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Giorgio Petrosyan Signs With Glory, Will Fight in May

PetroSometimes I am legitimately taken aback at how certain organizations do business or deal with branding. The branding for the Golden Glory shows has always been confusing to say the least, with the word 'Glory' being involved every time, but the rest seems to fluctuate on a regular basis. The Glory World Series events are set to be Glory's flagship shows, featuring the world's top kickboxers in association with Glory and Total Sports Asia.

There is a new Facebook profile associated with the Glory World Series, titled Glory Sports International, which is indeed official. This is pretty much my point when it comes to branding, as there is yet another "brand name" being tossed around and I'm not quite sure which name to use to discuss the shows. Regardless of brand confusion, there will be three big tournaments taking place this year under the Glory banner; Heavyweight, 85kg and 70kg, and it appears that fears of the tournaments not having top talent might be on hold for a while, as they announced that Giorgio Petrosyan has signed with Glory Sports International to compete in the Glory World Series.

This will without a doubt mean that the 70kg tournament has the best fighter in the weight class under contract, and according to their post he is set to fight in May. It'll be interesting to see if they can secure the Artist Formerly Known as Buakaw Por Pramuk and see the consensus number one and number two involved in the same tournament.

While this clears up some questions about the Glory series, it does make one wonder about the K-1 MAX scene. If there are any plans for a K-1 World MAX tournament this year, the omission of Giorgio Petrosyan would be a glaring hole in the division and crush the legitimacy of the tournament. Hopefully we'll see Petrosyan competing against the best in the world no matter what and not see a fractured Kickboxing world.


Glory World Series, March 23: Fight Card Headlined By Semmy Schilt

2012 is a big year for Golden Glory, as they've put up a total of a million dollars in prize money for three tournaments. Before the tournaments kick off though, there will be a stacked event on this Friday, March 23 in Moscow, Russia.

Headlining is four time K-1 World Grand Prix champion, Semmy Schilt, as he finally makes his return to the ring after over a year off. As expected, Semmy isn't just going to hop right back in against a top fighter. He'll fight Brice Guidon in a suitable match-up for Semmy to shake off the ring rust. Guidon lost to Gokhan Saki in the finals of last year's heavyweight tournament that United Glory put on. Since then, he's picked up two wins in a row.

Right before Semmy is a big fight in Errol Zimmerman vs. Jerome Le Banner. Zimmerman has been on fire since 2011, having won seven in a row. JLB is still pushing forward and still has enough gas left in the tank to make this fight competitive. The last of the three main fights is friend of LiverKick, Mark Miller taking on Sergei Kharitonov. Mark made his return to the sport last year at the Glory World Series Final, knocking out Nikolaj Falin in just four seconds. Sergei's last fight was in MMA but he knocked out Mighty Mo with a vicious uppercut at the same event that Mark fought at last year.

More kickboxing. In a -98kg bout, light heavyweight-turned heavyweight Ali Cenik continues his stint as a heavyweight against the Lithuanian fighter, SergejMaslobojev. Igor Jurkovic, fresh off a win just over a week ago at Cro Cop Final Fight over Freddy Kemayo, fights K-1 veteran Zabit Samedov in a heavyweight contest. Jamal Ben Saddik, who stopped Rico Verhoeven last year, faces Vitaly Oparin at heavyweight.

Yes, there's some non-heavyweight kickboxing action on the card. Robin van Roosmalen had to pull out of his fight with Dzhabar Askerov so Maxim Vorovski stepped in to replace him in a -72.5kg. Nieky Holzken got slotted into the card just recently and he'll face David Kyria at -73.9kg. That's it for kickboxing, and there's four MMA bouts to start the show. 

