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Joe Schilling vs. Artem Levin III Scheduled for GLORY 24 Denver

There has been some trepidation when it comes to GLORY 24 being able to deliver on the rumors of a huge card, but today's announcement seems to assure that GLORY 24 will indeed be an event to remember. Today it was announced that GLORY 24 will see the third bout between rivals Joe Schilling and GLORY Middleweight Champion Artem Levin. According to our friend Michael Stets over at MMAMania the trilogy between the two will indeed go down on October 9th in Denver, Colorado. 

Levin is coming off of a draw with Simon Marcus while Schilling is coming off of a win over Robert Thomas. Of course, it is difficult not to mention that Schilling has been active in Bellator as well and is coming off of a knockout loss which prevented him from fighting on the Bellator MMA Dynamite event in September. The rubber match between Schilling and Levin has been talked about for well over a year now after they met for a second time in the finals of the GLORY Last Man Standing Middleweight Championship tournament in June. Schilling previously held a win over Levin in the GLORY 10 Middleweight tournament.

Many fans were calling for an immediate rematch between Simon Marcus and Artem Levin but it feels like the right decision to have the rematch between Levin and Schilling first. All three men have unfinished business with each other and any combination of the three is a tremendous fight. 

According to GLORY this event will also host a GLORY Heavyweight Contender's tournament with the winner going on to face Rico Verhoeven for the GLORY Heavyweight Championship. No names have been announced yet, but one would have to assume that Xavier Vigney, who qualified via a tournament win followed by a win over Daniel Sam, will be in, as well as Jamal Ben Saddik who recently picked up a win over Anderson "Braddock" Silva. Braddock would be another no-brainer as would possibly tossing Benjamin Adegbuyi back into the fray. Of course, if Daniel Ghita were to return nobody would complain, either.

Also, for those wondering, Simon Marcus is currently injured.


August 2015 LiverKick Rankings Update

(C) GLORY Sports International/James Law

It's August heading into September and the time felt right to give the Official LiverKick Rankings an overhaul. There has been movement in quite a few weight classes while some of the others (Light Heavyweight and most of Featherweight) have seen no real movement at all. The first thing to mention is that there was a bit of housecleaning on the rankings, which happens when fighters have been inactive for over 12 months. The two big omissions this round are Daniel Ghita at #3 in Heavyweight and Joseph Valtellini at #2 at Welterweight. Both have been inactive for a year and we were forced to drop them from the rankings. 

For them to be re-included in said rankings can be a long road. That means beating someone else on the top ten or winning a tournament featuring top ten fighters to get back near the top. 

So let's get down to some of these changes then, shall we? Heavyweight has seen some movement, some of which was the removing of Ghita, the rest of due to stuff happening. Jamal Ben Saddik returned from his suspension with a win earlier this year, but not a top ten win. Beating Braddock Silva, though? That's huge and secures him the #4 spot. Jahfarr Wilnis makes his way to the Heavyweight top ten with his Kunlun tournament victory, the win over Gerges front and center. Gerges beat Gerasmichuk, which bumps those two around. Sergei Kharitonov is no longer with GLORY and seems focused on MMA. It hasn't been a year yet but it seems safe to remove him for now. 

No movement at Light Heavyweight for now. Saki was a tough call, but simply leaving GLORY does not disqualify him from the rankings. He had one fight this year which was at Heavyweight, but he's still active. If he plans a full-time move to Heavyweight then he will leave the Light Heavyweight rankings. Middleweight saw very little movement. Sahak Parparyan's poor performance in the A1 World Cup pushed him out in lieu of others and Dmitry Valent makes his debut on the rankings in a tough decision. This is a very tough division to rank and Valent has faced some of the top names in the division and just barely fallen short while picking up wins over everyone else. Bogdan Stoica was considered, but losses to unranked competition sent him to the back of the line. 

Welterweight saw a new GLORY Champion crowned in Nieky Holzken, but he was already the top ranked fighter. Hicham El Gaoui returns after a long absence on the LiverKick rankings with a win over Karapetyan and Bai Jinbin from China earned his way into the number eight slot with a crazy win in Kunlun over Stetsurenko. There was some movement at Lightweight, but most of it makes a lot of sense. Sitthichai won the contender tournament, bumping him up further while everyone else dropped down to accommodate that. Petrosyan might still be the most talented, but neither wins over Varol or Kehl were going to push him up any further. Yodsanklai decides to confuse us even further by competing in Kunlun under kickboxing rules, making him a must-rank fighter. Oh yeah, and Dzhabar Askerov is back after a win over Kehl. Big congratulations go to newcomer to the world rankings in Josh Jauncey for his performance in the GLORY contender tournament.

Featherweight only saw movement within the top three thanks to K-1 Japan's awesome shows. Kaew is back to being king again and Soda drops down to a more comfortable 3. 

