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February 23, 2018

“Title win is karma” says welterweight champion Grigorian

Saturday, Feb 17 2018 by John O’Regan “Karma” is the word Harut Grigorian used to describe his first-round stoppage win over Murthel Groenhart in the GLORY […]
February 23, 2018

Jeff Bullock has been appointed ISKA National Director of Ring Sport Operations for Australia

ISKA is pleased to announce that Jeff Bullock has been appointed ISKA National Director of Ring Sport Operations for Australia. Mr. Bullock has a wealth of […]
February 11, 2018
Robin van Roosmalen and Kevin VanNostrand Battle for Undisputed Featherweight Championship

Robin van Roosmalen and Kevin VanNostrand Battle for Undisputed Featherweight Championship at GLORY 52 Los Angeles on Saturday, March 31

GLORY, the world’s premier stand-up combat league, today announced that it will once again touch down in the City of Angels, with the Pacific Room at […]
February 11, 2018
Bellator Lightweight Title Defense Fri April 13

Brent Primus to Defend Bellator Lightweight Title Against Michael Chandler on Friday, April 13 At The Family Arena in St Louis

LOS ANGELES – The first defense of Brent Primus’ (8-0) lightweight title reign will come in a rematch against former two-time champ and Missouri native “Iron” […]
February 11, 2018
ISKA Belgium Feb 4

ISKA World Titles Contested in France and Belgium

  ISKA France Conflans Saint Honorine, France 3rd February 2018, the first major ISKA title fight of 2018 featured ISKA World Champion John Kallenbach (Germany) defending […]
February 11, 2018
Lorenz Larkin (19-7, 1 NC) defeated Fernando Gonzalez (27-14) via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Pictures and Results from Bellator 193

Lorenz Larkin (19-7, 1 NC) defeated Fernando Gonzalez (27-14) via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) Saad Awad (22-9) defeated J.J. Ambrose (28-7, 2 NC) via unanimous […]
February 11, 2018
Rico Verhoeven Fighter of the Year

GLORY Fighter of the Year 2017: Rico Verhoeven

by John O’Regan (courtesy of GLORY Kickboxing) One of the most coveted awards by every fighter is the ‘FIGHTER OF THE YEAR’ award. For the second […]
February 11, 2018
Bellator 196 Budapest

James Gallagher-Adam Borics Headlines Bellator 196 in Budapest, Hungary on April 6

Bok Hall to Host Bellator MMA and Kickboxing Events LOS ANGELES – Bellator will hold its third event in Budapest, Hungary on Friday, April 6, bringing […]
February 11, 2018
GLORY 50 Heavyweight Kickboxing Tournament

GLORY 50 Chicago and GLORY 50 SuperFight Series Fight Preview

by John O’Regan (Courtesy of GLORY Kickboxing) GLORY 50 Chicago Preview Murthel Groenhart (67-22-3, 38 KO’s) vs. Harut Grigorian (46-11, 32 KO’s) Welterweight Championship Bout Welterweight […]
January 24, 2018
ISKA Referee Seminar February 4

ISKA Referee and Judges Seminar February 4th in Northampton

Date: Sunday, February 4th from 10:30am to 2:30pm Place: Holiday Inn Express Northampton M1 Jct. 15 Loake Close, Grange Park, Northampton NN4 5EZ Seminar Fee: £50 The […]
January 24, 2018
Hardy vs Julaton Bellator 194

Heather Hardy and Ana Julaton to Compete in MMA and Boxing Contests

Mixed Martial Arts Bout Set for Bellator 194 on February 16th LOS ANGELES – A flyweight feature fight pitting renowned boxing champions Heather Hardy (1-1) against […]
January 24, 2018
GLORY Sports International

Marshall Zelaznik Appointed Chief Executive Officer of Glory Sports International

Seasoned sports media executive to lead global growth of international combat sports brand AMSTERDAM – Glory Sports International (GSI), parent company of GLORY, the world’s premier […]
January 22, 2018
Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Fedor vs Mir

Bellator’s Heavyweight World Grand Prix Continues with Dream Matchup Between Fedor Emilianenko and Frank Mir at Allstate Arena on April 28

LOS ANGELES – The third opening round matchup in 2018’s Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix will feature the greatest heavyweight of all time Fedor Emelianenko (36-5, […]
January 12, 2018

The Dangers of Dehydration

In late 2016 the BC Athletic Commission (BCAC) became aware that many of our combat sport contestants were engaging in extreme measures to cut weight for […]
January 11, 2018
Fight for Education

All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response to Host Third Annual Fight for Education

