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Chad '2Slick' Sugden: Ahead of His Time

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On Saturday night, GLORY veteran Chad Sugden will challenge Michael Wakeling for the IKF 75kg title in the feature bout of The Main Event from the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.

Chad '2Slick' Sugden hails from the town of Newark in the midlands of England and fights out of Suggy's Gym, training under his father and former WKA Light Middleweight World Champion Dean Sugden. Chad is the oldest of three brothers, with 19-year old Regis Sugden and 17-year old Bailey Sugden also following their father's footsteps into the world of combat sports. 

"We've all been training since we were five" Chad reveals, "it started off with hitting the pads, hitting the bag and then I realised I had a bit of a knack for it so I kept at it." Besides growing up with a former world champion as a father, what else does Chad think has contributed to the constant rise of him and his brothers? "We're all good students - we learn, we listen and since we were young, we would never shy away from a challenge. "

Although the bulk of Chad's training is completed under the tutelage of his Dad at the family gym, he has also diversified his training with trips to the legendary Hemmers gym in Holland and with the newly formed 4th Dimension MMA gym in Nottingham. He is willing to train with mixed martial artists, but as for competing in MMA itself? It doesn't seem likely. "It's not really my style" Chad reveals, "I can kickbox with the best, I can box with the best and I want to prove it. Never say never, but it's not really for me".

Whilst Chad has no intentions of following his younger brother Regis into a mixed martial arts bout any time soon, he did not rule out the possibility of returning to the sport of boxing. "It's possible" he states, "I want to enjoy what I'm doing, but I also need to stay busy. This is what I do for a living so if I'm not staying busy, I'm not making money. It all depends on what I'm doing in the future, but for now I want to secure my legacy under K-1/Glory rules."

For many kickboxing fans around the world, Chad's decision to decline GLORY’s offer to fight Karate extraordinaire Raymond Daniels in favour of a bout here in the UK may have come across as a little strange. Understandably so to, as a match with the aforementioned Daniels would have provided Sugden with exposure and an enormous opportunity to prove himself on kickboxing's biggest stage against a highly ranked opponent. The bout may have even had title implications, however before Sugden continues his ascension in the GLORY Welterweight division, he has some unfinished business to attend to.

On Saturday night, the ISKA 72.5kg champ will step-up in weight to fight Enfusion and ISKA 75kg champion Michael Wakeling. Michael and his brother, former GLORY competitor Stephen Wakeling have dominated the UK Muay Thai circuit for years, with Michael remaining unbeaten for over a decade. Whilst Sugden has confidence that his style, skills and specifically his boxing angles with get the upper hand come fight night, even he recognises the steep challenge ahead, admitting that "on paper its a 50/50 fight".

But why is this bout so important you may ask? "It's a massive fight, it's been in the works since November and it's one people in the UK have wanted to see for a while now" Chad explains, "I come from a kickboxing background and Michael is a thai boxer, so it's kickboxing vs. Muay Thai. I'm unbeaten in the UK and Michael hasn't lost in over ten years, but it's time for someone new to wear the crown."  

You see, this is far more than just a IKF title fight. It's a stylistic clash for the ages, with the winner conceivably earning the unofficial title as the pound-for-pound best striker in the whole of the UK.

Chad acknowledges the bout with Wakeling on Saturday provides a steep challenge, but he does still have his eye on the previously proposed GLORY bout with Raymond Daniels. "I'd fight him tomorrow" Chad says confidently "I don't need anymore experience. I've had over one-hundred amateur fights and that's not even including my boxing bouts. I've fought all over the world and at this weight class I'm great. I can't wait to be up there mixing it with the likes of Valtellini and Holzken and I definitely think I can beat them both too." 

Considering Chad only turned 21-years old last month, it's remarkable that he is already this accomplished within the world of kickboxing, but does the future hold for the man known as '2Slick'? "I'm looking to get my hands on that IKF world title, being ranked at number one in the UK at two different weight classes and then I'm coming for the Glory title. I mean, who wouldn't want it?"

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The New Official Badr Hari Documentary Gets Inside of the Bad Boy's Head

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Badr Hari's team has been working on an official documentary about Badr Hari now for a while, a rare look into the life of Badr Hari and for him to get on camera and talk about the highs and lows of his career. It was done in conjunction with our old friend Will "StillWill" Prescott, narrated by Michael Schiavello and shot by Eldar Gross, so you know that the quality for it will be top notch. It's fascinating to see how Badr reasons with some of the bigger mistakes in his career, notably the infamous bout with Remy Bonjasky in the 2008 K-1 finals and the Hesdy Gerges fight. His response was very telling, "I was like, fuck it." 

They even delve into Badr's legal troubles and his thoughts on the loss to Samedov. It's interesting to see how Badr transitioned to seeing fighting as a business as opposed to a passion and how it affected him both in and out of the ring.

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Card For Enfusion Live #29 on Sunday

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On Sunday Enfusion will present Enfusion Live #29 from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This one will feature a one-night 70kg tournament featuring Aziz Kallah, Fatih Ozkan, Tafun Ozcan and Reouan Larkoubi. Also on the card will be Racehl Adamus vs. Sheena Widdershoven for the Enfusion -67kg World Championship. 

The event will air at 21:00 local time on http://www.enfusionlive.com.

