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SuperKombat WGP 11, October 20 In Arad: Fight Card

SuperKombat is coming back with an event on October 20 after their successful foray into Varna, Bulgaria on July 7. This time they'll be back in their home country, in Arad, Romania.

The last SuperKombat WGP qualification tournament of the year takes place on this card and the tournament fighters are Steve Banks from the USA, Fikri Ameziane of Morocco/Holland, Goran Radonjic of Montenegro and Roman Kleibl of Czech Republic. The reserve fight is Razvan Ghita of Romania vs. Dmitry Bezus from Ukraine.

Sebastian Ciobanu will fight Dzevad Poturak in the main event, with the winner getting a wild card spot for the SuperKombat Final Elimination on November 10, the same place where the winner of the tournament will be qualifying to.

SuperKombat star Andrei Stoica returns and takes on Toni Milanovic at a weight of -95kg while Alexandru Lungu faces Deutsch Pu'u in one of the biggest (literally) SuperKombat fights ever.

The event will be held in the Galleria Mall (pictured) in Arad, Romania and this si the second time that SuperKombat will have held an event in a mall. Here's what Eduard Irimia had to say about that: "I chose this location because it provides very good conditions."

Be sure to also check out the full post on SuperKombat's website.

Superkombat WGP 11 – Qualification Fight Card:

National Title of Romania (75 kg): Miodrag Olar vs. Adrian Mitu

Reserve Tournament (+96 kg): Razvan Ghita (Romania) vs. Dmitri Bezus (Ukraine)


Tournament Fighters (+96 kg):

Goran Radonjic (Montenegro)

Steve Banks (United States)

Fikri Ameziane (Marroco)

Roman Kleilb (Czech Republic)


Super Fight (+125 kg): Alexandru Lungu (Romania) vs. Deutsch Pu’u (United States)

Super Fight (95 kg): Toni Milanovic (Croatia) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)

Super Fight (+96 kg): Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania) vs. Dzevad Poturak (Bosnia and Herzegovina)


Pietje Doorje Wins 32 Man 63.5kg Tournament

The A1 World Combat Cup 32 man tournament came to an end yesterday in Eindhoven, Netherlands, with the final eight competitors at 63.5kg remaining. All eight remaining tournament competitors won two fights each earlier in the year to advance to the eight man, one night tournament in the finals.

Going into the final tournament, I expected Jesus di Semedo and Buray Bozaryilmaz to be the favorites. Surprisingly though, both lost in their first, quarter final match-ups. di Semedo fought the Georgian now based out of Holland, Papuna Margvelashvili, with Papuna winning by decision and advancing to the semi finals. Bozaryilmaz also lost by way of decision, to Pietje Doorje. This only goes to show just how much young talent there is at this weight category in Holland. The other two quarter finals saw Valdrin Vatnikaj defeat Redouane Boukerch and Idris Demirci defeat Khalid Larifi, both by decision.

The semi final match-ups were Valdrin Vatnikaj vs. Papuna Margvelashvili and Pietje Doorje vs. Idris Demirci. Papuna took another decision win over Vatnikaj while Doorje got the only TKO win of the tournament against Demirci, setting the finals up to be Papuna Margvelashvili vs. Pietje Doorje.

In the finals it was again Pietje Doorje from the El Otmani Gym winning by decision and winning the tournament, taking home €10 000 and cementing himself as one to look out for at this weight category around 63.5kg.

There were a few other up and comers on the card, with Golden Glory's Robbie Hageman taking on Mohamed Bouzagou at -69.85kg. Hageman, the It's Showtime veteran, took a decision. Another up and comer at 70kg fighting was Tayfun Ozcan, who won by TKO against Hicham Boubkari in the second round You can see the video of Ozcan's fight here.


Superpro Fight Night IV: Beqiri Brothers In Action, GLORY Tournament

Superpro Fight Night IV goes down tomorrow, September 22 in Basel, Switzerland, which is the home of the three Beqiri brothers, Shemsi, Hysni and Ilir, who are all fighting on the card. The card is in collaboration with and sponsored by GLORY. On top of that, there's also a 16 man GLORY tournament at 70kg with a ton of young fighters from around Europe. The tournament is a pre-test for the format of the GLORY Grand Slam.

In the main event, Shemsi Beqiri takes on Steeve Valente from France. Valente is no easy opponent and should be competitive. Even if Valente doesn't win, if he looks impressive and is able to hang with Shemsi, both Cor Hemmers and Martijn de Jong from GLORY will be in attendance so this is a big opportunity for him. It's a good fight for Shemsi to stay busy in, as after this he's in the GLORY 3 Rome Final 8 tournament on November 3.

Hysni Beqiri is in the GLORY super fight, and he'll take on Mohammed El Mir. El Mir was in GLORY's First 16, losing to Albert Kraus. This is a big opportunity for both fighters, especially Hysni, to impress the GLORY team. Hysni is a really good fighter in his own right, coming off a disputed loss to Hafid el Boustati earlier this month.

The tournament match-ups are as follows:

Amy Sana (France) vs. Claudio Baressi (Belgium)

Martin Moj (Germany) vs. Uno Karaoglan (Turkey)

Tarek Gromnika (Germany) vs. Daniel Solaja (Germany)

Malik Groenberg (Netherlands) vs. Kevin Botz (Germany)

Nicky Hemmers (Netherlands) vs. Xhavit Bajrami (Switzerland)

Adriatic Emini (Switzerland) vs. Hafid Rhomdane (France)

Faisal Hammouti (Morocco) vs. Jassem El Djiawali (Iraq)

Omar Baqi (Afghanistan) vs. Andras Kis (Hungary)


8 Man 63.5kg Tournament Tomorrow In Holland

Earlier this year we posted about a 32 man tournament at 63.5kg featuring fighters from all over the Netherlands and some from around Europe. Tomorrow the tournament comes to an end with an eight man tournament in Eindhoven featuring the fighters from the 32 that each won twice to advance to the event tomorrow.

The four quarter final match-ups for the tournament, along with the reserve fight are as follows:

Reserve fight A1 World Combat Cup Final 8
3 Joury Smans (NED) vs Piet Heesbeen (NED)
A1 World Combat Cup Final 8
04 1. Redouane Boukerche (NED / MOR) vs Valdrin Vatnikaj (ALB)
05 2. Jesus di Semedo (NED) vs Papuna Margvelashvili (GRE)
06 3. Buray Bozaryilmaz (TUR) vs Piet Doorjé (NED)
07 4. Idris Demirci (TUR) vs Khalid Larifi (NED)

I'd say the the two favorites to win the tournament would be Jesus di Semedo and Buray Bozaryilmaz. Bozaryilmaz fights out of Team Gunyar under Ali Gunyar and along with di Semedo is a bright up and comer on the Dutch scene in this weight division. Valdrin Vatnikaj has fought all over the world, including against the likes of Kizaemon Saiga in K-1. The winner of the tournament is definitely a name to look out for.

There's also a few other Dutch up and comers on the card as well in other weight divisions. It's Showtime veteran Robbie Hageman fights Mohamed Bouzagou from Belgium at 69.85kg and at 70kg, Tayfun Ozcan fights Hicham Boubkari.

14 Tayfun Ozcan (Balans) vs Hicham Boubkari (FC van Dams)
15 Robbie Hageman (Golden Glory Helmond) vs Mohamed Bouzagou (Friends Gym)

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