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Latest Episode of The Reem Follows Overeem in Albuquerque

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We'll never stop posting about Alistair Overeem. Why? Because he's the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, that's why. That's a pretty big deal and we continue to honor the fact that Ubereem made a huge impact on the kickboxing world in just a short span of time. Hell, we want to see him fight for GLORY, desperately. It's okay that he's in the UFC now, though. We want him to succeed because it'd be really cool to see Alistair Overeem become UFC Heavyweight Champion and have held the two most prestigious titles in two different combat sports like that. 

Alistair Overeem is training here in Albuquerque now, which is kind of a trip to me. I don't get starstruck by much, I mean, Keith Jardine almost sideswiped me on the way to work one day, I was doing laundry next to him once, I saw GSP and Rashad out at a bar once and all of these things were just whatever. Hell, I even physically bumped into Robert Downey Junior when they were filming the Avengers and didn't mind (although I was upset that I missed Joss Whedon hanging out in that same bar), but Overeem? Pfft.

That's awesome. Anyway, here's the latest episode of The Reem, featuring Overeem training in Albuquerque and a whole hell of a lot more.

THE REEM SEASON 3 EPISODE 6: THE FOUNDATION from THE REEM on Vimeo.

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Shin on Shin Series: Europe Final Trailer

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Our bud Steven Wright has been keeping himself busy over the last few years. If you aren't familiar with Steven, his podcast, Steven the Warman Wright's Kickfighting Show has been long-running and is always on top of everything in Kickboxing and Muay Thai. Of course, his day job is working as the striking coach at Team Takedown, with some of his work being seen in UFC Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks of late. Then, to top it off, Steven has written about ten young adult fantasy novels in his free time.

All of that has been going on while he's been working on a documentary about Kickboxing and Muay Thai. Crazy, right? Here's the latest trailer that he just released today, enjoy.

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Bellator Embraces Kickboxing by Signing Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef

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When we said that Scott Coker joining Bellator would be a good thing for the sport of kickboxing we weren't lying. In fact, Scott Coker's involvement with the sport of MMA again only opens the door to more good things down the line. Fans have already been clamoring for GLORY and Bellator crossovers, which might not happen just yet, but we know that there have been some very unofficial talks between the two parties. There has at least been a dialogue. 

So the start of it, in some form, has come. Today Bellator announced the signing of two Kickboxing talents who also have made their names in MMA by the way of Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef. Paul Daley has been fighting in kickboxing throughout 2014 and the man is just an animal, with it being announced that he signed to K-1 a few months ago, although he has yet to fight for the promotion. The other signing in Melvin Manhoef doesn't have to be explained. Manhoef was just involved in GLORY's Last Man Standing Middleweight tournament and has a long, rich history from K-1 and MMA. 

Interestingly enough, in the original release from Bellator the name K-1 was mentioned in regards to Melvin, but not GLORY.

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Badr Hari vs. Patrice Quateron Official For GFC on Oct. 16th

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Badr Hari's oft-disputed Facebook page made mention of a fight with Patrice Quarteron a while back and now we know that it is official; Badr Hari will fight Patrice Quarteron on October 16th in Dubai for Global Fighting Championship (GFC). If you'll remember back, you'll remember that Badr Hari fought on GFC 3, walking away with big money and two solid wins under his belt. So it looks like 2014 will continue to be the year that Badr Hari competes for big money outside of GLORY while fans of GLORY get upset that he hasn't signed with the organization.

Also on the card will be another 4-man Heavyweight tournament for 1 million dirhams featuring Melvin Manhoef vs. Hassan and Ismael Lazaar vs. Tai Tuivasa. We'll have more when it's available.

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Rise 100 - Blade 0 - Fight Card

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Rise 100 - Blade 0 - event will be taking place July 12 at the Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. There are some big names on the card like Andy Souwer, Hinata, Yasuhiro Kido, and Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima. Souwer Vs Kido should be an exciting rematch, I'm curious to see how Andy will adapt to Kido's awkward style this time (first fight was K-1 Final 16, 2013). The Weigh in's have already taken place and some pictures have been put on facebook here.

