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Card for Enfusion Live #44 Featuring the Return of Andrew Tate

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Enfusion returns on Saturday, December 3rd with Enfusion #44, featuring the return of "The Cobra" Andrew Tate challenging for the Enfusion -90kg world title against Ibrahim El Boustati. Tate is perhaps one of the most colorful fighters in the UK scene who has been calling out Joe Schilling for the better part of a year. If he wanted to get Schilling's attention, this would a good way to get that ball rolling a bit further. Tate is returning from some down time after pursuing some business ventures and coping with the loss of his father. 

Kickboxing Talents #26, The Hague, The Netherlands, Saturday

03.12.2016

18.30 local start time (17.30 GMT)

1. 3X3 Tournament  -67Kg

Lofogo Sarour (South Sudan)  Vs Tarik Lyachat (Morocco) 

2. 3X3 Tournament  -67Kg

Samir Lopes (Cape Verde)  Vs Tony Jas (The Netherlands) 

3. 3X3 Tournament  -67Kg  

Wail Karroumi (Morocco)  Vs Juan Javier Barragan (Spain) 

4.   3X3 Tournament  -67Kg

Walid Hamid (Morocco)  Vs Richaymond Lopez (The Netherlands) 

5.   3X3 -63Kg    

Reda Narain (Surinam)  Vs   Mohammed Dadda (Morocco)

6.  3X3 Heavyweight

Ashraf Houssini (Morocco) Vs Balhor Nasim (Belgium)

7.  3X3 -70KG

Jassem Al Djilawi (Egypt)  Vs Romano Bakboord (The Netherlands) 

The winners from the tournament will face one another in 2017. The winner will secure their spot in the -67kg Enfusion League.

Enfusion Live #44, The Hague, The Netherlands, Saturday 3.12.2016

21.00 local start time  (20.00 GMT) 

1. 3X3    -54Kg FEMALE

Fadma Basrir (France)  Vs Sanne Strabbing (The Netherlands)

2. 3X3  -72.5Kg

Patrick van Rees (The Netherlands)  Vs Reda Zaidi (Morocco)

3. 3X3   -70Kg 

Bilal Kasrioui (Morocco)  Vs William Diender (The Netherlands)

4.  3X3   -72.5Kg

Yassin Baitar (Morocco) Vs Redouan Laarkoubi (Morocco)

5.  3X3    -72.5Kg    

Aziz Kallah (Morocco)  Vs   Marcel Verhaar (The Netherlands)

6.  3X3      Heavyweight

Hicham Achalhi (Morocco) Vs Vladimir Tok (Germany)

7.  5X3            ENFUSION WORLD TITLE               -90Kg

Andrew Tate (USA)  Vs Ibrahim El Boustati (Morocco)

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Remembering Former GLORY Champion Marc de Bonte

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There's no easy way to talk about the sudden and untimely passing of someone young who had a bright future ahead of them, especially when the individual had already shown flashes of brilliance in a short life. The sport of kickboxing is one of the most thrilling in the world, with action that keeps fans on the edge of their seats and enough intrigue, flash and politics in play to enrapt even the least sport-minded of fans. 

Without a doubt, Marc de Bonte was a special fighter and person who left an indelible mark in his short time in the limelight. Fighting inside of a division that has been ruled over by Nieky Holzken for as long as there have been championships in major organizations, de Bonte rose up to prominence within the GLORY ranks and after a few cancellations, the trigger was pulled for Marc to fight for the title at GLORY 16. The fight was supposed to be against Holzken, but injury had plagued him throughout the year, meaning the clash wouldn't happen just yet. This set the stage for de Bonte to fight Karapet Karapetyan at GLORY 16 Denver where he won the world championship. He was just 24-years-old at the time.

As a writer (sometimes even a journalist) a part of my job is to remain impartial, which includes not publicly claiming favorites and avoiding discouraging fighters I'm not quite fond of. That night I was there live for what was Marc de Bonte's crowning achievement of his professional career, I got to see him emotional over winning the world title, to see the look in his eyes, the relief and the determination and it felt special. While I only briefly spoke with him that night, congratulating him and seeing how proud he was has taken on new meaning in the light of his passing. It was difficult not to feel his passion and get swept up in it, to feel like we had all witnessed something important from someone special.

He was only a few years into his professional career and was so ready to take on Nieky Holzken, a man that was almost ten years his elder and who had fought the best in the world in multiple weight classes before paving the way for a welterweight division, but he wasn't afraid, he was ready to prove himself. Even though he knew that people were expecting Holzken to take his title, he was still there and he was still proud of his accomplishments. 

What struck me about Marc was that he was soft-spoken and respectful, even in the face of the biggest victory of his entire career. Even when he spoke about Nieky Holzken -- and I can remember the thick accent that he pronounced the name "Holzken" in like it was yesterday -- it was almost in reverence. That fight never materialized, as de Bonte lost the title just over a month later to Joseph Valtellini and shifted his focus towards professional boxing. Much like the rest of us, he faced his share of setbacks in his career.

The few times that I spoke with him afterwards he was always exactly as I had remembered him; kind, respectful and down-to-Earth. Perhaps that is what makes his passing all-the-more difficult to comprehend and process. Marc de Bonte wasn't a guy with a long rap sheet, a guy snatching headlines for assaulting anyone or smuggling drugs. There weren't hushed rumors about what sort of people he ran with or how he played gangster when the lights were off him. He had a girlfriend that he'd post photos with on Instagram regularly, his family thinks the world of him and he didn't even drink. This wasn't one of those "bad seeds" that we regularly have to talk about.

