TatNeft Arena is an indoor sporting arena located in Kazan, Russia. The capacity of the arena is 10,000 and was opened in 2005; the arena is home to Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League. Every year since 2008 kickboxing tournament called. Tournament consists of three tournaments in three weight categories with 4 selections of 1/8 finals, 2 selections of quarter finals, semi finals and final tournament. Tournament is according to the K-1 rules, in 3x3 format with the exception of the fight going to an automatic 4th extension round if there is no knockdown during the first three rounds. Tatneft Cup Champions: TatNeft arena official website
Global Fighting Championship
Global Fighting Championship was a UAE-based kickboxing and mixed martial arts event. Fighters from around world on the roster include Badr Hari, Peter Aerts, Peter Graham, Dewey Cooper, Zabit Samedov, it was considered as one of the biggest MMA promotion in Middle East. GFC is a MMA organization in Dubai; each event has a 4 Man Tournament in the heavy weight division with a winning amount of AED 1 Million. Along with the 4 Man Tournament, 7 superfights are conducted with kickboxers and mma fighters from around the world. A total of 8 fight series will be conducted, with each winner progressing towards the grand prix of $1 Million; the first series, took place at Dubai World Trade Centre on 29 May 2014 and featured Dewey Cooper, Peter Aerts, Peter Graham, Badr Hari, Stefan Leko and Arnold Oborotov. GFC Fight Series 1 took place on 29 May 2014 at Dubai World Trade Centre, with Dutch Moroccan Badr Hari emerging as winner of the AED 1 Million defeating Australian Peter Graham in the final and advancing to the GFC Grand Prix.
Michael Buffer was the presenter with Mike Markham taking over as Ring announcer and Michael Schiavello as the Commentator. GFC Fight Series 2 took place on 16 October 2014 at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, with Moroccan Ismael Lazar emerging as winner of the AED 1 Million defeating Senegal's Sem Tevette by TKO in Round 2 in the final and advancing to the GFC Grand Prix. Mike Markham was the Ring announcer along with Steve Patrick Moore. Moroccan Badr Hari was supposed to fight French Patrice Quarteron in the Exhibition Superfight, but the fight fell through. Patrice Quarteron was replaced with Lithuanian Arnold Oborotov. Melvin Manhoef was replaced with Sem Tevette days before the fight due to an injury, he still came to support his replacement. GFC Fight Series 3 is set to happen on 17 April 2015 at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium once again. Confirmed Fighters include Danyo Ilunga, Ismael Lazaar, Fatih Ulusoy. Gokhan Saki is set to make an appearance in the main event against Sebastian Ciobanu.
Badr Hari vs Patrice Quarteron was the much awaited fight among fans for GFC Fighter Series 2. Due to Quarteron's unsportsmanlike conduct he was axed from the fight. Hari went on to say "About Patrice... he has been saying a lot about me. I don't care, I have been though those kind of clowns many times so he's nothing special,". Quarteron had made quite a hype about the fight across all social media platforms bashing Hari with memes, he was replaced with Arnold Oborotov who lost to Badr Hari by KO in round 1
Strikeforce (mixed martial arts)
Strikeforce was an American mixed martial arts and kickboxing organization based in San Jose, California which operated from 1985 to 2013. It was headed by CEO Scott Coker, its live events and competitions have been shown on CBS and Showtime in the United States, Super Channel in Canada, Primetime in the United Kingdom, SKY PerfecTV! in Japan, HBO Plus in Brazil, Space in Latin America and the Caribbean, on the American Forces Network. In early 2011, Strikeforce was purchased by American Ultimate Fighting Championship owner Zuffa LLC, which closed the promotion and brought the remaining fighter contracts into the UFC roster. Founded as a kickboxing organization, Strikeforce became the number-two mixed martial arts promotion in the world, its first MMA event, Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie, was held on March 10, 2006, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California; the event was California's first regulated MMA event and broke the previous record for largest audience at a MMA event in North America, with its 18,265 in attendance.
