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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

Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari's Historic Clash Sees Unfortunate Ending

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The most anticipated heavyweight kickboxing fight in years went down tonight in Germany at GLORY: Collision. The atmosphere was beyond electric when Rico Verhoeven came down the ramp first, ignoring his champion status for the crowd favorite and living legend Badr Hari. Hari was second, making his typical entrance through the crowd. The crowd absolutely mobbed Hari, to the point where when Hari stepped into the ring about seventy or so fans attempted to follow him, jumping the railing, filling up the ramp and trying to storm the ring.

To say that it was chaos would be an understatement.

After minutes of the team attempting to clear the ring, they finally did and it was underway. Both men were staring daggers at each other and the first round was perhaps one of the most tense rounds that we've seen in years. Badr was landing his jabs, but Rico was controlling the ring and scoring with low, middle and the occasional high kicks. 

The second round saw Hari land a big hook, but Verhoeven land a big head kick. Rico, frustrated with Hari went for a clinch and pushed him against the ropes, landing two big knees to the arm. When they broke, Badr turned his back and walked to the corner, referee Atsushi Onari starting a count with Badr not answering the count. Apparently he suffered an injury to his arm and did not wish to continue. 

Rico agreed to fight Badr Hari again and was complimentary while Hari was somewhat complimentary, but wasn't willing to call him the best just yet. Badr called Rico over. "Next year, I swear, I'll knock you the fuck out."

Cedric Doumbe Puts On the Performance of a Lifetime, Usurping Nieky Holzken

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After years on top of the Welterweight division, the king, Nieky Holzken, has been dethroned. His loss came by the hands of the man who has quietly ascended the rankings over the past few years without much hype or fanfare in Cedric Doumbe. Doumbe has been looking incredible in all of his recent fights and going into this fight it was hard to discount him.

What ensued was a masterful performance, the exact fight that had to happen against the once-dominant Nieky Holzken by mixing up his strikes, controlling the ring and sneaking in his dangerous uppercuts after landing serious low kicks. Doumbe found a formula to keep Holzken from hitting his groove and carried it through to a resounding victory.

GLORY Announces GLORY 38 Chicago

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On Friday, February 24th GLORY makes their return to Chicago with GLORY 38: Chicago. The event will go down at the Sears Center and features a headline bout between GLORY Lightweight Champion Artem Vakhitov and former champion Saulo Cavalari. The two fights have a win apiece against each other and the title will be on the line this time out. 

The SuperFight Series will feature an interesting brawl-to-end-all-brawls in Chi Lewis-Parry squaring off against Romanian slugger Catalin Morosanu. Seriously, that fight doesn't see the second round and should be insane. 

More bouts are to be announced shortly.

VIDEO: GLORY Pays Tribute to Marc de Bonte

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During the GLORY: Collision event in Oberhausen, Germany GLORY paid tribute to the fallen former GLORY Welterweight Champion, Marc de Bonte. They did so with a tasteful video reflecting on de Bonte's GLORY 16 title win, his impact on the sport and the people around him and the hole that his passing left in the sport.

 

GLORY, of course, weren't the only ones paying tribute to de Bonte, as Kunlun Fight held their Welterweight tournament today, which de Bonte was scheduled to be a part of. 

Michael Duut and Danyo Ilunga Beat The Snot Out of Each Other In Extra Round Thriller

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After what has been a rather tepid night of fights in Germany for GLORY, the main event of the GLORY SuperFight Series delivered in a huge way. In a rematch between Danyo Ilunga and Michael Duut both men decided to go all-out and beat the ever-living snot out of each other. While the term is thrown out a bit too often, this could easily be considered the fight of the year by most metrics.

While the fight wasn't a marvel of technical acumen and precision, it was a fight that helped to encapsulate all of the great things about kickboxing. Duut went out there looking to entertain and Ilunga was swiftly swept up into that vortex of violence, with both men trading downs throughout the fight leading to a majority draw. That meant extra round. 

Extra violence. 

The extension round went as the rest of the fight did; both men trading blows, wobbling each other and making roaring come backs before Duut finally dropped Ilunga with just seconds left to go. Ilunga was able to fight back to his feet, but that was enough to seal the deal for Duut and to even up the series between the two fighters at one win apiece. If you missed it, the fight can be viewed on UFC Fight Pass.

