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It's Showtime May 21st Preview: Evgeniy Kurovskoy vs. Giga Chikadze

kurovskoyOpening up the main card just a week after It's Showtime's Lyon event, Russian Evgeniy Kurovskoy takes on Georgian Giga Chikadze.

Evgeniy Kurovskoy is a -70kg fighter from Russia who now trains out of the Chakuriki Gym under legendary trainer Thom Harinck. Holding just one loss to his name, Kurovskoy looks to move up the ranks in It's Showtime's 70MAX division and inch closer to a title shot. He's still a long ways off but a win over Chikadze will move him to  a 2-0 record in It's Showtime. Kurovskoy won his last fight in It's Showtime with a decision victory over Andre Grigorian in Brussels on March 26.

His opponent, Giga Chikadze is a fighter from Georgia who now trains and fights out of Mike's Gym alongside Badr Hari and Melvin Manhoef. Chikadze will look to get his name out there with a win. A convincing win over Kurovskoy would definitely make the division take notice as Kurovskoy was originally slated to be in the monster -70kg tournament.

Both fighters like to move forward but Kurovskoy will relentlessly come forward for the whole fight. While the level of technique between these two isn't that high, they both could make up for it with their aggression. Kurovskoy will throw a counter lead hook while his opponent makes a move which could be a key factor in this fight. I'd probably give the edge in technique to Kurovskoy as Chikadze can get wild with his punches. Both like to counter off exchanges but Kurovskoy's lead hook will likely land better than Chikadze's more wild punches.

Both fighters aren't too worried about defense, sacrificing a lot of it in favor of offense. Expect a lot of flush shots landing in exchanges when they decide to trade in the pocket. Chikadze will likely be the one backing up and coming out worse in the exchanges.

The lack of strong technique in some areas could lead to this fight being a good old fashioned brawl. This could be the sleeper fight of the card as both guys won't hesitate to throw down.

Kurovskoy will likely dictate the fight and back Chikadze up. Expect Kurovskoy's pressure to take over the fight while Chikadze covers up without any offense at times. Kurovskoy will move forward and get the unanimous decision.

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Fight Game to Broadcast the Glory World Series LIVE on YouTube PPV

We've entered a brave new world for kickboxing, as Fight Game has been doing a lot of hustling behind the scenes lately. This is another big piece of news that we've been sitting on out of respects for the companies and not wishing to do any potential harm to such huge news as this. Fight Game, a company run by Golden Glory's Bas Boon and Vale Tudo legend Frederico Lapenda have made some huge strides, not only will the Glory World Series be aired on HDnet on June 17th, but they have entered into a deal with Google's YouTube to produce YouTube's very first PPV broadcast. Here is the official press release. Our sources tell us to expect to pay ten dollars for the live event.

International mixed martial arts(MMA) and combat sports pay-per-view(PPV) pioneers Frederico Lapenda and Bas Boon have been breaking new ground around the world since 1994, they were the 4th producers to produce a MMA Pay Per View in then US, co-producers of the first MMA event in Holland and Japan, their event introduced PPV in Brazil, and now taking it to the next level with GLORY WORLD SERIES, this will the first PPV ever done by YouTube and it will feature MMA and kickboxing on the same card.

GLORY aims to reach the widest possible audience by broadcasting its event through Youtube, the most popular video sharing broadcast company in the world..

The event will take place in Moscow, Russia and this 14th edition will crown the winners of two eight-man tournaments, one in kickboxing and one in MMA, which have been ongoing for the past two events. Drama will high and tempers will be short as the finalists clash for the winner's purse of $150,000 each, in addition to their appearance fee.

FIGHTGAMETV.COM see a great demand for GLORY worldwide based on the fact that On Demand in the U.S. has a universe of 100 million homes and MMA franchises have been able to pull a 1.5 percent viewership approximately U$50.00 a hit generating hundreds of millions of dollars a year in the US alone.

GLORY is one of the top three fight shows in the world in viewership, production quality, and fighter level. The shows are broadcast in the US by HD Net and in over 80 other countries and have been held in Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, and Moscow.

GLORY will feature fighters from over 11 different countries including MMA fighters Rasul Mirzaev (Russia), Dennis Stojnic (Bosnia), D. Staring (Holland), R. Savochka (Russia), Zabit Samedov (Belarus), Jason Jones (Holland), Houston Alexander (USA), and Kickboxers Gokhan Saki (Turkey) Artur Kyshenko (Uraine)I. Jurkovic (Croatia), Pavel Zuravliov (Ukraine), Nicolaj Filan (Germany), Mark "Fightshark" Miller (USA), Errol Zimmerman (Surinam), M. Bouzidi (Tunesia), Sergei Kharitonov (Russia), Mighty Mo (USA) N. Holzken (Holland).

