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Glory March 23rd Promo Video

With Golden Glory's big announcement yesterday that on March 23rd in Moscow they would be running a bit Kickboxing show there is already quite a buzz created for it. Fans have been waiting for quality Heavyweight Kickboxing quite a while and Glory is finally looking to provide it. The big news is the return of Semmy Schilt to the ring after taking all of 2011 off. This video uploaded by GoldenGloryTV showcases how big of a deal it is for Semmy to be back.

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Saturday's Yokkao Extreme: Fight Card Feat. Buakaw, Petrosyan, Saenchai and More

Kickfighting in 2012 is getting kicked off in Italy in a big way this Saturday, January 21st in Milan. Yokkao Boxing is putting on a huge event, Yokkao Extreme, that features some of the top worldwide talent in both Kickboxing and Muay Thai. Featuring a stacked card with eight Muay Thai fights and four K-1 rules fights, the card will play host to a large crowd at the Forum D'Assago.

Buakaw Por. Pramuk will make a return to K-1 rules in the main event when he faces off against Dzhabar Askerov. The two have fought before back in 2007 under te same ruleset where Buakaw took a unanimous decision. Askerov has improved since then though, going 10-1 in his last 11, winning the Tatneft Cup at 70kg in both 2010 and 2011. Buakaw is still a big favorite over Askerov though. Nevertheless, the fight should be a good one with Askerov's forward style clashing against Buakaw's Thai style.

Giorgio Petrosyan starts off his 2012 year against Abraham Roqueni. 2011 was really Roqueni's coming out party, as he was pretty much an unknown to most fans before his win over Andy Souwer. Afterwards, he picked up another win over a well known fighter in Gago Drago. Losing in the semi-finals of Thai Fight to Frank Giorgi, Roqueni will look to rebound but he's facing the toughest challenge possible. Giorgio Petrosyan last fought in November, beating Zeben Diaz in a fight where he looked a bit rusty. Petrosyan seemed to get his stride in the third round though and should be in top form for this fight.

In a Muay Thai bout, Saenchai steps up in weight once again to face one of the top Muay Thai fighters outside of Thailand at welterweight, Fabio Pinca. The weight is -66kg, and should be a real challenge for Saenchai due to the size. Saenchai last lost to Sagetdao Phetphaythai in December so he'll look to get back in the win column before facing F16 Rajanont not even two weeks later in Thailand. Fabio Pinca last lost to Kem Sitsongpeenong in the Thai Fight finals, so he's not the only one in this match-up who wants to rebound with a win.

These are the three biggest bouts on the card. The full 12-fight fight card featuring eight Muay Thai fights and four K-1 rules fights can be seen after the break.

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The Countdown to Yokkao Extreme 2012

The countdown to Yokkao Extreme is on, with the featured bout of the evening being the second bout between Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Dzabar Askerov. Askerov has made a name for himself over the past few years, but has he come far enough to be challenging the best in the world. The best in the world would happen to be Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Askerov is challenging him again.

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Tatneft Cup 1st Stage, 2nd Selection Match-ups Set For January 21

The 2012 Tatneft Cup started off on December 17 of 2011, with the first stage of selections, the 1/8 finals. The first stage continues in a week on January 21st, as always in Kazan, Russia. The promoter, Munir Akhmetov, does a great job in finding good fighters from around the world that aren't that well known. Alexander Oleinik, Alexander Stetsurenko, Hicham Achalhi and countless others have all emerged as fighters to look for from their stints at the Tatneft Cup. The match-ups for the second selection of the first stage on January 21st are set and once again, some fighters that we know nothing about get their chance to emerge as exceptional talents.

+80kg:

Tsotne Rogava (Ukraine) vs. Tsutomu Takahagi (Japan)

Dmitry Bezus (Ukraine) vs. Luis Morais (Portugal)

-80kg:

Omar Amrani (Germany) vs. Errol Koning (Netherlands)

Vitaly Nikiforov (Ukraine) vs. Rain Karkinen (Estonia)

-70kg:

Edvin Erik Kibus (Estonia) vs. Masakazu Watanabe (Japan)

Bruno Carvalho (Portugal) vs. Enriko Gogokhia (Georgia/Ukraine)

There's some familiar names on here. Tsotne Rogava fought in the 2010 Tatneft Cup and gave Ismael Londt a good fight, and the crazy thing is that Rogava was only about 16 or 17 at the time. Errol Koning fought Murthel Groenhart in June for It's Showtime. Masakazu Watanabe fought Yuya Yamamoto in a slugfest about a year ago. Last but not least, Enriko Gogokhia gave a good fight to Dzhabar Askerov in July and arguably should've gotten a win over Mike Zambidis in April.

For myself, it's always interesting to find out about fighters that I haven't seen before and that's one of the reasons why I love the Tatneft Cup. The first selection of the first stage brought in some fighters that I'm now quite aware of and interested in, like Leonildo Evora and Issam Regi.

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