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Lion Fight 32 Main Event Update: Malaipet vs. Nattawut New Main Event

  • Published in Muay Thai

Lion Fight 32 airs on Friday night on AXS TV live from Las Vegas with a huge main event for the Lion Fight Middleweight Championship. Originally scheduled to be Malaipet vs. Ky Hollenbeck, Hollenbeck suffered an unfortunate injury during his last training session and was forced to drop out. Luckily Jo Nattawut was there to step in and we've got ourselves a donnybrook on tap.

Lion Fight Middleweight Championship: Malaipet Sasiprapa VS Jo Nattawut

 

Romie Adanza VS Ming Freeman

Victor Saravia VS Kendrick Latchman 

Travis Clay VS Marvin Madariaga 

Josh Shepard VS Gabriel Mazzetti 

Cody Allen Moberly VS Anthony Castrejohn

 

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

  • Published in Interviews

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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Wu Lin Feng Card including Kaew and Kubo

  • Published in Kickboxing

Wu Lin Feng (WLF) will be holding a show this weekend Jan 14 at the Henan TV Studio 8 in Zhengzhou, Henan, China. Thanks to our friends at kiksie.com we have the full card and still hoping for a link. This card has some huge names like the current K-1 65kgs champ Kaew Weerasakreck, Yi long, Fang Bian, Yuta Kubo, Saiyok plus a great 70kg 4-man tournament featuring Enriko Kehl and also an 8-man 63kgs tournament.

Full Card

70kg Tournament Reserve Fight - Song Shaoqiu (China) vs. Hassan Toy (Netherlands)

16-man 70kg Tournament Semifinals

Semifinal 1 - Farkhad Akhmejanau (Belarus) vs. Enriko Kehl (Germany)

Semifinal 2 - Jiao Fukai (China) vs. Shamil Gasanbekov (Russia)

 

8-man 63kg Tournament Quarterfinals

Quarter Final 1 - Wang Zhiwei (China) vs. Adrian Maxim (Romania)

Quarter Final 2 - Jin Ying (China) vs. Joan Canaveral (Colombia)

Quarter Final 3 - Zhao Fuxiang (China) vs. Joey Baylon (New Zealand)

Quarter Final 4 - Liu Wei (China) vs. Tamerlan Bashirov (Russia)

 

73.5kg - Sun Weiqiang (China) vs. Saiyok Pumpanmuang (Thailand)

67.5kg - Xie Lei (China) vs. Yuta Kubo (Japan)

65kg - Wang Pengfei (China) vs. Kaew Weerasakreck (Thailand)

75kg - Yi Long (China) vs. Marco Piqué (Suriname)

 

63kg Tournament Semifinals

Winner Quarter Final 1 vs. Winner Quarter Final 2

Winner Quarter Final 3 vs. Winner Quarter Final 4

 

70kg Tournament Final - Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2

 

80kg - Fang Bian (China) vs. Berat Aliu (Germany)

93kg - Hao Guanghua (China) vs. Oleg Primachev (Ukraine)

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The Narratives Leading Out of GLORY 37: Van Roosmalen, Kongolo and More

  • Published in Glory

For a lot of people, GLORY 37 snuck up on everyone. It's easy to understand, there is a lot going on in the world right now and the brief reprieve that we had from the usual onslaught of kickboxing shows was perhaps a welcome one. But it's right back to it and GLORY 37 saw a lot of interesting things happen. So here we are, let's break them down.

The smaller ring meant more action. This was a product of the venue and what worked best there, I suppose, but man did it really impact the night. The larger, more standard ring makes a lot of sense when it comes to heavyweights duking it out, but for lighter weight classes it has always felt a bit large. The smaller ring absolutely impacted the fights and it was interesting to see who benefited from it and who didn't. The smaller ring meant that more technical, outside fighters like Adesanya and Embree found themselves against strong pressure fighters being pressured. In the case of Adesanya it is fair to say that a larger ring could have yielded a completely different result. While a fight is a fight, things like gloves, the size of the ring and the slickness of a mat might seem incidental but can have a huge impact on the action. 

Not everyone can instantly adjust to kickboxing rules. This feels like a big one. Zoila Frausto has primarily fought in MMA and muay thai, this was her first kickboxing bout and it showed. When the fight got close she couldn't throw elbows, clinch and start throwing knees and it led to the fight being exciting to watch, but a bit of a mess. The same can be said for Matt Embree, who is an incredibly talented fighter who had a bit of trouble when it came to van Roosmalen's Dutch style. 

California is a mess. The issue of Robin van Roosmalen's weight cut and him being stripped of the title is an interesting one. While Robin's post-fight speech did perhaps try to shift away the blame from himself and his camp for him missing weight, there is a valid point that I've heard from others in California that everything with the commission gets gummed up there. Robin didn't have an official scale during his cut, was "on" in his hotel scale only to find out that he missed weight. That can't feel good. Something was clearly not communicated well during this process and van Roosmalen seemed to feel that he could have made weight if things had gone more smoothly.