1. 3X3       Tournament Reserve fight
Mohammed Ben Nasser (Morocco)      Vs William Diender (The Netherlands)
-70Kg
2. 3X3       Tournament Semi Final
Aziz Kallah (Morocco) Vs Fatih Ozkan (Turkey)
- 70 Kg
3. 3X3       Tournament Semi Final
Tayfun Ozcan (Turkey) Vs Redouan Larkoubi (Morocco) 
- 70 Kg
4. 5X3       Enfusion World Title
Rachel Adamus (The Netherlands)  Vs  Sheena Widdershoven (The Netherlands) 
- 67 Kg
5. 3X3
Serginio Kanters (The Netherlands)  Vs Abdelmounim Mouya (Morocco)
- 75 Kg
6. 3X3
Ilias Bulaid (Morocco) Vs Maxim Federkov (Germany)
- 67Kg
7. 3X3       Tournament Final
Fight 1 winner   Vs          Fight 2 winner
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Card For May 23rd's SuperKombat Event

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This weekend will see the return of SuperKombat in Bucharest, pumping out a New Heroes and WGP card in the same night, featuring some big SuperKombat names to keep the fans happy. The event proper features such names as Amansio Paraschiv, Cristian Milea, Cristian Ristea and of course Bogdan and Andrei Stoica in action as well. It should be a fun, action-packed card that delivers this weekend.

SUPERKOMBAT WORLD GRAND PRIX II - BUCHAREST
Superkombat New Heroes Romania - 20:00 CET (3 rounds x 2 minutes)
1. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)
Ionuţ Stanciu vs Alin Tamaş
2. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Madalin Craciunica vs Adrian Giurgiu
3. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Andrei Ostrovanu vs Eduard Chelariu
4. Super Fight - Lightweight bout (-65 kg)
Songul Yilmaz (Turkey) vs Cristiana Stancu
5. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight (-86 kg)
Cosmin Ionescu vs Costin Mincu
6. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)
Bogdan Qatawneh vs Mirel Iacob
7. Super Fight - Super Middleweight bout (-77 kg)
Benedek Zsolt (Hungary)vs Bogdan Nastase
8. Super Fight – Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Adrian Asoltanii vs Claudiu Badoi
 
SUPERKOMBAT WORLD GRAND PRIX - 22:00 CET, LIVE ON EUROSPORT (3 rounds x 3 minutes)
1. Super Fight - Lightweight bout (-63,5 kg)
Suliman Vazeilles (France) vs Cristian Spetcu (Romania)
 2. Super Fight – Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Hirachidine Saindou (France) vs Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)
3. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Marvin Ullrich (France) vs Cristian Milea (Romania)
4. Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 g)
Ibrahim Giydirir (Turkey) vs Bogdan Stoica (Romania)
5. Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)
Redha Ogdou (France) vs Cristian Ristea (Romania)
6. Super Fight - Super Cruiserweight bout (-95 kg)
Thomas Alizier (France) vs Andrei Stoica (Romania)
7. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)
Giuseppe de Domenico (Italy) vs Ciprian Schiopu (Romania)
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Joe Schilling's Next Fight in Bellator on June 26th

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There has been some speculation as to where we'll see Joe Schilling fight next; the GLORY ring or the Bellator cage. Today that was answered when Bellator announced that Joe Schilling will return to the cage on June 26th against Japanese Middleweight slugger Hisaki Kato. Kato is 4-1, all of his professional bouts happening in the Japanese promotion Heat, all four of those wins coming via knockout, only one fight making it to the second round. 

Schilling is coming off of a decision loss to Rafael Carvalho in April in a fight that turned out to be a lot tougher than anyone had ever imagined it would be. Schilling is looking to bounce back inside of the Bellator cage and a battle against a slugger like Kato could exactly be that chance to make fireworks happen. GLORY fans are still waiting with baited breath for a rematch between Joe and Artem Levin, but after Levin drew against Marcus it looks like it might be a while before the GLORY Middleweight Champion is available to fight Schilling.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme Re-Enacts Kickboxer Dance Scene on Conan

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If you are a fan of kickboxing, action movies or even Artem Levin then you know about the JCVD dance from the film "The Kickboxer." It's a thing of legend now and is still something that is joked about. Hell, Artem Levin enters the ring doing "the dance" to the Beau Williams classic "Feeling So Good Today."

So of course when JCVD appeared on Conan this week he was asked to recreate the dance and, well, a fight breaks out. That's just what happens whenever Feeling So Good Today plays. It is probably a fact at this point.

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Card for Kunlun Fights 25 This Weekend

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This Friday Kunlun Fights 25 will take place in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Once again Artur Kyshenko will be fighting, this time against Dmitry Valent of Belarus and Enriko Kehl is taking on Mohamed Diaby from France. They will also feature a 70kg 4-man tournament. We will keep you updated on how to watch online if its available. Here is the full card by our friends at Kiksie.

