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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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Glory World Series YouTube PPV Hype Video

The Glory World Series is happening this weekend, and honestly, this is one of the biggest kickboxing cards of the year. The Glory World Series Finals features Gokhan Saki vs. Brice Guidon, a big fight by any standards. On top of that, Sergei Kharitonov faces off with Mighty Mo, Nieky Holzken takes on Artur Kyshenko, Mourad Bouzidi challenges the powerhouse Errol Zimmerman and Mark "Fightshark" Miller will make his grand return against Nikolaj Failn.

The event will air on YouTube.com/FightGameTV this Saturday.

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It's Showtime Establishes It's Showtime Japan

As I alluded to earlier, It's Showtime and REBELS are set to work together on July 18th in an event promoted by Stand Up Japan! The main event is set to be Giorgio Petrosyan vs. HINATA, which is one of the biggest non-K-1 MAX or Shootboxing fights Japan has seen in quite a while. There was talk of It's Showtime and the European Fighting Network establishing "It's Showtime Japan" in Japan, along with REBELS and a few other big names in Japan, but I didn't want to talk about it until I was sure (my Japanese only goes so far).

Nightmare of Battle did the honors of translating it, and it looks like It's Showtime Japan is a venture between It's Showtime's partners (It's Showtime and European Fighting Network), Japanese Martial Arts Directors (JMD) and REBELS. Together they have incorporated It's Showtime Japan, which will run it's first show next Spring. It will be a public company with Japanese kickboxer Toshio Fujiwara as the representative director.

It's Showtime Japan will establish eight weight classes, which will all have their set of rankings and help broaden the talent pool for It's Showtime's World Championships. Those weight classes are 61kg, 65kg, 70kg, 73kg, 77kg, 85kg, 95kg and Heavyweight.

The July show, main-evented by Petrosyan and HINATA will be "It's Showtime Japan Countdown-1" -- promoted by Stand Up Japan! and It's Showtime Japan, it will not be an It's Showtime event proper, instead part of a charity event and the first in a series of "countdown" shows leading into the debut of It's Showtime in Japan. Needless to say, It's Showtime has declared war on K-1 by moving into their home turf and working with one of the only kickboxing organizations that they aren't actively involved with, we'll see how this plays out.

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