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Venum Victory World Series News: Maria Lobo to Challenge Anissa Peksen

On Saturday, November 28 in Paris at the Levallois Perret Arena the 28 year old Portuguese Maria Lobo will challenge the champion, Anissa Peksen, at the tournament finals for Venum Victory World Series. 

Mario Lobo from Lisbon, Portugal fights out of Team Dynamite and is coached by Dina Pedro has been a world champion under the Muay Thai WMF banner in 2013 and 2014 and has won world championships under K-1 rules as well. Throughout her 24-fight career she boasts 17 victories, 6 losses and only one draw thus far.

Previously she has fought in other large organizations such as Kunlun Fight and WLF in China, as well as Real Fighter. Her background is primarily in muay thai but she adapted her style towards kickboxing rules in an aggressive manner, making her a force to be reckoned with under any set of rules. This world title fight at Venum Victory World Series in Paris should deliver on action while fans around the world watch this closely-contested battle to see which of the two world class fighters walks out victorious.


Lion Fight 26 Weigh-in Results

Tomorrow night on AXS TV at 9pm eastern Lion Fight will present Lion Fight 26 with a main event of Turan Hassanov against Nick Chasteen. John Nofer and Victor Saravia are in the co-main and social media superstar Sean Fagan will be fighting Pedro Gonzalez.

Lion Fight 26 Main Card – Begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on AXS TV

Main Event – Welterweight (142 pounds) fight – Turan Hassanov (142) vs. Nick Chasteen (141)

Co-Main Event – Super Bantamweight (122 pounds) fight – John Nofer (122) vs. Victor Saravia (122)

Middleweight (160 pounds) fight – Ben Peak (159) vs. Josh Shepard (159)

Lightweight (135 pounds) – Tim Amorim (136) vs. Julio Pena (133)

Welterweight (142 pounds) – Sean Fagan (141) vs. Pedro Gonzalez (142)

Amateur Undercard

Super Middleweight (165 pounds) fight – Brian Bogue (166) vs. Chris Baker (165)

Super Lightweight (140 pounds) fight – Malcolm Hill (139) vs. Mike Savvas (138)

Middleweight (155 pound fight) – Jermaine Palmer (156) vs. Justin Lozada (153)

Super Lightweight (140 pounds) – Stergos Mikkios (140) vs. Niko Qirjazo (142)

Middleweight (155 pound fight) – Frank Wells (156) vs. Phabion Wilson (154)


Danyo Ilunga in Against Mourad Bouzidi at GLORY 26 SuperFight Series

At the GLORY 26 SuperFight Series on December 4th in Amsterdam the main event was originally slated to be a Heavyweight showdown between Mourad Bouzidi and Michael Duut, but today we learned that Duut will not be competing at GLORY 26 and in his stead will be top Light Heavyweight contender Danyo Ilunga. This bout will be contested at Light Heavyweight and is coming hot off of the heels of Ilunga's hotly contested bout with Artem Vakhitov that saw back-and-forth action and Vakhitov just narrowly walking away with the decision.

Bouzidi has been angling for a title shot for a while and a win over Ilunga here could be what he needs to break into that top echelon of the Light Heavyweight division. For Ilunga he'll be looking to get back on the winning track after the loss to Vakhitov and to turn his rather disappointing 2015 around with his second win over the year.


GLORY 26 Airing Live on ESPN3, Two Day Delay on ESPN2

There has been some speculation online about the future of GLORY and if the ESPN deal was a "one and done." GLORY CEO Jon Franklin discussed that there was a verbal agreement between GLORY and ESPN to air GLORY 26 as well while they continued with negotiations and now, today, according to ESPN's WatchESPN website, we know when it will be airing on ESPN platforms. 

GLORY 26 will air live on ESPN3 once again, this time at 4pm Eastern. Much like the previous event, it will air on ESPN2 via tape delay, only this time it won't be 1:30am in the morning. Instead it will air on Sunday, December 6th at 8pm Eastern time. This is a two day tape delay, but on prime time. Airing on a Sunday during football season seems like a hard win for kickboxing, with the Packers vs. the Lions airing at 6:30pm eastern on the same evening. 

We'll have to see how it turns out, but it is good to see that GLORY and ESPN have gotten things ironed out for the next event. 


K-1 The Championship: Title Fights Breakdown

Since this next K-1 Card is so exciting we've decided to breakdown the 4 title fights and get everyone as pumped up as we are. The full card is listed AT THIS LINK.

This card will be played on NICO NICO TV, we posted instructions on the easiest way to order from this site earlier in the year for the S-cup, you can order these the same way just instead of looking for the name S-cup u should look for the name K-1 WGP 2015 The championship. Here is the link on how to order through NICO NICO.

