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Superstar Actor Idris Elba to Fight in Kickboxing For Reality Series

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One of the biggest stories that amounted to nothing for the kickboxing world was Jean-Claude Van Damme's desire to fight Somluck Kamsing in a kickboxing fight. The fight was teased for years, with the revival of JCVD's acting career getting in the way of his dream to prove to the world that his fighting credentials were for real and that he was an actual tough guy. The last we heard of this was JCVD jumping into the ring during one of Kamsing's fights in Thailand where he found himself in trouble, with Van Damme jumping into the ring in between rounds and attempting to fan his would-be challenger in an attempt to help him. Instead, Kamsing was disqualified. 

That was it for JCVD's big fight and perhaps we'll never hear about it again, but now an even bigger name has made a commitment to kickboxing; Idris Elba. Elba, the man who went from being Stringer Bell in The Wire to Luther on BBC to being a Hollywood leading man with everyone calling for him to portray James Bond, is probably at his peak popularity right now. His most recent role was as the main villain in Star Trek: Beyond with a lot more on the horizon.

But at age 43 he's following a dream of his, which is to fight professionally. During his 20's he trained kickboxing to keep himself in shape and considered fighting, but instead he found himself landing steady acting gigs, leaving his dream behind. Now, thanks to a partnership with Discovery Networks, he's back in training to be a kickboxer and the whole thing will be recorded and presented for audiences. 

The show is called Idris Elba: Fighter and will follow Elba throughout the span of a year, documenting his training across the world as well as his fight. Who he will be training with and who the fight will be against are a mystery, but the whole thing is said to air in early 2017.

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Krush 68 Fight Card

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Krush 68 takes place tonight in Nagoya, Japan at the Nagoya Congress Center. The card will air live on Abema.tv if you are "IN" Japan, it wont be on their sports channel this time but on their designated fight channel which is shown by some Japanese kanji symbols. Aside from the great talent and usual crazy fights Krush always gives us this card as a special exhibition between Kaew Weerasakreck the K-1 65kgs champ and Takeru the K-1 55kgs champ. The fight is 3x2min rounds, I wonder how hard they will actually go. Hopefully its the type of exhibition that Masato and Kid Yamamoto had where Kid got dropped multiple times.

Fight Card

Kuroudo vs Shun Kato

Daiki Shimizu vs Takuma Kawaguchi

Seiya Ueda vs Kazuyuki Yamashita

Kentaro Miyachi vs Syun Kentoshi

Kazunari Kimura vs Daisuke Fujimara

Keisuke Nakamura vs Hiroyuki

Hiroto Iwasaki vs Rukiya

Masafumi Kurasaki vs Ryuji Horio

Exhibition match - Kaew vs Takeru

Taito vs Hisaki Higashimoto

Masaaki Noiri vs Pengfei Wang

 Kaito Ozawa vs Tatsuya Oiwa

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Kunlun Fight 51 & 52 Fight Card

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After a stacked Kunlun Fight 50 on August 20th they will have Kunlun Fight 51 and 52 on Sept 10 and 11 in Fuzhou, China. Now the events aren't as stacked as Kunlun Fight 50 but there are some very interesting match ups including the return of Marc De Bonte to kickboxing, Hicham El Gaoui's Kunlun Debut, Andrei Herasimchuk in a heavyweight tournament and a 65kgs tournament. Adding Marc De Bonte and Hicham El Gaoui to the 80kgs division makes things very interesting.

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Kunlun Fight 50 Fight Card Featuring Sitthichai, Stetsurenko, Groenhart and More

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Kunlun Fight 50 is happening on August 20 in Jinan, China with a lot of tournament action on the card. The 70kg tournament continues with 6 more fights to decide who gets to join Superbon Banchamek in the quarterfinals. On the event also the first 2 fights of a quality 8-man 80kg tournament with the likes of Murthel Groenhart and Alexander Stetsurenko participating.

Fight Card

60kg
Hao Jiahao (China) vs. Lin Qiangbang (China)

60kg
Li Jia (China) vs. Liu Lianfeng (China)

70kg
Yohann Drai (France) vs. Canison Yokasay (Thailand)

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Mohamed Mezouari (Netherlands) vs. Arthit Hanchana (Thailand)

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Serginio Kanters (Suriname) vs. Wu Xuesong (China)

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Jomthong Chuwattana (Thailand) vs. Lee Sung-Hyun (South Korea)

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Andrei Kulebin (Belarus) vs. Tian Xin (China)

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Cedric Manhoef (Suriname) vs. Kong Lingfeng (China)

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) vs. Claudiu Badoi (Romania)

75kg
Hossein Karami (Iran) vs. Zhang Yang (China)

MMA - 59kg
Hera Tamati (New Zealand) vs. Tang Jin (China)

MMA - 61,5kg
TBA vs. Chu Guangfu (China)

80kg Tournament Quarterfinal A
Alexander Stetsurenko (Russia) vs. Bo Fufan (China)

80kg Tournament Quarterfinal B
Jonatan Oliveira (Brazil) vs. Murthel Groenhart (Netherlands)

75kg
Michal Ronkiewicz (Poland) vs. Zheng Zhaoyu (China)

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Glory of Heroes 4 Fight Card

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Glory of Heroes 4

Glory of Heroes 4 is going down this Saturday in Changzhi, China and there's definitely a few names worth highlighting on the card. WLF regular Israel Adesanya will meet Yousri Belgaroui and Cedric Doumbe fights Chen Yawei. Also in a fight that was supposed to happen on the previous Glory of Heroes event but got cancelled last minute, Jemyma Betrian will get another chance to fight Chinese Gong Yanli.

