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SuperKombat's November is Shaping Up to be Awesome

  • Published in K-1

SuperKombatIt is nice to be able to pump some good news into the Kickboxing world and it is interesting that the news will branch away from the mainstays of K-1 and It's Showtime and focus instead on Romania's SuperKombat series. SuperKombat is a product of Eduard Irimia, who helped out with the "Local Kombat" shows that were popular in Romania. They are pushing hard and fast to gain a foot hold in the ever-evolving world of Kickboxing in a landscape where K-1 is not the king. It is a bold move and the execution has been anything but flawless, but the effort is noted and is beginning to pay off.

In November SuperKombat plans to run two big shows and looks to benefit from K-1's inability to promote the October 29th World Grand Prix Final 16 event in Nanjing. The finals of the SuperKombat WGP are on November 19th with Catalin Morosanu facing some real competition in Melvin Manhoef in a bout that has been rumored for a very long time but yet to materialize. The Finals themselves features four fighters; Ismael Londt, Erhan Deniz, Sergeii Laschenko and Pavel Zhuravlev and the rest of the card is to be filled out by Ruslan Karaeve, the Stoica brothers and Albert Kraus.

On the 17th, just two days before, it was revealed that Eduard Irimia Productions and Eurosport will co-promote another event featuring big name fighters. It will feature yet another Heavyweight tournament and Superfights, with Hesdy Gerges announced as participating in one of the Superfights. The tournament will feature Rico Verhoeven, Mourad Bouzidi, Anderson "Braddock" Silva, Daniel Sam, Sebastien Van Thielen and Roman Kliebl. For last minute that is pretty good. [source]

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The Wonderful World of Kickboxing

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As those of us who’ve been around for a while might say, when it comes to the sport of kickboxing, no news is typically bad news. We’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about Glory in the past few months--from murky accounts of an organization on dire straits to assurances by some of our professional kickboxing journalist pals that they have the exclusive scoop on BIG NEWS which has simply been embargoed by Glory for the time being. The fact remains that we haven’t heard anything substantive from Glory since July. There was talk of more SpikeTV content and of an event to be held at the end of October--we’re still waiting for any of these things to materialize. This behavior is worrisome for those of us who followed the scene as recently as 2012, when K-1 made promise after promise of a big comeback that ultimately never took place. It would be sad to see Glory succumb to the same fate as its ambitious predecessors, with K-1 and It’s Showtime telling the tale of how unforgiving the fight business can be.

Kickboxing in particular is a very strange industry, one that appears very active at a glance but which tells a far more sobering story beneath the surface. If we judged the scene solely on the number of events held annually, we might think that things look pretty good, with organizations like LEGEND, Global FC, Top King, A-1, and SuperKombat making news on sites like this one with fight cards featuring big name talent. While the accessibility of this content is highly variable, from robust TV broadcasts to mislabeled camera phone footage posted on YouTube, there are nevertheless fights happening all over the world and subsequently news and results which we can report to you.

But the difference between offering you a survey of sundry action from around the globe and a developing narrative that you can follow and become engrossed in is the difference between Kickboxing as a mere curiosity and as a sport in its own right. There are plenty of Kickboxing and Muay Thai videos that show up on MMA sites, but as much as their readers might appreciate them, they will never get the same first person experience of being there when iconic and spectacular moments unfold--memories of being glued to your TV when Andy Hug landed that spinning back kick or when Joe Schilling knocked Simon Marcus out cold. These moments were real, and they made us believe in this sport and dream about the possibilities. Call it a pet peeve, but I find it a little heartbreaking when brilliant retrospectives of great kickboxing moments wind up on MMA sites under “look at what this might teach us about MMA technique!” headings.

No one in particular is to blame for how things have turned out for kickboxing. Ultimately the success of any venture depends on the convergence of talent, a solid product, proper promotion, and a receptive market at an opportune moment in time. Kickboxing had various combinations of these things at different points in time, but the times and circumstances changed. The downfall of K-1 had as much to do with its management as it did with evolving trends in the Japanese entertainment market. Many factors came into play, but unfortunately, things ended for K-1 in an ugly way, leaving fighters with substantial outstanding earnings which they may never be able to fully collect. However, let us not kid ourselves about what it takes to build a real professional sport league. We’ve seen plenty of flamboyant millionaire playboys from around the world blow their money to party with celebrities and to book their favorite kickboxers for an evening of entertainment. Some of these mysterious rich dudes will even slap a label on their “organization” and take lots of photos with kickboxing bigwigs to make things look legit, but we all know that trying to produce a sustainable sports entertainment venue for the masses takes a lot more vision and tenacity than that. No matter how flashy their shows get, the playboys are not going to save Kickboxing, and neither will the small promotions like Top King (although we’ll give it a chance, just like we always do--that’s the story of Kickboxing, right?) that seem to come and go every year.