Kaew Fairtex(c) vs Kimura "Phillip" Minoru

We will start with the 65kg fight between Kaew Fairtex and Kimura Minoru. This fight is a rematch from January of this year where Minoru won a very controversial decision. First of all here is the video of the fight.

Now lets talk about the elephant in ring... that referee! I believe that by being so involved in the fight and constantly touching, pushing, and breaking up the fighters he actually ruined the outcome of the fight. In the 2nd round Fairtex had Minoru badly hurt yet the ref kept interfering because of the clinch and then spending extra time talking and pushing the fighters around for no reason which gave Minoru plenty of time to recover. Also it seemed that Kaew won the first two rounds quite decisively but then he got an 8 count in the 3rd, I was sure there was going to be an extra round but was proven wrong by the bad judging.

Since their last meeting which was almost a year ago both fighters have been very active and made great improvements. Fairtex is getting much more confidant with his boxing which is showing us the power he has in hands but for this fight its best if he sticks with his left body and head kick. The only time he was ever in any danger the first fight was when he decided to come in and punch, which eventually got him an 8 count and cost him the fight. He can use that kick all fight to keep himself out of range of the dangerous hands of Minoru.

There is no doubt that Kimura has huge power and speed in his hands for this weight class, it seems no matter who he touches on the chin, they fall down. He will really need to work on keeping his left foot on the outside of Kaews right foot and using his explosiveness to get past the kick and land punch combinations. I'm really expecting fireworks with this fight, now lets just hope they have a better referee this time.

Marat Grigorian(c) vs Sanny Dahlbeck

Grigorian vs Dahlbeck is once again the typical orthodox boxer vs southpaw kicker which seems to be happening a lot lately but always makes for an interesting fight.

Armenian fighter Marat Grigorian is the current K-1 70kgs champion and is now training at Hemmers gym in Holland. He is predominantly a boxer who throws in low kicks and knees every so often. His strongest attributes are the constant pressure he can put on fighters and his great combinations. He will really have to use this against Dahlbeck, the last time Grigorian fought a good southpaw it was against a much smaller fighter in Serhiy Adamchuk the newly crowned Glory 65kgs champion. To be fair Adamchuk took the fight on 24 hours notice, which of course is a disadvantage for Adamchuk but everyone forgets that Grigorian had been training for an Orthodox fighter for 4-6 weeks and now he gets sprung with a tricky southpaw last minute. This led to Marat having a really bad performance and losing to Adamchuk who was really making Grigorian look sloppy. For this fight Grigorian cannot just plod forward, get into range and throw punches like he usually does, he must use more explosiveness and push Dahlbeck to the ropes then unleash his combinations. If Marat can keep close to Dahlbeck and keep him on the ropes I feel Sanny will get tired and eventually get stopped in the later rounds.

Sanny Dahlbeck is a Swedish fighter who spends lots of his time in Thailand training at Sitmonchai. He is an extremely explosive southpaw with a very hard and fast left hand. Southpaws always have a small advantage over orthodox fighters because for the most part they always fight and train with right handed fighters, where as orthodox fighters only meet left handed fighters once in a while and to find a good southpaw for training is quite difficult. Dahlbeck will need to use this as much as possible, he will need to use his left kick and straight left as much as possible and make sure he angles off after throwing. If Sanny can keep Marat off balance with his body kick, angle to maintain the center of the ring and clinch up to avoid damage he can make this an easy night just like Adamchuk did. Dahlbeck is taller than Adamchuk, this is a good thing because he can land his straight left from further away and get the angle without too much danger but it could also mean that Marat is able to keep him off balance more due to his higher center of gravity in which case Sanny will end up on the ropes and be in big trouble.

I really do feel that conditioning is going to play a huge part in this fight, with Grigorians pressure if Dahlbeck gets tired in the last round he will not make it to the decision but if Dahlbeck has trained hard and made sure he is ready to move the whole fight he should be fine.

Koya Urabe(c) vs Hirotaka Urabe 

In case you didn't notice yes, these guys have the same last name and yes they are brothers. Koya is Hirotaka's younger brother, they have already fought once before in the final of the 60kgs tournament in January of this year.

Now keep in mind after watching that fight that they had both already won two fights, Hirotaka got one first round KO but in the semi-finals he ended up winning an extra round decision and Koya got two first round knockouts. You can tell that Hirotaka already had a damaged leg going into the final and Koya took advantage of it like a good little brother would do.