GLORY: Collision and GLORY 36 Live Results

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The time has finally come and GLORY will present their biggest card to date by the way of GLORY 36 and GLORY: Collision. The headline bout for the three show event is the dream heavyweight clash between Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari. The Welterweight and Lightweight titles are also on the line, the Women's Super Bantamweight Title will be decided in a tournament and a new Lightweight contender will be crowned. If that feels like a crazy, jam-packed card, it is.

As always, the best way to keep up with the live action is via twitter. Jay will be tweeting from @JayJauncey, Dave from @dvewlsh and @LiverKickdotcom. 

GLORY: COLLISION (UFC.tv PPV 10 p.m. CET / 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT)

Heavyweight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven def. Badr Hari by TKO (Arm Injury) - Rd1: Badr fighting smart being on his toes landing hard jabs and some good low kicks, getting in and out. Rico staying in Badrs face though and Badr looking a little bit tired towards the end of the round. Rd2: Rico pushing forward again getting aggressive but Badr hits him a few times hard, Rico pushes Badr to the ropes and once the ref breaks them Badr turns his back and walks away holding his arm in a strange way. Ref counts him out Badr looks to have hurt his elbow.

Welterweight Title Co-Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé(new WW champ) def. Nieky Holzken by Split Dec - Rd1: Holzken keeping Doumbe on the ropes but not landing anything except jabs. Doumbe moving well against the ropes and landing lots of low kicks and a few punches of his own, Holzken not throwing a lot. Rd2: Doumbe landed some real nice punches and low kicks this round with Holzken still just walking forwards not throwing much at all, he didn't land anything significant that round. Rd3: Doumbe's footwork is looking great, Holzken can't hold him in a corner and throw his hands which means Nieky is waiting too much and Doumbe is stealing rounds with activity and showboating, but he is landing consistent low kicks and body kicks on Holzken. Rd4: Doumbe is running away with this fight, Holzken is looking frustrated and getting hit for it. Doumbe countering every one of Niekys single shots with 4 or 5 strike combos. I think Nieky needs a KO here Rd5: Still Nieky didnt come out with the urgency he needed and let Doumbe move and throw lots of light punches and low kicks. Nieky came close to landing a few knees but close doesn't cut it.

Heavyweight Bout: Jamal Ben Saddik def. Ismael Londt by Unanimous Dec - Rd1: didnt expect a feeling out round here but we got one, Londt trying to land his overhand but JBS leaning back just out of range and keeping his jab busy, both guys throw high kicks at the end of the round JBS looks the harder kick of the two Rd2: Slow paced fight so far, JBS threw a few kicks this round and they look so hard but he just seems too heavy to have a high output. Londt is moving forward and slipping punches but still missing his right hand but it only takes one. Rd3: The pace picked up this round after Londt landed a right hand while the ref was trying to break the action and buckled JBS knees a bit. JBS came out angry and aggressive after this and Londt looking tired and hurt goes down from a short right hand with 15 seconds left in the round. 

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Final: Tiffany Van Soest def. Amel Dehby by Unanimous Dec -  Rd1: safe round for both women, Tiffany landed 1 right hand best punch of the round. Rd2: More of the same but the Women throwing more but missing, 2 jabs landed by Tiffany probably all that really landed clean. Rd3: Again the same thing both women really not going for it like it thought they would, not an exciting fight by any means. 

GLORY 36 SUPERFIGHT SERIES (UFC.tv 7:30 p.m. CET / 1:30 p.m. ET / 10:30 a.m. PT)

Light Heavyweight Bout: Michael Duut def. Danyo Ilunga Unanimous Dec Ex Rd - Rd1: Duut lands a 1,2 and drops Ilunga, when Ilunga gets up he stands and trades with Duut and hurts him bad then Ilunga smashes him for the rest of the round. Rd2: Ilunga landing good shots and avoiding most punches to win this round. Rd3: Ilunga continues like the last round and lands a right hand drops Duut, Duut gets up and Ilunga drops him again. Duut gets up again both guys swinging like maniacs and Duut drops Ilunga with a left hook, Ilunga gets up and both guys throw bombs until the final bell. ExRd: Both guys just start going toe to toe again, cut opens up on Ilungas eye, doc takes a look and lets it keep going. both guys brawl but Duut landing more and then finally lands another left hook and drops Ilunga to seal 10-8 in the last round.

