International Fighting Championship hosted their inaugural event this past Friday, July 25th from the Pavello Olympic arena in Badalona, Spain. The card featured a combination of Kickboxing, Muay Thai and MMA bouts. All MMA bouts were fought for 3x5 minutes whereas the Kickboxing and the single Muay Thai bout was contested for 3x3 minutes.
Combat sports legend Melvin Manhoef headlined the card and was stopped with strikes by hometown favorite Cesar Cordoba in just under three minutes. Cordoba came into the bout six-inches taller than his foe and looked to make good use of his reach advantage early, keeping Manhoef on the end of his punches and kicks whilst avoiding the occasional hellacious flurry from the Dutchman. Midway through the first round Cordoba landed a right high-kick and subsequently swarmed Manhoef with punches against the ropes before sending him crashing to the canvas face-first with a knee, rendering Manhoef momentarily unconscious. Instead of halting the bout, the referee began the 10 count that Manhoef impressively survived, only for the bout to be stopped somewhat controversially moments later. As Cordoba continued his onslaught of punches and knees the referee intervened with Manhoef still standing, which lead to a rather angry protest from Manhoef.
198lbs Kickboxing: Cesar Cordoba def. Melvin Manhoef by TKO (Punches) in Round 1
156lbs Kickboxing: David Calvo def. Juanma Chacon by TKO (Corner Stoppage) in Round 1
147lbs MMA: Jose Luis Zapater def. Juan Carlos Berlanga by TKO (Punches) in Round 1
154 lbs MMA: Abner Lloveras def. Miguel Valverde by Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round 1
165 lbs Muay Thai: Youseff El Hadmi def. Ibrahima Nijie by Decision
119lbs Women’s Kickboxing: Mari Curriki def. Maribel de Sousa by Decision
138lbs Kickboxing: Alfonso Grinan def. Oscar Garcia by Decision
145lbs MMA: Jesus Montero def. Alejandro Hernandez by Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) in Round 2
138lbs Kickboxing: Khyzer Hayat def. Vardan Mnatsakanyan by KO (punch) in Round 1
125lbs MMA: Daniel Barez def. Francisco Asprilla by TKO (punches) in Round 2