The record was since broken by UFC 129. In February 2008, Strikeforce, in conjunction with Brian Halquist Productions, held its first event outside California with Strikeforce: At The Dome at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. Starting in 2009, most Strikeforce events were held in other states, including 5 events in Las Vegas, Nevada from 2011-2012. In March 2008, Strikeforce partnered with NBC to broadcast weekly highlight and fighter-profile series, Strikeforce on NBC from April 12. In February 2009, Strikeforce purchased several assets, including a video library and several fighter-contracts, including Nick Diaz, Jake Shields, Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith from ProElite, owner of the defunct EliteXC promotion. Days it announced it had agreed to a three-year broadcast deal with Showtime for up to 16 events per year, as well as a deal with CBS for an option to produce up to four events for them. In addition to Strikeforce's primary events being broadcast on Showtime, it announced it would produce ShoMMA: Strikeforce Challengers, an event-series similar to ShoXC and ShoBox, where they would highlight up-and-coming fighters.
During August 2009, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced that they had signed formal alliances with Japanese MMA-promotion Dream and Russian promotion M-1 Global. Coker said the partnership would allow for co-promotion and fighter exchanges for events both in the US and Japan to creating the best match ups possible that would not have existed before; as a result, Dream fighters such as Shinya Aoki, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Sergei Kharitonov, Melvin Manhoef, Jason Miller, Gegard Mousasi, Ronaldo Souza, Hiroyuki Takaya, Marius Zaromskis competed in Strikeforce between 2009 & the partnership's end in 2011. On August 15, 2009, Strikeforce was available to be viewed online through the Showtime website. For a small cost, an online interactive event named "Strikeforce: All Access" could be streamed with the live event, enabling the user multiple camera angles of the fights such as the "cage cam" offered by Showtime. A small camera was attached to the referee and fans were able to see from their perspective in real time.
"Strikeforce: All Access" added other features such as instant replay. This was not the first time Strikeforce events were streamed on the Showtime website but was the first time the live stream was available to audiences and internet users outside the United States. Strikeforce had major sponsorship deals with Rockstar Energy Drink, Electronic Arts and Full Tilt Poker. On August 3, 2009, former Pride and reigning WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko signed a 3-fight contract with Strikeforce, with events he competed on co-promoted by his promotional team M-1 Global. On November 7, 2009, he made his Strikeforce debut at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers on the promotion's first nationally televised card on CBS. Emelianenko faced Brett Rogers, won via knockout in the 2nd round. Emelianenko proved bringing in just under 5.5 million viewers. Emelianenko's next fight was at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum, where he suffered his first loss in 10 years to Fabrício Werdum via submission. Emelianenko next fought as part of the Strikeforce Heavyweight World Grand Prix Tournament, losing again to Antônio Silva via doctor stoppage.
Emelianenko was battered by Silva during the second round. After exiting the tournament, Emelianenko last competed against Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson in a heavyweight superfight, losing via first-round knockout. After the loss, Emelianenko left the promotion to finish his career overseas. Despite his 3 fight losing streak to end his Strikeforce run, all of his appearances for the promotion attracted over 500,000 viewers, among the highest ratings in Strikeforce's history. On March 12, 2011, Dana White revealed on AOL to Ariel Helwani that Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC, had purchased Strikeforce. White went on to explain that Strikeforce will operate as an independent promotion, that Scott Coker will continue to run the promotion. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced the return of Fedor Emelianenko on an unspecified July or August event and said that Zuffa-owned company would continue to co-promote with M-1 Global. Following the purchase, the UFC signed many of Strikeforce's top stars and champions, such as Jason Miller, Nick Diaz, Dan Henderson, Alistair Overeem, Luke Rockhold, Cung Le.
Under Zuffa's ownership, Strikeforce made a number of changes, including reinstating elbow strikes barred in Strikeforce, dissolving the men's weight classes below lightweight, ceasing promotion of amateur undercard bouts. After an extension was reached to continue Strikeforce through 2
Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching developed from karate mixed with boxing. Kickboxing is practiced as a contact sport. Japanese kickboxing originated with competitions held since then. American kickboxing originated in the 1970s and was brought to prominence in September 1974, when the Professional Karate Association held the first World Championships. Kickboxing can be considered a hybrid martial art formed from the combination of elements of various traditional styles; this approach became popular since the 1970s, since the 1990s, kickboxing has contributed to the emergence of mixed martial arts via further hybridization with ground fighting techniques from Brazilian jiu-jitsu and folk wrestling. There is no single international governing body. International governing bodies include International Combat Organisation, World Association of Kickboxing Organizations, World Kickboxing Association, International Sport Karate Association, International Kickboxing Federation, World Kickboxing Network, among others.
