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Line-up For Shoot Boxing 2014 Girls S-Cup

  • Published in Kickboxing

On August 2nd in Japan, the Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup will be going down. Shoot Boxing events tend to be some of the more exciting kickboxing events that you'll see anywhere and over the last few years their female divisions have just been on fire. There are some high expectations going into this year's Girls S-Cup where we will get 48kg and 50kg tournaments. Here is the breakdown, thanks to CJ.

48kg S-Cup
Mio vs. Momi
V.V Mei Yamaguchi vs. Yukari Yamaguchi

50kg S-Cup Contestants
RENA
Lorena Klijn
Simone Dommelen
Christina Jurjevic
Tica
Kiru Bee

55kg: Ai Takahashi vs. TBA
48kg: Kira Yuki vs. Eneos
48kg: Michi vs. Tomomi Soda
50kg: Asari vs. Maki Goto
55kg: Noako Okada vs. TBA

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Fighters are Human, Too, and We Need to Treat Them That Way

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(C) GLORY

“These are the gladiators,” my father is fond of saying, “The people who agree to damage each other for our entertainment and money, and by god we’ll gladly pay them to do this until they are too beat up and brain damaged to do it anymore.” My dad is a fight fan. His favorite fighter is Fedor Emelianenko. He says this not to be crass, but to make a point: who accepts moral culpability for the violence entailed in combat sports? There’s three positions you can take: 1) You unequivocally reject combat sports because you reject violence. 2) You take the position of the opening quote, that the contract signed between the “gladiators” absolves everybody (including the fans who watch) of any moral responsibility for the outcomes and consequences of the fight, or 3) You acknowledge the violence but also appreciate and accept the moral consequences. I hope that if you’re a combat sports fan (and especially if you’re a fighter) that you take the third position.

To begin with, I don’t think that people who sincerely make statements like those above actually believe them. Serious acute or chronic injury, or worse, fatality, is not a permissible contingency held by many, and I would question the motives of those for whom it is. There may be those who genuinely believe in the idea that we shouldn’t feel bad about fighters getting seriously hurt, but I would argue that upholding this belief in even the most extreme circumstances is really testing its limits and challenging the scope and expectations that many fighters have about their own careers. No fighter wants to suffer a career ending injury, or worse, die.

Fighters are human beings. We get to see them get hurt, but we seldom see them suffer--physically, emotionally, and financially. They routinely suffer the types of injuries that most people would occasionally if ever experience and they experience more head trauma on a regular basis than most people ever would in a lifetime. We don’t get to experience and understand the personal sacrifices that they make to pursue their passion: career choices, time spent apart from loved ones, medical expenses, debt. Our insight is limited to a promoter’s media package and information publicized through outlets like this one. Fighters desire a quality of life just like anyone else. They have similar desires to make a living and provide for loved ones, even if this is very hard to do in their line of work. Their choice of profession is driven by a passion that any individual should aspire to find in their own careers.

Thus, to fans who believe that fighters have nothing to feel bad about when they hurt their opponent, why deny them their compassion? Why deny yourself compassion? The martial arts is for many practitioners a form of human expression, and while it is the practice of hand-to-hand combat, its prevalence as a component of the healthy lifestyles of many caring and compassionate individuals demonstrates that it doesn’t have to dehumanize; the countless moments of comradery throughout the span of kickboxing illustrate that. A quasi-Cobra Kai-like philosophy of violence without limits or control is malignant and destructive--and is thankfully not shared by many. Those who truly lack compassion in their hearts or who have a desire to inflict suffering when they step into the ring warrant our concern, not praise. It’s ok to care for the well-being of other people no matter what their chosen profession is.

This is the mentality that was reflected in the actions of Gokhan Saki at Glory 15 and articulated by other fighters in the aftermath of the event--there’s something to be said when professional fighters come forward, express their compassion, and demand the same from the fans. It should be the norm for anyone, fan or fighter. We should maintain the humanity to uplift people and celebrate their value, and we should also denounce voices who would seek to dehumanize, demean, reduce, or commoditize the people who we as fans have given our time, money, and appreciation. It’s the human thing to do.

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Main Stories Coming Out of GLORY 16

  • Published in Glory

(C) GLORY

So there was a lot of stuff that went down at GLORY 16. Like a metric ton of stuff, so here we are to pick out the big stories for you guys in a heavily digestable manner.

