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Video: Jerome Le Banner's First Fight of His Retirement Tour

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When reflecting upon the golden days of K-1 in Japan it's hard not to think of the names of the fighters that made K-1 so special. We have reached a point where a lot of those fighters are winding down their careers and Jerome Le Banner is one of them. This past weekend he fought the first of his three retirement bouts of his retirement tour where he fought Claudiu Istrate.

Check out the fight here.

We'll have more on Jerome Le Banner's retirement tour as it is available.

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Latest Twist in Badr's Case: He's Suing the Police

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BadrA part of me is beginning to feel like Badr Hari's personal life is like a bad episode of "As the World Turns" sometimes. Every day there are more and more complications for Badr, more news coming out about his alleged assaults or affairs and to say that his personal life is personal would be a stretch. The latest in the case of the beaten Dutch millionaire at the giant dance party is that Badr is turning the tables on the legal system.

Badr's lawyer has apparently lodged a complaint with the courts that he feels there is an open line of communication between the team handling Badr's case within the police department and Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf (The Guardian). He claims that the news outlet has too much inside information, that it clearly must be coming from the police and that it is illegal.

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GLORY Overhauls Their Rules

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GLORY have done a lot for the world of Kickboxing in the past few years, some of which was adapting some of the better rules which were instated via the acquisition of It's Showtime, such as the five judge system which helped to prevent terrible decisions. Then, of course, they were also making their own unique stamp on the rules of fighting by keeping an open scoring system, which helps the fans and fighters to know where they stand. It appears that era has come to an end as GLORY has looked to homogenize itself with the rest of the American fight scene by dropping down to three judges and removing that open scoring system.

Those two changes alone are enough to make fans groan, as they were some of the more progressive rules used by GLORY that helped to ensure that the right fighter won at the end of the fight. It isn't all bad, though, as some of the more controversial stoppages in GLORY have come by the way of the standing 8-count rule, where the referee could step in if a fighter was in trouble and give them an 8-count. They have no adopted a 10-count rule where the fighter must be down or must take a knee to initiate a down, which will put the fight back in the hands of the fighters, thankfully.

What do you think?

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K-1 World Grand Prix in Los Angeles Promo Videos

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The K-1 World Grand Prix in Los Angeles is just days away now, with the show going down this coming Saturday and the heat of the summer is still on. K-1 makes its return to US soil for the first time in years and on top of that, K-1 Global will promote their first official show on their own, so there will be a lot on the line. To add to that, the event will be broadcast live on Spike.com as the first step in a multiplatform deal with Spike TV. K-1 has gone ahead and uploaded a few new videos promoting the big Heavyweight fights, and we are glad to share them with you.

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Mirko Cro Cop Finishes Satoshi Ishii in Japan

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New Year's Eve in Japan has been a tradition in combat sports for years now. Sadly, after the fall of FEG we've seen very little in the way of what we used to get with the huge Dynamite!! events in Japan. The days of Kakutougi being king in Japan have come and gone, but that doesn't mean that people don't try. 

There were a handful of events in Japan today, with the bigger ones being run by DEEP and Inoki Genome Federation. IGF featured the bigger names like Cro Cop, Satoshi Ishii, Shinya Aoki, Josh Barnett (pro wrestling, not MMA) and even hosting Fedor Emelianenko and Wanderlei Silva as special guests. The story coming away from the event is that Mirko Cro Cop finished Satoshi Ishii with a left head kick to knock him off balance then following up with a flurry of punches to put him down and out. 

This means that Mirko Cro Cop begins 2015 by holding onto the IGF World Championship.

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GLORY 28 and SuperFight Series Live Results

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GLORY 28 is today! That means that, as usual, we'll be providing live results throughout the event. The SuperFight Series airs on UFC's Fight Pass and GLORY 28's main card on ESPN3.

Follow us at @liverkickdotcom to talk about the show live or talk in the comments section here.

