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Add Ben Edwards to the List of Fighters K-1 Has Yet to Pay

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Ben EdwardsWe are fast-approaching an announcement about what will happen with K-1's future, and while that isn't as good as fast-approaching a K-1 show, it is a start. Part of the problems that K-1 has been facing with coming back is that their name has been dragged through the mud by journalists, fans, managers, television companies and fighters. For a fight promotion this is a problem as this is literally everybody who would be interested in you and support you.

The latest in a long line of fighters claiming not to be paid is K-1 Final 16 fighter Ben Edwards. Ben Edwards won the Oceania Grand Prix last year, then went on to fight Alistair Overeem in the Final 16 where he put up a valiant effort only to fall to the power that is Ubereem. Well, he hasn't been paid. He mused on his Facebook recently;

wonder if il ever get paid by K1. Its nearly been 6months since i fought Overeem. How dissapointed i am in how they do business is hard to put into words. It was my dream to fight for their company since i was a kid and when i finally make it, and take on arguably their most dangerous guy they don't pay me and they don't give me the 2nd fight they promised me. It doesn't get more unprofessional than that.
its a 5 digit figure they owe me so its a fair amount of money especially considering i the amount of time i took off work and all the trips to Syd to train. Showtime will do well but its always good for business to have some competition. I have a good relationship with them through training in Holland with their guys so im sure i will fight for them one day. My next boxing fight is for the Aussi boxing title on May 13th against Michael Kirby.

John Wayne Parr then chimed in that K-1's shady dealings are nothing new, that when his contract was up he asked to negotiate a new contract, they told him they'd work it out for his next fight and then he had no next fight. Edwards then elaborates that he dealt with a very similar issue for the Final 8.

Thats so unprofessional Wayne, we agreed to a 2nd fight if i lost in the top 16 and they agreed to have me on as a super fight on the top 8 show but instead of telling me that im not fighting they just stopped returning my mangers calls and wonder they're dead, and we figured out i wasn't fighting when i was already in Holland training for it which isnt cheap.

We hope to see K-1 back soon, but we also hope that K-1 can keep their promises to their fighters and that if K-1 is to continue on that they'll do so in a professional manner. It is unfair as a fan of the sport to enjoy watching a fighter put everything on the line in the ring for our entertainment knowing that there is a chance that the fighter will lose money on that fight. Not being paid not only affects a fighter's income, but most fighters also spend lots of money preparing for their fights.


Upcoming Australian Shows

  • Published in Kickboxing

Evolution 23If you don't watch anything from the Australian kickboxing/Muay Thai scene, you are sadly missing out on some great action.  There are a number of great promotions running in Australia, and the shows consistently deliver top end fights with a combination of veterans like Paul Slowinski and John Wayne Parr, along with hot prospects like Thor Hoopman and recent K-1 star Ben Edwards.  It's a very busy scene, with multiple upcoming shows; here are four shows definitely worth a look:

Feb. 26 - Knees of Fury 32: This show is all about the main event, which is a great battle of old guard vs. new.  On one side is Paul Slowinski, who for years has been the top Australian representative to the international Heavyweight kickboxing scene.  He faces the young Thor Hoopman, a John Wayne Parr trainee who is on the cusp of big things.  Hoopman defeated Slowinski via decision in late 2009, and will look to score the 2nd victory here.  Hoopman is still developing, and is not yet perfectly consistent, but I have high hopes for his future, and would love to see him get another good win here.  The rest of the card includes: Kym Johnson vs Wes Capper; Myles Simpson vs Flip Street; Martin Olczak vs Jye Demmrich; Charlie Chau vs Hiki Hanui; Tenille May vs Sarah O'Connell; Steve Behan vs Cameran Murcott; and Tom Boyle vs Jun Lee.

April 2 - Kings of Kombat 3: More from the busy Slowinski, as this time he takes on the legend Peter Graham.  This is a sort of battle of generations, as Graham was one of K-1's main Australian representatives through the early 2000's, winning a number of big fights, including a defeat of Badr Hari, until he saw that spot taken by Slowinski in the middle part of the decade.  These two have met twice before, splitting the battles 1-1.  While neither man is at his peak any more, this will still be a battle that Australian fans are excited about, and it should be close.  Both men have had recent successes, including an MMA victory over Aleksander Emelianenko for Graham.  The semi main event is also a big fight, as reigning K-1 Oceania champion Ben Edwards faces the former K-1 Vegas champ Carter Williams, who continues to try and make a comeback after a lengthy absence from the ring. Also signed is Jordan Tai vs. Steve Moxon and Atal Kakar vs. Supi Lanumata.

