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Enfusion Live #35 on 12/19 Fight Card

On December 19th live from Antwerpen, Belgium, Enfusion returns with their final event of the year in Enfusion Live #35. This definitely looking to be one of the better Enfusion cards on paper for this year, meaning that Enfusion will be ending 2015 with a bang. The show is headlined by Heavyweight champion Ismael Lazaar defending that title against South Africa's Andrew Thomson. Nordin Ben Moh takes on Crice Boussoukou, Daniel Sam fights Kreshnik Rustemi and a -64kg Enfusion World Title is on the line between Anke Van Gestel and Rachida Bouhout.

Enfusion Live #35 Antwerpen, Belgium Saturday 19.12.2015

Local start time 21.00 (20.00 GMT Time) 

1. 3X3 -75Kg

Johan Tkac (France) Vs Zakaria Baitar (Morocco)

2. 3X3 -70Kg

Youssef El Haji (Morocco) Vs Rafal Dudek (Poland)

3. 3X3 Heavyweight  

Mohamed Boubkari (Morocco) Vs Mathieu Kongolo (Belgium)


Anke Van Gestel (Belgium) Vs Rachida Bouhout (NL)

5. 3X3 Heavyweight  

Kreshnik Rustemi (Albania) Vs Daniel Sam (England)

6. 3X3 -70Kg 

Nordin Ben Moh (Morocco) Vs Crice Boussoukou (France)

7. 5X3 ENFUSION WORLD TITLE Heavyweight 

Ismael Lazaar (Morocco) Vs Andrew Thomson (South Africa)


W5 Grand Prix Vienna Dec. 5 Results

Yesterday in Vienna, Austria W5 held their Grand Prix in Vienna event where two titles were on the line as well as a one-night tournament between some big names. The tournament saw Artem Pashporin defeat the world famous Cosmo Alexandre via decision while on the other side of the bracket Chris Ngimbi continued his march back to the top with a win over Evgeniy Kurovsky. The two clashed in the finals later that night with Posporin walking away victorious.

Sasa Jovanovic and Rasul Kachakaev clashed for W5's 67kg European championship in a fight that saw Jovanovic walk away with the title while Massaro Glunder was able to best Foad Sadeghi for the 72.5kg W5 Intercontinental Championship to cap off what has been a big year for Glunder.

Tournament: Artem Pashporin (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Cosmo Alexandre

Tournament: Chris Ngimbi (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Evgeniy Kurovsky

Marco Adamovic (R1 - KO) Adil Osmani)

Karin Mabrouk (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Henry Banner

W5 67kg European Championship: Sasa Jovanovic (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Rasul Kachakaev

W5 72.5kg Intercontinental Championship: Massaro Glunder (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Foad Sadeghi

Tournament Finals: Artem Pashporin (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Chris Ngimbi



Rico Verhoeven is no Longer the Prince, But the King of Kickboxing

James Law/GLORY

The career trajectory of Rico Verhoeven has been nothing but up, but for many years there were detractors who saw the young Dutch fighter as a mere shadow of the past Dutch champions that ruled the sport for years. Names like Ernesto Hoost, Peter Aerts and Ramon Dekkers all stood out as all-time greats that created such a huge legacy for a champion like Rico to live up to. Verhoeven has not always been the most confident fighter, which has led to a lot of narrow decision victories and a lot of criticism from both past opponents and fans alike. 

There was never any point in denying Verhoeven's talent, though. Verhoeven got into the game at a young age and turned a lot of heads quickly. Rico is tall, muscular, quick and skilled. Knocking out opponents never seemed to be something in Rico's repertoire, though. He'd win most of his fights, but he was never doing so in a fashion that felt dominating or exciting. The thing is, he was always evolving and growing as a fighter and tonight at GLORY 26 we saw the culmination of the years of hard work against Benjamin Adegbuyi.

Adegbuyi was able to control the early rounds in their first meeting before Rico's technical skills and Adegbuyi's fatigue were too much for him to handle. This was the Verhoeven that we all had grown to know and love. Without a doubt Rico was a great fighter, but many wanted to see more from him, that wanted to see those flashes of brilliance turn into tangible, epic moments that would go down in history.

That is exactly what they got when Rico's right hand landed flush on Adegbuyi's jaw and flattened him to the mat. This was the full realization of Rico Verhoeven, this was the man that was going to help bring the heavyweight division in kickboxing into the next generation with style. What a knockout.


GLORY Announces Return of Gokhan Saki to Challenge Saulo Cavalari in 2016

During the live broadcast for the GLORY SuperFight Series at GLORY 26 GLORY made a huge announcement that in 2016 we'll see the return of the Rebel when Gokhan Saki returns to the GLORY ring in hopes of regaining his GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship. There was no specific date given, but we do know that GLORY's projected return in 2016 is for February, although it's unclear which event this will be on.

GLORY also announced that in 2016 we can look forward to the rematch between Artem Levin and Simon Marcus after their draw at GLORY 20. Those are two big fights and GLORY is looking to show the world that they plan to deliver in 2016. The return of Saki is huge, just huge.


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