THIRD ANNUAL FIGHT FOR EDUCATION Amateur Fighting Event to Raise Funds for Communities Impacted by Natural Disasters NEW YORK, NY, JANUARY 9, 2018 – On Thursday, […]
January 10, 2018
Kiev, Ukraine

2018 ISKA Amateur Members Association World Championships Split into Two Events

Due to the popularity of the event and the high attendance, for 2018 the ISKA Amateur Members Association World Championships will be split into two separate […]
January 10, 2018
Big John McCarthy

‘Big’ John McCarthy to Join Bellator Broadcast Team

‘Big’ John McCarthy’s Color Commentary to Debut at Bellator 192 on January 20th Chael Sonnen Also Signs Extension to Remain in the Broadcast Booth LOS ANGELES […]
January 8, 2018
GLORY 50 Heavyweight Kickboxing Tournament

Heavyweight Tournament at GLORY 50 Chicago Highlighted by Top-Five Talent

GLORY 50 Chicago Contender Tournament to Feature Top-Ranked Heavyweights Benjamin Adegbuyi (#1), D’Angelo Marshall (#3), Guto Inocente (#5) and Junior Tafa DENVER – GLORY, the world’s […]
December 27, 2017

2017 ISKA Man of the Year

During the European National Leaders Conference held in Paris this past weekend, special guest, Japan’s ISKA National Director, Toshi Nakasaki was recognized as 2017 ISKA Man […]
December 27, 2017

The 2017 ISKA European National Directors Conference

The 2017 ISKA European National Directors Conference was held this past weekend in Paris, France.  The event was well attended and very spirited in celebration of […]
December 21, 2017
Bellator 195 Caldwell vs Higo

Darrion Caldwell to Defend Bellator Bantamweight Championship Against Leandro Higo on March 2 at Winstar World Casino and Resort

LOS ANGELES – The Bellator bantamweight championship will be up for grabs Friday, March 2 when Darrion Caldwell (11-1) makes his first title defense against Leandro […]
December 21, 2017
Sitsongpeenong Meets Challenger Baya Friday Feb 16

Lightweight Champion Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong Meets Challenger Christian Baya on Friday, Feb. 16

Killer Kid’ vs. ‘Bad News’ Headlines GLORY 50 SuperFight Series GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced a second championship bout for the promotion’s return […]
December 21, 2017
Bellator 191 Results

McDonald & Letourneau Impress in Bellator Debuts, Capping Off Final Event on Spike

Complete Bellator 191: McDonald vs. Ligier Fight Card Results: Michael McDonald (18-4) defeated Peter Ligier (8-2-1) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) “I was happy with […]
December 20, 2017
Victory for Danyo Ilunga

Victory Never Tasted So Sweet for Danyo Ilunga

Author: John O’Regan at GLORY Danyo Ilunga has never prized a victory more highly than that which he won in Rotterdam on Saturday night over Michael […]
December 18, 2017
Bellator President Scott Coker

Bellator President Scott Coker Announces Plans for a July 7th Event in Rome

“After the success of our events in Torino and Florence, Italy over the last two years, we knew that it was time to do a show […]
December 15, 2017
Badr Hadi returns to GLORY 51 in March

Badr Hari Signs with GLORY; Kickboxing Legend Will Return at GLORY 51 in March

Big news from Glory – Badr Hari is back. The highly controversial and highly popular kickboxer will be making his return to the sport in 2018, […]
December 15, 2017
John Wayne Parr TKO of Piergiulio Paolucci

