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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

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Results From K-1 Japan Lightweight World Grand Prix

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K-1 Japan has done it again. By that I mean ran another successful event that has the kickboxing world talking. They've been on a bit of a hot streak of late and look to continue that heading into their big 2018 event at the Saitama Super Arena. This event featured a Lightweight tournament at 62.5kg featuring some of the best talents from around the world. On top of that it saw HINATA return to the K-1 ring and the 60kg title on the line between Hirotaka Urabe and Taiga.

Hirotaka Urabe lost his championship to Taiga in a three round war on a night that Koya Urabe, arguably one of the favorites in the tournament, was defeated by Gonnapar Weerasakrek. The tournament had its own twists and turns with Ren Hiramoto living up to his billing from a few years ago as a top prospect with a win over Brice Delval, a knockout over Gonnapar and making it all the way to the finals against Wei Rui before dropping a close split decision to crown Wei Rei as the winner of the tournament. 

K-1 Japan Lightweight Tournament

K-1 Japan 60kg Championship: Taiga (R3 - Decision) Urabe Hirotaka (C)

Hinata (R3 - Decision) Matsukura Shintaro 

Noiri Masaaki (R3 - Decision) Younes Smaili 

Ibrahim El Bouni (R2 - KO) Uehara Makoto 

Lightweight Tournament (62.5kg)

Tournament Final: Wei Rui (R3 - Split Decision) Hiramoto Ren 

Tournament Semi-Final: Wei Rui (R3 - Decision) Cristian Spetcu 

Tournament Semi-Final: Hiramoto Ren (R1 - KO) Gonnapar Weerasakrek 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Cristian Spetcu (R3 - Decision) Taniyama Toshiki 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Wei Rui (R2 - TKO) Sasaki Daizo 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Gonnapar Weerasakrek (R3 - Decision) Urabe Koya 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Hiramoto Ren (R3 - Majority Decision) Brice Delval 

Tournament Reserve: Rukiya (R2- KO) Mizumachi Hiroshi 

 

GLORY 38 Live Results and Discussion

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GLORY 38 goes down tonight! Live from Chicago, Illinois featuring a night of light heavyweight action and much more. We'll be bringing you live results and updates from the event as they happen. The one bit of news is that Zack Mwekassa has been pulled from the card for an undisclosed medical reason, with Brian Collette serving as his replacement against Zinedine Hameur-Lain.

The GLORY 38 SuperFight Series starts at 8pm Eastern time on UFC Fight Pass, GLORY 38 live at 10:30pm Eastern time on ESPN3.

GLORY 38 Chicago

Light Heavyweight World Title Headline Bout: Artem Vakhitov (Rd2 - TKO) Saulo Cavalari - Rd1: Great first round with both guys throwing hand combinations and low kicks while the other covers up and doesn't allow punches through. Vakhitov lands 1 good overhand right in the middle of a Cavalari combo near the end of the round. Rd2: Vakhitov drops Cavalari with an amazing combination of a right high kick followed by a left hook, right hook combo. Cavalari beats the count but gets clipped with another right hand and goes down again. Once again Cavalari gets up on 8 but Vakhitov corners him and lands punch after punch until the ref had seen enough.

Light Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Ariel Machado (Rd1 - KO) Zinedine Hameur-Lain - Rd1: Machado throwing heavy punches early while Zinedine looks lethargic and not throwing much. Zinedine lands a few nice grazing right high kicks but Machado takes them well and lands a good straight right, Zinedine turns his back and gets hit with a body shot then falls to his knees, the ref starts counting and Zinedine gets up too late.

Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Antoine Pinto (Rd3 - Split Decision) Richard Abraham - Rd1: Pinto's kicks vs Abrahams punches is going to be the story of this fight, Pinto was controlling distance well with this kicks and didn't get hit by many punches. Rd2: Abraham has found a way to land his punches to the body once he gets inside but overall a slow paced round with Pinto keeping Abraham at bay with kicks. Rd3: Pinto comes out bouncing and moving a little more and throwing jabs but quickly reverts back to throwing body and high kicks. Late in the round Abraham finds a home for his right low kick and pushes Pinto off balance but the ref sees its a slip.

Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Ariel Machado (Rd3 - Decision) Danyo Ilunga - Rd1: Looks like its going to be another Ilunga war, Machado gets a cut on the top of his head from a headbutt but Ilunga getting caught with small punches when he throws his wide hooks. Rd2: Ilunga trying to box too much and not using his kicks and knees which he used to be so successful with. Machado catching Ilunga with shots and Ilunga too wild. Rd3: Bit of a controversial knockdown call by the ref giving the round to Machado, Ilunga landed a few punches at the end of the round but its too little too late.

Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Zinedine Hameur-Lain (Rd2 - KO) Brian Collette - Rd1: Zinedine proving to be a bit too much for Collette in the first. Nothing Colette did was effective and Zinedine dropped him with a good combo finished by a liver kick. Rd2: Zinedine show boating a little this round and eating a few right hands for it, then he lands an overhand right of his own and causes a video game like KO where Collette spun around and his chin bounced off the canvas.

GLORY 38 SuperFight Series

Heavyweight Headline Bout: Benjamin Adegbuyi (ExRd - Decision) Anderson Silva - Rd1: Slow round with both guys feeling each other out and picking their shots. Silva landed a good left hook which was probably the best punch of the round. Rd2: Another slow round but Silva landed a great left high kick and wobbled Benny and was also slipping and countering with his left hook nicely. Rd3: Benny starts working his combos and low kicks and Silva is blocking no low kicks at all, eventually Benny kicks out both of Silvas legs with one kick and the ref gives Silva an 8 count. Both guys swing a few punches at the end and Benny gets the worst of it and is wobbled with a left hook. ExRD: Benny lands a good right uppercut, left hook combo and drops Silva. Silva gets up and walks forward for the rest of the but cant land much of importance to get that point back.

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Catalin Morosanu (Rd2 - KO) Maurice Greene  - Rd1: Greene misses a big high kick early and that allows Morosanu to get in and throw some bombs but nothing cleans lands. Greene landing some good counters through the round while Moroasnu swings at air. Rd2: Morosanu comes out swinging again and lands a left hook on Greenes chin and thats a wrap Greene goes down and the ref waves it off.

Welterweight Bout: Murthel Groenhart (R3 - KO) Thongchai Sitsongpeenong - Rd1: Thongchai starts off with some hard right low kicks until 1 is blocked and it looks to hurt his chin. Thonchai clinching quite a bit and lands a low knee. Once Groenhart gets up he lands some hard punches and wobbles Thongchai with multiple punches who gets saved by the bell. Rd2: Thongchai lands another knee to the groin early and the ref deducts a point but not much lands for the rest of the round for either fighter. Rd3: Murthel finds a home for his right uppercut, then follows up with a triple left hook to drop Thonhchai. He gets up on 8 and Murthel lands the uppercut and more left hooks, down goes Thongchai who doesn't beat the count this time.

Welterweight Bout: Daniel Morales (R3 - Decision) Pawel Jedrzejczyk - Pawel was completely cutting the ring off throughout most of the first round. Morales was throwing some decent punches, but mostly on the defensive early on. But Morales found a home for his uppercuts and began to find his range in the second half. Second round saw Pawel look to control the ring again, but Morales has found his range and looks a lot more comfortable. He's starting to mix in more kicks and his hands were landing with a bit more ease. The third round saw Pawel come to life a bit more, landing a lot more punches. 

Lightweight Bout: Niclas Larsen (R3 - Decision) Lukasz Plawecki - First round was an interesting one, Larsen dictating the pace and location of the fight. Plawecki looks a bit slow in comparison. Rounds two and three were pretty similar.

LiverKick Blow-by-Blow: GLORY 38 Edition

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On Friday night, February 24th live from Chicago, Illinois, GLORY returns to the ring with GLORY 38. The event is set to make some further sense out of the ultra-competitive light heavyweight division by showcasing a GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship bout and also deciding a new contender in a tournament, with the winners of each going on to fight for the title at GLORY 40. 

GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship: Artem Vakhitov (Champion) vs. Saulo Cavalari (Challenger)

This is a rubber match between two of the divisions top fighters for one of the most important and prestigious of GLORY's titles. So no, that magical Gokhan Saki return didn't happen, but the division has proven itself to be one of the promotion's strongest even in his stead with fighters like Mwekassa, Cavalari and Vakhitov stepping up and proving themselves to be worthy. Each man holds a win over the other, but perhaps their last meeting where Vakhitov was able to wrestle the title free of Cavalari's grasp told us the most about what to expect from their third clash. 

While Cavalari has proven himself to be a scary presence in the division with heavy hands and the technique to go along with it, Vakhitov feels like he's moving on to a different level. Where Cavalari is more likely to brawl and grow sloppy, Vakhitov reins it in and tightens his game up. Cavalari walked away with a split decision in their first meeting and in their second Vakhitov had made sure to change his game plan up enough to where he could pick up a decisive win. So yeah, Cavalari is a knockout artist, but Vakhitov has the defenses to weather the storm and the offense that is able to nullify Cavalari's offense and keep him off balance enough for Vakhitov to impose his will. I think we actually see a more decisive Vakhitov win this time out, especially considering how he absolutely destroyed Mwekassa in his first title defense.

Winner: Vakhitov.

GLORY Light Heavyweight Tournament: Zack Mwekassa vs. Zinedine Hameur-Lain, Danyo Ilunga vs. Ariel Machado

The winner of the main event will fight the winner of this tournament at GLORY 40, giving us a really good feel for the division and where it's headed. That being said, all four men are entering the tournament with at least one loss, which is a bit confusing when crowning a contender for a title. For example, Danyo Ilunga just lost to Michael Duut. Where's Michael Duut? Zinedine Hameur-Lain lost to Pavel Zhuravlev, where's Pavel? In Machado his loss was to a fighter in another weight class, so it feels weird but excusable, and for Mwekassa he lost his last title fight, which once again, feels excusable. 

Still, I'd be remiss if I wouldn't prefer this as Pavel Zhuravlev vs. Ariel Machado II and Mwekassa vs. Michael Duut. But I'm sure there are contractual situations, injuries and the usual chaff to worry about, so we've got what we've got and outside of those losses, there isn't a lot to complain about. While I initially see Danyo Ilunga vs. Zack Mwekassa in the finals, I'm not entirely sure that Ariel Machado doesn't beat Ilunga and fight Mwekassa. If so, I'm not sure that I pick Mwekassa over Machado considering Mwekassa still shows weaknesses to kick-heavy fighters. 

So yeah, if it's Danyo Ilunga against Mwekassa, I pick Mwekassa to win it all. But Machado is absolutely the dark horse here.

Winner: Mwekassa.

Richard Abraham vs. Antoine Pinto

For a while this fight baffled me. Why would this be on the main card in what is essentially the co-main event position? Abraham has a series of impressive wins, but not against any top fighters with any really visible knockouts and Pinto is making his debut. Then it struck me; Abraham is a local guy and there is this phenomenon in the United States where the arenas get packed full of friends and family of the local fighters on the card. After their guy fights, they leave. So while you might see a packed arena during the SuperFight Series, by the time the main event rolls around it's a sea of empty seats. So yeah, put Richard Abraham near the top of the card and you'll retain a lot of that crowd. 

I still don't get that mindset and why you would attend a show and not care about seeing some of the best fighters from around the world -- even out of curiosity -- but whatever. 

Pinto's brother made his debut recently and showed that coming from muay thai you really do need to adjust to kickboxing rules if you aren't a kick-punch kind of fighter. Has Antoine learned this lesson? My bet is not really, or at least not in enough time to properly figure it out. Abraham feels like GLORY's next American star and that's pretty cool.

Winner: Abraham.

Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva

Man, it's just tough to be a Braddock Silva fan sometimes. He's talented, skilled and destroys fighters outside of the top ten, but he takes on all-comers without fear and sometimes it just doesn't work out. Adegbuyi is a guy who has improved with every fight and I don't see that stopping any time soon. So power, technique and now cardio are all within his toolbelt heading into this fight. Is it just a tune-up fight? I guess so, but never count Braddock out.

Winner: Adegbuyi.

