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Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven Set For December Thanks to GLORY

The fight. 

If you follow kickboxing you know the one fight that everyone has been asking about; GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven vs. Badr Hari. Badr Hari may not be a regular in the realm of high-level kickboxing right now, but he's the lone holdover of a generation of heavyweights that defined the sport from the heyday of K-1. 

Hari, never a K-1 World Grand Prix Champion -- in part thanks to his volatile temper leading to a DQ loss in 2008 -- was seen as the heir apparent to the heavyweight throne, only for FEG's K-1 to go bankrupt and the international kickboxing scene changed forever. Since then, GLORY has emerged as the world leader in the sport, albeit in a scaled-back form compared to the opulence of FEG's K-1. 

Since then both Hari and Verhoeven have had very different paths. Hari chased paydays from rich sheikhs and warlords where he could find them while Verhoeven competed with the best of the best, transitioning from being a tall, awkward kid to an unstoppable force in heavyweight kickboxing. Outside of the ring Hari has been plagued with legal issues thanks to his temper and for a while it looked like he would never, truly, find a way back to fighting the best. 

Hari has remained a public figure, his every indiscretion stealing international headlines all while being accentuated by a fairly rabid social media following. For Verhoeven, this became the fight to make, the fight that made sense. All of the old heroes had retired; Semmy Schilt, Peter Aerts, Jerome Le Banner, Ernesto Hoost and Remy Bonjasky. 

With wins over Gokhan Saki, Daniel Ghita, Errol Zimmerman and Benjamin Adegbuyi it was all starting to feel a bit "academic" for Verhoeven. He is the best and all of the challengers that are lining up are talented individuals, but what can they bring to the table? 

An issue that arises with a dominant champion is that it's difficult for other stars to flourish. Adegbuyi, in any other generation, would be a huge star, but now he's been defeated twice by Verhoeven, as have Daniel Ghita and Errol Zimmerman, making it lonely at the top for Rico, who has only suffered one errant loss in China to Anderei Gerasimchuk while Rico's wife was in labor and his mind was elsewhere. 

Speculation has run wild for the past few months, smaller promoters have tossed their hat into the ring with very public, very unrealistic offers to host the fight, but there was always going to be one promotion where it would go down; GLORY. GLORY has worked with Verhoeven and Hari's team and now it's official. According to a report from Gareth Davies, the fight is happening in December in Germany. 

As for the stakes? Simply pride.

Hari is not under a longer contract to GLORY, thus no title will be on the line. 

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GLORY 33 New Jersey Featuring Rico Verhoeven vs. Anderson Silva

On Friday, September 9th in Trenton, New Jersey GLORY returns to action with GLORY 33. GLORY 33 is set to feature two huge world title bouts, first on the GLORY SuperFight Series Jason Wilnis will get his title shot against champion Simon Marcus in the main event, then on the main card GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven defends against Anderson "Braddock" Silva.

Silva is coming off of a KO victory at GLORY 32 against Gordon Haupt, while Jason Wilnis is coming off of a win over Joe Schilling. 

The GLORY Women's Bantamweight Tournament continues as well with one of the more interesting bouts of the tournament in Zoila Frausto vs. Daniela Graf. 

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Saenchai Training BJJ at Yokkao Gym in Bangkok, Possibly Preparing For MMA

When you've conquered the world of muay thai as thoroughly as Saenchai has, what would be stopping you from branching out more? That's exactly what Saenchai seems to be doing as he approaches his 36th birthday. We recently saw him competing for GLORY under kickboxing rules and now Saenchai is rolling and training BJJ at the Yokkao gym in Bangkok, perhaps preparing for trying his hand at MMA.

Saenchai's name is synonymous with muay thai and his virtuoso-equse skills transcend the sport.

 

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Glory 32 Virginia and Superfight Series Predictions

Glory 32 Virginia is in a little over 24 hours so its prediction time. We will predict the winner and how they will win, feel free to give us your opinions as well. You can watch the Glory 32 Superfight series on UFC fight pass and the main card on Eversport.tv or ESPN 3.

Main Card

Serhiy Adamchuk vs Gabriel Varga (Adamchuk Unanimous Dec) Adamchuk will win fighter of the night bonus

Brian Collette vs Myron Dennis (Collette Split Decision)

Finals - (Zhuravlev KO) Pavel Zhuravlev will get he KO of the night bonus

Semifinal - Manny Mancha vs. Zinedine Hameur-Lain (Hameur-Lain Unanimous Dec)

Semifinal - Pavel Zhuravlev vs. Ariel Machado (Zhuravlev KO)

Superfight Series

Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Maurice Greene (Lewis-Parry KO)

Anderson Silva vs. Gordon Haupt (Silva Unanimous Dec)

Funda Alkayis vs. Vanessa De Waele (Alkayis Unanimous Dec)

Francois Ambang vs. Michael Stevens (Ambang KO)

Giga Chikadze vs. Chris Mauceri (Mauceri Unanimous Dec)

Armed Forces Exhibition - Cedric Smith vs. Roger Corbin (Smith TKO)

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Glory Announces "Fighter of the Night" and "Knockout" Bonuses

This week Glory announced that starting on July 22nd they will be offering a "fighter of the night" and "knockout of the night" bonus. Each bonus will be an extra $5000 so it is possible that one fighter get both bonuses and make an extra $10k which is definitely a decent incentive. 