April 9 - Evolution 23: In this crowded scene, Evolution is leads the way.  They put on shows featuring full Muay Thai rules that spotlight both local fighters along with some names from Thailand.  Their 23rd show is coming up, and the main event is a good one, as longtime Aussie veteran Bruce "The Preacher" Macfie faces Frank Giorgi.  This is a rematch from Evolution 22 where Giorgi scored the somewhat surprising win over Macfie, who at the time was riding high off a win over John Wayne Parr.  The other fight I'm really looking forward to is Michael Thompson vs. Flip Street.  Thompson is one of my favorite younger talents in this scene, and this is a good fight for him.  Also on the card: Leonard Sitpholek vs. Danny Derdowski; Dane Daddy Cool vs. Serrachino; and Eli Madigan vs. Jason Scerri.

May 27 - Payback Time 3: Finally, the first fight in John Wayne Parr's 2011 retirement tour sees him main event here against his longtime rival Mike Zambidis.  Zambidis is coming off his resurgent 2010 that saw him win the fight of the year against Chahid in K-1 MAX, while Parr has announced that 2011 will be his last year as a fighter. These two men are 1-1 against each other, with their fights held up as some of the greatest in the history of the Australian scene.  With Parr's career coming to and end, Zambidis on the comeback trail, and both men looking to definitively win the series, this could be the Fight of the Year.

For more on these shows and the entire Australian scene, check out International Kickboxer magazine.


Ben Edwards vs. Catalin Morosanu on Sept. 7th in Australia

  • Published in Kickboxing

Ben Edwards

Today we got word on a pretty big fight that will be going down in Australia this fall in their Kings of Kombat promotion, between two well-recognized and respected Heavyweights in the world of Kickboxing. Australia's own Ben Edwards is set to face off against SUPERKOMBAT's Romanian sensation Catalin Morosanu. This is set to go down in Melbourne, Australia on September 7th at Kings of Kombat.

We've also gotten word that Steve Moxon will be involved in a 70kg Super Fight on the same card. Stay tuned for more information as it comes in.


July 30: John Wayne Parr vs. Vuyisile Colossa

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Colossa vs. ParrThe next fight on the 2011 John Wayne Parr farewell circuit has been announced - on July 30 Parr will face Vuyisile Colossa.  The fight will be the main event at Capital Punishment 4 in Canberra.

Colossa is perhaps a bit of a surprise as most were expecting Parr's final fights to be against old rivals, such as his May 28 fight with Mike Zambidis.  But Colossa will make for an excellent opponent.  Those who have been following us since our HKL days know we have been covering Vusi since last year's shocking upset win over Yodsaenklai Fairtex - ending Yod's two year undefeated streak.  Since then, Colossa has won a Wu Ling Feng world championship in China, competed at the prestigious Muay Thai King's Cup (where he lost to Yodsaenklai), and started his MMA career with a record of 3-1.  He's a busy fighter who takes challenges in all sorts of different styles, but he will need to be focused here to defeat Parr.  The Gunslinger may be facing retirement, but he's still a relevant factor in the Middleweight scene, and will be a tough challenge for the younger Colossa.  Should make for a great fight.

Also announced for the card: 2010 K-1 Oceania champion Ben Edwards will compete in the semi-main event.  His opponent is not yet announced.  Check out more details at TheScienceof8Limbs.


Hesdy Gerges and Ben Edwards to Fight for GLORY

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Something curious has come out from GLORY's updated Heavyweight rankings, with that curiosity being that there are currently two new fighters thrown into the mix who weren't there before. Their names won't surprise you, as they've been around for a while now, and arguably they both belong with the top Heavyweights in GLORY. Those names are Hesdy Gerges and Ben Edwards. While there has been no official announcement just yet as to their signing, all of the signs seem to be pointing towards both men fighting for GLORY in the near future.

Both men appear in the updated rankings on GLORY's site, and seeing as though GLORY does not rank fighters who are not a part of their roster, it is safe to assume that they'll both be fighting for GLORY sometime in the near future. For K-1, who are currently planning their World Grand Prix events, this is considered a blow, as both men would make for solid competition and are recognizable names.

