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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.

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Updated Fight Card for GLORY 39 Brussels

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While GLORY 38 is only a week away, GLORY is still hard at work on March's GLORY 39 Brussels. While most of the card has been assembled prior, they've went ahead and updated it with the participants in the GLORY Featherweight Tournament featured on the card. The tournament features former champion Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Anvar Boynazarov and Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. Alexei Ulyanov.

GLORY 39 Brussels

Weltwerweight World Title Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. Yoann Kongolo

Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Jamal Ben Saddik vs. Guto Inocente

Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Anvar Boynazarov

Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. Alexei Ulyanov

GLORY 39 SuperFight Series

Lightweight World Title Headline Bout: Sittichai vs. Dylan Salvador

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Marat Grigorian vs. Hysni Beqiri

Heavyweight Bout: Hesdy Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-Parry

Welterweight Bout: Karim Benmansour vs. Harut Grigorian

Lightweight Bout: Tyjani Beztati vs. TBA

Catchweight (150 lb / 68 kg) Bout: Junus Majandinov vs. TBA

Full Card for Tomorrow's W5 KITEK Event Featuring Giorgio Petrosyan

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This Saturday in Moscow one of the most-decorated champions of all-time, Giorgio Petrosyan, will head to Russia to leave his mark on the country. The bout will be contested at 71kg against Artem Pashporin for the W5 World Championship. Pashporin is the current world champion and interestingly enough, will be an underdog going into this fight, as just about everyone is against the legendary Petrosyan. But it should be an incredible bout considering Pashporin's recent accomplishments and Petrosyan's return to form since his return to the ring.

Also featured are two other world title fights, at 81kg and 61kg, featuring the 81kg World Champion Alexander Stetsurenko against Vladimir Idranyi and the 61kg World Champion Sergio Wielzen against Timur Nadrov. 

This, plus the host of super fights makes for an interesting card. The card will air on W5kick.tv at 5pm CET/9am Eastern.

Full fight card of the W5 Grand Prix Moscow “KITEK” 

W5 World title bout

71 kg, Artem Pashporin (Russia) Vs. Giorgio Petrosyan (Italy), 5 rounds, W5 World Championship belt

W5 World title bout

81 kg, Alexander Stetsurenko (Russia) Vs. Vladimir Idranyi (Slovakia), 5 rounds, W5 World Championship belt

W5 World title bout

61 kg, Sergio Wielzen (the Netherlands) Vs Timur Nadrov (Russia), 5 rounds, W5 World Championship belt

Superfights

95+ Turpal Tokarev (Russia) Vs. Coulibaly Abderhmane (France)

71 kg, Vladislav Tuinov (Russia) Vs. Ali Cakir (Turkey)

Stanislav Kazancev (Russia) Vs. Marko Adamovic (Serbia)

Rashid Salikhov (Russia) Vs. Max Spodarenko (the Republic of Belarus)

Rating fights

Ivan Semiglyadov (Russia) Vs. Ruslan Ataev (Russia)

Danil Gavrilov (Russia) Vs. Ilya Bikmaev (Russia)

Vadim Davydov (Russia) Vs. Nikita Surovezhkin (Russia)

 

Check Out the February Edition of Inside GLORY

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Every month GLORY has been assembling behind-the-scenes videos to give fans exclusive access to everything that happens at GLORY events and the lead-up to them. The month of February is no different with a look at GLORY 37 Los Angeles.

Yokkao Saenchai Seminars Across the US Continue This Month

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The opportunity to train with legendary muay thai fighter Saenchai is not one that anyone should take lightly, which is why it's so exciting that Yokkao has been doing their month-long series of events with Saenchai in the United States. Heading to gyms all around the country alongside Yokkao's Stefania Picelli, Saenchai has been bringing his unique talents and experience to gyms and helping fighters both experienced and new to sharpen their muay thai techniques. 

In addition to these seminars going down, Yokkao has been streaming them on Facebook Live for the world to see.

The rest of the schedule is available on Yokkao's website, with the next date in Columbus, Ohio on the 15th.

