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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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Card for Hero Legends Featuring Petrosyan vs. Xu Yan

Tomorrow evening in the West, tonight in the East Giorgio Petrosyan will return to the ring against Chinese star Xu Yan in the Hero Legends ring. Xu Yan is a local legend who has seen success internationally and has been one of China's greatest exports. Sure, it isn't the fight with Yodsanklai but such is life, right? There will absolutely be demand for it and people will work hard to make that fight come together in the future.

For now Xu Yan is a fantastic measuring stick for Petrosyan to see if he's still, indeed, the best in the world. A win here just makes us want to see him against Ristie again even more. There should be a live stream for this so we'll keep you posted.

Yokkao Heads to Argentina for Yokkao 16

South America has long been an interesting incubator for talent in combat sports and Yokkao is looking to bring their unique brand of muay thai to Argentina this year. Yokkao announced that Yokkao 16 will take place in Argentina on November 13th in Rosario, Argentina. 

The focus of the show will be fighters from Brazil and Argentina as well as the inclusion of fighters from the Yokkao's UK team. The card will be announced shortly as well as the full, complete card for the upcoming Yokkao 14 and 15 in the UK that is set to take place on October 10th in Bolton. 

RIP Andy Hug 15 Years Ago Today

So much has changed in the past 15 years in the world and in kickboxing that it's almost impossible to think of how different both would be if Andy Hug were still around. Hug was a rare ambassador for a sport that likes to kick itself when its down continually. While we only had a brief amount of time with Andy Hug he provided us with some of the most memorable moments in kickboxing history and taught us all that hard work, dedication, belief and spirit can get you very far in the world.

RIP Andy Hug. 

Results From Venum Victory World Series Event in Decemberen

On Saturday evening in Hungary Venum Victory World Series held another event. This time around featuring tournaments at 95kg and 72.5kg. Mustapha Haida turned out to indeed be a big signing for VVWS picking up two big wins and the big victor of the night.

The following results are courtesy of Victory World Series.

OFFICIAL RESULTS VVWS 3 Debrecen, Hungary August 22nd, 2015

- 95 kg Tournament 3 x 3 minutes

1.Gokhan Gedik / TurkeyvsKryspin Kalski / Poland

Winner Gokhan Gedik by split decision

2.Alexandru Burduja / MoldovavsMihalik György / Hungary

Winner Alexandru Burduja by KO 2R 0’30”

- 72,5 kg Tournament  3 x 3 minutes 

3.   Mustapha Haida / MoroccovsBenedek Zsolt / Hungary

Winner Mustapha Haida by unanimous decision  

4.Abdallah Mabel / CameroonvsNorbert Balogh / Hungary

Winner Abdellah Mabel by unanimous decision

Venum Title fight – Female 54 kg

5.Sylwia Juskiewicz / PolandvsAnissa Meksen / France

Winner Anissa Meksen by unanimous decision

Venum Title fight – Male 67 kg

6.Mehdi Zatout / FrancevsGörbics Gábor / Hungary

Winner Gabor Görbics by unanimous decision

- 95 kg Tournament Final

7.Gokhan Gedik / TurkeyvsAlexandreu Burduja / Moldova

Winner Alexandru Burduja by Doctor stoppage 1R 0’42’’

- 72,5 kg Tournament Final

8.Mustapha Haida / MaroccovsAbdallah Mabel / Cameroon

Winner Mustapha Haida by Majority decision after an extra round.

Burduja and Haida qualified for Venum Victory World Series Finals to take place in Paris, France on November 28th 2015

 

VIDEO: Badr Hari Scores TKO Victory Over Ismael Londt in Grozny

It was an interesting night in Chechnya for kickboxing fans around the world as Badr Hari returned to the ring yet again, fighting under the Akhmat FC banner for his good friend and Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. Kadyrov was shown on screen multiple times throughout the fight, pumping his fists when Badr was in control and looking upset when Badr went down. The fight opened with a rather strangely-subtitled full version of the video that we posted the other day that saw Badr Hari detained and questioned only to be saved by a Chechen SWAT team.

