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Lukas Podolski supports Badr Hari for his next fight October 16th in Dubai

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German soccer player and Arsenal standout Lukas Podolski suffered a hamsting injury last year and began training boxing to hep with recovery. Looks like while he was training he may have watched a few Badr Hari fights and became a fan.

Here is a short video of him hitting the bag and wishing Badr luck on his GFC fight Oct 16th in Dubai against Patrice Quateron.

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Liverkick Throwback: Ronnie Green Vs Joao Vierra II

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

Today we are going way back to the 90's and taking a look at an English fighter who was miles ahead of the game, Ronnie "Machine Gun" Green. Ronnie Green was known for his quick footwork, nasty left hook and hard low kicks. He was one of the very few foreign fighters to go to Thailand, beat the Thai's and be considered a Master now that he has retired. Outside of the ring Ronnie is a very quiet, polite and humble man. He will never brag about being a multiple time world champion in 3 different weight classes, to be honest he would probably never even mention kickboxing, but when you watch him fight his skills are remarkable. I have watched him since I was probably 5 or 6 years old and I feel that he is one of the best fighters of all time, if he was in his prime now he would still be at the top of his weight class that's how far ahead of his time he was.

In this fight Green is fighting Joao Vierra, a very tough dutch trained fighter with an aggressive and powerful style. Vierra even knocked out a very young Ramon Dekkers back in 1988 with a right hand so he was definitely no slouch. Ronnie was just too slick for Vierra's style though. His foot work, his head movement, he was just never there for Vierra to land anything. These two fought three times, and Ronnie had Vierras number and won them all.

 

 

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SuperKombat Makes a Difference in Flood-Afflicted Region of Romania

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I feel like the world of fight sports has been afflicted with some really, really awful press of late. Right now there is just so much negative press out there, a lot of it based around the whole War Machine/Christy Mack story that just won't go away. So I'm happy to see that Romanian kickboxing promotion SuperKombat is actually doing something positive, they are giving back to their community. Two weeks ago there was flooding in Valcea County in Romania. This flooding affected many of the over 400,000 residents there.

Valcea County was the first place where SuperKombat held an event in 2011 and they looked to give back yesterday when staff members and fighters took part in a humanitarian effort to deliver food, drinking water and clothing to those who were affected by the flooding. Residents are still recovering from the floods and it's nice to see a promotion like SuperKombat giving back.

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Enfusion Announces Roster for Enfusion Reality: Victory of the Vixen

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Enfusion released the list of names that will be participating in their Enfusion Reality: Victory of the Vixen season that is set to begin filming in September. One glaring omission from this list was the originally announced Tiffany Van Soest, who has a fight with Lion Fight in September and also has a new, exclusive contract with the promotion. This season will feature four teams of four women, coached by a Heavyweight male. Those Heavyweights will fight in a tournament of their own at the end. It looks like there might be some sort of contest to see which women get on the show and which four men get on the show.

One of the strangest names on this list is Ashwin Balrak, best known for making headlines in 2010 for drug trafficking and mob connections. He was always seen as a black mark on European kickboxing and it's interesting to see his name on this list.

Competitors Ladies 54KG

1. Fatima Pinto Norway
2. Johanna Rydberg Sweden
3. Ferial Ameerroedien South Africa
4. Meryem Uslu Germany
5. TBC
6. Samantha Van Doorn The Netherlands
7. Soraya Haurissa Indonesia
8. Isis Verbeek The Netherlands
9. Marina Zueva Russia
10. Filipa Correia Portugal
11. Adi Rotem Israel
12. Anissa Meksen France
13. Iman Barlow England
14. Ashley Nichols Canada
15. Lizzie Largilliere France
16. Sammy-Lee Brown Australia
17. Maria Pantazi Greece
18. Simone Dommelen The Netherlands

Captains
1. Daniel Sam England
2. Lukasz Krupadziorow Poland
3. Bruice Guidon France
4. Kirk Krouba Ivory Coast
5. Ashcwin Balrak Surinam

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Shin on Shin Series: Episodes 5 - 7

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Our bud Steven Wright has always made it clear how much he loves the sport of kickboxing. He makes his money by helping out some of the best MMA fighters in the world to hone their standup, but his passion has always been kickboxing. For about as long as I've known Steven he has been talking about his documentary. Steven is a lot like me in the regards of he always has a lot going on, but he always stuck to his guns; he was going to release his epic kickboxing documentary at some point. 

