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Heavyweight (Per 4/15)
1. Rico Verhoeven
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Tyrone Spong
5. Peter Aerts
6. Errol Zimmerman up
7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

Light HW (per 4/15)
1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

Middleweight (per 4/15)
1. Wayne Barrett
2. Joe Schilling
3. Artem Levin
4. Steven Wakeling
5. Franci Grajs

Welterweight (per 4/15)
1. Nieky Holzken 
2. Joseph Valtellini 
3. Simon Marcus
4. Marc de Bonte
5. Aussie Ouzgni

 

70kg (Per 4/15)
1. Davit Kiriaup
2. Andy Ristiedown
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Giorgio Petrosyandown
5. Murthel Groenhart
6. Buakaw Banchamek
7. Dzhabar Askerov
8. Ky Hollenbeckup
9. Aikprachaup
10. Enriko Kehlup

65kg (per 1/20)
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

Daily News

Yuta Kubo and Masaaki Noiri recently met in the finals of the first 65kg eight man tournament in GLORY, at GLORY 8 Tokyo on May 3. Kubo won a decision, in a fight that was plagued by a low blow after Noiri had already suffered on earlier in the event against Liam Harrison. It was the second time the two had fought, with Kubo having won their first encounter back in 2011.

Kubo and Noiri will fight for the third time, at Krush.32 on September 1 in Nagoya, Japan. This fight though will take place at the highest weight that the two will have fought each other, at 67kg and Yuta Kubo's 67kg Krush title that he won in January will be on the line. Their first fight was at 63kg, and their second fight, as aforementioned, was at 65kg.

So far the card also has two other fights set. At 70kg, Yoshihiro Sato looks to extend his win streak to four, against Shintaro Matsukura. At 55kg, Shota Takiya takes on Ryuma Tobe.

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Spong

GLORY is planning something big for their Spike TV debut. Originally the bout which was set for the fall was Semmy Schilt vs. Gokhan Saki, with Saki challenging for Schilt's Heavyweight Championship, but as we now know, Schilt showing up is a long shot at best. Glory have been pushing for Schilt to continue fighting, but with Bas Rutten's announcement on Monday it seems like everyone is admitting that Semmy Schilt is probably not going to continue fighting.

The rumored headlining bout for the GLORY Spike TV debut is none other than Gokhan Saki against Tyrone Spong, which makes a lot of sense as both men are more popular among American audiences and are the top fighters in Glory's rankings (of course Daniel Ghita sits in between them, but it happens). Tyrone Spong was the headliner for GLORY's American debut in New York City, winning the Light Heavyweight Slam tournament.

The two met in 2009 in K-1, with Gokhan Saki defeating Spong via TKO in an Extension Round.

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Bas Rutten

Last week we broke the news about Semmy Schilt being retired, which did not seem to rub officials at GLORY the right way, as the news came a day before their big announcement of their partnership with Spike TV. GLORY's CEO even went out to say that as far as he knew Schilt wasn't retired and that we probably didn't have reliable sources on the matter.

There is finally some movement on that front, as Bas Rutten, a longtime friend of Golden Glory and the GLORY organization, confronted the news about Semmy Schilt on AXS TV's Inside MMA this week. According to Rutten it was not a health concern that pushed Semmy into retirement, but him feeling like he had done everything that he wanted to do in both Kickboxing and MMA and that now was the right time for Schilt to step down.

We still stand by the fact that Schilt did discover a condition, but that he is healthy now, but it did play a role in his retirement.

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Semmy Schilt

Sometimes with Kickboxing timing is everything, and right now it is very clear to see why GLORY would feel it an inopportune time for one of their Heavyweight stars, Semmy Schilt, to no longer be an active fighter. While Semmy might not be the most fan-favorite fighter in the world, he is seen as one of the best Heavyweight Kickboxers of all time, with the credentials to match.

Yesterday we discussed the very real rumor of Semmy Schilt being retired, as we heard from sources very close to Schilt that he was having health issues and decided to no longer fight. This did not come as a surprise to us in the least, as Schilt had already been talking about no longer participating in tournaments and there was talk of him maybe fighting once or twice more before calling an end to his career.

