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HeadBlade Offering Discount to Benefit Mark 'Fightshark' Miller

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I’m sure that you’ve heard by now, but if not, Mark “Fightshark” Miller is going through a tough time over the past few months. Mark’s story is well known by fans far and wide; Mark was fighting throughout most of his career with a heart defect as well as diabetes -- without knowing -- then discovered the heart condition and was forced to undergo open-heart surgery. Mark was then the first fighter to come back from open-heart surgery in May of 2011. His heroic comeback story is the stuff of legends now for American Kickboxing, with his giant knockout of Nikolaj Falin at Ultimate Glory (the precursor to GLORY). Since then it has been a rollercoaster ride for Miller, including huge ups and rock bottom downs.

Most recently there have been a series of downs, when he was forced into the hospital for complications with his CHD as well as suffering from renal failure. Those complications led to boatloads of medical bills on the un-insurable Mark Miller due to “pre-existing conditions.” Crazy, right? Now he’s facing down a kidney transplant as well as $250,000 in medical bills with his mind still set on another comeback fight. If one thing is for certain, you cannot keep Mark Miller down.

HeadBlade, one of Mark’s sponsors has recognized how tough this HeadBlade user has been over the years and now they are looking to give back to Miller with your help. HeadBlade will be running a special, two-week long campaign to help raise money for Mark where using the coupon code “FightShark” at checkout will get you a 10% discount off of their entire stock, with a portion of the proceeds going to help Mark with his medical bills. So if you are sporting a freshly-shaved head, want to, or know someone that does head over to http://www.HeadBlade.com and enter the code “FightShark” at checkout to receive an instant 10% discount and to help out the storied Kickboxer.

HeadBlade was first approached about helping Miller through this difficult time by Kristen Brown, a two time cancer survivor and Founder of Livetofight.org, a charitable cause dedicated to “Fighting relentlessly for those in the martial arts, mixed martial arts, and combat sports community who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses."

You can donate directly for Mark's medical bills through his GoFundMe.

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Enfusion Live This Weekend, Stream and Card Info

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This weekend Enfusion will be coming at you live from Dublin, Ireland with an explosive card. For fans (at least those outside of the US) you'll be able to view the stream live on http://www.enfusionlive.com starting at 21:00pm local time. Here is a run down of the whole card, which will feature some familiar names.

Enfusion Live Dublin, 22.3.2014 live at 21.00 pm local time

  • 1. Paul Norton ( Ireland ) vs Ilias Bulaid ( Morocco ) - 67kg
  • 2. Mark Casserly ( Ireland ) vs Alexandros Chatzichronoglou ( Greece ) – 80 kg
  • 3. Iman Barlow ( England ) vs Lorena Klijn ( The Netherlands ) - 54kg
  • 4. Gary Ormond ( Ireland ) vs James Gridley ( England ) - 75kg
  • 5. Tomasz Bukowski ( Poland ) vs Vasileios Karagiannidis ( Greece ) 90kg
  • 6. Enfusion World Title -80 kg: Aidan Brooks ( Ireland ) vs Hicham el Gaoui ( Morocco ) - 80kg

 

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SuperKombat Signs Three Year Extension with EuroSport

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SuperKombat has reached a new deal with television network EuroSport which has assured that we'll be seeing more SuperKombat events for the years to come. This new, three year extension means that SuperKombat's relationship with EuroSport will continue on in the coming years. SuperKombat has promised that production levels will remain up to the high standards that they've set with their bigger shows from last year, too, which is exciting as we've seen Kickboxing take a bit of a step back from the flashy days of K-1 of late.

“Extending the contract confirms the success of the partnership signed in 2011. We have worked excellent with Eurosport in all these years, both companies are very satisfied. Both, the product and the tv audience had a fast grown so we are confident that this year we will keep the same trend”, said Superkombat Fighting Championship® president Eduard Irimia.

The SuperKombat season launches on March 29th with a New Heroes event.

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Andre Dida to Return to Fighting This Summer

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Andre Dida is one of those guys that most of us know from our time staying up super late to watch Japanese events from here in the United States and rightfully so. Dida cut his teeth in Brazil before being called up by K-1 for their HERO*s organization, where he took place in their first Lightweight GP. Dida, who was a relative unknown to Japanese fans at the time, made it all the way to the Finals. From there he went on to appear in DREAM as well as K-1 MAX.

His K-1 MAX stint was weird, to say the least, as K-1 threw him to the wolves early on, so to speak. His first fight was a crazy KO, so then he was moved up in competition. When I say moved up, I mean that his second K-1 fight was against Buakaw Banchamek (then Por. Pramuk). What was crazy was that he nailed Buakaw with some great shots, Buakaw was a king at the time. Buakaw went on to win via decision in an extra round, but Dida earned some serious respect there. He had two more fights in K-1 after that, both of which were still steep climbs up the talent ranks, against Yuichiro Nagashima and Hinata Watanabe.

Dida announced his return today, claiming that he not only wanted to come back to MMA, but to Kickboxing. I'm not sure that he'd be able to just jump right into the deep waters at 70kg right away, but if GLORY or K-1 were to pick him up they'd be able to build him up until he's comfortable and see where he stands, at least. Dida is planning this comeback with Champions Sports Management based out of Stoney Creek, Ontario, a brand of House of Champions gym, headed by Alin Halmagean and Nenad Kuruc.

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