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Dave Walsh

Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.

His second novel, Terminus Cycle, is available now via Kindle and Paperback.

Dave (a) LiverKick dot com | @dvewlsh

Website URL: http://www.dvewlsh.com

Card for GLORY 38 Chicago on Feb. 24th

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On the night of GLORY 37, GLORY has gone ahead and released the updated card for GLORY 38 Chicago, which takes place on February 24th featuring a Light Heavyweight Championship bout as well as a tournament featuring some of the top fighters in the weight class. The SuperFight Series is stacked as usual, with Adegbuyi vs. Braddock Silva, Catalin Morosanu making his GLORY debut, Groenhart vs. Thongchai and more.

GLORY 38 Chicago
Light Heavyweight World Title Headline Bout: Artem Vakhitov vs. Saulo Cavalari
Light Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Richard Abraham vs. Antoine Pinto
Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Danyo Illunga vs. Ariel Machado
Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Zack Mwekassa vs. TBA


GLORY 38 Chicago SuperFight Series
Heavyweight Headline Bout: Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Anderson Silva
Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Cătălin Moroșanu vs. Maurice Greene
Welterweight Bout: Murthel Groenhart vs. Thongchai
Welterweight Bout: Paweł Jędrzejczyk vs. Daniel Morales
Lightweight Bout: Łukasz Pławecki vs. Niclas Larsen

WATCH: GLORY 37 Weigh-Ins and Interviews

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The GLORY 37 weigh-ins have proven to be a big deal this time out, mostly due to Featherweight Champion Robin van Roosmalen missing weight and being stripped of the title. Now you can watch the weigh-in event thanks to GLORY, including interviews with van Roosmalen and Embree at the scales (starting at around 8:30).

Tune in tomorrow night at 10:30pm Eastern time on UFC Fight Pass for the GLORY 37 SuperFight Series and 1am eastern for GLORY 37 on ESPN3.

Robin van Roosmalen Stripped of GLORY Featherweight Championship

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Robin van Roosmalen, the former GLORY Lightweight Champion can now add former Featherweight Champion to his record as well in a shocking twist at the GLORY 37 weigh-ins. The GLORY weigh-ins are usually a bit less of dramatic affairs, with fighters making weight, flexing in their underwear and staring down their opponents without there being much to report. This time around things are very, very different.

Van Roosmalen weighed in at 143.8lbs, which is .8lbs over the Featherweight limit. When given a chance to try a second time van Roosmalen turned down the opportunity, forcing GLORY officials to work swiftly in stripping him of the GLORY Featherweight title ahead of his would-be defense against Matt Embree at GLORY 37's SuperFight Series. What that means for the fight and the title is interesting, to say the least.

If Matt Embree defeats Robin van Roosmalen he'll be awarded the GLORY Featherweight Championship, but if van Roosmalen wins neither man will walk away with the title. For Robin to reclaim his title he needs to make weight for a future fight for the title and win it all over again, creating an interesting situation for both men and some unforeseen opportunities for other fighters within the division. 

Andy Souwer Calls Out Giorgio Petrosyan For a Third Clash

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When it comes to the world famous Giorgio Petrosyan, there are a number of fights that his fans want to see, but perhaps won't ever get to see those fights happen. Fights with Masato, Buakaw and Yodsanklai are perhaps never going to happen, as most likely we won't see the rematch with Ristie at this point either. Chances of a Sitthichai showdown seem slim considering Sitthichai is with GLORY and Petrosyan is with Bellator.

But what about one of the men that Petrosyan beat to cement his status as one of the all-time greats, Andy Souwer? 

That is the exact question that Andy Souwer posed via Facebook earlier today, when he replied to Petrosyan posting footage from their last clash in K-1 MAX. Andy Souwer would like a third chance to fight Giorgio Petrosyan and honestly, who wouldn't want to see that fight? Petrosyan's next scheduled bout is W5 Grand Prix KITEK XXXIX against Artem Pashporin on February 18th and he'll probably participate in the April Oktagon/Bellator event. Other than that? Things seem rather wide open for a potential rematch with another all-time great.

