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SuperKombat Returns May 12: Bogdan Stoica Fights For World Title

SuperKombat is back on May 12 after a successful event on February 25 in Montenegro. This time the event is back in Romania, in Cluj Nopaca. Featured on the card are the usual top Romanian fighters, like the Stoica brothers, Raul Catinas and Benny Adegbuyi.

A very interesting part of the card is that Bogdan Stoica will be fighting for the new SuperKombat -85kg World Title. The title is starting off vacant and Stoica will be fighting a to be announced opponent for it. SuperKombat introduced a middleweight (-72kg) title last year, which Albert Kraus won. It's also good to see that Bogdan will be at -85kg where he is one of the best fighters.

As per usual, there will be a one night, four man tournament, with the winner qualifying for the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final at the end of the year that as of right now features Catalin Morosanu, Ismael Londt, Sergei Lascenko, Pavel Zhuravlev and Erhan Deniz. The two semi-finals feature Raul Catinas against Daniel Sam and Jairzinho Rozenstruik against Wieslaw Kwaniewski. Benny Adegbuyi fights Sammy Tevette in the reserve match.

Some more SuperKombat regulars are in super fights. Andrei Stoica fights Rodney Glunder while Redouan Cairo fights Sebastian Ciobanu. Andrei Stoica and Redouan Cairo fought at the last SuperKombat event to a very controversial decision that ended up being a draw, and Cairo was promised a rematch but it appears that it won't happen at this event, at least.

Reserve: Benjamin Adegbuy (Romania) vs. Sammy Tevette (Netherlands) 

Semifinals: Raul Cătinaş (Romania) vs Daniel Sam (UK) 

Semifinals: Jairzinho Rozenstruik (Suriname) - Wiesław Kwaśniewski (Poland) 

Super Fights: Andrei Stoica (Romania) - Rodney Glunder (Netherlands) 

Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania) vs. Redouan Cairo (Suriname) 

Alexandru Lungu (Romania) vs. TBA

SuperKombat World Title -85kg: Bogdan Stoica (Romania) vs. TBA



"Le Banner Series" Fight Card For April 28

The "Le Banner Series" is getting kicked off on April 28 in Geneva, Switzerland. Jerome Le Banner fights in the main event and there's a one night, four man tournament featuring Frank Munoz and Stephane Susperregui.

The objective of this series of events is to find a replacement for Jerome Le Banner. Throughout the series, tournaments will be staged and the winners of the tournaments will fight each other to determine who fights Jerome Le Banner in 2013. The tournament on this card pits Frank Munoz vs. Yuksel Ayadin on one end of the bracket and Stephane Susperregui vs. Agibane Fernandez. The tournament fights are three rounds of two minutes.

In the main event, Jerome Le Banner fights veteran Arnold Oborotov, defending his WKN Kickboxing World Title. This fight is five rounds of two minutes.

Two time veteran of Fight Code, Yoann Kongolo returns to the ring after a victory at Fight Code's March 24 show and fights Malik Aliane at -82kg. Gaylod Montier vs. Amin Zitouni is a fun fight on the card, which takes place at -54kg. The non-tournament fights that aren't the main event are four rounds of two minutes. All fights aside from the main event are K-1 rules. The rules in Le Banner's fight are pretty similar, though.

5x2: Jerome Le Banner vs. Arnold Oborotov (WKN Kickboxing World Title)

Semi-Final 3x2: Frank Munoz vs. Yuksel Ayadin

Semi-Final 3x2: Stephane Susperregui vs. Agibane Fernandez

-82kg: Yoann Kongolo vs. Malik Aliane

-91kg: Emmanuel Payet vs. Horace Martins

-91kg: Jose Moreira vs. Merouane Bounabi

-67kg: Millon Bheran vs. Morgan Adrar


K-1 and Glory's 70kg Tournaments, Side By Side


Mike Zambidis vs. Chahid Oulad El Hadj

Andy Souwer vs. Abraham Roqueni

Artur Kyshenko vs. Su Hwan Lee

Harut Grigorian vs. Murthel Groenhart

Longern Superpro Samui vs. Chris Ngimbi

Gago Drago vs. Andy Ristie

Xu Yan vs. Yasuhiro Kido

Yuji Nashiro vs. Reese McCallister

Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Fabio Pinca

Maxim Vorovski vs. Sanny Dahlbeck

Robin van Roosmalen vs. Dzhabar Askerov

Ky Hollenbeck vs. Michael Corley

Yoshihiro Sato vs. Shemsi Beqiri

Dennis Schneidmiller vs. Qi Chenglong

Kem Sitsongpeenong vs. Cosmo Alexandre

Albert Kraus vs. Mohamed El Mir







Well now that we've known both K-1 and GLORY's "Final 16" for their 70kg tournaments for a bit, let's look at them, side by side. Although there's a downside to there being two different tournaments as opposed to one big one with all the talent, the positive is that we get more quality, high level kickboxing with some of the best fighters back in a tournament format over multiple events. K-1 and GLORY both have good tournaments set up, but which one do you think is better?


Batu Khasikov vs. Warren Stevelmans, May 4

Batu Khasikov was looking to fight Mike Zambidis on June 7, but the fight was postponed due to Zambidis opting to fight in K-1 on May 27. While, it's unclear if Khasikov will still fight on June 7, he's got another fight lined up, and it's pretty soon.

Khasikov will take on Warren Stevelmans on May 4. The fight will take place where Khasikov grew up, in Elista, Republic of Kalmykia, Russia. The venue is Uralan Footbal Stadium, which seats about 10 000 people. Khasikov has a very big fanbase, particularly from the Kalmyk community that he is a part of. The flag of Kalmykia is always present in the crowd when he fights and with this fight actually being in Kalmykia, expect a big crowd turnout.

Warren Stevelmans is a pretty good opponent to bring in for Khasikov. He's not a top fighter but is competitive enough and has a style that should make for a good fight.

2011 was a breakout year for Khasikov, who entered the year a nobody, and left with two wins over long time K-1 stars Albert Kraus and Mike Zambidis. Hopefully he'll fight more than twice this year, and I'd also love to see him in K-1, but that doesn't seem likely until at least next year. His promoters seem content to have him fill venues in Russia while bringing in good competition.


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