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SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Rumored to be Moved to Germany

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Originally slated for Angola in Africa, rumors are now pointing for SuperKombat's World Grand Prix Finals event to be moved to Germany instead. The move was reported by Kickfighter Magazine in Germany and it will be to ISS Dome in Dusseldorf, Germany. The ISS Dome can house between 12,000 - 13,000 fans according to the setup and seems like a large, bold move for SuperKombat. This seems in line with rumors of a possible new German investor for the promotion.

Other rumors include Danyo Ilunga fighting Andrei Stoica for his Cruiserweight championship along with possibly an 8-man heavyweight tournament on the show. We've yet to get a response from SuperKombat officials just yet on the situation but there has been a buzz among the SuperKombat faithful over the past few weeks of a "big announcement" coming soon and the move to Germany with an 8-man tournament featuring bigger, available names would be exactly that.

SuperKombat was best known for their 2011 season that saw them capitalize on the rather uncertain future in the world of kickboxing by bringing in some of the world's top talents for tournaments and bigger events. The landscape changed shortly thereafter with the formation of GLORY and exclusive or semi-exclusive contracts but SuperKombat kept themselves visible by breeding homegrown talent, which led to fighters like Benjamin Adegbuyi, Bogdan Stoica and Andrei Stoica making names for themselves internationally. 

With the future of kickboxing looking once again a bit shaky it is interesting to see that SuperKombat is looking to once again make big moves and do their part for keeping kickboxing as a viable sport for the near future.

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Giorgio Petrosyan Returning to Italy for November 6th Fight

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Just hours after Giorgio Petrosyan defeated Xu Yan in China the Italian media are already abuzz about the next bout for Giorgio Petrosyan and it looks like that next bout will be on November 6th in Monza, Italy. While there hasn't been an opponent announced just yet there might be some headway as to which banner Petrosyan will be fighting under. There have been rumors abound over the past few months at Giorgio Petrosyan fighting in Italy once again under the GLORY banner.

That is not official just yet but this seems like a very good sign that Petrosyan will indeed be fighting in the fall in Italy, now the rest of the puzzle just has to come together and fans might just get their wish of seeing Giorgio Petrosyan back among the GLORY elite on his quest to once again be known as the top 70kg kickboxer in the world.

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Card for Hero Legends Featuring Petrosyan vs. Xu Yan

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Tomorrow evening in the West, tonight in the East Giorgio Petrosyan will return to the ring against Chinese star Xu Yan in the Hero Legends ring. Xu Yan is a local legend who has seen success internationally and has been one of China's greatest exports. Sure, it isn't the fight with Yodsanklai but such is life, right? There will absolutely be demand for it and people will work hard to make that fight come together in the future.

For now Xu Yan is a fantastic measuring stick for Petrosyan to see if he's still, indeed, the best in the world. A win here just makes us want to see him against Ristie again even more. There should be a live stream for this so we'll keep you posted.

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VIDEO: Badr Hari Scores TKO Victory Over Ismael Londt in Grozny

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It was an interesting night in Chechnya for kickboxing fans around the world as Badr Hari returned to the ring yet again, fighting under the Akhmat FC banner for his good friend and Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. Kadyrov was shown on screen multiple times throughout the fight, pumping his fists when Badr was in control and looking upset when Badr went down. The fight opened with a rather strangely-subtitled full version of the video that we posted the other day that saw Badr Hari detained and questioned only to be saved by a Chechen SWAT team.

That same SWAT team then led Hari to the ring while Ismael Londt stood and watched. Then the announcer read off both men's resumes while they stood staring at each other in the center of the ring for what felt like a solid five minutes. It was a very, very long stare down, everyone agrees on that. 

The first round started off with a bang with Hari connecting with a sneaky short right straight that put Londt down onto the canvas early. Londt flopped over and it looked like that might've been the end of the fight right there, but Londt got up. From there Londt looked unsteady on his feet and walked into another short right in what was a slip that was ruled a down by referee Joop Ubeda (no comment). Londt was able to weather Hari's relentless attack and survive to the second round, but it was already looking like doom for him without a knockout.

Crazily enough that almost happened in the second round. Badr was looking to finish things and when Badr goes too hot and heavy he opens himself up. Londt scored a right hook to the temple and Hari was down, stunned silence washing over the arena. Hari was up, though, and if you've seen Hari fight before you know that if you knock him down he gets mad. The only problem is that he looked a bit punch drunk. Luckily for him Londt was hurt as well and he was able to put Londt down. Londt got back up to his feet and kept fighting, scoring a series of rights that had Hari in the ropes only for Londt to not be able to capitalize on it before the bell rung. 

