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Promotors and Promotions to Watch: Vinnie McWilliams


Hello all, in my continued attempts to get the sport of Muay Thai and kickboxing to the masses, I decided to do a segment called promoters and promotions to watch. My goal; to introduce the kickboxing public to new talent and ways to watch them, to encourage fighters, managers, and gyms to contact the promoter in hopes of creating opportunities for their athletes to compete, and finally, I hope to introduce the back bone to the sport, which is the local shows. Long before Giorgio Petrosyan, Jordan Watson, Andy Ristie, and Gohkan Saki were watched on Glory and K-1 cards, there were local promoters that gave them the opportunity to develop there skill set. I hope to tell people about such promoters and give them a forum to get their product out. First up, Vinnie McWilliams of the UK .


Joe Schilling Talks About GLORY 10 Win and Bronchitis

Joe Schilling

There isn't much in the world I hate as much as I hate bronchitis. I used to get bronchitis a lot when I was younger, and if you've somehow gotten by in life without being afflicted by it, consider yourself lucky. Imagine having the flu but also coughing a ton, like real loud, awful coughs. That is bronchitis, which only makes Joe Schilling's performance this weekend all the more amazing, as he was recovering from a bout of bronchitis going into this weekend's GLORY 10.

This new interview with Joe Schilling from Marcus Kowal provides some insight into where Schilling was before this event, which was borrowing money from his manager for gas and medicals, to being the GLORY Middleweight Champion with a huge win over Artem Levin. Joe also has the realization during this that he doesn't have to do the chasing anymore, that guys have to chase him to get a shot at the belt and it is a pretty cool moment.


SUPERKOMBAT Teams with Fight NOW TV and


SUPERKOMBAT's WGP series continues this weekend with a big WGP event in Romania and for fans across the globe looking to watch it, there is some hope for you outside of Eurosport! If you live in the greater New York area you'll have access to the SUPERKOMBAT WGP event via Fight NOW TV. Fight NOW TV is a cable network that is available in the New York area and will be carrying SUPERKOMBAT live.

If you are not in the New York area and wish to watch the SUPERKOMBAT WGP event live, it will be available via for $9.99. You'll probably remember Epicentre from the K-1 World MAX Final 16 event a few weeks ago and I think that those who saw it know that it was a quality stream without any problems, which is a good thing. So for kickboxing fans this weekend there are going to be a lot of events to watch, which is a great thing!


The Not-So-Amateur System of Kickboxing


I will never forget it. There was a ton of buzz on all the fight forums in preparation for the World Muay Thai Council and the International Federation of MuayThai Amateur, putting together a major event in Thailand. It was, and I believe still is, the largest collection of organized amateur muay thai fights in the world. I remember how many people were talking about the event, and how it was so big, people started to imagine the idea of Muay Thai being an Olympic sport in the near future. After all, red and blue head gear, body and shin guards, it really did look the part. Then, while exploring the forums one day I came across popular muay thai forum contributor Hellfighter, who posted an interesting picture. It was a picture of him and Artur Kyshenko. I thought it was pretty cool, until I read the comment that accompanied the post. It said that the picture was taken right after Artur Kyshenko won his fight. So naturally, the first thing that ran through me head was. What on Earth is the 2007 K-1 World Grand Prix Semi-finalist doing in an Amateur kickboxing event?

In a way, I almost thought of it as a bully move...until I realized it was the norm. All of a sudden, well known MuayThai fighters started posting pictures from their fights and uploading video from the event. It turns out, that the professional fighters were not the exception, they were the norm. Outside of the female fighters. The majority of the men had fought professional before, and a decent amount of the women had too. After reading that now 27-1 boxer, but then K-1 veteran Alexander Ustinov had won the heavyweight amateur title in 2006, that Shane Campbell, Andrei Kulebin, Dmitry Valent, Emil Zoraj, and many others all competed at the amateur games throughout the years, I heightened my stance. I saw them as taking spots a true amateur could have. Its not just that these men are pro's fighting amateur, but also that these men are World Champions fighting amateur. And here is the strangest thing about it. Despite having my disagreements, in muay thai and kickboxing there is nothing wrong with it.


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