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Dave Walsh

Dave Walsh

Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.

His second novel, Terminus Cycle, is available now via Kindle and Paperback.

Dave (a) LiverKick dot com | @dvewlsh

Website URL: http://www.dvewlsh.com

Card for KNOCK OUT vol.2 on April 1st

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On April 1st, live from the Ota Ward General Gymnasium KNOCK OUT will present KNOCK OUT vol.2, featuring the first bout in KNOCK OUT's King of KNOCK OUT 61.5kg championship tournament to crown a champion. The remainder of the first round bouts will play out on KNOCK OUT's vol.3 on June 17th.

King of KNOCK OUT 61.5kg Championship Tournament: Yosuke Morii vs. Keijiro Miyakoshi

61.3kg: Genji Umeno vs. Rotlek Jaotalaytong

67.5kg: Kenta vs. Jaowayha Sirilak

56kg: Eisaku Ogasawara vs. Corey Nicholson

51kg: Issei Ishii vs. Naoya Yajima

64.5kg: Fukashi vs. Mizuochi Yousuke

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

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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.


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GLORY 39 and GLORY 39 SuperFight Series Results

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GLORY 39 went down today, March 25th in Belgium, featuring two big title fights and a Featherweight Contender's tournament to see who will fight Robin van Roosmalen for the vacant GLORY Featherweight Championship. The one last-minute change is that Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Hesdy Gerges did not happen due to what was announced as "illness."

Both champions retained their belts, Sitthichai with a brutal knee for the finish in round four against a very game Dylan Salvador, and Cedric Doumbe via an absolute dismantling of a former foe proving that he has advanced quite far since their last meeting. Doumbe called out Murthel Groenhart after the bout.

GLORY 39

GLORY Welterweight Championship: Cedric Doumbe(C) (R5 - Decision) Yoann Kongolo

Featherweight Tournament Finals: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao (R3 - Decision) Serhiy Adamchuk 

Jamal Ben Saddik (R3 - Decision) Guto Inocente

Featherweight Tournament: Serhiy Adamchuk (R3 - Decision) Nafi Bilalovski

Featherweight Tournament: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao (R3 - Decision) Alexei Ulyanov 

GLORY 39 SuperFight Series

GLORY Lightweight Championship: Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong(C) (R4 - TKO) Dylan Salvador

Marat Grigorian (R2 - TKO) Anton Petrov 

Qinghao Meng (R3 - Split Decision) Killian Moulon 

Harut Grigorian (R3 - Decision) Pavol Garaj 

Tyjani Beztati (R2 - TKO) Sabri Ben Henia 

Go Inside GLORY 39 Fight Week Plus a Heated Weigh-In Video

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GLORY 39 is tomorrow in the afternoon, live from Brussels, Belgium. The event is headlined by Cedric Doumbe looking to finally chalk up a win over career-rival Yoann Kongolo and defend his GLORY Welterweight Championship for the first time. This time they have five rounds to work and it isn't in front of a hometown crowd for Kongolo, making this a must-see fight between two of the very best at Welterweight. In the lead-up to that, GLORY have released their usual Inside GLORY videos and they are pretty fun this time out, especially the second part with Chi Lewis-Parry where he recounts a drunken leg-kicking contest involving Todd Grisham, James Law and the GLORY crew. 

Inside GLORY

Then, of course, come the weigh-ins. Everyone weighed in, there were staredowns, you know the drill. Of course, this features Cedric Doumbe, who is a master at getting into his opponents' heads and, well, watch for yourself. It gets a bit heated.

GLORY 39 Weigh-Ins

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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UK Road 2 Glory Winner Jamie Bates Rounds Out GLORY 40 SuperFight Series

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GLORY hasn't ran one of their feeder tournaments, Road 2 GLORY in quite a while, but a week and a half ago they ran a Road 2 GLORY event in the UK that saw local fighter Jamie Bates walk away with the tournament victory and a contract with GLORY. Instead of waiting, he'll be making his debut at GLORY 40 Copenhagen. He'll be facing American standout Richard Abraham in what should be an interesting challenge for the newcomer.

GLORY 40 Copenhagen

Middleweight World Title Headline Bout: Jason Wilnis vs. Simon Marcus

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Niclas Larsen vs. Yodkhunpon

Middleweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Alex Pereira vs. Burim Rama

Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Yousri Belgaroui vs. Agron Preteni

GLORY 40 SuperFight Series

Welterweight Headline Bout: Richard Abraham vs. Jamie Bates

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Mohammed El-Mir vs. Simon Santana

Light Heavyweight Bout: Freddy Kemayo vs. Imad Hadar

Lightweight Bout: Josh Janucey vs. Antonio Gomez

Featherweight Bout: Yuhang Xie vs. Chris Mauceri

K-1 Japan Announces 70kg Tournament

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Don't call it K-1 MAX, because K-1 Japan has an upcoming 70kg tournament and it's being called Super Welterweight. Oh yeah, and it's a pretty damned awesome tournament as well. Scheduled for June 18th in the Saitama Super Arena's smaller hall, featuring some recognizable names from the world of 70kg kickboxing with, of course, the K-1 Japan flair.