So we waited and waited and I at times wondered if he had forgotten about it. He hasn't, not at all. The other week Steven released episodes 1 - 4, now here are episodes 5, 6 and 7. Enjoy

Shin on Shin Series: EP5 The Tour

Shin on Shin Series: EP6 The Never Ending Story (Women's Fighting)

Shin on Shin Series: EP7 From the Gym to the Corner (Coaches)

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Shemsi Beqiri Gym Raided By Paulo Balicha Fight Video

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 Earlier this year, February 24th to be exact, Paulo Balicha a previous trainer of Shemsi Beqiri raided Reinach Superpro Sportcenter (Beqiri's gym) with around 20 masked men armed with bats and other weapons. It seemed as though Balicha and his men stormed into the gym just to challenge Beqiri to a bare knuckle fight, Shemsi being the fighter he is told his students to stay back and the two men fought for 7 minutes wearing only wraps. Balicha tries and succeeds to take Bequiri down a few a times but they always end up standing again while the masked men cheer and shout instructions like cornermen. Near the end of the video Beqiri gets the upper hand and has Balicha on his back and begins to punch and elbow his face, then we see the armed men begin to intervene  and the video cuts out.

Beqiri said that Balicha attacked him with brass knuckles which is what started the brawl, it's very hard to tell if Balicha is in fact wearing brass knuckles from this video. A total of six people were injured during this escapade including Beqiri who fractured his hand and nose forcing him to pull out of his fight on Glory 14 against Murthel Groenhart. Balicha and some of his accomplices have been arrested and taken into custody.

Here is the video of most of the fight and the main piece of evidence in Beqiris case. There is some interviews and things before the fight but for those of us who don't speak german, the fight beings at 7:30.

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Video Of Jerome Le Banner Destroying Another Liver

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In Saint-Tropez on August 4th Jerome Le Banner claimed another victim with his nasty liver kick. He was facing off against Colin George a very tall fighter from Mike's gym in Holland. During the first round JLB did seem to be getting a little frustrated with George's height and reach, and having a hard time getting inside but always throwing out that left body kick to wear down George's arm. The second round Le Banner came out much more aggressive and it took him less than 10 seconds to land that liver kick of doom and crumple George, you can feel Colin's pain watching him roll around holding his Liver. JLB executed this kick perfectly by setting it up with his right hook then stepping off to the side so that he can land the entire shin across his opponents body. Le Banner did the same to his last opponent Lucian Danilencu, he first dropped him with the kick, then finished it off by lifting him off the ground with a huge body hook.

I can't express enough how much we enjoy watching Jerome Le Banner destroy people in this fashion and obviously we enjoy a good liver kick. I just wish he could have done that in a K-1 Final.

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SuperKombat in Constanta Brought the Spectacle on Top of the Action

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This past weekend in Constanta, Romania SuperKombat presented their fourth SuperKombat World Grand Prix event of this year. It was an event highlighted by big wins by Catalin Morosanu, Cristian Milea, Sebastian Ciobanu and a surprise win from Alex Filip with a huge rolling thunder KO victory that has gone viral all over the internet since the event. But, as per usual, SuperKombat events were a lot more than just the fights, SuperKombat pushes their events to be cultural events in Romania.

This event in Constanta was no different, with the leadup to the event including television stars from America, European pop stars, artists and actors were there, hell, even Remy Bonjasky was in attendance as a special guest at the event, coming off of his recent retirement bout earlier this year. 

French footballer Bacary Sagna, who currently is a part of the popular Manchester City, was also in attendance in the event (pictured above in the center), where he was not only a spectator, but he also entered the ring to present a trophy to Alex Filip after his wonderful performance that night. 

In addition Romanian pop singer Roxana Nemes, winner of the Mamaia Music Awards 2014 “Best Girl Act” award, performed a rendition of “I Love Rock N’ Roll” for the enthusiastic crowd welcoming Cenik Cankurtaranoglu to the ring. 

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Full Cast Revealed for Reboot of The Kickboxer

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So a few months ago we heard news about the classic Jean-Claude Van Damme flick, "The Kickboxer" being remade with the likes of GSP, Dave "Batista" Bautista and Alain Moussi. Now we finally have more news about the flick, including a few big casting announcements that are a big deal for the martial arts world. We already knew that Alain Moussi would take the lead role of Kurt Sloan, who heads to Thailand to learn how to fight and avenge the tragic beathdown of his brother by the evil Tong Po.

