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Kunlun Fight 32 Full Card

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Kunlun Fight is once again giving top fighters a chance to stay active and fight often by putting shows on almost every second weekend. On October 28th in Hai Zhou, China Davit Kiria will face David Calvo as part of the 16 man 70kgs tournament. Also Buakaw Banchamek will be facing Hui Gu as a super fight, but I do wish this was part of the 70kgs tournament.


Card for Venum Victory World Series Panama

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On October 24th Venum Victory World Series returns with another night of big fights, this time in Panama City. The big fight of the night will be Armen Petrosyan vs. Luis Castaneda, but there will also be two tournaments, one at -95kg and one at -72.5kg. The -95kg tournament features Claudio Istrate vs. Lucas Alsina and Rafael de Souza vs. Sergio Pique. The -72.5kg tournament features Li Zikai vs. Nicolas Ryske and Mohamed El Mir vs. Ian Alexander. 


Shootboxing Star RENA Fighting MMA at Rizin on New Year's Eve

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Everyone has been waiting with baited breath for more information on Sakakibara's latest venture into the world of MMA after the untimely death of PRIDE FC. Well, we at least have a name now as well as a few other details. The name of this promotion will be Rizin Fighting Federation, or Rizin FF. The show on New Year's Eve will be the Rizin Fighting World Grand-Prix 2015 and while the main even will be Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jaideep "Heart" Singh, the card will also feature BJJ competitor Gabby Garcia, Shinya Aoki vs. Kazushi Sakuraba and female Shootboxing superstar RENA.

That's right, RENA. 

For a long time now RENA (Rena Kubota) has been one of Shootboxing's biggest stars. Shootboxing itself is not exactly huge in Japan, but has a good following and RENA often appears on mainstream Japanese television. Apparently she is MMA-bound now, making her MMA debut this December at Rizin against an unnamed opponent. What is fascinating about this is that RENA could be a huge, huge breakout star in Japan beyond where she is now. Shootboxing is just, well, a bit weird and might never be more than a niche sport. MMA has proven to be a sport that fans can get behind and with her innate starpower on this show it could mean big things for both Rizin and herself.

More when we have it.


Card for This Weekend's Enfusion 32

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This Saturday in Belgium Enfusion Live presents their 32nd event, headlined by Nordin Ben Moh vs. Sergio Sanchez. This is looking to be one of Enfusion's better cards of the year, featuring a 61kg title fight between Anke Van Gestel and Aleide Lawant. Brice Guidon returns to action against Dexter Suisse, Mohammed Jaraya takes on Youssef Boulahtari, Ilias Bulaid fihgts David Mejia and Hafid El Boustati takes on Harut Grigorian.

Enfusion Live #32 Gent, Belgium Saturday 10.10.2015
21.00 Local start time (19.00 GMT)
Watch Live
If you live in the following countries the stream will be blocked due to your broadcaster showing Enfusion Live soon... Switzerland, France, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Belgium
1. 3X3 -70Kg
Hafid El Boustati (Morocco) Vs Harut Grigorian (Armenia)
2. 3X3 -67 Kg
Ilias Bulaid (Morocco) Vs David Mejia (Spain)
3. 3X3 -70Kg
Mohammed Jaraya (Morocco) Vs Youssef Boulahtari (Belgium)
Dexter Suisse (The Netherlands) Vs Brice Guidon (France)
Anke Van Gestel (Belguim) Vs Aleide Lawant (The Netherlands)
6. 3X3 -70Kg 
Nordin Ben Moh (Morocco) Vs Sergio Sanchez (Spain)


Singh Jaideep Wins (Loses) Fedor Lottery on New Year's Eve

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New Year's Eve in Japan wouldn't be New Year's Eve without a freakshow here and there. For fans salivating at the idea of a brutal squash match your prayers have been answered by the way of Fedor Emelianenko's opponent on New Year's Eve being a former K-1 and GLORY competitor in Jaideep "Heart" Singh. Jaideep, hailing from India, has seen a deal of success competing as a heavyweight in Japan's rather lacking heavyweight kickboxing scene over the years. 

In 2009 he got the call to fight for K-1, winning his first K-1 tournament by the way of a qualifying tournament in South Korea. Jaideep did see some success beyond that, but whenever he was called up to fight the bigger names he seemed to be coming up just a bit short. His losses include Gokhan Saki, Ewerton Teixeira, Ismael Londt and Daniel Sam. That isn't to say that his career was all rain and gloom, though. Wins over Hiromi Amada, Raomaru and a knockout win over Sergei Kharitonov are easily his career highlights.

In 2013 he fought a lone MMA fight under the Super Fight League banner in India scoring a TKO victory over Alireza Tavak. On New Year's Eve Jaideep will step into the ring for his second professional MMA bout against the Last Emperor himself, Fedor Emelianenko. If it doesn't seem fair to pit a relative newcomer to MMA against someone like Fedor it probably isn't, but Emelianenko is returning after three years away from the ring due to his retirement and it would be foolish to expect him to be returning and fighting the best that there are in the world right now, if ever again. 