Murthel Groenhart vs. Thongchai

GLORY's Welterweight division has been tipped on its head with Nieky Holzken being dethroned by Cedric Doumbe, leaving the rest of the division in a state of flux. Who will be the next challenger and who will emerge as the next rising star? For Murthel Groenhart, who arguably held two wins over Holzken in everyone's eyes but the judges, this is a chance for a fresh start against a man who has only beaten him once prior. But his first draw is an incredibly tough opponent in Thongchai Sitsongpeenong.

Thongchai is a former Lumpinee Champion and current Rajadamnern 160lbs Champion, meaning that he's essentially one of the best in the world without question. His first foray into the GLORY ring was an impressive win over Casey Greene that showed that he didn't need to have a long adjustment period to the rules, he was just ready to go. Of all of the fights on this card, this is perhaps the most pick 'em. I think that Thongchai is incredibly skilled and tough, but this is Murthel's fight to lose. To Murthel this is a chance at redemption and to solidify his status as the uncrowned champion, for Thongchai it's just another fight.

Winner: Groenhart.

Catalin Morosanu vs. Maurice Greene

All due respect to Maurice Greene, but holy shit. Catalin Morosanu is an incredibly tough, incredibly exciting fighter who has proven himself time and time again as one of the best heavyweights in the world. In the latter half of 2016 Morosanu looked pretty rough and his signature cardio wasn't there, but he was suffering from a bad back injury that kept him out of the gym. Hopefully that is shored up.

The Romanian who credits Bob Sapp as his hero and inspiration has already proven himself to be a much, much better version of Bob Sapp. Shorter? Yes, but hits just as hard. Less muscular? Yes, but he's got incredible cardio and it means that he can throw bombs all night without slowing down. That has led to some incredibly exciting fights and it's very rarely that you'll walk away from a Morosanu fight without a surge of adrenaline running through your system. This is perhaps the most exciting GLORY signing at heavyweight in a long, long time.

Winner: Morosanu.

LiverKick Podcast Feb. 21 2017 - GLORY 38, Enfusion 46 and W5 KITEK

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Don't tell me that we weren't gonna do this again, because it's the third episode of this iteration of the LiverKick podcast.

This time out Jay and myself get to talking about the latest in the kickboxing world, including Enfusion Live 46 featuring Jaraya vs. Ben Moh II, Bulaid vs. Zouggary and more. We also talk about W5's KITEK show, which included Giorgio Petrosyan taking home another world title and where he goes from there. Then, to cap it off, we look at this week's upcoming GLORY 38 event and how GLORY is announcing cards way in advance. 


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Wilnis vs. Marcus III Headlines GLORY 40 Copenhagen

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Just ahead of GLORY 38 this coming week, GLORY has been on fire with announcing upcoming events. Looking to keep pace with itself, they have released the main event for GLORY 40 Copenhagen, which takes place on April 29th, which will be GLORY Middleweight Champion Jason Wilnis against former champion Simon Marcus. The two have built up a rivalry in GLORY over the Middleweight Championship and this rubber match is where they will hopefully settle the score once and for all.

Also featured on the card will be a Middleweight tournament featuring Alex Pereira against Burim Rama and Yousri Belgaroui vs. Agron Preteni. The SuperFight Series will feature a Light Heavyweight Title fight, the participants which will be decided at GLORY 38 this week thanks to a title fight and tournament. Josh Jauncey will return to the GLORY ring against Antonio Gomez and Freddy Kemayo will test his mettle against Imad Hadar.

GLORY 40 Copenhagen

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

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Niclas Larsen vs. TBA

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

Light Heavyweight World Title Headline Bout: TBD vs. TBA

Lightweight Bout: Mohammed El-Mir vs. TBA

Light Heavyweight Bout: Freddy Kemayo vs. Imad Hadar

Lightweight Bout: Josh Janucey vs. Antonio Gomez

Updated Fight Card for GLORY 39 Brussels

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While GLORY 38 is only a week away, GLORY is still hard at work on March's GLORY 39 Brussels. While most of the card has been assembled prior, they've went ahead and updated it with the participants in the GLORY Featherweight Tournament featured on the card. The tournament features former champion Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Anvar Boynazarov and Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. Alexei Ulyanov.

