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Bellator Kickboxing Announces Rules and Weight Classes

On Friday, April 16th Bellator Kickboxing will hold their first event in Italy, the event will air on April 22nd at 11pm Eastern, directly following Bellator 153, which sees the debut of former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson. With one month to go there have been questions as to what sorts of rules and weight classes the new promotion will be using and today they are announcing just that. 

Bellator Kickboxing will be adhering to MMA weight classes, a smart move that keeps uniformity between both brands and helps to make kickboxing less confusing to newer viewers. According to Bellator, the weight classes that they plan on featuring are listed below.

  • Heavyweight: 265 pounds
  • Light Heavyweight: 205 pounds
  • Middleweight: 185 pounds
  • Welterweight: 170 pounds
  • Lightweight: 155 pounds
  • Featherweight: 145 pounds
  • Bantamweight: 135 pounds
  • Flyweight: 125 pounds

Much like MMA, there will be a one pound allowance, although that will be different in title fights.

The fights will be following the general ruleset that we've known for a long time now as "K-1 rules," which means that regular fights will be contested in three rounds with each round clocking in at three minutes. In case of a draw there will be an extension round, but only one. For world title fights there will be five rounds. As for the actual rules, here is what they sent us in regards to how the fights will take place.

  • The competitors will attack and defend using punches (including spinning backfists), kicks and knee strikes.
  • Each non-title fight is scheduled for three, three-minute rounds with the potential for an extra sudden victory round if the bout is scored a draw. Title fights will be scheduled for five, three-minute rounds.
  • Prohibited techniques include: elbow strikes, throws, takedowns, and submission attempts or striking a downed fighter. Fighters may only clinch if they immediately attack with a knee strike.
  • Three judges will score Bellator Kickboxing using the “10-Point-Must” system applying a prioritized criterion that values knockdowns, impact on the opponent and clean scoring strikes.

The debut card currently looks like this:

Updated “Bellator Kickboxing: Torino” Fight Card:

Bellator Kickboxing Middleweight Main Event: Melvin Manhoef (49-12) vs. Alexandru Negrea (8-2)

Bellator Kickboxing 165-Pound Feature Bout: Mustapha Haida (37-3-3) vs. Karim Ghajji (95-12)

Bellator Kickboxing Welterweight Feature Bout: Raymond Daniels (10-3) vs. TBA

Bellator Kickboxing Flyweight Feature Bout: Denise Kielholtz (43-2) vs. TBA

Bellator Kickboxing Bantamweight Feature Bout: Kevin Ross (30-9) vs. TBA

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Muay Thai Grand Prix 3 All Access and New Fight Added

Muay Thai Grand Prix 3 is quickly approaching, happening on the 26th of March. Just announced was a bout between Ben Lucas and Alex Bublea, which is in addition to the 4-man 72kg tournament, a worl;d title fight between Charlie Peters and Tommi McCormick and a bunch of other big fights.

MUAY THAI GRAND PRIX 3 – Saturday 26th March 2016

4-Man 72KG MTGP–

Luke Whelan (Eng)

Conor Stewart (Eng)

Sevket Cerkez (Tur)

Luca Caputo (Ita)

–FTR A-Class–

Iman Barlow (Eng) V Maria Lobo (Por)

– MTGP World Welterweight Title –

Charlie Peters (Eng) V Tommi McCormick (Eng)

–FTR A-Class–

Dan McGowan (Eng) V Victor Saravia (USA)

–FTR A-Class–

Ben Lucas (Eng) V Alex Bublea (Rom)

–FTR A-Class–

Damien Trainor (Eng) V Adrian Lopez (Spa)

–FTR A-Class–

Dean James (Eng) V Wuttichai (Tha)

–Pro K-1–

Jamie Whelan (Eng) V Paul Karpowicz (Eng)

–FTR A-Class–

Evan Jays (Eng) V Tommy Green (Eng)

–B-Class–

Michael Pham (Eng) V Dominik Matusz (Pol)

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GLORY 28 and SuperFight Series Live Results

GLORY 28 is today! That means that, as usual, we'll be providing live results throughout the event. The SuperFight Series airs on UFC's Fight Pass and GLORY 28's main card on ESPN3.

Follow us at @liverkickdotcom to talk about the show live or talk in the comments section here.

GLORY 28 Paris (Live on ESPN3 at 4 p.m. ET)

Heavyweight Title Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven (c) (R5 - Unanimous Decision) Mladen Brestovac -- Welp, this was exactly the fight that we all thought it would be. Rico didn't get a big knockout, sure, but Brestovac is a more careful fighter and wasn't looking to be overly-aggressive. Rico is fast, technical and defensive when he needs to be. I'm not sure who in this division beats him.

Lightweight Tournament Final Bout: Sitthichai (R3 - Decision) Marat Grigorian -- Great fight by both guys. Marat was right there with Sitthichai throughout the fight, forcing Sitthichai to fight a bit more aggressively than we are used to. He really turned it up and wanted to be assured the win from the judges, which he got. Great stuff by both guys.

Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Cédric Doumbé(R3 - UD) Murthel Groenhart -- Wow. Again. Many had seen Doumbe as simply a stepping stone for Murthel to pick up a win and some momentum, but you know what? Nobody told Doumbe that. If you've keenly followed Murthel's career you'll know that Murthel has always had a tendency to lose his temper and fight sloppy. That's not the Murthel that we've seen in his last few fights, but Doumbe was able to pull that out from him in this fight and it was beautiful. He had completely frustrated Murthel to the point where Murthel had a late hit in the last round, which the ref took a point for (which, c'mon, no way), but Doumbe pulled off the win. Chaos in the welterweight division!

Lightweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Marat Grigorian (R3 - Decision) Anatoly Moiseev -- Wow. I mean, I saw Grigorian winning this, but Moiseev is 100% legit, yet Grigorian really showed just how great he was here. He had Moiseev in trouble a bunch of times with multiple knockdowns. Great performance.

Lightweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Sittichai (R3 - UD) Davit Kiria -- Yep. I mean, we've seen this fight before, the biggest difference was that Kiria was prepared for the knees and kicks so he was a lot more defensive. He hung in there, but this was mostly one-way traffic.

GLORY SuperFight Series Paris (Live on UFC FIGHT PASS at 1 p.m. ET)

Light Heavyweight Title Headline Bout: Artem Vakhitov (R5 - UD) Saulo Cavalari (c) -- Saulo came out strong, but Vakhitov's boxing was simply too slick here. The one problem that I saw for Vakhitov going into this was going to be lack of aggression, but none of that happened here. Vakhitov was aggressive and worked over the leg and body of Saulo. Just a clinic from Vakhitov while a tired Saulo kept coming, but simply didn't have enough power left in him to fight back too much. Saulo did work the leg kick, but his own leg was so torn up that he had problems piecing together combinations.

Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Xavier Vigney (R3 - UD) Freddy Kemayo -- Crazy slugfest from both guys. Things started off looking all-Vigney, but as the fight went on Kemayo found a way through Vigney's thin defenses. Biggest win that Vigney has had in a while, but man, I'm concerned about seeing him fight top heavyweights in this division. There were some serious holes in his defenses (as in, were there defenses?) and against the upper echelons of the division things could go poorly for him. You can't rely on your jaw protecting you forever. That being said, this was a pretty crazy slugfest from both guys.

Featherweight Title Bout: Serhiy Adamchuk (c) (R5 - Decision) Mosab Amrani -- Look, this fight was never gonna be pretty. This was Amrani via KO in the early rounds or it was Adamchuk via clinching and his solid boxing. That's exactly what happened and my god did Amrani take a brutal beating. In the third round Amrani went down like a sack of potatoes but got up. What ensued was two rounds of Amrani taking brutal amounts of damage and not going down. Heart? Sure. But this fight shortened his career because he wasn't doing anything, just taking shots to the jaw and holding on for a clinch. Brutal.

Middleweight Bout: Jason Wilnis (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Filip Verlinden -- This was just an incredible fight. Watch this fight, no matter how you have to. These guys were both going full force all fight and the third round ended with a crazy exchange between the two. Wilnis got the nod but great performance by both guys.

Lightweight Bout: Josh Jauncey (R2 - TKO) Johan Tkac -- Josh Jauncey has looked really good in his last few fights, but here he looked absolutely incredible. This was the complete Josh Jauncey that we've always wanted to see. Incredibly confident, slipping strikes, awesome head movement and was changing levels with fluidity. Tkac was putting forth effort, but Jauncey was able to keep him off balance and kept attacking the body and legs throughout, while not neglecting to land whenever there was a hole in Tkac's defenses up top. Tkac's corner called it after R2 due to a broken nose.

Featherweight Bout: Eddy Naït-Slimani (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Maykol Yurk -- Tough, close fight from both guys to kick things off. Really entertaining and Nait-Slimani threw some really hard shots here. Great debut.

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A Look at the Truly SUPER GLORY 28 SuperFight Series

The consensus on GLORY 28 is that it’s one of the most packed GLORY cards of all-time, but by looking at the main card alone you wouldn’t get that impression. Sure, GLORY 28’s main card is good, but where the show really shines is in the undercard, dubbed the SuperFight Series. The SuperFight Series will be airing on UFC’s Fight Pass platform and, in a way, GLORY is putting their best foot forward on Fight Pass this time around with two world title fights and three incredible fights on top of that.

As a fan of kickboxing I’m perhaps more excited for the SuperFight Series than I am for the main card. Sure, the main card is great, but there is so much going on here that it’s hard to NOT want to talk about it.

