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Benjamin Adegbuyi And Catalin Morosanu Join Raul Catinas As 3 Romanians At K-1 Final 16

Shortly after SuperKombat's partnership with K-1 was announced, we expected some of their fighters to make their way over to the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 on October 14 in Tokyo, Japan. Today it was announced that three SuperKombat fighters would participate on the Final 16 card.

Raul Catinas, as we already know, Catalin Morosanu and Benjamin Adegbuyi will be the three SuperKombat fighters on the Final 16 event and also the three Romanian fighters. All three won their respective SuperKombat World Grand Prix one night tournaments that qualified them for SuperKombat's Final Elimination on November 10. All three will still fight in SuperKombat's tournament also. Catalin Morosanu has stated that he doesn't know yet if he'll be in a super fight or in the Final 16.

Benjamin Adegbuyi, the last SuperKombat one night tournament winner to date, will represent Nigeria as opposed to Romania. His mother is Romanian and his father is Nigerian and he is based out of Romania. Adegbuyi will represent Nigeria much like how Netherlands-based fighters Errol Zimmerman and Gokhan Saki represent Suriname and Turkey respectively.

Although these three have been announced as the three Romanian fighters in the FInal 16, do remember that Daniel Ghita is Romanian, although we still don't know where he'll end up fighting.

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K-1 Putting on Demonstration Tomorrow in Los Angeles

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If you are in the LA area and are looking to going to the K-1 Los Angeles show and don't already have your tickets, tomorrow could be a good chance for you to get a K-1 t-shirt (I mean, I don't even have one), hang out with Mighty Mo and possibly walk away with some free tickets. Local radio hosts Sam Miclette from KYSR 98.7 FM and "Ric the Brick" from KLAC 720 AM will be in attendance to host the event at the Hollywood and Highland Center this Saturday, August 11th at 12:00 Noon until 4:00pm. The legendary K-1 ring will be set up and there will be demonstrations from Mighty Mo, Jack May, Jermaine Soto and Lerdsilla.

So if you are in the area, it seems like a good chance to have an Orange Julius with Mighty Mo and tell Jack May that Jarrell Miller is coming for him, as well as pick up some K-1 stuff and possibly even some tickets, which will be raffled off throughout the event.

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K-1 Announces Agreement With SuperKombat

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K-1 announced today that they have entered an agreement with SuperKombat. SuperKombat will now be assisting K-1 with format and production of events this year. They will also be helping K-1 to secure European talent.

With the new ownership of K-1 being new to running events, they've gotten some help in the form of a stable promotion in SuperKombat that has been built up by its owner, Eduard Irimia. Irimia has experience promoting events around Europe, with tons of experience in the production department, along with many connections throughout the kickboxing world. Full press release below:

 

Los Angeles, CA - K-1, the world's premier kickboxing organization, today announced an agreement with the European leader in combat sports production, Superkombat WGP, and that both companies will work together in the development of K-1's live event production.

"I am pleased to have an industry leader like SuperKombat WGP supporting K-1," said Doug Kaplan, CEO, K-1.  "SuperKombat WGP and the company president Eduard Irimia believe in the strength of K-1. We are fortunate to have them on board as we expand globally and build the next generation of warriors in the sport."

Superkombat WGP is the industry leader in fight production throughout Europe. The company currently produces live combat sports events in 75 countries across four continents. Irimia and his team will work closely with K-1 in the format and production of its 2012 series of live arena events in America, Greece and Japan.  SuperKombat WGP will also assist K-1 in securing the biggest and best new kickboxing talent coming out of Europe.

"I am honored that Superkombat WGP will be working closely with K-1 to present the absolute best technology in live television production today," said Irimia. "I am excited that K-1 has finally returned. SuperKombat WGP will help K-1 in every possible way to once again become a giant in combat sports."

K-1's next event is the U.S. Grand Prix Championships live from the LA Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, Sept. 8. The all-star line-up of heavyweight fights include: Mighty Mo vs. Rick Roufus, Seth Petruzelli vs. Xavier Vigney, Dewey Cooper vs. Randy Blake, and Jarrell Miller vs. Jack May. Also, the K-1 MAX (Middleweight) fights include: Chaz Mulkey vs. Kit Cope, Michael Mananquil vs. Scotty Leffler, Bryce Krause vs. Justin Greskiewicz and Ben Yelle vs. Joey Pagliuso. Superfights include: Lerdsilla Chumpairtour vs. Gabriel Varga, Andy Howson vs. Romie Adanza, Justin Buchholz vs. Zhipeng Zhou and Markhaile Wedderburn vs. Jeremiah Metcalf.
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