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Glory of Heroes 6: Genesis Card for January 13th

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Glory of Heroes returns at 9am Eastern time streaming on YY.com with Glory of Heroes 6, featuring their 57.5kg tournament finals. The card, featuring recognizable names like Kem Sitsongpeenong, Zhou Zhipeng, Sergio Wielzen, Maykol Yurk and more promises to deliver on action. 

Card via Kiksie.

57.5kg Tournament Semifinals

Wang Junguang (China) vs. Youshida Akira (Japan)

Yun Qi (China) vs. Hamech Hakim

68kg

Tie Yinghua (China) vs. Maykol Yurk (Brazil)

63kg

Deng Zeqi (China) vs. Stavros Exakoustidis (Greece)

67kg

Yang Zhuo (China) vs. Charles Francois (France)

63kg

Wei Rui (China) vs. Petpanomrung Kiatmoo9 (Thailand)

66kg

Qiu Jianliang (China) vs. Kem Sitsongpeenong (Thailand)

73kg

Zhou Zhipeng (China) vs. Seyedisa Alamdarnezam (Iran)

60kg

Li Ning (China) vs. Sergio Wielzen (Netherlands)

57.5kg Tournament Final

TBA vs. TBA

 

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Wu Lin Feng Card including Kaew and Kubo

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Wu Lin Feng (WLF) will be holding a show this weekend Jan 14 at the Henan TV Studio 8 in Zhengzhou, Henan, China. Thanks to our friends at kiksie.com we have the full card and still hoping for a link. This card has some huge names like the current K-1 65kgs champ Kaew Weerasakreck, Yi long, Fang Bian, Yuta Kubo, Saiyok plus a great 70kg 4-man tournament featuring Enriko Kehl and also an 8-man 63kgs tournament.

Full Card

70kg Tournament Reserve Fight - Song Shaoqiu (China) vs. Hassan Toy (Netherlands)

16-man 70kg Tournament Semifinals

Semifinal 1 - Farkhad Akhmejanau (Belarus) vs. Enriko Kehl (Germany)

Semifinal 2 - Jiao Fukai (China) vs. Shamil Gasanbekov (Russia)

 

8-man 63kg Tournament Quarterfinals

Quarter Final 1 - Wang Zhiwei (China) vs. Adrian Maxim (Romania)

Quarter Final 2 - Jin Ying (China) vs. Joan Canaveral (Colombia)

Quarter Final 3 - Zhao Fuxiang (China) vs. Joey Baylon (New Zealand)

Quarter Final 4 - Liu Wei (China) vs. Tamerlan Bashirov (Russia)

 

73.5kg - Sun Weiqiang (China) vs. Saiyok Pumpanmuang (Thailand)

67.5kg - Xie Lei (China) vs. Yuta Kubo (Japan)

65kg - Wang Pengfei (China) vs. Kaew Weerasakreck (Thailand)

75kg - Yi Long (China) vs. Marco Piqué (Suriname)

 

63kg Tournament Semifinals

Winner Quarter Final 1 vs. Winner Quarter Final 2

Winner Quarter Final 3 vs. Winner Quarter Final 4

 

70kg Tournament Final - Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2

 

80kg - Fang Bian (China) vs. Berat Aliu (Germany)

93kg - Hao Guanghua (China) vs. Oleg Primachev (Ukraine)

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First Details on February 18th Enfusion Live Card

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Enfusion Live returns on February 18th with their next event, Enfusion Live #46, featuring Daniel Sam vs. Fikri Ameziane, Yassin Baitar vs. Crice Boussoukou and the rematch that everyone has been waiting for in Nordin Ben Moh against Mohammed Jaraya. The first fight between the two was perhaps the fight of the year in 2016 and expectations are extremely high for this bout.

