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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.

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Lion Fight 17 Results

Tonight was another big night for Muay Thai with Lion Fight 17 going down in Connecticut for the second time. This being Lion Fight's second outing to the East Coast they delivered big yet again with yet another solid fight card that proved to be action-packed. Pedro Gonzalez started the card off with a bang by stopping Tim Amorim in round four, while Victor Saravia followed up with a R4 KO of his own. Carlos Lopez took the action to the tough Rami Ibraham, Brett Hlvacek got an upset win over Washington all on the undercard. The two main fights of the night saw Jo Nattawut upset Cosmo Alexandre and Malaipet be Malaipet against Justin Greskiewicz.

Malaipet Sasiprapa (R5 - UD) Justin Greskiewicz
Jo Nattawut (R5 - SD) Cosmo Alexandre
Brett Hlavacek (R5 - MD) Cyrus Washington 
Carlos Lopez (R5 - UD) Rami Ibraham
Victor Saravia (R4 - KO) Andy Singh 
Pedro Gonzalez (R4 - TKO) Tim Amorim 

The Pressure is on Catalin Morosanu this Weekend in SuperKombat

Saturday at the SuperKombat World Grand Prix in Constanta Catalin Morosanu looks to enter the ring for the third time this year, but only his second time in the ring in his home of Romania. For Catalin Morosanu, he’s proven to be a viable personality in the Romanian mainstream and will always draw eyes for SuperKombat throughout Europe, but this fight is important for him. Morosanu is perhaps best known for his wild, brawling style that he has claimed to be modeled after early Bob Sapp, but that wild, brawling style has gotten him into trouble throughout his career.

It’s hard not to imagine being distracted with the kind of schedule that Catalin Morosanu keeps up. Kickboxing will always be his home, but his work in politics takes up time, including an election this year. To top that off he’s a television personality and even markets his own brand of wine to Romanian fans. He still finds time to fight, though, and while he’s known for his brawling style, it would be crass to say that he’s just a brawler. Morosanu has evolved over the years and proved that with his wins over Stefan Leko, Anderson Silva and Paul Slowinski.

Since 2013 Morosanu has gone 3-3, batting .500 after going on an epic win-streak, which has led to some questioning his commitment to the sport and to growing, but if you look back at those losses they were all incredibly close. The fight with Ben Edwards was one of the more entertaining slugfests of the past few years at Heavyweight, even, with many seeing the fight going either way. The recent loss to Tomas Hron was a minor setback, for sure, but that is why his fight this weekend against Giannis Stoforidis is so important.

The Greek Stoforidis has had an equally interesting 2013 and 2014, with him making a big impression during the SuperKombat Tryouts in Greece, then putting on an amazing show in the SuperKombat New Heroes event in Croatia. When given a chance at a SuperKombat World Grand Prix tournament he made it to the finals in a qualifier, losing a tough fight to another young, rising star in D’Angelo Marshall. With Stofodiris it’s hard to forget that he’s only 25 and his career on the big stage is just beginning.

For Stoforidis, the fight with Morosanu is his biggest to date yet and his chance to make a huge impression on Romanian fans and hand Morosanu his first loss on Romanian soil since he fought Errol Zimmerman in Bucharest in 2010. A win over Morosanu would not only get his young career back on track, but would turn him into a superstar in Romania. Many have looked at Stoforidis as one of SuperKombat’s next big breakout stars, already gaining popularity in his home of Greece, but this would only make it all happen a lot quicker.

For Morosanu a win over Stoforidis would send the fans home happy in Romania, also proving that Morosanu is still focused on being one of the best in the world at kickboxing. Morosanu has always been knocking at the door of being considered one of the best Heavyweights and scoring a win over Stoforidis gets his name back into the discussion and opens up doors for fights with bigger names down the road. 

In my estimation the pressure is on Morosanu for this fight, with him fighting in Romania and being a national hero and all. There are a lot of expectations for him to not only win, but to do so in entertaining fashion. I think that Morosanu might get the job done here, but I don’t envy him right now, that’s for sure. 

SuperKombat Dabbles in the Mainstream in Romania

When it comes to combat sports, no matter how popular the promotion, it usually seems like a stretch to ever say that it is mainstream. Mainstream attention is something that sports leagues like the UFC and GLORY are hungry for right now, but finding considerable hurdles in the way of this level of success. What’s interesting to note is that Romanian-based kickboxing promotion, SuperKombat, has achieved that very success in Romania.

It might be difficult to process at times that a kickboxing promotion could be considered mainstream, but Romania’s population of 20 million is very aware of SuperKombat and its stars. To many of us here in America we might look at fighters like Catalin Morosanu, Alexandru Lungu, Andrei and Bogdan Stoica and appreciate them on their own levels, but when it comes to Romania, these guys are huge stars. 

Catalin Morosanu has seen success in his kickboxing career, making a name for himself throughout Europe and Asia with K-1, but Morosanu has also made himself into a media star and politician. In 2010 Catalin Morosanu took part in Romania’s Dancing with the Stars, moving all the way to the finals where he and his partner won the entire show, Morosanu donating his winnings to a widow. From there he was able to leverage his popularity to serving as a councilor in Iasi County, with him up for an elected spot in the European Parliament later this year. Morosanu even has his own brand of wine. 

