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Kunlun Fight 50 Stream and Results: Stetsurenko, Groenhart and Sitthichai Victorious

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Kunlun Fight 50 starts 19.30 local time in China and is streaming live and for free on yy.com. You can join us for all the action on twitter @Liverkickdotcom and @KiksieDB.

Results

70kg
Yohann Drai (France) def. Canison Yokasay (Thailand) by Decision

MMA - 61,5kg
Chu Guangfu (China) def. Choi Seungkook (South Korea) by Decision

80kg Tournament Quarterfinal A
Alexander Stetsurenko (Russia) def. Bo Fufan (China) by Decision

80kg Tournament Quarterfinal B
Murthel Groenhart (Netherlands) def. Jonatan Oliveira (Brazil) by TKO in Round 2

MMA - 75kg
Wu Haotian (China) def. Pieter Buist (Netherlands) by Submission in Round 1

75kg
Zhang Yang (China) def. Hossein Karami (Iran) by Decision After an Extra Round

MMA - 58kg
Natalya Safronova (Russia) def. Tang Jin (China) by TKO in Round 1

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Tian Xin (China) def. Andrei Kulebin (Belarus) by Decision

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Jomthong Chuwattana (Thailand) def. Lee Sung-Hyun (South Korea) by Decision

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Cedric Manhoef (Suriname) def. Kong Lingfeng (China) by Decision

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Wu Xuesong (China) def. Serginio Kanters (Suriname) by Decision

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) def. Diogo Neves (Portugal) by Decision

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Hayabusa's New Glory Gloves

If you are a Glory fan then you have noticed the change in gloves since they switched from Leone to Hayabusa. Now I've been to a decent amount of the Glory events with my brother and got to talk to fighters and feel the gloves first hand. The overall consensus on the Hayabusa gloves has not been good at all. The comment I was hearing most of all was about the size, the gloves were simply too big and it was effecting the excitement of the cards as knockouts were not happening anymore. So myself and a few others took to twitter and made a few complaints expecting them to fall on deaf ears but we were wrong. Hayabusa took our complaints seriously and emailed me to let me know they were changing their gloves for upcoming events and they would send me a pair to take a look at. 

Here is a comparison picture, Top picture is old gloves, bottom picture is new gloves. You can start by looking at the length on his forearm, secondly just the overall shape of the glove. I have never seen a glove shaped like the first gloves, the new ones are more what we are used to. I will say the new gloves are very small, I'm not positive how the big heavyweights are going to fit their hands in them as we had trouble putting our hands in when wrapped but I can guarantee more knockouts with these. With these gloves the women will have the power to finish fights much more easily as they are just much more compact for the punch and it makes it harder to cover up. It was great of Hayabusa to look out for the fighters safety with the first gloves but in the end they are being used for a fight, fighting is not necessarily safe and if you take the danger out of it the fans will lose interest.

I am 100% happier with these gloves, I feel Hayabusa did a great job taking everyone's criticism and made a glove everyone will be happy with. I wanted a fighters opinion as well, so Josh wore them and bashed a few things and liked them a lot more than the previous gloves he had fought with, he did agree that they are very small but he had a big smile on his face while he said it.

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Randy 'Boom Boom' Blake On Martial Arts and a Long Career

It's the sound of thunder.  It's the sound of his fists or knees connecting with his opponent's body.  It's the sound of the other guy hitting the canvas.  It's his tagline -- #BOOM!  Randy Blake Oklahoma's favorite son continues his climb to dominance in the kickboxing world.  With more than 30 fights under his belt, and over half of them ending in KOs, Blake continues to prove himself as a fierce competitor in the ring and a benevolent advocate for the sport.  In addition to exhibiting dominance on his local circuit and climbing the ranks at Glory, Blake has held the XFL Light Heavyweight and ISKA World Heavyweight titles.  Blake’s other credentials include:

  • 4th Degree Black Belt in Karate, Kickboxing, and Jiu-Jitsu under 5 time world champion Dale "Apollo" Cook;
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Ketsugo under Herold Brosious;
  • Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under RCJ Machado.
  • Beginning his training at age six at Hillcrest Academy Dojo under Sylvester Meola in Ohio, Randy set himself on a lifelong path of the discipline required in martial arts.  After relocating to Oklahoma, Blake continued to hone is skills under 5x world champion Dale Apollo Cook at Apollo's Martial Arts.  Like many of his peers, Blake's early inspiration to begin this journey was the film, Bloodsport. Blake's interest in the prowess displayed by Van Damme on screen and his determination to perfect every move earned him punching bag for Christmas, a present he is thankful for until this very day.

Blake has had a long journey from his days of emulating Jean-Claude Van Damme to the present. Already, he has faced some of the best and brightest in the kickboxing community including Mirko “CroCop” Filipovic, Dustin Jacoby, Koichi, Mourad Bouzidi and others.  Today he not only derives his inspiration from his instructors, his peers and the generation he seeks to inspire, but also his mother. You see, Randy isn’t the only one with talent in the family when it comes to martial arts, meet Mrs. Blake.

Blake describes his mother as amazing!  When asked how he learned of his mother’s interest in martial arts, Blake recounted, “I got a phone call one day from her after high school saying ‘Guess what I’m doing?’ and as I said, ‘What?”, she said, ‘Karate!’  Blake went on to say that while he initially thought the idea humorous, his mother did in fact begin her own journey to excellence in martial arts and has competed in semi-contact rules and grappling events. Among Ms. Blake’s many accolades, she has thirteen OKA (Oklahoma Karate Association) sanctioned State Championships for Black Belt Executive Women in Kata and sparring.  She additionally has competed in NAGA (The North American Grappling Association), where she received one (1) Silver, one (1) Bronze and three (3) Gold medals.  Ms. Blake is not only a physical participant in martial arts, but she has taken her love for this discipline to another level by involving herself in organizations and projects designed to foster a love for martial arts in others.  She is not only a board member for the Oklahoma Karate Association but also a member of Girls in Gis, an organization whose goal is to unite girls and women of all ages who train Brazilian jiu-jitsu.  The organization strives to build camaraderie among the women as well as help them to crate their niche in BJJ.

Like his mother, Randy too shares her commitment to bringing the joy of martial arts to others.  Blake related that teaching and working with children is one of his passions.  A foundation in martial arts, according to Blake, gives children confidence and fosters a pattern of thinking that encourages children to do and be whatever they set as their goal. Blake stated that he experienced these principles in action growing up and wants nothing more than to give back and to be a positive role model.

In looking toward the future Blake plans to stay healthy, continue to fight and to be successful.  Blake would also like to continue to give back through motivational speaking and conducting seminars across the country.  Ultimately he would like to open a gym, but at twenty-nine years of age Blake has more to do inside the ring before heading to the sidelines.  Whether inside or outside the ring, what is clear is, whatever Randy Blake decides to do he will wow his fans and also inspire martial arts students around the world.

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Kunlun Fight 51 & 52 Fight Card

After a stacked Kunlun Fight 50 on August 20th they will have Kunlun Fight 51 and 52 on Sept 10 and 11 in Fuzhou, China. Now the events aren't as stacked as Kunlun Fight 50 but there are some very interesting match ups including the return of Marc De Bonte to kickboxing, Hicham El Gaoui's Kunlun Debut, Andrei Herasimchuk in a heavyweight tournament and a 65kgs tournament. Adding Marc De Bonte and Hicham El Gaoui to the 80kgs division makes things very interesting.

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