (Brazil) vs. Murthel Groenhart (Netherlands)

75kg
Michal Ronkiewicz (Poland) vs. Zheng Zhaoyu (China)

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Badr Hari vs Rico Verhoeven Last Fight Comparison & Videos

Since Glory has confirmed Badr Hari vs Rico Verhoeven for December its time to talk about this fight. We will start by comparing their latest fights even though Rico will have one more fight before December, which is a title defense against Anderson "Braddock" Silva.

By the time December rolls around Badri Hari will have inactive for 1 year and 4 months, his last fight against Ismael Londt in Grozny, Russia was in August 2015. Now everyone has different opinions on ring rust but I strongly believe that for an active kickboxer it is very important to fight more often than this. Badr has lots of wars under his belt so who knows how his body is doing these days, but no matter how old or inactive Hari still has crazy KO power that comes from strange angles, no matter who it is if Badr lands a clean punch or kick they can be in for a short night. Here is the video of Badr Hari's last fight, he won but he definitely didn't look sharp nonetheless still and exciting fight.

Rico Verhoeven apart from one minor setback against Gerasimchuk has looked really unstoppable lately. He has improved greatly and is continuing to do so. The problem is that the heavyweight division is nothing like it used to be, back in K-1 GP days every year there were so many amazing heavyweights that it was a toss up who was going to win the tournament. Now that most of those guy have retired no one has really taken their place which leaves Rico in a shallow division. At the moment I don't really see anyone that can challenge him skill wise but with heavyweights anyone can land that KO punch or kick and Rico has been knocked out before. Rico wants to make sure to stay active before his fight with Badr so even though he already fought in March of this year, he will be defending his title in September which in my opinion is a little dangerous but that is his choice. Ricos last fight against Mladen Brestovac wasn't his best performance but he showed how good his cardio is, which is a big thing in the heavyweight division, also his leg kicks are nasty. One thing Rico is constantly criticized about is his lack of KO power and boring fights, well Badr Hari has never had a boring fight so I don't think we will have to worry about that this time around.

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Yokkao 21 Scheduled For October 28th in Hong Kong Featuring Saenchai

The ATMA Yokkao Training Center in Hong Kong will be responsible with staging the next, big Yokkao event. The event, scheduled for October 28th promises to be a huge event with Yokkao taking on the burgeoning Chinese kickboxing and muay thai market with an outdoor event headlined by none other than Saenchai himself. Saenchai, who has made the ATMA Yokkao Training Center in Hong Kong the only gym in Hong Kong that he considers his home, has held two previous seminars there alongside Pakorn.

In addition, expect other Yokkao fighters to participate, including Manachai and 16-year-old female phenom Fah Yokkaosaenchaigym and some of the brightest stars from prior Yokkao events in the UK who made a big impression on the world. 

More information will be released soon.

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Never Underestimate Anderson 'Braddock' Silva

When you ask kickboxing fans about the fight that they are most excited for the answer is almost inevitable; Badr Hari making his GLORY debut against reigning GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven. It's the biggest kickboxing fight at heavyweight since the fall of FEG's K-1 back in 2010, a battle between the man who was primed to become the king of the heavyweight division and the man who actually became that top fighter.

Yet, at GLORY 33 New Jersey Rico Verhoeven takes possibly the biggest gamble that he's taken in his professional career, months out from the biggest fight of his life and of GLORY's tenure thus far. At GLORY 33 Rico Verhoeven will defend the GLORY Heavyweight Championship against Anderson "Braddock" Silva. Silva, who has been fighting at heavyweight for years, proving himself to be a name and a guy who has always been knocking at the door of the top ten or traversing it without finding his way to the top. His shot comes with question marks attached, like where is Ismael Londt, the man who earned a shot against Verhoeven? Braddock perhaps deserved a shot a while ago, but now there are contenders for Verhoeven.

To many, the conclusion has been that Braddock is simply a "warm up" fight. The last time that someone viewed Braddock as merely a speed bump was Remy Bonjasky, who was looking to prove that his career was not over yet, only for Braddock to push the pace and pick up the victory over the K-1 legend.

In the same vein, at GLORY 16 Denver Braddock was facing off against Sergei Kharitonov, a man that had a bigger contract with GLORY thanks to his previous accomplishments only for Braddock to soundly defeat him. While Braddock may not have ever held those big, impressive championships, Braddock has been a spoiler within the division, the guy that serves as the gatekeeper to becoming elite, or the man who would defeat would-be contenders and send them back to the end of the line. 

He's a dangerous fight for any heavyweight, especially for someone like Rico Verhoeven, who when proven to be distracted in the past has lost a fight that many thought he'd handily win.

Plus, let's never forget one of the best heavyweight head kick knock outs in kickboxing history courtesy of Braddock. 

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Xavier Vigney and Chi Lewis-Parry Clash Again at GLORY 33 SuperFight Series

At the GLORY 33 SuperFight Series in New Jersey on September 9th GLORY has added a big heavyweight showdown between Chi Lewis-Parry and Xavier Vigney. The two met last at GLORY 21 San Diego where the trash talk was tremendous heading into a heavyweight tournament, with both men clashing in the finals and a barrage of right hands from Vigney put Parry away. Since then Parry has picked up a big, knockout victory and is looking for revenge on the huge American heavyweight.

This fight will round out the SuperFight Series that already features a GLORY Middleweight World title bout between champion Simon Marcus and challenger Jason Wilnis. 

GLORY 33 SuperFight Series

Middleweight World Title Headline Bout: Simon Marcus vs. Jason Wilnis

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Xavier Vigney

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal Bout: Zoila Frausto vs. Daniela Graf

Welterweight Bout: Francois Ambang vs. Daniel Morales

Catchweight (140 lb) Bout: Rami Ibrahim vs. David Moore

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