KICKBOXING RULES -70Kg Andy Souwer (Netherlands) vs. Kido Yasuhiro (Japan)

RISE KICKBOXING WELTER WEIGHT TITLE FIGHT - Danilo Zanolini (Brazil) vs. Nagashima Jienotsu Yuichirou (Japan)

KICKBOXING RULES -90Kg - Uehara Makoto (Japan) vs. Zelg "Benkei" Galesić (Croatia)

KICKBOXING RULES -70Kg - Hinata (Japan) vs. Samo Petje (Slovenia)

KICKBOXING RULES HEAVYWEIGHT  - Raoumaru (Japan) vs. Murat Eggan (Team Aerts)

KICKBOXING RULES -60Kg - TASUKU vs. Nobe Koudai

RISE KICKBOXING BANTAM WEIGHT TITLE FIGHT -55Kg - Hiroki Maeda vs. Yuta Murakoshi

KICKBOXING RULES -61Kg - Komiyama Kousuke (Japan) vs. Geo Fairtex (Thailand)

KICKBOXING RULES -65Kg  - Souda Yasuomi vs. Yuki

KICKBOXING RULES -70Kg - Miyakoshi Souichirou vs. Hirono Yu

KICKBOXING RULES -95Kg - Shimizu Kengo vs. Magnum Sakai

 

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Zabit Samedov Vs Stefan Leko Full Fight

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Zabit Samedov stepped into the ring on July 6th after 8 months off against Stefan Leko in Grozny, Russia. Stefan Leko has been more active but is on a five fight losing streak and has been looking like hes just collecting a pay cheque lately, this fight was no different. 

They fought on the undercard of a boxing event Chagaev vs. Oquendo, the event had its own unique style with the ring underneath a giant white gazebo in an outdoor arena. Samedov started the fight by throwing a left low kick while Leko pushed forwards, then Zabit followed it with 2 left high kicks the first was blocked the second was one of those phantom head kicks that grazed over Lekos head and crumbled him to the ground. Zabit Samedov wins by KO twelve seconds into the first round.

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Enfusion Live 20 Fight Card

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Only two weeks removed from their successful fifth trip to London, England Enfusion Live hosts their 20th event this weekend on July 12th from the Palma Arena in Mallorca, Spain. 

The card is headlined by an all-Spanish clash at 95kg between former K-1 veteran Loren Jorge vs. Damian Garcia. Most kickboxing fans will remember Loren Jorge as the only man Mirko Cro Cop has finished since returning to kickboxing in 2012. Loren looks to build off an upset win over recent Glory middleweight quarter-finalist Bogdan Stoica in the Superkombat promotion. His fellow countryman Damian Garcia recently competed in his second MMA bout, losing to French Heavyweight Chaban Ka by first round TKO. Garcia was born and bred in Mallorca will be looking to give his hometown fans something to cheer about come July 12th.

There'll also be a title on the line in the battle of the Imans as the UK's Iman Barlow and Morocco's Iman Ghablou square off in Barlow's first defense of her 54kg Women's Enfusion World Title. Barlow, who successfully defeated Loren Klijn at the Enfusion 15 in Dublin earlier this year, is definitely someone of note when it comes to women's kickboxing. Her opponent Ghablou, is currently training with former opponent Victoria Lomax for this fight, which is somewhat peculiar considering the two only fought a matter of months ago.

Journeyman Wendell Roche, who was TKO'd at Enfusion 19 by Andrew Tate and subsequently lost his 90kg title in the process, looks to get back in the win column against German Christian Brorhilker.

Fight Card
Damian Garcia vs. Loren Jorge 95kg
Iman Barlow vs. Iman Ghablou 54kg Womens Enfusion title bout
Wendell Roche vs. Christian Brorhilker 90kg
Kike Bonnin vs. Oli Koch 75kg
Antonio Gomez vs. Ricardo Luiz 70kg
Ruben Barnabe vs. Thomas Alisier 90kg

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Badr Hari Now Claims That He's Going Nowhere

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Yesterday it was reported on Badr Hari's "Official" Facebook page that Badr would be taking some time off from the world of kickboxing to attend to personal matters for a while. Now Badr Hari has told the Dutch press that he isn't and that the longtime "official" Facebook for Badr Hari is no longer to be considered official. This is another in a long line of mixed messages from Badr Hari in regards to social media presence over the years.

There are currently a few Twitter and Facebook accounts that have at each time been touted as Badr Hari's official account, with the preface that Hari himself wasn't running it, but having someone else do it for him. This account in question has broken reliable Badr Hari news in the past and clearly has a link with Badr Hari, although Hari has now disavowed the account. So take it for what it is when you refer to it. [source]

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Badr Hari Escaping Indefinitely Again.

