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Tetsuya Yamato vs Seiji Takahashi to Headline NJKF Kick to the Future 3

New Japan Kickboxing Federation has begun announcing fights for its third installment of the Kick to the Future series set for June 24th at Korakuen Hall, again featuring Tetsuya Yamato in a headlining bout. His opponent will be NJKF and WBC Japan Super Lightweight champion Seiji Takahashi, with the winner set to fight for the WBC International Super Lightweight title on September 22nd in Tokyo, which I believe is currently held by Sagetdao Petpayathai. Yamato (27-9-1, 21 KO) is coming off of a big win over Sergio Wielzen this past weekend at the Hoost Cup. Takahashi (11-6-0, 6 KO) won his WBC Japan title from Yuki Yamamoto back in 2010 and is currently riding a 2-fight win streak which saw him defend his WBC Japan title against Yusuke Sugawara and most recently win the NJKF Super Lightweight title against Ikki at Kick to the Future 1. His most recent loss was at the Thai Fight Extreme Japan event last year to Komphetlek Lukprabaht. Takahashi is a taekwondo specialist who has a wide variety of flashy kicks which is a fun clash of styles with the power of Yamato. This is Takahashi’s biggest name opponent and a win would give him his biggest scalp as well and if he is able to stay on the outside, he could outpoint Yamato. However, a 5 round fight does not bode well for Takahashi as Yamato is difficult to put away and has scored many of his knockouts in the 3rd round or later.

Also added to the card were a few New Japan Wars fights which are basically single-fight-based tournaments for each NJKF weight class to determine title challengers. At Super Featherweight, #1 ranked KEI takes on #4 Nobuhiro Iwai in one semifinal while #2 ranked Shoya Suzuki takes on #5 Takeshi Tsuruya in the other. At Super Lightweight, #1 ranked Ikki takes on #4 Kazushige Sugama. At Featherweight, #3 ranked Ayumu Sasara takes on #6 Daiki. Finally, at Welterweight, #8 ranked Tae-yong takes on #9 Masashi Aseishi.

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Finalized Glory World Series Fight Card For This Saturday, May 26

Glory is putting on a great card on Saturday, May 26 in Stockholm, Sweden, and after a few changes to the card, we're here with the finalized line up of fights.

In the main event, Semmy Schilt fights Errol Zimmerman for the Glory World Heavyweight Title in a battle of top 5 fighters in the division. Semmy recently made his return after over a year off, defeating Brice Guidon by decision in March. Guidon gave him a very tough fight though, and Schilt will have to be on top of his game to beat Zimmerman on Saturday. Zimmerman has been on fire lately, going undefeated in 2011 and this year so far with big first round stoppage wins over Rico Verhoeven and Jerome Le Banner. This isn't the first time Schilt and Zimmerman have fought, as Schilt defeated him by unanimous decision back in 2010, for K-1.

Gokhan Saki returns after his loss to Badr Hari in January, and he faces Carter Williams. This fight is for Saki to get back on track, so expect an emphatic win.

Now for the meat of the card, the Final 16 of Glory's 70kg tournament. The tournament has some great fights, like Yoshihiro Sato vs. Shemsi Beqiri, Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Fabio Pinca and Robin van Roosmalen vs. Dzhabar Askerov to name a few. Askerov vs. van Roosmalen has all the makings of an all out war, as both fighters like to stand and throw non stop combinations with bad intentions. Although Fabio Pinca is a 67kg Muay Thai fighter moving up in weight to fight Petrosyan, he has a style that could make for a competitive, technical fight with the best kickboxer in the world.

The Final 16 match-ups include some long time top fighters, new faces, up and comers, and even guys going up in weight. There's a lot of interesting style match-ups and I think we're in for some great fights on Saturday. Here's the full, finalized fight card, including the MMA fights.

MMA: Dritan Barjamay vs. Jason Jones

MMA: Tony Lopez vs. Ilir Latifi

70kg Final 16:

Yoshihiro Sato vs. Shemsi Beqiri

Tim Thomas vs. Dennis Schneidmiller

Dzhabar Askerov vs. Robin van Roosmalen

David Kyria vs. Kem Sitsongpeenong

Ky Hollenbeck vs. Michael Corley

Sanny Dahlbeck vs. Warren Stevelmans

Albert Kraus vs. Mohammed El-Mir

Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Fabio Pinca

Super Fight:

Alex Harris vs. Nieky Holzken

Heavyweight Super Fight:

Gokhan Saki vs. Carter Williams

Glory World Heavyweight Title:

Semmy Schilt vs. Errol Zimmerman

Note: You can purchase and watch the full show live, here on Liverkick.com. It's the same price, and you're also supporting LiverKick by doing so.

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Cosmo Alexandre Out Of Glory This Saturday, David Kyria Replaces Him

Glory's stacked card in Stockholm, Sweden on this Saturday, May 26 has had a few late changes, and we learned of one today.

Cosmo Alexandre is out of his scheduled 70kg tournament Final 16 fight with Kem Sitsongpeenong. We don't know why he's out yet but he did fight on May 4 in MMA for Bellator, picking up a unanimous decision over Lowawn-T Nelson. It could either be injury from that fight or what happened to Tie Yinghua, who was also scheduled to be in the tournament against Dennis Schneidmiller but couldn't fight due to visa issues and was replaced by Tim Thomas.

David Kyria will take Cosmo's place. Kyria has fought for Glory before, most notably losing to Robin van Roosmalen in 2011 and to Nieky Holzken this past March. He's a decent fighter that was able to put up a fight against two very good fighters in Robin and Holzken, but he's facing Kem Sitsongpeenong so he has a very tough task ahead of him. Kyria is part of Golden Glory and was probably one of the easier fighters to call up on short notice.

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Watch Dzhabar Askerov Prepare for Robin van Roosmalen

Dzhabar Askerov, a fighter being sponsored by our good friends at Yokkao, will be fighting this weekend in the Final 16 of the Glory World Series at 70kg. His opponent is one of the best and brightest within the weight class, Robin van Roosmalen. This means that he has a huge challenge ahead of him, but Askerov is no stranger to that kind of challenge. Askerov has a lot of impressive wins over the span of his career, with most of his losses only coming to top competition, such as Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Giorgio Petrosyan, Mike Zambidis and John Wayne Parr. Will Robin be on such a star-studded list of men to defeat Askerov, or will Askerov be able to keep the agressive bulldog that is van Roosmalen at bay and pick him apart?

The only way to find out is to buy the Glory World Series event this weekend. For now, go ahead and watch this video of Askerov training and discussing the fight.

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