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Gabriel Varga Out of K-1 USA vs. China Event

GLORY fighter Gabriel Varga was set to compete at the K-1 USA vs. China event on January 1st in China but it looks like all of that has gone up in smoke over the past day. Varga is reporting on having visa issues. Upon entering China they found that he did not have the proper paperwork to enter the country, which meant that he had to turn around and go right back home to Canada. 

Definitely a bit of a bummer for those looking forward to seeing Varga fight. The good news is that there are no other issues as of press time with the event and it should go off without a hitch. We'll keep you posted on any further news for the K-1 China vs. USA event.

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One Shot World Series 4 Results and Videos

One Shot World Series decided to do a show on Christmas day in Antalaya, Turkey. It was great to see Nieky Holzken back to kickboxing after his car accident. He had 2 pro boxing fights which he won by KO, and squeezed in this kickboxing fight before the end of 2014. Patrice Quarteron got to actually fight this time and even though he got a point deduction from the ref he managed to win the decision.

Results

Nieky Holzken (Holland) def. Yusuf Karakaya (Turkey) By TKO in Round 1

Patrice Quarteron (France) def. Zamiq Atakisiyev (Azerbaijan) By Decision

Erkan Varol (Turkey) def. Reyad Hamza (Egypt) By Decision

Adem Bozkart (Turkey) def. William Diender (Holland) By Decision

Mecit Can Sormaz (Turkey) def. Faith Aydin (Turkey) By Decision

Yahya Alemdach (Turkey) Marouan Toutouh (Morocco) By Decision

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Rungnarai, Wanchai and Satarnmuanglek Triumph in End of Year Extravaganza at Siam Omnoi

The New Year is generally a quiet period for Muay Thai as Bangkok empties out and people head home to the provinces for a few days but before the holiday period begins in earnest there was a stellar card at the Siam Omnoi Stadium on Saturday.

Six of the top light flyweights in Thailand were in action on a card which featured Lumpinee champions past and present and the fights were all televized live in Thailand on channel 3. The first saw Rungnarai Kiatmoo9 take on Detkart Por.Pongsawang in a fight matchup was set for 108 lbs.

Detkart was consistently frustrated in his attempts to mount an effective offense against the much taller fighter who picked him off with body kicks throughout the fight. In rounds three Rungnarai landed a series of these strikes which caused his opponent to turn his back, with the referee starting a count and then waving the fight off.

The second fight saw Detkart’s old adversary Wanchai Ramboisan take on Palangpon Petyindeeacademy, who continues to test himself against the top Muay Thai fighters in Thailand despite a successful career in Western boxing which could see him challenge for a world title in 2015.

Wanchai had a 1 lbs weight advantage and it was he who set the pace, pressing forwards and looking to score with knees and kicks as Palangpon stayed on the back foot but succeeded in countering effectively with some kicks of his own and the occasional hard elbow.

It seemed that Palangpon was going to be able to do enough to stay ahead on the scorecards but Wanchai was undeterred and stayed on the front foot throughout round four to take a clear lead into the fifth.

Wanchai is not usually at his best fighting on the back foot but the reigning Lumpinee 108 lbs champion was able to keep Palangpon at bay for the final three minutes despite suffering a serious cut to take the decision win.

The third fight on the card saw two more former Lumpinee champions go head to head as Satarnmuanglek Windysport took on Sam-D Petyindeeacademy, who had a 2 lbs weight advantage, in a matchup which provided some of the best action of the afternoon.

It was a battle between two southpaws who are familiar foes but Sam-D seemed to surge ahead in the second when he visibly hurt his opponent with a series of low kicks which left Satarnmuanglek badly limping and seemingly on the verge of being stopped.

However in the dying second of the round Satarnmuanglek dug deep and landed a late barrage of punches which seemed to take the wind out of Sam-D’s sails because he was on the defensive throughout the third and ate several more hard shots.

Satarnmuanglek seemed to be going for the finish in round four, looking to land power punches to the head and body but while it was not enough to score the stoppage he was far enough ahead on the scorecards to just box defensively for the final three minutes and take the decision win.

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China Making Big Plays for Kickboxing in 2015

If you've been paying attention to kickboxing, you'll probably recognize that 2014 has been a strange year for the sport. We started things off with GLORY as the clear #1 promotion in the world, with the top talents, biggest events and the most promise. As we enter into 2015 things are a bit more muddy and confusing. In fact, they are a lot more confusing. 

GLORY 19 is in February, featuring Rico Verhoeven vs. Errol Zimmerman for the GLORY Heavyweight Championship, but to say that things seem to be in disarray in the GLORY camp is an understatement. The postponement of the show raised a lot of eyebrows and now we are seeing more and more GLORY contracted fighters taking fights somewhere else, or, like Joe Valtellini, petitioning for a shot at the UFC against CM Punk. I wouldn't count GLORY out just yet, but at the same time, if we look at the upcoming Kunlun and Wu Lei Feng cards in China, it's hard not to notice the sheer amount of GLORY talent on those cards

On January 3rd and 4th
#Kunlun Fight 15
– Rico Verhoeven vs Andrei Herasimchuk
– Sittichai Sitsongpeenong vs Murthel Groenhart
– Jafharr Wilnis vs Alireza Karbasi
Other fights:
– Andy Souwer vs Jaio Fukai
– Steve Moxon vs Aikpracha Meenayothin
– Tomas Hron vs Roman Kryklia
– Victor Nagbe vs Mostafa Rajabi
 
On January 31 and February 1st
Kunlun Fight 16 and WLF
– Albert Kraus vs ??
– Simon Marcus vs ??
– Arthur Kyshenko vs Bai Jinbin
– Andy Ristie vs Aikpracha Meenayothin
– Robin van Roosmalen vs Dzianis Zuev
 
Other fights:
– Hesdy Gerges vs Alexy Ignashov
– Colin George vs Mighty Mo
– Cosmo Alexandre vs Li Yankun
 

This is kind of revealing. In addition to that, on K-1's USA vs. China event happening in China on January 1st the #1 contender for GLORY's Featherweight Championship, Gabriel Varga, will be fighting with GLORY's blessing. K-1 also announced a huge partnership with some of the biggest networks in China for ten live events in 2015. While it isn't clear if K-1 will be making big money from that just yet, the potential viewership for them is out-of-this-world. 

As of right now it is looking like China is making huge moves to be the new home of kickboxing and could potentially be the "new" Japan, possibly even ushering in a boom period. We'll just have to wait and see.

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