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GLORY Announces GLORY 43 New York at MSG Theater

  • Published in Glory

With a promise of many, many shows in 2017 and us entering the second quarter, GLORY has gotten ahead of the game by announcing GLORY 43 New York, with the promotion returning to the Theater at Madison Square Garden in the heart of New York City. The venue, where the promotion has hosted the blockbuster GLORY 12 prior, is historic in its own right and makes for a great venue for combat sports.

While no fights have been announced yet, tickets will go on sale on Monday, April 10th and there is a promise of a card in the near future.

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Never Underestimate Anderson 'Braddock' Silva

  • Published in Glory

When you ask kickboxing fans about the fight that they are most excited for the answer is almost inevitable; Badr Hari making his GLORY debut against reigning GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven. It's the biggest kickboxing fight at heavyweight since the fall of FEG's K-1 back in 2010, a battle between the man who was primed to become the king of the heavyweight division and the man who actually became that top fighter.

Yet, at GLORY 33 New Jersey Rico Verhoeven takes possibly the biggest gamble that he's taken in his professional career, months out from the biggest fight of his life and of GLORY's tenure thus far. At GLORY 33 Rico Verhoeven will defend the GLORY Heavyweight Championship against Anderson "Braddock" Silva. Silva, who has been fighting at heavyweight for years, proving himself to be a name and a guy who has always been knocking at the door of the top ten or traversing it without finding his way to the top. His shot comes with question marks attached, like where is Ismael Londt, the man who earned a shot against Verhoeven? Braddock perhaps deserved a shot a while ago, but now there are contenders for Verhoeven.

To many, the conclusion has been that Braddock is simply a "warm up" fight. The last time that someone viewed Braddock as merely a speed bump was Remy Bonjasky, who was looking to prove that his career was not over yet, only for Braddock to push the pace and pick up the victory over the K-1 legend.

In the same vein, at GLORY 16 Denver Braddock was facing off against Sergei Kharitonov, a man that had a bigger contract with GLORY thanks to his previous accomplishments only for Braddock to soundly defeat him. While Braddock may not have ever held those big, impressive championships, Braddock has been a spoiler within the division, the guy that serves as the gatekeeper to becoming elite, or the man who would defeat would-be contenders and send them back to the end of the line. 

He's a dangerous fight for any heavyweight, especially for someone like Rico Verhoeven, who when proven to be distracted in the past has lost a fight that many thought he'd handily win.

Plus, let's never forget one of the best heavyweight head kick knock outs in kickboxing history courtesy of Braddock. 

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Full Card for K-1 World GP Japan 2017 55kg Super Bantamweight Tournament

  • Published in K-1

This Saturday K-1 Japan returns with yet another action-packed card. This time it's the K-1 World GP Japan 55kg tournament, featuring some of the best 55kg fighters in the world in an 8-man tournament. Also featured on the card is a K-1 Super Lightweight Championship bout between the champion Kaew Weerasakreck and Hideaki Yamazaki in what should be an awesome fight. If you are in the mood for some violence Takeru will be fighting Victor Saravia and to round things out Hiroya fights Tetsuya Yamato and KOICHI takes on K-Jee.

Fight card and stream links via Grabaka Hitman

Main Card – GAORA / Abema.TV (JP IP Required) – 3:00am ET / 12:00am PT

TBD vs. TBD – WGP Final

Kaew Weerasakreck vs. Yamazaki Hideaki – for K-1 Super Lightweight title

Takeru vs. Victor Saravia

TBD vs. TBD – WGP Semfinal #2

TBD vs. TBD – WGP Semfinal #1

Hiroya vs. Yamato Tetsuya

Koichi vs. K-Jee

K-1 55kg World Grand Prix Quarterfinals

Kubo Kenji vs. Suen Tak Chuen

Terado Nobuchika vs. Jamie Whelan

Takei Yoshiki vs. Antonio Orden

Ishida Keisuke vs. Charles Bongiovanni

Izawa Namito vs. Suzuki Yuya – Reserve bout

Preliminary Card – Abema.TV – 1:30am ET / 10:30pm PT (Fri)

Wakashima Omi vs. Kazunari Komura

Seiya Ueda vs. Masa

Yuki Kokubo vs. Yu Kyo Nishikyo

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Yokkao Saenchai Seminars Across the US Continue This Month

  • Published in Muay Thai

The opportunity to train with legendary muay thai fighter Saenchai is not one that anyone should take lightly, which is why it's so exciting that Yokkao has been doing their month-long series of events with Saenchai in the United States. Heading to gyms all around the country alongside Yokkao's Stefania Picelli, Saenchai has been bringing his unique talents and experience to gyms and helping fighters both experienced and new to sharpen their muay thai techniques. 

In addition to these seminars going down, Yokkao has been streaming them on Facebook Live for the world to see.

The rest of the schedule is available on Yokkao's website, with the next date in Columbus, Ohio on the 15th.

In addition, we've learned that Yokkao's commitment to bringing their brand to the United States has only gotten bigger as they plan on opening up a Yokkao warehouse in Las Vegas for distribution of their products, which has caught on like wildfire in the past few years for both professional fighters and trainers alike. 