Instead he had returned to kickboxing and was chasing his second world title. The sport had genuinely missed him and his return was something that caught everyone's attention. In fact, he was scheduled to fight in just a matter of weeks from now in China, where he was involved in a tournament for a world title. So when he was reported missing on November 4th there was a lot of speculation, but the reality was that Marc was on the upswing again and everyone was pulling for him. He'd turn up eventually, right? 

The weeks dragged on without word, his family and friends became increasingly desperate and finally, on November 24th, a body was found near his car, twenty days after his disappearance, with police confirming his identity days later. There will be speculation, investigations, allegations and everything in between in the coming weeks, months and years about what happened to Marc. Hopefully his family and close friends will get the closure that they need while the rest of us remember Marc for the brief, fleeting impact that he had on the sport and just how brightly his light burned for someone as young as he was. 

Marc was a glowing reminder that these larger-than-life characters in the sports world are just as vulnerable and fallible as the rest of us are. They feel the same range of emotions that we do, face the same daily struggles and have to fight for inspiration not only in their careers, but themselves as well. Marc came back to kickboxing and was going to leave his mark on the sport, his friends and family have spoken about how excited he was to fight again, to entertain us and to prove himself to the world. 

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The Kickboxing World Reacts to the Loss of Marc de Bonte

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While the kickboxing world is gearing up for a mega-fight between Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven in December, things have taken a more somber tone over the past few days with officials in the Netherlands discovering the body of what is presumably Marc de Bonte. Police are working on an autopsy and final identification on the body that was discovered before giving the final confirmation, but his friends and family have accepted that the body was his. Already, Marc de Bonte's personal website bears messages about his passing, his parents have confirmed that the body was his, and while we are waiting for that final confirmation, most have accepted the news and have begun grieving the loss of the 26-year-old former world champion. 

These are just some of the public reactions from the kickboxing world over the past few days.

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We'll have more on Marc de Bonte as it becomes public. For now, keep his friends and family in your thoughts during this rough time.

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Body Matching Marc de Bonte's Description Found Near His Vehicle

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After being missing for almost three weeks, it appears that the disappearance of former GLORY Welterweight Champion has come to a somber conclusion. While police have not made a positive confirmation yet, reports have surfaced that on Thursday a man spotted a body floating in the river near where Marc de Bonte's car was found abandoned over two weeks ago.

De Bonte was said to have gone out with friends in the Belgian town of Turnhout on that Friday evening that he went missing, although his car was found in Best on Wilhelmina Canal Street. According to one of the gyms that Marc trained at, Training Unit, they were told that a body was found and that there was a "99% chance" of it being Marc.

The Eindhoven police twitter account provided two brief updates on the find, one of which claimed that due to similar clothing the body was believed to be de Bonte's, the other that they won't know for sure until Saturday when they do an official identification on the body.

While there has been no official word just yet, the kickboxing world seems somber and already in mourning for the young fighter who was preparing to participate in the Kunlun 80kg tournament as well as upcoming Enfusion Live events. It seems like it is only a matter of time before the body is identified as de Bonte's and there are so many questions left hanging in the air still. 

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Kunlun Fight 55 Fight Card: 80kg Tournament Finals

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Kunlun Fight returns on December 10th with a huge card full of kickboxing with Kunlun Fight 55. The event sees the finals of the 80kg World Title tournament, sadly without Marc de Bonte, who has been missing for over two weeks now without a trace. The tournament will continue on without him, although there is a bit of a dark cloud cast over it. 

Kunlun continues to mix in MMA fights into their cards, although they are now rebranding their MMA events as Kunlun Fight MMA, with Kunlun Fight MMA 7 coming up on December 15th. As per usual, Kunlun doesn't pull any punches with their tournaments and we're looking at Stetcurenko vs. Sichtman and el Gaoui vs. Valent on December 10th.

Kunlun Fight 55

Dec. 10th

61kg: Lau Waicheuk vs. Lin Qiangbang

80kg Reserve: Salihov Muslim vs. Nuerla Mulali

60kg: Kodera Kohei vs. Gong Yuankun

85kg MMA: Koji Shikuwa vs. Wang Sai

75kg: Monsan Hanchana vs. Zhang Yang

80kg World Championship Semi-Final: Aleksandr Stetcurenko vs. Darryl Sichtman

80kg World Championship Semi-Final: Hicham El Gaoui vs. Dmitry Valent

72kg: LiZhuangzhuang vs. Kong Lingfeng

67kg: Kim Dongsu vs. Zhang Chunyu

75kg MMA: Juan Suarez vs. Zhang Lipeng

100kg+: Tofan Pirani vs. Asihati

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Marc de Bonte Still Missing, Friends Asking a Psychic For Clues

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It's been two weeks since former GLORY Welterweight Champion Marc de Bonte went missing and there has been no further leads to his whereabouts outside of his car discovered by a canal. Police have been searching everywhere, including sending divers into the canal, still without any leads into his disappearance.

At this point it's difficult to remain hopeful, as two weeks without word from the boxer and kickboxer is a long, long time to be missing, especially without any word from anyone -- including ransom requests. Reports cite that the police are still looking for de Bonte, but also that his friends have not given up hope on finding him, even going as far as to enlist and psychic to aid in their search. While they understand that it's a longshot and that the police wouldn't usually work with a psychic, they are still holding out hope of getting some clues as to his whereabouts. 

His friends have even offered cash rewards, initially 2,500 euros and now 5,500 euros, for any information about the location of de Bonte.

