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Fight Code Dragons -72.5kg Finals Set For Saturday

 

Fight Code's final show of the year is set for this Saturday in Debrecen, Hungary. The finals of the Dragons (-72.5kg) tournament will take place on the card, in a one night, four-man tournament format. Each competitor has advanced to the final by winning two fights (or in the case of Yuri Bessmertny and Abdallah Mabel, three). This show was originally scheduled to take place on December 15 in Marseilles, but it was switched some time ago to Debrecen, a city where Fight Code has held an event previously this year to a good crowd turnout.

The first match will be the first semi-final of the Dragons one night tournament, pitting Yuri Bessmertny against Norbert Balogh. Bessmertny picked up two wins over Armen Petrosyan to get here, the second time being a huge knockout. Bessmertny is the much better fighter in my opinion and shouldn't have much trouble in this fight.

The second semi-final will be Abdallah Mabel vs. Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee. Mabel defeated Xu Yan twice to get here and Sudsakorn dominated Halim Issaoui in his fight to advance here. Sudsakorn is the favorite to win the tournament but Mabel may give him some trouble. Sudsakorn defeated Mabel earlier this year in Muay Thai, but Fight Code's kickboxing rules are a lot different and it should be interesting how they affect the fight. Sudsakorn should come out on top though.

Full fight card below:

1st Match / -105 Kg / 3x3 +1 x exr Fight Code RULES

Jury BESSMERTNY

BELARUS

29 Fights: 22 W (11 K.O.) – 7 L

Norbert BALOGH

HUNGARY

29 Fights: 23 W (8 K.O.) – 6 L

2nd Match / -105 Kg / 3x3 + 1 x exr Fight Code RULES

SUDSAKORN

THAILAND

282 Fights: 240 W (56 K.O.) – 38 L- 4D

Abdallah MABEL

FRANCE

95 Fights: 76 W (40 K.O.) – 16 L - 3D

3rd Match /  -75 Kg / Prestige Fight 3x3 + 1 x exr Fight Code RULES

Thomas CARDUCCI

ITALY

26 Fights: 22W (1 K.O.) – 3 L – 1 D

Làszlò SZABO’

HUNGARY

30 Fights: 28 W (10 K.O.) – 2 L

4th Match / -88 Kg / 3x3 + 1 x exr Fight Code RULES

Hani KHALIL

ISRAEL

11 Fights: 10 W (2 K.O.) – 0 L -1  D

Mirkò KULACSIK

HUNGARY

12 Fights: 10 W (2 K.O.) – 2 L

5th Match / -65 Kg/ 3x3 +1 x exr Fight Code RULES

Ahmed SAID

MAROC

50 Fights: 45 W (4 K.O.) – 4 L – 1 D

Gabor GORBICS

HUNGARY

31 Fights: 26 W (11 K.O.) – 5 L

6th Match /            FIGHT CODE DRAGONS FINAL

Winner 1st Match

Winner 2nd Match

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Photo of the Day: Peter Aerts Victorious in Japan

For Mr. K-1, Peter Aerts, his December schedule was left open for the first time in a very long time as K-1 would not run a World Grand Prix this year. For Aerts this meant time to branch out and fight for other promotions. He has been keeping busy by competing under professional wrestling rules under the IGF banner alongside of other K-1 alumni like Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima, Jerome Le Banner and Bob Sapp. Aerts is also set to compete on the Genki Desuka!! show on New Year's Eve, but once again, in a professional wrestling match and not an actual Kickboxing bout.

Over the weekend in Japan, Peter Aerts took on "Mr. Kamikaze," a Japanese Heavyweight Kickboxer on a show titled Hinokuni Kakuto Densetsu Legend 2. Aerts easily won the bout with three knockdowns in the first round. [source]

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Shootboxing Announces 2012 Schedule, Including Men's and Girls' S-Cup



Coming off an extremely successful 2011 which saw the emergence of stars Ai Takahashi, Erika Kamimura and Toby Imada as well as their big Shoot the Shooto co-promotion with Shooto, Shootboxing has announced its planned schedule for 2012 which consists of 8 events. Among the 8 events are two Young Caeser events, four "Road to S-Cup" events, the Girls' S-Cup and the Men's S-Cup. The Girls' S-Cup is set for August while the Men's is set for its usual date in November, though no day has been announced for either event.

Jan. 29 (Sunday) IMP Hall, Osaka / Young Caesar Cup OSAKA 2012 vol.1
February 05 (Sunday) Korakuen Hall, Tokyo / SHOOT BOXING 2012 act.1
February 12 (Sunday) Toyokawa gymnasium / Young Caesar Cup CENTRAL 2012 ♯ 1
April 13 (Friday) Korakuen Hall, Tokyo / SHOOT BOXING 2012 act.2
June 03 (Sunday) Korakuen Hall, Tokyo / SHOOT BOXING 2012 act.3
August TBD / SHOOT BOXING WORLD TOURANAMENT Girls S-Cup 2012
September 17 (Monday) Korakuen Hall, Tokyo / SHOOT BOXING2012 act.4
November TBD/ SHOOT BOXING WORLD TOURANAMENT S-Cup 2012

Possible participants for the Girls' S-Cup include Shootboxing Women's Mini-Flyweight champion Ai Takahashi, 2-time defending Girls' S-Cup champion Rena, 2011 Girls' S-Cup Preliminary Tournament winner Erika Kamimura, 2011 Girls' S-Cup Preliminary Tournament runner-up Seo Hee Ham, 2009 Girls' S-Cup finalist V.V Mei (Mei Yamaguchi/V Hajime), and possibly MMA fighter Jessica Penne who holds a win over Rena in Shootboxing.

For the Men's S-Cup, I would expect 3-time S-Cup champion and 2-time K-1 MAX champion Andy Souwer, 2010 S-Cup finalist Toby Imada, Shootboxing star Hiroki Shishido, Shootboxing regulars Takaaki Umeno and Bovy Sor Udomson, Team Souwer's Henri Van Opstal and possibly 2-time K-1 MAX and 2010 S-Cup champion Buakaw Por Pramuk, though that is to be seen.

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SuperKombat's 2011 Awards

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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