This had turned into a fight when most were expecting Hari to walk through Londt. They were both hurt and tired going into the third but Badr was perhaps just a bit fresher. Hari scored another short right straight and it sent Londt flying across the comically large ring, with Ubeda administering a standing 8-count only to then wave the fight off under the pretense of a third down. Technically it's four downs in a fight and that's it, so it was the correct call, but was announced as a third down.

Regardless that was the best competition that Hari has faced since Samedov in 2013 (who knocked him out) and a solid win for the Bad Boy.

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This Badr Hari Promo Video is Downright Insane

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Has Badr joined the special forces? Is he an action movie star? Neither, but this weekend he'll be fighting Ismael Londt in one of the more anticipated heavyweight bouts of the year for Akhmat FC in Grozny. We've already documented that Akhmat's links to Ramzan Kadyrov, whom many believe to be a war criminal, and that Badr Hari is good buds with Kadyrov. If you were curious what kind of money was being sunk into promoting this fight look no further than this super high budget promo video featuring Badr Hari.

But of course this isn't the full video. Oh no. The full video will be his entrance when he fights Londt. Is this even going to be a fight? 

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Ewerton Teixeira Making Bellator Debut at Bellator 143 on September 25th

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Former K-1 and GLORY fighter Ewerton Teixeira has spent the past few years away from the limelight, but that doesn't mean that he hasn't been training. In fact, Teixeira has been dipping his toes into the more lucrative waters of MMA since the collapse of FEG's K-1 all of those many years ago. Teixeira appeared at GLORY 13 Tokyo where he squared off against Hesdy Gerges, losing that fight via decision and since then hasn't done much in the way of kickboxing. 

It came as a surprise a few months ago when Bellator announced that they had signed Teixeira and it's even stranger that he'll be fighting for them on a show that isn't Bellator MMA Dynamite under kickboxing rules, but that's just life, isn't it? In an already diluted Heavyweight kickboxing field it's a bummer to see a fighter who was once in the top ten and could easily be again opting for a career in MMA, but these are the times in which we live. 

Teixeira will make his Bellator debut at Bellator 143 on September 25th against Vinicius Queiroz. 

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WFL Adds Chahid vs. Khamal Rematch for October 18th Event

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On the 18th of October in the Netherlands we'll see WFL (World Fight League) toss their hat into the ring for a second time with "Unfinished Business." For fans of Dutch kickboxing this should be a big event, with there being talks of Melvin Manhoef (one of the people behind WFL) fighting in a retirement bout after a storied kickboxing career. 

As of right now there are three four-person tournaments planned as well as a few super fights. It was just announced that Chahid Oulad el Hadj will rematch Mohammed Khamal on this event as well, a rematch from their classic back in It's Showtime. Here's how the card breaks down thus far.

Light Heavyweight (95 kg)

  • Fred Sikking
  • Redouan Cairo
  • Michael Duut
  • Loren Javier Jorge

70 kg

  • Cedric Manhoef
  • Mohammed el Messaoudi
  • Edson Fortes
  • Tayfun Ozcan

Women's 61 kg

  • Ilona Wijmans
  • Orinta van der Zee
  • Salysa van den Bos
  • Sarah Debaieb

Super Fights

Sahak Parparyan vs. Ibrahim el Bouni

William Diender vs. Kevin Hessling

Chahid Oulad el Hadj vs. Mohammed Khamal

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W5 World Grand Prix XXX Coming on August 30th

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On August 30th in Moscow, Russia the world famous W5 returns with the W5 World Grand Prix XXX event. The event is headlined by internationally-renowned 70kg fighter Enrico Gogokhia squaring off against Foad Sadeghi. Also on the card is Cosmo Alexandre vs. Artem Pashporin and former It's Showtime 70kg champion Chris Ngimbi against Valentin Rybalko.

The event happens on August 30th and you can find the full fight card here. To top it off, W5 has launched a rather slick site to watch their events online. You'll be able to watch this event live for 7.50 euros on their website

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Matt Baker is Ready to Take GLORY By Storm

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It's amazing how people places and things can often slip under the radar and before you know it, what began as light rain showers has turned into a typhoon. If you're not paying attention to kickboxing now such may be the case with Glory newcomer, Matt Baker.  Ignore this steam train for too long and he may just roll right over you.  A native of the Bay area, this 24 year old may be young, but he's ready.  