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Looks Like Badr Hari will once again be disappearing to find himself. Anyone looking forward for him to continue the momentum from his GFC 3 tournament win on May 29th can kiss that goodbye. He posted on his Facebook today that he will be going on an indefinite escape to focus more on becoming a better person and put everything in order. This is not the first time hes done this, lets hope this time it works out. He wishes everyone a great summer, and we wish Badr all the best as well, hope to see you back soon.

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What You Can Do to Make a Difference for Kickboxing

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Right now is probably one of the best times to be a kickboxing fan in the United States in over 30 years. If you stop to think about that it is almost hard to imagine. My introduction to K-1 came in the mid-90's from my Kenpo instructor who let me borrow a few tapes of his that led to a spiral of insanity involving having my mom drive me into the city to go to the one store in the mall that imported anime and manga and occasionally had Japanese wrestling and fighting tapes available. 

To say that it was difficult to follow kickboxing back then is an understatement. The advent of the internet made it easier to find tape traders and other people with similar interests, but it was still a process that involved waiting long periods of time for retail tapes to be released or for events to air on television. Things go easier when DVDs became all of the rage and everyone had a DVD burner, but it was still a pain. Hell, even when internet streams first came about it got easier yet.

Things now are almost laughable. You have streaming video that you can watch on mobile devices, you have promotions releasing their own fights for free and guess what? We have GLORY on Spike TV. There has never been this much access to high level kickboxing in the United States. Hell, GLORY even runs a lion's share of their events here in the United States, so you can go and see these fights live. That's insanity, even the best American kickboxers had to go overseas to fight before, now they have a home in America.

We can lament on the fact that GLORY's inaugural PPV event wasn't a UFC beater, we can make predictions and excuses, but the truth is; that isn't going to help anyone. GLORY 17 and Last Man Standing were tremendous events and they were available to us -- one on Spike TV for free, the other on PPV -- live as they happened. Hell, if you were in the LA area you could have picked up some cheap tickets and gone there yourself. 

There's a good chance if you are watching this that you probably live in North America (our stats tell us that, although we have tons of great readers from around the globe), there's also a great chance that you are a fan of kickboxing (why else would you be here?). If we look back at how the UFC grew in popularity it's easy to realize that it was as unscientific as it gets. It was almost random, it was the right elements at the right time making a perfect storm. It was fans talking about it, telling their friends about it, calling their friends to say "hey you gotta watch this fight." It was having that infectious passion that other people caught onto.

If you want kickboxing and GLORY to succeed here, watching it and supporting it is a great start, but maybe it's time to let people know about it. Maybe it's time for it to be more than just a hobby that you share with a few fight fans on Twitter. Let the world know about this, tell your friends, support local events and fighters, post stuff on your Facebook, your Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. Be that annoying guy that everyone sees and says, "man, he's really into this." Why? Because people will remember it. They'll remember you talking about it, they'll know something about it and they might even check it out for themselves.

The product sells itself, it just needs those eyeballs. You and I, we can help with that. We might not be able to get into the ring at this level, we might not be able to get ESPN to cover it, but with time, anything is possible.

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Catalin Morosanu vs. Giannis Stoforidis Headlining Aug. 2nd SuperKombat Event

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On August 2nd SuperKombat will promote their fourth SuperKombat World Grand Prix event. The event is set to be headlined by Catalin Morosanu squaring off against SuperKombat's home-grown star in Giannis Stoforidis. Morosanu has been focused on his political career of late, but still loves to step into the ring to show his fans what he's all about. Morosanu is probably one of the biggest, mainstream stars that kickboxing has in Romania, with him regularly appearing on Romanian television.

Giannis doesn't seem phased by the challenge, though; “I’m hungry for the revange in Superkombat® after in my last fight where I wasn’t able to qualify for the final because of my hand injury. This time I have a big chance to establish myself as a star if I win against a living legend in kickboxing. Morosanu, be afraid! Hercules is coming for war.”, announced Giannis Stoforidis, one of the Superkombat New Heroes.

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Saint-Tropez Fight Night II set for Aug 4th

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Saint-Tropez Fight Night have announced their sophomore event will take place on August 4th 2014 from the unique and beautiful venue of La Citadelle in Saint-Tropez, France. The card will be headlined by a heavyweight double-header featuring French kickboxing legend Jerome Le Banner and his fellow countryman Freddy Kemayo, as they square of against Daniel Sam and Peter Aerts respectively. 

