It's a new month now, and with this month comes some huge events in the world of kickboxing. Last month was a bit more low key, but this month all the big boys are out in full force. K-1, GLORY, It's Showtime and SuperKombat all have events this month and they're all looking great, particularly K-1 and Glory who have put together monster cards.
First off, there's two events on May 12 as It's Showtime and SuperKombat return. It's Showtime's card isn't star studded but it features some pretty good fights and has some familiar, big names. Most notably, Daniel Ghita is back, taking on Brian Douwes who replaced Sebastian van Thielen. Sahak Parparyan defends his It's Showtime 85MAX World Title against England's Andrew Tate in what should be a really interesting clash of styles. Sergei Lascenko is also on the card against Salah Edine Kandoussi. Fight card
For SuperKombat, they've got their usual crew of Romanians on the card, and a four man tournament, with the winner qualifying for the year end World Grand Prix. Bogdan Stoica will be fighting for the new SuperKombat 85kg World Title while his brother Andrei faces Rodney Glunder. K-1 veterans Raul Catinas and Sebastian Ciobanu are back. Catinas is in the tournament against Daniel Sam and Ciobanu takes on Redouan Cairo. It's a solid card, overall. Fight card
Now for the huge, stacked cards. A day before K-1, GLORY kicks off their first tournament of the year, in the 70kg division with the Final 16 of the tournament. Featured are big names like Giorgio Petrosyan, Robin van Roosmalen, Yoshihiro Sato, Albert Kraus and Fabio Pinca just to name a few. The 70kg tournament brings together some names from all over the world that I'm really looking forward to see. Aside from the tournament Final 16, there's a huge (literally) Glory Heavyweight Title fight between Semmy Schilt and Errol Zimmerman. Gokhan Saki will also be on the card, and Sergei Kharitonov is fighting an MMA fight against Tony Lopez. Last but not least, Nieky Holzken takes on Alex Tobiasson Harris in a super fight, which happens to be my favorite fight on the card. Fight card
Lastly, we've K-1 finally returns on May 27. Like GLORY, K-1's card features a 70kg (K-1 MAX) Final 16, but featuring names like Andy Souwer, Artur Kyshenko, Mike Zambidis and Murthel Groenhart, again, just to name a few. There's also a number of super fights, most notably including Badr Hari's not-so-long return to kickboxing after it appeared he'd left the sport for boxing. Badr will face Anderson "Braddock" Silva in a super fight. Other super fights include Daniel Ghita vs. Paul Slowinski, Rico Verhoeven vs. Sergei Lascenko and Mirko Cro Cop vs. Loren Javier Jorge. Fight card