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Registration for FFC Futures Open Until Feb. 8th

  • Published in Kickboxing

Final FightWe here at LiverKick have a lot of readers who also find themselves in the position of entering the ring on occasion, some with big dreams and questions as to how they can make those dreams happen. With organizations like SuperKombat and Final Fight looking for the next big star right now seems like the time to act, doesn't it?

Final Fight's Futures has an open registration right now where fighters can submit their information in hopes of being booked on upcoming FFC Futures events. The deadline if February 8th, which doesn't give you a lot of time to get your act together and take advantage of said opportunity, so act quickly. Head over to this link to submit your application. The requirements are to have less than ten professional fights and to enclose your basic information as well as training and any fight footage that you have available.

For more information check here.

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Robin van Roosmalen's MMA Debut Gets Dated; FFC 22 on Feb. 19th

  • Published in Kickboxing

GLORY Lightweight Champion Robin van Roosmalen is set to make his MMA debut this year at an FFC event, we knew this much, but today it was announced that van Roosmalen will headline FFC's 22nd event in Athens, Greece on February 19th. The card will also feature Pavel Zhuravlev, Samo Petje and Igor Pokrajac. 

His debut opponent has not been announced yet, but we assume that will be coming shortly. 

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Robin van Roosmalen Reveals More on Upcoming MMA Debut

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Robin van Roosmalen recently revealed that he'd be dipping his toe into the MMA waters after two years of training in the sport, all with the blessings of GLORY. Today, thanks to an interview from the Blackzilians website, there are more details on his pending debut. 

Van Roosmalen will be making his MMA debut on January 16th in Italy for the promotion FFC. FFC, run out of Croatia, runs events that are a mix of MMA and kickboxing. This seems like an interesting promotion to fight for considering they do have a kickboxing connection, but this is apparently all done with GLORY's knowledge. He had an exclusive contract with GLORY, but the promotion gave him the go ahead to pursue MMA as long as it didn't interfere with his GLORY obligations. 

As for the weight class? Robin fights at Lightweight in kickboxing but due to how much weight-cutting happens in MMA he has decided to fight at Featherweight in MMA. When asked about a possible future in the UFC, which doesn't allow for their fighters to participate in other sports, he said that he'd like to reach the highest level at some point, but that would be far down the line for him. There was a push to get van Roosmalen involved with Bellator (which we've known for a while), most recently a push for him to fight on the Bellator MMA Dynamite 1 card but Bellator didn't seem keen on it and those talks went nowhere. 

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FFC Results: Robin van Roosmalen Wins Second MMA Bout and More

  • Published in Kickboxing

Final Fight Championship (FFC) held their 28th event in Athens, Greece this past weekend, featuring the usual fare of mixed bouts between kickboxing and MMA. The kickboxing portion of the card featured a number of title fights, including Andi Vrtacic defeating Denis Marjanovic for the FFC Middleweight Championship. The highlight of the evening, for most, was former two-division GLORY kickboxing champion Robin van Roosmalen making his second appearance in MMA rules. Van Roosmalen won via leg kicks in the first round after planting Risto Dimitrov to the mat with a hook, then kicked his leg until he couldn't get up.

Kickboxing:

Samo Petje def. Meletis Kakoubavas

FFC Welterweight Championship: Eyevan Danenberg (C) def. Ivan Bilić

FFC Middleweight Championship: Andi Vrtačić def. Denis Marjanović (C)

Stavros Grigorakakis def. Tomislav Čikotić

Zahid Zairov def. Nikos Hysen

Giannis Fezoulai def. Marios Blanas

MMA:

Robin van Roosmalen def. Risto Dimitrov by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:56

Darko Stošić def. Emil Zahariev by TKO (leg kicks). Round 1, 2:07 – heavyweight title

Alexis Savvidis vs. Filip Pejić ruled a draw

Andreas Michailidis def. Borce Talevski by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:25

Stamatis Moroulis def. Edgar Santos by TKO (punches). Round 2, 1:59

Giannis Michalopoulos def. Alexandros Papadimitriou by unanimous decision

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Final Fight Announces FFC Futures

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FFCIt seems that 2014 is going to be the year where Kickboxing organizations are on the hunt for great, young talent, as we've seen K-1, SuperKombat and now Final Fight based out of Croatia push forward with initiatives to discover the next great Kickboxing superstar. For Final Fight's effort they will be calling it "FFC Futures."FFC Futures will be a series of four events held in the tourist city of Opatija, Croatia and heavily feature up-and-coming talents in both MMA and Kickboxing, with cash, prizes and even contracts to fight on bigger Final Fight cards given out.