GLORY 39 Brussels

Weltwerweight World Title Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. Yoann Kongolo

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

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Jamal Ben Saddik vs. Guto Inocente

Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Anvar Boynazarov

Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. Alexei Ulyanov

GLORY 39 SuperFight Series

Lightweight World Title Headline Bout: Sittichai vs. Dylan Salvador

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Marat Grigorian vs. Hysni Beqiri

Heavyweight Bout: Hesdy Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-Parry

Welterweight Bout: Karim Benmansour vs. Harut Grigorian

Lightweight Bout: Tyjani Beztati vs. TBA

Catchweight (150 lb / 68 kg) Bout: Junus Majandinov vs. TBA

Full Card for Tomorrow's W5 KITEK Event Featuring Giorgio Petrosyan

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This Saturday in Moscow one of the most-decorated champions of all-time, Giorgio Petrosyan, will head to Russia to leave his mark on the country. The bout will be contested at 71kg against Artem Pashporin for the W5 World Championship. Pashporin is the current world champion and interestingly enough, will be an underdog going into this fight, as just about everyone is against the legendary Petrosyan. But it should be an incredible bout considering Pashporin's recent accomplishments and Petrosyan's return to form since his return to the ring.

Also featured are two other world title fights, at 81kg and 61kg, featuring the 81kg World Champion Alexander Stetsurenko against Vladimir Idranyi and the 61kg World Champion Sergio Wielzen against Timur Nadrov. 

This, plus the host of super fights makes for an interesting card. The card will air on W5kick.tv at 5pm CET/9am Eastern.

Full fight card of the W5 Grand Prix Moscow “KITEK” 

W5 World title bout

71 kg, Artem Pashporin (Russia) Vs. Giorgio Petrosyan (Italy), 5 rounds, W5 World Championship belt

W5 World title bout

81 kg, Alexander Stetsurenko (Russia) Vs. Vladimir Idranyi (Slovakia), 5 rounds, W5 World Championship belt

W5 World title bout

61 kg, Sergio Wielzen (the Netherlands) Vs Timur Nadrov (Russia), 5 rounds, W5 World Championship belt

Superfights

95+ Turpal Tokarev (Russia) Vs. Coulibaly Abderhmane (France)

71 kg, Vladislav Tuinov (Russia) Vs. Ali Cakir (Turkey)

Stanislav Kazancev (Russia) Vs. Marko Adamovic (Serbia)

Rashid Salikhov (Russia) Vs. Max Spodarenko (the Republic of Belarus)

Rating fights

Ivan Semiglyadov (Russia) Vs. Ruslan Ataev (Russia)

Danil Gavrilov (Russia) Vs. Ilya Bikmaev (Russia)

Vadim Davydov (Russia) Vs. Nikita Surovezhkin (Russia)

 

Check Out the February Edition of Inside GLORY

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Every month GLORY has been assembling behind-the-scenes videos to give fans exclusive access to everything that happens at GLORY events and the lead-up to them. The month of February is no different with a look at GLORY 37 Los Angeles.

Yokkao Saenchai Seminars Across the US Continue This Month

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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. 

KNOCK OUT vol.1 Delivers More KOs with Promotion's Second Show

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In just their second event, Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT has delivered another exciting event featuring a host of big knock out finishes to the world. The show was headlined by Japanese legend Genji Umeno taking on Juan Mario Kaewsamrit, taking Juan Mario to the limit before walking away with the decision. The co-main saw Japanese rising star Tenshin Nasukawa defeat Amnat Ruenroeng via KO in the fourth round with a brutal array of body shots that put Amnat down and out. 

KNOCK OUT vol.1

Genji Umeno (R5 - Decision) Juan Mario Kaewsamrit

Tenshin Nasukawa (R4 - KO) Amnat Ruenroeng

Yuma Yamaguchi (R3 - TKO) Hikari Machida 

Tosuke Morii (R5 - Draw) Hirotoshi Murata

Kenta (R5 - TKO) Shinya Indo

Eisaku Ogasawara (R2 - TKO) Hiroya Haga

Fukashi (R3 - TKO) Hiroto Yamaguchi

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