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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, is available now via Kindle and Paperback.

Dave (a) LiverKick dot com | @dvewlsh

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Complete Card For Bellator Kickboxing 6 Featuring Schilling, Daniels and More

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This Friday from Budapest Bellator presents another double-header of events, featuring an MMA card followed by a kickboxing card. Bellator Kickboxing 6 will air Friday night at 11pm eastern on Spike TV via a few hours delay, featuring a rematch for the Bellator Kickboxing Welterweight Championship between champion Zoltan Laszak and former champion Karim Ghajji.

Joe Schilling is in action against rough Romanian slugger Andexandru Negrea, Raymond Daniels goines uip against Gyorfi Csaba, Jorina Baars against Irene Martens and Gabriel Varga making his debut against Gabor Gorbics 

Complete Bellator Kickboxing 6 Main Card:

Welterweight World Title Bout: Zoltan Laszak (83-2-2, 1 NC) vs. Karim Ghajji (23-5-1)

Middleweight Feature Bout: Joe Schilling (20-9) vs. Alexandru Negrea (9-2)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Raymond Daniels (10-3) vs. Gyorfi Csaba (20-5)

Women’s Featherweight Feature Bout: Jorina Baars (40-0-3) vs. Irene Martens (20-9-2)

Featherweight Feature Bout: Gabriel Varga (13-4) vs. Gabor Gorbics (30-10)

Results Roundup From Yokkao 23 and 24 in Bolton

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Yokkao returned to the UK for their incredibly popular series of events that they've been holding there with another back-to-back series of events in Yokkao 23 and 24 on March 30th. The double-header saw local (and worldwide) legends in Liam Harrison and Jordan Watson looking to defend their respective Yokkao world titles, with Liam Harrison defending the -65kg title via TKO and Jordan Watson defending his -70kg title via decision. 

** Supershowdown Presents YOKKAO 24 Results **

YOKKAO WORLD TITLE -65 kgs

Liam Harrison won by TKO vs Rayan Mekki

YOKKAO UK Female Ranking -51kgs

Amy Pirnie won by points vs Dakota Ditcheva

Thailand vs Ireland -63kgs

Stephen Meleady won by points vs Wuttichai YokkaoSaenchaigym

YOKKAO UK Ranking -65kgs

Jack Kennedy won by TKO vs Tommi MCCormick

England vs Norway -54kgs

Louis Green won by TKO vs Markus Kalberg

England vs England -78kgs

Karl Upton lost by TKO vs Remassy Omoboye

 

 ** Supershowdown Presents YOKKAO 23 Results **

YOKKAO WORLD TITLE -70 kgs

Jordan Watson won by points vs Sorgraw Petchyindee

YOKKAO UK Ranking -72,50kgs

Jake Purdy won by TKO vs Kev Foster

England vs Ireland -61.50kgs

Myk Estlick lost by TKO vs Craig Coakley

England vs Scotland -63kgs

Chris Whittle won by points vs Stewart Pringle

YOKKAO UK Ranking -70kgs

Joe Craven won by TKO vs Harry Burton

YOKKAO UK Ranking -72,50kgs

Owen Trykowski won by TKO vs Matthiew Crozier

 

YOKKAO Next Generation

Spencer Brown lost by points vs George Mouzakitis

William Sarwar vs Isaac Taylor DRAW

Tamara Fallon vs Hannah Brady DRAW

Grzegorz Kubiak lost vs Mike Farah

Stuart Stabler won by points vs Hassan Din

Ashley Blakely lost vs John Henry Careslade

Verhoeven Replies to Gokhan Saki, Unveiling Untapped Goldmine for GLORY

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With Badr Hari back in prison, a long line of unexciting contenders growing and a fight with the debuting Ismael Lazaar looming for Rico Verhoeven, his attention has shifted focus to former GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Gokhan Saki. Saki took to social media on Friday to go on the offensive against Verhoeven after the Lazaar fight was announced, claiming that Verhoeven was ducking the former two-division star. Now Rico Verhoeven has shot back, claiming that they were attempting to put together a Rico Verhoeven/Gokhan Saki super fight for May, until Saki refused. 

According to Verhoeven, multiple opponents have shied away from a possible confrontation with Verhoeven, including Jamal Ben Saddik who claims to have fallen off of a motorcycle and is unable to train. As for Saki? According to Verhoeven (in a story released by GLORY's official site), he was offered the fight but wanted a warm-up first.

“Now today Gokhan Saki has been all over social media calling me out, saying he wants a rematch. He put out a message saying that I am dodging him. I am not dodging you motherf—ker! You got offered this fight for May and you turned it down, you said you wanted to fight someone else first before you would fight me, so what the f—k are you talking about?

“He's been talking s—t for nothing. If he comes to fight me then great, let's go, but he got offered for May and he didn't want it. The only guy who wanted it was Ismael Lazaar, and it's going to be a good explosive fight. I am looking forward to showing my skills to my fans on home soil again, it's been a long time.”

