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Larsen Out - Adamchuk in Against El Mir at GLORY 29

  • Published in Glory

After a long layoff from competing within the GLORY ring Niclas Larsen was looking to get back into the mix with a bout against Mohammed El Mir. If you'll remember back to GLORY 22 he was slated to fight Josh Jauncey in the Lightweight tournament until he was forced to pull out with a nasty staph infection. Now just days out from GLORY 29 he's been forced to pull out of yet another fight due to what is being said to be another infection. Truly an unfortunate incident for a promising young fighter who has a bright future ahead of him.

Thankfully GLORY Featherweight Champion Serhiy Adamchuk has stepped up on short notice and taken the fight against El Mir. This is a weight class up for Adamchuk, but this wouldn't be the first time that he's stepped up in weight on short notice to take a fight, either. Last year at GLORY 22 he stepped in against Marat Grigorian and was able to defeat the top lightweight contender before Adamchuk went on to successfully challenge for the GLORY Featherweight Championship. 

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Krush 69 Results

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What an amazing card by Krush last night. Knockdowns and knockouts left and right and just an overall great card with well matched fights. Japan still does kickboxing like no other.

Full Results

-53kg : Akihiro Kaneko def Fumiya Hata KO (3R, Knee)

-45kg : Koto Hiraoka def Yukari DEC (Unanimous,30-28,30-28,30-27)

-60kg : Riku Anpo def Yuki Miwa KO (2R. Punches )

-63kg : Hajime Hata def Keisuke Nakamura DEC (Unanimous,29-27,29-28,30-27)

-48kg : Momi def Miyako "Smile" Mitsuhori DEC (Unanimous, 30-27,30-27,30-27)

-65kg : Daiki Matsushita def Mitsuharu Waki KO (1R knee to the body)

-67kg : Mohan Dragon def vs Takehiko Saito KO (1R , Punches)

-55kg : Keisuke Ishida def Ryuji Horio DEC (Split,Extra Round, 9-10,10-9,10-9)

-70kg: Hiroki Nakajima def Kotetsu DEC (Unanimous, 30-29,29-29,30-29)

Krush -70kg contenter match : Yu Hirono def Shintaro Matsukura DEC (Unanimous, 29-28,30-28,30-28)

Krush Womens -50kg Championship : Kana def Kill Bee KO (3R, Headkick )

 

Krush -55kg Championship : Nobuchika Terado def Charles Bongiovanni KO (1R , Punches Three knockdowns)

 

 

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Redemption Only Comes For One in GLORY 34's Main Event

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This weekend at GLORY 34 Murthel Groenhart will once again get his chance against long-reigning GLORY Welterweight Champion Nieky Holzken. Holzken has long-been considered unbeatable at this weight class. After toiling for years without recognition, Holzken is finally being recognized the world over for his immense talents. No other fighters in kickboxing is able to piece together the combinations that Holzken can assemble, from ballistic shots at different levels and angles to rapid-fire assaults on an opponent's midsection until he is forced to take a knee.

Yet, Murthel Groenhart was able to punch through Holzken's tight defenses and his punch-heavy output in their last meeting. Just forty seconds into the second round Murthel found a combination that worked against Holzken. In fact, he landed a kick to the body that put Holzken off-balance; a rare weakness shown from the champion in front of a very friendly crowd for him. When all was said-and-done, many felt that Groenhart had been done a disservice by the judges for Holzken getting the nod.

The truth was that it was an incredibly close fight, regardless of who you viewed the winner. But both men walked away different. Groenhart walked away feeling robbed, while Holzken walked away looking mortal. Since that loss Groenhart has gone 5-2, losing a decision to Cedric Doumbe in GLORY, then losing to Artur Kyshenko in Kunlun Fight in China. Holzken defeated Yoann Kongolo since then and fought in boxing to not only keep himself busy, but to keep his flawless boxing record in-tact.

But things are different.