As usual all the fights will be streamed live for free and the 2nd half of the card is also broadcast live on Henan TV.

Full Card

Kickboxing - 71kg
Lian Yuxuan (China) vs. Mostafa Hassanvand (Iran)

MMA - 65kg
Ji Xian (China) vs. Artem Horodinets (Ukraine)

Kickboxing - 58kg
Wang Junguang (China) vs. Sankeng (Thailand)

Kickboxing - 60kg
Yun Qi (China) vs. Kruk Yauhen (Belarus)

Kickboxing - 63kg
Deng Zeqi (China) vs. Stavros Exakoustidis (Greece)

Kickboxing - 55kg
Gong Yanli (China) vs. Jemyma Betrian (Netherlands)

Kickboxing - 63kg
Wei Rui (China) vs. Matteo Taccini (Italy)

Kickboxing - 72kg
Zhang Kaiyin (China) vs. Sakda Niamhom (Thailand)

Kickboxing - 68kg
Tie Yinghua (China) vs. Youssef Assouik (Denmark)

Kickboxing - 85kg
Israel Adesanya (New Zealand) vs. Yousri Belgaroui (Tunisia)

Kickboxing - 80kg
Chen Yawei (China) vs. Cedric Doumbe (France)

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W5 Legends in Prague On October 8th

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While W5 has an upcoming event on September 10th, their October offering is shaping up to be quite a big card. The main event sees Anderson "Braddock" Silva square off with Ondrej Hutnik while Tomas Hron against Andrei Stoica takes the co-main spot. Other names include Freddy Kemyao, Erkvan Varol, Dzevad Poturak, as well as Yoann Kongolo and Cosmo Alexandre in a tournament. 

W5 Legends in Prague

Ondrej Hutnik vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva

Tomas Hron vs. Andrei Stoica

71kg European Championship: Erkvan Varol vs. Vlad Tuinov

Jan Soukup vs. Freddy Kemayo

Lubos Suda vs. Dzevad Poturak

Martin Gano vs. Nikola Cimesa*

75kg World Title Tournament: Matous Kohout vs. Nikola Cimesa*

Petr Ondrus vs. Jiri Zak

75kg World Title Tournament: Yoann Kongolo vs. Cosmo Alexandre

Tournament Reserve: Anatoli Hunanyan vs. Jasmin Bajrovic

*Clearly Cimesa isn't fighting twice, we'll check with W5 and clarify this later.

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Card For Kunlun Fight 49 x REBELS.45 in Tokyo

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This coming weekend Kunlun Fight continues with their efforts in China, but the following weekend sees Kunlun Fight head to Japan for an event cross-promoted with REBELS in Tokyo on August 7th. The event will feature 65kg tournament qualifiers featuring talent from Kunlun and REBELS vying for spots in the tournament, including names like Tetsuya Yamato, Yousuke Mizuochi, Kim Dongsu and Craig Dickson.

Interestingly enough to 70kg fighters get a chance to shine with HINATA against Albert Kraus in what feels like a classic K-1 MAX match-up.

Kunlun Fight 49 x REBELS.45

65kg Tournament Qualifier E

Wei Ninghui (China) vs. Yousuke Mizuochi (Japan)

65kg Tournament Qualifier F

Petchtanong (Thailand) vs. Tetsuya Yamato (Japan)

65kg Tournament Qualifier G

Buray Bozaryilmaz (The Netherlands) vs. Kim Dongsu (South Korea)

65kg Tournament Qualifier H

Craig Dickson (United Kingdom) vs. Bai Lishuai (China)

Kickboxing – 70kg

Li Zhuangzhuang (China) vs. Takuma Konishi (Japan)

Kickboxing – 70kg

Gu Hui (China) vs. Danilo Zanolini (Brazil)

Kickboxing – 70kg

Albert Kraus (The Netherlands) vs. Hinata (Japan)

Kickboxing – 70kg

Mohamed Mezouari (The Netherlands) vs. David Ruiz (Spain)

MMA – 54kg

Zhang Weili (China) vs. Emi Fujino (Japan)

MMA – 58kg

Zhang Meixuan (China) vs. HPS Date (Japan)

Kickboxing – 58kg

Lin Bin (China) vs. Tenshin Nasukawa (Japan)

Kickboxing – 61.5kg

Naruto Banchamek (Thailand) vs. Keijiro Miyakoshi (Japan)

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Morosanu Injured, Out of Fight This Weekend.

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Sadly, this is the fight game, Catalin Morosanu is not the type of guy to pull out of a fight for any small thing so as he posted on his facebook he has been advised by doctors that he has a Herniated Disc that requires surgery. He seems truly upset about not being able to represent his country and make his fans proud but assures he will be back and give it his all. We wish Catalin Morosanu all the best, a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him fight again soon.

