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TaCa Replaces Roman Mailov in Krush 67kg Tournament

After stepping in for Houcine Bennoui to face Yuta Kubo in the opening round of the Krush 67kg Tournament on January 14th, Krush has announced that Roman Mailov has sustained an injury in training and will be replaced by TaCa. TaCa was originally set to fight in the reserve bout against MA Kick champion Jun Nakazawa, but now gets his shot in the main tournament against favorite Yuta Kubo. TaCa is a heavy-handed fighter who handed Hideaki Yamazaki his first loss and competed in the 63kg WILDRUSH League, where he went 2-3 (1 KO), finishing in 4th place. Although he is just 3-6 in the past 2 years, he has fought a pretty good schedule, with the 3 losses in the WILDRUSH League coming to 1st, 3rd and 5th placed Hideaki Yamazaki, NOMAN and Yukimitsu Takahashi, while his 3 losses in 2011 came to Ryuji Kajiwara, Ikki and Naoki Terasaki. His wins include his first fight against Yamazaki and wins in the WILDRUSH League over Naoki Terasaki and 2nd placed Hitoshi Tsukagoshi. Quite honestly, he has nothing to lose here as Kubo is considered a huge favorite and the expectations for TaCa are low, considering he didn't initially make it into the tournament field. I expect him to come out guns blazing, but unless he is able to hurt Kubo badly in the opening round, I don't see him doing very well. Replacing TaCa in the reserve bout against Nakazawa is Yoshihiro Tomihita, who went 4-0 in 2012 with a pair of stoppages.

One interesting thing to note is that this makes Abdallah Ezbiri the only remaining non-Japanese fighter in the tournament and he has a tough quarterfinal fight against Yuji Nashiro. 

Full fight card for Jawin Presents Krush Grand Prix 2013 ~67kg First Class Tournament~ after the break

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'The Godslayer' by Dave Walsh Available Now

GodslayerI do my best sometimes not to abuse the fact that I run a wildly popular Kickboxing site (most would say the most popular one in the world, oddly enough) and also do a whole lot of other things. I've done my best in not blatantly promote some of my work (you'll notice my band over most podcasts, sorry), but there comes a time when you gotta do what you gotta do.

So I've been writing about combat sports for the better part of the last ten years now, sometimes in strange, obscure locations, other times in some very visible and cool places. The fact that you are here means that you've read some of my stuff before. Along the way I've made a lot of great friends inside of the industry, everyone from journalists to fans to fighters and promoters. My thing is that I write fiction and honestly I never expected them to overlap, but in this case, they did. I started a short story about a retired fighter and how the industry looked from his eyes and before I knew it I was writing an entire novel about him and his relation to his family and his career as a fighter.

After a year of negotiations with agents, publishers and a bunch of other people, I decided just to release it on my own. Sure, it is more of a gamble, but the facts are that I can do it my way, sell it for cheaper and promote it myself. There aren't a lot of people in the publishing world who really get the fight industry and outside of Tank Abbott's quasi-fantasy-autobiographical novel, there isn't much of a precedent for a work of fiction about a MMA fighter.

It is available now on the Amazon Kindle store for $3.99 USD. I suspect within the next few days it will begin popping up on the Apple Bookstore, Barnes & Noble and more. If a hard copy is more your flavor, it should be available via Amazon some time next week. I thank you and everyone else for all of their support.

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Steve Moxon vs. Yohan Lidon on February 22

Australia's Steve Moxon signed with GLORY last year and is set to make his debut for them on March 23 against Jordan Watson. First, he'll have another fight next month against another formidable opponent.

Moxon will fight France's Yohan Lidon, the former It's Showtime champion at 73kg and a veteran of the international scene in Muay Thai and kickboxing. The fight will take place in Kensington, Australia and sees the return of promoter Tarik Solak with his A1 World Combat Cup events. The fight will be for the A1 World Middleweight title and the event will be the start of the A1 World Grand Prix 2013 and features the first heat.

Last year it was hinted that the A1 World Combat Cup series would return and this seems to be the first of more to come. $100 000 is on the line so it's a big opportunity for some fighters to make a name for themselves and get paid.

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SuperKombat Starts Worldwide Selection For Its Team

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SuperKombat today announced its plans for worldwide expansion this year today, and they're reaching out to everyone around the world to assist with that expansion. Fighter, matchmaker, promoter, manager, advertising company or whatever you may be, SuperKombat are looking for people just like that in all areas of the world to be part of the SuperKombat team that can establish SuperKombat internationally. Read the press release for full details on what SuperKombat are looking for below.

"SUPERKOMBAT®, the European leader in combat sports production, challenge you to become part of the global expansion for 2013.

SUPERKOMBAT® currently produces combat sports events broadcasted worldwide in 75 countries and after the great feedback from the fans and media around the world, we decided to start a worldwide selection of representatives in different countries and continents with the goal of putting the brand on a different scale.

This challenge is touching all the segments from this kind of promotion, starting with new fighters, clubs and further with managers, matchmakers or promoters, trying to connect them in a global network who could provide a future generation of fighters and also to organize some local tryouts or elimination events for the new SUPERKOMBAT® WGP series.

The best example used by Eduard Irimia for the new potential members in this concept is Romania, where he started in 2003 the promotion named “Local Kombat” and after six months he already got the media attention and huge ratings on live broadcast television networks.

Using the formula of the mainstream promotion with heroes coming from different fight disciplines and some of them even without having a background in martial arts as Catalin Morosanu or Benjamin Adegbuyi becoming participants in worldwide tournaments in less than a year since they start to train in a professional gym and after they have been selected in these fighting tournaments.

From Asia to America, we are waiting you to become our partner in the biggest movement of a new SUPERKOMBAT® WGP series.
If you are interested in joining our team, please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with further details and mention one of the next positions:

- Fighter
- Trainer
- Club
- Referee
- Manager
- Matchmaker
- Promoter
- Media Company
- Advertising Company
- Broadcast Company
- Video Production Company

Until february 1st, 2013 we will announce the new country representatives and also the new worldwide offices chart.
We guarantee that we will try to reply as soon as possible.

Organization Overview

The concept of SUPERKOMBAT® is based on fights at heavyweight division with stand-up rules between fighters from all around the world, coming from different fight disciplines, attracting viewers and spectators from different locations where the events take place. The organization is positioned as the only one world fighting elimination system at heavyweight divisions on stand-up rules broadcasted worldwide via Eurosport International and Eurosport Asia-Pacific in more than 75 countries. Since september 2012, Superkombat it’s the only global partner of K-1 Global and in December has signed a global agreement with WAKO (World Association of Kickboxing Organizations)."

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