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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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Live Stream and Fight Card for SuperKombat WGP Elimination

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On Sunday, March 12th, SuperKombat presents the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Elimination event live from Bucharest. The event will be streamed live and viewable right here on LiverKick. The event starts at 19:00 CET time. Included below is the updated fight card.

NEW HEROES (19:00 CET)

1. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Cosmin Maxin (Romania) vs Alex Radnev (Romania)

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

Dragos Imbrea (Romania) vs Ionut Sandur (Romania)

3. Super Fight - Super Middleweight bout (-77 kg)

Jian Amiri (Sweden) vs Adelin Mihaila (Romania)

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

Adrian Cibu (Romania) vs Dumitru Topai (Romania)

5. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-72 kg)

Andrejs Baranov (Norway) vs Eduard Chelariu (Romania)

6. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Marius Munteanu (Romania) vs Valentin Bordianu (Romania)

WGP - ELIMINATION (21:00 CET)

 

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

Daniel Stefanovski (Switzerland) vs Alex Filip (Romania)

 

8. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Moriba Kosiah (Netherlands) vs Robert Orbocea (Romania)

 

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

Cosmin Ionescu (Romania) vs Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania)

 

10. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Robert Constantin (Romania) vs Mihaita Golescu (Romania)

 

11. Super Fight - Super Cruiserweight bout (-95 kg)

Simon Ogolla (Sweden) vs Sebastian Cozmanca (Romania)

GLORY Announces Additional 2017 Dates Including The Netherlands

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With lofty plans for increasing events in 2017, GLORY continues to announce events for the rest of the first half of 2017, including a third trip to the Netherlands on May 20th, a return to France on June 10th and New York City on July 21st. All of this with of course their next event, GLORY 39, happening on March 25th in Brussels and GLORY 40 on April 29th in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

GLORY 41 in Den Bosch, Netherlands will be headlined by Robin van Roosmalen competing for the GLORY Featherweight Championship that was stripped from him earlier this year after missing weight for a title defense against Matt Embree. 

Saturday, March 25 - Forest National in Brussels, Belgium

Saturday, April 29 - Forum Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark

Saturday, May 20 - Brabanthallen 's-Hertogenbosch in Den Bosch, Netherlands

Saturday, June 10 - AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France

Friday, July 21 - The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City

UFC Fight Pass Adds Parts of the K-1 Library to Their Service

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When GLORY first began getting their gears in motion there was an excited press release sent out with the promotion talking about acquiring the rights to the K-1 library. The deal, as originally announced, was that it included the Fuji TV library from the promotion's inception until 2006. K-1 Global, which was formed by Mike Kim to purchase the assets of K-1 from FEG after their bankruptcy, issued back a fiery statement claiming that FEG sold "usage rights" to GLORY, not the full libraries. GLORY officials vehemently disagreed and the matter was to be tied up in Japanese court without us hearing much about it. 

Then GLORY moved the SuperFight Series to UFC Fight Pass and along with it was to come GLORY's impressive library of fights, including It's Showtime events and, get this, K-1. The thing is, that didn't really happen. The timing in the press statements were "immediate," yet K-1 events were bogged down by legal issues. Interestingly enough, we don't see any It's Showtime on UFC Fight Pass still, but some K-1 footage has appeared on UFC Fight Pass.

What has shown up is perhaps even more fascinating than what isn't there.

Now on UFC Fight Pass are the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix Finals as well as the 2005 - 2010 World Grand Prix Finals. An interesting selection of events, most fall out of the scope of the deal that was discussed initially and the whole idea of the K-1 library remains somewhat mysterious to this day. Will we get more K-1 on Fight Pass? We've heard yes, but as to what we will see, what K-1 Global's reaction will be and what to expect in the future, well, nobody knows.

