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WLF: Rise of Heroes III Fight Card Featuring Four Tournaments

On 10/29 and 10/30 WLF will run their Rise of Heroes III card featuring four four-man tournaments; one at 63kg, one at 65kg, one at 75kg and finally one at 80kg. These tournaments will play out over the span of the event as well as be broken up by the Super Fights promised for the card. 

63kg Tournament: Fang Feida vs. Adrian Spectcu

63kg Tournament: Wang Wanli vs. Christian Gruber

65kg Tournament: Fu Qingnan vs. Taranki Guade 

65kg Tournament: Liu Xiangming vs. Manuel Ferandez

75kg Tournament: Huang Zhenyou vs. Diogo Adelino

75kg Tournament: Guo Xichuang vs. Matheus Pereira

80kg Tournament: Li Hui vs. Imanol Garcia

80kg Tournament: Zhang Zhan vs. Aliaksandr Sviryd

68kg Alimu vs. Klanrong

63kg Wei Rui vs. Piyawong Katika

68kg Yang Zhuo vs. Kerpact Sokrat

63kg Kong Long vs. Tuengphan Apinan

68kg Tie Yinghua vs. Tepthanee Winai


Muay Thai Grand Prix Launching Kickboxing Grand Prix in 2017

UK-based Muay Thai Grand Prix has made a splash on the world muay thai scene with their exciting series of events this year, partnering up with Lion Fight based out of the United States to bring a more international feel to the largely British events. Now, after seeing success with muay thai, the promotion announced today that starting in 2017 they will also be promoting kickboxing events as well. 

Both promotions will operate together under the title of Grand Prix Combat Sports, with the first show being on April 1st at the O2 featuring both Muay Thai GP and Kickboxing GP events. They will be launching titles and be showcasing unique talents for the card, with the featured names for the league as follows; Jamie Whelan, Liam Wells, Luke Whelan, Kelly Haynes, Sarah Worsfold, Sevket Cerkez, Connor Stewart, Marley Zwanenberg, Paul Karpowicz and Rory Crawford.

The promotion will be working with Xplosion Fight Series based out of Europe as well and will hopefully have further partners to exchange talent with moving forward.


GLORY Announces GLORY 37 Los Angeles in January

On January 20th GLORY will kick off their 2017 season with GLORY 37 Los Angeles. The event, taking place at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live will feature a GLORY Lightweight Championship bout as the headliner, a Welterweight Contender's tournament and the Featherweight title will be on the line to main event the SuperFight Series in what will most likely be Robin van Roosmalen defending against Matt Embree.

GLORY will round out 2016 with GLORY Collision featuring Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven first, though.


Lion Fight 32 Results: Jo Nattawut Wins MIddleweight Title on Short Notice

Lion Fight returned to Las Vegas with Lion Fight 32 on AXS TV. The event, featuring a Lion Fight Middleweight Champinoship bout saw three big knockouts and the two headlining fights go to the judge's score cards. In the main event Jo Nattawut -- who stepped in for an injured Ky Hollenbeck -- walked away victorious as the new Lion Fight Middleweight Champion with a decision win over Malaipet.

Main Event – Middleweight Title Fight - Jo Nattawut (59-6-2) defeated Malaipet Sasiprapa (146-31-6) by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)

Bantamweight Fight - Romie Adanza (19-7-2) versus Ming Freeman (5-0-2) ended in a majority draw (49-46, 47-47, 47-47)

Super Bantamweight Fight – Victor Saravia (6-2) defeated Kendrick Latchmann (0-1) by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46).

Lightweight Fight - Travis Clay (4-0) defeated Marvin Madariaga (5-2-1) via TKO at 2:10 in round four.

Middleweight Fight - Gabriel Mazzetti (12-2) defeated Josh Shepard (5-2) by TKO at 0:19 in round two.

Lightweight Fight - Anthony Castrejon (7-3) defeated Cody Moberly (23-15) by TKO at 1:35 in round five.


Lion Fight 32 Main Event Update: Malaipet vs. Nattawut New Main Event

Lion Fight 32 airs on Friday night on AXS TV live from Las Vegas with a huge main event for the Lion Fight Middleweight Championship. Originally scheduled to be Malaipet vs. Ky Hollenbeck, Hollenbeck suffered an unfortunate injury during his last training session and was forced to drop out. Luckily Jo Nattawut was there to step in and we've got ourselves a donnybrook on tap.

