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Krush 69 Fight Card

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Krush 69 takes place tonight at 4am EST/1am PST from the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan and will be streaming live on Abematv, Gaora, and Nico. The card includes 2 Krush championship fights, one at 55kgs and the other for the women's Krush title.

Fight Card

-53kg : Fumiya Hata vs Akihiro Kaneko

-45kg : Koto Hiraoka vs Yukari

-60kg : Yuki Miwa vs Riku Anpo

-63kg : Keisuke Nakamura vs Hajime Hata

-48kg : Momi vs Miyako "Smile" Mitsuhori

-65kg : Daiki Matsushita vs Mitsuharu Waki

-67kg : Mohan Dragon vs Takehiko Saito

-55kg : Ryuji Horio vs Keisuke Ishida

-70kg: Hiroki Nakajima vs Kotetsu

-70kg : Yu Hirono vs Shintaro Matsukura

Krush Womens Championship : Kana vs Kill Bee

Krush -55kg Championship : Nobuchika Terado vs Charles Bongiovanni

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SuperKombat Releases Full Card For Oct. 1 Event, Featuring Ngimbi vs. Paraschiv Title Fight

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On Saturday SuperKombat returns with their latest SuperKombat World Grand Prix event, this one being headlined by a huge world title fight at 72.5kg between Amansio Paraschiv and former It's Showtime champion Chris Ngimbi. Ngimbi has been highly-regarded for years now while Paraschiv has been incredibly impressive as late. Paraschiv won the New Heroes World Title in 2015 and now will be contending for the vacant title against very worth competition in Ngimbi.

Superkombat New Heroes (18:30 CET (19:300, local hour), Sport.ro, Fight Box)

1. Super Fight - MMA rules - Super Middleweight division (-75 kg)

Eugen Vulpe (Rep. Moldova) vs Lascar Cornelius (Romania)

2. Super Fight – Super middleweight (-77 kg)

Cristi Stoica (Romania) vs Cristian Rotar (Romania)

3. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus division (-86 kg)

Nicu Buceac (Romania) vs Răzvan Țîru (Romania)

4. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight division (-81 kg)

Daniel Stefanovski (Switzerland) vs Ionut Sandur (Romania)

5. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight division (-81 kg)

Adelin Mihaila (Romania) vs Adrian Rosca (Romania)

6. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Kerone Davies (United Kingdom) vs Mihaita Golescu (Romania) 

7. Super Fight – Super Middleweight division (-77 kg)

Igor Scoda (Rep. Moldova) vs Alex Filip (Romania)

Superkombat WGP (21:00 CET, Eurosport)

1. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight (-81 kg)

Diego Mosquera (Colombia) vs Bogdan Nastase (Romania)

2. Super Fight - Middleweight division (-71 kg)

Eduard Chelariu (Romania) vs Andrei Leustean (Romania)

3. Super Fight – Lightweight division (-65 kg)

Jonathan Fabian (Spain) vs Cristian Spetcu (Romania)

4. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight plus division (-86 kg)

George Davies (United Kingdom) vs Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania)

5. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight division (-95 kg)

David Trallero (Spain) vs Sebastian Cozmanca (Romania)

6. World Title Fight – Middleweightdivision (-72.5 kg)

Chris Ngimbi (DR Congo) vs Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

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Bushiroad Creates KNOCK OUT, Aiming To Take Over Kickboxing

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Kickboxing's rise in popularity can almost entirely be thanked on behalf of Japan, K-1 in particular. Sure, lots of talent came from (and still comes from) Europe, but the shows never quite reached the level that K-1 did in Japan. Therefore, K-1 was kickboxing for a very, very long time. The death of FEG led to the fracturing of the sport. Now we have GLORY, K-1 Japan, K-1 Europe, SuperKombat, WGP, Kunlun and many other promotions in its wake. 

The reality here is that there are people who believe in kickboxing as a sport and all want to make it big again, but under their own terms. Would it take a rising in Japan for the sport to boom again? That's what KRUSH has been hoping for with their K-1 Japan. KRUSH originally began as a joint venture between the All Japan Kickboxing Federation and K-1, then when AJKF fell to the wayside KRUSH split off on its own. Ironically, KRUSH now is the brand keeping the K-1 name alive in Japan. But that doesn't mean that everyone has always relied upon the whole K-1/AJKF mindset when it comes to kickboxing.

There was the New Japan Kickboxing Federation as well, which split off from AJKF in the mid-90's. The promotion No Kick, No Life rose in the ashes of the whole "anti-K-1" brand of kickboxing, instead focusing on muay thai rules. Now, replacing NKNL is KIXROAD, a collaboration between NKNL and Bushiroad with their show KNOCK OUT. Confused yet? KNOCK OUT takes over No Kick, No Life's television slot on Tokyo MX starting in 2017 and is being backed by Bushiroad. If you are unfamiliar with Bushiroad they are a trading card company based out of Japan. In 2012 Bushiroad acquired New Japan Professional Wrestling and has since made the once-great Japanese wrestling promotion flourish with the help of placing New Japan's biggest stars in Hiroshi Tanahashi, Shinsuke Nakamura (now in WWE), Kazuchika Okada and Togi Makabe (what?!) back into the national spotlight. 