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EM Legend 14 Fight Card For November 19th

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EM Legend returns on November 19th with EM Legend 14, featuring a 65kg tournament and a wide range of competition from all over the world at a wide range of weight classes. 

1) Tournament: Senmanee (THA) vs Meng GuoDong (CHN) - 65 kg

2) Tournament: Rasul (RUS) vs Fu QingNan (CHN) - 65 kg

3) Ilhom Rustamov (UZB) vs Ji Duo Yi Bu (CHN) - 60 kg

4) Dzhamshed (TJK) vs Zhao ChuanLin (CHN) - 64 kg

5) Younes Smail (NED) vs Wang YuanLei (CHN) - 67 kg

6) Hemi (THA) vs Lang TingGui (CHN) - 70 kg

7) Yuma (JPN) vs Chen ChangLin (CHN) - 69 kg

8) Atik Askarzadeh (AFG) vs Su ZhiYong (CHN) - 70 kg

9) Andres (FRA) vs Zhao XiaoYu (CHN) - 70 kg

10) Firdaus (TJK) vs Pu DongDong (CHN) - 70 kg

11) Toofan (IRAN) vs Deng Lele (CHN) - 71 kg

12) Ibrahim El Bouni (NED) vs Lyapin Igor (UKR) - 75 kg

13) Ryan Briggs (UK) vs Han Zihao (CHN) - 63 kg

14) Waranat Ponnikom (THA) vs Magomedov (RUS) - 70 kg 

15) Dias (KAZ) vs Wang HuaiSheng (CHN) - 75 kg

16) Kim Gyeongwan (KOR) vs Gong YuanKun (CHN) - 60 kg

17) Kang Minsuk (KOR) vs Zhang ChengLong (CHN) - 65 kg

18) Son Jun Heok (KOR) vs Keivan Soleimani (IRAN) - 70 kg

19) Ruslan Salmanov (RUS) vs Li Shenshen (CHN) - 65 kg

20) Ramil (BLR) vs Liang YuanHao (CHN) - 68 kg

21) Evgenii (RUS) vs Liu Lei (CHN) - 70 kg

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Tragedy Strikes Double K Gym in London

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Kieran Keddle's Double K Gym has gotten a lot of press over the past few months, not only due to his promotion, Muay Thai Grand Prix kicking into high gear, but because Keddle became Idris Elba's kickboxing trainer for a Discovery Channel reality series featuring Elba. 

Reports coming out of London from last night say that a 24-year-old member of the Double K Gym, George Barker, was attacked inside of the gym by men with knives. The men rushed in and stabbed him before fleeing the scene, leaving Barker bleeding out prior to a class at the gym. The police were called to the gym while bystanders in the gym tried to stop the bleeding. Barker died before help could arrive, though.

The gym will be shut down for a while and the only comment that Keddle has made publicly since the incident has been an announcement of the gym being close via Facebook. "Due to unforeseen circumstances that are not related to the gym or staff at Double K, we will be shut for the a while," he said in a Facebook post. "I will keep you all posted."

Our thoughts are with Keddle, the team at Double K and Barker's family.

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ACB Kickboxing Releases First Part of New Documentary, 'Homeland'

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Right now is an interesting time for the world of kickboxing, with there being more promotions than ever before that are vying for the top fighters and for the worldwide kickboxing audience. There is a lot of talent out there, but there is also a lot of talent considering the more lucrative sport of MMA. ACB Kickboxing is one of those promotions vying for international renown and have decided to piece together a documentary series called Homeland on YouTube. The first episode is up now and is pretty interesting.

The doc features famous trainers Lucien Carbin and Dennis Krauweel talking about the sport, the fighters and the future. What I found most interesting was Lucien Carbin's section in the beginning, where he spoke about the sport and where it stands. Something that I've been harping on for years is that kickboxing should move away from the K-1 rules more. The whole three rounds thing was decided upon for tournament settings and somehow stuck, then you have rules like the clinch rule that was instated because of fighters like Buakaw and Sem Schilt winning fights that frankly, old K-1 didn't want them to win. Carbin talks about how these rules are ridiculous, as well as how many were opposed to women fighting, but that he's seen something special in a lot of the female fighters that have been coming up, including a drive unlike he's ever seen and technical acumen.

It's an interesting watch.

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FFC Ending the Year with a Championship-Filled FFC 27

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Croatian promotion FFC looks to wrap up 2016 with a big show in Zagreb Arena on December 17th, featuring four big title fights featuring some of their biggest stars. Heavyweight Champion Mladen Brestovac will look to defend his title against Daniel Lentie, Pavel Zhuravlev will be defending his -95kg championship against Dzevad Poturak. Denix Marjanovic and Rene Wimmer will be vying for the 85kg championship and Samo Petje will take on Tigran Movisyan for the -70kg championship.

FFC 27 – NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS

December 17, Zagreb Arena

Mladen Brestovac(C) (CRO) vs. Daniel Lentie (CAM/FRA), HW – title match

Pavel Zhuravlev(C) (UKR) vs. Dževad Poturak (BiH), -95kg – title match

Denis Marjanović (BiH) vs. Rene Wimmer (AUT), -85kg – title match

Jasmin Bajrović (CRO) vs. Ivan Bilić (CRO), -77kg

Samo Petje (CRO) vs. Tigran Movisyan (CZE/ARM), -70kg – title match

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SuperKombat World Grand Prix VI - Bucharest Fight Card

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The last card of SuperKombat's 2016 season takes place this Saturday in Bucharest, Romania. The headliners are two title fights, one being a rematch between newfound SuperKombat Middleweight Champion Chris Ngimbi and Amansio Paraschiv. The two met on October 1st in a clash for the title with Ngimbi overcoming the Romanian favorite via unanimous decision. The other is a battle for the SuperKombat Lightweight (-63.5kg) Championship between The Hurricane Cristian Spetcu against the former WKN world champion Simon Santana.

