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Ky Hollenbeck Returning to the Ring at Lion Fight 24

This Friday evening live from Foxwoods Resort and Casino in lovely Connecticut will be Lion Fight 24. Lion Fight 24 will see the return to the ring from Ky Hollenbeck after a prolonged absence. Hollenbeck competed for Lion Fight back in 2011 during the early days of the promotion and will now return against Chicago's Richard Abraham. 

The card also features two title fights, with Ognjen Topic competing against Stephen Meleady for the vacant 134lbs title and Jo Nattawut looks to defend his 154lbs title against the UK's Charlie Peters. Also on the card are Lion Fight mainstays in Gaston Bolanos and Chris Mauceri.

Lion Fight 24 will air live on AXS TV at 9pm Eastern.

Main Event

160 lbs Ky Hollenbeck (San Francisco, CA) vs Richard Abraham (Chicago, IL)

Co-Main Event – Title

134 lbs Ognjen Topic (Lodi, NJ) vs Stephen Meleady (Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM / IRELAND)

Feature Fight – Title

154 lbs Jo Nattawut (Atlanta, GA) vs Charlie Peters (London, UNITED KINGDOM)

142 lbs Gaston Bolanos (Dublin, CA) vs Ben Yelle (Marquette, MI)

142 lbs Chris Mauceri (Kingston, NY) vs Nicolas Parlanti (Brooklyn, NY / FRANCE)

134 lbs Julio Pena (Boston, MA) vs Yeison Berdugo (Providence, RI / COLOMBIA)

155 lbs Danny Millet (New York, NY) vs PJ Sweda (Philadelphia, PA) NON-TELEVISED PRO BOUT


Josh Jauncey Chosen as Giorgio Petrosyan's Opponent on GLORY 25

When we heard this one a few weeks ago it seemed pretty crazy. Everyone had assumed that the fight that Petrosyan would get upon his return to the GLORY ring would naturally be against Andy Ristie. Sadly, that fight is just not possible at this time due to Ristie's trainer being banned for life by the ISKA and Ristie refusing to fight under the ISKA's watchful eye without his trainer. Instead, we'll be seeing an entirely new matchup and one that could reshape the entire Lightweight division for years to come.

That bout is Canadian Josh Jauncey vs. Giorgio Petrosyan. Josh Jauncey has made quite an impression since he burst on the scene at GLORY 16 Denver. With wins over Warren Stevelmans, Jae Gil Noh, Max Baumert and Djime Coulibaly he has shown that he's a force within the Lightweight division. His lone loss in the GLORY ring is to GLORY Lightweight contender Sitthichai who should be fighting Robin van Roosmalen on an upcoming event. 

Since Petrosyan's loss to Ristie he has come back in force with wins over Erkhan Varol, Enriko Kehl and Xu Yan. Jauncey is a step up in competition over these names and a win over Jauncey would put Petrosyan right back in the running to be considered one of the best Lightweights in the world. On the inverse, a win over Petrosyan would undoubtedly be the biggest of the young Jauncey's career, making this an even more exciting fight.

This card will also feature a Welterweight contender tournament. As for the questions about where this will air, our bud Stets asked them today and this is the answer that he received.

We'll be paying close attention in the coming months to see where this will air in the United States if indeed the Spike TV contract is really up after GLORY 24. 


Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1 Draws 800,000 Viewers for Saturday Event

This past Saturday's Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1 was a frustrating event for a host of reasons when it came to the kickboxing card (no comment on the MMA portion) in a night that left fans who were new to the sport of kickboxing confused as to what all of the fuss was about. I've voiced some of my frustrations over this event and how it all played out, but what's done is done. There were big expectations for this event seeing as though it was being headlined by Tito Ortiz vs. Liam McGeary for Bellator's Light Heavyweight Championship, but as it turns out, college football is still king in the United States.

While Ole' Miss and Bama drew the eyes on Saturday, Bellator was left with a relatively smaller piece of the viewership pie drawing just 800,000 viewers on average for the mega-show, with a peak of 930. In comparison to other Bellator events this is, well, pretty average and nowhere near the numbers that they did for the big Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock event a few months prior. The talk going into this show was that GLORY would be seen by their largest audience to date and while that was possibly true depending on quarterly numbers, this wasn't anything too extravagant. 

It is probably safe to say that this show neither damaged or helped GLORY in the long run when it came to attracting new viewers. 


K-1 Survival Wars Results: Minoru Bests Ren

The hottest ticket in town for kickboxing is still K-1 World GP Japan and last night was no exception with Survival Wars. Preceding the event the day before was an announcement that K-1 World GP Japan would be airing on broadcast television in Japan starting this fall, airing on TV Tokyo in a weekly 25-30 minute block on Thursday evenings at 1:30am. That may not be the best time slot, but it's a start and will hopefully draw some attention to the promotion in the future.

Now, onto Survival Wars. The main event of the night saw Kimura "Philip" Minoru against hot prospect Hiramoto Ren, a battle that raged on for all three rounds and eventually saw Minoru get the nod. He'll now go on to face Kaew Fairtex in what should be an awesome fight. In the co-main event the 55kg Challenger finals came to a dramatic conclusion when Charles Bongiovanni scored a knockout over Daniel Williams in the first round.

Results courtesy of Kiksie, the best kickboxing database online.

65KG Fight

Minamino Takayuki def. Waki Mitsuharu by Unanimous Decision

Heavyweight Fight

Hitoshi Sugimoto def. Hidekazu Kimura by Unanimous Decision after an extra round

55KG Fight

Namito Izawa def. Satoshi Katashima by Unanimous Decision after an extra round

55KG Fight

Taisuke Degai def. Yuichiro Ito by TKO in Round 1

70KG Fight

Kazuya Akimoto def. Keiji by Unanimous Decision

Super Exhibition (2x2)

Koya Urabe vs. Takeru

70KG Fight

Shintaro Matsukura def. Tian Xin by Unanimous Decision

Co-Main Event - 55KG Challenger Finals

Charles Bongiovanni def. Daniel Williams by KO in Round 1

Main Event - 65KG Super Fight

Kimura 'Philip' Minoru def. Hiramoto Ren by Unanimous Decision


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