We really hope that Glory will actually make it. It seems like the formula’s been there--Glory had enough money, the right talent, the right TV deal, and an ostensible understanding of the business startup process (God knows there are enough smart-sounding former hedge fund/venture capital people on board--how many of them does it take to screw in a light bulb?). Where do things stand now? We really don’t know. We do know that there have been no shows in three months, and if it is indeed true that Glory is coming to Oklahoma on November 7, then that will make four months since its last show. We really hope that the lights will stay on at Glory because as kickboxing fans, we’ve looked forward for a long time to not living in the dark of the sports world. 

 

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SuperKombat Holds Local Kombat Bodyguard - Special Forces Finals This Friday in Romania

  • Published in Kickboxing

SuperKombatSuperKombat continues their quest to find the next great talent in Romania as they head to the Stadium Ion Oblemenco in the city of Craiova. The stadium holds a whopping 30,000 fans and the show is the finals of their tournament to find new, up and coming talents for the world of Kickboxing. Of course, being in such a large arena it shows just how popular the sport of Kickboxing is in Romania right now, so while the world is watching we can only hope that we find another Daniel Ghita from Romania eventually.

They'll even have a special guest by the way of Remy Bonjasky and a WAKO Pro Intercontinental 64.5kg title bout thrown in to the mix!

The fight card is as follows;

Final, 85 kg: Alexandru Nedelcu (Galaţi) vs Daniel Mocanu (Găeşti)

Final, 95 kg: Gabriel Flutur (Deva) vs Daniel Hurduc (Iaşi)

Final, +95 kg: Răzvan Ghiţă (Buzău) vs Mihăiţă Golescu (Râmnicu-Vâlcea)

Final, +95 kg: Răzvan Benche (Cluj-Napoca) vs Leonid Tcaciuc (Iaşi)

Superfight, 85 kg: Cristian Ristea (Găeşti) vs Daniel Alexandru (Iaşi)

Superfight, +95 kg: Marian Iurchevici (Bucureşti) vs Zsolt Bala (Oradea)

Superfight, +95 kg: Marian Iordan (Bucureşti) vs Florin Boboc (Craiova)

Superfight, 75 kg: Miodrag Olar (România) vs Darryl Sichtman (Olanda)

Intercontinental WAKO Pro Championship, 64.5kg: Ionuţ Atodiresei (România) vs Saşa Jovanovic (Austria)

The show will be available via PPV on voyo.ro as well as on Romanian television if you happen to live in Romania!

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SuperKombat Notes; Results and Nov. 9th Fight Card

  • Published in Kickboxing

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Man, there really has been a lot going on over the last few days and SuperKombat has been keeping rather busy as well. Over the weekend they held their New Heroes 6 event in Italy and this coming weekend plays host to bigger and better things by the way of their SuperKombat WGP Final Elimination event. So without further ado, here is the card for this weekend's event, which will be aired on Epicentre.tv for $9.95 starting at 3PM Eastern.

1. SUPERKOMBAT® New Heroes Middleweight Title Eliminator – Middleweight Bout (-71.00kg)

Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) vs. Mohamed Ben Ali (Morocco)

2. Final Elimination / Spot 1 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)

Mathieu Kongolo (Belgium) vs. Giannis Stoforidis (Greece)

3. Final Elimination / Spot 2 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)

Muamer Tufekcic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) vs. Frank Munoz (Spain)

4. Final Elimination / Spot 3 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)

Jegish Yegoian (Armenia) vs. Redouan Cairo (Suriname)

5. Final Elimination / Spot 4 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)

D’Angelo Marshall (Suriname) vs. Pacome Assi (Cote D’Ivoire)

6. SUPERKOMBAT® Super Cruiserweight Title Eliminator / Spot 2 – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95.00kg)

Massinissa Hamaili (France) vs. Ondrej Hutnik (Czech Republic)

7. SUPERKOMBAT® Cruiserweight Title Eliminator – Cruiserweight Bout (-92.00kg)

Igor Bugaenko (Belarus) vs. Jorge Loren (Spain)

8. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)

Ricardo Van Den Bos (Netherlands) vs. Raul Catinas (Romania)

9. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)

Daniel Lentie (Cameroon) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

Now here are the results from this weekend's New Heroes 6 event in Italy.

