News: Artem Levin Returns, Kunlun Fight, Hemmers, WGP

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Artem Levin in Action Friday in Moscow

Multiple-time champion Artem “The Lion” Levin returns to the ring Friday at the Orion Presents: WLF One Belt and One Way event taking place Friday in Moscow.

Levin faces Chinese fighter Zhu Wei in the main event of the fight card, which features four bouts between Russian fighters and Chinese counterparts. The event is part of a series to commemorate 70 years of diplomacy between Russia and China.

Two-time Tatneft Cup champion Sher Mamazulunov meets Kunlun Fight and KOK veteran Islam Murtazaev in another bout, and Glory veteran Khaiall “Hulk” Dzhaniev meets a Chinese opponent as one of the Russia-China bouts.

Kunlun Fight 84 Results and Update

Kunlun Fight held its third event in three days Sunday in Guizhou, China. The events took place over the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday weekend in China.

Zhang Yang defeated veteran Nayanesh Ayman in the headline bout Sunday at Kunlun Fight 84. Results below.

52.5kg Super Fight: Zeng Xiaoting (China) def. Jiang Yalan (China)
60kg Super Fight: Yang Hua (China) def. Xiatekeale (China)
63kg Super Fight: Jiduoyibu (China) def. Davission Paixao (Brazil)
65kg Super Fight: Liu Jiawei (China) def. Gilbert Yakoba-TKO
70kg Super Fight: Liang Yuanhao (China) def. Wang Baoduo (China)-KO
75kg Super Fight: Sawettapong (Thailand) def. Chen Zijun (China)
70kg Super Fight: Luo Chao (China) def. Jiao Zhou (China)
75kg Super Fight: Ni Jun (China) def. Panom Topkingboxing (Thailand)
66kg Super Fight: Sun Zhixiang (China) def. Wacharasat Torsilachai (Thailand)
75kg Super Fight: Zhang Yang (China) def. Nayanesh Ayman (Democratic Republic of Congo)

In other Kunlun Fight news, the organization announced 2019 KLF 70 kg Intercontinental Champion Dzianis Zuev will be part of the “Last 8” of the 70 kg tournament. The event will be held on 31 December. Zuev earned a place in the quarterfinals by winning the four-man tournament held Saturday at Kunlun Fight 83. The Belorussian defeated Zhu Baotong and Artem Pashporin, with both wins coming by decision.

Hemmers: Glory Promised Ben Saddik Shot

Trainer Nick Hemmers was interviewed by Dutch broadcaster Veronica, and spoke about the status of heavyweight Jamal Ben Saddik. Ben Saddik is currently the top-ranked challenger for reigning Glory Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven after he won an eight-man heavyweight tournament at Glory 62 last December.

Hemmers told the channel Ben Saddik was supposed to be next in line to face Glory champion Rico Verhoeven.

“it was promised that Jamal would get a chance to win the title because he had won the GLORY 8-man heavyweight tournament in December 2018,” Hemmers told Veronica (translated).

“It is now up to GLORY to come up with something, we want to be the winner of Rico vs Badr, whoever that may be.”

(Source: Vechtsport Info)

Machado, Cabelinho Victorious at WGP 57

Brazilian promotion WGP Kickboxing held its latest event WGP #57 on Friday in the city of Curitiba.

Glory veteran Ariel Machado defeated Marcelo Nunez of Paraguay by first-round knockout in a heavyweight super fight, while contender Petros Cabelinho won a four-man Challenger GP tournament in the light middleweight division. Cabelinho defeated Eliezer Silva and Marcos Cavalho to earn a shot at WGP Light Middleweight Champion Bruno Gazani. Gazani defeated Cabelinho by questionable decision earlier this year.

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