|Heavyweight (Per 4/15)|
|Light HW (per 4/15)|
|Middleweight (per 4/15)|
|Welterweight (per 4/15)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 4/15)|
|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
In what is an absolutely stunning turn of events, former FEG President Sadaharu Tanikawa, best known as K-1's Executive Producer, has been announced as the Producer behind GLORY 13. The shocking announcement went down today in Japan, which came packaged with the fact that this should also be the retirement fight of Peter Aerts, which seems to be the public impetus behind Tanikawa's involvement. There is very clear language involved to this being a "one time deal" between Tanikawa and GLORY, but facts are still facts and Tanikawa owes a lot of the fighters rumored to be participating on the event money.
What makes this an even stranger partnership is the very public assaults from Bas Boon towards Tanikawa in the past few years. Boon has made it clear that Tanikawa's FEG owes Golden Glory millions of dollars and it was Bas Boon's lawsuit against Tanikawa and FEG that forced them to formally declare bankruptcy in 2012. It is our understanding that none of the money owed was ever paid out by FEG due to the bankruptcy proceedings and the shame is that K-1 Global has taken the reputation of FEG and Tanikawa with them while having nothing to do with them. The irony also comes from claims from Golden Glory that K-1 Global's Mr. Kim was associated with Tanikawa and FEG, with this move making it very clear that there was never a partnership.
Even with all of this, I'm not willing to condemn anyone here. Tanikawa, from what is public, was in an awful position of organizing a corrupt organization. Japanese bankruptcy law is also odd, too odd for me to even pretend to be an expert on or to be able to properly navigate. The money owed is still through FEG. It's just odd to see these two sides working together.
For what it's worth, there is talk of a "major television deal" possibly happening and Fuji TV officials being in attendance was mentioned in the same article, aligning with rumors we've heard.
UPDATE: Upon speaking to a GLORY official about this, we've learned that the role of "Producer" has been exaggerated. He will be serving as a consultant for the Super Fight Series undercard only.Add a comment
The name Badr Hari can stir up some strong emotions in Kickboxing fans. Some fans are filled with bloodlust and are instantly excited by the very idea of Badr Hari, while others look at him and see a guy who has done more harm than good to the sport. As with everything, there is usually some truth somewhere in the middle. Badr Hari fights again on November 8th in LEGEND against Alexey Ignashov in a fight that fans are looking forward to just to see Badr Hari get another win.
Sadly, for fans in America, there will be no official way to view the event, as there are no plans for a stream to be available or television deals in place. According to a recent interview with Badr Hari he has one fight left on his contract with LEGEND and is considering either signing another contract with LEGEND or going to GLORY. If the rumors are at all true, GLORY has been in on and off talks with Badr Hari, but doesn't seem interested as long as his legal problems persist. My best guess would be that getting him into the US to fight would be a nightmare.
Badr also stated that he had 2 - 3 years left in his career before he wishes to retire, citing that watching his daughter grow up is a priority.Add a comment
Apparently a picture can tell a thousand words, which would be the case of this photo of Badr Hari training with Alistair Overeem. Sure, there are photos of them sparring each other in Russia, but what's interesting are the few shots of them grappling together. Badr Hari had sworn that he'd never train with Alistair Overeem while Overeem was with Mike Passenier, then he also had said some disparaging things about MMA in the past. This just proves that Badr Hari is kind of a big softie in the end, which we all knew anyway.
Photo is from Ben Pontier.
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Just as promised, GLORY have released video footage from the GLORY 11 Super Fight series undercard on their website. All of the undercard fights can be found on GloryWorldSeries.com now. That means the whole undercard that you've been wanting to see is now available for free at GLORY's web site.
