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SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Rumored to be Moved to Germany

Originally slated for Angola in Africa, rumors are now pointing for SuperKombat's World Grand Prix Finals event to be moved to Germany instead. The move was reported by Kickfighter Magazine in Germany and it will be to ISS Dome in Dusseldorf, Germany. The ISS Dome can house between 12,000 - 13,000 fans according to the setup and seems like a large, bold move for SuperKombat. This seems in line with rumors of a possible new German investor for the promotion.

Other rumors include Danyo Ilunga fighting Andrei Stoica for his Cruiserweight championship along with possibly an 8-man heavyweight tournament on the show. We've yet to get a response from SuperKombat officials just yet on the situation but there has been a buzz among the SuperKombat faithful over the past few weeks of a "big announcement" coming soon and the move to Germany with an 8-man tournament featuring bigger, available names would be exactly that.

SuperKombat was best known for their 2011 season that saw them capitalize on the rather uncertain future in the world of kickboxing by bringing in some of the world's top talents for tournaments and bigger events. The landscape changed shortly thereafter with the formation of GLORY and exclusive or semi-exclusive contracts but SuperKombat kept themselves visible by breeding homegrown talent, which led to fighters like Benjamin Adegbuyi, Bogdan Stoica and Andrei Stoica making names for themselves internationally. 

With the future of kickboxing looking once again a bit shaky it is interesting to see that SuperKombat is looking to once again make big moves and do their part for keeping kickboxing as a viable sport for the near future.

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Giorgio Petrosyan Returning to Italy for November 6th Fight

Just hours after Giorgio Petrosyan defeated Xu Yan in China the Italian media are already abuzz about the next bout for Giorgio Petrosyan and it looks like that next bout will be on November 6th in Monza, Italy. While there hasn't been an opponent announced just yet there might be some headway as to which banner Petrosyan will be fighting under. There have been rumors abound over the past few months at Giorgio Petrosyan fighting in Italy once again under the GLORY banner.

That is not official just yet but this seems like a very good sign that Petrosyan will indeed be fighting in the fall in Italy, now the rest of the puzzle just has to come together and fans might just get their wish of seeing Giorgio Petrosyan back among the GLORY elite on his quest to once again be known as the top 70kg kickboxer in the world.

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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.

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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.

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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? 

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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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WFL Adds Chahid vs. Khamal Rematch for October 18th Event

On the 18th of October in the Netherlands we'll see WFL (World Fight League) toss their hat into the ring for a second time with "Unfinished Business." For fans of Dutch kickboxing this should be a big event, with there being talks of Melvin Manhoef (one of the people behind WFL) fighting in a retirement bout after a storied kickboxing career. 

As of right now there are three four-person tournaments planned as well as a few super fights. It was just announced that Chahid Oulad el Hadj will rematch Mohammed Khamal on this event as well, a rematch from their classic back in It's Showtime. Here's how the card breaks down thus far.

Light Heavyweight (95 kg)

  • Fred Sikking
  • Redouan Cairo
  • Michael Duut
  • Loren Javier Jorge

70 kg

  • Cedric Manhoef
  • Mohammed el Messaoudi
  • Edson Fortes
  • Tayfun Ozcan

Women's 61 kg

  • Ilona Wijmans
  • Orinta van der Zee
  • Salysa van den Bos
  • Sarah Debaieb

Super Fights

Sahak Parparyan vs. Ibrahim el Bouni

William Diender vs. Kevin Hessling

Chahid Oulad el Hadj vs. Mohammed Khamal

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W5 World Grand Prix XXX Coming on August 30th

On August 30th in Moscow, Russia the world famous W5 returns with the W5 World Grand Prix XXX event. The event is headlined by internationally-renowned 70kg fighter Enrico Gogokhia squaring off against Foad Sadeghi. Also on the card is Cosmo Alexandre vs. Artem Pashporin and former It's Showtime 70kg champion Chris Ngimbi against Valentin Rybalko.

The event happens on August 30th and you can find the full fight card here. To top it off, W5 has launched a rather slick site to watch their events online. You'll be able to watch this event live for 7.50 euros on their website

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Matt Baker is Ready to Take GLORY By Storm

It's amazing how people places and things can often slip under the radar and before you know it, what began as light rain showers has turned into a typhoon. If you're not paying attention to kickboxing now such may be the case with Glory newcomer, Matt Baker.  Ignore this steam train for too long and he may just roll right over you.  A native of the Bay area, this 24 year old may be young, but he's ready.  

Seriously entering the combat sports arena at age 18, this bad boy from the Bay area is ready to face Edward  'Scissorhandhands' Hyman on Friday, August 7, 2015 at Glory 23. Having entered kickboxing on a near fluke, Baker has found a solid home with Team Black and despite  having been really shown the ropes on his first day out by Dan himself, he came back for more and hasn't stopped coming  back since. Today both Baker and the fight community views him as a well rounded fighter with an arsenal of weapons guaranteed to challenge any opponent. 

While his presence in Glory hasn't yet been truly felt, he has worked hard over the last few years making his mark locally as well as all over the globe.  His accolades include WKA North America wins as well as participation in tournaments that have previously hosted the likes of Glory journeymen, Artem Levin and Filip Verlinden. 

That however, was his past, and Glory is his future, both literally and figuratively. What lies ahead of Baker is his battle with Hyman on Friday and his dedication in life to make positive choices for himself and his family.  During my interview with Baker, he alluded to having learned the hard way about certain issues, but also now knowing the  difference between buying and borrowing future lessons.

When it comes to kickboxing August 7th will be an opportunity for him to show whether he is master or student for Hyman. Regardless of the outcome, Baker has arrived and "The Butcher" has no plans of disappearing into obscurity anytime soon.

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Venum Victory World Series Announces More on August 22nd Event

On August 22nd in Debrecen, Hungary Venum Victory World Series will return with the third stage of their tournament series, featuring the "Rhinos" and "Dragons" divisions. You might remember the names of those divisions from Fight Code and yes, they are the same this time around. The Rhinos are -95kg and Dragons are -72.5kg. The fourth stage is scheduled for October 24th in Panama City and the fifth and final stage is scheduled for November 28th in Paris, France. 

Here's a look at what goes down on August 22nd.

Rhinos Semifinals 

Gokhan Gedik (Turkey) VS Kryspin Kalski (Poland)

Manu Payet (France) VS Gyorgy Mihalik (Hungary)

Dragons Semifinals 

Mustapha Haida (Morrocco) VS Benedek Zsolt (Hungary)

Adballah Mabel (France) VS Norbert Balogh (Hungary)

Super Fights

Sylwia Juskiewicz (Poland) VS Anissa Meksen (France) weight division -54 Kg

Medhi Zatout (France) VS Gabor Gorbics (Hungary) weight division -66 kg

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