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Ben Edwards vs. Catalin Morosanu on Sept. 7th in Australia

Ben Edwards

Today we got word on a pretty big fight that will be going down in Australia this fall in their Kings of Kombat promotion, between two well-recognized and respected Heavyweights in the world of Kickboxing. Australia's own Ben Edwards is set to face off against SUPERKOMBAT's Romanian sensation Catalin Morosanu. This is set to go down in Melbourne, Australia on September 7th at Kings of Kombat.

We've also gotten word that Steve Moxon will be involved in a 70kg Super Fight on the same card. Stay tuned for more information as it comes in.


Yuta Kubo and Masaaki Noiri Fight For Third Time at Krush.32

Yuta Kubo and Masaaki Noiri recently met in the finals of the first 65kg eight man tournament in GLORY, at GLORY 8 Tokyo on May 3. Kubo won a decision, in a fight that was plagued by a low blow after Noiri had already suffered on earlier in the event against Liam Harrison. It was the second time the two had fought, with Kubo having won their first encounter back in 2011.

Kubo and Noiri will fight for the third time, at Krush.32 on September 1 in Nagoya, Japan. This fight though will take place at the highest weight that the two will have fought each other, at 67kg and Yuta Kubo's 67kg Krush title that he won in January will be on the line. Their first fight was at 63kg, and their second fight, as aforementioned, was at 65kg.

So far the card also has two other fights set. At 70kg, Yoshihiro Sato looks to extend his win streak to four, against Shintaro Matsukura. At 55kg, Shota Takiya takes on Ryuma Tobe.


Kickboxing Doesn't Need to Be Ashamed of Booking Shows in Casinos


There have been numerous rumors about the next GLORY event here in the United States, including possibly being in a city in California that doesn’t really lend itself to many sports arenas in the area. The first thing that I thought of was that maybe we’d see a GLORY event at an Indian casino, which is something that we still see for a lot of combat sports events. TaKe-On Productions in New York has built up a decent relationship with a local casino which seems to suit them well right now, and Muay Thai events in California and Las Vegas have long-been associated with casinos.

Most non-UFC MMA events tend to take place at casinos, as well, due to them housing smaller venues than traditional sports arenas, making it easier for a promoter to not lose a lot of money by booking an arena and only being able to fill it beyond half capacity, including free tickets. Even the UFC was taking place in casinos for quite a while, which was in part due to problems with State Athletic Commissions not recognizing the sport or refusing to regulate it.

There should be no shame seen in booking an event in a casino, as for someone like GLORY they might not want to just jump into booking larger arenas right away. Right now seems like a good time to consider it, as online poker went from being illegal to each state having their own unique laws regarding it. The popularity of stuff like WSoP, both online and offline, has made casinos come out of the smokey grey area that they resided in before and into being viewed as just another part of American culture again.

While we still don’t know exactly where GLORY is planning to organize their next event within the United States yet, the bump on Spike TV should absolutely help them to gain more attention, but they shouldn’t rush into a larger arena just assuming that they will be able to fill it up, as a half empty arena, no matter what camera tricks are done, can show through on live TV sometimes.


SUPERKOMBAT Searching for Promotional Partners For WGP Events


Romania's Kickboxing powerhouse that is SUPERKOMBAT announced today that they will hold four huge events before the end of the year, including the finals of their WGP tournament in December. They announced the four dates for the events as well as discussed that they are currently looking for the right promotional partners for these events. They are already in talks with potential partners for these shows, but wanted to put the offer on the table for other potential partners to step in and help to host the SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix series of events.

The four dates are as follows;

September 28, 2013 – SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix

October 12, 2013 – SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix

November 9, 2013 – SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix – Final Elimination

December 21, 2013 – SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix – Final

For more information on how you can get involved with the SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix series please check their website.


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