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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.

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

Nieky Holzken vs. Murthel Groenhart Headlining GLORY 34 Denver

There has been talk about a huge rematch between GLORY Welterweight Champion Nieky Holzken and challenger Murthel Groenhart for a while now, but that fight has become a reality and is happening sooner, rather than later. That fight will now headline GLORY 34 Denver, along with the Middleweight Contender tournament. 

The previously-announced headline bout of Gabriel Varga against Robin van Roosmalen has been moved to the headline spot of the GLORY 34 SuperFight Series that will air on UFC Fight Pass. 

GLORY 34 Denver

Welterweight World Title Headline Bout: Nieky Holzken (c) vs. Murthel Groenhart

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

Middleweight Co-Headline Bout: Dustin Jacoby vs. TBA

Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Thomas

Middleweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Yousri Belgaroui vs. Alex Pereira

GLORY 34 SuperFight Series

Featherweight World Title Bout: Gabriel Varga (c) vs. Robin Van Roosmalen

Light Heavyweight Bout: Saulo Cavalari vs. Brian Douwes

Welterweight Bout: Richard Abraham vs. Michael Mathatha

Welterweight Bout: Casey Greene vs. Tongchai Sitsongpeenong

Featherweight Bout: Justin Houghton vs. Jonathon Wyderko

GLORY Release Card for Stacked GLORY 35: Sitthichai vs. Marat, Vakhitov vs. Mwekassa and More

While everyone is abuzz over December 10th's GLORY Collision, featuring Rico Verhoeven vs. Badr Hari, GLORY is continuing to put forth some incredible cards in the interim. Today the company announced the card for GLORY 35 Nice, France and it's chock full of kickboxing goodness.

The main event is Sitthichai defending the GLORY Lightweight Championship against Marat Grigorian, then featured on the card is a Heavyweight Contender tournament. Interestingly enough, Ismael Londt won one of these tournaments and has yet to get his title shot yet. We've reached out to GLORY for comment, but nothing yet.

The stacking of the SuperFight Series continues with a Light Heavyweight unification bout as champion Artem Vakhitov and Interim Champion Zack Mwekassa clash for Light Heavyweight surpremacy. Also featured is Josh Jauncey against Dylan Salvador, who has been tearing things up in China over the past few years. 

GLORY 35 Nice

Lightweight World Title Headline Bout: Sittichai vs. Marat Grigorian

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

Light Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Pavel Zhuravlev

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: TBA vs. TBA

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Jahfarr Wilnis vs. Mladen Brestovac

GLORY 35 SuperFight Series

Light Heavyweight Title Unification Bout: Artem Vakhitov vs. Zack Mwekassa

Welterweight Bout: Karim Benmansour vs. Eyevan Danenberg

Super Bantamweight Bout: Amel Dehby vs. Ji-Waen Lee

Lightweight Bout: Josh Jauncey vs. Dylan Salvador

SuperKombat Releases Full Card For Oct. 1 Event, Featuring Ngimbi vs. Paraschiv Title Fight

On Saturday SuperKombat returns with their latest SuperKombat World Grand Prix event, this one being headlined by a huge world title fight at 72.5kg between Amansio Paraschiv and former It's Showtime champion Chris Ngimbi. Ngimbi has been highly-regarded for years now while Paraschiv has been incredibly impressive as late. Paraschiv won the New Heroes World Title in 2015 and now will be contending for the vacant title against very worth competition in Ngimbi.

