In a press conference in Japan yesterday, ONE Championship announced their 2019 line-up, chock full of events. How many events, exactly? The ONE Championship 2019 season is looking to have at least 24 shows, with that many released yesterday. If you’ve been following ONE Championship this year it’ll make sense, as they’ve been putting on a lot of events thus far, which seems like a tall task but their roster and scope has expanded dramatically. While the main focus of the presser was on upcoming MMA fights, the ONE Super Series kickboxing and muay thai realms were definitely represented as [read more]
This weekend at Bellator Kickboxing 10 we’re set to see one of the best fights of the year in Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Chingiz Allazov. Allazov has been rising up the ranks at lightweight, losing to Sitthichai in 2014 and going on — get this — a 28-fight win streak. Heading into this bout with Petrosyan there’s no doubt that this is the best competition that Petrosyan has faced since either 2015 or 2016 (depending on your view of Josh Jauncey or Jordan Watson), and one of those rare dream matches in kickboxing that is looking like it might actually happen. [read more]
While the name Giorgio Petrosyan has been well-established in the world of kickboxing after his two K-1 World MAX victories and all of his other accomplishments, since the collapse of FEG’s K-1 in 2011 it has been difficult for fighters to find themselves established on the same level as a Petrosyan or a Buakaw. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t new fighters coming up that are just as skilled and fearsome as those of yesteryear, they simply haven’t had the opportunity to overcome these legends like they would have prior. For Chingiz Allazov he’s been quietly climbing the 70kg ranks [read more]
Today in Manila, ONE Championship hyped up their upcoming event, ONE: Heroes of Honor, which takes place on April 20th, featuring Kevin Belingon vs. Andrew Leone as the main event in MMA, but also the debut of the ONE Super Series, their kickboxing and muay thai fights. The big ONE Super Series feature bout is Giorgio Petrosyan taking on “Smokin” Jo Nattawut in a bout that should be a scorcher. ONE President and CEO Chatri Sityodong talked about the historic event. “It’s an open invitation to the greatest strikers in the world,” said Sityodtong. “Fans will witness the absolute elite in [read more]
On July 14th Bellator heads to Rome and will be presenting Bellator Kickboxing 10. Thus far two fights have been made for the card and these two are a doozy. The first is a Lightweight World Championship bout between Giorgio Petrosyan and Chingiz Allazov. This is a tough fight for Petrosyan, with Allazov perhaps one of the best lightweights in the world right now (we currently have him ranked at #6) and a real test of where he’s at in his career. The second fight is one that Bellator has been looking to put together for a while now in [read more]
This past weekend at a Giorgio Petrosyan-promoted event, Petrosyanmania, Giorgio Petrosyan scored his 100th professional career win over former It’s Showtime Lightweight Champion Chris Ngimbi. Ngimbi had initially announced his shocking retirement in 2012, only to rescind on that where he’s continued to compete on the fringes of the top of the 70kg heap. Needless to say, Giorgio Petrosyan was perhaps too strong of a challenge for him at this point, although he put forth a valiant effort. The match, which was a rematch from 2008 where Petrosyan defeated Ngimbi, saw Petrosyan once again have his hand raised.
On December 9th in Florence Bellator Kickboxing will be returning to Europe and once again working with European promoter Carlo di Blasi’s Oktagon. Yes, that means we get another Giorgio Petrosyan fight, this time for the Bellator Kickboxing 70kg Championship against Yodwicha, the former Omnoi, Lumpinee and Thai Fight champion. This happens during what will be a bigger event that spans multiple days, the K-1 World OPEN Amateur Championships that spans from December 7th to 10th, where amateur kickboxers from across the globe will compete and put forth their best efforts to catch the eye of the kickboxing elite to [read more]