New World Champion Breakers Crowned at the 2018 US Open

It was a wonderful event filled with spectacular performances. The highlight video shown at the Night of Champions was very well received and demonstrated to an appreciative audience the level of elite combat sport athletes each of you are. Once again, congratulations to all of our breaking teams! Your martial skills, athleticism and sheer toughness…


2018 US Open Night of Champions Results

Saturday, July 7th Orlando, FL – The 2018 US Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championship came to a thrilling end on Saturday night after two intense days of competition. As always, the finals took place on stage and in front of the world at the spectacular Night of Champions featuring the ISKA World Championship, which…


Adam Bailey Captures Vacant ISKA Muay Thai World Middleweight Title

ISKA Australia
Perth, Australia 16th June 2018 FNWA (Fight Night Western Australia) presented an ISKA World Muaythai title fight. Adam Bailey (Australia) defeated Rattaphong (Thailand) by a head kick KO in the third round to capture the vacant ISKA World Middleweight title 75kg MT.

Results from K-1 World Grand Prix in Japan

K-1 Japan WGP 57.5kg Results Tokyo, Japan 17th June 2018 Saitama Arena K-1 Featherweight WGP Quarter-finals Jorge Varela def. Ozawa Kaito TKO R1 Yuta Murakoshi def. Elias Mahmoudi Pts. Ex R Ryusei Ashizawa def. Silviu Vitez KO R1 Nishikyo Haruma def. Hiroki Asaku Pts. K-1 Featherweight WGP Semi-finals Yuta Murakoshi def. Jorge Varela Pts. Nishikyo…


New ISKA European Champion Crowned in Sweden

June 16, 2018
After five rounds of full action in Muay Thai, Elna Nilsson from Sweden is new ISKA European Champion in Muay Thai 57 kg. Congratulations to Elna and big thanks to Toni and his team for another great show and big thanks to Alan Kermorvan from ISKA France.

ISKA Rules Director Paul Nicholls

ISKA Europe appoint Paul Nicholls as Rules Director

UK Referee Paul Nicholls has been appointed Rules Director for ISKA Europe, the new role will include editing and updating the ISKA European rules and regulations, organising seminars and courses for referees and officials across Europe and liaising with National governing bodies for combat sports to insure ISKA sanctioned events are regulated legally and within…


ISKA’s Action-Packed May Included Eight World Title Fights & More!

ISKA UK London, England 29th April 2018 KTMMA in association with The Big Fight UK presented an ISKA World title fight at the Clapham Grand, Jon Durrant (England) defeated Bruno Barreto (Spain) by unanimous points decision to win the vacant ISKA World Light-heavyweight Kickboxing title 81.5kg FC ISKA Spain Santa Cruz, Tenerife 5th May 2018…


Verhoeven Dominates Brestovac for Five Rounds, Retains Heavyweight Title

Sunday, Jun 03 2018 by Rob Tatum The sport’s most dominant heavyweight returned to action in the main event of GLORY 54, as Rico “The King of Kickboxing” Verhoeven (53-10, 16 KO) put his belt on the line for a seventh time against a familiar face, Mladen “The Scorpion Sting” Brestovac (56-12-1, 35 KO).  Verhoeven…


Glory 54 Broadcast on ESPNews

GLORY 54 Birmingham to Air on ESPNews This Saturday

DENVER – GLORY, the world’s premier stand-up combat league, today announced that GLORY 54 Birmingham will be broadcast live on television in the United States. Originally slated to stream on ESPN3, fans will now be able to watch the stacked four-fight card on ESPNews this Saturday, June 2 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Check local listings…


Jamaica ISKA AMA World Championships

ISKA Amateur Members Association World Championships 2018 Tatami Sports Montego Bay Jamaica

ISKA Worlds 2018 Tatami Sports 10th to 15th September 2018 Montego Bay Convention Centre Jamaica Please contact Coordinator Tashauna Grannum For help with bookings or general information For 2018 the ISKA Amateur Members Association World Championships will be split into two separate events. Tatami Sports, Semi-contact, Light-contact, K-1 Light and Forms/Kata will be staged in Jamaica…


Save 20% on US Open Registration Through May 31st

During this three day weekend, finalize your 2018 US Open Planning and SAVE through May 31st! Save 20% off your 2018 US Open ISKA Registration using discount code SUNSHINE at check out. This discount code expires on May 31st. Log back into your existing account and add divisions at a discount of 20% with code…


