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Yokkao Runs Into Slight Setback for Yokkao 10/11

It looks like Yokkao have run into a slight hangup when it comes to their upcoming events of Yokkao 10 and 11 at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton on October 11th. As we've seen is prone to happen with international fighters making their way into another country, there are a few visa issues for some of the fighters from Thailand. The good news is that Pakorn has been allowed into the country, while his trainers were not. Along with Pakorn's trainers, both Kongsak and Rumnai and their respective corners were denied entry into the UK. 

There has been some criticism pointed at the promoters for not doing their due diligence with the visa process, but ultimately it falls upon the parties who were denied entry, considering that everyone else's visas were approved. The visa process also takes the UK three weeks to be processed and there is a specific time frame which you must use the visa within. This is also something that tends to happen in combat sports due to how involved the visa process can be for fighters traveling to other countries. 

Pakorn vs. Greg Wootton will go on as scheduled while Yokkao is working on securing new opponents for Tim Thomas and Dean James. It should also be noted that over 70% of the tickets to the event were already sold well in advance of the card being announced after the last Yokkao event in England got some of the craziest rave reviews that I've ever seen for a live fight card. Before anyone straps on their tinfoil hats, Yokkao has paid the fighters who were unable to obtain visas and has a long track record of putting on shows under crazy circumstances with them still happening (like the Reunion show where the promoter pulled out at the last minute but the event was relocated).

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UFC Vet Miguel Torres Added to Legacy Kickboxing Show in January

Former WEC Champion and UFC fighter Miguel Torres has been in demand for kickboxing over the past year, with him initially announced to be participating in GLORY 17 only for the deal to fall through. It looks like Miguel Torres will make his kickboxing debut this January, only for Legacy Kickboxing 1, the event that already has quite a bit of talent lined up for it, including Cosmo Alexandre and Pat Barry. We were informed by Mick Maynard of Legacy Fights of Torres's inclusion over this weekend.

Miguel Torres will be fighting World Combat League(!) and Legacy veteran Angel Huerta. Yes, he fought in WCL, which automatically makes this a fight that we have to see because, well, WCL never die. Pretty much most of the American kickboxing landscape at this point all leads back to WCL in 2006.

Legacy Kickboxing 1 goes down on Friday, January 16th live on AXS TV.

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WGP 22 Results: Alex Pereira Wins Big

This Saturday in Brazil WGP held their 22nd event featuring GLORY star Alex Pereira in the main event against Canadian fighter Robert Thomas. The two fought a hard bout that saw Pereira outstrike Thomas and take the decision victory. There was a one-night 60kg GP that saw Paulo Tebar go on a tear, knocking out both of his opponents. Here are the official results.

Results WGP #22

Under Card

Fight 1 K1 Rules (58,2 Kg) Felipe Gheno defeated Bruno Cerutti by split decision.

Fight 2 K1 Rules (71,8 kg) Marcelo Dioníso defeated “Fabiano Mineiro” by KO.

Fight 3 K1 Rules (66,800 kg) – WAKO PRO Brazilan Title Bout Édipo Herbert defeated Valmir Theiss by unanimous decision.

Main Card

Fight 1 – GP Semifinal K1 Rules (60 kg) Ignacio Capllonch (ARG) defeated Rafael Spin (BRA) by unanimous decision.

Fight 2 – GP Semifinal K1 Rules (60 kg) Paulo Tebar defeated Rafael “Coruja” by KO.

Fight 3 – WAKO PRO Brazilan Title Bout  Low Kicks (69,100 kg) Bruno Gazani defeated Wellington Tom by unanimous decision.

Fight 4 – WAKO PRO Brazilan Title Bout Low Kicks (94,100 kg) Felipe Micheletti defeated Wallyson “Maguila” Carvalho by TKO.

Fight 5 – WAKO PRO Brazilan Title Bout Low Kicks (85 kg) Cesar Almeida defeated Francisco Araújo by KO.

Fight 6 – GP Final K1 Rules (60 kg) Paulo Tebar defeated Ignacio Capllonch by TKO.

Fight 7 – Super Fight K1 Rules (85 kg) Alex “Po Atan” Pereira (BRA) defeated Robert Thomas (CAN) by unanimous decision.

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Glory 18 Officially Announced

Finally the silence is over and the time that most of us Kickboxing fans have been waiting for has arrived. Glory have officially announced Glory 18 at the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort in Oklahoma City on November 7th and will once again be Live on Spike TV. It's great to put all the rumors that have been circulating about Glory being finished to rest and now look forward and spread the word about their next event. 

The main card is pretty much the same as we posted yesterday with the exception of Artem Vakhitov taking Andre Stoica's place in the tournament. I would have to say that Vakhitov would be the favourite to win the tournament based on what he has shown us in Glory so far. There will still be undercard fights to announce that I'm sure Glory will announce throughout the next little while. Now that Glory has done their job, we need to do ours as Kickboxing and Combat sports fans and make sure this event is packed and the ratings are high.

Here is the main card once again and the Link to the event.

GLORY 18: RETURN TO GLORY

Tournament Final Bout: Semifinal Bout A Winner vs. Semifinal Bout B Winner

Headline Bout: Davit Kiria vs. Robin van Roosmalen

Co-Headline Bout: Wayne Barrett vs. Jason Wilnis

Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Saulo Cavalari vs. Artem Vakhitov

Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Brian Collette vs. Zack Mwekassa

 

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