GLORY's CEO discussed a few things with MMAMania's Brian Hemminger, one of the questions was about Schilt's retirement, to which he had this to say;

"As far as I know, he's on our active roster and that is certainly the case until he tells us. As far as we know, which is pretty close to the source, he hasn't announced anything at all that would prompt us to pick up the phone and give him a ring. As far as we can see, the press on the story has no primary sources whatsoever so until we hear it from Semmy, we're really excited to have him as a champion with us every since he came on board and signed with us."

While we respect Mr. Whittaker and his position, there were indeed primary, reliable sources on this. We've discussed the issue more with our sources, who've yet to actually be wrong in many years, and it was revealed that Schilt is indeed healthy now, but has still decided not to continue his fighting career. A statement from him has been expected, but possibly due to the Spike TV deal it will be delayed.

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Glory

There have been numerous rumors about the next GLORY event here in the United States, including possibly being in a city in California that doesn’t really lend itself to many sports arenas in the area. The first thing that I thought of was that maybe we’d see a GLORY event at an Indian casino, which is something that we still see for a lot of combat sports events. TaKe-On Productions in New York has built up a decent relationship with a local casino which seems to suit them well right now, and Muay Thai events in California and Las Vegas have long-been associated with casinos.

Most non-UFC MMA events tend to take place at casinos, as well, due to them housing smaller venues than traditional sports arenas, making it easier for a promoter to not lose a lot of money by booking an arena and only being able to fill it beyond half capacity, including free tickets. Even the UFC was taking place in casinos for quite a while, which was in part due to problems with State Athletic Commissions not recognizing the sport or refusing to regulate it.

There should be no shame seen in booking an event in a casino, as for someone like GLORY they might not want to just jump into booking larger arenas right away. Right now seems like a good time to consider it, as online poker went from being illegal to each state having their own unique laws regarding it. The popularity of stuff like WSoP, both online and offline, has made casinos come out of the smokey grey area that they resided in before and into being viewed as just another part of American culture again.

While we still don’t know exactly where GLORY is planning to organize their next event within the United States yet, the bump on Spike TV should absolutely help them to gain more attention, but they shouldn’t rush into a larger arena just assuming that they will be able to fill it up, as a half empty arena, no matter what camera tricks are done, can show through on live TV sometimes.

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It seems like we've been waiting a long time for GLORY to land that big television deal in the United States and today it was finally announced. After many months of speculation, GLORY announced today that their deal with Spike TV is now done and that the promotion will start airing on the channel with live broadcasts in October.

As of right now there aren't many other details about the deal, but it was noted that live, two hour broadcasts of GLORY events from around the world and of course in the United States would be aired on select Saturdays in primetime.

This deal was a long time in the making, with hints dating all the way back to the beginning of this year. Ultimately, this is pretty huge for the sport of kickboxing, as its landed on a network that already airs and has a history of promoting and marketing combat sports, in the form of MMA. The news also comes in a period where the future was looking a bit murky, and thus has given things a whole new sense of direction.

Read the full press release below:

GLORY Kickboxing Program to Debut In Primetime LIVE On Spike In Fall, 2013

New York, NY, June 27, 2013 – Spike TV will expand its sports line-up with the addition of GLORY Sports International's (GSI) brand of kickboxing premiering in Fall, 2013. The action-packed LIVE sports programming, part of an overall GSI content initiative, will air 2-hour events in primetime on select Saturday nights from around the world as part of a multi-year partnership was announced today by Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multiplatform Programming, Spike TV, and Andrew Whitaker, Chief Executive GLORY Sports International, Pte Ltd.

“We are thrilled to partner with GSI in bringing Spike TV's audience the incredible action and intensity of GLORY’s fight league, which feature the best kickboxers in the world,” said Slusser. “Viewers will quickly see this as the perfect complement to our coverage of Bellator, the world’s leading tournament-based MMA promotion.”

