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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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Yokkao Runs Into Slight Setback for Yokkao 10/11

It looks like Yokkao have run into a slight hangup when it comes to their upcoming events of Yokkao 10 and 11 at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton on October 11th. As we've seen is prone to happen with international fighters making their way into another country, there are a few visa issues for some of the fighters from Thailand. The good news is that Pakorn has been allowed into the country, while his trainers were not. Along with Pakorn's trainers, both Kongsak and Rumnai and their respective corners were denied entry into the UK. 

There has been some criticism pointed at the promoters for not doing their due diligence with the visa process, but ultimately it falls upon the parties who were denied entry, considering that everyone else's visas were approved. The visa process also takes the UK three weeks to be processed and there is a specific time frame which you must use the visa within. This is also something that tends to happen in combat sports due to how involved the visa process can be for fighters traveling to other countries. 

Pakorn vs. Greg Wootton will go on as scheduled while Yokkao is working on securing new opponents for Tim Thomas and Dean James. It should also be noted that over 70% of the tickets to the event were already sold well in advance of the card being announced after the last Yokkao event in England got some of the craziest rave reviews that I've ever seen for a live fight card. Before anyone straps on their tinfoil hats, Yokkao has paid the fighters who were unable to obtain visas and has a long track record of putting on shows under crazy circumstances with them still happening (like the Reunion show where the promoter pulled out at the last minute but the event was relocated).

UFC Vet Miguel Torres Added to Legacy Kickboxing Show in January

Former WEC Champion and UFC fighter Miguel Torres has been in demand for kickboxing over the past year, with him initially announced to be participating in GLORY 17 only for the deal to fall through. It looks like Miguel Torres will make his kickboxing debut this January, only for Legacy Kickboxing 1, the event that already has quite a bit of talent lined up for it, including Cosmo Alexandre and Pat Barry. We were informed by Mick Maynard of Legacy Fights of Torres's inclusion over this weekend.

Miguel Torres will be fighting World Combat League(!) and Legacy veteran Angel Huerta. Yes, he fought in WCL, which automatically makes this a fight that we have to see because, well, WCL never die. Pretty much most of the American kickboxing landscape at this point all leads back to WCL in 2006.

Legacy Kickboxing 1 goes down on Friday, January 16th live on AXS TV.

WGP 22 Results: Alex Pereira Wins Big

This Saturday in Brazil WGP held their 22nd event featuring GLORY star Alex Pereira in the main event against Canadian fighter Robert Thomas. The two fought a hard bout that saw Pereira outstrike Thomas and take the decision victory. There was a one-night 60kg GP that saw Paulo Tebar go on a tear, knocking out both of his opponents. Here are the official results.

Results WGP #22

Under Card

Fight 1 K1 Rules (58,2 Kg) Felipe Gheno defeated Bruno Cerutti by split decision.

Fight 2 K1 Rules (71,8 kg) Marcelo Dioníso defeated “Fabiano Mineiro” by KO.

Fight 3 K1 Rules (66,800 kg) – WAKO PRO Brazilan Title Bout Édipo Herbert defeated Valmir Theiss by unanimous decision.

Main Card

Fight 1 – GP Semifinal K1 Rules (60 kg) Ignacio Capllonch (ARG) defeated Rafael Spin (BRA) by unanimous decision.

Fight 2 – GP Semifinal K1 Rules (60 kg) Paulo Tebar defeated Rafael “Coruja” by KO.

Fight 3 – WAKO PRO Brazilan Title Bout  Low Kicks (69,100 kg) Bruno Gazani defeated Wellington Tom by unanimous decision.

Fight 4 – WAKO PRO Brazilan Title Bout Low Kicks (94,100 kg) Felipe Micheletti defeated Wallyson “Maguila” Carvalho by TKO.

Fight 5 – WAKO PRO Brazilan Title Bout Low Kicks (85 kg) Cesar Almeida defeated Francisco Araújo by KO.

Fight 6 – GP Final K1 Rules (60 kg) Paulo Tebar defeated Ignacio Capllonch by TKO.

Fight 7 – Super Fight K1 Rules (85 kg) Alex “Po Atan” Pereira (BRA) defeated Robert Thomas (CAN) by unanimous decision.

Enfusion Live #21 on October 4th Card

Enfusion returns with Enfusion Live #21 on Saturday, October 4th live from Germany. The event will be streaming on EnfusionLive.com for free and will feature Nikolaj Falin fighting Mohamed Boubkari for the Enfusion -95kg World Championship. Here is the full card for the event.

