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Badr Hari Has a Message to His Fans; He's Ready

  • Published in Kickboxing

The Bad Boy will officially return to action on May 14th as Badr Hari is set to face off with Tony Gregory for It's Showtime in Lyon, France. The kickboxing world is on edge awaiting the return of the Golden Boy. Not many feel like Gregory is a worthy challenger, but regardless there is a ton of hype coming into the fight. This just proves that fans want what they want; they want Badr Hari to return to action and crush the opposition.

This interview with Badr Hari catches up with him to get his thoughts on returning to action and how he feels about competing in France, "it is a great honor to be fighting in France," he says, as he feels ready for action.

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Steven Wright's Newest Highlight Shows How Valentina Shevchenko is Great at Everything

  • Published in Video

Consider my surprise this weekend when I saw the name Valentina Shevchenko showing up on my Twitter feed and not just from the usual kickboxing people, but from your run-of-the-mill UFC fans. Apparently Shevchenko has made it into the UFC and not only that, she just beat up Sarah Kaufman this past weekend. Damn, right? Shevchenko has been a well-known quantity in the world of kickboxing and muay thai for quite a while now, one of the premier female talents anywhere.

Our pal Steven Wright is celebrating this by delivering one of his absolutely best highlights to date, this time showcasing "The Bullet" throughout her storied career. Don't miss it.

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Warman's Kickfighting Show #59: FIKA, MPL in the Netherlands, Shoot the Shooto and More!

  • Published in Interviews

Yet another episode of Warman's Kickfighting show with Steven Wright and myself discuss the wild world of Kickfighting, from Muay Thai to Kickboxing. This week we start off taking a look at the announcement of FIKA and how it has been received and what we know. Of course, when discussing anything K-1 related there were a lot of concerns and things that we wanted to see.

On top of that, we run down the MPL card coming up this week from the Netherlands. It is an unbelievably packed card and we tear it down fight-by-fight, looking at the good, the bad and the whatever. From there we enter into the realm of Shoot Boxing and just how well will Toby Imada fare this time around?

The show can be accessed from going to Steven's blog or by searching on iTunes (keyword: LordGaul). As always, I'll post it in this thread, but there is a timeout for it, so listen while you can!

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Full SuperKombat Card for June 21st

  • Published in Kickboxing

SuperKombat's June 21st event is quickly-approaching and now we not only know that Andrei Stoica will be defending his SuperKombat Super Cruiserweight Championship, but we know the location and the rest of the card. Originally Horace Martin was supposed to challenge Stoica for the title, but he was forced to withdraw and has been replaced with perhaps the better known Ali Cenik. 

The event will take place in the Sports Hall in Constanta, Romania and will air on Sport.ro in Romania and on Eurosport throughout Europe. 

1. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)
Daniel Lazar (Romania) vs. Ciprian Schiopu (Romania)
2. Semifinal 1 – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)
Michael Terrill (United Kingdom) vs. Patrick Van Rees (Netherlands)
3. Semifinal 2 – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)
Moises Baute (Spain) vs. Cristian Ristea (Romania)
4. Super Fight – Lightweight Bout (-63.5 kg)
Cristian Spetcu (Romania) vs. TBA (To-be-announced)
5. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
D’Angelo Marshall (Curacao) vs. Thomas Vaneste (Belgium)
6. Super Cruiserweight Title – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)
Ali Cenik (Turkey) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)
7. Final – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)
Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2

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Liam Harrison vs. Singdam Kiatmoo9 Scheduled for Yokkao 15

  • Published in Muay Thai

If you've been following muay thai and kickboxing for a while you definitely know the name Liam Harrison. Harrison, based out of the UK, has been one of the best non-Thai fighters to compete in the muay thai ring over the past few years and has built up quite a name for himself. Over that span of time he has fought a whopping 99 times and his 100th fight will not only be a big deal, it'll be a huge deal. At Yokkao 15 on October 10th he will face multiple-time Lumpinee champion Singdam Kiatmoo9.

Singdam is revered as one of the top fighters in the world at 135lbs, trading wins with the best fighters in the world over the past few years at Lumpinee Stadium, the mecca for muay thai. This headlining bout will be joining the other headlining bout from Yokkao 14 on the same night between Greg Wootton and Saenchai in what should be another crazy double header of a night for the fans in the UK.

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Chaz Mulkey on Deck for K-1 World Grand Prix in Los Angeles

  • Published in K-1

Can't Stop Crazy

We are still eagerly awaiting the announcement for the card for the K-1 World Grand Prix in Los Angeles event in September, and in the meantime the news continues to leak out. The latest is from Can't Stop Crazy, a team of elite American Muay Thai fighters. We already knew about Romie Adanza's inclusion on the event, and now it looks like Chaz Mulkey will be included as well. Here is the latest from Can't Stop Crazy.

"Though the ink isn't dry on the paper yet, we're also excited to bring the news that Chaz "No Mercy" Mulkey recently signed on to be a part of the K-1 World MAX tournament. K-1 World MAX is one of the world's premier Middleweight division 70kg (154lb) tournaments. He will be facing Shane Oblonsky in the opening stanza at the K-1 World Grand Prix. Chaz is out to show the world why he's considered one of the top American muay thai fighters.

The event just got a whole lot crazier and Can't Stop Crazy's own Joe Schilling and Kevin Ross will be in attendance at the event. It will be a night to remember, so we'll see you at the Los Angeles Sports arena on September 8th."

Read the rest at the Can't Stop Crazy home page and follow them on twitter @cant_stop_crazy.