"Spike has established itself as the home of combat sports in a way that is unique. Its audience will expect the most exciting ring action and we promise to deliver it," said Whitaker. "Glory kickboxing is the next big thing and Spike clearly knows something about spotting aces in the sports programming space."

GLORY Sports International is the world's premier stand-up fighting league, staging events across the globe. The fight series includes multi-man tournaments, along with traditional, single bouts. The most elite kickboxers in the world fight for GLORY including Tyrone Spong, Gokhan Saki, Semmy Schilt, Nieky Holzken, Yuta Kubo, Giorgio Petrosyan, Daniel Ghita, Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky and Albert Kraus.

Spike TV has a long tradition of telecasting the best in action sports, and is currently the home of the emerging mixed martial arts league, Bellator MMA.

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K-1 MAX Spain

Today K-1 has finally made a big announcement that will make longtime fans happy, as they have announced a date and a few names for the K-1 World MAX Final 16 event. The K-1 World MAX Final 16 will go down on September 14th in Spain, with K-1 Global working in conjunction with Street Culture Promotions, whom you might remember from various It's Showtime events.

The event will go down on September 14th on the island of Mallorca in Spain and while the whole field of competitors has not been announced yet, they have released a list of names signed on so far, including some old favorites and some of the fighters from the K-1 World Qualifying Tour events.

Andy Souwer

Mike Zambidis

Abraham Roqueni

David Calvo

Shane Campbell

Joey Pagliuso

Wallace Lopez

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SuperKombat

Romania's Kickboxing powerhouse that is SUPERKOMBAT announced today that they will hold four huge events before the end of the year, including the finals of their WGP tournament in December. They announced the four dates for the events as well as discussed that they are currently looking for the right promotional partners for these events. They are already in talks with potential partners for these shows, but wanted to put the offer on the table for other potential partners to step in and help to host the SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix series of events.

The four dates are as follows;

September 28, 2013 – SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix

October 12, 2013 – SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix

November 9, 2013 – SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix – Final Elimination

December 21, 2013 – SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix – Final

For more information on how you can get involved with the SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix series please check their website.

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Semmy Schilt Retired

Over the last few months there have been various reports that four-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, 2012 Glory Grand Slam and Glory Heavyweight Champion Semmy Schilt will no longer be fighting. The rumors were first centered around his participation in future tournaments, as after his victory on New Year's Eve in 2012 he stated that he would not participate in future tournaments, although it was quickly brushed off. Since then there has been talk about him fighting Gokhan Saki with the Heavyweight title on the line, but there has also been talk of Schilt no longer fighting at all.

Since last night LiverKick has received numerous reports from reliable sources that Semmy Schilt is retired, effective immediately. The decision was apparently not an easy one for the Hightower, who was instructed to retire from his medical team due to a heart condition that was discovered. This marks the retirement of what may be the greatest Heavyweight Kickboxer of all time, with five big tournament victories under his belt and numerous world championships. Schilt was also a pioneer in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, making his debut in Pancrase in 1996, fighting in both the UFC and PRIDE over the course of his career.

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Badr Hari

For Badr Hari the nightmare of his legal problems has still yet to really end. While Hari might be a free man for the time being, there is still an upcoming trial that looms ahead for him in the brutal beating of Koen Everink. Everink was beaten within an inch of his life, with a plate in his head now and limited use of his ankle, which was damaged so severely in a night club attack, which he has pointed out Badr Hari as his attacker.

Hari served some prison time already in the case, but was let out on bail earlier this year, which allowed for him to return to the ring where he has competed twice this year so far. According to De Telegraaf Hari is due back in court starting on October 10th where his fate will be decided once and for all.

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This Friday evening TaKe-On Productions puts on yet another big New York Muay Thai event from the Resorts World Casino. It will be broadcast on GFL.tv, but of course, if you are in the New York area nothing beats live fighting. LiverKick.com will be live at the event as well, so don't worry about missing too much of the action. The event is headlined by Cyrus Washington against JR Hines.

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