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K-1's Official Word on the World Grand Prix Final 16

There is nothing new coming out of FEG with "postponing" the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 in Nanjing, but it is nice to see something official come from them. Of course, many will question the official reasons, which FEG cites as "visa issues" among others, unlisted.

October 27, 2011 - Tokyo, Japan - FEG has announced that they decided to postpone "K-1 WORLD GP 2011 IN NANJING FINAL16".

A press-release from FEG says they have been making an effort to hold K-1 WGP in Nanjing just before the date of the event but some issues FEG holds such as visa preparation have not been solved, Then they decided to postpone the WGP in Nanjing. In the release, They state they sincerely apologize to fans, fighters and all the persons concerned for this postponement, and also mention that further information will be announced after matters become certain.


Tatneft Cup 2011 Final Card For November 12

The Tatneft Cup tournament is once again in its final stages. Competitors have advanced to the finals, having to win three fights over the course of the Tatneft Cup 2011 campaign to get there. The final match-ups are looking great due to some more talent being recruited this year. All the finals bouts will be six rounds of three minutes, unlike the normal four rounds of three minute matches in the Tatneft Cup. For more info on just what exactly the Tatneft Cup is, I wrote an article a while back illustrating why it's pretty awesome.

Starting off with the 70kg final, Dzhabar Askerov takes on Maxim Smirnov in what has all the makings of a great fight. Askerov always comes to throw down, and his fight with Enriko Gogokhia that advanced him to this position is a great example of that. With Smirnov having a pretty good boxing background (8-4-2 as a pro boxer with respectable losses), he tends to be pretty hands-heavy in his approach and this is what can really make the fight a slugfest. Smirnov is fresh off a stoppage win over Maxim Shalnev on Saturday while Askerov's last fight was on July 23rd in a win over Enriko Gogokhia that advanced him here. This should be a great one.

In the 80kg final, a battle of two top fighters at the weight takes place between Dmitry Shakuta and Alexander Oleinik. Both fighters are really good. Shakuta has been around for a long time, with the former It's Showtime 77MAX World Champion being among his accolades. Oleinik has burst on the scene over the past year or two, particularly after his tournament win in Moldova that included stoppage wins over Sem Braan and Constantin Tutu. This year, Oleinik beat another top fighter in Alexander Stetsurenko to get to the finals. Shakuta just picked up a win over Stetsurenko on October 20th. This should be a really good, technical fight. Both of their last fights in the Tatneft tournament against Yordan Yankov and Alexander Stetsurenko respectively are ones that you should definitely check out.

Lastly, in the heavyweight final Dutch-based fighter Hicham Achalhi faces Ukrainian Dmitry Bezus. Achalhi has popped up this year due to his participation in the tournament and actually just picked up a win on Sunday. Bezus has experience fighting at heavyweight, including a win over Konstantin Gluhov and a good amateur pedigree. Ismael Londt won the Tatneft Cup in this divison last year and has since skyrocketed up the ranks. Maybe the winner of this bout can have similar success.

Along with the final match-ups are some single bouts. Enriko Gogokhia fights Philippe Salmon at 70kg, Alexander Stetsurenko fights Hicham El Gaoui, who recently beat L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni, at 80kg and Dzevad Poturak fights Brazillian Ricardo Christian at heayvweight.


Heavyweight Kickboxing Isn't Dead: Ismael Londt

LondtThe departure of a select few Heavyweight and Super Heavyweight Kickboxers from K-1 action has led the media and fans to quickly declare Heavyweight Kickboxing as "dead" and that there is a shallow talent pool. We here at beg to differ, as K-1 might be the type of company to promote the same fighters year in and year out, but that does not mean there is no other talent out there. About a week ago, I wrote an article that Heavyweight Kickboxing was not dead, and Rian followed up with his own proof. The basic idea is that while some of your favorites might not be fighting in Kickboxing (for a while, let's be honest, they'll be back), that does not mean that there is a lack of talent. There is actually a ton of talent out there, and just as I promised, it is time to start introducing more fans to them.

First up is Ismael Londt. Londt fights out of the legendary Team Slamm, known for their Muay Thai adapted to Kickboxing. He is a 24 year old fighter and for a fighter as young as he is, he is already getting a lot of hype and has amassed a 25-2-1 record, which is impressive considering the level of competition he has been fighting. He has wins over fighters like Sergei Laschenko, Sebastian Ciobanu, Rico Verhoeven and Mladen Brestovac. If you aren't familiar with all of those names that is OK, but understand they are some of the best fighters coming up in the scene.

Londt has moved up in the SuperKombat tournament to the Final 4 and he faces yet another young star in Pavel Zhuravlev in a widely anticipated bout. Now, as to why people are excited about Londt.

The way Londt moves is like a veteren who has been around for many years. He mixes in a lot of the explosiveness that a fighter like Badr Hari brings to the table while still controlling his emotions and remembering to defend himself before going crazy. He is a Kickboxers Kickboxer, with great technique and legitimate Fight IQ. He goes for the kill when he sees it, and when he doesn't he makes sure to cover his bases without getting frustrated. So of course, why tell when we can show?

Vs. Mladen Brestovac

Vs. Sebastian Ciobanu


SuperKombat's November is Shaping Up to be Awesome

SuperKombatIt is nice to be able to pump some good news into the Kickboxing world and it is interesting that the news will branch away from the mainstays of K-1 and It's Showtime and focus instead on Romania's SuperKombat series. SuperKombat is a product of Eduard Irimia, who helped out with the "Local Kombat" shows that were popular in Romania. They are pushing hard and fast to gain a foot hold in the ever-evolving world of Kickboxing in a landscape where K-1 is not the king. It is a bold move and the execution has been anything but flawless, but the effort is noted and is beginning to pay off.

In November SuperKombat plans to run two big shows and looks to benefit from K-1's inability to promote the October 29th World Grand Prix Final 16 event in Nanjing. The finals of the SuperKombat WGP are on November 19th with Catalin Morosanu facing some real competition in Melvin Manhoef in a bout that has been rumored for a very long time but yet to materialize. The Finals themselves features four fighters; Ismael Londt, Erhan Deniz, Sergeii Laschenko and Pavel Zhuravlev and the rest of the card is to be filled out by Ruslan Karaeve, the Stoica brothers and Albert Kraus.

On the 17th, just two days before, it was revealed that Eduard Irimia Productions and Eurosport will co-promote another event featuring big name fighters. It will feature yet another Heavyweight tournament and Superfights, with Hesdy Gerges announced as participating in one of the Superfights. The tournament will feature Rico Verhoeven, Mourad Bouzidi, Anderson "Braddock" Silva, Daniel Sam, Sebastien Van Thielen and Roman Kliebl. For last minute that is pretty good. [source]


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