Updated Cards for GLORY 39 and GLORY 39 SuperFight Series

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GLORY has released the finalized (at least until the last minute switches inevitably happen, right?) cards for both GLORY 39 Brussels and the GLORY 39 SuperFight Series. The SuperFight Series remains strong with Sitthichai defending the GLORY Lightweight Championship against Dylan Salvador, Marat Grigorian fights Anton Petrox, Hesdy Gerges battles the ever-mouthy Chi Lewis-Parry, Harut Grigorian battles Pavol Garaj, then we round out with Tyjani Beztati vs. Sabri Ben Henia and Junus Majandinov vs. Meng Qinghao. 

Of course, GLORY is a one-two punch with the cards, leading into GLORY 39 proper which features a Featherweight tournament with Petchpanomrung vs. Alexei Ylyanov and Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Nafi Bilalovski. Signs point to Adamchuk looking to regain contendership and his title, but anything can happen in these tournaments. The battle of the big men goes down in the co-main with Jamal Ben Saddik against Guto Inocente and then the main event is the third meeting between Cedric Doumbe and Yoann Kongolo, the key difference here is that Doumbe is the reigning GLORY Welterweight Champion looking to defend. 

All of this goes down on March 25th.

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. Nafi Bilalovski

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. Anton Petrov

Heavyweight Bout: Hesdy Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-Parry

Welterweight Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Pavol Garaj

Lightweight Bout: Tyjani Beztati vs. Sabri Ben Henia

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

Gabriel Varga Makes His Bellator Debut at Bellator Kickboxing 6

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Hot off of the news that former two-time GLORY Featherweight Champion Gabriel Varga has signed with Bellator Kickboxing, the promotion has confirmed that his first fight will be happening in short order at Bellator Kickboxing 6. Bellator Kickboxing 6, set for Friday, April 14th in Budapest, Hungary, already features a Welterweight World Championship bout between champion Zoltan Laszak and former champion Karim Ghajji, but now Gabriel Varga will be making his Bellator debut on the card in a featherweight bout against Gabor Gorbics. 

Gabor Gorbics is a Hungarian native who has an extensive combat sports history, including an impressive 23-5 record in professional boxing, four professional MMA fights (1-3) and a kickboxing record of 30-10 with 18 KOs. He also has an extensive amateur record across boxing and kickboxing to boot, making him a solid veteran and one of Hungary's better known names internationally. It will be an interesting challenge for the well-rounded and technical-minded Gabriel Varga who took some big shots from heavy-puncher Robin van Roosmalen. Chances are he won't be looking to repeat that any time soon and will be looking to keep Gabor at bay with his kicks and speed.

Of course, the fight that fans want to see is Gabriel Varga vs. Kevin Ross and chances are that we'll see that. Kevin's coach, Kieran, Tweeted us over the weekend that we'd see that fight happen.

SuperKombat Inks New Partnership and Card for March 12th Event

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SuperKombat announced last week that they've inked a new strategic partnership with an events coordinating group called Five's. The first event since the signing of this new deal will take place on March 12th serving as a SuperKombat WGP Eliminator in Bucharest. Their first proper WGP event is scheduled for April 7th, which will air on CBS Sports Network in the United States. The March 12th event will air live on FightBox internationally.

NEW HEROES (19:00 CET)

1. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Cosmin Maxim (Romania) vs Alex Radnev (Romania)

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

Dragos Imbrea (Romania) vs Ionut Sandur (Romania)

3. Super Fight - Super Middleweight bout (-77 kg)

Jian Amiri (Sweden) vs Adelin Mihaila (Romania)

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

Nicolai Buceac (Romania) vs Dumitru Topai (Romania)

5. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-72 kg)

Andrejs Baranov (Norway) vs Eduard Chelariu (Romania)

6. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Marius Munteanu (Romania) vs Valentin Bordianu (Romania)

 

WGP - ELIMINATION (21:00 CET)

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

Daniel Stefanovski (Switzerland) vs Alex Filip (Romania)

8. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Moriba Kosiah (Netherlands) vs Robert Orbocea (Romania)

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

Cosmin Ionescu (Romania) vs Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania)

10. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Robert Constantin (Romania) vs Mihaita Golescu (Romania)