Any fighter on the card, superfight series or main card are eligible for the bonuses and well the KO of the night is pretty self explanatory but the fighter of the night bonus is always a little vague to me. It really all depends on what the person who makes that final decision likes to see but as of now Glory announced that it will be awarded to the fighter that has the most impressive performance in the ring regardless of winning or losing. They may implement some sort of fan voting system at some point to help with awarding it too.

These Bonuses will begin at Glory 32: Virginia and will continue on to every Glory event after.

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Krush 67 Fight Card

Krush 67 is taking place tonight at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The event starts at 1am PST/4am EST, it will be live on NicoNico TV and Abema.tv. The card includes a double main event with a 70kg title fight and the Krush womens title.

Full Fight Card

70kgs Title Fight - Jordan Pikeur vs Yamazaki Yoichi

Womens Title Fight - Kana vs Gracyer Aki

Makihira Keita vs Yamagiwa Kazuki

Osawa Fumiya vs Harada Yoshiki

Aketo Hitoshi vs Gosyu Masanobu

Kanbe Shota vs Sano Tenma

Nakazawa Jun vs Minamino Takayuki

Hirono Yu vs Akimoto Kazuya

Yuki Masato vs Egawa Yuki

Matsushita Daiki vs Shinohara Yuto

Nori vs Kudo Yuki

Jinbo Katsuya vs Wajima Hiromi

Hiraoka Koto vs Matsui Yukari

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Kunlun Fight 48 Fight Card

Kunlun Fight 48 will take place on July 31st in Jining, Shandong Province, China at the Gymnasium of Jining Sport Center. This card has some very interesting match ups to say the least.

Lets start with Artur Kyshenko vs Alex Pereira at 81kgs, I can't help but think that Pereira is going to tower over Kyshenko and have a huge reach advantage over him which Artur is not used too as he is usually the bigger man. If Kyshenko can get the win at this weight class and still look as powerful as he always does, then he is a scary addition to this shallow weight division.

A few other really good fights on this card are Superbon Banchamek looking to get revenge on Khayal Dzhaniev for slicing up and beating legend and teammate Buakaw Banchamek last year. Robbie Hageman taking a step up to fight veteran Davit Kiria who really needs a win right now as hes on a 3 fight losing streak. Andrei Herasimchuk the man who ko'd Glory champion Rico Verhoeven will be back in action against Portugals Bruno Susano. Masaro Glunder will take on Koreas Kim Minsoo and last but not least it makes me happy to see Abdallah Ezbiri back in the mix and getting some fights in China.

 

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Glory 32 Armed Forces Title Bout On SuperFight Series

The Glory 32 Superfight Series are once again going to play host to a US Armed Forces bout. Since the armed forces bout was such a hit last time in Virginia (which had one of the best atmospheres out of pretty much all the Glory events I have been too) Glory has decided to have Cedric Smith return to defend his Glory military championship belt that he won at Glory 19. He will defend his belt against Roger Corbin who is coming fresh off a 1st round KO victory on July 8th.

Cedric Smith will again be representing the US Airforce while Roger Corbin will represent the US Navy. The bout will be at a catch weight of 195lbs and will be Live on UFC FIGHT PASS on July 22nd at 7:30pm ET or if you are in the area you can go watch the whole event in person at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va.

Here is how Cedric Smith won the military championship 

GLORY 32 SuperFight Series

Heavyweight Headline Bout: Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Maurice Greene

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Anderson Silva vs. Gordon Haupt

Super Bantamweight Bout: Funda Alkayis vs. Vanessa De Waele

Welterweight Bout: Francois Ambang vs. Michael Stevens

Featherweight Bout: Giga Chikadze vs. Chris Mauceri

US Armed Forces (195 lb Catchweight) Exhibition Bout: Cedric Smith vs. Roger Corbin

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Card for WGP #32

WGP #32 will take place on July 16, 2016 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil in the Multisport Gym Cajazeiras and will be broadcast on Canal Combate, Bandsports, Esporte Interativo, TV Aratu, and e TVE.

