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K-1 Japan 65kg World Grand Prix

K-1 Japan keeps churning out some of the best kickboxing action in the world with their upcoming K-1 Japan -65kg World Grand Prix, set to happen on June 4th. The best 65kg fighters in the world will be competing in a one-night tournament, including favorites like Kaew, HIROYA, Glunder and Noiri while bringing some new names into the mix like Stanislav Renita, Ilias Bulaid (well, he fought there before, but you know) and Chris Mauceri.

65kg World Tournament

Teruaki Yamazaki VS Stanislav Renita

Ilias Bulaid VS Chris Mauceri

Massaro Glunder VS Masaaki Noiri

Kaew Weerasakreck VS HIROYA

Reserve Fight: Kimura 'Philip' Minoru vs NOMAN

Superfights

Takeru VS Ozawa Kaito

Urabe Hirotaka VS Komiyama Kosuke

Uehara Makoto VS TBA

Kido Yasuhiro VS TBA

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WGP #30 Card Featuring Alex Pereira Defending His Title

WGP Kickboxing in Brazil returns with their 30th numbered event, headlined by WGP 85kg Champion Alex Pereira looking to defend his championship against Junior Alpha. Pereira, who has made a name for himself over the past few years in GLORY, will be looking to once again prove his dominance in the WGP ring and that he's one of the best in the world. The co-main event sees the 78.1kg championship on the line between the ever-awesome Thiago Michel and Diego Gaucho. 

WGP #30 happens on May 7th.

WGP 30

MAIN EVENT: Dispute Belt WGP Kickboxing 

K1 Rules / Weight-Cruiser (85 Kg) 

Alex Pereira (Heavyweight Team) vs Junior Alpha (Kingstar) 

CO-MAIN EVENT: Dispute Belt WGP Kickboxing 

K1 Rules / Weight-Super-Medio (78.1 kg) 

Thiago Michel (Ely Kickboxing) vs Diego Gaúcho (Inside Munil Adriano) 

Dispute Belt Panamericano WAKO 

Low Kicks / Weight-Medium (75 kg) 

Tadeu San Martino (San Martino Team / UFT - BRA) vs Nicolas Ryske (Picante Fight Club - ARG) 

SUPER FIGHT 7 

K1 Rules / Heavyweight (94 kg) 

Felipe Micheletti (Carseti Fight Team) vs. Haime Morais (Shotgan) 

SUPER FIGHT 6 

K1 Rules / Weight-Medium-Medium (71.8 kg) 

Bruno Gazani (ABC Union - BRA) vs Emanuel Ramponi (RC Kickboxing - ARG) 

SUPER FIGHT 5 

K1 Rules / Weight-Super-Lightweight (64.5 kg) 

Wilson Djavan (UFT) vs Marcus Vinicius (Rock Union Fight) 

WGP # 30: Super Fights 

SUPER FIGHT 4 

K1 Rules / Weight-Super-Lightweight (64.5 kg) 

Ivan Ibarbe (Team Rooms - BOL) vs Fernando Maestro (Corinthians Kickboxing - BRA) 

SUPER FIGHT 3 

K1 Rules / Weight-Super-East (78.1 kg) 

Thiago "Golden Boy" (Thailand Top Team) vs Inaftali Gomes (Serginho Team) 

SUPER FIGHT 2 

K1 Rules / Weight-Lightweight (60 kg) 

Felipe 'Artillero' Bocaz (Company Top Fight - CHI) vs Jhonatan Leuch (CT Celio Rodrigues - BRA) 

SUPER FIGHT 1 

K1 Rules / Weight-Super-Lightweight (64.5 kg) 

Robson "Minotinho" (Coliseum Team) vs. Henrique Silva (Arena Team) 

WGP # 30: Undercard 

FIGHT 3 

K1 Rules / Weight-Super Heavyweight (+94 kg) 

Johnny Klever (Yoshinaga Fight Team) vs. Junior Cassiano (Elite / RFW) 

FIGHT 2 

K1 Rules / Weight-Medium-Medium (71.8 kg) 

Daniel Dias (ABC Union) vs. Luis "Predator" Santos (2PA ARENA) 

FIGHT 1 

K1 Rules / Weight-Medium-Medium (71.8 kg) 

Marcus 'Jonn Jones' (China Team) vs Yanco 'Popo' (CT Benacci Team / Pure Impact) 

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Bellator Kickboxing Sees Solid Number in Spike TV Debut

On Friday, Bellator Kickboxing made its debut on Spike TV. The event, taped the prior Saturday in Italy, aired after Friday's Bellator MMA event. The show featured what looks to be the future stars of Bellator's kickboxing branch including Raymond Daniels, Kevin Ross, Karim Ghajji and Denise Kielholtz. All of the above had a winning night, while the main event saw Melvin Manhoef upset by Alexandru Negra in an exciting battle. 

