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SuperKombat Dabbles in the Mainstream in Romania

  • Published in Kickboxing

When it comes to combat sports, no matter how popular the promotion, it usually seems like a stretch to ever say that it is mainstream. Mainstream attention is something that sports leagues like the UFC and GLORY are hungry for right now, but finding considerable hurdles in the way of this level of success. What’s interesting to note is that Romanian-based kickboxing promotion, SuperKombat, has achieved that very success in Romania.

It might be difficult to process at times that a kickboxing promotion could be considered mainstream, but Romania’s population of 20 million is very aware of SuperKombat and its stars. To many of us here in America we might look at fighters like Catalin Morosanu, Alexandru Lungu, Andrei and Bogdan Stoica and appreciate them on their own levels, but when it comes to Romania, these guys are huge stars. 

Catalin Morosanu has seen success in his kickboxing career, making a name for himself throughout Europe and Asia with K-1, but Morosanu has also made himself into a media star and politician. In 2010 Catalin Morosanu took part in Romania’s Dancing with the Stars, moving all the way to the finals where he and his partner won the entire show, Morosanu donating his winnings to a widow. From there he was able to leverage his popularity to serving as a councilor in Iasi County, with him up for an elected spot in the European Parliament later this year. Morosanu even has his own brand of wine. 

Alexandru Lungu is a guy that hardcore sports fans might look at and be confused by, equating him more to a Bob Sapp-like spectacle, but Lungu was at one time a competitive Judoka, earning third place in the Openweight division in the European Championships in 1999, earning him a spot in the hearts of the proud Romanian fans. Since then he has competed in Mixed Martial Arts in PRIDE, Cage Rage and K-1, as well as taking up kickboxing in SuperKombat. Spectacle he may be at times, but Lungu is a national hero for his achievements in Judo and when he steps into the ring, fans take notice. 

With the Stoica brothers there are similar tales, with Andrei, the older of the two, competing for Romania in the sport of Wushu, winning three national championships before winning a vaunted European championship in Sanshou in 2008. It was after that where he switched to kickboxing where both Andrei and Bogdan have had their careers fostered under the SuperKombat banner. 

Of course it doesn’t stop there, with SuperKombat nurturing more careers of Romanian fighters, such as Benjamin Adegbuyi, Ionut Atodiresei and Ionut Iftimoaie as well. SuperKombat shows have drawn tens of thousands of fans to events that are watched by millions in Romania as well as the rest of Europe and even America. If you wanted to look at a promotion that has done a good job of being a regional promotion, you should look no further than SuperKobmat, who has done an admirable job of breaking through that elusive “mainstream” barrier and who hold the largest television coverage for the sport in all of Europe.

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SuperKombat August 2nd Card

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On August 2nd in Constanta, Romania SuperKombat will present their fourth SuperKombat World Grand Prix event of the year. On the top of the card will be Romanian superstar Catalin Morosanu taking on Greek slugger Giannis Stoforidis. Then Nikolaj Falin will take on Romanian Sebastian Ciobanu in the co-main event. This is already shaping up to be one of the better SuperKombat events of the year and should most definitely deliver. 

1. Super Fight – Super Middleweight Bout (-77 kg)
Alex Filip (Romania) vs. TBA (To-be-announced)
2. Super Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)
Alexandru Popescu (Romania) vs. Claudiu Badoi (Romania)
3. Eliminatory Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)
Jonay Risco (Spain) vs. Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)
4. Eliminatory Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)
Cenik Cankurtaranoglu (Turkey) vs. Cristian Milea (Romania)
5. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)
Moises Baute (Spain) vs. Vlad Grigore (Romania)
6. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)
Nikolaj Falin (Germany) vs. Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania)
7. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
Giannis Stoforidis (Greece) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

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Card for SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Elimination on October 25th in Geneva

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On October 25th in Geneva, Switzerland SuperKombat will return with the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Elimination event. THere are a series of Super Fights lined up for the event that promise to deliver a lot of action, the same with the Final Elimination tournament for the SuperKombat World Grand Prix at Light Heavyweight. The featured bout of the evening is between Super Cruiserweights Andrei Stoica and Moises Baute.

1. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
Enver Sljivar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) vs. Lucian Danilencu (Romania)
2. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)
Jamie Bates (Great Britain) vs. Yoann Kongolo (Switzerland)
3. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
Nordine Mahieddine (France) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (Switzerland)
4. Quarter Final 1 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)
Ibrahim El Bouni (Morocco) vs. Dawid Kasperski (Poland)
5. Quarter Final 2 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)
Michael Terrill (Great Britain) vs. Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname)
6. Quarter Final 3 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)
Aristote Quitusisa (France) vs. Bogdan Stoica (Romania)
7. Quarter Final 4 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)
Beni Osmanoski (Switzerland) vs. Jorge Loren (Spain)
8. Title Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)
Moises Baute (Spain) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)

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Event Teaser: SuperKombat World Grand Prix on Sept. 27th

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On September 27th SuperKombat returns with the SuperKombat World Grand Prix in Almere. SuperKombat heads to one of the hotspots for kickboxing in The Netherlands in what is looking to be one of their best cards of the year thus far. Check out their first teaser trailer for the event and start getting excited.

