|Heavyweight (Per 4/15)|
|Light HW (per 4/15)|
|Middleweight (per 4/15)|
|Welterweight (per 4/15)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 4/15)|
|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
America continues to be a focus for Kickboxing and Muay Thai as Lion Fight and AXS TV will be bringing another great live muay thai event to us all on November 1st from Las Vegas. Lion Fight 12 will feature another big, full rules muay thai event headlined by Malaipet vs. Fabio Pinca for the Lion Fight Welterweight Championship. Today they have also announced the rest of the card, which will also feature Tiffany Van Soest and Jason Andrada in action.
Here is the full card;
Look, there aren't many fighters out there that can take some time away from the ring and when they announce their return people get legitimately excited over. But then, there aren't many guys who are named Ruslan Karaev and are as exciting in the ring as he is. It's really difficult to explain the magnetism that Karaev possesses or why there are so many fans who are such huge Ruslan Karaev fans, but his return to the ring truly feels like a big deal.
Ruslan Karaev cut his teeth on the K-1 circuit for years, being an undersized Heavyweight who still held his own against all of the greats. His most notable fights were his ones against Badr Hari, with one of Badr's few losses being to Karaev before they had a few dramatic rematches. Karaev was known to be a part of the Golden Glory stable, which was in part why he was away from the ring for so long, as he did indeed suffer a bad knee injury, but also had a falling out with Golden Glory which kept him away from competition for a while. Now, finally, someone has found him and convinced him to return to the ring. KOK, based out of Moldova, will house Ruslan Karaev for his return bout and it is something of a big win for them.
Hell, this promo video that they released of Karaev is nothing short of amazing. I'm not kidding, it is really awesome.Add a comment
SUPERKOMBAT will continue with their World Grand Prix series with the fourth event that is looking to qualify one man for the SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix at the end of this year. This is of course coming hot on the heels of the WGP III event that went down just over a week ago and saw more SUPERKOMBAT action. Outside of the tournament there are some big superfights, including Damian Garcia vs. James Wilson as well as Sebastian Ciobanu in action and a really great fight between Amir Zeyada and Bogdan Stoica.
The Stoica brothers are usually prominently featured in SuperKombat events, with this one being no different, but this time around Bogdan Stoica will have a tough challenge by the way of Amir Zeyada. Zeyada has not been super active over the past year, in fact he hasn't fought since 2011, but it will be great to see him back in action against a top competitor.
The event will be broadcast on EuroSport, Sport.ro in Romania, Fight Now TV in America and Epicentre.tv worldwide for $9.99.
Hello all, in my continued attempts to get the sport of Muay Thai and kickboxing to the masses, I decided to do a segment called promoters and promotions to watch. My goal; to introduce the kickboxing public to new talent and ways to watch them, to encourage fighters, managers, and gyms to contact the promoter in hopes of creating opportunities for their athletes to compete, and finally, I hope to introduce the back bone to the sport, which is the local shows. Long before Giorgio Petrosyan, Jordan Watson, Andy Ristie, and Gohkan Saki were watched on Glory and K-1 cards, there were local promoters that gave them the opportunity to develop there skill set. I hope to tell people about such promoters and give them a forum to get their product out. First up, Vinnie McWilliams of the UK . Add a comment
GLORY 11 Chicago is rapidly approaching, being a historic event that will be broadcast live on Spike TV here in the United States as well as featured a one-night, four-man Heavyweight tournament featuring Gokhan Saki, Daniel Ghita, Anderson Silva and Rico Verhoeven. Then, of course, there is the main event between Tyrone Spong and Nathan "CARNAGE" Corbett, a rematch from their controversial 2009 bout, which makes GLORY 11 all the more interesting.
GLORY have released their final card for the event today, with the whole thing looking quite interesting.
While October 12th might be the official launch date for GLORY 11 and GLORY's tenure on Spike TV, tonight will mark GLORY's debut on Spike TV with a half hour highlight broadcast that is set to go down at 11PM Eastern. This is a strategic move from both Spike TV and GLORY as it will be coming directly after TNA Impact Wrestling, which might not draw the same kind of audience as WWE does, but it does bring in a solid audience week after week.