Expect judges to rule against logic. One of the problems with the growing pains of kickboxing is referees and judges that don't have a strong connection with the sport. According to the GLORY rules and what we can assume was a literal interpretation of them by the judges, Wilnis was always going to win that fight. It was an incredibly close fight that really could have gone to either guy. That is on both fighters. What isn't is how the judges score these fights. Adesanya landed the better shots throughout the fight and kept Wilnis on the defensive, unable to land many of his trademark bombs. Yet, Wilnis waded in with the earmuffs on and controlled the ring. I saw a lot of disappointment that Adesanya didn't get the nod, even people upset at one particular bad scorecard that gave Wilnis four rounds. 

Robin van Roosmalen is a beast at Featherweight. Seriously. Sure, the weight cut happened, but there's a difference between having to overcome the mentality of being done with a weight cut only to find out you were off and being able to know exactly where you stand. It was .8lbs, which in the grand scheme of things, isn't the end of the world. As long as Robin van make the weight he's going to be a near-unstoppable force in this division. 

Cedric Doumbe's first challenge is set. There's a natural narrative in Kongolo fighting Doumbe for a third time, with that being Kongolo holds wins over Doumbe. Doumbe has grown a lot since those fights and has looked incredible, but styles make fights. It'll be interesting to see how Doumbe holds up against Kongolo in their third outing and there is really a natural story built in to this fight. Embrace it.

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Glory of Heroes 6: Genesis Card for January 13th

  • Published in Kickboxing

Glory of Heroes returns at 9am Eastern time streaming on YY.com with Glory of Heroes 6, featuring their 57.5kg tournament finals. The card, featuring recognizable names like Kem Sitsongpeenong, Zhou Zhipeng, Sergio Wielzen, Maykol Yurk and more promises to deliver on action. 

Card via Kiksie.

57.5kg Tournament Semifinals

Wang Junguang (China) vs. Youshida Akira (Japan)

Yun Qi (China) vs. Hamech Hakim

68kg

Tie Yinghua (China) vs. Maykol Yurk (Brazil)

63kg

Deng Zeqi (China) vs. Stavros Exakoustidis (Greece)

67kg

Yang Zhuo (China) vs. Charles Francois (France)

63kg

Wei Rui (China) vs. Petpanomrung Kiatmoo9 (Thailand)

66kg

Qiu Jianliang (China) vs. Kem Sitsongpeenong (Thailand)

73kg

Zhou Zhipeng (China) vs. Seyedisa Alamdarnezam (Iran)

60kg

Li Ning (China) vs. Sergio Wielzen (Netherlands)

57.5kg Tournament Final

TBA vs. TBA

 

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Yokkao Broadcasting Yokkao 19 Via YouTube

  • Published in Muay Thai

International muay thai promotion and gear distributor Yokkao has been putting on their Yokkao events for years now with much critical-acclaim, although fans have always been hungry for getting quicker access to the fights. Yokkao 19 and 20 were no exceptions to this and while the event happened last month it still hasn't been available to the public, that is, until now. Yokkao plans to air Yokkao 19 in its entirety via YouTube at 8:30 pm London time. The image above shows the broadcast times for around the world. 

The event will air on Yokkao's YouTube page.

** YOKKAO 19 Broadcast **

England (YOKKAO Fight Team) vs France -66.5kg

Liam Harrison vs Fabio Pinca

YOKKAO UK Ranking -72,5kg

Chris Shaw vs Jersey Pinto (fight set at 73kg)

Wales vs Scotland -86kg

Charles Sikwa vs Darren Howieson

YOKKAO UK Ranking -72.5kg

Owen Trykowski vs Adi Woods

YOKKAO UK vs Poland -69kg

Steven Long vs Daniel Jedrzejewski

YOKKAO UK -76kg

Dilwyn Jones vs Karl Upton

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Early Card For KNOCK OUT vol.1 Plus 2017 Schedule

  • Published in Kickboxing

After what was an exciting inaugural event for the Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT with their vol.0 event, featuring Tenshin Nasukawa's insane spinning back kick knockout and a six-fight event that featured a staggering five knockouts, the promotion is ready to march into 2017 by announcing their next four events. They will be running three events in Ota-City General Gymnasium, which can accommodate for 4,100 spectators, while once again running Tokyo Dome City Hall (formerly JCB Hall) in the summer, which they ran their first event at and can hold about 3,100 fans. 

What they've released of the card thus far is merely a list of names, but the inclusion of Genji Umeno and Tenshin Nasukawa once again should definitely be a crowd pleaser.

