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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SuperKombat Puts Last Seven Events Up for Free on YouTube

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If you have been looking for something to do during the doldrums of the summer heat then look no further than the world of kickboxing. SuperKombat has uploaded their last seven events to their official YouTube channel making the full events available for free. You can check out their official YouTube channel here.

You can easily access each show via the playlists.

This will have to hold you over until August 1st when SuperKombat returns with the SuperKombat WGP IV in Romania.

Headline Event - SUPERKOMBAT Super Cruiserweight Championship
Andrei Stoica vs. Fred Sikking
Superfights
Bogdan Stoica vs. Fabio Kwasi
Raul Cătinaș vs. Viktor Bugotzki 
Gökhan Gedik vs. Robert Dorin
Atakan Arslan vs. Alex Filip
Andrei Ostrovanu vs. Cristian Milea
Cristian Spetcu vs. TBA
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Press Release: Mixed Striking Championship Live on GFL.tv on July 25th

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MIXED STRIKING CHAMPIONSHIP CONTINUES ITS COMBAT SPORTS REVOLUTION

WITH STACKED FIGHT CARD ON FRIDAY, JULY 25

 

KO Artist Alan “The Rebel” Arzeno Battles Johnavan

Vistante in Welterweight Main Event

 

Live on GFL.tv from Miami, Fla.

 

MIAMI, Fla. (July 16, 2015) –With its patented “EVO” competition glove and an assembly of combatants from a vast array of striking-based martial arts disciplines, Mixed Striking Championship (MSCFights.com) will continue its bid to provide the most exciting, action-packed sports entertainment experience in world-class, professional martial arts combat sports with its second live event at BankUnited Center in Miami, Fla. on Saturday, July 25, live on Go Fight Live (GFL.tv).

In the welterweight (170 pounds) main event of a 9-bout fight card, Combate Americas MMA competition reality series star, and hard-hitting Muay Thai specialist, Alan “The Rebel” Arzeno (1-0, 1 KO, MSC) will square off with battle-tested Johnavan Vistante (0-1 MSC).

“We are excited to be back in action with a fight card that is loaded with some of the best American strikers from their respective martial arts disciplines,” said MSC President Wayne Bermudez, whose promotion allows its fighters to use punches and kicks as well as both elbow and knee strikes in competition.

“MSC is poised to break new ground in the world of combat sports,” continued Bermudez, “with our talent, our matchmaking and, of course, our compact ‘EVO’ competition glove that essentially places all of our fighters on an even playing field in the ring, since many martial artists are not accustomed to using boxing gloves.”

Carefully constructed to protect the hands of MSC fighters, the EVO glove is curved at the fingers to provide the feel of a boxing glove, and is fully enclosed at the thumb to avoid eye pokes. The glove has separate, webbed fingers that are stitched together to enable advanced hand mobility.

Arzeno of Miami is coming off a spectacular performance at the inaugural MSC event on April 18 when the Combate Americas MMA competition reality series star scored a quick and devastating, first round (:46) KO on Whitney Waddell, with a punishing right hook.

In the co-main event, Taylor Krahl (0-0 MSC) will face Antonio Molloy (0-0 MSC) at a catchweight of 155 pounds.

Murc Jones (0-0 MSC) will square off with Joey “The Real Deal” Rodriguez (0-1 MSC) in a lightweight (155 pounds) contest.

Jimmy Alexander (0-0 MSC) will battle Abe Estacio (0-0 MSC) in a flyweight (125 pounds) affair.

In another flyweight matchup, hard punching Luay Ashkar (0-0 MSC) will lock horns with Josh “Fireball Kid” Mercado (0-0 MSC).

Making his professional combat sports debut, 25-year-old prospect Amos Merriweather (0-0 MSC) will face 23-year-old Harrison Melendez (0-0 MSC) in a 140 pound catchweight bout.

A second 140 pound catchweight contest will pit Edir Terry (0-0 MSC) against aggressive-minded finisher Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath (0-0 MSC).

In a battle between two prospects making their respective professional combat sports debuts, Judah Anderson (0-0 MSC) and Luke Jackson (0-0 MSC) will duke it out at welterweight (170 pounds).

The live GFL.tv stream of MSC 2 will begin at 7 p.m. ET with coverage of the leadoff preliminary bout of the night, a featherweight (145 pounds) meeting between Bruce Lutchmedial (0-0 MSC) and Pedro Cossoma (0-0 MSC).