Bellator 200 Results

Main card (Paramount at 9 p.m. ET) Gegard Mousasi def. Rafael Carvalho via TKO (strikes) at 3:35 of R1 Michael Page def. David Rickels via submission (verbal) at 0:42 of R2 Aaron Chalmers def. Ash Griffiths via submission (guillotine) at 1:55 of R1 Mike Shipman def. Carl Noon via TKO (strikes) at 0:11 of R1…


ISKA Japan World Title

ISKA World Title Fight in Japan

ISKA Japan
Nagoya, Japan 20th May 2018 HOOST CUP Kings Nagoya 4 featured an ISKA World Championship fight. Shirou Matsumoto (Japan) successfully defended his ISKA World Bantamweight Muaythai title 55kg, defeating challenger Gonzalo Tebar (Spain) by KO in the second round.

GLORY 54 Birmingham June 2

GLORY Returns to the UK With a Heavyweight Championship Match

GLORY returns to the UK with a heavyweight Championship match on the 2nd June at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. Heavyweight World Champion Rico Verhoeven will defend his crown against Mladen Brestovac. Welterweight World Champion Harut Grigorian will defend his title against Alim Nabiyev. Sanctioned and regulated by the ISKA, get your tickets here.   GLORY…


How to Support the Retired Fighter Charity

To Whom It May Concern: For those who are not familiar with The Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) let me take a moment to introduce our organization. The ABC is a 501c3 tax exempt entity whose mission is to help create rules, regulations and suggestions to state legislatures to help protect the health and welfare…


ISKA Egypt The Legend

ISKA Egypt and Egyptian Kung Fu Federation to Put on Joint Event

Following discussions over the past two months, Mr. Hamada Adelghany, president of ISKA Egypt and Major General Mr. Mohamed Ashoor, president of the Egyptian Kung Fu Federation, have reached an agreement of cooperation, along with the Ministry of Youth and Sports. This cooperation will begin with an event on July 12th, 2018 – the Egyptian…


2018 ISKA Amateur World Kickboxing Championships in Kiev, Ukraine a Spectacular Success

Amateur Kickboxers from around the globe turned out in force for the 2018 World Amateur Kickboxing Championships  hosted by ISKA Ukraine and the Ukrainian Kickboxing Federation.  Legendary Heavyweight Boxing Champion, former ISKA Kickboxer and Kiev mayor, Vitali Klitschko welcomed everyone to the event at a stunning opening ceremony that featured live musical performances, dance troupes…


Bellator Goes to Rome July 14

All Roads Lead to Rome for Bellator on July 14th

LOS ANGELES – Bellator is primed for a summer return to Italy, this time in the country’s capital city of Rome at the Il Centrale Live Roma – Foro Italico on Saturday, July 14. In a double main event, the card sees a rematch between Patricio “Pitbull” (26-4) and Daniel Weichel (39-9) for the featherweight…


Just Some of ISKA’s Upcoming Title Events

16th March 2018 Nice, France ISKA World Cruiserweight  title 88.5kg K-1 Rules Ibrahim Topyurek (Turkey) v Gregory Grossi (France)   17th March 2018 Wurzburg, Germany ISKA Challenger Semi-Pro World title 85kg K-1 Filip Topic (Croatia) v Dominik Santl (Germany)   24th March 2018 Munich, Germany ISKA Challenger Semi-Pro World title 65kg K-1 Yunus Korkmaz (Germany) v to be confirmed  …


Tim Izli joins ISKA Europe as Vice President

                                          ISKA Europe are pleased to announce that Tim Izli has accepted the position of Vice President ISKA Europe. Tim brings a wealth of experience as a former ISKA Champion in a highly decorated kickboxing…


ISKA Title Fights in Belgium, France, and Italy

ISKA Belgium Brussels, Belgium 10th February 2018, Mohamed Benyaich presented KING OF BRUSSELS at the Palais 12 Arena, Expo Brussels. The main event was an ISKA Muaythai World title fight, Rachid Boumalek (Morocco) was scheduled to face Moonmee Nattahan (Thailand) but he withdrew and was replaced at late notice by Louis John Ross (Cameroon). Mid-way…


