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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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Krush, RISE Set to Continue on Big 2012 Years

2012 was a great year for the Japanese scene in general. Things aren't the same as before obviously, without K-1 having the same major presence that it once did, but Krush, RISE and other promotions have more than done their part in keeping the Japanese scene alive and well. What matters is consistency, and that's what a lot of Japanese promotions have and had in 2012. They aren't going to get as big as K-1 once was and that's perfectly fine. What matters is consistency, and as we've seen, great fight cards and solid crowds were common in 2012. Going into this year, things look great, especially for RISE and Krush.

One of the major things that Krush and RISE did in 2012 was have a significant increase in foreign fighters being brought in. That created marquee match-ups, made for some great fights and really made it much easier to get a sense of the landscape of lower weight divisions. These types of fights seem to be getting even better, as today Masahiro Yamamoto vs. Karim Bennoui was announced for RISE 92 on March 17. Krush already has their Krush Grand Prix 67kg event coming up on January 14 with a one night tournament featuring some of Japan's top talent at the weight along with some formidable foreign opposition as well as one super fight between one of Japan's best and a foreigner (Shota Takiya vs. Mike Alamos). Krush is even stepping up in terms of venue for the event, as it'll be held at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, which holds a bit over a thousand more than Korakuen Hall.

Krush has already laid out their event schedule for this year, which sees 15 events take place, with every month having an event except for February. RISE also recently started partnering with fellow Japanese promotion M-1 to hold combined fight cards featuring Muay Thai and kickboxing, and it looks as if that will continue. That's not even mentioning the numerous other Japanese promotions that put on quality events with quality fighters like NJKF, MA Kick or REBELS to name a few.

A lot of people that don't know any better may think that the Japanese scene has dwindled along with K-1 but that couldn't be any further from the truth. Quality events are being held every month and crowds are consistently drawn, very small venues or not. Obviously kickboxing isn't as big as it once was but there's a loyal, niche fanbase that keeps things going, along with the promotions that make things happen. RISE and Krush are just two of the major ones that have seen notable growth and consistency in the past year.

Yes, it would be great if we were able to get video of all the events that take place in Japan, but at the same time I don't blame them for things being the way they are in that regard. They're all focused on Japan and the Japanese scene and it just really isn't necessary for the promotions over there to cater to us. With that being said, the kickboxing and Muay Thai scene in Japan looks like it will continue to stay consistent and provide quality events and fights, along with continuing to pump out solid fighters, whether we see all of them or not.

 

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