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Catalin Morosanu Making Waves in European Politics

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Catalin Morosanu

On May 25th there will be elections held for the European Parliament, not something that would usually interest us here on LiverKick. That being said, this is a bit different, as for the first time there could be an international Kickboxing star elected to the European Parliament. It's been discussed in the past, but SuperKombat's Catalin Morosanu serves as a Counselor to his birth region of Iasi.

So on May 25th Morosanu will be vying for a role in European Parliament, up for a role as a deputy for Romania. This would make Catalin Morosanu the first major elected official in European Parliament whose first career was that of a Kickboxer.

At SuperKombat's World Grand Prix at Riseta the promotion launched a limited edition line of commemorative watches for Catalin Morosanu, as well as Raul Catinas and Jerome Le Banner. On top of that, Stefan Popa, the "fastest cartoonist in the world" offered cartoons to all of the fighters, one of which, of Eduard Irimia can be seen in the photo above.

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Weekend Results: SuperKombat New Heroes 3.29.2014

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Cedric Manhoef

SuperKombat kicked off their 2014 season with style this past weekend with SuperKombat New Heroes in Ploiesti. The main event of the night was Cedric Manhoef defending his SuperKombat New Heroes Middleweight Championship against Amansio Paraschiv in a fight that went to a draw, which means that Manhoef retains the Championship. Other big fights included Ionut Atodiresei defeating Stauro Exakoustidis via decision and Jorge Loren scoring a victory over Bogdan Stoica.

Here are the results courtesy of SuperKombat.

1. Superfight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)

Adrian Maxim (Romania) won by unanimous decision against Aleksandar Topic (Serbia)

2. Superfight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)

Miljan Vidovic (Serbia) won by unanimous decision against Mirel Iacob (Romania)

3. Superfight – Cruiserweight Bout (-91 kg)

Danut Hurduc (Romania) won by technical knockout Ibo Efe (Turkey)

4. Superfight – Lightweight Bout (-63.5 kg)

Cristian Spetcu (Romania) won by unanimous decision against Mansour Yaqubi (Afghanistan)

5. Superfight – Cruiserweight Bout (-91 kg)

Cristian Ristea (Romania) won by technical knockout against Romano Romasco (Ghana)

6. Superfight – Lightweight Bout (-65 kg)

Ionut Atodiresei (Romania) won by unanimous decision against Stauros Exakoustidis (Greece)

7. Superfight – Cruiserweight Bout (-91 kg)

Jorge Loren (Spain) won by unanimous decision against Bogdan Stoica (Romania)

8. Superkombat New Heroes Middleweight Title – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)

Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) vs. Cedric Manhoef (Suriname) has ended with a draw decision

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SuperKombat Makes a Difference in Flood-Afflicted Region of Romania

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I feel like the world of fight sports has been afflicted with some really, really awful press of late. Right now there is just so much negative press out there, a lot of it based around the whole War Machine/Christy Mack story that just won't go away. So I'm happy to see that Romanian kickboxing promotion SuperKombat is actually doing something positive, they are giving back to their community. Two weeks ago there was flooding in Valcea County in Romania. This flooding affected many of the over 400,000 residents there.

Valcea County was the first place where SuperKombat held an event in 2011 and they looked to give back yesterday when staff members and fighters took part in a humanitarian effort to deliver food, drinking water and clothing to those who were affected by the flooding. Residents are still recovering from the floods and it's nice to see a promotion like SuperKombat giving back.

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Alex Filip's Rolling Thunder Stole the Show at SuperKombat This Past Weekend

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This past weekend’s SuperKombat event had a lot of highlights in it, lots of good action and some crazy knockouts. We saw Catalin Morosanu prove that he’s still got it with an awesome knockout over Stoforidis, saw Sebastian Ciobanu push the action against Nikolaj Falin and Cristian Milea win big. All of that being said, the moment that really stood out for all of us was the crazy, awesome knockout by Alex Filip over Roman Palamar. 

How could it not?

The move the Rolling Thunder has a rich history in the sport of kickboxing, with the most notable uses being by Australian Peter Graham. Needless to say it’s been a while since we’ve seen a kick like that happen on this level in kickboxing. SuperKombat is one of the big leagues right now and when fighters get to this level, they tend to not go for those crazy moves anymore, because they are high risk/high reward. In this case it connected -- big -- and the rewards were being the name that everyone remembers on the same card where we got a crazy Catalin Morosanu knockout.

That’s a huge, huge deal. So let’s watch it in all of its glory, because damn. 

For those that missed the event, SuperKombat has put together a great video package highlighting the entire event. 

 

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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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SuperKombat in Constanta Brought the Spectacle on Top of the Action

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This past weekend in Constanta, Romania SuperKombat presented their fourth SuperKombat World Grand Prix event of this year. It was an event highlighted by big wins by Catalin Morosanu, Cristian Milea, Sebastian Ciobanu and a surprise win from Alex Filip with a huge rolling thunder KO victory that has gone viral all over the internet since the event. But, as per usual, SuperKombat events were a lot more than just the fights, SuperKombat pushes their events to be cultural events in Romania.

