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Mike Zambidis Announces His Retirement

Just as yesterday we were posting about Jerome Le Banner's retirement tour a bombshell was dropped today for kickboxing fans as Mike Zambidis has announced his retirement via his Facebook account. The long-time K-1 MAX competitor and current SuperKombat 71kg champion has called it quits after one of the most memorable careers in kickboxing history that has produced some of the greatest fights throughout history.

It looks like his fight on May 9th will be his retirement fight now. Here is his statement in full.

"Thank you very much for being by my side all these years, supporting me with your love and positive energy.

After 24 years, it's time to close my fighting career and give my last two fights.

On May 9th in Cyprus and in Athens in June.

After 177 bouts, 154 wins and 87 knock outs, the experience, knowledge and lessons taken by kick boxing and championship are countless and priceless, some of them that I learned is to dare to dream and succeed in what the others planned that I cannot manage, I learned to invest fear and stress in victories and joy, I learned that when I fall, it's a chance to rest for a while and get up even stronger, experienced and angry to fight for my dreams, I learned that the best defense is forecast, that I can fight with beasts and with the right strategy and training, to knock down them in the ring, that depending on the motivation, the sacrifice is weakened, I learned that with vision, faith, patience, perseverance, discipline and abundant love I can make my wildest dreams come true.

The way was not easy, but this way cultivated me this way of thinking and instincts so I can scramble harder in the ring with the best athletes in the world, winning 15 world titles, always coming out with the Cross and the Greek flag on my chest, representing with pride and respect our country, our culture, our heavy history and what we stand for.

I am looking forward to having you by my side and giving these last two fights in the ring together.

With respect

Iron Mike Zambidis"

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Check Out the GLORY 21 Countdown Featuring Levin and Marcus

Bill Goldberg wasn't kidding when he said that he loves GLORY kickboxing. He's back again hosting a GLORY countdown show and this time he's helping the world get hyped up for the rematch between Simon Marcus and Artem Levin. Levin will be defending the GLORY Middleweight Championship against one of his main career-nemeses in Marcus but this time it's under GLORY rules and not Muay Thai.

GLORY 21 is on May 8th on Spike TV. 

Levin

Marcus

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Video: Noiri vs Glunder and Hiroya vs Minoru

During the 55kg tournament K-1 held on April 19th in Japan there were a few big upsets in the super fights and K-1 has just released the videos. 

First of all Kimura "Phillip" Minoru vs Hiroya, since I didn't get to watch this event live I have to say it was pretty surprising to read that Minoru KO'd Hiroya in 1 round even though Hiroya can be hot and cold sometimes. Now after watching the fight, honestly Minoru looks really damn good. He has improved leaps and bounds, his timing, speed and power all looked amazing, very impressive.

Next we have Massaki Noiri vs Massaro Glunder, Glunder looks so much like a mini Andy Ristie its crazy and even has a similar style but i think hes a little bit less awkward. When I read that Noiri had lost by cut the first thing I thought was that it must have been lucky but after watching the fight Glunder not only beat Noiri but he did it in Japan, and on short notice, I definitely do not think Glunder was losing the fight. Great breakthrough win for a young up and comer in Massaro Glunder.

 

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GLORY 22 Card and Information Leaked

GLORY 21 might be a week away but that doesn't mean that GLORY isn't preparing well into the future. Earlier today images began circulating for GLORY 22, including an almost complete fight card and location. It looks like GLORY will return to Europe in June and that it'll be in France. The event will be headlined by GLORY Heavyweight Champion defending against a still-unnamed challenger and a huge Lightweight tournament to top things off.

Interesting additions like Freddy Kemayo, Verlinden fighting back at Light Heavyweight and that awesome tournament definitely stand out.

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Glory 21 Full Fight Card and Breakdown

Glory 21 will be taking place in just 2 weeks time and the full card including super fights has now been announced. So what better time is there to breakdown some of fights?

Apart from the middleweight title fight it seems that Glory has brought in lots of new fighters for this show to test themselves in the Glory ring and hope a new North American star will emerge. Its really great they are giving opportunities for people to fight on a big promotion and on Live TV considering how hard it is to get noticed in Kickboxing.