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Card For SuperKombat World Grand Prix III on July 30th

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On Saturday, July 30th, SuperKombat returns with the SuperKombat World Grand Prix III from Romania. The event is headlined by Catalin Morosanu against Murat Aygun in a heavyweight clash, with Alexandru Negrea and Dawid Kasperski fighting for a chance at the -86kg title. 

World Grand Prix (21:00 CET, Sport.ro and Eurosport)

Main-event - Heavyweight division (+96 kg)

Murat Aygun (Turkey) vs Cătălin Moroșanu (Romania)

Eliminatory title fight - Light Heavyweight plus Division (-86 kg)

Dawid Kasperski (Poland) vs Alexandru Negrea (Romania)

Super Fight - Middleweight division (-71 kg)

Rangel Ivanov (Bulgaria) vs Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

Super Fight - Super Middleweight division (-77 kg)

Fotis Gionis (Greece) vs Alex Filip (Romania)

Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)

Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname) vs Sebastian Cozmâncă (Romania)

Super Fight - Heavyweight division (+96 kg)

Robert Constantin (Italy) vs Andrei Sugar (Romania)

New Heroes (19:00 CET, Sport.ro and Fight Box HD)

Super Fight - Middleweight division (-72,5 kg)

Mustapha El Messaoudi (Morocco) vs Eduard Chelariu (Romania)

Super Fight - Light Heavyweight division (-81 kg)

Valerian Traista (Romania) vs Adrian Roșca (Romania)

Super Fight - Light Heavyweight division (-81 kg)

Serginio Kruydenhof (Netherlands) vs Ionuț Șandur (Romania)

Super Fight - Middleweight division (-71 kg)

Mădălin Crăciunică (Romania) vs Robert Stoica (Romania)

Super Fight – Lightweight division (-65 kg)

Tiberius Udrescu (Romania) vs Cosmin Marcut (Romania)

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Robin van Roosmalen Returns to MMA In September For FFC26

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Saying "former GLORY Lightweight Champion" in regards to Robin van Roosmalen is still going to take some getting used to -- both for us and for him -- but the now-former lightweight champion will be returning to MMA on September 23rd in Austria, once again under the FFC banner at FFC 26.

Van Roosmalen's second professional MMA bout will be the headliner of the show, featuring him against 0-2 Hungarian fighter Zoltan Turai. The kickboxing portion of the card is headlined by a 77kg title bout between Shkodran Veseli and Eyevan Danenberg. Also on the card is Mladen Brestovac back in action against Damian Garcia and Samo Petje against Leo Zulic. You can find more info at FFC's website. 

Van Roosmalen debuted in MMA at FFC 22 against Theo Michailidis with a R2 TKO.

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Krush 67 Fight Card

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Krush 67 is taking place tonight at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The event starts at 1am PST/4am EST, it will be live on NicoNico TV and Abema.tv. The card includes a double main event with a 70kg title fight and the Krush womens title.

Full Fight Card

70kgs Title Fight - Jordan Pikeur vs Yamazaki Yoichi

Womens Title Fight - Kana vs Gracyer Aki

Makihira Keita vs Yamagiwa Kazuki

Osawa Fumiya vs Harada Yoshiki

Aketo Hitoshi vs Gosyu Masanobu

Kanbe Shota vs Sano Tenma

Nakazawa Jun vs Minamino Takayuki

Hirono Yu vs Akimoto Kazuya

Yuki Masato vs Egawa Yuki

Matsushita Daiki vs Shinohara Yuto

Nori vs Kudo Yuki

Jinbo Katsuya vs Wajima Hiromi

Hiraoka Koto vs Matsui Yukari

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Kunlun Fight 48 Fight Card

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Kunlun Fight 48 will take place on July 31st in Jining, Shandong Province, China at the Gymnasium of Jining Sport Center. This card has some very interesting match ups to say the least.

Lets start with Artur Kyshenko vs Alex Pereira at 81kgs, I can't help but think that Pereira is going to tower over Kyshenko and have a huge reach advantage over him which Artur is not used too as he is usually the bigger man. If Kyshenko can get the win at this weight class and still look as powerful as he always does, then he is a scary addition to this shallow weight division.

A few other really good fights on this card are Superbon Banchamek looking to get revenge on Khayal Dzhaniev for slicing up and beating legend and teammate Buakaw Banchamek last year. Robbie Hageman taking a step up to fight veteran Davit Kiria who really needs a win right now as hes on a 3 fight losing streak. Andrei Herasimchuk the man who ko'd Glory champion Rico Verhoeven will be back in action against Portugals Bruno Susano. Masaro Glunder will take on Koreas Kim Minsoo and last but not least it makes me happy to see Abdallah Ezbiri back in the mix and getting some fights in China.

 

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Card for WGP #32

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WGP #32 will take place on July 16, 2016 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil in the Multisport Gym Cajazeiras and will be broadcast on Canal Combate, Bandsports, Esporte Interativo, TV Aratu, and e TVE.

