|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
We've been talking about GLORY helping fighters find a gym to train at in America, as well as the possibility of some gyms moving some operations over to the United States. While we already know that Murthel Groenhart has been training in the US at the Blackzilians camp, it might be good to note that we've heard of other guys from Mike's Gym training there as well, namely Gokhan Saki.
Well, here is just further proof of the work that they've been putting in by the way of a photo of both Murthel and Saki at the Blackzilians camp hanging out with Tyrone Spong.Add a comment
Something curious has come out from GLORY's updated Heavyweight rankings, with that curiosity being that there are currently two new fighters thrown into the mix who weren't there before. Their names won't surprise you, as they've been around for a while now, and arguably they both belong with the top Heavyweights in GLORY. Those names are Hesdy Gerges and Ben Edwards. While there has been no official announcement just yet as to their signing, all of the signs seem to be pointing towards both men fighting for GLORY in the near future.
Both men appear in the updated rankings on GLORY's site, and seeing as though GLORY does not rank fighters who are not a part of their roster, it is safe to assume that they'll both be fighting for GLORY sometime in the near future. For K-1, who are currently planning their World Grand Prix events, this is considered a blow, as both men would make for solid competition and are recognizable names.
Ben Edwards first made waves internationally in 2010 when he won the K-1 World Grand Prix in Canberra event in devastating fashion, which put him right into the mix against Alistair Overeem in the Final 16. Since then he has competed in Australia as well as for SUPERKOMBAT and It's Showtime. Hesdy Gerges has been around for quite a while now, really making a name for himself in a fight against Badr Hari in 2010, when Hari delivered a kick to his face when he was down.Add a comment
After this weekend's Lion Fight 10 event in Las Vegas Lion Fight is not going to make us wait that long for the next big Lion Fight event, as the next one is coming up quite soon, September 20th to be exact. Lion Fight 11 is set to go down on the 20th and will be at the Fremont Experience in Las Vegas, which is a big, open mall that happens to have an area for performances, the Third Street Stage. Tickets to the event will be handled by the neighboring hotel, The D.
As for the fights that are lined up, there isn't much official yet, but what has been announced is pretty exciting. The main event is to feature former Rajadamnern Stadium Welterweight Champion Nampon PK Muay Thai against a yet-to-be-named opponent, but getting Nampon aboard is pretty cool for Lion Fight. The co-main is a pretty big deal as Tetsuya Yamato will once again fight in the United States against American standout Kevin Ross. Ross is coming off of a loss to Matt Embree at Lion Fight 10, which will make the showdown between Yamato and Ross all the more interesting.Add a comment
Lion Fight 10 was the big story of this weekend in the world of Kickboxing and Muay Thai in the Western world, but there have been some interesting things going on in the world of Kickboxing of late, namely centered around GLORY's big push into the United States. There has been talk for a while now about some fighters and even gyms either moving over to the United States or having some gyms open "branches" here in the United States. This could be the beginning of something much bigger here, as there has been confirmation of Murthel Groenhart training in Florida with the Jaco Fight Team/Blackzilians in preparation for his GLORY 10 fight against Davit Kiria.
This is, what we assume to be, the tip of the iceberg for this sort of stuff. We've heard rumors of a lot more going on, with GLORY possibly helping fighters to find gyms in the United States to train at, as well as some gyms looking to move some operations to the United States. This means we can expect a lot more going on here in the US over the next few months.
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Lion Fight 10 goes down tonight, live on AXS TV at 10PM Eastern time. It is set to feature two huge title bouts as well as some big names featured throughout the rest of the card. Lion Fight always finds a way to deliver and tonight should be no different, so make sure to tune in for some live muay thai action tonight, which of course LiverKick will be covering live.
Here is some video from the weigh-ins to give you a taste for what is in store for tonight.Add a comment
This Friday night on AXS TV we'll see two huge title fights presented by Lion Fight Promotions at Lion Fight 10. Those two fights are between Yodsanklai Fairtex fighting Chike Lindsay and Tiffany Van Soest against Lucy Payne. Both fights are to establish the respective championships; World Middleweight for the men and World Featherweight for the women.
Last night the four fighters squared off against their opponents for the first time.
Lion Fight 10 goes down Friday night at 10:00 PM Eastern on AXS TV.Add a comment
GLORY 10 Los Angeles goes down on September 28th, which is still more than two months away, and we are finally starting to get some more news on the upcoming card from GLORY. We've had a few fights slowly leak out over the past few weeks, but today sees a few more fights added into the mix, making for a really interesting card for the Los Angeles area.
Here are the fights.
GLORY Middleweight Tournament
There will be more fights announced shortly, including a reserve bout for the tournament and a few more Super Fights.Add a comment
GLORY have done a lot for the world of Kickboxing in the past few years, some of which was adapting some of the better rules which were instated via the acquisition of It's Showtime, such as the five judge system which helped to prevent terrible decisions. Then, of course, they were also making their own unique stamp on the rules of fighting by keeping an open scoring system, which helps the fans and fighters to know where they stand. It appears that era has come to an end as GLORY has looked to homogenize itself with the rest of the American fight scene by dropping down to three judges and removing that open scoring system.
Those two changes alone are enough to make fans groan, as they were some of the more progressive rules used by GLORY that helped to ensure that the right fighter won at the end of the fight. It isn't all bad, though, as some of the more controversial stoppages in GLORY have come by the way of the standing 8-count rule, where the referee could step in if a fighter was in trouble and give them an 8-count. They have no adopted a 10-count rule where the fighter must be down or must take a knee to initiate a down, which will put the fight back in the hands of the fighters, thankfully.
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Without a doubt the loss of Ramon Dekkers earlier this year was a big loss for the fight world. Dekkers was really one of the first non-Thai to make waves in Thailand like he did and is still considered by some to be ones of the best foreigners to ever compete in Thailand. That is a pretty big deal considering how huge of a deal Muay Thai is in Thailand and some of the names that have gone through Thailand over the years.
Golden Glory TV is putting together a documentary on Ramon Dekkers, which will include some interviews with his friends and fellow fighters. This clip that was released this weekend shows part of an interview with Bas Rutten who gets rather emotional about his home country of the Netherlands neglecting to respect Ramon Dekkers after his passing, virtually ignoring him.Add a comment
It's kind of funny how a fighter like Buakaw can not be in the news for months and months and then he'll be practically unavoidable. For right now Buakaw's relationship with MAX Muay Thai seems to be benefiting him as they are keeping his name out there, now that he can actually fight for them and not just participate in exhibition bouts. This is probably a pretty good thing, right? Especially at this stage in Buakaw's career.
Buakaw Has an Opponent at MAX Muay Thai 3
Yes, we knew that Buakaw would be fighting at MAX Muay Thai 3 in China on August 10th, but we weren't sure who it would be against. Now, thanks to a Facebook update from MAX, we know that he'll be fighting against Chinese fighter Dong Wenfei. Wenfei is a Sanda fighter who mainly fights in Kickboxing rules, but Buakaw is not a stranger to those rules, either. One of Weifei's biggest fights was a loss against Vuyisile Colossa, who is probably best known for fighting for ONE FC now. He's also fought Albert Kraus, Big Ben, Aikipracha and more, although he hasn't beaten any of those bigger names.
This will be a good tune-up fight for Buakaw, at least. MAX also announced some other fights for the card, including Aikpracha vs. Jordan Watson and Khem vs. Maiki Karatanasis.
New Buakaw Documentary
Because you can't get enough Buakaw, there is a new documentary that has been released on him that has been out for about a month now called Boxer, Legend, Legacy. It can be rented on Vimeo for $7.Add a comment