GLORY 28 Paris (Live on ESPN3 at 4 p.m. ET)

Heavyweight Title Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven (c) (R5 - Unanimous Decision) Mladen Brestovac -- Welp, this was exactly the fight that we all thought it would be. Rico didn't get a big knockout, sure, but Brestovac is a more careful fighter and wasn't looking to be overly-aggressive. Rico is fast, technical and defensive when he needs to be. I'm not sure who in this division beats him.

Lightweight Tournament Final Bout: Sitthichai (R3 - Decision) Marat Grigorian -- Great fight by both guys. Marat was right there with Sitthichai throughout the fight, forcing Sitthichai to fight a bit more aggressively than we are used to. He really turned it up and wanted to be assured the win from the judges, which he got. Great stuff by both guys.

Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé(R3 - UD) Murthel Groenhart -- Wow. Again. Many had seen Doumbe as simply a stepping stone for Murthel to pick up a win and some momentum, but you know what? Nobody told Doumbe that. If you've keenly followed Murthel's career you'll know that Murthel has always had a tendency to lose his temper and fight sloppy. That's not the Murthel that we've seen in his last few fights, but Doumbe was able to pull that out from him in this fight and it was beautiful. He had completely frustrated Murthel to the point where Murthel had a late hit in the last round, which the ref took a point for (which, c'mon, no way), but Doumbe pulled off the win. Chaos in the welterweight division!

Lightweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Marat Grigorian (R3 - Decision) Anatoly Moiseev -- Wow. I mean, I saw Grigorian winning this, but Moiseev is 100% legit, yet Grigorian really showed just how great he was here. He had Moiseev in trouble a bunch of times with multiple knockdowns. Great performance.

Lightweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Sittichai (R3 - UD) Davit Kiria -- Yep. I mean, we've seen this fight before, the biggest difference was that Kiria was prepared for the knees and kicks so he was a lot more defensive. He hung in there, but this was mostly one-way traffic.

GLORY SuperFight Series Paris (Live on UFC FIGHT PASS at 1 p.m. ET)

Light Heavyweight Title Headline Bout: Artem Vakhitov (R5 - UD) Saulo Cavalari (c) -- Saulo came out strong, but Vakhitov's boxing was simply too slick here. The one problem that I saw for Vakhitov going into this was going to be lack of aggression, but none of that happened here. Vakhitov was aggressive and worked over the leg and body of Saulo. Just a clinic from Vakhitov while a tired Saulo kept coming, but simply didn't have enough power left in him to fight back too much. Saulo did work the leg kick, but his own leg was so torn up that he had problems piecing together combinations.

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Xavier Vigney (R3 - UD) Freddy Kemayo -- Crazy slugfest from both guys. Things started off looking all-Vigney, but as the fight went on Kemayo found a way through Vigney's thin defenses. Biggest win that Vigney has had in a while, but man, I'm concerned about seeing him fight top heavyweights in this division. There were some serious holes in his defenses (as in, were there defenses?) and against the upper echelons of the division things could go poorly for him. You can't rely on your jaw protecting you forever. That being said, this was a pretty crazy slugfest from both guys.

Featherweight Title Bout: Serhiy Adamchuk (c) (R5 - Decision) Mosab Amrani -- Look, this fight was never gonna be pretty. This was Amrani via KO in the early rounds or it was Adamchuk via clinching and his solid boxing. That's exactly what happened and my god did Amrani take a brutal beating. In the third round Amrani went down like a sack of potatoes but got up. What ensued was two rounds of Amrani taking brutal amounts of damage and not going down. Heart? Sure. But this fight shortened his career because he wasn't doing anything, just taking shots to the jaw and holding on for a clinch. Brutal.

Middleweight Bout: Jason Wilnis (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Filip Verlinden -- This was just an incredible fight. Watch this fight, no matter how you have to. These guys were both going full force all fight and the third round ended with a crazy exchange between the two. Wilnis got the nod but great performance by both guys.

