Mighty Mo, McSweeney in Action at Valor Bare Knuckle
Valor Bare Knuckle, a promotion co-founded by MMA Hall of Famer and former WWE superstar Ken Shamrock, holds its inaugural event this Saturday September 21 at the Four Bears Casino & Lodge in New Town, North Dakota.
The bare knuckle boxing event features notable names from professional boxing, MMA, and kickboxing also, with K-1 veterans Siala-Mou “Mighty Mo” Siliga and James McSweeney on the card.
The emerging sport of bare knuckle boxing is an additional outlet for combat sports veterans such as Siliga and McSweeney to compete. Since bare knuckle became legal last year, notable fighters from boxing (Paulie Malignaggi) and MMA (Chris Leben, Chris Lytle, and others) have tested their skills in the bare knuckle arena.
Mighty Mo is known as a big puncher in kickboxing, with his dangerous right hand leading him to victory in official K-1 tournaments in Las Vegas and Hawaii in 2004 and 2007. The Samoan powerpuncher, who fights out of San Bernardino, California, qualified for the 2010 K-1 World GP but lost in the quarterfinals to Dutch legend Peter Aerts.
In recent years, Siliga has mainly focused on MMA, with appearances for Bellator and Road FC. His last listed kickboxing bout took place last November-a stoppage win in Japan against Kenzo Shimizu.
Mo meets UFC veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in a four-man heavyweight tournament semifinal. Mo has a few pro boxing bouts under his belt in addition to kickboxing, and his size and greater standup experience could propel the 48-year-old into the tournament final.
The winner of the bout between Mo and Sokoudjou is set to face the winner of the other semifinal, which pits MMA fighter Jack May against Mark Godbeer, the British bare knuckler and UFC veteran.
McSweeney is best known as an MMA fighter who competed for the UFC, One Championship, and KSW. The Brit is also a solid competitor in kickboxing, and defeated former champion Danyo Ilunga at a Mix Fight Championship event in Germany last December.
He’ll meet fellow UFC vet Lavar Johnson in a heavyweight bout.
Former boxing world champion Ishe Smith is scheduled for action against another UFC veteran Estevan Payan.
Valor BK will be broadcast on pay-per-view on cable and satellite, with Fite TV distributing the stream. The event will be televised internationally on FightBox HD.
Enfusion Remaining Schedule for 2019
We received the Enfusion schedule for the rest of 2019.
The Dutch promotion has six more events scheduled this year.
The next Enfusion event takes place on 5 October in the Netherlands, followed by another big card in Wuppertal, Germany on the 26th. Reigning Enfusion champions Tayfun Ozcan, Endy Semeleer and Georgina van der Linden are all scheduled for action in Wuppertal.
A week later, Enfusion travels to Antwerp, Belgium for a huge event featuring champion Soufiane Kaddouri defending his title, with former heavyweight champion Ismael Lazaar, veteran Murat Direkci, Nordin Ben Moh and other top stars also in action.
Enfusion heads to Portugal in November for an ECE (Enfusion Cage Edition) event, followed by an event in Groningen, Netherlands on the 16th.
The last Enfusion event of 2019 takes place on 6 December in Abu Dhabi. A champion vs champion showdown takes place as reigning 70 kg champion Jonay Risco of Spain defends against the organization’s 72.5 kg titleholder Tayfun Ozcan. A four-man heavyweight tournament is also scheduled.
Upcoming events Enfusion 2019
5/10 The Netherlands, Dordrecht, Enfusion and Enfusion Talents.
26/10 Germany, Wuppertal, Enfusion and Enfusion Talents.
02/11 Belgium Antwerp, Enfusion and Enfusion Talents.
09/11 Portugal, Lisbon, ECE CAGE
16/11 The Netherlands, Groningen, Enfusion and Enfusion Talents
06/12 UAE, Abu Dhabi, Double Enfusion, Belt Night
WGP 58 in Chile
Brazilian organization WGP Kickboxing announced its next event will be held in Santiago, Chile on 19 October.
WGP #58 is headlined by a women’s flyweight title bout between Chile’s Krespita Rodriguez and Martina Bernile of Italy. The winner will become the inaugural WGP Women’s Flyweight Champion.
The Rodriguez-Bernile winner won’t have to look far for her first challenger as WGP #58 will also feature a four-woman Women’s Flyweight Challenger GP tournament. Brazilians Tina Black and Lailane Mota, Giuliana Cosnard of Argentina, and Chile’s Jacqueline Ayala were announced as participants. Mota meets Cosnard in the first semifinal, while Black clashes with Ayala in semifinal #2.
“BH Machine” Makes Fight Announcement
Bosnian kickboxing legend Dzevad “BH Machine” Poturak announced Wednesday he’ll compete at the KOK 80 event taking place on 16 November in Vilnius, Lithuania. His opponent is yet to be announced.
Poturak, a longtime veteran of the sport, has been active both in and outside the ring for KOK. He’s the organization’s official representative for Bosnia, and also competed at KOK’s debut event in Sarajevo in July. He defeated Dritan Barjamaj of Albania by TKO to win the then-vacant KOK Europe Heavyweight Title.