LiverKick 2016 Awards: Knockout of the Year - Guto Inocente

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Continuing in the fine tradition of the LiverKick 2016 Awards, we move on to the Knockout of the Year. This was, perhaps, the most difficult category as there was such a wide array of dazzling knockouts throughout the year. Everything from head kicks to brutal punches and even spinning stuff. Hell, there was a Japanese event called KNOCK OUT where five out of the six fights ended in KO. 

Needless to say, lots of good fighters got put to sleep this past year.

Our pick for the Knockout of the Year is rather dazzling and even brutal. Both Jay and I had the same guttural reaction of "man, poor Demoreo" when it happened, because damn. Guto Inocente's spinning back kick just slept the poor guy. What made it so amazing was that it was a legitimate heavyweight doing a move that would have been brutal from a much lighter fighter, yet it was a heavyweight. Heavyweights are known for having power in their fists and even in their head kicks, but a move like this is usually left to the smaller guys.

But nobody told Guto that, nor did they tell Demoreo to expect it. 

The 2016 LiverKick Awards

For more, listen to our year-end podcast.

LiverKick 2016 Awards: Fighter of the Year - Cedric Doumbe

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When it came to selecting who the fighter of the year was for 2016, the choice seemed rather cut-and-dry. While a lot of fighters had good years -- fighters like Superbon, Sitthichai, Rico Verhoeven and others, there was only one man who rose up to prominence in meteoric fashion and did so in a way where many didn't see it coming.

You have to admit -- Nieky Holzken seemed unbeatable for a long, long time at Welterweight. Sure, it seemed like Murthel Groenhart came dangerously close to defeating him before, but Nieky still knew exactly how to pull off the victory. His hands felt unparalleled in the sport and his fight IQ is off the charts. Yet. Yet.

Cedric Doumbe's greatness snuck up on a lot of people, but heading into the Holzken fight he was able to get inside of Nieky's head, then in the ring, he was able to avoid Nieky's hands while imposing his will. It felt like the end of an era, the changing of the guard and that Cedric Doumbe's era had arrived. In fact, it's difficult not to appreciate Doumbe for his personality, his skills and his sportsmanship.

He was the very clear 2016 Fighter of the Year.

The 2016 LiverKick Awards

For more, listen to our year-end podcast.

LiverKick 2016 Awards: Fight of the Year - Jaraya vs. Ben Moh

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There were a ton of great fights in 2016, so it was difficult for Jay and myself to pick the fight that best encapsulated what was 2016. We wanted to select what was an exciting fight, but not sloppy or too much of a brawl. Part of what makes kickboxing so exciting is when fights can not only be fun to watch, but technical and fast as well. 

So while Danyo Ilunga vs. Michael Duut and a number of other fights seemed like solid contenders, it was pretty easy to rest on Mohammed Jaraya vs. Nordin Ben Moh from Enfusion Live on February 26th of 2016. Both guys went toe-to-toe and the fight was simply insanity. I urge you to watch it below, if you haven't already. They also have a rematch coming up, which means that 2017 should start off with yet another top contender.

The 2016 LiverKick Awards

For more, listen to our year-end podcast.

LiverKick Podcast January 15, 2017: GLORY 37 Preview and 2016 Awards

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Oh yes, it's back. The LiverKick Podcast is back for the second episode of this iteration where Jay Jauncey and myself talk about kickboxing and hopefully keep you, our fine readers and listeners, happy. 

Last time we talked about GLORY: Collision, rankings, the state of kickboxing and how much we missed Japanese kickboxing. It was kind of a blast, let me tell you. Now here we are, back again, this time with talk about the kickboxing-related stuff that went down at RIZIN at the end of the year, we do a full preview of the GLORY 37 Los Angeles card and even bring back the LiverKick Year-End Awards! 

