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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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SuperKombat Releases Card for March 7th 5th Anniversary Event

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SuperKombat is looking to kick off their 2015 in style with their first event of the year; SuperKombat World Grand Prix I in Ploiesti, Romania. The show will begin with a SuperKombat New Heroes undercard that will look to help them establish talent for future SuperKombat events. Over the years SuperKombat has developed quite a bit of talent that have made a splash on the world stage and this card serves as both a reminder and a sign of what's to come with the New Heroes fights. The main card features many of the names that SuperKombat fans have grown to know and love, including; Cristian Ristea, D'Angelo Marshall, Bogdan Stoica, Amansio Paraschiv, Andrei Stoica and Heavyweight bruiser Benjamin Adegbuyi. 

The event will be broadcast, as always, on EuroSport. We'll have more for you as the event approaches.

Interesting angle for the New Heroes event is that Bogdan Nastase is an actual sheepherder and will come to the ring in his full sheepherding gear.

SUPERKOMBAT WORLD GRAND PRIX I 2015 (22:00 CEST)
1. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight bout (-95 kg)
Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname) vs Cristian Ristea (Romania)
2. Super Fight – Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)
Michal Wlazlo (Poland) vs D’Angelo Marshall (Curacao)
3. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight (-95 kg)
Ibrahim Giydirir (Turkey) vs Laszlo Nemeş (Romania)
4. Super Fight – Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)
Zinedine Hameur-Lain (Algeria) vs Bogdan Stoica (Romania)
5. New Heroes middleweight title – Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Julian Imeri (Albania) vs Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)
6. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight bout (-95 kg)
Marcelo Adriaansz (Suriname) vs Andrei Stoica (Romania)
7. Super Fight – Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)
Daniel Lentie (Cameroon) vs Benjamin Adegbuyi (Romania)
SUPERKOMBAT NEW HEROES (20:00 CEST)
1. Super Fight – Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Robert Stoica (Romania) vs Andrei Ostrovanu (Romania)
2. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight bout (-86 kg)
Daniel Thomas (Great Britain) vs Stefan Szomoru (Romania)
3. Super Fight – Super Middleweight bout (-77 kg)
Bogdan Nastase (Romania) vs Alex Filip (Romania)
4. Super Fight – Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)
Cosmin Ionescu (Romania) vs TBA
5. Super Fight – Female Lightweight bout (-65 kg)
Annalisa Bucci (Italy) vs Cristiana Stancu (Romania)
6. Super Fight – Lightweight bout (-63,5 kg)
Luca Donadio (Italy) vs Cristian Spetcu (Romania)
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Danyo Ilunga Signs with FFC

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Former It's Showtime Champion and current GLORY Light Heavyweight standout Danyo Ilunga has signed on with Croatia's Final Fight promotion. While the promotion did not release details of the contract or when he will debut, they seem excited to have Ilunga on board considering how talented he is. 

Ilunga was the long-time top dog of the division until he ran into Tyrone Spong in the finals of the GLORY 9 Light Heavyweight tournament. From there he went on to defeat Michael Duut, Andrei Stoica and Ondrei Hutnik before falling to Saulo Cavalari in the GLORY 18 Light Heavyweight Contender's tournament. I don't expect him to stop competing in GLORY any time soon, though, so consider his move to FFC just in addition to that.

Final Fight's current Light Heavyweight Champion is Igor Jurkovic, which would be a potentially interesting match up down the line for FFC to make.

"We are extremely proud that we have such a big name in Final Fight Championship. I think Danyo Ilunga needs no special introduction since he is the world's best fighter in light heavyweight division and No 1 on Glory raking lists. It is also an important indicator of the reputation FFC has in the international fighting sports scene since fighters such as Ilunga fight only in top promotions,“ said the FFC President Orsat Zovko and added: “We will soon reveal more details on Ilunga's debut in the FFC and we hope it will be as soon as possible.“

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Tyrone Spong Making His Professional Boxing Debut on March 6th

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(C) Glory Sports International

It looks like Tyrone Spong's first fight back after his injury will officially be in a boxing ring. According to BoxingScene we can expect to see Tyrone Spong boxing in Germany on March 6th. Promoter Erol Cylan is in talks with Oczan Cetinkaya and Alexander Ustinov to possibly fight Spong on the card that will air on EuroSport.