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Mike Zambidis Wins at SUPERKOMBAT VIP Edition

  • Published in Europe

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This weekend was a double shot of SUPERKOMBAT, with the first event being of the SUPERKOMBAT New Heroes persuasion, while the second night was a bigger event by the way of SUPERKOMBAT VIP Edition, featuring Mike Zambidis in a SUPERKOMBAT Championship fight. It was a big weekend for the SUPERKOMBAT crew as they announce that they are on Fight Now TV here in the United States as well as the signing of K-1 Heavyweight Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller, as well as crowning Mike Zambidis as their 71kg Championship.

Here are the results from SUPERKOMBAT VIP Edition;

  • Mike Zambidis def Harun Kina via UD
  • Miodrag Olar (Romania) def Alexandros Chatzichronoglou (Greece) via UD
  • Cedric Manhoef (Suriname) def Alexandru Popescu (Romania) via UD
  • Bogdan Stanciu (Romania) def Kevin Heselink (Holland) via UD
  • Cristian Spetcu (Romania) def Florin Abrudan (Romania) via TKO 2

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Final Card for SUPERKOMBAT WGP in Botsani

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SUPERKOMBAT marches forward their 2013 WGP season this weekend with their SUPERKOMBAT WGP event in Botsani, Romania. The event sees a lot of SUPERKOMBAT staples by the way of Benjamin Adegbuyi, Ionut Atodiresei and Andrei Stoica, while also running another elimination tournament, with the winner moving on to the next round. The tournament bouts are Gaetan Sautron vs. Dangelo Marshall and Leroy Johnson vs. Giannis Stofordis.

The event will be broadcast in over 70 countries through Eurosport International and Eurosport Asia-Pacific. If you live in the greater New York area you'll be able to catch it on Fight Now TV, or you can get a stream via http://www.epicentre.tv for $9.99.

  • Superkombat World Grand Prix
  • 28th September 2013
  • Polivalent Hall, Botosani, Romania
  • Tournament Final
  • Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2
  • +96 kg: Reamon Welboren (Netherlands) vs. Benjamin Adegbuyi (Romania)
  • -65 kg: Calogero Palmieri (Italy) vs. Ionuţ Atodiresei (Romania)
  • -95 kg: Dzenan Poturak (Bosnia&Herzegovina) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)
  • -95 kg: Vinchenzo Calvin (Netherlands) vs. Dănuţ Hurduc (Romania)
  • Tournament Semifinals
  • +96 kg: Gaetan Sautron (France) vs. Dangelo Marshall (Suriname)
  • +96kg: Leroy Johnson (USA) vs. Giannis Stoforidis (Greece)
  • -91 kg: Romy da Silva (Brazil) vs. Cristian Ristea (Romania)

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Ben Edwards Bests Catalin Morosanu in Australia

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Morosanu/Edwards

This weekend might have been a bit slow when it comes to Kickboxing news, but in Australia there was a battle between two big name Heavyweights by the way of Catalin Morosanu from Romania squaring off against Australia's own Ben Edwards. The two were competing for the Kings of Kombat Heavyweight Championship, but I think most importantly, for standing in the Heavyweight division across the world. Morosanu has been trying to make his way into the elite for a while now, somewhere that Edwards has had experience.

It turned into a slugfest early on, according to reports that we've received, with Morosanu fighting the way that we all know he fights; heavy hands, looking for the knockout blow. Edwards, on the other hand, who hasn't always been known as a technician, fought a smarter fight by going after Morosanu's legs throughout the bout. Morosanu was focused on knocking Ben's head off, which meant that he was not of the mind to check the leg kicks, which was his undoing when it came time for the judges to deliberate.

Edwards won the Majority decision over Morosanu, but it sounds like it was a very entertaining and exciting fight.

