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One Spot Left In SuperKombat's Year-end World Grand Prix Final

If you didn't know, all the tournaments that SuperKombat has been doing all lead to their World Grand Prix Final, which takes place some time at the end of the year. 

This year, there have been three tournaments. The three winners, Catalin Morosanu, Raul Catinas and Benny Adegbuyi have all advanced to the World Grand Prix Final. Joining them at the WGP Final will be last year's four finalists, Erhan Deniz, Ismael Londt, Sergei Lascenko and Pavel Zhuravlev, making this year's WGP Final an eight man contest.

It's a very good field for the heavyweight division, especially for a promotion that isn't K-1 or Glory. There's only one spot left, so it could get even better. It should be interesting to see how last year's four finalists match up with the ones from this year. Morosanu, Catinas and Adegbuyi have all shown noticeable improvements lately and seem to still be getting better, especially Raul Catinas.

The next spot will be decided at SuperKombat's next event, once again via the four man tournament format. 


Watch SuperKombat's Full Event From Saturday

SuperKombat held their third event of the year on Saturday in Varna, Bulgaria and again put on a great show. For people in North America especially, you probably weren't able to see it on TV. Luckily, someone uploaded the whole event to Youtube so you can watch it now. The event featured Ismael Londt vs. Freddy Kemayo for the SuperKombat Heavyweight Title along with the likes of Catalin Morosanu, Andrei Stoica and Raul Catinas, so you should definitely check it out on this channel. Here's one video from the event, featuring Catalin Morosanu destroying Rick Cheek.


Badr Hari Again Suspected In Violent Assault, Denies Claims

Badr Hari's name just always seems to end up in some sort of controversy. Recently it was because of his relationship with Estelle Cruyff, the now former wife of Ruud Gullit. Now, much like a prior suspicion of assaulting a bouncer, Badr Hari's name is agian being brought up in connection to an assault. is reporting that Badr Hari could've possibly been involved in the aggravated assault of someone at the Sensation White, an annual festival in Amsterdam. A 38 year old man was beaten badly in a VIP box where supposedly Badr Hari was present. It is confirmed that Badr Hari was at the VIP deck with Estelle Cruyff.

An eyewitness account told the following: (Google translated): 

"Suddenly a lot of noise from the box where Badr was present, glass shattering, etc., the door opens, and a guy thrown out. His whole head inelkaar his nose, his eyes, there was a lot of blood but it is bizarre that his foot just hanging loose, the bone stuck out his foot and hung half-down back. That guy did not know what had happened and what stammered. Someone told me that two guests had entered the vipbox and this guy from nowhere, had done this and then were gone. Badr Hari stood sheepishly looking, with a hopeless look of 'what have I done now, at least as I interpreted it eh. With his jaw covered in blood with a towel wrapped aim. "

Badr Hari denied these claims shortly after, stating that he had nothing to do with what happened. He hasn't been approached by police yet, with a source saying that Badr is haunted and annoyed by these negative stories that aren't true.


Yuta Kubo vs Yuya Yamato Among Nagoya vs Tokyo Fights Added to Krush.22

Krush has been planning their first event in Nagoya for a few months and finally, the fight card is starting to come together for August 26th. They had announced a little while back that the event would feature 5 Nagoya vs. Tokyo fights, pitting fighters from/based in Tokyo against those from Nagoya and 4 of them were announced today.

By far the biggest announcement was the fight that will likely be top billed in the Nagoya vs. Tokyo battle, pitting ISKA Light Welterweight World champ Yuta Kubo, representing Tokyo, against WBC Japan and NJKF Welterweight champ Yuya Yamato, representing Nagoya, at 66kg. Kubo (33-4-1, 15 KO) has slowly been crawling his way up towards 70kg, where he has stated he could possibly end up and has continued his impressive win streak, rattling off 10 straight wins, though the last 5 have been against somewhat questionable foreign competition. This fight marks his return to facing Japanese competition and it won't be an easy one. Yamato (13-6-0, 8 KO) made a name for himself last year, upsetting Fabio Pinca by cut at Thai Fight Extreme France, however their rematch saw Pinca dominate Yamato en route to a decision. Yamato's lone fight this year is a solid win against the declining, but game Kanongsuk Weerasakreck at the Hoost Cup back in May. Yamato fights between 63kg and 67kg normally, so Kubo will actually keep his size advantage in this fight. Kubo is the favorite in this fight, but Yamato is very capable of pulling off the upset.

The next fight announced was Nagoya's Masaaki Noiri taking on Tokyo's Makihira Keita at 63kg. Noiri (12-3-0, 5 KO) is coming off of a huge upset, losing to the then-unknown Raz Sarkisjan at the Hoost Cup, being floored twice, but not without forcing Sarkisjan to the mat once himself. Despite the hiccup, Noiri is still one of the top 63kg fighters in Japan, holding wins over both Urabe brothers, Ryuji Kajiwara and Hiroya, both in Koshien and professionally. His opponent Keita isn't exactly a top guy, but competed in last year's Supernova Tournament, defeating Hiroshi Matsui in the opening round before losing a decision to Koya Urabe in the quarters and subsequently losing a reserve fight to K-1 Koshien champ Sho Ogawa. This year he is 1-0-1, with a KO win at Krush.17 and a draw against Sho Senchaigym at Krush.18. While this is a bit of a mismatch, Keita hung tough against Urabe and Ogawa and should provide some resistance against Noiri. The questions around this bout are how Noiri will bounce back from his loss, though he answered some of those questions in that very fight, coming back in the 3rd round and scoring a knockdown after being dropped twice.

At 63kg, Tokyo's Keiji Ozaki will be facing off against Nagoya's Taito. Ozaki (25-15-1, 9 KO) ended last year with a pair of losses, but has bounced back in 2012 with a pair of wins, albeit against not so great competition, knocking out Hinori Hattori at Krush.15 and taking a decision over China's Ding Ning at Krush.19. His opponent Taito (7-8-0, 2 KO) is a bit of a strange choice considering he's lost his last 3 bouts. He was in an opening fight at last year's K-1 MAX 70kg Japan Tournament, controlling his fight before being knocked out in what was his opponent's only significant offense and has gone 0-2 this year, losing to DEEP Kick 65kg champ Hiroto Yamaguchi and most recently in April, being KO'd by Kaew Fairtex in a tournament in China, who actually went on to defeat Yodsanklai in the finals of that tournament. Taito is not devoid of talent, but this should be a cakewalk for Ozaki who should really be fighting better competition on a regular basis.

The final fight announced for the card is at 60kg, with Nagoya's Yuya taking on Tokyo's Syota Hayashi. Yuya was a participant in this year's Krush 60kg tournament where he defeated Junpei Aotsu in the opening round, but was shut out by eventual tournament winner Fumiya Osawa in the semis. Hayashi is 2-0 in Krush this year, scoring KOs at Krush-EX vol.2 and 3 in 49 and 32 seconds, respectively. I'm taking Yuya as the favorite here, but Hayashi certainly has power that could end the fight at any point.

The fifth and final fight has not been announced yet, but it will be at 60kg with Masayuki Ishibashi representing Nagoya. Ishibashi is 2-1 this year, winning his quarterfinal bout in the RISE Featherweight tournament over Takayuki Nagayama and taking a win in Nagoya Kick before losing to Ittao in the semifinals at RISE 88 last month.

These fights join the previously announced main event, a 55kg title fight between defending champion Shota Takiya and #1 contender Takumi. 


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