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Reece McAllister Victorious in Top King Tournament, Buakaw Loses Decision

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Last night the Top King TK4 tournament held its big finals for their 154lbs championship. It was a title that many fans felt was a lock for Buakaw Banchamek, but considering the names involved with it there didn't seem to be a clear route for Buakaw to win the whole thing. After Marat Grigorian was forced to pull out we ended up with Buakaw Banchamek vs. Kyahal Dzhaniev and Reece McAllister vs. Dmytro Konstantyov. The visual of the night was a bloody mess of Buakaw losing to Dzhaniev via decision, which of course will be the story of the show to many who saw Banchamek sweeping the whole thing.

The big story should instead be Reece McAllister proving himself once again as one of the best talents in the world. Reece is a tough fighter who has proven himself time and time again who will walk away deserving the Top King 154lbs championship. I'm saying this because McAllister didn't have to fight a second fight. Dzhaniev might've defeated Banchamek but he was too banged up to continue competing, so McAllister was awarded the championship. Weird, right?

Pakorn P.K. Seanchai Muaythai Gym (R3 - Decision) Varats Dzmitry 

Rungravee Sasiprapa (R3 - Dec.) Wei Ning Hui 

Matt Embree (R1 - TKO) Sittisak Petchphayathai 

Thongchai Sitsongpeenong (Rx - TKO) Colin Law 

Semi-Finals: Reece Mcallister (R3 - Dec.) Dmytro Konstantynov 

Semi-Finals: Khayal Dzhaniev (R3 - Dec.) Buakaw Banchamek 

Top King World Series Tournament Final: Reece McAllister (Forfeit) Khayal Dzhaniev 

There is video of Buakaw/Dzhaniev floating around. Here it is while it lasts.



Gokhan Saki's GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship Vacated

When we spoke with GLORY CEO Jon Franklin he told us that 95% of their fights had kept with them through the lean times. There were, of course, outliers, though. The biggest of which was Gokhan Saki, the GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion. He won the championship in a battle against Tyrone Spong that saw Spong's leg break in a freak accident and has left him in boxing and MMA since then. Saki, on the other hand, was not about to take a pay cut.

Saki has not competed for GLORY since GLORY 15 back in April of 2014. Instead he has competed one time for the UAE's GFC back in April against an overmatched Sebastian Ciobanu. The word on the street was that Saki was not happy with GLORY and while he was open to negotiations he would not return until his demands were met. GLORY has been negotiating with him ever since, acting on good faith and not vacating the championship, even after a year of inactivity. 

The final straw for GLORY was trying to negotiate for Saki to fight on September 19th in the Bellator Dynamite event to defend the GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship. They were unable to come to terms in time and GLORY has been forced to vacate the championship for the time being. They haven't given up on Saki just yet, but for now the title is vacant.

With GLORY's Light Heavyweight division being one of their deeper divisions it made no sense to hold up the title any longer. Hopefully this means that Danyo Ilunga and Saulo Cavalari can clash again, this time with the title on the line. Make it happen, GLORY.


Legacy Kickboxing 3 Highlights and Results

This past Friday on AXS TV we got our third in Legacy Fighting's Legacy Kickboxing installments. This time it featured an explosive main event between Valentina Shevchenko and Anke Van Gestel as well as further delving into their Light Heavyweight tournament. Most of the talk that I've seen following the event has been about poor judging, which seems par for the course for major kickboxing events in the United States. 

Still a strong effort by Legacy with Legacy Kickboxing 3. 

Valentina Shevchenko def. Anke Van Gestel by Unanimous Decision
Manny Mancha def. Fernando Almeida by TKO in Round 2
Andres Van Engelen def. Danny Mitchell by TKO in Round 1,
Richard Abraham def. Daniel Kim by Unanimous Decision 
Sean Soriano def. Josh Glover by TKO in Round 3 
Jordan Weiland def. Sam Mongonia by Majority Decision 
Nethaneel Mongonia def. Adam Edgerton by Split Decision 
Mike Jackson def. RJ Knepp by TKO in Round 2
Akira Smith def. Bobby Bradshaw by TKO in Round 1
Dulani Perry def. Alexis Chavarria by Unanimous Decision
Jacob Rodriguez def. Marcus Johnson by TKO in Round 1
Oliver Jimenez def. John Miller by KO


Top King 4 Finals in Hong Kong Featuring Buakaw Banchamek on July 28th

On this forthcoming Tuesday, Muay Thai promotion Topking World Series will return to the Star Hall in Hong Kong with their fourth event to date, featuring the highly-anticipated conclusion of their 70kg tournament.

The event will host both the semi-finals and finals of the tournament, with only four men left standing from the original sixteen. Buakaw Banchamek will be taking on Reece McAllister in the first semi-final, whilst Khayal Dzhaniev will meet Marat Grigorian in the other bracket.

Buakaw Banchamek is a man that needs little introduction. The two-time K-1 Max World Champion brutalised Steve Moxon en-route to third round elbow-induced finish in the opening round of the tournament, before besting Dmytro Konstantynov via decision to earn his place in the final four. 

Since his last loss back in 2013, England's Reece McAllister has fought like a man possessed. The 23-year old has made it to the semi-finals after tearing through both Crice Boussoukou and Marcin Parcheta inside of a round. The bout with Buakaw will undoubtedly be the biggest fight of the young Englishman's career.

21-year old Khayal Dzhaniev was a relative unknown prior to the tournament, however he has since turned some heads after his upset decision win over Niclas Larsen in the tournament quarter finals. "The Russian Brutal" will once again be looking to spring the upset as he takes on our #7 ranked lightweight Marat Grigorian. 

Marat Grigorian, 24, is one of the most active competitors in kickboxing today. After consecutive points victories over Abraham Roqueni and Eisa Alamda Nezam earned him his place in the semi-finals, Grigorian has gone on to fight another eight times since. A little over three weeks ago Grigorian finished three straight foes en-route to winning the K-1 70kg Championship.

Topking World Series regulars Pakorn, Thongchai Sitsongpeenong and Rungravee Sasiprapa are also set to compete on the card. 

The two-hour fight card will begin at 19:30 local time.

Fight card:
70kg Final: Winner of Bracket A vs. Winner of Bracket B
70kg: Buakaw Banchamek vs. Reece McAllister- Bracket A
70kg: Marat Grigorian vs. Khayal Dhaniev- Bracket B
63kg: Pakorn P.K. Seanchai Muaythai Gym vs. Varats Dzmitry
70kg: Thongchai Sitsongpeenong vs. Colin Law
57kg: Rungravee Sasiprapa vs. Wei Ning Hui
63kg: Sittisak Petchphayathai vs. Matt Embree

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