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A-1 World Combat Cup 2014 Tournament Results

  • Published in Europe

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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Danyo Ilunga Replaces Artem Vakhitov at GLORY 18

  • Published in Glory

It's time to focus on something a bit more productive, don't you think? What could be more productive than GLORY 18's Light Heavyweight Contender tournament set to take place on November 7th in Oklahoma City? With less than a month to go there has been a major change to the event with Artem Vakhitov suffering a minor injury. While Vakhitov will be fine to compete in a few weeks this injury has made it difficult for him to prepare for the fight in November, with him having to pull out.

His replacement is none other than former It's Showtime 95kg Champion Danyo Ilunga of Germany. Ilunga was a finalist in the GLORY 9 Light Heavyweight tournament where he fought Tyrone Spong in a fight that saw Spong victorious. Since then Ilunga has had two first round stoppages within the GLORY ring and most than deserves this spot in the tournament. 

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Enfusion Live This Weekend, Stream and Card Info

  • Published in Kickboxing

Enfusion

This weekend Enfusion will be coming at you live from Dublin, Ireland with an explosive card. For fans (at least those outside of the US) you'll be able to view the stream live on http://www.enfusionlive.com starting at 21:00pm local time. Here is a run down of the whole card, which will feature some familiar names.

Enfusion Live Dublin, 22.3.2014 live at 21.00 pm local time

  • 1. Paul Norton ( Ireland ) vs Ilias Bulaid ( Morocco ) - 67kg
  • 2. Mark Casserly ( Ireland ) vs Alexandros Chatzichronoglou ( Greece ) – 80 kg
  • 3. Iman Barlow ( England ) vs Lorena Klijn ( The Netherlands ) - 54kg
  • 4. Gary Ormond ( Ireland ) vs James Gridley ( England ) - 75kg
  • 5. Tomasz Bukowski ( Poland ) vs Vasileios Karagiannidis ( Greece ) 90kg
  • 6. Enfusion World Title -80 kg: Aidan Brooks ( Ireland ) vs Hicham el Gaoui ( Morocco ) - 80kg

 

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Andrei Stoica vs. Horace Martin Set for SuperKombat's June 21st Show

  • Published in Kickboxing

June 21st will be a big day for the sport of Kickboxing with a few huge events and SuperKombat is looking to make their stick out more with Andrei Stoica defending his Super Cruiserweight Title against Horace Martin. This will be Andrei Stoica's first defense of the SuperKombat Super Cruiserweight Championship since he won the title back in December against Ondrej Hutnik.

Stoica's last fight was in the GLORY ring in March where he lost via first round knockout to Danyo Ilunga, although there is no shame in losing to a fighter the caliber of Danyo Ilunga. If anything it should inspire him to push harder and to want to prove that he does belong in the ring with the likes of Ilunga.

Expect more announcements on the SuperKombat June 21st show shortly.

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SuperKombat is in Search of an Asian New Hero

  • Published in Kickboxing

SuperKombat

SuperKombat, Romania's premier Kickboxing organization, has been running their New Heroes events throughout the year, looking to find the brightest and most exciting new talents from all over the world to compete under the SuperKombat banner. They've already seen a great deal of success, finding some solid new talents. On November 3rd they will be looking at finding the next Asian New Hero from the Festival dell'Oriente in Tuscany, Italy. Asian fighters who wish to participate can email SuperKombat directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply.

“From January, when we started this project with New Heroes, we had events in more than 10 countries around 3 continents. Now, we cooperate with Oriental Festival and between October 31 and November 3 we will continue our plan. More than 5.000 fighters from 113 countries will attend at Unified World Championships and the best of them will be selected for Superkombat. I’m really confident we can find also New Hero from Asia. Everyday we will have tryouts to discover the New Hero”, said Mr. Eduard Irimia, president of Superkombat.

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Lion Fight 13 This Friday Night

  • Published in Muay Thai

Lion fight

A bit of a programming note as this Friday evening on AXS TV at 10pm Eastern time Lion Fight 13 will be coming into your living room live. Lion Fight 13 is another blockbuster Lion Fight full rules Muay Thai card featuring Tiffany Van Soest vs. Caley Reece for Van Soest's Lion Fight Women's Featherweight Championship.

  • Lion Fight Women's Featherweight Championship: Tiffany Van Soest (C) vs. Caley Reece
  • Kevin Ross vs. Matt Embree
  • Coke Chunhawat vs. Rami Ibrahim
  • Nick Chasteen vs. Jonathan del Rosario
  • Josh Shepard vs. Daniel Kim
  • Jason Andrada vs. Andy Singh
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Former NBA Player Darko Miličić to Pursue Career in Kickboxing

  • Published in Kickboxing

Chalk this up as some strange news, but professional basketball player Darko Milicic has decided that basketball just isn't for him, but that professional kickboxing is. The Serbian was a second draft pick in his rookie year and has since played on the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Boston Celtics before retiring in 2012. It seems like a bit of an odd transition to go from the NBA to professional kickboxing, but apparently it is a real thing. 