Superkombat New Heroes (18:30 CET (19:300, local hour), Sport.ro, Fight Box)

1. Super Fight - MMA rules - Super Middleweight division (-75 kg)

Eugen Vulpe (Rep. Moldova) vs Lascar Cornelius (Romania)

2. Super Fight – Super middleweight (-77 kg)

Cristi Stoica (Romania) vs Cristian Rotar (Romania)

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

Nicu Buceac (Romania) vs Răzvan Țîru (Romania)

4. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight division (-81 kg)

Daniel Stefanovski (Switzerland) vs Ionut Sandur (Romania)

5. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight division (-81 kg)

Adelin Mihaila (Romania) vs Adrian Rosca (Romania)

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

Kerone Davies (United Kingdom) vs Mihaita Golescu (Romania) 

7. Super Fight – Super Middleweight division (-77 kg)

Igor Scoda (Rep. Moldova) vs Alex Filip (Romania)

Superkombat WGP (21:00 CET, Eurosport)

1. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight (-81 kg)

Diego Mosquera (Colombia) vs Bogdan Nastase (Romania)

2. Super Fight - Middleweight division (-71 kg)

Eduard Chelariu (Romania) vs Andrei Leustean (Romania)

3. Super Fight – Lightweight division (-65 kg)

Jonathan Fabian (Spain) vs Cristian Spetcu (Romania)

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

George Davies (United Kingdom) vs Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania)

5. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight division (-95 kg)

David Trallero (Spain) vs Sebastian Cozmanca (Romania)

6. World Title Fight – Middleweightdivision (-72.5 kg)

Chris Ngimbi (DR Congo) vs Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

Yokkao Searching For An American Fighter For Yokkao 21 - 22 in Hong Kong

On Friday, October 28th in Hong Kong Yokkao will present Yokkao 21 and 22, featuring some of the very best in the world of muay thai. Scheduled for Yokkao 22 is Saenchai, although he is still opponent-less. While it isn't a lock, Yokkao is currently searching for an American fighter to step into the ring for Yokkao 21 and 22. So there could be a chance of fighting the great Saenchai or any of the other, top-named Thai fighters at their disposal. The other name that we know is Manachai, who has been training with Saenchai. Another name to add to that list is the ever-impressive Phetmorakot Wor. Sangprapai.

Their next set of events takes place on October 8th in the UK, though, featuring Jordan Watson vs. Ben Hodge, Liam Harrison vs. Fabio Pinca, Manachai vs Panicos Yusuf, Amy Pirnie vs Dakota Ditcheva, Jake Purdy vs Brad Standton, Luke Turner and many more.

Lion Fight 32 Returns To Las Vegas With Malaipet vs. Hollenbeck

Lion Fight has announced their return to Las Vegas at the Tropicana for Lion Fight 32 on October 21st. The event, which will air live on AXS TV, is set to feature a showdown between Ky Hollenbeck and Malaipet for the Super Welterweight Championship, as well as Romie Adanza against Ming Freeman and a host of other bouts. Lion Fight has always delivered with their events and this one is shaping up to be no different.

Lion Fight 32

Super Welterweight Championship: Ky Hollenbeck vs. Malaipet

Travis Clay vs. Marvin Madriaga

Josh Shepard vs. Gabriel Mazzetti

Victor Saravia vs. Cody Allen Moberly

Romie Adanza vs. Ming Freeman

Watch Benjamin Adegbuyi's Latest Execution From ACB 7

Benjamin Adegbuyi fought last weekend at ACB 7 in Romania and, well, this was just a flat-out execution. You can watch the video here. Adegbuyi is clearly one of the best heavyweights and the world and his competitor was sadly a bit thrown to the wolves. 

Bellator Announces Bellator Kickboxing Event In December Featuring Giorgio Petrosyan

With Bellator Kickboxing: Budapest airing on Friday evening here in the States, Bellator is looking to make a tidal wave within the kickboxing industry by announcing their next event, a split MMA and kickboxing event, happening on December 10th in Florence, Italy. The show will feature Bellator Kickboxing's top talent, include a women's rematch, this time for the vacant Bellator Flyweight World title between Denise Kielholtz and Gloria Peritore. In addition to that, the names of Raymond Daniels, Kevin Ross and Joe Schilling were mentioned, but the biggest news yet is their latest acquisition.

The Doctor himself, Giorgio Petrosyan, will be fighting for Bellator Kickboxing, making his debut on December 10th.