Interestingly enough, there is talk going around about this being the last, or one of the last, live kickboxing events that will be on EuroSport. For fans in Europe this is the end of an era, as EuroSport was a huge supporter of the sport of kickboxing for years. SuperKombat has promised that there will be big announcements in the coming weeks and months in regards to new television deals that are currently being negotiated all around the world, with them looking to return next year bigger than ever. That'll include a television deal in the United States.

Always looking to provide a rounded event, they'll feature former UEFA Champions League player Jay Gunnar Solis performing during the event as DJ Solis as well as at Bamboo in Bucharest for the afterparty.

The event will start at 19:00 CET and the New Heroes part will be broadcasted live by Fight Box HD, while the World Grand Prix is live on Eurosport 1.

SuperKombat New Heroes

Cristian Rotar vs. Cristian Stoica

Claudiu Alexe vs. Cosmin Ionescu

Panagiotis Papadopoulos vs. Adelin Mihaila

Michail Karamousketas vs. Valentin Bordianu

Giannis Marinos vs. Razvan Tiru

Hatef Moeil vs. Milos Dovedan

SuperKombat WGP

Daniel Stefanovski vs. Bogdan Nastase

David Garulo vs. Alex Filip

Ania Fucz vs. Marija Malenica

Mervin Rozenstruik vs. Eduard Chelariu

SuperKombat Middleweight Championship: Amansio Paraschiv vs. Chris Ngimbi(C)

Damian Garcia vs. Sebastian Cozmanca

SuperKombat Lightweight Championship: Simon Santana vs. Cristian Spetcu

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Former GLORY Welterweight Champion Marc de Bonte is Missing in the Netherlands

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In what has been the most heartbreaking ongoing story of the weekend, former GLORY Welterweight Champion Marc de Bonte has been missing since late Friday night in Best, Netherlands. The reports claim that he had worked out at the gym, had a drink with friends and was en route to see his girlfriend but never appeared. There has been no word from de Bonte since then and officials have been searching for him all weekend.

The latest is that his car was found abandoned in Best with no sign of de Bonte. 

De Bonte had recently returned to the sport of kickboxing after leaving to focus on boxing after his loss to Joseph Valtellini in GLORY, qualifying for Kunlun's -80kg tournament and moving on to the next round. By all means, de Bonte is a down-to-Earth guy and has always been a pleasure to talk to and interact with. We're hoping that there is word of his whereabouts soon and that he is safe.

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WATCH: Buakaw Banchamek vs. Yi Long's Second, Controversial Clash in China

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The first bout between Buakaw Banchamek and Yi Long in China set records and helped to popularize the sport of kickboxing even further in China. So when WLF scheduled the rematch for this weekend everyone knew it would be a big deal. The fight went down and the ratings were apparently astronomical, with insane viewership.

As for the fight itself? Watch for yourself, but there is absolutely controversy over this one, with Yi Long walking away with the decision in his home country of China where he is a hero.

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Updated KNOCK OUT Card For December 5th

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This week Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT announced a change to their vol.0 event on December 5th at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The change comes in their 55kg fights with Keisuke Miyamoto now fighting Eisaku Ogasawara. Both men were scheduled for other bouts but will now clash against each other. Here is the updated card.

 

KNOCK OUT vol.0 5.12.2016 

TOKYO DOME CITY HALL   Tokyo Japan

Genji Umeno(36W.7L.3D) vs Sirimongkol PK Saenchaigym 

Tenshin Nasukawa(16W) vs Wanchalong PK Saenchaigym 

Takuya Imamura(31W.13L.4D) vs Youichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima(23W.15L.2D)

Yosuke Morii(35W.7L.3D) vs Yodwandee Nitisamui(140W.41L.2D)

Haruaki Otsuki(38W.8L) vs Starboy

Keisuke Miyamoto(23W.9L.5D) vs Eisaku Ogasawara(25W.3L)

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Kunlun Fight 54 Fight Card: 70kg Tournament Continues

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Kunlun Fight continues putting on some of the biggest shows in all of kickboxing on October 30th with Kunlun Fight 54. The event features the continuation of Kunlun's 70kg tournament and the women's 61.5kg World Championship Tournament. 

61.5kg World Championship Tournament: Candice Mitcgell vs. Melinda Madjene

60kg Lee Chanhyeong vs. Wang Wenfeng

61.5kg World Championship Tournament: Marisa Pires vs. Anissa Haddoui

75kg Konishi Takuma vs. Arthit

61.5kg World Championship Tournament: Korina Papachrysanthou vs. Wang Kehan

61.5kg World Championship Tournament: Diana Zubrovskaia vs. Juliana Werner

72kg Noh Jaegil vs. Cai Liangchan

70kg Dzhabar Askerov vs. Dzianis Zuev

71kg Yuichiro Nagashima vs. Tian Xin

70kg World Championship Tournament: Mohamed Mezouari vs. Davit Kiria

70kg World Championship Tournament: Cedric Manhoef vs. Wu Xuesong

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WLF: Rise of Heroes III Fight Card Featuring Four Tournaments

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On 10/29 and 10/30 WLF will run their Rise of Heroes III card featuring four four-man tournaments; one at 63kg, one at 65kg, one at 75kg and finally one at 80kg. These tournaments will play out over the span of the event as well as be broken up by the Super Fights promised for the card. 

