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It's Showtime 55 Set to Air LIVE on HDnet on January 28

It's Showtime is easily one of the world's top kickboxing promotions, putting on some of the best fights within the past few years and having some of the greatest fighters alive today under contract. So when HDnet's schedule finally dropped for the next few weeks, something stood out, and that something was on January 28th that HDnet will be airing It's Showtime 55 absolutely live.

This means that Badr Hari vs. Gokhan Saki will be airing live in the United States at 3pm Eastern time on Saturday, January 28th. On top of that, the It's Showtime Heavyweight Title is on the line between Champion Hesdy Gerges and challenger Daniel Ghita. This also includes Errol Zimmerman vs. Rico Verhoeven, Harut Grigorian vs. Chris Ngimbi, Murat Direcki vs. Robin Van Roosmalen and hopefully more. For some reason Melvin Manhoef vs. Tyrone Spong is on the undercard, but we've reached out to It's Showtime and HDnet to see if there is any way for fans to be able to see one of the fights on the card that is going to provide fireworks, without a doubt.

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The Reem 2, Episode 10: Redemption

Alistair Overeem took the UFC by storm on December 30th with a first round TKO over Brock Lesnar. There were a lot of doubters, including UFC president Dana White. Dana even goes as far as to admit he is wrong in this episode, something that seems hard to swallow for a guy like Dana. In this episode the crew follows Alistair backstage before the fight and shows fans around the world watching the fight go down. Then, of course, watch the Reem ring int he new year. [source]

THE REEM SEASON 2 EPISODE 10: REDEMPTION from THE REEM on Vimeo.

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A-1 World Combat Cup Organizes 32 Man Tournament at 63.5kg

Events have gone on under the "A-1 World Combat Cup" name for quite some time now, the last one being in Lyon in December. A series of four A-1 WCC cup events have been organized by Muay Thai Genk, Summit Action Turnhout, All-Fit Gym and Balans Fight Night for March, April and May that will feature a 32 man tournament at 63.5kg, one of kickboxing's lesser talked about weight classes.

The "Final 32" stage of the tournament will take place over two events. The first event will be on March 10 in Genk and will feature eight match-ups, the winner of each qualifying to the Final 16. On March 17 in Turnhout, the same will happen with eight more match-ups in the Final 32. The Final 16 will be on one event in Eindhoven on April 7, featuring eight match-ups that pit winners from the Final 32 against eachother. The winners at the Final 16 event will move on to the Final 8 event on May 19 in Tilburg, where a one night tournament will take place to determine the tournament's winner.

This tournament is a really great idea, as it is putting a lot of 63.5kg fighters against eachother in one place. Fighters from around Europe are featured, although the majority seem to be Dutch-based. The winner of the tournament will really be one to look out for in the future and should definitely get a spot in K-1 whenever it returns.

What I find so interesting about the tournament is the chance for another fighter or more fighters to emerge as legitimate in the weight class around 63kg. I'm not familiar with many of the fighters. Often times in kickboxing, fighters you've never heard of come out of nowhere and prove to be quite good. No one knew Abraham Roqueni before he beat Andy Souwer. No one knew Javier Hernandez before he beat Karim Bennoui, and the list goes on.

A photo of the brackets and match-ups can be seen here.

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Glory March 23rd Promo Video

With Golden Glory's big announcement yesterday that on March 23rd in Moscow they would be running a bit Kickboxing show there is already quite a buzz created for it. Fans have been waiting for quality Heavyweight Kickboxing quite a while and Glory is finally looking to provide it. The big news is the return of Semmy Schilt to the ring after taking all of 2011 off. This video uploaded by GoldenGloryTV showcases how big of a deal it is for Semmy to be back.

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