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Glory 31- Super Fight Series Fight Breakdown

Glory 31 super fight series will be airing live on UFC fight pass next saturday morning at 10:30 am PST/1:30 pm EST. Since its coming up quick I figured it was about that time to breakdown the fights a little.

Zack Mwekassa vs Mourad Bouzidi

The main event puts power punching, South African Zack Mwekassa against a real kickboxing veteran Mourad Bouzidi. I feel like the biggest thing in this fight is Bouzidi has to really avoid being hit cleanly. Bouzidi has the experience, and the kicks but his chin doesn't always hold up to big punches. If Bouzidi can keep his hands up, feet moving and keep consistent low kicks he will have a good night. As for Mwekassa he needs to use his jab to set up his big left hook, uppercut, or right hand. I don't think just throwing big haymakers will work on someone with the experience Mourad has, but if he can set something up and land a clean punch his power will hurt Bouzidi.

Saenchai vs Eddy Nait-Slimani

First of all I want to mention how excited I am for Saenchai to be kickboxing for Glory but Nait-Slimani will not be an easy fight by any means. In his Glory debut Slimani put on a masterful performance against Maykol Yurk, he showed beautiful spinning back kicks, front kicks to the face, and great timing. These are all techniques that Saenchai uses, plus many more. There have been many times I thought Saenchai was in for a hard fight and he made it look easy, but he has also done the opposite and had a little trouble in fights I expected him not to. Slimani needs to push the pace on Saenchai and not allow him to get a rhythm. Saenchai is not young anymore and I think Slimani can tire him out with lots of pressure and fast combinations followed by low kicks. Saenchai well, he will just be himself as always and entertain us no matter what happens, he will just have to be aware of Glory's clinching rules.

Isis Verbeek vs Irina Mazepar

This is an interesting fight in Glory's new female bantamweight division. Isis Verbeek is the faster fighter with more combinations and higher pace. Irina Mazepa is the harder hitting fighter who plods a little and finds good, hard shots to land. Mazepa has been focusing a little on MMA having two fights in One Championship last year, in my opinion this takes away from a fighters overall kickboxing game as they now have to focus a lot on their ground game plus training 5 minute rounds for MMA all the time is a much slower pace than 3 minute kickboxing rounds. If Verbeek pushes the pace I can't help but feel that Mazepa will be in rough shape by the last round, but Mazepa has the power so Verbeek will have to make sure she doesn't run into something as she tends to keep her chin quite high.

Josh Jauncey vs Anatoly Moiseev

Well I am not going to go into too much strategy for this fight since Josh is my brother and ill end up giving away game plans, but I can say that this could easily end up being  a candidate for fight of the night if not fight of the year. Both of them are young, hungry fighters with amazing technique, speed, and power. Moiseev suffered his first pro loss ever at the hands of Marat Grigorian earlier this year but since then has scored a huge KO over Serginio Kanters at Kunlun so his confidence should be back up. Jauncey is coming off two of his best performances ever, a TKO win over Johan Tkac and a head kick KO over Xu Yan. To say I'm excited about this fight is an understatement.

Maximo Suarez vs Eyevan Danenberg

Maximo Suarez is looking to rebound from his loss to Harut Grigorian where he just stood and traded which eventually led to his demise. Against Danenberg he will need to fight smart, Danenberg is a very tall, lanky fighter with good skills. Hes had some Pro boxing fights so his hands are good and he sets up his knees and low kicks well. Suarez will need to get inside and throw his fast combos or else he will get jabbed and kneed all night.

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Bellator Adds Don 'The Dragon' Wilson to Stable of Legends for Fan Fest

The upcoming Bellator MMA: Dynamite 2 card, followed directly by Bellator Kickboxing 2, is set to be a huge event for the company. The newfound focus on kickboxing includes Kevin Ross and Denise Kielholtz fighting on the Dynamite card and Schilling/Kato headlining the kickboxing card afterwards. Bellator's Scott Coker has always been in touch with his martial arts roots and it looks like things will be no different with their extended push into kickboxing.

Their fan fests have always included MMA legends, but now they've added martial arts and kickboxing icon Don "The Dragon" Wilson to their line-up. Wilson is perhaps one of the greatest American kickboxers of all-time, especially for his time, and moved on to a career in movies, starring in the Bloodfist series as well as doing stunts and producing his own films later on.

Bellator's fan fest is set for June 23rd at Dave & Busters in Maryland Heights, MO.

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Muay Thai GP 5 Results - The Gunslinger does it again

Muay Thai GP 5 did an 8 hour show last night. In the main event JWP managed to get the unanimous decision, after having a rough first round where he got his lead leg kicked many times he found his groove and it was all "The Gunslinger" from there on out.

Muay Thai Grand Prix 5 – Official Results

Main Event – 74KG - John Wayne Parr def. Pavlos Kaponis by unanimous decision

MTGP World Welterweight Title - Charlie Peters def. Nauzet Trujillo by KO (Round 2)

MTGP World Featherweight Title - Kevin Vidal def. Matt Tieu by TKO (ref stoppage Round 3)

MTGP World Bantamweight Title - Daniel McGowan def. Renaud Hausdorff by TKO (Round 2)

58KGJamie Whelan def. Thibaud Duphil by unanimous decision

57KG - Bernise Alldis def. Anaelle Angerville by unanimous decision

64KG - Carlton Lieu def. Benito Thamas by unanimous decision

62KG - Paul Barber def. Ian Houillebecq by KO (Round 2) Barber qualifies as no.1 contender for Lion Fight world title

50KG - Evan Jays def. Jamie Ahern by unanimous decision

K1 71KG - Fabio Barros def. Luke Whelan by unanimous decision

72KG - Sevket Cerkez def. Daniel Hardiman by unanimous decision

63KG - Liam Brough def. James Toomey by TKO (Round 3)

Prelims Card

Kelly Haynes def. Sara Day by unanimous decision – K1 52KG

Rory Crawford def. Benitez Perez by TKO (Round 2) – K1 68KG

Marley Zwanenberg def. Robert Vereykyn by unanimous decision

Luke Portanier def. Thai Hoang by TKO (round 5) – B-Class 63KG

Prelims fight of the night: Portanier V Hoang

Liam Wells def. Saj Imran by unanimous decision – K1 68KG

Prelims performance of the night: Liam Wells

Leon Jason def. Will Jones by unanimous decision – K1 83KG

Eric Lie def. Matt Wray by unanimous decision – K1 80KG

Nathan Johnson def. John Dang by KO (Round 4) – K1 70KG

Colin Chu def. Florin Pinto by KO (Round 1) – C-Class 67KG

Kane Rigglesworth def. Jamie McGuigan by unanimous decision – K1 70KG

Kyron Osborne def. Enrique Gomez by KO (Round 3) – C-Class 58KG

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