These events will also be headlined by fights from bigger name fighters under the FFC banner, meaning that the shows will have appeal beyond just finding new talent. The first event is scheduled for March 1st in Opatija and there will be a press conference in Croatia on the 22nd with more details.

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FFC Plans Two Big Shows in the US This June Featuring Kickboxers Mladen Brestovac and Pavel Zhuravlev

  • Published in Kickboxing

Croatian MMA and kickboxing promotion FFC has announced that starting this spring they will begin promoting events inside of the United States with two events already lined up. The first event is June 3rd in Daytona Beach, which has been announced as a purely-MMA event, while the second event on June 10th in Springfield, Massachusetts will be both MMA and kickboxing. While there aren't any official kickboxing bouts announced yet, they have promised that Mladen Brestovac and Pavel Zhuravlev will be fighting.

Interestingly enough, both events will be aired live on CBS Sports Network. While kickboxing in the United States hasn't become hugely popular yet by any means, with it becoming more readily available one has to think that it can only be a good thing for the sport. 

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Robin van Roosmalen Signs with FFC for Upcoming MMA Debut

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GLORY Lightweight Champion Robin van Roosmalen has been training to make his MMA debut for a while now. He's been one of those names that has come up as training with high profile UFC fighters, sparring with big names and has been one of the few kickboxers that many fans see having potential to be a big crossover star. That MMA debut will happen in 2016 and the promotion that it will happen in with be FFC.

FFC, Final Fight Championship, based out of Croatia, blend together MMA and kickboxing on their shows, booking some higher profile stars across both sports in Europe over the past few years. Van Roosmalen signing with them allows him the flexibility to compete in MMA for them while still remaining the GLORY Lightweight Champion.

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FFC Makes Its US Debut With a Bang: Brestovac Scores KO Victory

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(C) FFC

Last night in Daytona Beach, Florida FFC made their US debut with a joint MMA and kickboxing event. The kickboxing side was headlined by Croatian fighter, recently a GLORY title contender, Mladen Brestovac, taking on US fighter Steven Banks. Banks has been living and training out of Thailand of late, mostly competing in China, so the trip back to the US was a rarity for the fighter. It was a tough fight for both fighters but the signature head kick of Brestovac was simply too much for Banks, with it ending in the second round via TKO.

Mladen Brestovac (CRO) def. Steven Banks (USA), TKO (highkick), R2, 2:42

Tigran Movsisyan (ARM) def. Jovan Davis (USA), Unanimous decision

Michael Stripling (USA) def. John Morehouse (USA), Unanimous decision

Michael Stevens (USA) def. Cyrus Washington (USA), Unanimous decision

Kit Ruddock (USA) def. Robert Mosier (USA), Unanimous decision

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Robin van Roosmalen Returns to MMA In September For FFC26

  • Published in Kickboxing

Saying "former GLORY Lightweight Champion" in regards to Robin van Roosmalen is still going to take some getting used to -- both for us and for him -- but the now-former lightweight champion will be returning to MMA on September 23rd in Austria, once again under the FFC banner at FFC 26.

Van Roosmalen's second professional MMA bout will be the headliner of the show, featuring him against 0-2 Hungarian fighter Zoltan Turai. The kickboxing portion of the card is headlined by a 77kg title bout between Shkodran Veseli and Eyevan Danenberg. Also on the card is Mladen Brestovac back in action against Damian Garcia and Samo Petje against Leo Zulic. You can find more info at FFC's website. 

Van Roosmalen debuted in MMA at FFC 22 against Theo Michailidis with a R2 TKO.

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FFC Ending the Year with a Championship-Filled FFC 27

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Croatian promotion FFC looks to wrap up 2016 with a big show in Zagreb Arena on December 17th, featuring four big title fights featuring some of their biggest stars. Heavyweight Champion Mladen Brestovac will look to defend his title against Daniel Lentie, Pavel Zhuravlev will be defending his -95kg championship against Dzevad Poturak. Denix Marjanovic and Rene Wimmer will be vying for the 85kg championship and Samo Petje will take on Tigran Movisyan for the -70kg championship.

FFC 27 – NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS

December 17, Zagreb Arena

Mladen Brestovac(C) (CRO) vs. Daniel Lentie (CAM/FRA), HW – title match

Pavel Zhuravlev(C) (UKR) vs. Dževad Poturak (BiH), -95kg – title match

Denis Marjanović (BiH) vs. Rene Wimmer (AUT), -85kg – title match

Jasmin Bajrović (CRO) vs. Ivan Bilić (CRO), -77kg

Samo Petje (CRO) vs. Tigran Movisyan (CZE/ARM), -70kg – title match

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