There was a time when I personally felt that drug testing athletes was imperative and that taking performance enhancing drugs was the largest sin possible in combat sports. The years have helped to erode those beliefs, especially when young, promising athletes, who often times are paid poorly for their sacrifices, are heavily fined and prevented from making a living for looking to science to help them prepare for their fights. Perhaps if there were common-sense punishments and oversight it would make a lot more sense, but there isn’t and to say that testing is inconsistent is to be kind. The [read more]
If you’ve been following kickboxing this year you’ll undoubtedly remember the big fanfare and buzz when GLORY announced a partnership with NBA legend Yao Ming’s company Yao Capital and how GLORY would be heading to China in the “near future.” That near future has perhaps come and gone without any visible headway, at least not in public. GLORY CEO Jon J. Franklin dropped a few fascinating nuggets about the promotion’s entrance into China in an interview with Michael Stets over at MMAPlus, with the topic at hand being Rico Verhoeven. One of Verhoeven’s goals is to defend his GLORY Heavyweight Championship [read more]
We’re just over a week away from the much-anticipated rematch between GLORY Welterweight Champion Cedric Doumbe and the former, longstanding champion Nieky Holzken, whom Doumbe dethroned to take the title back in December. In between then Doumbe has had one title defense, against a career rival in Yoann Kongolo who actually held two wins over the champion’s head. The sheer growth of Doumbe was on full display during this fight, watch as the usually-composed Kongolo became unhinged as the fight wore on and he found himself unable to touch the smiling Doumbe. Incredible fight.
Somewhere in this transition the LiverKick Podcast became a victim of transitioning. Hopefully once everything is copacetic again we won’t have to worry about that, but alas, for now it is. Regardless, this is the “lost episode” that was posted on May 22nd where Jay Jauncey and Dave Walsh run down everything that happened at GLORY 41 and talk about a lot of other stuff. This one is worth the listen. The new iTunes links is here, so re-subscribe.
The face of combat sports is an ever changing landscape of challengers and champions. One of the newest faces is Mohamed Abdallah. Abdallah made his Glory debut in Den Bosch at Glory 41 as a short notice replacement for Xavier Vigney in the heavyweight tournament. Fighting out of Mike’s Gym in Holland, this 22 year old native of Germany has a combined fight record of 12-2-0. Among his achievements, Abdallah was the 2015 German National Champion as well as the 2016 Intercontinental European and World Champion, very impressive since Abdallah only began his professional career two years ago. Abdallah’s beginnings [read more]