Fedor Emelianenko needs to prove himself to no one at this point, nor should he ever in the future. If the man wants to get paid, the man should get paid. As for Jaideep, well, this would be a big win for him. Nobody will hold that loss against him and it's not like his career is exactly booming at the moment anyway.

Jaideep has done the impossible before, though, folks.


World Fight Tour Holding 63kg Tournament in Spain This October

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On October 17th in Spain World Fight Tour is set to hold a 63kg tournament, the winner walking away with 7000 euros. The tournament participants are mainly up-and-comers from Spain and Europe that are looking to make a name for themselves in one of kickboxing's more competitive divisions. 

  • Sergio Cabezas (El Origen-Thaimartín)
  • Asier Iglesias (Kanku-Eguzkiza)
  • Antonio Jesús Ponce (RR Team Córdoba)
  • Fajardín Krarma (Ronin-Saturfight club)
  • Cristian Barrionuevo (UFM Combat Mallorca)
  • Daniel Botella (Muay Combat Novelda)
  • Juan Martos (Club Campió Barcelona)
  • Soufian Ben Zerrouk (Internacional Gym Canovellas)

You can check out the rest of the card on their website.


Card for SuperKombat WGP Final Elimination on Oct. 2nd

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On October 2nd in Milan, Italy SuperKombat returns with their World Grand Prix Final Elimination event, airing live on EuroSport. As always there will be a New Heroes event serving as the undercard featuring some up-and-comers. The real meat of the event happens on the main card that sees a main event between Catalin Morosanu vs. Tomasz Czerwinski. Both Stoica brothers will be in action as will Amansio Paraschiv.

Raul Catinas was originally scheduled to fight Rustemi Kreshnik on this card but due to an injury to Kreshnik that fight has been pushed back to the November WGP Finals event. Look for more on the event as it approaches.

SUPERKOMBAT NEW HEROES (18:00 CET, live on Fight Box)

1. Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Claudio Istrate (Italy) vs Gianfranco Bianchi (Italy)

2. Middleweight bout (-67 kg)

Madalin Craciunica (Romania) vs Rahim Moutarrik (Switzerland)

3. Middleweight bout (-71 kg)

Eduard Chelariu (Romania) vs Ovidio Mihali (Italy)

4. Light Heavyweight Plus bout (-86 kg)

Dumitru Topai (Romania) vs Winner of Dutch Eliminator Fight

5. WTKA title - Lightweight bout (-65 kg)

Cristiana Stancu (Romania) vs Irene Martens (Italy) 

6. Light Heavyweight (-81 kg)

Matt Murdoch (Great Britain) vs Remus Cretan (Italy)

7. WTKA world title - Lightweight bout (-63,5 kg)

Amed West (Morocco) vs Cristi Spetcu (Romania) 


1. Light Heavyweight plus bout (-86 kg)

Alexandru Negrea (Romania) vs Winner of Dutch Eliminator Fight

2. Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)

Atakan Arslan (Turkey) vs Giuseppe de Domenico (Italy)

3. Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)

Patrick Veenstra (Netherlands) vs Bogdan Stoica (Romania)

4. Middleweight bout (-71 kg)

Giannis Skordilis (Greece) vs Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

5. Super Cruiserweight bout (-95 kg)

Pavel Voronin (Moldova) vs Andrei Stoica (Romania)

6. Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Tomasz Czerwinski (Poland) vs Catalin Morosanu (Romania)


Dynamite Concept a Flop - Kickboxing Treated Like MMA's Little Brother

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Tonight's Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1 was a bit of a strange night, to say the least. Dynamite was billed as a hybrid show being thrown by Scott Coker, the brainchild of the former K-1 and Strikeforce promoter. Dynamite was the culmination of his vision to bring that Japanese feel into the world of American combat sports. The problems started mounting almost immediately, even before the show was announced.

Rumors flew that Coker wanted it to include kickboxing, but that GLORY's name was not in the equation until pretty late in the planning of the event. The question was why would Scott Coker want to run his own kickboxing fights when he is in charge of Bellator, Spike TV's MMA promotion? Using GLORY's roster, production, brand and identity for the show made a whole lot of sense, so by the time the show was unveiled it was going to be a huge Bellator event featuring GLORY kickboxing.

Many fans saw this as GLORY's chance at being in front of a huge audience on Spike TV. Bellator's ratings have been increasing since Coker took the wheel and started promoting shows that were more his style, so some of that Midas Touch could wear off on GLORY, right? As the event approached it appeared that GLORY's role in the event would indeed be lesser than imagined. Their name wasn't attached to the event, as Bellator's staff was quick to correct, the event was Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1, not Bellator and GLORY: Dynamite or any other derivative of that. 