Cashmore Dominates in World Title Fight

Professional Thai Boxing Champion, Mat CA$HY Cashmore is now the new ISKA Light Welter Weight World Champion. On Saturday night in front of a sold out venue, Mat Cashmore (Aust) faced off against Ao Chuchuai, a skilled Thai veteran with 296 fights under his belt. Up for grabs was the ISKA Light Welter Weight World…


GLORY 51 Results – Badr Hari Defeats Hesdy Gerges

On Saturday, March 3, GLORY hosted GLORY 51 Rotterdam and GLORY 51 SuperFight Series from Rotterdam Ahoy in the Netherlands. The five-fight card for GLORY 51 Rotterdam was carried live on ESPN3, with a replay airing on ESPN2 on Saturday, March 17 at 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT. The five-fight card for GLORY…


Bellator 195 Results

BELLATOR 195 RESULTS MMA Fighting has Bellator 195 results for the Caldwell vs. Higo fight card Friday night at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. In the main event, Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell will put his belt on the line against Leandro Higo. Former Bellator champion Joe Warren squares off against Joe Taimanglo in the co-main event. Check out Bellator 195 results…


Cashmore Aims for World Title

Wyong’s Professional Thai Boxing Champion, Mat CA$HY Cashmore is determined to become the Two Time World Light Welter Weight Thai Boxing Champion when he meets the veteran from Thailand, Ao Chuchuai. The 35 year-old has cut no corners in his preparation for this prestigious bout. His elimination bout leading into this World Title Challenge was…


Bellator 194 Results

Bellator 194 took place Friday, February 16th, from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut and was headlined by the next bout in the Heavyweight Grand Prix between Matt Mitrione and Roy Nelson. The event was scheduled to broadcast in two parts, starting with a preliminary card on followed by a five fight main…


“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 50 CHICAGO main event. The third fight between the two welterweight rivals was just as action-packed as the previous two installments, but in contrast to the preceding two bouts…


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 his ISKA World Middleweight K-1 Rules title 75kg against Mickael Lopez Da Veiga (France). After tough battle Lopez Da Veiga won a points decision to take the title from…


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 decision (30-27 x3) A.J. Matthews (9-7) defeated Kendall Grove (23-18, 1 NC) via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) Jake Smith (7-2) defeated Steve Kozola (8-2) via KO (punches) at…


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 year running, that honor goes to world heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven. ‘The King of Kickboxing’ spearheaded GLORY’s entry into the Chinese market in October when he headlined GLORY 46…


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 champion Murthel ‘The Predator’ Groenhart is from Amsterdam, Netherlands but has made Chicago into something of a second home. It’s been a scene of success for him twice before:…


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 seminar is open to all. It will be presented by ISKA European President Paul Hennessy and ISKA International Class A Referee Paul Nicholls. The seminar will cover the latest…


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 Ana Julaton (2-3) has been added to the main card of Bellator 194: Nelson vs. Mitrione on Friday, February 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The event…


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 stand-up combat league, today announced the appointment of. Marshall Zelaznik as Chief Executive Officer, leading the company’s global operations. The appointment is effective immediately. “From the time I was…


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 competition. BCAC subsequently worked with the University of Fraser Valley to undertake a scientific study for determination of both the short and long term health impacts of dehydration related…


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 – Bellator is pleased to announce that it has come to an agreement with John McCarthy to serve as color commentator during broadcasts on the soon-to-launch Paramount Network, which…


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 premier kickboxing league today announced the nearly finalized fight cards for GLORY 50 Chicago and GLORY 50 SuperFight Series, to be broadcast live from UIC Pavillion – located on…


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 of the Year (pictured with ISKA Global President Cory Schafer).   Mr. Nakasaki’s success at developing productive relationships with Japan’s many different promotional organizations demonstrates not only remarkable leadership but…


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 a banner year for ISKA’s European operation.  Each director met personally with ISKA World President Cory Schafer and European President Paul Hennessy.   The agenda included a review of the…


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 Duut. Last year the two fought each other as part of the GLORY COLLISION card in Oberhausen, Germany, which was headlined by Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven. It was…


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 Gunsliger” faced the representative of the country-host Piergiulio Paolucci. The scheduled for three rounds catchweight bout didn’t go the distance. It was all over in the last round with…


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 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…