News: Enfusion, Phoenix Fighting 8, WGP

Enfusion Entering MMA
Netherlands based promotion Enfusion officially announced they will be promoting mixed martial arts matches Sunday. It’s not a surprise for Enfusion viewers, since commentator Vinny Shoreman and Enfusion CEO Edwin Van Os discussed Enfusion’s entry into MMA on the May 5 broadcast from Tenerife. Enfusion joins KOK and Mix Fight Championship as kickboxing promotions that feature MMA bouts on their shows.

Enfusion’s goal in entering MMA is not to compete with larger promotions that run shows in Europe like UFC, ACB, KSW, and Bellator, according to the statement. The new league wants to give kickboxers “an opportunity to transform their style of fighting” and provide a “stepping stone to MMA”. To accomplish these objectives, there will be a one minute maximum time limit for ground fighting. In other words, a fighter who takes down an opponent has a minute to inflict damage or attempt submissions before the fighters are stood up by the referee. This is not a new concept in MMA-one of the MMA pioneer promotions IFC had a similar rule with a one or two minute max ground time at one of their early events. More details are going to be announced at a later date.

The concept certainly sounds interesting. Enfusion can utilize the events to help the fighters they manage and promote to gain experience for competing in bigger MMA events. They may also be able to attract some MMA fans to their events. However, MMA purists and grappling aficionados will surely detest the one minute maximum for ground fighting, and there is also a certain segment of kickboxing fans who don’t like MMA or grappling at all. I’m sure Enfusion has already considered the various angles and believe adding MMA will benefit the company and increase its bottom line. I’m curious to see whether they will introduce the MMA concept slowly by putting a couple of bouts on the kickboxing shows as a test run, or if they will run separate Enfusion MMA events right off the bat.

Phoenix Fighting Championship 8 Full Fight Card
As previously mentioned, Phoenix Fighting Championship has another Muay Thai event scheduled in Thailand Tuesday. Phoenix 8 takes place at the historic Lumpinee Stadium, and is scheduled to be broadcast on Facebook beginning at 8pm local Bangkok time. Here is the fight schedule. Apologies for any misspelling of fighter names or other errors.

Kongfak Tha Nai vs. Addthevada Lookboonme
Rak Erawan vs. Saklek Khatphetdecha-
Kularbkao Sor Kulawong vs Jongangdum Sitnumnoi-124 lbs
Yassine Boughanem vs. James McSweeney-Phoenix Title 120kg
Padseanlek Rachanont vs. Inseetong Por Phinapat-140 lbs
Raffi Singpatong vs. Phongsiri Phet Por Tor Or-Phoenix Title 142lbs
Youssef Boughanem vs. Talaytong Sor Tanaphet-Lumpinee Title 158lbs
Thanlinchai Rajanont vs. Rambo Phet Por Tor Aor-142 lbs
Arthur Mayer vs. Tabongpetch Tor Pornchai-131 lbs
Superball Sityodtong vs Narak Por Prajak-131 lbs

Taylor Victorious at Lace Up Promotions Event
GLORY middleweight contender Joe Taylor won his bout at the Lace Up promotions event Saturday in his hometown of Lockport, NY. After the bout, Taylor announced on social media that he will be on the July 20 GLORY event in New York.

WGP 46 Results
Jonas Julio won the 4 man 78.1 kg tournament at WGP 46 Friday night in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Julio is the new challenger to WGP Super Middleweight champion Diego ‘Gaucho’. Gaucho was knocked down twice in his title defense against Rodolfo ‘Horse’, but came back to knock out the challenger. WGP 60kg champion Hector Santiago retained his title with a win over Facu Suarez.

Buakaw-Nagbe Today
Buakaw will face tough Victor Nagbe today in Hong Kong as the main event for All Star Fight 4.

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