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Yokkao Heads to Argentina for Yokkao 16

South America has long been an interesting incubator for talent in combat sports and Yokkao is looking to bring their unique brand of muay thai to Argentina this year. Yokkao announced that Yokkao 16 will take place in Argentina on November 13th in Rosario, Argentina. 

The focus of the show will be fighters from Brazil and Argentina as well as the inclusion of fighters from the Yokkao's UK team. The card will be announced shortly as well as the full, complete card for the upcoming Yokkao 14 and 15 in the UK that is set to take place on October 10th in Bolton. 


RIP Andy Hug 15 Years Ago Today

So much has changed in the past 15 years in the world and in kickboxing that it's almost impossible to think of how different both would be if Andy Hug were still around. Hug was a rare ambassador for a sport that likes to kick itself when its down continually. While we only had a brief amount of time with Andy Hug he provided us with some of the most memorable moments in kickboxing history and taught us all that hard work, dedication, belief and spirit can get you very far in the world.

RIP Andy Hug. 


Results From Venum Victory World Series Event in Decemberen

On Saturday evening in Hungary Venum Victory World Series held another event. This time around featuring tournaments at 95kg and 72.5kg. Mustapha Haida turned out to indeed be a big signing for VVWS picking up two big wins and the big victor of the night.

The following results are courtesy of Victory World Series.

OFFICIAL RESULTS VVWS 3 Debrecen, Hungary August 22nd, 2015

- 95 kg Tournament 3 x 3 minutes

1.Gokhan Gedik / TurkeyvsKryspin Kalski / Poland

Winner Gokhan Gedik by split decision

2.Alexandru Burduja / MoldovavsMihalik György / Hungary

Winner Alexandru Burduja by KO 2R 0’30”

- 72,5 kg Tournament  3 x 3 minutes 

3.   Mustapha Haida / MoroccovsBenedek Zsolt / Hungary

Winner Mustapha Haida by unanimous decision  

4.Abdallah Mabel / CameroonvsNorbert Balogh / Hungary

Winner Abdellah Mabel by unanimous decision

Venum Title fight – Female 54 kg

5.Sylwia Juskiewicz / PolandvsAnissa Meksen / France

Winner Anissa Meksen by unanimous decision

Venum Title fight – Male 67 kg

6.Mehdi Zatout / FrancevsGörbics Gábor / Hungary

Winner Gabor Görbics by unanimous decision

- 95 kg Tournament Final

7.Gokhan Gedik / TurkeyvsAlexandreu Burduja / Moldova

Winner Alexandru Burduja by Doctor stoppage 1R 0’42’’

- 72,5 kg Tournament Final

8.Mustapha Haida / MaroccovsAbdallah Mabel / Cameroon

Winner Mustapha Haida by Majority decision after an extra round.

Burduja and Haida qualified for Venum Victory World Series Finals to take place in Paris, France on November 28th 2015



VIDEO: Badr Hari Scores TKO Victory Over Ismael Londt in Grozny

It was an interesting night in Chechnya for kickboxing fans around the world as Badr Hari returned to the ring yet again, fighting under the Akhmat FC banner for his good friend and Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. Kadyrov was shown on screen multiple times throughout the fight, pumping his fists when Badr was in control and looking upset when Badr went down. The fight opened with a rather strangely-subtitled full version of the video that we posted the other day that saw Badr Hari detained and questioned only to be saved by a Chechen SWAT team.

That same SWAT team then led Hari to the ring while Ismael Londt stood and watched. Then the announcer read off both men's resumes while they stood staring at each other in the center of the ring for what felt like a solid five minutes. It was a very, very long stare down, everyone agrees on that. 

The first round started off with a bang with Hari connecting with a sneaky short right straight that put Londt down onto the canvas early. Londt flopped over and it looked like that might've been the end of the fight right there, but Londt got up. From there Londt looked unsteady on his feet and walked into another short right in what was a slip that was ruled a down by referee Joop Ubeda (no comment). Londt was able to weather Hari's relentless attack and survive to the second round, but it was already looking like doom for him without a knockout.

Crazily enough that almost happened in the second round. Badr was looking to finish things and when Badr goes too hot and heavy he opens himself up. Londt scored a right hook to the temple and Hari was down, stunned silence washing over the arena. Hari was up, though, and if you've seen Hari fight before you know that if you knock him down he gets mad. The only problem is that he looked a bit punch drunk. Luckily for him Londt was hurt as well and he was able to put Londt down. Londt got back up to his feet and kept fighting, scoring a series of rights that had Hari in the ropes only for Londt to not be able to capitalize on it before the bell rung. 

This had turned into a fight when most were expecting Hari to walk through Londt. They were both hurt and tired going into the third but Badr was perhaps just a bit fresher. Hari scored another short right straight and it sent Londt flying across the comically large ring, with Ubeda administering a standing 8-count only to then wave the fight off under the pretense of a third down. Technically it's four downs in a fight and that's it, so it was the correct call, but was announced as a third down.

Regardless that was the best competition that Hari has faced since Samedov in 2013 (who knocked him out) and a solid win for the Bad Boy.


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