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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 | @dvewlsh

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GLORY Collision Hype: Badr Hari vs. Alistair Overeem

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The sport of kickboxing was once ruled by giants that roamed the Japanese countryside, competing in the K-1 World Grand Prix events as larger-than-life titans looking to floor each other. This is, in part, what made the sport of kickboxing so popular and left a lasting legacy that everyone is trying to live up to now. When Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem decided to dip his toes into the realm of K-1 many thought that he'd be easy fodder for the elite of the elite, only for him to score an upset against Badr Hari, one of the greats of the time. 

This led to Overeem entering the K-1 World Grand Prix the following year, a year that many saw Badr Hari as the man to beat in the tournament. When it came down to both men squaring off that night, everyone was expecting fireworks. That's exactly what happened.

If this Badr Hari shows up on Saturday, Rico Verhoeven is in trouble. Interestingly enough, Alistair Overeem will be joining the broadcast team on Saturday to provide expert commentary during the main event. 

Giorgio Petrosyan Opens Up on His Time Off and Pressures of Being the GOAT

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Few names in the realm of kickboxing are synonymous with greatness quite like Giorgio Petrosyan. Petrosyan, a former two-time K-1 World MAX Champion during the height of the tournament, as well as the 2012 GLORY 70kg Slam Champion, he's competed against the best in the world and proven himself many times over as not only one of the best, but perhaps the very best. 

On Saturday, December 10th Petrosyan returns to the ring to fight against a man that he's been aiming to take on headfirst for about a year now in the UK's Jordan Watson. Watson, a muay thai standout, is looking to make a name for himself against Petrosyan in what is essentially a no-lose situation for him; losing to Giorgio Petrosyan is so normal that there's nothing to be ashamed of at this point.

The fight has been postponed prior, but will now happen, as to if that'll affect Petrosyan heading into the fight, his answer was simple; "I don't think so," he said. It isn't that Petrosyan is taking Watson lightly, it's that he's at the level where regardless of the competition, he understands that he most likely has an advantage. When prompted on who of his recent opponents was his toughest test, he was unable to find someone who really gave him a challenge. "I have won against all, but there was no one in particular that has put me in trouble most of the other."

For Petrosyan, one fight does stand out, which was his loss to Andy Ristie in 2013 via knockout, which led to the Doctor taking time away from the ring to recuperate and prepare himself to return to the ring. "I needed to metabolise this defeat," he explained about the prolonged time away from the ring. As for if his hand injury was a factor or a concern, he didn't think so; "Unfortunately," he admitted to the injury, "although I did not think about it, my head always brought me [back]."

Of course, Petrosyan is considered to be one of, if not the greatest of all time in kickboxing, when asked what kind of pressure was on him when he returned, he didn't seem bothered by the hype. "I have always only fought for myself and for the fun, I never thought of having to prove something to someone." 

As for the pressures of being considered the best in the world? Nah. "I don’t feel any pressure and I cannot wait forward to December 10 to be able to see the result of all the effort I made to train at best."

Giorgio Petrosyan makes his Bellator Kickboxing debut on Saturday, December 10th in Firenze against Jordan Watson.

KNOCK OUT Delivers Huge With Debut Show

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Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT made a lot of bold claims about reviving Japanese kickboxing and threw together a formidable debut event in KNOCK OUT vol.0 that went down today. Not only did they make claims, but they delivered with a night of exciting fights and really showed the world what Japanese kickboxing is made of. The biggest story is Tenshin Nasukawa knocking out Wanchalong in round one with a crazy spinning back kick.

Seriously, that is amazing. The promotion also announced their second event, KNOCK OUT vol.1 for February 12th, featuring Genji Umeno, Tenshin Nasukawa, Hikari Machida, Takashi Futoshi and more.