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SuperKombat's 2011 Awards

  • Published in Kickboxing

Without a doubt, 2011 has been the year that promotions outside of K-1 have stepped up, big time. This includes Romanian promoter Eduard Irimia's SuperKombat. It felt like it came out of nowhere, but came out of a network of local events promoted within Romania successfully by Irimia over the years to build to the formation of SuperKombat. SuperKombat held a World Grand Prix for Heavyweights this year in a world where the only other promotion doing a big Heavyweight tournament was Fight Code. Errol Zimmerman walked away with the SuperKombat One Night WGP, while Sergei Laschenko won the World Grand Prix Championship this year while Vitali Akhramenko walked away with the Fight Code championship. To say that this was interesting would be an understatement.

Over the weekend SuperKombat held an awards ceremony to commemorate their first year of existence in Romania. Of course, it is telling that some of the bigger names in Kickboxing were presented with awards in front of a giant screen that read "EDUARD IRIMIA PRODUCTIONS" on it, but I guess being on the cover of Forbes in Romania is a big deal. Outside of some of the beautiful cities all that I know about Romania is what I learned about the prostitutes that died in a crate container on the way into the Baltimore port in season 2 of HBO's "The Wire." So it is safe to say that Irimia is a big deal in his hometown, big enough to have his name on a board.

Knockout of the Year Errol Zimmerman (vs. Roman Kleibl)
Fight of the Year Russian Cornelius vs. Slavo Polugic
Special Fight of the Year Alexandru Longu vs. Bob Sapp
Best Evolution in 2011 Bogdan Stoica
Newcomer of the Year Benjamin Adegbuyi
Most Popular Fighter Catalin Morosanu
2011 SuperKombat WGP Winner - Sergei Laschenko
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Eduard Irimia Explains that SUPERKOMBAT Fighters Can Fight for Anyone

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SuperKombat

SUPERKOMBAT has an interesting stable of fighters at its disposal, guys like Benjamin Adegbuyi, Bogdan and Andrei Stoica, Catalin Morosanu, Raul Catinas and Sebastien Ciobanu. While lots of promoters force fighters into exclusive contracts, Eduard Irimia would like to make it clear that fighters under the employ of SUPERKOMBAT are not held to those kinds of restrictions. In fact, he encourages fighters under the SK banner to gain experience outside of the SUPERKOMBAT organization.

In the article, which was posted to Romanian luptatorii.ro, Irimia talks about his "gentlemen's agreement" with Pierre Andurand and GLORY, stating that they are not rivals and that he would be happy to send some of his fighters to GLORY. There is also a brief mention that Irimia would allow fighters to fight for K-1 as well.

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Weekend Results: SuperKombat WGP Final Elimination

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SuperKombat continued their deluge of events with this weekends SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Elimination event in Romania. This event saw four spots for SuperKombat's World Grand Prix tournament solidified as winners of tournaments past squared off for a spot in the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Finals. Of course it wouldn't be a big SuperKombat event without some big Romanian names thrown into the mix, with both Raul Catinas and Catalin Morosanu in action, picking up solid wins.

  • 1. SUPERKOMBAT® New Heroes Middleweight Title Eliminator – Middleweight Bout (-71.00kg)
  • Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) won by TKO in Round 2 (0:00) against Mohamed Ben Ali (Tunisia)
  • 2. Final Elimination / Spot 1 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
  • Giannis Stoforidis (Greece) won by TKO in Round 3 (2:58) against Mathieu Kongolo (Belgium)
  • 3. Final Elimination / Spot 2 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
  • Frank Munoz (Spain) won by Split Decision against Muamer Tufekcic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • 4. Final Elimination / Spot 3 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
  • Redouan Cairo (Suriname) won by Unanimous Decision against Jegish Yegoian (Armenia)
  • 5. Final Elimination / Spot 4 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
  • D’Angelo Marshall (Suriname) won by KO in Round 2 (0:20) against Pacome Assi (Ivory Coast)
  • 6. SUPERKOMBAT® Super Cruiserweight Title Eliminator / Spot 2 – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95.00kg)
  • Ondrej Hutnik (Czech Republic) won by TKO in Round 2 (2:05) against Massinissa Hamaili (Algeria)
  • 7. SUPERKOMBAT® Cruiserweight Title Eliminator – Cruiserweight Bout (-92.00kg)
  • Igor Bugaenko (Belarus) won by Unanimous Decision against Jorge Loren (Spain)
  • 8. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
  • Raul Catinas (Romania) won by KO in Round 1 (1:40) against Ricardo Van Den Bos (Netherlands)
  • 9. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
  • Catalin Morosanu (Romania) won by KO in Round 1 (2:20) against Daniel Lentie (Cameroon)

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