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Catalin Morosanu Next for Badr Hari

While not exactly on Badr Hari's "hit list," the next fight announced for the Golden Boy is none other than Romania's favorite dancing politician with heavy hands, Catalin Morosanu. Morosanu is one of Romania's toughest exports and is pretty much physically incapable of having a boring fight, which is a good thing for fans. Chances are when they step into the ring together that there will be a lot of leather thrown and that Morosanu will be fearless against Hari, something that not many fighters can say. 

The fight was announced at the GFC event today and the implication is that the fight would go down in May. There is a SuperKombat event in May, which makes a lot of sense for such a big fight like this and would draw some eyes to SuperKombat. It looks like this might be pushed back to the Fall, though. Who really knows? It's Badr Hari and he doesn't really adhere to strict schedules.

According to Irimia it will happen in either Dubai or Bucharest.

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GFC Results -- Saki Victorious in Return

GFC Fight Series 3 went down this afternoon in Dubai and I think that we can officially put a fork in Dubai as a venue for kickboxing after GLORY 20 and GFC 3 and consider it done. There doesn't seem to be many -- if any -- kickboxing fans there. The show went on regardless and there were some interesting results, for sure, such as Zabit Samedov winning the Heavyweight tournament with a victory over Danyo Ilunga. I'd probably prefer to see these guys meet at Light Heavyweight, but Samedov's win proves that he really is one of the better kickboxers in the world and I'd love to see him compete against top level Light Heavyweights.

The big, headline fight of the evening was Gokhan Saki against Sebastian Ciobanu that saw Saki back after a year away from the ring and scraping off that ring rust against the tough Ciobanu. Ciobanu held on for the decision but it was all Saki in his return. Results are from our friends at Kiksie.

1. Muay Thai - Super Welterweight
Saleed Nouri Long (Iran) def. Jamnian Srikam (Thailand) by TKO in round 1
2. Superfight - Middleweight
Adrian Gârlonța (Romania) def. Jashid Givechi (Iran) by KO in round 2
3. Superfight - Welterweight
Masoud Minaei (Iran) def. Jason Woodham (United Kingdom) by KO in round 1
4. Superfight - Welterweight
Brad Riddell (New Zealand) def. Maseh Nuristani (Australia) by TKO in round 1
5. Superfight - Heavyweight
Murat Aygun (Turkey) def. Tofan Pirani (Sweden) by TKO in round 1
6. Superfight - Heavyweight
Srdjan Seleš (Serbia) def. Gaétan Sautron (France) by TKO in round 3
7. Superfight - Heavyweight
Andre Meunier (Australia) def. Naoufal Bennazous (Morocco) by TKO in round 1
8. Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal 1
Zabit Samedov (Azerbaijan) def. Steve Mckinnon (Australia) by decision (unanimous)
9. Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal 2
Danyo Ilunga (Germany) def. Jafar Ahmadi (Iran) by TKO in round 2
10. Superfight - Heavyweight
Ismael Lazaar (Morocco) def. Fatih Ulusoy (Turkey) by TKO in round 1 (leg injury)
11. Superfight - Heavyweight
Gokhan Saki (Turkey) def. Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania) by decision in round 3 (unanimous)
12. Heavyweight Tournament Final
Zabit Samedov (Azerbaijan) def. Danyo Ilunga (Germany) by decision after an extra round (4th)
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Card for FFC 18 Tomorrow

Tomorrow in Ljubljana FFC will present their 18th numbered event featuring a split MMA and Kickboxing card. The kickboxing card features some bigger names like Mladen Brestovac, Miran Fabjan and Samo Petje set to defend his FFC 70kg World Championship.

Eyevan Danenberg vs. Jasmin Bajrovic - 77kg

Fabio di Marco vs. Teo Mikelic - 72kg

Vasil Ducar vs. Denis Chorchyp - 91kg

Denis Marjonovic vs. Miran Fabjan - 85kg

Colin George vs. Mladen Brestovac - Heavyweight

Valentin Rybalko vs. Samo Petje - 70kg Title Fight

 

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GLORY Confirms That Phil Baroni Turned Down Schilling Fight at GLORY 21

If you were looking forward to the Twitter clash of the titans turning into a kickboxing fight at GLORY 21 between Joe Schilling and Phil Baroni you'll be in for a bit of a disappointment today. As reported by our bud Michael Stets over at MMAMania, Phil Baroni has turned down the fight with Joe Schilling due to not feeling that there was enough time for him to prepare for the fight. 

It's a contrast from the words that Baroni was slinging over the past few days, but it looks like Baroni is asking for a full fight camp heading into a fight with Schilling. If we are honest with ourselves here, it's not asking too much to want a full camp before fighting Schilling in what would be considered his home turf of the GLORY ring, but then again, the beef was started by Baroni. Baroni does want this fight to happen in the future, but if we take a long, hard look at this fight it is more of a marketable fight for this moment in history, not in a few months when the heat will have died down and people will be asking the serious question as to why Joe Schilling, in his prime, is fighting a 38 year old man who has nothing left to prove.

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