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Card For Kunlun Fight 49 x REBELS.45 in Tokyo

This coming weekend Kunlun Fight continues with their efforts in China, but the following weekend sees Kunlun Fight head to Japan for an event cross-promoted with REBELS in Tokyo on August 7th. The event will feature 65kg tournament qualifiers featuring talent from Kunlun and REBELS vying for spots in the tournament, including names like Tetsuya Yamato, Yousuke Mizuochi, Kim Dongsu and Craig Dickson.

Interestingly enough to 70kg fighters get a chance to shine with HINATA against Albert Kraus in what feels like a classic K-1 MAX match-up.

Kunlun Fight 49 x REBELS.45

65kg Tournament Qualifier E

Wei Ninghui (China) vs. Yousuke Mizuochi (Japan)

65kg Tournament Qualifier F

Petchtanong (Thailand) vs. Tetsuya Yamato (Japan)

65kg Tournament Qualifier G

Buray Bozaryilmaz (The Netherlands) vs. Kim Dongsu (South Korea)

65kg Tournament Qualifier H

Craig Dickson (United Kingdom) vs. Bai Lishuai (China)

Kickboxing – 70kg

Li Zhuangzhuang (China) vs. Takuma Konishi (Japan)

Kickboxing – 70kg

Gu Hui (China) vs. Danilo Zanolini (Brazil)

Kickboxing – 70kg

Albert Kraus (The Netherlands) vs. Hinata (Japan)

Kickboxing – 70kg

Mohamed Mezouari (The Netherlands) vs. David Ruiz (Spain)

MMA – 54kg

Zhang Weili (China) vs. Emi Fujino (Japan)

MMA – 58kg

Zhang Meixuan (China) vs. HPS Date (Japan)

Kickboxing – 58kg

Lin Bin (China) vs. Tenshin Nasukawa (Japan)

Kickboxing – 61.5kg

Naruto Banchamek (Thailand) vs. Keijiro Miyakoshi (Japan)

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Morosanu Injured, Out of Fight This Weekend.

Sadly, this is the fight game, Catalin Morosanu is not the type of guy to pull out of a fight for any small thing so as he posted on his facebook he has been advised by doctors that he has a Herniated Disc that requires surgery. He seems truly upset about not being able to represent his country and make his fans proud but assures he will be back and give it his all. We wish Catalin Morosanu all the best, a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him fight again soon.

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Card For SuperKombat World Grand Prix III on July 30th

On Saturday, July 30th, SuperKombat returns with the SuperKombat World Grand Prix III from Romania. The event is headlined by Catalin Morosanu against Murat Aygun in a heavyweight clash, with Alexandru Negrea and Dawid Kasperski fighting for a chance at the -86kg title. 

World Grand Prix (21:00 CET, Sport.ro and Eurosport)

Main-event - Heavyweight division (+96 kg)

Murat Aygun (Turkey) vs Cătălin Moroșanu (Romania)

Eliminatory title fight - Light Heavyweight plus Division (-86 kg)

Dawid Kasperski (Poland) vs Alexandru Negrea (Romania)

Super Fight - Middleweight division (-71 kg)

Rangel Ivanov (Bulgaria) vs Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

Super Fight - Super Middleweight division (-77 kg)

Fotis Gionis (Greece) vs Alex Filip (Romania)

Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)

Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname) vs Sebastian Cozmâncă (Romania)

Super Fight - Heavyweight division (+96 kg)

Robert Constantin (Italy) vs Andrei Sugar (Romania)

New Heroes (19:00 CET, Sport.ro and Fight Box HD)

Super Fight - Middleweight division (-72,5 kg)

Mustapha El Messaoudi (Morocco) vs Eduard Chelariu (Romania)

Super Fight - Light Heavyweight division (-81 kg)

Valerian Traista (Romania) vs Adrian Roșca (Romania)

Super Fight - Light Heavyweight division (-81 kg)

Serginio Kruydenhof (Netherlands) vs Ionuț Șandur (Romania)

Super Fight - Middleweight division (-71 kg)

Mădălin Crăciunică (Romania) vs Robert Stoica (Romania)

Super Fight – Lightweight division (-65 kg)

Tiberius Udrescu (Romania) vs Cosmin Marcut (Romania)

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Robin van Roosmalen Returns to MMA In September For FFC26

Saying "former GLORY Lightweight Champion" in regards to Robin van Roosmalen is still going to take some getting used to -- both for us and for him -- but the now-former lightweight champion will be returning to MMA on September 23rd in Austria, once again under the FFC banner at FFC 26.

Van Roosmalen's second professional MMA bout will be the headliner of the show, featuring him against 0-2 Hungarian fighter Zoltan Turai. The kickboxing portion of the card is headlined by a 77kg title bout between Shkodran Veseli and Eyevan Danenberg. Also on the card is Mladen Brestovac back in action against Damian Garcia and Samo Petje against Leo Zulic. You can find more info at FFC's website. 

Van Roosmalen debuted in MMA at FFC 22 against Theo Michailidis with a R2 TKO.

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GLORY Teases Badr vs. Rico With GLORY Collision Promo

Yesterday the news broke that GLORY would be promoted Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven in December, most likely in Germany. GLORY has now officially acknowledged that with promo materials for it, including banners and a hype video. The video simply says "December," while Badr Hari released a version himself via social media that says December 10th.

Chances are the date and venue aren't nailed down just yet, but that December 10th is the most likely date.

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Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven Set For December Thanks to GLORY

The fight. 

If you follow kickboxing you know the one fight that everyone has been asking about; GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven vs. Badr Hari. Badr Hari may not be a regular in the realm of high-level kickboxing right now, but he's the lone holdover of a generation of heavyweights that defined the sport from the heyday of K-1. 

