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Former FEG Head Sadaharu Tanikawa Producing GLORY 13 Tokyo

  • Published in Glory

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In what is an absolutely stunning turn of events, former FEG President Sadaharu Tanikawa, best known as K-1's Executive Producer, has been announced as the Producer behind GLORY 13. The shocking announcement went down today in Japan, which came packaged with the fact that this should also be the retirement fight of Peter Aerts, which seems to be the public impetus behind Tanikawa's involvement. There is very clear language involved to this being a "one time deal" between Tanikawa and GLORY, but facts are still facts and Tanikawa owes a lot of the fighters rumored to be participating on the event money.

What makes this an even stranger partnership is the very public assaults from Bas Boon towards Tanikawa in the past few years. Boon has made it clear that Tanikawa's FEG owes Golden Glory millions of dollars and it was Bas Boon's lawsuit against Tanikawa and FEG that forced them to formally declare bankruptcy in 2012. It is our understanding that none of the money owed was ever paid out by FEG due to the bankruptcy proceedings and the shame is that K-1 Global has taken the reputation of FEG and Tanikawa with them while having nothing to do with them. The irony also comes from claims from Golden Glory that K-1 Global's Mr. Kim was associated with Tanikawa and FEG, with this move making it very clear that there was never a partnership.

Even with all of this, I'm not willing to condemn anyone here. Tanikawa, from what is public, was in an awful position of organizing a corrupt organization. Japanese bankruptcy law is also odd, too odd for me to even pretend to be an expert on or to be able to properly navigate. The money owed is still through FEG. It's just odd to see these two sides working together.

For what it's worth, there is talk of a "major television deal" possibly happening and Fuji TV officials being in attendance was mentioned in the same article, aligning with rumors we've heard.

Happy Halloween?

UPDATE: Upon speaking to a GLORY official about this, we've learned that the role of "Producer" has been exaggerated. He will be serving as a consultant for the Super Fight Series undercard only.

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2010 Fight of the Year: Part 7

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Our fight of the year march through the Grand Prix continues today with a pair of bouts from the Heavyweight GP.  Up first...

Gokhan Saki v. Daniel Ghita (K-1 Grand Prix Finals, December 11)

Heading into the GP finals, this was the fight many were most looking forward to.  Post event, it kind of got lost in the hype of a certain other fight that we'll discuss later today, which is a shame as this is a great fight.  What you have here are two of K-1's new guard competing in one of the year's finest technical battles.  In particular, the kicks thrown by both are simply phenomenal - this whole thing could be an instructional video on how to throw kicks effectively in kickboxing.  Ghita and Saki mix it up, attacking the legs, the body, the head, and they do it all with accuracy, set-ups, and beautiful timing.  There's so much skill on display here that you can watch this fight again and again and pick up more.

Rewatching it now, I am reminded of Ernesto Hoost v. Peter Aerts from the 1993 Grand Prix - two young fighters with the future standing ahead of them ready to take the next big leap forward.  I suspect this fight will age well with time, and will go down as a classic early encounter between two men who will be major players for some years to come.  Be happy to be here when they first met.

Previously featured:

Tyrone Spong v. Jerome Le Banner

Bovy Sor. Udomson v. Takaaki Umeno

Yuya Yamamoto v. Scott Shaffer

Tetsuya Yamato v. Yuta Kubo

Peter Aerts v. Ewerton Teixeira

Mike Zambidis v. Chahid Oulad El Hadj

There will be 10 fights total posted.  Fights 7 & 8 on Tuesday, and 9 & 10 conclude on Wednesday.  Fights are featured in chronological order moving through the year.  Voting will be open Wednesday night to determine the winner.

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SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final in Monza Card for Nov. 22nd

  • Published in Kickboxing

On November 22nd in Monza, Italy SuperKombat will present the finals of the SuperKombat Light Heavyweight GP, the winner walking away as the champion of this season of SuperKombat and bragging rights. Aristote Quitusisa, Dawid Kasperski, Michael Terril and Jorge Loren compete for the honors.

There are also some superfights on the show, including names familiar to SK fans like Andrei Stoica, Bogdan Stoica, Catalin Morosanu and Errol Koning. There is also a Middleweight title fight between Cedric Manhoef and Julian Imeri.