The event was going to be loaded with Bellator MMA fights, too. A one-night Light Heavyweight tournament, a Light Heavyweight Championship bout, even the debut of former UFC and Strikeforce fighter Josh Thomson. GLORY was going to get four slots to fill, which seemed fair. Joe Schilling's name was originally attached to the event, but the knockout from a few months back and subsequent suspension saw that go up in flames, but at least Bellator was loaning Paul Daley to GLORY for the night, right?

Wrong. Paul Daley would be fighting another Bellator fighter by the way of Fernando Gonzalez. Gonzalez is not a kickboxer, but instead a Bellator welterweight. In fact, the only fight that was actually booked by GLORY involving GLORY opponents on the entire main card was the Light Heavyweight Championship bout between Zack Mwekassa and Saulo Cavalari. The other "GLORY kickboxing fight" that would air would be Bellator's new signee in Keri Melendez against a 1-4 MMA fighter named Hadley Griffith. If it feels like a stretch to blame GLORY for this fight you are probably connecting the right dots.

The undercard saw TJ Arcangel vs. Jose Palacios, a fight which was planned before GLORY's involvement, then Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Anyar Boynazarov, originally supposed to be a main card fight of Adamchuk vs. Varga until Varga had to pull out due to injury.

What's clear is that both Bellator and GLORY didn't exactly mesh well together. Bellator was protective of the card being their show and GLORY was trying to protect the integrity of their own brand and put on a strong showing on their biggest platform. Instead what we got was everything feeling half-cocked. We got two Bellator fights contested under GLORY rules and we got a GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship fight that saw MMA fans turning their noses up at the prospect of having to sit through it for who knows what reason. All of this happened without a single advertisement or mention of GLORY 24 outside of from the lips of Mauro Ranallo and Stephan Quadros.

That fun feel of kickboxing vs. MMA that happened at Dynamite shows of the past was missing in a big way here. Opportunities were seemingly boundless for interpromotional fights. Paul Daley and Nieky Holzken even worked social media angles against each other hyping up a potential fight, only for that fight to never amount to much because one promotion would end up "losing." The final result was the fans lost and the sport of kickboxing was treated like an afterthought. 

MMA sites everywhere are tsking and shaking their heads at how GLORY could fumble such an opportunity, or dismissing them entirely after the show. I find it hard to really point the finger at GLORY for what was essentially one fight that they presented on the main card. Their only crime was wanting to show their product to the world, which in the end was not what happened. No one can really walk away happy from this show. The concept of the Dynamite show might have felt special and different at the time, but this was not the caliber of show that anyone was expecting, nor did it even attempt to deliver on that level. Instead it gave everyone a little bit of what they might want and a whole lot of what they didn't want.

Kickboxing deserves so much better than this.


Spike TV Announces Fedor Emelianenko Fighting on New Year's Eve

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The Fedor Emelianenko lottery is over and it was won by none other than Nobuyuki Sakakibara. Yeah, you read that correctly. The UFC didn't secure Fedor, nor did Bellator. Oh no, instead former PRIDE boss Sakakibara has won the Fedor lottery and is starting his own promotion. That promotion will kick off on New Year's Eve in Japan and guess what? They are teaming up with Scott Coker for this and it'll air on Spike TV. 

There have been rumors flying around about Coker teaming up with Sakakibara for a huge Japanese event and for once these rumors delivered. If this feels strange to you, it is. Sakakibara was exiled from the world of combat sports after the PRIDE yakuza scandal that led to the promotion's demise, yet, here he is again. I'm waiting for Kazuyoshi Ishii to jump out next and start up a new kickboxing promotion any day now. I should note that K-1 Japan does have a press conference scheduled for early this coming week and the buzz is that they have a broadcast television deal. Don't get excited yet, though.


Dynamite 1 Preview: The Left Hook of Paul Daley

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On Saturday night in San Jose GLORY and Bellator MMA will be bringing us a jam-packed night of fights on Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1. While the kickboxing offering is paltry in comparison to the MMA portion of the show, what's being offered is still some really, really good stuff. Paul Daley is best known for his time in the cage as a Mixed Martial Artist, perhaps mostly for his UFC run that ended with a punch after the bell on Josh Koscheck after a heated rivalry led to a frustrating fight for both men.

Daley rebuilt his name and legacy after he was kicked out of the UFC and a part of that was his absolutely incredible run in kickboxing in 2014. That run included six victories in the kickboxing ring with an astounding five TKO victories. Oh yeah, and those victories came against some of the best fighters at his weight class in the world, too. Daley is a fine fighter, a bit limited when it comes to the kicking department but his hands more than make up for it. 