Enfusion World Title: Ilias Bulaid vs. Zakaria Zouggary

Ismael Lazaar vs. Martin Pacas

Ibrahim El Boustati vs. Ulrik Bokeme

Enfusion League: Tafun Ozcan vs. Jonay Risco

Enfusion League: Nordin Ben-Moh vs. Mohammed Jaraya

Enfusion League: Yassin Baitar vs. Crice Boussoukou

Samantha Van Doorn vs. Georgina Van Der linden

Fikri Ameziane vs. Daniel Sam

Aziz Kallah vs. Endy Semeleer

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Card for SuperStar Fight VII on Jan. 13th featuring Cosmo, Nattawut and More

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On January 13th Chinese promotion SuperStar Fight will run their seventh event. The promotion, a subsidiary of Chinese congolomerate Huahua Media, looks to meld together entertainment with sport by featuring not only fighting stars of multiple disciplines per show (kickboxing muay thai, MMA), but also featuring film, television and cosplay stars during their events. 

Here's a look at their upcoming card.

Shiqiang Song(CHN) VS Li Yang(CHN)---62Kg of Kickboxing 3R/3M

Wu Zhang(CHN) VS Xuchao Gao(CHN)---66Kg of Kickboxing 3R/3M

Xianchao Zhao(CHN) VS Zhijie Deng(CHN)---65Kg of MMA 3R/5M

Alexin Donnie(USA) VS Riguleng Baoshe(CHN)---75Kg Tournament,Semi-final 3R/3M

Carlos Hicks(NZL) VS Shiyuan Li(CHN)---75Kg Tournament,Semi-final 3R/3M

Jo Nattawut(TH) VS Yan Zhao(CHN)---70Kg of Kickboxing 3R/3M

Cosmo Alexandre(BRA) VS Xiaofeng Tan(CHN)---77Kg of Muay Thai 3R/3M

KANG JIN HEE(KOR) VS Dandan Hu(CHN)---63Kg of MMA (Fighting Goddess)  3R/5M

Naoya Fukuoka(JPN) VS Dongqiang Lu(CHN)---65Kg of Kickboxing 3R/3M

Beno Adamia(GEO) VS Buren Wuliji(CHN)---63Kg of MMA  3R/5M

Mohammadhos Sein Doroudian(IR) VS Zhenyou Huang(CHN)---75Kg of Kickboxing  3R/3M

Nuralizoda Fozil(TJK) VS Rong Fan(CHN)---85Kg of MMA  3R/5M

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VIDEO: Masato's Fight With Takanori Gomi From New Year's Eve

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While the legendary Masato may be retired, that doesn't mean that he doesn't like to entertain audiences from time-to-time. For the second year in a row, Masato participated in an exhibition bout for the New Year's Eve variety show Kyokugen in Japan. Last year was a bout with rival KID Yamamoto, while this year was a kickboxing exhibition bout with PRIDE lightweight legend Takanori Gomi.

Both men were a huge part of the boom years of Japan's obsession with kakutougi and this fight did take a back seat to RIZIN due to its nature, but it's still worth a watch and has some really crazy moments for two guys fighting for essentially nothing but fun.

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Updated Card for KNOCK OUT vol.1 on Feb. 12th

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KNOCK OUT has provided an updated look at their second event, KNOCK OUT vol.1, which takes place on February 12th from the Ota-city General Gym in Japan. The card features now two-time MMA veteran Tenshin Nasukawa who made his MMA debut at RIZIN in the final days of December, scoring a TKO victory only to come back two days later and score a submission victory, making an even bigger name for himself in Japan. He's still without an opponent, but the main event promises to be a big one with Genji Umeno taking on Juan Mario Kaewsamrit.

UPDATE: 1/11

They've added a few more fights to the mix, including Tenshin Nasukawa getting an opponent in Amnat Ruenroeng. It's another former Thai champion for the young Tenshin.