And just like that, GLORY has created a possible grudge match for this year that while not as big as a Badr Hari rematch, would be huge for kickboxing fans. Saki, who hasn't fought in years now, would need to get back into the ring and the issues that have plagued his return recently (contract issues, knee problems) would need to subside, but if this fight actually happened, it would be huge. 

Gokhan Saki to Rico Verhoeven: 'You Don't Have the Balls to Fight Me'

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When it rains it pours, and for former GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Gokhan Saki, he's had enough of watching from the sidelines. The former champion, who has been attempting to make his comeback under the GLORY banner at light heavyweight to no avail, has been calling out the heavyweight champion for months now, with it only intensifying thanks to the announcement of the Lazaar/Verhoeven showdown scheduled for GLORY 41.

Earlier today Saki took to Instagram where he called out Verhoeven and he did not pick and choose his words.

@ricoverhoeven rico rico the immigration service called me, they wanna give you a refugee status because you are always running away from me. Pfff what a fleeing behavior, did you always run away as a kid when there where confrontations? Again you choose another opponent because you think you can stay the "CHAMP" longer that way. But If you think you just can run over Ismael, you are wrong. And deep inside you know you are not the real CHAMP. Even your management knows that you dont have the balls to fight me because a chance of losing should be excluded so you can show your face longer on tv shows acting fake. I'm going to find real men who want a real fight. Real men who never refuse a challenge and when they say that on tv they really mean it, they dont say it just for the show. I dont even wanna fight someone like you no more, there is no pride in you, so there is no Glory in the win. Too bad that getting bigger and more musculair doesnt give you balls. You really need to grow a pair. Rico rico rico ze hebben me net gebeld van de IND immigratiedienst, ze willen jou een vluchtelingstatus geven omdat je van me vlucht. Wat een vluchtgedrag ey, rende je vroeger als klein kind ook weg tijdens confrontaties? Weer kies je een andere tegenstander met de gedachte dat je "CHAMP" kan blijven. Maar als je denkt dat je even over Ismael heen loopt heb je het mis. En diep van binnen weet je dat je niet de echte CHAMP bent. Zelfs je management weet dat je niet de ballen hebt om tegen mij te staan omdat een kans op verliezen uitgesloten moet blijven zodat je langer op tv shows nep kan blijven doen. Ik zal maar echte mannen zoeken om tegen te vechten. Echte mannen die geen uitdaging uit de weg gaan en het ook menen en niet alleen op tv zeggen for the show. Ik wil niet eens tegen mensen als jij meer vechten, er zit geen trots in je en dus is er ook geen glorie in een overwinning. Jammer dat gespierder en groter worden er niet voor zorgt dat je wat ballen krijgt. #realmen #realfighters #fake #champ #ricoverhoeven #glory #kickboxing #boxing #fight #knockouts #noballs #crybaby

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"rico rico the immigration service called me, they wanna give you a refugee status because you are always running away from me. Pfff what a fleeing behavior, did you always run away as a kid when there where confrontations?

"Again you choose another opponent because you think you can stay the "CHAMP" longer that way. But If you think you just can run over Ismael, you are wrong. And deep inside you know you are not the real CHAMP. Even your management knows that you dont have the balls to fight me because a chance of losing should be excluded so you can show your face longer on tv shows acting fake.

"I'm going to find real men who want a real fight. Real men who never refuse a challenge and when they say that on tv they really mean it, they dont say it just for the show. I dont even wanna fight someone like you no more, there is no pride in you, so there is no Glory in the win.

"Too bad that getting bigger and more musculair doesnt give you balls. You really need to grow a pair."

Rico Verhoeven vs. Ismael Lazaar Headlining GLORY 41 SuperFight Series

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Hot on the heels of a series of announcements, GLORY has announced that Rico Verhoeven will square off against former Enfusion Heavyweight Champion Ismael Lazaar to headline the GLORY 41 SuperFight Series in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. This makes the SuperFight Series packed full of stars and action, considering Robin van Roosmalen vs. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao for the Featherweight title is on the same card.

This will be a five-round, non-title super fight between the two big men, with Lazaar coming off of a rather successful run in Enfusion that included holding their world title before losing it to Jahfarr Wilnis. Also announced is Murthel Groenhart vs. Harut Grigorian in a bout that the entire Welterweight division will be watching very carefully.

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

Live Stream For SuperKombat World Grand Prix on April 7th

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Live on Friday, April 7th is SuperKombat's World Grand Prix Series like from Bucharest, featuring a night of exciting fights. This will play on CBS Sports Network on April 14th and 15th, but if you want to catch it live you can do so here on LiverKick. 

The full card is included below.