 

About Mixed Striking Championship
Mixed Striking Championship (MSCFights.com) is a world championship, professional martial arts combat sports franchise that produces live events pitting martial arts fighters, skilled in different combative disciplines, against one another under a set of rules that permits punching, kicking, elbow strikes and knee strikes. MSC is the first franchise in history to outfit its athletes with the patented “EVO” competition glove, a smaller and more compact glove than the traditional boxing glove. Follow MSC on Twitter (@MSCFights)

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New Promo for Next Friday's Legacy Kickboxing 3

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Next weekend on AXS TV Legacy FC will be presenting Legacy Kickboxing 3. There's something to be said for the kickboxing boom of the past few years and there is starting to be a rumbling for kickboxing. Legacy Kickboxing is proof of concept here, with them drawing solid crowds and garnering the same amount of attention that the usual Friday night fare on AXS TV, which is usually for MMA. 

Legacy Kickboxing 3 goes down next Friday and is solid stuff to whet appetites for Lion Fight the following week and Glory the week after that. Check out the full card here.

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Watch Ilias Bulaid's Crazy Knee KO From Enfusion 30

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Chances are before this weekend you hadn't heard of Simon Santana, but you had probably heard the name Ilias Bulaid. Enfusion is okay with that because Ilias Bulaid is only 20 years old and they released a press statement today claiming that Edwin van Os, the man behind Enfusion and manager of Bulaid, wanted to bring Bulaid up slowly against talents on his level. According to them Bulaid is now ready for the big names of the world and they want you to know that.

What better way to show that than releasing footage from his pretty crazy knockout from Enfusion 30 this past weekend, right? Check it out. This kid is probably going to go places.

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Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt Official for Akhmat Fight Show in Grozny

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Yesterday we reported that Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt was rumored for Grozny in Russia but there were no real details or promotional materials to verify this. Today after the news had spread throughout the internet it was confirmed that Badr Hari will indeed fight Ismael Londt on August 22nd in Grozny, Russia under the banner of Akhmat Fight Show. Needless to say this seems to be all signs pointing towards the fight happening considering Badr Hari has been linked with Ramzan Kadyrov in the past and is considered a personal friend of Kadyrov.

For those unaware of Akhmat Fight Show, there was a previous Akhmat show earlier this year that was associated with the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov. Our friend Patrick Wyman documented the issues with Kadyrov's association with combat sports and his questionable methods and associations. This should be interesting. Badr Hari fighting on a show linked with an accused Russian war criminal. 

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Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt Rumored for August 22nd in Grozny

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The name Badr Hari comes with a lot of associations these days, a lot of them from his days under the K-1 banner and the rest involving criminal ties and assault charges. None of these associations seem to be about current day Badr Hari fights. We know that Badr Hari has links to GFC in Dubai and will continue fighting for them in the future, we also know that there is a now-mythical fight to happen between Badr Hari and Catalin Morosanu, originally scheduled for May and now maybe happening in October, but outside of that Badr Hari is the unicorn of the kickboxing world.

He's currently celebrating Ramadan, which is heading into its final week of fasting and reflection. Social media has been abuzz over the past few days when the Mike's Gym instagram posted a promo photo for Ismael Londt vs. Badr Hari on August 22nd in Grozny. Londt shared it on Facebook as well but when it comes to Badr Hari fights taking place in strange, Russian cities there should always be some serious questions as to the validity of said fight. Until Badr Hari himself has someone post on his official page that he's fighting Ismael Londt on August 22nd, hell, until they actually step into the ring together we just don't know what will happen.

Interestingly enough, the promo shot that they used was from the 2014 A1 Cup event scheduled to be held in the Netherlands that was canceled at the last moment.

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Giorgio Petrosyan's Next Fight Scheduled for August 28th in China

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Today through Carlo di Blasi's Fight 1 it was announced that an agreement between Venum Victory World Series and a Chinese promotion would bring some big things. The fist of which is on October 24th Chinese champion Li Zikai will enter the VVWS in Panama. The second is that the next fight for Giorgio Petrosyan will be on August 28th in China in an promotion called Hero Legend.

No, I'm not quite sure what that is, but if that is where Giorgio Petrosyan is fighting next that is where the world's eyes will turn to in short order. Giorgio Petrosyan is well known and respected as one of, if not the best 70kg fighter in the entire world. His one loss of the past few years was to Andy Ristie and it looks like we won't see that rematch any time soon, which is a bummer. Still, a Petrosyan fight is a big deal. Since returning to action this year he holds victories of Erkhan Varol and Enriko Kehl.

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Kunlun Fight 28 is Looking Stacked Thus Far

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On July 19th we get yet another gift from China by the way of Kunlun Fight 28, including the continuation of their 70kg and 80kg tournaments featuring Anatoly Moiseev and Jonay Risco in the 70kg category and Alexander Stetsurenko and Jason Wilnis at 80kg. There are of course superfights as well and it's safe to say that Kunlun just keeps on pumping out quality over in China.