Full Card

Kickboxing Tournament Reserve Fight -70kg

Volodymyr Artemenko (Ukraine) vs. Dani Corbeanu (Romania)

Kickboxing Tournament -70kg

Superball Bachamek (Thailand)

Lukasz Plawecki (Poland)

Deng Li (China)

Hichem Menaouine (Spain)

Single Fights

-60kg MMA

Miroslav Kuban (Slovakia) vs. Wu Tieyin (China)

-60kg Kickboxing

Tomas Tkac (Slovakia) vs. Wang Wanben (China)

-67kg Kickboxing

Vlad Tuinov (Russia) vs. Wu Xuesong (China)

-67kg Kickboxing

Matej Kalisky (Slovakia) vs. Chen Junxian (China)

-72kg Kickboxing

Marko Adamovic (Serbia) vs. Zheng Zhaoyu (China)

-71kg MMA

Martin Mihalik (Slovakia) vs. Wu Haotian (China)

-75kg Kickboxing

Peter Lamper (Slovakia) vs. Liu Mingzhi (China)

-75kg Kickboxing

Jan Mazur (Slovakia) vs. Chen Duoli (China)

-79kg Kickboxing

Michal Tomko (Slovakia) vs. Li Baoming (China)

-72,5kg Kickboxing

Enriko Kehl (Germany) vs. Mohamed Diaby (France)

-77kg Kickboxing

Artur Kyshenko (Ukraine) vs. Dmitry Valent (Belarus)

Lethwei -75kg

Igor Danis (Slovakia) vs. Too Too (Myanmar)

World Professional Lethwei Champion Title fight -69,9kg

Vladimir Konsky (Slovakia) vs. Ye Ta Gon (Myanmar)

 

 

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Catalin Morosanu vs. Badr Hari Postponed Due to 'Conditions'

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For Badr Hari and Morosanu fans the upcoming bout between the two sluggers was a highlight for the year. It was Badr Hari's return to the ring after some time off and it was against the best competition that he's faced since Zabit Samedov in 2013. But, much like the proposed fight with Patrice Quateron from a previous GFC event, it looks like the fans will have yet another Badr Hari fight fall through for the time being.

The official statement is vague, citing "conditions" of the fights as the reason. Morosanu isn't one to pull out of a fight and if Badr Hari's social media is any indication he seems ready to go, so one has to assume that there is something strange going on here. Much like when Patrice Quateron was pulled from the Hari fight for not "creating a family friendly atmosphere" before, we are hearing rumors of Badr Hari being unhappy with something heading into this fight. 

For now the entire event is postponed, so it looks like GFC will try to keep the fight between the two together, but if Hari is truly unhappy with the arrangement it may simply not happen. GFC has also promised a more entertaining event than the last one, for what that is worth.

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Bellator Signs Former K-1 and GLORY Star Ewerton Teixeira

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James Law for GLORY Sports International

It's no surprise to those that know how Scott Coker has promoted MMA in the past to know that he enjoys having a stable of kickboxers under his promotional banner to help to create exciting fights. Joe Schilling, Melvin Manhoef, Paul Daley and many others have found themselves gainfully employed by Scott Coker's Bellator and now Ewerton Texieira joins the mix. After FEG's K-1 folded up shop Teixeira turned his attention to MMA where he has a 3-0 record.

The last time that we saw Teixeira in the ring was at GLORY 13 where he competed against Hesdy Gerges in a tightly-contested bout seeing Gerges take the nod. Teixeira is a fighter that hasn't gotten the attention or the credit that he deserves over the years considering that he was a K-1 mainstay and was involved in three K-1 World Grand Prix tournaments before FEG's K-1 dissolved into thin air. He held wins over Jaideep Singh, Musashi, Kyotaro, Jerome Le Banner and even Errol Zimmerman in his K-1 tenure, which is nothing to scoff at. Most people remember Teixeira from his bout with Overeem that ended in a brutal knee KO, but there is a lot more to Teixeira than that.

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Mike Zambidis Announces His Retirement

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Just as yesterday we were posting about Jerome Le Banner's retirement tour a bombshell was dropped today for kickboxing fans as Mike Zambidis has announced his retirement via his Facebook account. The long-time K-1 MAX competitor and current SuperKombat 71kg champion has called it quits after one of the most memorable careers in kickboxing history that has produced some of the greatest fights throughout history.

It looks like his fight on May 9th will be his retirement fight now. Here is his statement in full.

"Thank you very much for being by my side all these years, supporting me with your love and positive energy.

After 24 years, it's time to close my fighting career and give my last two fights.

On May 9th in Cyprus and in Athens in June.

After 177 bouts, 154 wins and 87 knock outs, the experience, knowledge and lessons taken by kick boxing and championship are countless and priceless, some of them that I learned is to dare to dream and succeed in what the others planned that I cannot manage, I learned to invest fear and stress in victories and joy, I learned that when I fall, it's a chance to rest for a while and get up even stronger, experienced and angry to fight for my dreams, I learned that the best defense is forecast, that I can fight with beasts and with the right strategy and training, to knock down them in the ring, that depending on the motivation, the sacrifice is weakened, I learned that with vision, faith, patience, perseverance, discipline and abundant love I can make my wildest dreams come true.

The way was not easy, but this way cultivated me this way of thinking and instincts so I can scramble harder in the ring with the best athletes in the world, winning 15 world titles, always coming out with the Cross and the Greek flag on my chest, representing with pride and respect our country, our culture, our heavy history and what we stand for.

I am looking forward to having you by my side and giving these last two fights in the ring together.

With respect

Iron Mike Zambidis"

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Artur Kyshenko vs. Jonatan Oliveira Squaring Off at Kunlun Fight 23 This Weekend

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Kunlun Fight returns on Sunday with Kunlun Fight 23, airing on JiangSu TV at 15:30 Beijing time on April 26th. It's another packed card including some familiar names from across the world, including Lerdsilla and Nongsai in action. The big bout of the evening is between two of the world's best Welterweights in Jonatan Oliveira squaring off against Artur Kyshenko. 

