This Saturday, February 5 in Slovakia is an event titled Ring of Honor with a featured bout between Alexey Ignashov and Roman Kleibl.
Kleibl is a good fighter who has picked up some solid wins in his career, including a 2009 tournament victory in K-1 ColliZion. He's not yet been able to quite get over the hump and make an impact on the upper ranks, though he still has the chance to do just that. Last year he competed at the K-1 East Europe GP. I predicted he would do well there, but he was eliminated in the quarter final round by Mighty Mo.
As for Ignashov, what else is there to say at this point? 2010 was supposed to be the year of the comeback for The Red Scorpion, but instead he sat out most of the year before turning in a very underwhelming performance against Tomas Hron at It's Showtime to cap it off. The common talking point about Ignashov is that he has all the tools to be top in the world but lacks motivation, although I'm not even sure that is true any more - he definitely had those tools at one point, but we have not seen them in ages. A lot of fans still hold out hope for a return of the old Iggy; sadly, I just don't think that's going to happen.
This is the 2nd meeting between these two as they fought in May 2009 for K-1 ColliZion. Kleibl took the decision win there, and I see no reason not to predict the same outcome here.
The rest of the card is a mix of K-1 rules, Muay Thai, and MMA with a few name fighters in there. Here is the complete line-up, from The Science of 8 Limbs:
Muay Thai Rules: Abdoul Toure (France) vs Vladimir Moracvick (Slovakia) 75 kg
K-1 Rules: Vladimir Konsky (Eastern Beasts) vs Mark Wildeboar (Netherlands)
K-1 Rules: Alexei Ignashov vs Roman Kleibl
K-1 Rules: Tomas Kohout vs Vitalij Akhramenko
MMA Rules: Atilla Vegh vs Hans Stringer
K-1 Rules: Erik Kosztanko /MTC BA/ vs James Asamoah /Holandsko/
K-1 Rules: Tomáš Šenkýr /Ares ZA/ vs Tomas Pakutinskaso /Litva/
K-1 Rules: Rudolf Durica /SVK/ vs Chyngiz Alazov /Azerbajdzan/
K-1 Rules: Lukáš Body /Kickbox Poprad/ vs. Fadi Merza /Rakúsko/
MMA Rules: Matúš Mečár /SVK/ vs Rudolf Kríž /ČR/