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Superkombat Final Elimination Review and Finals Preview

Superkombat Final Elimination went down last Saturday in Romania, with the final eight heavyweights competing in four matches to determine the line-up for the Superkombat Finals on December 22. There were a few questionable decisions, some expected victories, and one fantastic knockout. 

In the surprise of the night, Benjamin Adegbuyi KO'd tournament favorite Sergei Lascenko in the opening round. Adegbuyi and Lascenko exchanged briefly, before the Romanian landed a right hook that sent Lascenko to the canvas. Obviously dazed, Lascenko tried to clear the cobwebs and get back in the fight, but Adegbuyi refused to let him off the hook. Another knockdown followed moments later, and Adegbuyi finished the fight with punches shortly after the second count. With this win Adegbuyi instantly propels himself into the Liverkick top 10 list, and is the favorite to win the Superkombat tournament taking place next month. 

There is some question if Lascenko was 100% for this fight however, considering he originally pulled out of his Final Elimination match-up against Ismael Londt, citing injuries sustained against Hesdy Gerges at K-1 Rising. Lascenko re-entered the tournament when Alexei Ignashov withdrew, prompting many to wonder if he was nursing old wounds.

Pavel Zhuravlev won a decision over an apathetic looking Freddy Kemayo in the second elimnation fight, scoring points with hard body shots and leg kicks. It's a flip of the coin with Kemayo, and you can never tell when he'll come out looking to push the pace, or allow his opponent to walk all over him. Zhuravlev is a big, strong guy, and he was looking to trade early on. As the fight progressed however, he realized Kemayo was having none of it and coasted to an easy win. 

Ismael Londt won a TKO victory over Daniel Sam in a rather weird doctor stoppage. Londt was clearly the superior striker, although just when it looked as though the fight might start to pick up, the doctors halted the match to examine Sam's eye. The eye had closed completely, and the match was called off near the end of the first. 

In the last elimination fight, Sebastian Ciobanu won a questionable decision over Roman Kleibl. The "Son of Dracula" came out swinging in the first round and looked to have Kleibl stunned. Kleibl held on, and fired back with a few leg kicks at the end of the first. The second round went the same way, with Ciobanu going all out at the beginning of the match, and Kleibl either blocking or evading most of the shots. The third round was clearly Roman's, who scored with superior technique. Ciobanu got the nod however, and will move on to the Final 4. 

The four superfights were relatively predictable. Dzevad Poturak vs. Ibrahim Aarab was the most spirited of them all, with Aarab taking a split decision victory. Thomas Hron vs. Dmitry Bezus was a sloppy affair, mingled with a broken ring incident, that finished with an unusual spinning elbow KO, that resulted in a DQ win for Hron. 

The two fights featuring Americans went as predicted, with Ionut Iftimoaie taking a comfortable decision win over James Wilson, and Catalin Morosanu battering Carter Williams over three rounds to earn a decision. 

The semi-finals of the Superkombat tournament will take place on December 22, and the match-ups have already been confirmed by Superkombat president Edward Irimia.  Ismael Londt will take on Sebastion Ciobanu, and Pavel Zhuravlev will face Benjamin Adegbuyi. The card will also feature a slew of big names competing in superfights including Hesdy Gerges, Ben Edwards, Paul Slowinski, Zambit Samedov, and the hopeful return of Bogdan Stoica.  


Superkombat Final Elimination: Live Results


The Superkombat Final Elimination show kicks off today, and Liverkick will be there to provide live updates throughout the event. 

The card will feature four final elimination matches and five superfights. The superfights consist of Sergei Lascenko taking on Benjamin Adegbuyi, Daniel Sam facing Ismael Londt, Pavel Zhuravlev fighting Freddy Kemayo,and Roman Kleibl squaring off against Sebastian Ciobanu. 

Three of the superfights will feature Americans HW's: James Wilson vs. Ionut Iftimoae, Carter Williams vs. Catalin Morosanu, and Radu Spinghel vs. Petr Vondracek. 

In addition, the two other super fights will see Dzevad Poturak fighting Ibrahim Aarab and Dmitri Bezus fighting Tomas Hron.

The event kicks off at 21:00 CET in Europe, and begins in North America  at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT. It will be airing live on Eurosport. Follow me @SandersonSensei on twitter for live updates. Click here for the full card.

Superfight: Ibrahim Aarab def. Dzevad Poturak by decision

Super Fight: Tomas Hron def. Dimitry Bezus by DQ (Illegal Spinning Elbow)

Final Elimination 1: Pavel Zhuravlev def. Freddy Kemayo by decision

Final Elimination 2: Sebastian Ciobanu def. Roman Kleibl by decision

Final Elimination 3: Ismael Londt def. Daniel Sam by TKO in Round 1 (Doctor Stoppage)

Final Elimination 4: Benjamin Adegbuyi def. Sergei Lascenko by KO in Round 1

Superfight: Ionuţ Iftimoaie def. James Wilson by decision

Superfight: Catalin Morosanu def. Carter Williams by decision


Roman Mailov Continues Rise, Stops Armin Pumphanmuang

Today in Moscow, Russia, W5 held another event, their eighth of the year, headlined by quickly rising, now 70kg fighter Roman Mailov of Ukraine, against Thailand's Armin Pumphanmuang, who has been featured on Thai Fight this year.

Despite the kickboxing ruleset favoring Mailov, who himself comes from a Muay Thai background, Armin was still probably the biggest test of his career to date. It seems that he was at least a tough opponent for Mailov, as the fight went to an extra round. In the extra round, Mailov stopped Armin with a knee to the body and continued his run at 70kg.

This win makes it 14 in a row for Mailov, whose last loss came in October of 2010 all the way back when he was fighting at 63.5kg. Mailov made his move to 70kg this year where he now has eight wins. He's still only 20 years old and one can assume that he's only going to get better. One thing that I think is past an assumption is that his competition is also going to get better. He's faced more international opponents this year like William Diender, Leo Zulic, Vasilis Kakarikos and not to mention Armin Pumphanmuang.

Also on the event was Mailov's teammate, 18 year old prodigy Alim Nabiev who took a decision over Vladimir Shulyak at 70kg. Nabiev has won 6 fights in Russia this year, including against the likes of Alka Matewa and Denis Larchenko. Nabiev only turned 18 last month and for him to already be at this level at his current age is quite amazing for a European fighter.


Danyo Ilunga Wins Again In Germany

The It's Showtime 95kg champion Danyo Ilunga still manages to stay very busy when he's not fighting on the big shows like Glory or It's Showtime. Yesterday was more of the same, when he returned to the ring in Hamburg, Germany.

Ilunga faced the long time, aged veteran Florian Ogunade. Needless to say, Ilunga made easy work of him and won by TKO. This is Ilunga's fifth win of the year in Germany alone, with him having a total of seven wins in 2012.

His competition is by no means great when he fights in Germany, but it gives him the chance to stay active and progress. Ilunga seems like a fighter that a lot of people have been waiting on to really make some big improvements and so far when he has faced a higher level of competition this year, he's gotten hit a lot and had a tough time, though he still won.

Video of the fight should be up soon, via FightStarTV, who also provided the photo seen above.


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