KNOCK OUT 2017 event schedule

2017.2.12 "KNOCK OUT vol.1" Ota-city General Gymnasium

2017.4.1 "KNOCK OUT vol.2" Ota-city General Gymnasium

2017 6.17 "KNOCK OUT vol.3" TOKYO DOME CITY HALL

2017.8.20 "KNOCK OUT vol.4" Ota-city General Gymnasium

KNOCK OUT vol.1

Genji Umeno vs TBA

Tenshin Nasukawa vs TBA

Hikaru Machida vs TBA

Taison Maegchi vs TBA

Indo Shinya vs TBA

 

 

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Fight Card for KNOCK OUT vol.0 on December 5th

  • Published in Kickboxing

Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT will be making its debut on December 5th at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The event by the new promotion, that looks to take on the world of kickboxing by storm, will be featuring a few huge bouts, including Takuya "T-98" Imamura against Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima, Keisuke Miyamoto against Masahide Kudo and more.

KNOCK OUT vol.0 5.12.2016

TOKYO DOME CITY HALL Tokyo Japan

Genji Umeno(35W.7L.3D) vs TBA

Tenshin Nasukawa(16W) vs TBA

takuya Imamura(31W.13L.4D) vs Youichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima(33W.15L.1D)

Yosuke Morii(35W.7L.3D) vs Yodwandee Nitisamui(140W.41L.2D)

Haruaki Otsuki(37W.8L) vs Starboy

Keisuke Miyamoto(23W.9L.5D) vs Masahide Kudo(13W.4L.2D)

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Enfusion Live #42 Card for October 8th

  • Published in Kickboxing

This weekend Enfusion Live returns with Enfusion Live #42 from Madrid, featuring a -67kgs tournament, a battle for the -60kg title and a whole lot more. The tournament begins on the Enfusion Live Kickboxing Talents card and continues on into the main card. 

Enfusion Live #42

7.3X3 TOURNAMENT FINAL -67Kg

Winner fight 2 Vs Winner fight 3

6.3X3 WORLD TITLE FIGHT -60Kg

Cristofer Opazos (Spain) Vs Ilias Ennahachi (Morocco)

5.3X3 -70Kg

Nayanesh Parikh (Congo) Vs Warren Stevelmans (South Africa)

4.3X3 -72.5Kg 

Edye Ruiz (Spain) Vs Aziz Kallah (Morocco)

3.3X3 TOURNAMENT SEMI FINAL -67Kg

Winner from quarter final Vs Winner from quarter final

2.3X3 TOURNAMENT SEMI FINAL -67Kg

Winner from quarter final Vs Winner from quarter final

1.3X3 FEMALE FIGHT -57Kg

Iman Ghablou (Morocco) Vs Maria Lobo (Portugal)

Kickboxing Talents 24

7.3X3 -70Kg

Angel Herrero (Spain) Vs Enrique Castillo (Spain)

6.3X3 -75Kg

Felix Carpintero (Spain) Vs Diogo Neves (Portugal)

5.3X3 Tournament Quarter Final -67 Kg

Jesus Maria Romero vs Milan Pales

4.3X3 Tournament Quarter Final -67 Kg

Mohamed Didouh vs Roberto Alario

3.3X3 Tournament Quarter Final -67 Kg

Mohamed Galaoui vs Abdo Chaidi

2.3X3 Tournament Quarter Final -67 Kg

Emad kadyear vs Sergey Lonel

1.3X3 Reserve Fight -67 Kg 

David Camacho (Spain) Vs Fakhr Iddine Krarma Chentouf (Morocco)

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LiverKick 2016 Awards: Fighter of the Year - Cedric Doumbe

  • Published in Glory

When it came to selecting who the fighter of the year was for 2016, the choice seemed rather cut-and-dry. While a lot of fighters had good years -- fighters like Superbon, Sitthichai, Rico Verhoeven and others, there was only one man who rose up to prominence in meteoric fashion and did so in a way where many didn't see it coming.

You have to admit -- Nieky Holzken seemed unbeatable for a long, long time at Welterweight. Sure, it seemed like Murthel Groenhart came dangerously close to defeating him before, but Nieky still knew exactly how to pull off the victory. His hands felt unparalleled in the sport and his fight IQ is off the charts. Yet. Yet.

Cedric Doumbe's greatness snuck up on a lot of people, but heading into the Holzken fight he was able to get inside of Nieky's head, then in the ring, he was able to avoid Nieky's hands while imposing his will. It felt like the end of an era, the changing of the guard and that Cedric Doumbe's era had arrived. In fact, it's difficult not to appreciate Doumbe for his personality, his skills and his sportsmanship.

He was the very clear 2016 Fighter of the Year.

The 2016 LiverKick Awards

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