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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, launches on March 24th.

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Errol Zimmerman Taking Sabbatical From Kickboxing for Boxing

It was perhaps a bit anticlimactic how the rematch between GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven and Errol Zimmerman ended at GLORY 20, but it's hard to ignore the impact that it'll have for the coming years in the Heavyweight division in kickboxing. The fight ended with Zimmerman down on the mat, grasping at his knee in what was a worst case scenario for a warrior like him. Zimmerman is a guy who prides himself as being tough and if he's going to lose a fight he's going to actually lose it, not go down to injury. Yet that is exactly what happened.

We knew that Zimmerman would be out for a while, but it looks like Zimmerman will be taking a year off from kickboxing and much like Tyrone Spong who suffered a horrific leg injury against Gokhan Saki last year, Zimmerman will be returning to the ring as soon as he's healthy but will be doing so in professional boxing instead of kickboxing. 

In an interview with Dutch FunX Zimmerman announced that he will need to take at least a year off from kickboxing to heal up his knee, but that he doesn't intend to just sit idly by and wait to return to the ring. Instead he'll focus on professional boxing much like we've seen from the likes of other GLORY stars like Marc de Bonte, Nieky Holzken and Tyrone Spong. Here's hoping that all goes well with his recovery and we get to see him in the ring again soon, even if it is a boxing ring.

K-1 Japan -55kg Tournament Results

K-1 Japan held their big 55kg tournament event last night in a night that saw TAKERU overcome the competition and pick up the big tournament victory over TAIGA in the finals. TAIGA fought hard but went down twice to TAKERU. 

Results are from our friend Kazuma.

65Kg SUPER FIGHT
Kimura Filip Minoru (Brazil) def. HIROYA (Japan) By KO in Round 1
60Kg SUPER FIGHT
Urabe Koya (Japan) def. Javier Hernandez (Spain) By Decision
55Kg Tournament Quarter Finals
Takeru def. Alexandre Prilip By KO
Shota Takiya def. Danial Williams By Bad Decision, Extra Round
Nobuchika Terado def. Rui Botelho By Bad Decision, Extra Round
Taiga def. Soufiane El Haji By Decision
55Kg Tournament Semi Finals
TAKERU def. Shota Takiya By KO
TAIGA def. Nobuchika Terado By KO
55Kg Tournament Finals
TAKERU def. TAIGA By Decision 

Catalin Morosanu Next for Badr Hari

While not exactly on Badr Hari's "hit list," the next fight announced for the Golden Boy is none other than Romania's favorite dancing politician with heavy hands, Catalin Morosanu. Morosanu is one of Romania's toughest exports and is pretty much physically incapable of having a boring fight, which is a good thing for fans. Chances are when they step into the ring together that there will be a lot of leather thrown and that Morosanu will be fearless against Hari, something that not many fighters can say. 

The fight was announced at the GFC event today and the implication is that the fight would go down in May. There is a SuperKombat event in May, which makes a lot of sense for such a big fight like this and would draw some eyes to SuperKombat. It looks like this might be pushed back to the Fall, though. Who really knows? It's Badr Hari and he doesn't really adhere to strict schedules.

According to Irimia it will happen in either Dubai or Bucharest.

GFC Results -- Saki Victorious in Return

GFC Fight Series 3 went down this afternoon in Dubai and I think that we can officially put a fork in Dubai as a venue for kickboxing after GLORY 20 and GFC 3 and consider it done. There doesn't seem to be many -- if any -- kickboxing fans there. The show went on regardless and there were some interesting results, for sure, such as Zabit Samedov winning the Heavyweight tournament with a victory over Danyo Ilunga. I'd probably prefer to see these guys meet at Light Heavyweight, but Samedov's win proves that he really is one of the better kickboxers in the world and I'd love to see him compete against top level Light Heavyweights.

The big, headline fight of the evening was Gokhan Saki against Sebastian Ciobanu that saw Saki back after a year away from the ring and scraping off that ring rust against the tough Ciobanu. Ciobanu held on for the decision but it was all Saki in his return. Results are from our friends at Kiksie.