There is no single kickboxing world championship, champion titles are issued by individual promotions, such as K-1, Glory and Kunlun Fight among others. Bouts organised under different governing bodies apply different rules, such as allowing the use of knees or clinching, etc; the term "kickboxing" can be used in a broad sense. The narrow use is restricted to the styles that self-identify as kickboxing, i.e. Japanese kickboxing, Dutch kickboxing, American kickboxing. In the wider sense, it includes all stand-up combat sports that allow both punching and kicking, including Muay Thai, Kun Khmer, Adithada, Lethwei and certain styles of karate; the term kickboxing itself was introduced in the 1960s as a Japanese anglicism by Japanese boxing promoter Osamu Noguchi for a hybrid martial art combining Muay Thai and karate which he had introduced in 1958. The term was also adopted by the American variant. Since there has been a lot of cross-fertilization between these styles, with many practitioners training or competing under the rules of more than one style, the history of the individual styles cannot be seen in isolation from one another.
The French term Boxe pieds-poings is used in the sense of "kickboxing" in the general meaning, including French boxing as well as American and Japanese kickboxing and Thai boxing, any style of full contact karate, etc. Arts labeled as kickboxing in the general sense include: The Indochinese family of kickboxing sports including: Pradal Serey – similar to Muay Thai with an emphasis on elbow techniques. Known as Kun Khmer. Thai Muay Boran – Predecessor of Muay Thai, allows the use of headbutts. Thai kickboxing or Muay Thai – the modern Thai martial art with strong emphasis on knee and elbow strikes. Burmese Lethwei, a traditional Burmese martial art of which has now grown into a popular kickboxing event with strong emphasis on knee, elbow strikes and headbutt. Any part of the body may be used to be struck, it is known as Bando kickboxing. Laotian Muay Lao – Laotian boxing, similar to Muay Thai Filipino Yaw-Yan – Sayaw ng Kamatayan is the proper name for Yaw-Yan, a Filipino martial art developed by Napoleon Fernandez.
The art resembles Muay Thai in a sense, but differs in the hip torquing motion as well as downward-cutting nature of its kicks and with strong emphasis on delivering attacks from long range. Indian Musti yuddha and Adithada, a form of kickboxing that uses knee and forehead strikes in Southern kalaripayattu. French Savate, a historical sport which developed in the 19th century, it is known for its foot-kicking techniques. Modern competition-oriented hybrid martial arts that developed in parallel with Japanese and American kickboxing: Dutch Kickboxing — incorporate styles of Muay Thai and Kyokushin style of Karate. Any style of Full contact Karate Sanda – The applicable component of wushu/kung fu of which takedowns and throws are legal in competition as well as all other sorts of striking. Shoot boxing – A Japanese form of kickboxing which allows throwing and submission while standing, similar to Sanda. Since kickboxing is a broad term, understanding the history can be somewhat difficult; some of the earliest forms of kickboxing included the various Indochinese martial arts muay boran, which developed into modern Muay Thai.
However, in terms of modern competition, it was during the 1950s that a Japanese karateka named Tatsuo Yamada first established an outline of a new sport that combined karate and Muay Thai. This was further explored during the early 1960s, when competitions between karate and Muay Thai began, which allowed for rule modifications to take place. By the middle of the decade the first true kickboxing events were being held in Osaka. By the 1970s and 1980s, the sport had expanded beyond Japan and had reached North America and Europe, it was during this time. In Japan the sport was popular and was broadcast on television before going into a dark period during the 1980s. In North America the sport had unclear rules so kickboxing and full contact karate were the same sport. In Europe the sport did not thrive until the 1990s. Since the 1990s the sport has been dominated by the Japanese K-1 promotion, with some competition coming
Final Fight Championship
Final Fight Championship is an international fighting sports promotion company founded in 2003 by the FFC owner and CEO Orsat Zovko. The company has its headquarters in Las Nevada, USA, as well as a European office in Zagreb. Croatia. FFC started as a kickboxing promotion, in 2013 FFC introduced MMA fights in its events as well as boxing matches in 2016; the Final Fight: Stars War was the first event produced by the Final Fight Championship, held on 31 October 2003 at Dom Sportova in Zagreb, Croatia. A heavyweight bout between Mike Bernardo and Sergei Gur served as the event headliner; the event featured seven kickboxing matches. The fight card included international fighters like Mike Bernardo, Sergei Gur, Phillip Trapani and Vitali Akhramenko, as well as local fighters who were given a chance to prove themselves on their own turf, namely Ivica Perković, Ante Bilić and Josip Bodrožić. A German fighter of Croatian descent, Stefan Leko won his fight and in the final bout of the evening South African K-1 Mike Bernardo defeated Sergei Gur of Belarus via TKO in the second round.