#21 Enfusion Live Merseburg, Germany Saturday 4.10.2014

Watch Live on the Enfusion Stream www.enfusionlive.com

Start Time 22.00 local time 

1. Max Baumert (Germany) Vs Valdet Gashi (Albania) -70 KG

2. Mellony Geugjes (The Netherlands) Vs Dilara Yildiz (Turkey) -54 KG

3. Leo Bönniger (Germany) Vs Mohammed Jaraya (Morocco) -70 KG

4. Enrico Rogge (Germany) Vs Mohand Bouzidi (France) -90 KG

5. Mark Vogel (Germany) Vs Ilias Bulaid (Morocco) -70 KG

6. Nikolaj Falin (Russia) Vs Mohamed Boubkari (Morocco) -95 KG - Enfusion World Title -95KG

Gokhan Saki Reveals That His GLORY Contract Expired

There have been endless rumors swirling around about GLORY over the past few months, including rumors about certain fighters' contracts expiring. This doesn't exactly mean that these fighters are going to leave GLORY, but contract negotiations are a serious thing and money does speak louder than words or promises for a lot of fighters. One of which that we've known about for a while now is Gokhan Saki. There have been issues between GLORY management and Saki's team for a while now, only for the latest to be talk of his GLORY contract expiring and him having offers from promoters in Russia and Dubai (Dubai being where he's currently training).

What better way to confirm this than straight from the man himself? In an interview with The Fight Network Gokhan Saki confirms that his contract with GLORY has ended and that he would be open to renegotiating with them -- especially considering that he's the GLORY Light Heavyweight Champion -- and fighting before the year is through. 

Live Stream for WGP #22 Tonight

Today at 8pm Eastern time WGP Kickboxing in Brazil will present WGP#22 live via internet PPV. You will be able to view the event for $10 via their website or by purchasing the event below. The card is as follows.

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)

K-1 World GP in Japan 2014 -65kg Tournament

The Japanese entity formerly known as K-1 World League has changed things up a bit, confirming that they are indeed an official branch of K-1 Global running the K-1 World GP in Japan 2014 -65kg tournament. The event goes down on November 3rd in Japan and will crown a champion at -65kg, featuring some familiar names, including the best 65kg fighter in the world named Yuta Kubo. Former FEG K-1 sensation HIROYA is also in the tournament.

Here's a look at the tournament as it stands right now;

HIROYA (Japan) vs. Michael Thompson (Australia)
Soda Yasuomi (Japan) vs. Kimura Minoru (Brazil)
Yamazaki Hideaki (Japan) vs. Kaew Fairtex (Thailand)
Kubo Yuta (Japan) vs. Raz Sarkisjan (Armenia)

SuperKombat Announces World Grand Prix Final Elimination on October 25th

This weekend SuperKombat will promote the SuperKombat World Grand Prix in Almere, Netherlands, featuring Catalin Morosanu vs. Brian Douwes, plus a four-man tournament. They plan on staying ahead of the curve, though, announcing the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Elimination event for October 25th in Geneva, Switzerland. The show will feature four elimination bouts between top Light Heavyweights, which will seed them for the November 22nd SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final tournament in Italy.

The main event of the evening will be SuperKombat Super Cruiserweight Champion Andrei Stoica vs. Moises Baute of Spain. This will be Andrei's second title defense and Moises Baute's time to shine after winning the tournament in Constanta earlier this year. For more information on the event, check out SuperKombat.com.

Yokkao Opens Yokkao Shop Bangkok

Yokkao announced today that they have opened up Yokkao Shop Bangkok, located on the fourth floor of the RSU Tower in Bangkok, next to the Fight Lab Yokkao Training Center. This kind of creates a Yokkao powerhouse in Bangkok where the Fight Lab Yokkao Training Center offers muay thai, boxing, MMA and BJJ classes weekly and next door is the Yokkao Fight Shop featuring gear and a decked-out juice bar. 

For those in the area or visiting soon, the Yokkao Fight Shop Bangkok is located at; Sukhumvit Soi 31 - RSU Tower 4th floor (Phrom Phong BTS Station). For more information check out Yokkao's Facebook page.

Former NBA Player Darko Miličić to Pursue Career in Kickboxing

Chalk this up as some strange news, but professional basketball player Darko Milicic has decided that basketball just isn't for him, but that professional kickboxing is. The Serbian was a second draft pick in his rookie year and has since played on the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Boston Celtics before retiring in 2012. It seems like a bit of an odd transition to go from the NBA to professional kickboxing, but apparently it is a real thing. 

Now, before you get excited and start talking about GLORY, K-1, SuperKombat or Enfusion, he's apparently inked a deal with WAKO Pro and will announce his first kickboxing fight on Wednesday. [source]

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