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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.

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Full Card for May 6th SuperKombat World Grand Prix Event

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On May 6th SuperKombat returns to Madrid for the SuperKombat WGP II event, headlined by a superfight between one of heavyweight kickboxing stalwarts in Catalin Morosanu against Lukasz Krupadziorow from Poland. After being plagued by injuries in 2016, Morosanu made an exclamation of a debut for GLORY in February with a KO on Maurice Greene and will be looking to ride that wave of momentum into his home promotion of SuperKombat. 

The show starts at 19:00 CET and will be airing live on and Fightbox HD. It will air on CBS Sports Network in the United States on May 13th at 10pm eastern.

Superkombat WGP II Madrid Fight Card:

Super Fight - Heavyweight division (+96 kg)

Lukasz Krupadziorow (Poland) vs Catalin Morosanu (Romania)


Super Fight - Heavyweight division (+96 kg)

Dawid Zoltaszek (Poland )vs Cristian Ristea (Romania)


Super Fight - Heavyweight division (+96 kg)

Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname) vs Bruno Susano (Portugal)


Super Fight - Heavyweight division (+96 kg)

Patrick Schmid (Switzerland) vs Daniel Oso Perez (Spain)


Super Fight - Light Heavyweight division (-81)

Janu da Cruz (Guinea Bissau) vs Daniel Stefanovski (Switzerland)


Super Fight - Middleweight division (-73 kg)

Nenes Nayanesh (RD Congo) vs Eduard Chelariu (Romania)


Super Fight - Middleweight division (-72 kg)

Youssef El Hadmi (Morocco) vs Edye Ruiz (Spain)


Super Fight - Super Middleweight division (-77 kg)

Omar Amash (Israel) vs Lolo Romero (Spain

Weekend Results: Lerdsilla Scores Big at Lion Fight 36, Jaraya Attacks Judge at Enfusion Live 49

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On top of GLORY 40, there were other big kickboxing and muay thai events that deserve our time and attention, so let's get right to them. First, on Friday evening was Lion Fight 36 which was live on AXS TV. As always, it featured some of the top names on the international muay thai circuit battling it out in the United States.

LION FIGHT 36 Official Results

Main Event - Lightweight Fight - Ledsila Phuket (184-31-5) knocked out Jacob Hebeisen (0-1) with a head kick at 2:16 in round two.

Co-Main Event - Cruiserweight Fight - Paul Banasiak (5-0) remained undefeated, beating Brett Hlavacek (17-5) by unanimous decision (49-48, 49-46, 48-47).

Middleweight Fight - Amadeu Christiano (52-16) outlasted D.C. Pratt (20-6) to win by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 50-45)

Super Cruiserweight Fight - Chip Moraza-Pollard (4-0) defeated Matt Coleman (1-2) via TKO at 0:30 in round three

Middleweight Fight - Eddie Abasolo (8-1) scored a TKO victory over P.J. Sweda (2-2) at 1:36 in round five.

Lightweight Fight - Amine Ballafrikh (8-4) out-struck Jonathan George (2-1, 1 NC) to win by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46)

Across the Atlantic was Enfusion Live #49 in Zoetermeer, Netherlands. This one was, well, interesting. In terms of big happenings, there were a few that immediately impact the LiverKick rankings when we tabulate them next; El Boustati beat Filip Verlinden, Yassin Baitar defeating Jonay Risco and in non-ranked madness, Mohammed Jaraya, one of the promotion's big stars, lost a controversial, extra round decision to Reduoan Laarkoubi. It doesn't end there, though. MMAPlus has screen caps from the event showing a distraught Jaraya leave the ring, then attack the lead judge after the decision was rendered.

This one thing will most likely overshadow the rest of the event, perhaps even the rest of Jaraya's young career to date. Simply stated: you do not attack officials. Both Badr Hari and Jamal Ben Saddik have attacked downed opponents (curiously enough, both did it to Hesdy Gerges), but even then, it was another competitor. While poor showings on the part of both fighters (twice for Badr, by the way), it was still against another competitor, someone who was trained to step into the ring and fight them. Judges and referees, while known to make bad calls at times, are not trained in-ring competitors, at least not the ones that fighters should be concerned with. Hell, if Jaraya smacked one of his opponent's cornermen even that would be out of line but somewhat understandable. 