Main Card:

1. Semifinal 1 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Aristote Quitusisa (France) vs. Dawid Kasperski (Poland)

2. Semifinal 2 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Michael Terrill (United Kingdom) vs. Jorge Loren (Spain)

3. Reserve Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Alexandru Negrea (Italy) vs. Bogdan Stoica (Romania)

4. Super Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)

Riccardo Lecca (Italy) vs. Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

5. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)

Errol Koning (Suriname) vs. Giuseppe De Domenico (Italy)

6. Title Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)

Julian Imeri (Italy) vs. Cedric Manhoef (Suriname)

7. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)

Emilio Vallecillo (United States) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)

8. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)

Ron Sparks (United States) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

9. Final – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2

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Antoine Habash - a Beautiful Upset

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The 6000 fans at The Centennial Hall of Wroclaw, Poland didn't see this coming. Probably no one did except a few from the Hungarian fighter, Antoine Habash's team. FEN's K-1/MMA event "War is coming" had local hero, multiple times WKN, WKA, WFM K-1 and Muay Thai champ Tomas Makowski as the main event against Hungary's IFMA bronze medalist, WAKO amateur silver medalist, WAKO PRO K-1 champ Antoine Habash, training out of Re-Gym, Hungary's most prestigious Muay Thai camp.

Makowski came out swinging and tried to cut it short with low kicks and combinations but Antoine had other plans. He countered with straight punches, uppercuts, thigh kicks and some flying knees. As the round was over and the fighters went to their corners you could see the surprised look in Makowski's eyes.

Then the second round has started and you could see Habash changing gears and taking over. Combinations were raining down on Makowski and a when a brutal thigh kick landed his leading leg buckled as the knee gave out. He couldn't stand on it anymore and the fight got called.

Antoine Habas won via TKO in rd 2.

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Kickboxing Doesn't Need to Be Ashamed of Booking Shows in Casinos

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There have been numerous rumors about the next GLORY event here in the United States, including possibly being in a city in California that doesn’t really lend itself to many sports arenas in the area. The first thing that I thought of was that maybe we’d see a GLORY event at an Indian casino, which is something that we still see for a lot of combat sports events. TaKe-On Productions in New York has built up a decent relationship with a local casino which seems to suit them well right now, and Muay Thai events in California and Las Vegas have long-been associated with casinos.

Most non-UFC MMA events tend to take place at casinos, as well, due to them housing smaller venues than traditional sports arenas, making it easier for a promoter to not lose a lot of money by booking an arena and only being able to fill it beyond half capacity, including free tickets. Even the UFC was taking place in casinos for quite a while, which was in part due to problems with State Athletic Commissions not recognizing the sport or refusing to regulate it.

There should be no shame seen in booking an event in a casino, as for someone like GLORY they might not want to just jump into booking larger arenas right away. Right now seems like a good time to consider it, as online poker went from being illegal to each state having their own unique laws regarding it. The popularity of stuff like WSoP, both online and offline, has made casinos come out of the smokey grey area that they resided in before and into being viewed as just another part of American culture again.

While we still don’t know exactly where GLORY is planning to organize their next event within the United States yet, the bump on Spike TV should absolutely help them to gain more attention, but they shouldn’t rush into a larger arena just assuming that they will be able to fill it up, as a half empty arena, no matter what camera tricks are done, can show through on live TV sometimes.

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Glory Unlocks Davit Kiria vs Kem Sitsongpeenong

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Glory Sports International are sticking to their promise and releasing full fights until the whole archive is available. Today we have Davit Kiria who has since become the Glory lightweight champion, against Thailand's Kem Sitsongpeenong. Glory rules are usually not easy for Thai's to adapt to since their main defense to punches is to clinch, but Kem is a great fighter and adapts well to make this a close fight.

If you watch the video all the way to the end seems there is a surprise extra fight where you get to see American Ky Hollenbeck make easy work of fellow countryman Micheal Corley.

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Saulo Cavalari is Ready for Anything in GLORY 18's Light Heavyweight Tournament

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On Friday night at GLORY 18 Brazilian Saulo Cavalari will step into the ring at the GLORY Light Heavyweight tournament where he has a chance to win a shot at the GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship. It's a tough field, with him fighting Danyo Ilunga first before potentially facing either Zack Mwekassa or Brian Collette in the finals.

Cavalari was last seen in the ring against Tyrone Spong, impressing a lot of people who saw Spong as a clear-cut favorite. Our cameras caught up with him on Thursday to discuss the upcoming tournament where he revealed that he keeps in steady shape so that he doesn't have to cut weight and that he doesn't specifically prepare for any of his opponents, he's just ready for whatever might come.