1. Muay Thai - Super Welterweight
Saleed Nouri Long (Iran) def. Jamnian Srikam (Thailand) by TKO in round 1
2. Superfight - Middleweight
Adrian Gârlonța (Romania) def. Jashid Givechi (Iran) by KO in round 2
3. Superfight - Welterweight
Masoud Minaei (Iran) def. Jason Woodham (United Kingdom) by KO in round 1
4. Superfight - Welterweight
Brad Riddell (New Zealand) def. Maseh Nuristani (Australia) by TKO in round 1
5. Superfight - Heavyweight
Murat Aygun (Turkey) def. Tofan Pirani (Sweden) by TKO in round 1
6. Superfight - Heavyweight
Srdjan Seleš (Serbia) def. Gaétan Sautron (France) by TKO in round 3
7. Superfight - Heavyweight
Andre Meunier (Australia) def. Naoufal Bennazous (Morocco) by TKO in round 1
8. Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal 1
Zabit Samedov (Azerbaijan) def. Steve Mckinnon (Australia) by decision (unanimous)
9. Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal 2
Danyo Ilunga (Germany) def. Jafar Ahmadi (Iran) by TKO in round 2
10. Superfight - Heavyweight
Ismael Lazaar (Morocco) def. Fatih Ulusoy (Turkey) by TKO in round 1 (leg injury)
11. Superfight - Heavyweight
Gokhan Saki (Turkey) def. Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania) by decision in round 3 (unanimous)
12. Heavyweight Tournament Final
Zabit Samedov (Azerbaijan) def. Danyo Ilunga (Germany) by decision after an extra round (4th)

Card for FFC 18 Tomorrow

Tomorrow in Ljubljana FFC will present their 18th numbered event featuring a split MMA and Kickboxing card. The kickboxing card features some bigger names like Mladen Brestovac, Miran Fabjan and Samo Petje set to defend his FFC 70kg World Championship.

Eyevan Danenberg vs. Jasmin Bajrovic - 77kg

Fabio di Marco vs. Teo Mikelic - 72kg

Vasil Ducar vs. Denis Chorchyp - 91kg

Denis Marjonovic vs. Miran Fabjan - 85kg

Colin George vs. Mladen Brestovac - Heavyweight

Valentin Rybalko vs. Samo Petje - 70kg Title Fight

 

GLORY Confirms That Phil Baroni Turned Down Schilling Fight at GLORY 21

If you were looking forward to the Twitter clash of the titans turning into a kickboxing fight at GLORY 21 between Joe Schilling and Phil Baroni you'll be in for a bit of a disappointment today. As reported by our bud Michael Stets over at MMAMania, Phil Baroni has turned down the fight with Joe Schilling due to not feeling that there was enough time for him to prepare for the fight. 

It's a contrast from the words that Baroni was slinging over the past few days, but it looks like Baroni is asking for a full fight camp heading into a fight with Schilling. If we are honest with ourselves here, it's not asking too much to want a full camp before fighting Schilling in what would be considered his home turf of the GLORY ring, but then again, the beef was started by Baroni. Baroni does want this fight to happen in the future, but if we take a long, hard look at this fight it is more of a marketable fight for this moment in history, not in a few months when the heat will have died down and people will be asking the serious question as to why Joe Schilling, in his prime, is fighting a 38 year old man who has nothing left to prove.

Andy Souwer Returns to the Enfusion Ring This Weekend

In what looks to be one of the better Enfusion Live cards of this year Enfusion presents Enfusion Live 27 this weekend on April 18th from Tenerife, Spain. The main event sees the -95kg Enfusion World title on the line between Moises Baute and champion Mohamed Boubkari and the co-main event sees K-1 legend Andy Souwer square off against Spanish star Jonay Risco.

Spanish living legend Maximo Suarez will take on Frenchman Rafael Llodra and in a pretty huge 70kg bout Amansio Parasciv will take on K-1 vet Elam Ngor.

1.  3X3                                                             - 70 KG 
Ricardo Costa (Portugal) Vs Maikel Garcia (Spain)
2.  3X3                                                             - 54 KG
Anissa Meksen (France) Vs Eva Naranjo (Spain)
3.  3X3                                                             - 70 KG
Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) Vs   Elam Ngor (Senegal)
4.  3X3                                                             - 75 KG
Rafael Llodra (France) Vs Maximo Suarez (Spain)
5.  3X3                                                             - 70 KG
Andy Souwer (The Netherlands) Vs Jonay Risco (Spain)
6.  5X3             Enfusion World Title          - 95 KG
Mohamed Boubkari (Morocco) Vs Moises Baute (Spain)

Phil Baroni and Joe Schilling Beef Leading to a Possible Grudge Match

If you were looking for a major lure for GLORY 21 and hadn't found it just yet this might be right up your alley. Joe Schilling stepped into the Bellator cage for the second time on Friday evening and while he demonstrated just how diverse his MMA game has become, he dropped what many considered a controversial decision to Rafael Carvalho. Seemingly out of nowhere, Phil Baroni decided to kick Schilling while he was down via Twitter and things got ugly in a hurry.