Enfusion Live 49 

Ibrahim El Boustati (R3 - Decision) Filip Verlinden 

Luis Tavares (R1 - KO) Mohamed Boubkari 

Tayfun Ozcan (R2 - KO) Nordin Ben Moh 

Redouan Laarkoubi (Ext.R - Dec) Mohammed Jaraya 

Yassin Baitar (R3 - Dec) Jonay Risco 

Andre Schmeling (Ext.R - Dec) Hicham Achalhi 

Khadija Charradi (Ext.R - Dec) Essilia Wurms 

GLORY 40 Live Results

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Glory 40 Copenhagen goes down today, live from Denmark featuring GLORY Middleweight Champion Jason Wilnis looking to defend against former champion and one of the best in the world in Simon Marcus. Jay is in the arena with his brother, so follow @LiverKickdotcom for updates where I'll be talking about the fights live.

SuperFight Series (FightPass)

Yuhang Xie (R3 - Dec) Chris Mauceri

Josh Jauncey (R2 - TKO) Antonio Gomez

Freddy Kemayo (R2 - TKO) Imad Hadar

Mohammed El-Mir (R3 - Dec) Simon El Santana

Jamie Bates (R3 - Dec) Richard Abraham  


Tournament: Yousri Belgaroui (R3 - Dec) Agron Preteni

Tournament: Alex Pereira (R3 - TKO) Burim Rama

Niclas Larsen (R3 - Dec) Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai

Tournament Final: Yousri Belgaroui (R3 - Dec) Alex Pereira

GLORY Middleweight Championship: Simon Marcus (R5 - Split Dec) Jason Wilnis (C) 

LiverKick Rankings Update: April, 2017 -- Not Much Changes

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The LiverKick Rankings are usually updated quarterly, but honestly, not much was changing so we held off until the end of this month and even then, not much has really changed.

Heavyweight is literally untouched. Light Heavyweight was pretty much untouched until this past weekend when Michael Duut, who felt like a wild card in the first place, fell to Fred Sikking, with Sikking taking a coveted spot in the top five thanks to that knockout and everyone else getting bumped down. Middleweight saw minor, minor changes thanks to Alex Pereira defeating Israel Adesanya.

At Welterweight Karim Ghajji defeated Zoltan Laszak for the Bellator Kickboxing Welterweight Championship, earning his number ten spot back and knocking Zoltan out of the rankings. At Lightweight Jonay Risco's win over Tayfun Ozcan gave him another chance at the rankings while Ozcan dropped down. Featherweight is perhaps where the most movement has happened thanks to the recent K-1 tournament that Wei Rui won. Ren Hiramoto's performance leading into the finals also saw him added to the rankings, as did Gonnapar's recent run. That meant that a few solid names had to drop and some were dropped completely, including GLORY's last Featherweight Champion in Robin van Roosmalen. That means for the first time a GLORY champion (or at least should-be champion) is not represented in one of the weight classes. It is not indicative of van Roosmalen's talent (as he clearly belongs in this division as one of the top fighters), but more that at one point many of the top names at Featherweight did compete in GLORY but left for K-1 Japan, Kunlun and other, outside organizations. Thanks to how competitive the division is, GLORY's division has been completely wiped off of the face of the rankings.

We should also note there has been talk of establishing Strawweight rankings to reflect the competitive realm that is 55kg at the moment. 

LiverKick Rankings Updated on 4/25/2017

Heavyweight (Per 4/25)

1 Rico Verhoeven
2 Benjamin Adegbuyi
3 Roman Kryklia
4 Jamal Ben Saddik
5 Ismael Londt
6 Mladen Brestovac 
7 Jahfarr Wilnis 
8 Fabio Kwasi 
9 Guto Inocente 
10 Anderson "Braddock" Silva 


Heavyweight (Per 4/25)

1 Artem Vakhitov
2 Saulo Cavalari
3 Zack Mwekassa 
4 Mourad Bouzidi 
5 Fred Sikking *
6 Michael Duut v
7 Danyo Ilunga v
8 Roman Kryklia v
9 Fabio Kwasi v
10 Mladen Kujundzic v
Middleweight (Per 4/25)

1 Jason Wilnis 
2 Simon Marcus 
3 Artem Levin 
4 Alex Pereira ^
5 Israel Adesenya v
6 Filip Verlinden v
7 Joe Schilling 
8 Dustin Jacoby 
9 Cedric Doumbe 
10 Fang Bian 
Welterweight (Per 4/25)

1 Cedric Doumbe 
2 Nieky Holzken 
3 Artur Kyshenko 
4 Murthel Groenhart
5 Alexander Stetsurenko
6 Dmitry Valent 
7 Hicham El Gaoui 
8 Raymond Daniels 
9 Yoann Kongolo 
10 Karim Ghajji *
Lightweight (Per 4/25)