Full Card

MAIN EVENT: WGP Title K1 Rules / (71,8 Kg)

Ravy Brunow (Ravy Brunow Team / Combat Club - Eunápolis/BA) vs Bruno Gazani (União ABC - São Paulo/SP)

CO-MAIN EVENT: WGP Title K1 Rules / Peso-Super-Médio FEM (+70 Kg)

Barbara Nepomuceno (Team Big G - Vila Velha/ES) vs Aylin Sobrino (Brutal Striker - Santiago/CHI)

K1 Rules /(80 Kg) Junior ‘Alpha’ (Kingstar - Salvador/BA) vs Ruan Ferreira (Team Striker - Macaé/RJ) 

K1 Rules /(64,5 Kg) Sergio ‘Pestinha’ (Equipe Marca Maior - Salvador/BA) vs Ivan Ibarbe (Team Marcelo Salas - Santa Cruz de la Sierra/BOL)

K1 Rules /(64,5 Kg) Marcus Vinícius (Rocha União Fight - Salvador/BA) vs Guilherme ‘Ceará’ Sanchos (Ceará Team - Porto Alegre/RS) 

K1 Rules /(71,8 Kg) Miguel Jacob (Daniel Mattos Strikers' Team/APKB - Rio de Janeiro/RJ) vs Adriano Oliveira (Coliseum Team - Cuiabá/MT)

WGP #32: Super Fights

K1 Rules /(60 Kg) Denis Júnior (Coliseu Fight Clube - Vitória/ES) vs Diego Piovezan (União ABC - São Paulo/SP)

K1 Rules /(60 Kg) Ricardo ‘Coreano’ (The Rocky Kickboxing - Fortaleza/CE) vs Hugo Nascimento (Chacal Team - Aracajú/SE)

K1 Rules /(64,5 Kg) Leonardo Casotti (Team Big G - Vila Velha/ES) vs Samuel Santos (Daniel Mattos Strikers' Team/EMMECAM)

K1 Rules /(56,4 Kg) Antonio ‘Pitiço’ (CT Celio Rodrigues - Guarapuava/PR) vs Rafael Spin (Ely Kickboxing - Belo Horizonte/MG)

WGP #32: Undercard / Local Card

K1 Rules /(85 Kg) Marcos ‘Biriba’ (Colisão Team - Salvador/BA) vs Edson Marques (New Level Team - Goiânia/GO)

K1 Rules /(71,8 Kg) Kaio Reis (Chiangmai / Salvador-BA) vs Williames ‘Chacal’ (Chacal Team - Aracajú/SP)

K1 Rules /FEM (52 Kg) Kaka Naja (Naja/Trion Pro Fight - Aracaju/SE) vs Mayara ‘Marrenta’ (Equipe Demolição - Salvador/BA)

K1 Rules /(60 Kg) Jorge ‘Paulista’ (Equipe Demolição - Salvador/BA) vs Robson Santos (Strike Team / São Felix -BA)

K1 Rules /(58,2 Kg)Matheus Dantas (Equipe ST/FBMT/FPMTA - Teixeira de Freitas/BA) vs Allyson Kivio (New Level Team - Goiânia/GO)

K1 Rules /(60 Kg) Cleuber Cabral (Inside Jay Congo - JUAZEIRO/BA) vs Lucas Cruz (Equipe Virtude - Lauro de Freitas/BA) 

K1 Rules /(94,1 Kg) Ronilson Mamute (Marca Maior/Dunamis Team - Salvador/BA) vs Francisco Júnior (Giovanni Pereira Team - Teresina/PI)

K1 Rules /(60 Kg) Arnaldo de Andrade (Inside Jay Congo - Juazeiro/BA) vs Cristiano Dantas (Ravy Brunow Team / Combat Club - Crisópolis/BA)

K1 Rules /(58,2 Kg) Clecio Pereira (Naja Thai - Euclides da Cunha/BA) vs João Antunes (Equipe Demolição -Salvador/BA)

K1 Rules /(85 Kg) Gilmar ‘Blade’ (Equipe Tigre - Salvador/BA) vs Lindemberg Lira (Lira Team / Equipe Demolição - Salvador/BA)

 

 

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Glory of Heroes 5 Fight Card

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WLF will be putting on Glory of Heroes 5 in Zhengzhou, Henan, China at the Zhengzhou Olympic center on October 1, 2016. A few interesting matches on the card are Qui Jianliang who is proving to be one of Chinas best fighters against Ilias Bulaid. Also a rematch between a Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira. In their first match Pereira won a controversial decision and Adesanya is out to avenge the loss as he just did with Filip Verlinden.

Full Card

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Krush 66 Card for This Weekend

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This weekend June 12, Krush 66 will take place in Tokyo Japan at the Korakuen Hall. The event will air live on Nico.tv (PPV) and live on Abema.tv sports channel (for free if you are in Japan) at 1am PST/4am EST. 

The card includes a double main event, the 63kgs tournament final between Hiramoto Ren and Sasaki Daizo plus the 53kgs tournament final between Takei Yoshiki and Ueba Yuki.

Full Card

63kgs Tournament Final - Hiramoto Ren vs Sasaki Daizo

53kgs Tournament Final - Takei Yoshiki vs Ueba Yuki

67kgs - Tsukakoshi Hitoshi vs Hirayama Jin

55kgs - Ishida Keisuke vs Takahiro

58kgs - Otaki Yuta vs Sho-ya

55kgs - Degai Taisuke vs Suzuki Yuya

60kgs - Aotsu Junpei vs "Dynamite" Takahashi Yuta

63kgs - Kitai Tomohiro vs Hara Kazuhito

60kgs - Shota vs Yokoyama Takumi

53kgs - Gunji Taito vs Ishitsuka Hiroto

53kgs - Kasami Reiji vs Tanishima Hayato

58kgs - Suzuki Masahiro vs Araki Toranosuke

60kgs - Akimoto Ryohei vs Kokubo Hiroki

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Card For W5 European League XXXV On June 18th

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On Saturday, June 18th live from Prievidza, Slovakia W5 Kickboxing returns to action with W5 European League XXXV featuring some of the top talents in the game squaring off in the W5 ring. Mohammed El-Mir takes on Marko Adamovic, Martin Pacas takes on Tarik Khbabez, Milan Pales against Vlad Tuinov and Vladimir Idranyi takes on Darryl Sichtman.

