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Weekend Results: SuperKombat WGP Giurgiu

  • Published in Europe

SK

Man, this has really been a crazy weekend that I'm still recovering from. This is a good thing for Kickboxing fans, though, as things have really been hitting on all cylinders of late. SUPERKOMBAT is of course in the midst of their World Grand Prix series, which continued this weekend in Romania. Bogdan Stoica earned a victory over Amir Zeyada, who has not fought in over two years and it showed. James Wilson and Damian Garcia fought in a battle of wills that went into an extension round before Garcia picked up the victory and Sebastian Ciobanu found himself knocked out in the third round against Reduoan Cairo in what looked to be a fun fight.

To top things off Jegish Yegoian secured his spot in the Super Kombat WGP tournament with a win here. Full results follow.

  • 1. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-178 lb / -81 kg)
  • Ciprian Schiopu (Romania) def. Jacopo Bianconcini (Italy) via Technical Knockout in Round 1
  • 2. Tournament Semifinal A – Heavyweight Bout (+212 lb / +96 kg)
  • Thomas Vanneste (Belgium) def. Dorin Robert (Romania) via Majority Decision in Round 3
  • 3. Tournament Semifinal B – Heavyweight Bout (+212 lb / +96 kg)
  • Jegish Yegoian (Armenia) def. Ibrahim Aarab (Morocco) via Split Decision in Round 3
  • 4. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+212 lb / +96 kg)
  • Damian Garcia (Spain) def. James Wilson (United States of America) via Majority Decision in Extra Round
  • 5. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-209 lb / -95 kg)
  • Redouan Cairo (Suriname) def. Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania) via Knockout in Round 3
  • 6. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (– 187 lb / -85 kg)
  • Mirel Iacob (Romania) def. Francesco Mattioli (Italy) via Technical Decision (Doctor Stoppage) in Round 2
  • 7. Super Fight – Cruiserweight Bout (-201 lb / -91 kg)
  • Bogdan Stoica (Romania) def. Amir Zeyada (Egypt) via Knockout in Round 1
  • 8. Tournament Final – Heavyweight Bout (+212 lb / +96 kg)
  • Jegish Yegoian (Armenia) def. Thomas Vanneste (Belgium) via Unanimous Decision in Round 3

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SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final in Monza Card for Nov. 22nd

  • Published in Kickboxing

On November 22nd in Monza, Italy SuperKombat will present the finals of the SuperKombat Light Heavyweight GP, the winner walking away as the champion of this season of SuperKombat and bragging rights. Aristote Quitusisa, Dawid Kasperski, Michael Terril and Jorge Loren compete for the honors.

There are also some superfights on the show, including names familiar to SK fans like Andrei Stoica, Bogdan Stoica, Catalin Morosanu and Errol Koning. There is also a Middleweight title fight between Cedric Manhoef and Julian Imeri.

Main Card:

1. Semifinal 1 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Aristote Quitusisa (France) vs. Dawid Kasperski (Poland)

2. Semifinal 2 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Michael Terrill (United Kingdom) vs. Jorge Loren (Spain)

3. Reserve Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Alexandru Negrea (Italy) vs. Bogdan Stoica (Romania)

4. Super Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)

Riccardo Lecca (Italy) vs. Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

5. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)

Errol Koning (Suriname) vs. Giuseppe De Domenico (Italy)

6. Title Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)

Julian Imeri (Italy) vs. Cedric Manhoef (Suriname)

7. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)

Emilio Vallecillo (United States) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)

8. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)

Ron Sparks (United States) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

9. Final – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2

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Full SuperKombat Card for June 21st

  • Published in Kickboxing

SuperKombat's June 21st event is quickly-approaching and now we not only know that Andrei Stoica will be defending his SuperKombat Super Cruiserweight Championship, but we know the location and the rest of the card. Originally Horace Martin was supposed to challenge Stoica for the title, but he was forced to withdraw and has been replaced with perhaps the better known Ali Cenik. 

The event will take place in the Sports Hall in Constanta, Romania and will air on Sport.ro in Romania and on Eurosport throughout Europe. 

1. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)
Daniel Lazar (Romania) vs. Ciprian Schiopu (Romania)
2. Semifinal 1 – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)
Michael Terrill (United Kingdom) vs. Patrick Van Rees (Netherlands)
3. Semifinal 2 – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)
Moises Baute (Spain) vs. Cristian Ristea (Romania)
4. Super Fight – Lightweight Bout (-63.5 kg)
Cristian Spetcu (Romania) vs. TBA (To-be-announced)
5. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
D’Angelo Marshall (Curacao) vs. Thomas Vaneste (Belgium)
6. Super Cruiserweight Title – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)
Ali Cenik (Turkey) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)
7. Final – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)
Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2

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Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Jamal Ben Saddik Set for GLORY 14

  • Published in Glory

GLORY 14

GLORY held a press conference in Zagreb today with promoter Orsat Zovko, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and Remy Bonjasky to hype up the upcoming GLORY 14 Zagreb event. This was some standard fare stuff, but the big takeaway from the press conference was that they've announced a Heavyweight showdown that has some serious implications for a lot of fans out there. GLORY has announced that Benjamin Adegbuyi will make his debut for the promotion against Jamal Ben Saddik.

If that doesn't sound odd to you, let me break it down for you. Benjamin Adegbuyi is under contract to SuperKombat and is currently one of their best prospects. SuperKombat has been looking to get Adegbuyi some fights outside of their organization and made a plea to both K-1 and GLORY last year and it looks like they've come to a deal with GLORY. This is great for Adegbuyi who will be able to go up against top competition in GLORY, this in turn helps SuperKombat as one of their fighters is getting a big bump like this.

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'The Godfather of Kickboxing' Thom Harinck Back Into the Mix

  • Published in Kickboxing

In 1972, director Francis Ford Coppola breathed life into Mario Puzo's most famous crime drama, The Godfather. The story and its subsequent sequels chronicled the story of the Corleone family from their origins in Sicily, rise to power and finally the efforts of the family to legitimize the family's name and fortune. One of the best scenes in trilogy is when an exasperated Michael Corleone exclaims, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!"

Why even bring up The Godfather on a kickboxing site?

Why, because sometimes the truth can be stranger than fiction. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, something else big was happening in 1972, the founding of Chakuriki Gym in Amsterdam by Thom Harinck. The 'Chakuriki' style which represents a fusion of techniques from boxing, Kyokushin karate, judo, jujitsu wrestling, Muay Thai and Savate for over forty years became a dominant influence on the fighting styles of many of the biggest names in kickboxing. Among his many talented pupils standouts such as Peter Aerts, Andy Hug, Badr Hari, Melvin Manhoef, Branko Cikatic, Hesdy Gerges, Pedro Rizzo, Jerome LeBanner and countless others have had their careers and fighting style shaped by Harinck's Chakuriki philosophy. In 2013, however, one of the most influential men in the sport decided to retire. At that time Harinck stated that he would continue to support the sport from the sidelines focusing his energy on the completion of a book about his life, spending time with his family, participating in European forums regarding kickboxing, and of course doing seminars all over the world.

During his first year of retirement, Thom Harinck was still one of the busiest retirees I had ever met. In 2015, one of his former pupils, current Glory light heavyweight champion, Saulo Cavalari reached out to him for management services. Always one to support the sport and his former pupils, Harinck agreed. With one foot already back in the game, 2016, Thom Harinck has decided to take Chakuriki full throttle again, coaching a small number of his former pupils including Saulo Cavalari, Hesdy Gerges and Amir Zeyada. Just when he thought he was out, they pulled him back in. His comeback has not been unconditional. While Harinck has sold his old gym in Amsterdam, he has found another place to train and it, like before, is under the Chakuriki system: hard training, no talking, no drugs. The Chakuriki style according to Harinck is not just a fight style, it's a lifestyle and in 2016 it begins again. For forty years Thom Harinck dedicated his life to training boys to be the best men in the ring and as long as he has his health, he's dedicated to training for many more. Watch out Glory, K-1, SuperKombat......Harinck's back.

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The Waning Relevancy of Heavyweights in a Changing Kickboxing Landscape

  • Published in News

Throughout the history of modern professional kickboxing there has been one lynchpin holding it all together, that has been heavyweights. There has always been an odd fascination with two goliaths, larger-than-life titans, stepping into the ring and throwing giant shots at each other. Smaller fighters have risen in popularity, but under the narrative of a David vs. Goliath, not usually within its own division. That isn’t to say that there aren’t staunch fans of two fighters of the same weight competing, because there are, but heavyweight fights have always been the featured attraction and appealed to the widest audiences. But these days it seems like heavyweight kickboxing is less and less relevant, with lighter weight classes taking center stage. You still can't deny that heavyweights are an attraction, though.