1 Superbon Banchamek
2 Sitthichai
3 Robin van Roosmalen 
4 Giorgio Petrosyan
5 Marat Grigorian 
6 Cedric Manhoef 
7 Wu Xuesong 
8 Jonay Risco *
9 Dylan Salvador 
10 Tayfun Ozcan v
Featherweight (Per 4/25)

1 Kaew Weerasakreck
2 Qiu Jianliang 
3 Wei Rui *
4 Ren Hiramoto *
5 Gonnapar Weerasakreck *
6 Ilias Bulaid v
7 Hideaki Yamazaki v
8 Masaaki Noiri v
9 Minoru Kimura v
10 Melsik Baghdasaryan *


* - New Addition

^ - Moved Up

v - Moved Down


The rankings are living rankings that have existed in one form or another since 2009. After the initial rankings were tabulated, they moved on from there. If one fighter beats a fighter ranked above them, they take their place. If a new fighter is introduced, that means that said fighter is ranked above whomever he beat, moving everyone else down. 

Fighters can drop or move up in the rankings without losing or winning, depending on the division in general. After 12 months of inactivity, or if a retirement is announced, fighters can be removed from the rankings. These rankings are also at our discretion.

World Fighting League Results: Peter Aerts Wins Retirement Bout

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The Dutch Lumberjack, also known as Mr. K-1, Peter Aerts retired on Sunday in the Netherlands. After a host of prior "retirement" fights this one seems to be the actual final fight of the three-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion. All of it happened under Melvin Manhoef's WFL banner, with his promotion doing its best to capture the It's Showtime feel and filling that void left by It's Showtime being absorbed by GLORY years ago. Aerts defeated his opponent, Nordine Mahieddine, via a decision, then posed in the ring with other multi-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champions and legends Semmy Schilt, Ernesto Hoost and Remy Bonjasky. 

Other notable results involve Errol Zimmerman losing to Murat Aygun, Fred Sikking defeating Michael Duut by KO, Brian Douwes winning the 95kg tournament, William Diender winning the 70kg tournament and Ertugal Bayrak beating Darrel Sichtman to win the 86kg tournament. 

Results via Kakutougi

Full Results

WFL SuperFights

Peter Aerts defeats Nordine Mahieddine by Decision

Murat Aygun defeats Errol Zimmerman by Decision

Fred Sikking defeats Michael Duut by KO

Tarik Khbabez defeats Gokhan Gedik by Decision

Anissa Haddaoui defeats Ilona Wijmans by Decision

Younes Smaili defeats Jackie Dings by Decision

Rodney Faverus Glunder defeats Dennis Stolzenbach by Decision

Ilsury Hendrikse defeats Samantha van Doorn by Decision


70kg Tournament - Final

William Diender defeats Redouan Daoudi by TKO


70kg Tournament - SemiFinals

Redouan Daoudi defeats Warren Stevelmans by Decision

William Diender defeats Michael Benben


86kg Tournament - Final

Ertugrul Bayrak defeats Darryl Sichtman by Decision


86kg Tournament - SemiFinals

Ertugrul Bayrak defeats Errol Koning by Decision

Darryl Sichtman defeats Dennis Ipema by Decision


95kg Tournament - Final

Brian Douwes wins by default (Ibrahim el Bouni out due to injury)


95kg Tournament - SemiFinals

Brian Douwes defeats Redouan Cairo by Decision

Ibrahim el Bouni defeats Fabio Kwasi by KO



Donovan Wisse defeats Jay Overmeer by Decision

Kevin van Heeckeren defeats Karim Lahboub by Decision

Joey Mezieres defeats Akin Kocak by Decision


Results From K-1 World Grand Prix Japan Super Bantamweight Tournament

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K-1 Japan put forth another solid effort this weekend with their Super Bantamweight (55kg) tournament that saw Yoshiki Takei walk away victorious in the eight-man field with a decision victory in the finals over Kenji Kubo. Takei pulled off a TKO victory over Antonio Orden in the quarterfinals, followed by a first round TKO of Keisuke Ishida to lock his position in the finals. Kubo defeated Suen Takchuen in the quarters and knocked out Nobuchika Terado in the semi-finals to lock in his place before he fell to Takei. 

Kaew Weerasakreck defended his Super Lightweight title against the very tough Hideaki Yamazaki with a decision victory while Takeru provided that trademark Takeru violence against a very game Victor Saravia, putting Saravia down in the third round. Saravia was relatively fearless, in the second round the two taunting each other, wagging tongues in the other's direction before they both just threw down in a crazy exchange to finish out the round. The action kicked off quickly in the third, Saravia landing a left hook only to wake Takeru up and somehow make him more aggressive. An unintentional low blow to Takeru left a brief pause in the action before Takeru's left hand starting to hit its target. Saravia became more tentative and it was only a matter of time before a Takeru flurry sent him reeling, with a right and left connecting while Saravia's body went limp and fell to the canvas. 