The event will be broadcast live on W5's website for 5.50 euros.

Bodoignet Joris vs. Nikola Cimesa

Adrian Valentin vs. Ivan Cuklin

Veronika Cmarova vs. Teodora Manic

Marko Adamovic vs. Mohammed El-Mir

Radovan Kulla vs. Michal Janacek

Martin Pacas vs. Tarik Khbabez

Milan Pales vs. Vlad Tuinov

Vladimir Idranyi vs. Darryl Sichtman

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WLF - Glory of Heroes 3 Fight Card

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Glory of Heroes 3 will be taking place on July 2, 2016 in Jiyuan, Henan, China. There are quite a few good matches on the card but for me the one that really stands out is a rematch between Israel Adesanya and Filip Verlinden. These two fought in 2014 on Glory 15: Istanbul where Filip Verlinden won a unanimous decision. This was Adesanyas first and only Glory fight and he did not perform like himself at all, so it will be interesting to see how this fight goes the 2nd time around.

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Details on Enfusion Live's VOD Service and Enfusion Live 40 Fight Card

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Enfusion has been giving away their content for a while now, but as most understand, giving stuff away for free without huge sponsorships isn't always the greatest business model. Enfusion will now make the move to a paid format for both their live events and their library. It's an interesting move in an age when digital networks and VOD subscriptions have become increasingly normal for companies with a big library. WWE has been slowly crawling to two million subscribers with their WWE Network, UFC has been acquiring content like crazy for UFC Fight Pass, but when it comes to smaller organizations it's never clear if this is the "right" or wrong move. 

Enfusion is charging 4.99 euros a month ($5.57) for a subscription to the library as well as 4.99 euros per live PPV event. From the time that I've been running a kickboxing site there have been promotions offering online PPVs that have looked to partner with us, outside of those crazy stacked early GLORY events none of them really sold anything. From the conversations that I've had with other people within the business they seem to agree that online PPVs simply do not sell. In this case, depending on the lag time between when Enfusion Live airs a live show and when they add it to their library, a patient fan could simply have a VOD subscription and be fine. So while I understand subscribing to the VOD service, I kind of wish that the live events were mixed in with it as well.

That being said, their introductory offers are generous, to say the least. For right now it's 4.99 euros for one month, 24.99 euros for six and 49.99 euros for twelve. As a part of this introductory offer, paying for one month gets you three months, paying for six gets you nine and paying for twelve gets you fifteen. If anything, this feels aimed at the hardcore Enfusion Live fan. So if that's you, then, well, you've already subscribed.

On top of that, Enfusion Live will be running their 40th numbered event this weekend in Spain.

Fightcard

Enfusion 80kg Championship Bout

Hichem El gaoui VS Rafael Carzola

 

Enfusion 72.5kg Championship Bout

Tayfun Ozcan VS Jonay Risco

 

Elam N Gor VS Philippe Salmon

Maximo Suarez VS Diogo Calado

David Rodriguez VS Emidio Barone

Rita Marrero VS Lizzie Largeilliere

Rafa Del Toro VS Gil Silva

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Badr Hari Released on Bail After Weekend Arrest in Morocco

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While initial reports as to the situation with Badr Hari in Morocco were foggy at best, further information was released today by the press. Badr Hari was indeed arrested on this weekend in Morocco at the Casablanca airport, but he was not flying to Brussels, instead he was flying from Brussels and was detained upon landing in his home country. The reason behind the arrest was the assault in Marrakesh the previous month. The arrest also happened on Saturday, not Thursday.

Hari has been released on bail and it looks like the kickboxing bad boy has indeed found himself in trouble yet again, contrary to friends and fans persistence that the media was somehow trying to make Hari look bad yet again. 

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Badr Hari Detained In Casablanca Airport, Subsequently Released

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Badr Hari is once again snatching headlines out of thin air, this time due to an arrest in Casablanca, Morocco. While the reason for the arrest has yet to be released, chances are it has something to do with the recent assault that Hari committed in Marrakesh, Morocco where a waiter was attacked for bringing the kickboxing superstar a glass of vodka and not a bottle. 

Reports claim that Hari was at the airport, departing for the Netherlands when he was detained. No reason has been released yet, but the speculation is that it's related to the late April incident. Badr Hari has been in the news again when renewed interest in a possible bout between GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari surfaced, with both men accepting the fight and simply looking to find an appropriate home for it. Verhoeven is currently in a negotiation period with GLORY for a new contract, which slows things down a bit, although the promotion has hoped to deliver the Hari fight for Verhoeven as a part of an offer.

If this arrest leads to anything more serious the chances of Badr Hari fighting Verhoeven drop from an already improbable range to practically zero. Here's looking at you, kid.

