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GLORY 12 Interview: Wayne Barrett Ready for War

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Glory 12

Our friends at GLORY have given us a sneak peak at a video interview that they are going to be releasing later on in the week from GLORY 12 New York headliner Wayne Barrett. Barrett will have the unenviable task of squaring off against GLORY 10 Middleweight Champion Joe Schilling in what is definitely the fight of his young career thus far. Barrett seems focused and like he's done everything that he can to prepare for Schilling, but we won't know what that means until fight day.

So fine LiverKick.com readers, check out this video which you can view exclusively on LiverKick until, you know, it's released to the public.

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Weekend Results: Enfusion Live May 25th

  • Published in Europe

(C) Ben Pontier

Enfusion Live continued forth with their 2014 season by promoting yet another event in the Netherlands this past weekend. This one emanated from Amsterdam and, well, you'd know it from the fact that one of the sponsors on the mat was for a whore house in the red light district. It's no wonder Amsterdam has such a weird international reputation with Kickboxing. Anyway, here are the results from the event as well as highlights!

Aziz Kallah (R3 - Dec.) hicham Boubkai
Anke Van Gestel (R3 - Dec.) Lindsay Scheer
Marcello Adriaansz (R1 - TKO) Gurghan Degirmenci
Walid Hamid (R3 - Dec.) Mohammed Jaraya
Othman Allach (R1 - KO) Kevin Hessling
Hamza Essalih (R3 - Dec.) Maik redan
Khalid Chabrani (R1 - KO) Omar Hanafy

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Hesdy Gerges Officially Removed from May 21st It's Showtime Card

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GergesThe hits keep on rolling, as we quickly approach It's Showtime's May 14th card and their May 21st card there have been a few notable changes, as we just reported, Anderson Silva had to pull out of his bout with Daniel Ghita for the 14th. We have more bad news for It's Showtime fans, as many will remember, Hesdy Gerges has found himself in some legal trouble of late, and has now been extradited to Belgium to be interrogated about his possible involvement with cocaine trafficking.

The bad news is that It's Showtime no longer believes that Gerges will be able to participate on their May 21 card. They have removed him from the official card line up on their website, and Simon Rutz confirmed on his Facebook account in response to a fan that Gerges is out for the time being. This leaves It's Showtime without their main event for the card, but Robin Van Roosmalen vs. Mohamed Khamal is a great bout that could easily fill in for the absence of Hesdy Gerges on the card.

We'll keep you updated on any further updates for It's Showtime's May 14th and May 21st cards and who will fill in what spot. Hopefully they find an opponent for Chris Knowles.

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A-1 World Combat Cup 2014 Tournament Results

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A-1 World Combat Cup tournament in Eindhoven took place this weekend, sadly Henri Van Opstal had to pull out due to his grandmothers passing, Liverkick wishes him and his family all the best, so Soufiane Benallal took his place against Steven Jonis. Otherwise the card seemed very exciting, with lots of knockouts for the Dutch crowd.

Tournament Results

Quarter Finals: Nordin Ben Moh def. Robbie Hageman (TKO)

Quarter Finals: Steven Jonis def. Soufiane Benallal (KO)

Quarter Finals: Harut Grigorian def. Nicky Lopez (decision)

Quarter Finals: Tayfun Özcan def. Mo Ben Nasser (KO)

Semi Final: Nordin Ben Moh def. Steven Jonis (decision)

Semi Final: Harut Grigorian def. Tayfun Özcan (decision)

Final: Harut Grigorian def. Nordin Ben Moh (KO)

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Weekend Results: Paul Daley KO's Fabjan at FFC 12

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FFC

This weekend saw Paul Daley in action after announcing that he had signed with K-1 earlier in the week. Daley was continuing in his quest to fight the best in the world by fighting Miran Fabjan, defintely not a slouch by any standards, in fact, quite a talented guy. He was able to put Fabjan down and out in the second round, although Fabjan admitted after the fight that he was in need of surgery, which he would be delaying until after this fight.

The results below are provided by FFC.

