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Glory: Robin van Roosmalen Breached Contract By Signing With It's Showtime

Well shortly after it got out that Robin van Roosmalen had signed with It's Showtime and would be fighting in the K-1 Final 16, Glory fired back with a press release. In the press release, it states that Robin had a contract with Knock Out Investments/Golden Glory that is still valid. According to Glory, Robin's contract says that KOI/Golden Glory have the exclusive right to represent him and that he authorized KOI/GG to sign contracts for him.

According to Glory, Robin van Roosmalen accepted the offer to fight Dzhabar Askerov on May 26 earlier this week. The offer also included a multiple fight deal and Glory just had to add that it "was overall a much better offer then the offer of It’s Showtime/K-1." Both KOI/GG supposedly accepted the offer and Robin was bound by contract.

KOI/GG tried to reach van Roosmalen but were unable to get in contact with him. They say they warned him multiple times not to sign elsewhere and now will be pursuing legal actions not only at van Roosmalen but also at It's Showtime and K-1. According to Glory, It's Showtime were aware that KOI/GG represented van Roosmalen and even pointed out to them that he was bound by contract, saying that It's Showtime/K-1 wrongfully acted in entering into an agreement with Robin van Roosmalen.

To read the full press release in English or Dutch, click here.

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Fight Code Tomorrow Features Allazov, Bessmertny, Shakuta

Fight Code is back tomorrow, this time in Minsk, Belarus. After a successful first event of the year in Milan with around 15000 people watching, the arena tomorrow holds about 3000. There hasn't been much buzz at all about tomorrow's event, but Fight Code seems to be focusing their promotional efforts on the local market of the event locations as opposed to the internet.

The Dragons 72.5kg tournament continues, with four fights of the Final 32. The winners will advance to the Final 16. So far, Enriko Gogokhia and Mustapha Haida have moved on to the next round. Fight Code 2011 Dragons winner Yury Bessmertny will be participating in one of those four bouts, against Edvin Erik Kibus of Estonia. The other three Dragons fights see Vitali Nikiforov take on Evgeni Telitsa, Maxim Smirnov against Dmitry Baranov and Farhat Ahmedjanov against Tadas Jonkus.

In two non tournament fights, we've got two great fighters, with one being a long time top fighter and one skyrocketing to the top. Dmitry Shakuta, who's floated around the top of 77-81kg for quite some time now, will take on Igor Ljapin of Ukraine. Chingiz Allazov is one of the fastest rising fighters in the game, and is slowly moving up to the money weight of 70kg. This fight is at 69kg and he'll be fighting Dmitry Rudenko of Ukraine.

The event starts at 15:00 GMT. Fight Code can't stream their events live anymore due to TV contracts so as for watching this, it'll be on at 18:00 in Romania on DolceSport, which is 11 AM EST/8 AM PST in North America.

Dragons Final 32 Eastern Selection (72.5kg):

Vitali Nikiforov vs. Evgeni Telitsa
Maxim Smirnov vs. Dmitry Baranov
Farhat Ahmedjanov vs. Tadas Jonkus
Yury Bessmertny vs. Edvin Erik Kibus

Non Tournament Fights:
69kg: Chingiz Allazov vs. Dmitry Rudenko
81kg: Dmitry Shakuta vs. Igor Ljapin

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GLORY Announces Glory World Series 2012 70kg "First 16"

GloryNot to be shown up by K-1, GLORY Sports International sent out a press release to the media today announcing their own 70kg tournament just a day after K-1 Global sent out their press release announcing their MAX tournament. The show was set to be headlined by Semmy Schilt vs. Sergei Kharitonov, but it now looks like Semmy Schilt vs. Errol Zimmerman will be the main event in a Heavyweight Superfight.

The event will be a co-promotion with Rumble of the Kings from Sweden, taking place in Stockholm, Sweden on May 26th. What is interesting is the structure of GLORY starting to show, with the press release listing Cor Hemmers, Bert Van Der Ryd and Martijn de Jong as the management team. Not listed was Bas Boon, who was the one who emailed the press release. If you want to read the press release, they posted images of it on Facebook...

What is also interesting is the declaration of the "Glory World Federation" or GWF, which was founded to be an independent governing body for the sport, but will only rank the fighters affiliated with the Glory World Series/Glory Sports International. On top of that, we have some names for the Heavyweight tournament; "Peter Aerts (Netherlands), Brice Guidon (France), Jerome Le Banner (France), Semmy Schilt (Holland), Gokhan Saki (Turkey), Errol Zimmerman (Curacao), Sergey Kharitonov (Russia), Jamal Ben Saddik (Morocco), Filip Verlinden (Belgium), Ali Cenik (Turkey), Igor Jurkovic (Croatia) and more."

The line-up for this event is as follows;

Final 16 – 70KG – 26th May 2012 Stockholm:

 

1.) Giorgio Petrosyan (Italy) vs Fabio Pinca (France)

2.) Max Vorovski (Estonia) vs Sanny Dahlbeck (Sweden)

3.) Robin van Roosmalen (Netherlands) vs Dzhabar Askerov (Russia)

4.) Ky Hollenback (USA) vs Michael Corley (USA)

5.) Yoshihiro Sato (Japan) vs Shemsi Beqiri (Switserland)

6.) Dennis Schneidmiller (Germany) vs Qi Chenglong (China)

7.) Kem Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) vs Cosmo Alexandre (Brasil)

8.) Albert Kraus (Netherlands) vs Mohamed El Mir (Denmark)

 

Line-up GLORY WORLD SERIES Super Fights – 26th May 2012 Stockholm:

 

1.) Nieky Holzken vs Alex Harris (Sweden)

2.) Semmy Schilt (Netherlands) vs Errol Zimmerman (Curacao)

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Albert Kraus Joining GLORY World Series

KRausIt looks like the latest addition to the GLORY World Series is former K-1 MAX veteran Albert Kraus. The 31 year old Kraus brings a new layer of prestige and legitimacy to the GLORY World Series, with Kraus as a former K-1 World MAX Champion from 2002 as well as a finalist in 2003. Kraus also won the SuperKombat Middleweight Championship in 2011. This move does come as somewhat of a surprise after Kraus being one of the few European fighters to compete in K-1's MAX shows in 2011.

But inside of the Kickboxing world loyalty comes with a price tag, and with the GLORY World Series having a solid prize as well as a lesser field outside of Giorgio Petrosyan, for a fighter like Kraus a trip to the Final 4 seems to be in order. He is looking for his first fight under the GLORY banner to be later on this year, and looks to move into boxing as well.

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