This Saturday at Bellator MMA Dynamite 1 he faces an outmatched Fernando Gonzalez. I'm not going to sugar coat how difficult of a task this fight will be for Gonzalez, but I'm also not going to count him out, either. When he entered Bellator he was outmatched in his first few fights and not only found a way to win, but did so in a decisive fashion. He's a skilled professional and while he might not be as skilled as Daley with his stand up game, as we've seen in the past anything can happen inside of a ring. Daley's defense is good, but he still gets hit, which could spell trouble against an opponent of any caliber. 

The greatest weapon that Paul Daley possesses would have to be that crazy left hook, though. That left hook has spelled disaster for just about anyone who has been hit by it, which includes some of the modern greats in kickboxing. Want proof? Ask Alexander Stetsurenko.

How about Miran Fabjan?

Even Alexander Surzhko went down to Paul Daley's left hook. This is just in kickboxing, too. That left hook is just as deadly in MMA with those little gloves as it is in kickboxing. On Saturday night kickboxing fans will be in for a treat. While it may not be clear if Daley will ever fight in kickboxing again afterwards, or if we'll ever get that dream bout of Nieky Holzken vs. Paul Daley, but we can dream. At the very least we'll be treated to some top-notch violence on Saturday night, which is why we all watch in the first place, right?


Legacy Running Mixed Kickboxing/MMA Event on November 13th

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Legacy Fighting Championship, the promotions behind Legacy Kickboxing events that have been airing on AXS TV this year have announced that on November 13th at LEGACY 48 they will run a co-branded show as both Legacy FC and LK. The event will feature the finals of their light heavyweight kickboxing tournament as well as a few feature MMA bouts on top of that.

The kickboxing card is as such;

Reserve Bout: Chris Trammel vs. Matt Baker

Tournament: Brian Colette vs. Manny Mancha 

Tournament: Myron Dennis vs. Andres Can Engelen

Tournament Finals

The show will be headlined by the Legacy FC Middleweight Champion Leonardo Leite vs. Ryan Spann.


Badr Hari Facing Possible 3-Year Sentence in 2012 Assault Case

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Badr Hari's assault case from 2012 just seems like it won't go away. 

Initially sentenced to a year and a half in prison with six months suspended both Hari and the prosecutor appealed the verdict, which means that Badr's case is once again in the public eye. Badr Hari issued a public apology to Koen Everink in regards to the assault in 2012 that left the Dutch businessman with an ankle and skull injury. The statement that he issued to Everink was hopeful, possibly looking for the case to just be dropped.

“I find it sad to hear what you have to experience. As a sportsman, I understand how much you must suffer as a result. I should never have thrown that punch. I hope that we will again be able to sit with each other and shake hands.”

Everink and the Public Prosecutor have claimed that the apology just isn't enough, with the prosecution looking for a three-year unconditional sentence that would see Hari serve his full term in prison unlike the previous sentence. Everink cited that he's lost about 20% of his mobility and hasn't been able to play football anymore or enjoy many of his regular activities since the attack. Also noted was that Hari has never reached out to him outside of the legal system with an apology or attempt at compensation for the medical bills and damages. [source]


Card for Enfusion 31

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On Saturday in Spain Enfusion will hold their 31st event, featuring another one-night 70kg tournament featuring Adam Martins, Philippe Salmon, Beau Superpro Samui and Christopher Mena. On top of that the Enfusion 72.5kg World Title will be on the line between Tayfun Ozcan and Fran Pelenzuela.

Enfusion Live #31 Malaga, Spain Saturday 19.9.2015 
Local start Time 22.00

Venue Address:
Avenida la moraleda s/n 29679 benahavis

1.3X3 Tournament semi Final -70Kg

Adam Martins (Spain) Vs Philippe Salmon (France)

2.3X3 Tournament semi Final -70 Kg 

Christopher Mena (Colombia) Vs Beau Superpro Samui (Thailand)

3.3X3 -75Kg

Ruben Lee (Spain) Vs Gil Silva (Portugal)

4.3X3 -57Kg 

Estela Garcia (Spain) Vs Victoria Lomax (England)

5.3X3 -60Kg 

Nicolás Gaffie (Spain) Vs Wadii kadiri (Morocco)

6. 3X3 Tournament Final -70Kg

Winner Fight 1 Vs Winner fight 2

7. 5X3 Enfusion World Title -72.5Kg 

Fran Palenzuela (Spain) Vs Tayfun Ozcan (Turkey)


Melvin Manhoef vs. Hisaki Kato at Bellator 146

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For the past few months there has been talk about Melvin Manhoef retiring from combat sports, in fact, it was going to happen on a Manhoef-promoted show until any mention of that kind of disappeared. Now we know why. Bellator has decided to bring back the ever-entertaining striker for Bellator 146. His opponent? None other than the man who recently shocked the world by knocking Joe Schilling out, Hisaki Kato. 