  • MMA:
  • Dion Starring def. Tomaž Simonič - submission (americana), 1st round, 2:55
  • Viktor Halmi def. Primož Vrbinc – TKO, 2nd round, 2:00
  • Bor Bratovž def. Giorgi Ivanov - submission 1st round (1:45)
  • Ivica Trušćek def. Michael Pfunder – submission, 1st round (3:21)
  • Antun Račić def. Zoltan Turi – submission, 1st round (4:45)
  • Luka Jelčić def. Krasimir Georgiev - KO (ground n' pound), 1st round (2:20)
  • KICKBOXING
  • Paul Daley def. Miran Fabjan – KO, 2nd round
  • Teo Mikelić def. Mirko Vorkapić - TKO, 1st round
  • Denis Chorchyp def. Darian Paladin – unanimous decision
  • Samo Petje def. Kevin Hesseling - KO, 1st round
  • Elmir Mehić def. Rok Štrucl - KO, 2nd round
  • Mladen Kujundžić def. Dženan Poturak - KO , 1st round

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Joseph Valtellini Confirms Spot in GLORY 13 Welterweight Tournament

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Glory 11

GLORY 13 Tokyo goes down in December, which means that it is still a ways off for us, but that doesn't mean that we can't already start the conversation about the GLORY 13 Welterweight tournament. Rumors have been flying around over the past few days as to who will be participating in the tournament, outside of Nieky Holzken. Joseph Valtellini's name has been floated around quite a bit after his impressive win over Karim Ghajji at GLORY 11 and now, according to Joe himself, he is indeed in the tournament.

Check out this interview he did post-fight.

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Why You Should Be Amped for Sergio Wielzen This Weekend in It's Showtime

  • Published in Kickboxing

Time gets the better of all of us once in a while, and for me, there has been a lot of combat sports lately, enough so to where I kept putting off discussing this weekend's It's Showtime event. Now here I am early on Tuesday morning trying to sell you on watching the fights this weekend. The big fight coming up is a 61kg MAX It's Showtime World Championship bout between the champion, Sergio Wiezlen.

Wiezlen, for a fighter at a mere 61kg (135lbs) has a ton of power to go with his speed. If you need proof, watch this video from a fighter last year, where Wiezlen faced off against a former Lumpini and four time Rajadamnern Stadium Champion (this was of course 2003 - 2006ish) and annihilated him with a right head kick.

Not sold yet? OK, in December Sergio defended his newly won It's Showtime 61kg MAX crown against a game challenger in Masahiro Yamamoto. Yamamoto was able to match him with speed, but not in power. One of my favorite moments in this fight is the left knee in the first round that puts Yamamoto down. Wiezlen looks to use those knees like a mini Ubereem, granted he is just about half the size and uses his kicks a bit more liberally.

A nice, commanding performance and what we get to look forward to this weekend. Will Wiezlen make this his 19th professional knockout?

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Glory 17: Glory Prepares to Distinguish Itself As a Combat Sports Brand

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Glory 17 is a turning point for Glory in many ways, marking its entry into the American PPV market by staging the largest, most significant kickboxing tournament on American soil in decades. But even more noteworthy than that, this event signifies the opportunity for Glory to truly distinguish itself as a unique combat sports product that is capable of delivering where other brands may falter, particularly the UFC. The UFC’s present difficulties are well known: problems with a ballooning roster, complaints about “boring” fights, and problems marketing fighters have led to great inconsistency in the quality of UFC events. Glory, on the other hand, has experienced few to no difficulties in this regard--and for very interesting reasons. In this article, I will talk about some of the things that I think make Glory a fairly unique entity in the combat sports world.

1. Each Glory weight class has more elite fighters than a single card can accommodate.

The Last Man Standing tournament is essentially a display of the entire Middleweight division, and it is a scary division, featuring Artem Levin, Joe Schilling, Simon Marcus, Wayne Barrett, Filip Verlinden, and Melvin Manhoef as well as dangerous contenders like Alex Pereira--all of these men are either champions, former champions, or fighters who have distinguished themselves against championship-level competition. Whereas some promotions might struggle to fill fight cards with less accomplished talent, Glory has the unique problem of struggling to fill fight cards with overqualified talent, bumping the likes of Levin to the non-televised SuperFight Series. If you ever find yourself wondering why a fighter like Giorgio Petrosyan gets to occupy the fourth slot on the Glory main card, it’s frequently because any Glory card could offer you a choice of several main event fights.