The debut for Bellator Kickboxing clocked in at 360,000 viewers, according to Bellator officials. Compared to what kickboxing had been doing prior on Spike TV, the nature of tape delay, the internet and spoilers, as well as a late start time after an already long night of fights, this number seems right in line with what kickboxing had been doing on Spike TV. Here's to hoping for live events (or at least closer to live) in the future and I'm willing to bet that we'll see Bellator Kickboxing grow with time. The action speaks for itself, frankly, people just need time to see the fighters.

UPDATE: Bellator has passed along more information on the ratings, including the peak numbers and the first hour. The first hour saw 464,000 viewers while the peak viewers was 730,000.

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WATCH: Yokkao 17's Liam Harrison vs. Tetsuya Yamato

Yokkao events in the UK have been some of the much sough-after events from around the world, with live audiences talking about just how amazing they were while the rest of us wait and wait and wait. It's okay, though, because Yokkao has been filming them and releasing them via their YouTube and Facebook. The latest events to be featured are big fights from Yokkao 17. What bigger fight is there than the Yokkao World Title fight between Liam Harrison and Tetsuya Yamato?

This is a big one, folks, enjoy.

YOKKAO 17 World Title: Liam Harrison vs Tetsuya Yamato

** YOKKAO 17 FULL FIGHT** YOKKAO World Title -65kg Liam Harrison (England) vs Tetsuya Yamato (Japan) Muay Thai Full Rules -65kg

Posted by Yokkao Boxing on Friday, April 22, 2016
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WATCH: Yokkao 17's Amazing Manachai YOKKAOSaenchaiGym vs. Luke Turner

Yokkao events in the UK have long-been regarded as some of the best shows around by those who've attended them. The outpouring on social media afterwards is always something to behold and it always bums me out that it doesn't air live anywhere. Yokkao always takes care of everyone, though, by filming the events and putting up the videos later. This fight is from Yokkao 17 between Manachai YOKKAOSaenchaiGym and Luke Turner is just one of the many and Yokkao has shared it via their Facebook.

There will be more to come, we're told, so keep your eyes on Yokkao's Facebook page.

YOKKAO 17: Manachai vs Luke Turner

** YOKKAO 17 FULL FIGHT ** Manachai YOKKAOSaenchaiGym (Thailand) vs Luke Turner (England) Muay Thai Full Rules -65kg

Posted by Yokkao Boxing on Saturday, April 23, 2016
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Badr Hari Once Again Involved in Bar Attack Incident

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In what feels like a broken record, Badr Hari has once again found himself in trouble with the law due to his notorious temper. After his name resurfaced in the realm of kickboxing due to talks of Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven heating up, Hari couldn't go more than a matter of days before finding himself assaulting yet another member of the public. 

According to multiple reports, Badr Hari was at the Sofitel Hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco when he assaulted a waiter. According to reports, Badr requested "vodka" and when it was brought to him he snapped on the waiter, throwing him to the ground and pounding on him only for a hotel patron to attempt to pry Badr off of the waiter and end up in the hospital for his intrusion. The most famous case of Hari's temper was the beating of Koen Everink, which resulted in prison time for Hari, some of which he's still awaiting to serve.

The troubled kickboxer was looking to have a retirement fight this year, most likely against Rico Verhoeven after the recent press blitz. Hilariously enough, right when it looked like the gears were in motion to make the fight (rumors of GLORY looking into a one-off fight with Hari, even), Hari lost his temper and most likely ensured that the fight will never be made.  