We now know for sure that Batista, who is currently starring in Guardians of the Galaxy, will play the role of Tong Po. The recent additions to the cast are Scott Atkins of the Undisputed films fame (or lack thereof) and, yes, this is the big one, Tony Jaa. Tony Jaa set the world on fire with Ong Bak back in 2003, using a modified muay thai style, muay boran. Since then he's gone on to make a number of films that martial arts fans have salivated over (although Ong Bak 2 and 3 are pretty terrible). [source]

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Alex Filip's Rolling Thunder Stole the Show at SuperKombat This Past Weekend

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This past weekend’s SuperKombat event had a lot of highlights in it, lots of good action and some crazy knockouts. We saw Catalin Morosanu prove that he’s still got it with an awesome knockout over Stoforidis, saw Sebastian Ciobanu push the action against Nikolaj Falin and Cristian Milea win big. All of that being said, the moment that really stood out for all of us was the crazy, awesome knockout by Alex Filip over Roman Palamar. 

How could it not?

The move the Rolling Thunder has a rich history in the sport of kickboxing, with the most notable uses being by Australian Peter Graham. Needless to say it’s been a while since we’ve seen a kick like that happen on this level in kickboxing. SuperKombat is one of the big leagues right now and when fighters get to this level, they tend to not go for those crazy moves anymore, because they are high risk/high reward. In this case it connected -- big -- and the rewards were being the name that everyone remembers on the same card where we got a crazy Catalin Morosanu knockout.

That’s a huge, huge deal. So let’s watch it in all of its glory, because damn. 

For those that missed the event, SuperKombat has put together a great video package highlighting the entire event. 

 

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Shin on Shin Series: Episodes 1 - 4

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Our bud Steven Wright has always made it clear how much he loves the sport of kickboxing. He makes his money by helping out some of the best MMA fighters in the world to hone their standup, but his passion has always been kickboxing. For about as long as I've known Steven he has been talking about his documentary. Steven is a lot like me in the regards of he always has a lot going on, but he always stuck to his guns; he was going to release his epic kickboxing documentary at some point. 

So we waited and waited and I at times wondered if he had forgotten about it. He hasn't, not at all. Here is the first four episodes of Shin on Shin Series, with the focus on Europe. 

Shin on Shin Series: EP1 The Fall, Hated Dominance, Unappreciated Brilliance

Shin on Shin Series: EP2 Alexey Ignashov The First Next Big Thing, Badr Hari The People's Champ

Shin on Shin Series: EP3 The Wages of the Wars, In Honor of those we lost...

Shin on Shin Series: EP4 They Call it a War

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Fight Night Saint-Tropez II Fight Card Changes.

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Fight Night Saint-Tropez II will be taking place August 4th 2014 in Saint-Tropez, France but will be broadcast Aug 7th on the French channel L'Equipe 21. We will get to see big names like Jerome Le Banner, Peter Aerts, Filip Verlinden and Freddy Kemayo. It looks as though Daniel Sam was supposed to be facing Le Banner but it seems to have changed to Colin George who also trains at Mike's Gym. Peter Aerts will be facing Freddy Kemayo, who will be a tough fight considering Aerts got a draw with Dewey Cooper his last fight.

Fight Card

Jerome LEBANNER ( France ) vs Colin GEORGE ( England )

Peter AERTS ( Holland ) vs Freddy KEMAYO ( France )

Vladimir MINEEV ( Russia ) vs Mikahail TUTUREV ( Russia )

Nicolas WAMBA ( France ) vs Arnold OBOROTOV (Lithuania )

Yohan KONGOLO ( Switzerland ) vs Nicola GALLO ( Italia )

Jessy PETITJEAN ( Belgium ) vs Maneenoi EKKARIT ( Thailand )

Correntin JALLON ( France ) vs Filip VERLINDER ( Belgium )

Kevin EIBERG ( Germany ) vs Samsamut KIETCHONGKAO ( Thailand )

Irina MAZEPA ( Russia ) vs Taehiran CHOMMANEE ( Thailand )

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The Pressure is on Catalin Morosanu this Weekend in SuperKombat

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Saturday at the SuperKombat World Grand Prix in Constanta Catalin Morosanu looks to enter the ring for the third time this year, but only his second time in the ring in his home of Romania. For Catalin Morosanu, he’s proven to be a viable personality in the Romanian mainstream and will always draw eyes for SuperKombat throughout Europe, but this fight is important for him. Morosanu is perhaps best known for his wild, brawling style that he has claimed to be modeled after early Bob Sapp, but that wild, brawling style has gotten him into trouble throughout his career.