That is exactly what Bushiroad is looking to do with KNOCK OUT. Our pal karaevfan on Kakutougi (the best kickboxing message board, period) gave a full report and translations from their first press conference and they have huge plans. They noted that kickboxing has yet to have a global leader since FEG's K-1 disappeared. MMA has the UFC, pro wrestling has WWE (although Kriyama of Bushiroad notes that New Japan is 'working on that'), but kickboxing is fractured. 

Famed former New Japan Kickboxing champion Onodera Riki will be producing KNOCK OUT and looking to once again make kickboxing flourish. This will be straight-forward, traditional kickboxing, which means three minute rounds, three rounds for normal fights, five for title fights. As for the rules? It sounds like muay thai, but they are calling it kickboxing. Why muay thai? Because they mentioned elbows. 

The first event is scheduled for December 5th at the Tokyo Dome City Hall (formerly JCB Hall), which seats about 3,000 people. The card is threadbare for now, but they aren't focusing on exclusive talent acquisition for now, just partnering with RISE and taking freelancers. 

Yuichiro 'Jienotsu' Nagashima  vs. T-98 (Takuya Imanari)

Haruaki Otsukivs. StarBoy KwaythongGym

Tenshin Nasukawa vs TBA

Genji Umeno vs TBA

They plan on running shows every other month and don't plan on making money for two years. Everything seems ambitious, with them wanting to expand the kickboxing market and overtake their competition. I guess we'll have to wait and see what they do.

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Fight Card for EM Legend 16 (Emei Legend)

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EM Legend in China continues hitting on all cylinders for their next event, which happens on September 24th in China. Their 65kg tournament continues with Quade Tarnaki against Anvar Boynazarov and Kunchai vs. Manas. Also featured on the card is Rasul against Hiroya and a few other big fights.

65kg Tournament: Quade Tarnaki vs. Anvar Boynazarov

65kg Tournament: Kunchai vs. Manas

60kg Christian vs. Ji Duo Yi Bu

63kg Antoine Habash vs. Zhao ChuanLin

64kg Jonnata vs. Zhang ChengLong

65kg Rasul vs. HIROYA

70kg Sasu Lucian vs. Zhao XiaoYu

70kg Magomedov vs. Bian Denis

70kg Mendes vs. Liang YuanHao

70kg Mo ZhuangWei YuLong vs. Valentino Thibaut

70kg Ying PengPeng vs. William Whipple

70kg Elizier vs. Liu Lei

75kg Bahram Abdolmaleki vs. Han KaiHu

80kg Alexei Liubchenko vs. Falcao

93kg Sergj vs. Carlos Ulberg

100kg Douglas Abror vs. Andrei Sen

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Inaugural Rise of Heroes Fight Card

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Rise of Heroes 1

WLF's new event series dubbed "Rise of Heroes" is set to start rolling on September 17 in Chaoyang, China. The events will feature a steady stream of 4-man tournaments at 57kg, 60kg, 68kg and 71kg. The winners of these qualifying tournaments then look to face each other at later events. There will also be superfights on each event starting with WLF regulars like Qiu Jianliang and Israel Adesanya.

Rise of Heroes will broadcast delayed each thursday on Beijing Television in China. We're still waiting to see possible details on internationally available live streaming and will keep you posted.

The following Rise of Heroes event is scheduled for October 29 & 30.

Fight Card

57kg Tournament Semifinals
Wang Junguang (China) vs. Thanapon (Thailand)
Feng Tianhao (China) vs. Elias Mahmoudi (France)

60kg Tournament Semifinals
Kong Long (China) vs. Dmitrii Sirbu (Moldova)
Fenf Liang (China) vs. Sergei Kurilchenko (Russia)

68kg Tournament Semifinals
Lu Jianbo (China) vs. Rungthiwa Kueabram (Thailand)
Bai Lishuai (China) vs. Aissam Chadid (Spain)

71kg Tournament Semifinals
Zhou Tao (China) vs. Luiz Perreira (Portugal)
Li Zikai (China) vs. Talha Tunc (Germany)

Superfight - 63kg
Wei Rui (China) vs. Maksim Petkevich (Belarus) 

Superfight - 88kg
Guo Qiang (China) vs. Mose Afoa (Tonga)

MMA - 70kg
Wang Guan (China) vs. Kamardin Akhmadbekov (Tajikistan)

Superfight- 85kg
Israel Adesanya (New Zealand) vs. Romain Falendry (France)

Superfight - 67kg
Qiu Jianliang (China) vs. Melvin Wassing (Netherlands)

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Enfusion Live 41 Fight Card

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Enfusion Live 41 will take place on September 17, 2016 in Antwerp, Belgium and be a live PPV stream on their website www.enfusionlive.com. The card includes a 70kgs 4-man tournament, a rematch between Tayfun Ozcan and Mohammed Jaraya and a female world title fight between Najat Hasnouni Alaoui and Sheena Widdershoven.