Lion Fight Middleweight Championship: Malaipet Sasiprapa VS Jo Nattawut


Romie Adanza VS Ming Freeman

Victor Saravia VS Kendrick Latchman 

Travis Clay VS Marvin Madariaga 

Josh Shepard VS Gabriel Mazzetti 

Cody Allen Moberly VS Anthony Castrejohn



Recent Photo Of Badr Hari Emerges

Badr Hari has been a bit of a ghost lately, we have heard lots about him but he has not been posting many pictures or videos of himself. Someone posted a video acting like it was a recent one of him training but it was from years ago. Now a photo has finally emerged that he posted to social media this week and he looks massive. He reminds of of the K-1 Overeem, Ubereem as people called him. Now lets hope he hasn't just been lifting weights and has been focusing on his biggest downfall... conditioning.


Redemption Only Comes For One in GLORY 34's Main Event

This weekend at GLORY 34 Murthel Groenhart will once again get his chance against long-reigning GLORY Welterweight Champion Nieky Holzken. Holzken has long-been considered unbeatable at this weight class. After toiling for years without recognition, Holzken is finally being recognized the world over for his immense talents. No other fighters in kickboxing is able to piece together the combinations that Holzken can assemble, from ballistic shots at different levels and angles to rapid-fire assaults on an opponent's midsection until he is forced to take a knee.

Yet, Murthel Groenhart was able to punch through Holzken's tight defenses and his punch-heavy output in their last meeting. Just forty seconds into the second round Murthel found a combination that worked against Holzken. In fact, he landed a kick to the body that put Holzken off-balance; a rare weakness shown from the champion in front of a very friendly crowd for him. When all was said-and-done, many felt that Groenhart had been done a disservice by the judges for Holzken getting the nod.

The truth was that it was an incredibly close fight, regardless of who you viewed the winner. But both men walked away different. Groenhart walked away feeling robbed, while Holzken walked away looking mortal. Since that loss Groenhart has gone 5-2, losing a decision to Cedric Doumbe in GLORY, then losing to Artur Kyshenko in Kunlun Fight in China. Holzken defeated Yoann Kongolo since then and fought in boxing to not only keep himself busy, but to keep his flawless boxing record in-tact.

But things are different.

Holzken was once the untouchable iron man of the division, but Groenhart has shown what it takes to hurt Holzken and keep him from falling into his pattern of destruction. Groenhart himself was a bit of a lost fighter for many years. The talented, powerful and explosive fighter jumped around divisions -- once winning the K-1 World MAX tournament at 70kg and having fought up in weight many, many times. GLORY cementing the 76kg weight class has been beneficial to both Holzken and Groenhart, who finally have a home to showcase their skills. 

It took another win in a contender tournament for Groenhart to get what he deserved in a rematch, but now it's time for him to show that the last fight with Holzken wasn't a fluke, but instead it was the evolution of the once-wild brawler into a composed fighter. For Holzken this is a chance to show that he's unstoppable and the king of this division, worthy of the praise and attention that he receives in the Netherlands as a national hero. 

So while everyone is hyped up for Badr Hari appearing in the GLORY ring against Rico Verhoeven, perhaps the best and biggest fight of the year will be happening in Denver, Colorado on October 21st between two of the best kickboxers in the world.


Fight Card for K-1 World Grand Prix Europe -95kg

After the runaway success that K-1 Japan has had, K-1 Global is looking to bring that level of excitement and interest to K-1 in Europe with their K-1 World Grand Prix Euro -95kg tournament. K-1's Ned Kuruc had discussed the idea of moving away from the eight-man tournaments in the past, but K-1 has done an about-face in seeing the high demand for these tournaments and the excitement that they can create. 

The idea behind this tournament is to blend together some well-known -95kg fighters along with some lesser known, younger talents to create a new, thriving division. K-1 Japan has been focused on the smaller weights and K-1 Europe is going to focus on the heavier weights. 