Koya is a southpaw and maybe a little bit slicker and more skilled but Hirotaka is tougher, grittier and will never give up especially now that his younger brother already beat him once. Both fighters love to use their hands so the southpaw to orthodox thing plays less of a role plus I'm sure they know each other very well since they have probably been training together their whole lives before this fight. I personally feel the fight is going to play out quite similar to the previous one but it will be very interesting to see what Hirotaka can do without a damaged back leg. Hirotaka has to find a way to surprise his younger brother, it seemed in the first fight that Koya was always one step ahead.

Whatever happens with this fight these two are always non-stop action from bell to bell and Hirotaka seems very motivated to take that belt from his younger brother as he feels that he deserves it.

Takeru(c) vs Charles Bongiovanni

I had not heard much about the Frenchman Charles Bongiovanni until his last fight on the K-1 Survival wars card where he took on Danial Williams. Williams is usually the hard puncher for this 55kg weight class but Bongiovanni proved he was right up there as well by landing a perfect counter right hook to drop Charles and then showed great finishing skills to drop him twice more. Its quite unusual to get first round knockouts in the 55kg division but Charles has proven he has the power to do it. Once again there is a pattern with all the fights here and Bongiovanni is a Southpaw and looks like he will be the taller of the two fighters so we will see how well he is able to work that on the current champion Takeru.

Takeru is not a big power puncher like Williams or Bongiovanni but he can score knockdowns with well placed punches due to his great technique. He will definitely be the more technical fighter of the two and he has great eyes to see what openings he can capitalize on as you can see in his fight above with Alexandre Prilip. Takeru lands one overhand right, and then its just a matter of time before he lands another to put Prilip down for an 8 count to end the first round. I really feel that both of these fighters are not the type to move backwards and they will meet in the middle and stand toe to toe until one fighter falls down. I'd be quite surprised if this one gets to the judges scorecards.



Full Card for This Weekend's Muay Thai Grand Prix II Event

On Sunday, November 22nd in the UK Muay Thai Grand Prix II is set to go down. The first event held after the announced partnership with Lion Fight in the United States, this event will see a four-man 66kg tournament as well as see two titles on the line; the World Super Featherweight Championship and the World Featherweight Championship. 

Muay Thai Grand Prix have also announced that while Michael Wakeling had to pull out of this event, he'll be competing at their next event in March against John Wayne Parr. 

This event will be streamed live on FightLiveTV on Sunday for everyone outside of the UK. 

MUAY THAI GRAND PRIX 2 – Sunday 22nd November 2015

*MTGP 4 Man Tournament – 66KG*

Khun Bank (Tha)

Charlie Peters (UK)

Alex Bublea (Rom)

Ben Lucas (UK)


–Main Event–

*MTGP World Super Featherweight Championship*

Jose Varela (Por) V Hamlaoui Yacine (Fra)

–Co-Main Event–

*MTGP World Featherweight Championship*

Matt Tieu (UK) V Thibaud Duphil (Fra)


*Super K-1 – 60KG*

Jamie Whelan (UK) V Ioannis Papaioannou (Gre)


*Super K-1 – 77KG*

Kev Ward (UK) V Reece Rowell (UK)


*FTR A-Class – 54KG*

Daniel McGowan (UK) V Madiale Samb (Fra)


*FTR A-Class – 48KG*

Evans Jay (UK) V Alexjandro Concepcion (Spa)


*B-Class English Title – 63KG*

Rory Crawford (UK) V Luke Portanier (UK)


*B-Class – 78KG*

Ryan Li (UK) V Mark Robinson (UK)


*B-Class – 70KG*

Michael Pham (UK) V Krystian Ozog (Pol)


*Super K-1 – 75KG*

James Gridley (UK) V Robert Verekyn (Ned)


*Super K-1 – 86KG*

Louis King (UK) V Jack Deacon (UK)


*B-Class – 72KG*

Sevket Karaoglanoglu (UK) V Marcel Dehinde (UK)


*B-Class – 67KG*

Saj Imran (UK) V Enrithan Shofolan (UK)


*FTR A-Class – 64KG*

James Toomey (UK) V Ben Woods (UK)


*K-1 – 76KG*

Marley Zwanenberg (UK) v Ahmed Ben Cheik (Fra)


*K-1 – 85KG*

Elson Evora (UK) V David Zvetolosfsky (UK)


*C-Class – 68KG*

Shaz Nasrin (UK) V Collin Chu (UK)


*C-Class – 75KG*

Yusuf Ali-Thaleb (UK) V Donovan Pignatiello (UK)


*K-1 – 83KG*

Phil Casper (UK) V Mitchell Weidman (UK)


*K-1 – 88KG*

Daryl Mauri (UK) V Eric Lie (UK)


*C-Class – 50KG*

Zuzana Borosova (UK) V Maggie Hajduk (UK)


Card for W5 Grand Prix in Vienna XXXI

W5 is set to hold their year-end event on December 5th in Vienna, Austria featuring a great lineup. The card features a one-night tournament at 70kg featuring Cosmo Alexandre vs. Artem Pashporin as well as Chris Ngimbi vs. Evgeniy Kurovskoy. There are two titles on the line as the -67kg European Championship is on the line between Sasa Jovanovic and Rasul Kachakaev, then the -72.gkg Intercontinental Championship is on the line between Foad Sageghi and Massaro Glunder.