Fight Card

1. 67kgs Enfusion World Title - Najat Hasnouni Alaoui (Morocco) vs Sheena Widdershoven (The Netherlands)

2. Ismael Lazaar (Morocco) vs Kirk Krouba (Ivory Coast)

3. 70kgs tournament - Aziz Kallah vs Mohammed Mezouari

4. 70kgs tournament - Yassin Baitar vs Cedrik De Keirsmaeker

5. 70 kgs tournament final

6. Ibrahim El Boustati vs Filip Verlinden

7. Crice Boussoukou vs Jonay Risco

8. Mohammed Jaraya vs Tayfun Ozcan

9. Nordin Ben Moh vs Serginio Kanters

 

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SuperKombat Explains The Lack of Stoicas On Recent Cards

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SuperKombat is a promotion that has done a great job in building up its own stars, often times from just about scratch, taking rough fighters with talent and putting them in an international spotlight. Two such fighters were the Stoica brothers, Bogdan and Andrei. Both were focal points for the SuperKombat promotion, but have been mostly fighting for the Respect World Series events of late, their omission on SuperKombat cards notable. 

There were rumors of financial debates being the core of the fracture, but now SuperKombat's Alin Huiu spoke with KickboxingPlanet about why we haven't seen the two on their cards. 

Bogdan and Andrei were in this situation with a 90% rate of participation in Superkombat events from 2011 to 2015. In last two seasons, both lost world titles and new fighters came in the international attention so probably they had also an image problem. Beside that, we must accept that we passed difficult time with partners and sponsors and in the same time, fighters were asking more money even they didn’t had the same positions in the rankings. After different conflicts with their team, who was putting pressure on financial conditions, the business relationship with their gym was cancelled. 

While he said never say never to seeing them again, it seems like for now SuperKombat has shifted their focus to building other stars and that the Stoica brothers are finding their own way in the world. SuperKombat's next event is scheduled for October 1st.

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Superstar Actor Idris Elba to Fight in Kickboxing For Reality Series

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One of the biggest stories that amounted to nothing for the kickboxing world was Jean-Claude Van Damme's desire to fight Somluck Kamsing in a kickboxing fight. The fight was teased for years, with the revival of JCVD's acting career getting in the way of his dream to prove to the world that his fighting credentials were for real and that he was an actual tough guy. The last we heard of this was JCVD jumping into the ring during one of Kamsing's fights in Thailand where he found himself in trouble, with Van Damme jumping into the ring in between rounds and attempting to fan his would-be challenger in an attempt to help him. Instead, Kamsing was disqualified. 

That was it for JCVD's big fight and perhaps we'll never hear about it again, but now an even bigger name has made a commitment to kickboxing; Idris Elba. Elba, the man who went from being Stringer Bell in The Wire to Luther on BBC to being a Hollywood leading man with everyone calling for him to portray James Bond, is probably at his peak popularity right now. His most recent role was as the main villain in Star Trek: Beyond with a lot more on the horizon.

But at age 43 he's following a dream of his, which is to fight professionally. During his 20's he trained kickboxing to keep himself in shape and considered fighting, but instead he found himself landing steady acting gigs, leaving his dream behind. Now, thanks to a partnership with Discovery Networks, he's back in training to be a kickboxer and the whole thing will be recorded and presented for audiences. 

The show is called Idris Elba: Fighter and will follow Elba throughout the span of a year, documenting his training across the world as well as his fight. Who he will be training with and who the fight will be against are a mystery, but the whole thing is said to air in early 2017.

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Krush 68 Fight Card

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Krush 68 takes place tonight in Nagoya, Japan at the Nagoya Congress Center. The card will air live on Abema.tv if you are "IN" Japan, it wont be on their sports channel this time but on their designated fight channel which is shown by some Japanese kanji symbols. Aside from the great talent and usual crazy fights Krush always gives us this card as a special exhibition between Kaew Weerasakreck the K-1 65kgs champ and Takeru the K-1 55kgs champ. The fight is 3x2min rounds, I wonder how hard they will actually go. Hopefully its the type of exhibition that Masato and Kid Yamamoto had where Kid got dropped multiple times.

Fight Card

Kuroudo vs Shun Kato

Daiki Shimizu vs Takuma Kawaguchi

Seiya Ueda vs Kazuyuki Yamashita

Kentaro Miyachi vs Syun Kentoshi

Kazunari Kimura vs Daisuke Fujimara

Keisuke Nakamura vs Hiroyuki

Hiroto Iwasaki vs Rukiya

Masafumi Kurasaki vs Ryuji Horio

Exhibition match - Kaew vs Takeru

Taito vs Hisaki Higashimoto

Masaaki Noiri vs Pengfei Wang

 Kaito Ozawa vs Tatsuya Oiwa

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Kunlun Fight 51 & 52 Fight Card

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After a stacked Kunlun Fight 50 on August 20th they will have Kunlun Fight 51 and 52 on Sept 10 and 11 in Fuzhou, China. Now the events aren't as stacked as Kunlun Fight 50 but there are some very interesting match ups including the return of Marc De Bonte to kickboxing, Hicham El Gaoui's Kunlun Debut, Andrei Herasimchuk in a heavyweight tournament and a 65kgs tournament. Adding Marc De Bonte and Hicham El Gaoui to the 80kgs division makes things very interesting.

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Kunlun Fight 50 Fight Card Featuring Sitthichai, Stetsurenko, Groenhart and More

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Kunlun Fight 50 is happening on August 20 in Jinan, China with a lot of tournament action on the card. The 70kg tournament continues with 6 more fights to decide who gets to join Superbon Banchamek in the quarterfinals. On the event also the first 2 fights of a quality 8-man 80kg tournament with the likes of Murthel Groenhart and Alexander Stetsurenko participating.

