Superkombat Final Elimination went down last Saturday in Romania, with the final eight heavyweights competing in four matches to determine the line-up for the Superkombat Finals on December 22. There were a few questionable decisions, some expected victories, and one fantastic knockout.
In the surprise of the night, Benjamin Adegbuyi KO'd tournament favorite Sergei Lascenko in the opening round. Adegbuyi and Lascenko exchanged briefly, before the Romanian landed a right hook that sent Lascenko to the canvas. Obviously dazed, Lascenko tried to clear the cobwebs and get back in the fight, but Adegbuyi refused to let him off the hook. Another knockdown followed moments later, and Adegbuyi finished the fight with punches shortly after the second count. With this win Adegbuyi instantly propels himself into the Liverkick top 10 list, and is the favorite to win the Superkombat tournament taking place next month.
There is some question if Lascenko was 100% for this fight however, considering he originally pulled out of his Final Elimination match-up against Ismael Londt, citing injuries sustained against Hesdy Gerges at K-1 Rising. Lascenko re-entered the tournament when Alexei Ignashov withdrew, prompting many to wonder if he was nursing old wounds.
Pavel Zhuravlev won a decision over an apathetic looking Freddy Kemayo in the second elimnation fight, scoring points with hard body shots and leg kicks. It's a flip of the coin with Kemayo, and you can never tell when he'll come out looking to push the pace, or allow his opponent to walk all over him. Zhuravlev is a big, strong guy, and he was looking to trade early on. As the fight progressed however, he realized Kemayo was having none of it and coasted to an easy win.
Ismael Londt won a TKO victory over Daniel Sam in a rather weird doctor stoppage. Londt was clearly the superior striker, although just when it looked as though the fight might start to pick up, the doctors halted the match to examine Sam's eye. The eye had closed completely, and the match was called off near the end of the first.
In the last elimination fight, Sebastian Ciobanu won a questionable decision over Roman Kleibl. The "Son of Dracula" came out swinging in the first round and looked to have Kleibl stunned. Kleibl held on, and fired back with a few leg kicks at the end of the first. The second round went the same way, with Ciobanu going all out at the beginning of the match, and Kleibl either blocking or evading most of the shots. The third round was clearly Roman's, who scored with superior technique. Ciobanu got the nod however, and will move on to the Final 4.
The four superfights were relatively predictable. Dzevad Poturak vs. Ibrahim Aarab was the most spirited of them all, with Aarab taking a split decision victory. Thomas Hron vs. Dmitry Bezus was a sloppy affair, mingled with a broken ring incident, that finished with an unusual spinning elbow KO, that resulted in a DQ win for Hron.
The two fights featuring Americans went as predicted, with Ionut Iftimoaie taking a comfortable decision win over James Wilson, and Catalin Morosanu battering Carter Williams over three rounds to earn a decision.
The semi-finals of the Superkombat tournament will take place on December 22, and the match-ups have already been confirmed by Superkombat president Edward Irimia. Ismael Londt will take on Sebastion Ciobanu, and Pavel Zhuravlev will face Benjamin Adegbuyi. The card will also feature a slew of big names competing in superfights including Hesdy Gerges, Ben Edwards, Paul Slowinski, Zambit Samedov, and the hopeful return of Bogdan Stoica.