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Liam Harrison vs. Singdam Kiatmoo9 Scheduled for Yokkao 15

If you've been following muay thai and kickboxing for a while you definitely know the name Liam Harrison. Harrison, based out of the UK, has been one of the best non-Thai fighters to compete in the muay thai ring over the past few years and has built up quite a name for himself. Over that span of time he has fought a whopping 99 times and his 100th fight will not only be a big deal, it'll be a huge deal. At Yokkao 15 on October 10th he will face multiple-time Lumpinee champion Singdam Kiatmoo9.

Singdam is revered as one of the top fighters in the world at 135lbs, trading wins with the best fighters in the world over the past few years at Lumpinee Stadium, the mecca for muay thai. This headlining bout will be joining the other headlining bout from Yokkao 14 on the same night between Greg Wootton and Saenchai in what should be another crazy double header of a night for the fans in the UK.

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Full Card for WGP 25 Featuring Alex Pereira vs. Cesar Almeida

WGP will return with WGP 25 on July 25th in Sao Paulo, Brazil featuring GLORY standout Alex Pereira vs. Cesar Almeida for the WGP 85kg Championship. Also on the card is a 71.8kg tournament featuring K-1 veteran Wallace Lopes.

Super Fight 1 
K1 Rules - 60 Kg 
Felipe Suekuni (Inside Munil Adriano) x Hector Santiago (Santiago Team / Seven Fight Team) 
 
Super Fight 2 
K1 Rules - 78 Kg 
Michel Pope (UFT) x Thiago "Golden Boy" Conception (Thailand Top Team) 
 
Super Fight 3 
K1 Rules - 66.8 Kg 
Maycon Oller (ABKB / Serginho Team) x Johnny "Kabeça" (TCT) 
 
Super Fight 4 
K1 Rules - 94kg 
Wallyson "Magilla" Carvalho (A2F Arena / Yoshinaga Team) x Thiago "Beowulf" (China Team) 
 
Co-main event: Challenger GP 
Semifinal 1 
K1 Rules - 71.8 kg 
Bruno Gazani (ABC Union) x Alex "Kangaroo" Alves (Corinthians Kickboxing) 
 
Co-main event: Challenger GP 
Semifinal 2 
K1 Rules - 71.8 kg 
Marcelo "Zika" Dionysius (San Martino Team) x Wallace "Negão" Lopes (FX Fight Team) 
 
Super Fight 5 
K1 Rules - 75 Kg 
Alvaro Gonzalez (Uruguay) x Tadeu San Martino (UFT / San Martino Team) 
 
Super Fight 6 
K1 Rules - 69.1 Kg 
Damian Segovia (Argentina) x Munil Adriano (Inside Munil Adriano) 
 
Co-main event: Challenger GP 
End 
K1 Rules - 71.8 kg 
Winner of semifinal 1 semifinal 2 x Winner 
 
Main Event: WGP Kickboxing Championship
K1 Rules - 85 kg 
Cesar "Cesinha" Almeida x Alex "Po Atan" Pereira 
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VIDEO: Mike Zambidis Victorious Against Steve Moxon in Retirement Bout

Well damn. Sometimes the good comes with the bad. This weekend was the retirement of one of the all-time greats in the sport of kickboxing in Iron Mike Zambidis. Zambidis had endeared himself to fans all across the world with his explosive and exciting fighting style and never-say-die attitude, but it was time for him to hang up the gloves. Zambidis had to make the tough decision but in pure Mike Zambidis fashion he decided to go out on his own terms. Most fighters would have fought in front of their hometown against someone that would be a pushover to create a memorable last victory. Zambidis is not that guy. 

Oh no, Mike Zambidis wanted to fight a top-ranked Steve Moxon who had laid out a challenge to him last year. It was a title vs. title affair and it was Mike Zambidis's retirement. How did it go? Well, Zambidis goes out with a huge victory and you can watch the fight here.

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Joe Schilling Hit With 90 Day Suspension After Bellator Loss

If you were looking forward to seeing Joe Schilling in the ring wearing bigger gloves at the Bellator/GLORY Dynamite event in September it looks like you are out of luck. On Friday evening he competed within the Bellator cage against a Japanese karateka Hisaki Kato. Kato, who was a virtual unknown to most was thought to be simply a guy being fed to Schilling but he has an extensive history of competing within the world of karate and had racked up four knockouts for four wins in his MMA career prior in Japan. Needless to say the guy is no can and Schilling found out the hard way just how good he was, Kato scoring a brutal knockout over Schilling in the second round.

Schilling was originally scheduled for the September 19th Dynamite event on Spike TV but it came out today that the Kansas commission has handed out a 90-day medical suspension for Schilling, which takes him to the end of September before he's allowed contact. Clearly that means he won't be able to compete on the Dynamite card, which is a bummer. For now we still know that Paul Daley is scheduled to participate on the Dynamite card and he's been calling out recent-Bellator signee Josh Koscheck. I'm not sure that I want to see Kos's brain get scrambled in a kickboxing ring, but that could be interesting. 

Scott Coker also made mention of wanting to have a GLORY title fight on the card, so there is hope yet. 

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GLORY Announces Hayabusa as Official Glove Provider

There has been a lot of movement on the sports apparel and gear front over the last few months in the world of combat sports after the UFC struck an exclusive arrangement with Reebok that prevented other companies from having their usual pull inside of the octagon. From there we saw TapouT get partially bought out by the WWE and will be launching a co-branded initiative in 2016, Venum is sponsoring a kickboxing series in Europe called Venum World Series and now gear company Hayabusa will be providing GLORY with gloves for the next three years.