That same SWAT team then led Hari to the ring while Ismael Londt stood and watched. Then the announcer read off both men's resumes while they stood staring at each other in the center of the ring for what felt like a solid five minutes. It was a very, very long stare down, everyone agrees on that. 

The first round started off with a bang with Hari connecting with a sneaky short right straight that put Londt down onto the canvas early. Londt flopped over and it looked like that might've been the end of the fight right there, but Londt got up. From there Londt looked unsteady on his feet and walked into another short right in what was a slip that was ruled a down by referee Joop Ubeda (no comment). Londt was able to weather Hari's relentless attack and survive to the second round, but it was already looking like doom for him without a knockout.

Crazily enough that almost happened in the second round. Badr was looking to finish things and when Badr goes too hot and heavy he opens himself up. Londt scored a right hook to the temple and Hari was down, stunned silence washing over the arena. Hari was up, though, and if you've seen Hari fight before you know that if you knock him down he gets mad. The only problem is that he looked a bit punch drunk. Luckily for him Londt was hurt as well and he was able to put Londt down. Londt got back up to his feet and kept fighting, scoring a series of rights that had Hari in the ropes only for Londt to not be able to capitalize on it before the bell rung. 

This had turned into a fight when most were expecting Hari to walk through Londt. They were both hurt and tired going into the third but Badr was perhaps just a bit fresher. Hari scored another short right straight and it sent Londt flying across the comically large ring, with Ubeda administering a standing 8-count only to then wave the fight off under the pretense of a third down. Technically it's four downs in a fight and that's it, so it was the correct call, but was announced as a third down.

Regardless that was the best competition that Hari has faced since Samedov in 2013 (who knocked him out) and a solid win for the Bad Boy.

Live Results: Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt and Samedov vs. Poturak

Here we are. It's Saturday and Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt is going down live in Grozny any time now. Akhmat Fight Show has been ongoing for a bit now with almost entirely MMA fights leading up to the main events featuring Zabit Samedov vs. Dzevad Poturak and Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt. If you are curious about the MMA results our friend Kiksie has them up

Zabit Samedov (R3 - Decision) Dzevad Poturak

R1: Not much happened in the first round. They opened up by exchanging leg kicks. Samedov was starting to unload with heavier punch combinations but Poturak was very good at covering up and not taking too much damage. 

R2: A lot of the same in this round. Poturak doing a lot of defending and walking Samedov down, but Samedov really started opening up with his hands in this round. He was having trouble scoring on Poturak, though, who at one point held out his hands and was grinding his crotch at Samedov.

R3: Samedov opened up the round with a front kick that connected hard. Poturak was quick to cover up, but Samedov finally found his left hand in this round. It looks like Poturak's nose is busted up plus a cut under his left eye that was checked on a few times. Once the action was restarted Samedov was connecting with the left hand, but it wasn't enough to put Poturak down. That round was probably enough to win him the fight.

Samedov takes the decision.

Badr Hari (R3 - TKO) Ismael Londt

There was a crazy entrance video for Badr Hari, then a SWAT team came out before him. I'm not sure why. 

R1: Badr starts off with a short right and Londt kinda flopped over onto the mat before getting up. So that is how this fight started. Badr controlled the rest of the round, landing another short right that saw Londt slip onto his ass and Joop call it a down. Okay. Badr finally unloaded near the end of the round as he is akin to do but Londt weathers the storm.

R2: Badr is fighting like he always does, which means super aggressive and Londt does not look like Londt. Londt scores a big right hand that downs Hari and there is nothing but stunned silence in the arena. Hari up and he's mad, pounding on Londt until he goes down. Londt recovers and hurts Hari but can't get him down. Crazy round.

R3: Both guys look punch drunk going into this round. Londt has Badr backed up into the ropes but Hari comes back, throws another quick right that sends Londt comically back onto his ass (he skidded around the ring). Joop starts counting and Londt is up only for Joop to call it and say it was the third knockdown, thus the end of the fight. Technically, since Joop called the slip earlier, this was the fourth knockdown.