Kato made his Bellator debut at Bellator 139 against Joe Schilling in a bout many saw Schilling winning only for Kato to score a dramatic knockout to secure the win. Manhoef was holding his own against Schilling in his last Bellator appearance until Schilling came back and scored a pretty crazy knockout. For Manhoef he can get some form of redemption while Kato can once again prove that he can hang with the elite strikers in the middleweight division.


GFC Fight Series 4 Most Likely Canceled

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What happens to a promotion that was having trouble attracting fans to the arena to watch Badr Hari and Gokhan Saki when they book an event without either fighter? The answer seems to be putting together a show that will never happen. GFC was set to hold GFC Fight Series 4 where they'd hold another 4-man heavyweight tournament where the winner would filter into a larger heavyweight tournament.

When it comes to star power this show was indeed lacking with James McSweeney of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights fame being the biggest name on the card. According to McSweeney's facebook things have seemingly gone south for the promotion in regards to this event and it has been canceled. McSweeney seems rather upset.

Ok so yesterday I get a phone call from a @theofficialgfc employee telling me that Gfc have had some problems regarding the fight show on September 18th just under two weeks away, and the have made the decision to cancel the whole event! So all is fighters on the show have trained and dedicated are lives, dieting, training, sparring for the past 8/10 weeks getting ready for this event for it to be cancled last minute, this is not the first time this event has been cancled the last show they were ment to put on got cancled also. I am extremely sorry if you have already bought and paid for your tickets, I have friends and family that already bought airline and hotel tickets to Dubai from the UK!!!! I have tried numerous times and ways to contact the CEO Prince Amir but he is not returning my calls or messages. NOW we will see if this company respects fighters or not? If they PAY the fighters? I have put $1000s into my camp getting ready for this tournament, flights for my coaches frm holland hotels, food, nutrition , the list goes on.......... Now let's see what they do???? What do you the fans think???

By the looks of it another upstart kickboxing promotion has bit the dust, one of the many in recent years. While GFC could still get their act together in the future, their events have been plagued by uncertainty from the start. 



SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Rumored to be Moved to Germany

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Originally slated for Angola in Africa, rumors are now pointing for SuperKombat's World Grand Prix Finals event to be moved to Germany instead. The move was reported by Kickfighter Magazine in Germany and it will be to ISS Dome in Dusseldorf, Germany. The ISS Dome can house between 12,000 - 13,000 fans according to the setup and seems like a large, bold move for SuperKombat. This seems in line with rumors of a possible new German investor for the promotion.

Other rumors include Danyo Ilunga fighting Andrei Stoica for his Cruiserweight championship along with possibly an 8-man heavyweight tournament on the show. We've yet to get a response from SuperKombat officials just yet on the situation but there has been a buzz among the SuperKombat faithful over the past few weeks of a "big announcement" coming soon and the move to Germany with an 8-man tournament featuring bigger, available names would be exactly that.

SuperKombat was best known for their 2011 season that saw them capitalize on the rather uncertain future in the world of kickboxing by bringing in some of the world's top talents for tournaments and bigger events. The landscape changed shortly thereafter with the formation of GLORY and exclusive or semi-exclusive contracts but SuperKombat kept themselves visible by breeding homegrown talent, which led to fighters like Benjamin Adegbuyi, Bogdan Stoica and Andrei Stoica making names for themselves internationally. 

With the future of kickboxing looking once again a bit shaky it is interesting to see that SuperKombat is looking to once again make big moves and do their part for keeping kickboxing as a viable sport for the near future.


Giorgio Petrosyan Returning to Italy for November 6th Fight

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Just hours after Giorgio Petrosyan defeated Xu Yan in China the Italian media are already abuzz about the next bout for Giorgio Petrosyan and it looks like that next bout will be on November 6th in Monza, Italy. While there hasn't been an opponent announced just yet there might be some headway as to which banner Petrosyan will be fighting under. There have been rumors abound over the past few months at Giorgio Petrosyan fighting in Italy once again under the GLORY banner.

That is not official just yet but this seems like a very good sign that Petrosyan will indeed be fighting in the fall in Italy, now the rest of the puzzle just has to come together and fans might just get their wish of seeing Giorgio Petrosyan back among the GLORY elite on his quest to once again be known as the top 70kg kickboxer in the world.


Card for Hero Legends Featuring Petrosyan vs. Xu Yan

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Tomorrow evening in the West, tonight in the East Giorgio Petrosyan will return to the ring against Chinese star Xu Yan in the Hero Legends ring. Xu Yan is a local legend who has seen success internationally and has been one of China's greatest exports. Sure, it isn't the fight with Yodsanklai but such is life, right? There will absolutely be demand for it and people will work hard to make that fight come together in the future.

For now Xu Yan is a fantastic measuring stick for Petrosyan to see if he's still, indeed, the best in the world. A win here just makes us want to see him against Ristie again even more. There should be a live stream for this so we'll keep you posted.


