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Lion Fight Announces Deal with Apparel Brand Kate Swim

  • Published in Muay Thai

When we talk about kickboxing and muay thai in the United States, we talk about the desire to go "mainstream" and to make big deals happen. Lion Fight has shown a tenacity in growing their brand within the United States and starting on September 5th at Lion Fight 18, they'll be introducing something pretty new to the world of muay thai; fashion. Today they announced a deal with swimwear company Kate Swim, best known for being featured in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit editions in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 

Starting at Lion Fight 18 the promotion will be using Kate Swim models as ring card girls, them decked out in Kate Swim swimsuits. This is some out-of-the-box thinking for Lion Fight, which should definitely be applauded. 

Lion Fight 18 airs on September 5th on AXS TV at 10PM Eastern time.

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A Look at the Rise of Saulo Cavalari

  • Published in Glory

Although best known for a stellar roster of first class MMA artists, Brazil is becoming equally as well known for kick boxers and muay thai specialists thanks, most recently to GLORY World Series. Today, Saulo Cavalari, Anderson Silva and Alex Perira are well on their way to becoming household names due largely in part to their performances on the GLORY stage. All having made strong and very positive impressions in their match-ups in GLORY; each has also come to GLORY with records of success and titles from their affiliations with other organizations.

Saulo Cavalari, in particular, has quickly become a favorite among fans, photographers and writers alike, largely due to his great personality and brutal knockout power, as evidenced at GLORY 12 in his match-up with Mourad Bouzidi. Cavalari made his debut in October 2013 at GLORY 11 where he faced off against Filip Verlinden. Saulo took the victory home with a decision win in that bout. Since that time it has only been up for this young lion who hails from Curitiba, whose dedication to his craft is well over ten years in the making. Currently Cavalari is ranked number 3 in the light heavyweight category. His record is now 2-1 record in GLORY, having been defeated by Tyrone Spong at GLORY 15 in Instanbul. Even in this bout, Cavalari held his own against the more experienced Spong and lost only due to points. Outside the ring Cavalari exudes warmth, humility and a sense of calm, qualities that greatly contribute to his popularity. Inside the ring, however, is an entirely different matter. His fierceness as a fighter and warrior mentality is destined to make Cavalari one of the most feared men in his division. Saulo comes to the ring ready to destroy and his fists have proven to have brutal force.

Who will be his next opponent? It's anyone's guess. While a match-up between Saulo and GLORY's number 1 contender, Danyo Ilunga would be exciting, an equally exciting and definitely more explosive match-up would be a fight between Cavalari and Gohkan Saki, who now holds the number one spot in the division. In fact, sources close to Saulo indicate that he is very interested in meeting Saki in the ring. Until next time, we'll be all left to watch and wonder who will next fall prey the man known as "Cassius Clay."

 

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Paul Daley's K-1 Debut Happening on October 4th

  • Published in K-1

UFC and Bellator veteran Paul Daley has been in the news this past week after it was announced that Scott Coker has resigned the British fighter to Bellator, hoping that he'll make his debut in the near future. K-1 fires back by announcing Paul Daley's K-1 debut fight will happen on October 4th at the K-1 World MAX Finals in Thailand. The event is headlined by the Buakaw vs. Kehl rematch for the K-1 MAX title (which we are told will be defended on its own, outside of tournaments in the future), but will also see the debut of Paul Daley.

Daley is 4-0 this year alone in kickboxing since he's returned, leading to there being a lot of hype behind his K-1 debut. His opponent has been announced as Mohammad Ghaedibardeh and the fight will be at 80kg. 

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LEGEND IV Rumored for Paris in December Featuring 70kg Tournament

  • Published in Kickboxing

After quite a bit of radio silence after LEGEND 3: Pour Homme it looks like we will see another LEGEND event before the year's end. The biggest hint was the huge birthday party thrown for LEGEND promoter Ruslan Suleymanov recently that faetured lots of big names from the worlds of MMA and kickboxing with the LEGEND name and brand on everything from big screens to sunglasses. It was clear that LEGEND was going to be gearing up for another event soon and that Ruslan wasn't done living the dream of promoting big events.

