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GLORY 7 Milan Confirmed For April 20

GLORY's event schedule is coming together for this year, so far with GLORY 5 London and GLORY 6 Istanbul having dates. Now another GLORY event has been confirmed for April 20, just two weeks after Istanbul.

GLORY 7 Milan will take place on April 20 in Milan, Italy, as per GLORY's website. This event comes just two weeks after GLORY 6 in Istanbul on April 6. No fight card details have been announced yet, but we assume that they will be soon.

What's also interesting is that there is a big Oktagon card tabbed for the same date in Milan that features Giorgio Petrosyan, and GLORY has worked with the promoter of Oktagon, Carlo di Blasi, who happens to be Giorgio Petrosyan's manager. Basically what I'm saying is to put two and two together, meaning that this show is probably in conjunction with the Oktagon show at the Mediolanum Forum. Obviously nothing is confirmed yet and for now that's just speculation.

Stay tuned for more news on this event.

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SuperKombat to Hold Qualification Fights in Croatia, Feb. 23

SuperKombat recently unveiled their plans for their worldwide selection, and that led to numerous tryouts that have been scheduled around Europe to recruit heavyweight fighters. Now a set of qualification fights has been scheduled for February 23 in Opatija, Croatia, under the banner of Opatija Fight Night 5, with SuperKombat's Croatian partner, Opatija Fight Night.

The event will take place in Opatija, Croatia and according to fightsite.hr will feature four or five Croatian fighters from the region in four super fights, with the rest being from around Europe. These fighters from the likes of Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia will be joined by the selected fighters from SuperKombat tryouts in England, Germany and Greece.

For more information on SuperKombat's tryouts, a schedule is up on their website here.

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70kg Eight Man Tournament on Mar. 24 with Henri van Opstal, Armen Petrosyan

The month of March this year is insanely stacked for kickboxing and Muay Thai. Another event to look forward to in March takes place on the 24th at Haarlem Fight Night in Haarlem, Holland.

The event will feature an eight man tournament at 70kg. Armen Petrosyan and Henri van Opstal are the biggest names in the tournament, which also features veterans like Anthony Kane and William Diender, as well as up and comers like Robbie Hageman. The full tournament lineup is as follows:

Henri van Opstal

Armen Petrosyan

Anthony Kane

William Diender

Robbie Hageman

Kevin Hessling

Mourad Tounoutti

Maiki Karathanasis

Also, the reserve fight will see Nick Beljaards fight Moreno Janssen. This will be the biggest Haarlem Fight Night event yet and more information will be coming out soon.

 

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Krush 67kg Tournament Preview

Krush kicks off 2013 with their anticipated 67kg tournament, set to crown a champion in one of Krush's two new weight classes. This post is an attempt at ranking the 8 fighters by their chances of winning the tournament, as I have done with previous one night tournaments.

1. Yuta Kubo - Kubo would have been the tournament favorite if his quarterfinal opponent was still Houcine Bennoui or Roman Mailov. Now, he has the easiest first round matchup against TaCa and a pretty clear path to the finals, as he would fight Shintaro Matsukura or Makihira Keita in the semifinals, neither of which are near Kubo's level. Throw in that he owns a win over one of the upper bracket favorites in Abdallah Ezbiri and he would be the favorite against Yuji Nashiro as well. Add on to this that he is one hell of a tournament fighter, as he made it to the finals of the first K-1 63kg tournament and was winning the fight until a 3rd round knockout, and he won the second 63kg tournament with wins over Kizaemon Saiga, Masaaki Noiri and Koya Urabe, three of Japan's best Lightweights. He even was slotted into the finals of the 2009 AJKF Lightweight tournament as a reserve fighter and was beating tournament favorite Masahiro Yamamoto until a 3rd round knockdown. If there's one downside for Kubo, it is that everyone is expecting him to win this tournament, so there may be a bit of pressure there. He also has shown tendencies to crack a little in the key moments of tournament finals, so it is definitely not out of the realm of possibility that Nashiro could exploit that in the finals.

2. Yuji Nashiro - Despite the toughest quarterfinal matchup, Nashiro will be aided by a drop in weight and fighting someone close to his size. Nashiro has had mixed results in tournaments, being KO'd by Yuichiro Nagashima in the opening round of the 2010 K-1 Japan MAX Tournament, then famously winning 2011 Japan MAX Tournament after an upset win in the quarterfinals over Albert Kraus, a win that shocked everyone watching. Should he get past Ezbiri in the quarters, he could possibly rematch Yuya Yamamoto in the semis, the man he knocked out to win the Japan MAX Tournament. Nashiro was able to excel in a weight class that he was not built for, so I don't see any reason why he can't do it in a more natural weight class for him and maybe even give Yuta Kubo a run for his money in the finals. (Side note: Nashiro came in overweight on his first two attempts and will be deducted a point to start his quarterfinal matchup against Ezbiri)

3. Abdallah Ezbiri - Being the only foreigner in the tournament, Ezbiri has a bit of pressure on him, and it won't be easy as he faces Yuji Nashiro in the opening round. Ezbiri fought Kubo back in June, but was knocked down twice and wasn't able to take a round off of him. It's hard to judge where Ezbiri stands against a fighter like Nashiro, as Kubo can make any fighter look bad. Because of this, and the talent drop off after Nashiro, I have Ezbiri at 3rd and should he get past Nashiro, I would definitely peg him as the favorite of the remaining 3 fighters in his half of the bracket to make it to the finals. I even think he could give Kubo some trouble in the finals, as he has shown some weaknesses in tournament finals.

4. Hitoshi Tsukagoshi  - The WILDRUSH League runner-up has one distinct disadvantage as he is coming up from fighting at 63kg, though was not able to move up over the course of a year like Kubo and as so, will likely be one of the smaller fighters in the tournament. That being said, he has a favorable quarterfinal matchup against the struggling Yuya Yamamoto. There's no reason he can't get past Nashiro or Ezbiri in the semifinals, but he will certainly not be the favorite and will need to find some magic if he wants to have a chance of getting to the finals, let alone winning the tournament.

Fighters 5-8 after the break

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