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Badr Hari's Love Affair Hits the Tabloids

  • Published in Kickboxing

Ah summer, with love in the air and celebrity gossip magazines there to take candid shots of them and repost them with scandalous headlines. That is your life if you are Kickboxing superstar Badr Hari and you find yourself involved with Dutch soccer legend Ruud Gullit's wife, Estelle Gullit, going as far as said wife leaving her superstar husband and taking up a serious relationship with you. This photo is courtesy of Marloes Coenen's twitter. As we wait to find out if Badr will be fighting for Glory or not, we are instead treated to photographs of him enjoying his life. Good for him.

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More on Semmy Schilt's Future

  • Published in Glory

Semmy Schilt

Sometimes with Kickboxing timing is everything, and right now it is very clear to see why GLORY would feel it an inopportune time for one of their Heavyweight stars, Semmy Schilt, to no longer be an active fighter. While Semmy might not be the most fan-favorite fighter in the world, he is seen as one of the best Heavyweight Kickboxers of all time, with the credentials to match.

Yesterday we discussed the very real rumor of Semmy Schilt being retired, as we heard from sources very close to Schilt that he was having health issues and decided to no longer fight. This did not come as a surprise to us in the least, as Schilt had already been talking about no longer participating in tournaments and there was talk of him maybe fighting once or twice more before calling an end to his career.

GLORY's CEO discussed a few things with MMAMania's Brian Hemminger, one of the questions was about Schilt's retirement, to which he had this to say;

"As far as I know, he's on our active roster and that is certainly the case until he tells us. As far as we know, which is pretty close to the source, he hasn't announced anything at all that would prompt us to pick up the phone and give him a ring. As far as we can see, the press on the story has no primary sources whatsoever so until we hear it from Semmy, we're really excited to have him as a champion with us every since he came on board and signed with us."

While we respect Mr. Whittaker and his position, there were indeed primary, reliable sources on this. We've discussed the issue more with our sources, who've yet to actually be wrong in many years, and it was revealed that Schilt is indeed healthy now, but has still decided not to continue his fighting career. A statement from him has been expected, but possibly due to the Spike TV deal it will be delayed.

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Abraham Roqueni vs. Albert Kraus Promo Video

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While there is a lot of buzz around the upcoming K-1 and Glory tournaments, there is still a ton of great fights going on elsewhere. On April 28th K-1 mainstay Albert Kraus takes on another big name in the world of 70kgs in Abraham Roqueni. Hopefully we have easy access to the fight as it will be a great test for seeing where Albert Kraus is right now and if we expect him in the K-1 tournament what to expect from him.

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Nathan "Carnage" Corbett Signs With GLORY

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Nathan "Carnage" Corbett has been one of the most sought after fighters by fans to make the jump over to kickboxing and fight big names, and it looks like it's finally going to happen. Today it was announced by Mark "The Hammer" Castagnini on the Hammer Time Fight Show that Corbett had signed a two fight deal with GLORY.

Demand for Corbett in GLORY had been high prior to the signing, with rumors going back of the promotion pursuing the Australian fighter for quite some time now. Corbett is of course the best heavier weight Muay Thai fighter in the world, and one of the main reasons why he's held in such high regard is his fight with Tyrone Spong in 2009, where Corbett knocked Spong out but ended up with a no contest to show for it. He's mainly stuck to fighting in Muay Thai with a kickboxing bout here and there.

Corbett fights at 95kg, the weight where Tyrone Spong just won the eight man light heavyweight tournament. It seems like they're destined to fight again, now that they're in the same promotion. According to Castagnini, Corbett will debut with GLORY in October in Chicago.

Corbett's last fight came in April, where he knocked out Kamil Sokolowski in the first round. In 2012, he defeated fellow GLORY fighters Steve McKinnon (for the second time) and Stephane Susperregui.

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Weekend Results: Andy Souwer Wins at ShootBoxing, Plus K-1 MAX Brazil Results

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Souwer

This was a pretty good weekend for Kickboxing fans across the world as there were events in all corners of the world for fans to get excited about. I feel as thought we've shown that GLORY 9 New York was the big event this weekend, but there were two other events of note this weekend, one being ShootBoxing in Japan and the other being K-1's World Qualifying Tour in Brazil event, which held a K-1 MAX Selection Brazil tournament to find a fighter to move on to the K-1 World MAX Final 16 later this year.

Shoot Boxing 2013 Act.3 - Tokyo, Japan - June 23, 2013

Andy Souwer (R1 - KO) Okazawa Hirota

Shisido Hiroki (R3 - Decision) Hayashi Genta

Suzuki Hiroaki (R3 - Decision) Simizu Shyunichi

Utagawa Akifumi (R2 - TKO) Kizaemon Saiga

Makino Tomoaki (R3 - Decision) Sakamoto Yuki

Hinata (R2 - KO) Kanai Kenji

Masaya (R1 - TKO) Syau Kraun

Lorena Klijn (R3 - Decision) V.V Mei

K-1 MAX Brazil results after the jump.