Many fans will remember the infamous debut of Saint-Tropez Fight Night last year, whereby Jerome Le Banner defended his WKN World Title and was subsequently presented the belt by Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone. Le Banner looks to pick up his second victory of 2014, as he stopped Luican Danilencu with body-shots back in May. Englishman Daniel Sam will look to get back in the winners circle after getting KO’d by Moroccan prospect Ismael Lazaar last weekend in London. To make it even worse for Sam, he’d lost his last three bouts previously as well, with all three losses coming in in dominant fashion.

Fresh of the announcement that he will meet long-time rival Ernesto Hoost in Japan later this year, ‘The Dutch Lumberjack’ Peter Aerts will also square off against Frenchman Freddy Kemayo. Kemayo enters the bout on a six-fight win streak, having not loss since November 2012.

Saint-Tropez Fight has also announced that all bouts will be contested under Muay Thai rules and at 95kgs. There are more bouts expected to be announced at a later date.

Fight Card

Jerome Le Banner vs. Daniel Sam
Peter Aerts vs. Freddy Kemayo
Correntin Jallon vs. Sergej Maslobojev
Nicolas Wamba vs. Arnold Oborotov
Vladimir Mineev vs. Mikhail Tuterev

 

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Peter Aerts vs. Ernesto Hoost on October 19th on Osaka

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Well, some feuds just die hard, don't they? The last time that Peter Aerts and Ernesto Hoost stepped into the ring with each other it was 2006 and things were very, very different. Now it is 2014 and while Peter Aerts may be preparing for a fight with Freddy Kemayo in August, that doesn't mean that he can't look to the future. That future is October where he's slated to square off against fellow legend Ernesto Hoost in Osaka, Japan. 

Hoost and Aerts will be competing for the WKO Heavyweight Championship. [source]

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Qabala Fight Series #1 Videos

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Here are a few of the fight videos from Qabala Fight Series #1 on June 29th, 2014. Starting with Albert "The Hurricane" Kraus getting back to his winning ways by putting massive amounts of pressure, moving forwards and throwing fast, powerful hand combinations. Erkhan Varol is an explosive, tricky fighter but very short for the weight class so Kraus was able to use his size wisely to take the decision. Not taking anything away from Varol, he put up a great fight against a dutch kickboxing legend.

Next we have Mosab Amrani making short work of Lim Chi-Bin. The actual fight starts at 4:50 of the video after what seems like the longest intro ever. About 50 seconds into the first round Amrani lands a perfect switch left knee to the liver of Chi-Bin, once he gets up its just a matter of time before its going to get hit again and it comes by way of left body kick 20 seconds later.

Last of all Hesdy Gerges against Jamal Ben-Saddik just so everyone can watch how ridiculous this was. We can all wonder what could have possibly been going through Saddik's mind during this absolutely uncalled for insane behavior, and poor Hesdy hes been assaulted like this twice in the ring, first time was by Badr Hari back in 2010 on It's Showtime. Saddik's was worse though not only did he throw a kick while he was down, but he paused then proceeded to try and ground and pound Gerges, not to mention this was barely even 20 seconds into the fight. 

 

 

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Enfusion Live #19 Full Fight Card

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Enfusion Live #19 will be taking place this Sunday, June 29th from London, England. This card includes well known names like Daniel Sam, and Wendell Roche who will both be fighting for Enfusion world titles for the two main events.

HeavyWeight Enfusion World Title: Daniel Sam (England) vs (5x3) Ismael Lazaar (Morocco)

90kg Enfusion World Title: Andrew Tate (USA) vs (5x3) Wendell Roche (The Netherlands)

Ilias Bulaid (Morocco) vs (3x3) Regis Sugden (England) 65kg

Sheena Widdershoven (The Netherlands) vs (3x3) Lauran Huxley (Wales) 66kg 

Simon Santana (Spain) vs (3x3) Jose Varela (Portugal) 63kg

Ervin Wongsodimedjo (Indonesia) vs (3x3) Charlie Peters (England) 65kg

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Micky Terrill Faces tough test at SuperKombat WGP.

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Micky Terrill Faces Tough Test to Follow in Countryman’s Footsteps, Win SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix Tournament.

