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Bellator Embraces Kickboxing by Signing Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef

When we said that Scott Coker joining Bellator would be a good thing for the sport of kickboxing we weren't lying. In fact, Scott Coker's involvement with the sport of MMA again only opens the door to more good things down the line. Fans have already been clamoring for GLORY and Bellator crossovers, which might not happen just yet, but we know that there have been some very unofficial talks between the two parties. There has at least been a dialogue. 

So the start of it, in some form, has come. Today Bellator announced the signing of two Kickboxing talents who also have made their names in MMA by the way of Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef. Paul Daley has been fighting in kickboxing throughout 2014 and the man is just an animal, with it being announced that he signed to K-1 a few months ago, although he has yet to fight for the promotion. The other signing in Melvin Manhoef doesn't have to be explained. Manhoef was just involved in GLORY's Last Man Standing Middleweight tournament and has a long, rich history from K-1 and MMA. 

Interestingly enough, in the original release from Bellator the name K-1 was mentioned in regards to Melvin, but not GLORY.

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Badr Hari vs. Patrice Quateron Official For GFC on Oct. 16th

Badr Hari's oft-disputed Facebook page made mention of a fight with Patrice Quarteron a while back and now we know that it is official; Badr Hari will fight Patrice Quarteron on October 16th in Dubai for Global Fighting Championship (GFC). If you'll remember back, you'll remember that Badr Hari fought on GFC 3, walking away with big money and two solid wins under his belt. So it looks like 2014 will continue to be the year that Badr Hari competes for big money outside of GLORY while fans of GLORY get upset that he hasn't signed with the organization.

Also on the card will be another 4-man Heavyweight tournament for 1 million dirhams featuring Melvin Manhoef vs. Hassan and Ismael Lazaar vs. Tai Tuivasa. We'll have more when it's available.

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Enfusion Live Mallorca Video Highlights

Enfusion Live 20 from Mallorca, Spain was live this past weekend and saw a lot of great action. In case you've missed it, it should be replaying at http://www.EnfusionLIVE.com (check their schedule) over the next few weeks. But if you need your fix and you need it now check out this highlight reel from the even that Enfusion released. 

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Rise 100 - Blade 0 - Fight Card

Rise 100 - Blade 0 - event will be taking place July 12 at the Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. There are some big names on the card like Andy Souwer, Hinata, Yasuhiro Kido, and Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima. Souwer Vs Kido should be an exciting rematch, I'm curious to see how Andy will adapt to Kido's awkward style this time (first fight was K-1 Final 16, 2013). The Weigh in's have already taken place and some pictures have been put on facebook here.

KICKBOXING RULES -70Kg Andy Souwer (Netherlands) vs. Kido Yasuhiro (Japan)

RISE KICKBOXING WELTER WEIGHT TITLE FIGHT - Danilo Zanolini (Brazil) vs. Nagashima Jienotsu Yuichirou (Japan)

KICKBOXING RULES -90Kg - Uehara Makoto (Japan) vs. Zelg "Benkei" Galesić (Croatia)

KICKBOXING RULES -70Kg - Hinata (Japan) vs. Samo Petje (Slovenia)

KICKBOXING RULES HEAVYWEIGHT  - Raoumaru (Japan) vs. Murat Eggan (Team Aerts)

KICKBOXING RULES -60Kg - TASUKU vs. Nobe Koudai

RISE KICKBOXING BANTAM WEIGHT TITLE FIGHT -55Kg - Hiroki Maeda vs. Yuta Murakoshi

KICKBOXING RULES -61Kg - Komiyama Kousuke (Japan) vs. Geo Fairtex (Thailand)

KICKBOXING RULES -65Kg  - Souda Yasuomi vs. Yuki

KICKBOXING RULES -70Kg - Miyakoshi Souichirou vs. Hirono Yu

KICKBOXING RULES -95Kg - Shimizu Kengo vs. Magnum Sakai

 

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Zabit Samedov Vs Stefan Leko Full Fight

Zabit Samedov stepped into the ring on July 6th after 8 months off against Stefan Leko in Grozny, Russia. Stefan Leko has been more active but is on a five fight losing streak and has been looking like hes just collecting a pay cheque lately, this fight was no different. 

They fought on the undercard of a boxing event Chagaev vs. Oquendo, the event had its own unique style with the ring underneath a giant white gazebo in an outdoor arena. Samedov started the fight by throwing a left low kick while Leko pushed forwards, then Zabit followed it with 2 left high kicks the first was blocked the second was one of those phantom head kicks that grazed over Lekos head and crumbled him to the ground. Zabit Samedov wins by KO twelve seconds into the first round.

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Enfusion Live 20 Fight Card

Only two weeks removed from their successful fifth trip to London, England Enfusion Live hosts their 20th event this weekend on July 12th from the Palma Arena in Mallorca, Spain. 

The card is headlined by an all-Spanish clash at 95kg between former K-1 veteran Loren Jorge vs. Damian Garcia. Most kickboxing fans will remember Loren Jorge as the only man Mirko Cro Cop has finished since returning to kickboxing in 2012. Loren looks to build off an upset win over recent Glory middleweight quarter-finalist Bogdan Stoica in the Superkombat promotion. His fellow countryman Damian Garcia recently competed in his second MMA bout, losing to French Heavyweight Chaban Ka by first round TKO. Garcia was born and bred in Mallorca will be looking to give his hometown fans something to cheer about come July 12th.