Results Cro Cop Final Fight was a kickboxing event produced by the Final Fight Championship, held on 10 March 2012 at Arena Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia. Final Fight had a nine-year break before organizing its second event titled Cro Cop Final Fight; the event was headlined by a heavyweight bout between Mirko Cro Cop and eight-time K-1 WGP finalist Ray Sefo. The bout marked Mirko Cro Cop's return to kickboxing after nine years spent in mixed martial arts. Moreover, it was first Cro Cop's major fight in front of his hometown audience. In addition to Mirko Cro Cop and Sefo, the event, attended by a crowd of 11,000 people, included the likes of former It's Showtime champion Daniel Ghiță, SUPERKOMBAT WGP winner Sergei Lascenko and former It's Showtime champion Sahak Parparyan. Up and coming local fighters got a chance to make a name for themselves, such as Mladen Brestovac, Toni Milanović and Agron Preteni. Results In March 2013, Fight Channel announced a series of events under the Final Fight brand, with the addition of the word "Championship" in the promotion's name, revealing its intention to organize title bouts in the future.
Revealed was its new updated logo. FFC President Orsat Zovko announced that the promotion would hold at least 10 events in 2013, which would feature kickboxing and MMA bouts in equal measure; each event was to have four on the preliminary fight card and six on the main card. This was a novelty considering that the first two Final Fight events featured only kickboxing matches; the events were to be broadcast live on Fight Channel in Croatia, but on many other international cable platforms. Zovko relied on the success of K-1 WGP Final event in Zagreb, Croatia produced and co-organized by Fight Channel in 2003 and won by Mirko Cro Cop, it was first K-1 WGP Final held outside Japan. FFC 3: Jurković vs. Cătinaș was a mixed martial arts and kickboxing event produced by the Final Fight Championship, held on 19 April 2013 at Gripe in Split, Croatia The event was headlined by a heavyweight kickboxing bout between Igor Jurković and Raul Cătinaș. Local fighter Agron Preteni who defeated favourite Romanian Andrei Stoica at the K-1 WGP Final several weeks earlier was to fight at the event but he was forced to withdraw citing an injury.
The promotion was unable to find a last-minute replacement for Preteni, why FFC 3 featured nine instead of the scheduled 10 fights. In the first preliminary MMA bout of the evening, Ivan Gluhak defeated Dejan Milošević via stoppage at the end of the second round. Gluhak vs. Milošević was the first MMA bout in Final Fight Championship's history. In the main event, Igor Jurković defeated Romanian Cătinaș via decision, while in the co-main event K-1 WGP Final semifinalist Pavel Zhuravlev KO'ed Italy's Luca Panto. FFC 3 was broadcast live in more than fifty countries, including national TV stations in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Croatian national TV network Nova TV reported that FFC 3 had a 32% share in TV ratings, making the event the most watched show of that week. After the event, Orsat Zovko announced the upcoming events in Zadar and Poreč, as well as FFC's expansion and events in other countries of the Southeastern Europe. Results FFC 4: Perak vs. Joni was a mixed martial arts and kickboxing event produced by the Final Fight Championship, held on 10 May 2013 at Višnjik in Zadar, Croatia.
The event was headlined by a heavyweight MMA bout between Tibor Joni. Only three weeks after its first event under the new name, Final Fight Championship held its first event in Zadar, Croatia; the event took place in Višnjik arena with the capacity of 9,500 seats. According to the media estimates, FFC 4 was attended by a 4,500-strong crowd, a better result compared to the previous FFC 3 in Split. FFC 4 was the first event in the promotion's history with an MMA bout in the main event. After numerous cancellations and injuries, Maro Perak. Perak called out Denis Stojnić, a former UFC fighter. Stojnić told the media that his goal was to make it back to the UFC and for that he needed a win over a big name like Mirko Cro Cop, Mustapha Al Turk, Andrei Arlovski or Jeff Monsont. In the co-main event, Croatian kickboxing heavyweight Mladen Brestovac defeated Sergei Lascenko via decision after three rounds. Both fighters had participated in the K-1 WGP Final in Zagreb where Brestovac defeated Spain's Frank Munoz, while Lascenko lost to Dževad Poturak.