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It's Showtime App Available for iPhone and Android

Social Media is a very big deal these days, keeping up with your fans, friends and peers has become a lot easier. Zuffa has even instituted a bonus program for UFC and Strikeforce fighters who use Twitter to intelligently promote themselves and their respective brands. With that comes the advent of the world of mobile computing and how smartphones have taken over the world of technology. I've spent the past four years of my life with some form of smartphone, from old Windows Mobile hunks of junk with a stylus, to ones that I was able to flash Android on via SD card (I'm a phone nerd, shoot me), to an array of Android phones (and an iPod Touch to stay in tune with the Apple world), from the HTC Hero, Moto Droid and Moto Droid X. I've always felt like the smartphone was the next step in technology that would be pivotal to society, probably the biggest leap forward since the internet.

While that might sound ridiculous to some, those are probably people who don't own a smartphone. There is a reason why people used to call BlackBerry phones "CrackBerries." Smartphones are addictive and keep you constantly connected to the world. My phones before smartphones were used for occasional phone calls and usually just text messaging and maybe a poorly hacked together email on a slow-as-molasses internet connection. Maybe I had 2 songs on the phone before it filled up. Now I use my phone for everything; it has a good selection of music on it, has a few movies for when I'm traveling, I have two applications for Twitter spread over three accounts, Facebook, the main way I check and send emails, I even have it synched up to my home laptop so I can access my entire music catalog on the go without having to worry about filling up my SD card. It is also the main way that I get news, as when I wake up every day I check a select few newsreader applications.

It's Showtime has thrown its hat into the ring into the world of mobile applications, targeting the two biggest platforms with the most market share. iPhone and Android have been neck-and-neck for a while now, if you stay up on mobile news you'll know that some reports are that Android has more activations a day but iPhone will have more web browsing and so on. Basically, if you have a smartphone you probably have an Android phone or an iPhone, that or you have a BlackBerry or Windows Phone through work. It's Showtime announced that they will support those two platforms in the future, though, so if you are an early adapter for Microsoft's latest OS or you can't let go of the glory days of BBOS you won't be left in the dust. If you have Palm, well, you bet on the wrong horse in the race, but man that OS sure is pretty.

This is a great move, after announcing expansion into the United States with the HDnet deal it is incredible timing. It is a basic newsfeed application with tabs on the bottom to each section. The sections are News, Video, Chat (a message board-like thing), Photos, Agenda and Settings. The first few are self-explanatory, the agenda shows the upcoming schedule and Settings allows you to link in your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. So yes, you can have your Badr Hari videos on the go.

So go ahead and grab it now, for iPhone on the iTunes Store, or on the Android Market.

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This Week in Kickboxing: It's Showtime and SuperKombat on May 21st

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Like this past Saturday, May 21st is another big day for kickboxing with many big names and highly ranked fighters competing.

Just a week after the huge card in Lyon, It's Showtime is heading back home to Amsterdam and putting on a great card on May 21st. While the card may not feature the same star power that this past week's card had, it's guaranteed to be just as action packed if not more exciting. It's Showtime gives many great fighters that you may not have heard of to get a chance to shine on the big stage.

In the main event, Hesdy Gerges makes his return after another short stint in prison to face Englishman Chris Knowles. In the co-main event, Robin van Roosmalen, a rising star of kickboxing takes on Mohammed Khamal. This is a rematch of their fight from 2010 where Khamal won by knockout in the first round. This fight is almost guaranteed to be a fight of the year candidate. Expect fireworks. There's also a title fight for the vacant It's Showtime 85MAX World Title. Sahak Parparyan will be taking on Amir Zeyada, who is moving up from 77kg for the belt. And before that, Mohammed Medhar, who recently beat Gago Drago in December will be fighting Hafid el Boustati in what should be another action packed -70kg fight. Don't sleep on this card, it will most likely be better than the Lyon card.

For the full card, click here.

Now we head to Bucharest, Romania on May 21st for the SuperKombat World Grand Prix I. A 4 man heavyweight tournament will be taking place featuring Dzevad Poturak, Sergei Lascenko, Roman Kleibl and Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Rico Verhoeven will be fighting American Justice Smith in the reserve bout. Romanian K-1 veteran Sebastien Ciobanu will be taking on Ratislav Talarovic in a heavyweight super fight. The biggest name on the card, Albert Kraus will be fighting Romanian Marius Tita in a -71.8kg super fight. Right before the heavyweight tournament final, rising Romanian star Bogdan Stoica will be fighting in a Wako-Pro -88.68 kg Intercontinental Title Match against Frenchman Pacome Assi. SuperKombat is formerly known as Local Kombat. They've changed their name to SuperKombat because of their big pursuits that they're now taking into the kickboxing game, trying to have big cards with big name fighters and becoming one of the biggest promotions in Europe.

For the full card, click here.

There's also another heayweight tournament on May 21st in Contrexeville, France. This one is an 8 man tournament including full Thai rules with the most notable name being Tyrone Spong's next opponent, Spaniard Loren Javier Jorge.

Overall, another good week to look forward to for kickboxing. Be on the lookout for news, analysis and stories throughout the week

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