Welterweight Bout: Harut Grigorian def. Danijel Solaja by KO Rd 1 (liver punch)

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal Tournament Bout: Amel Dehby def. Isis Verbeek by Unanimous Dec

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal Tournament Bout: Tiffany van Soest def. Jessica Gladstone by Unanimous Dec

Lightweight Bout: Tyjani Beztati def. Andrej Bruhl by Unanimous Dec (Beztati scores knockdown with knee in Rd 1)

GLORY 36 GERMANY (ESPN3/EverSport PPV 5:00 p.m. CET / 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m PT)

Lightweight Title Headline Bout: Sittichai(C) def. Marat Grigorian by Split Dec - Rd1: Not much feeling out here as they have already fought each other twice. Grigorian being busier with hand and low kick combos. Nasty clash of heads opens a cut on Sittichais head. Rd2: Sittichai looking more comfortable this round, getting his left kicks going, and landing some nice straight lefts. Rd3: Momentum swinging in Sittichais favor, hes keeping great distance now and making Marat miss with hands and countering with his own left hand, left kick, or knee. Rd4: More of the same but Grigorian had one good moment landing a good right uppercut, but not much else all round, just Sittichai kicking, moving and landing left hands. Rd5: Bit of a closer round because Marat was busier but still not landing anything clean apart from a few low kicks, which Sittchai landed more of.

Lightweight Contender Tournament Final: Dylan Salvador def. Hysni Beqiri Unanimous Dec - Rd1: Beqiri with the power but cannot land on Salvadors tight defense while Dylan lands a couple hard low kicks and some decent punches. Rd2: Beqiri not throwing much this round at all and Salvador throwing constant punches and kicks all round, Beqiri is looking tired. Rd3: Salvador takes this round aswell, Beqiri has no more power and Salvador is just too clever.

Featherweight Co-Headline Bout: Fabio Pinca def. Mosab Amrani by Split Dec - Rd1: Both fighters going hard this round swinging punches and kicks at the same time, someone is going to get caught or Mosab is going to get tired. Rd2: All Pinca this round, Mosab hitting air or Pincas guard and Pinca landing pretty much everything. Rd3: Again Pincas round, hes just so relaxed and experienced nothing is phasing him and hes just playing his own game while Mosab swings wildly at air. 

Lightweight Contender Tournament Bout: Hysni Beqiri def. Antonio Gomez by Unanimous Dec - Rd1: Round starts slow until Beqiri landed a hard right and knocks Gomez down. Once Gomez gets up Beqiri got a little wild and got caught and wobbled with a couple left hooks, a few more seconds in that round and Gomez would have scored a knockdown himself. Rd2: Gomez much busier this round throwing combos and low kicks with Beqiri not doing much except for in the last 20 seconds throwing some power but not enough. Rd3: more of the same but Beqiri a little busier but nothing significant landed for either fighter. This fight should go an extra round

Lightweight Contender Tournament Bout: Dylan Salvador def. Anatoly Moiseev by Maj Dec - Rd1: Close feeling out round Moiseev landing more combos but Salvador landing lots of inside low kicks. Rd2: Salavador pressuring Moiseev onto the ropes and landing nice punches and a flying knee to the head, Moiseev backing up too much. Rd3: Moiseev starts moving forward this round but doesn't land much, its Salvador now landing while moving backwards and then pushing forward with hard knees to the body and head and still landing that inside low kick. Great fight.

Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari Are Ready to Destroy Each Other

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The time is finally upon us. The most anticipated kickboxing fight in years goes down tomorrow in Germany; Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven. Hari, after a considerable time away from the ring and the spotlight, will be heading to the GLORY ring for the first time to challenge the man who became the top heavyweight in the world while Hari wasn't looking, with both men looking to prove that they are indeed the best in the world.

This, my friends, is the staredown.

Damn.

There are literally three cardloads of great fights on this card as well, so check out the whole weigh-in, but Badr and Rico look like they are going to kill each other. This fight can't come soon enough.