Ben Edwards first made waves internationally in 2010 when he won the K-1 World Grand Prix in Canberra event in devastating fashion, which put him right into the mix against Alistair Overeem in the Final 16. Since then he has competed in Australia as well as for SUPERKOMBAT and It's Showtime. Hesdy Gerges has been around for quite a while now, really making a name for himself in a fight against Badr Hari in 2010, when Hari delivered a kick to his face when he was down.


GLORY Announces the Signing of Hesdy Gerges, Ben Edwards and JZ Cavalcante

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As we reported earlier on, GLORY had added Heavyweights Ben Edwards and Hesdy Gerges to their rankings and roster a while ago, which meant that them fighting for the organization was imminent. Well, it looks like they've finally made the official announcement and included a surprise in the mix as well of former DREAM and Strikeforce Lightweight JZ Cavalcante signing with the organization as well. JZ currently competes with World Series of Fighting, but has fought Kickboxing in the past, acquiring an 0-2 record in fights with Masato and Shootboxing's Hiroki Shishido.

Cavalcante makes for an interesting signing as he's been struggling in his MMA career since his knee surgery a while back, but a revival in the GLORY ring could be just what he ordered. The addition of Gerges and Edwards has been noted and only helps to bolster GLORY's already huge Heavyweight roster.


Ben Edwards Bests Catalin Morosanu in Australia

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This weekend might have been a bit slow when it comes to Kickboxing news, but in Australia there was a battle between two big name Heavyweights by the way of Catalin Morosanu from Romania squaring off against Australia's own Ben Edwards. The two were competing for the Kings of Kombat Heavyweight Championship, but I think most importantly, for standing in the Heavyweight division across the world. Morosanu has been trying to make his way into the elite for a while now, somewhere that Edwards has had experience.

It turned into a slugfest early on, according to reports that we've received, with Morosanu fighting the way that we all know he fights; heavy hands, looking for the knockout blow. Edwards, on the other hand, who hasn't always been known as a technician, fought a smarter fight by going after Morosanu's legs throughout the bout. Morosanu was focused on knocking Ben's head off, which meant that he was not of the mind to check the leg kicks, which was his undoing when it came time for the judges to deliberate.

Edwards won the Majority decision over Morosanu, but it sounds like it was a very entertaining and exciting fight.


The Humanity Behind the Gods of War

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He sat alone, inconspicuous to the fans around him and to the action inside of the ring, just off to the side of the stage. It was the first seat in the first row right behind the barrier next to the stage. Those were the seats that intentionally weren’t filled and had played host to a revolving-door of fighters and entourages throughout the night. This was the place where the winners and losers found themselves after their night had ended just to watch the show, this was where Ben Edwards found himself moments after Errol Zimmerman had put him down and out in the first round of their fight.

Edwards was sporting a pair of sweatpants and a sweatshirt, looking calm, collected, not tired at all or like he had just been involved in a fight of any kind. He may have been knocked out, but his face lacked the markings of someone who had just taken a series of punches to it. A fan or two in the crowd might have yelled out his name, but he was incognito, almost removed from the event entirely. I watched as he shook his head at the sight of Pat Barry going down for a second time, getting his brains scrambled. Edwards distinctly understood the disappointment that Barry was going through at that moment.

Sometimes it is difficult to humanize the guys that train their hearts out for our entertainment, difficult to understand their sacrifices that they make and how after the bell has rung, they are just as human as you or I are. Today I rolled out of bed facing a ten-year old car that decided not to start, just one month shy now of a wedding that is costing a lot more than we had initially projected. It’s just another cost and another inconvenience among many of late for me. Yesterday was also a day where a job that owes me seven months of pay sent me one month and asked if I’d start working again. I hate saying no, in just about any situation, but I barely have time to collect my thoughts right now, never mind work for a promise while the bills stack up.

It’s safe to say that some days I understand what Ben Edwards was thinking about as he sat there at GLORY 16 in Broomfield, Colorado quite well. I introduced myself to him as he sat there, alone, taking in the atmosphere. He looked relaxed, calm, a bit embarrassed to be found out in his seat. We stood about the same height, similar build, but one of us was just a God of War who was now adjusting to life as a mortal again. That guy was having a rough night. Ben was quick to apologize, to say that he made a mistake, that he got sloppy, but I assured him that it was no big deal and that he’s come so far in the past few years. He knows that I’ve been following his career and knows that I’m quick to talk up his technical evolution over the past few years. We talked about his technical breakdown of Catalin Morosanu from a few months prior before I left him to stew in his thoughts, knowing that having a rough night means that conversation can be laborious -- especially moments after being humanized.

