|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
In what is an absolutely stunning turn of events, former FEG President Sadaharu Tanikawa, best known as K-1's Executive Producer, has been announced as the Producer behind GLORY 13. The shocking announcement went down today in Japan, which came packaged with the fact that this should also be the retirement fight of Peter Aerts, which seems to be the public impetus behind Tanikawa's involvement. There is very clear language involved to this being a "one time deal" between Tanikawa and GLORY, but facts are still facts and Tanikawa owes a lot of the fighters rumored to be participating on the event money.
What makes this an even stranger partnership is the very public assaults from Bas Boon towards Tanikawa in the past few years. Boon has made it clear that Tanikawa's FEG owes Golden Glory millions of dollars and it was Bas Boon's lawsuit against Tanikawa and FEG that forced them to formally declare bankruptcy in 2012. It is our understanding that none of the money owed was ever paid out by FEG due to the bankruptcy proceedings and the shame is that K-1 Global has taken the reputation of FEG and Tanikawa with them while having nothing to do with them. The irony also comes from claims from Golden Glory that K-1 Global's Mr. Kim was associated with Tanikawa and FEG, with this move making it very clear that there was never a partnership.
Even with all of this, I'm not willing to condemn anyone here. Tanikawa, from what is public, was in an awful position of organizing a corrupt organization. Japanese bankruptcy law is also odd, too odd for me to even pretend to be an expert on or to be able to properly navigate. The money owed is still through FEG. It's just odd to see these two sides working together.
For what it's worth, there is talk of a "major television deal" possibly happening and Fuji TV officials being in attendance was mentioned in the same article, aligning with rumors we've heard.
UPDATE: Upon speaking to a GLORY official about this, we've learned that the role of "Producer" has been exaggerated. He will be serving as a consultant for the Super Fight Series undercard only.Add a comment
The name Badr Hari can stir up some strong emotions in Kickboxing fans. Some fans are filled with bloodlust and are instantly excited by the very idea of Badr Hari, while others look at him and see a guy who has done more harm than good to the sport. As with everything, there is usually some truth somewhere in the middle. Badr Hari fights again on November 8th in LEGEND against Alexey Ignashov in a fight that fans are looking forward to just to see Badr Hari get another win.
Sadly, for fans in America, there will be no official way to view the event, as there are no plans for a stream to be available or television deals in place. According to a recent interview with Badr Hari he has one fight left on his contract with LEGEND and is considering either signing another contract with LEGEND or going to GLORY. If the rumors are at all true, GLORY has been in on and off talks with Badr Hari, but doesn't seem interested as long as his legal problems persist. My best guess would be that getting him into the US to fight would be a nightmare.
Badr also stated that he had 2 - 3 years left in his career before he wishes to retire, citing that watching his daughter grow up is a priority.Add a comment
Well folks, we are going to have some fireworks at GLORY 12 when GLORY 10 Middleweight Champion Joe Schilling steps into the ring with New York's own Wayne Barrett. Barrett has made a name for himself with his three big Kickboxing wins, but then again, those are his only three professional Kickboxing fights. Compare that to Joe Schilling, who has been around Kickboxing and Muay Thai for years now, completely dedicating himself to it. It makes sense that Schilling sees a fighter like Barrett and shakes his head. It's not that he's underestimating him as much as he wants to prove to the world that he is indeed the best in the world by showing Barrett just how new he is to the sport of Kickboxing.
This interview is from GLORY's site.
“Personally I don’t think he has the experience to be fighting me at this stage. He’s a big strong guy but he is no Artem Levin, you know what I mean? But I will train hard for it the same as any other dangerous fight,” he says.
“I’ve made the mistake of underestimating people in the past and I got caught out. There’s no easy fights in GLORY, he is big and strong and athletic. I take him seriously. But on paper I think I should win.”Add a comment
Apparently a picture can tell a thousand words, which would be the case of this photo of Badr Hari training with Alistair Overeem. Sure, there are photos of them sparring each other in Russia, but what's interesting are the few shots of them grappling together. Badr Hari had sworn that he'd never train with Alistair Overeem while Overeem was with Mike Passenier, then he also had said some disparaging things about MMA in the past. This just proves that Badr Hari is kind of a big softie in the end, which we all knew anyway.
Photo is from Ben Pontier.
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Final Fight Championship 8 went down over the weekend in Croatia, the promotion of Orsat Zovko. You might remember the name from such Cro Cop-oriented events as Final Fight (which the MMA media thought was his retirement, lolz) as well as this year's K-1 World Grand Prix Finals. Since then they've been going full blast in Croatia, pumping out quality Kickboxing events and drawing solid crowds for them. FFC8 got a little messy, though, as LEGEND 2: Invasion is coming up which forced both Sergei Laschenko and Pavel Zhuravlev to withdraw from this event. Let's be honest here, it is all about money.
Anyway, Thomas Hron stepped in at last minute and put on the performance of the show, which is admirable. Here are the results from Fight Channel.