2017.2.12 "KNOCK OUT vol.1" Ota-city General Gymnasium

3×5R 61.5kg 135lb

Genji Umeno(37W,7L,3D) vs juan mario kaewsamrit (88W,40L,4D)

3×5R 67kg 147lb

Kenta(44W,16L,4D) vs Indo Shinya(14W,5L,1D)

3×5R 64kg 141lb

Fukashi(28W,8L,2D) vs Yamaguti Hiroto(20W,9L)

Tenshin Nasukawa(17W) vs Amnat Ruenroeng(67勝34敗15D)

Hikaru Machida(30W,12L,3D) vs DJ.taiki(4W2L)

Hirotoshi Murata(21W8L2D) vs Yosuke Morii(36W7L3D)

Hiroya Haga(16W5L3D) vs Eisaku Ogasawara(23W3L)

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Tenshin Nasukawa Makes RIZIN MMA Debut And Cements Superstar Status

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Eighteen-year-old Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa made his MMA debut tonight at RIZIN MMA in Japan, proving himself not only to be a force to be reckoned with in muay thai and kickboxing, but in MMA as well. HEading into the fight there were the usual fears that the kickboxing community has when a star kickboxer decides to try their hand at MMA. You'd need to look no further than the bout that preceded Tenshin's, where Andy Souwer was submitted via armbar in the first round to Kazuyuki Miyata. To say that Japanese matchmakers are ruthless in looking for entertainment is an understatement; they thrive on pairing grapplers against strikers in hopes of a highlight reel knockout or submission.

And Tenshin was almost submitted by Nakita Sapun.

All of that happened because Tenshin was unafraid to go to the ground with an actual MMA fighter. Sapun is not much of a grappler, but does have more experience in the MMA ring than Tenshin does, obviously.

Yet, still, Tenshin felt comfortable taking the fight to the ground while everyone expected it to be a stand-up battle. After surviving that sick armbar, most kickboxers would back off, wait for their opponent to get up and fight their own fight. Tenshin didn't do that. Oh no. Instead, he waited and pounced when he saw his opening, winning via TKO.

Then, in something that is very much uniquely Japanese (and why is it?), he grabbed the microphone and appealed for another fight in two nights at RIZIN's next event, claiming that he'd want to fill in for the injured Krazy Horse against Minoru Kimura. Imagine that, a KNOCK OUT and K-1 showdown in MMA rules. My god. The kid who almost had his arm busted wanted more. There wasn't some sap in a suit jamming a mic in his face asking him what he wanted, or to walk him through the finish, he just expressed himself and was aloud to make himself a bigger star. Nobuhiko Takada claimed if the doctors would clear him he could fight.

His debut knockout victory already made him a viral star, but now at one of the biggest Japanese fighting events of the year he proved himself gutsy, talented and fearless with an incredibly bright future ahead of him. We've been searching high-and-low for the next big Japanese kickboxing star to help spark a resurgence of the sport in Japan and it feels like Tenshin could be that fighter. 

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Kunlun Fight 56 Featuring 70kg Tournament and Buakaw

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On January 1st Kunlun Fight will conclude their 70kg tournament with the finals in Sanya, Hainan, China. The tournament, featuring Superbon Banchamek, Davit Kiria, Cedric Manhoef and Jomthong Chuwattana should deliver fireworks, as should Buakaw Banchamek making yet another Kunlun appearance against Tian Xian. As always, Kunlun Fight jams their cards full of names and just about every show has an impact on the world rankings.

70kg Artem Pashporin vs. Arhit

60kg Denis Puric vs. Wang Wenfeng

67kg Melsik Baghdasaryan vs. Gu Hui

75kg Perviz Abdullayev vs. Law Chosing

65kg Kim Minsu vs. Wei Ninghui

120kg Andrey Gerasimchuk vs. Felipe Micheletti

70kg Tournament Reserve: Dzianis Zuev vs. Mohamed Mezouari

70kg Andrei Kulebin vs. Wu Xuesong

70kg Tian Xin vs. Buakaw Banchamek

70kg Tournament: Superbon Banchamek vs. Cedric Manhoef

70kg Tournament: Davit Kiria vs. Jomthong Chuwattana

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Mohamed Khamal Makes His Enfusion Live Debut in March

