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Batu Khasikov vs. Warren Stevelmans, May 4

Batu Khasikov was looking to fight Mike Zambidis on June 7, but the fight was postponed due to Zambidis opting to fight in K-1 on May 27. While, it's unclear if Khasikov will still fight on June 7, he's got another fight lined up, and it's pretty soon.

Khasikov will take on Warren Stevelmans on May 4. The fight will take place where Khasikov grew up, in Elista, Republic of Kalmykia, Russia. The venue is Uralan Footbal Stadium, which seats about 10 000 people. Khasikov has a very big fanbase, particularly from the Kalmyk community that he is a part of. The flag of Kalmykia is always present in the crowd when he fights and with this fight actually being in Kalmykia, expect a big crowd turnout.

Warren Stevelmans is a pretty good opponent to bring in for Khasikov. He's not a top fighter but is competitive enough and has a style that should make for a good fight.

2011 was a breakout year for Khasikov, who entered the year a nobody, and left with two wins over long time K-1 stars Albert Kraus and Mike Zambidis. Hopefully he'll fight more than twice this year, and I'd also love to see him in K-1, but that doesn't seem likely until at least next year. His promoters seem content to have him fill venues in Russia while bringing in good competition.


SuperKombat's Eduard Irimia Gives His Opinion On "K-1/It's Showtime vs. GLORY"

With the recent isolation of some sorts between It's Showtime/K-1 and GLORY in regards to fighters, Eduard Irimia, the promoter of SuperKombat has been in the background watching. He gave his opinion on the situation between the three promotions to today and had some interesting things to say. 

Irimia outlined what he thought were the negatives of the separation of It's Showtime/K-1 and GLORY fighters and also offered his thoughts on a solution, for the benefit of the sport:


1. "Unfortunately, none of these promotions, especially It's Showtime can organize any more big events in Holland, which is a stain on their image. There is a problem if they are not respected in their own country. In addition, currently, on the list of events lie neither Japan and South Korea, countries where the sport really took off. It's a great loss!

2. The product will be diluted by dividing the fighters. After that there are few left compared with the period of glory of the K-1, now many other promotions have also appeared. Before in the K-1, the most valuable fighters gathered under one brand. Later, the public will sift and certainly one of the products will be destroyed. And the televisions will decide in the end on which hand they will go.

3. Clearly, at K-1 events the influence of Simon Rutz will dominate, while at the United Glory the balance will be tilted in favor of Bas Boon. It is clear that they will protect their athletes. For example, the Final 16 includes fighters who in the past couldn"t even enter the qualifying tournaments.

4. The experience of production, is much lower than in FEG. Now, they collaborate with all kind of promoters. Some of them do not meet the requirements for the high level.

5. K-1 has already announced a large prize money, but for example, they have a site now where there are sometimes only PDF files with their "official" announcements. At this level when you boast that you are juggling millions, I think it's not normal to have a well done website. 

6. It is not normal that a global event is attended only by fighters from a single country (almost) or promotion. All the athletes should get chances. Every valuable fighter should receive the chance to qualify."


"I wish to work (to cooperate) with both promotions, but the best would be for It's Showtime and United Glory to merge. To have a supreme event, which will show the true value of the fighters. It is a pity that in a one year circuit, the winner will be a predictable one. A compromise should be reached like in the case of Robin van Roosmalen. K-1 remains a strong brand at stand-up level, and United Glory have almost 80% of the valuable athletes therefore a union would be ideal. Moreover, it will benefit from a television company with experience, so there will be no production problems."


It's Showtime and GLORY Compromise Over Robin van Roosmalen

Robin van Roosmalen

LiverKick has covered on numerous occasions how the Kickboxing world has been essentially split down the middle and the recent announcement of Robin van Roosmalen's signing to It's Showtime and participation in K-1 was huge. GLORY then threatened to sue Robin over breach of contract and said that they could not get into contact with him. Van Roosmalen had not only a management contract with Glory, but a fight contract with Glory Sports International that barred him from competing for certain organizations, which he promptly ignored. It looks like there is a resolution with no one being sued, and that means that Robin had to pull out of the K-1 World MAX GP on May 27th and will compete in the Glory World Series tournament on May 26th as scheduled, but will fight for It's Showtime and possibly K-1 in the future as well. Press release follows;

Golden Glory and IT’S SHOWTIME have come to a compromise regarding Robin van Roosmalen.

Both Golden Glory, IT’S SHOWTIME and Robin have made clear mutual agreements that make it possible for Robin to fight on Glory events as well as on IT’S SHOWTIME events.

These agreements prevent a lawsuit, which is in the best interest of the person and the fighter Robin van Roosmalen. The management contract from Golden Glory with Van Roosmalen will be respected and all parties hope to send out a signal that’s in the best interest of our sport in general.

On May 26, Robin van Roosmalen will be on the fight card of Glory in Sweden.


Batu Khasikov vs. Mike Zambidis Postponed, Zambidis Being Replaced For June 7

Batu Khasikov and Mike Zambidis met last year in November and the fight was very anticlimatic, with Zambidis not being able to continue fighting after a knee that didn't look like much fractured his jaw early in the first round. They were set to meet again on June 7, but now the fight has been postponed and Fight Nights, the promotion, is looking for a replacement for Zambidis.

As we know, Mike Zambidis opted to fight in the K-1 MAX Final 16 on May 27 in Madrid, Spain. June 7 is just ten days after and Fight Nights felt the need to replace Zambidis due to the unlikelihood of him fighting on that date. Fight Nights is searching for an open opponent, and with Glory on May 26 and K-1 on May 27, it'll be interesting to see what fighter they can get to face Batu Khasikov. They've already gotten Albert Kraus and Mike Zambidis, two big names but with the unavailability of much of the upper echelon 70kg fighters, here isn't as much out there in that regard. Fight Nights has even considered Buakaw as an opponent, but that doesn't seem very likely with his current situation.[source]


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