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Kickboxing Needs to Bring Their Content to the Fans

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Enfusion

Kickboxing is a frustrating sport sometimes. There, I said it.

Kickboxing has been struggling to find its identity over the past few years. That might seem like a bit of an ominous statement, but when you look at how many different organizations we’ve seen in different mediums, how many star Kickboxers we’ve seen retire or rise to prominence, or how many we’ve seen languish in smaller promotions you’ll see what I’m talking about. Right now is an interesting transition period for the sport of Kickboxing and a vital time for the sport where it could either grow to be huge or it could fail and return to obscurity. How that product gets to the fans is probably the most vital part of the sport right now, even more important than the quality of the fights themselves.

The landscape right now is like this; GLORY airs on Spike TV in the United States and then has various, smaller television deals throughout Europe and Asia. K-1 is currently attempting to negotiate television deals while providing free streams via their website. SuperKombat airs on EuroSport and a few smaller networks in different spots in the world. Enfusion is in a similar spot to SuperKombat. Then there are various, regional Kickboxing events that get solid coverage locally but not much anywhere else.

Like I’ve been saying, it’s a very strange and fragmented sport for the time being. There are talks of GLORY considering moving some select, bigger events to PPV here in the United States, starting with GLORY 17. It would probably be in the vein of the UFC model, where the prelims would be on Spike TV and the main card on PPV, which is fine, the only issue is that PPV as a medium is a dying one. The concept of Pay-Per-View in the United States began in the 50’s but came to prominence in the 70’s and 80’s when Boxing took a shine to the concept of selling live broadcasts of big fights through cable systems.

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Watch the GLORY 10 Weigh-Ins While You Prepare For Tonight

  • Published in Glory

GLORY

Sometimes the fact that LiverKick is a small organization can be felt, like when I get the flu right before a big event and it compromises how quickly I can get stuff up. Such is life, right? Seriously, LiverKick is a small operation. Anyway. GLORY just recently put up the GLORY 10 weigh-in video on their website, so while we have approximately two hours until showtime you might as well check out the GLORY 10 weigh-ins and get all pumped up for the Middleweight tournament!

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Long Watch: GLORY's Ivan Farneti Talks Business and Kickboxing

  • Published in Glory

Part of what makes GLORY such an interesting company is the guys who comprise said company. All of the people that we've spoken to which in the company are passionate and knowledgeable about the sport of kickboxing. They are fans, not just casual fans, but real fans. If you are looking for a fan, look no further than GLORY's Ivan Farneti. You can find him on Twitter or Facebook most of the time talking about combat sports -- and he's nowhere near just a casual fan -- he hangs with the most hardcore of us. In fact, I'd go as far as to call Ivan a kickboxing nerd. It's okay, he's in good company. 

Watch this uber-long interview with Ivan to learn more about him, his love for the sport, how he got started with the organization as well as some of the big picture, vision stuff for GLORY. For those that grow tired of hearing Dana White's brand of vitriol, listen to Ivan pretty much say everything you want to hear and really mean it. 

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Pat Barry Out of GLORY 20 -- Featherweight Title Fight Moves to Main Card

  • Published in Glory

For kickboxing fans there is some good news and some bad news regarding GLORY 20. The bad news is that Pat Barry vs. Mourad Bouzidi is officially off after Pat Barry suffered a hand injury while training for the upcoming fight. Bouzidi will still be on the GLORY 20 card but for now it looks like he'll be moved to the SuperFight Series undercard with a replacement opponent.

The good news is that the Featherweight Championship bout between Mosab Amrani and Gabriel Varga will no longer headline the SuperFight Series card and will instead be featured on the main card. That means that an astonishing two GLORY championships will be on the line for GLORY 20. The event, set to go down on April 3rd in Dubai, will air via tape delay on Spike TV that same evening.

GLORY has promised that Pat Barry will be booked on an upcoming card when he is healthy.

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Glory 18: Liverkick Predictions

  • Published in Glory

With Glory 18 one week away we have decided to do our LiverKick predictions for the main card and the superfight series. We like to hear everyone else's predictions as well so make sure you join in. 

Key: JJ = Jay Jauncey, DW = Dave Walsh

Main Card

Davit Kiria Vs Robin Van roosmalen - JJ: Van Roosmalen decision. DW: Kiria via decision

Wayne Barrett Vs Jason Wilnis - JJ: Barrett decision. DW: Barrett via KO

Brian Collette Vs Zack Mwekassa - JJ: Mwekassa KO. DW: Mwekassa via KO

Saulo Cavalari Vs Danyo Ilunga - JJ: Ilunga Decision. DW: Ilunga via decision

Lightheavyweight Tounament Finals - JJ: Ilunga KO. DW: Ilunga via decision

Superfight Series

Benjamin Adegbuyi vs Hesdy Gerges - JJ: Adegbuyi decision. DW: Benny via KO

Josh Jauncey vs Jae Gil Noh - JJ: Jauncey KO. DW: Jauncey via decision

Robert Thomas vs Mike Lemaire - JJ: Thomas decision. DW: Thomas via decision

Randy Blake vs Warren Thompson - JJ: Blake KO. DW: Blake via decision

Omari Boyd vs Ian Alexander - Alexander decision

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GLORY Announces GLORY 16 Denver in May

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GLORY

As someone who lives in the Southwest I can say that it is sometimes difficult to be a fan of combat sports out here. Going to live events is kept to local and smaller events, which let's be honest, isn't everyone's cup of tea. Sometimes you want to see high level stuff and your only choice is to make a long trek to Las Vegas, Texas or California, which, also isn't great. Well, GLORY is going to make good on their promise to come to Denver, Colorado. They originally were talking about GLORY 14 happening in Denver, but circumstances obviously changed and now we instead will get GLORY 16 Denver on May 3rd at the 1STBANK Center.