Fight Card

60kg
Hao Jiahao (China) vs. Lin Qiangbang (China)

60kg
Li Jia (China) vs. Liu Lianfeng (China)

70kg
Yohann Drai (France) vs. Canison Yokasay (Thailand)

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Mohamed Mezouari (Netherlands) vs. Arthit Hanchana (Thailand)

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Serginio Kanters (Suriname) vs. Wu Xuesong (China)

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Jomthong Chuwattana (Thailand) vs. Lee Sung-Hyun (South Korea)

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Andrei Kulebin (Belarus) vs. Tian Xin (China)

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Cedric Manhoef (Suriname) vs. Kong Lingfeng (China)

70kg Tournament 1/8 Final
Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) vs. Claudiu Badoi (Romania)

75kg
Hossein Karami (Iran) vs. Zhang Yang (China)

MMA - 59kg
Hera Tamati (New Zealand) vs. Tang Jin (China)

MMA - 61,5kg
TBA vs. Chu Guangfu (China)

80kg Tournament Quarterfinal A
Alexander Stetsurenko (Russia) vs. Bo Fufan (China)

80kg Tournament Quarterfinal B
Jonatan Oliveira (Brazil) vs. Murthel Groenhart (Netherlands)

75kg
Michal Ronkiewicz (Poland) vs. Zheng Zhaoyu (China)

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Glory of Heroes 4 Fight Card

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Glory of Heroes 4

Glory of Heroes 4 is going down this Saturday in Changzhi, China and there's definitely a few names worth highlighting on the card. WLF regular Israel Adesanya will meet Yousri Belgaroui and Cedric Doumbe fights Chen Yawei. Also in a fight that was supposed to happen on the previous Glory of Heroes event but got cancelled last minute, Jemyma Betrian will get another chance to fight Chinese Gong Yanli.

As usual all the fights will be streamed live for free and the 2nd half of the card is also broadcast live on Henan TV.

Full Card

Kickboxing - 71kg
Lian Yuxuan (China) vs. Mostafa Hassanvand (Iran)

MMA - 65kg
Ji Xian (China) vs. Artem Horodinets (Ukraine)

Kickboxing - 58kg
Wang Junguang (China) vs. Sankeng (Thailand)

Kickboxing - 60kg
Yun Qi (China) vs. Kruk Yauhen (Belarus)

Kickboxing - 63kg
Deng Zeqi (China) vs. Stavros Exakoustidis (Greece)

Kickboxing - 55kg
Gong Yanli (China) vs. Jemyma Betrian (Netherlands)

Kickboxing - 63kg
Wei Rui (China) vs. Matteo Taccini (Italy)

Kickboxing - 72kg
Zhang Kaiyin (China) vs. Sakda Niamhom (Thailand)

Kickboxing - 68kg
Tie Yinghua (China) vs. Youssef Assouik (Denmark)

Kickboxing - 85kg
Israel Adesanya (New Zealand) vs. Yousri Belgaroui (Tunisia)

Kickboxing - 80kg
Chen Yawei (China) vs. Cedric Doumbe (France)

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W5 Legends in Prague On October 8th

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While W5 has an upcoming event on September 10th, their October offering is shaping up to be quite a big card. The main event sees Anderson "Braddock" Silva square off with Ondrej Hutnik while Tomas Hron against Andrei Stoica takes the co-main spot. Other names include Freddy Kemyao, Erkvan Varol, Dzevad Poturak, as well as Yoann Kongolo and Cosmo Alexandre in a tournament. 

W5 Legends in Prague

Ondrej Hutnik vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva

Tomas Hron vs. Andrei Stoica

71kg European Championship: Erkvan Varol vs. Vlad Tuinov

Jan Soukup vs. Freddy Kemayo

Lubos Suda vs. Dzevad Poturak

Martin Gano vs. Nikola Cimesa*

75kg World Title Tournament: Matous Kohout vs. Nikola Cimesa*

Petr Ondrus vs. Jiri Zak

75kg World Title Tournament: Yoann Kongolo vs. Cosmo Alexandre

Tournament Reserve: Anatoli Hunanyan vs. Jasmin Bajrovic

*Clearly Cimesa isn't fighting twice, we'll check with W5 and clarify this later.

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Card For Kunlun Fight 49 x REBELS.45 in Tokyo

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This coming weekend Kunlun Fight continues with their efforts in China, but the following weekend sees Kunlun Fight head to Japan for an event cross-promoted with REBELS in Tokyo on August 7th. The event will feature 65kg tournament qualifiers featuring talent from Kunlun and REBELS vying for spots in the tournament, including names like Tetsuya Yamato, Yousuke Mizuochi, Kim Dongsu and Craig Dickson.

Interestingly enough to 70kg fighters get a chance to shine with HINATA against Albert Kraus in what feels like a classic K-1 MAX match-up.