VIDEO: Badr Hari Scores TKO Victory Over Ismael Londt in Grozny

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It was an interesting night in Chechnya for kickboxing fans around the world as Badr Hari returned to the ring yet again, fighting under the Akhmat FC banner for his good friend and Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. Kadyrov was shown on screen multiple times throughout the fight, pumping his fists when Badr was in control and looking upset when Badr went down. The fight opened with a rather strangely-subtitled full version of the video that we posted the other day that saw Badr Hari detained and questioned only to be saved by a Chechen SWAT team.

That same SWAT team then led Hari to the ring while Ismael Londt stood and watched. Then the announcer read off both men's resumes while they stood staring at each other in the center of the ring for what felt like a solid five minutes. It was a very, very long stare down, everyone agrees on that. 

The first round started off with a bang with Hari connecting with a sneaky short right straight that put Londt down onto the canvas early. Londt flopped over and it looked like that might've been the end of the fight right there, but Londt got up. From there Londt looked unsteady on his feet and walked into another short right in what was a slip that was ruled a down by referee Joop Ubeda (no comment). Londt was able to weather Hari's relentless attack and survive to the second round, but it was already looking like doom for him without a knockout.

Crazily enough that almost happened in the second round. Badr was looking to finish things and when Badr goes too hot and heavy he opens himself up. Londt scored a right hook to the temple and Hari was down, stunned silence washing over the arena. Hari was up, though, and if you've seen Hari fight before you know that if you knock him down he gets mad. The only problem is that he looked a bit punch drunk. Luckily for him Londt was hurt as well and he was able to put Londt down. Londt got back up to his feet and kept fighting, scoring a series of rights that had Hari in the ropes only for Londt to not be able to capitalize on it before the bell rung. 

This had turned into a fight when most were expecting Hari to walk through Londt. They were both hurt and tired going into the third but Badr was perhaps just a bit fresher. Hari scored another short right straight and it sent Londt flying across the comically large ring, with Ubeda administering a standing 8-count only to then wave the fight off under the pretense of a third down. Technically it's four downs in a fight and that's it, so it was the correct call, but was announced as a third down.

Regardless that was the best competition that Hari has faced since Samedov in 2013 (who knocked him out) and a solid win for the Bad Boy.


This Badr Hari Promo Video is Downright Insane

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Has Badr joined the special forces? Is he an action movie star? Neither, but this weekend he'll be fighting Ismael Londt in one of the more anticipated heavyweight bouts of the year for Akhmat FC in Grozny. We've already documented that Akhmat's links to Ramzan Kadyrov, whom many believe to be a war criminal, and that Badr Hari is good buds with Kadyrov. If you were curious what kind of money was being sunk into promoting this fight look no further than this super high budget promo video featuring Badr Hari.

But of course this isn't the full video. Oh no. The full video will be his entrance when he fights Londt. Is this even going to be a fight? 


Ewerton Teixeira Making Bellator Debut at Bellator 143 on September 25th

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Former K-1 and GLORY fighter Ewerton Teixeira has spent the past few years away from the limelight, but that doesn't mean that he hasn't been training. In fact, Teixeira has been dipping his toes into the more lucrative waters of MMA since the collapse of FEG's K-1 all of those many years ago. Teixeira appeared at GLORY 13 Tokyo where he squared off against Hesdy Gerges, losing that fight via decision and since then hasn't done much in the way of kickboxing. 

It came as a surprise a few months ago when Bellator announced that they had signed Teixeira and it's even stranger that he'll be fighting for them on a show that isn't Bellator MMA Dynamite under kickboxing rules, but that's just life, isn't it? In an already diluted Heavyweight kickboxing field it's a bummer to see a fighter who was once in the top ten and could easily be again opting for a career in MMA, but these are the times in which we live. 

Teixeira will make his Bellator debut at Bellator 143 on September 25th against Vinicius Queiroz. 


WFL Adds Chahid vs. Khamal Rematch for October 18th Event

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On the 18th of October in the Netherlands we'll see WFL (World Fight League) toss their hat into the ring for a second time with "Unfinished Business." For fans of Dutch kickboxing this should be a big event, with there being talks of Melvin Manhoef (one of the people behind WFL) fighting in a retirement bout after a storied kickboxing career. 

As of right now there are three four-person tournaments planned as well as a few super fights. It was just announced that Chahid Oulad el Hadj will rematch Mohammed Khamal on this event as well, a rematch from their classic back in It's Showtime. Here's how the card breaks down thus far.