This is a switch from Leone, which provided gloves in the past for GLORY. Starting at GLORY 23 on August 7th Hayabusa's new World Class Competition Gloves will be used by GLORY competitors. The gloves are set to be unveiled during GLORY 23's fight week.

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GLORY 23 Card Details Begin to Emerge

GLORY 23 Las Vegas is GLORY's next big event happening on Spike TV and we'll see a new Welterweight Champion crowned on this night. Unfortunately due to ongoing effects from a concussion the champion Joseph Valtellini was forced to vacate the title and now Nieky Holzken will get his chance at the title against a man that he defeated just a few months prior in the ever-evolving Raymond Daniels. Daniels holds a rare knockdown over Holzken from their last fight and has been evolving and growing as a fighter steadily, making the rematch between the two in a five-round affair an interesting spectacle for both old and new fans.

The co-main event of the show has been announced as American Heavyweight hopeful Xavier Vigney taking on one of his biggest challenges to date in the UK's Daniel Sam. Sam serves as a gatekeeper to the realm of the international elite for Vigney and while a win over Sam won't thrust him into the top ten, it will help to legitimize his ascending the ranks and prove that he's ready to take a big step up in competition. 

The show will also feature a Middleweight Qualifying tournament and thus far we only have two names associated with it, which are Casey Greene on one side of the bracket and Dustin Jacoby on the other. We aren't exactly holding out hope for this tournament involving many bigger names, but it should serve the same purpose that the recent Heavyweight Qualifying tournament did, at least.

Perhaps one of the best fights on the card is on the SuperFight Series right now, which is Murthel Groenhart vs. Chad Sugden. 

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Enfusion Releases the Rest of Their 2015 Schedule

In the sport of kickboxing it is difficult to not appreciate it when a promotion thinks ahead to the future, which is what makes Enfusion Live a delight at times. Enfusion Live have released the remainder of their 2015 schedule and it's just nice to see a road map being released by a promotion that takes a lot of the guesswork out of it for fans. The next Enfusion event, Enfusion Live #30 takes place in Dublin on July 11th, from there this is what 2015 looks like;

#31 Malaga, Spain 19.09.2015

#32 Gent, Belgium 10.10.2015

#33 Martigny, Switzerland 07.11.2015

#34 Groningen, The Netherlands 21.11.2015

#35 A Christmas Edition (to be announced)

Enfusion Live #31 will also include fights to determine who moves on to the quarterfinals of their big 70kg tournament next year, the names participating in this are Christopher Mena, Adam Martins, Phillipe Salmon and Beau Superpro Samui. Their 70kg title has been declared vacant and they will be looking for a new champion. They will also look to crown a 72.5kg champion in the near future, with that being one of their new weight classes.

They've promised bigger and better shows in 2016 and have also decided a slight overhaul of their rules starting on the Spain card, which will see changes to how throws are counted. 

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Bellator Announces Dynamite!! September 19th in San Jose with GLORY Participation

Yesterday there was a spark of this potentially huge event happening in September featuring Spike TV's premier combat sports brands of Bellator and GLORY. While there was some trepidation throughout the industry everything fell into place and today Bellator announced that Dynamite!! will happen on September 19th in San Jose at the SAP Center. GLORY's participation in the event will be a three-fight offering featuring fights from Joe Schilling, Paul Daley and more to be announced.

It will be interesting to have the Bellator cage set up in the arena as well as an area for a kickboxing ring as well, with Spike TV looking to present what should be their biggest combat sports card to date. In addition to the three-fight GLORY card there will be a lot of big stuff from Bellator, including a Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship bout between champion Liam McGeary and UFC legend Tito Ortiz. In addition there will be a one-night tournament at Light Heavyweight featuring King Mo Lawal, Phil Davis, Linton Vassal and Emanuel Newton, the winner challenging the winner of McGeary and Ortiz at a later event.

This should be a big deal for both MMA fans and kickboxing fans alike and is a very good thing for GLORY to be associated with Bellator like this. While Dynamite!! was a Japanese tradition that blended together DREAM and K-1, it will be interesting to see what a night of "Dynamite" featuring Bellator and GLORY can be.

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The Yokkao Factory in Bangkok is Open for Business

The Yokkao factory in Bangkok had its soft-opening last week for the public, meaning that if you are in the area you can go and check out the Yokkao Shop that has opened up inside of the new factory. To celebrate this Yokkao is pushing out a line of leather and denim Yokkao gloves and released a pretty awesome video highlighting the making of these gloves. 

It's pretty cool to see how far Yokkao have come over the past few years and how seriously they are taking their quality control and craftsmanship. Check out more details on Yokkao's site.

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Possibility of a Co-Branded GLORY/Bellator Event under Dynamite!! Banner on Spike TV

In what I'd consider an interesting turn of events, there is a possibility of seeing the Dynamite!! brand revived yet again, only instead of being on New Year's Eve in Japan, in the United States in September on Spike TV. While Dynamite!! was synonymous with DREAM and K-1, this would be a co-branded event featuring Bellator and GLORY.

According to Ariel Helwani this is exactly the case and it will be announced tomorrow. What's interesting to note is that GLORY is reaching the end of their Spike TV deal which has some insiders a bit antsy, but cooperation on this level would mean a continued future with Spike TV and finally making use of the resources at Spike TV to help to push the GLORY brand front and center. More when we have it.

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