Heavyweight (Per 8/15)

1 Rico Verhoeven
2 Errol Zimmerman
3 Benjamin Adegbuyi
4 Jamal Ben Saddik
5 Anderson Silva
6 Jahfarr Wilnis
7 Hesdy Gerges
8 Andrei Gerasmichuk
9 Zabit Samedov
10 Ismael Londt


Heavyweight (Per 8/15)

1 Gokhan Saki
2 Saulo Cavalari
3 Danyo Ilunga
4 Artem Vakhitov
5 Mourad Bouzidi
6 Igor Jukovic
7 Michael Duut
8 Andrei Stoica
9 Zack Mwekassa
10 Reduon Cairo
Middleweight (Per 8/15)

1 Artem Levin
2 Simon Marcus
3 Joe Schilling
4 Filip Verlinden
5 Jason Wilnis
6 Alex Pereira
7 Wayne Barrett
8 Israel Adesanya
9 Fang Bian
10 Dmitry Valent
Welterweight (Per 8/15)

1 Nieky Holzken
2 Artur Kyshenko
3 Hicham El Gaoui
4 Karapet Karapetyan
5 Raymond Daniels
6 Karim Ghajji
7 Paul Daley
8 Bai Jinbin
9 Alexander Stetsurenko
10 Jonatan Oliveira
Lightweight (Per 8/15)

1 Robin van Roosmalen
2 Sitthichai
3 Davit Kiria
4 Andy Ristie
5 Giorgio Petrosyan
6 Yodsanklai Fairtex
7 Marat Grigorian
8 Dzhabar Askerov
9 Enriko Kehl
10 Josh Jauncey
Featherweight (Per 8/15)

1 Kaew Fairtex
2 Minoru Kimura
3 Yasuomi Soda
4 Massaro Glunder
5 Masaaki Noiri
6 Yuta Kubo
7 Gabriel Varga
8 Mosab Amrani
9 Hiroaki Suzuki
10 Zakaria Zouggari

Ewerton Teixeira Making Bellator Debut at Bellator 143 on September 25th

Former K-1 and GLORY fighter Ewerton Teixeira has spent the past few years away from the limelight, but that doesn't mean that he hasn't been training. In fact, Teixeira has been dipping his toes into the more lucrative waters of MMA since the collapse of FEG's K-1 all of those many years ago. Teixeira appeared at GLORY 13 Tokyo where he squared off against Hesdy Gerges, losing that fight via decision and since then hasn't done much in the way of kickboxing. 

It came as a surprise a few months ago when Bellator announced that they had signed Teixeira and it's even stranger that he'll be fighting for them on a show that isn't Bellator MMA Dynamite under kickboxing rules, but that's just life, isn't it? In an already diluted Heavyweight kickboxing field it's a bummer to see a fighter who was once in the top ten and could easily be again opting for a career in MMA, but these are the times in which we live. 

Teixeira will make his Bellator debut at Bellator 143 on September 25th against Vinicius Queiroz. 


Kunlun Fight 29 Results: Askerov KO's Kehl

Kunlun held another big event this past weekend, this time in Sochi. THis show, as most of their shows, featured some big names in the world of kickboxing and muay thai and saw some interesting results. The big news is the Group 13 of the first stage of their 70kg tournament that saw Dzabar Askerov win by knocking out K-1 World MAX Champion Enriko Kehl in the second round, then go on to knock out Liu Mingzhi in the first round, making a pretty clean sweep.

Askerov is a tough fighter who isn't always at the top of his game, but has had flashes of brilliance and has very much been a spoiler throughout the past few years. Kehl had lost to him previously, but it was via decision.

Results are thanks to our friends at Kiksie. Kiksie is an awesome database run by our friend Shadess that you should definitely be checking out.

1. Kickboxing
Middleweight Tournament 1/16 Stage - Group 13 - Semifinal #1
Liu Mingzhi (China) def. Landon Simmons (United States) by unanimous decision
2. Kickboxing
Middleweight Tournament 1/16 Stage - Group 13 - Semifinal #2
Dzhabar Askerov (Russia) def. Enrico Kehl (Germany) by KO in round 1
3. MMA - 58.5kg
Zhang Meixuan (China) def. Umar Akhmatov (Kyrgyzstan) by KO in round 2
4. Kickboxing - 70kg
Anatoly Moiseev (Russia) def. Cristian Milea (Romania) by unanimous decision
5. MMA - 100+kg
Brandon Cash (United States) def. Dimitriy Mikutsa (Ukraine) by TKO in round 3
6. Kickboxing - 100+kg
Jahfarr Wilnis (Netherlands) def. Valentin Slavikovski (Belarus) by unanimous decision
7. Kickboxing
Alim Nabiev (Russia) def. Pavel Turuk (Belarus) by TKO in round 2
8. Kickboxing Middleweight Tournament 1/16 Stage - Group 13 - Final
Dzhabar Askerov (Russia) def. Liu Mingzhi (China) by TKO in round 1
9. MMA - 75kg
Victor Kolesnik (Russia) def. Xu Yonghao (China) by submission in round 1
10. Kickboxing - 60kg
Ruslan Tozliyan (Russia) def. Li Shuaihu (China) by unanimous decision
11. MMA - 62kg
Alexander Keshtov (Russia) def. Zhao Yafei (China) by unanimous decision
12. Kickboxing - 80kg
Surik Magakyan (Russia) def. Bai Jinbin (China) by decision
13. MMA - 70kg
Alexandr Shabliy (Russia) def. Wu Haotian (China) by KO in round 1

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