 

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Enfusion Live #30 This Weekend in Dublin

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This weekend in Dublin, Ireland Enfusion returns to your screen with Enfusion Live #30. There are two title fights on this show, including the women's -54kg Enfusion World Title with Iman Barlow fighting Samantha van Doorn. The main event sees the Men's Enfusion World Title at -67kg between Ilias Bulaid and Simon Santana. The event can be viewed on EnfusionLive.com for free with registration.

1. 3X3-75Kg

Karl McCallig (Ireland) Vs Mateusz Janik (Poland)

2. 5X3Enfusion World Title-54Kg

Iman Barlow (England) Vs Samantha van Doorn (The Netherlands)

3. 3X3-70Kg

Connor White (Northern Ireland) Vs Antonio Gomez (Spain)

4. 3X3-85Kg

Conor Cooke (Northern Ireland) Vs Ibrahim El Boustati (Morocco)

5. 3X3-67Kg

Paul Norton (Ireland) Vs Tomasz Marcisauskas (Lithuania)

6. 5X3Enfusion World Title-67Kg

Ilias Bulaid (Morocco) Vs Simon Santana (Norway)

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Full Card for WGP 25 Featuring Alex Pereira vs. Cesar Almeida

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WGP will return with WGP 25 on July 25th in Sao Paulo, Brazil featuring GLORY standout Alex Pereira vs. Cesar Almeida for the WGP 85kg Championship. Also on the card is a 71.8kg tournament featuring K-1 veteran Wallace Lopes. The event will be streamed live for FREE, so check that out.

Super Fight 1 
K1 Rules - 60 Kg 
Felipe Suekuni (Inside Munil Adriano) x Hector Santiago (Santiago Team / Seven Fight Team) 
 
Super Fight 2 
K1 Rules - 78 Kg 
Michel Pope (UFT) x Thiago "Golden Boy" Conception (Thailand Top Team) 
 
Super Fight 3 
K1 Rules - 66.8 Kg 
Maycon Oller (ABKB / Serginho Team) x Johnny "Kabeça" (TCT) 
 
Super Fight 4 
K1 Rules - 94kg 
Wallyson "Magilla" Carvalho (A2F Arena / Yoshinaga Team) x Thiago "Beowulf" (China Team) 
 
Co-main event: Challenger GP 
Semifinal 1 
K1 Rules - 71.8 kg 
Bruno Gazani (ABC Union) x Alex "Kangaroo" Alves (Corinthians Kickboxing) 
 
Co-main event: Challenger GP 
Semifinal 2 
K1 Rules - 71.8 kg 
Marcelo "Zika" Dionysius (San Martino Team) x Wallace "Negão" Lopes (FX Fight Team) 
 
Super Fight 5 
K1 Rules - 75 Kg 
Alvaro Gonzalez (Uruguay) x Tadeu San Martino (UFT / San Martino Team) 
 
Super Fight 6 
K1 Rules - 69.1 Kg 
Damian Segovia (Argentina) x Munil Adriano (Inside Munil Adriano) 
 
Co-main event: Challenger GP 
End 
K1 Rules - 71.8 kg 
Winner of semifinal 1 semifinal 2 x Winner 
 
Main Event: WGP Kickboxing Championship
K1 Rules - 85 kg 
Cesar "Cesinha" Almeida x Alex "Po Atan" Pereira 
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VIDEO: Mike Zambidis Victorious Against Steve Moxon in Retirement Bout

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Well damn. Sometimes the good comes with the bad. This weekend was the retirement of one of the all-time greats in the sport of kickboxing in Iron Mike Zambidis. Zambidis had endeared himself to fans all across the world with his explosive and exciting fighting style and never-say-die attitude, but it was time for him to hang up the gloves. Zambidis had to make the tough decision but in pure Mike Zambidis fashion he decided to go out on his own terms. Most fighters would have fought in front of their hometown against someone that would be a pushover to create a memorable last victory. Zambidis is not that guy. 

Oh no, Mike Zambidis wanted to fight a top-ranked Steve Moxon who had laid out a challenge to him last year. It was a title vs. title affair and it was Mike Zambidis's retirement. How did it go? Well, Zambidis goes out with a huge victory and you can watch the fight here.

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Enfusion Releases the Rest of Their 2015 Schedule

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In the sport of kickboxing it is difficult to not appreciate it when a promotion thinks ahead to the future, which is what makes Enfusion Live a delight at times. Enfusion Live have released the remainder of their 2015 schedule and it's just nice to see a road map being released by a promotion that takes a lot of the guesswork out of it for fans. The next Enfusion event, Enfusion Live #30 takes place in Dublin on July 11th, from there this is what 2015 looks like;

#31 Malaga, Spain 19.09.2015

#32 Gent, Belgium 10.10.2015

#33 Martigny, Switzerland 07.11.2015

#34 Groningen, The Netherlands 21.11.2015

#35 A Christmas Edition (to be announced)

Enfusion Live #31 will also include fights to determine who moves on to the quarterfinals of their big 70kg tournament next year, the names participating in this are Christopher Mena, Adam Martins, Phillipe Salmon and Beau Superpro Samui. Their 70kg title has been declared vacant and they will be looking for a new champion. They will also look to crown a 72.5kg champion in the near future, with that being one of their new weight classes.