63kg Tournament: Fang Feida vs. Adrian Spectcu

63kg Tournament: Wang Wanli vs. Christian Gruber

65kg Tournament: Fu Qingnan vs. Taranki Guade 

65kg Tournament: Liu Xiangming vs. Manuel Ferandez

75kg Tournament: Huang Zhenyou vs. Diogo Adelino

75kg Tournament: Guo Xichuang vs. Matheus Pereira

80kg Tournament: Li Hui vs. Imanol Garcia

80kg Tournament: Zhang Zhan vs. Aliaksandr Sviryd

68kg Alimu vs. Klanrong

63kg Wei Rui vs. Piyawong Katika

68kg Yang Zhuo vs. Kerpact Sokrat

63kg Kong Long vs. Tuengphan Apinan

68kg Tie Yinghua vs. Tepthanee Winai

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Muay Thai Grand Prix Launching Kickboxing Grand Prix in 2017

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UK-based Muay Thai Grand Prix has made a splash on the world muay thai scene with their exciting series of events this year, partnering up with Lion Fight based out of the United States to bring a more international feel to the largely British events. Now, after seeing success with muay thai, the promotion announced today that starting in 2017 they will also be promoting kickboxing events as well. 

Both promotions will operate together under the title of Grand Prix Combat Sports, with the first show being on April 1st at the O2 featuring both Muay Thai GP and Kickboxing GP events. They will be launching titles and be showcasing unique talents for the card, with the featured names for the league as follows; Jamie Whelan, Liam Wells, Luke Whelan, Kelly Haynes, Sarah Worsfold, Sevket Cerkez, Connor Stewart, Marley Zwanenberg, Paul Karpowicz and Rory Crawford.

The promotion will be working with Xplosion Fight Series based out of Europe as well and will hopefully have further partners to exchange talent with moving forward.

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A Look Into Thom Harinck's English Biography

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While the popularity of kickboxing/muay thai has had a rocky history in the United States, it has flourished in Asia and Europe, this is especially true of Holland.  It is a sport with a very rich and colorful history and who better to provide a narrative of its evolution than Thom Harinck. 

As a 40+ year veteran of the sport, Harinck offers not one, but two tomes about his life, the sport and the evolution of Chakuriki Gym.  For devotees of combat sports and/or fans of the man himself, Harinck  delivers “Vechter,” a Dutch language book, due to be released this fall and the already available, "Thom Harinck: Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West."  

The former book provides an intimate look at Harinck’s life and relationships, while the latter, which is written in English, chronicles the rise of Chakuriki gym as well as discusses many of the key persons and organizations relevant throughout his career.  For fans and historians of the sport, “Thom Harinck: Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West" takes readers back to many of the most pivotal kickboxing/muay thai matches in the history of the sport. So vivid is his story telling that readers will find themselves reliving those matches.  Written in a very easy to read style, this book details Harinck’s work with many of the best and brightest in the history of the sport including K-1 champions Branko Cikatic and Peter Aerts.  It also gives insight into his stormy relationship with kickboxing superstar, Badr Hari.  

It is a memoir that delves into Harinck’s life experiences especially as they relate to the development of his Chakuriki training style. Reminiscent of the biopic of a rock star, “Thom Harinck: Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West" is gritty, humorous, and at times sad as it explores both the triumphs and tragedies of the sport.  Well worth reading, “Thom Harinck: Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West", is a must have for those with an interest in kickboxing/muay thai.

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EM Legend 13 Card Featuring Saenchai and More

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EM Legend will be holding their next event on October 15th at Emei Mountain, featuring a mixed card of muay thai and kickboxing bouts, including a one-night 65kg kickboxing tournament.

The event, in coordination with Thai Fight, will be broadcast live in Thailand on Channel 3, then in China it airs on Sichuan TV every Monday at 11:30 PM.

65kg Muay Thai: Victor Pinto vs. Zhang ChengLong

65kg Muay Thai: Saenchai vs. Jonathan Tuhu

75kg Muay Thai: Tengnueng vs. Erik Massion

68kg Muay Thai: PTT Petrchrungrueng vs. Christ Axelsson

70kg Muay Thai: Denphanom vs. Tukhtaboev

68kg Muay Thai: Payak Samui vs. Tagaev

75kg Muay Thai: Youssef Boughanem vs. Ahmed Aushev

73kg Muay Thai: Sudsakorn vs. Islam

63kg Muay Thai: Han ZiHao vs. Fridavs

60kg Kickboxing: Zhu Xu vs. Santi

59kg Kickboxing: Chen ChangLin vs. Motoaki Takahashi

67kg Kickboxing: Sun QianKun vs. Liang YuanHao

80kg Kickboxing: Pavel Turuk vs. Wei GaoJie

65kg Kickboxing World Championship Tournament: Sanchez Rodriguez vs. Wang Kang

65kg Kickboxing World Championship Tournament: Bian Denix vs. Fu QingNan

65kg Kickboxing World Championship Tournament Finals

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Fight Card for KNOCK OUT vol.0 on December 5th

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Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT will be making its debut on December 5th at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The event by the new promotion, that looks to take on the world of kickboxing by storm, will be featuring a few huge bouts, including Takuya "T-98" Imamura against Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima, Keisuke Miyamoto against Masahide Kudo and more.