As an added bonus, if you missed the event, all eleven fights are unlocked as of right now, meaning that you could technically watch the entire event on GLORY's website for free. That isn't a bad deal if you ask me. So head on over and click on the video tab to check out all of the fights.Add a comment
GLORY 13 might still be a ways off, but that doesn't mean that we can't want to know more about it, right? We already know that it will feature the GLORY Welterweight tournament, featuring Nieky Holzken, Joseph Valtellini, Marc DeBonte and Karapet Karapetyan, but still nothing about Super Fights just yet. There have been names flying around for a while now; Peter Aerts, Jerome Le Banner, you know, the ones that you'd expect for a show in Japan. It turns out that Peter Aerts will indeed be fighting on the GLORY 13 card, if this rumor turns out to be true.
What is that rumor? That Peter Aerts will be squaring off against newly-crowned GLORY 11 Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven. That is a huge fight, as Aerts is reaching the twilight of his career and is looking to retire soon while Rico's career is on a serious uptick thanks to his victories over Saki and Ghita at GLORY 11.Add a comment
This weekend in Australia a newer Muay Thai promotion will be tossing its hat into the ring with Real Hero Muay Thai World Championships 2013: Thailand vs. Australia. The event originates live from Australia and will be aired live on Epicentre.tv this Saturday for $14.95. A full rundown of the event's card can be found on Real Hero Muay Thai's event page.Add a comment
SuperKombat has announced the linup for their November 3rd event in Italy, in their New Heroes VI event. This event will come from the last day of the Oriental Festival in Italy, which will host over a hundred thousand martial artists and spectators from around the world. SuperKombat has also announced that they will begin a humanitarian effort for victims of a flood in Galati, Romania, where they have their SuperKombat World Grand Prix Finals planned for December 21st.
If there were two Americans who have made a huge splash in GLORY over the past few months, hell, in the same division even, it would be Joe Schilling and Wayne Barrett. Schilling is, of course, the winner of the GLORY 10 Middleweight tournament, while Barrett was featured in a showcase bout on the same event. Both guys are proud to fly the American flag in elite Kickboxing at the weight class and will meet in the ring at GLORY 12 in the main event.
We've been sitting on this one for a while, as when we spoke with Schilling it was still not a done deal yet with the ink dried, but it looks like everything is set to go now as GLORY announced it on their official Facebook. Barrett is still relatively inexperienced when it comes to the Kickfighting sport variety, while Schilling is a seasoned pro and easily can be seen as one of the top fighters in his weight class, regardless of rankings. This is most definitely a step up for Barrett and will be a good test for Schilling.
Here is a look at the full card;
So Badr Hari is on Twitter, which is confusing to some people as Badr Hari is one of those guys that people like to make fake accounts for and pretend that they are him. That is kind of crazy, right? I mean, try finding the guy on Facebook, you'll be able to find him, but you'll find at least a dozen impostors of him and you'll find that people you know and respect are friends with or follow just about all of them because it is so confusing. Well, if you are more of a Twitter person it is easy to clear up the confusion, as @Team_Badr_Hari is the official Badr Hari Twitter page.
As you may already know, Badr Hari will be fighting on November 8th in Russia on LEGEND 2: Invasion against Alexey Ignashov in a Heavyweight showdown. The two last met in 2010 for K-1, where Badr Hari pulled off a decision victory over the former K-1 superstar. So Badr Hari is looking to gain your support going into this fight and wants you to follow him on Twitter. How? The easiest way possible, he's signing shirts and giving them out to randomly selected followers. So, yeah, Badr Hari doesn't sign a lot of stuff, nor does he give a lot of stuff away, so take this opportunity by the horns, alright?Add a comment
A few days ago Stefania Picelli and Yokkao provided us with a mission statement of sorts, one where they talked about bringing in fighters from all over the world, from any and all gyms, to give them a shot at greatness and to achieve their dreams. That is what they look to do when it comes to the Yokkao Fight Team and the Yokkao events that they put on. Not only are they looking to put on the big, crowd-pleasing fights like they have in the past, but they are looking to showcase talents who don't usually have a chance at being featured in a big way like that.
So check out this new promo video for the upcoming event in Reunion, France featuring the Yokkao Fight Team training under some rather extraordinary circumstances.Add a comment