We are living in the wake of K-1’s glory days in heavyweight kickboxing. Peter Aerts, Semmy Schilt, Remy Bonjasky, Ray Sefo, Ernesto Hoost and Jerome Le Banner are all retired. This generation of heavyweights has been rather thin thanks to a downturn in business and the advent of a viable light heavyweight weight class that has attracted some of the lighter heavyweights that would usually just tough it out with the bigger guys. The lack of huge paydays and giant backing like FEG had with Fujii TV in Japan has meant younger stars turning their attention to boxing or MMA where there are more assurances. 

There was temporarily a glimmer of hope on the horizon when GLORY kicked into high gear, as we saw in GLORY 4’s Heavyweight Grand Slam tournament. Of course, four of those fighters went on to drop in weight (Jurkovic, Bouzidi, Verlinden, Saki), three have since retired (Schilt, Aerts, Bonjasky), some faded from view (Guidon, Raoumaru) while others just haven’t fought in a very long time in the spotlight (Ghita, Kharitonov). In fact, if you were to look at the 16 fighters involved in that tournament only four of them are still active in GLORY’s heavyweight division (Verhoeven, Zimmerman, Braddock and Jamal Ben Saddik).

From a narrow view those are without a doubt four of GLORY’s top heavyweights at the moment. When browsing through GLORY’s rankings the only top contender that has been added in the years following GLORY 4 has been Benjamin Adegbuyi. A cursory look through their rankings is actually kind of depressing. Ben Edwards has decided to focus on boxing, older gatekeepers like Freddy Kemayo and Mladen Brestovac aren’t about the set the world on fire, nor will the new additions of the monotone Xavier Vigney or the spirited but still not quite there Chi Lewis Parry.

Looking at our own top ten (which will be revised as soon as Jay is done with his Hollywood responsibilities), for fighters outside of GLORY there is Hesdy Gerges, Andrei Gerasmichuk, Zabit Samedov and Ismael Londt. Gerges just lost to Jahfarr Wilnis, who oddly enough hasn’t been seen in a GLORY ring in quite some time. Most of these fighters are competing wherever they can draw a paycheck from and fighting infrequently, hardly moving up the ranks of the division.

Other bigger name heavyweights out in the wild are the ever-unpredictable Badr Hari, the young, still not in shape Ismael Lazaar and SuperKombat’s stable of Heavyweights including the part time Catalin Morosanu and the recently-returned Raul Catinas. The picture that I’m painting here is that of a heavyweight landscape that does little to inspire. That isn’t to say that there aren’t good heavyweights out there, but there has been a disconnect between the generations where there was very little overlap between them. The last K-1 World Grand Prix Champion was Alistair Overeem, who quickly hopped back to MMA after the fall of FEG’s K-1 and the last big heavyweight tournament champion was Semmy Schilt, who never fought against after GLORY 4. 

Rico Verhoeven has had impressive performances and is without a doubt the dominant world champion for the division right now, but the GLORY 11 tournament being a four-man and lacking in older, more established stars only hurt everyone involved. There wasn’t much of a narrative of Verhoeven overcoming greats to claim his top spot, just questionable downs against Gokhan Saki and a disputed win over Daniel Ghita. Even in winning the championship at GLORY 17 it was in a rematch with Ghita where Ghita fans are still crying foul after all of this time that Rico didn’t “do enough.” To no fault of Verhoeven’s there are not many top contenders left for him. The Zimmerman fight had that big fight feel to it, but Zimmerman’s freak injury took some of the shine off of it, and the rise of Benjamin Adegbuyi happened largely on non televised undercards, giving fans little reason to believe in or care about him. 

Heavyweight kickboxing right now is at a crossroads, living in a post-FEG era that can only be defined as fragmented and getting worse. So I want to ask you a question; who do you think will be the next big heavyweight kickboxing star? Is Rico Verhoeven the star that is slowly growing, or will the relative lack of competition hurt him in the long run? Or, has the rise of the smaller, more technical weight classes made the heavyweight spectacle a relic of the past now?

Right now it feels like while there are solid fighters in the heavyweight division, some of the talent that would usually prop it up has been dispersed to light heavyweight and even middleweight. That being said, fans still want to see heavyweights rumble.