It’s hard not to imagine being distracted with the kind of schedule that Catalin Morosanu keeps up. Kickboxing will always be his home, but his work in politics takes up time, including an election this year. To top that off he’s a television personality and even markets his own brand of wine to Romanian fans. He still finds time to fight, though, and while he’s known for his brawling style, it would be crass to say that he’s just a brawler. Morosanu has evolved over the years and proved that with his wins over Stefan Leko, Anderson Silva and Paul Slowinski.

Since 2013 Morosanu has gone 3-3, batting .500 after going on an epic win-streak, which has led to some questioning his commitment to the sport and to growing, but if you look back at those losses they were all incredibly close. The fight with Ben Edwards was one of the more entertaining slugfests of the past few years at Heavyweight, even, with many seeing the fight going either way. The recent loss to Tomas Hron was a minor setback, for sure, but that is why his fight this weekend against Giannis Stoforidis is so important.

The Greek Stoforidis has had an equally interesting 2013 and 2014, with him making a big impression during the SuperKombat Tryouts in Greece, then putting on an amazing show in the SuperKombat New Heroes event in Croatia. When given a chance at a SuperKombat World Grand Prix tournament he made it to the finals in a qualifier, losing a tough fight to another young, rising star in D’Angelo Marshall. With Stofodiris it’s hard to forget that he’s only 25 and his career on the big stage is just beginning.

For Stoforidis, the fight with Morosanu is his biggest to date yet and his chance to make a huge impression on Romanian fans and hand Morosanu his first loss on Romanian soil since he fought Errol Zimmerman in Bucharest in 2010. A win over Morosanu would not only get his young career back on track, but would turn him into a superstar in Romania. Many have looked at Stoforidis as one of SuperKombat’s next big breakout stars, already gaining popularity in his home of Greece, but this would only make it all happen a lot quicker.

For Morosanu a win over Stoforidis would send the fans home happy in Romania, also proving that Morosanu is still focused on being one of the best in the world at kickboxing. Morosanu has always been knocking at the door of being considered one of the best Heavyweights and scoring a win over Stoforidis gets his name back into the discussion and opens up doors for fights with bigger names down the road. 

In my estimation the pressure is on Morosanu for this fight, with him fighting in Romania and being a national hero and all. There are a lot of expectations for him to not only win, but to do so in entertaining fashion. I think that Morosanu might get the job done here, but I don’t envy him right now, that’s for sure. 

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Liverkick Throwback: Badr Hari Vs Alexey Ignashov 1

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

Today we are going back to when Badr Hari was a scrawny 18 year old still training with  Thom Harinck, and Alexey Ignashov was a nightmare opponent for any heavyweight fighter. This was a big step up in competition for Badr considering he hadn't really fought any big names yet, he took the fight on only a few days notice and Ignashov had already fought and beat pretty much everyone including Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky, and Daniel Ghita. This fight took place on It's Showtime 2003 Amsterdamn in front of Badr's home crowd, and to be honest for an 18 year old fighting a much bigger, more experienced and better opponent he was doing okay, until 2:55 seconds into the 3rd round when Iggy drove a straight right into Hari's sternum which he couldn't recover from. After the fight was called off Ignashov rushes over and helps Badr up, rubs his chest for him and shows him how to get his breath back, Iggy is always such a class act. Badr Hari avenged this loss twice later in his career once in Yokohama, Japan in 2010, and once in Moscow, Russia in 2013, but he was still never able to finish Ignashov even when Iggy was well past his prime.

 

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SuperKombat Dabbles in the Mainstream in Romania

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When it comes to combat sports, no matter how popular the promotion, it usually seems like a stretch to ever say that it is mainstream. Mainstream attention is something that sports leagues like the UFC and GLORY are hungry for right now, but finding considerable hurdles in the way of this level of success. What’s interesting to note is that Romanian-based kickboxing promotion, SuperKombat, has achieved that very success in Romania.