KNOCK OUT vol.0 5.12.2016

TOKYO DOME CITY HALL Tokyo Japan

Genji Umeno(35W.7L.3D) vs TBA

Tenshin Nasukawa(16W) vs TBA

takuya Imamura(31W.13L.4D) vs Youichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima(33W.15L.1D)

Yosuke Morii(35W.7L.3D) vs Yodwandee Nitisamui(140W.41L.2D)

Haruaki Otsuki(37W.8L) vs Starboy

Keisuke Miyamoto(23W.9L.5D) vs Masahide Kudo(13W.4L.2D)

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Enfusion Live #42 Card for October 8th

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This weekend Enfusion Live returns with Enfusion Live #42 from Madrid, featuring a -67kgs tournament, a battle for the -60kg title and a whole lot more. The tournament begins on the Enfusion Live Kickboxing Talents card and continues on into the main card. 

Enfusion Live #42

7.3X3 TOURNAMENT FINAL -67Kg

Winner fight 2 Vs Winner fight 3

6.3X3 WORLD TITLE FIGHT -60Kg

Cristofer Opazos (Spain) Vs Ilias Ennahachi (Morocco)

5.3X3 -70Kg

Nayanesh Parikh (Congo) Vs Warren Stevelmans (South Africa)

4.3X3 -72.5Kg 

Edye Ruiz (Spain) Vs Aziz Kallah (Morocco)

3.3X3 TOURNAMENT SEMI FINAL -67Kg

Winner from quarter final Vs Winner from quarter final

2.3X3 TOURNAMENT SEMI FINAL -67Kg

Winner from quarter final Vs Winner from quarter final

1.3X3 FEMALE FIGHT -57Kg

Iman Ghablou (Morocco) Vs Maria Lobo (Portugal)

Kickboxing Talents 24

7.3X3 -70Kg

Angel Herrero (Spain) Vs Enrique Castillo (Spain)

6.3X3 -75Kg

Felix Carpintero (Spain) Vs Diogo Neves (Portugal)

5.3X3 Tournament Quarter Final -67 Kg

Jesus Maria Romero vs Milan Pales

4.3X3 Tournament Quarter Final -67 Kg

Mohamed Didouh vs Roberto Alario

3.3X3 Tournament Quarter Final -67 Kg

Mohamed Galaoui vs Abdo Chaidi

2.3X3 Tournament Quarter Final -67 Kg

Emad kadyear vs Sergey Lonel

1.3X3 Reserve Fight -67 Kg 

David Camacho (Spain) Vs Fakhr Iddine Krarma Chentouf (Morocco)

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Updated Card For W5 Legends in Prague on October 8th

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W5 Kickboxing returns on Saturday in Prague with W5 Grand Prix: Legends in Prague. The event is headlined by a bout between Tomas Hron against Andrei Stoica, but also features a 75kg tournament and Ondrej Hutnik against Catalin Morosanu in what should be a war. 

Fight card:

1. -65 kg

Jakub Krofta (Czech Republic) vs Andrej Kedves (Croatia)

2. -82.5 kg

Matej Penaz (Czech Republic) vs Patrik Vidakovicz (Hungary)

3. -52,5 kg

Michaela Kerlehova (Czech Republic) vs Ilsury Hendrikse (Netherlands)

4. -72,5 kg

Michael Krcmar (Czech Republic) vs  Sergey Chadin (Russia)

5. -75 kg, W5 World Title Tournament Reserve fight

Anatoli Hunanyan (Czech Republic) vs Jasmin Bajrovic (Croatia)

6. -75 kg, W5 World Title Tournament Semifinal #1

Darryl Sichtman (Netherlands) vs Cosmo Alexandre (Brazil)

7. -71 kg

Martin Gano (Czech Republic) vs Nikola Cimesa (Serbia)

8.-75 kg, W5 World Title Tournament Semifinal #2

Matous Kohout (Czech Republic) vs Berat Aliu (Germany)

9. -87 kg

Petr Ondrus (Czech Republic) vs Jiri Zak (Czech Republic)

10. -95 kg

Ibrahim "Mr.Cool" El Bouni (Morocco) vs Dzevad Poturak (Bosnia And Hercegovina)

11. +95 kg

Jan Soujup (Czech Republic) vs Freddy Kemayo (France)

12. -72,5 kg W5 European Title

Erkan Varol (Turkey) vs Vlad Tuinov (Russia)

13. -77 kg W5 European Title

Vladimir Moravcik (Slovakia) vs Alim Nabiev (Ukraine)

14. +95 kg

Ondrej Hutnik (Czech Republic) vs Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

15. -75 kg, W5 World Title Tournament Final

16. +95 kg

Tomas Hron (Czech Republic) vs Andrei Stoica (Romania)

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Krush 69 Fight Card

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Krush 69 takes place tonight at 4am EST/1am PST from the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan and will be streaming live on Abematv, Gaora, and Nico. The card includes 2 Krush championship fights, one at 55kgs and the other for the women's Krush title.

Fight Card

-53kg : Fumiya Hata vs Akihiro Kaneko

-45kg : Koto Hiraoka vs Yukari

-60kg : Yuki Miwa vs Riku Anpo

-63kg : Keisuke Nakamura vs Hajime Hata

-48kg : Momi vs Miyako "Smile" Mitsuhori

-65kg : Daiki Matsushita vs Mitsuharu Waki

-67kg : Mohan Dragon vs Takehiko Saito

-55kg : Ryuji Horio vs Keisuke Ishida

-70kg: Hiroki Nakajima vs Kotetsu

-70kg : Yu Hirono vs Shintaro Matsukura

Krush Womens Championship : Kana vs Kill Bee

Krush -55kg Championship : Nobuchika Terado vs Charles Bongiovanni

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SuperKombat Releases Full Card For Oct. 1 Event, Featuring Ngimbi vs. Paraschiv Title Fight

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On Saturday SuperKombat returns with their latest SuperKombat World Grand Prix event, this one being headlined by a huge world title fight at 72.5kg between Amansio Paraschiv and former It's Showtime champion Chris Ngimbi. Ngimbi has been highly-regarded for years now while Paraschiv has been incredibly impressive as late. Paraschiv won the New Heroes World Title in 2015 and now will be contending for the vacant title against very worth competition in Ngimbi.