  • Pat Barry Gets Knocked Out - This was not that shocking for me, in fact, I had picked Mwekassa to defeat Barry, even though Barry was the heavy favorite going into this. Sure, Pat Barry had his UFC experience, but contrary to popular belief his problems in the UFC weren't ground fighters, his problems in the UFC were strikers. Shawn Jordan and Soa Palelei have first round KOs over him, for example.
  • Raymond Daniels's Awesome KO - I can't stress this enough, it was awesome. Fans were ignoring the other big name fighters walking around the arena and swarming Daniels. It was a legitimate awesome knockout and a great story.
  • Rico Verhoeven vs. Daniel Ghita - Rico Verhoeven vs. Daniel Ghita was announced for GLORY's Last Man Standing PPV, I believe for the GLORY Heavyweight Championship. Even if not, this is a huge, important fight and should be incredible. GLORY 17 is just getting to be a better and better live show for fans.
  • Mirko Cro Cop at GLORY 17 - Speaking of GLORY 17, Mirko Cro Cop will return to the GLORY ring at GLORY 17.
  • Josh Jauncey Has Arrived - Josh Jauncey is a guy that I've been talking about for a while now and he finally got his shot at the big show in GLORY, with a super stiff challenge in Warren Stevelmans. It was a tough challenge for sure, but Jauncey bounced back and took a decision victory after an extension round.
  • Benjamin Adegbuyi is For Real - We've discussed how sometimes that there are guys who get protected and aren't given the toughest fights, but Benjamin Adegbuyi has paid his dues and is absolutely a name to be looking out for in the GLORY Heavyweight division.
  • Errol Zimmerman Was Ready to Quit - Errol Zimmerman stated in the post-fight press conference that if he lost the tournament that he would have quit Kickboxing entirely. Luckily for us he didn't and he is now right back in title contention.
  • Welterweight is STACKED - Man. So Marc de Bonte is the Champion, but, waiting in the wings are Nieky Holzken, Joe Valtellini and now Raymond Daniels is tossing his name into the mix. Damn.

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Enfusion Live Card for May 25th

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Enfusion

Enfusion Live will be airing tomorrow, May 25th on http://www.enfusionlive.com. The card features a good mix of veterans and up-and-comers

Enfusion Live Line Up 21:00 GMT+2 Time

1.Omar Hanafy (EGYPT) Vs Khalid Chabrani (THE NETHERLANDS) 75Kg

2. Hamza Essalih (MOROCCO) Vs Maik Redan (THE NETHERLANDS) 60KG

3. Othman Allach (MOROCCO) Vs Kevin Hessling (THE NETHERLANDS) 75Kg

4. Mohammed Jaraya (MOROCCO) Vs Walid Hamid (MOROCCO) 67Kg

5. Lindsay Scheer (USA) Vs Anke Van Gestel (BELGIUM) 61Kg

ENFUSION WORLD TITLE 61KG

6. Marcello Adriaansz (SURINAM) Vs Gurhan Degirmenci (TURKEY) Heavyweight

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Watch Today's TATNEFT Event in Its Entirety

  • Published in Europe

It's Friday and it's been a slow week for kickboxing, so why not spend whatever is left of your sanity by sitting down and enjoying some dudes kicking and punching each other in the face, right? Right. There was a TATNEFT Cup event today and sure, we could just write out results, but they put the whole thing up on the internet, so we should just buckle down and all watch it together. 

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Enfusion Live #20 Results

  • Published in Europe

Here are the Enfusion Live #20 results from Mallorca on July 12. Iman Barlow retained her Enfusion world title with a dominant performance using her non-stop pace and amazing cardio. Wendell Roche also won by TKO in the 2nd round by low kicks, pretty unbelievable considering he was TKO'd only 2 weeks ago, but hes on a mission to get his title back.

Full Results 

Ruben Barnabe (Spain) Vs Thomas Alisier (France) 90Kg - Winner Thomas Alisier (France) KO 2nd round

Antonio Gomez (Spain) Vs Ricardo Luiz (Portugal) 70Kg - Winner Antonio Gomez (Spain) KO 1st round

Kike Bonnin (Spain) Vs Olli Koch ( Germany ) 75 Kg - Winner Kike Bonnin (Spain) Points

Christian Brorhilker (Germany) Vs Wendell Roche (Holland) 90Kg - Winner Wendell Roche (The Netherlands) TKO 2nd Round

Iman Ghablou (Morocco) Vs Iman Barlow (England) 54Kg - Winner Iman Barlow (England) Points Female Enfusion World Title

Damian Garcia (Spain) Vs Loren Jorge (Spain) 95Kg - Winner Loren Jorge (Spain) Points

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Caged Muay Thai Returns This Weekend

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Legend John Wayne Parr was supposed to retire a long time ago, but he had this crazy idea to take muay thai and put it inside of a cage while wearing MMA gloves. Of course, he wouldn't ask someone to do something like that if he wasn't prepared to and he did just that. Since then the Caged Muay Thai shows have taken off big time in Australia and this weekend they return for Caged Muay Thai 5: Lidon vs. Badato.