John Wayne Parr TKO’s Piergiulio Paolucci – Bellator Kickboxing 8 Results

Australian John Wayne Parr made his third appearance in Italy this past Saturday December 9. Battling out on the main card of Bellator Kickboxing 8, “The […]
December 15, 2017
The final fight of GLORY’s final event of 2017 could not possibly have ended the year in stronger, more dramatic fashion. Rico Verhoeven fought a thrilling world heavyweight title fight which instantly became a strong contender for ‘Fight of the Year’. The blows which finished the fight in the fifth round will also surely be in the running for ‘Knockout of the Year’. It was a huge fight on a huge stage, the sold-out Rotterdam Ahoy arena packed full of fans eager to see the bad blood between Verhoeven and Ben Saddik brought to its culmination. And the fans in the arena were just the tip of the iceberg: the fight was being followed by millions around the world. There was intense media attention surrounding the fight and that added to the intensity of the build-up and the pressure on both athletes. A rivalry which had its roots in a 2011 stoppage win by Ben Saddik over Verhoeven was made even more bitter during the weeks before the fight, especially after a now infamous incident at a pre-fight press conference, when Ben Saddik spat in Verhoeven’s face. For a fan, it seemed almost too good to be true. Two giant heavyweights who really don’t like each other, a sold out arena, a world title on the line and a personal issue to be settled are all ingredients for a truly epic encounter. Yet the possibility always existed that something could go wrong, that the fight could end in an unsatisfactory manner such as a cut, or that the ticking bomb would simply fail to explode. All those fears evaporated just seconds into the fight. Verhoeven and Ben Saddik crackled with tense, nervous energy as they circled each other. The arena air felt heavy with expectation; this was clearly going to be a dramatic fight. The fighters soon channeled their tension into physical activity. Carefully, at first, because the risk of a counter-shot from a fighter of this size means that when you are the first to open up, you had better be sure of your timing, and then gradually they started to find their rhythm. Huge drama came early: in the second half of the first round Ben Saddik, who had been having an unexpected measure of success with his jab, landed a heavy right hand which sent Verhoeven stumbling backwards. More punches followed and Verhoeven was rocked. The possibility of a first-round finish in Ben Saddik’s favor was very real. The arena noise became deafening: one section of the crowd wanting the finish to happen, a larger section vocally hoping it would not. Verhoeven covered up, kept moving, cleared his head and got to the end of the round. His cornernam Dennis Krauweel had some strong words for him in the interval, while in the other corner Ben Saddik was being congratulated on his clear winning of the first round. Tension had made Verhoeven stiff in the first round. Ben Saddik’s onslaught had, ironically, loosened the defending champion up a little. He is a superb boxer, one who has a wide range of technical skills and the ability to move like a middleweight when he wants to. That form wins his fights, but requires a certain degree of relaxation to do so. Verhoeven’s other key weapon, his exception fitness, means that he is all but certain that if he can take a fight into the deep waters of the championship rounds, the opponent can be drowned there. He had said as much to Ben Saddik during fight week, almost word for word. Likewise, Ben Saddik and everybody else knew his best chance of winning was to score an early stoppage. The opening rounds were supposed to be his most dangerous and indeed he was dangerous in them. The only surprise was that he stayed dangerous into the final minutes. In the fifth round he was somewhat faded, but he had arrived for the fight in career-best physical condition and it showed. Fans are debating whether Verhoeven deliberately exposed himself to risk in the first half of the fight as a deliberate tactic to deplete Ben Saddik’s gas tank and set him up to be finished. It probably was the gameplan, but Ben Saddik was able to capitalize on it more than Verhoeven had expected him to be able to. His success in parts of the fight surprised a lot of people. What is beyond question is that Verhoeven did almost exactly what he said he would do. In his pre-fight interviews he said he would take Ben Saddik into the final minute of the fight, to punish him as long as possible, then knock him out. As it turned out, the finish came just over a minute into the final round, so Verhoeven wasn’t too far off. Throughout the fourth round Ben Saddik’s energy had tapered and he was noticeably flagging at the start of the fifth. That’s when Verhoeven clicked himself up into a higher gear and went for the finish. A lead-leg high kick caught Ben Saddik squarely on the side of the head and badly rocked him. Verhoeven followed up, herding him into a corner and hammering away with right hand bombs. One got through, followed by a left hook and another right which sent Ben Saddik reeling. Referee Paul Nicholls jumped in to deliver a count, determining that Ben Saddik had been saved from falling to the canvas only by the ring ropes. Ben Saddik beat the count, barely, and the fight restarted. Verhoeven stalked across the ring and delivered another barrage; this time Ben Saddik went down, dropping to the canvas with his back against the ropes and one arm hanging over them. Rico Verhoeven remains the world heavyweight champion. And on tonight’s showing, that won’t be changing any time soon. Rico Verhoeven def. Jamal Ben Saddik by TKO (punches). Round 5, 1:10

Rico Retains Title in ‘Fight of the Year’ Thriller

The final fight of GLORY’s final event of 2017 could not possibly have ended the year in stronger, more dramatic fashion. Rico Verhoeven fought a thrilling […]
December 15, 2017
Bellator 190 44 Second Title Fight

Bellator 190: A 44-second Title Fight and Uppercuts from Hell

Once Saturday’s Bellator 190 main card got going, the finishes quickly piled up. In the championship headliner, middleweight titleholder Rafael Carvalho (15-1 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) needed […]
December 11, 2017
GLORY 48 New York Results

Pictures and Results from GLORY 48 New York

GLORY 48 NEW YORK Results New York, USA 1st December 2017, Glory 48 was staged in the Theatre at Madison Square Gardens, broadcast on UFC Fight […]
December 11, 2017
International Swiss Open