Now, before you get excited and start talking about GLORY, K-1, SuperKombat or Enfusion, he's apparently inked a deal with WAKO Pro and will announce his first kickboxing fight on Wednesday. [source]

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Long Watch: GLORY's Ivan Farneti Talks Business and Kickboxing

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Part of what makes GLORY such an interesting company is the guys who comprise said company. All of the people that we've spoken to which in the company are passionate and knowledgeable about the sport of kickboxing. They are fans, not just casual fans, but real fans. If you are looking for a fan, look no further than GLORY's Ivan Farneti. You can find him on Twitter or Facebook most of the time talking about combat sports -- and he's nowhere near just a casual fan -- he hangs with the most hardcore of us. In fact, I'd go as far as to call Ivan a kickboxing nerd. It's okay, he's in good company. 

Watch this uber-long interview with Ivan to learn more about him, his love for the sport, how he got started with the organization as well as some of the big picture, vision stuff for GLORY. For those that grow tired of hearing Dana White's brand of vitriol, listen to Ivan pretty much say everything you want to hear and really mean it. 

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2010 Fight of the Year: Part 9

  • Published in Video

Fight #9 is a late entry, but a strong contender...

Mosab Amrani v. Mohamed Khamal (It's Showtime at the Sand, December 18)

It's Showtime had an excellent year in 2010, but it wasn't until the final fight on the final show that they put on a true fight for the ages.  Mosab Amrani v. Mohamed Khamal is a testament to the power of quality matchmaking.  These are two young fighters, both eager to move up the ranks, and both coming in determined to win.  They're also extremely evenly matched, which results in a tremendous back and forth bout.  This one reminds me of Chahid v. Zambidis in a lot of ways, as both men throw at a very fast pace, but also use considerably more skill and technique then you see in many of these all action fights.  Khamal is in blue, Amrani in red.

 

If you ask me, Khamal should have picked up the decision win after regulation, but I have no complaints the way things went down.  Fun, fun fight here, and it's not terrible hyperbole when the announced says it may be the best fight It's Showtime has ever produced.  Great way for the company to close out the year and springboard into what could be a blockbuster 2011.

Previously featured:

Tyrone Spong v. Jerome Le Banner

Bovy Sor. Udomson v. Takaaki Umeno

Yuya Yamamoto v. Scott Shaffer

Tetsuya Yamato v. Yuta Kubo

Peter Aerts v. Ewerton Teixeira

Mike Zambidis v. Chahid Oulad El Hadj

Gokhan Saki v. Daniel Ghita

Peter Aerts v.  Semmy Schilt

There will be 10 fights total posted, with the final fight posted later today.  Fights are featured in chronological order moving through the year.  Voting will be open tomorrow to determine the winner.

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Five Questions With GLORY's Marc de Bonte

  • Published in Interviews

Throughout the history of kickboxing and muay thai, Holland, Thailand and Japan have been the hotspots for stars in the sport. Although there have been numerous practitioners from other countries, rarely did they achieve the level of success or acclaim of their peers in the aforementioned countries. Thanks to organizations like the now defunct, It's Showtime and more recently Glory Sports International, stars from the United States and throughout western Europe and Asia are receiving more attention. Belgium, for instance, internationally known for numerous Tour de France victories as well as strong showings in motor racing and motocross has not been so well known for stars inside the ring, if you don't count 1980's action star Jean-Claude Van Damme. Today, however the land known for its delicious chocolates, fine arts and picturesque beauty is quickly becoming one of the hotspots for future stars in the sport, much due to strong showings over the last few years by Filip Verlinden, Marc DeBonte, Marat Grigorian and Jamal Ben Saddik .

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to ask Marc DeBonte a few questions about his career and goals for the future.

SW: At what age did you begin training?

MD: I started young at 6 years of age and also did my first youth fight at that age.

SW: You are currently ranked number 3 in Glory with a 2-2 record thus far, what is your overall professional record?

MD: My overall professional record is 87 wins-12 loses-1 draw

SW: You are known for your brutal knees, what do you feel are your other strengths as a fighter?

MD: Mostly I feel my boxing and knees are my best points but I am pretty all round and I can adapt pretty fast to any style.

SW: I'm sure one of your goals this year is to regain the belt from Valtellini, any other goals for this year?

MD: Yes to regain the belt and win the tournament at the end of the year, also to get my ranking in professional boxing up. We will see how it goes .

SW: I know you have trained in Hemmers Gym. Where are you currently training?

MD: I train at Tay gym with my trainer Ludo Kaethoven who has been my trainer for the last 8 years now. We work together with Hemmers Gym to get good quality sparring since a lot of high level Glory fighters train there as well.

With the year having reached the 3/4 mark, it is debatable as to whether DeBonte will be rematched with Valtellini by year's end. A rematch, however seems inevitable and the world will see whether improvements in DeBonte's boxing will be sufficient to push him past Valtellini's Tae Kwon Do base and equally powerful legs and low kicks. Whether it's 2014 or 2015, the rematch between DeBonte and Valtellini promises to be explosive.

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