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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 first novel, the Godslayer, is available now

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LEGEND IV Rumored for Paris in December Featuring 70kg Tournament

After quite a bit of radio silence after LEGEND 3: Pour Homme it looks like we will see another LEGEND event before the year's end. The biggest hint was the huge birthday party thrown for LEGEND promoter Ruslan Suleymanov recently that faetured lots of big names from the worlds of MMA and kickboxing with the LEGEND name and brand on everything from big screens to sunglasses. It was clear that LEGEND was going to be gearing up for another event soon and that Ruslan wasn't done living the dream of promoting big events.

According to reports the next LEGEND event will be LEGEND IV and take place in Paris, France in December of this year. The event is scheduled to feature a 70kg tournament and while no names were mentioned, it was said that some of the names will "surprise you." If you were to take a roll call from his birthday party, the big name 70kg kickboxers there were Andy Souwer, Giorgio Petrosyan, Gago Drago, Murat Direkci, Mike Zambidis, Dzhabar Askerov and a few others. We aren't saying that they are gonna be in the tournament, but it would seem likely that the fighters that LEGEND was wining and dining would be the fighters involved in their upcoming tournament.

The big name in there is, of course, Giorgio Petrosyan. Petrosyan was last seen at GLORY 12 New York where his crazy win streak was beaten by Andy Ristie in the third round. That was Petrosyan's sixth performance under the GLORY banner and no one has heard much from him ever since. It's entirely possible that he could fight for LEGEND, either with the permission of GLORY, or if his contract with GLORY has ended.

GLORY 18 Rumored for November 7th in Oklahoma City

So things have been very quiet on the GLORY front over the last few months, which has been both troubling and peaceful in many ways. The thing is, the people demand blood, they demand action, they demand Glory. GLORY's new CEO had announced that there would be a show in late October, but it looks like early November is more like it. November 7th to be exact, which yes, is indeed a Friday. What's interesting about that is that Bellator is currently not scheduled to run anything on that week, leaving Friday on Spike TV wide open.

Is this a part of a new strategy? It very well could be. We've received reports from a few fighters and a few other sources stating that November 7th in Oklahoma City will indeed be the time and place for GLORY 18. Now we just have to wait and see if everything pans out according to plan. 

Remember this is indeed a rumor, even if we have multiple sources pointing to this happening. 

Legacy Fighting Delving Into Kickboxing This January

We heard about this earlier this summer when Legacy Fighting, best known for their MMA offerings on AXS TV, announced that they'd be dipping their toes into the kickboxing waters come 2015. Now Legacy has announced their first kickboxing card is coming on January 16th in Houston, Texas. They will be looking to make a big splash by booking Cosmo Alexandre to headline their first kickboxing card, which should be interesting. Here is the card thus far.

Cosmo Alexandre vs. Regian Eersel

Michael Corley vs. Marco Pique

Valentina Schevchenko vs. Lindsay Haycraft

We'll let you know when we know more.

Video: Watch Buakaw Banchamek Dismantle Zhang Chunyu

If I were to describe Buakaw Banchamek's 2014 it would probably be in one word; active. Buakaw fought for the fifth time this year yesterday in Belarus at the Top King World Series event in the first part of a huge 70kg tournament. He fought Chinese fighter Zhang Chunyu in the first round of this tournament and pretty much dominated him, as you'd probably expect. Check out the video below for all of your Buakaw squashing dudes needs.

Paul Daley Racks Up Another KO Win in MMA

Former UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator fighter Paul Daley has made a name for himself in 2014 on the kickboxing circuit, picking up some super impressive wins over top competition. Daley caught the attention of K-1 and he is set to make his big K-1 debut in October at the K-1 World MAX Finals in Thailand event against Mohammad Ghaedibardeh. Paul Daley has been resigned by Bellator and is expected to fight for them some time in the coming months. 

Before either of those, though, he was scheduled to fight at BAMMA 16 in the UK where he made a huge impact when he scored a huge TKO victory in the second round over Marinho Moreira da Rocha with a crushing left to the liver. Paul Daley's left hand is really a thing of beauty, is it not?

Here's a look at the finishing blow thanks to Caposa.

 

Check Out Matt Lucas's Short Story Collection; 'The Boxer's Soliloquy'

Sometimes it is good to know that there are people out there as crazy as I am. When I say crazy, I mean that in the nicest way, as well. In January of last year I released my first book, The Godslayer, which was a novel about a professional fighter coping with retirement and an ever-changing landscape of his sport passing him by. The truth of the matter is, there isn't a ton of fiction out there that accurately depicts the life of a fighter, which sucks considering there are tons of biographies. 

So I was pretty excited when I found out about Matt Lucas's short story collection, The Boxer's Soliloquy. Here's somebody as crazy as I am (well, maybe not as crazy) putting his stuff out into the wild and letting everyone have at it. It is a collection of fifteen interconnected short stories showing what life is like for fighters in both America and Thailand in one of the most brutal-yet-beloved sports in muay thai. Matt brings his own personal experiences from fighting to the table to add to the authenticity. 