Gao Xuchao (CHN) vs Dong Jian (CHN)  62kg
Zhang Dongbin (CHN) vs Abdolmaleki Masuod (IRI) 67kg
Wang Hesong (CHN) vs KRIT (THA) 75kg
E Meidie (CHN) vs Valeriya Drozdova (RUS) 52kg
Zhao Yafei (CHN) vs Bonhyuk Koo 61.5kg (MMA)
Dzianis Zuev(BLR) vs Nongsai (THA) 71kg
Wang Sai (CHN) vs Vasiliy Fedorych (UKR) 80kg (MMA)
Xiong Jingnan (CHN) vs Hodymchuk Viktoria (UKR) 60kg (MMA)
Wei Ninghui (CHN) vs Lerdsila Chumpairtour (USA) 62kg
Jonatan Oliveira (BRA) vs Artur Kyshenko(UKR) 80kg
Nuerla (CHN) vs Arthit Hanchana(THA) 80kg
Asihati (CHN) vs Abbas (IRI) 100kg+
Zhang Meixuan(CHN) vs Kazybek Ashimov (KAZ) 57kg (MMA)
Kong Lingfeng (CHN) vs Miyakoshi Soichiro (JPN) 70kg
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Catalin Morosanu Next for Badr Hari

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While not exactly on Badr Hari's "hit list," the next fight announced for the Golden Boy is none other than Romania's favorite dancing politician with heavy hands, Catalin Morosanu. Morosanu is one of Romania's toughest exports and is pretty much physically incapable of having a boring fight, which is a good thing for fans. Chances are when they step into the ring together that there will be a lot of leather thrown and that Morosanu will be fearless against Hari, something that not many fighters can say. 

The fight was announced at the GFC event today and the implication is that the fight would go down in May. There is a SuperKombat event in May, which makes a lot of sense for such a big fight like this and would draw some eyes to SuperKombat. It looks like this might be pushed back to the Fall, though. Who really knows? It's Badr Hari and he doesn't really adhere to strict schedules.

According to Irimia it will happen in either Dubai or Bucharest.

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Card for FFC 18 Tomorrow

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Tomorrow in Ljubljana FFC will present their 18th numbered event featuring a split MMA and Kickboxing card. The kickboxing card features some bigger names like Mladen Brestovac, Miran Fabjan and Samo Petje set to defend his FFC 70kg World Championship.

Eyevan Danenberg vs. Jasmin Bajrovic - 77kg

Fabio di Marco vs. Teo Mikelic - 72kg

Vasil Ducar vs. Denis Chorchyp - 91kg

Denis Marjonovic vs. Miran Fabjan - 85kg

Colin George vs. Mladen Brestovac - Heavyweight

Valentin Rybalko vs. Samo Petje - 70kg Title Fight

 

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Andy Souwer Returns to the Enfusion Ring This Weekend

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In what looks to be one of the better Enfusion Live cards of this year Enfusion presents Enfusion Live 27 this weekend on April 18th from Tenerife, Spain. The main event sees the -95kg Enfusion World title on the line between Moises Baute and champion Mohamed Boubkari and the co-main event sees K-1 legend Andy Souwer square off against Spanish star Jonay Risco.

Spanish living legend Maximo Suarez will take on Frenchman Rafael Llodra and in a pretty huge 70kg bout Amansio Parasciv will take on K-1 vet Elam Ngor.

1.  3X3                                                             - 70 KG 
Ricardo Costa (Portugal) Vs Maikel Garcia (Spain)
2.  3X3                                                             - 54 KG
Anissa Meksen (France) Vs Eva Naranjo (Spain)
3.  3X3                                                             - 70 KG
Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) Vs   Elam Ngor (Senegal)
4.  3X3                                                             - 75 KG
Rafael Llodra (France) Vs Maximo Suarez (Spain)
5.  3X3                                                             - 70 KG
Andy Souwer (The Netherlands) Vs Jonay Risco (Spain)
6.  5X3             Enfusion World Title          - 95 KG
Mohamed Boubkari (Morocco) Vs Moises Baute (Spain)

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King in the Ring 8-man Cruiserweight Tournament

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In just 2 days King in the Ring will be holding an 86kgs 8 man tournament in Aucklands ASB Stadium Kohimarama. This event will be streamed live HERE AT THIS LINK for $19.95.

Israel "Stylebender" Adesanya will be defending his place as the king in the ring after winning the tournament last year. Adesanya is fresh off his Super 8 boxing tournament win 2 weeks ago, so I'm sure confidence is high, not that he has ever had a problem with that anyway. 

The tournament consists of 4 Australian fighters and 4 New Zealanders plus 4 super fights. I am always interested in 8 man tournaments, they have always been some of the most exciting events for me, plus I always take the chance to watch The Stylebender fight live if possible.

FULL CARD

King in the Ring Trans-Tasman 8 Man Tournament

Team New Zealand

Pati Afoa [ETK, Auckland]

Israel Adesanya [CKB, Auckland]

Zak Fatamaka [GRizzly Thai Boxing, Auckland]

Zane Hopman [Fortitude Thai Boxing]

Team Australia

Simon Maait [Bulldog Gym, Castle Hill]

Mark Timms [Bulldog Gym, Manly]

Kurt Pegoraro [Corporate Boxing Gym, Brisbane]

Kim Loudon [Extreme Muay Thai, Sydney]

Superfights

MiddleweightMike “Blood” Diamond [City Kickboxing] - “Dirty” Sanchez [Full Force Gym]

LightweightSone ‘Arch Angel’ Vannathy [Arch Angel Muay Thai] - Pumipi ‘Caezar’ Ngaronoa [Dannevirke Bulldogs]

Heavyweight - Pane ‘The Punisher’ Haraki [Hastings Fitness Centre] - Nato ‘Hard Knox’ Laauli [ETK]

Middleweight - Chris ‘Cobra’ Eades [ETK North Shore] - Jordan ‘Sniper’ Syme [Grizzly Thai Boxing]

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Sergei Laschenko Murdered in Ukraine

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K-1, SuperKombat and It's Showtime veteran Sergei Laschenko was pronounced dead on April 8th at the Odessa Jewish Hospital in the Ukraine after being shot multiple times, one of the shots hitting his carotid artery. Laschenko is survived by his wife and 18-month old child.

