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Dave Walsh

Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.

His second novel, Terminus Cycle, is available now via Kindle and Paperback.

Dave (a) LiverKick dot com | @dvewlsh

Website URL: http://www.dvewlsh.com

Full Card for K-1 World GP Japan 2017 55kg Super Bantamweight Tournament

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This Saturday K-1 Japan returns with yet another action-packed card. This time it's the K-1 World GP Japan 55kg tournament, featuring some of the best 55kg fighters in the world in an 8-man tournament. Also featured on the card is a K-1 Super Lightweight Championship bout between the champion Kaew Weerasakreck and Hideaki Yamazaki in what should be an awesome fight. If you are in the mood for some violence Takeru will be fighting Victor Saravia and to round things out Hiroya fights Tetsuya Yamato and KOICHI takes on K-Jee.

Fight card and stream links via Grabaka Hitman

Main Card – GAORA / Abema.TV (JP IP Required) – 3:00am ET / 12:00am PT

TBD vs. TBD – WGP Final

Kaew Weerasakreck vs. Yamazaki Hideaki – for K-1 Super Lightweight title

Takeru vs. Victor Saravia

TBD vs. TBD – WGP Semfinal #2

TBD vs. TBD – WGP Semfinal #1

Hiroya vs. Yamato Tetsuya

Koichi vs. K-Jee

K-1 55kg World Grand Prix Quarterfinals

Kubo Kenji vs. Suen Tak Chuen

Terado Nobuchika vs. Jamie Whelan

Takei Yoshiki vs. Antonio Orden

Ishida Keisuke vs. Charles Bongiovanni

Izawa Namito vs. Suzuki Yuya – Reserve bout

Preliminary Card – Abema.TV – 1:30am ET / 10:30pm PT (Fri)

Wakashima Omi vs. Kazunari Komura

Seiya Ueda vs. Masa

Yuki Kokubo vs. Yu Kyo Nishikyo

LiverKick Podcast for April 20th - GLORY 40 Preview, Bellator Kickboxing and More

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With GLORY 40 just on the horizon and Bellator Kickboxing coming off of two big shows it felt like the right time for the SS LiverKick Podcast to set sail again. This time we got it done more than a day before the show we were previewing, truly a herculean feat if there ever was one. So join myself and Jay Jauncey as we run down the GLORY 40 card, spend less time complaining about four-men tournaments than we've ever done before and perhaps even get some insight into what went into Josh Jauncey's preparation for his upcoming fight seeing as though Jay is his coach. 

Maybe not, though. That's for me to know and for you to find out by listening to the LiverKick Podcast. 


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Cedric Doumbe vs. Nieky Holzken II Headlines GLORY 42

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On Saturday, June 10th GLORY returns to Paris with GLORY 42 Paris headlined by GLORY Welterweight Champion Cedric Doumbe defending against former champion Nieky Holzken. Holzken, who at a time looked unstoppable, fell to Doumbe at GLORY: Collision in December and the social media exchanges have been heated ever since. Only two other fights are announced, including Jimmy Vienot against Casey Greene and Yoann Kongolo against Antoine Pinto.

GLORY 42 Paris

Welterweight Title Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. Nieky Holzken

Lightweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: TBA vs. TBA

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: TBA vs. TBA

GLORY 42 SuperFight Series

Welterweight Headline Bout: Yoann Kongolo vs. Antoine Pinto

Welterweight Bout: Jimmy Vienot vs. Casey Greene

Hesdy Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-Parry Headlining GLORY 41

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GLORY announced the finalized (well, as final as they can be) fight card for GLORY 41 Den Bosch today. The GLORY 41 SuperFight Series has somehow gotten even better with one of the most exciting fighters in the featherweight division, Zakaria Zouggary, making his way to GLORY to fight Anvar Boynazarov. The SFS card, which is capped off by Robin van Roosmalen vs. Petchpanomrung for the Featherweight Championship and Rico Verhoeven against Ismael Lazaar is perhaps one of the best GLORY shows on paper in a very long time.

GLORY 41 proper is a bit more subdued, featuring another heavyweight contender's tournament, this time with some fresh names. Anderson "Braddock" Silva will have another chance at redemption against Giannis Stoforidis while Xavier Vigney returns to fight D'Angelo Marshall. There is a featherweight bout between Chenglong Zhang and Wilson Sanches Mendes and a headliner (well, co-headliner) of the recently-cancelled bout between Hesdy Gerges and Chi Lewis-Parry.