They've promised bigger and better shows in 2016 and have also decided a slight overhaul of their rules starting on the Spain card, which will see changes to how throws are counted. 

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Card For SuperKombat WGP III 2015

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This Weekend in Constanta we'll see SuperKombat back after their show just this past weekend in Switzerland. This one promises to be a bigger show, it being a part of their World Grand Prix series. This show features a lot of bigger name fighters including Cristian Ristea, Sebastian Ciobanu, Andrei Stoica, Alex Filip and yes, Catalin Morosanu. 

NEW HEROES

1. Super-Fight –  (-71 kg)

Eduard Chelaru vs Andrei Leuştean

2. Super-Fight – (-81 kg)

Ionut Şandur vs Mirel Iacob

3. Super-Fight – (-81 kg)

Alin Maurer vs Adrian Roşca

4. Super-Fight – (-71 kg)

Robert Stoica vs Madalin Crăciunică

7. Super-Fight – (-77 kg)

 

Alex Irimia (România) vs Alex Filip (România)

SUPERKOMBAT WORLD GRAND PRIX III 

1. Super-Fight – (-86 kg)

Onur Sahin (Turcia) vs Alexandru Nedelcu (România)

2. Super-Fight – (-92 kg)

Dorin Robert (România) vs Laszlo Nemeş (România)

3. Super-Fight – (-95 kg)

Gokhan Gedik (Turcia) vs Cristian Ristea (România)

4. Super-Fight – (-92 kg)

Fabio Kwasi (Surinam) vs Sebastian Ciobanu (România)

5. Super-Fight – (-95 kg)

Abdarhmane Coulibaly (Franţa) vs Andrei Stoica (România)

6. Super-Fight – (+96 kg)

Colin George (Olanda) vs Cătălin Moroşanu (România)

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Card for July 24th's Legacy Kickboxing 3

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On July 24th Legacy Fights will return with their third kickboxing offering, Legacy Kickboxing 3. LK3 will continue in their quest to crown a Light Heavyweight Champion with two quarterfinals in their tournament, including Manny Mancha vs. Fernando Almeida and Andres Van Engelen vs. Danny Mitchell. The big fight of the night, though, is the inclusion of Valentina Schevchenko against Anke Van Gestle in what should be an entertaining bout.

This event will air on AXS TV.

140 – Jordan Wieland 21-3 v. Samuel Mongonia 16-3

147 – Josh Glover 7-0 v. Sean Soriano 8-3  

140 – Justin Houghton 6-2 v. Angel Huerta 5-1

160 – Richard Abraham 6-2 v. Daniel Kim 4-2

Light Hvy Quarterfinals – Manny Mancha 11-2 v Fernando Almeida 9-1

Light Hvy Quarterfinals – Andres Van Engelen 8-1 v Danny Mitchell 4-1 

135 – Anke Van Gestle 22-3 v. Valentina Schevchenko 56-1

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Tyrone Spong Contending for BKB Heavyweight Championship on June 27th

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In an interesting twist of fate Tyrone Spong, the former GLORY and K-1 fighter, will be competing in one of the more odd combat sports amalgamations on June 27th. Spong will be competing against Julian Pollard in BKB -- Big Knockout Boxing -- in Las Vegas for the BKB Heavyweight Championship. If you've somehow missed out on the whole BKB thing over the past year or so it is an organization based out of Las Vegas holding boxing events inside of a "pit" that forces the action.

Think the YAMMA pit and you'll get a solid idea of what it's all about. There are sensors in the gloves of each fighter as well that tells the viewers just how hard and fast the punches are being thrown. Due to the variables in the rules these fights aren't exactly tallied up on BoxRec like most fights are, but it does lead to entertaining bouts. The winner of the fight receives a $30,000 bonus and Spong's asking price for fights is usually pretty high.

While this isn't exactly Spong launching an American boxing career, it could be a good stepping stone to doing so.

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Card for SuperKombat on June 13th

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Much like the spice on Arrakis, the kickboxing must flow or else the wheels of history will grind to a momentary pause. At least that is what I'm going to tell you because I'm pretty sure the world would exist without most forms of sports and entertainment, but it sounds a lot more dramatic the other way around. SuperKombat returns this weekend with SuperKombat Special Edition in Switzerland. Originally slated to feature Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Brian Douwes cooler heads have prevailed and Adegbuyi will not fight a week after he fought Rico Verhoeven.