Sergei Laschenko was a very popular Heavyweight kickboxer who trained under some of the best in the world, including Thom Harinck and Mike Passenier. For a period of time Laschenko was without a doubt one of the top ten Heavyweights in the world, which at the time of having such legendary names as Schilt, Aerts, Le Banner, Hari, Ghita and others active it was truly an important accomplishment. In 2011 he won the SuperKombat World Grand Prix and in 2014 he won the KOK World Grand Prix.

There were ups and downs in his career, but Laschenko was truly one of the more memorable Heavyweight stars over the past ten years and his loss will be felt across the kickboxing community.

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First Chapter of the New Badr Hari Documentary Released

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So our bud StillWill has made his return to the world of kickboxing videos and done so in not only a big way, but a huge way by working with Badr Hari and his team to bring to the world a documentary called "The Golden Boy" which will center around Badr Hari's life and career. The whole thing is due to be released soon but for now the first episode has been released and it's well worth the watch.

Check it out.

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SuperKombat Returning to Switzerland on June 13th

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SuperKombat will be returning to Switzerland on June 13th for SuperKombat Special Edition in Zurich. The event will feature a four-man Heavyweight qualifying tournament featuring four bruisers. In that mix is SuperKombat favorite D'Angelo Marshall as well as Enver Slijvar, Nikolaj Falin and Danut Hurduc. 

The headline attraction will be a Heavyweight slugfest between world-renowned Benjamin Adegbuyi and the tough Brian Douwes. The co-main event is between SuperKombat standout Bogdan Stoica and Ali Cenik with Cenik looking for revenge after losing to Bogdan's brother last year, Andrei.

In other SuperKombat news on April 24th in Serbia will be holding an elimination event for the SuperKombat Academy program, you can find more information here

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Kunlun Fight 22 Full Fight Card for April 12th

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On Sunday April 12th Kunlun will present Kunlun Fight 22 live on Jiang Su TV. Kunlun Fight 22 is set to feature one of the most-talked about fights in the past few months by the way of Marat Grigorian vs. Yodsanklai Fairtex in a super fight. 

Du Changdong(CHN) vs Lei Penghui(CHN) 60kg

Liu Mingzhi(CHN) vs Masson Dimitry(CHE) 75KG

Tang Jin(CHN) vs Marina Lvova(RUS) 58KG (MMA)

WU Haotian(CHN) vs Zulfikar UsManov(RUS) 70.5KG (MMA)

Wu Tieyin(CHN) vs Vadim Zhlobich(BLR) 60KG (MMA)

Jiang Chunpeng(CHN) vs Diogo Antonio (PRT) 75KG

Yan Xibo(CHN) vs Hidemasa Soga(HAN) 68KG (MMA)

Bai Jinbin(CHN) vs Saeid Chahardouli (IRI) 80KG

Bai Lishuai(CHN) vs Mahdi Mahmoudvand (IRI) 67KG

Xiong Jingnan(CHN) vs Babii Galina (RUS) 58KG (MMA)

Yodsanklai Fairtex (THL) vs Marat Grigorian (BEL) 70KG 

Zhang Chunyu (CHN) vs Seyedisa Alamdrnezam (IRI) 70KG

Yang Jianping(CHN) vs TBA 68KG (MMA)

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Enfusion Live 26 Fight Card

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Enfusion Live #26 will be taking place this Saturday, April 4th in The Hague, Netherlands. This will be the first of four 70kgs 4 man tournaments. They are doing a 16 man tournament but instead of using the old format where you have a single fight to qualify for the final 8 and then 3 fights in one night to win the whole thing, they are doing Four 4 man tournaments where the winners will have their own 4 man tournament. It sounds pretty exciting especially with all the top names involved including Hafid El Boustati, Nordin Ben Moh, Amansio Paraschiv, David Calvo and Mohammed Jaraya just to name a few.

Enfusion Live #26 Fight Card

1. 70Kg Tournament Semi Final - Hafid El Boustati (Morocco) Vs Edson Fortes (Cape Verde)  

2. 70Kg Tournament Semi Final - Nordin Ben Moh (Morocco) Vs Paul Jansen (The Netherlands)

3. 65kg - Shana Lammers  (Indonesia)  Vs Manal Arrad (The Netherlands)

4. Hvy - Brice Guidon (France) Vs Hicham Achalhi (Morocco)

5. 70kg - Walid Hamid (Morocco) Vs Dennis Kabbedijk (The Netherlands)

6. 70Kg - Tournament Final - Winner Fight #1 Vs Winner Fight #2

7. 60kg Enfusion World Title - Reda Narain (Surinam) Vs Tommy Dieckmann (The Netherlands)

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Fight Night Hungary II. - SIMPLY THE BEST 3

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This Sunday (29 March 2015) will see local fighters against some of the best of Europe when Gábor Görbics, Barnabás Szűcs will enter the ring for the WKN titles in the second installment of the Fight Night Hungary series. The night will see muay thai, K-1 title fights and a presumably all out full contact title fight. The event will air on Kombat Sport TV.