Seriously entering the combat sports arena at age 18, this bad boy from the Bay area is ready to face Edward  'Scissorhandhands' Hyman on Friday, August 7, 2015 at Glory 23. Having entered kickboxing on a near fluke, Baker has found a solid home with Team Black and despite  having been really shown the ropes on his first day out by Dan himself, he came back for more and hasn't stopped coming  back since. Today both Baker and the fight community views him as a well rounded fighter with an arsenal of weapons guaranteed to challenge any opponent. 

While his presence in Glory hasn't yet been truly felt, he has worked hard over the last few years making his mark locally as well as all over the globe.  His accolades include WKA North America wins as well as participation in tournaments that have previously hosted the likes of Glory journeymen, Artem Levin and Filip Verlinden. 

That however, was his past, and Glory is his future, both literally and figuratively. What lies ahead of Baker is his battle with Hyman on Friday and his dedication in life to make positive choices for himself and his family.  During my interview with Baker, he alluded to having learned the hard way about certain issues, but also now knowing the  difference between buying and borrowing future lessons.

When it comes to kickboxing August 7th will be an opportunity for him to show whether he is master or student for Hyman. Regardless of the outcome, Baker has arrived and "The Butcher" has no plans of disappearing into obscurity anytime soon.

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Venum Victory World Series Announces More on August 22nd Event

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On August 22nd in Debrecen, Hungary Venum Victory World Series will return with the third stage of their tournament series, featuring the "Rhinos" and "Dragons" divisions. You might remember the names of those divisions from Fight Code and yes, they are the same this time around. The Rhinos are -95kg and Dragons are -72.5kg. The fourth stage is scheduled for October 24th in Panama City and the fifth and final stage is scheduled for November 28th in Paris, France. 

Here's a look at what goes down on August 22nd.

Rhinos Semifinals 

Gokhan Gedik (Turkey) VS Kryspin Kalski (Poland)

Manu Payet (France) VS Gyorgy Mihalik (Hungary)

Dragons Semifinals 

Mustapha Haida (Morrocco) VS Benedek Zsolt (Hungary)

Adballah Mabel (France) VS Norbert Balogh (Hungary)

Super Fights

Sylwia Juskiewicz (Poland) VS Anissa Meksen (France) weight division -54 Kg

Medhi Zatout (France) VS Gabor Gorbics (Hungary) weight division -66 kg

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SuperKombat Announces Final Elimination and WGP Finals Shows

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SuperKombat have announced the final two shows of their 2015 season, both of which will take place outside of their home base in Romania. 

SuperKombat will round out their 2015 with their WGP Finals event in Angola. If you are geographically challenged Angola is on the Southwestern shore of Africa and I'm not sure that they've ever hosted a major combat sports event in their history, making this a first. Irimia was quick to talk about the historic event in Angola on November 7th. “Superkombat established itself as a global promotion and fans from all around the world must have access to this final event, not only in Europe. For sure, will be the biggest combat spectacle and one of the biggest sporting events in Angola's history. I would like to thank all our partners from Angola, Andrada Servexim Company, and congratulate them for their professionalism," Irimia said in a statement issued via SuperKombat's website

They will also host their Final Elimination event on October 2nd in Milan, Italy. They've promised four title fights for the November 7th show.

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Xu Yan Announced as Giorgio Petrosyan's Next Fight on August 28th

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Originally slated to be Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Yodsanklai Fairtex on August 28th in China for Hero Legends that fight will no longer take place. Fairtex's camp has been telling people for a while now that it wouldn't happen thanks to an injury and it looks official now. Instead, Petrosyan will be fighting China's own Xu Yan. Xu Yan is one of China's most popular and decorated fighters and the current Hero Legends 70kg champion.

Xu Yan is one of the biggest stars of the promotion and a fight against Petrosyan should be a huge deal in China considering Petrosyan's immaculate reputation as one of the best fighters in the world and one of the greatest of all time. This will be an interesting bout for sure and we are still holding out hope that we see Yodsanklai vs. Petrosyan in the near future.

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Updated Fight Card for SuperKombat's August 1st Event

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On August 1st SuperKombat will be presenting one of their biggest cards of the year with the SuperKombat WGP IV. The event is headlined by Andrei Stoica vs. Fred Sikking for the SuperKombat Super Cruiserweight Championship. Some of the other big fights are Raul Catinas vs. Viktor Bugotzki, Bogdan Stoica vs. Fabio Kwasi and Atakan Arslan vs. Alex Filip (might be the best fight on the card). 

Romanian fans are very excited about the return of Raul Catinas who will hopefully deliver the goods for them.