Superkombat New Heroes (18:30 CET (19:300, local hour), Sport.ro, Fight Box)

1. Super Fight - MMA rules - Super Middleweight division (-75 kg)

Eugen Vulpe (Rep. Moldova) vs Lascar Cornelius (Romania)

2. Super Fight – Super middleweight (-77 kg)

Cristi Stoica (Romania) vs Cristian Rotar (Romania)

3. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus division (-86 kg)

Nicu Buceac (Romania) vs Răzvan Țîru (Romania)

4. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight division (-81 kg)

Daniel Stefanovski (Switzerland) vs Ionut Sandur (Romania)

5. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight division (-81 kg)

Adelin Mihaila (Romania) vs Adrian Rosca (Romania)

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

Kerone Davies (United Kingdom) vs Mihaita Golescu (Romania) 

7. Super Fight – Super Middleweight division (-77 kg)

Igor Scoda (Rep. Moldova) vs Alex Filip (Romania)

Superkombat WGP (21:00 CET, Eurosport)

1. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight (-81 kg)

Diego Mosquera (Colombia) vs Bogdan Nastase (Romania)

2. Super Fight - Middleweight division (-71 kg)

Eduard Chelariu (Romania) vs Andrei Leustean (Romania)

3. Super Fight – Lightweight division (-65 kg)

Jonathan Fabian (Spain) vs Cristian Spetcu (Romania)

4. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight plus division (-86 kg)

George Davies (United Kingdom) vs Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania)

5. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight division (-95 kg)

David Trallero (Spain) vs Sebastian Cozmanca (Romania)

6. World Title Fight – Middleweightdivision (-72.5 kg)

Chris Ngimbi (DR Congo) vs Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

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Bushiroad Creates KNOCK OUT, Aiming To Take Over Kickboxing

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Kickboxing's rise in popularity can almost entirely be thanked on behalf of Japan, K-1 in particular. Sure, lots of talent came from (and still comes from) Europe, but the shows never quite reached the level that K-1 did in Japan. Therefore, K-1 was kickboxing for a very, very long time. The death of FEG led to the fracturing of the sport. Now we have GLORY, K-1 Japan, K-1 Europe, SuperKombat, WGP, Kunlun and many other promotions in its wake. 

The reality here is that there are people who believe in kickboxing as a sport and all want to make it big again, but under their own terms. Would it take a rising in Japan for the sport to boom again? That's what KRUSH has been hoping for with their K-1 Japan. KRUSH originally began as a joint venture between the All Japan Kickboxing Federation and K-1, then when AJKF fell to the wayside KRUSH split off on its own. Ironically, KRUSH now is the brand keeping the K-1 name alive in Japan. But that doesn't mean that everyone has always relied upon the whole K-1/AJKF mindset when it comes to kickboxing.

There was the New Japan Kickboxing Federation as well, which split off from AJKF in the mid-90's. The promotion No Kick, No Life rose in the ashes of the whole "anti-K-1" brand of kickboxing, instead focusing on muay thai rules. Now, replacing NKNL is KIXROAD, a collaboration between NKNL and Bushiroad with their show KNOCK OUT. Confused yet? KNOCK OUT takes over No Kick, No Life's television slot on Tokyo MX starting in 2017 and is being backed by Bushiroad. If you are unfamiliar with Bushiroad they are a trading card company based out of Japan. In 2012 Bushiroad acquired New Japan Professional Wrestling and has since made the once-great Japanese wrestling promotion flourish with the help of placing New Japan's biggest stars in Hiroshi Tanahashi, Shinsuke Nakamura (now in WWE), Kazuchika Okada and Togi Makabe (what?!) back into the national spotlight. 

That is exactly what Bushiroad is looking to do with KNOCK OUT. Our pal karaevfan on Kakutougi (the best kickboxing message board, period) gave a full report and translations from their first press conference and they have huge plans. They noted that kickboxing has yet to have a global leader since FEG's K-1 disappeared. MMA has the UFC, pro wrestling has WWE (although Kriyama of Bushiroad notes that New Japan is 'working on that'), but kickboxing is fractured. 

Famed former New Japan Kickboxing champion Onodera Riki will be producing KNOCK OUT and looking to once again make kickboxing flourish. This will be straight-forward, traditional kickboxing, which means three minute rounds, three rounds for normal fights, five for title fights. As for the rules? It sounds like muay thai, but they are calling it kickboxing. Why muay thai? Because they mentioned elbows. 

The first event is scheduled for December 5th at the Tokyo Dome City Hall (formerly JCB Hall), which seats about 3,000 people. The card is threadbare for now, but they aren't focusing on exclusive talent acquisition for now, just partnering with RISE and taking freelancers. 

Yuichiro 'Jienotsu' Nagashima  vs. T-98 (Takuya Imanari)

Haruaki Otsukivs. StarBoy KwaythongGym

Tenshin Nasukawa vs TBA

Genji Umeno vs TBA

They plan on running shows every other month and don't plan on making money for two years. Everything seems ambitious, with them wanting to expand the kickboxing market and overtake their competition. I guess we'll have to wait and see what they do.