While we are hoping to see Spong back to kickboxing soon and many have high hopes for his MMA career, we'll take seeing Spong back in any sport, hopefully healthy and looking strong.

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ShootBoxing 2015 Act.1 Fight Card

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Shoot Boxing is doing their next show on February 21, 2015 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. We are very glad to see Zouggari back in action after his impressive performance at the S-cup tournament, taking that fight on a days notice. It's going to be scary to see how he does with time to actually train and prepare himself properly but then again he is fighting Shishido who has a lot of experience. Also Nagashima is looking to get back into the win column after his last fight was a draw, and two losses before that, he really needs one. Overall sounds like its going to be a fun event, lets hope the judges aren't as bias as the 65kgs tournament this time.

Fight Card

Hiroki Shishido (Caesar gym) VS Zakaria Zouggari (Melvin F & F)

Yuki Sakamoto (Caesar gym) VS Nagashima Yuichiro (Sakigakejuku)

Hiroki Naito (striking gym Ares) VS Miyazaki (TARGET)

Shimada Ko(Caesar force dojo) VS Ishizuka Yuji (Caesar gym)

Kaito (Tatsushi Hall) VS TASUKU (REAL DEAL)

Iwashita "Southern Superman" MiyabiMasaru (Tatsuojuku) VS  Ashitaka Ryo (Caesar force dojo Shizuoka)

MIO (Oikawa dojo) VS Miho (KGF RAWA)

Sugawara Yutsugi (Caesar force dojo) VS Matsui Dai (striking gym Ares)

Omma Hiroaki (Caesar gym Shibuya) VS TBA

Kiyoaki Murata (Caesar gym) VS Saito Taku (y's glow)

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SuperKombat Launches SuperKombat Academy

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SuperKombat has drawn a line in the sand and has chosen 2015 to be their big stand for them to build up new, big stars for the SuperKombat brand. Today was a big news day for the promotion, announcing that they will run six live World Grand Prix events this year on EuroSport, starting with their March 7th event. There will be four big Heavyweight World Grand Prix events held this year (March 7, May 23, June 19 and August 1), the Final Elimination on October 2nd and the World Grand Prix Final on November 7th.

The big news, though, is the announcement of the SuperKombat Academy concept. The concept is that SuperKombat will run a competition between 32 Heavyweights in search of the next big SuperKombat star. With a sizable investment of $5mil USD SuperKombat is looking to run a reality series and introduce these fighters on their live events, where they will test the fighters to move forward. The idea is that they will be preparing these fighters to be high level fighters and stars. The investment is to help with their training, salaries, supplements, travel and public-facing training to help make them into more complete packages.

This is a rather unique opportunity for fighters out there to live the dream in for the next three years (the length of the competition) by having SuperKombat essentially pay their bills for them and for these fighters to concentrate on training. 

Fighters or managers interested in more information can email SK at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text28063); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

The next SuperKombat event is on March 7th, featuring Benjamin Adegbuyi, Andrei and Bogdan Stoica, Cristian Ristea, Michal Wlazlo, Marcelo Adriaansz, Amansio Paraschiv, D’Angelo Marshall and more.

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Badr Hari Calls Out the Heavyweight Division, Probably Won't Fight Any of Them

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Yesterday Badr Hari put the Heavyweight division in kickboxing on notice with a tweet showing some of the world's top heavyweights and that they are on his radar. The thing is, there's pretty much no chance of some of these fights coming anywhere close to happening.