The event will be streamed live via GFL.tv.

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GLORY Adds Aikpracha vs. Kraus at GLORY 14

  • Published in Glory

Glory

GLORY has been scooping up talent from across the world left and right but has had some issues when it comes to getting some bigger name Thais under a contract, but all of that has changed as at GLORY 14 in Zagreb Aikpracha will make his debut for the organization against Albert Kraus. This is a huge signing for GLORY as the 28 year old Aikpracha is still in the prime of his career, holding the Lumpinee Stadium Welterweight Championship in 2012.

Aikpracha has been testing the waters outside of Thailand over the past few years, fighting under the banners of La Nuits de Titans, Yokkao, Thai Fight and most recently MAX Muay Thai.

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2014: The Emergence of Kickboxing World Titles

  • Published in Kickboxing

GLORY 9

There is going to be some big changes in the Kickboxing world come this year, a change that has been a long-time coming and will see a good deal of pushback from hardcore fans, with that change being that both GLORY and K-1 are going to be pushing individual Championships over tournament champions this year. That isn’t to say that there won’t still be tournaments, as GLORY will be holding Contendership tournaments and K-1 has made mention of still running some tournaments, just not annual World Grand Prix and World MAX tournaments. For a sport that became popular for one-night tournaments this is a huge change.

This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen World Titles in Kickboxing, not by a long shot. In fact, there are a lot of fighters out there in the wild right now who hold one, if not multiple, World Titles through different sanctioning bodies. The ISKA, PKA, WKA, WAKO and many more still sanction World Championships much in the way that we see Boxing with fragmented titles not belonging to any one promoter. The truth of the matter is, though, that those “World Championships” are only as valuable as the promotion, the fighters competing for it and the Champion who holds it.

K-1 attempted to establish Championship titles in the past, with Badr Hari being the first K-1 Heavyweight Champion and Semmy Schilt being the first (and only) K-1 Super Heavyweight Champion. This was K-1’s attempt to move away from the traditional K-1 tournament format in 2007 only to see pushback from both fans and their television partners, keeping the K-1 World Grand Prix as the primary means of crowning a champion.

The announcement by GLORY that this year would see them crown champions across six weight classes is huge, as is K-1’s move under the K-1 Global banner to crown champions outside of the tournament format and to stick to it. While for fans the idea of big tournaments is still the most exciting way to crown champions, it is also a mess for promoters while we watch the established names from the original K-1 starting to retire or show signs of wear and tear. The truth is without huge backing like K-1 had in the 90’s and 00’s from major television networks, building stars in more regions than K-1 ever had to is a huge chore.

Fans will always love their hometown heroes, but with Japan no longer being the home of Kickboxing building stars is now a matter of a global struggle, where you have to do more than appear on Japanese game shows and talk show programs to build up a name. As we saw with GLORY’s Lightweight Tournament, no one is safe, even the unstoppable Giorgio Petrosyan. Establishing Champions makes for something consistent, something that you can sell to the world, a face and a name to go on a masthead. In the case of tournaments you can sell who you think will win, but being able to bill them as your Champion is very different.

Fans understand what a Champion is, will be able to latch onto a Champion and the promotion can market that Champion as the best in the world. I, for one, think that it’ll be a nice change of pace to see Champions established in Kickboxing and for those titles to mean something. The unpredictability of tournaments is exciting and all, but if Kickboxing really wants to grow as a sport it needs to be more inviting, it needs to be more stable, which is exactly what having Champions will do for it.

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Last Man Standing Hype Videos for Joe Valtellini and Marc De Bonte

  • Published in Glory

On June 21st the GLORY Welterweight Championship will be on the line as Canada's Joe Valtellini will challenge the Champion, Marc de Bonte for the title. De Bonte recently won the title at GLORY 16 over friend and former training partner Karapet Karapetyan in a technical battle that left many fans wondering if de Bonte can hang with the likes of Valtellini and Holzken. This is definitely his chance to prove that he is a worthy champion (note: we already know that he is, or should know). 

Check out this interview package that GLORY put together for Joe Valtellini on his road to the GLORY Welterweight Championship, as well as Marc de Bonte talking about his huge win over Karapetyan.

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