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Watch Pavel Zhuravlev vs. Sebastien Van Thielan from SuperKombat WGP III

  • Published in Video

Romania's SuperKombat has decidedly stood out over the year, coming from the Local Kombat shows of years past and building their own World Grand Prix tournament that stretches over multiple qualifying tournaments. While the level of talent within the qualifying tournaments is not great, the winners coming out are without a doubt top notch, including Sergeii Laschenko, Ismael Londt and now Pavel Zhuravlev. Zhuravlev is a guy that you might not know a lot about, outside of his lone K-1 fight which was against Gokhan Saki where he actually defeated Gokhan Saki in a Superfight by Unanimous Decision. Since then he has yet to appear in K-1 again, but the truth is, when he does he will be a force to be dealt with. His specialty over the past few years has been winning tournaments, it seems, not on the big world stage like K-1, but still really solid wins in tournaments, and it was no surprise when he took the SuperKombat WGP III by storm. Don't weigh against him for the loss to Igor Jurkovic at Utlimate Glory in May, that is one of only 6 career losses.

Video is from our good friends at Gladiatorium.ro.

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SuperKombat May 23rd Results

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SuperKombat held their second WGP event of the year in Romania this past weekend and it was to a claimed packed house of 5,000 fans. The main card saw the Stoica brothers in action, both winning their respective bouts. Also in action were Amansio Paraschiv, Cristian Milea and Cristian Ristea, all victorious at this card.

New Heroes

Mădălin Crăciunică (R3 - Dec.) Adrian Giurgiu 

Andrei Ostrovanu (R3 - Dec.) Eduard Chelariu 

Cristian Stancu (R3 - Dec.) Songül Yılmaz 

Cosmin Ionescu (R3 - Dec.) Costin Mincu 

Mirel Iacob (R3 - Dec.) Bogdan Qatawneh 

Zsolt Benedek (R3 - Dec.) Bogdan Năstase 

Claudiu Bădoi (R3 - Dec.) Adrian Asoltanei 

World Grand Prix

Giuseppe De Domenico (R3 - Dec.) Ciprian Șchiopu 

Cristian Spetcu (R1 - TKO) Suliman Vazeilles 

Amansio Paraschiv (R1 - TKO) Hirachidine Saindou 

Cristian Milea (R3 - Dec.) Marvin Ulrich 

Bogdan Stoica (R3 - Dec.) İbrahim Giydirir 

Cristian Ristea (R3 - Dec.) Reda Oudgou 

Andrei Stoica (R2 - TKO) Thomas Alizier 

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Weekend Results: SuperKombat WGP Riseta

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SK

SuperKombat held their World Grand Prix in Resita event yesterday afternoon, which saw a Light Heavyweight tournament (85kg) with Poland's Dawid Kasperski walking away victorious. The event also saw some big names involved in some Super Fights, including Sebastian Ciobanu picking up a win over Enver Slijvar, Catalin Morosanu picking up a win over Mohamed Karim and Raul Catinas knocking out Brice Guidon.

  • Superkombat World Grand Prix – Resita: Official Results
  • 1. Reserve Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-85 kg)
  • Ibrahim El Bouni (Morocco) won by Unanimous Decision against Uros Bogojevic (Serbia)
  • 2. Semifinal 1 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-85 kg)
  • Dawid Kasperski (Poland) won by Unanimous Decision against Ciprian Schiopu (Romania)
  • 3. Semifinal 2 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-85 kg)
  • Errol Koning (Suriname) won by KO in the first round against Noureddine Echiguer (Morocco)
  • 4. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
  • Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania) won by Unanimous Decision against Enver Slijvar (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
  • 5. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
  • Catalin Morosanu (Romania) won by Unanimous Decision against Mohamed Karim (Egypt)
  • 6. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
  • Raul Catinas (Romania) won by KO in the second round against Brice Guidon (France)
  • 7. Final – Light Heavyweight Bout (-85 kg)
  • Dawid Kasperski (Poland) won by Split Decision against Errol Koning (Suriname)

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SUPERKOMBAT Teams with Fight NOW TV and Epicentre.tv

  • Published in Kickboxing

SK

SUPERKOMBAT's WGP series continues this weekend with a big WGP event in Romania and for fans across the globe looking to watch it, there is some hope for you outside of Eurosport! If you live in the greater New York area you'll have access to the SUPERKOMBAT WGP event via Fight NOW TV. Fight NOW TV is a cable network that is available in the New York area and will be carrying SUPERKOMBAT live.

If you are not in the New York area and wish to watch the SUPERKOMBAT WGP event live, it will be available via Epicentre.tv for $9.99. You'll probably remember Epicentre from the K-1 World MAX Final 16 event a few weeks ago and I think that those who saw it know that it was a quality stream without any problems, which is a good thing. So for kickboxing fans this weekend there are going to be a lot of events to watch, which is a great thing!

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