Pictured are five of the best heavyweights in the world in Rico Verhoeven, Daniel Ghita, Ismael Londt, Hesdy Gerges and Tyrone Spong. Also pictured is Patrice Quateron, whom no insult intended, is simply not one of the best heavyweights in the world. This is an interesting thing by his social media team to get people talking and places Quateron in the conversation among top guys. Quateron is probably the only of the six that there is a slim chance of him actually fighting, although it should be noted that they were supposed to fight late in 2014 and after Quateron insulted Badr Hari and released a recording of a phone call with Mike Passenier where Mike apparently asked for him to throw the fight the fight magically fell apart.

Look, everyone loves Badr Hari, but four of those five fighters are affiliated with GLORY, one is a Light Heavyweight overcoming an awful injury (Spong) and Londt is a possibility, but honestly Londt would be a legitimate threat to Badr Hari at this point. I expect a Quateron fight to happen at some point, but at this point it is highly suspect. We all want to see Badr Hari making the best uses of his talents, but right now it just doesn't look like it'll happen.

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Card For This Sunday's Kunlun Event

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Kunlun's last show went down a few weekends ago, but they are splitting their shows up to Sunday broadcasts, with the next broadcast airing the B-block of their Heavyweight tournament, which features Mighty Mo, Konstantin Gluhov, Hesdy Gerges and Andrei Herasimchuk (the man that beat Rico Verhoeven). 

Here is a look at the card for this Sunday courtesy of Kunlun. The show will air at 15:30 local time in China on Jiang Su TV and can be viewed via their website on Sunday

57Kg SUPER FIGHT
1. Alexis Barateau (France) vs. Bunsit (Thailand)
58Kg SUPER FIGHT
2. Xiong Jingnan (China) vs. Liliya Kazak (Belarus)
77Kg SUPER FIGHT
3. Allan Aldatov (Canada) vs. Li Baoming (China)
+100Kg Tournament - GROUP B
4. Myun Hyun Man (South Korea) vs. Wu Lahan (China)
+100Kg Tournament - GROUP B
5. Konstantin Gluhov (Latvia) vs. Mighty Mo (United States)
+100Kg Tournament - GROUP B
6. Hesdy Gerges (Egypt) vs. Igor Bugaenko (Belarus)
+100Kg Tournament - GROUP B
7. Ashwin Balrak (Suriname) vs. Andrei Herasimchuk (Belarus)

 

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Weigh-ins and Fight Card From Enfusion 24

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On Saturday, February 7th in Eindhoven Enfusion is set to take the stage again with Enfusion Live #24. The Enfusion Heavyweight Championship is on the line as Ismael Lazaar will square off against Thomas Vanneste with the winner walking away with the Enfusion crown. Tune in tomorrow at 21:00 local time at EnfusionLive.com.

Enfusion Live #24, Eindhoven The Netherlands Saturday 07.02.2015, 21:00 local time Start
1. 3X3
Melvin Wassing (Indonesia) Vs Mohammed Hamicha (Morocco) - 70KG
2. 3X3
Sheena Widdershoven(The Netherlands) Vs Marieke Post (The Netherlands) Catch Weight -66Kg
3. 3X3
Dennis Stolzenbach (The Netherlands) Vs Jegish Yegoian (Armenia) - 95 KG
4. 3X3
Kamil Jenel (Poland) Vs Khalid El Bakouri (Morocco) - 80 KG
5. 3X3
Mohammed Jaraya (Morocco) Vs Tayfun Ozcan (Turkey) - 70Kg
6. 5X3
Ismael Lazaar (Morocco) Vs Thomas Vanneste (Belgium) Heavyweight
Enfusion World Title
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Poturak vs. Munoz to Headline FFC7 Sarajevo on March 13th

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Orsat Zovko's promotion FFC kicks off its 2015 with another kickboxing/MMA hybrid show that will be headlined by Dzevad Poturak squaring off against Frank Munoz. This is a solid battle of Heavyweights just operating outside of the fringes of being top fighters and could easily find themselves back into the mix with a few big wins. 

