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No, Gokhan Saki Didn't Leave Glory, Is Training at Mike's Gym

  • Published in Kickboxing

An interesting rumor has been circulating the past few days in the Kickboxing world, the rumor being that Gokhan Saki has left Golden Glory and instead set up shop at Mike's Gym. The rumor does have some truths in it, but the truth part is a bit minor in the grand scheme of things. Maritjn de Jong has been quoted saying that Gokhan Saki has indeed been doing some training at Mike's Gym, but it does not mean that he has left team Golden Glory. The Dutch kickboxing world is just a small world and while there are gym rivalries, they are usually exaggerated in the press and most gyms are rather friendly with each other.

Anyway, here is the video that really sparked this rumor.

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A Look Back at Battle of the PRO's From Brooklyn on Sept. 13th

  • Published in Muay Thai

Story by R. Choi

Photos by Bauzen

On Thursday, September 13th, eight professional Muay Thai fighters gathered at the Renzo Gracie Academy in Brooklyn to fight in a one-night “Battle of the PRO’s” tournament.  The event, which took place in the impressive new facility and was elegant enough to require a corporate casual dress code (sorry, no TapouT gear allowed) nevertheless delivered a great night of fights with plenty of action and several knockouts.

The first round of fights featured Rafael Machado of Gold Team (Newark, NJ) defeating Nate Chambers of Hyena Muay Thai (Las Vegas, NV) via unanimous decision, Villi Bello (Ardon’s Sweet Science, NY) advancing after the fight was ruled a no contest in the first round due to a questionable groin shot to Mervin Rodriguez (Pellegrino MMA, Belmar NJ), Troy Sheridan of Team Ultimate (Toronto, Canada) defeating the older and very experienced Peter Kaljevic by unanimous decision, and Deshawn Robinson (America’s Finest Kickboxing, NJ) overcoming a very aggressive Turan Hasanov (Fight Factory, NY) two minutes and 42 seconds into the second round with a devastating knockout by knee that left him unable to continue.


An intermission and the only amateur bout of the night showed why clinch is essential in Muay Thai, as Jason Sheena (Workshop Muay Thai, NY) won a unanimous decision against Daniel Cronin (Renzo Gracie, NY). This also seemed to set the tone for the first fight in the semi-finals, which was also decided in the clinch with Villi Bello winning by TKO 1 minute and 25 seconds into the second round after landing several vicious knees on his opponent, Rafael Machado. Afterwards, Troy Sheridan and Deshawn Robinson faced off in a very exciting bout that had a flurry of back and forth exchanges in the first round.  Troy looked rocked early but he still managed to send Deshawn crashing through the ropes onto the judge’s table and was not only able to make a full recovery, but also scored an impressive KO at 2 minutes and 46 seconds with a right hook that sent Deshawn’s mouthguard flying.

The final fight pitted Troy Sheridan against Villi Bello.  Bello was very aggressive, but had problems with the longer reach of Sheridan. Bello tried changing levels and kept up an aggressive pace, but Sheridan ultimately controlled the distance and and kept Bello from getting close with a nasty jab and low kick combination that had served him well all night.  In rounds two and three, Sheridan also added a high left kick to the mix and won the fight by unanimous decision, as well as the tournament.

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Kunlun Fight 41 Results

  • Published in Asia

Kunlun Fight 41 took place today April 8th in Xining, Qinghai, China. They included a great 70 kgs 4-man tournament between Davit Kiria, Tayfun Ozcan, Wu Xuesong and Alex Oller. Here are all the results thanks to KIKSIE.