11. Super Fight - Super Cruiserweight bout (-95 kg)

Simon Ogolla (Sweden) vs Sebastian Cozmanca (Romania)

Former GLORY Champion Gabriel Varga Signs with Bellator Kickboxing

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In an interesting win for Bellator Kickboxing, it has emerged today that former GLORY Featherweight Champion Gabriel Varga has signed a four-fight deal with GLORY's main rival. Varga is a former two-time Featherweight Champion, first winning the title at GLORY 20 against Mosab Amrani to be the promotion's first champion at that weight, then losing it to Serhiy Adamchuk at GLORY 25. Varga was able to win that title back at GLORY 32, only to lose it again to Robin van Roosmalen at GLORY 34. 

He found himself without a contract and in negotiations with GLORY, only to find their terms, while mostly satisfactory, lacking in the pay department. According to a report from Michael Stets at MMAPlus, things were copacetic between the two sides, they simply couldn't agree to financial terms. Varga wanted the pay and respect of a two-time champion while the promotion was looking to stick to their more rigid pay scale that rewards champions and bigger name draws. The company and his management seemingly couldn't find their interests intersecting here, which led Varga to look towards Bellator Kickboxing, who seemed happy to take care of the former champion financially.

In the article, he makes it clear that the increase in pay was not massive, but that he felt there was a clearer path for him to make more money in the future. "The ironic part is it’s not a massive difference. It’s not like one organization is offering 50 percent more. Realistically, it’s like 10 or 20 percent more," Varga explained. "It’s not big dollars, but I noticed that with the Bellator contracts it seems there is more of a path to work your way up to being a higher-paid fighter. With GLORY it just seemed like a lot slower process."

A possible fight with one of the muay thai world's most popular fighters in Kevin Ross could be on the horizon at some point, which would excite a wide variety of fans. Varga also expressed interest in possibly shifting over into mixed martial arts, a move that many top kickboxers have either contemplated or began the process of recently. 

Quick Results: EM Legend 16

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EM Legend held their 16th event this past weekend from Xichang Station, Sichuan in China. As always, it featured a blend of top athletes from around the world against Chinese fighters.

1) Han Bingquan (CHN) defeat Liu Qifan (CHN) – 60 kg

2) Ji Duo Yi Bu (CHN) defeat Zhou Chenglin (CHN) by TKO – 60 kg

3) Li Shenshen (CHN) defeat Lu Jun (CHN) by KO – 65 kg

4) Zhan Chuanlin (CHN) defeat He Biao (CHN) – 65 kg

5) Rasul Eshivov (RUS) defeat Zhong Weipeng (CHN) – 70 kg

6) Zhao Xiaoyu (CHN) defeat Rafael Gorka (POL) – 70 kg

7) Manas (THA) defeat Odil (TJK) by KO – 65 kg

8) Zhang Chenglong (CHN) defeat Mr. Sompoch (THA) – 65 kg

9) Rasul (RUS) defeat Mr. Narongchai (THA) – 65 kg

10) Zhu Xu (CHN) defeat Zou Xixi (CHN) – 60 kg

11) Wang Wanben (CHN) defeat Liu Lianfeng (CHN – 60 kg

12) Andrei Leustean (ROM) defeat Umar Semata (UGA) – 70 kg

13) Sosefo Falekaono (NZL) defeat Liu Jintao (CHN) – 70 kg

14) Aleksandr Dmitrienko (RUS) defeat Mbamba Cauwenbergh (BEL) – 80 kg

15) Carlos Ulberg (NZL) defeat Stanislav (UKR) – 93 kg

16) Mohammad Ghaedibardeh (IRI) defeat Ivan Grigoriev (RUS) by TKO – 75 kg

17) Lang Tinggui (CHN) defeat Imviset Pornnarai (THA) – 70 kg

Take a Look Back at GLORY 38

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This past weekend was GLORY 38, featuring a light heavyweight tournament as well as Artem Vakhitov defending his Light Heavyweight Championship against former champion Saulo Cavalari. GLORY has released a postmortem video highlighting all of the action.

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 

 

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