This Badr Hari Promo Video is Downright Insane

Has Badr joined the special forces? Is he an action movie star? Neither, but this weekend he'll be fighting Ismael Londt in one of the more anticipated heavyweight bouts of the year for Akhmat FC in Grozny. We've already documented that Akhmat's links to Ramzan Kadyrov, whom many believe to be a war criminal, and that Badr Hari is good buds with Kadyrov. If you were curious what kind of money was being sunk into promoting this fight look no further than this super high budget promo video featuring Badr Hari.

But of course this isn't the full video. Oh no. The full video will be his entrance when he fights Londt. Is this even going to be a fight? 

Joe Schilling vs. Artem Levin III Scheduled for GLORY 24 Denver

There has been some trepidation when it comes to GLORY 24 being able to deliver on the rumors of a huge card, but today's announcement seems to assure that GLORY 24 will indeed be an event to remember. Today it was announced that GLORY 24 will see the third bout between rivals Joe Schilling and GLORY Middleweight Champion Artem Levin. According to our friend Michael Stets over at MMAMania the trilogy between the two will indeed go down on October 9th in Denver, Colorado. 

Levin is coming off of a draw with Simon Marcus while Schilling is coming off of a win over Robert Thomas. Of course, it is difficult not to mention that Schilling has been active in Bellator as well and is coming off of a knockout loss which prevented him from fighting on the Bellator MMA Dynamite event in September. The rubber match between Schilling and Levin has been talked about for well over a year now after they met for a second time in the finals of the GLORY Last Man Standing Middleweight Championship tournament in June. Schilling previously held a win over Levin in the GLORY 10 Middleweight tournament.

Many fans were calling for an immediate rematch between Simon Marcus and Artem Levin but it feels like the right decision to have the rematch between Levin and Schilling first. All three men have unfinished business with each other and any combination of the three is a tremendous fight. 

According to GLORY this event will also host a GLORY Heavyweight Contender's tournament with the winner going on to face Rico Verhoeven for the GLORY Heavyweight Championship. No names have been announced yet, but one would have to assume that Xavier Vigney, who qualified via a tournament win followed by a win over Daniel Sam, will be in, as well as Jamal Ben Saddik who recently picked up a win over Anderson "Braddock" Silva. Braddock would be another no-brainer as would possibly tossing Benjamin Adegbuyi back into the fray. Of course, if Daniel Ghita were to return nobody would complain, either.

Also, for those wondering, Simon Marcus is currently injured.

August 2015 LiverKick Rankings Update

(C) GLORY Sports International/James Law

It's August heading into September and the time felt right to give the Official LiverKick Rankings an overhaul. There has been movement in quite a few weight classes while some of the others (Light Heavyweight and most of Featherweight) have seen no real movement at all. The first thing to mention is that there was a bit of housecleaning on the rankings, which happens when fighters have been inactive for over 12 months. The two big omissions this round are Daniel Ghita at #3 in Heavyweight and Joseph Valtellini at #2 at Welterweight. Both have been inactive for a year and we were forced to drop them from the rankings. 

For them to be re-included in said rankings can be a long road. That means beating someone else on the top ten or winning a tournament featuring top ten fighters to get back near the top. 

So let's get down to some of these changes then, shall we? Heavyweight has seen some movement, some of which was the removing of Ghita, the rest of due to stuff happening. Jamal Ben Saddik returned from his suspension with a win earlier this year, but not a top ten win. Beating Braddock Silva, though? That's huge and secures him the #4 spot. Jahfarr Wilnis makes his way to the Heavyweight top ten with his Kunlun tournament victory, the win over Gerges front and center. Gerges beat Gerasmichuk, which bumps those two around. Sergei Kharitonov is no longer with GLORY and seems focused on MMA. It hasn't been a year yet but it seems safe to remove him for now. 

No movement at Light Heavyweight for now. Saki was a tough call, but simply leaving GLORY does not disqualify him from the rankings. He had one fight this year which was at Heavyweight, but he's still active. If he plans a full-time move to Heavyweight then he will leave the Light Heavyweight rankings. Middleweight saw very little movement. Sahak Parparyan's poor performance in the A1 World Cup pushed him out in lieu of others and Dmitry Valent makes his debut on the rankings in a tough decision. This is a very tough division to rank and Valent has faced some of the top names in the division and just barely fallen short while picking up wins over everyone else. Bogdan Stoica was considered, but losses to unranked competition sent him to the back of the line. 

