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Danyo Ilunga Replaces Artem Vakhitov at GLORY 18

It's time to focus on something a bit more productive, don't you think? What could be more productive than GLORY 18's Light Heavyweight Contender tournament set to take place on November 7th in Oklahoma City? With less than a month to go there has been a major change to the event with Artem Vakhitov suffering a minor injury. While Vakhitov will be fine to compete in a few weeks this injury has made it difficult for him to prepare for the fight in November, with him having to pull out.

His replacement is none other than former It's Showtime 95kg Champion Danyo Ilunga of Germany. Ilunga was a finalist in the GLORY 9 Light Heavyweight tournament where he fought Tyrone Spong in a fight that saw Spong victorious. Since then Ilunga has had two first round stoppages within the GLORY ring and most than deserves this spot in the tournament. 

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Yokkao 10 & 11 Results

Yokkao enjoyed yet another successful trip to the UK as their double- event was held from the Macron Stadium last night in Bolton, UK. 

Jordan Watson made a triumphant return to the ring as he finished Mickael Piscitello with low kicks midway through their -70kg contest. It wasn’t an easy night for Watson though, as the Frenchman looked dangerous throughout the contest and even tested Watson’s chin with a superbly timed right-hand counter. The success was short-lived for Piscitello though as not long after getting Watson’s attention with the right-hand the bout was called off due to damage caused by Watson’s low-kicks, meaning Watson becomes Yokkao’s new -70kg world champion.

In the second headliner and title fight of the night Pakorn defeated Englishman Greg Wootton via unanimous decision claiming the Yokkao -65kg world title in the process. Wootton was competitive throughout but clearly wasn’t able to match the much more experienced and technical fighter.

Yokkao 10:
Jordan Watson def. Mickael Piscitello via TKO (low kicks) in Round 3
Sabri Sadouki def. Tim Thomas via TKO (referee stoppage) in Round 2
Salah Khalifa def. Steve Long via TKO (referee stoppage) in Round 1
Prathet def. Brian Totty via Unanimous Decision
Ste Foy def. Cathal McDermott via TKO(retirement) in Round 3
Liam McGrandles def. Jordan Williams via Unanimous Decision
Sammy Baruca and Kai Laithwaite fight to a Draw.

Yokkao 11:
Pakorn def. Greg Wootton via Unanimous Decision
Crice Boussoukou def. Brad Stanton via Unanimous Decision
Dan McGowan def. Nestor Rodriguez via Unanimous Decision
Sam Jackson def. Luca Fonda via TKO (referee stoppage) in Round 4
Josh Turbill def. Tommi McCormick via Unanimous Decision
Myk Estlick def. Kieron Jessop via Majority Decision.

 

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VIDEO: Sergei Kharitonov Scores TKO Victory Over Braddock Silva in Russia

So there is a lot going on in the world of punching and kicking today, including the W5 event in Russia that saw a rematch from GLORY 16 of Sergei Kharitonov vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva. Braddock came into the fight looking bulked up from when we saw him previously and Kharitonov was ready for Braddock this time around. 

It was strikingly similar to the last time that the two met, with it being Braddock's fight to lose. It was, as the kids would say, #HeavyweightKickboxing. As round two wore on Kharitonov was taking more shots than he was blocking, but he was able to corner Braddock and strong arm him back into the ropes where he landed a shot that put him down, with the ref calling the fight.

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Buakaw Banchamek Walks Out, Enriko Kehl Claims K-1 World MAX Championship

Truly fascinating night in Thailand tonight as K-1 held the K-1 World MAX Finals to crown the K-1 MAX Champion. That champion will hold the K-1 MAX/70kg Championship and go on to defend it against all comers. Many believed that Buakaw Banchamek couldn't lose against Enriko Kehl, especially after the showing last year that saw Buakaw dismantle Kehl and pick up a decision. What happened in the fight was much stranger than fiction, that is for sure.

Enriko Kehl came into the fight focused and was landing clean combinations and shots on Banchamek. Buakaw spent most of the fight catching Kehl's kicks or clinching him then dumping him to the mat. That led to Buakaw being in control in the ring, but not landing anything significant. Many believed that this would assure Buakaw an easy victory against Kehl, but in what is typical K-1 fashion when a fight is close, it was ruled a draw. Before anyone goes into conspiracy theory mode, those trips, dumps and clinches don't score points in K-1 rules. The official K-1 rules are that a clinch must be immediately broken or that a single knee can be thrown from a one-handed clinch. That is just the rules. 

The fight was to go to an extension round, the only problem was that Buakaw was nowhere to be seen. Buakaw, along with his trainers and manager Yim, left the ringside area when they found out that there would be an extension round. Buakaw, who has fought in extension rounds in K-1 numerous times now, knows how it works, so there really was no reason for him to storm out. If you were paying attention to Banchamek's social media and to the news leading into the fight, this behavior won't seem that odd to you, as Banchamek had gone to the press numerous times in the lead-up to this event with some interesting stories. Those stories include doubts as to K-1's legitimacy, him wondering if he'd be paid the money that he'd get from fighting in the event and even claiming that K-1 was involved in illegal gambling on the event. 

Curiously it was all done in front of a Top King banner, with Top King being the latest Thai promotion that Buakaw has signed with after falling out with Yokkao, Thai Fight and MAX Muay Thai over the years. Buakaw was nowhere to be seen and the fight was ruled in favor of Enriko Kehl due to disqualification via forfeit. All of the credit in the world goes to Enriko Kehl who very clearly learned from their first encounter and made improvements and adjustments to meet the Thai legend on Thai soil in a fight that no one thought that he could win. 

Regardless of anyone's opinion on if the extra round was deserved or not, this was unprofessional behavior from Banchamek and not the first time that he had done something similar in K-1 (see the Zhou Zhi Peng fight in December 2013 in China).

UPDATE: If you watch the video above it is clear that Buakaw and his team left before the decision was even rendered. We received confirmation that Buakaw and his team left immediately after round three ended and jumped into a car without a word to anyone else. 

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