So no, you aren't really going to get fully-fleshed out predictions on these fights, but you'll get us talking about the fighters, where they're at, what we expect to see and why we are excited about each fight. This leads us to having an in-depth discussion about how these one-night, four-man tournaments probably aren't worth doing anymore and how the SuperFight Series has continually been the best part of GLORY events since they signed on with UFC Fight Pass. 

We close out the show with our LiverKick Year-End Awards, which we'll be writing up in more detail for each award over the coming days and week(s). Excuse the fact that I have a pretty nasty head cold and have been running on four hours of sleep for the past few months due to the twins, but such is life. Enjoy.

We've also done away with SoundCloud for the embed since we got a few complaints. Hopefully the embedded player ins't too much of a bummer. The podcast should be showing up on iTunes shortly, I'll insert the link to that when it's up.


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WLF January 14th Results: 70kg and 63kg Tournaments

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WLF held two big tournaments this weekend in China, including their 70kg tournament and 63kg. Each tournament featured some recognizable names and there were a number of interesting superfights as well, including Fang Bian defeating Berat Aliu, Yuta Kubo dropping a decision to Xie Lei and Kaew taking a decision victory over Wang Pengfei. Results via Kiksie.

16-Man 70kg Tournament Semifinals

Enriko Kehl (Germany) def. Farkhad Akhmejanau (Belarus) by Decision

Jiao Fukai (China) def. Shamil Gasanbekov (Russia) by Decision

8-man 63kg Tournament Quarterfinals

Adrian Maxim (Romania) def. Wang Zhiwei (China) by Decision

Jin Ying (China) def. Joan Canaveral (Colombia) by Decision

Zhao Fuxiang (China) def. Joey Baylon (New Zealand) by Decision

Tamerlan Bashirov (Russia) def. Liu Wei (China) by TKO in Round 2

73.5kg

Sun Weiqiang (China) def. Saiyok Pumpanmuang (Thailand) by Decision

67.5kg

Xie Lei (China) def. Yuta Kubo (Japan) by Decision

65kg

Kaew Weerasakreck (Thailand) def. Wang Pengfei (China) by Decision

75kg

Yi Long (China) def. Marco Piqué (Suriname) by Decision

63kg Tournament Semifinals

Adrian Maxim (Romania) def. Jin Ying (China) by Decision

Zhao Fuxiang (China) def. Tamerlan Bashirov (Russia) by Decision

70kg Tournament Final

Shamil Gasanbekov (Russia) def. Enriko Kehl (Germany) by Decision

80kg

Fang Bian (China) def. Berat Aliu (Germany) by Decision

93kg

Oleg Primachev (Ukraine) def. Hao Guanghua (China) by TKO in Round 1

63kg Tournament Final

Adrian Maxim (Romania) def. Zhao Fuxiang (China) by TKO in Round 1

SuperStar Fight 7 Results: Cosmo Alexandre and Jo Nattawut Pick Up Wins

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SuperStar Fight in China held their seventh event on January 13th, featuring a few bigger, international names who picked up some solid wins within the promotion. The Chinese fighters were on full display, picking up big wins.

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

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

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

Riguleng Baoshe(CHN) (R1 - KO) Alexin Donnie(USA) ---75Kg Tournament,Semi-final 3R/3M

Carlos Hicks(NZL) (R3 - Dec) Shiyuan Li(CHN)---75Kg Tournament,Semi-final 3R/3M

Jo Nattawut(TH) (R3 - Dec) Yan Zhao(CHN)---70Kg of Kickboxing 3R/3M

Cosmo Alexandre(BRA) (R3 - Dec) Xiaofeng Tan(CHN)---77Kg of Muay Thai 3R/3M

Dandan Hu(CHN) (R3 - Dec) KANG JIN HEE(KOR) ---63Kg of MMA (Fighting Goddess)  3R/5M

Dongqiang Lu(CHN) (R3 - Dec) Naoya Fukuoka(JPN) ---65Kg of Kickboxing 3R/3M

Buren Wuliji(CHN) (R3 - KO) Beno Adamia(GEO)---63Kg of MMA  3R/5M

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

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

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