It might be difficult to process at times that a kickboxing promotion could be considered mainstream, but Romania’s population of 20 million is very aware of SuperKombat and its stars. To many of us here in America we might look at fighters like Catalin Morosanu, Alexandru Lungu, Andrei and Bogdan Stoica and appreciate them on their own levels, but when it comes to Romania, these guys are huge stars. 

Catalin Morosanu has seen success in his kickboxing career, making a name for himself throughout Europe and Asia with K-1, but Morosanu has also made himself into a media star and politician. In 2010 Catalin Morosanu took part in Romania’s Dancing with the Stars, moving all the way to the finals where he and his partner won the entire show, Morosanu donating his winnings to a widow. From there he was able to leverage his popularity to serving as a councilor in Iasi County, with him up for an elected spot in the European Parliament later this year. Morosanu even has his own brand of wine. 

Alexandru Lungu is a guy that hardcore sports fans might look at and be confused by, equating him more to a Bob Sapp-like spectacle, but Lungu was at one time a competitive Judoka, earning third place in the Openweight division in the European Championships in 1999, earning him a spot in the hearts of the proud Romanian fans. Since then he has competed in Mixed Martial Arts in PRIDE, Cage Rage and K-1, as well as taking up kickboxing in SuperKombat. Spectacle he may be at times, but Lungu is a national hero for his achievements in Judo and when he steps into the ring, fans take notice. 

With the Stoica brothers there are similar tales, with Andrei, the older of the two, competing for Romania in the sport of Wushu, winning three national championships before winning a vaunted European championship in Sanshou in 2008. It was after that where he switched to kickboxing where both Andrei and Bogdan have had their careers fostered under the SuperKombat banner. 

Of course it doesn’t stop there, with SuperKombat nurturing more careers of Romanian fighters, such as Benjamin Adegbuyi, Ionut Atodiresei and Ionut Iftimoaie as well. SuperKombat shows have drawn tens of thousands of fans to events that are watched by millions in Romania as well as the rest of Europe and even America. If you wanted to look at a promotion that has done a good job of being a regional promotion, you should look no further than SuperKobmat, who has done an admirable job of breaking through that elusive “mainstream” barrier and who hold the largest television coverage for the sport in all of Europe.

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American Actors Erika Elaniak and Christopher Atkins Show Support for SuperKombat

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This Saturday, August 2nd, SuperKombat will be presenting their fourth big SuperKombat World Grand Prix event of the year at Constanta, Romania. The show will be main evented by Catalin Morosanu, perhaps one of the biggest stars that Romania has to offer in kickboxing right now, against Greek slugger Giannis Stoforidis. SuperKombat has done a good job of differentiating themselves over the past few years as not just a sporting event, but that their events are media and entertainment events as well.

If you need evidence of that look no further than their use of iconic American actors to promote their upcoming event. This wouldn't be the first time that they've used famous names to promote upcoming shows, for sure, but it's still interesting none-the-less. 

That is Erika Elaniak, who is perhaps best known for her stint in the first three seasons of Baywatch, as Shauni McClain, before departing the show over being unhappy with the show's direction. She has also appeared in films like ET, Under Siege and Bordello of Blood. She was also a Playboy Playmate back when that used to mean something. 

This is Christopher Atkins, who got his start in acting when he was young with the starring role in Blue Lagoon. Atkins also appeared on the original run of the absurdly popular television series Dallas and has continued to stay active in the film industry throughout the years with various roles. Atkins considers himself a combat sports fan and was thrilled to be a part of a SuperKombat event.

"I've watched a few events, it's not just a sports competition, it's a true show, this is the future of combat sports. I saw Morosanu's fights and he can be a Hollyood star for sure, he is a perfect character. Also I noted that a lot of Superkombat stars in Romania are mainstream stars wich means a lot in this sport." 

It's great to see this level of support for SuperKombat events and we can only hope to see more celebrities in attendance in the future.

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SuperKombat August 2nd Card

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On August 2nd in Constanta, Romania SuperKombat will present their fourth SuperKombat World Grand Prix event of the year. On the top of the card will be Romanian superstar Catalin Morosanu taking on Greek slugger Giannis Stoforidis. Then Nikolaj Falin will take on Romanian Sebastian Ciobanu in the co-main event. This is already shaping up to be one of the better SuperKombat events of the year and should most definitely deliver. 

