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Kickboxing Roundtable April 14th - GLORY 29 and Bellator Kickboxing Preview

This weekend is a big one for kickboxing and combat sports as GLORY 29 comes at you live on Saturday afternoon and Bellator Kickboxing makes its debut on Saturday in Italy. The Bellator event won't be airing until next week on Spike TV, but the MMA portion will be airing on Saturday. That doesn't mean that we can't talk about it, right?

MMAMania.com's Michael Stets and myself have been talking about putting together some sort of podcast thing for a while now, usually trying to include BloodyElbow's Fraser Coffeen and John O'Regan, but trying to organize four busy schedules has led to it never happening. Last night Stets decided to set things up and I was around, so this meeting of the minds is setting up this weekend's events with a lot of talk and insight into what to expect from GLORY 29 and Bellator Kickboxing.

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Larsen Out - Adamchuk in Against El Mir at GLORY 29

After a long layoff from competing within the GLORY ring Niclas Larsen was looking to get back into the mix with a bout against Mohammed El Mir. If you'll remember back to GLORY 22 he was slated to fight Josh Jauncey in the Lightweight tournament until he was forced to pull out with a nasty staph infection. Now just days out from GLORY 29 he's been forced to pull out of yet another fight due to what is being said to be another infection. Truly an unfortunate incident for a promising young fighter who has a bright future ahead of him.

Thankfully GLORY Featherweight Champion Serhiy Adamchuk has stepped up on short notice and taken the fight against El Mir. This is a weight class up for Adamchuk, but this wouldn't be the first time that he's stepped up in weight on short notice to take a fight, either. Last year at GLORY 22 he stepped in against Marat Grigorian and was able to defeat the top lightweight contender before Adamchuk went on to successfully challenge for the GLORY Featherweight Championship. 

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Kunlun Fight 43 Fight Card

Kunlun Fight 43 will take place on April 23 in Zhoukou, China. As usual they have top names on their card including one incredible match up between Murthel Groenhart and Artur Kyshenko. These two fought in 2012 in the final of the K-1 Max tournament and Murthel won by KO but since then both fighters have gone up in weight so it should be interesting. Also Sittichai Sitsongpeenong will be back in action against Morrocan fighter Walid Hamid

Kunlun Fight 43 Fight Card

70kgs Qualifiers - Semi-Finals

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (Tha) vs Walid Hamid (Mor)

Youssef Boulahtari (Bel) vs Aziz Kallah (Ned)

Josh Aragon (USA) vs Kong Lingfeng (Chn)

Kim Minsoo (Kor) vs Zhao Yan (Chn)

Super Fights

Murthel Groenhart (Ned) vs Artur Kyshenko (Ukr) -80kg

Rachel Adamus (Ned) vs Wang Kehan (Chn) -65kg

Pascal Koster (Ned) vs Wei Ninghui (Chn) -64kg

Keijiro Kyakoshi (Jap) vs Lee Chan Hyeong (Kor) -63kg

Takashi Noto (Jap) vs Zhang Lipeng (Chn) -75kg MMA

Faisal Zakaria (Sud) vs Asihati (Chn) -100kg+ 

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GLORY Announces GLORY 30 Welterweight Tournament

The card for GLORY 30 Los Angeles is starting to take shape. The GLORY SuperFight Series will be headlined by Joe Schilling rematching Jason Wilnis and will see the debut of Tiffany Van Soest, which leaves us with the GLORY 30 main card. The main event for GLORY 20 is Simon Marcus defending the GLORY Middleweight Championship against Dustin Jacoby and thanks to a press release from the promotion this afternoon, we learn that also on the card will be a Welterweight Qualification tournament.

These qualification tournaments operate different than contender tournaments. A contender tournament assures a shot at the champion while a qualification tournament assures a spot in a future contender tournament. This tournament is a qualification tournament featuring Casey Greene, Richard Abraham, Francois Ambang and Daniel Morales.

GLORY 30 Los Angeles

Middleweight Title Headline Bout: Simon Marcus (c) vs. Dustin Jacoby

Welterweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout B: Francois Ambang vs. Daniel Morales

Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout A: Casey Greene vs. Richard Abraham

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