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Watch the Cro Cop Final Fight Press Conference Here

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Mirko Cro Cop's return to Kickboxing is rapidly approaching and yesterday Final Fight held a press conference in Croatia to discuss the event at length with Mirko, some of the other fighters and promoters there. Cro Cop talks about not wanting to fool Croatian fans by bringing in some can for him to fight (yes, he uses the word can) and that Ray Sefo is a worth and difficult opponent. At this point in both of their careers it is safe to say that this fight is a competitive one, so he is not simply blowing smoke with that statement. Watch the rest of the video here as a humble and subdued Mirko discusses his return to kickboxing. On top of his return this is a crazy stacked card, so for more information hit up the official site.

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Jerome Le Banner Successful in Retirement Fight and More

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Hot on the heels of K-1 MAX legend Mike Zambidis hanging up the gloves K-1 legend Jerome Le Banner has followed suit and ended his JLB Retirement tour with a victory in France. He fought against a late replacement of Karl Roberson from the United States and Roberson impressed many with his performance against Le Banner. JLB was victorious, which is what matters here, and gets to go out a champion. Congratulations Jerome and thanks for the marvelous career.

Of course, there were more fights on this Fight Night San Tropez card, a lot of which involved some big names. The show was a mix of muay thai and kickboxing and, well, some stuff went down, that's for sure. The big news would have to be Aleksandr Vezhevatov defeating Filip Verlinden as well as Sergei Papin defeating Danyo Ilunga. Yohan Lidon was victorious over Jonatan Oliveira to round out the card and it's interesting that a card like this will be impacting global rankings so much. 

Results thanks to our friends at Kiksie, an awesome Kickboxing database that everyone should be checking out

1. Kickboxing 4×2
Sharos Huyer (Italy) def. Bakari Tounkara (France) by decision
2. Kickboxing 4×2
Frank Munoz (Spain) def. Zinedine Hameur-Lain (France)
3. Muay Thai 5×3
Yodwicha Por Boonsit (Thailand) def. Jimmy Vienot (France) by decision
4. Kickboxing 4×2
Fabrice Aurieng (France) def. Yuksel Ayaydin (France/Turkey) by decision
5. Kickboxing 4×2
Aleksander Vezhevatov (Russia) def. Filip Verlinden (Belgium) by decision
6. Muay Thai 5×3
Lizzie Largilliere (France) def. Petchoydying Mor (Thailand)
7. Kickboxing 4×2
Sergei Papin (Russia) def. Danyo Ilunga (Germany) by decision
8. Muay Thai 3×3
Yohan Lidon (France) def. Jonatan Oliveira (Brazil) by TKO
9. Kickboxing 5×2
Jérôme Le Banner (France) def. Karl Roberson (United States) by decision
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Weekend Results: Paul Daley KO's Fabjan at FFC 12

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This weekend saw Paul Daley in action after announcing that he had signed with K-1 earlier in the week. Daley was continuing in his quest to fight the best in the world by fighting Miran Fabjan, defintely not a slouch by any standards, in fact, quite a talented guy. He was able to put Fabjan down and out in the second round, although Fabjan admitted after the fight that he was in need of surgery, which he would be delaying until after this fight.

The results below are provided by FFC.

  • MMA:
  • Dion Starring def. Tomaž Simonič - submission (americana), 1st round, 2:55
  • Viktor Halmi def. Primož Vrbinc – TKO, 2nd round, 2:00
  • Bor Bratovž def. Giorgi Ivanov - submission 1st round (1:45)
  • Ivica Trušćek def. Michael Pfunder – submission, 1st round (3:21)
  • Antun Račić def. Zoltan Turi – submission, 1st round (4:45)
  • Luka Jelčić def. Krasimir Georgiev - KO (ground n' pound), 1st round (2:20)
  • KICKBOXING
  • Paul Daley def. Miran Fabjan – KO, 2nd round
  • Teo Mikelić def. Mirko Vorkapić - TKO, 1st round
  • Denis Chorchyp def. Darian Paladin – unanimous decision
  • Samo Petje def. Kevin Hesseling - KO, 1st round
  • Elmir Mehić def. Rok Štrucl - KO, 2nd round
  • Mladen Kujundžić def. Dženan Poturak - KO , 1st round

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