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Photo of the Day: Mark "Fightshark" Miller and Nikolaj Falin

If for some reason you missed the Glory World Series Finals you missed one hell of a show. One of the most exciting moments of the night was Mark "Fightshark" Miller making his return from open heart surgery against Nikolaj Falin. The lead-up to the fight was huge here in the United States, with Mark making all of the media rounds and many fans who don't follow kickboxing were all of a sudden all-eyes on the world of kickboxing for this fight. Mark showed that hard work pays off with a one punch KO on Nikolaj Falin. Our photo of the day is to one of the most inspirational men I've ever known, in a photo with his opponent Nikolaj Falin and his trainer post-fight. Class acts.

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Final Promo for Glory World Series Finals!

Saturday marks an important milestone in the world of kickboxing for 2011, actually a few big milestones all in one show. Fight Game will take things to the next level in conjunction with Ultimate Glory as they make their U.S. internet PPV debut for $7.95. At 11am Eastern time the show will kick off LIVE on YouTube. At this point no one has done a YouTube PPV yet, so having a combat sports card as big as this one as the first is an honorable feat. We get to see the Finals of the first big Heavyweight tournament of the year (and possibly the only one) between Gokhan Saki and Brice Guidon. Of course, we also get to see Mark "Fightshark" Miller make his return to action against Nikolaj Falin in a much-anticipated bout.

So tune in Saturday at 11am Eastern/8am Pacific at YouTube.com/FightGameTV.

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Weekly Poll Results: Is Badr Hari the Best Heavyweight Kickboxer?

I'm pretty terrible at things that involve a high level of organization or repetition, like weekly polls and daily videos, apparently. Badr Hari's return has came and went, and the fight that was against Gregory Tony was nothing short of a mockery. Gregory Tony most likely did not belong in the ring with Badr Hari, and by all means Kader Marouf's influence of getting him that spot was felt.

Our weekly poll asked you if you felt that Badr Hari was the best. The results are in, and a good portion of you indeed believe that he is.

60% believe that he is. 24% think that he might not be there yet. 11.8% believe that he isn't and the rest feel that he is all hype. Fair enough.

Our new weekly poll is as follows:

Which Glory World Series Bout Are You Looking Forward to the Most? This just covers the kickboxing fights, sorry Siyar! So get to voting, the show happens on Saturday!

Gokhan Saki vs. Brice Guidon

Mark "Fightshark" Miller vs. Nikolaj Falin

Nieky Holzken vs. Arthur Kyshenko

Errol Zimmerman vs. Mourad Bouzidi

Sergei Kharitonov vs. Mighty Mo

Other

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Mark Miller Headed to Moscow; Final Blog

Last week "Fightshark" Mark Miller was featured on Ariel Helwani's radio show on AOL/MMAFighting.com, which garnered a whole lot of attention. That is something to be said for this whole ordeal, about six months ago the average fan did not know about Mark's story, nor did the average promoter. There were a lot of talks with a lot of promoters and some remembered him while others had no clue. It was frustrating, to say the least, to see such a talent with such a huge story and people did not know what to make of it. Finally, it took Martijn de Jong's Glory World Series to say, "that guy, we want that guy."

Now I can only imagine how those promoters who passed up the opportunity feel as Mark has received a ton of more mainstream media attention in the United States than any kickboxing show has received in many, many years. So you reap what you sow. Of course, with more attention from the media comes... more attention. If you've been on the internet for a while, you know what that means; more people trolling, insulting and generally speaking being snotty. Being featured on the AOL Sports homepage led to some doubting the shape he is in, or how smart it is for him to fight. In his last installment of his MMAWeekly blog, Mark replies.

Before I launch too far into this I want to clear something up. I recently was a featured article on AOL Sports, and I understand a lot of comments were made regarding my health, questioning if my coming back is truly a good idea.

I can say this: my surgery was performed at the Cleveland Clinic, and was done by the greatest specialists and surgeons in the world regarding my particular kind of condition. I was cleared to fight, told I was at no more risk than any other fighter, by these same specialists. That said, there should be no concern of any kind regarding my safety any more than there is concern for any other fighter.

I am not risking my life any more than I would be had I not had the surgery, and I am at no risk. In fact, my heart is stronger now than it ever was when I fought before.

Read the rest of the article to see how he handles preparing for the fight, his mental state and the thoughts that race through his head.

The Glory World Series is Saturday morning in the United States, airing live on YouTube at 11am Eastern time for $7.95. You can order the event now or just wait until Saturday morning when the event is live. Mark is the first fighter to return from open heart surgery, a surgery where his aortic valve was replaced with a cadaver valve, one that is considered "as good as new" for him to ensure he would not only be able to keep fighting, but be in better shape than ever. He fights Nikolaj Falin at Heavyweight.

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