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Israel Adesanya wins King in the Ring Tournament and Video

The King of the Ring 86 kgs K-1 Rules 8-man tournament took place this weekend in Auckland, New Zealand. The Show was aired Live on Fuel TV Australia and Sky Sport 4 New Zealand. After a very entertaining night of fights and lots of knockouts Israel "The Last Stylebender" Adesanya went home with the belt and an over sized Cheque for $10,000 by earning 1 unanimous decision and 2 knockout wins. We have been lucky enough to receive a small video of one of Adesanya's knockouts.

Full Results

Tournament Final: Israel Adesanya def. Jamie Eades (KO Round 1)

Tournament Semi-Final: Israel Adesanya def. Pati Afoa (KO)

Tournament Semi-Final: Jamie Eades def. Ty Williams

Tournament Quarter Final: Ty Williams def. Andrew Banham (KO Round 1)

Tournament Quarter Final: Jamie Eades def. Zane Hopman (Majority Decision)

Tournament Quarter Final: Israel Adesanya def. Slava Alexeichik (Unanimous Decision)

Tournament Quarter Final: Pati Afoa def. Zack Fatamaka (Split Decision)

Super Fight: Hamad Alloush def. Tafa Misipati  (TKO Round 2)

Super Fight: Antz Nansen def. Alofa Solitua (TKO Round 3)

 

 

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GLORY's New CEO Promises October Return, More International Events

GLORY's unannounced and relatively quiet break that begun after GLORY's Last Man Standing PPV had a lot of people up in arms. Many believed that the company was in dire straits and that there might not be another show. It was clear that there was originally a GLORY 18 scheduled and that it dissipated before it could even be publicly announced. Now GLORY has named a new CEO and he's published an open letter on GLORY's website to give a sort of state of the union address to fans. 

You can read it here, but here are the bullet points to take away from it.

  • GLORY's next event will be in October.
  • There is no announced location for it yet, but the canceled event was scheduled in the Chicago area.
  • He hints at wanting to take GLORY "back on the road" away from LA and NYC.
  • Also hints at more international events. 
  • Spike TV relationship will continue moving forward.
  • GLORY and Spike TV will be working together for more GLORY-based programming to air on Spike.
  • A show titled "Top Knockouts of Glory Countdown" is set to debut, possibly before the late October event.

There are a lot of positives in there, including the expanded programming on Spike TV. If there was one thing really hampering GLORY events on Spike TV it would probably be the distinct lack of extra programming to help raise brand awareness. GLORY is a newer brand to audiences and the sport of kickboxing is just as new to them as well, airing additional programming on Spike TV can only help out. 

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Lion Fight Announces Deal with Apparel Brand Kate Swim

When we talk about kickboxing and muay thai in the United States, we talk about the desire to go "mainstream" and to make big deals happen. Lion Fight has shown a tenacity in growing their brand within the United States and starting on September 5th at Lion Fight 18, they'll be introducing something pretty new to the world of muay thai; fashion. Today they announced a deal with swimwear company Kate Swim, best known for being featured in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit editions in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 

Starting at Lion Fight 18 the promotion will be using Kate Swim models as ring card girls, them decked out in Kate Swim swimsuits. This is some out-of-the-box thinking for Lion Fight, which should definitely be applauded. 

Lion Fight 18 airs on September 5th on AXS TV at 10PM Eastern time.

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A1 World Combat Cup 2014 - Final 8

A1 World Combat Cup is bringing us the Final 8 of their 70kgs tournament in Eindhoven, Netherlands on Sept 20th. Sixteen fighters started this tournament on May 17th of this year, and now we get to enjoy the rest of this tournament in one night.

The tournament includes names like Team Souwer member Henri Van Opstal and SuperKombat fighter Cenik Cankurtaranoglu. One Night 8 man tournaments are always one of the most exciting events to watch, especially when they include top level fighters like this one, Plus with Dutch favorites like Henri Van Opstal, Robbie Hageman, and Sergio Wielzen the atmosphere in Eindehoven should be amazing.

Full Main Card

Quarter Finals: Robbie Hageman (Ned) Vs Nordin Ben Moh (Mor)

Quarter Finals: Henri Van Opstal (Ned) Vs Steven Jonis (Ned)

Quarter Finals: Cenik Cankurtaranoglu (Turkey) Vs Wael Karoumi (Mor)

Quarter Finals: Tayfun Ozan (Turkey) Vs. Mo Ben Nasser (Mor)

A-1 Rules 63kgs: Ilias El Hajoui (Ned) Vs Pietje Doorje (Sur)

Semi Finals #1 and #2

A-1 Rules 65kgs: Redouan Boukerche (Ned) Vs. Sergio Wielzen (Ned)

Tournament Final

 

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