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GLORY Lightweight Champion has been training in Mixed Martial Arts for a while now, that much has been widely reported throughout the MMA blogsphere as when it comes time to talk about an MMA fighter's credentials, saying stuff like "training with a killer kickboxing champion" makes for an interesting story (while actually covering kickboxing does not, apparently). So we've known for a while that van Roosmalen has been training in Florida with sights set on taking the journey that many other kickboxing champions have made by wading into the pool of Mixed Martial Arts.
The result was a positive one for van Roosmalen, although it's fair to note that he did look a bit rough in the grappling department as many high level kickboxers tend to look when they work their way into MMA. Unlike someone like Verhoeven who fights in the less talent-rich heavyweight division and could have a greater deal of success with less refinement, van Roosmalen chose to cut weight down to Featherweight for his MMA debut. Featherweight and Lightweight, the two divisions that he'd be competing in, tend to be more talent rich and full of talent all throughout the world and the grappling of a 6-5 fighter in Anthinodoros Michailidis gave him some serious trouble in the opening round.
That doesn't mean that there isn't room for improvement, but it's difficult to see such a talented champion like him struggle like that, especially with kickboxing's at times tenuous grasp on convincing hardcore fans that this current crop of fighters is as elite as the previous generation.
Orsat Zovko's promotion FFC kicks off its 2015 with another kickboxing/MMA hybrid show that will be headlined by Dzevad Poturak squaring off against Frank Munoz. This is a solid battle of Heavyweights just operating outside of the fringes of being top fighters and could easily find themselves back into the mix with a few big wins.
Poturak had retired due to injuries back in 2013 but was able to mount a successful comeback in the second half of 2014. Munoz will be a big test for the 37 year old fighter, the first big test since his official comeback.
It'a also interesting to note that FFC is technically on FFC17 but that FFC7 was originally planned for Sarajevo and was canceled, making this the FFC event that never happened initially and them now making up for it.FFC 7: Poturak vs. MunozMarch 13. Skenderija, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Hercegovina)KB:Dževad Poturak (BiH) vs. Frank Munoz (SPA), HWElmir Mehić (BiH) vs. TBA, HWIgor Emkić (BiH) vs. Nikita Chub (UKR), -85kgBoban Krušić (MNE) vs. TBA, -85kgAntonio Plazibat (CRO) vs. Miloš Ivas (AUT), -95kgTomislav Čikotić (CRO) vs. TBA, HWTBA vs. TBAMMA:Tomislav Spahović (BiH) vs. Nicolai Salchow (GER), -93kgLaszlo Senyei (HUN) vs. Dawid Defort (GER), -77kgDragan Pešić (ENG) vs. Darko Banović (AUT), -66kgIvo Skopljak (BiH) vs. Jani Istvan (HUN), HWIvan Skoko (BiH) vs. Vladimir Prodanović (SER), -77kgAleksandar Rakić (AUT) vs. TBA, -93kgTBA vs. TBA
Final Fight Championship 8 went down over the weekend in Croatia, the promotion of Orsat Zovko. You might remember the name from such Cro Cop-oriented events as Final Fight (which the MMA media thought was his retirement, lolz) as well as this year's K-1 World Grand Prix Finals. Since then they've been going full blast in Croatia, pumping out quality Kickboxing events and drawing solid crowds for them. FFC8 got a little messy, though, as LEGEND 2: Invasion is coming up which forced both Sergei Laschenko and Pavel Zhuravlev to withdraw from this event. Let's be honest here, it is all about money.
Anyway, Thomas Hron stepped in at last minute and put on the performance of the show, which is admirable. Here are the results from Fight Channel.
FFC has been on a roll for the past few years and if you are wondering why FFC 7 is happening now, sequentially quite out of order, the story is pretty cool. FFC had initially planned an event in Sarajevo but was forced to cancel it. They promised to return to hold FFC 7 and they did just that this weekend featuring a solid card headlined by Heavyweight standouts Dzevad Poturak and Frank Munoz. The once-retired Poturak proved himself still at the top of his game against the very tough Munoz, edging him out for a decision victory in the main event.
As always, FFC events are both kickboxing and MMA events, so we've included both results.FFC 7 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina,March 13 2015, Skenderija HallMMAVladislav Genov def. Gergo Munczeberg - SUB (armbar), round 1 (2:16)Darko Stošić def. Dyonisios Papadopoulos - KO (ground n' pound), round 1 (0:59)Vladimir Prodanović def. Ivan Skoko – KO (ground n' pound), round 1 (1:55)Adam Borics def. Marko Burušić – Unanimous decisionLaszlo Senyei def. Dawid Defort - KO (ground n' pound), round 3 (4:34)Tomislav Spahović def. Kamen Georgiev - Unanimus decisionKBAntonio Plazibat def. Bojan Džepina - KO, round 3 (2:14)Strahinja Denić def. Dženan Poturak - KO (injury), round 1 (5:00)Denis Marjanović def. Boban Krušić - KO, round 2 (5:00)Igor Emkić def. Nikita Chub - Unanimous decision, after round 4Tomislav Čikotić def. Elmir Mehić - Unanimous decision, after round 4Dževad Poturak vs. Frank Munoz - Unanimous decision
This weekend saw Paul Daley in action after announcing that he had signed with K-1 earlier in the week. Daley was continuing in his quest to fight the best in the world by fighting Miran Fabjan, defintely not a slouch by any standards, in fact, quite a talented guy. He was able to put Fabjan down and out in the second round, although Fabjan admitted after the fight that he was in need of surgery, which he would be delaying until after this fight.
