|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
Today in Braila, Romania, SuperKombat held their third installment of the "World Grand Prix" series. Like the other two WGP events, a four man heavyweight tournament was on the card, with the winner qualifying for SuperKombat's year end WGP Final in Frankfurt, Germany. Five other super fights in the heavyweight division were also on the card, featuring the likes of Frank Munoz, Redouan Cairo and Benjamin Adegbuyi.
Tournament Reserve Fight: Corneliu Rus def. Mindaugus Sakalaukas by decision.
Tournament Semi-Final: Pavel Zhuravlev def. Ricardo van den Bos by decision. Zhuravlev scored a knockdown in the first round from a body shot.
Tournament Semi-Final: Sebastien van Thielen def. Stefan Leko by decision in an extra round.
Lucian Danilencu def. Tomas Pakutinskas by TKO (Low Kick) in Round 1.
Frank Munoz def. Redouan Cairo by decision. Munoz knocked Cairo down twice in Round 1 and Cairo knocked Munoz down in Round 2 with a spinning backfist.
Catalin Morosanu def. Michael Andrade by decision. Andrade was a late replacement for Noel Cadet.
Benjamin Adegbuyi def. Martin Hauser by KO (Right Hook) in Round 1.Tournament Final: Pavel Zhuravlev def. Sebastien van Thielen by decision. Pavel Zhuravlev advances to SuperKombat's year end World Grand Prix event in Frankfurt, Germany and joins Sergei Lascenko and Ismael Londt.
Today in Cyprus, Mike Zambidis made his returned to the ring for the first time since getting stopped by John Wayne Parr in May.
Zambidis took on Russian fighter Danila Utenkov and won a three round decision. There's not much detail surrounding the fight yet and it was quite a surprise to see that Zambidis was fighting today. There was absolutely nothing about this fight on the internet before today. On Zambidis' Facebook page, there is a post that says Danila Utenkov got his arm broken in the fight.
In my opinion, it was a good move for Zambidis to a fight in, as he will be facing Batu Khasikov in Russia on November 5th. Khasikov beat Albert Kraus in April and should be a tough test for Zambidis. A win in that fight for Zambidis would get him rolling again. He was on somewhat of a tear earlier in the year up until the loss to John Wayne Parr. A win for Khasikov would really get his name out there and open up more opportunities.Add a comment
The recent news of Badr Hari's departure from the Kickboxing world into the world of Boxing has shaken up many kickboxing fans, as do higher level fighters like Cosmo Alexandre making his MMA debut tomorrow and guys like Tyrone Spong and Gokhan Saki looking into other combat sports to make a possible home as well. I can understand it, but it feels like an alarmist reaction to a sport that is finally getting its sea legs without K-1 to prop it up.
In a recent interview with Luke Thomas of MMANation, Pat Barry not only discussed his upcoming fight this weekend for the UFC, but also discussed the current state of Kickboxing as well. Pat Barry echoes all of the thoughts that many Kickboxing fans believe; someone needs to put some serious money into Kickboxing in the United States and promote it right and it would do well. Fans love to see fighters knock each other around, yet Kickboxing has a rather meager following in the US. Pat does not see Kickboxing dying any time soon, nor does he see a few fighters heading to other combat sports as a serious detriment.
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As we announced on Twitter a while back, we've struck up a partnership with Phuket Top Team in Thailand. PTT is is a breath of fresh air in the already crowded gym culture of Thailand. In Thailand obviously Thai Boxing/Muay Thai is at the heart of why fighters will go to Thailand to train, and if you are headed there to train in Muay Thai there are endless amounts of options. The big difference between PTT and most of those gyms is that there is not only a great Muay Thai program, but a focus on Mixed Martial Arts as well. PTT is an all-purpose gym in Thailand that does so much right that it is hard to argue against heading there to train.
On top of that, the instructors and owners are all extremely passionate about combat sports, from Muay Thai to Kickboxing to MMA and have dedicate their lives to it. Of course, the island of Phuket itself is extremely beautiful and not a hard place to find yourself relaxing after a tough workout.
Cyrus Washington is a serious up-and-comer in the Muay Thai and Kickboxing world who is representing Phuket Top Team on Contender Muay Thai, watch this interview as he discusses the show and a lot more.
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Earlier this week I posted a little preview about this fight and how it would determine the top fighter under 110 pounds in Thailand. The fight itself didn't turn out like I thought it would. Instead it was a 1 sided clinic thanks to the overall skill, and beautiful counters from Detkart. I've never seen anybody use such great movement against The-Lek to avoid his attacks. He's usually good for getting inside to unload knee's whenever he wants, but Detkart had great balance to turn him around and push him away most times. Also he tired out which is very unusual, as he is known for pushing a pace like nobody else in Muay Thai. Part of that could be from a broken nose he received from a Detkart elbow.
The full five rounds aren't out yet, but should be soon enough. Here is the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rounds of the fight.
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