On May 24th, 2014, Micky Terrill, winner of the Superkombat UK tryouts, took on respected, emerging Romanian fighter, Danut Hurduc, at the Superkombat World Grand Prix II and won a unanimous decision. The same night, his fellow Brit, Jamie Bates, also a Superkombat UK tryout winner, prevailed in the Superkombat Grand Prix II Light-Heavyweight tournament. While Terrill is 30 years old, Bates is 24, and they have together elicited the excitement of British kickboxing fans for their potential on the world stage.

To come out of this four-man Superkombat World Grand Prix III cruiserweight tournament like his countryman, however, Terrill (26-2) will have to defeat two fighters near or above his skill level. Terill is an outside fighter who works behind his jab to throw low kicks to either leg or to keep his opponent’s guard up for a hook-uppercut combination. He also uses his height to stay out of his opponent’s range and usually slips out of tight spots when they start to push him toward the ropes.

Unlike Hurduc who had trouble getting inside or putting pressure on Terrill, his first round opponent Saturday, Patrick Van Rees (27-8-3), has the height to match Terrill and to force him to engage, even when it is not opportune. One of the weaknesses Terrill showed in his otherwise exemplary performance against Hurduc was his tendency to get pushed into the ropes and leave himself open. This was without tremendous danger on this occasion, for Hurduc resorted nearly exclusive to wide, lurching punches that either sailed over Terrill’s head or landed on his arms and shoulders.

Van Rees is the winner of the Superkombat tryouts from Almere, Netherlands, and won his last two fights by knockout, and does not wait for his opponent to come to him. If Terrill leaves the same opening against Van Rees, he will receive a hard knee to the stomach. Van Rees is a harder puncher than Terrill and frequently moves into an effective clinch attack.

Terrill has the potential to become a solid fighter beyond the local scene in the UK, but he will have to build upon a fabulous performance in his Superkombat debut to make it past Van Rees and topple the winner of Moises Baute and Cristian Ristea.

The close proximity of each of these fighters’ talent and abilities as well as, in some cases, contrasting styles make for a compelling and exciting tournament. Though on the same day of Glory 17 and the Glory Last Man Standing PPV, it will undoubtedly be overlooked.

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LiverKick Throwback: Peter Cunningham Takes the Fight to Dida Diafat in Paris in 1992

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The world of kickboxing has a rich history to fall back upon so we here at LiverKick figure, why not? Why not give a glimpse into some of the fights from the past that have made up this wonderful sport and tie it all in to the present. The kids on the Instagram and Twitter like to call Thursdays "Throwback Thursdays," I'm just going to say that this is a LiverKick Throwback.

This time we are going back before even the days of K-1, we are going back to a time when fighters were men and they fought for twelve rounds and beat the snot out of each other. Basically, we are going back to 1992. This was November 21st, 1992 in Paris, France and it was between two world-class fighters at the time; France's Dida Diafat and Canada's Peter "Sugarfoot" Cunningham for the ISKA World Light Welterweight Championship contested under ISKA's "Oriental Rules."

Cunningham might be before the time of some fans now, but it's worth reflecting upon a guy who fought some of the best in the world while representing North America (Canadian, but has resided in Southern California for quite a few years now). Cunningham would fight Diafat in 1996 in what would be his retirement fight, but continues to work as a trainer to this day when he isn't busy in acting, most recently appearing in The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.

Rumor has it that he'll be in attendance this weekend for GLORY 17 and Last Man Standing, so be on the lookout. 

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Qabala Fight Series #1 Full card Announced

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The first Qabala Fight Series event on June 29th in Azerbaijan have announced their full fight card including super fights between Glory ranked fighters and an 8 man Lightweight tournament.

These fights will help the Glory fighters climb the ranks on the Glory ladder, and for all the fighters who have not fought in Glory yet, this is a great chance to impress and secure a place in the #1 kickboxing organization in the world.

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Enfusion Reality Season Five Trailer

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Enfusion have branded themselves as one of the better European Kickboxing leagues in the past few years not only with their Enfusion Live series of Kickboxing events but their Enfusion Reality series. Enfusion Reality has been running for a few years now and this time around for Enfusion Reality Season Five, they'll be focusing on the women. Thus Enfusion Reality Season Five has been dubbed "Victory of the Vixen."

So check out the new trailer for Enfusion Reality Season Five and be happy that you'll be able to watch it on EnfusionLive.com when it airs across the world. 

