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Go Inside GLORY 39 Fight Week Plus a Heated Weigh-In Video

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GLORY 39 is tomorrow in the afternoon, live from Brussels, Belgium. The event is headlined by Cedric Doumbe looking to finally chalk up a win over career-rival Yoann Kongolo and defend his GLORY Welterweight Championship for the first time. This time they have five rounds to work and it isn't in front of a hometown crowd for Kongolo, making this a must-see fight between two of the very best at Welterweight. In the lead-up to that, GLORY have released their usual Inside GLORY videos and they are pretty fun this time out, especially the second part with Chi Lewis-Parry where he recounts a drunken leg-kicking contest involving Todd Grisham, James Law and the GLORY crew. 

Inside GLORY

Then, of course, come the weigh-ins. Everyone weighed in, there were staredowns, you know the drill. Of course, this features Cedric Doumbe, who is a master at getting into his opponents' heads and, well, watch for yourself. It gets a bit heated.

GLORY 39 Weigh-Ins

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Check Out Steven Wright's 2016 Year in Kickfighting Highlight

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There was a lot of really great action in the sports of muay thai and kickboxing over the span of 2016. Promotions sprouted up, powered forward and put forth their best fighters in exciting fights and MMA striking and kickboxing coach Steven Wright has once again put together his annual "Best of Kickfighting" video featuring some of the greatest moments from the past year.

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Casey 'Go' Greene and Whatever It Takes at GLORY 34

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Ready. Set. Go. Casey "Go" Greene that is. It's always great to talk to someone who is invested in advancing to the highest level of their craft.  What's even better is when you meet someone who attacks their goal with such tenacity that it would seem that their very life depended on it.  That is what you get when you meet Casey Greene.  The California native has joined the team and it's all or nothing.  Actually it's all for Greene, there is no other option.  Using the hashtag #Project WIT, Greene is living his philosophy, "Whatever it takes" (WIT).  Whatever it takes to be the best, whatever it takes to stay on top.  Whatever it takes to be the best man he can be in all aspects of his life. As kickboxing in the US steadily climbs in popularity, Greene plans to fulfill his dream of being on another level as well as taking the sport to another level.    

With a 4-3 record in Glory and currently ranked at #6, Greene is determined to set the welterweight division aflame.  A California native, Greene embarked upon his kickboxing journey fearlessly and with the idea in mind that becoming the best means training with the best, Carlos Dekkers, brother of the late and great Ramon Dekkers.  While seven fights does not a champion make, Greene has in this short time faced some of the best and brightest in Glory including Mike Lemaire, Dustin Jacoby and Francois Ambang.  Greene states that he works toward becoming a well rounded fighter and with experience in MMA, he counts his ability to stand and bang as an asset.

This Friday, October 21st, Greene is prepared  to do whatever it takes as he faces Glory newcomer Thongchai Sitsonpeenong at Glory 34 in Denver.  While his opponent has a record of more than 100 fights a fact like that doesn't phase Greene as he is willing to take on all comers as he continues to climb the ranks in his division.  

So if you haven't heard the name before, remember it, you'll be hearing it again and again. 

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Video: This Was Glory 35

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Glory 35 in Nice, France turned out to be an amazing event with wicked fights, great knockouts and every seat on the arena full. I'd have to say even though a lot of the arena was curtained off it was still much better to have a smaller space full of people than a big space with tons of empty seats. The French crowds are always very educated which of course makes a show much more enjoyable. Glory as usual has released a highlight of the event where you can feel the energy of the crowd and emotions of the fighters.

This was Glory 35

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GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven Returns at GLORY 41

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GLORY announced this afternoon that kickboxing royalty will once again be seen within the GLORY ring at GLORY 41. Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven will make his return to the ring at GLORY 41 on May 20th against an unnamed opponent. There are a wealth of contenders thanks to the continual GLORY heavyweight contender's tournaments, which means it could be just about any of the top heavyweights in the promotion come May 20th. 

Verhoeven was last seen in the ring in December when he squared off with Badr Hari in a bout that left many wanting, with both looking forward to a rematch. The only problem is that Badr Hari returned to prison on Monday and will serve seven months, making a return this year unlikely.

GLORY 41 Holland

Heavyweight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven (c) vs. TBA

Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: TBA vs. TBA

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: TBA vs. TBA

GLORY 41 SuperFight Series

Featherweight World Title Bout: Robin van Roosmalen vs. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao

Light Heavyweight Bout: Michael Duut vs. Mourad Bouzidi

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LiverKick 2016 Awards: Event of the Year - GLORY Collision

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When it came to deciding which of the many events that happened in 2016 was the event of the year it wasn't an easy decision. What metrics do you weigh this by? Attendance? Hype? Quality on paper? How exciting the show was? In a lot of ways, there wasn't one show that embodied all of these things, or even a majority of them. Unlike in the past where a K-1 World Grand Prix show would easily be the event of the year, now kickboxing is fractured and spread across the world. China is putting on shows that millions of people are watching, each show an epic, day-long affair. K-1 Japan is putting on some of the most exciting shows in the world and KNOCK OUT burst onto the scene with a KO-heavy first event.