Poturak had retired due to injuries back in 2013 but was able to mount a successful comeback in the second half of 2014. Munoz will be a big test for the 37 year old fighter, the first big test since his official comeback. 

It'a also interesting to note that FFC is technically on FFC17 but that FFC7 was originally planned for Sarajevo and was canceled, making this the FFC event that never happened initially and them now making up for it.

FFC 7: Poturak vs. Munoz
March 13. Skenderija, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Hercegovina)
KB:
Dževad Poturak (BiH) vs. Frank Munoz (SPA), HW
Elmir Mehić (BiH) vs. TBA, HW
Igor Emkić (BiH) vs. Nikita Chub (UKR), -85kg
Boban Krušić (MNE) vs. TBA, -85kg
Antonio Plazibat (CRO) vs. Miloš Ivas (AUT), -95kg
Tomislav Čikotić (CRO) vs. TBA, HW
TBA vs. TBA
MMA:
Tomislav Spahović (BiH) vs. Nicolai Salchow (GER), -93kg
Laszlo Senyei (HUN) vs. Dawid Defort (GER), -77kg
Dragan Pešić (ENG) vs. Darko Banović (AUT), -66kg
Ivo Skopljak (BiH) vs. Jani  Istvan (HUN), HW
Ivan Skoko (BiH) vs. Vladimir Prodanović (SER), -77kg
Aleksandar Rakić (AUT) vs. TBA, -93kg
TBA vs. TBA
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Another Insanely Stacked Card for Kunlun on February 1st

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It's hard to argue with the sheer quality of the Kunlun cards that they are putting together in China, the next of which goes down on February 1st in Guangzhou. Kunlun 19 is shaping up to be pretty fascinating with the finals of their 70kg tournament taking place and more on their Heavyweight tournament. I'm not sure that Kunlun will be sustainable into the future, but have fun with it while it lasts because we sure as hell will be.

Here's a breakdown of what they'll be offering. The list of name talent is long, including Konstantin Ghulov, mighty Mo, Hesdy Gerges, Ashwin Balrak, Andrei Herasimchuk, Marat Grigorian, Aikpracha Meenayothin, Davit Kirita, Artur Kyshenko and more. I mean, wow. It's also fair to note that Kunlun is making an effort at getting their stuff out there in English, although it's a bit rough around the edges.

57Kg SUPER FIGHT
1. Alexis Barateau (France) vs. Bunsit (China)
65Kg SUPER FIGHT
2. Paul Jansen (Netherlands) vs. Xu Jifu (China)
77Kg SUPER FIGHT
3. Allan Aldatov (Canada) vs. Li Baoming (China)
+100Kg Tournament - GROUP B
4. Myun Hyun Man (South Korea) vs. Wu Lahan (China)
+100Kg Tournament - GROUP B
5. Konstantin Gluhov (Latvia) vs. Mighty Mo (United States)
+100Kg Tournament - GROUP B
6. Hesdy Gerges (Egypt) vs. Igor Bugaenko (Belarus)
+100Kg Tournament - GROUP B
7. Ashwin Balrak (Suriname) vs. Andrei Herasimchuk (Belarus)
70Kg Tournament - SEMI FINAL - GROUP D
8. Fernando Calzetta (Italy) vs. Mo Zhwangwei (China)
70Kg Tournament SEMI FINAL - GROUP D
9. Marat Grigorian (Belgium) vs. Aikpracha Meenayothin (Thailand)
70Kg SUPER FIGHT
10. Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) vs. Liu Hainan (China)
70Kg SUPER FIGHT
11. Davit Kiria (Georgia) vs. Zheng Zhayou (China)
80Kg SUPER FIGHT
12. Artur Kyshenko (Ukraine) vs. Bai Jinbin (China)
70Kg Tournament FINAL - GROUP D
13. TBD vs. TBD
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Full Card For Enfusion 24 on February 7th

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Enfusion continues to march forward with Enfusion 24 on February 7th in Eindhoven, the Netherlands with another big event. This time around the Heavyweight sensation Ismail Lazaar fights Thomas Vanneste for the Enfusion World Heavyweight Championship in what should be a very interesting bout. The rest of the card sees an interesting mix of 70kg, 66kg, 80 and 95kg fights and it's Enfusion, so as always it should deliver. 