Complete fight card
Muay thai fights
Rehák Márk vs Simon Csanád /51 kg (Junior muay thai Fight)
Tóth Bence vs Erik Kasuba (Slovakia) /71 kg
Kurdy István vs Nagy Richárd /65 kg
Muay Thai Hungarian Champion Title Fight
Erdős Attila vs Spéth Norbert /63,5 kg
Muay Thai Hungarian Championship Title Fight
Horváth István vs Szentkuti Norbert /81 kg
K-1 Fights
Vásony Ferenc  vs Bereczki Dominik   / 71 kg
WKN K-1 Hungarian Championship
Balajti Bianka  vs  Szendrei Rebeka  / -60kg  
WKN K-1 European Championship
Tomas „Bery” Beran / Czech Republic  vs Szűcs Barnabás  / 75 kg
Lévai László vs. Koczfán János  /91 kg
WKN K-1 Hungarian Championship
Bors Ádám vs Gilányi Attila /91 kg
WKN Full Contact Int.cont. title fight
Görbics Gábor vs Renna Paolo /Belgium/ 64,40 kg
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Gokhan Saki Speaks About His Contract Status and Future

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There are very few modern kickboxers who command an audience anymore, but without a doubt one of those names is Gokhan Saki. Saki, with a passionate fan base, has been one of the top Heavyweights and now Light Heavyweights for a while now. After the generation of Peter Aerts, Semmy Schilt and Jerome Le Banner were retired it was clear that Gokhan Saki was a part of the next generation of top kickboxing stars. Of course, things within FEG's K-1 fell apart and the kickboxing world fractured. It was then partially reassembled in the way of GLORY, where Saki competed until recently.

It's been no secret that GLORY has been restructuring and reevaluating their business and that fighters who were commanding hefty purses but weren't drawing ratings became quite a bit less valuable. Many fans see it as a slap in the face that GLORY no longer sees fighters like Gokhan Saki and Tyrone Spong worth hundreds of thousands of dollars per appearance, but the reality is that GLORY 15, which featured the two men in a Light Heavyweight tournament, drew the weakest ratings to date on Spike TV.

While GLORY has not abandoned their global audience, the dollars and cents boil down to the United States market being more profitable than anywhere else in the world for the promotion, which made the value of guys like Saki and Spong drop a bit. Understandably Gokhan Saki felt that he was worth more, which led to a rift between the promotion and the fighter, this ultimately led to Gokhan Saki fighting on an upcoming GFC event against Sebastian Ciobanu. While Ciobanu is a fine fighter, no one expects him to give Saki any trouble. 

In a new interview (in Dutch) Saki spoke about what has been going on from his point of view and it's interesting, to say the least. According to Saki he is still willing to fight for GLORY, but it has to be at the right price. He says that he will only fight when he is being paid what he is worth and not a dime less. On top of that, he had some pointed criticism towards GLORY's management, believing that they are still the top promotion and that they always treated him well, but he believes that the "American influence" has tainted the company and that the Americans are clueless in regards to promoting the sport. 

It's unfortunate that GLORY and Saki couldn't come to terms, but there is still hope for the future for fans. Of course, both sides have valid points in such a situation; the promotion shouldn't lose money on its fighters and should pay them what the market value is and for the fighters they should be compensated for their experience, talent and appeal. Fans have been bickering about who is right and who is wrong in this matter and the reality seems to be that everyone did what was best for themselves and that hopefully the situation changes in the future.

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Legacy FC Presents Legacy Kickboxing 2 on May 29th

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Legacy FC presented their first kickboxing event earlier this year in LK1, which featured the likes of Pat Barry, Cosmo Alexandre and more. It was a fun event and did well enough for Legacy to justify putting on another event, which is awesome. Today we've learned the lineup for Legacy Kickboxing 2, which is set for May 29th at Horseshoe Casino Bossiesr City in Louisiana. 

Main event sees Glory vets Brian Collette and Marcus Sursa in a 209lbs showdown. The co-main sees Myron Dennis take on Warren Thompson in a Light Heavyweight bout. Here's the full line-up.

209 - Main - Brian Collette 20-2 v. Marcus Sursa 5-2
205 - Co-main Myron Dennis 18-4 v. Warren Thomson 10-4
170 - Abdul Razak 5-0 v. Francois Ambang 13-4
140 - Tommy Diekmann 30 -6 v. George Pacarariu 9–0
154 - Dustin Johnson 5-0 v. Bruno Carvalho 18-7
125 - Lindsey Marino 2-0 v. Andrea Lee pro debut, 12-0 ammy)
145 - Kendrick Williams (pro debut,  9-1 ammy) v. David Bosnick (pro kickboxing debut)
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GFC Releases Card for April 17th Featuring Saki, Ilunga, Samedov and More

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The wait is over for Gokhan Saki's return and it will not be in the GLORY ring but instead in the GFC ring in Dubai. On April 17th GFC will present an oddly-enough Badr Hari-free show that is headlined by another four-man tournament. Winning the tournament gains entry into an 8-man tournament later on this year that Badr Hari and Ismael Laazar have already qualified for.