Light Heavyweight (95 kg)

  • Fred Sikking
  • Redouan Cairo
  • Michael Duut
  • Loren Javier Jorge

70 kg

  • Cedric Manhoef
  • Mohammed el Messaoudi
  • Edson Fortes
  • Tayfun Ozcan

Women's 61 kg

  • Ilona Wijmans
  • Orinta van der Zee
  • Salysa van den Bos
  • Sarah Debaieb

Super Fights

Sahak Parparyan vs. Ibrahim el Bouni

William Diender vs. Kevin Hessling

Chahid Oulad el Hadj vs. Mohammed Khamal


W5 World Grand Prix XXX Coming on August 30th

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On August 30th in Moscow, Russia the world famous W5 returns with the W5 World Grand Prix XXX event. The event is headlined by internationally-renowned 70kg fighter Enrico Gogokhia squaring off against Foad Sadeghi. Also on the card is Cosmo Alexandre vs. Artem Pashporin and former It's Showtime 70kg champion Chris Ngimbi against Valentin Rybalko.

The event happens on August 30th and you can find the full fight card here. To top it off, W5 has launched a rather slick site to watch their events online. You'll be able to watch this event live for 7.50 euros on their website


Matt Baker is Ready to Take GLORY By Storm

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It's amazing how people places and things can often slip under the radar and before you know it, what began as light rain showers has turned into a typhoon. If you're not paying attention to kickboxing now such may be the case with Glory newcomer, Matt Baker.  Ignore this steam train for too long and he may just roll right over you.  A native of the Bay area, this 24 year old may be young, but he's ready.  

Seriously entering the combat sports arena at age 18, this bad boy from the Bay area is ready to face Edward  'Scissorhandhands' Hyman on Friday, August 7, 2015 at Glory 23. Having entered kickboxing on a near fluke, Baker has found a solid home with Team Black and despite  having been really shown the ropes on his first day out by Dan himself, he came back for more and hasn't stopped coming  back since. Today both Baker and the fight community views him as a well rounded fighter with an arsenal of weapons guaranteed to challenge any opponent. 

While his presence in Glory hasn't yet been truly felt, he has worked hard over the last few years making his mark locally as well as all over the globe.  His accolades include WKA North America wins as well as participation in tournaments that have previously hosted the likes of Glory journeymen, Artem Levin and Filip Verlinden. 

That however, was his past, and Glory is his future, both literally and figuratively. What lies ahead of Baker is his battle with Hyman on Friday and his dedication in life to make positive choices for himself and his family.  During my interview with Baker, he alluded to having learned the hard way about certain issues, but also now knowing the  difference between buying and borrowing future lessons.

When it comes to kickboxing August 7th will be an opportunity for him to show whether he is master or student for Hyman. Regardless of the outcome, Baker has arrived and "The Butcher" has no plans of disappearing into obscurity anytime soon.


Venum Victory World Series Announces More on August 22nd Event

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On August 22nd in Debrecen, Hungary Venum Victory World Series will return with the third stage of their tournament series, featuring the "Rhinos" and "Dragons" divisions. You might remember the names of those divisions from Fight Code and yes, they are the same this time around. The Rhinos are -95kg and Dragons are -72.5kg. The fourth stage is scheduled for October 24th in Panama City and the fifth and final stage is scheduled for November 28th in Paris, France. 

Here's a look at what goes down on August 22nd.

Rhinos Semifinals 

Gokhan Gedik (Turkey) VS Kryspin Kalski (Poland)

Manu Payet (France) VS Gyorgy Mihalik (Hungary)

Dragons Semifinals 

Mustapha Haida (Morrocco) VS Benedek Zsolt (Hungary)

Adballah Mabel (France) VS Norbert Balogh (Hungary)

Super Fights

Sylwia Juskiewicz (Poland) VS Anissa Meksen (France) weight division -54 Kg

Medhi Zatout (France) VS Gabor Gorbics (Hungary) weight division -66 kg


SuperKombat Announces Final Elimination and WGP Finals Shows

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SuperKombat have announced the final two shows of their 2015 season, both of which will take place outside of their home base in Romania. 

SuperKombat will round out their 2015 with their WGP Finals event in Angola. If you are geographically challenged Angola is on the Southwestern shore of Africa and I'm not sure that they've ever hosted a major combat sports event in their history, making this a first. Irimia was quick to talk about the historic event in Angola on November 7th. “Superkombat established itself as a global promotion and fans from all around the world must have access to this final event, not only in Europe. For sure, will be the biggest combat spectacle and one of the biggest sporting events in Angola's history. I would like to thank all our partners from Angola, Andrada Servexim Company, and congratulate them for their professionalism," Irimia said in a statement issued via SuperKombat's website

They will also host their Final Elimination event on October 2nd in Milan, Italy. They've promised four title fights for the November 7th show.


Xu Yan Announced as Giorgio Petrosyan's Next Fight on August 28th

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Originally slated to be Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Yodsanklai Fairtex on August 28th in China for Hero Legends that fight will no longer take place. Fairtex's camp has been telling people for a while now that it wouldn't happen thanks to an injury and it looks official now. Instead, Petrosyan will be fighting China's own Xu Yan. Xu Yan is one of China's most popular and decorated fighters and the current Hero Legends 70kg champion.