#24 Enfusion live Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Start 21.00
 1. 3X3      
Melvin Wassing (Indonesia) Vs Mohammed Hamicha (Morocco) - 70KG
2. 3X3      
Sheena Widdershoven(The Netherlands) Vs Marieke Post (The Netherlands)
Catch Weight -66Kg
3. 3X3      
Dennis Stolzenbach (The Netherlands) Vs Jegish Yegoian (Armenia) - 95 KG
4.  3X3     
Khalid El Bakouri (Morocco) Vs Kamil Jenel (Poland) - 80 KG
5. 3X3      
Mohammed Jaraya (Morocco) Vs Tayfun Ozcan (Turkey) - 70Kg
6. 5X3       
Ismael Lazaar (Morocco) Vs Thomas Vanneste (Belgium)
Heavyweight
Enfusion World Title
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Giorgio Petrosyan Returns This Weekend, Plus ANOTHER Fight in April Against Enriko Kehl

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It's been a long time since we've seen Giorgio Petrosyan in the ring. In fact, I'd argue that it has been too long. The last time that we saw Petrosyan in the ring was December of 2013 when Andy Ristie was able to overcome the best fighter at 70kg via knockout. It was shocking at the time, but now we've all settled into this reality. This coming Saturday Petrosyan finally returns to the ring at Thai Boxe Mania 2015 against Erkan Varol in Turin, Italy.

The other big news is that Petrosyan's next fight is already lined up and it's going to be a big one. At Oktagon's 20th anniversary event on April 11th Petrosyan is set to face 2014 K-1 World MAX Champion Enriko Kehl in what should be an awesome bout. The young Kehl has proven himself as a worthy contender and a rising star of his own over the past few years and it will be quite the test for Petrosyan after such a long layoff.

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AXS is Ready to Showcase New Japan Pro Wrestling Like Never Before

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On Friday evening AXS TV will not only be presenting Legacy FC’s first kickboxing event, Legacy Kickboxing 1, they will also be starting off their series of english broadcast New Japan Pro Wrestling events from 2013. This will mark the first time in the modern age of New Japan Pro Wrestling that an American network has not only taken interest in presenting their programming, but to do so in a respectful, exciting manner.

Sure, this isn’t kickboxing news, but the truth is that Japanese professional wrestling was at the roots of K-1 and modern kickboxing as a whole. Without Japanese pro wrestling there would be no GLORY or K-1 right now, there would have been no boom for kickboxing and we wouldn’t have grown to idolize Peter Aerts, Ernesto Hoost, Andy Hug and countless others. 

New Japan Pro Wrestling is probably the best professional wrestling organization around at the moment. If you ever had any interest in professional wrestling but found the offerings of WWE to be a bit too hokey or childlike for you and simply gravitated towards MMA and other “real” sports instead, I urge you to check out what AXS TV is going to be presenting this Friday. 

New Japan was not always the best that Japan had to offer, with All Japan being the king of the 90’s, NOAH being the king of the early 00’s but New Japan’s younger talent from the early 00’s matured into some of the best talents ever seen on this stage and the action is simply divine. New Japan Pro Wrestling is based on what they call “strong style.” Strong Style is basically whatever style of pro wrestling that New Japan is dabbling in, but its roots are based on martial arts due to the founder Antonio Inoki’s obsession with the concept of the “mixed fight.” It doesn’t hurt that Inoki is one of the fathers of modern MMA, either, with most of those early MMA fights taking place in a New Japan ring. 