Welterweight saw a new GLORY Champion crowned in Nieky Holzken, but he was already the top ranked fighter. Hicham El Gaoui returns after a long absence on the LiverKick rankings with a win over Karapetyan and Bai Jinbin from China earned his way into the number eight slot with a crazy win in Kunlun over Stetsurenko. There was some movement at Lightweight, but most of it makes a lot of sense. Sitthichai won the contender tournament, bumping him up further while everyone else dropped down to accommodate that. Petrosyan might still be the most talented, but neither wins over Varol or Kehl were going to push him up any further. Yodsanklai decides to confuse us even further by competing in Kunlun under kickboxing rules, making him a must-rank fighter. Oh yeah, and Dzhabar Askerov is back after a win over Kehl. Big congratulations go to newcomer to the world rankings in Josh Jauncey for his performance in the GLORY contender tournament.

Featherweight only saw movement within the top three thanks to K-1 Japan's awesome shows. Kaew is back to being king again and Soda drops down to a more comfortable 3. 

Heavyweight (Per 8/15)

1 Rico Verhoeven
2 Errol Zimmerman
3 Benjamin Adegbuyi
4 Jamal Ben Saddik
5 Anderson Silva
6 Jahfarr Wilnis
7 Hesdy Gerges
8 Andrei Gerasmichuk
9 Zabit Samedov
10 Ismael Londt

Light

Heavyweight (Per 8/15)

1 Gokhan Saki
2 Saulo Cavalari
3 Danyo Ilunga
4 Artem Vakhitov
5 Mourad Bouzidi
6 Igor Jukovic
7 Michael Duut
8 Andrei Stoica
9 Zack Mwekassa
10 Reduon Cairo
Middleweight (Per 8/15)

1 Artem Levin
2 Simon Marcus
3 Joe Schilling
4 Filip Verlinden
5 Jason Wilnis
6 Alex Pereira
7 Wayne Barrett
8 Israel Adesanya
9 Fang Bian
10 Dmitry Valent
Welterweight (Per 8/15)

1 Nieky Holzken
2 Artur Kyshenko
3 Hicham El Gaoui
4 Karapet Karapetyan
5 Raymond Daniels
6 Karim Ghajji
7 Paul Daley
8 Bai Jinbin
9 Alexander Stetsurenko
10 Jonatan Oliveira
Lightweight (Per 8/15)

1 Robin van Roosmalen
2 Sitthichai
3 Davit Kiria
4 Andy Ristie
5 Giorgio Petrosyan
6 Yodsanklai Fairtex
7 Marat Grigorian
8 Dzhabar Askerov
9 Enriko Kehl
10 Josh Jauncey
Featherweight (Per 8/15)

1 Kaew Fairtex
2 Minoru Kimura
3 Yasuomi Soda
4 Massaro Glunder
5 Masaaki Noiri
6 Yuta Kubo
7 Gabriel Varga
8 Mosab Amrani
9 Hiroaki Suzuki
10 Zakaria Zouggari

Ewerton Teixeira Making Bellator Debut at Bellator 143 on September 25th

Former K-1 and GLORY fighter Ewerton Teixeira has spent the past few years away from the limelight, but that doesn't mean that he hasn't been training. In fact, Teixeira has been dipping his toes into the more lucrative waters of MMA since the collapse of FEG's K-1 all of those many years ago. Teixeira appeared at GLORY 13 Tokyo where he squared off against Hesdy Gerges, losing that fight via decision and since then hasn't done much in the way of kickboxing. 

It came as a surprise a few months ago when Bellator announced that they had signed Teixeira and it's even stranger that he'll be fighting for them on a show that isn't Bellator MMA Dynamite under kickboxing rules, but that's just life, isn't it? In an already diluted Heavyweight kickboxing field it's a bummer to see a fighter who was once in the top ten and could easily be again opting for a career in MMA, but these are the times in which we live. 

Teixeira will make his Bellator debut at Bellator 143 on September 25th against Vinicius Queiroz. 

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