Yet, which event actually did the most for the sport of kickboxing? That answer was simple; GLORY Collision. The sold out event in Germany was a triple-header, featuring title fights, tournaments and the dream bout between Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari. While the question can be asked if the event actually delivered the action promised, the reality was that it was a full arena, it had fans across the world interested in kickboxing and there was a big fight feel for the first time in a very long time. How GLORY is able to capitalize on that is up to them, but it has people in Europe reconsidering kickboxing as a big sport again and had more eyes than kickboxing has had in quite a while. 

 

The 2016 LiverKick Awards

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LiverKick Podcast Feb. 21 2017 - GLORY 38, Enfusion 46 and W5 KITEK

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Don't tell me that we weren't gonna do this again, because it's the third episode of this iteration of the LiverKick podcast.

This time out Jay and myself get to talking about the latest in the kickboxing world, including Enfusion Live 46 featuring Jaraya vs. Ben Moh II, Bulaid vs. Zouggary and more. We also talk about W5's KITEK show, which included Giorgio Petrosyan taking home another world title and where he goes from there. Then, to cap it off, we look at this week's upcoming GLORY 38 event and how GLORY is announcing cards way in advance. 


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Cedric Doumbe vs. Nieky Holzken II Headlines GLORY 42

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On Saturday, June 10th GLORY returns to Paris with GLORY 42 Paris headlined by GLORY Welterweight Champion Cedric Doumbe defending against former champion Nieky Holzken. Holzken, who at a time looked unstoppable, fell to Doumbe at GLORY: Collision in December and the social media exchanges have been heated ever since. Only two other fights are announced, including Jimmy Vienot against Casey Greene and Yoann Kongolo against Antoine Pinto.

GLORY 42 Paris

Welterweight Title Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. Nieky Holzken

Lightweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: TBA vs. TBA

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: TBA vs. TBA

GLORY 42 SuperFight Series

Welterweight Headline Bout: Yoann Kongolo vs. Antoine Pinto

Welterweight Bout: Jimmy Vienot vs. Casey Greene

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Glory 35 Heavyweight Tournament

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The Glory 35 card in Nice, France has been finalized by adding the second bracket to the heavyweight tournament. The tournament is the same as their previous heavyweight tournament in Denver at Glory 24 with the exception of Ben Edwards being replaced by Hesdy Gerges.

The first half of the tournament will be a rematch between Benjamin Adegbuyi and Hesdy Gerges. These two met at Glory 18: Oklahoma with Adegbuyi winning the decision, now Gerges is out for revenge. If Gerges can get past Benny then he has a chance to possibly fight Jahfarr Wilnis and avenge another loss so this is a big opportunity for Hesdy.

The second half of the tournament has Jahfarr Wilnis against Mladen Brestovac both the fighters that Adegbuyi defeated to win the first tournament. Wilnis has been so close to a fight with heavyweight champ Rico Verhoeven for a while now especially after winning the Kunlun Tournament but it keeps just slipping through his fingers, winning this tournament is exactly what he needs guarantee that fight. Brestovac already fought Rico this year and lost a decision but his style made Rico look mediocre so I’m sure he’d love one more try.

Glory 35: Nice, France Main Card

Lightweight World Title Headline Bout: Sittichai (c) vs. Marat Grigorian

Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Light Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Pavel Zhuravlev

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Hesdy Gerges

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Jahfarr Wilnis vs. Mladen Brestovac

Glory 35: Nice, France Super Fight Series

Light Heavyweight Title Unification Bout: Artem Vakhitov (c) vs. Zack Mwekassa (ic)

Welterweight Bout: Karim Benmansour vs. Eyevan Danenberg

Heavyweight Bout: Nicholas Wamba vs. Nordine Mahieddine

Super Bantamweight Bout: Amel Dehby vs. Ji-Waen Lee

Lightweight Bout: Josh Jauncey vs. Dylan Salvador

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Badr Hari Wants Rico Verhoeven Rematch in May or June

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The fight that many believed would never happen between Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven did happen, but the ending was perhaps bittersweet and exactly the kind of letdown that fans have grown accustomed to when it comes to the sport of kickboxing under-delivering on big promises. So while the fight was put together, the fighters ready to brawl and the arena packed full of passionate fans, the outcome was Badr Hari forfeiting thanks to an injury. 

Rico Verhoeven immediately offered Badr a rematch in the ring, to which Badr Hari replied in amiable fashion to, although still denigrating his opponent. The scorecards reflected that the judges had Badr Hari winning the first round, but the fight was far from over, especially considering a strike from Verhoeven is ultimately what injured Hari and forced the stoppage. For fans a conclusion to this fight is not only desirable, but almost a necessity. In an interview with John O'Regan, Hari claimed that he was looking to plan for a rematch in May or June, although he still didn't seem to respect his opponent.

“That's why it was so sour that I had to stop. But be honest, did you see me worrying, or in trouble? Like I said in the ring [after the fight], he became a man but he needs to be more to beat me. He is still not in my league.”

Hari's punching power and explosiveness are legendary, as are his temper both in and out of the ring. Legal issues have kept him away from the ring during what could have been the prime of his career and still haunt him to this day, everything from where he can actually get a license to fight to working around court dates and the uncertainty of the future. 

A rematch seems in order as long as both men are up for it and the asking prices don't fly through the roof. Right now the sport needs the rematch, if not to clear up the debate of who is the better fighter, to deliver on a promise and help build up the reputation of the sport once again.

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