Holzken was once the untouchable iron man of the division, but Groenhart has shown what it takes to hurt Holzken and keep him from falling into his pattern of destruction. Groenhart himself was a bit of a lost fighter for many years. The talented, powerful and explosive fighter jumped around divisions -- once winning the K-1 World MAX tournament at 70kg and having fought up in weight many, many times. GLORY cementing the 76kg weight class has been beneficial to both Holzken and Groenhart, who finally have a home to showcase their skills. 

It took another win in a contender tournament for Groenhart to get what he deserved in a rematch, but now it's time for him to show that the last fight with Holzken wasn't a fluke, but instead it was the evolution of the once-wild brawler into a composed fighter. For Holzken this is a chance to show that he's unstoppable and the king of this division, worthy of the praise and attention that he receives in the Netherlands as a national hero. 

So while everyone is hyped up for Badr Hari appearing in the GLORY ring against Rico Verhoeven, perhaps the best and biggest fight of the year will be happening in Denver, Colorado on October 21st between two of the best kickboxers in the world.

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Dylan Salvador Replaces Davit Kiria Plus Updated GLORY 36/Collision Cards

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With weeks to go before December 10th, former GLORY Lightweight Champion Davit Kiria's return to the GLORY ring will be delayed, it seems. It was announced today that Kiria will be pulling out of the GLORY 36 Lightweight Tournament, being replaced by an exciting new challenger being thrust into the mix in Dylan Salvador. Salvador has made a name for himself in China, including a win over current Lightweight Champion Sitthichai. That means that Salvador will be clashing against Anatoly Moiseev, who is celebrating a recent victory over Josh Jauncey.

GLORY 36 Germany

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

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

Featherweight Co-Headline Bout: Mosab Amrani vs. Fabio Pinca

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal B: Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai vs. Hysni Beqiri

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal A: Dylan Salvador vs. Anatoly Moiseev

GLORY 36 SuperFight Series

Light Heavyweight Headline Bout: Danyo Ilunga vs. Michael Duut

Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Danijel Solaja

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal B: Tiffany van Soest vs. Jessica Gladstone

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal A: Isis Verbeek vs. Amel Dehby

Lightweight Bout: Andrej Bruhl vs. Tyjani Beztati

GLORY: COLLISION

Heavyweight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Badr Hari

Welterweight World Title Bout: Nieky Holzken (c) vs. Cedric Doumbé

Heavyweight Bout: Ismael Londt vs. Jamal Ben Saddik

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Final Bout: Semifinal A Winner vs. Semifinal B Winner

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Sitthichai vs. Grigorian Postponed, GLORY 35 Gets New Main Event

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After murmurs of GLORY Lightweight Champion Sitthichai being injured and forced to withdraw from the upcoming GLORY 35 main event the promotion has confirmed that the fight is indeed postponed. The title fight has been moved to GLORY 36, which takes place on December 10th, seguing into GLORY Collision featuring Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven.

Instead the main event for GLORY 35 will be the GLORY Light Heavyweight Unification bout between champion Artem Vakhitov and Interim champion Zack Mwekassa. Josh Jauncey also has a new opponent in former GLORY Featherweight Champion Serhiy Adamchuk.

GLORY 35 Nice

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

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: Jahfarr Wilnis vs. Mladen Brestovac

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

GLORY 35 SuperFight Series

Heavyweight Bout: Nicholas Wamba vs. Nordine Mahieddine

Welterweight Bout: Karim Benmansour vs. Eyevan Danenberg

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

Lightweight Bout: Josh Jauncey vs. Serhiy Adamchuk

Featherweight Bout: Petpanomrung Kiatmoo9 vs. Stanislav Renita

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Muay Thai Grand Prix Launching Kickboxing Grand Prix in 2017

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UK-based Muay Thai Grand Prix has made a splash on the world muay thai scene with their exciting series of events this year, partnering up with Lion Fight based out of the United States to bring a more international feel to the largely British events. Now, after seeing success with muay thai, the promotion announced today that starting in 2017 they will also be promoting kickboxing events as well. 

Both promotions will operate together under the title of Grand Prix Combat Sports, with the first show being on April 1st at the O2 featuring both Muay Thai GP and Kickboxing GP events. They will be launching titles and be showcasing unique talents for the card, with the featured names for the league as follows; Jamie Whelan, Liam Wells, Luke Whelan, Kelly Haynes, Sarah Worsfold, Sevket Cerkez, Connor Stewart, Marley Zwanenberg, Paul Karpowicz and Rory Crawford.

