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Dave Walsh

Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.

His second novel, Terminus Cycle, is available now via Kindle and Paperback.

Dave (a) LiverKick dot com.

Website URL: http://www.dvewlsh.com

GLORY 31 Card Updated: Ismael Londt vs. Hesdy Gerges

GLORY released further details on GLORY 31 Amsterdam on Saturday, June 25th. We already knew that Robin van Roosmalen would be defending his GLORY Lightweight Championship against Sitthichai and that there would be a GLORY Welterweight tournament featuring Murthel Groenhart and Karim Benmansour. Now we know more, a lot more. Groenhart will square off against Karim Benmansour in the first round of the tournament while on the other side of the bracket Yoann Kongolo will take on Harut Grigorian. 

The other fight of note is the co-headline bout where Hesdy Gerges returns to the GLORY ring after a lengthy legal battle over an alleged drug trafficking incident. Gerges has been cleared of these charges and is a free man, so GLORY is looking to quickly bring one of the best heavyweights in the world back into the fold by having him square off against GLORY's top heavyweight contender in Ismael Londt. It's interesting to note that Londt will fight Gerges here and not wait for a shot at Verhoeven. 

GLORY 31 Amsterdam

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

Welterweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Ismael Londt vs. Hesdy Gerges

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Yoann Kongolo vs. Harut Grigorian

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Murthel Groenhart vs. Karim Benmansour

Tiffany Van Soest's New Opponent and Complete Cards For GLORY 30 and SuperFight Series

There have been some changes for GLORY 30 Los Angeles as the event approaches. As reported prior, Van Soest's original opponent of Jeri Seitz was forced to pull out due to an injury and replacing her will be Esma Hasshass from Morocco, looking to make a name for herself against the debuting Van Soest. On the main card the co-main event is now Marat Grigorian vs. Djime Coulibaly.

GLORY 30 Los Angeles

Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Simon Marcus (c) vs. Dustin Jacoby

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Marat Grigorian vs. Djimé

Welterweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Francois Ambang vs. Daniel Morales

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Casey Greene vs. Richard Abraham

GLORY 30 SuperFight Series

Middleweight Headline Bout: Joe Schilling vs. Jason Wilnis

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Brian Douwes vs. Guto Inocente

Middleweight Bout: Mike Lemaire vs. Karl Roberson

Light-Heavyweight Bout: Manny Mancha vs. Warren Thompson

Super Bantamweight Bout: Tiffany van Soest vs. Esma Hasshass

SuperKombat World Grand Prix Bucharest Card and Details on SuperKombat Expo and Gym

SuperKombat is once again looking to make a big impact this year by changing things up yet again. SuperKombat's dedication to bringing the world premiere kickboxing is perhaps unrivaled in passion and scope. On Saturday, May 7th, while there is a SuperKombat show featuring Cesar Almeida and Mauses Baute competing for the SuperKombat Light Heavyweight Championship, there will be a lot more as well. 

Kickboxing legend Remy Bonjasky will be hosting a slew of events over the course of the weekend to help bring kickboxing into the limelight, including the opening of the SuperKombat Academy in Bucharest. The aim of the SuperKombat Academy will be to raise the next generation of kickboxing stars. The SuperKombat team, led by Eduard Irimia, will be overseeing and curating the talent that comes through the SuperKombat Academy. They state that they are there to help both current and future stars. SuperKombat's track record with building new stars is perhaps one of the best in the business, with fighters like Benjamin Adegbuyi, Bogdan Stoica, Andrei Stoica, Cristian Milea, Amancsio Paraschiv and many others making a name for themselves on SuperKombat shows and becoming some of the best and most respected fighters in the world. 

SuperKombat will also be holding an Expo for fighters, trainers and brands to learn more about SuperKombat and the opportunities that they can provide. You can check out more details on their website.

Fight Card for the Superkombat World Grand Prix, Bucharest. 7th May 2016

New Heroes (19:00 CET, ora 20:00, live on Fight Box and Sport.ro)

1. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus bout (-86 kg)

Cosmin Ionescu (Romania) vs Alexandru Nedelcu (Romania)

2. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)

Dani Traore (Germany) vs Eduard Ingeaua (Romania)

3. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)

Nigel Thomas (United Kingdom) vs Bogdan Năstase (Romania)

4. Super Fight – Welterweight bout (-69 kg)

Bledion Pireva (Albania) vs Daniel Corbeanu (Romania)

5. Super Fight - Super Cruiserweight bout (-95 kg)

Panos Theodosiadis (Greece) vs Cristian Ristea (Romania)

6. Super Fight – Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)

Danut Hurduc (Romania) vs TBA

World Grand Prix (21:00 CET, live on Sport.ro and Eurosport 1)

1. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus bout (-86 kg)

Imanol Rodriguez (Spain) vs Dumitru Topai (Romania)

2. Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)

Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname) vs Sebastian Cozmâncă (Romania)

3. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Kirk Krouba (Belgium) vs Dangelo Marshall (Suriname)

4. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)

Cristian Milea (Romania) vs Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

5. Super Fight - Lightweight bout (-65 kg)

Stauros Exakoustidis (Greece) vs Cristian Spetcu (Romania)

6. Superkombat World Title - Light Heavyweight bout (-86 kg)

Cesar Almeida (Brazil) vs Moises Baute (Spain)

It's W5 Time XXXIII Card From Vienna, Austria on May 21st

On May 21st in Vienna, Austria W5 returns for It's W5 Time XXXIII. The event, airing live via a stream on their website, will feature a rematch between Massaro Glunder and Foad Sadeghi. They fought in December under the W5 banner in a fast-paced bout that saw Glunder walk away with the decision victory, but clearly there was more between the two that had to be resolved. They'll clash again on Saturday, May 21st for the W5 72.5kg Intercontinental Championship.