Of course, this is not without controversy. K-1 ran a World Grand Prix event in Croatia -- the one that Cro Cop won -- in cooperation with Cro Cop's former manager and Final Fight promoter Orsat Zovko. Orsat has spoken about the poor relationship with K-1 and how there were financial disagreements in the past, but now the claims have resurfaced, namely from the Zovko-affiliated FightSite, which has published a number of pieces now of fighters claiming to still be owed money from the 2013 event. This is not the first that we've heard of this, but it has been a while since this has been discussed. K-1 Global has not replied to the claims, but were aware of them. 

Regardless of past, broken business relationships, there are high hopes for K-1's new start in Europe with the -95kg tournament. Well known fighters like Mladen Kujundzic, Fabio Kwasi, Emmanuel Payet and Igor Bugaenko are involved in the tournament alongside up-and-comers. 

K-1 World Grand Prix Euro -95kg Tournament

Igor Bugaenko (Belarus) vs. Tomasz Sarara (Poland)

Atha Kasapis (Germany) vs. Aundre Groce (England)

Fabio Kwasi (Holland) vs. Mladen Kujundzic (Croatia)

Rade Opacic (Serbia) vs. Emmanuel Payet (France)

Reserve Fight

Vasil Ducar (Czech Republic) vs. Bahrudin Mahmic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Super Fights

60kg Women - Marina Spasic (Serbia) vs. Merima Basic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

71kg Men - Marko Adamovic (Serbia) vs. Sayfullah Hambahadov (Russia)


A Look Into Thom Harinck's English Biography

While the popularity of kickboxing/muay thai has had a rocky history in the United States, it has flourished in Asia and Europe, this is especially true of Holland.  It is a sport with a very rich and colorful history and who better to provide a narrative of its evolution than Thom Harinck. 

As a 40+ year veteran of the sport, Harinck offers not one, but two tomes about his life, the sport and the evolution of Chakuriki Gym.  For devotees of combat sports and/or fans of the man himself, Harinck  delivers “Vechter,” a Dutch language book, due to be released this fall and the already available, "Thom Harinck: Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West."  

The former book provides an intimate look at Harinck’s life and relationships, while the latter, which is written in English, chronicles the rise of Chakuriki gym as well as discusses many of the key persons and organizations relevant throughout his career.  For fans and historians of the sport, “Thom Harinck: Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West" takes readers back to many of the most pivotal kickboxing/muay thai matches in the history of the sport. So vivid is his story telling that readers will find themselves reliving those matches.  Written in a very easy to read style, this book details Harinck’s work with many of the best and brightest in the history of the sport including K-1 champions Branko Cikatic and Peter Aerts.  It also gives insight into his stormy relationship with kickboxing superstar, Badr Hari.  

It is a memoir that delves into Harinck’s life experiences especially as they relate to the development of his Chakuriki training style. Reminiscent of the biopic of a rock star, “Thom Harinck: Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West" is gritty, humorous, and at times sad as it explores both the triumphs and tragedies of the sport.  Well worth reading, “Thom Harinck: Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West", is a must have for those with an interest in kickboxing/muay thai.


Victory World Series and Bellator Florence Fight Cards

The news out of Italy brings good tidings for the upcoming Bellator Kickboxing Florence event, which will feature a Victory World Series event as well. Promised fights for the Victory World Series event are two title fights; one at 70kg with Armen Petrosyan and one at 72.5kg with Musapha Haida.

For the Bellator portion of the card we have Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Jordan Watson, the Bellator 56.6kg World Title between Gloria Peritore and Denise Kielholtz, Joe Schilling returning to action against Iermano Vittorio, Kevin Ross against Allessio Arduni and Karim Ghajii against an still-unnamed opponent.

UPDATE: Bellator officials have informed us that Karim Ghajii will be fighting Luca Novello.

Victory World Series 

ISKA World Championship: - 70kg with Armen Petrosyan (ITA)

World Championship ISKA: -72,5kg with Musta Haida (ITA)

Bellator Kickboxing hours

Giorgio Petrosyan (ITA) vs Jordan Watson (GB)

Bellator World Title -56,6kg: Gloria Peritore (ITA) vs Denise Kielholz (NL)

Joe Schilling (USA) vs Iermano Vittorio (ITA)

Kevin Ross (USA) vs Alessio Arduini (ITA)

Karim Ghajii vs. Luca Novello (ITA)

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