New Heroes (19:00 CET)

1. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight Plus bout (-86 kg)

Dragos Imbrea (Romania) vs Claudiu Alexe (Romania)

2. Heavyweight Eimination - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Valentin Horjea (Romania) vs Alexandru Radnev (Romania)

3. Super Fight - Super Middleweight bout (-75 kg)

Magnus Onyeka (Norway) vs Eduard Chelariu (Romania)

4. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus bout (-86 kg)

Marios Blanas (Greece) vs Dumitru Topai (Romania)

5. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)

Lotfi Amri (Morocco) vs Bogdan Nastase (Romania)

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World Grand Prix (21:00 CET)

6. World Title Eliminator - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)

Imanol Rodriguez (Spain) vs Daniel Stefanovski (Switzerland)

7. Heavyweight Eimination - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Patrick Schmid (Switzerland) vs Valentin Bordianu (Romania)

8. Heavyweight Eimination - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Dawid Zoltaszek (Poland) vs Cristian Ristea (Romania)

9. Heavyweight Eimination - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Kazadi Mwamba (United Kingdom) vs Robert Constantin (Romania)

10. Heavyweight Eimination - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Lukasz Krupadziorow (Poland) vs Anthony Johnson (USA)

GLORY Announces GLORY 43 New York at MSG Theater

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With a promise of many, many shows in 2017 and us entering the second quarter, GLORY has gotten ahead of the game by announcing GLORY 43 New York, with the promotion returning to the Theater at Madison Square Garden in the heart of New York City. The venue, where the promotion has hosted the blockbuster GLORY 12 prior, is historic in its own right and makes for a great venue for combat sports.

While no fights have been announced yet, tickets will go on sale on Monday, April 10th and there is a promise of a card in the near future.

Updated Card For Bellator Kickboxing 5 Featuring Giorgio Petrosyan, JWP and More

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This Saturday, starting at 5pm Eastern time, Bellator Kickboxing returns with Bellator Kickboxing 5. Bellator Kickboxing directly follows Bellator 176, which features Melvin Manhoef against Rafael Carvalho for the Bellator Middleweight Championship. The Bellator Kickboxing 5 card is perhaps their strongest yet -- and will be airing live instead of tape delay -- featuring Giorgio Petrosyan against Amansio Paraschiv, Denise Kielholtz looking to defend the Women's Flyweight title against Martine Michieletto, John Wayne Parr and Gaston Bolanos making their respective debuts and perhaps the most interesting fight on the card is Mustapha Haida vs. Enriko Kehl.

Updated Bellator Kickboxing 5 Main Card:

Lightweight Feature Fight: Giorgio Petrosyan (83-2-2, 1NC) vs. Amansio Paraschiv (23-5-1)

Women’s Flyweight World Title Bout: Denise Kielholtz (46-3) vs. Martine Michieletto (34-12-5)

Catchweight Feature Fight: Nando Calzetta (45-9) vs. John Wayne Parr (95-32)

Welterweight Feature Fight: Mustapha Haida (45-5-2) vs. Enriko Kehl (45-11-1)

Featherweight Feature Fight: Gaston Bolanos (8-1) vs. Luca D’isanto (36-13-4)

GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven Returns at GLORY 41

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GLORY announced this afternoon that kickboxing royalty will once again be seen within the GLORY ring at GLORY 41. Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven will make his return to the ring at GLORY 41 on May 20th against an unnamed opponent. There are a wealth of contenders thanks to the continual GLORY heavyweight contender's tournaments, which means it could be just about any of the top heavyweights in the promotion come May 20th. 

Verhoeven was last seen in the ring in December when he squared off with Badr Hari in a bout that left many wanting, with both looking forward to a rematch. The only problem is that Badr Hari returned to prison on Monday and will serve seven months, making a return this year unlikely.

GLORY 41 Holland

Heavyweight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven (c) vs. TBA

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

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: TBA vs. TBA

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: TBA vs. TBA

GLORY 41 SuperFight Series

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

Light Heavyweight Bout: Michael Duut vs. Mourad Bouzidi

KRUSH.75 Results: Soda Crushes Matsushita

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KRUSH held their 75th event on April 2nd, featuring a championship double-main event seeing the men's 65kg and women's 50kg titles on the line. Jun Nakazawa picked up the split decision in the main event while Mellony Geugjes defeated Momi via decision to take home the 50kg title. Yasuomi Soda absolutely annihilated Daiki Matsushita in the first round with a flurry of punches that put Matsushita down and out.

Results via eFight.

KRUSH 65kg Championship: Jun Nakazawa (R3 - Split Decision) Yukihiro Komiya 

KRUSH 50kg Women's Championship: Mellony Geugjes (R3- Decision) Momi 

Yasuomi Soda (R1 - KO) Daiki Matsushita 

Kazuki Yamagiwa (R3 - Majority Decision) Daiki Watabe 

Haruma Saikyo (R3 - Majority Decision) Elias Mahmoudi 

60kg Tournament: Leona Pettas (R3 - Decision) Taio Asahisa 

60kg Tournament: Riku Anpo (R3 - Decision) Gosyu Masanobu 

Junpei Aotsu (Ext.R - Decision) Taito 

Rasuta (R3 - Decision) Takaaki 

Naoki Yamamoto (R1 - TKO) Yuki Miwa 

Akihiro Kaneko (R3 - Decision) Naoya Otada 

Kuroudo (R3 - KO) Yuki Koge 

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