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Full SuperKombat Card for June 21st

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SuperKombat's June 21st event is quickly-approaching and now we not only know that Andrei Stoica will be defending his SuperKombat Super Cruiserweight Championship, but we know the location and the rest of the card. Originally Horace Martin was supposed to challenge Stoica for the title, but he was forced to withdraw and has been replaced with perhaps the better known Ali Cenik. 

The event will take place in the Sports Hall in Constanta, Romania and will air on Sport.ro in Romania and on Eurosport throughout Europe. 

1. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)
Daniel Lazar (Romania) vs. Ciprian Schiopu (Romania)
2. Semifinal 1 – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)
Michael Terrill (United Kingdom) vs. Patrick Van Rees (Netherlands)
3. Semifinal 2 – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)
Moises Baute (Spain) vs. Cristian Ristea (Romania)
4. Super Fight – Lightweight Bout (-63.5 kg)
Cristian Spetcu (Romania) vs. TBA (To-be-announced)
5. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
D’Angelo Marshall (Curacao) vs. Thomas Vaneste (Belgium)
6. Super Cruiserweight Title – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)
Ali Cenik (Turkey) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)
7. Final – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)
Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2

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Qabala Fight Series June 29th in Azerbaijan

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On June 29th in Azerbaijan there will be a card chock-full of top talent presented to fans, called Qabala Fight Series Azerbaijan. There is no card just yet, but we do know that the card will feature Albert Kraus, Hesdy Gerges, Mosab Amrani, Jamal Ben Saddik and Azerbaijan's Middleweight star Perviz Abdullayev.

The event will feature a one-night 8-man Middleweight tournament, but it's unclear who will be participating in the tournament just yet, outside of an assumption that Abdullayev will be featured in it. The event will be broadcast on EuroSport in Europe.

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Andrei Stoica vs. Horace Martin Set for SuperKombat's June 21st Show

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June 21st will be a big day for the sport of Kickboxing with a few huge events and SuperKombat is looking to make their stick out more with Andrei Stoica defending his Super Cruiserweight Title against Horace Martin. This will be Andrei Stoica's first defense of the SuperKombat Super Cruiserweight Championship since he won the title back in December against Ondrej Hutnik.

Stoica's last fight was in the GLORY ring in March where he lost via first round knockout to Danyo Ilunga, although there is no shame in losing to a fighter the caliber of Danyo Ilunga. If anything it should inspire him to push harder and to want to prove that he does belong in the ring with the likes of Ilunga.

Expect more announcements on the SuperKombat June 21st show shortly.

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Badr Hari Refuting Arrest Report, Kind Of

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If there is one thing that you can say for Badr Hari it is that he always seems to be surrounded by drama. Reports surfaced yesterday of Badr Hari detained while trying to leave Dubai after a two week stay and a successful evening at GFC 3. There have been sparse details surrounding the circumstances of the situation and if it was an "arrest" or if he was simply taken in for questioning. For someone who has been through the legal ringer over the past few years like Hari, those sorts of minutiae are important.

Social media has been abuzz about Badr Hari yet again, with his hordes of fans once again coming out to decry anyone speaking about Hari, claiming that anyone reporting on the news was a "hater." As for word from Hari himself, per usual, Badr Hari is elusive and maintains his aura. We won't hear anything from Hari, but we have seen the strange disconnect that is Hari's social media give mixed messages. Badr Hari himself has stated that he doesn't have Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, but that doesn't stop multiple accounts claiming to be official and speaking for him. At some point they might have, but we never know if they are or aren't, which in 2014 is just ridiculous on many levels. 

Badr Hari Tweet
@Team_Badr_Hari

His Facebook page, on the other hand, only has a message up about celebrating 2 million likes after telling GLORY that he likes that "Arab money" and to not come to him with "coins" again.

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Badr Hari Arrested and Released in Dubai

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Oh Badr. 

Thursday in Dubai, after his successful evening of fights at GFC 3, Badr Hari was detained by police in Dubai over an alleged incident from late 2011/early 2012 involving Badr Hari. Hari was questioned and released, according to his lawyer/manager, but this was just another in a long line of legal troubles for Badr Hari over the past few years. It isn't clear what the incident was or if Badr will be brought up on charges just yet, but does seem to imply that Badr can't go anywhere without running into these kinds of problems.