Kunlun Fight 49 x REBELS.45

65kg Tournament Qualifier E

Wei Ninghui (China) vs. Yousuke Mizuochi (Japan)

65kg Tournament Qualifier F

Petchtanong (Thailand) vs. Tetsuya Yamato (Japan)

65kg Tournament Qualifier G

Buray Bozaryilmaz (The Netherlands) vs. Kim Dongsu (South Korea)

65kg Tournament Qualifier H

Craig Dickson (United Kingdom) vs. Bai Lishuai (China)

Kickboxing – 70kg

Li Zhuangzhuang (China) vs. Takuma Konishi (Japan)

Kickboxing – 70kg

Gu Hui (China) vs. Danilo Zanolini (Brazil)

Kickboxing – 70kg

Albert Kraus (The Netherlands) vs. Hinata (Japan)

Kickboxing – 70kg

Mohamed Mezouari (The Netherlands) vs. David Ruiz (Spain)

MMA – 54kg

Zhang Weili (China) vs. Emi Fujino (Japan)

MMA – 58kg

Zhang Meixuan (China) vs. HPS Date (Japan)

Kickboxing – 58kg

Lin Bin (China) vs. Tenshin Nasukawa (Japan)

Kickboxing – 61.5kg

Naruto Banchamek (Thailand) vs. Keijiro Miyakoshi (Japan)

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Morosanu Injured, Out of Fight This Weekend.

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Sadly, this is the fight game, Catalin Morosanu is not the type of guy to pull out of a fight for any small thing so as he posted on his facebook he has been advised by doctors that he has a Herniated Disc that requires surgery. He seems truly upset about not being able to represent his country and make his fans proud but assures he will be back and give it his all. We wish Catalin Morosanu all the best, a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him fight again soon.

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Card For SuperKombat World Grand Prix III on July 30th

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On Saturday, July 30th, SuperKombat returns with the SuperKombat World Grand Prix III from Romania. The event is headlined by Catalin Morosanu against Murat Aygun in a heavyweight clash, with Alexandru Negrea and Dawid Kasperski fighting for a chance at the -86kg title. 

World Grand Prix (21:00 CET, Sport.ro and Eurosport)

Main-event - Heavyweight division (+96 kg)

Murat Aygun (Turkey) vs Cătălin Moroșanu (Romania)

Eliminatory title fight - Light Heavyweight plus Division (-86 kg)

Dawid Kasperski (Poland) vs Alexandru Negrea (Romania)

Super Fight - Middleweight division (-71 kg)

Rangel Ivanov (Bulgaria) vs Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

Super Fight - Super Middleweight division (-77 kg)

Fotis Gionis (Greece) vs Alex Filip (Romania)

Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)

Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname) vs Sebastian Cozmâncă (Romania)

Super Fight - Heavyweight division (+96 kg)

Robert Constantin (Italy) vs Andrei Sugar (Romania)

New Heroes (19:00 CET, Sport.ro and Fight Box HD)

Super Fight - Middleweight division (-72,5 kg)

Mustapha El Messaoudi (Morocco) vs Eduard Chelariu (Romania)

Super Fight - Light Heavyweight division (-81 kg)

Valerian Traista (Romania) vs Adrian Roșca (Romania)

Super Fight - Light Heavyweight division (-81 kg)

Serginio Kruydenhof (Netherlands) vs Ionuț Șandur (Romania)

Super Fight - Middleweight division (-71 kg)

Mădălin Crăciunică (Romania) vs Robert Stoica (Romania)

Super Fight – Lightweight division (-65 kg)

Tiberius Udrescu (Romania) vs Cosmin Marcut (Romania)

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Robin van Roosmalen Returns to MMA In September For FFC26

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Saying "former GLORY Lightweight Champion" in regards to Robin van Roosmalen is still going to take some getting used to -- both for us and for him -- but the now-former lightweight champion will be returning to MMA on September 23rd in Austria, once again under the FFC banner at FFC 26.

Van Roosmalen's second professional MMA bout will be the headliner of the show, featuring him against 0-2 Hungarian fighter Zoltan Turai. The kickboxing portion of the card is headlined by a 77kg title bout between Shkodran Veseli and Eyevan Danenberg. Also on the card is Mladen Brestovac back in action against Damian Garcia and Samo Petje against Leo Zulic. You can find more info at FFC's website. 

Van Roosmalen debuted in MMA at FFC 22 against Theo Michailidis with a R2 TKO.

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Krush 67 Fight Card

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Krush 67 is taking place tonight at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The event starts at 1am PST/4am EST, it will be live on NicoNico TV and Abema.tv. The card includes a double main event with a 70kg title fight and the Krush womens title.

Full Fight Card

70kgs Title Fight - Jordan Pikeur vs Yamazaki Yoichi

Womens Title Fight - Kana vs Gracyer Aki

Makihira Keita vs Yamagiwa Kazuki

Osawa Fumiya vs Harada Yoshiki

Aketo Hitoshi vs Gosyu Masanobu

Kanbe Shota vs Sano Tenma

Nakazawa Jun vs Minamino Takayuki

Hirono Yu vs Akimoto Kazuya

Yuki Masato vs Egawa Yuki

Matsushita Daiki vs Shinohara Yuto

Nori vs Kudo Yuki

Jinbo Katsuya vs Wajima Hiromi

Hiraoka Koto vs Matsui Yukari

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Kunlun Fight 48 Fight Card

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Kunlun Fight 48 will take place on July 31st in Jining, Shandong Province, China at the Gymnasium of Jining Sport Center. This card has some very interesting match ups to say the least.

Lets start with Artur Kyshenko vs Alex Pereira at 81kgs, I can't help but think that Pereira is going to tower over Kyshenko and have a huge reach advantage over him which Artur is not used too as he is usually the bigger man. If Kyshenko can get the win at this weight class and still look as powerful as he always does, then he is a scary addition to this shallow weight division.