What's interesting is that most of these fighters are smaller than your average Heavyweight and qualify as Light Heavyweights in most respects, especially Ilunga, who made a name for himself as It's Showtime 95kg Champion and as a GLORY Light Heavyweight contender.

Heavyweight 4 Man Tournament
Steve Mckinnon VS Zabit Samedov 
Jafar Ahmadi VS Danyo Ilunga
Superfights
Gokhan Saki VS Sebastian Ciobanu
Ismael Lazaar VS Fatih ulusoy
Andre Meunier VS Naoufal Benazzous
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Enfusion Live 25 is Live Today at 20:30 GMT

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Today is a pretty good day for kickboxing with both FFC 7 and Enfusion Live 25 going down. Enfusion Live will -- as always -- be streaming live for free at EnfusionLive.com

Here's what the card for today looks like;

1. 3X3 
Youssef Challouki (Belgium) Vs Sidy Barry (France) 
- 70Kg
2. 3X3 
Anissa Meksen (France) Vs Isis Verbeek (The Netherlands)
- 54Kg
3. 3X3 
Robbie Hageman (The Netherlands) Vs Engin Kutuk (Turkey)
- 70 Kg
4. 3X3 
Harut Grigorian (Armenia) Vs Marco Pique (Surinam)
- 70 KG
5. 3X3 
Nordin Ben Moh (Morocco) Vs William Diender (The Netherlands)
- 70Kg
6. 5X3 
Hicham El Gaoui (Morocco) Vs Karapet Karapetyan (Armenia)
- 80Kg Enfusion World Title
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Fight Card for Kunlun Fight 21

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Kunlun Fight returns this weekend with a new show that will air over the next few Sundays. This one features the next round of the Kunlun Fight Heavyweight Tournament that includes Andrei Herasimchuk, Jahfarr Wilnis, Hesdy Gerges, Konstantin Glukhov and more. 

The event goes down on March 17th and will be airing in part the following Sunday afternoon on Jiang Su TV at 15:30 local time.

Kunlun Fight 21
He Qun (CHN) vs Maria Lobo (PRT)  60kg
Mustapha Haida (MAR) vs Chingiz Allazov (BLR) 70kg
Juri Kehl (GER) vs Milad Farzad (AUS) 70kg
Wang Weihao(CHN) vs Pong Thong (THA) 70kg
Tang Jin (CHN) vs TBA 56kg(MMA)
Wei Ninghui(CHN) vs Denies Puric (CAN) 62kg
Xu Yongba (CHN) vs Cyrus Washington (USA) 75kg
Hesdy Gerges(EGY) vs Konstantin Glukhov(LAT) 100kg+
Asihati(CHN) vs Yoo Yangrea (KOR) 100kg+
Roman Kryklia (UKR) vs Jahfarr Wilnis 100kg+
Andrei Herasimchuk (BLR) vs Steven Banks 100kg+
Wang Wanben (CHN) vs Barish (FRA) 60kg
Jiao Fukai (CHN) vs Yuki Sugita (JAN) 70kg
Wang Chongyang (CHN) vs Marcel Jager(SVK) 88kg
 
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It's Time for the Smaller Weight Classes to Shine

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Kickboxing has long been all about the heavyweight weight classes. If you were to ask anyone about K-1 the first thing that would come to mind would be the K-1 World Grand Prix. Of course, there is a good reason for that. When modern kickboxing in the form of K-1 began in Japan it was to appeal to the local audiences with a blend of Kyokushin, Karate and professional wrestling. The Japanese public was always attracted to the idea of the clash of titans (I mean, really, isn’t everybody?) so K-1 focused heavily on the Heavyweights. 

If you look at GLORY, SuperKombat and even promotions like Enfusion you’ll see that the focus is still largely on the heavier weight classes. No matter what Badr Hari is doing it is news, if Peter Aerts is in a pro wrestling match in Japan everyone cares and people still ask if Sem Schilt will ever return to the ring. Speculation over Alistair Overeem leaving the UFC to return to kickboxing has been healthy for his entire UFC run. Needless to say, the big guys draw eyeballs.

The one real anomaly is the rise of K-1’s MAX division in the 2000’s. It was an idea created to promote the handsome and talented MASATO originally, but the reality was that it created a good number of stars and helped to make something outside of Heavyweight sustainable. We’ve seen the rise of a few stars like Giorgio Petrosyan, Buakaw Banchamek, Andy Ristie, Robin van Roosmalen and many more. It’s Showtime helped to push forward with expanded weight classes and GLORY is continuing along the path with the Light Heavyweight and Middleweight classes a big focus over the last year.

If we look at other sports the focus isn’t always just on huge, lumbering titans, though. While American Football might have a few such characters, a lot of the time the smaller, more agile players end up a focal point. The home run sluggers in baseball might draw eyeballs, but not all baseball players are Mark Mcguire. In football (you know, soccer) it is even more clear that you don’t (and shouldn’t) be a giant to be successful. Look no further than some of the lines at betting at William Hill to see how diverse the playing field can be. 

At GLORY 20 Gabriel Varga and Mosab Amrani will compete for the GLORY Featherweight Championship. It’s a solid first step, although there is confusion as to if this will air on the SuperFight Series or on Spike TV. Last that I’ve heard it was the SuperFight Series. Even so, it will be the headliner for that show that will air on CBS Sports Network and across the globe as its own show. 

