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RIP Andy Hug 15 Years Ago Today

So much has changed in the past 15 years in the world and in kickboxing that it's almost impossible to think of how different both would be if Andy Hug were still around. Hug was a rare ambassador for a sport that likes to kick itself when its down continually. While we only had a brief amount of time with Andy Hug he provided us with some of the most memorable moments in kickboxing history and taught us all that hard work, dedication, belief and spirit can get you very far in the world.

RIP Andy Hug. 

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Results From Venum Victory World Series Event in Decemberen

On Saturday evening in Hungary Venum Victory World Series held another event. This time around featuring tournaments at 95kg and 72.5kg. Mustapha Haida turned out to indeed be a big signing for VVWS picking up two big wins and the big victor of the night.

The following results are courtesy of Victory World Series.

OFFICIAL RESULTS VVWS 3 Debrecen, Hungary August 22nd, 2015

- 95 kg Tournament 3 x 3 minutes

1.Gokhan Gedik / TurkeyvsKryspin Kalski / Poland

Winner Gokhan Gedik by split decision

2.Alexandru Burduja / MoldovavsMihalik György / Hungary

Winner Alexandru Burduja by KO 2R 0’30”

- 72,5 kg Tournament  3 x 3 minutes 

3.   Mustapha Haida / MoroccovsBenedek Zsolt / Hungary

Winner Mustapha Haida by unanimous decision  

4.Abdallah Mabel / CameroonvsNorbert Balogh / Hungary

Winner Abdellah Mabel by unanimous decision

Venum Title fight – Female 54 kg

5.Sylwia Juskiewicz / PolandvsAnissa Meksen / France

Winner Anissa Meksen by unanimous decision

Venum Title fight – Male 67 kg

6.Mehdi Zatout / FrancevsGörbics Gábor / Hungary

Winner Gabor Görbics by unanimous decision

- 95 kg Tournament Final

7.Gokhan Gedik / TurkeyvsAlexandreu Burduja / Moldova

Winner Alexandru Burduja by Doctor stoppage 1R 0’42’’

- 72,5 kg Tournament Final

8.Mustapha Haida / MaroccovsAbdallah Mabel / Cameroon

Winner Mustapha Haida by Majority decision after an extra round.

Burduja and Haida qualified for Venum Victory World Series Finals to take place in Paris, France on November 28th 2015

 

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VIDEO: Badr Hari Scores TKO Victory Over Ismael Londt in Grozny

It was an interesting night in Chechnya for kickboxing fans around the world as Badr Hari returned to the ring yet again, fighting under the Akhmat FC banner for his good friend and Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. Kadyrov was shown on screen multiple times throughout the fight, pumping his fists when Badr was in control and looking upset when Badr went down. The fight opened with a rather strangely-subtitled full version of the video that we posted the other day that saw Badr Hari detained and questioned only to be saved by a Chechen SWAT team.

That same SWAT team then led Hari to the ring while Ismael Londt stood and watched. Then the announcer read off both men's resumes while they stood staring at each other in the center of the ring for what felt like a solid five minutes. It was a very, very long stare down, everyone agrees on that. 

The first round started off with a bang with Hari connecting with a sneaky short right straight that put Londt down onto the canvas early. Londt flopped over and it looked like that might've been the end of the fight right there, but Londt got up. From there Londt looked unsteady on his feet and walked into another short right in what was a slip that was ruled a down by referee Joop Ubeda (no comment). Londt was able to weather Hari's relentless attack and survive to the second round, but it was already looking like doom for him without a knockout.

Crazily enough that almost happened in the second round. Badr was looking to finish things and when Badr goes too hot and heavy he opens himself up. Londt scored a right hook to the temple and Hari was down, stunned silence washing over the arena. Hari was up, though, and if you've seen Hari fight before you know that if you knock him down he gets mad. The only problem is that he looked a bit punch drunk. Luckily for him Londt was hurt as well and he was able to put Londt down. Londt got back up to his feet and kept fighting, scoring a series of rights that had Hari in the ropes only for Londt to not be able to capitalize on it before the bell rung. 

This had turned into a fight when most were expecting Hari to walk through Londt. They were both hurt and tired going into the third but Badr was perhaps just a bit fresher. Hari scored another short right straight and it sent Londt flying across the comically large ring, with Ubeda administering a standing 8-count only to then wave the fight off under the pretense of a third down. Technically it's four downs in a fight and that's it, so it was the correct call, but was announced as a third down.

Regardless that was the best competition that Hari has faced since Samedov in 2013 (who knocked him out) and a solid win for the Bad Boy.

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Live Results: Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt and Samedov vs. Poturak

Here we are. It's Saturday and Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt is going down live in Grozny any time now. Akhmat Fight Show has been ongoing for a bit now with almost entirely MMA fights leading up to the main events featuring Zabit Samedov vs. Dzevad Poturak and Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt. If you are curious about the MMA results our friend Kiksie has them up

Zabit Samedov (R3 - Decision) Dzevad Poturak

R1: Not much happened in the first round. They opened up by exchanging leg kicks. Samedov was starting to unload with heavier punch combinations but Poturak was very good at covering up and not taking too much damage. 

R2: A lot of the same in this round. Poturak doing a lot of defending and walking Samedov down, but Samedov really started opening up with his hands in this round. He was having trouble scoring on Poturak, though, who at one point held out his hands and was grinding his crotch at Samedov.

R3: Samedov opened up the round with a front kick that connected hard. Poturak was quick to cover up, but Samedov finally found his left hand in this round. It looks like Poturak's nose is busted up plus a cut under his left eye that was checked on a few times. Once the action was restarted Samedov was connecting with the left hand, but it wasn't enough to put Poturak down. That round was probably enough to win him the fight.

Samedov takes the decision.

Badr Hari (R3 - TKO) Ismael Londt

There was a crazy entrance video for Badr Hari, then a SWAT team came out before him. I'm not sure why. 

R1: Badr starts off with a short right and Londt kinda flopped over onto the mat before getting up. So that is how this fight started. Badr controlled the rest of the round, landing another short right that saw Londt slip onto his ass and Joop call it a down. Okay. Badr finally unloaded near the end of the round as he is akin to do but Londt weathers the storm.

R2: Badr is fighting like he always does, which means super aggressive and Londt does not look like Londt. Londt scores a big right hand that downs Hari and there is nothing but stunned silence in the arena. Hari up and he's mad, pounding on Londt until he goes down. Londt recovers and hurts Hari but can't get him down. Crazy round.

R3: Both guys look punch drunk going into this round. Londt has Badr backed up into the ropes but Hari comes back, throws another quick right that sends Londt comically back onto his ass (he skidded around the ring). Joop starts counting and Londt is up only for Joop to call it and say it was the third knockdown, thus the end of the fight. Technically, since Joop called the slip earlier, this was the fourth knockdown.

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