Superkombat New Heroes (19:00 CET - Live on Sport.ro)
1. Super Fight - Lightweight bout (-63,5 kg)
Wilmer Cruz (Angola) vs Iuliu Man (Romania)
2. Super Fight - Lightweight bout (-65 kg)
Jessica Puglisi (Italy) vs Cristiana Stancu (Romania)
3. Super Fight - Welterweight bout (-67 kg)
Sousa Razel (Angola) vs Mario Argento (Italy)
4. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Eduard Chelariu (Romania) vs Madalin Craciunica (Romania)
5. Super Fight - Welterweight bout (-67 kg)
Adrian Maxim (Romania) vs Serban Alexandru (Romania)
6. Super Fight - Lightweight bout (-63,5 kg)
Rahim Moutharrik (Switzerland) vs Cristian Spetcu (Romania)
7. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Andrei Ostrovanu (Romania) vs Cristian Milea (Romania)
8. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus (-86 kg)
Alexandru Negrea (Romania) vs Dumitru Topai (Romania)
 
SUPERKOMBAT WORLD GRAND PRIX SERIES (22:00 CET - Live on Eurosport and Sport.ro)
1. Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)
Gokhan Gedik (Turkey) vs Robert Dorin (Romania)
2. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus (-86 kg)
Aristote Quitusisa (Angola) vs Alexandru Nedelcu (Romania)
3. Super Fight - Super Middleweight bout (-77 kg)
Atakan Arslan (Turkey) vs Alex Filip (Romania)
4. Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)
Fabio Kwasi (Suriname) vs Bogdan Stoica (Romania)
5. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)
Viktor Bogutzki (Russia) vs Raul Catinas (Romania)
6. Superkombat title fight - Super Cruiserweight bout (-95 kg)
Fred Sikking (Netherlands) vs Andrei Stoica (Romania)
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Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Yodsanklai Possibly on Tap for August 28th

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This is an interesting one, to say the least. We knew that Giorgio Petrosyan was fighting on August 28th for Hero Legend in China but his opponent was kept a secret. Part of the reason was that apparently while contracts have been signed and initial payments have been made there is some uncertainty about the main event. That main event is possibly the biggest fight imaginable at 70kg between the two greatest fighters in the weight class; Giorgio Petrosyan and Yodsanklai Fairtex.

According to the folks at Fairtex the fight won't be happening on August 28th due to an injury, but Hero Legend did hold off on announcing the fight and then went ahead and announced it anyway. There has been whispers of the show being canceled but we confirmed with Petrosyan's manager that the show will indeed go on with or without Yodsanklai. As for Petrosyan vs. Yodsanklai, well, if it doesn't happen in August expect it to happen at a later date. Everyone involved knows that it is just too good of a fight to not happen.

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Bellator Signs Keri Anne Melendez to Fight Kickboxing and MMA for Bellator Starting at Dynamite

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The trajectory for the Bellator: Dynamite event featuring a GLORY ring and a few GLORY fights as well on Spike TV has been interesting, to say the least. The only fight announced yet is Jose Palacios vs. TJ Arcangel, which is a bout between two Northern California muay thai fighters and doesn't sound like a fight that GLORY would put together. From what we've heard this will most likely be on the undercard portion of the show.

We've still yet to hear from GLORY or Bellator about an official card just yet. The only "known" fight is Paul Daley will be fighting, but we aren't sure who. Rumor was Bellator Welterweight Champion Douglas Lima, but, well, he's not the champion anymore. There was a photo floating around of his usurper, Andrey Koreshkov wearing a pair of GLORY gloves, but there hasn't been anything on that just yet. 

Today Bellator announced that they've signed Keri Anne Melendez to a multifight contract, including Kickboxing and MMA. The wife of Gilbert Melendez has been competing in muay thai and kickboxing, with a 4-1 amateur record and a 2-1 professional record to date. At 31 years old she has talked about possibly transitioning to MMA in the future, but it would still be a ways off. In the press release Melendez notes that she fought for Scott Coker in the past as well and looks forward to fighting for him again.

UPDATE: We've received confirmation that her fight will be on the undercard for the Dynamite event.

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SuperKombat Puts Last Seven Events Up for Free on YouTube

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If you have been looking for something to do during the doldrums of the summer heat then look no further than the world of kickboxing. SuperKombat has uploaded their last seven events to their official YouTube channel making the full events available for free. You can check out their official YouTube channel here.

You can easily access each show via the playlists.

This will have to hold you over until August 1st when SuperKombat returns with the SuperKombat WGP IV in Romania.