According to reports the next LEGEND event will be LEGEND IV and take place in Paris, France in December of this year. The event is scheduled to feature a 70kg tournament and while no names were mentioned, it was said that some of the names will "surprise you." If you were to take a roll call from his birthday party, the big name 70kg kickboxers there were Andy Souwer, Giorgio Petrosyan, Gago Drago, Murat Direkci, Mike Zambidis, Dzhabar Askerov and a few others. We aren't saying that they are gonna be in the tournament, but it would seem likely that the fighters that LEGEND was wining and dining would be the fighters involved in their upcoming tournament.

The big name in there is, of course, Giorgio Petrosyan. Petrosyan was last seen at GLORY 12 New York where his crazy win streak was beaten by Andy Ristie in the third round. That was Petrosyan's sixth performance under the GLORY banner and no one has heard much from him ever since. It's entirely possible that he could fight for LEGEND, either with the permission of GLORY, or if his contract with GLORY has ended.

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Oktagon/LEGEND Event Confirmed for April 5th

  • Published in Kickboxing

LEGEND

Over the weekend Ruslan from LEGEND might have let the cat out of the bag about the upcoming LEGEND event in Italy, but the details were still a bit sparse. From the reports that we heard it would involve Carlo Di Blasi's Oktagon as well as some rumors about who might end up on the card. Now last night LEGEND tweeted out an image with two interesting fights on it. As you can see from the image above, the fights so far are Artur Kyshenko vs. Dzabar Askerov and Yuri Bessmetrney vs. Andy Souwer. Those are two big bouts and it looks like it'll be Souwer's first fight of the year post-appendicitis back in December.

Carlo Di Blasi sent out an email this morning confirming the fights. We'll have more as this unfolds.

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Benjamin Adegbuyi Takes Umbrage with Hesdy Gerges, Ready to Throw Down

  • Published in Interviews

GLORY 18 is beginning in just an hour and a half on Spike TV, which means that the SuperFight Series is going down right now. The fight headlining that SuperFight Series is Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Hesdy Gerges in a battle for Heavyweight supremacy. Earlier today we spoke with Hesdy Gerges, who felt that he had the upperhand due to not only his experience, but Benny's lack of skills. 

When we caught up with Adegbuyi he was less-than-pleased to hear that. In fact, he seemed pretty ticked off. You don't want to give Benjamin Adegbuyi a chance to see red towards you, man, you just don't. Benny also kind of points that that there isn't much to do in Oklahoma. 

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Full Card for May 24th's SuperKombat Event

  • Published in Kickboxing

SK

This Saturday, May 24th in Constanta, Romania SuperKombat will present their next edition of their World Grand Prix series. This event will feature a four-man, one night Light Heavyweight tournament with four promising Light Heavyweights. The event also features fights from SuperKombat standouts Cristian Ristea and Sebastian Ciobanu. The event will air on Sport.ro in Romania at 10:00PM EEST time and 9pm CEST time on EuroSport.

  • 1. Semifinal 1 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)
  • Miles Simson (Suriname) vs. Miljan Vidovic (Serbia)
  • 2. Semifinal 2 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-85 kg)
  • Jamie Bates (United Kingdom) vs. Flavius Boiciuc (Romania)
  • 3. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-85 kg)
  • Aristote Quitusisa (Angola) vs. Daniel Alexandru (Romania)
  • 4. Super Fight – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)
  • Micky Terrill (United Kingdom) vs. Danut Hurduc (Romania)
  • 5. Super Fight – Cruiserweight Bout (-91 kg)
  • Christian Brorhilker (Germany) vs. Cristian Ristea (Romania)
  • 6. Super Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)
  • Rangel Ivanov (Bulgaria) vs. Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)
  • 7. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)
  • Jallon Corentin (France) vs. Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania)
  • 8. Final – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)
  • Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2

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This Promo For LEGEND 3 is Bonkers

  • Published in Kickboxing

LEGEND

LEGEND 3 is coming up -- fast -- in Milan, Italy. If we've seen anything from LEGEND in the past few events, it is that they go big absolutely every time. This time around they've partnered with our friend in Italy, Carlo di Blasi, and his Oktagon promotion to ensure that everything for the event is top notch. The card itself is definitely drool-inducing for the discerning Kickboxing fan, then there is that bonkers promo video that they released. I don't even know, but it's really incredible, like nothing we've ever seen done to promote a fight card before.

