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SuperKombat on Saturday Features Stefan Leko, Pavel Zhuravlev in Tournament

Romania based kickboxing promotion SuperKombat is back with another event that features yet another four-man heavyweight tournament in its "World Grand Prix" series. SuperKombat has so far held two of its "SuperKombat World Grand Prix" events this year. The remaining two, which includes this Saturday's event will seal the list of participants in SuperKombat's year end World Grand Prix event in Frankfurt, Germany. Each World Grand Prix event features a four man heavyweight tournament, with the winner advancing to the final year end show. So far, Sergei Lascenko and Ismael Londt have qualified.

This weekend's tournament pits Ricardo van den Bos against Pavel Zhuravlev and Stefan Leko against Sebastien van Thielen in the semi finals. The winner will advance to the year end World Grand Prix in Frankfurt.

Also featured on the card are five other fights in the heavyweight division. Redouan Cairo returns and fights Frank Munoz. Both of these fighters could easily fight a weight class under, with Cairo having fought most of his fights between 85 and 95kg. One of the times Cairo did step up to heavyweight, he got beat pretty badly by Filip Verlinden. Another heavyweight fighter, Benjamin Adegbuyi of Romania fights Martin Hauser of Slovakia. Adegbuyi is being brought up slowly in Romania, not having faced great competition yet.

Full fight card below:

The event airs live on Eurosport if you're keen to watch it. It airs at 9PM CET, which is 2PM EST/11AM PST in North America.

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SuperShowDown 8-man tournament preview

November 5th's SuperShowDown show in Scotland is shaping up to be the biggest show in Scottish history and is up there with the best UK shows. Recently, promoter Brian Calder announced that the show was all but sold out, with only a handful of tickets left. Previously, we've had a look at the card as a whole and now we present you with a preview of the 8 fighters who will be competing in the 59kg tournament at SuperShowDown. For those of you who are unfamiliar with names on the UK Muay Thai circuit, I don't think I can emphasise enough how big this tournament is. Six of these eight fighters are ranked in the top 10 in UK/Irish rankings, with the exception being Jonno Chipchase (#11) and Ilias El Hajoui (26-3-1). While the line up includes veterans as well as relative newcomers, this really is anybody's tournament and as we seen in the recent It's Showtime Fast and Furious 70kg tournament, anything can happen! Read on for my run down of the fighters and who I predict will win.

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Fighter Spotlight: Werachai Wor. Wiwatananont

In 2009 the Wor. Wiwatananont gym was voted as the best gym at the Lumpinee Stadium awards. The best fighter, or at the very the least the most notable fighter from the gym is Werachai Wor. Wiwatananont. A teen who fights with a swagger and once 105 pound champion of Lumpinee. Over the last year or two he has grown into a top 10 ranked fighter at 115. A long the way he has beaten good competition, including a pair of wins over the current champion, Wanchalong Sitzornong.

In 2010 and into 2011 he had a trilogy with Mongkolchai Skindaewgym. Unfortunately there is no video of the first fight, but Mongkolchai won after dominating Werachai and finally in the 5th he scored a head kick knockout. Here's a look at the two fights they have had since and how his favorite technique, the teep helped him win both fights.

Werachai is a bit unconventional in that he uses a lot of push kicks to the face, not just as a measuring stick, but an actual way of hurting someone. Here he does just that.  

                   

The 3rd fight was just this July, and again Werachai's teeps played a major roll in how this fight was decided. You can see they both get a little careless and perhaps tired later in the fight and start swinging punches, which is undoubtedly the weak point for most elite Thai boxers. But when the well timed teep lands it clearly has an effect on Mongkolchai, and Werachai is able to finish in spectacular fashion, and avenge his head kick loss from the previous year. 

 

This fight was against Nueangthep Eminentair one of the top fighters in Thaialnd regardless of weight. He was too big and probably too good for Werachai, but as you can see at 8:30, and 12:12 he is always capable of landing that kick. 

 
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