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Dave Walsh

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.

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Keri Anne Melendez vs. Hadley Griffith Added to Bellator MMA Dynamite 1 Kickboxing Main Card

The unfortunate reality of Gabriel Varga being forced to drop out of Bellator MMA Dynamite 1's GLORY portion of the card has led to what looks to be a replacement of sorts coming from the Bellator side of the equation, making that two fights on the GLORY portion of the card that have their origins in Bellator. The first was the Paul Daley bout and the second is the recently-signed Keri Anne Melendez (wife of Gilbert Melendez) will be competing on the GLORY portion of the card against Hadley Griffith.

Bellator announced the signing of Keri Anne Melendez late in the summer, claiming that her contract was both for kickboxing and MMA, so the her addition to this card is not surprising in the least. 

Giorgio Petrosyan Fighting on GLORY 25 Monza

There hasn't been word from GLORY just yet as they are still promoting their involvement in Dynamite 1 and the upcoming GLORY 24, but Fight 1 out of Italy announced that it's official: Giorgio Petrosyan returns to the GLORY ring on November 6th in Monza, Italy. You might be seeing rumors for match ups around the internet, but nothing is official just yet on that front. One would think the Ristie rematch would be in order, but there are some hurdles involved with Ristie fighting for GLORY without his now-banned trainer. 

Hopefully we'll see a card start coming together for this soon. Also, for the conspiracy theorists out there this show is taking place on a Friday, a move which GLORY made to please Spike TV and fit into their programming schedule of having fights on Fridays. Of course, there is also a Bellator event on that day, so unless they are planning on a double header with a taped GLORY event things could be afoot. 

GLORY's Future on TV Could Be With Showtime

Over the years the name "Showtime" has come up many times when it has to do with GLORY on American television. In fact, early on for the organization they were looking to Showtime as a potential home. This began with the relationship with CBS Sports Network, which aired some of their earlier events on tape delay, and many thought would lead to a deal with Showtime until Spike TV came along. Spike had initially reached an agreement with K-1 Global to bring kickboxing to the United States on Spike TV. That deal began with web streams on Spike.com and after a few events both sides decided that it was best to move on.

That left Spike hungry for what they saw as potentially the next MMA in the United States and they looked no further than GLORY. Since then there have been ups and downs when it comes to GLORY on Spike TV. Kickboxing is a growing sport and as soon as Scott Coker took the helm of Bellator MMA Viacom's focus was on making Bellator MMA a viable brand and moneymaker for them. That is still a work in progress and somewhere along the way GLORY was left in the wake of the cult of personality that is Scott Coker. Bellator MMA has grown in popularity and television ratings since then while GLORY has been struggling with its identity within the Spike TV universe. 

The Spike TV/GLORY deal comes to an end in the near future and right now we are in the part of the deal where both sides consider the future. A part of that consideration is for GLORY to check for other deals and of course, Showtime once again is in their sights. Rumors earlier this year involved Floyd Mayweather possibly becoming involved with the promotion, which seemed like a backdoor of sorts onto Showtime, although things never quite panned out in that regard. Now we see GLORY's SuperFight Series airing on CBS Sports Network and FrontRowBrian tweeting about GLORY CEO Jon J. Franklin meeting with CBS officials. We've had confirmation on that for days now, but it all is just a part of the puzzle. 

Our friend John Joe O'Regan at BloodyElbow spoke with Franklin today and Franklin confirmed that there were talks, but that it is just business. The relationship with Spike is still there and it is safe to note that Franklin was the impetus for the Spike TV deal in the first place, before he worked in an official capacity for GLORY.

"Operating in the best interests of all Glory stakeholders, it behooves us to discuss broadcast opportunities with all networks that reach out to us," Franklin told Bloody Elbow.

What is clear is that GLORY is ensuring that fans in the United States will be able to consume GLORY programming moving forward. Where GLORY will be airing in a few months is still a mystery, but there are plenty of options it seems. Franklin's background in boxing and television can only help. If Showtime is where GLORY wants to go and that is within their reach it could be a truly interesting time for them. Showtime has less of a reach of a Spike TV, but as a premium network with a rich history of their sports broadcasting with boxing and Strikeforce previously, it would deliver GLORY to an engaged audience and also have Showtime's PPV know-how at their disposal. Never mind the possibility of airing on CBS proper. 

SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Rumored to be Moved to Germany

Originally slated for Angola in Africa, rumors are now pointing for SuperKombat's World Grand Prix Finals event to be moved to Germany instead. The move was reported by Kickfighter Magazine in Germany and it will be to ISS Dome in Dusseldorf, Germany. The ISS Dome can house between 12,000 - 13,000 fans according to the setup and seems like a large, bold move for SuperKombat. This seems in line with rumors of a possible new German investor for the promotion.