K-1 Japan has found a niche for themselves with the lighter (sub-70kg) weight classes of late, but their 70kg division has been just as good. That's tough to imagine, especially with 70kg being one of the most competitive and talent-filled in the world. The tournament has been broken down like this thus far; 

Yasuhiro Kido vs Jordan Watson

Hirono Yu vs Sanny Dahlbeck

Hiroki Nakajima vs Chingiz Allazov

Hinata Watanabe vs Jordann Pikeur

Recognizable names from both Japan and internationally, with every fight really awesome in its own way. Yasuhiro Kido against Jordan Watson should be a great fight, Yu against Dahlbeck should be another chance for Dahlbeck to prove to the world that GLORY let him go far too soon, Nakajima against Allazov is perhaps the best fight in the tournament and the return of HINATA to K-1 against the tough Jordann Pikeur.

W5 Kickboxing Releases Historic Look at Champions

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W5 Kickboxing have been onto something since their inception; providing fights between some of the best fighters in the world and building up a stable of champions that are without a doubt some of the best in the world. The promotion decided to do something different. This video was used to promote one of their events last year, but the promotion decided that the themes within it are universal and to share it. It focuses on the concept of being a champion throughout history, be it on the battlefield, as a strategist, an artist or even in modern times achieving peace of mind amidst the chaos of modern life. 

Of course, being a kickboxing champion is one way, as well. Check it out below.

FFC Results: Robin van Roosmalen Wins Second MMA Bout and More

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Final Fight Championship (FFC) held their 28th event in Athens, Greece this past weekend, featuring the usual fare of mixed bouts between kickboxing and MMA. The kickboxing portion of the card featured a number of title fights, including Andi Vrtacic defeating Denis Marjanovic for the FFC Middleweight Championship. The highlight of the evening, for most, was former two-division GLORY kickboxing champion Robin van Roosmalen making his second appearance in MMA rules. Van Roosmalen won via leg kicks in the first round after planting Risto Dimitrov to the mat with a hook, then kicked his leg until he couldn't get up.

Kickboxing:

Samo Petje def. Meletis Kakoubavas

FFC Welterweight Championship: Eyevan Danenberg (C) def. Ivan Bilić

FFC Middleweight Championship: Andi Vrtačić def. Denis Marjanović (C)

Stavros Grigorakakis def. Tomislav Čikotić

Zahid Zairov def. Nikos Hysen

Giannis Fezoulai def. Marios Blanas

MMA:

Robin van Roosmalen def. Risto Dimitrov by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:56

Darko Stošić def. Emil Zahariev by TKO (leg kicks). Round 1, 2:07 – heavyweight title

Alexis Savvidis vs. Filip Pejić ruled a draw

Andreas Michailidis def. Borce Talevski by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:25

Stamatis Moroulis def. Edgar Santos by TKO (punches). Round 2, 1:59

Giannis Michalopoulos def. Alexandros Papadimitriou by unanimous decision

SuperKombat World Grand Prix Elimination Results

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SuperKombat held the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Elimination event on Sunday, March 12th, featuring both up-and-coming stars and old favorites to kick off their 2017 season. Veterans like Sebastian Ciobanu and Alex Filip had hard evenings, while Sebastian Cozmanca and Robert Constantin continued to forge ahead and harden their reputations as big players in SuperKombat.

Main Card 

Sebastian Cozmanca (R3 - Decision) Simon Ogolla 

Robert Constantin (R3 - Decision) Mihaiţă Golescu 

Cosmin Ionescu (R3 - Decision) Sebastian Ciobanu 

Moribah Kosiah (R2 - KO) Robert Orbocea 

Daniel Stefanovski (R3 - KO) Alex Filip 

SuperKombat NewHeroes

Valentin Bordianu (R3 - Decision) Marius Munteanu 

Eduard Chelariu (R3 - Decision) Andrej Baranovs 

Dumitru Topai (R1 - KO) Adrian Cibu 

Adelin Mihaila (R3 - Decision) Jan Amiri 

Dragos Imbrea (R3 - Decision) Ionut Sandur 

Alexandru Radnev (R1 - TKO) Cosmin Maxin 

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