Don't miss it.

Alexander Kotov vs. Zekria Rezai 

Adil Osmani vs. Giorgi Bazanov 

Karin Mabrouk vs. Henry Banner 

Hekuran Avdylai  vs. Patryk Sztorc 

Vladislav Tuinov vs. Besnik Limani 

Tournament: Cosmo Alexandre vs. Artem Pashporin 

Tournament: Chris Ngimbi vs. Evgeniy Kurovskoy 

Tournament Finals: X vs. X

W5 -67kg European Championship: Sasa Jovanovic vs. Rasul Kachakaev 

W5 -72.5kg European Championship: Foad Sadeghi vs. Massaro Glunder 


Kunlun Books Sitthichai vs. Yodsanklai for December

Fans of Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong know that not only has Sitthichai been competing in the GLORY ring, but he's also been competing in China's premier kickboxing league in Kunlun. Under the Kunlun banner Sitthichai has wins over both Murthel Groenhart and Andy Souwer. While his last fight may have been disappointing against Robin van Roosmalen, his next fight is nothing short of a dream match for fans of kickboxing and muay thai.

That fight is against Yodsanklai Fairtex. 

While the big fight that everyone has wanted may be Buakaw Banchamek vs. Yodsanklai Fairtex, Buakaw's management and those in control of his career seem to be doing everything in their power to ensure that fight won't happen. At this point that is just a reality that fans will have to face. But Yodsanklai vs. Sitthichai? That's a big fight and one that fans should be over-the-moon about. 

Here's what the entire card looks like this far, from Kiksie.

Tournament Semifinal #1 - 80kg

Artur Kyshenko (Ukraine) vs. Dmitry Valent (Belarus)

Tournament Semifinal #2 - 80kg

Bai Jinbin (China) vs. Arthit Hanchana (Thailand)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #1 – 70kg

Kong Lingfeng (China) vs. Victor Nagbe (Australia)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #2 – 70kg

Zhang Chunyu (China) vs. Superbon Banchamek (Thailand)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #3 – 70kg

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) vs. Yodsanklai Fairtex (Thailand)

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal #4 – 70kg

Davit Kiria (Georgia) vs. Enriko Gogokhia (Ukraine)


K-1 WGP 2015 The Championship Fight Card

K-1 WGP 2015 "The Championship" is taking place on November 21, 2015 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. We are hoping this will at the very least be streamed through NicoNico because this is an amazing card.

Once again K-1 is giving us an absolutely ridiculous card with all 4 of their champions (Takeru 55kgs, Koya Urabe 60kgs, Kaew Fairtex 65kgs, and Marat Grigorian 70kgs) defending their belts plus super fights including Masaaki Noiri, Yasuomi Soda and Massaro Glunder, we cannot wait!


65kg(Thailand) Kaew Fairtex (c) vs. (Brazil) Minoru Kimura (-65kg Championship)

70kg(Armenia) Marat Grigorian (c) vs. (Sweden) Sanny Dahlbeck (-70kg Championship)

60kg(Japan) Koya Urabe (c) vs. (Japan) Hirotaka Urabe (-60kg Championship)

55kg(Japan) Takeru (c) vs. (France) Charles Bongiovanni (-55kg Championship)

65kg(Japan) Yasuomi Soda vs. (Japan) Masaaki Noiri

70kg(Japan) Hiroki Nakajima vs. (Russia) Dmitrii Grafov

60kg(Japan) Taiga vs. (Japan) Leona Pettas

60kg(Japan) Kotaro Shimano vs. (Japan) Fumiya Osawa

65kg(Netherlands) Massaro Glunder vs. (Japan) Ren Hiramoto

65kg(Japan) Yuta Shinohara vs. (Japan) Kensei Kondo

55kg(Japan) Haruma Saikyo vs. (Japan) Tatsuya Tsubakihara


60kg(Japan) Taishi Hiratsuka vs. (Japan) Yuki Miwa

70kg(Japan) Daisuke Fujimura vs. (Japan) Jin Hirayama

65kg(Japan) Kazuhiro vs. (Japan) Daiki Matsushita

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