Still no information on the card just yet, but as it is a major GLORY event and knowing their plans for the year, we can expect something big.

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Weekend Results: Paul Daley KO's Fabjan at FFC 12

  • Published in Europe

FFC

This weekend saw Paul Daley in action after announcing that he had signed with K-1 earlier in the week. Daley was continuing in his quest to fight the best in the world by fighting Miran Fabjan, defintely not a slouch by any standards, in fact, quite a talented guy. He was able to put Fabjan down and out in the second round, although Fabjan admitted after the fight that he was in need of surgery, which he would be delaying until after this fight.

The results below are provided by FFC.

  • MMA:
  • Dion Starring def. Tomaž Simonič - submission (americana), 1st round, 2:55
  • Viktor Halmi def. Primož Vrbinc – TKO, 2nd round, 2:00
  • Bor Bratovž def. Giorgi Ivanov - submission 1st round (1:45)
  • Ivica Trušćek def. Michael Pfunder – submission, 1st round (3:21)
  • Antun Račić def. Zoltan Turi – submission, 1st round (4:45)
  • Luka Jelčić def. Krasimir Georgiev - KO (ground n' pound), 1st round (2:20)
  • KICKBOXING
  • Paul Daley def. Miran Fabjan – KO, 2nd round
  • Teo Mikelić def. Mirko Vorkapić - TKO, 1st round
  • Denis Chorchyp def. Darian Paladin – unanimous decision
  • Samo Petje def. Kevin Hesseling - KO, 1st round
  • Elmir Mehić def. Rok Štrucl - KO, 2nd round
  • Mladen Kujundžić def. Dženan Poturak - KO , 1st round

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GLORY 17 Keeps Getting Bigger

  • Published in Glory

GLORY 17

Damn.

So GLORY 17 and GLORY Last Man Standing -- okay, first of all, I'm not going to refer to them as different shows, because they are on the same night -- so, GLORY 17, is a really huge event. GLORY 17 at the Forum in Los Angeles is going to feature a whole lot of talent. As you can see from that graphic above, the fight that we all wanted to see between Andy Ristie and Ky Hollenbeck is finally going down! By the looks of it, this fight will be on the Spike TV card for free, which is great. It will serve as the Main Event for GLORY 17 on Spike TV.

The other big news is that GLORY has secured the final two names for the GLORY Last Man Standing Middleweight Championship Tournament. Those names are Filip Verlinden and Artem Levin. Levin was the lone holdout and was just announced on Tuesday. Oh Artem.

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Nathan Corbett Back in the Win Column This Weekend

  • Published in Australia

Nathan Corbett

When Nathan "Carnage" Corbett made his GLORY debut at GLORY 11 Chicago against Tyrone Spong there were high hopes among seasoned Kickboxing and Muay Thai fans as Nathan Corbett has been tearing up opponents at Light Heavyweight for years now, but mostly in Australia. He's been the guy that everyone has wanted to switch over to Kickboxing for years, but honestly, his few stints into Heavyweight Kickboxing didn't bear fruit. With GLORY promoting more weight classes it seemed like a perfect fit, the only problem was he ran into Tyrone Spong in the prime of his fighting career and things didn't work out for him.

Carnage came back with a vengeance this weekend at Total Carnage IV from Gold Coast where he met Henriques Zowa from the Netherlands. How did it go? Well, it's Carnage and he's allowed to throw elbows. Carnage scored a stoppage via an elbow strike in the second round.

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Weekend Results: D'Angelo Marshall Wins Big at SUPERKOMBAT

  • Published in Europe

SK

This weekend was a good weekend to be a Kickboxing fan, as not only did we have GLORY 10 Los Angeles, but in the heart of Romania SUPERKOMBAT continued with their SUPERKOMBAT WGP series in 2013 with the SUPERKOMBAT WGP Botsani event, featuring another four-man, one-night tournament that will see one man enter into the SUPERKOMBAT WGP tournament. On top of that some of your favorite SUPERKOMBAT mainstays were involved in Super Fights on the card, including Benjamin Adegbuyi and Andrei Stoica!

So without further ado, here are the results;

  • Cristian Ristea (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Romy da Silva
  • Danut hurduc (R2 - KO) Vanni Fae
  • Ionut Atodiresei (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Calogeri Palmeri
  • Andrei stoica (R2 - TKO) Dzenan poturak
  • Benjamin Adegbuyi (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Reamon Welboren
  • SuperKombat WGP +95kgs
  • Semi Finals: Giannis Stoforidis (R2 - TKO) Leroy Johnson
  • Semi Finals: D'Angelo marshall (Ext.R - KO) Gaetan Sautron
  • Finals: D'Angelo marshall (R3 - TKO) Giannis Stoforidis

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