GLORY 41 Holland

Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Hesdy Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-Parry

Featherweight Bout: Chenglong Zhang vs. Wilson Sanches Mendes

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Anderson Silva vs. Giannis Stoforidis

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Xavier Vigney vs. D’Angelo Marshall

GLORY 41 SuperFight Series

Heavyweight Superfight Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Ismael Lazaar

Featherweight World Title Bout: Robin van Roosmalen vs. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao

Welterweight Bout: Murthel Groenhart vs. Harut Grigorian

Light Heavyweight Bout: Michael Duut vs. Mourad Bouzidi

Lightweight Bout: Tyjani Beztati vs. TBA

Featherweight Bout: Zakaria Zouggary vs. Anvar Boynazarov

Saulo Cavalari Looking to Make MMA Debut Soon

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The lure of mixed martial arts will always be one of the biggest threats to modern kickboxing, but will also serve to ensnare fighters looking to make some more money during the brief window of time that is their professional fighting career. We've seen Robin van Roosmalen, Rico Verhoeven and Tenshin Nasukawa all dip their toes into MMA of late and there will always be more. Gabriel Varga, who just recently jumped to Bellator Kickboxing, has spoken about possibly exploring MMA as well while under the umbrella of Scott Coker's Bellator. 

According to MMAFighting, the latest to be eye-balling a transition into the realm of MMA is none other than former GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Saulo Cavalari. Cavalari, who is just coming off of a loss to GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Artem Vakhitov at GLORY 38, has been training in jiu-jitsu for years and had been considering MMA as far back as 2013. What kept him in kickboxing? GLORY made him an offer and from there he's gone 7-2, including a run as the GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion. 

He's still currently under contract with GLORY and has his eyes set on regaining the GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship, but says he'd like to make his transition this year and would ultimately like to become a UFC champion. 

Bellator Kickboxing 6 Results: Ghajji Reclaims Title While Varga Falters

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On Friday in Budapest Bellator returned just under a week after their last kickboxing event with Bellator Kickboxing 6. Gabriel Varga, the former GLORY Featherweight Champion, made his debut for the promotion against the very tough Gabor Gorbics. Many were expecting an easy fight for Varga, but Gorbics came to fight and was applying pressure wherever he could to one of the best fighters in the world, taking a narrow split decision over Varga. Jorina Baars on the other hand put on a blistering performance against Irene Martens with a huge decision victory.

Raymond Daniels wowed international crowds yet again with a spinning back kick KO in the third round. Gyorfi proved game against Daniels, absorbing punishment and fighting back, but Daniels had a knockout in mind, as he is prone to doing, and executed it flawlessly in the third. Joe Schilling was back in action against the very tough Alexandru Negrea, picking up a win over the Romanian with a decision. Chalk that one up to Negrea's toughness. 

In the main event, Karim Ghajji won back the Bellator Kickboxing Welterweight Championchip from Zoltan Laszak in a close fight that went to a decision, with the judges split, but awarding the win to Ghajji.

Bellator Kickboxing Welterweight Championship: Karim Ghajji (R5 - Split Decision) Zoltan Laszak(C)

Joe Schilling (R3 - Decision) Alexandru Negrea 

Raymond Daniels (R3 - KO) Csaba Gyorfi 

Jorina Baars (R3 - Decision) Irene Martens 

Gabor Gorbics (R3 - Split Decision) Gabriel Varga 

 

Catch SuperKombat Tonight on CBS Sports Network at 10pm Eastern

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If you missed last weekend's SuperKombat event live and live in the United States you'll be able to catch it tonight on CBS Sports Network. Starting at 10pm Eastern time the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Elimination event will air, SuperKombat making its wider American debut on national cable. Here is the full card below.

The event will also air on Saturday evening as well.

World Grand Prix 

6. World Title Eliminator - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)

Imanol Rodriguez (Spain) vs Daniel Stefanovski (Switzerland)

7. Heavyweight Eimination - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Patrick Schmid (Switzerland) vs Valentin Bordianu (Romania)

8. Heavyweight Eimination - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Dawid Zoltaszek (Poland) vs Cristian Ristea (Romania)

9. Heavyweight Eimination - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Kazadi Mwamba (United Kingdom) vs Robert Constantin (Romania)

10. Heavyweight Eimination - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Lukasz Krupadziorow (Poland) vs Anthony Johnson (USA)

Complete Card For Bellator Kickboxing 6 Featuring Schilling, Daniels and More

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This Friday from Budapest Bellator presents another double-header of events, featuring an MMA card followed by a kickboxing card. Bellator Kickboxing 6 will air Friday night at 11pm eastern on Spike TV via a few hours delay, featuring a rematch for the Bellator Kickboxing Welterweight Championship between champion Zoltan Laszak and former champion Karim Ghajji.