A few other really good fights on this card are Superbon Banchamek looking to get revenge on Khayal Dzhaniev for slicing up and beating legend and teammate Buakaw Banchamek last year. Robbie Hageman taking a step up to fight veteran Davit Kiria who really needs a win right now as hes on a 3 fight losing streak. Andrei Herasimchuk the man who ko'd Glory champion Rico Verhoeven will be back in action against Portugals Bruno Susano. Masaro Glunder will take on Koreas Kim Minsoo and last but not least it makes me happy to see Abdallah Ezbiri back in the mix and getting some fights in China.

 

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Card for WGP #32

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WGP #32 will take place on July 16, 2016 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil in the Multisport Gym Cajazeiras and will be broadcast on Canal Combate, Bandsports, Esporte Interativo, TV Aratu, and e TVE.

Full Card

MAIN EVENT: WGP Title K1 Rules / (71,8 Kg)

Ravy Brunow (Ravy Brunow Team / Combat Club - Eunápolis/BA) vs Bruno Gazani (União ABC - São Paulo/SP)

CO-MAIN EVENT: WGP Title K1 Rules / Peso-Super-Médio FEM (+70 Kg)

Barbara Nepomuceno (Team Big G - Vila Velha/ES) vs Aylin Sobrino (Brutal Striker - Santiago/CHI)

K1 Rules /(80 Kg) Junior ‘Alpha’ (Kingstar - Salvador/BA) vs Ruan Ferreira (Team Striker - Macaé/RJ) 

K1 Rules /(64,5 Kg) Sergio ‘Pestinha’ (Equipe Marca Maior - Salvador/BA) vs Ivan Ibarbe (Team Marcelo Salas - Santa Cruz de la Sierra/BOL)

K1 Rules /(64,5 Kg) Marcus Vinícius (Rocha União Fight - Salvador/BA) vs Guilherme ‘Ceará’ Sanchos (Ceará Team - Porto Alegre/RS) 

K1 Rules /(71,8 Kg) Miguel Jacob (Daniel Mattos Strikers' Team/APKB - Rio de Janeiro/RJ) vs Adriano Oliveira (Coliseum Team - Cuiabá/MT)

WGP #32: Super Fights

K1 Rules /(60 Kg) Denis Júnior (Coliseu Fight Clube - Vitória/ES) vs Diego Piovezan (União ABC - São Paulo/SP)

K1 Rules /(60 Kg) Ricardo ‘Coreano’ (The Rocky Kickboxing - Fortaleza/CE) vs Hugo Nascimento (Chacal Team - Aracajú/SE)

K1 Rules /(64,5 Kg) Leonardo Casotti (Team Big G - Vila Velha/ES) vs Samuel Santos (Daniel Mattos Strikers' Team/EMMECAM)

K1 Rules /(56,4 Kg) Antonio ‘Pitiço’ (CT Celio Rodrigues - Guarapuava/PR) vs Rafael Spin (Ely Kickboxing - Belo Horizonte/MG)

WGP #32: Undercard / Local Card

K1 Rules /(85 Kg) Marcos ‘Biriba’ (Colisão Team - Salvador/BA) vs Edson Marques (New Level Team - Goiânia/GO)

K1 Rules /(71,8 Kg) Kaio Reis (Chiangmai / Salvador-BA) vs Williames ‘Chacal’ (Chacal Team - Aracajú/SP)

K1 Rules /FEM (52 Kg) Kaka Naja (Naja/Trion Pro Fight - Aracaju/SE) vs Mayara ‘Marrenta’ (Equipe Demolição - Salvador/BA)

K1 Rules /(60 Kg) Jorge ‘Paulista’ (Equipe Demolição - Salvador/BA) vs Robson Santos (Strike Team / São Felix -BA)

K1 Rules /(58,2 Kg)Matheus Dantas (Equipe ST/FBMT/FPMTA - Teixeira de Freitas/BA) vs Allyson Kivio (New Level Team - Goiânia/GO)

K1 Rules /(60 Kg) Cleuber Cabral (Inside Jay Congo - JUAZEIRO/BA) vs Lucas Cruz (Equipe Virtude - Lauro de Freitas/BA) 

K1 Rules /(94,1 Kg) Ronilson Mamute (Marca Maior/Dunamis Team - Salvador/BA) vs Francisco Júnior (Giovanni Pereira Team - Teresina/PI)

K1 Rules /(60 Kg) Arnaldo de Andrade (Inside Jay Congo - Juazeiro/BA) vs Cristiano Dantas (Ravy Brunow Team / Combat Club - Crisópolis/BA)

K1 Rules /(58,2 Kg) Clecio Pereira (Naja Thai - Euclides da Cunha/BA) vs João Antunes (Equipe Demolição -Salvador/BA)

K1 Rules /(85 Kg) Gilmar ‘Blade’ (Equipe Tigre - Salvador/BA) vs Lindemberg Lira (Lira Team / Equipe Demolição - Salvador/BA)

 

 

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Glory of Heroes 5 Fight Card

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WLF will be putting on Glory of Heroes 5 in Zhengzhou, Henan, China at the Zhengzhou Olympic center on October 1, 2016. A few interesting matches on the card are Qui Jianliang who is proving to be one of Chinas best fighters against Ilias Bulaid. Also a rematch between a Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira. In their first match Pereira won a controversial decision and Adesanya is out to avenge the loss as he just did with Filip Verlinden.