KNOCK OUT vol.0

Haruaki Otsuki (R1 - KO) StarBoy KwaythongGym

Eisaku Ogasawara (R3 - KO) Keisaku Miyamoto

Yosuke Morii (R3 - KO) Yodwandee Nitsamui

T-98 (R2 - KO) Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima

Tenshin Nasukawa (R1 - KO) Wanchalong PK.Saenchaigym

Genji Umeno (R5 - Dec) Sirimongkol PK.Saenchaigym

 

K-1 Crowns a New -85kg Champion in Thrilling Tournament Final

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The K-1 World Grand Prix Europe marched into Bosnia this weekend with their -85kg tournament. While the names weren't quite on the same level as the -95kg tournament from last month, the action delivered in spades with a lot of young fighters looking to make a name for themselves in the tournament. The final was a crazy slugfest between Igor Emkic from Bosnia and Russian Timur Aylayrov. Timur was applying pressure and dropping Emkic with body blows and you could almost hear the air get sucked out of the crowd who was looking for a local hero to win the tournament.

Tournament Final: Timur Aylayrov (R3 - TKO) Igor Emkic 

Tournament Semi-Final: Timur Aylayrov (R3 - Dec) Agron Preteni 

Tournament Semi-Final: Igor Emkick (R3 - Dec) David Radeff 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Timur Aylayrov (R? - TKO) Vasil Ducar 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Agron Preteni (R3 - Dec) Imanol Rodriguez 

Tournament Quarterfinal: Igor Emkic (R3 - Dec) Guiseppe De Domenico 

Tournament Quarterfinal: David Radeff (R3 - Dec) Nikola Noveski 

Tournament Reserve Fight: Mesud Selimovic (R1 - KO) Petar Jaman 

Haris Brko (R3 - Dec) Rafal Gorka 

Giannis Skordilis (R3 - Dec) Maycon Coller 

Enfusion Live #44 Results: Boustati Wins Big

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Enfusion Live ran Enfusion Live #44 in The Hague today, featuring their usual undercard of Kickboxing Talents before the proper show, featuring a -67kg tournament bouts. The main show saw big wins by the likes of William Diender, Reder Zaidi and Hicham Achalhi via KO before the main event for Enfusion's 90kg title was underway. It saw the return of one of kickboxing's most entertaining personalities in Andrew Tate against Ibrahim El Boustati for El Boustati's title, only for El Boustati to stop him within the first round. 

RESULTS

Kickboxing Talents #26, The Hague, The Netherlands, Saturday

03.12.2016

1. 3X3 Tournament  -67Kg 

Lofogo Sarour (South Sudan)  Vs Tarik Lyachat (Morocco) 

WINNER: Lofogo Sarour (South Sudan) Points

2. 3X3 Tournament  -67Kg

Samir Lopes (Cape Verde)  Vs Tony Jas (The Netherlands) 

WINNER: Samir Lopes (Cape Verde) Disqualification to Tony Jas (The Netherlands) Rd 3

3. 3X3 Tournament  -67Kg  

Wail Karroumi (Morocco)  Vs Juan Javier Barragan (Spain)

WINNER: Wail Karroumi (Morocco) Rd 1 TKO

4.   3X3 Tournament  -67Kg

Walid Hamid (Morocco)  Vs Richaymond Lopez (The Netherlands) 

WINNER: Walid Hamid (Morocco) Rd 2 TKO

5.   3X3 -63Kg    

Reda Narain (Surinam)  Vs   Mohammed Dadda (Morocco) 

WINNER: Reda Narain (Surinam) Points

6.   3X3 -63KG

Soufiane Kaddouri (Morocco)  Vs Damencio Patty (Netherlands)

WINNER: Soufiane Kaddouri (Morocco)   Rd 1 KO

7.  3X3 -70KG

Jassem Al Djilawi (Egypt)  Vs Romano Bakboord (The Netherlands) 

WINNER: Romano Bakboord (The Netherlands) Rd 2 TKO

RESULTS

Enfusion Live #44, The Hague, The Netherlands, Saturday 3.12.2016

21.00 local start time  (20.00 GMT) 

1. 3X3    -54Kg FEMALE

Fadma Basrir (France)  Vs Sanne Strabbing (The Netherlands)

WINNER: Sanne Strabbing (The Netherlands) Points

2. 3X3  -72.5Kg

Patrick van Rees (The Netherlands)  Vs Reda Zaidi (Morocco) 

WINNER: Reda Zaidi (Morocco) Rd 2 KO

3. 3X3   -70Kg 

Bilal Kasrioui (Morocco)  Vs William Diender (The Netherlands) 