Instead Daniel Sam has stepped up to the plate and that should actually be a pretty competitive kickboxing match. There is a heavyweight tournament featuring Nikolaj Falin, Enver Sljivar, Michal Reissinger and D'Angelo Marshall and Bogdan Stoica will be in action.

Main card
1. Heavyweight tournament - Semifinal 1 - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)
Nikolaj Falin (Russia) vs Enver Sljivar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
2. Heavyweight tournament - Semifinal 2 - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)
Michal Reissinger (Czech Republic) vs D'Angelo Marshall (Curacao)
3. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Francisco Matos (Switzerland) vs Cristian Milea (Romania)
4. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Faton Vukshinaj (Switzerland) vs Mika Tahitu (Suriname)
5. Super Fight - Super middleweight bout (-77)
Anghel Cardos (Romania) vs Shkodran Veseli (Albania)
6. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)
Zyber Rudaj (Switzerland) vs Errol Koning (Suriname)
7. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)
Daniel Sam (United Kingdom) vs Brian Douwes (Netherlands)
8. Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)
Horace "Boy Boy" Martin (Jamaica) vs Bogdan Stoica (Romania)
9. Heavyweight tournament - Final - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)
Winner of Semifinal 1 vs Winner of Semifinal 2
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Legacy Kickboxing 2 This Friday on AXS TV

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This Friday evening on AXS TV the kicks won't stop coming. Last weekend saw Lion Fight and this weekend will see Legacy FC return with their second kickboxing event in Legacy Kickboxing 2. Legacy Kickboxing 2 will begin a tournament to decide the Legacy Kickboxing Light Heavyweight Champion. It will be an 8-man tournament where this Friday we'll see the first four men compete against each other. The other two bouts in the tournament will happen on July 2nd at Legacy Kickboxing 3 and it will all culminate on October 16th at Legacy Kickboxing 4 in a four-man tournament to decide the champion that night.

The first two bouts that will happen on Friday should pack a punch. Warren Thompson takes on Myron Dennis and Brian Collette takes on Luther Smith. The main event will be between Tommy Deickmann and George Pacurariu. Also on the card will be Andrea K Lee, Matt Schnell and Tony Kelley.

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Mike Zambidis Announces His Retirement Fight is Against Steve Moxon

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When it comes to K-1 MAX fighters there may have been a lot of technical fighters who participated in those tournaments, but most of us fondly remember Mike Zambidis for his battles in the ring. Zambidis was never the biggest guy in the fights, never the most technical, but my god did he leave it all on the line when he stepped into the ring. When Mike Zambidis stepped into the ring you knew that you were going to see some violence, which is more than we can ask for usually.

Zambidis announced his retirement this year, already having one of his two retirement fights. The second fight was announced for June in Greece (venue and date TBA) against Australian slugged Steve Moxon. Moxon has a similar attitude when it comes to going toe-to-toe inside of the ring and there's a very good chance that Zambo will go out in style. Stay tune for more.

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Chad '2Slick' Sugden: Ahead of His Time

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On Saturday night, GLORY veteran Chad Sugden will challenge Michael Wakeling for the IKF 75kg title in the feature bout of The Main Event from the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.

Chad '2Slick' Sugden hails from the town of Newark in the midlands of England and fights out of Suggy's Gym, training under his father and former WKA Light Middleweight World Champion Dean Sugden. Chad is the oldest of three brothers, with 19-year old Regis Sugden and 17-year old Bailey Sugden also following their father's footsteps into the world of combat sports. 

"We've all been training since we were five" Chad reveals, "it started off with hitting the pads, hitting the bag and then I realised I had a bit of a knack for it so I kept at it." Besides growing up with a former world champion as a father, what else does Chad think has contributed to the constant rise of him and his brothers? "We're all good students - we learn, we listen and since we were young, we would never shy away from a challenge. "

Although the bulk of Chad's training is completed under the tutelage of his Dad at the family gym, he has also diversified his training with trips to the legendary Hemmers gym in Holland and with the newly formed 4th Dimension MMA gym in Nottingham. He is willing to train with mixed martial artists, but as for competing in MMA itself? It doesn't seem likely. "It's not really my style" Chad reveals, "I can kickbox with the best, I can box with the best and I want to prove it. Never say never, but it's not really for me".

Whilst Chad has no intentions of following his younger brother Regis into a mixed martial arts bout any time soon, he did not rule out the possibility of returning to the sport of boxing. "It's possible" he states, "I want to enjoy what I'm doing, but I also need to stay busy. This is what I do for a living so if I'm not staying busy, I'm not making money. It all depends on what I'm doing in the future, but for now I want to secure my legacy under K-1/Glory rules."