Alexandru Lungu is a guy that hardcore sports fans might look at and be confused by, equating him more to a Bob Sapp-like spectacle, but Lungu was at one time a competitive Judoka, earning third place in the Openweight division in the European Championships in 1999, earning him a spot in the hearts of the proud Romanian fans. Since then he has competed in Mixed Martial Arts in PRIDE, Cage Rage and K-1, as well as taking up kickboxing in SuperKombat. Spectacle he may be at times, but Lungu is a national hero for his achievements in Judo and when he steps into the ring, fans take notice. 

With the Stoica brothers there are similar tales, with Andrei, the older of the two, competing for Romania in the sport of Wushu, winning three national championships before winning a vaunted European championship in Sanshou in 2008. It was after that where he switched to kickboxing where both Andrei and Bogdan have had their careers fostered under the SuperKombat banner. 

Of course it doesn’t stop there, with SuperKombat nurturing more careers of Romanian fighters, such as Benjamin Adegbuyi, Ionut Atodiresei and Ionut Iftimoaie as well. SuperKombat shows have drawn tens of thousands of fans to events that are watched by millions in Romania as well as the rest of Europe and even America. If you wanted to look at a promotion that has done a good job of being a regional promotion, you should look no further than SuperKobmat, who has done an admirable job of breaking through that elusive “mainstream” barrier and who hold the largest television coverage for the sport in all of Europe.

American Actors Erika Elaniak and Christopher Atkins Show Support for SuperKombat

This Saturday, August 2nd, SuperKombat will be presenting their fourth big SuperKombat World Grand Prix event of the year at Constanta, Romania. The show will be main evented by Catalin Morosanu, perhaps one of the biggest stars that Romania has to offer in kickboxing right now, against Greek slugger Giannis Stoforidis. SuperKombat has done a good job of differentiating themselves over the past few years as not just a sporting event, but that their events are media and entertainment events as well.

If you need evidence of that look no further than their use of iconic American actors to promote their upcoming event. This wouldn't be the first time that they've used famous names to promote upcoming shows, for sure, but it's still interesting none-the-less. 

That is Erika Elaniak, who is perhaps best known for her stint in the first three seasons of Baywatch, as Shauni McClain, before departing the show over being unhappy with the show's direction. She has also appeared in films like ET, Under Siege and Bordello of Blood. She was also a Playboy Playmate back when that used to mean something. 

This is Christopher Atkins, who got his start in acting when he was young with the starring role in Blue Lagoon. Atkins also appeared on the original run of the absurdly popular television series Dallas and has continued to stay active in the film industry throughout the years with various roles. Atkins considers himself a combat sports fan and was thrilled to be a part of a SuperKombat event.

"I've watched a few events, it's not just a sports competition, it's a true show, this is the future of combat sports. I saw Morosanu's fights and he can be a Hollyood star for sure, he is a perfect character. Also I noted that a lot of Superkombat stars in Romania are mainstream stars wich means a lot in this sport." 

It's great to see this level of support for SuperKombat events and we can only hope to see more celebrities in attendance in the future.

Analyzing GLORY's Champions: Davit Kiria

Man, if you are like me, you are kind of dying at this dry spell that we are going through with kickboxing right now. There is still stuff going down, but there is a decided lack of big events to get worked up over right now. So it’s time to start taking a long, hard look at the best fighters in the business today and if we think that they can hold onto their top spots. 

First up: Davit Kiria, GLORY Lightweight Champion

GLORY’s Lightweight division is probably one of the most stacked divisions in the world today. The 70kg range has always been talent-rich, thanks in part to K-1 relying upon the K-1 MAX division for years. But right now especially, it feels like as good as any one fighter is in the division, there is a line-up of guys that could probably defeat him. 

Davit Kiria was never a guy that we would have pegged to become GLORY’s Lightweight Champion. That’s not a knock against him as much as it is indicative of how deep the division really is. Kiria is a skilled guy, but his losses to both Giorgio Petrosyan and Robin van Roosmalen led to many doubting him. So when he went into GLORY 14 against Andy Ristie, the guy who knocked both of those men out in one night, not many expected him to walk out as the champion.

Then kickboxing magic happened and Kiria shocked the world, knocking out Andy Ristie in the fifth round. It was insanity and we had an unlikely champion of a guy who was considered “fourth best” to RvR, Petrosyan and Ristie. That is how stacked this division is. We have a good feeling that Robin van Roosmalen will get a shot at Kiria’s title soon (it was originally slated for August, actually), so the question is: Can Davit Kiria hold onto the GLORY Lightweight Championship.

The answer is: yes, but not for long. That title is going to be a hot potato for a while unless Petrosyan can stop injuring his hand. I think that Kiria has the skills to defeat Robin van Roosmalen, but it also goes the other way just as easily. In a five round fight we’ve seen that Kiria’s slow-starting style is perhaps best-served under these conditions and he’ll potentially be able to shine against Robin van Roosmalen.