It was a similar tactic that helped to build up the UFC with The Ultimate Fighter, as TUF followed WWE's Monday Night Raw on Spike TV for the first season, which helped to bring more exposure to it. It's not clear what they will fit into a 30 minute broadcast, but with GLORY 11 coming up, I'd expect highlights from fights of the upcoming competitors.Add a comment
This past weekend's GLORY 10 event featured a few key Lightweight fights in the GLORY hierarchy, just how important they were wasn't officially revealed but implied, but now we know for sure what to expect on Saturday, November 23rd in New York as GLORY's Lightweights are set to take the stage. The GLORY 12 Lightweight tournament was always going to featured Giorgio Petrosyan, the consensus #1 at 70kg (GLORY's Lightweight), but the rest were up in the air.
Andy Ristie's win over Niclas Larsen secured his spot within the tournament, as did Davit Kiria's big win over Murthel Groenhart. Robin Van Roosmalen was able to keep his spot secure with his win over Shemsi Beqiri as well. So without further ado, here are the GLORY 12 Lightweight tournament match-ups.
GLORY 10 was this past weekend and most of us are still coming down from the buzz of it all, where we saw some great fights and a new Middleweight Champion crowned by the way of Joe Schilling. For GLORY, who are looking to make a big push into the United States, things couldn't have went better for them as there were multiple American stars born from outstanding performances. Ky Hollenbeck, Wayne Barrett and Joe Schilling put forth great efforts that really caught the world by fire.
So relive it and check out what was going on backstage during the event.Add a comment
There isn't much in the world I hate as much as I hate bronchitis. I used to get bronchitis a lot when I was younger, and if you've somehow gotten by in life without being afflicted by it, consider yourself lucky. Imagine having the flu but also coughing a ton, like real loud, awful coughs. That is bronchitis, which only makes Joe Schilling's performance this weekend all the more amazing, as he was recovering from a bout of bronchitis going into this weekend's GLORY 10.
This new interview with Joe Schilling from Marcus Kowal provides some insight into where Schilling was before this event, which was borrowing money from his manager for gas and medicals, to being the GLORY Middleweight Champion with a huge win over Artem Levin. Joe also has the realization during this that he doesn't have to do the chasing anymore, that guys have to chase him to get a shot at the belt and it is a pretty cool moment.Add a comment
Tonight was a huge night for GLORY and for Kickboxing as a whole, as GLORY 10 Los Angeles featured a Middleweight tournament to declare a new Middleweight Champion and who the best fighter at Middleweight is within GLORY. The opening rounds of the tournament saw Artem Levin bring the fight to Jason Wilnis and Joe Schilling pummeling Kengo Shimizu for three rounds. This set up the fight that fans were waiting to see for years now; Joe Schilling vs. Artem Levin.
Both men were tired, but without injuries and ready for action when the bell rung. What transpired was a fight that had to be seen to be believed, full of drama and some crazy action. Levin fought the fight that he wanted to throughout the first round, keeping his tight clinch work and knees as his main mode of offense. Levin is known to smother his opponents and that is exactly what he did here. Then in the second round he was starting to do more of the same but Joe started to get his distance figured out and was keeping Levin at bay. Joe landed a few solid shots early on, but it was midway through the round where things got truly crazy, as Joe landed a Superman punch on Levin and caught him with a knee on the way down, almost putting Levin's lights out. Levin somehow beat the count and got back to his feet and was able to survive the round.
The third round saw Levin start to get his groove back a little, but Joe looking confident. Levin landed a few good shots on Joe which rocked him but didn't put him down. When they both walked back to their corners you could feel that there was going to be an extra round, but both men looked upset when they called it a Majority Draw. This led to round four kicking off, with both guys tired and beaten down, Joe was keeping his distance and controlling most of the action, but Levin's defenses are almost air tight. Joe was able to get in close and land a right hand that sent Levin stumbling to the mat, ruled a flash knockdown (it is in Glory's rules, look it up). Levin protested, but what was done is done, as he got up and found Joe confident and ready to defend until the final bell, tasting victory.
When the bell rang, Schilling knew that it was his, while Levin looked upset and dejected. When Schilling was announced as the new GLORY Middleweight Champion the arena erupted (as did Twitter, by the by) as Joe's kids got into the ring with him and Schilling announced that he was going to use his prize money to put a down payment on a new house for his family. Congratulations go out to Joe Schilling for an amazing win and to Artem Levin for putting on a great fight.Add a comment