Hari, never a K-1 World Grand Prix Champion -- in part thanks to his volatile temper leading to a DQ loss in 2008 -- was seen as the heir apparent to the heavyweight throne, only for FEG's K-1 to go bankrupt and the international kickboxing scene changed forever. Since then, GLORY has emerged as the world leader in the sport, albeit in a scaled-back form compared to the opulence of FEG's K-1. 

Since then both Hari and Verhoeven have had very different paths. Hari chased paydays from rich sheikhs and warlords where he could find them while Verhoeven competed with the best of the best, transitioning from being a tall, awkward kid to an unstoppable force in heavyweight kickboxing. Outside of the ring Hari has been plagued with legal issues thanks to his temper and for a while it looked like he would never, truly, find a way back to fighting the best. 

Hari has remained a public figure, his every indiscretion stealing international headlines all while being accentuated by a fairly rabid social media following. For Verhoeven, this became the fight to make, the fight that made sense. All of the old heroes had retired; Semmy Schilt, Peter Aerts, Jerome Le Banner, Ernesto Hoost and Remy Bonjasky. 

With wins over Gokhan Saki, Daniel Ghita, Errol Zimmerman and Benjamin Adegbuyi it was all starting to feel a bit "academic" for Verhoeven. He is the best and all of the challengers that are lining up are talented individuals, but what can they bring to the table? 

An issue that arises with a dominant champion is that it's difficult for other stars to flourish. Adegbuyi, in any other generation, would be a huge star, but now he's been defeated twice by Verhoeven, as have Daniel Ghita and Errol Zimmerman, making it lonely at the top for Rico, who has only suffered one errant loss in China to Anderei Gerasimchuk while Rico's wife was in labor and his mind was elsewhere. 

Speculation has run wild for the past few months, smaller promoters have tossed their hat into the ring with very public, very unrealistic offers to host the fight, but there was always going to be one promotion where it would go down; GLORY. GLORY has worked with Verhoeven and Hari's team and now it's official. According to a report from Gareth Davies, the fight is happening in December in Germany. 

As for the stakes? Simply pride.

Hari is not under a longer contract to GLORY, thus no title will be on the line. 

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GLORY 33 New Jersey Featuring Rico Verhoeven vs. Anderson Silva

On Friday, September 9th in Trenton, New Jersey GLORY returns to action with GLORY 33. GLORY 33 is set to feature two huge world title bouts, first on the GLORY SuperFight Series Jason Wilnis will get his title shot against champion Simon Marcus in the main event, then on the main card GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven defends against Anderson "Braddock" Silva.

Silva is coming off of a KO victory at GLORY 32 against Gordon Haupt, while Jason Wilnis is coming off of a win over Joe Schilling. 

The GLORY Women's Bantamweight Tournament continues as well with one of the more interesting bouts of the tournament in Zoila Frausto vs. Daniela Graf. 

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Saenchai Training BJJ at Yokkao Gym in Bangkok, Possibly Preparing For MMA

When you've conquered the world of muay thai as thoroughly as Saenchai has, what would be stopping you from branching out more? That's exactly what Saenchai seems to be doing as he approaches his 36th birthday. We recently saw him competing for GLORY under kickboxing rules and now Saenchai is rolling and training BJJ at the Yokkao gym in Bangkok, perhaps preparing for trying his hand at MMA.

Saenchai's name is synonymous with muay thai and his virtuoso-equse skills transcend the sport.

 

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Glory 32 Virginia and Superfight Series Predictions

Glory 32 Virginia is in a little over 24 hours so its prediction time. We will predict the winner and how they will win, feel free to give us your opinions as well. You can watch the Glory 32 Superfight series on UFC fight pass and the main card on Eversport.tv or ESPN 3.

Main Card

Serhiy Adamchuk vs Gabriel Varga (Adamchuk Unanimous Dec) Adamchuk will win fighter of the night bonus

Brian Collette vs Myron Dennis (Collette Split Decision)

Finals - (Zhuravlev KO) Pavel Zhuravlev will get he KO of the night bonus

Semifinal - Manny Mancha vs. Zinedine Hameur-Lain (Hameur-Lain Unanimous Dec)

Semifinal - Pavel Zhuravlev vs. Ariel Machado (Zhuravlev KO)

Superfight Series

Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Maurice Greene (Lewis-Parry KO)

Anderson Silva vs. Gordon Haupt (Silva Unanimous Dec)

Funda Alkayis vs. Vanessa De Waele (Alkayis Unanimous Dec)

Francois Ambang vs. Michael Stevens (Ambang KO)

Giga Chikadze vs. Chris Mauceri (Mauceri Unanimous Dec)

Armed Forces Exhibition - Cedric Smith vs. Roger Corbin (Smith TKO)

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Glory Announces "Fighter of the Night" and "Knockout" Bonuses

This week Glory announced that starting on July 22nd they will be offering a "fighter of the night" and "knockout of the night" bonus. Each bonus will be an extra $5000 so it is possible that one fighter get both bonuses and make an extra $10k which is definitely a decent incentive. 

Any fighter on the card, superfight series or main card are eligible for the bonuses and well the KO of the night is pretty self explanatory but the fighter of the night bonus is always a little vague to me. It really all depends on what the person who makes that final decision likes to see but as of now Glory announced that it will be awarded to the fighter that has the most impressive performance in the ring regardless of winning or losing. They may implement some sort of fan voting system at some point to help with awarding it too.

These Bonuses will begin at Glory 32: Virginia and will continue on to every Glory event after.

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