Raymond Daniels, who fought on the undercard, was walking around the floor of the arena where fans were shouting out his name and stopping to take photos with him while Ben Edwards sat watching Errol Zimmerman walking to the ring again. I won’t even pretend to understand his thought process at the moment, although I could make some educated guesses. I myself found the surreal in seeing Edwards sitting there, watching Zimmerman walk to the ring, Daniels being mobbed, while Josh Jauncey and his brother Jay walked by with Andy Souwer in tow and everyone seemed completely unaware of the gravity and sheer madness of the situation.

All I could think is that Edwards was seconds away from being that guy walking to the ring. Edwards was raining down punishment on Zimmerman, but got caught, so here he is, in the stands, watching the world turn without him, a mortal like the rest of us. On that night he was far from home and all of the countries that he’d been to, all of the big shows that he’s fought on, all of the accolades that he had gained throughout his career didn’t matter, he was just another guy who had a rough night on the job. He was just another observer. There was a strong disconnect from victory and defeat.

We talk about these fighters from a distance, we weigh their perceived value and potential matchups. We place them in numbered lists and assign them value based on the last time that we saw them, but sometimes forget to humanize them and relate them to our own day-to-day struggles. Today I woke up thinking about all of the work that I had waiting for me, quickly dismissing messages on my phone asking when I’d have an article up or if I saw their last message. Sometimes I consider changing professions, pulling away from the sliver of the public eye that I have and the abuse that I open myself to daily. I know that I’m not alone in thinking that, either.

The other day Ben Edwards posted on his Facebook that he was available to dog-sit for anyone in his town that needed it. There was a hint of playfulness in it, just like changing his occupation to “Dog Sitter,” but Ben is already back at work training for an upcoming fight. Just like I continue on, Ben Edwards continues on, re-assimilating himself into the image that the world knows him in. The world keeps turning and Ben Edwards is making sure that he’s not just along for the ride, but for one night he was a human being whose hopes and dreams were as fragile and elusive as our own all are. That night I saw Ben Edwards be larger-than-life in the ring, fighting as one of the best Heavyweight in the world against one of the best Heavyweights in the world, then saw him as a vulnerable guy who was much more than the public’s image of him, the promotion’s image of him, my image of him or his own image of himself.

He’s the amalgamation of those images and he’s not them at all, just like we all are.


Prize Fighter Ben Edwards Ready for GLORY 24 Heavyweight Tournament

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GLORY 24 will see a new heavyweight contender crowned, the winner moving on to fight champion Rico Verhoeven for the top spot in the world of heavyweight kickboxing. Over the past year we’ve seen Verhoeven fight Errol Zimmerman and Benjamin Adegbuyi, defeating both to retain his title. Fans have been starved for a good heavyweight tournament from GLORY, the last one at GLORY 16 Denver.

Interestingly enough, a man that we last saw at GLORY 16 Denver will be making his return to the GLORY ring at GLORY 24 looking for another crack at the GLORY Heavyweight Championship. That man is Australia’s own Ben Edwards. We caught up with Ben Edwards as he finishes up his preparations for the tournament and will be heading back to the United States.

Edwards had announced that he was leaving kickboxing after his loss last year, but the return is a welcome one for fans of the Aussie slugger. For Edwards, it is about making a living. “With kickboxing the last 3 of my last 4 losses were to guys pretty much the top 3 in the world (Rico, Errol and Overeem the year he won) and they are the guys that were at least making a living. If I couldn't crack that top tier I couldn't make a living and kickboxing is very hard to train for in Canberra so I decided to concentrate on boxing which is easy to train for in my home town. I won the national title 2 fights in returning to the sport so it wasn't a bad decision,” he explained. The offer from GLORY took him by surprise, actually. “The offer from Glory was unexpected and appreciated and I am very much looking forward to making the most of this second chance.”