Poland's Maciej Browarski, who stepped in on short notice, pulled off a huge upset when he defeated one of the best European MMA lightheavyweight fighters, Jason Jones, in the first round. Results FFC
King of Kings (kickboxing)
King of Kings, or KOK, is a European kickboxing promotion founded in 2009. The company has its headquarters in Lithuania; the promotion held its first event in Lithuania in 2009. The promotion has since held over 50 events in multiple countries including in Latvia, Moldova, Estonia, Russia and Cyprus; the promotion held its first event in Estonia in 2015. To K-1, the K's in the KOK name stand for Kickboxing, K-1, Kung-Fu, other stand-up fight sports and martial arts, they stand for “King” so “King of Kings” is meant as the best in the world. KOK is broadcast on FightBox, Eleven Sports Network, BTV, Canal 3 in Moldova, TV6. KOK was broadcast across Europe on Eurosport in 2014 and 2015. Fights in KOK are fought under Kickboxing rules, but some events have been fought under MMA or Boxing rules. Lithuania Bushido Federation Official website
International Sport Karate Association
The International Sport Karate Association is one of the major international bodies regulating sport karate and kickboxing matches, is based in the United States. It was established in 1985 as a response to legal and revenue issues that sent the Professional Karate Association into decline. From 1974 until 1985, the PKA had been the most recognised worldwide kickboxing sanctioning group, it was instrumental in establishing public relay of the sport via ESPN, helping to introduce the burgeoning sport to a wider audience, had developed the first fighter's ratings systems. Five major U. S.-based promoters and resigning PKA executives created the new body, the International Sport Karate Association, with an official announcement on July 16, 1986. The first U. S. directors were Karyn Turner, Tony Thompson, John Worley and Scott Coker. It runs the biggest martial arts tournament in the world, The U. S Open. Thousands of competitors from around the world participate every year. Many of the major PKA promoters began sanctioning their events with the ISKA and several joined its administration.
ISKA secured ESPN broadcasts of its major title bouts in 1986, thus helping bring quick credibility and recognition to the new association. Since the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations was active in Europe and the World Kickboxing Association in Asia, ISKA was quick to expand through its own European Directors starting October 1986 with Olivier Muller, Jérome Canabate and Mohamed Hosseini. American Richard Mayor oversaw the establishment of this European wing as European President between 1986 and 1988. By 1991, the worldwide control of the ISKA was shared by two co-chairmen: Mike Sawyer and Olivier Muller. International TV coverage was secured, united separate organisations were formed worldwide to handle responsibility for international sanctioning and grading. ISKA has conducted its official activities under ISKA ASIA since 2008 with Dr. S. A. Moinshirazi the President of ISKA ASIA. Paul Zadro is the President of ISKA Australia, the biggest martial arts tournament circuit in Australia.
European Director - Paul Hennessey UK Director - Jagtar Johal European Tournament Director - Paul Gilmore UK Amateur Director - Clifton Findley Czech Republic Director - Mgr. Ivan Novotný Australian Director - Paul Zadro ISKA is a sport karate, all styles kickboxing, mixed martial arts sanctioning body in the United States and over 50 countries worldwide. ISKA's Martial Arts World Championships are held yearly at the US Open of Martial Arts in Disney World, Florida; the US Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championships celebrated its 40th anniversary the July 4th weekend, 2013. More than 4,000 competitors and 10,000 spectators attend the two-day event each year; the event closes with the Night of Champions featuring the ISKA World Martial Arts Championships. The Night of Champions airs live on ESPN3, while a highlights show airs on ESPN2; the US Open is the longest continuously running martial arts event on ESPN. The US Open highlights continue to air throughout the year on CSI Sports networks, reaching 85 million households.
Web resources International Sport Karate Association International Sport Karate Association International Sport Karate Association International Sport Kickboxing Association (I. S. K. A. CZECH REPUBLICBooks and articles "A History of Full Contact Karate "A History of Kickboxing" – Mikes Miles "A History of kickboxing" – « black-belt » Delmas Alain, Callière Jean-Roger, Histoire du Kick-boxing, FKBDA, France, 1998 Delmas Alain, Définition du Kick-boxing, FKBDA, France, 1999 Miles Mikes, site An interview with Joe Lewis, 1998