WINNER: William Diender (The Netherlands) Rd 1 KO

 4.  3X3   -72.5Kg

Yassin Baitar (Morocco) Vs Redouan Laarkoubi (Morocco) 

WINNER: Yassin Baitar (Morocco) Points

5.  3X3    -72.5Kg    

Marcel Verhaal (The Netherlands)  Vs   Karam en Hahaoui (Morocco) 

WINNER: Marcel Verhaal (The Netherlands) Points

6.  3X3      Heavyweight

Hicham Achalhi (Morocco) Vs Steve Magnier (France)

WINNER: Hicham Achalhi (Morocco) Rd 2 TKO

7.  5X3            ENFUSION WORLD TITLE               -90Kg

Andrew Tate (USA)  Vs Ibrahim El Boustati (Morocco) 

WINNER: Ibrahim El Boustati (Morocco) Rd 1 TKO

Enfusion Aims for 2017 Expansion With Buakaw, Yodsanklai and More

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Today at their latest live event, Enfusion Live announced massive plans for 2017. After running a number of successful shows in 2016, they will be expanding to 20 shows in 2017, including three leagues at 67kg, 72.5kg and 85kg. On top of that, they announced a set of new signings for the promotion that are sure to entice fans, the biggest of which is former K-1 World MAX Champion Buakaw Banchamek. Buakaw has mainly been fighting in China, including a series of fights with Chinese legend Yi Long that has set the world on fire. 

Buakaw has been a draw anywhere he's gone since the dissolving of FEG's K-1, making worldwide headlines for his many (and I do mean many) problems with management, business partners, promotions and more, including a scandal with K-1 in Pattaya where Banchamek and his team claimed K-1 was fixing fights, changing the rules late and a plethora of other claims. This came hot-off-the-heels of his departures from Thai Fight and MAX Muay Thai before moving on temporarily to Topking, then to Kunlun Fight and WLF in China where he's currently been competing. 

They've also added Thai legend Yodsanklai Fairtex who has carved out a name for himself all over the world, although things have been quiet for Yod over the past year thanks to a nagging injury. On top of that they've snagged Superbon and Jomhod. If Enfusion somehow isn't planning on running a show or two in Thailand they'd be nuts.

GLORY 37 Los Angeles Card Released

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While we are just over a week away from the huge GLORY Collision event in Germany, GLORY hasn't been resting on their laurels at all, instead they've geared up for a January event in Los Angeles that promises to bring action to the world in the new year. GLORY 37 features a Welterweight tournament as well as Jason Wilnis defending the GLORY Middleweight Championship against the whirlwind that is Israel Adesayna.

The SuperFight Series is headlined by newly-crowned Featherweight Champion Robin van Roosmalen defending his title against the tough Matt Embree. Al,so featured is Zoila Frausto against Daniela Graf and Giga Chikadze against Victor Pinto.

This all goes down on January 20th, GLORY 37 airing live on ESPN3 at 10pm pacific and GLORY 37 SuperFight Series airing at 7:30pm pacific on UFC Fight Pass.

GLORY 37 Los Angeles

Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Jason Wilnis (c) vs. Israel Adesayna

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

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Guto Inocente vs. TBA

Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Alan Scheinson vs. Karim Benmansour

Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Yoann Kongolo vs. Konstantin Khuzin

GLORY 37 SuperFight Series

Featherweight Title Headline Bout: Robin van Roosmalen (c) vs. Matt Embree

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Jhonata Diniz vs. Tomas Mozny

Middleweight Bout: Mike Lemaire vs. Warren Thompson

Super Bantamweight Bout: Zoila Frausto vs. Daniela Graf

Featherweight Bout: Giga Chikadze vs. Victor Pinto

 

GLORY Collision SuperFight Series to Air Free on UFC.tv

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For those of us looking forward to December 10th for GLORY Collision and GLORY 36 there's yet another incentive. If, for some reason, you are not a subscriber to UFC Fight Pass, you've been missing out on the SuperFight Series, which have been some of the promotion's best efforts of the year when it comes to pure match quality. Thanks to the UFC and GLORY, the upcoming GLORY SuperFight Series will air live as prelims for GLORY Collision.