Then, of course, is K-1’s 55kg World Grand Prix going down in Japan on April 19th. K-1 Japan has been putting out a steady stream of events featuring smaller weight classes and has been wildly entertaining. As long as the big players in kickboxing keep focusing on smaller weight classes there is still hope that the lighter, more technical and quick weight classes can shine in the near future. 

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Bai Ling attending SuperKombat World Grand Prix I next Sat. evening (Mar. 7) in Ploiești, Romania

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It's nice to have friends in high places.

SuperKombat Fighting Championship will enjoy yet another special guest appearance from Hollywood, as famous actress Bai Ling will be ringside for next Saturday evening's (Mar. 7, 2015) SuperKombat World Grand Prix I event on Eurosport from Sala Sporturilor in Ploiești, Romania.  

The Chinese-born is no stranger to fighting since she often trains in martial arts for her interesting movie roles. 

Bai Ling is known for her work in films such as The Crow, Red Corner, Crank: High Voltage and Wild Wild West, and TV shows including Lost.

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Interview with the Glory heavyweight challenger and the SuperKombat's franchise, Benny Adegbuyi

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The Romanian fighter Benjamin Adegbuyi is taking on Daniel Lentie on 7th March at SuperKombat World Grand Prix I. LiverKick is offering you the translation of his SportNews interview in native language. 

R: How do you feel? Are you ready?

B.A.: I feel very good. It's always a pleasure to fight in Romania, where the fans are with you, your family, and Ploiești is a great city. I feel good, I'm ready, I'm the same every time regardless of the opponent. I hope to make show. 

R: Do you find it harder to fight under this pressure?

B.A.: At the level where we are, we have to be professional, and these thoughts should not affect us at all.

R: Are you superstitious?

B.A.: I have no superstition, I'm always prepared. I hope to make a great game and win by knockout.

R: Did you study your opponent?

B.A.: Unfortunately I found out quite late the opponent's name. He's a pretty good fighter, awkward, southpaw... I began to study him, we have available a week and it will not be a problem. We have a plan. I hope him to have the same fate as against Morosanu.

R: What means the SuperKombat promotion for you?

B.A.: For me it means a lot, I was discovered here. I started here, and since then every gala I have been included, I won and I did very good matches. It remains my first love, forever in my soul... 

R: What advice do you have for those who want to follow in your footsteps?

B.A.: I always guided them, even on Facebook, to try not to quit. It's a pretty difficult sport, which is not sustained from the beginning, but with desire and will, seriousness, talent and a bit of luck you can get a pretty good level. So follow your dreams!

R: What are your goals for 2015? Where will you stop? 

B.A.: I would like to finish undefeated again. I hope to be the best if I can. I think I could get 2nd, but depends on the matches. The ranking system is a little odd, so I also need knockouts. Certainly if I grow, I get 2nd or 3rd.

R: Did you think about MMA?

B.A.: Honestly I thought, I think I will also do a little Brazilian jiu-jitsu in parallel. It helps the stand-up fighters' mobility.

R: Who would you want to fight and who would you want to avoid?

B.A.: I wanted to fight Semmy Schilt but he withdrew. He is a man who barely lost. I wanted to see my level and I think I would have been able to beat him. I fight any opponent, I would not refuse anyone.

R: Who  was your idol?

B.A.: I had no idol, but I admired Bonjasky, Aerts, Sefo and Hunt in Japan. Prior to my kickboxing start, I used to wake up at night to morning to watch them.

R: Could you fight a gym colleague?

B.A.: Honestly, I can't, but it can happen in some pyramids of the greatest promotions. If it happens so, we are professionals. But in other circumstances, I would refuse to fight with an opponent from our crew (Respect Gym).

R: What's a training day for you the SK figthers there?

B.A.: It is very complex. We wake up at 8 am, we have training, 2 hours of exhaustion. Some vomit, some faint, some have dizziness, some liver problems. After, you eat a bit, you go home and get some rest if you don't have anything else to do during the day and again at 6, training. You end at 8, you eat, watch a movie if you can, then simply fall to the bed.

If you're not in a training camp, you can manage to play soccer or go to the cinema/bowling. During the preparation only Playstation and FIFA.

R: Do you enjoy watching movies? Are you watching motivational movies?

B.A.: Yes. Well, not really. I just like good movies with great actors.

R: A message for your opponent?

B.A.: You made a mistake by accepting this fight against me, I will destroy you! Haha...

 

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Card for Enfusion #25 on March 14th

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On March 14th Enfusion returns with Enfusion Live #25 live from Belgium. The event is headlined by an Enfusion World Title match at 80kg where Hicham El Gaoui looks to defend that title against Morad Salhi. Also in the card is the talented William Diender against Nordin Ben Moh, a huge 70kg battle between Harut Grigorian and Marco Pique and more.

#25 Enfusion Live, Turnhout Belgium Saturday 14.03.2015
Local Start Time 21.30
1. 3X3      
Youssef Challouki (Belgium) Vs Sidy Barry (France) - 70KG
2. 3X3      
Anissa Meksen (France) Vs Isis Verbeek (The Netherlands)- 54Kg
3. 3X3      
Robbie Hageman (The Netherlands) Vs Engin Kutuk (Turkey)-  70 KG
4.  3X3     
Harut Grigorian (Armenia) Vs Marco Pique (Surinam)- 70 KG
5. 3X3      
Nordin Ben Moh (Morocco) Vs William Diender (The Netherlands)- 70Kg
6. 5X3      
Hicham El Gaoui (Morocco) Vs Morad Salhi (Morocco)
- 80Kg  Enfusion World Title
 

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