There'll also be a title on the line in the battle of the Imans as the UK's Iman Barlow and Morocco's Iman Ghablou square off in Barlow's first defense of her 54kg Women's Enfusion World Title. Barlow, who successfully defeated Loren Klijn at the Enfusion 15 in Dublin earlier this year, is definitely someone of note when it comes to women's kickboxing. Her opponent Ghablou, is currently training with former opponent Victoria Lomax for this fight, which is somewhat peculiar considering the two only fought a matter of months ago.

Journeyman Wendell Roche, who was TKO'd at Enfusion 19 by Andrew Tate and subsequently lost his 90kg title in the process, looks to get back in the win column against German Christian Brorhilker.

Fight Card
Damian Garcia vs. Loren Jorge 95kg
Iman Barlow vs. Iman Ghablou 54kg Womens Enfusion title bout
Wendell Roche vs. Christian Brorhilker 90kg
Kike Bonnin vs. Oli Koch 75kg
Antonio Gomez vs. Ricardo Luiz 70kg
Ruben Barnabe vs. Thomas Alisier 90kg

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Badr Hari Now Claims That He's Going Nowhere

Yesterday it was reported on Badr Hari's "Official" Facebook page that Badr would be taking some time off from the world of kickboxing to attend to personal matters for a while. Now Badr Hari has told the Dutch press that he isn't and that the longtime "official" Facebook for Badr Hari is no longer to be considered official. This is another in a long line of mixed messages from Badr Hari in regards to social media presence over the years.

There are currently a few Twitter and Facebook accounts that have at each time been touted as Badr Hari's official account, with the preface that Hari himself wasn't running it, but having someone else do it for him. This account in question has broken reliable Badr Hari news in the past and clearly has a link with Badr Hari, although Hari has now disavowed the account. So take it for what it is when you refer to it. [source]

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Badr Hari Escaping Indefinitely Again.

Looks Like Badr Hari will once again be disappearing to find himself. Anyone looking forward for him to continue the momentum from his GFC 3 tournament win on May 29th can kiss that goodbye. He posted on his Facebook today that he will be going on an indefinite escape to focus more on becoming a better person and put everything in order. This is not the first time hes done this, lets hope this time it works out. He wishes everyone a great summer, and we wish Badr all the best as well, hope to see you back soon.

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What You Can Do to Make a Difference for Kickboxing

Right now is probably one of the best times to be a kickboxing fan in the United States in over 30 years. If you stop to think about that it is almost hard to imagine. My introduction to K-1 came in the mid-90's from my Kenpo instructor who let me borrow a few tapes of his that led to a spiral of insanity involving having my mom drive me into the city to go to the one store in the mall that imported anime and manga and occasionally had Japanese wrestling and fighting tapes available. 

To say that it was difficult to follow kickboxing back then is an understatement. The advent of the internet made it easier to find tape traders and other people with similar interests, but it was still a process that involved waiting long periods of time for retail tapes to be released or for events to air on television. Things go easier when DVDs became all of the rage and everyone had a DVD burner, but it was still a pain. Hell, even when internet streams first came about it got easier yet.

Things now are almost laughable. You have streaming video that you can watch on mobile devices, you have promotions releasing their own fights for free and guess what? We have GLORY on Spike TV. There has never been this much access to high level kickboxing in the United States. Hell, GLORY even runs a lion's share of their events here in the United States, so you can go and see these fights live. That's insanity, even the best American kickboxers had to go overseas to fight before, now they have a home in America.

We can lament on the fact that GLORY's inaugural PPV event wasn't a UFC beater, we can make predictions and excuses, but the truth is; that isn't going to help anyone. GLORY 17 and Last Man Standing were tremendous events and they were available to us -- one on Spike TV for free, the other on PPV -- live as they happened. Hell, if you were in the LA area you could have picked up some cheap tickets and gone there yourself. 

There's a good chance if you are watching this that you probably live in North America (our stats tell us that, although we have tons of great readers from around the globe), there's also a great chance that you are a fan of kickboxing (why else would you be here?). If we look back at how the UFC grew in popularity it's easy to realize that it was as unscientific as it gets. It was almost random, it was the right elements at the right time making a perfect storm. It was fans talking about it, telling their friends about it, calling their friends to say "hey you gotta watch this fight." It was having that infectious passion that other people caught onto.

If you want kickboxing and GLORY to succeed here, watching it and supporting it is a great start, but maybe it's time to let people know about it. Maybe it's time for it to be more than just a hobby that you share with a few fight fans on Twitter. Let the world know about this, tell your friends, support local events and fighters, post stuff on your Facebook, your Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. Be that annoying guy that everyone sees and says, "man, he's really into this." Why? Because people will remember it. They'll remember you talking about it, they'll know something about it and they might even check it out for themselves.

The product sells itself, it just needs those eyeballs. You and I, we can help with that. We might not be able to get into the ring at this level, we might not be able to get ESPN to cover it, but with time, anything is possible.

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Catalin Morosanu vs. Giannis Stoforidis Headlining Aug. 2nd SuperKombat Event

On August 2nd SuperKombat will promote their fourth SuperKombat World Grand Prix event. The event is set to be headlined by Catalin Morosanu squaring off against SuperKombat's home-grown star in Giannis Stoforidis. Morosanu has been focused on his political career of late, but still loves to step into the ring to show his fans what he's all about. Morosanu is probably one of the biggest, mainstream stars that kickboxing has in Romania, with him regularly appearing on Romanian television.

Giannis doesn't seem phased by the challenge, though; “I’m hungry for the revange in Superkombat® after in my last fight where I wasn’t able to qualify for the final because of my hand injury. This time I have a big chance to establish myself as a star if I win against a living legend in kickboxing. Morosanu, be afraid! Hercules is coming for war.”, announced Giannis Stoforidis, one of the Superkombat New Heroes.

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