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Krush 66 Card for This Weekend

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This weekend June 12, Krush 66 will take place in Tokyo Japan at the Korakuen Hall. The event will air live on Nico.tv (PPV) and live on Abema.tv sports channel (for free if you are in Japan) at 1am PST/4am EST. 

The card includes a double main event, the 63kgs tournament final between Hiramoto Ren and Sasaki Daizo plus the 53kgs tournament final between Takei Yoshiki and Ueba Yuki.

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63kgs Tournament Final - Hiramoto Ren vs Sasaki Daizo

53kgs Tournament Final - Takei Yoshiki vs Ueba Yuki

67kgs - Tsukakoshi Hitoshi vs Hirayama Jin

55kgs - Ishida Keisuke vs Takahiro

58kgs - Otaki Yuta vs Sho-ya

55kgs - Degai Taisuke vs Suzuki Yuya

60kgs - Aotsu Junpei vs "Dynamite" Takahashi Yuta

63kgs - Kitai Tomohiro vs Hara Kazuhito

60kgs - Shota vs Yokoyama Takumi

53kgs - Gunji Taito vs Ishitsuka Hiroto

53kgs - Kasami Reiji vs Tanishima Hayato

58kgs - Suzuki Masahiro vs Araki Toranosuke

60kgs - Akimoto Ryohei vs Kokubo Hiroki

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Card For W5 European League XXXV On June 18th

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On Saturday, June 18th live from Prievidza, Slovakia W5 Kickboxing returns to action with W5 European League XXXV featuring some of the top talents in the game squaring off in the W5 ring. Mohammed El-Mir takes on Marko Adamovic, Martin Pacas takes on Tarik Khbabez, Milan Pales against Vlad Tuinov and Vladimir Idranyi takes on Darryl Sichtman.

The event will be broadcast live on W5's website for 5.50 euros.

Bodoignet Joris vs. Nikola Cimesa

Adrian Valentin vs. Ivan Cuklin

Veronika Cmarova vs. Teodora Manic

Marko Adamovic vs. Mohammed El-Mir

Radovan Kulla vs. Michal Janacek

Martin Pacas vs. Tarik Khbabez

Milan Pales vs. Vlad Tuinov

Vladimir Idranyi vs. Darryl Sichtman

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WLF - Glory of Heroes 3 Fight Card

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Glory of Heroes 3 will be taking place on July 2, 2016 in Jiyuan, Henan, China. There are quite a few good matches on the card but for me the one that really stands out is a rematch between Israel Adesanya and Filip Verlinden. These two fought in 2014 on Glory 15: Istanbul where Filip Verlinden won a unanimous decision. This was Adesanyas first and only Glory fight and he did not perform like himself at all, so it will be interesting to see how this fight goes the 2nd time around.

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Details on Enfusion Live's VOD Service and Enfusion Live 40 Fight Card

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Enfusion has been giving away their content for a while now, but as most understand, giving stuff away for free without huge sponsorships isn't always the greatest business model. Enfusion will now make the move to a paid format for both their live events and their library. It's an interesting move in an age when digital networks and VOD subscriptions have become increasingly normal for companies with a big library. WWE has been slowly crawling to two million subscribers with their WWE Network, UFC has been acquiring content like crazy for UFC Fight Pass, but when it comes to smaller organizations it's never clear if this is the "right" or wrong move. 

Enfusion is charging 4.99 euros a month ($5.57) for a subscription to the library as well as 4.99 euros per live PPV event. From the time that I've been running a kickboxing site there have been promotions offering online PPVs that have looked to partner with us, outside of those crazy stacked early GLORY events none of them really sold anything. From the conversations that I've had with other people within the business they seem to agree that online PPVs simply do not sell. In this case, depending on the lag time between when Enfusion Live airs a live show and when they add it to their library, a patient fan could simply have a VOD subscription and be fine. So while I understand subscribing to the VOD service, I kind of wish that the live events were mixed in with it as well.

That being said, their introductory offers are generous, to say the least. For right now it's 4.99 euros for one month, 24.99 euros for six and 49.99 euros for twelve. As a part of this introductory offer, paying for one month gets you three months, paying for six gets you nine and paying for twelve gets you fifteen. If anything, this feels aimed at the hardcore Enfusion Live fan. So if that's you, then, well, you've already subscribed.

On top of that, Enfusion Live will be running their 40th numbered event this weekend in Spain.

Fightcard

Enfusion 80kg Championship Bout

Hichem El gaoui VS Rafael Carzola

 

Enfusion 72.5kg Championship Bout

Tayfun Ozcan VS Jonay Risco

 

Elam N Gor VS Philippe Salmon

Maximo Suarez VS Diogo Calado

David Rodriguez VS Emidio Barone

Rita Marrero VS Lizzie Largeilliere

Rafa Del Toro VS Gil Silva

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Badr Hari Released on Bail After Weekend Arrest in Morocco

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While initial reports as to the situation with Badr Hari in Morocco were foggy at best, further information was released today by the press. Badr Hari was indeed arrested on this weekend in Morocco at the Casablanca airport, but he was not flying to Brussels, instead he was flying from Brussels and was detained upon landing in his home country. The reason behind the arrest was the assault in Marrakesh the previous month. The arrest also happened on Saturday, not Thursday.

