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)|