The results below are provided by FFC.
Robin van Roosmalen will be making his MMA debut at FFC 22 in Athens on February 19th, that much we knew, but his opponent was unknown still. Now we know that he'll be fighting 6-5 Greek fighter Theo Michailidis, currently fighting out of the UK at -66kg. This should be an interesting challenge for van Roosmalen as it'll involve weight cutting as well as fighting an opponent who is experienced in MMA, although not seemingly a world beater.
Another fight to look forward to is at -95kg in kickboxing between Pavel Zhuravlev and Brian Douwes. Douwes has proven himself many times over after a few mediocre showings in It's Showtime early on in his career and this fight is a pretty big deal at -95kg.
FFC 22 Athens
Robin Van Roosmalen (NED) vs. Theo Michailidis (GRE), -66kg
Darko Stošić (SER) vs. Emil Zahariev (BUL), HW
Pavel Doroftei (MOL) vs. TBA, -84kg
David Vasić (CRO) vs. Zauri Maisuradze (GE), -84kg
Alexander Papadimitriou (GRE) vs. Vladislav Genov (BUL), -70kg
TBA vs. TBA
Pavel Zhuravlev (UKR) vs. Brian Douwes (NED), -95kg
Samo Petje (SLO) vs. Meletis Kakaoubavas (GRE), -70kg
Antonio Plazibat (CRO) vs. Sergei Masloboev (LT), -95kg
Tomislav Čikotić (CRO) vs. Marius Munteanu (ROM), HW
Marko Adamović (SER) vs. Florian Marku (ALB), -70kg
JAsmin Bajrović (CRO) vs. Dimitris Chiotis (GRE), -77kg
Tomorrow in Ljubljana FFC will present their 18th numbered event featuring a split MMA and Kickboxing card. The kickboxing card features some bigger names like Mladen Brestovac, Miran Fabjan and Samo Petje set to defend his FFC 70kg World Championship.
Eyevan Danenberg vs. Jasmin Bajrovic - 77kg
Fabio di Marco vs. Teo Mikelic - 72kg
Vasil Ducar vs. Denis Chorchyp - 91kg
Denis Marjonovic vs. Miran Fabjan - 85kg
Colin George vs. Mladen Brestovac - Heavyweight
Valentin Rybalko vs. Samo Petje - 70kg Title Fight
Former It's Showtime Champion and current GLORY Light Heavyweight standout Danyo Ilunga has signed on with Croatia's Final Fight promotion. While the promotion did not release details of the contract or when he will debut, they seem excited to have Ilunga on board considering how talented he is.
Ilunga was the long-time top dog of the division until he ran into Tyrone Spong in the finals of the GLORY 9 Light Heavyweight tournament. From there he went on to defeat Michael Duut, Andrei Stoica and Ondrei Hutnik before falling to Saulo Cavalari in the GLORY 18 Light Heavyweight Contender's tournament. I don't expect him to stop competing in GLORY any time soon, though, so consider his move to FFC just in addition to that.
Final Fight's current Light Heavyweight Champion is Igor Jurkovic, which would be a potentially interesting match up down the line for FFC to make.
"We are extremely proud that we have such a big name in Final Fight Championship. I think Danyo Ilunga needs no special introduction since he is the world's best fighter in light heavyweight division and No 1 on Glory raking lists. It is also an important indicator of the reputation FFC has in the international fighting sports scene since fighters such as Ilunga fight only in top promotions,“ said the FFC President Orsat Zovko and added: “We will soon reveal more details on Ilunga's debut in the FFC and we hope it will be as soon as possible.“
Croatian kickboxing and MMA organization FFC will be holding its 14th event on October 3rd in Slovenia. The card will be a split between MMA and kickboxing like we've seen in the past, this time they will crown two different champions in one night. The first will be MMA at 66kg, the second at 70kg in kickboxing.
FFC 14 - Ljubljana (Slovenia)
3.10. 2014. Dvorana Tivoli
Samo Petje (SLO) vs. Teo Mikelić (CRO), -70kg - FFC 70kg World Championship
Mirko Vorkapič (SLO vs. Kevin Hesseling (NED), -70kg
Denis Chorchyp (SLO) vs. Dženan Poturak (BiH), -91kg
Miran Fabjan (SLO) vs. Boban Krušić (MNE), -83kg
Ivan Bilić (CRO) vs. Lirim Ahmeti (AUT), -77kg
Jovan Kaluđerović (SER) vs. Miloš Ivas (GER), -95kg
Lemmy Krušič (SLO) vs. Antun Račić (CRO), -66kg - FFC 66kg World Championship
Stipe Bekavac (CRO) vs. Marcin Prachnio (POL), -93kg
Maro Perak (CRO) vs. TBA, -93kg
Tomislav Spahović (BiH) vs. Sandror Okros (HUN), -93kg
Luka Jelčić (CRO) vs. Elia Madau (ITA), -70kg
Marko Dmonjič (SLO) vs. Pavel Doroftei (RUS), -84kg