The promotion will be working with Xplosion Fight Series based out of Europe as well and will hopefully have further partners to exchange talent with moving forward.

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SuperKombat WGP III Results

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SuperKombat held their SuperKombat WGP III event in Romania this past weekend, featuring Murat Aygun against late-replacement Sebastian Cozmanca, with Cozmanca coming to fight and taking Aygun to an extra round before Aygun could secure the decision. 

Main Card

Murat Aygun defeats Sebastian Cozmâncă by Extra Round Decision

Dawid Kasperski defeats Alexandru Negrea by Decision

Amansio Paraschiv defeats Rangel Ivanov by KO

Fotis Gionis defeats Alex Filip by KO

Robert Constantin defeats Andrei Sugar by KO

New Heroes

Eduard Chelariu defeats Mustapha El Messaoudi by KO

Giuseppe De Domenico defeats Adrian Roșca by Decision

Serginio Kruydenhof defeats Ionuț Șandur by Decision

Mădălin Crăciunică defeats Robert Stoica by Decision

Cosmin Marcuta defeats Tiberius Udrescu by Decision

Cristi Stoica defeats Valerian Traista by Decision

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SuperKombat Signs Three Year Extension with EuroSport

  • Published in Kickboxing

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SuperKombat has reached a new deal with television network EuroSport which has assured that we'll be seeing more SuperKombat events for the years to come. This new, three year extension means that SuperKombat's relationship with EuroSport will continue on in the coming years. SuperKombat has promised that production levels will remain up to the high standards that they've set with their bigger shows from last year, too, which is exciting as we've seen Kickboxing take a bit of a step back from the flashy days of K-1 of late.

“Extending the contract confirms the success of the partnership signed in 2011. We have worked excellent with Eurosport in all these years, both companies are very satisfied. Both, the product and the tv audience had a fast grown so we are confident that this year we will keep the same trend”, said Superkombat Fighting Championship® president Eduard Irimia.

The SuperKombat season launches on March 29th with a New Heroes event.

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Kunlun Fight 55: Alexander Stetsurenko Wins 80kg Tournament

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This past weekend was jam-packed for kickboxing, including the Kunlun Fight 80kg tournament coming to a close at Kunlun Fight 55.  The 80kg tournament was one of their bigger tournaments of the year and saw Alexander Stetsurenko walk away as the champion. It wasn't an easy evening for Stetsurenko, with a hard-fought decision over Darryl Sichtman followed by a close, split-decision victory over Dmitry Valent, but he was able to overcome to win the 2016 championship.

Tournament Final: Alexander Stetsurenko (R3 - Split Decision) Dmitry Valent 

Steven Banks (R1 - KO) Ashihati 

Kong Lingfeng (R3 - Decision) Li Zhuangzhuang

Muslim Salikhov (R2 - KO) Nuerla Mulali 

Massaro Glunder (Ext.R - Decision) Zhang Chunyu 

Zhang Yang (R3 - Decision) Komsan Hanchana 

Tournament Semi: Alexander Stetsurenko (R3 - Decision) Darryl Sichtman

Tournament Semi: Dmitry Valent (R3 - Decision) Hicham El Gaoui 

Lin Qiangbang (R3 - TKO) Lau Waicheuk 

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LiverKick Podcast March 24 - GLORY 39 Preview, K-1 Japan Talk and More

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GLORY 39 is this weekend, on Saturday even, which for you dearest readers (and listeners) is but a solitary day away. That means that both Jay Jauncey and myself have returned to talk about the upcoming GLORY event as well as opine about those glory (no pun intended) days of Japanese kickboxing. 

The LiverKick Podcast's revival revival has a fourth episode, folks. 

K-1 Japan just held arguabaly the card of the year thus far, are planning a killer 70kg tournament, Kunlun still exists and is doing stuff, Enfusion just had a card and a lot more. We also discuss the marvelous public resource that is Grabaka Hitman.


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