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Weekend Results: FFC 8 in Croatia

  • Published in Europe

Fight Channel

Final Fight Championship 8 went down over the weekend in Croatia, the promotion of Orsat Zovko. You might remember the name from such Cro Cop-oriented events as Final Fight (which the MMA media thought was his retirement, lolz) as well as this year's K-1 World Grand Prix Finals. Since then they've been going full blast in Croatia, pumping out quality Kickboxing events and drawing solid crowds for them. FFC8 got a little messy, though, as LEGEND 2: Invasion is coming up which forced both Sergei Laschenko and Pavel Zhuravlev to withdraw from this event. Let's be honest here, it is all about money.

Anyway, Thomas Hron stepped in at last minute and put on the performance of the show, which is admirable. Here are the results from Fight Channel.

  • FFC 8:
  • MMA - 95: Ricco Rodriguez (USA) def. Zelg Galešić (CRO) - R1 3:50 submission
  • KB HW: Mladen Brestovac (CRO) def. Ali Cenik (TUR) - decision
  • KB HW: Thomas Hron(CZE) def. Jahfarr Wilnis (NED) - decision
  • KB 80: Stevan Živković (SER) def. Miran Fabjan (SLO) - split decision
  • MMA - 66:Francisco Barrio (ARG) def. Darko Banović (AUT) - decision
  • MMA -77: Primož Vrbinc (SLO) def. Dušan Džakić (SER) - R1 1:19 TKO
  • FFC Challenger 8:
  • MMA HW: Dion Staring (NED) def. Ante Delija (CRO) - R2 2:42 submission
  • MMA - 77: Ivica Trušček (CRO) def. Goran Vuković (AUT) - R1 2:13 TKO
  • KB HW: Mladen Kujundžić (CRO) def. Senid Imamović (BiH) - R1 1:19 TKO
  • MMA - 77kg: Laszlo Senyei (HUN) def. Luka Jelčić (CRO) - R2 0:30 TKO
  • MMA -77kg: Matej Truhan (CRO) def. Josif Al Said (SER) - R1 3:50 TKO

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The Voice Versus Badr Hari Preview

  • Published in K-1

The Voice Versus Badr Hari debuts on June 25th as Badr Hari will bare all to Michael Schiavello on HDnet. As we lead into the event, thankfully we have yet another preview to watch. Watch as Schiavello talks about possibly feeling remorse for brutally knocking out his opponents, and if you have seen Badr Hari interviews in the past, you'll know what to expect.

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Oktagon Fight Code: Armen Petrosyan Clinches His Way to an Ugly Decision

  • Published in Europe

ArmenYoshihiro Sato even fighting right now just shows the spirit that he has. This right here is Japanese spirit, this is budo. Japan is in a state of disaster and Yoshihiro Sato comes to fight against Armen Petrosyan. Armen has a lot to prove as he is in the shadow of little brother Giorgio. Sato comes in immediately with very tight combination work, but Armen picks and chooses his spots. Sato is fighting on guts and emotion, but as always, he is an intelligent fighter. The only problem is Armen can give it right back. Incredible round for both men.

The second round sees both men try to outsmart each other agai, but Armen uses a lot of thai sweeps early on to frustrate Sato. Reminds me of what Overeem did in his earlier K-1 fights. Both men are working their teep to keep the other at bay and clinching when they get in close. Sato does have a reach advantage ans is only really using it to avoid getting hit. Not the same fire as the first round.

We head into Round 3 most likely even on rounds and Sato looks ready to steal the show but Armen is looking to take him down, apparently. Aremen is all about working the clinch, but Sato is actually landing some solid knees. Very ugly round once again, should probably be a draw but I could see it going to Armen.

Armen takes the ugly decision.

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Four Fights Added to Dynamite!!

  • Published in K-1

With Dynamite!! 2010 just a few weeks away, FEG has slowly been trickling out news for the fans and media. As always, things are handled in a hush-hush manner by FEG, but fight camps sometimes spill the goods before they do. FEG held a press conference on Friday to announce a few of the feature bouts for the upcoming card.

After featuring only one kickboxing bout last year (Masato vs. Andy Souwer), they have added a second K-1 rules bout to the card, in the form of K-1 Heavyweight Champion Kyotaro facing off with Gegard Mousasi. Mousasi has not fought in a kickboxing fight since December 2008 at Dynamite!! 2008 where he made short work of the now retired Musashi. Mousasi is the current DREAM Light Heavyweight Champion and has held the promotion's Middleweight Championship as well as Strikeforce's Light Heavyweight Championship. Kyotaro poses a unique challenge for the Dutch kickboxer, as Kyotaro has speed, power and precision on his side.

The colorful Kazuhisa Watanabe will return to MMA action squaring off against Hideo Tokoro, with both men looking to add another much-needed win on their records. Another fight that was long-rumored is now confirmed, as Jason "KC Bandit" High returns to DREAM for the first time since DREAM.10 to face off with Hayato "Mach" Sakurai. Sakurai's back is against the wall against the younger High and High is looking to work his way back into the major leagues after a disappointing UFC debut this year.

Everyone's favorite Super HULK Champion, Ikuhisa Minowa, known as Minowaman, makes his return to the DREAM ring for the first time since his loss to Olympic Judoka Satoshi Ishii at DREAM.16. Minowa's last fight at DEEP 50 saw him get back into the win column with an armbar on Chang Hee Kim, providin some momentum against another Olympic Judoka, Hiroshi Izumi. Izumi is a Olympic Silver medalist from Athens in 2004 and fights for the first time away from the SRC banner.

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