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LiverKick Week in Review March 27: GLORY 39 recap, Jordan Coe and More

  • Published in LK Podcast

This is the LiverKick Week in Review, a new audio segment that I'm giving a test-run to where I recap the previous weeks' news in kickboxing. This felt like a good week to start coming right after GLORY 39 and some other news during the week. And yes, my allergies are destroying me this week.

For those of you looking to support Jordan Coe's family, there is a crowdfunding campaign ongoing right now with a tremendous outpouring of support already.


Download | Listen on Stitcher | Subscribe on iTunes

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FFC Ending the Year with a Championship-Filled FFC 27

  • Published in Kickboxing

Croatian promotion FFC looks to wrap up 2016 with a big show in Zagreb Arena on December 17th, featuring four big title fights featuring some of their biggest stars. Heavyweight Champion Mladen Brestovac will look to defend his title against Daniel Lentie, Pavel Zhuravlev will be defending his -95kg championship against Dzevad Poturak. Denix Marjanovic and Rene Wimmer will be vying for the 85kg championship and Samo Petje will take on Tigran Movisyan for the -70kg championship.

FFC 27 – NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS

December 17, Zagreb Arena

Mladen Brestovac(C) (CRO) vs. Daniel Lentie (CAM/FRA), HW – title match

Pavel Zhuravlev(C) (UKR) vs. Dževad Poturak (BiH), -95kg – title match

Denis Marjanović (BiH) vs. Rene Wimmer (AUT), -85kg – title match

Jasmin Bajrović (CRO) vs. Ivan Bilić (CRO), -77kg

Samo Petje (CRO) vs. Tigran Movisyan (CZE/ARM), -70kg – title match

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FFC Announces Card for FFC 28 Featuring Robin van Roosmalen

  • Published in Kickboxing

FFC will continue with their mixed MMA and kickboxing cards on March 11th with FFC 28: Athens -- Greece vs. the Rest of the World (surely a mouthful). While usually we tend not to post MMA portions of cards, this one is particularly interesting as Robin van Roosmalen is scheduled for his second MMA bout against a to-be-determined opponent. 

The kickboxing portion sees two title matches, including -77kg and -85kg titles.

FFC 28: Athens: Greece vs. Rest of the World

MMA:

Robin Van Roosmalen (NED) vs. TBA, -66kg

Darko Stošić (SER) vs. Emil Zahariev (BUL), HW – title match

Filip Pejić (CRO) vs. Alexis Savvidis (GRE), -70kg

Andreas Michailidis (GRE) vs. Duško Todorović (SER), -84kg

Alexandros Papadimitriou (GRE) vs. Giannis Michalopoulos (GRE), -70kg

TBA  vs. TBA

KB:

Samo Petje (SLO) vs. Meletis Kakoubavas (GRE), -70kg

Eyevan Danenberg (NED) vs. Ivan Bilić (CRO), -77kg – title match

Denis Marjanović (CRO) vs. Andi Vrtačić (CRO), -85kg – title match

Stavros Grigorakakis (GRE) vs. Tomislav Čikotić (CRO), HW

Fionis Fotis (GRE) vs. Giannis Fezoulai (ALB), -77kg

TBA vs. TBA

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Kunlun Fight 54 Fight Card: 70kg Tournament Continues

  • Published in Kickboxing

Kunlun Fight continues putting on some of the biggest shows in all of kickboxing on October 30th with Kunlun Fight 54. The event features the continuation of Kunlun's 70kg tournament and the women's 61.5kg World Championship Tournament. 

61.5kg World Championship Tournament: Candice Mitcgell vs. Melinda Madjene

60kg Lee Chanhyeong vs. Wang Wenfeng

61.5kg World Championship Tournament: Marisa Pires vs. Anissa Haddoui

75kg Konishi Takuma vs. Arthit

61.5kg World Championship Tournament: Korina Papachrysanthou vs. Wang Kehan

61.5kg World Championship Tournament: Diana Zubrovskaia vs. Juliana Werner

72kg Noh Jaegil vs. Cai Liangchan

70kg Dzhabar Askerov vs. Dzianis Zuev

71kg Yuichiro Nagashima vs. Tian Xin

70kg World Championship Tournament: Mohamed Mezouari vs. Davit Kiria

70kg World Championship Tournament: Cedric Manhoef vs. Wu Xuesong

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Yokkao Holding 30% Off Black Friday Sales All Week

  • Published in Muay Thai

While the whole concept of Thanksgiving as an American holiday can and has been disputed throughout modern history, it's primarily a holiday about spending time with family, eating turkey for some reason and watching football. Over the past few years the idea of Black Friday -- the day following Thanksgiving -- has blossomed from a way for retail outlets to kickstart their extremely profitable holiday season to a global tradition that sees everyone slashing prices to attract the attention and money of you, the customer looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, someone you don't particularly like, or just yourself. 

In that fine tradition, globally-sought-after gear and lifestyle brand Yokkao is offering a whopping 30% off sale until Friday in honor of Black Friday. Yes, that means gear, gloves, shorts, t-shirts and even having your stuff embroidered with your name as well. All of that is 30% off with the code BLACKFRIDAY during checkout at http://www.yokkao.com/shop

The offer is good until Friday, so if you or someone you love is in the market for some new gloves, pads, shorts or anything else muay thai related Yokkao has you covered as long as you punch in the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.

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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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