But then when you have to face down a murderer’s row in Lightweight, it seems inevitable that someone will defeat him at some point. Whomever that is will also face the same exact challenges that Kiria faces now, knowing that the title probably won’t be secure for long. That makes GLORY’s Lightweight division so exciting right now; you don’t know who will end up on top. 

Spike TV Airing GLORY Last Man Standing on August 8th

Interesting note here, that on last week's Best of GLORY that aired on Spike TV they announced that on Friday, August 8th they'd be airing GLORY Last Man Standing in some form. If we are to look at this objectively, the next day was scheduled to be the day that GLORY 18 was going to happen, so there is a chance that Spike TV had set aside television time for GLORY in early August. Then again, why not air it on Saturday? 

This is an interesting move from Spike TV and -- honestly -- a smart move. GLORY currently does not have an event planned for August and airing the GLORY Last Man Standing event will keep GLORY programming on Spike TV during an off-month, which will hopefully mean that GLORY won't lose viewers like they did the last time they took a break in between shows. The time slot is 2 and a half hours, the replay starting at 10PM Eastern time and running until 12:30, meaning that it will obviously need to be edited down a bit to fit into two and a half hours plus commercial breaks. Still, it is one of the best kickboxing events of the year being shown on Spike TV for free.

It's difficult to complain.

SuperKombat August 2nd Card

On August 2nd in Constanta, Romania SuperKombat will present their fourth SuperKombat World Grand Prix event of the year. On the top of the card will be Romanian superstar Catalin Morosanu taking on Greek slugger Giannis Stoforidis. Then Nikolaj Falin will take on Romanian Sebastian Ciobanu in the co-main event. This is already shaping up to be one of the better SuperKombat events of the year and should most definitely deliver. 

1. Super Fight – Super Middleweight Bout (-77 kg)
Alex Filip (Romania) vs. TBA (To-be-announced)
2. Super Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)
Alexandru Popescu (Romania) vs. Claudiu Badoi (Romania)
3. Eliminatory Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)
Jonay Risco (Spain) vs. Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)
4. Eliminatory Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)
Cenik Cankurtaranoglu (Turkey) vs. Cristian Milea (Romania)
5. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)
Moises Baute (Spain) vs. Vlad Grigore (Romania)
6. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)
Nikolaj Falin (Germany) vs. Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania)
7. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
Giannis Stoforidis (Greece) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

Long Watch: GLORY's Ivan Farneti Talks Business and Kickboxing

Part of what makes GLORY such an interesting company is the guys who comprise said company. All of the people that we've spoken to which in the company are passionate and knowledgeable about the sport of kickboxing. They are fans, not just casual fans, but real fans. If you are looking for a fan, look no further than GLORY's Ivan Farneti. You can find him on Twitter or Facebook most of the time talking about combat sports -- and he's nowhere near just a casual fan -- he hangs with the most hardcore of us. In fact, I'd go as far as to call Ivan a kickboxing nerd. It's okay, he's in good company. 

Watch this uber-long interview with Ivan to learn more about him, his love for the sport, how he got started with the organization as well as some of the big picture, vision stuff for GLORY. For those that grow tired of hearing Dana White's brand of vitriol, listen to Ivan pretty much say everything you want to hear and really mean it. 

Line-up For Shoot Boxing 2014 Girls S-Cup

On August 2nd in Japan, the Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup will be going down. Shoot Boxing events tend to be some of the more exciting kickboxing events that you'll see anywhere and over the last few years their female divisions have just been on fire. There are some high expectations going into this year's Girls S-Cup where we will get 48kg and 50kg tournaments. Here is the breakdown, thanks to CJ.

48kg S-Cup
Mio vs. Momi
V.V Mei Yamaguchi vs. Yukari Yamaguchi

50kg S-Cup Contestants
RENA
Lorena Klijn
Simone Dommelen
Christina Jurjevic
Tica
Kiru Bee

55kg: Ai Takahashi vs. TBA
48kg: Kira Yuki vs. Eneos
48kg: Michi vs. Tomomi Soda
50kg: Asari vs. Maki Goto
55kg: Noako Okada vs. TBA

FundAFighter Launches Campaign For Muay Thai Trainer Peter Sisomphou

Legendary Muay Thai trainer Peter Sisomphou has worked with countless top names in the world of martial arts over the years, including Firas Zahabi, David Loiseau, Ivan Menjivar and more. He's been a name within the world of martial arts for a very long time now and recently had to undergo a quadruple bypass surgery, which has a very long road to recovery. For a guy like Sisomphou, being in the gym and training fighters is how he makes his living and right now he is unable to do that.

FundAFighter has launched a campaign to raise money for Sisomphou while he is recovering to help to pay for his bills while he waits to get back into the gym and working again. Remember, the world of martial arts is not one that includes 401ks, sick pay and other luxuries found in desk jobs. So head over to FundAFighter to read more about Masta Peter Sisomphou and how you can help. 

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