Xu Yan is one of the biggest stars of the promotion and a fight against Petrosyan should be a huge deal in China considering Petrosyan's immaculate reputation as one of the best fighters in the world and one of the greatest of all time. This will be an interesting bout for sure and we are still holding out hope that we see Yodsanklai vs. Petrosyan in the near future.


Updated Fight Card for SuperKombat's August 1st Event

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On August 1st SuperKombat will be presenting one of their biggest cards of the year with the SuperKombat WGP IV. The event is headlined by Andrei Stoica vs. Fred Sikking for the SuperKombat Super Cruiserweight Championship. Some of the other big fights are Raul Catinas vs. Viktor Bugotzki, Bogdan Stoica vs. Fabio Kwasi and Atakan Arslan vs. Alex Filip (might be the best fight on the card). 

Romanian fans are very excited about the return of Raul Catinas who will hopefully deliver the goods for them.

Superkombat New Heroes (19:00 CET - Live on
1. Super Fight - Lightweight bout (-63,5 kg)
Wilmer Cruz (Angola) vs Iuliu Man (Romania)
2. Super Fight - Lightweight bout (-65 kg)
Jessica Puglisi (Italy) vs Cristiana Stancu (Romania)
3. Super Fight - Welterweight bout (-67 kg)
Sousa Razel (Angola) vs Mario Argento (Italy)
4. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Eduard Chelariu (Romania) vs Madalin Craciunica (Romania)
5. Super Fight - Welterweight bout (-67 kg)
Adrian Maxim (Romania) vs Serban Alexandru (Romania)
6. Super Fight - Lightweight bout (-63,5 kg)
Rahim Moutharrik (Switzerland) vs Cristian Spetcu (Romania)
7. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Andrei Ostrovanu (Romania) vs Cristian Milea (Romania)
8. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus (-86 kg)
Alexandru Negrea (Romania) vs Dumitru Topai (Romania)
1. Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)
Gokhan Gedik (Turkey) vs Robert Dorin (Romania)
2. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus (-86 kg)
Aristote Quitusisa (Angola) vs Alexandru Nedelcu (Romania)
3. Super Fight - Super Middleweight bout (-77 kg)
Atakan Arslan (Turkey) vs Alex Filip (Romania)
4. Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)
Fabio Kwasi (Suriname) vs Bogdan Stoica (Romania)
5. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)
Viktor Bogutzki (Russia) vs Raul Catinas (Romania)
6. Superkombat title fight - Super Cruiserweight bout (-95 kg)
Fred Sikking (Netherlands) vs Andrei Stoica (Romania)

Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Yodsanklai Possibly on Tap for August 28th

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This is an interesting one, to say the least. We knew that Giorgio Petrosyan was fighting on August 28th for Hero Legend in China but his opponent was kept a secret. Part of the reason was that apparently while contracts have been signed and initial payments have been made there is some uncertainty about the main event. That main event is possibly the biggest fight imaginable at 70kg between the two greatest fighters in the weight class; Giorgio Petrosyan and Yodsanklai Fairtex.

According to the folks at Fairtex the fight won't be happening on August 28th due to an injury, but Hero Legend did hold off on announcing the fight and then went ahead and announced it anyway. There has been whispers of the show being canceled but we confirmed with Petrosyan's manager that the show will indeed go on with or without Yodsanklai. As for Petrosyan vs. Yodsanklai, well, if it doesn't happen in August expect it to happen at a later date. Everyone involved knows that it is just too good of a fight to not happen.


Bellator Signs Keri Anne Melendez to Fight Kickboxing and MMA for Bellator Starting at Dynamite

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The trajectory for the Bellator: Dynamite event featuring a GLORY ring and a few GLORY fights as well on Spike TV has been interesting, to say the least. The only fight announced yet is Jose Palacios vs. TJ Arcangel, which is a bout between two Northern California muay thai fighters and doesn't sound like a fight that GLORY would put together. From what we've heard this will most likely be on the undercard portion of the show.

We've still yet to hear from GLORY or Bellator about an official card just yet. The only "known" fight is Paul Daley will be fighting, but we aren't sure who. Rumor was Bellator Welterweight Champion Douglas Lima, but, well, he's not the champion anymore. There was a photo floating around of his usurper, Andrey Koreshkov wearing a pair of GLORY gloves, but there hasn't been anything on that just yet. 

Today Bellator announced that they've signed Keri Anne Melendez to a multifight contract, including Kickboxing and MMA. The wife of Gilbert Melendez has been competing in muay thai and kickboxing, with a 4-1 amateur record and a 2-1 professional record to date. At 31 years old she has talked about possibly transitioning to MMA in the future, but it would still be a ways off. In the press release Melendez notes that she fought for Scott Coker in the past as well and looks forward to fighting for him again.

UPDATE: We've received confirmation that her fight will be on the undercard for the Dynamite event.


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