Heavyweight kickboxing has seemed to be less of a focus of late, with the lighter weight classes taking a lot of the spotlight and there being a lot of fighters -- much like Edwards -- looking for opportunities outside of kickboxing. “As a hard-core combat sport fan I really feel kickboxing is the most exciting format. Its sad the sport has lost some of the bigger names but I still feel the sport has a healthy future.”

As for this tournament especially, Edwards seems ready to finally show the world what he’s made of after what he considered disappointments before. “The main difference in training is I've been spending a lot of time in Sydney, I've don't 6 trips in 5 weeks to train with Stu McKinnon and the boys at Castle Hill Bulldog,” he explained. “It’s world class padwork and sparring there and for the first time in  long time I am excited to fight. I had a lot of personal problems going into the last fight and I have fixed every single one and I am looking forward to being back to my best. I'm sick of feeling disappointed and letting people down, being considered a journeyman etc. Those days are over.”

When it comes to the first opponent for the night, Jahfarr Wilnis, Edwards seemed more focused on himself and his preparations, instead. “I only ever watch a little bit of footage on my opponent when the fight gets signed, get a feel for them, come up with a game plan then I don't think about them anymore. He appears to be a busy fighter with not much power which should leave plenty of openings to land one of my ghetto whoppers.”

Edwards has been a busy guy of late if you follow him on Facebook, taking a few acting gigs and looking happy to be going outside of his comfort zone. He explained to us how he found himself in front of the camera without gloves on. “I trained a guy who ended up being a producer on a local film that ended up starring Billy Zane, they have finished filming but they were running short on money to finish the production. Blue World Order is the film's name and they have a website to visit. This latest project stemmed from people I met on that, this one is called Tech Noir and the director is attempting to get it into the aussie short film festival Tropfest. I had a great experience on both films and definitely look forward to participating in more projects.”

What does the future hold for Edwards? Only time will tell. Edwards has done it all from boxing to kickboxing to even dog walking, but will he keep fighting even if he loses? “There will be plenty of dog walking, I can't express how much I enjoy doing that and I am a prize fighter, whatever the rules if there is a prize I'll be there.”

Any man who loves dogs is okay by me. The same with any man who genuinely loves fighting and Ben Edwards fits that bill. Ben Edwards is participating in the GLORY 24 Heavyweight tournament, facing Jahfarr Wilnis in the first round.

Read more...'s Glory 24 Predicitions

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With Glory 24 in Denver just around the corner we figured it was a good time to do some predictions on the show and find out everyone else's opinions as well. All the fights on the main card seem quite well matched which always makes predictions a little more difficult. For example the main event between Joe Schilling and Jason Wilnis you could look at 2 ways. First of all with Joe Schilling you know you can expect excitement but sometimes that comes at the expense of his chin which makes him unpredictable. Also Schilling has never really fought a true dutch kickboxer in a kickboxing match, so we don't know how he will handle the constant forward pressure. On the other hand with Wilnis he never really changes his game plan which works for him most of the time, until he faces someone tricky and different like Artem Levin. So the "safe bet" you could say is Wilnis, but then you can never count out Schillings power and unpredictability.

Now the tournament is also a tough one, lets start with Benjamin Adegbuyi vs Mladen Brestovac. First of all if you don't know much about Brestovac check out his fight with Jahfarr Wilnis at Glory 14 in Zagreb HERE. Those type of high kicks from a heavyweight can change the outcome of any fight so Adegbuyi will have to make sure to keep his hands tight and out box Brestovac all fight. Then we have Ben Edwards vs Jahfarr Wilnis, when I look at this fight I feel the biggest factor at the moment is activity. Wilnis has been fighting consistently in china and recently became the Kun Lun heavyweight tournament champion by defeating Hesdy Gerges in the final, where as Ben Edwards has been boxing a little lately but hasn't had a kickboxing fight since Glory's last time in Denver which is well over a year ago, but Edwards always has one punch KO power and a huge heart.


Joe Schilling vs Jason Wilnis (JJ - Wilnis / DW - Joe)

Wayne Barrett vs Dustin Jacoby (JJ - Barrett / DW - Barrett)

Benjamin Adegbuyi vs Mladen Brestovac (JJ - Adegbuyi / DW - Adegbuyi)

Ben Edwards vs Jahfarr Wilnis (JJ - Wilnis / DW - Edwards)

Tournament Winner ( JJ - Adegbuyi / DW - Adegbuyi)


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