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SuperKombat New Heroes Card for March 29th

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On March 29th SuperKombat will kick off their 2014 season with SuperKombat New Heroes in Ploiesti, Romania. There are a few recognizable names mixed in with some newer ones, making this an interesting event for fans both new and old. We'll see an establishment of a SuperKombat New Heroes Middleweight Champion in a bout between Romania's Amansio Paraschiv and Cedric Manhoef. Also on the card are SuperKombat standouts Bogdan Stoica, Ionut Atordiresei and Cistian Ristea.

  • Fight Card:
  • 1. Superfight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)
  • Aleksandar Topic (Serbia) vs. Adrian Maxim (Romania)
  • 2. Superfight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)
  • Miljan Vidovic (Serbia) vs. Mirel Iacob (Romania)
  • 3. Superfight – Cruiserweight Bout (-91 kg)
  • Ibo Efe (Turkey) vs. Danut Hurduc (Romania)
  • 4. Superfight – Lightweight Bout (-63.5 kg)
  • Mansour Yaqubi (Afghanistan) vs. Cristian Spetcu (Romania)
  • 5. Superfight – Cruiserweight Bout (-91 kg)
  • Romano Romasco (Ghana) vs. Cristian Ristea (Romania)
  • 6. Superfight – Lightweight Bout (-65 kg)
  • Stauros Exakoustidis (Greece) vs. Ionut Atodiresei (Romania)
  • 7. Superfight – Cruiserweight Bout (-91 kg)
  • Jorge Loren (Spain) vs. Bogdan Stoica (Romania)
  • 8. Superkombat New Heroes Middleweight Title – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)
  • Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) vs. Cedric Manhoef (Suriname)

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SuperKombat World Grand Prix in Resita This Saturday

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SuperKombat tosses their hat into the ring for what will be the busiest Kickboxing Saturday of the year thus far with their first SuperKombat World Grand Prix event of the year. Some big fights on tap for this card, including Brice Guidon vs. Raul Catinas, Catalin Morosanu vs. Mohamed Karim and Enver Slijvar vs. Sebastian Ciobanu. They will also have a one night Heavyweight tournament.

  • Main Card:
  • The main card will be broadcasted live by Sport.ro in Romania, from 9:00pm EEST (Local Time) to 0:00am EEST (Local Time) and Eurosport, from 8:00pm CEST (Central European Summer Time) to 11:00pm CEST (Central European Summer Time).
  • 1. Reserve Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-85 kg)
  • Ibrahim El Bouni (Morocco) vs. Uros Bogojevic (Serbia)
  • 2. Semifinal 1 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-85 kg)
  • Dawid Kasperski (Poland) vs. Ciprian Schiopu (Romania)
  • 3. Semifinal 2 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-85 kg)
  • Noureddine Echiguer (Morocco) vs. Errol Koning (Suriname)
  • 4. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
  • Enver Slijvar (Slovenia) vs. Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania)
  • 5. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
  • Mohamed Karim (Egypt) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)
  • 6. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
  • Brice Guidon (France) vs. Raul Catinas (Romania)
  • 7. Final – Light Heavyweight Bout (-85 kg)
  • Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2

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SuperKombat Signs Three Year Extension with EuroSport

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SuperKombat has reached a new deal with television network EuroSport which has assured that we'll be seeing more SuperKombat events for the years to come. This new, three year extension means that SuperKombat's relationship with EuroSport will continue on in the coming years. SuperKombat has promised that production levels will remain up to the high standards that they've set with their bigger shows from last year, too, which is exciting as we've seen Kickboxing take a bit of a step back from the flashy days of K-1 of late.

“Extending the contract confirms the success of the partnership signed in 2011. We have worked excellent with Eurosport in all these years, both companies are very satisfied. Both, the product and the tv audience had a fast grown so we are confident that this year we will keep the same trend”, said Superkombat Fighting Championship® president Eduard Irimia.

The SuperKombat season launches on March 29th with a New Heroes event.

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SuperKombat WGP Final Elimination Geneva This Weekend

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SuperKombat WGP is taking place this Saturday in Geneva, Switzerland, and will air live on Eurosport at 9:00pm (CET). It will include the quarter finals of a light heavyweight tournament as well as a cruiserweight title fight between Moises Baute and Andrei Stoica 

The light heavyweight tournament will take place over two events, the winners of the quarter final match ups tomorrow will earn their place in the finals on November 22 in Monza, Italy for a 1 night 4 man tournament to decide the champion.

FULL CARD

 

 

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