The action tends to be brutal, the storytelling takes place inside of the ring and while there is still big characters, elaborate costumes and other basics of pro wrestling, things tend to feel a bit more “real” and exciting. It won’t feel remarkably different to the average viewer as much as it will feel alien, but that is where Mauro Ranallo and Josh Barnett come into play. AXS TV’s series is set to span the epic saga of the IWGP Title in 2013, which saw struggles between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchida Okada. The first episode kicks off with Tanahashi vs. Okada from January 4th, 2013 this Friday evening before Legacy Kickboxing is set to kick off. So you’ll be there anyway, just show up an hour earlier for an awesome hour of pro wrestling.

AXS TV sent us the third episode of New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV, which was the April 7th main event between Tanahashi and Okada, a rematch that saw Dave Meltzer of the WON praise it as a five-star classic, the match of the year. It’s truly the pinnacle of that style of pro wrestling and a tremendous match, so it speaks for itself, but Ranallo and Barnett were able to do it justice in a way that we haven’t seen in a long time.

On January 4th of this year Global Force Wrestling helped to distribute the annual NJPW Tokyo Dome event, Wrestle Kingdom 9, with Matt Striker and Jim Ross on commentary. Ross and Striker were good, but they were tossed together for the first time and some things simply didn’t mesh. The team of Ranallo and Barnett had none of these problems and were able to add historical context and personal insights without having to start relating to the WWE or other domestic products. 

There is a level of immersion that comes with this, which is aided by Ranallo’s wrestling knowledge and A+ research that goes into calling each show and Barnett’s personal history in Japan. Barnett competed in Japan for years in MMA and also spent time training in professional wrestling before wrestling under the New Japan Pro Wrestling banner for a while. So it’s safe to say that what Barnett adds is his own personal experiences in the grueling training that New Japan wrestlers go through and how they perform in the ring. Hell, he’s even been in the ring with a lot of these guys and knows them personally. 

We can -- for the most part -- ignore the pretty awful ad that was produced for the series and is airing on AXS TV, because the program itself is extremely well done. In this episode it began with interviews with the wrestlers, helping to set up the match a bit more, then the meat of the match (which was a long one, took up the entire program), followed by a post-match interview. It wasn’t the kind of thing that I’d expect for what is just an hour-long program that could have easily been slapped together for cheap and tossed on air.

Definitely tune in for this -- or at least set your DVR for it -- because it’s definitely worth watching.

 

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Mike Zambidis to Defend SuperKombat Title Plus More SK 2015 Details

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Mike Zambidis captured the SuperKombat Middleweight Championship back in August of 2013 against Harun Kina in Romania and now in January he is set to defend that title for the very first time in a return match. At an Iron Challenge 2015 event in Greece Zambidis is set to defend that title against Kina. If you are wondering why it isn't on a SuperKombat card proper, that's because 2015 will be the year that SuperKombat begins licensing out their brand to interested partners.

Previously they would license out tryout events, but starting this year they will also license out Elimination and World Title fights. The SuperKombat season begins on March 7th with their first event of this season, but look for more events held around the world with fights that impact the world of SuperKombat throughout the year. We'll have more on SuperKombat and Mike Zambidis when it's available.

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Legacy Kickboxing 1 Fight Card for January 16th

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In exactly one week Legacy Kickboxing 1 is set to go down live from Houston, Texas. The event will be airing live on AXS TV at 10pm Eastern time. The main event features muay thai and kickboxing veteran Cosmo Alexandre squaring off against Regian Eersel. The co-main is UFC and GLORY veteran Pat Barry taking on Demoreo Dennis with Barry looking to get back into the win column after a disappointing debut with GLORY in May. 

