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Glory 21 Full Fight Card and Breakdown

Glory 21 will be taking place in just 2 weeks time and the full card including super fights has now been announced. So what better time is there to breakdown some of fights?

Apart from the middleweight title fight it seems that Glory has brought in lots of new fighters for this show to test themselves in the Glory ring and hope a new North American star will emerge. Its really great they are giving opportunities for people to fight on a big promotion and on Live TV considering how hard it is to get noticed in Kickboxing.

Anyway on to the fights, lets start with the middleweight title fight between the champ Artem Levin and the challenger Simon Marcus. They have already fought each other once in 2009 at Lion Fight 9 with Muay Thai rules and Marcus won a very close fight with I'd say at least 70% of the fight taking in the clinch. After watching this fight again recently I really felt that Artem did not look himself at all, now this could very well be due to Simon's style in which case he will give him just as much trouble again. The Glory rules will not allow clinching for such extended periods of time but in their first fight Levin was initiating the clinch just as much as Marcus was and was even winning the clinch early in the fight, but what Artem stopped doing was moving. Simon Marcus is always going to move forward and if Levin moves straight back and doesn't fight like his usual self where he uses lots of angles he will risk losing a decision again. I am certain that Artem Levin has wanted this rematch with Kickboxing rules for some time, he has probably watched the first fight 100 times and knows exactly where he went wrong, now if he can overcome Simon's pressure and fight like he has been recently I am fairly confident he will remain the champion... But Simon Marcus ALWAYS seems to prove me wrong.

On to the Co-main event Ramond Daniels vs Justin Baesman, we won't spend too much time on this fight. Baesman has an MMA record of 16 wins and 7 losses with 4 wins by KO, according to the Glory site he is 17-6-1 in kickboxing but I can't seem to find any of his kickboxing fights. Pretty sure we can expect another wicked highlight reel KO from Mr. Daniels.

Now the heavyweight tournament which was supposed to be an all American affair with Xavier Vigney, Maurice Jackson, and Everett Sims but it seems that the big Englishman "Chopper" Chi Lewis-Parry has infiltrated the tournament after his 15 second KO at Glory 20.

Xavier Vigney vs. Maurice Jackson is a bit of a strange situation, at this point most kickboxing fans have seen or at least head of Vigney especially in America, he has solid boxing basics and of course he is a big dude so has KO power in both hands. Maurice Jackson also is a huge man at 6"9 and 275lbs his record on the Glory site is 31-0 with 23 ko's but once again I can only find one of his MMA fights online so they must be amateur. His MMA record is 2 wins 1 loss and 3 no contests, which leads me to believe we may see something strange during this fight. I'm going to go with Vigney by KO or DQ for this one.

Everett Sims vs "Chopper" Chi Lewis-Parry is interesting since we have a fresh image of both fighters from 2 previous Glory events. Sims who fought Vigney on Glory 19 didn't look too bad until Vigney started to swarm him and then he just started to turtle up. As for Chopper he just swarmed his opponent instantly and KO'd him in 15 seconds at Glory 20, just looking at these two variables it seems like a pretty rough match up for Sims, I'm going to predict an Xavier Vigney vs Chi Lewis-Parry final.

As for the super fights, Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva could easily be the fight of the night. Both guys always bring everything they have to the ring, and never have boring fights. I'm pretty sure a win for Adegbuyi should put him very close if not inline for a shot at Rico Verhoeven's belt. Both of these guys are very technical heavyweights with knockout power and great combos, I would personally lean towards a decision win for Benny just because he is the younger, Hungrier fighter.

Full card

Main Card on Spike TV

Middleweight Title Fight: Artem Levin vs. Simon Marcus

Welterweight Co-Headline Bout: Raymond Daniels vs. Justin Baesman

Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final: Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Everett Sims

Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final: Xavier Vigney vs. Maurice Jackson

Middleweight Armed Forces Bout: Devin Goodale vs. Kyle Stewart

Super Fights

Heavyweight: Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva

Welterweight: Omari Boyd vs. James Steelesmith

Lightweight: Luis Castaneda vs. Ken Tran

Middleweight: Mike Lemaire vs. Armin Mrkanovic

 

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

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

Gao Xuchao (CHN) vs Dong Jian (CHN)  62kg
Zhang Dongbin (CHN) vs Abdolmaleki Masuod (IRI) 67kg
Wang Hesong (CHN) vs KRIT (THA) 75kg
E Meidie (CHN) vs Valeriya Drozdova (RUS) 52kg
Zhao Yafei (CHN) vs Bonhyuk Koo 61.5kg (MMA)
Dzianis Zuev(BLR) vs Nongsai (THA) 71kg
Wang Sai (CHN) vs Vasiliy Fedorych (UKR) 80kg (MMA)
Xiong Jingnan (CHN) vs Hodymchuk Viktoria (UKR) 60kg (MMA)
Wei Ninghui (CHN) vs Lerdsila Chumpairtour (USA) 62kg
Jonatan Oliveira (BRA) vs Artur Kyshenko(UKR) 80kg
Nuerla (CHN) vs Arthit Hanchana(THA) 80kg
Asihati (CHN) vs Abbas (IRI) 100kg+
Zhang Meixuan(CHN) vs Kazybek Ashimov (KAZ) 57kg (MMA)
Kong Lingfeng (CHN) vs Miyakoshi Soichiro (JPN) 70kg
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This was Muaythai Mania 8

Muaythai Mania's latest event, Muaythai Mania 8: Hungary vs Lithuania was another successful one with a sold out venue at Szentendre, Hungary. Fans showed up from both Hungary and Lithuania to support their respective fighters and even the Lithuanian Ambassador appeared to show support for the Lithuanian team.

