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WLF - Glory of Heroes 3 Fight Card

Glory of Heroes 3 will be taking place on July 2, 2016 in Jiyuan, Henan, China. There are quite a few good matches on the card but for me the one that really stands out is a rematch between Israel Adesanya and Filip Verlinden. These two fought in 2014 on Glory 15: Istanbul where Filip Verlinden won a unanimous decision. This was Adesanyas first and only Glory fight and he did not perform like himself at all, so it will be interesting to see how this fight goes the 2nd time around.

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Rumors About Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven Heating Up After Dutch TV Appearance

GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven appeared on Dutch TV today (Monday) where the topic once again went towards the potential dream bout between Verhoeven and Badr Hari. Hari, the troubled former K-1 star, has been stealing headlines over the past few years for his antics outside of the ring more than inside of the ring. It's been known that Hari wants to have one last, big bout and that Verhoeven has become the logical target for his retirement bout. 

Since the initial appearance of Verhoeven on Dutch TV where he was pressed if that fight could happen it has been one of the bigger stories in kickboxing. We've seen smaller, relative-unknown promotions take to social media to brag about making "serious" offers for the fight along with rudimentary graphics and an attempt to hype up fans only for nothing to materialize. There have also been rumors that someone in China and Russia have put forth offers, but the chances of Rico taking a fight in Kadyrov's den seem thin and if you understand the market in China, while they are in a boom, it's still not quite what many fans believe it to be when it comes to actual money. The reality here is that GLORY has been the only potential home for the fight since the beginning. Verhoeven has been in negotiations for a contract renewal and his desire to take this fight has played a big part in those negotiations. 

Verhoeven has been playing the field a bit, but outside of an exclusive offer from the UFC it seems likely that he'll fight in the GLORY ring once more while being given his leave to pursue MMA as well. 

Verhoeven's appearance on PepTalk today included confirmation that if the fight is to happen that it'll be under the GLORY banner. Mike Passenier called into the show and more information was shared on just how close things really are. There has been a formal offer, lawyers would be looking over everything next week but Badr would need time to prepare. Andreas at MMAPlus has a translations from the show.

“[The fight] It is very realistic. We have spoken with the lawyers today. Next week we will sit down with the lawyers of GLORY. Then we will know if it will be arranged. But we never said that we didn’t want to fight,” spoke Passenier.

He added: “We always want to fight, that’s not a problem, but Badr needs four or five months in order to prepare. Besides, the fight still needs to be promoted, that also takes time.”

The decisive factor here will be Badr Hari's legal status and the timeline for the fight. If the fight can happen before Badr has to serve the remainder of his prison term or is brought up on charges for the Moroccan assault incident, things seem more likely. 

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Results From Emei Legends Event in China: Grigorian and Boynazarov Win

This weekend in Chengdu Emei Legends in China held their 9th event, this one looking to aim bigger with a few bigger name, international kickboxing stars. There was a one-night, 65kg tournament that saw Guade Tarnaki pick up the victory. Anvar Boynazarov defeated Maykol Yurk in a "GLORY Ranked Bout" and the big news was Marat Grigorian knocked out Steve Moxon in the first round.

Tournament: Guade Tarnaki (R3 - Decision) Tanaka Horoki --- 65kg

Tournament: RAMIL NOVRUZOV (R3 - Decision) Jamal --- 65kg

Antoine Habash (R3 - Decision) Zhang Chenglong---63kg

ANVAR (R1 - TKO) Maykol Yurk----65 kg

Wijit Khladsong defeats Yang Yulong----67kg

Kem Sitsongpeenong defeats Umar Samte----70kg

Liu Lei (R1 - TKO) Minato Yoshiki----70kg

Matsukura Shintaro defeats Naimjon Tulabeav----70kg

Magomedov (R? - TKO) Iqusan Kor Rungthankakeat -----70kg

Marat Grigorian (R1 - KO) Steve Moxon ---70kg

Han Feilong defeats TOYOKI ASAKURA ----75kg

Han Kaihu defeats Javad ----75kg

Tournament Final: Guade Tarnaki (R3 - Decision) RAMIL NOVRUZOV----65kg

 

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FFC Makes Its US Debut With a Bang: Brestovac Scores KO Victory

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Last night in Daytona Beach, Florida FFC made their US debut with a joint MMA and kickboxing event. The kickboxing side was headlined by Croatian fighter, recently a GLORY title contender, Mladen Brestovac, taking on US fighter Steven Banks. Banks has been living and training out of Thailand of late, mostly competing in China, so the trip back to the US was a rarity for the fighter. It was a tough fight for both fighters but the signature head kick of Brestovac was simply too much for Banks, with it ending in the second round via TKO.

Mladen Brestovac (CRO) def. Steven Banks (USA), TKO (highkick), R2, 2:42

Tigran Movsisyan (ARM) def. Jovan Davis (USA), Unanimous decision

Michael Stripling (USA) def. John Morehouse (USA), Unanimous decision

Michael Stevens (USA) def. Cyrus Washington (USA), Unanimous decision

Kit Ruddock (USA) def. Robert Mosier (USA), Unanimous decision

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