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…


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 just 44 seconds to put away challenger and local favorite Alessio Sakara (19-12 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) with elbows and punches. Bellator 190 took place at Nelson Mandela Forum in…


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 Pass and ESPN 2/3 sanctioned and regulated by the ISKA. GLORY 48 New York Main Event Glory Interim Featherweight Title fight:  Kevin VanNostrand (USA) def. Anvar Boynazarov (Uzbekistan) KO…


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 the International Swiss Open in Basel. The tournament offers a variety of different martial arts disciplines, which can be contested and, of course, the international Swiss champion gold, silver…


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 longest running and most successful combat sport brand Oktagon. The Oktagon kickboxing card will feature two ISKA title fights, Armen Petrosyan will defend his ISKA World title against Amansio…


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. Chris Honeycutt via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) Chidi Njokuani def. Hisaki Kato via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) David Rickels def. Adam Piccolotti via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27,…


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, 2018 at The Forum in Los Angeles, the tournament will begin with former champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (37-12) taking on renowned trash-talker Chael Sonnen (30-15-1) in an exciting first-round…


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 to Abdul and Siam Athlete Nation for an excellent show.

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 Fan-Favorite and Monster Energy Athlete ‘Rampage’ Jackson and MMA Legend Dan Henderson   LOS ANGELES – The Monster Energy Bellator MMA Fight Series closes its 2017 season with a fourth and final stop…



  THE COMPREHENSIVE DESTINATION FOR ALL THINGS BELLATOR NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD   LOS ANGELES – Fans can now take Bellator with them wherever they go with the launch of a next generation mobile app that makes keeping up with all things Bellator as simple as the touch of a button on your smartphone or tablet.…


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 of the Year 2017’ in the GLORY 45 AMSTERDAM main event. He was facing veteran heavyweight Hesdy Gerges, who went into the bout maintaining that he had never, in…


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 leader in Queensland and we know that we can rely on his integrity, experience and passion for our sport to take our program to the next level”.   More…


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 title fights, we are absolutely the undisputed the No. 1 sanctioning body in the World.   The popularity of our titles means there are fewer vacant titles available and…



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 under K-1 rules on the 14th October 2017 in Monza, Italy. Giorgio was scheduled to fight ISKA World Champion Jonay Risco but an injury has forced him to withdraw.…



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 Commissions (so named because when it was founded, boxing was the only regulated combat sport) is a North American not for profit entity made up of members from state…



  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, Amateur MMA and Sport Karate.  After examining ISKA’s credentials based on the application materials required, representatives of the NY state athletic commission indicated that ISKA was approved on the…


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 “Professor” Nabiyev (45-6, 21 KO, fighting out of Russia) has joined the world’s premier kickboxing league. Currently living and training in Moscow, the 22-year-old Azerbaijani-Russian-Ukrainian fighter will make his promotional debut at…



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 for Bellator 183 and Bellator Kickboxing 7, which features the return of former world champ “Smooth” Benson Henderson (24-7) taking on the always-dangerous Patricky “Pitbull” (17-8), while current Bellator…


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 challenger Murthel Groenhart started while the two were making their way to the ring.   Groenhart set the walk-out bar high with a long and passionate rendition of the…



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 round one Fernando Gonzalez (27-14) defeated Brennan Ward (14-6) via submission (guillotine) at 1:02 of round three Bruna Ellen (4-1) defeated Veta Arteaga (3-1) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) A.J. McKee (9-0) defeated Blair Tugman (10-7) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26,…


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 title at the weekend with a stoppage win over Meyrem Uslu at GLORY 44 CHICAGO.   The Californian standout picked her shots throughout the fight then found a home…


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 MacDonald and recently signed heavyweight Roy Nelson ahead of Bellator’s blockbuster night on June 24. The meet and greet will take place on the concourse of Madison Square Garden…