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The Kickboxing World Reacts to the Loss of Marc de Bonte

While the kickboxing world is gearing up for a mega-fight between Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven in December, things have taken a more somber tone over the past few days with officials in the Netherlands discovering the body of what is presumably Marc de Bonte. Police are working on an autopsy and final identification on the body that was discovered before giving the final confirmation, but his friends and family have accepted that the body was his. Already, Marc de Bonte's personal website bears messages about his passing, his parents have confirmed that the body was his, and while we are waiting for that final confirmation, most have accepted the news and have begun grieving the loss of the 26-year-old former world champion. 

These are just some of the public reactions from the kickboxing world over the past few days.

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We'll have more on Marc de Bonte as it becomes public. For now, keep his friends and family in your thoughts during this rough time.

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Body Matching Marc de Bonte's Description Found Near His Vehicle

After being missing for almost three weeks, it appears that the disappearance of former GLORY Welterweight Champion has come to a somber conclusion. While police have not made a positive confirmation yet, reports have surfaced that on Thursday a man spotted a body floating in the river near where Marc de Bonte's car was found abandoned over two weeks ago.

De Bonte was said to have gone out with friends in the Belgian town of Turnhout on that Friday evening that he went missing, although his car was found in Best on Wilhelmina Canal Street. According to one of the gyms that Marc trained at, Training Unit, they were told that a body was found and that there was a "99% chance" of it being Marc.

The Eindhoven police twitter account provided two brief updates on the find, one of which claimed that due to similar clothing the body was believed to be de Bonte's, the other that they won't know for sure until Saturday when they do an official identification on the body.

While there has been no official word just yet, the kickboxing world seems somber and already in mourning for the young fighter who was preparing to participate in the Kunlun 80kg tournament as well as upcoming Enfusion Live events. It seems like it is only a matter of time before the body is identified as de Bonte's and there are so many questions left hanging in the air still. 

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Kunlun Fight 55 Fight Card: 80kg Tournament Finals

Kunlun Fight returns on December 10th with a huge card full of kickboxing with Kunlun Fight 55. The event sees the finals of the 80kg World Title tournament, sadly without Marc de Bonte, who has been missing for over two weeks now without a trace. The tournament will continue on without him, although there is a bit of a dark cloud cast over it. 

Kunlun continues to mix in MMA fights into their cards, although they are now rebranding their MMA events as Kunlun Fight MMA, with Kunlun Fight MMA 7 coming up on December 15th. As per usual, Kunlun doesn't pull any punches with their tournaments and we're looking at Stetcurenko vs. Sichtman and el Gaoui vs. Valent on December 10th.

Kunlun Fight 55

Dec. 10th

61kg: Lau Waicheuk vs. Lin Qiangbang

80kg Reserve: Salihov Muslim vs. Nuerla Mulali

60kg: Kodera Kohei vs. Gong Yuankun

85kg MMA: Koji Shikuwa vs. Wang Sai

75kg: Monsan Hanchana vs. Zhang Yang

80kg World Championship Semi-Final: Aleksandr Stetcurenko vs. Darryl Sichtman

80kg World Championship Semi-Final: Hicham El Gaoui vs. Dmitry Valent

72kg: LiZhuangzhuang vs. Kong Lingfeng

67kg: Kim Dongsu vs. Zhang Chunyu

75kg MMA: Juan Suarez vs. Zhang Lipeng

100kg+: Tofan Pirani vs. Asihati

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Yokkao Holding 30% Off Black Friday Sales All Week

While the whole concept of Thanksgiving as an American holiday can and has been disputed throughout modern history, it's primarily a holiday about spending time with family, eating turkey for some reason and watching football. Over the past few years the idea of Black Friday -- the day following Thanksgiving -- has blossomed from a way for retail outlets to kickstart their extremely profitable holiday season to a global tradition that sees everyone slashing prices to attract the attention and money of you, the customer looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, someone you don't particularly like, or just yourself. 

In that fine tradition, globally-sought-after gear and lifestyle brand Yokkao is offering a whopping 30% off sale until Friday in honor of Black Friday. Yes, that means gear, gloves, shorts, t-shirts and even having your stuff embroidered with your name as well. All of that is 30% off with the code BLACKFRIDAY during checkout at http://www.yokkao.com/shop

The offer is good until Friday, so if you or someone you love is in the market for some new gloves, pads, shorts or anything else muay thai related Yokkao has you covered as long as you punch in the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.

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