Kunlun Fight 41 Results

Rookie Fight 65kg - Niu Fengkai (China) def. Gou Dakui (China) by Decision

Boxing 58kg - Teriguna (China) def. Vatinee Saranburus (Thailand) by TKO in Round 2

Superfight 67kg - Liang Shoutao (China) def. Wang Chunyang (China) by Decision

75kg Tournament Qualifier 1 - Daniel KwangSoo (South Korea) def. Zhang Yang (China) by Decision

70kg Tournament Reserve Fight - Pong Thong (Thailand) def. Hao Dahui (China) by KO in Round 1

70kg Tournament Group G Semifinal 1 - Tayfun Ozcan (Turkey) def. Davit Kiria (Georgia) by Decision

70kg Tournament Group G Semifinal 2 - Wu Xuesong (China) def. Alex Oller (Brazil) by TKO in Round 2

70kg Tournament Group G Final - Wu Xuesong (China) def. Tayfun Ozcan (Turkey) by KO in Round 2

Superfight 57kg - Gao Qian (China) def. Miriam Sabot (Italy) by Decision

75kg Tournament Qualifier 2 - Alim Nabiev (Azerbaijan) def. Islam Murtazaev (Russia) by Unanimous Decision (30-26 30-27 30-26 30-27 30-26)

MMA Superfight 61.5kg - Chu Guangfu (China) def. Jose Francisco (Spain) by KO

75kg Tournament Qualifier 3 - Diogo Calado (Portugal) def. Perviz Abdullayev (Azerbaijan) by Unanimous Decision (30-27 30-27 30-27 30-29 30-29)

MMA Superfight 66kg - Jo Sungbin (South Korea) def. Mohamed Amine (Malaysia) by KO in Round 1

75kg Tournament Qualifier 4 - Zheng Zhaoyu (China) def. Nuerla Mulali (China) by Decision

 

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Warman's Kickfighting Show #60: MPL and Shoot Boxing Results and It's Showtime Preview

  • Published in Interviews

Another week and another podcast with Steven Wright and myself running down the week's happenings in the Kickboxing and Muay Thai worlds. This week we turn our eye to the results from the MPL event, as well as the looming question of why is it that we still can't watch these shows? Then we move our attention to Japan where Shoot Boxing co-promoted this year's Shoot the Shooto events with Shooto and how that turned out, as well as look at Zambo's recent jaw injury and what that fight really means.

As always, it is an hour of insightful Kickfighting news and analysis and you can find it on Steven's blog, or search for it on iTunes (keyword: LordGaul). Or go ahead and listen to it on LiverKick.com, this time it won't expire, I promise.

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Qabala Fight Series #1 Full card Announced

  • Published in Kickboxing

The first Qabala Fight Series event on June 29th in Azerbaijan have announced their full fight card including super fights between Glory ranked fighters and an 8 man Lightweight tournament.

These fights will help the Glory fighters climb the ranks on the Glory ladder, and for all the fighters who have not fought in Glory yet, this is a great chance to impress and secure a place in the #1 kickboxing organization in the world.

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Lion Fight 23 Live Results

  • Published in Americas

Lion Fight 23 goes down tonight live on AXS TV and we'll be here with live results for you. Don't forget to check on twitter (@liverkickdotcom) for more updates as well. 

LION FIGHT 23 FIGHT CARD

Liam Harrison (R5 - Split Decision) Malaipet

Lion Fight Women's Featherweight Championship: Tiffany Van Soest (R5 - Unanimous Decision) Martyne Krol 

Rungrat Sasiprapa (R2 - KO) Kevin Ross 

Victor Saravia (R3 - TKO) Stan Mancebo

Mike Lemaire (R5 - TKO) Andrew Kapel

Romie Adanza (R3 - TKO) Daniel McGowan

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Daniel Ghita Rumored for Participating in K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16

  • Published in K-1

GhitaSo far a lot of the attention for K-1 has been focused with a laser-sharp precision on the K-1 Rising US GP in Los Angeles event, and of course with good reason, as it is the next event that K-1 is holding. The event, while getting a good deal of press and groaning from hardcore fans, is the US GP, though, a qualifier for the World Grand Prix and for the World MAX tournament for US fighters. For the actual K-1 World Grand Prix there has been little news outside of a date of October 14th in Tokyo outside of Cro Cop looking to participate in the Final 16.