UPDATE: Unsurprisingly, he was released after a period of time. Apparently he was also flying to Brussels, not the Netherlands and his people are fervently saying that he wasn't arrested, simply "questioned."]

UPDATE: The same site that initially reported this news had a followup that went into further detail, explaining that the arrest was done quietly in the airport and pertained to the recent assault involving Badr Hari.

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SuperKombat World Grand Prix Bucharest Card and Details on SuperKombat Expo and Gym

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SuperKombat is once again looking to make a big impact this year by changing things up yet again. SuperKombat's dedication to bringing the world premiere kickboxing is perhaps unrivaled in passion and scope. On Saturday, May 7th, while there is a SuperKombat show featuring Cesar Almeida and Mauses Baute competing for the SuperKombat Light Heavyweight Championship, there will be a lot more as well. 

Kickboxing legend Remy Bonjasky will be hosting a slew of events over the course of the weekend to help bring kickboxing into the limelight, including the opening of the SuperKombat Academy in Bucharest. The aim of the SuperKombat Academy will be to raise the next generation of kickboxing stars. The SuperKombat team, led by Eduard Irimia, will be overseeing and curating the talent that comes through the SuperKombat Academy. They state that they are there to help both current and future stars. SuperKombat's track record with building new stars is perhaps one of the best in the business, with fighters like Benjamin Adegbuyi, Bogdan Stoica, Andrei Stoica, Cristian Milea, Amancsio Paraschiv and many others making a name for themselves on SuperKombat shows and becoming some of the best and most respected fighters in the world. 

SuperKombat will also be holding an Expo for fighters, trainers and brands to learn more about SuperKombat and the opportunities that they can provide. You can check out more details on their website.

Fight Card for the Superkombat World Grand Prix, Bucharest. 7th May 2016

New Heroes (19:00 CET, ora 20:00, live on Fight Box and Sport.ro)

1. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus bout (-86 kg)

Cosmin Ionescu (Romania) vs Alexandru Nedelcu (Romania)

2. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)

Dani Traore (Germany) vs Eduard Ingeaua (Romania)

3. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)

Nigel Thomas (United Kingdom) vs Bogdan Năstase (Romania)

4. Super Fight – Welterweight bout (-69 kg)

Bledion Pireva (Albania) vs Daniel Corbeanu (Romania)

5. Super Fight - Super Cruiserweight bout (-95 kg)

Panos Theodosiadis (Greece) vs Cristian Ristea (Romania)

6. Super Fight – Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)

Danut Hurduc (Romania) vs TBA

World Grand Prix (21:00 CET, live on Sport.ro and Eurosport 1)

1. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus bout (-86 kg)

Imanol Rodriguez (Spain) vs Dumitru Topai (Romania)

2. Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)

Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname) vs Sebastian Cozmâncă (Romania)

3. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Kirk Krouba (Belgium) vs Dangelo Marshall (Suriname)

4. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)

Cristian Milea (Romania) vs Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

5. Super Fight - Lightweight bout (-65 kg)

Stauros Exakoustidis (Greece) vs Cristian Spetcu (Romania)

6. Superkombat World Title - Light Heavyweight bout (-86 kg)

Cesar Almeida (Brazil) vs Moises Baute (Spain)

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It's W5 Time XXXIII Card From Vienna, Austria on May 21st

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On May 21st in Vienna, Austria W5 returns for It's W5 Time XXXIII. The event, airing live via a stream on their website, will feature a rematch between Massaro Glunder and Foad Sadeghi. They fought in December under the W5 banner in a fast-paced bout that saw Glunder walk away with the decision victory, but clearly there was more between the two that had to be resolved. They'll clash again on Saturday, May 21st for the W5 72.5kg Intercontinental Championship.

W5 72.5kg Intercontinental Championship: Massaro Glunder (C) vs. Foad Sadeghi

Agron Preteni vs. Labinot Zekej

Vlad Tuinov vs. Jordann Pikeur

Henry Bannert vs. Marcel Jager

Karim Mabrouk vs. Miran Fabjan

Marco Pleschberger vs. Darryl Sichtman

Dardan Avdylaj vs. Luka Petrovic

Adrian Valentinin vs. Igor Emkic

Manuel Sembera vs. Grega Smole

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FFC Plans Two Big Shows in the US This June Featuring Kickboxers Mladen Brestovac and Pavel Zhuravlev

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Croatian MMA and kickboxing promotion FFC has announced that starting this spring they will begin promoting events inside of the United States with two events already lined up. The first event is June 3rd in Daytona Beach, which has been announced as a purely-MMA event, while the second event on June 10th in Springfield, Massachusetts will be both MMA and kickboxing. While there aren't any official kickboxing bouts announced yet, they have promised that Mladen Brestovac and Pavel Zhuravlev will be fighting.

Interestingly enough, both events will be aired live on CBS Sports Network. While kickboxing in the United States hasn't become hugely popular yet by any means, with it becoming more readily available one has to think that it can only be a good thing for the sport. 

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WGP #30 Card Featuring Alex Pereira Defending His Title

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WGP Kickboxing in Brazil returns with their 30th numbered event, headlined by WGP 85kg Champion Alex Pereira looking to defend his championship against Junior Alpha. Pereira, who has made a name for himself over the past few years in GLORY, will be looking to once again prove his dominance in the WGP ring and that he's one of the best in the world. The co-main event sees the 78.1kg championship on the line between the ever-awesome Thiago Michel and Diego Gaucho. 

