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Lion Fight Announces Two Title Fights for Lion Fight 18

On Friday evening (due to AXSTV's Inside MMA) Lion Fight announced two upcoming title fights for Lion Fight 18.

Kent confirmed that United Kingdom’s Salah Khalifa will fight reigning champion and Muay Thai legend Yodsanklai Fairtex for the men’s middleweight belt, and that Belgium’s World Champion Anke Van Gestel will challenge the unbeaten Jorina Baars for the women’s welterweight Lion Fight strap.

Inside MMA was the first to report news of the two contenders scheduled to face Fairtex and Baars, as well as the entire line up of live televised fights for LION FIGHT 18.

So we'll get Yodsanklai vs. Salah Khalifa and Anke Van Gestel vs. Jorina Baars at Lion Fight 18, which should be great. Here's the rest of the card for September 5th's Lion Fight 18.

LION FIGHT 18’s main live card is packed with American Muay Thai talent including Las Vegas local Jason Andrada, fighting out of Fight Capital Gym, vs. Canada’s Stan Mancebo. Rising star Nick Chasteen, fighting out of Phoenix, Arizona makes his return to the Lion Fight ring to take on California’s Jose Palacios. The card also features west coasters Brian Del Rosario, fighting out of Van Nuys, California vs. Victorville, California’s Chris Culley. Kicking off the first fight of the night will be Phoenix, Arizona’s Damien Earley vs. Vallejo, California’s Eddie Abasolo.

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K-1 Announces World MAX Final Card for Oct. 11th in Pattaya

On October 11th in Pattaya, Thailand, K-1 will present their K-1 World MAX Finals event. The event will crown a K-1 World MAX Champion, who will serve as K-1's king of the 70kg division and defend the title in the coming years. The tournament began last year with a strong group of sixteen fighters from across the world before coming down to two-time K-1 World MAX Champion Buakaw Banchamek and German up-and-comer Enriko Kehl. Kehl will be facing Buakaw for a second time now, the first fight happening in December and Banchamek getting the better of him in Thai rules. 

The show also features the debut of Paul "Semtex" Daley, best known for his runs in UFC and Bellator, but who has made a huge impact on the kickboxing world this year with four huge KO wins over top competition. This is one of the better K-1 cards that we've seen in a while and should be pretty exciting.

K-1 World MAX Final: Buakaw Banchamek vs. Enriko Kehl
Paul “Semtex” Daley vs. Mohammad Ghaedibardeh
Rungravee Sasiprapa vs. Dennis Puric
Andrei Kubelin vs. Lee Sung Hyun
Maximo Suarez vs. Tural Bayramov
Andre “Dida” Amade vs. Li Yankun
Artem Pashporin vs. Petmongkol Thor. Thesputin
Xei Lei vs. Yoshimoto

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Shin on Shin Series: Episodes 5 - 7

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

 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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