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Gokhan Saki Fights Carter Williams May 26 At GLORY

GLORY of course is having a huge card on May 26 in Stockholm, Sweden with the "First 16" of their 70kg tournament as well as some big super fights. One fighter that has been slated for the card for a while is Gokhan Saki, but up to now, he hadn't gotten an opponent.

It turns out, Gokhan Saki will be fighting Carter Williams, the American K-1 and international kickboxing veteran. While not a top opponent, Saki can stay busy in his first fight back after losing to Badr Hari on January 28. Saki will probably be in GLORY's heavyweight tournament later this year so and I wouldn't expect him to take big fights until then.

Despite being around for what seems like a really long time, Carter Williams is only 32 years old. The past few years haven't gone that great for him, with many losses in 2010 and 2011. He did notch a win over Marian Iordan at a SuperKombat card last year, though.

The card on May 26 is looking to be really stacked, and it takes place just a day before K-1 on May 27. We should be in for a great weekend of kickboxing when that weekend rolls around.

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Chingiz Allazov Continues To Rise, KO's Alessandro Campagna In 1st Round

Today in Seregno, Italy, two rising prospects, Chingiz Allazov and Alessandro Campagna, in the world of kickfighting both met in a Muay Thai rules fight at -69kg.

Allazov for the most part has fought around 67kg but is making a slight move up in weight recently since March, inching closer to the money weight of 70kg. Campagna usually fights around 70kg but last month won a WAKO World Title at -66.8kg so size-wise, there wasn't much of a size difference at 69kg. Both fighters have fought in Muay Thai and in K-1 rules before so again, this was an equal playing field between two big prospects.

In quite a surprise to me, Allazov KO'd Campagna in the first round. I thought the fight would probably go to a decision, as both fighters had never been knocked out before. Allazov continues to surprise me and I keep having to raise the bar on him even higher each fight. 

Hopefully a video gets out soon. After this fight, Allazov really has to be considered as the top prospect in all of kickboxing (where I think his future really is). I really think he could hop right in the ring with some elite level fighters right now. At almost 19 years of age, that is just scary.

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Batu Khasikov Defeats Warren Stevelmans By Split Decision (Video)

Batu Khasikov made his return to the ring today on his home turf of Elista, Kalmykia, Russia where they filled a 10 000 seat soccer stadium for him. Batu fought Warren Stevelmans, after a June rematch with Mike Zambidis was postponed. 

The crowd was heavily in favor of their own Kalmyk, Khasikov, but Stevelmans wasn't intimidated at all, throwing combinations of punches and low kicks with Khasikov struggling to get off with his own. Stevelmans landed the cleaner and more effective shots throughout the fight, surprising many people, including myself. The crowd would cheer at anything that Khasikov did, though.

And not surprisingly, when it went to the judges, Khasikov was given a split decision with one judge even giving him all three rounds. The fight really should've gone to Warren Stevelmans and I don't see any way that Batu won. The best that Khasikov could've gotten would've been an extra round, in my opinion. Check out the video and decide for yourself who won.

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Photo of the Day: Former UFC Fighter Marcus Davis Competing for ISKA World Title

Marcus Davis is quite well known for some of his epic stand up wars in the UFC that harkened back to his boxing career, pre-MMA. It looks like after some tough luck in the UFC, Davis took his show on the road elsewhere, and now that looks to be culminating in a Kickboxing career of sorts. This Sunday in Dublin he'll be fighting for an ISKA K-1 Rules Championship.

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