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Tyrone Spong's Message to Fans Post-Surgery

  • Published in Glory

Tyrone Spong suffered what had to be one of the worst injuries of his career on Saturday night in Istanbul, but he's back in America and has undergone surgery. The recovery process should take about six months for him and we all wish him a speedy recovery. This message was posted earlier and is from Tyrone to all of his fans out there, letting them know that he's doing well after his surgery and that he plans to come back strong and healthy.

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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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FundAFighter Launches Campaign For Muay Thai Trainer Peter Sisomphou

  • Published in Muay Thai

Legendary Muay Thai trainer Peter Sisomphou has worked with countless top names in the world of martial arts over the years, including Firas Zahabi, David Loiseau, Ivan Menjivar and more. He's been a name within the world of martial arts for a very long time now and recently had to undergo a quadruple bypass surgery, which has a very long road to recovery. For a guy like Sisomphou, being in the gym and training fighters is how he makes his living and right now he is unable to do that.

FundAFighter has launched a campaign to raise money for Sisomphou while he is recovering to help to pay for his bills while he waits to get back into the gym and working again. Remember, the world of martial arts is not one that includes 401ks, sick pay and other luxuries found in desk jobs. So head over to FundAFighter to read more about Masta Peter Sisomphou and how you can help. 

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Miran Fabjan vs. Paul Daley at FFC 12 This Friday

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Paul Daley (C) Fight Channel

On Friday Final Fight Championships 12 (FFC 12) will go down in Slovenia. The main event of the evening features recently-signed by K-1 fighter Paul "Semtex" Daley against Miran Fabjan. There were heated words from Daley and Fabjan at each other in the lead up to the event at the official press conference.

"Of course, I watch footage of all my opponents and I was kind of familiar with Miran because he fought one of the guys I fought earlier this year... Alexander Stetsurenko, something like that. Tough Russian guy. Doesn't matter what his name was 'cuz je got knocked out in thirty seconds“, said Daley.

"They call him (Miran Fabjan) the Slovenian Rocky. Rocky is a movie. This is reality. Friday you gonna see what will happen. Friday is reality! No film! No Adrian! Rocky, this ain't a film! This is reality and you will find that out! Trust me. Slovenian Rocky in not a good name to have. Rocky always get f*** up.“, Paul Said.

Miran replied: "He said he doesn't mind taking punches, but I saw the video. He's a really good fighter in attacking mode, but when you get punched in the face, you don't like it! I saw it! When you hit me, I do not care!“

Paul added: "He (Miran) could not beat any of the guys I spar with! You're not even better than my sparring partners! You're not even better than my students! How about that?! You're no better than my students! You're gonna look like an amateur Friday!“

  • FFC 12 MMA
  • Dion Staring (111,7 kg) VS Tomaž Simonič (109,5 kg)
  • Primož Vrbinc (77,5 kg) VS Viktor Halmi (76,8 kg)
  • Bor Bratovž (84,5 kg) VS David Zawada (-)
  • Ivica Trušček (70,3 kg) VS Oleg Bagov (-)
  • Antun Račić (66,5 kg) VS Zoltan Turi (66,4 kg)
  • Luka Jelčić (70,3 kg) VS Valentin Nikolov (-)
  • FFC 12 KICKBOXING
  • Paul Daley (80,5 kg) VS Miran Fabjan (81,5 kg)
  • Mirko Vorkapić (70,6 kg) VS Teo Mikelić (71,1 kg)
  • Denis Chorchyp (88,9 kg) VS Darian Paladin (89,1 kg)
  • Samo Petje (70,5 kg) VS Kevin Hesseling (71,1 kg)
  • Rok Štrucl (109,9 kg) VS Elmir Mehić (105,6 kg)
  • Mladen Kujundžić (95,2 kg) VS Dženan Poturak (93,0 kg)

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Orsat Zovko Severs Ties with Mirko Cro Cop

  • Published in Kickboxing

Orsat/Cro Cop via K-1 and Fight Channel

Earlier today Orsat Zovko, the longtime manager of Mirko Cro Cop, issued a statement to the press in regards to his relationship with Filipovic. It appears that after Zovko spent years helping to revive Mirko's career that both sides will not be working together anymore. It's fair to note that Zovko is the promoter of the Final Fight promotion in Croatia and was behind both the Final Fight: Cro Cop event where he fought Ray Sefo and the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals in Croatia where Cro Cop won. Orsat was also GLORY's co-promoter when they went to Zagreb earlier this year.

It's fair to say that Zovko has been behind a lot of Cro Cop's more publicized fights in the past few years and it'll be interesting to see where Cro Cop goes from here. The entire press release is below.

Termination of business cooperation with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipović

Dear media representatives, partners, combat sports fans and friends,

I hereby would like to inform you that as of August 25 I am no longer manager of Mirko “Cro Cop“ Filipović. The reason behind the termination of a very successful cooperation lies in the fact that I could not accept Mirko Filipović's new business proposal. Without going into more details, I would like to point out that our cooperation was immensely successful and fruitful.

After the cancellation of the contract with the UFC, Mirko's career started to move upwards again when he returned to kickboxing and after the successful Cro Cop Final Fight event in Zagreb, Croatia, which Fight Channel organized exclusively for Mirko. His return to kickboxing proved to be a good decision since Mirko won K-1 WGP title last year also in Zagreb, Croatia, which is, together with his Pride GP belt, the biggest success of his career. Then he signed with Glory, world's best kickboxing promotion at the moment, and he occasionally fought in free fight matches which culminated with his victory and winning the IGF belt last weekend.

It was a great pleasure to manage the career of one of the greatest fighters of all times and to cooperate with all the members of Cro Cop's team. I would like to thank all the media representatives and all the combat sports fans for cooperation and support. I hope we will successfully cooperate again on some projects in the future.

Sincerely,

Orsat Zovko

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GLORY's Dustin Jacoby Victorious in MMA Return

  • Published in Glory

Dustin Jacoby made a big splash on the kickboxing world when he entered into GLORY after little notice. He entered a Road 2 GLORY tournament without much notice and was able to steamroll it, earning himself a spot on the main GLORY roster. Since then he's gone 1-5, but that has been against some of the best fighters in the world. He is still really learning to love kickboxing and there is definitely a possible future for him if they maybe scale down his competition to something more of his level.

This past weekend he fought for Titan Fighting Championship in his return to MMA where he made short work of Lucas Lopes with his striking. If you were to ask me if his striking has improved I'd probably give a big 'yes.' Jacoby's next fight is September 5th against King Mo Lawal in Bellator.

GIF via ZombieProphet.

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