Aside from K-1's event yesterday in Los Angeles, there was some other notable kickboxing action in Merseburg, Germany at Merseburger Fight Night. Danyo Ilunga was among names featured in a one night, eight man heavyweight tournament and Gago Drago also returned to the ring to try and snap his eight fight losing streak.
Ilunga ended up winnin the heavyweight tournament but he only ended up having to fight twice. He defeated Wendell Roche in a rematch of their It's Showtime title fight back in December of 2010 by unanimous decision in the quarter finals. The other quarter final match-ups consisted of Slavo Polugic defeating Utley Meriana by unanimous decision, Senad Hadzic defeating Martin Jahn by corner stoppage in the second round and Uguz Ovgur took a decision over Vladimir Toktasynov.
In the first semi-final, Slavo Polugic pushed Senad Hadzic to the ground and soccer kicked him not once, but twice, resulting in a brawl in the ring between both camps. Both fighters were disqualified. Uguz Ovgur was injured so with Polugic and Hadzic disqualified, Ilunga ended up fighting Sergio Pique, who won his reserve bout over Jerry Otto via KO from a high kick, in the final. Ilunga ended up overwhelming Pique in the first round, winning by TKO.
Gago Drago faced Baker Barakat and after a competitive first three rounds, the fight went to an extra round. In the extra round, Drago pressured Barakat a bit more to secure the win and snap his eight fight losing streak.
Max Baumert of Golden Glory Berlin met the grizzled veteran, Marco Pique and took a unanimous decision in a close fight.
Sergio Pique def. Jerry Otto by KO (High Kick) in Round 2.
Steven Kitzing def. Romano Romasco by unanimous decision.
Tournament Quarter Finals
Danyo Ilunga def. Wendell Roche by unanimous decision.
Slavo Polugic def. Utley Meriana by unanimous decision.
Senad Hadzic def. Martin Jahn by TKO (Corner Stoppage) in Round 2.
Uguz Ovgur def. Vladimir Toktasynov by unanimous decision.
Slavo Polugic and Senad Hadzic are both disqualified.
Danyo Ilunga def. Sergio Pique by TKO in Round 1.
Gago Drago def. Baker Barakat by extra round decision.
Max Baumert def. Marco Pique by unanimous decision.
Alban Ahmeti def. Onur Karaoglan by unanimous decision.
Peter Chobanov def. Mikail Bajramov by TKO (Cut) in Round 1.