ISKA and SAMMAF Come Together for the First International Swiss Open in 2018

Thanks to the successful cooperation between the ISKA and the Sammaf (WMMAA) at the SMMAC Newcomer Tournaments 2017, we will now for the first time organize […]
December 8, 2017
Bellator December 9th Carvalho vs Sakara

OKTAGON Brings Bellator Kickboxing and MMA to Florence

Saturday 9th December Mandela Forum will host OKTAGON FLORENCE with a stacked card including Bellator Kickboxing and a Bellator MMA title fight and of course Europe’s […]
December 5, 2017
Glory 48 Results

Glory 48 Results: Anissa Meksen Defeats Tiffany van Soest to Win Super Bantamweight Title

Tiffany van Soest failed to defend her belt. The professional kickboxer and MMA fighter was outpointed by veteran Anissa Meksen at Glory 48 Superfight Series, thus […]
December 4, 2017
julia budd official bellator 189 results

Official Bellator 189 Results

Official Bellator 189 results include: MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Champ Julia Budd def. Arlene Blencowe via split decision (46-49, 48-47, 49-46) Rafael Lovato def. […]
December 4, 2017
Bellator World GP Bracket

First-Round Matchups Set for Bellator World Grand Prix 2018 Heavyweight Tournament

LOS ANGELES –The bracket for the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix 2018 Heavyweight Tournament has been set. At Bellator 192: Lima vs. MacDonald on January 20, […]
December 3, 2017
ISKA Amateur Members Association World Kickboxing Championships

ISKA Amateur Members Association 2018 World Championships Separated into Two Spectacular Events

Due to rapid growth the ISKA Amateur Members Association World Kickboxing Championships 2018 will be split into two separate events. RING SPORTS (Kickboxing, Muaythai, K-1 Rules) […]
November 27, 2017
Youssef Assouik wins world title

Youssef Assouik Wins World Title

    Youssef Assouik (Denmark) defeated Maikely Garcia (Spain) by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-46, 50-45) to earn the ISKA World K-1 Rules 72.5 kg Title. Congratulations […]
November 16, 2017

GLORY Interim Featherweight Championship Pits Kevin VanNostrand Against Anvar Boynazarov at GLORY 48 New York on Dec. 1

Also added to GLORY 48 New York: John King steps in against UFC veteran Thiago Silva Matt Baker meets Mike Lemaire in tournament semifinal match-up Plus, […]
November 14, 2017

JAKE HAGER, FORMERLY KNOWN AS WWE’S JACK SWAGGER, SIGNS EXCLUSIVE MULTI-YEAR DEAL WITH BELLATOR MMA

LOS ANGELES – Bellator is pleased to announce that it has reached a multi-fight, multi-year deal with Jake Hager, who was formerly known as “Jack Swagger” during his […]
November 10, 2017

Monster Energy Bellator MMA Fight Series Heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 19

ONSTER ENERGY BELLATOR MMA FIGHT SERIES SET FOR FORD CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY PRIOR TO NASCAR SEASON FINALE SUNDAY, NOV. 19   Also, Appearances by […]
October 26, 2017

BELLATOR LAUNCHES GLOBAL NEXT GENERATION MOBILE APP

  THE COMPREHENSIVE DESTINATION FOR ALL THINGS BELLATOR NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD   LOS ANGELES – Fans can now take Bellator with them wherever they go with […]
October 10, 2017

Bellator hosted a doubleheader event on Saturday in San Jose, Calif., with Bellator Kickboxing 7

Bellator hosted a doubleheader event on Saturday in San Jose, Calif., with Bellator Kickboxing 7 going down following MMA action at Bellator 183. Bellator Kickboxing 7, […]
October 3, 2017

Rico Verhoeven vs. Jamal Ben Saddik Headlines ‘GLORY: REDEMPTION’ Pay-Per-View Special Event on Dec. 9

Exclusive 24-hour pre-sale begins on Wednesday, Oct. 4Tickets on sale to the general public starting on Thursday, Oct. 5 tickets.glorykickboxing.com  GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, […]
October 3, 2017

Brestovac stops Gerges in potential ‘Knockout of the Year’

Brestovac stops Gerges in potential ‘Knockout of the Year’ Saturday, Sep 30 2017 by John O’Regan Mladen Brestovac provided himself with a strong entry for ‘Knockout […]
September 19, 2017

Bellator Brings Flying Cage to San Jose For Bellator 183 & Bellator Kickboxing 7 This Saturday

For Immediate Release: Sept. 19, 2017   BELLATOR BRINGS FLYING CAGE TO SAN JOSE FOR BELLATOR 183 & BELLATOR KICKBOXING 7 THIS SATURDAY   LOS ANGELES […]
September 19, 2017

Jeff Bullock Appointed ISKA Director of Promotions, Queensland, Australia

Australia ISKA National Director Rob Murdoch announced today the appointment of Jeff Bullock as ISKA Director of Promotions for Queensland.  “Jeff has established himself as a […]
September 18, 2017

The BC Canada Athletic Commission will be hosting a Kickboxing Officials Training with ISKA President Cory Schafer.