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Enfusion Live have promised a bigger and better 2017 and have already announced a slew of signings from Thailand, now their latest acquisition is a Dutch legend at 70kg in Mohamed "Mootje" Khamal. Khamal, who made his name on the Dutch circuit with solid wins over top names like Robin van Roosmalen, Harut Grigorian and Artur Kyshenko. Khamal became an international name with his blistering fights in It's Showtime with Mosab Amrani and van Roosmalen in 2011 before retiring in 2012.

That retirement didn't last long, as most retirements for fighters that young tend to be, with him returning in 2014 and remaining active ever since. His last fight was a loss to legend Andy Souwer in the Netherlands. 

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Fight Card for EM Legend End of the Year Finals

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EM Legend will return for one last event in 2016 with the EM Legend End of Year event, featuring the finals of the 65kg Championship Tournament. As always, there is a wide array of kickboxing and muay thai bouts featured on the event, with many of China's best and brightest featured against fighters from all over the world.

Bashirov Bashir (RUS) vs Mr. Adichet (THA) – 70 KG

Wang AoGang (CHN) vs Huo LiHui (CHN) – 75 KG

Mardi T Zulita (PHI) vs Ji Duo Yi Bu (CHN) – 60 KG

Najib (FRA) vs Han Zihao (CHN) – 62 KG

Igor Osinin (LTU) vs Zhao ChuanLin (CHN) – 63 KG

Zuhro Kholova (TJK) vs Zeng XiaoTing (CHN) – 53 KG

Li QiYu (CHN) vs Liang YuanHao (CHN) – 66 KG

Ampo Rukiya (JPN) vs Shi YunFei (CHN) – 65 KG

Chaiwat (THA) vs Xie Wei (CHN) – 67 KG

Vitali Dubina (UKR) vs Zhao Xiaoyu (CHN) – 70 KG

65kg Championship Tournament: Senmanee (THA) vs Manas (THA) – 65 KG

65kg Championship Tournament: Rasul (RUS) vs Anvar (UZB) – 65 KG

Mohammad Boulef (FRA) vs Zhu Xu (CHN) – 60 KG

Mohammad Ghaedibardeh (IRI) vs Aleksandr Shuliak (RUS) – 78 KG

Sherzad Babazhanau (BLG) vs Carlos Ulberg (NZL) – 93 KG

Manabe Ryuta (JPN) vs Chen ChangLin (CHN) – 60 KG

Ali Qaradaghi (IRQ) vs Islam (RUS) – 75 KG

John Kevin (NZL) vs Julius Mocka (LTU) – 100+ KG

Saeki Masaya (JPN) vs Zhang ChengLong (CHN) – 64 KG

Ramil (BLR) vs Denphanom (THA) – 70 KG

Evgenii (RUS) vs Pu Dongdong (CHN) – 70 KG

Magomedov (RUS) vs Wudi (THA) – 70 KG

Ibrahim El Bouni (MAR) vs Davor Matarugic (NZL) – 90 KG 

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Krush 71 Fight Card

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Krush 71 takes place on December 18th at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. You can watch Live on AbemaTV, Nico Nico, or Gaora at 4am EST/ 1am PST/ 5pm JST.

Full Card

-53kg : Yusei Sakurai vs Naoya Otada

-67kg : Hayato Suzuki vs Ryo Tabata

-63kg : Yuki Ishikawa vs MASA

Heavy weight : Hidekazu Kimura vs K-Jee

-60kg GP : Tatsuya Inaishi vs Riku Anpo

-60kg GP : Masanobu Gosyu vs Yoshiki Harada

-60kg GP : Masahiro Yamamoto vs Go Kato/

-60kg GP : Leona Pettas vs Dynamite Yuta Takahashi

-70kg : Yoichi Yamazaki vs Daisuke Fujimura

-65kg : Yukihiro Komiya vs Masanobu

-58kg : Tatsuya Oiwa vs Kento Ito

Krush -53kg Championship Match : Ryusei vs Yoshiki Takei

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The Importance of December 10th 2016 for Kickboxing