W5 72.5kg Intercontinental Championship: Massaro Glunder (C) vs. Foad Sadeghi

Agron Preteni vs. Labinot Zekej

Vlad Tuinov vs. Jordann Pikeur

Henry Bannert vs. Marcel Jager

Karim Mabrouk vs. Miran Fabjan

Marco Pleschberger vs. Darryl Sichtman

Dardan Avdylaj vs. Luka Petrovic

Adrian Valentinin vs. Igor Emkic

Manuel Sembera vs. Grega Smole

FFC Plans Two Big Shows in the US This June Featuring Kickboxers Mladen Brestovac and Pavel Zhuravlev

Croatian MMA and kickboxing promotion FFC has announced that starting this spring they will begin promoting events inside of the United States with two events already lined up. The first event is June 3rd in Daytona Beach, which has been announced as a purely-MMA event, while the second event on June 10th in Springfield, Massachusetts will be both MMA and kickboxing. While there aren't any official kickboxing bouts announced yet, they have promised that Mladen Brestovac and Pavel Zhuravlev will be fighting.

Interestingly enough, both events will be aired live on CBS Sports Network. While kickboxing in the United States hasn't become hugely popular yet by any means, with it becoming more readily available one has to think that it can only be a good thing for the sport. 

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

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) 

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.

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

Enfusion Live #39 Results

Enfusion Live ran their 39th event yesterday in Slovakia. Headlining the show was a one-night heavyweight tournament featuring Martin Pacas, Hicham Achalhi, Tomas Hron and Gaetan Sautron. The finals saw the veteran Tomas Hron square off against Martin Pacas only for Pacas to take the fight to Hron and win after an extension round. Also on the card Iman Barlow retained her Enfusion -54kg championship.

RESULTS Enfusion Live #39 Zilina, Slovakia Saturday 23.04.2016

1. 3X3 -85Kg

Tomas Senkyr (Slovakia) Vs Mehdi Bouanane (France)

WINNER: Tomas Senkyr (Slovakia) Points

2. 3X3 SEMI FINAL Heavyweight

Martin Pacas (Slovakia) Vs Hicham Achalhi (Morocco) 

WINNER: Martin Pacas (Slovakia) Points

3. 3X3 SEMI FINAL Heavyweight

Tomas Hron (Czech Republic) Vs Gaetan Sautron (France)

WINNER: Tomas Hron (Czech Republic) 3 rd Rd TKO

4. 5X2 Enfusion World Title -54Kg

Veronika Petrikova (Slovakia) Vs Iman Barlow (England)

WINNER: Iman Barlow (England) Points

5. 3X3 -72.5Kg    

Milan Paleš (Slovakia) Vs   William Diender (The Netherlands)

WINNER: Milan Paleš (Slovakia) Rd 1 TKO

6. 5X3 MUAY THAI/ WMC TITLE IN BREAK -75Kg

Vladimir Moravčik (Slovakia) Vs Weerawaut Kaewkamnerd (Thailand)

WINNER: Vladimir Moravčik (Slovakia) Points

7. 3X3 TOURNAMENT FINAL Heavyweight

Martin Pacas (Slovakia) Vs Tomas Hron (Czech Republic)

WINNER: Martin Pacas (Slovakia) Points after a 4 th Rd

RESULTS Kickboxing Talents #21 Zilina, Slovakia Saturday 23.04.2016

1. 3X3 -67Kg

Vladimir Sklouza (Slovakia) Vs Renat Beket (Czezh Republic)

WINNER: Renat Beket (Czezh Republic) Points

2. 3X3 -80Kg

David Subjak (Slovakia) Vs Tomas Neupauer (Slovakia)

WINNER: David Subjak (Slovakia) Points

3. 3X3 -67Kg

Marco Novak (Slovakia) Vs Jaoid Farchich (France)

WINNER: Marco Novak (Slovakia) Points

4. 3X3 -75Kg

Michal Helbich (Slovakia) Vs Jan Sindelář (Czech Republic)

WINNER: Michal Helbich (Slovakia) Points

5. 3X3 MUAY THAI -85Kg    

Jakub Benko (Slovakia) Vs   Lukáš Dvořák (Czech Republic)

WINNER: Jakub Benko (Slovakia) Points

6. 3X3 -75Kg

Pavol Garaj (Slovakia) Vs Matous Kohout (Czezh Republic)

WINNER: Matous Kohout (Czezh Republic) Points

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