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Remembering Prince Through K-1's Theme Song 'Endorphinmachine'

Kickboxing has changed a lot over the past few years. To the point where if you took a fan from the late 90's or mid-00's it would be near-unrecognizable. Yet the legacy of K-1 lives on in many ways. Interestingly enough, today there have been rumors about a possible K-1 World Grand Prix that we are trying to track down some leads on, but that's not what I'm posting about. I'm posting about the passing of a legend in the music industry, Prince. I know that the link between Prince and kickboxing is tenuous, at best, but there is one. I wrote a little bit about Prince's passing already, if you are interested.

But the link here is that for years K-1 used a Prince track as their theme. That song was "Endorphinmachine" from the oft-forgotten album "The Gold Experience." While that album might not go down as an all-time classic for His Royal Badness, it did contain an amazing track that was difficult NOT to pump you up, especially when it came to K-1. 

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GLORY 29 Ratings: Stiff Competition From NBA Playoffs, UFC and Bellator

Ben Pontier / GLORY Sports International

This past Saturday was GLORY 29, which was live in the afternoon on ESPN3 here in the United States and was aired via tape delay at 7pm on ESPN2. That start time was moved up from 9pm at almost the last minute, about a day or two prior. Their competition for that day was somehow even worse than the last event, which faced NCAA playoffs. This time around they faced a full day of NBA playoff games, a tape delayed Bellator event on Spike TV and the UFC on Fox event which pulled in over two million viewers.

Bellator itself had over 580,000 viewers, while the NBA games on during GLORY 29 averaged three million apiece. GLORY 29 scored 118,000 viewers after all was said and done, which would be their lowest television ratings to date on American cable. While this number doesn't include DVR numbers, it's still not a great number. The reality here for GLORY is that they need a regular television spot with ESPN2 and hopefully a live broadcast for their events, not tape delay. 

Currently GLORY 30 promotional posters only say "ESPN," not ESPN3 or ESPN2, and don't have a hard and fast start time listed. This would lead me to believe that they are at least working with ESPN2 to get the main card live on ESPN2, which would really be the litmus test to see where they stand. Here's to hoping that happens. [source]

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GLORY 30 SuperFight Series Card is Pretty Crazy

While the plans for the GLORY 30 main card might not be setting much on fire, the GLORY 30 SuperFight Series is pretty much jam-packed full of interesting fights. As we reported previously, Tiffan Van Soest has signed with GLORY and will make her debut on this card. Her original opponent, Jeri Seitz, has been forced to pull out due to an injury, so they are currently searching for a new opponent for her. Joe Schilling vs. Jason Wilnis will headline the card in a rematch from their pretty crazy fight at GLORY 24 that saw Schilling walk away victorious after Wilnis suffered a foot injury.

Chopper is back, which means that the leadup to this event just got a whole hell of a lot more colorful and we can expect a lot of crazy interviews leading up to his fight against the impressive Guto Inocente. Karl Roberson gets another chance to prove himself against known quantity Mike Lemaire. Warren Thompson fights Manny Mancha as well in a Light Heavyweight bout.

GLORY 30 SuperFight Series

Middleweight Headline Bout: Joe Schilling vs. Jason Wilnis

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Guto Inocente

Middleweight Bout: Mike Lemaire vs. Karl Roberson

Light-Heavyweight Bout: Manny Mancha vs. Warren Thompson

GLORY Debut: Tiffany van Soest vs. TBD

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GLORY Announces Matchups for GLORY 31 Amsterdam

On Saturday, June 25th GLORY returns to Amsterdam with GLORY 31 Amsterdam. The show, headlined by Robin van Roosmalen vs. Sitthichai for the GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship was announced this weekend during the broadcast of GLORY 29. Also announced was Mourad Bouzidi challenging new GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion Artem Vakhitov to headline the SuperFight Series portion on UFC Fight Pass. Today GLORY announced that also on the SuperFight Series will be former Featherweight contender Mosab Amrani taking on Eddy Nait-Slimani.

Also featured will be a Welterweight Contender tournament featuring Murthel Groenhart looking for another shot at Holzken as well as Karim Benmansour.

GLORY 31 Amsterdam

Lightweight Title Headline Bout: Robin van Roosmalen (c) vs. Sittichai

Welterweight Contender Tournament Participants: Murthel Groenhart, Karim Benmansour

GLORY 31 SuperFight Series

Light Heavyweight Title Headline Bout: Artem Vakhitov (c) vs. Mourad Bouzidi

Featherweight Bout: Mosab Amrani vs. Eddy Naït-Slimani

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