The event opened with an exhibition junior match followed by four fights featuring Hungarian and Lithuanian fighters as well as the WMC Professional fight between the two Hungarian stars, Péter Albrecht from Szentendre's local Gym (Szentendre VSE) and Róbert Radics from Simon Gym.

The first bout was a female fight in the 61.24kg division, between Alexandra Kovács (Hungary) and Vaida Masiokaite (Lithuania). Both fighters put on a strong performance and after a close 3 rounds it was Kovács who get her hand raised in a split decision. According to Alexandra she had some struggles due to the weight difference as Masiokaite weighed in right on point while she was a few pounds below the limit. The rematch fights are scheduled to take place in Vilnius somewhere at the end of 2015 but there's no exact date set as of now.

Next up was local fan favorit Milán Kisfalvi colliding with Ovidijus Jurginas in the 82.55 kg division. This was the Lithuanian fighter’s professional debut and he had his hands full with the experienced Kisfalvi. After a though battle Kisfalvi took the UD.

The third bout seen the 2014 amateur Muay Thai champion of Hungary Dominik Bereczki against IFMA 2014 junior silver medalist Martynas Jasiunas in 72.58 kg. After a very technical and highly entertaining fight where both athletes showed excellent skills and heart it was the Lithuanian who took the decision and improved the Lithuanian team's scores to 2:1.

It was time for Hungarian Dezső Bakacs to step in the ring against Ernestas Dapkus in a fight which ended up to be probably the toughest battle of the evening. After an extremely hard back and forth battle it was Ernestas Dapkus from Lithuania who got the judges decision making the two team's go head to head (2:2) and raising the stakes for the next fight.

Next up was the deciding fight between two heavyweight athletes László Lapusnyik (Hungary) and Mantas Rimdeika (Lithuania). The fight was a really intense one from the beginning and when Manta stopped Lapusnyik in the first the fans came to their feet.

And there was still one battle left! The main event of the evening was up in the 66.69kg WMC Professional division. The local favorite Péter Albrecht (Szentendre VSE), 2014 Hungarian amateur champion vs Róbert Radics  (Simon Gym), also a 2x Hungarian muay thai champion. After a hard back and forth battle where Albrecht utilized his strong clinch game and Radics employing his reach, it was Radics who managed to take the decision in this highly entertaining bout.

As mentioned above the next round of events will be scheduled to take place in Vilnius end of 2015, which everyone will be looking forward to! The event will be televised by local TV network, SportKlub so all fans who missed the event or couldn't be there at the time of the show can catch up with the action.

Muaythai Mania 8: Hungary vs Lithuania Results
Hungary vs Lithuania (MTM Pro-Am)
Kovács Alexandra (Hungary) vs Vaida Masiokaite (Lithuania) 61.24 kg Winner by points
Kisfalvi Milán (Hungary) vs Ovidijus Jurginas (Lithuania) 82.55 kg Winner by points
Bereczki Dominik (Hungary) vs Martynas Jasiunas (Lithuania) 72.58 kg Winner by points
Bakacs Dezső (Hungary) vs Ernestas Dapkus (Lithuania) 76.2 kg Winner by points
Lapusnyik László (Hungary) vs Mantas Rimdeika (Lithuania) 95+ kg TKO 1st round
WMC Pro
Albrecht Péter (SzVSE) vs Radics Róbert (Simon Gym Fertőszentmiklós) 66.68 kg Winner by points
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Errol Zimmerman Taking Sabbatical From Kickboxing for Boxing

It was perhaps a bit anticlimactic how the rematch between GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven and Errol Zimmerman ended at GLORY 20, but it's hard to ignore the impact that it'll have for the coming years in the Heavyweight division in kickboxing. The fight ended with Zimmerman down on the mat, grasping at his knee in what was a worst case scenario for a warrior like him. Zimmerman is a guy who prides himself as being tough and if he's going to lose a fight he's going to actually lose it, not go down to injury. Yet that is exactly what happened.

We knew that Zimmerman would be out for a while, but it looks like Zimmerman will be taking a year off from kickboxing and much like Tyrone Spong who suffered a horrific leg injury against Gokhan Saki last year, Zimmerman will be returning to the ring as soon as he's healthy but will be doing so in professional boxing instead of kickboxing. 

In an interview with Dutch FunX Zimmerman announced that he will need to take at least a year off from kickboxing to heal up his knee, but that he doesn't intend to just sit idly by and wait to return to the ring. Instead he'll focus on professional boxing much like we've seen from the likes of other GLORY stars like Marc de Bonte, Nieky Holzken and Tyrone Spong. Here's hoping that all goes well with his recovery and we get to see him in the ring again soon, even if it is a boxing ring.

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