In addition, we've learned that Yokkao's commitment to bringing their brand to the United States has only gotten bigger as they plan on opening up a Yokkao warehouse in Las Vegas for distribution of their products, which has caught on like wildfire in the past few years for both professional fighters and trainers alike. 

KNOCK OUT vol.1 Delivers More KOs with Promotion's Second Show

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In just their second event, Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT has delivered another exciting event featuring a host of big knock out finishes to the world. The show was headlined by Japanese legend Genji Umeno taking on Juan Mario Kaewsamrit, taking Juan Mario to the limit before walking away with the decision. The co-main saw Japanese rising star Tenshin Nasukawa defeat Amnat Ruenroeng via KO in the fourth round with a brutal array of body shots that put Amnat down and out. 

KNOCK OUT vol.1

Genji Umeno (R5 - Decision) Juan Mario Kaewsamrit

Tenshin Nasukawa (R4 - KO) Amnat Ruenroeng

Yuma Yamaguchi (R3 - TKO) Hikari Machida 

Tosuke Morii (R5 - Draw) Hirotoshi Murata

Kenta (R5 - TKO) Shinya Indo

Eisaku Ogasawara (R2 - TKO) Hiroya Haga

Fukashi (R3 - TKO) Hiroto Yamaguchi

Bellator Announces Bellator Kickboxing 5 and 6 in April

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Bellator will be returning to Europe on April 14th with Bellator 177 in Budapest, as well as Bellator Kickboxing 6. Bellator Kickboxing 6 will be headlined by the rematch between Bellator Welterweight World Champion Zoltan Laszak and former champion Karim Ghajji. Ghajji was the favorite going into the bout but Laszak put forth the performance of a lifetime to earn the Bellator gold in a fight that you can watch below.

Bellator Kickboxing 6 Main Card:

Welterweight World Title Bout: Zoltan Laszak (11-2) vs. Karim Ghajji (97-13-1)

But before that, Bellator will be returning to Italy for Bellator Kickboxing 5, piggybacking on Bellator 176. The card will be headlined by Giorgio Petrosyan against Amansio Paraschiv

Bellator Kickboxing 5 Main Card:

Flyweight World Title Bout: Denise Kielholtz (46-3) vs. Martine Michieletto (34-12-5)

Giorgio Petrosyan (83-2-2-1NC) vs. Amansio Paraschiv (23-5-1)

 

K-1 Japan Announces K-1's Return to Saitama Super Arena in 2018

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To say that kickboxing in Japan suffered a severe blow when FEG's K-1 went bankrupt would be an understatement. While the sport was already struggling in Japan from rounds of bad press, the dissolution of K-1 was effectively the end of kickboxing as we all came to know and love it. 

Since 2014 K-1 Japan -- under agreement with K-1 Global -- has been putting on some of the best kickboxing shows on the planet, highlighting lighter weight classes with fighters primarily from Japan, but also talent from all over the world. In those years they've made the best out of a bad situation and have been able to book stars like the Urabe brothers, HIROYA and Masaaki Noiri while building up new stars like TAKERU, Minoru Kimura and Kaew. At a press conference today in Saitama, K-1 gathered 56 of K-1's best fighters for an announcement that on March 21st, 2018 K-1 will return to the Saitama Super Arena.

The event, which will be held in the arena where many historic K-1 events took place, will be a triumphant return home for the sport of kickboxing and the K-1 brand in Japan. They believe that they will set the building up for 18,000 fans, although it should be noted that Saitama Super Arena can be configured to hold well over 20,000 fans. The organization wants the March 2018 event to serve as their big, yearly event much like the prior K-1 World Grand Prix for heavyweights in December or the K-1 World MAX tournaments became mainstays in both July and October. They will hold smaller events in Saitama Super Arena as well, but the March event will be the big one.

It's clearly too far away to predict who will be fighting, especially with K-1 Japan holding a ton of events this year, but it's safe to assume that they'll be putting their best foot forward on March 21st, 2018. In addition, K-1 Japan, KRUSH and Khaos will all be merged under the name "K-1 Japan Group" while keeping their individual show names moving forward, but talent-sharing will be across the board.

