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GLORY Announces Jahfarr Wilnis, Anderson Silva and Ismael Londt for GLORY 29 Heavyweight Tournament

Kickboxing fans can rejoice because while Rico Verhoeven might seem like an unstoppable force, there will be opposition for him and it will be chosen from a pool of some of the very top heavyweights in the world today. Today GLORY announces that the GLORY 29 Heavyweight Contender tournament will feature Enfusion and Kunlun Heavyweight Champion Jahfarr Wilnis, top contender Anderson "Braddock" Silva and the newly-signed Ismael Londt. The fourth name has yet to be announced.

This heavyweight tournament is in addition to the previously announced headline bout between Yoanna Kongolo challenging for Nieky Holzken's Welterweight Championship and a lightweight showdown between Niclas Larsen and Mohammed El Mir.

GLORY 29 Copenhagen takes place on Saturday, April 16th live from Copenhagen, Denmark and will be airing live on ESPN3 in the United States.

GLORY 29 Copenhagen

Welterweight Title Headline Bout: Nieky Holzken (c) vs. Yoann Kongolo

Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Niclas Larsen vs. Mohammed El-Mir

Heavyweight Contender Tournament Participants: Ismael Londt, Anderson Silva, Jahfarr Wilnis

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Yokkao 17 and 18 Cards are Typically Stacked Heading into Saturday

In what is now becoming an increasingly common occurrence for muay thai fans in Bolton, Yokkao returns this weekend for Yokkao 17 and Yokkao 18. Another double header in Bolton has been sold out for quite some time now and the card promises to deliver big, like past events have. Not many events create the same groundswell from fans like the previous Yokkao events in the UK have, with us being flooded with nothing but positive talk about the previous shows and fans in the UK once again in store for another great night of fights.

Yokkao has released the full card from both shows with the two headline fights being Liam Harrison vs. Tetsuya Yamato and Jordan Watson vs. Sanny Dahlbeck, respectively. 

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A Look at the SuperKombat Puerto Rico Event on March 26th

On March 26th SuperKombat will kick off their 2016 season with their first event, this one happening in the United States territory of Puerto Rico. The event is themed as the "USA vs. Rest of the World" (sic) and will feature some of SuperKombat's heavy hitters on the show. While there has been no official fight card released yet, there is one floating around right now and is most likely pretty accurate.

SuperKombat - USA VS Rest Of The World | Main Card

Main Event - SK Light Heavyweight Championship Bout

César Almeida VS Moisés Baute

 

Co-Main Event - SK Heavyweight Championship Elimination Bout

Daniel Sam VS Cătălin Moroșanu 

 

SK WGP 2016 HW Final Elimination Bouts

James Wilson VS Enver Šljivar

D'Angelo Marshall VS Jack May

Adenilson Clementino VS Kirk Krouba

Anthony McDonald VS Justin Milo

 

César CausinVSAdrián Torres

 

SUPERKOMBAT New Heroes Card (FightBox HD)

SK New Heroes Women's Lightweight Championship Bout

Angela Whitley VS Cristiana Stancu

 

Alex Berrios Jr. VS Alex Filip

 

SK New Heroes Lightweight Championship Bout

Turan Hasanov VS Cristian Spetcu

 

Carlos Vargas VS Bryan Daye

Dumitru Țopai VS Mark MacKinnon

Damian Johansen VS Adrian Frias

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Bellator Kickboxing Announces Rules and Weight Classes

On Friday, April 16th Bellator Kickboxing will hold their first event in Italy, the event will air on April 22nd at 11pm Eastern, directly following Bellator 153, which sees the debut of former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson. With one month to go there have been questions as to what sorts of rules and weight classes the new promotion will be using and today they are announcing just that. 

Bellator Kickboxing will be adhering to MMA weight classes, a smart move that keeps uniformity between both brands and helps to make kickboxing less confusing to newer viewers. According to Bellator, the weight classes that they plan on featuring are listed below.

  • Heavyweight: 265 pounds
  • Light Heavyweight: 205 pounds
  • Middleweight: 185 pounds
  • Welterweight: 170 pounds
  • Lightweight: 155 pounds
  • Featherweight: 145 pounds
  • Bantamweight: 135 pounds
  • Flyweight: 125 pounds

Much like MMA, there will be a one pound allowance, although that will be different in title fights.

The fights will be following the general ruleset that we've known for a long time now as "K-1 rules," which means that regular fights will be contested in three rounds with each round clocking in at three minutes. In case of a draw there will be an extension round, but only one. For world title fights there will be five rounds. As for the actual rules, here is what they sent us in regards to how the fights will take place.

  • The competitors will attack and defend using punches (including spinning backfists), kicks and knee strikes.
  • Each non-title fight is scheduled for three, three-minute rounds with the potential for an extra sudden victory round if the bout is scored a draw. Title fights will be scheduled for five, three-minute rounds.
  • Prohibited techniques include: elbow strikes, throws, takedowns, and submission attempts or striking a downed fighter. Fighters may only clinch if they immediately attack with a knee strike.
  • Three judges will score Bellator Kickboxing using the “10-Point-Must” system applying a prioritized criterion that values knockdowns, impact on the opponent and clean scoring strikes.

The debut card currently looks like this:

Updated “Bellator Kickboxing: Torino” Fight Card:

Bellator Kickboxing Middleweight Main Event: Melvin Manhoef (49-12) vs. Alexandru Negrea (8-2)

Bellator Kickboxing 165-Pound Feature Bout: Mustapha Haida (37-3-3) vs. Karim Ghajji (95-12)

Bellator Kickboxing Welterweight Feature Bout: Raymond Daniels (10-3) vs. TBA

Bellator Kickboxing Flyweight Feature Bout: Denise Kielholtz (43-2) vs. TBA

Bellator Kickboxing Bantamweight Feature Bout: Kevin Ross (30-9) vs. TBA

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