Now it looks like one fighter who has been a hot topic of late, Daniel Ghita, has finally landed on one side for now, and that appears to be K-1. Daniel Ghita was one of the key fighters for either side to land, and as of last week when we spoke with Anil Dubar, Ghita's trainer, it seemed like a frustrating situation for all involved. They were not sure which contract was valid and who he would fight for, and it felt like Ghita, one of the best Heavyweights in the world, was being used as a pawn in a powerplay to gain headway in the Kickboxing world. Now today reports close to Ghita's camp are coming out that Daniel Ghita will fight in the Final 16 and the Final 8 before he most likely departs to fight for GLORY and test his skills in that tournament.

Ghita has always been quoted wanting to be the K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, and to many it feels like no matter who they get, K-1 will not be able to find a real challenge for him, especially with Badr Hari sitting in a Dutch prison.

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Glory Issues Statement Regarding Early Stoppage at GLORY 9 New York

  • Published in Glory

Mufadel noooo

This weekend's GLORY 9 New York event featured the GLORY Light Heavyweight Slam tournament, which was won by Tyrone Spong in a controversial bout with Danyo Ilunga. The ref, Mufadel Elghazaoui, stepped in as soon as Spong swarmed Ilunga with punches, stopping the bout while Ilunga was still of a clear mind, defending and on his feet. Since then fans have been speaking out against Mufadel, who has a history of poor stoppages in the past, much like we saw with former GLORY head referee Joop Ubeda.

Glory released a statement earlier today about it.

 

We agree with most viewers of June 22nd's telecast that the fight stoppage at Glory9 of Spong versus Ilunga, the final fight of the night, seemed premature. However, a professional referee is going to see things that we, and the audience, might not. He is the one who has the best vantage point to determine whether a fighter is capable of continuing the match and we must respect that. In this way, the referee acted fully within his authority and the rules of the sport. Anytime a fighter fails to intelligently defend himself, the referee must effectively end the fight.

Overall it was an amazing evening for our first event in the US and one few of us will forget. There were some real back-and-forth wars during the night, and the fighters, almost to a man, brought their best selves to the Glory ring in New York City at the historic Manhattan Center. We thank them and congratulate Tyrone Spong, the winner of the 8-man tournament and the $200,000 in prize money.

We look forward to another great night of fights this September on US soil and we will keep the fans posted on those details shortly.

 

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GLORY's Spike TV Debut Tonight is a Huge Deal

  • Published in Glory

GLORY

I've been kind of lamenting upon this for a while now and what it comes down to today is that tonight something huge is happening for the sport of Kickboxing. Kickboxing has had a strange journey in the United States, with the sport, in various forms, appearing to the public over the years. You could argue that the fall of the PKA all of those years ago was the last chance that anyone would give Kickboxing here in the United States, but you'd be wrong. It sure looked that way for a long time, but tonight is just proof that the sport has a strange way of enduring.

It is impossible to imagine being here today without having K-1 as the flag-bearer for the sport for so many years. K-1 had two chances at appearing on Spike TV and two management teams were able to ensure that it never happened. For K-1 right now they are going through a rebuilding process and it looks like America is a distant memory, riddled with failures and missed opportunities. But tonight we get to see GLORY make its debut on Spike TV. Spike TV is without a doubt the biggest platform that Kickboxing has ever had within the United States and I'm just unsure of how to process this right now.

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Video: Robin Van Roosmalen vs. Steve Moxon for Happy Hearts Fund.

  • Published in Video

We had been waiting to see this video of Glory lightweight champion Robin van Roosmalen vs "Stone Cold" Steve Moxon which took place on June 3rd in New York. This was a charity black tie event for the Happy Hearts Fund, as you can see by the poster the co-main event featured Pierre Andurand, one of Glory's biggest shareholders. I personally think its really great of Pierre to get in the ring and try at least one fight, it really shows that he is a huge kickboxing fan and just an overall good guy, maybe we will get to see that video soon.

Van Roosmalen vs Moxon was a much more competitive fight than I had anticipated considering Moxon has been a little bit off his game lately. Moxon fought really well and showed great head movement and footwork avoiding Robin's hooks early. Eventually Robin started with the leg kicks and that's when the tide changed in the Glory champions favor. This was just a very fun fight to watch with two very similar style fighters.

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