WGP #30 happens on May 7th.

WGP 30

MAIN EVENT: Dispute Belt WGP Kickboxing 

K1 Rules / Weight-Cruiser (85 Kg) 

Alex Pereira (Heavyweight Team) vs Junior Alpha (Kingstar) 

CO-MAIN EVENT: Dispute Belt WGP Kickboxing 

K1 Rules / Weight-Super-Medio (78.1 kg) 

Thiago Michel (Ely Kickboxing) vs Diego Gaúcho (Inside Munil Adriano) 

Dispute Belt Panamericano WAKO 

Low Kicks / Weight-Medium (75 kg) 

Tadeu San Martino (San Martino Team / UFT - BRA) vs Nicolas Ryske (Picante Fight Club - ARG) 

SUPER FIGHT 7 

K1 Rules / Heavyweight (94 kg) 

Felipe Micheletti (Carseti Fight Team) vs. Haime Morais (Shotgan) 

SUPER FIGHT 6 

K1 Rules / Weight-Medium-Medium (71.8 kg) 

Bruno Gazani (ABC Union - BRA) vs Emanuel Ramponi (RC Kickboxing - ARG) 

SUPER FIGHT 5 

K1 Rules / Weight-Super-Lightweight (64.5 kg) 

Wilson Djavan (UFT) vs Marcus Vinicius (Rock Union Fight) 

WGP # 30: Super Fights 

SUPER FIGHT 4 

K1 Rules / Weight-Super-Lightweight (64.5 kg) 

Ivan Ibarbe (Team Rooms - BOL) vs Fernando Maestro (Corinthians Kickboxing - BRA) 

SUPER FIGHT 3 

K1 Rules / Weight-Super-East (78.1 kg) 

Thiago "Golden Boy" (Thailand Top Team) vs Inaftali Gomes (Serginho Team) 

SUPER FIGHT 2 

K1 Rules / Weight-Lightweight (60 kg) 

Felipe 'Artillero' Bocaz (Company Top Fight - CHI) vs Jhonatan Leuch (CT Celio Rodrigues - BRA) 

SUPER FIGHT 1 

K1 Rules / Weight-Super-Lightweight (64.5 kg) 

Robson "Minotinho" (Coliseum Team) vs. Henrique Silva (Arena Team) 

WGP # 30: Undercard 

FIGHT 3 

K1 Rules / Weight-Super Heavyweight (+94 kg) 

Johnny Klever (Yoshinaga Fight Team) vs. Junior Cassiano (Elite / RFW) 

FIGHT 2 

K1 Rules / Weight-Medium-Medium (71.8 kg) 

Daniel Dias (ABC Union) vs. Luis "Predator" Santos (2PA ARENA) 

FIGHT 1 

K1 Rules / Weight-Medium-Medium (71.8 kg) 

Marcus 'Jonn Jones' (China Team) vs Yanco 'Popo' (CT Benacci Team / Pure Impact) 

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Badr Hari Once Again Involved in Bar Attack Incident

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In what feels like a broken record, Badr Hari has once again found himself in trouble with the law due to his notorious temper. After his name resurfaced in the realm of kickboxing due to talks of Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven heating up, Hari couldn't go more than a matter of days before finding himself assaulting yet another member of the public. 

According to multiple reports, Badr Hari was at the Sofitel Hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco when he assaulted a waiter. According to reports, Badr requested "vodka" and when it was brought to him he snapped on the waiter, throwing him to the ground and pounding on him only for a hotel patron to attempt to pry Badr off of the waiter and end up in the hospital for his intrusion. The most famous case of Hari's temper was the beating of Koen Everink, which resulted in prison time for Hari, some of which he's still awaiting to serve.

The troubled kickboxer was looking to have a retirement fight this year, most likely against Rico Verhoeven after the recent press blitz. Hilariously enough, right when it looked like the gears were in motion to make the fight (rumors of GLORY looking into a one-off fight with Hari, even), Hari lost his temper and most likely ensured that the fight will never be made.  

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Kunlun Fight 43 Fight Card

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Kunlun Fight 43 will take place on April 23 in Zhoukou, China. As usual they have top names on their card including one incredible match up between Murthel Groenhart and Artur Kyshenko. These two fought in 2012 in the final of the K-1 Max tournament and Murthel won by KO but since then both fighters have gone up in weight so it should be interesting. Also Sittichai Sitsongpeenong will be back in action against Morrocan fighter Walid Hamid

Kunlun Fight 43 Fight Card

70kgs Qualifiers - Semi-Finals

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (Tha) vs Walid Hamid (Mor)

Youssef Boulahtari (Bel) vs Aziz Kallah (Ned)

Josh Aragon (USA) vs Kong Lingfeng (Chn)

Kim Minsoo (Kor) vs Zhao Yan (Chn)

Super Fights

Murthel Groenhart (Ned) vs Artur Kyshenko (Ukr) -80kg

Rachel Adamus (Ned) vs Wang Kehan (Chn) -65kg

Pascal Koster (Ned) vs Wei Ninghui (Chn) -64kg

Keijiro Kyakoshi (Jap) vs Lee Chan Hyeong (Kor) -63kg

Takashi Noto (Jap) vs Zhang Lipeng (Chn) -75kg MMA

Faisal Zakaria (Sud) vs Asihati (Chn) -100kg+ 

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Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven Spar in the Media, But For What?