Tournament Final: Yoshiki Takei (R3 - Decision) Kenji Kubo by unanimous decision

Super Lightweight Title: Kaew Weerasakreck(C) (R3 - Decision) Hideaki Yamazaki 

Takeru (R3 - KO) Victor Saravia 

Tournament Semi-Final: Kenji Kubo (R2 - KO) Nobuchika Terado 

Tournament Semi-Final: Yoshiki Takei (R1 - TKO) Keisuke Ishida 

Tetsuya Yamato (R2 - KO) Hiroya 

Koichi (R3 - KO) K-Jee 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Kenji Kubo (R3 - Decision) Suen Takchuen 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Nobuchika Terado (Ext.R - Split Decision) Jamie Whelan 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Yoshiki Takei (R3 - TKO) Antonio Orden 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Keisuke Ishida (R2 - KO) Charles Bongiovanni 

Tournament Reserve: Namito Izawa (R3 - Split Decision) Yuya Suzuki

Hiromi Wajima (R1 - TKO [cut]) Kazunari Kimura 

Seiya Ueda (R3 - Decision) Masa 

Yuma Saikyo (R1 - KO) Hiroki Kokubo 

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

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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

LiverKick Podcast for April 20th - GLORY 40 Preview, Bellator Kickboxing and More

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With GLORY 40 just on the horizon and Bellator Kickboxing coming off of two big shows it felt like the right time for the SS LiverKick Podcast to set sail again. This time we got it done more than a day before the show we were previewing, truly a herculean feat if there ever was one. So join myself and Jay Jauncey as we run down the GLORY 40 card, spend less time complaining about four-men tournaments than we've ever done before and perhaps even get some insight into what went into Josh Jauncey's preparation for his upcoming fight seeing as though Jay is his coach. 

Maybe not, though. That's for me to know and for you to find out by listening to the LiverKick Podcast. 

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Cedric Doumbe vs. Nieky Holzken II Headlines GLORY 42

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On Saturday, June 10th GLORY returns to Paris with GLORY 42 Paris headlined by GLORY Welterweight Champion Cedric Doumbe defending against former champion Nieky Holzken. Holzken, who at a time looked unstoppable, fell to Doumbe at GLORY: Collision in December and the social media exchanges have been heated ever since. Only two other fights are announced, including Jimmy Vienot against Casey Greene and Yoann Kongolo against Antoine Pinto.

GLORY 42 Paris

Welterweight Title Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. Nieky Holzken

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

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: TBA vs. TBA

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: TBA vs. TBA

GLORY 42 SuperFight Series

Welterweight Headline Bout: Yoann Kongolo vs. Antoine Pinto

Welterweight Bout: Jimmy Vienot vs. Casey Greene

Hesdy Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-Parry Headlining GLORY 41

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GLORY announced the finalized (well, as final as they can be) fight card for GLORY 41 Den Bosch today. The GLORY 41 SuperFight Series has somehow gotten even better with one of the most exciting fighters in the featherweight division, Zakaria Zouggary, making his way to GLORY to fight Anvar Boynazarov. The SFS card, which is capped off by Robin van Roosmalen vs. Petchpanomrung for the Featherweight Championship and Rico Verhoeven against Ismael Lazaar is perhaps one of the best GLORY shows on paper in a very long time.

GLORY 41 proper is a bit more subdued, featuring another heavyweight contender's tournament, this time with some fresh names. Anderson "Braddock" Silva will have another chance at redemption against Giannis Stoforidis while Xavier Vigney returns to fight D'Angelo Marshall. There is a featherweight bout between Chenglong Zhang and Wilson Sanches Mendes and a headliner (well, co-headliner) of the recently-cancelled bout between Hesdy Gerges and Chi Lewis-Parry.

GLORY 41 Holland

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

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Hesdy Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-Parry

Featherweight Bout: Chenglong Zhang vs. Wilson Sanches Mendes

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Anderson Silva vs. Giannis Stoforidis

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Xavier Vigney vs. D’Angelo Marshall

GLORY 41 SuperFight Series

Heavyweight Superfight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Ismael Lazaar

Featherweight World Title Bout: Robin van Roosmalen vs. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao

Welterweight Bout: Murthel Groenhart vs. Harut Grigorian

Light Heavyweight Bout: Michael Duut vs. Mourad Bouzidi

Lightweight Bout: Tyjani Beztati vs. TBA

Featherweight Bout: Zakaria Zouggary vs. Anvar Boynazarov

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