2. Glory has complete control of the rules of the sport.

No matter how many three or four-letter-name sanctioning bodies Glory will claim accountability to, the fact remains that Glory, as an organization in today’s combat sports market, is unique because of the complete control that it has on the rules of the sport. By frequently changing its clinch rules, its knockdown rules, and its 8-count rules, Glory has crafted and refined a viewing experience that is more fast-paced and exciting, producing a high volume of memorable fights and highlight reel moments. This is an ability that neither the UFC nor any other MMA organization possess, and the end result for them is a perpetual struggle to reconcile the Unified Rules of MMA with the type of fights that UFC wants to sell. Glory, by contrast, can eliminate any rule that negatively affects the viewing experience.

The flipside is that we also don’t have to talk about drug testing in the sport of Kickboxing. Glory is in a peculiar position here as well, operating between the lines of an oversight structure that is very dated and arguably unequipped to handle a multimillion dollar professional sport. Indeed, WKA’s official rules, published in 2011, leave drug testing up to the discretion of the “WKA supervisor, tournament promoters, and the official doctor,” who “can and may perform tests” but don’t necessarily have to do so unless directed by local law, making WKA’s actual responsibility very unclear. The procedure, standards, and logistics of testing are either mentioned in vague terms or not outlined at all. Glory, for its part, hasn’t forced the issue, leaving us to enjoy the fruits of ambiguity. In other words: don’t ask, don’t tell, and Pride never die.

3. Glory is learning how to market its fighters.

This is an issue that we’ve discussed several times here on LiverKick and which Dave Walsh expounded on in his excellent piece comparing kickboxing to the history of regional pro wrestling promotion. Behind every fight is an evolving narrative with at least two central characters, and as viewers, we’re interested in not only the fight itself but also in how the fight will determine the next chapter of the story. The promoter’s job is to build anticipation and interest in the fight and to illustrate what it means in the grand scheme of the division. With Glory 17, Glory has been proactive in producing media which tells us the story, including an excellent video on the rivalry between Rico Verhoeven and Daniel Ghita. The authenticity of this rivalry (for the critics’ sake) is as irrelevant as the authenticity of the 2009 rivalry between Badr Hari and Alistair Overeem--it felt real at the time and it electrified the atmosphere at the Saitama Super Arena. As Glory gains screen time on television and PPV, promotional efforts like this will be increasingly vital to its success.

While Glory got off to a rough start, it seems like the organization has found its identity as a kickboxing promotion and major combat sports brand. It is undeniably a unique presence in today’s sports entertainment market. If this event is a success and the Glory audience continues to grow, I think that Glory could become a leading company. Until then, you will have to join me in keeping fingers tightly crossed.

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GLORY Announces GLORY 16 Card - Pat Barry's Debut

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GLORY

GLORY has released the full card for GLORY 16 Denver today, including the one night GLORY Heavyweight Contender tournament as well as the main event between Nieky Holzken and Marc de Bonte. The surprise on the card is that they will be airing the Reserve bout this time around, mostly due to the fact that it is Pat Barry. Pat Barry will be making his GLORY debut on May 3rd in Denver, which is a pretty big deal.

Here's a look at the card.

GLORY 16 DENVER

 

  • Tournament Final Bout C: Semifinal Bout A Winner vs. Semifinal Bout B Winner
  • Welterweight World Title Bout: Nieky Holzken vs. Marc de Bonte
  • Tournament Reserve Bout: Pat Barry vs. Zack Mwekassa
  • Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Anderson Silva vs. Sergey Kharitonov
  • Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Ben Edwards vs. Errol Zimmerman
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Watch This Great Peter Aerts Highlight

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Our good friend Jacob, better known as IQ Wrestler in internet circles has gone ahead and made another of his fine highlight reels, this one dedicated to the man, the myth, the legend Peter Aerts, Mr. K-1 himself. Aerts has a fight coming up in December, sadly not for K-1, but in his home away from home in Japan and it is hard not to support him. Go ahead and take a peek at this video and marvel at Mr. K-1.

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