Headline Event - SUPERKOMBAT Super Cruiserweight Championship
Andrei Stoica vs. Fred Sikking
Superfights
Bogdan Stoica vs. Fabio Kwasi
Raul Cătinaș vs. Viktor Bugotzki 
Gökhan Gedik vs. Robert Dorin
Atakan Arslan vs. Alex Filip
Andrei Ostrovanu vs. Cristian Milea
Cristian Spetcu vs. TBA
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Press Release: Mixed Striking Championship Live on GFL.tv on July 25th

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MIXED STRIKING CHAMPIONSHIP CONTINUES ITS COMBAT SPORTS REVOLUTION

WITH STACKED FIGHT CARD ON FRIDAY, JULY 25

 

KO Artist Alan “The Rebel” Arzeno Battles Johnavan

Vistante in Welterweight Main Event

 

Live on GFL.tv from Miami, Fla.

 

MIAMI, Fla. (July 16, 2015) –With its patented “EVO” competition glove and an assembly of combatants from a vast array of striking-based martial arts disciplines, Mixed Striking Championship (MSCFights.com) will continue its bid to provide the most exciting, action-packed sports entertainment experience in world-class, professional martial arts combat sports with its second live event at BankUnited Center in Miami, Fla. on Saturday, July 25, live on Go Fight Live (GFL.tv).

In the welterweight (170 pounds) main event of a 9-bout fight card, Combate Americas MMA competition reality series star, and hard-hitting Muay Thai specialist, Alan “The Rebel” Arzeno (1-0, 1 KO, MSC) will square off with battle-tested Johnavan Vistante (0-1 MSC).

“We are excited to be back in action with a fight card that is loaded with some of the best American strikers from their respective martial arts disciplines,” said MSC President Wayne Bermudez, whose promotion allows its fighters to use punches and kicks as well as both elbow and knee strikes in competition.

“MSC is poised to break new ground in the world of combat sports,” continued Bermudez, “with our talent, our matchmaking and, of course, our compact ‘EVO’ competition glove that essentially places all of our fighters on an even playing field in the ring, since many martial artists are not accustomed to using boxing gloves.”

Carefully constructed to protect the hands of MSC fighters, the EVO glove is curved at the fingers to provide the feel of a boxing glove, and is fully enclosed at the thumb to avoid eye pokes. The glove has separate, webbed fingers that are stitched together to enable advanced hand mobility.

Arzeno of Miami is coming off a spectacular performance at the inaugural MSC event on April 18 when the Combate Americas MMA competition reality series star scored a quick and devastating, first round (:46) KO on Whitney Waddell, with a punishing right hook.

In the co-main event, Taylor Krahl (0-0 MSC) will face Antonio Molloy (0-0 MSC) at a catchweight of 155 pounds.

Murc Jones (0-0 MSC) will square off with Joey “The Real Deal” Rodriguez (0-1 MSC) in a lightweight (155 pounds) contest.

Jimmy Alexander (0-0 MSC) will battle Abe Estacio (0-0 MSC) in a flyweight (125 pounds) affair.

In another flyweight matchup, hard punching Luay Ashkar (0-0 MSC) will lock horns with Josh “Fireball Kid” Mercado (0-0 MSC).

Making his professional combat sports debut, 25-year-old prospect Amos Merriweather (0-0 MSC) will face 23-year-old Harrison Melendez (0-0 MSC) in a 140 pound catchweight bout.

A second 140 pound catchweight contest will pit Edir Terry (0-0 MSC) against aggressive-minded finisher Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath (0-0 MSC).

In a battle between two prospects making their respective professional combat sports debuts, Judah Anderson (0-0 MSC) and Luke Jackson (0-0 MSC) will duke it out at welterweight (170 pounds).

The live GFL.tv stream of MSC 2 will begin at 7 p.m. ET with coverage of the leadoff preliminary bout of the night, a featherweight (145 pounds) meeting between Bruce Lutchmedial (0-0 MSC) and Pedro Cossoma (0-0 MSC).

 

About Mixed Striking Championship
Mixed Striking Championship (MSCFights.com) is a world championship, professional martial arts combat sports franchise that produces live events pitting martial arts fighters, skilled in different combative disciplines, against one another under a set of rules that permits punching, kicking, elbow strikes and knee strikes. MSC is the first franchise in history to outfit its athletes with the patented “EVO” competition glove, a smaller and more compact glove than the traditional boxing glove. Follow MSC on Twitter (@MSCFights)

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New Promo for Next Friday's Legacy Kickboxing 3

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Next weekend on AXS TV Legacy FC will be presenting Legacy Kickboxing 3. There's something to be said for the kickboxing boom of the past few years and there is starting to be a rumbling for kickboxing. Legacy Kickboxing is proof of concept here, with them drawing solid crowds and garnering the same amount of attention that the usual Friday night fare on AXS TV, which is usually for MMA. 

