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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.

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UK Road 2 Glory Winner Jamie Bates Rounds Out GLORY 40 SuperFight Series

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GLORY hasn't ran one of their feeder tournaments, Road 2 GLORY in quite a while, but a week and a half ago they ran a Road 2 GLORY event in the UK that saw local fighter Jamie Bates walk away with the tournament victory and a contract with GLORY. Instead of waiting, he'll be making his debut at GLORY 40 Copenhagen. He'll be facing American standout Richard Abraham in what should be an interesting challenge for the newcomer.

GLORY 40 Copenhagen

Middleweight World Title Headline Bout: Jason Wilnis vs. Simon Marcus

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Niclas Larsen vs. Yodkhunpon

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

Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Alex Pereira vs. Burim Rama

Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Yousri Belgaroui vs. Agron Preteni

GLORY 40 SuperFight Series

Welterweight Headline Bout: Richard Abraham vs. Jamie Bates

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Mohammed El-Mir vs. Simon Santana

Light Heavyweight Bout: Freddy Kemayo vs. Imad Hadar

Lightweight Bout: Josh Janucey vs. Antonio Gomez

Featherweight Bout: Yuhang Xie vs. Chris Mauceri

K-1 Japan Announces 70kg Tournament

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Don't call it K-1 MAX, because K-1 Japan has an upcoming 70kg tournament and it's being called Super Welterweight. Oh yeah, and it's a pretty damned awesome tournament as well. Scheduled for June 18th in the Saitama Super Arena's smaller hall, featuring some recognizable names from the world of 70kg kickboxing with, of course, the K-1 Japan flair.

K-1 Japan has found a niche for themselves with the lighter (sub-70kg) weight classes of late, but their 70kg division has been just as good. That's tough to imagine, especially with 70kg being one of the most competitive and talent-filled in the world. The tournament has been broken down like this thus far; 

Yasuhiro Kido vs Jordan Watson

Hirono Yu vs Sanny Dahlbeck

Hiroki Nakajima vs Chingiz Allazov

Hinata Watanabe vs Jordann Pikeur

Recognizable names from both Japan and internationally, with every fight really awesome in its own way. Yasuhiro Kido against Jordan Watson should be a great fight, Yu against Dahlbeck should be another chance for Dahlbeck to prove to the world that GLORY let him go far too soon, Nakajima against Allazov is perhaps the best fight in the tournament and the return of HINATA to K-1 against the tough Jordann Pikeur.

W5 Kickboxing Releases Historic Look at Champions

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W5 Kickboxing have been onto something since their inception; providing fights between some of the best fighters in the world and building up a stable of champions that are without a doubt some of the best in the world. The promotion decided to do something different. This video was used to promote one of their events last year, but the promotion decided that the themes within it are universal and to share it. It focuses on the concept of being a champion throughout history, be it on the battlefield, as a strategist, an artist or even in modern times achieving peace of mind amidst the chaos of modern life. 

Of course, being a kickboxing champion is one way, as well. Check it out below.

FFC Results: Robin van Roosmalen Wins Second MMA Bout and More

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Final Fight Championship (FFC) held their 28th event in Athens, Greece this past weekend, featuring the usual fare of mixed bouts between kickboxing and MMA. The kickboxing portion of the card featured a number of title fights, including Andi Vrtacic defeating Denis Marjanovic for the FFC Middleweight Championship. The highlight of the evening, for most, was former two-division GLORY kickboxing champion Robin van Roosmalen making his second appearance in MMA rules. Van Roosmalen won via leg kicks in the first round after planting Risto Dimitrov to the mat with a hook, then kicked his leg until he couldn't get up.

Kickboxing:

Samo Petje def. Meletis Kakoubavas

FFC Welterweight Championship: Eyevan Danenberg (C) def. Ivan Bilić

FFC Middleweight Championship: Andi Vrtačić def. Denis Marjanović (C)

Stavros Grigorakakis def. Tomislav Čikotić

Zahid Zairov def. Nikos Hysen

Giannis Fezoulai def. Marios Blanas

MMA:

Robin van Roosmalen def. Risto Dimitrov by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:56

Darko Stošić def. Emil Zahariev by TKO (leg kicks). Round 1, 2:07 – heavyweight title

Alexis Savvidis vs. Filip Pejić ruled a draw

Andreas Michailidis def. Borce Talevski by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:25

Stamatis Moroulis def. Edgar Santos by TKO (punches). Round 2, 1:59

Giannis Michalopoulos def. Alexandros Papadimitriou by unanimous decision

SuperKombat World Grand Prix Elimination Results

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SuperKombat held the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Elimination event on Sunday, March 12th, featuring both up-and-coming stars and old favorites to kick off their 2017 season. Veterans like Sebastian Ciobanu and Alex Filip had hard evenings, while Sebastian Cozmanca and Robert Constantin continued to forge ahead and harden their reputations as big players in SuperKombat.