 

  • FIGHT-CARD "LEGEND III: POUR HOMME"
  • (K-1 RULES, MILAN, APRIL 5, MEDIOLANUM FORUM):
  • 1. Armen Petrosyan (Italy) VS Alim "Professor" Nabiev (Ukraine), 70 kg
  • 2. Mohamed Khamal (Morocco) VS Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand), 70 kg
  • 3. Enriko "Goodan" Gogokhia (Russia) VS Alessandro Campagna (Italy), 70 kg
  • 4. Alexander Surjko (Russia) VS Paul "Semtex" Daley (United Kingdom), 77 kg
  • 5. Andy "The Destroyer" Souwer (Netherlands) VS Yuri "The Prince" Bessmertny (Belarus), 70 kg
  • 6. Pavel "The Caiman" Zhuravlev (Ukraine) VS Tomasz Szczepkowski (Poland), 93+ kg
  • 7. Murthel "The Predator" Groenhart (Netherlands) VS Dzhabar "Genghis Khan" Askerovв (Russia), 70 kg
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Bad Company is the UK's Official Yokkao Training Center

  • Published in Muay Thai

Yokkao

If you know Muay Thai and Kickboxing in the UK then you've heard of the Bad Company Gym. Bad Company is home to fighters like Liam Harrison and Jordan Watson, both fighters who compete for Yokkao and have made names for themselves all across the globe. Richard Smith, the founder and head trainer, has come to a deal with Yokkao for Bad Company to become the official Yokkao Training Center in the UK, with the gym being fully outfitted in Yokkao gear!

For those looking to purchase Yokkao gear in the UK you can do so thanks to a new deal between Stefania Picelli and Jack Bolam at www.thaiboxingstore.co.uk.

Of course, this focus on the UK has to do with the upcoming Yokkao 8 card, which happens on March 8th in the UK! Tickets are still available at Yokkao's website and here is a look at the card.

 

  • Liam Harrison vs Houcine Bennoui (65kg)
  • Pakorn PK MuayThaiGym vs Greg Wootton (63.5kg)
  • Dean James vs Rungravee Sasiprapa (57kg)
  • Panicos Yusuf vs Rittuak Kaewsamrit (60,5kg)
  • Tim Thomas vs Reece Mcallister (67kg)
  • Soloman Wickstead vs Nathan Epps (72kg)
  • Dan McGowan vs Jordan Coe (54kg)
  • Steven Long vs Josh Turbill (68kg)
  • Wayne Fidhre vs Brad Stanton (66kg)
  • ---UNDERCARD---
  • Mike Egan vs Pindi Singh Madahar (69kg)
  • Chris Whittle vs Daniel Crompton (61kg)
  • Johnny Miller vs Didzis Musulis (77kg)
  • Laura Baugh vs Jacqui Bogart (55kg)
  • Joe Craven vs Jordan Williams (62kg)

 

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Fighters Make Weight for Lion Fight 14

  • Published in Muay Thai

Lion Fight

Tomorrow night in Las Vegas on AXS TV Lion Fight 14 will be coming at you live. This means some of the best muay thai action to happen stateside on live television yet again, featuring an awesome, awesome main event between Gregory Choplin and Marco Pique. The co-main event is Cris Justino vs. Jorina Baars for the Lion Fight Women's Welterweight Championship and the rest of the card is just full of awesomeness as well. You won't want to miss this starting at 10pm Eastern time.

  • LION FIGHT 14 MAIN EVENT:
  • Gregory Choplin (164 lbs.) vs. Marco Pique (162 lbs.) - Super Middleweight division
  • CO-MAIN EVENT WELTERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT:
  • Cris “Cyborg” Justino (145 lbs.) vs. Jorina Baars (144 lbs.) – Welterweight division
  • FEATURE FIGHT:
  • Malaipet (143 lbs.) vs. Shane Oblonsky (145 lbs.) – Welterweight division
  • Eddie Abasolo (154 lbs.) vs. Jonathon Wyderko (153 lbs.) – Middleweight division
  • Anthony Castrejon (123 lbs.) vs. Victor Saravia (121 lbs.) – Featherweight division
  • Gaston Bolanos (142.5 lbs) vs. Brian Del Rosario (142.5 lbs.) – Welterweight division

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