Legacy Kickboxing 3 goes down next Friday and is solid stuff to whet appetites for Lion Fight the following week and Glory the week after that. Check out the full card here.

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Watch Ilias Bulaid's Crazy Knee KO From Enfusion 30

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Chances are before this weekend you hadn't heard of Simon Santana, but you had probably heard the name Ilias Bulaid. Enfusion is okay with that because Ilias Bulaid is only 20 years old and they released a press statement today claiming that Edwin van Os, the man behind Enfusion and manager of Bulaid, wanted to bring Bulaid up slowly against talents on his level. According to them Bulaid is now ready for the big names of the world and they want you to know that.

What better way to show that than releasing footage from his pretty crazy knockout from Enfusion 30 this past weekend, right? Check it out. This kid is probably going to go places.

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Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt Official for Akhmat Fight Show in Grozny

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Yesterday we reported that Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt was rumored for Grozny in Russia but there were no real details or promotional materials to verify this. Today after the news had spread throughout the internet it was confirmed that Badr Hari will indeed fight Ismael Londt on August 22nd in Grozny, Russia under the banner of Akhmat Fight Show. Needless to say this seems to be all signs pointing towards the fight happening considering Badr Hari has been linked with Ramzan Kadyrov in the past and is considered a personal friend of Kadyrov.

For those unaware of Akhmat Fight Show, there was a previous Akhmat show earlier this year that was associated with the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov. Our friend Patrick Wyman documented the issues with Kadyrov's association with combat sports and his questionable methods and associations. This should be interesting. Badr Hari fighting on a show linked with an accused Russian war criminal. 

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Badr Hari vs. Ismael Londt Rumored for August 22nd in Grozny

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The name Badr Hari comes with a lot of associations these days, a lot of them from his days under the K-1 banner and the rest involving criminal ties and assault charges. None of these associations seem to be about current day Badr Hari fights. We know that Badr Hari has links to GFC in Dubai and will continue fighting for them in the future, we also know that there is a now-mythical fight to happen between Badr Hari and Catalin Morosanu, originally scheduled for May and now maybe happening in October, but outside of that Badr Hari is the unicorn of the kickboxing world.

He's currently celebrating Ramadan, which is heading into its final week of fasting and reflection. Social media has been abuzz over the past few days when the Mike's Gym instagram posted a promo photo for Ismael Londt vs. Badr Hari on August 22nd in Grozny. Londt shared it on Facebook as well but when it comes to Badr Hari fights taking place in strange, Russian cities there should always be some serious questions as to the validity of said fight. Until Badr Hari himself has someone post on his official page that he's fighting Ismael Londt on August 22nd, hell, until they actually step into the ring together we just don't know what will happen.

Interestingly enough, the promo shot that they used was from the 2014 A1 Cup event scheduled to be held in the Netherlands that was canceled at the last moment.

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Giorgio Petrosyan's Next Fight Scheduled for August 28th in China

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Today through Carlo di Blasi's Fight 1 it was announced that an agreement between Venum Victory World Series and a Chinese promotion would bring some big things. The fist of which is on October 24th Chinese champion Li Zikai will enter the VVWS in Panama. The second is that the next fight for Giorgio Petrosyan will be on August 28th in China in an promotion called Hero Legend.

No, I'm not quite sure what that is, but if that is where Giorgio Petrosyan is fighting next that is where the world's eyes will turn to in short order. Giorgio Petrosyan is well known and respected as one of, if not the best 70kg fighter in the entire world. His one loss of the past few years was to Andy Ristie and it looks like we won't see that rematch any time soon, which is a bummer. Still, a Petrosyan fight is a big deal. Since returning to action this year he holds victories of Erkhan Varol and Enriko Kehl.

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Kunlun Fight 28 is Looking Stacked Thus Far

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On July 19th we get yet another gift from China by the way of Kunlun Fight 28, including the continuation of their 70kg and 80kg tournaments featuring Anatoly Moiseev and Jonay Risco in the 70kg category and Alexander Stetsurenko and Jason Wilnis at 80kg. There are of course superfights as well and it's safe to say that Kunlun just keeps on pumping out quality over in China.