The BC Canada Athletic Commission will be hosting a Kickboxing Officials Training with ISKA President Cory Schafer. When: Oct 14 & 15, 2017 (hours TBD) Where: […]
September 18, 2017

ISKA Leaders participate in the sports tribute “Book of Great Masters of Brazil”.

September 11, 2017

ISKA setting a record pace for professional title bouts in 2017

ISKA Masters Pro Title fights September to December 2017   The ISKA Masters Pro division has been very successful is 2017 with a record number of […]
September 7, 2017

PETROSYAN MANIA

Giorgio Petrosyan considered by many as the best pound for pound kickboxer in the world today will fight for the vacant ISKA World Super-welterweight title 70kg […]
September 1, 2017

BY UNANIMOUS VOTE THE ASSOCIATION OF BOXING COMMISSIONS (ABC) VOTED TO APPROVE THE PROPOSED “UNIFIED RULES OF KICKBOXING” AT THEIR ANNUAL CONVENTION

BY UNANIMOUS VOTE THE ASSOCIATION OF BOXING COMMISSIONS (ABC) VOTED TO APPROVE THE PROPOSED “UNIFIED RULES OF KICKBOXING” AT THEIR ANNUAL CONVENTION The Association of Boxing […]
August 31, 2017

ISKA APPROVED TO REGULATE PROFESSIONAL KICKBOXING IN NEW YORK

  We are proud to announce that ISKA has been approved by the state government of New York to sanction and regulate Professional Kickboxing, Amateur Kickboxing, […]
August 29, 2017

Alim Nabiyev Replaces Yoann Kongolo in GLORY 45 Amsterdam Welterweight Co-Headline Bout Against Nieky Holzken

Alim Nabiyev Replaces Yoann Kongolo in GLORY 45 Amsterdam Welterweight Co-Headline Bout Against Nieky Holzken Monday, Aug 28 2017 GLORY today announced that top welterweight prospect Alim […]
August 29, 2017

BELLATOR RETURNS TO SAN JOSE WITH MMA AND KICKBOXING

BELLATOR RETURNS TO SAN JOSE WITH MMA AND KICKBOXING LOS ANGELES – Bellator returns home to SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on Saturday, September 23 […]
August 29, 2017

Groenhart dismisses mind games, takes title from Doumbé

Groenhart dismisses mind games, takes title from Doumbé Sunday, Aug 27 2017 by John O’Regan The main event fight between defending welterweight champion Cedric Doumbe and […]
August 29, 2017

BELLATOR 182 RESULTS & PHOTOS FROM TURNING STONE RESORT CASINO IN VERONA, NEW YORK

BELLATOR 182 RESULTS & PHOTOS FROM TURNING STONE RESORT CASINO IN VERONA, NEW YORK     Andrey Koreshkov (20-2) defeated Chidi Njokuani (17-5) via TKO (punches) at 4:08 of […]
August 29, 2017

Tiffany van Soest credits “hard work, dedication” with record-making TKO win

Tiffany van Soest credits “hard work, dedication” with record-making TKO win Monday, Aug 28 2017 by John O’Regan Women’s super-bantamweight champion Tiffany van Soest defended her […]
June 15, 2017

NO MERCY IN BERCY: ‘PREDATOR’ GROENHART SEIZES CHANCE TO SCORE CONTROVERSIAL FINISH

“Protect yourself at all times,” is the standard warning from referees in every discipline of combat sport. If the referee has not told the fighters to […]
June 15, 2017

Bellator MMA fans are invited to meet, take photos and get autographs

WHAT: Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva Fighter Meet and Greet Bellator MMA fans are invited to meet, take photos and get autographs from Bellator welterweight Rory […]
June 15, 2017

Cedric ‘The Best’ Doumbé retained his world title against Nieky Holzken via split-decision

Cedric ‘The Best’ Doumbé (66-4-1, 39 KO’s) retained his world title against Nieky Holzken (90-13, 46 KO’s) via split-decision in the main event of GLORY 42 […]
April 6, 2016

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