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VIDEO: Robin van Roosmalen Successful in MMA Debut

GLORY Lightweight Champion has been training in Mixed Martial Arts for a while now, that much has been widely reported throughout the MMA blogsphere as when it comes time to talk about an MMA fighter's credentials, saying stuff like "training with a killer kickboxing champion" makes for an interesting story (while actually covering kickboxing does not, apparently). So we've known for a while that van Roosmalen has been training in Florida with sights set on taking the journey that many other kickboxing champions have made by wading into the pool of Mixed Martial Arts.

The result was a positive one for van Roosmalen, although it's fair to note that he did look a bit rough in the grappling department as many high level kickboxers tend to look when they work their way into MMA. Unlike someone like Verhoeven who fights in the less talent-rich heavyweight division and could have a greater deal of success with less refinement, van Roosmalen chose to cut weight down to Featherweight for his MMA debut. Featherweight and Lightweight, the two divisions that he'd be competing in, tend to be more talent rich and full of talent all throughout the world and the grappling of a 6-5 fighter in Anthinodoros Michailidis gave him some serious trouble in the opening round. 

That doesn't mean that there isn't room for improvement, but it's difficult to see such a talented champion like him struggle like that, especially with kickboxing's at times tenuous grasp on convincing hardcore fans that this current crop of fighters is as elite as the previous generation. 

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Bellator Kickboxing Announced, Kicking Off on April 16th

Today in Texas, Bellator finally announced what we've known for quite a while now: Bellator will be running professional kickboxing shows. The first event will be piggybacked onto the Oktagon/Bellator event in Italy, much like we've speculated. The names that Coker introduced at the press event today were Kevin Ross, Joe Schilling, Keri Melendez, Raymond Daniels and Anastasia Yankova. These will most likely be the banner fighters for the promotion moving forward.

Many have noted that Schilling is fighting on the upcoming GLORY card, but there have been some weird contractual issues between Schilling and GLORY, I wouldn't be shocked if this was simply finishing things out. 

Carlo di Blasi was there to discuss rules, regulations and promotional impact worldwide. This event will air immediately after the Bellator event does, meaning that Spike and Bellator are putting their all into making this event seem huge. 

So this is finally happening. After almost a year of rumors and false starts, Scott Coker's kickboxing organization is finally happening.

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Enfusion Live #37 Card Shows One of the Better Early Cards of 2016

Enfusion knows where their bread is buttered, and thusly their cards in the Netherlands tends to have a bigger feel than the rest of their cards. Looking at the card for Enfusion Live #37 is proof of that as we get a one-night 70kg tournament, a heavyweight title fight and a few fights featuring some of the names that they've built into stars. The headline attraction is an Enfusion Heavyweight Championship bout between champion Ismael Lazaar and top ranked heavyweight Jahfarr Wilnis. Wilnis made a name for himself by winning Kunlun Fight's heavyweight tournament last year and then a strong performance in a GLORY contender tournament just cemented his top spot. This will be a huge challenge for Lazaar and is definitely a heavily-anticipated bout.

Enfusion Live #37 Eindhoven, The Netherlands Saturday 27.02.2016

21.00 Local start time (20.00 GMT)

3X3                                                                  -72.5Kg

Serginio Kanters (Surinam) Vs   Yassin Baitar (Morocco)

3X3                                                                  -57Kg Female

Samantha Van Doorn (The Netherlands) Vs Patrizia Gibelli (Poland)

3X3      TOURNAMENT                         -70Kg

Nordin Ben Moh (Morocco) Vs Mohammed Jaraya (Morocco)

3X3      TOURNAMENT                        -70Kg

Tayfun Ozcan (Turkey) Vs Madicke Kamara (France)

3X3                                                            -85Kg    

Ibrahim El Boustati (Morocco) Vs Patrick Van Rees (The Netherlands)

3X3                                                                  -67Kg    

Ilias Bulaid (Morocco) Vs Edson Fortes (Cape Verde)

5X3      ENFUSION WORLD TITLE         Heavyweight

Ismael Lazaar (Morocco) Vs Jahfarr Wilnis (The Netherlands)

3X3      TOURNAMENT FINAL              -70Kg

Winner Fight 3 Vs Winner Fight 4

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