For many kickboxing fans around the world, Chad's decision to decline GLORY’s offer to fight Karate extraordinaire Raymond Daniels in favour of a bout here in the UK may have come across as a little strange. Understandably so to, as a match with the aforementioned Daniels would have provided Sugden with exposure and an enormous opportunity to prove himself on kickboxing's biggest stage against a highly ranked opponent. The bout may have even had title implications, however before Sugden continues his ascension in the GLORY Welterweight division, he has some unfinished business to attend to.

On Saturday night, the ISKA 72.5kg champ will step-up in weight to fight Enfusion and ISKA 75kg champion Michael Wakeling. Michael and his brother, former GLORY competitor Stephen Wakeling have dominated the UK Muay Thai circuit for years, with Michael remaining unbeaten for over a decade. Whilst Sugden has confidence that his style, skills and specifically his boxing angles with get the upper hand come fight night, even he recognises the steep challenge ahead, admitting that "on paper its a 50/50 fight".

But why is this bout so important you may ask? "It's a massive fight, it's been in the works since November and it's one people in the UK have wanted to see for a while now" Chad explains, "I come from a kickboxing background and Michael is a thai boxer, so it's kickboxing vs. Muay Thai. I'm unbeaten in the UK and Michael hasn't lost in over ten years, but it's time for someone new to wear the crown."  

You see, this is far more than just a IKF title fight. It's a stylistic clash for the ages, with the winner conceivably earning the unofficial title as the pound-for-pound best striker in the whole of the UK.

Chad acknowledges the bout with Wakeling on Saturday provides a steep challenge, but he does still have his eye on the previously proposed GLORY bout with Raymond Daniels. "I'd fight him tomorrow" Chad says confidently "I don't need anymore experience. I've had over one-hundred amateur fights and that's not even including my boxing bouts. I've fought all over the world and at this weight class I'm great. I can't wait to be up there mixing it with the likes of Valtellini and Holzken and I definitely think I can beat them both too." 

Considering Chad only turned 21-years old last month, it's remarkable that he is already this accomplished within the world of kickboxing, but does the future hold for the man known as '2Slick'? "I'm looking to get my hands on that IKF world title, being ranked at number one in the UK at two different weight classes and then I'm coming for the Glory title. I mean, who wouldn't want it?"

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The New Official Badr Hari Documentary Gets Inside of the Bad Boy's Head

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Badr Hari's team has been working on an official documentary about Badr Hari now for a while, a rare look into the life of Badr Hari and for him to get on camera and talk about the highs and lows of his career. It was done in conjunction with our old friend Will "StillWill" Prescott, narrated by Michael Schiavello and shot by Eldar Gross, so you know that the quality for it will be top notch. It's fascinating to see how Badr reasons with some of the bigger mistakes in his career, notably the infamous bout with Remy Bonjasky in the 2008 K-1 finals and the Hesdy Gerges fight. His response was very telling, "I was like, fuck it." 

They even delve into Badr's legal troubles and his thoughts on the loss to Samedov. It's interesting to see how Badr transitioned to seeing fighting as a business as opposed to a passion and how it affected him both in and out of the ring.

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Card For Enfusion Live #29 on Sunday

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On Sunday Enfusion will present Enfusion Live #29 from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This one will feature a one-night 70kg tournament featuring Aziz Kallah, Fatih Ozkan, Tafun Ozcan and Reouan Larkoubi. Also on the card will be Racehl Adamus vs. Sheena Widdershoven for the Enfusion -67kg World Championship. 

The event will air at 21:00 local time on http://www.enfusionlive.com.

1. 3X3       Tournament Reserve fight
Mohammed Ben Nasser (Morocco)      Vs William Diender (The Netherlands)
-70Kg
2. 3X3       Tournament Semi Final
Aziz Kallah (Morocco) Vs Fatih Ozkan (Turkey)
- 70 Kg
3. 3X3       Tournament Semi Final
Tayfun Ozcan (Turkey) Vs Redouan Larkoubi (Morocco) 
- 70 Kg
4. 5X3       Enfusion World Title
Rachel Adamus (The Netherlands)  Vs  Sheena Widdershoven (The Netherlands) 
- 67 Kg
5. 3X3
Serginio Kanters (The Netherlands)  Vs Abdelmounim Mouya (Morocco)
- 75 Kg
6. 3X3
Ilias Bulaid (Morocco) Vs Maxim Federkov (Germany)
- 67Kg
7. 3X3       Tournament Final
Fight 1 winner   Vs          Fight 2 winner
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Card For May 23rd's SuperKombat Event

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This weekend will see the return of SuperKombat in Bucharest, pumping out a New Heroes and WGP card in the same night, featuring some big SuperKombat names to keep the fans happy. The event proper features such names as Amansio Paraschiv, Cristian Milea, Cristian Ristea and of course Bogdan and Andrei Stoica in action as well. It should be a fun, action-packed card that delivers this weekend.