Main Card 

Sebastian Cozmanca (R3 - Decision) Simon Ogolla 

Robert Constantin (R3 - Decision) Mihaiţă Golescu 

Cosmin Ionescu (R3 - Decision) Sebastian Ciobanu 

Moribah Kosiah (R2 - KO) Robert Orbocea 

Daniel Stefanovski (R3 - KO) Alex Filip 

SuperKombat NewHeroes

Valentin Bordianu (R3 - Decision) Marius Munteanu 

Eduard Chelariu (R3 - Decision) Andrej Baranovs 

Dumitru Topai (R1 - KO) Adrian Cibu 

Adelin Mihaila (R3 - Decision) Jan Amiri 

Dragos Imbrea (R3 - Decision) Ionut Sandur 

Alexandru Radnev (R1 - TKO) Cosmin Maxin 

Live Stream and Fight Card for SuperKombat WGP Elimination

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On Sunday, March 12th, SuperKombat presents the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Elimination event live from Bucharest. The event will be streamed live and viewable right here on LiverKick. The event starts at 19:00 CET time. Included below is the updated fight card.

NEW HEROES (19:00 CET)

1. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Cosmin Maxin (Romania) vs Alex Radnev (Romania)

2. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus bout (-86 kg)

Dragos Imbrea (Romania) vs Ionut Sandur (Romania)

3. Super Fight - Super Middleweight bout (-77 kg)

Jian Amiri (Sweden) vs Adelin Mihaila (Romania)

4. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus division (-86 kg)

Adrian Cibu (Romania) vs Dumitru Topai (Romania)

5. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-72 kg)

Andrejs Baranov (Norway) vs Eduard Chelariu (Romania)

6. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Marius Munteanu (Romania) vs Valentin Bordianu (Romania)

WGP - ELIMINATION (21:00 CET)

 

7. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)

Daniel Stefanovski (Switzerland) vs Alex Filip (Romania)

 

8. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Moriba Kosiah (Netherlands) vs Robert Orbocea (Romania)

 

9. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus bout (-86 kg)

Cosmin Ionescu (Romania) vs Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania)

 

10. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Robert Constantin (Romania) vs Mihaita Golescu (Romania)

 

11. Super Fight - Super Cruiserweight bout (-95 kg)

Simon Ogolla (Sweden) vs Sebastian Cozmanca (Romania)

GLORY Announces Additional 2017 Dates Including The Netherlands

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With lofty plans for increasing events in 2017, GLORY continues to announce events for the rest of the first half of 2017, including a third trip to the Netherlands on May 20th, a return to France on June 10th and New York City on July 21st. All of this with of course their next event, GLORY 39, happening on March 25th in Brussels and GLORY 40 on April 29th in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

GLORY 41 in Den Bosch, Netherlands will be headlined by Robin van Roosmalen competing for the GLORY Featherweight Championship that was stripped from him earlier this year after missing weight for a title defense against Matt Embree. 

Saturday, March 25 - Forest National in Brussels, Belgium

Saturday, April 29 - Forum Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark

Saturday, May 20 - Brabanthallen 's-Hertogenbosch in Den Bosch, Netherlands

Saturday, June 10 - AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France

Friday, July 21 - The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City

UFC Fight Pass Adds Parts of the K-1 Library to Their Service

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When GLORY first began getting their gears in motion there was an excited press release sent out with the promotion talking about acquiring the rights to the K-1 library. The deal, as originally announced, was that it included the Fuji TV library from the promotion's inception until 2006. K-1 Global, which was formed by Mike Kim to purchase the assets of K-1 from FEG after their bankruptcy, issued back a fiery statement claiming that FEG sold "usage rights" to GLORY, not the full libraries. GLORY officials vehemently disagreed and the matter was to be tied up in Japanese court without us hearing much about it. 