GLORY Light Heavyweight Championship: Saulo Cavalari(C) vs. Artem Vakhitov

Honestly, I’m not sure why this fight isn’t on the main card outside of looking to give the SFS an incredible main event. Sure, fans were really itching for Gokhan Saki to get back into the ring, but I’m almost more excited about what the division looks like without Saki than what it looks like with him. Artem Vakhitov is a skilled, exciting young fighter and Saulo Cavalari has been running roughshod over this division in Saki’s absence. 

While to some that means nothing, I assure you that it means a lot. Saki is a great fighter and a famous name from K-1, but there seems to be a division of fans who refuse to give Cavalari his due simply because he hasn’t fought Saki yet. Saki pulled out of this fight, the official reason was injury, but there have been questions as to what injury it was and if there might be, or if this is some sort of contract situation. Either way Saki isn’t getting any younger and his ability to earn money continues to dwindle with the more time he’s away from the ring fighting the best of the best. 

While I think that Vakhitov poses an interesting challenge for Cavalari, the Cavalari that we’ve seen grow and evolve in the GLORY ring is a complete fighter that will do what it takes to retain his title.

Xavier Vigney vs. Freddy Kemayo

As an American, Xavier Vigney has had to prove himself time and time again to be taken seriously. His professional career started in the K-1 ring against a veteran fighter in Seth Petruzelli and ever since then he’s had some degree of spotlight on him, although there have always been lingering doubts. Heavyweight was once the big money weight in kickboxing, but now things may have shifted just a bit. Since that intense focus on heavyweight isn’t there anymore, GLORY has been able to take things slowly with Vigney before pushing him into the deepest waters and seeing if he’ll sink or swim.

The incremental challenges that they’ve been giving him have all proven to be stuff that he can handle and while his style isn’t exactly explosive, Rico Verhoeven’s style wasn’t explosive or refined in his earlier days and he turned into an amazing talent. I’m not sure that Vigney will reach the same heights, but there is always the potential. Daniel Sam was considered a step up in competition for Vigney and he handled it with poise and a cool head. Now Freddy Kemayo is his next step up. Kemayo is a well known fighter who has always been on the fringe of the top of the division, perhaps best known as the guy who got body-bagged by Anderson “Braddock” Silva back in 2010 in one of the best high kick KO’s of all time. 

That being said, Kemayo is still a tough fighter and while things haven’t exactly been sunshine for him of late, stopping Vigney dead in his path towards kickboxing elitedom would be a feather in his cap and a reason for people to start taking him seriously again.

But, I think Vigney has this. 

GLORY Featherweight Championship: Serhiy Adamchuk(C) vs. Mosab Amrani

At this point I feel for the GLORY Featherweight Championship. Unless Mosab is able to wrest the title away from Adamchuk’s defensive grasp here the title’s interest level might drop below zero. Adamchuk is a talented, skilled fighter, but to be frank, his performances in the GLORY ring have been abysmal to watch. The way that he won the title was shameful, to say the least, in perhaps one of GLORY’s worst title fights to date.

As a fan, I have no reason to want to watch Adamchuk anymore now that I know what he’s prepared to do to hold that title. Outside of referee interference on the level of Artem/Marcus there is little chance of this fight being something worth watching. I say that as someone well aware of what Mosab is capable of and how he’s been consistently one of the most exciting, watchable fighters of the past five years. 

Adamchuk by smothering and rabbit punches.

Jason Wilnis vs. Filip Verlinden

This is a really interesting fight, especially with the prospect of Artem Levin gone from the Middleweight division and things opening up a bit. Wilnis was last in the ring against Joe Schilling, forced to stop fighting due to an injury after having Joe in some serious trouble. Sure, Joe was working him over pretty hard early on, but Wilnis fought back and had Joe wobbling into the ropes before the injury and having to call the fight.

Needless to say, Wilnis is showing a lot of promise and could be a major player in the division. Verlinden is a guy that early on was shoved anywhere that he was needed, but now he finally seems comfortable at Middleweight, although he’s still taking random Light Heavyweight fights. Verlinden has a rather unremarkable-yet-functional style that has gotten him to where he is today. I think that Wilnis probably takes this, but Verlinden can never be counted out.

Josh Jauncey vs. Johan Tkac

Tkac is stepping up on short notice to fight Jauncey, which is admirable, but Jauncey has gotten the name recognition that he has now because of just how good of a young fighter he really is. The fight with Petrosyan showed a ton of promise and honestly, I just look forward to continue watching Jauncey grow into one of the best fighters in the weight division.

Jauncey takes it.

Maykol Yurk vs. Eddy Naït-Slimani

Maykol burst onto the scene at GLORY 26 with a huge win over Shane Oblonsky before putting up a courageous fight against Mosab before tasting bitter, bitter defeat. Now he gets a challenge that is a bit more manageable for him in Eddy Nait-Slimani. Eddy is a capable, aggressive fighter with a thai style that should make for fireworks here. I think that Maykol takes it but that it won’t be easy.

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