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In kickboxing we have always had a connection to this weekend. Yearly, the drama has always been around who will win the K-1 WGP, which usually went down in in Japan around this time every year. Will an all time great add on to their resume or will a deserving star finally get the white belt. This Glory Germany event just so happen to fall on the exact weekend that we would enjoy the K-1 Mega heavyweight tournament. As I explored this day in the sport further, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Hari/Rico along with a few other narratives added to making December 10th 2016 one of the most important days in the history of Kickboxing. Here is my list of six reason the day was more special than you realize. 

6. French kickboxing

When you think of great French Kickboxers, the list is actually short. You first go to Jerome Lebanner. The heavyweight K-1 Star was awesome and he delivered some of the great kickboxing KOs of all time. Cyril Abidi had some K-1 victories and the Samir Mohammed streak also come to mind. Yet Samir was in international waist high and up kickboxing, which wasn't as popular. Many would say Lebanner if asked about French kickboxing and maybe no one else. Outside of him, most don't think kickboxing, they think Muay Thai. Farid Villaume, Kamel Jamel, Dany Bill, and Chokdee star Dida Diafat are a few of the heroes that pop out at us. 

Enter Nasser Kacem. His gym Nasser-K in Lyon has produced some high level Muay Thai fighters. Fabio Pinca, Yohan Lidon, and Karim and Houcine Bennoui to name a few. However, after years of success in the art of 8 limbs, they started to get calls for kickboxing events. K-1, Shootboxing, Enfusion, Glory, the French team was in high demand. Due to bad match ups and working out the rules, there has been some bumps in the road to being successful kickboxers. Dylan Salvador lost to Makihira Keita due to repeateldy catching the low kick and firing and Karim lost to Hirotaka Urabe in Japan due to a cut as example of loses in big time kickboxing promotions that didn't allow their skill to be showcased. Yet December 10th showed that not just Nasser K, but the French may have figured the game out. Fabio Pinca won a clear decision over aggressive Moroccan/Dutch fighter Mosab Amrani, who has the style and volume to get up on kickboxing cards. Fabio was up to the task with effective offense and slick movement to limit the scores. He took a clear decision. Dylan Salvador was a late addition to the card, but he beat tournament favorite Anotoly Moiseev and Hynsi Beqiri to take his first major kickboxing promotion tournament win. It wasn't just the Nasser K team. Female fighter Amel Dehby made it to the Glory women's title match and Cedric Doumbe(more on him later) won the 77kgs Title from long time champ Nieky Holzken. It was truly a great day in kickboxing for France, who has some of the best promoters in the world and they sell out shows on a regular basis. These promoters can develop and showcase the elite stars of France for years to come. 

5. They old guard still has it. 

I knew that Giorgio Petrosyan would be headlining the Bellator/Oktagon Kickboxing card. I knew that Badr Hari was of course fighting on the Glory card. I had no idea that Buakaw was fighting. I watched him fight solid journeyman fighter Andre Kulebin on auto pilot for a kickboxing promotion in Lebanon of all places. He beat Kulebin with very little effort and when Kulebin attempted to turn up the pace, the far superior Buakaw just swept him or caught him with a counter kick, easy work for Buakaw who also has a victory over Dylan Salvador this year. Badr Hari may have injured himself, but before it he showed great poise and clean kickboxing. Giorgio Petrosyan, fighting at home, once again put on a memorable performance by stopping the very talented Jordan Watson. KO pop in both hands (when he doesn't break them), he found his right hook early and closed the show. At one period of time these men were considered the best in their weight classes on the planet and Giorgio may still be the best. All three men are in their 30s.

