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Kunlun Fight 43 Results: Kyshenko Bests Groenhart and Sitthichai Wins Big

A part of the allure of China and Kunlun Fight in general is that they put together big fights on a regular basis and that sometimes they fly in the face of convention. Artur Kyshenko vs. Murthel Groenhart is exactly a fight like that. Groenhart is a top contender in GLORY, yet Kyshenko had come and gone through GLORY even though he's clearly one of the best in the world. Kunlun isn't afraid to put top fighters together and that's exactly what they did and Kyshenko and Groenhart went at it, the fight going to an extra round that ultimately saw Kyshenko's hand raised at the end. 

There were also two 70kg tournament brackets played out during the tournament, the 9th and 10th groups going at it. Sitthichai found himself victorious yet again, although Mohamed Mezouari did give him some trouble in the final of the tournament. On the other side, Kong Lingfeng made his way through Josh Aragon before steamrolling Kim Minsoo in the finals. Full results via CombatPress.

Kyshenko vs. Groenhart

Sitthichai vs. Mezouari

Group 10 Tournament Final: Kong Lingfeng (R2 - TKO) Kim Minsoo 

Artur Kyshenko (Ext.R - Unanimous Dec) Murthel Groenhart 

Ashihati (R2 - KO) Faisal Zakaria 

Keijiro Miyakoshi (Ext.R - Dec) Chan Heong Lee 

Group 10 Tournament: Kim Minsoo (R3 - Dec) Zhao Yan 

Group 10 Tournament: Kong Lingfeng (R3 - Dec) Josh Aragon 

Group 9 Tournament Final: Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (Ext.R - Majority Dec) Mohamed Mezouari 

Wang Kehan (R3 - TKO) Rachel Adamus 

Wei Ninghui (R3 - Dec) Pascal Koster 

Artur Gurlov (R3 - Dec) Bo Fufan 

Group 9 Tournament: Mohamed Mezouari (R1 - TKO) Youssef Boulahtari 

Group 9 Tournament: Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (R2 - TKO) Walid Hamid 

Bai Lishuai (R3 - Unanimous Dec) Brian Denis 

Kodera Kohei (R3 - Unanimous Dec) Adam Rotweiler 

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WATCH: Yokkao 17's Amazing Manachai YOKKAOSaenchaiGym vs. Luke Turner

Yokkao events in the UK have long-been regarded as some of the best shows around by those who've attended them. The outpouring on social media afterwards is always something to behold and it always bums me out that it doesn't air live anywhere. Yokkao always takes care of everyone, though, by filming the events and putting up the videos later. This fight is from Yokkao 17 between Manachai YOKKAOSaenchaiGym and Luke Turner is just one of the many and Yokkao has shared it via their Facebook.

There will be more to come, we're told, so keep your eyes on Yokkao's Facebook page.

YOKKAO 17: Manachai vs Luke Turner

** YOKKAO 17 FULL FIGHT ** Manachai YOKKAOSaenchaiGym (Thailand) vs Luke Turner (England) Muay Thai Full Rules -65kg

Posted by Yokkao Boxing on Saturday, April 23, 2016

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Badr Hari Once Again Involved in Bar Attack Incident

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In what feels like a broken record, Badr Hari has once again found himself in trouble with the law due to his notorious temper. After his name resurfaced in the realm of kickboxing due to talks of Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven heating up, Hari couldn't go more than a matter of days before finding himself assaulting yet another member of the public. 

According to multiple reports, Badr Hari was at the Sofitel Hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco when he assaulted a waiter. According to reports, Badr requested "vodka" and when it was brought to him he snapped on the waiter, throwing him to the ground and pounding on him only for a hotel patron to attempt to pry Badr off of the waiter and end up in the hospital for his intrusion. The most famous case of Hari's temper was the beating of Koen Everink, which resulted in prison time for Hari, some of which he's still awaiting to serve.

The troubled kickboxer was looking to have a retirement fight this year, most likely against Rico Verhoeven after the recent press blitz. Hilariously enough, right when it looked like the gears were in motion to make the fight (rumors of GLORY looking into a one-off fight with Hari, even), Hari lost his temper and most likely ensured that the fight will never be made.  

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Remembering Prince Through K-1's Theme Song 'Endorphinmachine'

Kickboxing has changed a lot over the past few years. To the point where if you took a fan from the late 90's or mid-00's it would be near-unrecognizable. Yet the legacy of K-1 lives on in many ways. Interestingly enough, today there have been rumors about a possible K-1 World Grand Prix that we are trying to track down some leads on, but that's not what I'm posting about. I'm posting about the passing of a legend in the music industry, Prince. I know that the link between Prince and kickboxing is tenuous, at best, but there is one. I wrote a little bit about Prince's passing already, if you are interested.

But the link here is that for years K-1 used a Prince track as their theme. That song was "Endorphinmachine" from the oft-forgotten album "The Gold Experience." While that album might not go down as an all-time classic for His Royal Badness, it did contain an amazing track that was difficult NOT to pump you up, especially when it came to K-1. 

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