For fans who are holding onto hope that Badr Hari will some day sign with GLORY and become a staple in their Heavyweight division this is yet another hurdle in a long line of already existing hurdles. Remember that Hari getting a visa for the US might be a bit difficult with this many international arrests and for serving jail time like he did. 

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GFC 3 Featuring Badr Hari Internet PPV for $5

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So Badr Hari will be fighting in just a matter of hours now (10:00am Eastern time) and yeah, we know, if you live in the United States there is absolutely nothing convenient about the timing for this event. It's early morning on a Thursday, not exactly the same thing as staying up for a K-1 or PRIDE event on the weekends like everyone was used to years ago by a long shot. That being said, if you can do it (or live in Europe), you'll only have to plonk down $5 USD to watch GFC 3 featuring Badr Hari, Peter Aerts, Peter Graham and Stefan Leko. 

It's building up to be an interesting show, at least. $5 for an internet PPV (which most of you hate anyway) isn't bad by a longshot. So check it out here. We'll have a full rundown of the event later on in the day.

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Enfusion Live Card for May 25th

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Enfusion

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

Enfusion Live Line Up 21:00 GMT+2 Time

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

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

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

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

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

ENFUSION WORLD TITLE 61KG

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

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Full Card for May 24th's SuperKombat Event

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SK

This Saturday, May 24th in Constanta, Romania SuperKombat will present their next edition of their World Grand Prix series. This event will feature a four-man, one night Light Heavyweight tournament with four promising Light Heavyweights. The event also features fights from SuperKombat standouts Cristian Ristea and Sebastian Ciobanu. The event will air on Sport.ro in Romania at 10:00PM EEST time and 9pm CEST time on EuroSport.

  • 1. Semifinal 1 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)
  • Miles Simson (Suriname) vs. Miljan Vidovic (Serbia)
  • 2. Semifinal 2 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-85 kg)
  • Jamie Bates (United Kingdom) vs. Flavius Boiciuc (Romania)
  • 3. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-85 kg)
  • Aristote Quitusisa (Angola) vs. Daniel Alexandru (Romania)
  • 4. Super Fight – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)
  • Micky Terrill (United Kingdom) vs. Danut Hurduc (Romania)
  • 5. Super Fight – Cruiserweight Bout (-91 kg)
  • Christian Brorhilker (Germany) vs. Cristian Ristea (Romania)
  • 6. Super Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)
  • Rangel Ivanov (Bulgaria) vs. Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)
  • 7. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)
  • Jallon Corentin (France) vs. Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania)
  • 8. Final – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)
  • Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2

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The Main Event on June 7th Brings Harrison vs. Wooten

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On June 7th in Bolton, England The Main Event will go down, a Muay Thai card featuring Greg Wooten vs. Liam Harrison, as well as a few other big name British fighters participating as well. Here is a look at the card as it stands right now;

  • Liam Harrison vs Greg Wootton
  • Panicos Yusuf vs Darren O'Connor
  • Reece Mcallister vs Brad Stanton
  • Carlos Degraca vs Darren Howieson
  • Chad '2Slick' Sugden vs Nathan Epps
  • Andrew Lofthouse vs Keith McLachlan
  • Mark Skeer vs Aaron Turner
  • Daitan Jackson vs Solomon Wickstead

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JCVD's The Kickboxer Being Remade with GSP and Bastista

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JCVD

I feel like the title alone and how instrumental the Jean-Claude Van Damme movies were in the 80's into making Kickboxing a more popular sport here in the United States warrants coverage, but damn, they are remaking The Kickboxer. This is really a classic film in the world of martial arts, Kickboxing specifically. It featured Dennis Alexio as JCVD's brother, who was training and fighting in Thailand before he ran into the devious Thai Boxer Tong Po, who crippled him. This led JCVD on a mission of revenge and to learn Muay Thai.

What wasn't to like about it?

Now it looks like it is being remade with an interesting cast of characters to back it up. Alain Moussi will be the lead actor, best known for his marital arts-based stunt work in big budget films like Pacific Rim, White House Down, Brick Houses and many others. Hong Kong actor/producer/director Steven Fung will be directing the remake. It sounds like they change things up a little bit, with Eric (the Dennis Alexio character) being murdered by Tong Po, but hey, why not, right?

The film is also set to feature former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre as well as WWE wrestler Batista (Dave Bautista), although it isn't clear which roles they will play. I'd have to say that Batista would make for a convincing Tong Po, wouldn't you agree.?

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