Full Card

MAIN EVENT: WGP Title K1 Rules / (71,8 Kg)

Ravy Brunow (Ravy Brunow Team / Combat Club - Eunápolis/BA) vs Bruno Gazani (União ABC - São Paulo/SP)

CO-MAIN EVENT: WGP Title K1 Rules / Peso-Super-Médio FEM (+70 Kg)

Barbara Nepomuceno (Team Big G - Vila Velha/ES) vs Aylin Sobrino (Brutal Striker - Santiago/CHI)

K1 Rules /(80 Kg) Junior ‘Alpha’ (Kingstar - Salvador/BA) vs Ruan Ferreira (Team Striker - Macaé/RJ) 

K1 Rules /(64,5 Kg) Sergio ‘Pestinha’ (Equipe Marca Maior - Salvador/BA) vs Ivan Ibarbe (Team Marcelo Salas - Santa Cruz de la Sierra/BOL)

K1 Rules /(64,5 Kg) Marcus Vinícius (Rocha União Fight - Salvador/BA) vs Guilherme ‘Ceará’ Sanchos (Ceará Team - Porto Alegre/RS) 

K1 Rules /(71,8 Kg) Miguel Jacob (Daniel Mattos Strikers' Team/APKB - Rio de Janeiro/RJ) vs Adriano Oliveira (Coliseum Team - Cuiabá/MT)

WGP #32: Super Fights

K1 Rules /(60 Kg) Denis Júnior (Coliseu Fight Clube - Vitória/ES) vs Diego Piovezan (União ABC - São Paulo/SP)

K1 Rules /(60 Kg) Ricardo ‘Coreano’ (The Rocky Kickboxing - Fortaleza/CE) vs Hugo Nascimento (Chacal Team - Aracajú/SE)

K1 Rules /(64,5 Kg) Leonardo Casotti (Team Big G - Vila Velha/ES) vs Samuel Santos (Daniel Mattos Strikers' Team/EMMECAM)

K1 Rules /(56,4 Kg) Antonio ‘Pitiço’ (CT Celio Rodrigues - Guarapuava/PR) vs Rafael Spin (Ely Kickboxing - Belo Horizonte/MG)

WGP #32: Undercard / Local Card

K1 Rules /(85 Kg) Marcos ‘Biriba’ (Colisão Team - Salvador/BA) vs Edson Marques (New Level Team - Goiânia/GO)

K1 Rules /(71,8 Kg) Kaio Reis (Chiangmai / Salvador-BA) vs Williames ‘Chacal’ (Chacal Team - Aracajú/SP)

K1 Rules /FEM (52 Kg) Kaka Naja (Naja/Trion Pro Fight - Aracaju/SE) vs Mayara ‘Marrenta’ (Equipe Demolição - Salvador/BA)

K1 Rules /(60 Kg) Jorge ‘Paulista’ (Equipe Demolição - Salvador/BA) vs Robson Santos (Strike Team / São Felix -BA)

K1 Rules /(58,2 Kg)Matheus Dantas (Equipe ST/FBMT/FPMTA - Teixeira de Freitas/BA) vs Allyson Kivio (New Level Team - Goiânia/GO)

K1 Rules /(60 Kg) Cleuber Cabral (Inside Jay Congo - JUAZEIRO/BA) vs Lucas Cruz (Equipe Virtude - Lauro de Freitas/BA) 

K1 Rules /(94,1 Kg) Ronilson Mamute (Marca Maior/Dunamis Team - Salvador/BA) vs Francisco Júnior (Giovanni Pereira Team - Teresina/PI)

K1 Rules /(60 Kg) Arnaldo de Andrade (Inside Jay Congo - Juazeiro/BA) vs Cristiano Dantas (Ravy Brunow Team / Combat Club - Crisópolis/BA)

K1 Rules /(58,2 Kg) Clecio Pereira (Naja Thai - Euclides da Cunha/BA) vs João Antunes (Equipe Demolição -Salvador/BA)

K1 Rules /(85 Kg) Gilmar ‘Blade’ (Equipe Tigre - Salvador/BA) vs Lindemberg Lira (Lira Team / Equipe Demolição - Salvador/BA)

 

 

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VIDEO: Yokkao's Stefania Picelli Talks Thailand, The Yokkao Fight Team And More

Yokkao has been one of the bigger names in muay thai gear for the past few years, their brand extending beyond simply just gloves and shorts to all sorts of apparel, gyms, internationally-renowned fight teams and some of the most exciting full rules muay thai events anywhere in the world. Take a look around Thailand with Stefania Picelli while she talks about the history of the sport, the brand and the shows.

Stefania Picelli discussing YOKKAO, Muay Thai and her Thailand...

YOKKAO: why we do what we do!

Posted by Yokkao Boxing on Sunday, July 10, 2016

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