Other rumors include Danyo Ilunga fighting Andrei Stoica for his Cruiserweight championship along with possibly an 8-man heavyweight tournament on the show. We've yet to get a response from SuperKombat officials just yet on the situation but there has been a buzz among the SuperKombat faithful over the past few weeks of a "big announcement" coming soon and the move to Germany with an 8-man tournament featuring bigger, available names would be exactly that.

SuperKombat was best known for their 2011 season that saw them capitalize on the rather uncertain future in the world of kickboxing by bringing in some of the world's top talents for tournaments and bigger events. The landscape changed shortly thereafter with the formation of GLORY and exclusive or semi-exclusive contracts but SuperKombat kept themselves visible by breeding homegrown talent, which led to fighters like Benjamin Adegbuyi, Bogdan Stoica and Andrei Stoica making names for themselves internationally. 

With the future of kickboxing looking once again a bit shaky it is interesting to see that SuperKombat is looking to once again make big moves and do their part for keeping kickboxing as a viable sport for the near future.

Giorgio Petrosyan Returning to Italy for November 6th Fight

Just hours after Giorgio Petrosyan defeated Xu Yan in China the Italian media are already abuzz about the next bout for Giorgio Petrosyan and it looks like that next bout will be on November 6th in Monza, Italy. While there hasn't been an opponent announced just yet there might be some headway as to which banner Petrosyan will be fighting under. There have been rumors abound over the past few months at Giorgio Petrosyan fighting in Italy once again under the GLORY banner.

That is not official just yet but this seems like a very good sign that Petrosyan will indeed be fighting in the fall in Italy, now the rest of the puzzle just has to come together and fans might just get their wish of seeing Giorgio Petrosyan back among the GLORY elite on his quest to once again be known as the top 70kg kickboxer in the world.

Gabriel Varga vs. Serhiy Adamchuk Pulled from Dynamite 1

After rumors were abound yesterday that the GLORY Featherweight title fight between Gabriel Varga and Serhiy Adamchuk was off it has come out today that Adamchuk and Varga will indeed not meet at Bellator MMA Dynamite 1 on September 19th in the GLORY ring. While not one of the headline attractions it did help to bolster the GLORY portion of the card with a second title fight between the two Featherweights.

According to our bud Michael Stets GLORY officials informed him that the fight was indeed off but wouldn't clarify on where the injury was. From our own reports we've heard that the injury was on Varga's side, although the specifics of the injury remain unclear. Gabriel Varga was forced to pull out is all that we know. Here's hoping to a formidable bout replacing it.

VIDEO: A Return to Form for Petrosyan vs. Xu Yan

\When talking about Giorgio Petrosyan it is difficult to not devolved into hyperbole at times. Petrosyan is one of the most astounding talents that we've seen in the sport of kickboxing yet and back in 2013 we were reminded that he's human. Since Petrosyan's return to the ring from that knockout he's looked good but many had wondered if Petrosyan had perhaps lost a step or some confidence in himself. After last night's performance against Xu Yan at Hero Legends in China I believe that any of those doubts need to be washed away.

The Petrosyan that we saw last night was a return to form in many ways. Everything from his movement to how he would utilize angles to slip strikes and avoid Xu Yan's offense was exactly what we've come to know and expect from a Giorgio Petrosyan fight. Xu Yan is an absolutely formidable opponent and proved as perfect vehicle for Petrosyan to show just how "back" he really is. Anyway, without further ado, here is Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Xu Yan.

Card for Hero Legends Featuring Petrosyan vs. Xu Yan

Tomorrow evening in the West, tonight in the East Giorgio Petrosyan will return to the ring against Chinese star Xu Yan in the Hero Legends ring. Xu Yan is a local legend who has seen success internationally and has been one of China's greatest exports. Sure, it isn't the fight with Yodsanklai but such is life, right? There will absolutely be demand for it and people will work hard to make that fight come together in the future.

For now Xu Yan is a fantastic measuring stick for Petrosyan to see if he's still, indeed, the best in the world. A win here just makes us want to see him against Ristie again even more. There should be a live stream for this so we'll keep you posted.

Yokkao Heads to Argentina for Yokkao 16

South America has long been an interesting incubator for talent in combat sports and Yokkao is looking to bring their unique brand of muay thai to Argentina this year. Yokkao announced that Yokkao 16 will take place in Argentina on November 13th in Rosario, Argentina. 

The focus of the show will be fighters from Brazil and Argentina as well as the inclusion of fighters from the Yokkao's UK team. The card will be announced shortly as well as the full, complete card for the upcoming Yokkao 14 and 15 in the UK that is set to take place on October 10th in Bolton. 

RIP Andy Hug 15 Years Ago Today

So much has changed in the past 15 years in the world and in kickboxing that it's almost impossible to think of how different both would be if Andy Hug were still around. Hug was a rare ambassador for a sport that likes to kick itself when its down continually. While we only had a brief amount of time with Andy Hug he provided us with some of the most memorable moments in kickboxing history and taught us all that hard work, dedication, belief and spirit can get you very far in the world.

RIP Andy Hug. 

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