I recommend that you check it out via ebook (here), or if you are still one of those tactile people, buy a hard copy

Adidas Announces Partnership with Friday Night Fights

Sports apparel brand adidas has been making a big push into the world of Martial Arts over the past few months with their latest move being an interesting one, to say the least. Today adidas announced that they are teaming up with New York muay thai promotion Friday Night Fights. Adidas seems inspired to look outside of the box in their sponsorships and teaming with Friday Night Fights is a tremendous opportunity for the New York-based promotion that has been making waves for years.

“From our perspective as a brand that so many expect so much from, connecting with the right grass roots fight promotion means everything. Our objective is support the core audience and everyday blue & white collar warriors,”  “The women and men who embrace what it means to face your goals and improve yourself every night you hit the gym are who we care about. This is our company obsession. How do we serve these dedicated people and their beloved sport?  The answer is clear.: We form an alliance with Friday Night Fight’s.”

ACS’s Managing Director Scott Viscomi continues, “when you come to their events, you can feel the energy in the room, it’s electrifying! Justin and his team are long term pro’s who know what it takes to match great athletes, and entertain the people buying seats.  As we work to remind the core market of adidas’ long and rich history in Olympic Judo, Tae Kwon Do, and Boxing to Professional Boxing, MMA, and Kickboxing, we couldn’t have a better strategic partner than FNF to relaunch our Muay Thai programs."

WGP 22 Fight Card and Stream Info - Alex Pereira vs. Robert Thomas

On September 27th in Sao Paulo, Brazil WGP Kickboxing will present their 22nd event, featuring GLORY's Alex Pereira competing against Canadian fighter Robert Thomas in the main event. The event will be streamed live on WGP's site for a super low price of $10. It is looking to be a great card and won't set you back a ton, either, allowing you to support WGP and Brazilian Kickboxing.

Under Card

K1 Rules (64.5 kg): Samuel Pereira vs Wellington Lopes
K1 Rules (71.800 kg): Fabiano “Mineiro” Silva vs Marcelo Dionisio
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (66.800 kg): Valmir Theiss vs Édipo Herbert Lima 

Main Card

60kg GP Semi-Final - K1 Rules (60 kg): Ignacio Capllonch (ARG) vs Gustavo Piacentini (BRA)
60kg GP Semi-Final - K1 Rules (60 kg): Rafael “Coruja” Xavier vs Paulo Tebar
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (69.100 kg): Wellington Tom vs Bruno Gazani
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (94,100 kg): Wallyson “Maguila” Carvalho vs Felipe Micheletti
WAKO PRO Brazilian Title - Low Kicks (85 kg): Francisco Araújo vs Cesar Almeida
60kg GP Finals - K1 Rules (60 kg): Winner Fight 1 x Winner Fight 2
K1 Rules (85 kg): Robert Thomas (CAN) x Alex “Po Atan” Pereira (BRA)

Former K-1 USA Fighter Sean O'Haire Passes Away at 43

Sad news today that former WCW/WWE wrestler and former K-1 fighter Sean O'Haire passed away yesterday at the age of 43. O'Haire's career began in WCW where he entered the WCW Power Planet where they trained new wrestlers. From there he ended up on WCW television in 2000 until the company was sold to WWE in 2001. He continued on to WWE (WWF at the time) where he competed under numerous gimmicks before he was released in 2004.

It was no secret that he loved fighting sports and was soon given an offer to compete for K-1 in 2004. O'Haire's focus was split between MMA, kickboxing and professional wrestling for most of his time in the ring, but he wasn't without controversy. K-1 had claimed that O'Haire had a 10-1 kickboxing record and 8-0 MMA record, which of course he had two MMA fights in 2004 that he won and zero kickboxing bouts until he made his K-1 debut. O'Haire couldn't quite hang in K-1, but brought them a lot of attention until he retired from kickboxing and MMA to settle down and be a barber in South Carolina.

Condolences to his friends, family and fans across the world. 

Remy Bonjasky Accuses 80 - 90% of High Level Kickboxers of Doping

If you follow sports outside of kickboxing you know how much of a problem performance enhancing drugs are. Hell, we even had our first positive drug test at a GLORY event at GLORY 17. It is kind of the nature of sports, in a way; you want to be bigger, better, stronger and to be able to compete. If you think that everyone else is doping, you find yourself needing to do it to compete. There haven't been a ton of cases of kickboxers in trouble for PEDs, but there have always been rumors and accusations.

Remy Bonjasky this weekend added fuel to the fire by claiming that 80 - 90% of K-1 fighters were juicing and that he was never a part of that club. He cites wider jaws and added muscle mass as visual cues that someone is on steroids, which seems like a pretty broad statement. 

"I do not use and have never done so. I've always said that if I do not succeed in a normal way, I should quit [fighting.] I always want to win and if I can not win with eating normally then it stops." [source]

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