SUPERKOMBAT WORLD GRAND PRIX II - BUCHAREST
Superkombat New Heroes Romania - 20:00 CET (3 rounds x 2 minutes)
1. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)
Ionuţ Stanciu vs Alin Tamaş
2. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Madalin Craciunica vs Adrian Giurgiu
3. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Andrei Ostrovanu vs Eduard Chelariu
4. Super Fight - Lightweight bout (-65 kg)
Songul Yilmaz (Turkey) vs Cristiana Stancu
5. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight (-86 kg)
Cosmin Ionescu vs Costin Mincu
6. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)
Bogdan Qatawneh vs Mirel Iacob
7. Super Fight - Super Middleweight bout (-77 kg)
Benedek Zsolt (Hungary)vs Bogdan Nastase
8. Super Fight – Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Adrian Asoltanii vs Claudiu Badoi
 
SUPERKOMBAT WORLD GRAND PRIX - 22:00 CET, LIVE ON EUROSPORT (3 rounds x 3 minutes)
1. Super Fight - Lightweight bout (-63,5 kg)
Suliman Vazeilles (France) vs Cristian Spetcu (Romania)
 2. Super Fight – Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Hirachidine Saindou (France) vs Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)
3. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Marvin Ullrich (France) vs Cristian Milea (Romania)
4. Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 g)
Ibrahim Giydirir (Turkey) vs Bogdan Stoica (Romania)
5. Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)
Redha Ogdou (France) vs Cristian Ristea (Romania)
6. Super Fight - Super Cruiserweight bout (-95 kg)
Thomas Alizier (France) vs Andrei Stoica (Romania)
7. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)
Giuseppe de Domenico (Italy) vs Ciprian Schiopu (Romania)
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Joe Schilling's Next Fight in Bellator on June 26th

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There has been some speculation as to where we'll see Joe Schilling fight next; the GLORY ring or the Bellator cage. Today that was answered when Bellator announced that Joe Schilling will return to the cage on June 26th against Japanese Middleweight slugger Hisaki Kato. Kato is 4-1, all of his professional bouts happening in the Japanese promotion Heat, all four of those wins coming via knockout, only one fight making it to the second round. 

Schilling is coming off of a decision loss to Rafael Carvalho in April in a fight that turned out to be a lot tougher than anyone had ever imagined it would be. Schilling is looking to bounce back inside of the Bellator cage and a battle against a slugger like Kato could exactly be that chance to make fireworks happen. GLORY fans are still waiting with baited breath for a rematch between Joe and Artem Levin, but after Levin drew against Marcus it looks like it might be a while before the GLORY Middleweight Champion is available to fight Schilling.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme Re-Enacts Kickboxer Dance Scene on Conan

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If you are a fan of kickboxing, action movies or even Artem Levin then you know about the JCVD dance from the film "The Kickboxer." It's a thing of legend now and is still something that is joked about. Hell, Artem Levin enters the ring doing "the dance" to the Beau Williams classic "Feeling So Good Today."

So of course when JCVD appeared on Conan this week he was asked to recreate the dance and, well, a fight breaks out. That's just what happens whenever Feeling So Good Today plays. It is probably a fact at this point.

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Card for Kunlun Fights 25 This Weekend

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This Friday Kunlun Fights 25 will take place in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Once again Artur Kyshenko will be fighting, this time against Dmitry Valent of Belarus and Enriko Kehl is taking on Mohamed Diaby from France. They will also feature a 70kg 4-man tournament. We will keep you updated on how to watch online if its available. Here is the full card by our friends at Kiksie.

Full Card

Kickboxing Tournament Reserve Fight -70kg

Volodymyr Artemenko (Ukraine) vs. Dani Corbeanu (Romania)

Kickboxing Tournament -70kg

Superball Bachamek (Thailand)

Lukasz Plawecki (Poland)

Deng Li (China)

Hichem Menaouine (Spain)

Single Fights

-60kg MMA

Miroslav Kuban (Slovakia) vs. Wu Tieyin (China)

-60kg Kickboxing

Tomas Tkac (Slovakia) vs. Wang Wanben (China)

-67kg Kickboxing

Vlad Tuinov (Russia) vs. Wu Xuesong (China)

-67kg Kickboxing

Matej Kalisky (Slovakia) vs. Chen Junxian (China)

-72kg Kickboxing

Marko Adamovic (Serbia) vs. Zheng Zhaoyu (China)

