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Glory World Series Puts $1 Million USD on the Line in New Tournaments

SakiVery rarely does it seem like within the span of a week we get major kickboxing news like this, but when it rains it pours and 2012 seems to be the year where Kickboxing has been given the money and investors it needs to grow and truly be the global force that it is. Earlier in the week, we made an announcement about the Glory World Series in March, an event which will host Semmy Schilt, Mark Miller, Errol Zimmerman, Jerome Le Banner, Robin van Roosmalen and more, and now we can announce that Glory is planning on running three huge tournaments this year.

The tournaments will begin around May and will take place in three different weight classes; 70kg, 85kg and Heavyweight. The addition of 85kg is one to make a lot of fans happy, as K-1 has been known to ignore weight classes in between 70kg and Heavyweight, but there is a ton of talent worldwide between 70kg and 100kg that tend to go unrecognized due to the K-1 format. In 2012 we do not have to worry about this, as Glory will be running these three huge tournaments. On top of that, the prize money involved is $1 million USD all total, with the 70kg and 85kg tournaments receiving $300k each and Heavyweight for $400k.

To put this into perspective, compared to K-1 tournaments it is comprable pay, if not better in the cases of 70kg and 85kg, and a great opportunity for fighters around the world to prove their mettle in a new arena. Bas Boon is quoted in a press release as saying that he is sure that Peter Aerts, Giorgio Petrosyan, Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Jaideep Singh and Ewerton Teixeira will follow suit and sign agreements with TSA to participate in these Glory events.

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It's Showtime 55 Set to Air LIVE on HDnet on January 28

It's Showtime is easily one of the world's top kickboxing promotions, putting on some of the best fights within the past few years and having some of the greatest fighters alive today under contract. So when HDnet's schedule finally dropped for the next few weeks, something stood out, and that something was on January 28th that HDnet will be airing It's Showtime 55 absolutely live.

This means that Badr Hari vs. Gokhan Saki will be airing live in the United States at 3pm Eastern time on Saturday, January 28th. On top of that, the It's Showtime Heavyweight Title is on the line between Champion Hesdy Gerges and challenger Daniel Ghita. This also includes Errol Zimmerman vs. Rico Verhoeven, Harut Grigorian vs. Chris Ngimbi, Murat Direcki vs. Robin Van Roosmalen and hopefully more. For some reason Melvin Manhoef vs. Tyrone Spong is on the undercard, but we've reached out to It's Showtime and HDnet to see if there is any way for fans to be able to see one of the fights on the card that is going to provide fireworks, without a doubt.

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The Reem 2, Episode 10: Redemption

Alistair Overeem took the UFC by storm on December 30th with a first round TKO over Brock Lesnar. There were a lot of doubters, including UFC president Dana White. Dana even goes as far as to admit he is wrong in this episode, something that seems hard to swallow for a guy like Dana. In this episode the crew follows Alistair backstage before the fight and shows fans around the world watching the fight go down. Then, of course, watch the Reem ring int he new year. [source]

THE REEM SEASON 2 EPISODE 10: REDEMPTION from THE REEM on Vimeo.

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A-1 World Combat Cup Organizes 32 Man Tournament at 63.5kg

Events have gone on under the "A-1 World Combat Cup" name for quite some time now, the last one being in Lyon in December. A series of four A-1 WCC cup events have been organized by Muay Thai Genk, Summit Action Turnhout, All-Fit Gym and Balans Fight Night for March, April and May that will feature a 32 man tournament at 63.5kg, one of kickboxing's lesser talked about weight classes.

The "Final 32" stage of the tournament will take place over two events. The first event will be on March 10 in Genk and will feature eight match-ups, the winner of each qualifying to the Final 16. On March 17 in Turnhout, the same will happen with eight more match-ups in the Final 32. The Final 16 will be on one event in Eindhoven on April 7, featuring eight match-ups that pit winners from the Final 32 against eachother. The winners at the Final 16 event will move on to the Final 8 event on May 19 in Tilburg, where a one night tournament will take place to determine the tournament's winner.

This tournament is a really great idea, as it is putting a lot of 63.5kg fighters against eachother in one place. Fighters from around Europe are featured, although the majority seem to be Dutch-based. The winner of the tournament will really be one to look out for in the future and should definitely get a spot in K-1 whenever it returns.

What I find so interesting about the tournament is the chance for another fighter or more fighters to emerge as legitimate in the weight class around 63kg. I'm not familiar with many of the fighters. Often times in kickboxing, fighters you've never heard of come out of nowhere and prove to be quite good. No one knew Abraham Roqueni before he beat Andy Souwer. No one knew Javier Hernandez before he beat Karim Bennoui, and the list goes on.

A photo of the brackets and match-ups can be seen here.

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