Anyway on to the fights, lets start with the middleweight title fight between the champ Artem Levin and the challenger Simon Marcus. They have already fought each other once in 2009 at Lion Fight 9 with Muay Thai rules and Marcus won a very close fight with I'd say at least 70% of the fight taking in the clinch. After watching this fight again recently I really felt that Artem did not look himself at all, now this could very well be due to Simon's style in which case he will give him just as much trouble again. The Glory rules will not allow clinching for such extended periods of time but in their first fight Levin was initiating the clinch just as much as Marcus was and was even winning the clinch early in the fight, but what Artem stopped doing was moving. Simon Marcus is always going to move forward and if Levin moves straight back and doesn't fight like his usual self where he uses lots of angles he will risk losing a decision again. I am certain that Artem Levin has wanted this rematch with Kickboxing rules for some time, he has probably watched the first fight 100 times and knows exactly where he went wrong, now if he can overcome Simon's pressure and fight like he has been recently I am fairly confident he will remain the champion... But Simon Marcus ALWAYS seems to prove me wrong.

On to the Co-main event Ramond Daniels vs Justin Baesman, we won't spend too much time on this fight. Baesman has an MMA record of 16 wins and 7 losses with 4 wins by KO, according to the Glory site he is 17-6-1 in kickboxing but I can't seem to find any of his kickboxing fights. Pretty sure we can expect another wicked highlight reel KO from Mr. Daniels.

Now the heavyweight tournament which was supposed to be an all American affair with Xavier Vigney, Maurice Jackson, and Everett Sims but it seems that the big Englishman "Chopper" Chi Lewis-Parry has infiltrated the tournament after his 15 second KO at Glory 20.

Xavier Vigney vs. Maurice Jackson is a bit of a strange situation, at this point most kickboxing fans have seen or at least head of Vigney especially in America, he has solid boxing basics and of course he is a big dude so has KO power in both hands. Maurice Jackson also is a huge man at 6"9 and 275lbs his record on the Glory site is 31-0 with 23 ko's but once again I can only find one of his MMA fights online so they must be amateur. His MMA record is 2 wins 1 loss and 3 no contests, which leads me to believe we may see something strange during this fight. I'm going to go with Vigney by KO or DQ for this one.

Everett Sims vs "Chopper" Chi Lewis-Parry is interesting since we have a fresh image of both fighters from 2 previous Glory events. Sims who fought Vigney on Glory 19 didn't look too bad until Vigney started to swarm him and then he just started to turtle up. As for Chopper he just swarmed his opponent instantly and KO'd him in 15 seconds at Glory 20, just looking at these two variables it seems like a pretty rough match up for Sims, I'm going to predict an Xavier Vigney vs Chi Lewis-Parry final.

As for the super fights, Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva could easily be the fight of the night. Both guys always bring everything they have to the ring, and never have boring fights. I'm pretty sure a win for Adegbuyi should put him very close if not inline for a shot at Rico Verhoeven's belt. Both of these guys are very technical heavyweights with knockout power and great combos, I would personally lean towards a decision win for Benny just because he is the younger, Hungrier fighter.

Full card

Main Card on Spike TV

Middleweight Title Fight: Artem Levin vs. Simon Marcus

Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Raymond Daniels vs. Justin Baesman

Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final: Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Everett Sims

Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final: Xavier Vigney vs. Maurice Jackson

Middleweight Armed Forces Bout: Devin Goodale vs. Kyle Stewart

Super Fights

Heavyweight: Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva

Welterweight: Omari Boyd vs. James Steelesmith

Lightweight: Luis Castaneda vs. Ken Tran

Middleweight: Mike Lemaire vs. Armin Mrkanovic

 

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Artur Kyshenko vs. Jonatan Oliveira Squaring Off at Kunlun Fight 23 This Weekend

Kunlun Fight returns on Sunday with Kunlun Fight 23, airing on JiangSu TV at 15:30 Beijing time on April 26th. It's another packed card including some familiar names from across the world, including Lerdsilla and Nongsai in action. The big bout of the evening is between two of the world's best Welterweights in Jonatan Oliveira squaring off against Artur Kyshenko. 

