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WATCH: Glory Highlights British Talent Heading Into GLORY 54 Birmingham

On June 2nd GLORY returns to the UK for the first time in, well, quite a while. This video, aptly titled “The British Are Coming” highlights some of the British talent that GLORY will be utilizing on this upcoming show, with some solid insight into how the British scene has been evolving and growing since the last time that GLORY was in town. Really, it’s sort of astonishing that GLORY hasn’t made the UK a regular stop as we’ve seen lots of top-tier talent come out of the UK, as well as promotions like MTGP/KGP, Yokkao has been running very [read more]

Enfusion Introducing Modified MMA Rules in Near Future

Enfusion is, perhaps, an interesting experiment in combat sports. Risen from the ashes of the purchase of It’s Showtime by GLORY, run by a lot of similar faces as before and helping to keep European kickboxing thriving while GLORY was busy globe-trotting. Since then, Enfusion has filled an important gap for fans in the Netherlands and surrounding areas all while cultivating some top prospects. Interestingly enough, Enfusion’s rules were, at first, a bit strange. It was kickboxing rules, which meant NOT muay thai, but there were points awarded for sweeps, dumps and takedowns. Think Shootboxing without the standing submissions. As [read more]

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K-1 World Grand Prix 2018 Japan – Featherweight Championship Tournament

K-1 Japan continues to pump out the quality events on June 17th. This time around it’s the Featherweight Championship Tournament (57.5kg) featuring a one-night, eight-man tournament in addition to a few big superfights on the undercard. It’s K-1 Japan so they don’t mess around. Hideaki Yamazaki against Jun Nakazawa, Rukiya Anpo proving that gym splits from K-1 Japan are in the end utterly meaningless but fighting Gonnapar isn’t, Kido vs. Glunder oh my, Minoru Kimua and Melsik ready to throw down, Noiri and Urabe fighting. That’s something to behold. Featherweight Tournament Reserve: Yuta Otaki vs. Yuki Egawa Featherweight Tournament: Jorge [read more]

Steven Seagal Helping Promote Zhara Fight Event in Russia: Samedov, Ignashov, Levin and More

Jeez. For the longest time Jean-Claude Van Damme was the talk of the town in possible heading into professional kickboxing. The legendary fight with Somluck Kamsing will most likely never happen, although it did provide us with some comedy. But Steven Seagal, the former martial arts film superstar-turned-sex-trafficker-turned-Russian-PR-guy will be helping with the public image of Russia’s Zhara Fight promotion, the event we reported on earlier that is featuring Zabit Samedov vs. Freddy Kemayo. The card itself is exactly what you’d expect of a Russian promotion tossing money around, with Zabit Samedov vs. Freddy Kemayo, Sergey Kharitonov vs. Frederick Sinistra, [read more]

Kunlun Fight 74 Results: Wang Wengfeng Wins 61.5kg Tournament, Kyshenko is a Beast

In what was a jam-packed weekend of kickboxing, Kunlun Fight offered perhaps the biggest card of the weekend with Kunlun Fight 74. KLF 74 offered up a 61.5kg tournament that saw familiar faces and new heroes born. Wang Wengfeng defeated Cristian Spectu, Daniel Gallardo and then Lin Qiangbang in the finals of the tournament to secure the Kunlun Fight 61.5kg Championship. The two big, advertised names for this card were Artur Kyshenko (fighting at 85kg!) and Albert Kraus. Kraus, who perhaps is on the dark side of his career, lost to Li Zhuangzhuang via decision while Big Boss Artur Kyshenko [read more]

Anissa Meksen ‘Is Who She Is’ Heading Into Dehby Fight at GLORY 53

Anissa Meksen is not  who you thinks she is.  Is she a feminist, is she just  kickboxer, or is she a revolutionary, someone set on a course to make history in a male dominated sport? I still don’t know, but what I did find out is that she is a woman in the combat sports community set on making her mark and doing it by any means necessary. She’s educated, possessing a Master’s Degree and she has a combat sports CV that most would envy. Meksen began her journey at age 12 accompanying her older brother to the gym.  Since [read more]

GLORY 53 Live Results: Sitthichai vs. Beztati, Meksen vs. Dehby and More

GLORY 53 Lille sees two world championships on the line in the main card, as well as Jamal Ben Saddik vs. Jahfarr Wilnis and Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Michael Duut. It’s rounded out with a very good Featherweight bout between Petchpanomrung vs. Abdellah Ezbiri. The SuperFight Series features Cedric Doumbe vs. THongchai and a featherweight tournament. The five-fight GLORY 53 Lille card will be carried live tomorrow on ESPNews at 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT, with replays on ESPN2 Sunday at 4 a.m. ET / 1 a.m. PT and Monday at 9 p.m. / 6 p.m. PT. The six-fight GLORY 53 SuperFight Series card will stream live [read more]

Kunlun Fight 74 Card: 61.5kg Tournament, Kyshenko, Kraus and More!

On May 13th Kunlun Fight brings us another crazily-stacked event, this time featuring a 61.5kg World Championship tournament featuring names like Cristian Spectu, Wang Wengfeng, Lin Qianbang and, oh yeah, this late addition of Taiga. Taiga vs. Lin Qianbang is worth the price of admission alone on this one, but there’s more coming on this Sunday’s show as Albert Kraus fights Jiao Fukai and Artur Kyshenko fights Timur Aylyarov. Kunlun Fight 74 Full Fight Card 61.5KG World Championship 1/4 Final A : Seksan Somai vs. Zhao Chongyang 61.5KG World Championship 1/4 Final B : Daniel puertas Gallardo vs. Jiao Daobo [read more]

GLORY 54 Heavyweight Bout Now a Championship Bout

After initially announcing that a GLORY 54 rematch between GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven and Mladen Brestovac would be a non-title affair, GLORY has instead decided to elevate that bout to a championship one, giving Mladen Brestovac another chance at not just Verhoeven, but at his crown as GLORY Heavyweight Champion. This goes down on Saturday, June 2nd in the UK. GLORY 54 Birmingham Heavyweight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Mladen Brestovac Welterweight Title Co-Headline Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Alim Nabiyev Featherweight Bout: Bailey Sugden vs. Aleksei Ulianov Featherweight Bout: Adrian Maxim vs. Chenglong Zhang GLORY 54 SuperFight Series Light Heavyweight Headline Bout: Danyo Ilunga [read more]

GLORY to Air Prelims Live on YouTube/Facebook for GLORY 53

GLORY has been quietly airing the prelims for the last few GLORY shows on their own social media outlets such as Facebook and YouTube, but now it seems official. Today the promotion announced that they will be airing the top three fights from the prelims live via Facebook, Pluto TV and YouTube. The top three GLORY 53 prelim bouts will stream live on the GLORY YouTube channel, as well as the GLORY Facebook page, and Pluto TV channel 215 on Saturday, May 12, with an expected start time of 11:45 a.m. ET / 8:45 a.m. PT. GLORY 53 Prelims Heavyweight Bout: Valentin Ponthieux-Anicet vs. Quentin Domingos Catchweight (72.5 kg) Bout: Paul Guislain [read more]