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LiverKick Podcast March 24 - GLORY 39 Preview, K-1 Japan Talk and More

GLORY 39 is this weekend, on Saturday even, which for you dearest readers (and listeners) is but a solitary day away. That means that both Jay Jauncey and myself have returned to talk about the upcoming GLORY event as well as opine about those glory (no pun intended) days of Japanese kickboxing. 

The LiverKick Podcast's revival revival has a fourth episode, folks. 

K-1 Japan just held arguabaly the card of the year thus far, are planning a killer 70kg tournament, Kunlun still exists and is doing stuff, Enfusion just had a card and a lot more. We also discuss the marvelous public resource that is Grabaka Hitman.


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UK Road 2 Glory Winner Jamie Bates Rounds Out GLORY 40 SuperFight Series

GLORY hasn't ran one of their feeder tournaments, Road 2 GLORY in quite a while, but a week and a half ago they ran a Road 2 GLORY event in the UK that saw local fighter Jamie Bates walk away with the tournament victory and a contract with GLORY. Instead of waiting, he'll be making his debut at GLORY 40 Copenhagen. He'll be facing American standout Richard Abraham in what should be an interesting challenge for the newcomer.

GLORY 40 Copenhagen

Middleweight World Title Headline Bout: Jason Wilnis vs. Simon Marcus

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Niclas Larsen vs. Yodkhunpon

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

Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Alex Pereira vs. Burim Rama

Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Yousri Belgaroui vs. Agron Preteni

GLORY 40 SuperFight Series

Welterweight Headline Bout: Richard Abraham vs. Jamie Bates

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Mohammed El-Mir vs. Simon Santana

Light Heavyweight Bout: Freddy Kemayo vs. Imad Hadar

Lightweight Bout: Josh Janucey vs. Antonio Gomez

Featherweight Bout: Yuhang Xie vs. Chris Mauceri

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K-1 Japan Announces 70kg Tournament

Don't call it K-1 MAX, because K-1 Japan has an upcoming 70kg tournament and it's being called Super Welterweight. Oh yeah, and it's a pretty damned awesome tournament as well. Scheduled for June 18th in the Saitama Super Arena's smaller hall, featuring some recognizable names from the world of 70kg kickboxing with, of course, the K-1 Japan flair.

K-1 Japan has found a niche for themselves with the lighter (sub-70kg) weight classes of late, but their 70kg division has been just as good. That's tough to imagine, especially with 70kg being one of the most competitive and talent-filled in the world. The tournament has been broken down like this thus far; 

Yasuhiro Kido vs Jordan Watson

Hirono Yu vs Sanny Dahlbeck

Hiroki Nakajima vs Chingiz Allazov

Hinata Watanabe vs Jordann Pikeur

Recognizable names from both Japan and internationally, with every fight really awesome in its own way. Yasuhiro Kido against Jordan Watson should be a great fight, Yu against Dahlbeck should be another chance for Dahlbeck to prove to the world that GLORY let him go far too soon, Nakajima against Allazov is perhaps the best fight in the tournament and the return of HINATA to K-1 against the tough Jordann Pikeur.

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Enfusion Live #47 Results & Highlight Video

Enfusion Live #47 took place this weekend in Nijmegen, Nederlands with overall some pretty good fights. Keng Superpro Samui lost his belt by controversial decision to Soufiane Kaddouri. Ismael Lazaar got the win this time but again looked very tired and no where near the killer he was last year. In the main event Mohamad Khamal won a decision over Jomthong Chuwattana just by being more busy with his hands, even though Chuwattana landed quite a few kicks on the arms, this is kickboxing rules after all.

Enfusion Live #47 Results

Mohamad Khamal def. Jomthong Chuwattana by Decision

Ismael Lazaar def. Atha Kasapis by Decision

Luis Tavares def. Jegish Yogoian by Decision

Armen Hovhannisyan def. Mesut Derin by KO Rd 3

Sheena Widdershoven def. Katrin Dirheimer by Decision

Soufiane Kaddouri def. Keng Superpro Samui by Decision

Kalid El Moukadam def. Nouh El-Bachiri by TKO Rd2

 

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