Usually that would be the end of this, but GLORY is still looking to fill out the rest of their GLORY 21 card and has an open spot in the co-main event right now. GLORY's CEO Jon J. Franklin took to Twitter and confirmed that they would be happy to house a fight between Baroni and Schilling.

We know that GLORY has been looking for a big fight for this card and was looking to book Bill Goldberg against Alberto el Patron/Del Rio, only for Goldberg to turn it down. Phil Baroni is an experienced MMA fighter who has recently been making the transition to professional wrestling, rumored to be a part of WWE's upcoming Tough Enough reality series. Schilling has far more experience at a higher level when it comes to kickboxing, although it is hard to argue against the experience that Baroni has had throughout his career. Baroni is also 38 years old and is transitioning away from professional fighting. 

Essentially this is not the fight for either man in their respective careers right now, but professional fighting tends to lack these big grudge matches and GLORY is clearly seeing the dollar signs and media attention that this could garner for them and is ready to hop onto it.

What do you think? Is this the right move for GLORY or should they hold course and err on the side of caution when it comes to fights like this?

Victory Muay Thai VIII Stream on Friday -- The Road to the Garden

Victory Combat Sports in New York have been promoting fights for a while now and were the first to promote MMA fights in New York City last year. They continue with their Spring series of events titled the "Road to the Garden" that begins on April 10th with Victory Muay Thai VIII. It's a stacked card full of the hottest fighters in the New York muay thai scene including a few exciting title fights.

The event will be broadcast via GFL for $14.99 starting at 6:30 PM Eastern.

105 lb USKA Women's Muay Thai Title- Gianna Cuello-Smith (5 Points Academy) vs Kit Fung (Queens MMA) 
147 lb Victory MT Title - NJ Mac (Blade Fist Muay Thai) vs Amin Almelik (Warrior Muay Thai)
170 lb Victory MMA Title - Champ Robert Ovalle defends against Cire Taylor
Prairie Rugilo (Girl Fight) vs Tiffany Cass (Krudar Muay Thai) 
Codie Payne (ATT Whitestone) vs Jesus Morales (Mantra MMA) 
Valeria Cardozo (Monster Muay Thai Arizona) vs Giovanna Wood (Sitan Gym Long Island) 115 lbs
Jeanette Esposito (CROM Physical Culture) vs Kyla Hachay (Kalsamrit Gym Canada) 115 lbs
Diego Jagessar (Striking 101) vs Josh Santos (Stockade MMA) 
Matt McCullough (Wellington Muay Thai) vs Marlon Wiprud (Class One MMA, Brooklyn, NY) 190 lbs MT
Kyle McShane (Toronto Kickboxing & Muay Thai) vs Rohan Dalton (Renzo Gracie NYC) 170 lbs
Brandon Medina (ECUBJJ) vs Westley Chow (Renzo Gracie NYC) 125 lbs
Arthur Bartosiewicz (C3 Athletics) vs Travis Hassang (ATT Whitestone) 

Sergei Laschenko Murdered in Ukraine

K-1, SuperKombat and It's Showtime veteran Sergei Laschenko was pronounced dead on April 8th at the Odessa Jewish Hospital in the Ukraine after being shot multiple times, one of the shots hitting his carotid artery. Laschenko is survived by his wife and 18-month old child.

Sergei Laschenko was a very popular Heavyweight kickboxer who trained under some of the best in the world, including Thom Harinck and Mike Passenier. For a period of time Laschenko was without a doubt one of the top ten Heavyweights in the world, which at the time of having such legendary names as Schilt, Aerts, Le Banner, Hari, Ghita and others active it was truly an important accomplishment. In 2011 he won the SuperKombat World Grand Prix and in 2014 he won the KOK World Grand Prix.

There were ups and downs in his career, but Laschenko was truly one of the more memorable Heavyweight stars over the past ten years and his loss will be felt across the kickboxing community.

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