Updated “Bellator Kickboxing: Florence” Card:

Female Flyweight World Title: Denise Kielholtz (45-3) vs. Gloria Peritore (11-1-1)

Enfusion Live Antwerp Results: Ozcan and Jaray Throw Down Again

Over the years what Enfusion has done the best has been to create their own, homegrown stars. One such star is Mohammed Jaraya from Morocco, who has been in some wars in the Enfusion ring. This time he squared off with Tayfun Ozcan, the two having a rich history. This time it was a part of the Enfusion League and once again, they delivered.

1. 5X2 ENFUSION WORLD TITLE -67Kg

Sheena Widdershoven (The Netherlands) Vs Najat Hasnouni Alaoui (Morocco)

WINNER: Najat Hasnouni Alaoui (Morocco) and new Enfusion World Champion

2. 3X3 Heavyweight

Ismael Lazaar (Morocco)Vs Shkelqim Ademaj (Germany)

WINNER: Ismael Lazaar (Morocco) TKO Rd 2

3. 3X3 € 10.000 Tournament Final -72.5Kg 

Aziz Kallah (Morocco) Vs Cedric De Keirsmaeker (Belgium)

WINNER: Aziz Kallah (Morocco) KO Rd 1

4. 3X3 -85Kg

Ibrahim El Boustati (Morocco) Vs Filip Verlinden (Belgium)

WINNER: Ibrahim El Boustati (Morocco)

5. 3X3 ENFUSION LEAGUE -72.5Kg    

Crice Boussoukou (France)  Vs   Jonay Risco (Spain)

WINNER: Crice Boussoukou (France) after a 4th Rd

6. 3X3 ENFUSION LEAGUE -72.5Kg

Mohammed Jaraya (Morocco) Vs Tayfun Ozcan (Turkey)

WINNER: Tayfun Ozcan (Turkey)

7. 3X3 ENFUSION LEAGUE -72.5Kg

Nordin Ben Moh (Morocco) Vs Serginio Kanters (The Netherlands)

WINNER: Nordin Ben Moh (Morocco)

 

Bellator Kickboxing 3 Spoilers and Interview

Bellator Kickboxing returned for its third event this Saturday in Budapest, Hungary. There wasn't a ton of press going into this show, but it will air on Friday on Spike TV, so if you want to wait for that, be warned, spoilers ahoy. Results from CombatPress.

Bellator middleweight title: Zoltán Laszák def. Karim Ghaji

Raymond Daniels (R3 - Decision) Zsolt Benedek 

Denise Kielholtz (R3 - Decision) Renáta Cseh-Lantos 

Alexandru Negrea (R3 - Decision) Ali El Ameri 

Mustapha Haida (Ext.R - Decision) Kike Bonnin 

On top of that, Adam Repa spoke with the new champion, Zoltan Laszak about his big win.

Q: - First of all, congrats on the win and your peformance! Based on what we talked about pre-fight it seemed you slightly differed from the original strategy. Did something happen pre-fight or during the bout that made you change?

A: - Thanks. Yeah, somewhere early in the fight I managed to catch him with a pretty good shot and honestly, this made me a bit wanting to go for the kill. Therefore it became more like a punch for punch, kick for kick fight if you know what I mean.

Q: - How do you feel, do you think that overall you still managed to keep yourself to what you planned before with coach István Gnyálin?

A: - Absolutely. Although as I mentioned I stood more in front of Ghajji, traded more punches with him I still managed to keep the strategic plan and come out on top of most of the exchanges.

Q: - What was it like from the inside? What and how do you remember of the fight?

A: - Actually I don't really remember much. There were some really high points and I've enjoyed it thoroughly. When they put the belt around my waist.. There are simply no words of how that felt. I know it's a cliché but it's really indescribable. It was a very emotional moment for all of us - my coach, teammates (Dávid Elszaszer, Vivien Wágner). Those long years of working hard had been crowned yesterdey evening.

Q: - What's next for you? Have you talked to Scott Coker, the management or someone about it?