Hari has been released on bail and it looks like the kickboxing bad boy has indeed found himself in trouble yet again, contrary to friends and fans persistence that the media was somehow trying to make Hari look bad yet again. 

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Badr Hari Detained In Casablanca Airport, Subsequently Released

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Badr Hari is once again snatching headlines out of thin air, this time due to an arrest in Casablanca, Morocco. While the reason for the arrest has yet to be released, chances are it has something to do with the recent assault that Hari committed in Marrakesh, Morocco where a waiter was attacked for bringing the kickboxing superstar a glass of vodka and not a bottle. 

Reports claim that Hari was at the airport, departing for the Netherlands when he was detained. No reason has been released yet, but the speculation is that it's related to the late April incident. Badr Hari has been in the news again when renewed interest in a possible bout between GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari surfaced, with both men accepting the fight and simply looking to find an appropriate home for it. Verhoeven is currently in a negotiation period with GLORY for a new contract, which slows things down a bit, although the promotion has hoped to deliver the Hari fight for Verhoeven as a part of an offer.

If this arrest leads to anything more serious the chances of Badr Hari fighting Verhoeven drop from an already improbable range to practically zero. Here's looking at you, kid.

UPDATE: Unsurprisingly, he was released after a period of time. Apparently he was also flying to Brussels, not the Netherlands and his people are fervently saying that he wasn't arrested, simply "questioned."]

UPDATE: The same site that initially reported this news had a followup that went into further detail, explaining that the arrest was done quietly in the airport and pertained to the recent assault involving Badr Hari.

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SuperKombat World Grand Prix Bucharest Card and Details on SuperKombat Expo and Gym

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SuperKombat is once again looking to make a big impact this year by changing things up yet again. SuperKombat's dedication to bringing the world premiere kickboxing is perhaps unrivaled in passion and scope. On Saturday, May 7th, while there is a SuperKombat show featuring Cesar Almeida and Mauses Baute competing for the SuperKombat Light Heavyweight Championship, there will be a lot more as well. 

Kickboxing legend Remy Bonjasky will be hosting a slew of events over the course of the weekend to help bring kickboxing into the limelight, including the opening of the SuperKombat Academy in Bucharest. The aim of the SuperKombat Academy will be to raise the next generation of kickboxing stars. The SuperKombat team, led by Eduard Irimia, will be overseeing and curating the talent that comes through the SuperKombat Academy. They state that they are there to help both current and future stars. SuperKombat's track record with building new stars is perhaps one of the best in the business, with fighters like Benjamin Adegbuyi, Bogdan Stoica, Andrei Stoica, Cristian Milea, Amancsio Paraschiv and many others making a name for themselves on SuperKombat shows and becoming some of the best and most respected fighters in the world. 

SuperKombat will also be holding an Expo for fighters, trainers and brands to learn more about SuperKombat and the opportunities that they can provide. You can check out more details on their website.

Fight Card for the Superkombat World Grand Prix, Bucharest. 7th May 2016

New Heroes (19:00 CET, ora 20:00, live on Fight Box and Sport.ro)

1. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus bout (-86 kg)

Cosmin Ionescu (Romania) vs Alexandru Nedelcu (Romania)

2. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)

Dani Traore (Germany) vs Eduard Ingeaua (Romania)

3. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)

Nigel Thomas (United Kingdom) vs Bogdan Năstase (Romania)

4. Super Fight – Welterweight bout (-69 kg)

Bledion Pireva (Albania) vs Daniel Corbeanu (Romania)

5. Super Fight - Super Cruiserweight bout (-95 kg)

Panos Theodosiadis (Greece) vs Cristian Ristea (Romania)

6. Super Fight – Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)

Danut Hurduc (Romania) vs TBA

World Grand Prix (21:00 CET, live on Sport.ro and Eurosport 1)

1. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus bout (-86 kg)

Imanol Rodriguez (Spain) vs Dumitru Topai (Romania)

2. Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)

Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname) vs Sebastian Cozmâncă (Romania)

3. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Kirk Krouba (Belgium) vs Dangelo Marshall (Suriname)

4. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)

Cristian Milea (Romania) vs Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

5. Super Fight - Lightweight bout (-65 kg)

Stauros Exakoustidis (Greece) vs Cristian Spetcu (Romania)

6. Superkombat World Title - Light Heavyweight bout (-86 kg)

Cesar Almeida (Brazil) vs Moises Baute (Spain)

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It's W5 Time XXXIII Card From Vienna, Austria on May 21st

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On May 21st in Vienna, Austria W5 returns for It's W5 Time XXXIII. The event, airing live via a stream on their website, will feature a rematch between Massaro Glunder and Foad Sadeghi. They fought in December under the W5 banner in a fast-paced bout that saw Glunder walk away with the decision victory, but clearly there was more between the two that had to be resolved. They'll clash again on Saturday, May 21st for the W5 72.5kg Intercontinental Championship.

W5 72.5kg Intercontinental Championship: Massaro Glunder (C) vs. Foad Sadeghi

Agron Preteni vs. Labinot Zekej

Vlad Tuinov vs. Jordann Pikeur

Henry Bannert vs. Marcel Jager

Karim Mabrouk vs. Miran Fabjan

Marco Pleschberger vs. Darryl Sichtman

Dardan Avdylaj vs. Luka Petrovic

Adrian Valentinin vs. Igor Emkic

Manuel Sembera vs. Grega Smole

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