Then GLORY moved the SuperFight Series to UFC Fight Pass and along with it was to come GLORY's impressive library of fights, including It's Showtime events and, get this, K-1. The thing is, that didn't really happen. The timing in the press statements were "immediate," yet K-1 events were bogged down by legal issues. Interestingly enough, we don't see any It's Showtime on UFC Fight Pass still, but some K-1 footage has appeared on UFC Fight Pass.

What has shown up is perhaps even more fascinating than what isn't there.

Now on UFC Fight Pass are the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix Finals as well as the 2005 - 2010 World Grand Prix Finals. An interesting selection of events, most fall out of the scope of the deal that was discussed initially and the whole idea of the K-1 library remains somewhat mysterious to this day. Will we get more K-1 on Fight Pass? We've heard yes, but as to what we will see, what K-1 Global's reaction will be and what to expect in the future, well, nobody knows.

Updated Cards for GLORY 39 and GLORY 39 SuperFight Series

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GLORY has released the finalized (at least until the last minute switches inevitably happen, right?) cards for both GLORY 39 Brussels and the GLORY 39 SuperFight Series. The SuperFight Series remains strong with Sitthichai defending the GLORY Lightweight Championship against Dylan Salvador, Marat Grigorian fights Anton Petrox, Hesdy Gerges battles the ever-mouthy Chi Lewis-Parry, Harut Grigorian battles Pavol Garaj, then we round out with Tyjani Beztati vs. Sabri Ben Henia and Junus Majandinov vs. Meng Qinghao. 

Of course, GLORY is a one-two punch with the cards, leading into GLORY 39 proper which features a Featherweight tournament with Petchpanomrung vs. Alexei Ylyanov and Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Nafi Bilalovski. Signs point to Adamchuk looking to regain contendership and his title, but anything can happen in these tournaments. The battle of the big men goes down in the co-main with Jamal Ben Saddik against Guto Inocente and then the main event is the third meeting between Cedric Doumbe and Yoann Kongolo, the key difference here is that Doumbe is the reigning GLORY Welterweight Champion looking to defend. 

All of this goes down on March 25th.

GLORY 39 Brussels

Weltwerweight World Title Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé vs. Yoann Kongolo

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

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Jamal Ben Saddik vs. Guto Inocente

Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Serhiy Adamchuk vs. Nafi Bilalovski

Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao vs. Alexei Ulyanov

GLORY 39 SuperFight Series

Lightweight World Title Headline Bout: Sittichai vs. Dylan Salvador

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Marat Grigorian vs. Anton Petrov

Heavyweight Bout: Hesdy Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-Parry

Welterweight Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Pavol Garaj

Lightweight Bout: Tyjani Beztati vs. Sabri Ben Henia

Catchweight (150 lb / 68 kg) Bout: Junus Majandinov vs. Meng Qinghao

Gabriel Varga Makes His Bellator Debut at Bellator Kickboxing 6

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Hot off of the news that former two-time GLORY Featherweight Champion Gabriel Varga has signed with Bellator Kickboxing, the promotion has confirmed that his first fight will be happening in short order at Bellator Kickboxing 6. Bellator Kickboxing 6, set for Friday, April 14th in Budapest, Hungary, already features a Welterweight World Championship bout between champion Zoltan Laszak and former champion Karim Ghajji, but now Gabriel Varga will be making his Bellator debut on the card in a featherweight bout against Gabor Gorbics. 

Gabor Gorbics is a Hungarian native who has an extensive combat sports history, including an impressive 23-5 record in professional boxing, four professional MMA fights (1-3) and a kickboxing record of 30-10 with 18 KOs. He also has an extensive amateur record across boxing and kickboxing to boot, making him a solid veteran and one of Hungary's better known names internationally. It will be an interesting challenge for the well-rounded and technical-minded Gabriel Varga who took some big shots from heavy-puncher Robin van Roosmalen. Chances are he won't be looking to repeat that any time soon and will be looking to keep Gabor at bay with his kicks and speed.

Of course, the fight that fans want to see is Gabriel Varga vs. Kevin Ross and chances are that we'll see that. Kevin's coach, Kieran, Tweeted us over the weekend that we'd see that fight happen.

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