 

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Enfusion Live #30 This Weekend in Dublin

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This weekend in Dublin, Ireland Enfusion returns to your screen with Enfusion Live #30. There are two title fights on this show, including the women's -54kg Enfusion World Title with Iman Barlow fighting Samantha van Doorn. The main event sees the Men's Enfusion World Title at -67kg between Ilias Bulaid and Simon Santana. The event can be viewed on EnfusionLive.com for free with registration.

1. 3X3-75Kg

Karl McCallig (Ireland) Vs Mateusz Janik (Poland)

2. 5X3Enfusion World Title-54Kg

Iman Barlow (England) Vs Samantha van Doorn (The Netherlands)

3. 3X3-70Kg

Connor White (Northern Ireland) Vs Antonio Gomez (Spain)

4. 3X3-85Kg

Conor Cooke (Northern Ireland) Vs Ibrahim El Boustati (Morocco)

5. 3X3-67Kg

Paul Norton (Ireland) Vs Tomasz Marcisauskas (Lithuania)

6. 5X3Enfusion World Title-67Kg

Ilias Bulaid (Morocco) Vs Simon Santana (Norway)

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Full Card for WGP 25 Featuring Alex Pereira vs. Cesar Almeida

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WGP will return with WGP 25 on July 25th in Sao Paulo, Brazil featuring GLORY standout Alex Pereira vs. Cesar Almeida for the WGP 85kg Championship. Also on the card is a 71.8kg tournament featuring K-1 veteran Wallace Lopes. The event will be streamed live for FREE, so check that out.

Super Fight 1 
K1 Rules - 60 Kg 
Felipe Suekuni (Inside Munil Adriano) x Hector Santiago (Santiago Team / Seven Fight Team) 
 
Super Fight 2 
K1 Rules - 78 Kg 
Michel Pope (UFT) x Thiago "Golden Boy" Conception (Thailand Top Team) 
 
Super Fight 3 
K1 Rules - 66.8 Kg 
Maycon Oller (ABKB / Serginho Team) x Johnny "Kabeça" (TCT) 
 
Super Fight 4 
K1 Rules - 94kg 
Wallyson "Magilla" Carvalho (A2F Arena / Yoshinaga Team) x Thiago "Beowulf" (China Team) 
 
Co-main event: Challenger GP 
Semifinal 1 
K1 Rules - 71.8 kg 
Bruno Gazani (ABC Union) x Alex "Kangaroo" Alves (Corinthians Kickboxing) 
 
Co-main event: Challenger GP 
Semifinal 2 
K1 Rules - 71.8 kg 
Marcelo "Zika" Dionysius (San Martino Team) x Wallace "Negão" Lopes (FX Fight Team) 
 
Super Fight 5 
K1 Rules - 75 Kg 
Alvaro Gonzalez (Uruguay) x Tadeu San Martino (UFT / San Martino Team) 
 
Super Fight 6 
K1 Rules - 69.1 Kg 
Damian Segovia (Argentina) x Munil Adriano (Inside Munil Adriano) 
 
Co-main event: Challenger GP 
End 
K1 Rules - 71.8 kg 
Winner of semifinal 1 semifinal 2 x Winner 
 
Main Event: WGP Kickboxing Championship
K1 Rules - 85 kg 
Cesar "Cesinha" Almeida x Alex "Po Atan" Pereira 
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VIDEO: Mike Zambidis Victorious Against Steve Moxon in Retirement Bout

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Well damn. Sometimes the good comes with the bad. This weekend was the retirement of one of the all-time greats in the sport of kickboxing in Iron Mike Zambidis. Zambidis had endeared himself to fans all across the world with his explosive and exciting fighting style and never-say-die attitude, but it was time for him to hang up the gloves. Zambidis had to make the tough decision but in pure Mike Zambidis fashion he decided to go out on his own terms. Most fighters would have fought in front of their hometown against someone that would be a pushover to create a memorable last victory. Zambidis is not that guy. 

Oh no, Mike Zambidis wanted to fight a top-ranked Steve Moxon who had laid out a challenge to him last year. It was a title vs. title affair and it was Mike Zambidis's retirement. How did it go? Well, Zambidis goes out with a huge victory and you can watch the fight here.

