This weekend, there's no shortage of options for combat sports fan. For the MMA-only fan, UFC 146, Bellator, and The Ultimate Fighter Live have you already plenty busy. But in that busy weekend, may I suggest that you make some time for kickboxing. Adding to the weekend's crammed line-up are a pair of kickboxing shows that feature many of the sport's elite - Badr Hari, Semmy Schilt, Giorgio Petrosyan, Andy Souwer, and Mirko Cro Cop among many others. Here are the details on each show, including the full line-up, when to watch, and details on live streams:
K-1 Rising 2012
Sunday, May 27
12:15 p.m. ET / 9:15 a.m. PT
K-1 makes their big return with a stacked show in Madrid. The centerpiece is the opening round in the 2012 K-1 MAX Grand Prix. Sixteen fighters will compete here with winners moving on to the GP finals in November in Taipei. The big names here include Artur Kyshenko and Andy Souwer, plus a rematch of the 2010 Mike Zambidis vs. Chahid Oulad El Hadj classic. There are also 5 Heavyweight superfights with Mirko Cro Cop, Badr Hari vs. Anderson Silva (the kickboxer, not that Anderson Silva), and Daniel Ghita in action as the highlights.
How to Watch: The show will be available on K-1's UStream channel (K1GlobalTV) at a price of $19.99. Right now, that UStream channel is not fully set-up, so let's hope things are finalized by Sunday. One last note - that start time is the time listed for the "opening fight" with the opening ceremonies beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET, so the 12:15 start time may be some sort of prelim action.
GLORY World Series First 16
Saturday, May 26
12:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. PT
Like K-1, this Glory event features the opening round of a 70kg tournament along with some other non-tournament action. Glory may not have the name recognition of K-1, but as far as the two tournaments go, they do have a trump card - Giorgio Petrosyan. Petrosyan is the two time K-1 MAX champion, and is undeniably the #1 kickboxer in the world at 70kg. His involvement here immediately elevates the status of the Glory tournament. Also on the card is Heavyweight #1 Semmy Schilt as he faces Errol Zimmerman, plus Gokhan Saki in action, and Bellator fighter Cosmo Alexandre in the 70kg tournament.
How to Watch: Again, a live stream will be available. You can watch directly at their website (gloryworldseries.com) for $15. If that doesn't work, the stream is also available at liverkick.com, again for $15.
UPDATE: It turns out the Glory show will also be available at FIght Now TV. Check their website for further details.
And don't forget to check in here at Bloody Elbow for live discussion posts during both shows.
Complete fight cards for both events in the full entry.
K-1 Rising 2012 Fight Card
World Max 2012 Final 16 Fights:
Mike Zambidis vs. Chahid Oulad El Hadj
Andy Souwer vs. Abraham Roqueni
Artur Kyshenko vs. Su Hwan Lee
Xu Yan vs. Yasuhiro Kido
Gago Drago vs. Andy Ristie
Yuji Nashiro vs. Reece McAllister
Harut Grigorian vs. Murthel Groenhart
Chain Superpro Samui vs. Chris Ngimbi
Emad Kadyear vs. Zeben Diaz
Badr Hari vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Loren Javier Jorge
Daniel Ghita vs. Damian Garcia
Rico Verhoeven vs. Sergei Lascenko
Glory World Series 2012 Stockholm Fight Card
Dritan Barjamaj vs. Jason Jones
Tony Lopez vs. Ilir Latifi
Shemsi Beqiri vs. Yoshihiro Sato
Tim Thomas vs. Denis Schneidmiller
Sanny Dahlbeck vs. Maxim Vorovski
Cosmo Alexandre vs. Kem Sitsongpeenong
Ky Hollenbeck vs. Michael Chase Corley
Dzhabar Askerov vs. Robin van Roosmalen
Albert Kraus vs. Mohammed El-Mir
Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Fabio Pinca
Alex Harris vs. Nicky Holzken
Gokhan Saki vs. Carter Williams
Semmy Schilt vs. Errol Zimmerman