Gao Xuchao (CHN) vs Dong Jian (CHN)  62kg
Zhang Dongbin (CHN) vs Abdolmaleki Masuod (IRI) 67kg
Wang Hesong (CHN) vs KRIT (THA) 75kg
E Meidie (CHN) vs Valeriya Drozdova (RUS) 52kg
Zhao Yafei (CHN) vs Bonhyuk Koo 61.5kg (MMA)
Dzianis Zuev(BLR) vs Nongsai (THA) 71kg
Wang Sai (CHN) vs Vasiliy Fedorych (UKR) 80kg (MMA)
Xiong Jingnan (CHN) vs Hodymchuk Viktoria (UKR) 60kg (MMA)
Wei Ninghui (CHN) vs Lerdsila Chumpairtour (USA) 62kg
Jonatan Oliveira (BRA) vs Artur Kyshenko(UKR) 80kg
Nuerla (CHN) vs Arthit Hanchana(THA) 80kg
Asihati (CHN) vs Abbas (IRI) 100kg+
Zhang Meixuan(CHN) vs Kazybek Ashimov (KAZ) 57kg (MMA)
Kong Lingfeng (CHN) vs Miyakoshi Soichiro (JPN) 70kg
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Errol Zimmerman Taking Sabbatical From Kickboxing for Boxing

It was perhaps a bit anticlimactic how the rematch between GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven and Errol Zimmerman ended at GLORY 20, but it's hard to ignore the impact that it'll have for the coming years in the Heavyweight division in kickboxing. The fight ended with Zimmerman down on the mat, grasping at his knee in what was a worst case scenario for a warrior like him. Zimmerman is a guy who prides himself as being tough and if he's going to lose a fight he's going to actually lose it, not go down to injury. Yet that is exactly what happened.

We knew that Zimmerman would be out for a while, but it looks like Zimmerman will be taking a year off from kickboxing and much like Tyrone Spong who suffered a horrific leg injury against Gokhan Saki last year, Zimmerman will be returning to the ring as soon as he's healthy but will be doing so in professional boxing instead of kickboxing. 

In an interview with Dutch FunX Zimmerman announced that he will need to take at least a year off from kickboxing to heal up his knee, but that he doesn't intend to just sit idly by and wait to return to the ring. Instead he'll focus on professional boxing much like we've seen from the likes of other GLORY stars like Marc de Bonte, Nieky Holzken and Tyrone Spong. Here's hoping that all goes well with his recovery and we get to see him in the ring again soon, even if it is a boxing ring.

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Catalin Morosanu Next for Badr Hari

While not exactly on Badr Hari's "hit list," the next fight announced for the Golden Boy is none other than Romania's favorite dancing politician with heavy hands, Catalin Morosanu. Morosanu is one of Romania's toughest exports and is pretty much physically incapable of having a boring fight, which is a good thing for fans. Chances are when they step into the ring together that there will be a lot of leather thrown and that Morosanu will be fearless against Hari, something that not many fighters can say. 

The fight was announced at the GFC event today and the implication is that the fight would go down in May. There is a SuperKombat event in May, which makes a lot of sense for such a big fight like this and would draw some eyes to SuperKombat. It looks like this might be pushed back to the Fall, though. Who really knows? It's Badr Hari and he doesn't really adhere to strict schedules.

According to Irimia it will happen in either Dubai or Bucharest.

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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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GLORY Confirms That Phil Baroni Turned Down Schilling Fight at GLORY 21

If you were looking forward to the Twitter clash of the titans turning into a kickboxing fight at GLORY 21 between Joe Schilling and Phil Baroni you'll be in for a bit of a disappointment today. As reported by our bud Michael Stets over at MMAMania, Phil Baroni has turned down the fight with Joe Schilling due to not feeling that there was enough time for him to prepare for the fight. 

It's a contrast from the words that Baroni was slinging over the past few days, but it looks like Baroni is asking for a full fight camp heading into a fight with Schilling. If we are honest with ourselves here, it's not asking too much to want a full camp before fighting Schilling in what would be considered his home turf of the GLORY ring, but then again, the beef was started by Baroni. Baroni does want this fight to happen in the future, but if we take a long, hard look at this fight it is more of a marketable fight for this moment in history, not in a few months when the heat will have died down and people will be asking the serious question as to why Joe Schilling, in his prime, is fighting a 38 year old man who has nothing left to prove.

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