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Enfusion Releases the Rest of Their 2015 Schedule

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In the sport of kickboxing it is difficult to not appreciate it when a promotion thinks ahead to the future, which is what makes Enfusion Live a delight at times. Enfusion Live have released the remainder of their 2015 schedule and it's just nice to see a road map being released by a promotion that takes a lot of the guesswork out of it for fans. The next Enfusion event, Enfusion Live #30 takes place in Dublin on July 11th, from there this is what 2015 looks like;

#31 Malaga, Spain 19.09.2015

#32 Gent, Belgium 10.10.2015

#33 Martigny, Switzerland 07.11.2015

#34 Groningen, The Netherlands 21.11.2015

#35 A Christmas Edition (to be announced)

Enfusion Live #31 will also include fights to determine who moves on to the quarterfinals of their big 70kg tournament next year, the names participating in this are Christopher Mena, Adam Martins, Phillipe Salmon and Beau Superpro Samui. Their 70kg title has been declared vacant and they will be looking for a new champion. They will also look to crown a 72.5kg champion in the near future, with that being one of their new weight classes.

They've promised bigger and better shows in 2016 and have also decided a slight overhaul of their rules starting on the Spain card, which will see changes to how throws are counted. 

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Card For SuperKombat WGP III 2015

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This Weekend in Constanta we'll see SuperKombat back after their show just this past weekend in Switzerland. This one promises to be a bigger show, it being a part of their World Grand Prix series. This show features a lot of bigger name fighters including Cristian Ristea, Sebastian Ciobanu, Andrei Stoica, Alex Filip and yes, Catalin Morosanu. 

NEW HEROES

1. Super-Fight –  (-71 kg)

Eduard Chelaru vs Andrei Leuştean

2. Super-Fight – (-81 kg)

Ionut Şandur vs Mirel Iacob

3. Super-Fight – (-81 kg)

Alin Maurer vs Adrian Roşca

4. Super-Fight – (-71 kg)

Robert Stoica vs Madalin Crăciunică

7. Super-Fight – (-77 kg)

 

Alex Irimia (România) vs Alex Filip (România)

SUPERKOMBAT WORLD GRAND PRIX III 

1. Super-Fight – (-86 kg)

Onur Sahin (Turcia) vs Alexandru Nedelcu (România)

2. Super-Fight – (-92 kg)

Dorin Robert (România) vs Laszlo Nemeş (România)

3. Super-Fight – (-95 kg)

Gokhan Gedik (Turcia) vs Cristian Ristea (România)

4. Super-Fight – (-92 kg)

Fabio Kwasi (Surinam) vs Sebastian Ciobanu (România)

5. Super-Fight – (-95 kg)

Abdarhmane Coulibaly (Franţa) vs Andrei Stoica (România)

6. Super-Fight – (+96 kg)

Colin George (Olanda) vs Cătălin Moroşanu (România)

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Card for July 24th's Legacy Kickboxing 3

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On July 24th Legacy Fights will return with their third kickboxing offering, Legacy Kickboxing 3. LK3 will continue in their quest to crown a Light Heavyweight Champion with two quarterfinals in their tournament, including Manny Mancha vs. Fernando Almeida and Andres Van Engelen vs. Danny Mitchell. The big fight of the night, though, is the inclusion of Valentina Schevchenko against Anke Van Gestle in what should be an entertaining bout.

This event will air on AXS TV.

140 – Jordan Wieland 21-3 v. Samuel Mongonia 16-3

147 – Josh Glover 7-0 v. Sean Soriano 8-3  

140 – Justin Houghton 6-2 v. Angel Huerta 5-1

160 – Richard Abraham 6-2 v. Daniel Kim 4-2

Light Hvy Quarterfinals – Manny Mancha 11-2 v Fernando Almeida 9-1

Light Hvy Quarterfinals – Andres Van Engelen 8-1 v Danny Mitchell 4-1 

135 – Anke Van Gestle 22-3 v. Valentina Schevchenko 56-1

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Tyrone Spong Contending for BKB Heavyweight Championship on June 27th

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In an interesting twist of fate Tyrone Spong, the former GLORY and K-1 fighter, will be competing in one of the more odd combat sports amalgamations on June 27th. Spong will be competing against Julian Pollard in BKB -- Big Knockout Boxing -- in Las Vegas for the BKB Heavyweight Championship. If you've somehow missed out on the whole BKB thing over the past year or so it is an organization based out of Las Vegas holding boxing events inside of a "pit" that forces the action.

Think the YAMMA pit and you'll get a solid idea of what it's all about. There are sensors in the gloves of each fighter as well that tells the viewers just how hard and fast the punches are being thrown. Due to the variables in the rules these fights aren't exactly tallied up on BoxRec like most fights are, but it does lead to entertaining bouts. The winner of the fight receives a $30,000 bonus and Spong's asking price for fights is usually pretty high.

While this isn't exactly Spong launching an American boxing career, it could be a good stepping stone to doing so.

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