 

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Watch a Preview For Fight Game Rivals, Featuring Alistair Overeem and Sem Schilt

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This is an interesting idea, although I'm not 100% certain about the execution and the intended market. The game is titled "Fight Game Rivals" being produced by our friends at Fight Game, which for the uninitiated means strong links to Golden Glory. The game is being developed for Windows Phone 7 and might have a way of being used on an Xbox 360 as well through the XBL Marketplace, but it is still not clear if it will be available on anything other than a WP7 device. If you are a mobile phone enthusiast, you probably steer clear of WP7 unless you are a Microsoft enthusiast as well. This isn't a slight at Microsoft as much as it is a fact, backed up by a recent report. Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad), RIM (BlackBerry) and "other" (most likely includes Palm/HP's WebOS) are all ahead of WP7 in the U.S.

Hopefully if the game sees moderate success a port over to a device that has a higher market share could be in order, but for now we can just watch a video of an animated Sem Schilt and Alistair Overeem smashing the heads in of opponents.

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K-1 Secures Andy Souwer and Henri Van Opstal for K-1 World MAX Final 16

  • Published in K-1

Souwer

This announcement seems to coincide with the signing of Buakaw Banchamek by K-1 and serves more as a "see, we have some big stars" than an actual signing, as Andy Souwer was originally announced for the event. Andy Souwer was originally announced for the September 14th event in Mallorca, Spain, but then again, so was Mike Zambidis, whom we've heard might not be participating in the event after all.

That being said, the idea of Andy Souwer and Buakaw Banchamek stepping into the ring again is an awesome selling point for K-1's upcoming World MAX Final 16 and World MAX tournament as a whole. We've also heard that there might be some other surprises, but nothing is set in stone yet. The final card should be available within a few weeks now and will be packing a decent amount of star power to go along with talent, which is the important thing here. The addition of Henri Van Opstal is also a good choice as Van Opstal has been tearing up Shoot Boxing of late, even meeting Souwer in the Finals of the 2012 S-Cup.

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More Super Fights Announced for GLORY 10 Los Angeles

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Glory

GLORY 10 Los Angeles goes down on September 28th, which is still more than two months away, and we are finally starting to get some more news on the upcoming card from GLORY. We've had a few fights slowly leak out over the past few weeks, but today sees a few more fights added into the mix, making for a really interesting card for the Los Angeles area.

Here are the fights.

 

  • Brian Collette vs. Randy Blake
  • Davit Kiria vs. Murthel Groenhart
  • Andy Ristie vs. Sanny Dahlbeck
  • Jordan Watson vs. Albert Kraus
  • Jerome Le Banner vs. Sergei Kharitonov
  • Robin van Roosmalen vs. Shemsi Beqiri
  • Brice Guidon vs. Jahfarr Wilnis

 

GLORY Middleweight Tournament

 

  • Artem Levin
  • Joe Schilling
  • Jason Wilnis
  • Steve Wakeling

 

There will be more fights announced shortly, including a reserve bout for the tournament and a few more Super Fights.

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Latest Twist in Badr's Case: He's Suing the Police

  • Published in Kickboxing

BadrA part of me is beginning to feel like Badr Hari's personal life is like a bad episode of "As the World Turns" sometimes. Every day there are more and more complications for Badr, more news coming out about his alleged assaults or affairs and to say that his personal life is personal would be a stretch. The latest in the case of the beaten Dutch millionaire at the giant dance party is that Badr is turning the tables on the legal system.

Badr's lawyer has apparently lodged a complaint with the courts that he feels there is an open line of communication between the team handling Badr's case within the police department and Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf (The Guardian). He claims that the news outlet has too much inside information, that it clearly must be coming from the police and that it is illegal.

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Live Stream for WGP #22 Tonight

  • Published in Kickboxing

Today at 8pm Eastern time WGP Kickboxing in Brazil will present WGP#22 live via internet PPV. You will be able to view the event for $10 via their website or by purchasing the event below. The card is as follows.

Under Card

K1 Rules (64.5 kg): Samuel Pereira vs Wellington Lopes

K1 Rules (71.800 kg): Fabiano “Mineiro” Silva vs Marcelo Dionisio

WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (66.800 kg): Valmir Theiss vs Édipo Herbert Lima 

Main Card

60kg GP Semi-Final - K1 Rules (60 kg): Ignacio Capllonch (ARG) vs Gustavo Piacentini (BRA) 

60kg GP Semi-Final - K1 Rules (60 kg): Rafael “Coruja” Xavier vs Paulo Tebar

WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (69.100 kg): Wellington Tom vs Bruno Gazani

WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (94,100 kg): Wallyson “Maguila” Carvalho vs Felipe Micheletti

WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (85 kg): Francisco Araújo vs Cesar Almeida 

60kg GP Finals - K1 Rules (60 kg): Winner Fight 1 x Winner Fight 2

K1 Rules (85 kg): Robert Thomas (CAN) x Alex “Po Atan” Pereira (BRA)

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