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Enfusion Live London, Fight Card for this Saturday, March 30

Just a week after GLORY 5 London there's another good kickboxing show in the city of London, England, as Enfusion holds its first of four shows there this year.

The entire card is full of UK talent, with the main event pitting England's Michael Wakeling, the brother of Steve Wakeling, against Pajonsuk Super Pro Samui. This will be Pajonsuk's first fight in over two years, last having lost a close fight to Andy Souwer at It's Showtime in December of 2010.

Right under the main event is Michael Wakeling's teammate, James Snelling, who puts his undefeated record on the line against Pajonsuk's teammate, Kaeng Super Pro Samui.

One of the top 85kg kickboxers, Andrew Tate returns to the ring for his second fight this month, having previously beaten Vincent Petitjean on March in France. He'll take on the Dutch fighter Marino Schouten.

Also on the card are two women's bouts. With the Enfusion women's world title on the line at 54kg, Iman Barlow fights Alexis Rufus in a five round fight. The other women's bout pits Amanda Kelly, coming off a big win over Julie Kitchen, against France's Fatima Adib.

Michael Wakeling vs. Pajonsuk Super Pro Samui

James Snelling vs. Kaeng Super Pro Samui

Andrew Tate vs. Marino Schouten

Amanda Kelly vs. Fatima Adib

Iman Barlow vs. Alexis Rufus

Mirkko Moisar vs. Jason Woodham

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SuperKombat WGP Fight Card, April 6

SuperKombat will hold their first World Grand Prix event of the year on April 6 in Oradea, Romania after starting the year off with some SuperKombat New Heroes events to find new fighters.

Like all SuperKombat World Grand Prix events, there will be a four man tournament at heavyweight, with the winner qualifying for the Final Elimination later in the year. The heavyweight tournament on this card sees Muamer Tufekcic against Corrie Robbins in one semi final and Nikolaj Falin vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruick in the other semi final. The reserve fight pits Chris Cooper against Vladimir Toktasynov.

Bogdan Stoica will finally make his return to the ring on the card, coming back from his motorcycle accident last year. He'll fight at 92kg against Romano Romasco. Stoica hasn't fought since May of last year, when he defeated Ivan Stanic and won the SuperKombat 91kg world title.

Also returning to the ring will be Benjamin Adegbuyi, as he takes on Mohamed Bellazar. Adegbuyi last fought in December at SuperKombat's year-end WGP Final event where he was knocked out in the first round by Pavel Zhuravlev.

For more information, read the full release on SuperKombat's website here.

Fight Card
SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix
“Antonio Alexe” Sports Hall, Oradea, Romania
April 6, 2013

1. Reserve Fight (+96 kg)
Chris Cooper (Great Britain) vs. Vladimir Toktasynov (Russia)

2. Semifinal 1 (+96 kg)
Muamer Tufekcic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) vs. Corrie Robins (Great Britain)

3. Semifinal 2 (+96 kg)
Nikolaj Falin (Germany) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (Suriname)

4. Super Fight (+96 kg)
Mohamed Bellazar (Morocco) vs. Benjamin Adegbuyi (Romania)

5. Super Fight (-92 kg)
Romano Romasco (Italy) vs. Bogdan Stoica (Romania)

6. Super Heavyweight Fight (+115 kg)
Jason Dutton (Great Britain) vs. Alexandru Lungu (Romania)

7. Final (+96 kg)
Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2

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Weekend Winners: Ben Edwards, Sanny Dahlbeck, Suleiman Magomedov, Errol Koning

Aside from having a huge GLORY 5 London card this weekend, there were a lot of other events taking place around the world featuring some notable fighters.

Capital Punishment 7 went down on March 23 in Canberra, Australia and featured the fourth fight between Ben Edwards and Paul Slowinski. Previously, Slowinski held a 2-1 lead in the series heading into the fight. This time it was Edwards who picked up a hard fought decision win to even the score at two wins a piece. Edwards dropped Slowinski in the first round and controlled the second round, but Slowinski wasn't done and came back in the third round and even managed to hurt Edwards with some low kicks. However, it was too late and Edwards had done more than enough in the first two rounds to take the fight.

Heroes Fighting Championship held it's first show in Sweden, also on March 23. The main event featured last year's breakout GLORY fighter Sanny Dahlbeck, who returned to Muay Thai against Mauro Serra of Italy. Dahlbeck got his first win of the year and took a decision.

On Friday, March 22 in Russia, some of the region's top fighters were fighting in Rostov-on-Don at R-1. Dmitry Shakuta moved up in weight to 86kg and took on the fast rising Suleiman Magomedov, who had just fought two weeks prior, beating Halim Chibani in Monte Carlo. From the onset, just like most Shakuta fights, he was a very tricky opponent for Magomedov and the fight played out similarly to Shakuta's fight with Alexander Oleinik at the Tatneft Cup 2011 Finals. The fight went all five rounds but the rounds were only two minutes each. In the end it was a close fight where nothing significant really happened, but Magomedov got the decision win.

Also on the card in Rostov-on-Don was a pretty big upset as Errol Koning avenged a loss to Alexander Stetsurenko, who is currently ranked by GLORY as the promotion's #1 77kg fighter. The first fight between these two took place last year at the Tatneft Cup and Stetsurenko delivered a beating to Koning. This time around Koning got himself a split decision win.

In Thailand on the 23rd, Cheick Sidibe continued to roll, as he stopped Brazil's Marcelo Tenorio in the second round.

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Road to GLORY USA 77 kg Tournament Goes Down This Friday in NYC

The next installment of GLORY's "Road to GLORY" Series will be in full effect this Friday in New York City, as the best of America's 77 kg division take the stage to compete for a spot in the #1 kickboxing organization in the world. Compared to the other Road to GLORY USA shows that have already taken place, this one is by far the most packed with national talent. 

Anthony Nieves, Brett Hlavaceck, Marcus Fisher, and Eric Utsch are all some of the most promising Muay Thai fighters in America. A common misconception among fans not familiar with the state of kickfighting sports in the United States is that Americans are typically blessed with quick, powerful hands, but are sadly lacking in the kicking and knee'ing department. While this might have been true when boxers often tried their hand at kickboxing back in the 80's and 90's, the majority of USA's cross-over talent is now heavily based in Muay Thai. Hlavaceck and Fisher are especially reliant on the clinch, while Nieves is largely an "elbow" fighter. It remains to be seen how well they will make the transition in GLORY. 

Tarek Rashed, Francois Ambang, Jeremy Carper, and Ryan Parker round out the rest of the tournament participants. Out of these final four, I believe Parker is the dark horse. He's an undefeated MMA fighter with a record of 14-0. We saw what Dustin Jacoby did to 95 kg tournament favorites Brian Collette and Randy Blake. It wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility that another mixed martial artist with heavy hands could make a sizable impact in America's developing kickboxing scene. 

Concluding the card, veteran Cyrus Washington facs Chris Clodfelter in what might be one of the most exciting fights of the night. 

As with most of the Road to Glory events, video is scheduled to be aired on tape delay sometime in the future. There will most likely be a highlight reel uploaded for all those who were not able to attend. 

Full Tournament Line-up

Brett Hlavaceck

Marcus Fisher

Anthony Nieves

Tarek Rashed

Eric Utsch

Ryan Parker

Jeremy Carper

Francois Ambang

Reserve Fight: Cyrus Washington vs. Chris Clodfelter

 

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