Lightweight Bout: Josh Jauncey (R2 - TKO) Johan Tkac -- Josh Jauncey has looked really good in his last few fights, but here he looked absolutely incredible. This was the complete Josh Jauncey that we've always wanted to see. Incredibly confident, slipping strikes, awesome head movement and was changing levels with fluidity. Tkac was putting forth effort, but Jauncey was able to keep him off balance and kept attacking the body and legs throughout, while not neglecting to land whenever there was a hole in Tkac's defenses up top. Tkac's corner called it after R2 due to a broken nose.

Featherweight Bout: Eddy Naït-Slimani (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Maykol Yurk -- Tough, close fight from both guys to kick things off. Really entertaining and Nait-Slimani threw some really hard shots here. Great debut.

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Andy Ristie Claims to Have Received His K-1 Money; New Questions Arise

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Andy RistieThe saga of K-1 continues on, as yet another fighter from K-1 Global's "K-1 Rising" show in Madrid has stepped forward to claim that he has received the money that was owed to him, and this fighter comes by the way of Andy Ristie. Interestingly enough, Ristie just fought for It's Showtime on It's Showtime 57&58, so if the odds were in favor of him bending in one direction or another, it would be towards It's Showtime, which is now a part of Glory.

This raises some very important questions, questions which have remained unanswered. After we heard about these "payment" issues, we reached out to It's Showtime head Simon Rutz in regards to some further details, and while he did issue a press release shortly thereafter, a lot of our questions remain unanswered. We have not heard from It's Showtime or Glory in an official fashion since the release of their counter press release, but with so many fighters coming forward to say that they were paid, the questions to the validity of the claims against K-1 are starting to rise more and more.

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Paul Daley's K-1 Debut Happening on October 4th

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UFC and Bellator veteran Paul Daley has been in the news this past week after it was announced that Scott Coker has resigned the British fighter to Bellator, hoping that he'll make his debut in the near future. K-1 fires back by announcing Paul Daley's K-1 debut fight will happen on October 4th at the K-1 World MAX Finals in Thailand. The event is headlined by the Buakaw vs. Kehl rematch for the K-1 MAX title (which we are told will be defended on its own, outside of tournaments in the future), but will also see the debut of Paul Daley.

Daley is 4-0 this year alone in kickboxing since he's returned, leading to there being a lot of hype behind his K-1 debut. His opponent has been announced as Mohammad Ghaedibardeh and the fight will be at 80kg. 

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A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: Bill Goldberg in Front of a GLORY Logo

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They always say that a picture is worth 1,000 words, right? So how about this one?

Rumors of Bill Goldberg fighting for GLORY in an exhibition bout have been swirling around for the past few months and while nothing has been made official just yet, this photo tweeted out by GLORY this afternoon sure is telling us that there will be some level of involvement from the former WCW and WWE pro wrestler, MMA commentator, actor and NFL player Bill Goldberg. Even if that something is just in a promotional extent and not fighting, which I'm sure most people wouldn't mind.

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GLORY Grand Slam - Heavyweight Scheduled for December in Tokyo

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GloryIt looks like Glory has unveiled their plans for their Heavyweight tournament finals to go down in Tokyo, and they've partnered with promotional company G-Entertainment in Japan to help make this show a reality. Press release follows.

UPDATE: Fixed factual error on name.

GLORY Partners With Japan’s G-Entertainment To Bring “GLORY Grand Slam - Heavyweight” Kickboxing Mega-Event To Tokyo In December

Live event to return the world’s greatest stand-up fighters to the sport’s spiritual home

TOKYO, Japan (July 23, 2012) –The world’s best heavyweights are set to return to Tokyo at last. GLORY Sports International (GSI) today announced ‘GLORY Grand Slam – Heavyweight,’ which will take place in the Japanese capital this December.

The event will feature GLORY’s top fighters battling in a new and exciting format and promises the Japanese fans something they have been missing for a long time - a truly world-class kickboxing event featuring the sport’s most decorated superstars.

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