Here's what the card looks like.

Light Heavyweight Headline Bout: Danyo Ilunga vs. Michael Duut

Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Danijel Solaja

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal B: Tiffany van Soest vs. Jessica Gladstone

Super Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal A: Isis Verbeek vs. Amel Dehby

Lightweight Bout: Andrej Bruhl vs. Tyjani Beztati

The order for the show is as follows; GLORY 36 on ESPN3, GLORY SuperFight Series on UFC.tv (free) and GLORY Collision on UFC.tv PPV ($29.99).

GLORY Collision Hype: Badr Hari vs. Sem Schilt From It's Showtime

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On December 10th kickboxing's biggest fight in ages will rock Germany with Badr Hari returning to the spotlight to take on GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven is a showdown for the ages. The event will be aired live on UFC's PPV service and is set to be a callback to the glory days of kickboxing. UFC posted a video from the archives for free to hype fans up and it's the legendary bout between Badr Hari and Semmy Schilt from It's Showtime. At the time Semmy Schilt was the undisputed king of kickboxing, serving as K-1's biggest nightmare in a huge beast of a fighter who put on staggeringly brilliant performances that seemed to lack that K-1 "pop" and excitement.

Badr Hari was a rising star at the time and, as you can see from the video, his star was perhaps never bigger worldwide. What's fascinating is as much as I remember this fight, it's still incredible to see just how many fans were in attendance and how rabid they were. These were truly the glory days of kickboxing.

Card for Enfusion Live #44 Featuring the Return of Andrew Tate

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Enfusion returns on Saturday, December 3rd with Enfusion #44, featuring the return of "The Cobra" Andrew Tate challenging for the Enfusion -90kg world title against Ibrahim El Boustati. Tate is perhaps one of the most colorful fighters in the UK scene who has been calling out Joe Schilling for the better part of a year. If he wanted to get Schilling's attention, this would a good way to get that ball rolling a bit further. Tate is returning from some down time after pursuing some business ventures and coping with the loss of his father. 

Kickboxing Talents #26, The Hague, The Netherlands, Saturday

03.12.2016

18.30 local start time (17.30 GMT)

1. 3X3 Tournament  -67Kg

Lofogo Sarour (South Sudan)  Vs Tarik Lyachat (Morocco) 

2. 3X3 Tournament  -67Kg

Samir Lopes (Cape Verde)  Vs Tony Jas (The Netherlands) 

3. 3X3 Tournament  -67Kg  

Wail Karroumi (Morocco)  Vs Juan Javier Barragan (Spain) 

4.   3X3 Tournament  -67Kg

Walid Hamid (Morocco)  Vs Richaymond Lopez (The Netherlands) 

5.   3X3 -63Kg    

Reda Narain (Surinam)  Vs   Mohammed Dadda (Morocco)

6.  3X3 Heavyweight

Ashraf Houssini (Morocco) Vs Balhor Nasim (Belgium)

7.  3X3 -70KG

Jassem Al Djilawi (Egypt)  Vs Romano Bakboord (The Netherlands) 

The winners from the tournament will face one another in 2017. The winner will secure their spot in the -67kg Enfusion League.

Enfusion Live #44, The Hague, The Netherlands, Saturday 3.12.2016

21.00 local start time  (20.00 GMT) 

1. 3X3    -54Kg FEMALE

Fadma Basrir (France)  Vs Sanne Strabbing (The Netherlands)

2. 3X3  -72.5Kg

Patrick van Rees (The Netherlands)  Vs Reda Zaidi (Morocco)

3. 3X3   -70Kg 

Bilal Kasrioui (Morocco)  Vs William Diender (The Netherlands)

4.  3X3   -72.5Kg

Yassin Baitar (Morocco) Vs Redouan Laarkoubi (Morocco)

5.  3X3    -72.5Kg    

Aziz Kallah (Morocco)  Vs   Marcel Verhaar (The Netherlands)

6.  3X3      Heavyweight

Hicham Achalhi (Morocco) Vs Vladimir Tok (Germany)

7.  5X3            ENFUSION WORLD TITLE               -90Kg

Andrew Tate (USA)  Vs Ibrahim El Boustati (Morocco)

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