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The other evening on Dutch TV the GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven laid out a challenge at perennial bad boy Badr Hari for a fight. The two of them have been taking potshots at each other through social media for a while now. Without a doubt Rico Verhoeven is the top heavyweight in the world right now and the man to beat, while Badr Hari was at one time the man to beat but his legal problems and interesting choices in friends have led him to simply be a headline-snatching name in the news on occasion. 

Video (in Dutch)

Badr Hari was quick to reply on Twitter with a "challenge accepted."

To which Verhoeven replied via Instagram.

The question right now is simple, though; what does this actually mean. Fans are already excited at the prospect of these two goliaths clashing in the ring, but there are a lot of hurdles involved in making a fight. Kickboxing has not worked like boxing, historically. In boxing the way it works is that a fighter has a manager and a promoter, that promoter will set up the fights. Kickboxing has always worked in more of a pro wrestling model where there is a promotion and the fighters are contracted by the promotion and at their whim. Verhoeven is currently the GLORY Heavyweight Champion, but reports claim that Verhoeven is without a contract at the moment and in negotiations with the promotion for the future. 

As for Badr? He's been holding out for a retirement fight, claiming to have one more fight left in him and that he's looking for potentially huge money. Badr has been fighting for whatever strange, upstart promoter wants to toss money into a pit and get to go on social media to bro out with Hari. Hell, he even fought for a warlord in his last fight. The big question is if the fight were to happen under Kadyrov in Akhmat if it would actually be a fair fight. I can't stress this enough, Kadyrov is an accused Russian war criminal with an incredibly checkered past. He's apparently stepping down this month, but he's an incredibly powerful figure in Russia. He's still running fight shows, though.

If I'm Rico Verhoeven I'm not going to Chechnya to fight Badr Hari. If I'm Badr Hari I'm probably never going to be able to fight in the Netherlands because of his legal history. Who promotes this fight? Who puts up the money for it? There are still far too many questions before anyone can begin to get excited about this.

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WLF's Glory of Heroes Card and Streams for April 2nd

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On April 2nd in China WLF kicks off their Glory of Heroes events with a pretty big card featuring some familiar names. While the undercard is mostly local showcases, the main card features Israel Adesanya against Alex Pereira, which is a huge fight, Yi Long against Enriko Kehl and Xu Yan against Josh Jauncey in the main event. 

Kiksie has a breakdown of all of the stream options available for this card (and there are a LOT), so check those out.

(Stream – Starting around 18.10 Local Time)

Kickboxing – 70KG

Zhang Dezheng (China) vs. Andrei Ostrovanu (Romania)

Kickboxing – 56KG

Gong Yanli (China) vs. Christi Brereton (United Kingdom)

Kickboxing – 70KG

Zhao Chunyang (China) vs. Harley Love (New Zealand)

Kickboxing – 85KG

Guo Qiang (China) vs. Yurii Zubchuk (Ukraine)

Kickboxing – 70KG

Hu Yafei (China) vs. Daniel Solaja (Germany)

MMA – 63KG

Ji Xian (China) vs. Ilia Kurzanov (Russia)

Kickboxing – 70KG

Jixiang Adai (China) vs. Imamura Takuya (Japan)

(Henan TV Broadcast – Starting around 21.15 Local Time)

Kickboxing – 60KG

Kong Long (China) vs. Nogami Yusuke (Japan)

Kickboxing – 68KG

Tie Yinghua (China) vs. Fabio Pinca (France)

Kickboxing – 85KG

Israel Adesanya (New Zealand) vs. Alex Pereira (Brazil)

Kickboxing – 63KG

Wei Rui (China) vs. Nakamura Yukiya (Japan)

Kickboxing – 71KG

Yi Long (China) vs. Enriko Kehl (Germany)

Kickboxing – 63KG

Deng Zeqi (China) vs. Joan Manuel Lique Cañaveral (Colombia)

Kickboxing – 67KG

Qiu Jianliang (China) vs. Jomthong Chuwattana (Thailand)

Kickboxing – 70KG

Xu Yan (China) vs. Josh Jauncey (Canada)

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Jordan Watson Out, Ravy Brunow in Against Giorgio Petrosyan on April 16th

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At the big Oktagon/Bellator super show on April 16th Giorgio Petrosyan is set to put his skills on display for the world. His opponent has changed already, leaving us with UK muay thai specialist Jordan Watson, but after his last bout contested for Yokkao it looks like Watson won't be prepared for Petrosyan. This left promoters in a lurch heading into the Venum Victory World Series portion of the card, with Giorgio Petrosyan's fight as the centerpiece of the entire event for many. 

Organizer Carlo di Blasi began searching for a formidable opponent and went to GLORY matchmaker Cor Hemmers for advice, Hemmers proposing Brazilian standout Ravy Brunow. Ravy Brunow has been making waves in Brazil for a while now under the WGP banner, recently competing at WGP 28 in December, where he defended the 71.8kg title. He should make for an interesting opponent for Petrosyan.

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