GLORY Collision Hype: Badr Hari vs. Alistair Overeem

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The sport of kickboxing was once ruled by giants that roamed the Japanese countryside, competing in the K-1 World Grand Prix events as larger-than-life titans looking to floor each other. This is, in part, what made the sport of kickboxing so popular and left a lasting legacy that everyone is trying to live up to now. When Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem decided to dip his toes into the realm of K-1 many thought that he'd be easy fodder for the elite of the elite, only for him to score an upset against Badr Hari, one of the greats of the time. 

This led to Overeem entering the K-1 World Grand Prix the following year, a year that many saw Badr Hari as the man to beat in the tournament. When it came down to both men squaring off that night, everyone was expecting fireworks. That's exactly what happened.

If this Badr Hari shows up on Saturday, Rico Verhoeven is in trouble. Interestingly enough, Alistair Overeem will be joining the broadcast team on Saturday to provide expert commentary during the main event. 

Giorgio Petrosyan Opens Up on His Time Off and Pressures of Being the GOAT

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Few names in the realm of kickboxing are synonymous with greatness quite like Giorgio Petrosyan. Petrosyan, a former two-time K-1 World MAX Champion during the height of the tournament, as well as the 2012 GLORY 70kg Slam Champion, he's competed against the best in the world and proven himself many times over as not only one of the best, but perhaps the very best. 

On Saturday, December 10th Petrosyan returns to the ring to fight against a man that he's been aiming to take on headfirst for about a year now in the UK's Jordan Watson. Watson, a muay thai standout, is looking to make a name for himself against Petrosyan in what is essentially a no-lose situation for him; losing to Giorgio Petrosyan is so normal that there's nothing to be ashamed of at this point.

The fight has been postponed prior, but will now happen, as to if that'll affect Petrosyan heading into the fight, his answer was simple; "I don't think so," he said. It isn't that Petrosyan is taking Watson lightly, it's that he's at the level where regardless of the competition, he understands that he most likely has an advantage. When prompted on who of his recent opponents was his toughest test, he was unable to find someone who really gave him a challenge. "I have won against all, but there was no one in particular that has put me in trouble most of the other."

For Petrosyan, one fight does stand out, which was his loss to Andy Ristie in 2013 via knockout, which led to the Doctor taking time away from the ring to recuperate and prepare himself to return to the ring. "I needed to metabolise this defeat," he explained about the prolonged time away from the ring. As for if his hand injury was a factor or a concern, he didn't think so; "Unfortunately," he admitted to the injury, "although I did not think about it, my head always brought me [back]."

Of course, Petrosyan is considered to be one of, if not the greatest of all time in kickboxing, when asked what kind of pressure was on him when he returned, he didn't seem bothered by the hype. "I have always only fought for myself and for the fun, I never thought of having to prove something to someone." 

As for the pressures of being considered the best in the world? Nah. "I don’t feel any pressure and I cannot wait forward to December 10 to be able to see the result of all the effort I made to train at best."

Giorgio Petrosyan makes his Bellator Kickboxing debut on Saturday, December 10th in Firenze against Jordan Watson.

KNOCK OUT Delivers Huge With Debut Show

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Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT made a lot of bold claims about reviving Japanese kickboxing and threw together a formidable debut event in KNOCK OUT vol.0 that went down today. Not only did they make claims, but they delivered with a night of exciting fights and really showed the world what Japanese kickboxing is made of. The biggest story is Tenshin Nasukawa knocking out Wanchalong in round one with a crazy spinning back kick.

Seriously, that is amazing. The promotion also announced their second event, KNOCK OUT vol.1 for February 12th, featuring Genji Umeno, Tenshin Nasukawa, Hikari Machida, Takashi Futoshi and more.

KNOCK OUT vol.0

Haruaki Otsuki (R1 - KO) StarBoy KwaythongGym

Eisaku Ogasawara (R3 - KO) Keisaku Miyamoto

Yosuke Morii (R3 - KO) Yodwandee Nitsamui

T-98 (R2 - KO) Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima

Tenshin Nasukawa (R1 - KO) Wanchalong PK.Saenchaigym

Genji Umeno (R5 - Dec) Sirimongkol PK.Saenchaigym

 

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