Badr Hari To Return to Dutch Jail For Assault Charges

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After Badr Hari's previous two-year sentence was partially suspended, Dutch Supreme Courts decided today that Badr Hari would need to return to jail to serve the remainder of his sentence. This comes as a blow to anyone hoping for a rematch between Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven and also explains why the public talk shifted from that to Rico Verhoeven to Remy Bonjasky in recent weeks.

Badr Hari will now be forced to serve the remaining six months of his time in jail in a Dutch prison after his failed appeal. This should be the end of the long, sad tale of Koen Everink after the middle-aged business-man was assaulted at a Dutch dance party at the Amsterdam ArenA all the way back in 2012. Hari plead that he had only hit Everink once, but the evidence pointed towards a more sustained assault, including a plate in his skull and needing surgery on his ankle to hold him together. Everink was found murdered in March of last year in what looks to be an unrelated assault. 

With Everink deceased and Badr serving the remainder of his sentence this should all be behind us, for now. Of course, if Badr reports to prison. [source]

GLORY Announces GLORY 39 Featuring Doumbe vs. Kongolo 3 and More

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With GLORY 38 rapidly approaching GLORY has announced GLORY 39 Brussels, which takes place on March 25th featuring a headliner between GLORY Welterweight Champion Cedric Doumbe and career-adversary Yoann Kongolo. These two have a lot of history between the two of them, with Kongolo one of the few men to beat Doumbe, never mind twice. Kongolo earned his shot with a recent tournament victory, placing these two on a collision course.

Also featured will be a Featherweight tournament, entrants to be determined. The winner gets a shot at the champion, but if Robin was stripped it's unclear who that will be. Also on the card is Jahfarr Wilnis against Jamal Ben Saddik. One would have to think that someone is in line for a shot at Rico at some point and that somewhere along the line the division will sort itself out, but perhaps not yet. Jamal Ben Saddik beat contender Ismael Londt and Wilnis just lost in a tournament to Mladen Brestovac before Brestovac lost to Adegbuyi.

The SuperFight Series delivers, as always, with Sitthichai looking to defend his Lightweight Championship title against Dylan Salvador. What makes this more interesting? Dylan Salvador has a win over Sitthichai. Marat Grigorian fights Hysni Beqiri, Hesdy Gerges against Chi Lewis-Parry and Karim Benmansour fights Harut Grigorian to round out the card. 

GLORY 39 Brussels

Weltwerweight World Title Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. Yoann Kongolo

Featherweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Jahfarr Wilnis vs. Jamal Ben Saddik

Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: TBA vs. TBA

Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: TBA vs. TBA

GLORY 39 SuperFight Series

Lightweight World Title Headline Bout: Sittichai vs. Dylan Salvador

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Marat Grigorian vs. Hysni Beqiri

Heavyweight Bout: Hesdy Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-Parry

Welterweight Bout: Karim Benmansour vs. Harut Grigorian

Rico Verhoeven and Remy Bonjasky Agree to Fight

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If you thought that it sounded crazy that Rico Verhoeven and Remy Bonjasky would fight in 2017, you weren't the only one. As it turns out, it is perhaps closer to reality than we all thought. After the impossible happened last year and Rico Verhoeven stood toe-to-toe with Badr Hari in a GLORY ring, it looks like Remy Bonjasky will once again fight against the best in the world. 

Bonjasky, a three-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, will look to make his return after his retirement bout in 2014 with Mirko Cro Cop. Bonjasky had retired once prior after a recurring eye injury sidelined him in late 2009, only to return in 2013 with mixed results. Bonjasky challenged the winner of Rico/Badr and now it looks like he has his sights set on fighting Verhoeven. The video below if from Fight Stadium, as is the text below.

There has been no official confirmation from GLORY on the bout just yet.

Short translation:

Rico challenged Remy after Rico beat Badr in December. Remy said in december he would fight the winner of this fight (he expected Badr to win).

Remy told the Dutch tv-host Humberto Tan that he accepted Rico's challenge and that he needs 6 months to prepare himself. Despite his age (41) he is convinced he will beat Rico because he is still healthy. Remy also referred to George Foreman who was a boxing world champion at the age of 55.

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