A: - They really enjoyed my performance, loved the fight but we didn't talk about any specific plan or opponent for my first title defense so I cannot tell you much at the moment.

Q: - Did you suffer any injuries, any break in the fight?

A: - No, luckily not. I had a long night with the hospital visits but I came away from the fight with a few stitches on my eyebrow so that's it. My ribs hurt and my thighs show some beautiful patterns so it's the usual. That's the fight game.

Q: - Any closing words, shout outs?

A: - Yeah, hereby I'd love to thank my coach, my teammates Dávid and Vivien and all those people who have rooted for me - My family, all my teammates, friends, students and last but not least my partner!

Bushiroad Creates KNOCK OUT, Aiming To Take Over Kickboxing

Kickboxing's rise in popularity can almost entirely be thanked on behalf of Japan, K-1 in particular. Sure, lots of talent came from (and still comes from) Europe, but the shows never quite reached the level that K-1 did in Japan. Therefore, K-1 was kickboxing for a very, very long time. The death of FEG led to the fracturing of the sport. Now we have GLORY, K-1 Japan, K-1 Europe, SuperKombat, WGP, Kunlun and many other promotions in its wake. 

The reality here is that there are people who believe in kickboxing as a sport and all want to make it big again, but under their own terms. Would it take a rising in Japan for the sport to boom again? That's what KRUSH has been hoping for with their K-1 Japan. KRUSH originally began as a joint venture between the All Japan Kickboxing Federation and K-1, then when AJKF fell to the wayside KRUSH split off on its own. Ironically, KRUSH now is the brand keeping the K-1 name alive in Japan. But that doesn't mean that everyone has always relied upon the whole K-1/AJKF mindset when it comes to kickboxing.

There was the New Japan Kickboxing Federation as well, which split off from AJKF in the mid-90's. The promotion No Kick, No Life rose in the ashes of the whole "anti-K-1" brand of kickboxing, instead focusing on muay thai rules. Now, replacing NKNL is KIXROAD, a collaboration between NKNL and Bushiroad with their show KNOCK OUT. Confused yet? KNOCK OUT takes over No Kick, No Life's television slot on Tokyo MX starting in 2017 and is being backed by Bushiroad. If you are unfamiliar with Bushiroad they are a trading card company based out of Japan. In 2012 Bushiroad acquired New Japan Professional Wrestling and has since made the once-great Japanese wrestling promotion flourish with the help of placing New Japan's biggest stars in Hiroshi Tanahashi, Shinsuke Nakamura (now in WWE), Kazuchika Okada and Togi Makabe (what?!) back into the national spotlight. 

That is exactly what Bushiroad is looking to do with KNOCK OUT. Our pal karaevfan on Kakutougi (the best kickboxing message board, period) gave a full report and translations from their first press conference and they have huge plans. They noted that kickboxing has yet to have a global leader since FEG's K-1 disappeared. MMA has the UFC, pro wrestling has WWE (although Kriyama of Bushiroad notes that New Japan is 'working on that'), but kickboxing is fractured. 

Famed former New Japan Kickboxing champion Onodera Riki will be producing KNOCK OUT and looking to once again make kickboxing flourish. This will be straight-forward, traditional kickboxing, which means three minute rounds, three rounds for normal fights, five for title fights. As for the rules? It sounds like muay thai, but they are calling it kickboxing. Why muay thai? Because they mentioned elbows. 

The first event is scheduled for December 5th at the Tokyo Dome City Hall (formerly JCB Hall), which seats about 3,000 people. The card is threadbare for now, but they aren't focusing on exclusive talent acquisition for now, just partnering with RISE and taking freelancers. 

Yuichiro 'Jienotsu' Nagashima  vs. T-98 (Takuya Imanari)

Haruaki Otsukivs. StarBoy KwaythongGym

Tenshin Nasukawa vs TBA

Genji Umeno vs TBA

They plan on running shows every other month and don't plan on making money for two years. Everything seems ambitious, with them wanting to expand the kickboxing market and overtake their competition. I guess we'll have to wait and see what they do.

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