Miguel Torres, former WEC Champion and UFC veteran will take on Angel Huerta. The card also features Michael Corley vs. Marco Pique, Valentina Schleychenko vs. Lindsay Haycraft,  Alex Morono vs. Lucas Pimenta and Justin Reiswerg vs. Will Morris. 

Tune in next week and follow the live results here on LiverKick.com.

165 - Cosmo Alexandre 42-15 v. Regian Eersel  26-2  
HVY – Pat Barry 16-6  v. Demoreo Dennis 9-3
135 – Angel Huerta 4-1 v. Miguel Torres 0-0
155 – Michael Corley 18-11 v. Marco Pique 60-38
135 – Valentina Schlevchenko 54-1 v. Lindsay Haycraft - 25–12
170 -  Alex Morono 6-3 v. Lucas Pimenta - 8–2
155 - Justin Reiswerg  v. Will Morris 
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Mirko Cro Cop Finishes Satoshi Ishii in Japan

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

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

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

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China Making Big Plays for Kickboxing in 2015

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If you've been paying attention to kickboxing, you'll probably recognize that 2014 has been a strange year for the sport. We started things off with GLORY as the clear #1 promotion in the world, with the top talents, biggest events and the most promise. As we enter into 2015 things are a bit more muddy and confusing. In fact, they are a lot more confusing. 

GLORY 19 is in February, featuring Rico Verhoeven vs. Errol Zimmerman for the GLORY Heavyweight Championship, but to say that things seem to be in disarray in the GLORY camp is an understatement. The postponement of the show raised a lot of eyebrows and now we are seeing more and more GLORY contracted fighters taking fights somewhere else, or, like Joe Valtellini, petitioning for a shot at the UFC against CM Punk. I wouldn't count GLORY out just yet, but at the same time, if we look at the upcoming Kunlun and Wu Lei Feng cards in China, it's hard not to notice the sheer amount of GLORY talent on those cards

On January 3rd and 4th
#Kunlun Fight 15
– Rico Verhoeven vs Andrei Herasimchuk
– Sittichai Sitsongpeenong vs Murthel Groenhart
– Jafharr Wilnis vs Alireza Karbasi
Other fights:
– Andy Souwer vs Jaio Fukai
– Steve Moxon vs Aikpracha Meenayothin
– Tomas Hron vs Roman Kryklia
– Victor Nagbe vs Mostafa Rajabi
 
On January 31 and February 1st
Kunlun Fight 16 and WLF
– Albert Kraus vs ??
– Simon Marcus vs ??
– Arthur Kyshenko vs Bai Jinbin
– Andy Ristie vs Aikpracha Meenayothin
– Robin van Roosmalen vs Dzianis Zuev
 
Other fights:
– Hesdy Gerges vs Alexy Ignashov
– Colin George vs Mighty Mo
– Cosmo Alexandre vs Li Yankun
 

This is kind of revealing. In addition to that, on K-1's USA vs. China event happening in China on January 1st the #1 contender for GLORY's Featherweight Championship, Gabriel Varga, will be fighting with GLORY's blessing. K-1 also announced a huge partnership with some of the biggest networks in China for ten live events in 2015. While it isn't clear if K-1 will be making big money from that just yet, the potential viewership for them is out-of-this-world. 

As of right now it is looking like China is making huge moves to be the new home of kickboxing and could potentially be the "new" Japan, possibly even ushering in a boom period. We'll just have to wait and see.

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VIDEO: Former NBA Player Darko Milicic Loses Kickboxing Debut

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This is one of those weird, only-in-kickboxing types of stories. Darko Milicic, former NBA player, made his kickboxing debut in an exhibition on Wednesday in Serbia, fighting under the WKA banner. There was some fanfare and hype around it, considering his profile, but WKA's global presence isn't quite what it's cracked up to be.

Anyway, he made his debut and things didn't go so well for the awkwardly tall basketball player when the doctors stopped it after a cut opened up on his shin.

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