1. Super Fight – Super Middleweight Bout (-77 kg)
Alex Filip (Romania) vs. TBA (To-be-announced)
2. Super Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)
Alexandru Popescu (Romania) vs. Claudiu Badoi (Romania)
3. Eliminatory Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)
Jonay Risco (Spain) vs. Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)
4. Eliminatory Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)
Cenik Cankurtaranoglu (Turkey) vs. Cristian Milea (Romania)
5. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)
Moises Baute (Spain) vs. Vlad Grigore (Romania)
6. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)
Nikolaj Falin (Germany) vs. Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania)
7. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
Giannis Stoforidis (Greece) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

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Kun Lun Fight 7 Live stream Featuring Andy Souwer and Chris Ngimbi

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Kun Lun Fight 7 will be taking place today in china a few hours from now, the card includes Andy Souwer, Chris Ngimbi, and Aikpracha Meenayothin to name a few. This card is part of a 70kg K-! rules tournament that takes place over multiple cards throughout the year. There should be a Live Stream Here OR HERE.

Fight Card

Andy Souwer (Holland) vs. Mustapha Haida (Morocco)

Jiao Fukai (China) vs. Chris Ngimbi (Kongo)

Aikpracha Meenayothin (Thailand) vs. Roman Mailov (Ukraine)

Edvin Erik Kibus (Estonia) vs. Victor Nagbe (Australia) 

Zheng Zhaoyu (China) vs. Tomoyuki Nishikawa (Japan) 

Dylan Salvador (France) vs. Seyedisa Alamdarnezam (Iran)

Li Zikai (China) vs. Artem Pashporin (Russia)

Feng Xingli (China) vs. Sergei Zuev (Belarus)

 

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Line-up For Shoot Boxing 2014 Girls S-Cup

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On August 2nd in Japan, the Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup will be going down. Shoot Boxing events tend to be some of the more exciting kickboxing events that you'll see anywhere and over the last few years their female divisions have just been on fire. There are some high expectations going into this year's Girls S-Cup where we will get 48kg and 50kg tournaments. Here is the breakdown, thanks to CJ.

48kg S-Cup
Mio vs. Momi
V.V Mei Yamaguchi vs. Yukari Yamaguchi

50kg S-Cup Contestants
RENA
Lorena Klijn
Simone Dommelen
Christina Jurjevic
Tica
Kiru Bee

55kg: Ai Takahashi vs. TBA
48kg: Kira Yuki vs. Eneos
48kg: Michi vs. Tomomi Soda
50kg: Asari vs. Maki Goto
55kg: Noako Okada vs. TBA

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Hoost Vs. Aerts WKO The Kumite Energy Main Fights Announced

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Earlier this month we announced that Ernesto Hoost would be Fighting Peter Aerts for the sixth time in  Osaka, Japan on October 19th. Hoost has won 3 of the 5, so this gives Aerts the chance to tie it up for good, since i doubt they will be fighting for a seventh time, but then again I never expected to see this fight again.

The rest of the WKO: The Kumite Energy main fights have now been announced and we get to see more of the old K-1 names we grew to love. Both Stephan Leko and Chalid "Die Faust" Arrab will be fighting. Leko has been fighting quite frequently lately but having no success at all, he is on a 6 fight losing streak, with the last 5 losses all coming by KO or TKO. If he can't turn it around this fight, we would have to imagine he cannot keep this up much longer. Die Faust on the other hand, has not been very active, hasn't fought since 2010 but has lost his last 5 fights and his last win was in 2006.

Fight Card

Peter Aerts (Holland) Vs. Ernesto Hoost (Holland)

Stefan Leko (Germany) Vs. Tofan Pirani (Sweden)

Andre Meunier (Australia) Vs. Chalid "Die Faust" Arrab (Germany/Morocco)

Yokohama Go (Japan) Vs. Sukmongkol (Thailand)

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Latest Episode of The Reem Follows Overeem in Albuquerque

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

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

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

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

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Shin on Shin Series: Europe Final Trailer

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

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

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Bellator Embraces Kickboxing by Signing Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rise 100 - Blade 0 - Fight Card

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

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

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

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

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

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

KICKBOXING RULES -60Kg - TASUKU vs. Nobe Koudai

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

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

KICKBOXING RULES -65Kg  - Souda Yasuomi vs. Yuki

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

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

 

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Zabit Samedov Vs Stefan Leko Full Fight

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

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

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Enfusion Live 20 Fight Card

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

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

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

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

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

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Badr Hari Now Claims That He's Going Nowhere

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

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

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Badr Hari Escaping Indefinitely Again.

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

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