4. The Women Emerge

Overall it was a failed tournament. There was very few exciting moments or memorable fights. Best female fighter in the world Anissa Mekson was excluded from the tournament and Iman Barlow's Enfusion contract was in conflict with the Glory schedule so she was out too. Add a few injuries and the Glory tournament was not great. But the moment they announced Tiffany van Soest as the winner, her celebration and tears made you forget it all. The crowd was not very moved during her fight, but the moment she began to talk about accomplishing a dream, white belt larger than her torso, the crowd found applause. Adding to this night, Denise Kielholtz avenged a loss that she shouldn't have had to Gloria Peritore. It can be tough to bounce back when he cards wrongfully go the other way, but Denise beat Gloria in her back yard to win the inaugural 125 Bellator kickboxing championship in Florence Italy. Women's kickboxing was almost non existent in televised form. Yet the emergence of female success in the UFC has opened the door for kickboxing to showcase athletes that otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity. It was great seeing both of these ladies wearing titles and I am excited to see what the future holds. 

3. Cedric Doumbe 

I predicted that Cedric Doumbe would beat Yoann Kongolo in his Glory debut. I thought he had the tools and the charisma to be a future star in the sport. He came up short that night, but did not let it stop him. He won 14 of 15 fights in the last year and a half and the one loss was a robbery to Fang Bian. In that list includes a win over Murthel Groenhart, who fought with emotion and looked for the KO, while Cedric intelligently played the points game. Cedric looked to antagonize again, witty tea shirts and trash talk lead up to this bout. Nieky Holzken walked him down and looked for power punching opportunities. Doumbe again played smart, combinations to kicks and movement gave him a clear decision and made him the Glory Welterweight Champion. Holzken wasn't just champion, he was the Glory brand's most celebrated star and he has also produced the most memorable results in the past three years. Cedric beat the biggest somebody in the sport. Cedric has all the tools and he is an active champ, fighting for Glory or whoever. His natural charisma and ability to sell himself means that kickboxing once again has a young star to carry it into the future. Cedric is only 24 years old

2. The Long Card

Glory has stayed with a TV model of 4 or 5 fights on the undercard, and 5 fights on the televised US card. Yet in the history of kickboxing, co-promoting has created some mega cards. I watched Errol Zimmerman win the K-1 European GP and was blessed to see that Its Showtime attached a card that had Holzken vs Mes, Giorgio Petrosyan and much more on that day in Amsterdam. This Glory card had 14 fights and two tournaments in it. I do not think that they are ready to commit to a PPV model, but I do think they will add to their ticket sales if they are giving such a wealth of product for the price. 

1. Hari vs Rico

Lets exclude how it finished. Glory has been unlucky with several of their final fights. Injuries, bad stoppages, and even having an athlete quit in frustration with ref interference. Now that that has been acknowledged, lets move on to the great. Glory 36 put together a great card that ended with an injury victory for Rico Verhoeven over Badr Hari. Until the injury, it was what we hoped for and then some. The preflight in itself was almost worth the PPV.  Badr Hari, coming to the ring with his mob and personal Dutch rap song blaring, created a buzz and tension that literally had my heart racing. I knew I was about to watch something special. Adding to the moment, Badr gets into the ring, and whether it was mental game or fan fair, a crowd of people approached the ropes and yelled just outside the ring. Security had to calm the supporters down, while several cornermen attempted to help by directing the audience back to their seat. The announcer made several attempts to pacify the crowd before the fight started. It was of no good. The crowd was crazy until the end and even started a few fights of their own. This was all before the fight. The kickboxing action was fast and technical, making a great fight by both guys until the injury stopped it. 

I have never experienced buzz for a fight like this. It was the best kickboxer against the biggest star in the sport. Badr, who many in the US do not even know, proved that he is still a big deal in Europe and his followers will travel to support him with their voices and their fists if it comes down to it. The usually K-1 Buzz was special, but we haven't had one in years. Since Glory has had title fights instead of tournaments, the buzz was more about the consistency of the fight cards than the fights. Last year bringing major kickboxing back to Amsterdam was the big win. This year it was putting together the "I'll believe it when I see it" fight. Injury aside, it was a fantastic moment for the sport and it brought back the special feeling we are use to having in this sport, on this weekend. 