-71kg MMA

Martin Mihalik (Slovakia) vs. Wu Haotian (China)

-75kg Kickboxing

Peter Lamper (Slovakia) vs. Liu Mingzhi (China)

-75kg Kickboxing

Jan Mazur (Slovakia) vs. Chen Duoli (China)

-79kg Kickboxing

Michal Tomko (Slovakia) vs. Li Baoming (China)

-72,5kg Kickboxing

Enriko Kehl (Germany) vs. Mohamed Diaby (France)

-77kg Kickboxing

Artur Kyshenko (Ukraine) vs. Dmitry Valent (Belarus)

Lethwei -75kg

Igor Danis (Slovakia) vs. Too Too (Myanmar)

World Professional Lethwei Champion Title fight -69,9kg

Vladimir Konsky (Slovakia) vs. Ye Ta Gon (Myanmar)

 

 

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Catalin Morosanu vs. Badr Hari Postponed Due to 'Conditions'

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For Badr Hari and Morosanu fans the upcoming bout between the two sluggers was a highlight for the year. It was Badr Hari's return to the ring after some time off and it was against the best competition that he's faced since Zabit Samedov in 2013. But, much like the proposed fight with Patrice Quateron from a previous GFC event, it looks like the fans will have yet another Badr Hari fight fall through for the time being.

The official statement is vague, citing "conditions" of the fights as the reason. Morosanu isn't one to pull out of a fight and if Badr Hari's social media is any indication he seems ready to go, so one has to assume that there is something strange going on here. Much like when Patrice Quateron was pulled from the Hari fight for not "creating a family friendly atmosphere" before, we are hearing rumors of Badr Hari being unhappy with something heading into this fight. 

For now the entire event is postponed, so it looks like GFC will try to keep the fight between the two together, but if Hari is truly unhappy with the arrangement it may simply not happen. GFC has also promised a more entertaining event than the last one, for what that is worth.

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Bellator Signs Former K-1 and GLORY Star Ewerton Teixeira

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James Law for GLORY Sports International

It's no surprise to those that know how Scott Coker has promoted MMA in the past to know that he enjoys having a stable of kickboxers under his promotional banner to help to create exciting fights. Joe Schilling, Melvin Manhoef, Paul Daley and many others have found themselves gainfully employed by Scott Coker's Bellator and now Ewerton Texieira joins the mix. After FEG's K-1 folded up shop Teixeira turned his attention to MMA where he has a 3-0 record.

The last time that we saw Teixeira in the ring was at GLORY 13 where he competed against Hesdy Gerges in a tightly-contested bout seeing Gerges take the nod. Teixeira is a fighter that hasn't gotten the attention or the credit that he deserves over the years considering that he was a K-1 mainstay and was involved in three K-1 World Grand Prix tournaments before FEG's K-1 dissolved into thin air. He held wins over Jaideep Singh, Musashi, Kyotaro, Jerome Le Banner and even Errol Zimmerman in his K-1 tenure, which is nothing to scoff at. Most people remember Teixeira from his bout with Overeem that ended in a brutal knee KO, but there is a lot more to Teixeira than that.

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Mike Zambidis Announces His Retirement

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Just as yesterday we were posting about Jerome Le Banner's retirement tour a bombshell was dropped today for kickboxing fans as Mike Zambidis has announced his retirement via his Facebook account. The long-time K-1 MAX competitor and current SuperKombat 71kg champion has called it quits after one of the most memorable careers in kickboxing history that has produced some of the greatest fights throughout history.

It looks like his fight on May 9th will be his retirement fight now. Here is his statement in full.

"Thank you very much for being by my side all these years, supporting me with your love and positive energy.

After 24 years, it's time to close my fighting career and give my last two fights.

On May 9th in Cyprus and in Athens in June.

After 177 bouts, 154 wins and 87 knock outs, the experience, knowledge and lessons taken by kick boxing and championship are countless and priceless, some of them that I learned is to dare to dream and succeed in what the others planned that I cannot manage, I learned to invest fear and stress in victories and joy, I learned that when I fall, it's a chance to rest for a while and get up even stronger, experienced and angry to fight for my dreams, I learned that the best defense is forecast, that I can fight with beasts and with the right strategy and training, to knock down them in the ring, that depending on the motivation, the sacrifice is weakened, I learned that with vision, faith, patience, perseverance, discipline and abundant love I can make my wildest dreams come true.

The way was not easy, but this way cultivated me this way of thinking and instincts so I can scramble harder in the ring with the best athletes in the world, winning 15 world titles, always coming out with the Cross and the Greek flag on my chest, representing with pride and respect our country, our culture, our heavy history and what we stand for.

I am looking forward to having you by my side and giving these last two fights in the ring together.

With respect

Iron Mike Zambidis"

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