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Fight Card for EM Legend 16 (Emei Legend)

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EM Legend in China continues hitting on all cylinders for their next event, which happens on September 24th in China. Their 65kg tournament continues with Quade Tarnaki against Anvar Boynazarov and Kunchai vs. Manas. Also featured on the card is Rasul against Hiroya and a few other big fights.

65kg Tournament: Quade Tarnaki vs. Anvar Boynazarov

65kg Tournament: Kunchai vs. Manas

60kg Christian vs. Ji Duo Yi Bu

63kg Antoine Habash vs. Zhao ChuanLin

64kg Jonnata vs. Zhang ChengLong

65kg Rasul vs. HIROYA

70kg Sasu Lucian vs. Zhao XiaoYu

70kg Magomedov vs. Bian Denis

70kg Mendes vs. Liang YuanHao

70kg Mo ZhuangWei YuLong vs. Valentino Thibaut

70kg Ying PengPeng vs. William Whipple

70kg Elizier vs. Liu Lei

75kg Bahram Abdolmaleki vs. Han KaiHu

80kg Alexei Liubchenko vs. Falcao

93kg Sergj vs. Carlos Ulberg

100kg Douglas Abror vs. Andrei Sen

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Inaugural Rise of Heroes Fight Card

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Rise of Heroes 1

WLF's new event series dubbed "Rise of Heroes" is set to start rolling on September 17 in Chaoyang, China. The events will feature a steady stream of 4-man tournaments at 57kg, 60kg, 68kg and 71kg. The winners of these qualifying tournaments then look to face each other at later events. There will also be superfights on each event starting with WLF regulars like Qiu Jianliang and Israel Adesanya.

Rise of Heroes will broadcast delayed each thursday on Beijing Television in China. We're still waiting to see possible details on internationally available live streaming and will keep you posted.

The following Rise of Heroes event is scheduled for October 29 & 30.

Fight Card

57kg Tournament Semifinals
Wang Junguang (China) vs. Thanapon (Thailand)
Feng Tianhao (China) vs. Elias Mahmoudi (France)

60kg Tournament Semifinals
Kong Long (China) vs. Dmitrii Sirbu (Moldova)
Fenf Liang (China) vs. Sergei Kurilchenko (Russia)

68kg Tournament Semifinals
Lu Jianbo (China) vs. Rungthiwa Kueabram (Thailand)
Bai Lishuai (China) vs. Aissam Chadid (Spain)

71kg Tournament Semifinals
Zhou Tao (China) vs. Luiz Perreira (Portugal)
Li Zikai (China) vs. Talha Tunc (Germany)

Superfight - 63kg
Wei Rui (China) vs. Maksim Petkevich (Belarus) 

Superfight - 88kg
Guo Qiang (China) vs. Mose Afoa (Tonga)

MMA - 70kg
Wang Guan (China) vs. Kamardin Akhmadbekov (Tajikistan)

Superfight- 85kg
Israel Adesanya (New Zealand) vs. Romain Falendry (France)

Superfight - 67kg
Qiu Jianliang (China) vs. Melvin Wassing (Netherlands)

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Enfusion Live 41 Fight Card

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Enfusion Live 41 will take place on September 17, 2016 in Antwerp, Belgium and be a live PPV stream on their website www.enfusionlive.com. The card includes a 70kgs 4-man tournament, a rematch between Tayfun Ozcan and Mohammed Jaraya and a female world title fight between Najat Hasnouni Alaoui and Sheena Widdershoven.

Fight Card

1. 67kgs Enfusion World Title - Najat Hasnouni Alaoui (Morocco) vs Sheena Widdershoven (The Netherlands)

2. Ismael Lazaar (Morocco) vs Kirk Krouba (Ivory Coast)

3. 70kgs tournament - Aziz Kallah vs Mohammed Mezouari

4. 70kgs tournament - Yassin Baitar vs Cedrik De Keirsmaeker

5. 70 kgs tournament final

6. Ibrahim El Boustati vs Filip Verlinden

7. Crice Boussoukou vs Jonay Risco

8. Mohammed Jaraya vs Tayfun Ozcan

9. Nordin Ben Moh vs Serginio Kanters

 

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SuperKombat Explains The Lack of Stoicas On Recent Cards

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SuperKombat is a promotion that has done a great job in building up its own stars, often times from just about scratch, taking rough fighters with talent and putting them in an international spotlight. Two such fighters were the Stoica brothers, Bogdan and Andrei. Both were focal points for the SuperKombat promotion, but have been mostly fighting for the Respect World Series events of late, their omission on SuperKombat cards notable. 

There were rumors of financial debates being the core of the fracture, but now SuperKombat's Alin Huiu spoke with KickboxingPlanet about why we haven't seen the two on their cards. 

Bogdan and Andrei were in this situation with a 90% rate of participation in Superkombat events from 2011 to 2015. In last two seasons, both lost world titles and new fighters came in the international attention so probably they had also an image problem. Beside that, we must accept that we passed difficult time with partners and sponsors and in the same time, fighters were asking more money even they didn’t had the same positions in the rankings. After different conflicts with their team, who was putting pressure on financial conditions, the business relationship with their gym was cancelled. 

While he said never say never to seeing them again, it seems like for now SuperKombat has shifted their focus to building other stars and that the Stoica brothers are finding their own way in the world. SuperKombat's next event is scheduled for October 1st.

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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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