You can purchase and watch the event at Full fight card:

MMA -95 kg Ilir Latifi (Sweden) vs Vladimir Gerasimchik (Russia)

MMA -65 kg Cesario di Domenico (Brazil) vs Murad Machayev (Russia)

MMA -76 kg Anatoly Safranov (Russia) vs Gasan Umalatov (Russia)

MMA HW Ricco Rodriquez (USA) vs Ruslan Magomedov (Russia) 

KB -73,9 kg Nieky Holzken (Netherlands) vs David Kyria (Georgia)

KB -72,5 kg Maxim Vorovski (Russia) vs Dzhabar Askerov (Russia)

KB HW Jamal Ben Sadik (Belgium) vs Vitaly Oparin (Ukraine)

KB HW Igor Jurkovic (Croatia) vs Zabit Samedov (Russia)

KB -98 kg Ali Cenik (Turkey) vs Sergej Maslobojev (Lithuania) 

KB HW Sergei Kharitonov (Russia) vs Mark Miller (USA)

KB HW Errol Zimmerman (Curaçao) vs Jerome Le Banner (France)

KB HW Semmy Schilt (Netherlands) vs Brice Guidon (France)



Capital Punishment 5: Rico Verhoeven Defeats Ben Edwards

Australian promotion Capital Punishment held the 5th edition of their event yesterday in Canberra, Australia. The three main bouts were Ben Edwards vs. Rico Verhoeven, Steve Moxon vs. Wes Capper and Steve McKinnon against Nato Lauuii.

The main event was Rico Verhoeven vs. Ben Edwards, in a fight of two men trying to break into the upper echelon of the heavyweight division. Verhoeven and Edwards had both last fought on the same card for It's Showtime on January 28. Rico got knocked out in the first round by Errol Zimmerman while Ben Edwards cruised to a decision win over Ricardo van den Bos. Verhoeven took a decision win this time and it seems that he almost stopped Edwards which is quite surprising. Apparently he dropped Edwards right at the end of the third round and some are saying Edwards was saved by the bell.

Steve Moxon faced Wes Capper in a battle of two of Australia's best 70kg kickboxers. Moxon won a split decision over Capper and the fight was said to be very close. Both men were apparently given questionable knockdowns in the first round.

Steve McKinnon was originally supposed to fight Antz Nansen, who you may remember from when he stopped Hiroshi Izumi in Sengoku. Another fighter from New Zealand, Nato Lauuii stepped in to face McKinnon. McKinnon ended up stopping Lauuii, winning by TKO. In a battle of two Australians at -64.5kg under full Thai rules, Elliot Compton won a decision over Glen Purvis.

Heavyweight: Rico Verhoeven def. Ben Edwards

70kg: Steven Moxon def. Wes Capper by split decision.

-95kg: Steve McKinnon def. Nato Lauuii by TKO.

-64.5kg FTR: Elliot Compton def. Glen Purvis by decision.


Eduard Irimia Isn't Worried About K-1's Return

IrimiaIf you are trying to break into an industry where there is one clear-cut king, it is tough. It can be a bit easier for an opportunist to break in while that king is down and trying to pull itself back up, but the knowledge comes with it that eventually there will be a sleeping giant to fend off. This is where Romanian businessman and kickboxing magnate Eduard Irimia of SuperKombat finds himself after rumors surfaced that K-1 would be making its return shortly. SuperKombat held a successful 2011 year organized a slew of events including multiple tournaments, culminating in a World Grand Prix of sorts featuring a lot of younger talent.

When asked about what he thought about the return of K-1, he did not seem all that concerned.

"I honestly do not believe that the returning product will be the same. They have saved a name, but the product itself is compromised. I think that the last final in 2010 only gathered a few thousand spectators, was far from the glory days. I believe more in projects that increase, such SuperKombat, Fight Code and even It's Showtime, which has made ​​some notable events. Many businesses that were sold were not just because they had the same people back. I can say that I am glad that will have global competition and am even willing to cooperate if it is something official. Currently, however, have said that I did not see anything clearly."

While I agree that Irimia doesn't have much to worry about in Romania, I'm not quite sure that SuperKombat can be seen on the same level or in the same breath as K-1. The SuperKombat WGP last year featured some solid talent, but were a lot of prospects who aren't worldwide names yet. With time they could be big names, so it is a gamble for him which could pay off big time, but it will take time. For now, I want to see SuperKombat continue to grow and not worry about competing with K-1.


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