Joe Schilling is in action against rough Romanian slugger Andexandru Negrea, Raymond Daniels goines uip against Gyorfi Csaba, Jorina Baars against Irene Martens and Gabriel Varga making his debut against Gabor Gorbics 

Complete Bellator Kickboxing 6 Main Card:

Welterweight World Title Bout: Zoltan Laszak (83-2-2, 1 NC) vs. Karim Ghajji (23-5-1)

Middleweight Feature Bout: Joe Schilling (20-9) vs. Alexandru Negrea (9-2)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Raymond Daniels (10-3) vs. Gyorfi Csaba (20-5)

Women’s Featherweight Feature Bout: Jorina Baars (40-0-3) vs. Irene Martens (20-9-2)

Featherweight Feature Bout: Gabriel Varga (13-4) vs. Gabor Gorbics (30-10)

Results Roundup From Yokkao 23 and 24 in Bolton

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Yokkao returned to the UK for their incredibly popular series of events that they've been holding there with another back-to-back series of events in Yokkao 23 and 24 on March 30th. The double-header saw local (and worldwide) legends in Liam Harrison and Jordan Watson looking to defend their respective Yokkao world titles, with Liam Harrison defending the -65kg title via TKO and Jordan Watson defending his -70kg title via decision. 

** Supershowdown Presents YOKKAO 24 Results **

YOKKAO WORLD TITLE -65 kgs

Liam Harrison won by TKO vs Rayan Mekki

YOKKAO UK Female Ranking -51kgs

Amy Pirnie won by points vs Dakota Ditcheva

Thailand vs Ireland -63kgs

Stephen Meleady won by points vs Wuttichai YokkaoSaenchaigym

YOKKAO UK Ranking -65kgs

Jack Kennedy won by TKO vs Tommi MCCormick

England vs Norway -54kgs

Louis Green won by TKO vs Markus Kalberg

England vs England -78kgs

Karl Upton lost by TKO vs Remassy Omoboye

 

 ** Supershowdown Presents YOKKAO 23 Results **

YOKKAO WORLD TITLE -70 kgs

Jordan Watson won by points vs Sorgraw Petchyindee

YOKKAO UK Ranking -72,50kgs

Jake Purdy won by TKO vs Kev Foster

England vs Ireland -61.50kgs

Myk Estlick lost by TKO vs Craig Coakley

England vs Scotland -63kgs

Chris Whittle won by points vs Stewart Pringle

YOKKAO UK Ranking -70kgs

Joe Craven won by TKO vs Harry Burton

YOKKAO UK Ranking -72,50kgs

Owen Trykowski won by TKO vs Matthiew Crozier

 

YOKKAO Next Generation

Spencer Brown lost by points vs George Mouzakitis

William Sarwar vs Isaac Taylor DRAW

Tamara Fallon vs Hannah Brady DRAW

Grzegorz Kubiak lost vs Mike Farah

Stuart Stabler won by points vs Hassan Din

Ashley Blakely lost vs John Henry Careslade

Verhoeven Replies to Gokhan Saki, Unveiling Untapped Goldmine for GLORY

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With Badr Hari back in prison, a long line of unexciting contenders growing and a fight with the debuting Ismael Lazaar looming for Rico Verhoeven, his attention has shifted focus to former GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Gokhan Saki. Saki took to social media on Friday to go on the offensive against Verhoeven after the Lazaar fight was announced, claiming that Verhoeven was ducking the former two-division star. Now Rico Verhoeven has shot back, claiming that they were attempting to put together a Rico Verhoeven/Gokhan Saki super fight for May, until Saki refused. 

According to Verhoeven, multiple opponents have shied away from a possible confrontation with Verhoeven, including Jamal Ben Saddik who claims to have fallen off of a motorcycle and is unable to train. As for Saki? According to Verhoeven (in a story released by GLORY's official site), he was offered the fight but wanted a warm-up first.

“Now today Gokhan Saki has been all over social media calling me out, saying he wants a rematch. He put out a message saying that I am dodging him. I am not dodging you motherf—ker! You got offered this fight for May and you turned it down, you said you wanted to fight someone else first before you would fight me, so what the f—k are you talking about?

“He's been talking s—t for nothing. If he comes to fight me then great, let's go, but he got offered for May and he didn't want it. The only guy who wanted it was Ismael Lazaar, and it's going to be a good explosive fight. I am looking forward to showing my skills to my fans on home soil again, it's been a long time.”

And just like that, GLORY has created a possible grudge match for this year that while not as big as a Badr Hari rematch, would be huge for kickboxing fans. Saki, who hasn't fought in years now, would need to get back into the ring and the issues that have plagued his return recently (contract issues, knee problems) would need to subside, but if this fight actually happened, it would be huge. 

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