This event in Constanta was no different, with the leadup to the event including television stars from America, European pop stars, artists and actors were there, hell, even Remy Bonjasky was in attendance as a special guest at the event, coming off of his recent retirement bout earlier this year. 

French footballer Bacary Sagna, who currently is a part of the popular Manchester City, was also in attendance in the event (pictured above in the center), where he was not only a spectator, but he also entered the ring to present a trophy to Alex Filip after his wonderful performance that night. 

In addition Romanian pop singer Roxana Nemes, winner of the Mamaia Music Awards 2014 “Best Girl Act” award, performed a rendition of “I Love Rock N’ Roll” for the enthusiastic crowd welcoming Cenik Cankurtaranoglu to the ring. 

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The Pressure is on Catalin Morosanu this Weekend in SuperKombat

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Saturday at the SuperKombat World Grand Prix in Constanta Catalin Morosanu looks to enter the ring for the third time this year, but only his second time in the ring in his home of Romania. For Catalin Morosanu, he’s proven to be a viable personality in the Romanian mainstream and will always draw eyes for SuperKombat throughout Europe, but this fight is important for him. Morosanu is perhaps best known for his wild, brawling style that he has claimed to be modeled after early Bob Sapp, but that wild, brawling style has gotten him into trouble throughout his career.

It’s hard not to imagine being distracted with the kind of schedule that Catalin Morosanu keeps up. Kickboxing will always be his home, but his work in politics takes up time, including an election this year. To top that off he’s a television personality and even markets his own brand of wine to Romanian fans. He still finds time to fight, though, and while he’s known for his brawling style, it would be crass to say that he’s just a brawler. Morosanu has evolved over the years and proved that with his wins over Stefan Leko, Anderson Silva and Paul Slowinski.

Since 2013 Morosanu has gone 3-3, batting .500 after going on an epic win-streak, which has led to some questioning his commitment to the sport and to growing, but if you look back at those losses they were all incredibly close. The fight with Ben Edwards was one of the more entertaining slugfests of the past few years at Heavyweight, even, with many seeing the fight going either way. The recent loss to Tomas Hron was a minor setback, for sure, but that is why his fight this weekend against Giannis Stoforidis is so important.

The Greek Stoforidis has had an equally interesting 2013 and 2014, with him making a big impression during the SuperKombat Tryouts in Greece, then putting on an amazing show in the SuperKombat New Heroes event in Croatia. When given a chance at a SuperKombat World Grand Prix tournament he made it to the finals in a qualifier, losing a tough fight to another young, rising star in D’Angelo Marshall. With Stofodiris it’s hard to forget that he’s only 25 and his career on the big stage is just beginning.

For Stoforidis, the fight with Morosanu is his biggest to date yet and his chance to make a huge impression on Romanian fans and hand Morosanu his first loss on Romanian soil since he fought Errol Zimmerman in Bucharest in 2010. A win over Morosanu would not only get his young career back on track, but would turn him into a superstar in Romania. Many have looked at Stoforidis as one of SuperKombat’s next big breakout stars, already gaining popularity in his home of Greece, but this would only make it all happen a lot quicker.

For Morosanu a win over Stoforidis would send the fans home happy in Romania, also proving that Morosanu is still focused on being one of the best in the world at kickboxing. Morosanu has always been knocking at the door of being considered one of the best Heavyweights and scoring a win over Stoforidis gets his name back into the discussion and opens up doors for fights with bigger names down the road. 

In my estimation the pressure is on Morosanu for this fight, with him fighting in Romania and being a national hero and all. There are a lot of expectations for him to not only win, but to do so in entertaining fashion. I think that Morosanu might get the job done here, but I don’t envy him right now, that’s for sure. 

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SuperKombat WGP 5 Sept 27th Fight Card

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SuperKombat's next show will be on September 27th in Almere, Netherlands. Just the fact of it being in Holland means the atmosphere is going to be amazing, let alone a 95 kgs 4 man tournament and the always explosive Catalin Morosanu in a super fight against Dutch fighter Brian Douwes who seems to have taken Ismael Londts place. This will be a good test for Morosanu considering Douwes has fought everyone and is on a three fight winning streak, this will be one of Morosanu's hardest fights since Ben Edwards I'd say.

These fight cards are ever changing so here is the most recent card:

WGP Semifinal 1 3x3 +95Kg - Tarik Khbabez (Morocco) vs. Gurhan Degermenci (Turkey)

WGP Semifinal 2 3x3 +95Kg - Patrick Veenstra (Holland) vs. Viktor Bugotzki (Germany)

Superfight 3x3 63.5Kg - Hamza Soesie (Morocco) vs. Christian Spetcu (Romania)

Superfight 3x3 -91Kg - Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname) vs. Hovik Tikranjan (Armenia)

Superfight 3x3 -100Kg - Jegish Yegoian (Armenia) vs. Marcello Adriaansz (Suriname)

Superfight 3x3 -95Kg - Redouan Cairo (Suriname) vs Ali Cenic (Turkey)

Superfight 3x3 +100Kg - Brian Douwes (Holland) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

WGP Final +95Kg -WINNER SEMI FINAL 1 vs. WINNER SEMI FINAL 2

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SuperKombat Dabbles in the Mainstream in Romania

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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 New Heroes Card for March 29th

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SK

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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