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SuperKombat Announces US Television Deal with CBS Sports Network

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After the rumors had been around for a few months that SuperKombat had worked out a television deal in the United States, they finally announced the deal on December 14th, confirming that they had inked a deal with CBS Sports Network. CBS Sports Network has aired combat sports in the past, including MMA promotions like Titan MMA, Cage Fury and others, as well as formerly airing the GLORY SuperFight Series. 

The deal for 2017 is for CBS Sports Network to air six SuperKombat events and that the events will be kickboxing with some MMA sprinkled in as well. Eduard Irimia issued a statement in a press release today. “We are very excited to have CBS Sports Network air Superkombat and to have our brand exposed through a major sports network in the United States. After six years of live events broadcast in 95 countries, five continents, and commentary in 22 languages, we are proud to bring Superkombat to CBS Sports Network and provide exposure for the brand across the United States and Canada.” 

CBS Sports Network is in approximately 60 million homes in the United States and Canada.

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Early Card For KNOCK OUT vol.1 Plus 2017 Schedule

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After what was an exciting inaugural event for the Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT with their vol.0 event, featuring Tenshin Nasukawa's insane spinning back kick knockout and a six-fight event that featured a staggering five knockouts, the promotion is ready to march into 2017 by announcing their next four events. They will be running three events in Ota-City General Gymnasium, which can accommodate for 4,100 spectators, while once again running Tokyo Dome City Hall (formerly JCB Hall) in the summer, which they ran their first event at and can hold about 3,100 fans. 

What they've released of the card thus far is merely a list of names, but the inclusion of Genji Umeno and Tenshin Nasukawa once again should definitely be a crowd pleaser.

KNOCK OUT 2017 event schedule

2017.2.12 "KNOCK OUT vol.1" Ota-city General Gymnasium

2017.4.1 "KNOCK OUT vol.2" Ota-city General Gymnasium

2017 6.17 "KNOCK OUT vol.3" TOKYO DOME CITY HALL

2017.8.20 "KNOCK OUT vol.4" Ota-city General Gymnasium

KNOCK OUT vol.1

Genji Umeno vs TBA

Tenshin Nasukawa vs TBA

Hikaru Machida vs TBA

Taison Maegchi vs TBA

Indo Shinya vs TBA

 

 

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Enfusion Aims for 2017 Expansion With Buakaw, Yodsanklai and More

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Today at their latest live event, Enfusion Live announced massive plans for 2017. After running a number of successful shows in 2016, they will be expanding to 20 shows in 2017, including three leagues at 67kg, 72.5kg and 85kg. On top of that, they announced a set of new signings for the promotion that are sure to entice fans, the biggest of which is former K-1 World MAX Champion Buakaw Banchamek. Buakaw has mainly been fighting in China, including a series of fights with Chinese legend Yi Long that has set the world on fire. 

Buakaw has been a draw anywhere he's gone since the dissolving of FEG's K-1, making worldwide headlines for his many (and I do mean many) problems with management, business partners, promotions and more, including a scandal with K-1 in Pattaya where Banchamek and his team claimed K-1 was fixing fights, changing the rules late and a plethora of other claims. This came hot-off-the-heels of his departures from Thai Fight and MAX Muay Thai before moving on temporarily to Topking, then to Kunlun Fight and WLF in China where he's currently been competing. 

They've also added Thai legend Yodsanklai Fairtex who has carved out a name for himself all over the world, although things have been quiet for Yod over the past year thanks to a nagging injury. On top of that they've snagged Superbon and Jomhod. If Enfusion somehow isn't planning on running a show or two in Thailand they'd be nuts.

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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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