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The Wonderful World of Kickboxing

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As those of us who’ve been around for a while might say, when it comes to the sport of kickboxing, no news is typically bad news. We’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about Glory in the past few months--from murky accounts of an organization on dire straits to assurances by some of our professional kickboxing journalist pals that they have the exclusive scoop on BIG NEWS which has simply been embargoed by Glory for the time being. The fact remains that we haven’t heard anything substantive from Glory since July. There was talk of more SpikeTV content and of an event to be held at the end of October--we’re still waiting for any of these things to materialize. This behavior is worrisome for those of us who followed the scene as recently as 2012, when K-1 made promise after promise of a big comeback that ultimately never took place. It would be sad to see Glory succumb to the same fate as its ambitious predecessors, with K-1 and It’s Showtime telling the tale of how unforgiving the fight business can be.

Kickboxing in particular is a very strange industry, one that appears very active at a glance but which tells a far more sobering story beneath the surface. If we judged the scene solely on the number of events held annually, we might think that things look pretty good, with organizations like LEGEND, Global FC, Top King, A-1, and SuperKombat making news on sites like this one with fight cards featuring big name talent. While the accessibility of this content is highly variable, from robust TV broadcasts to mislabeled camera phone footage posted on YouTube, there are nevertheless fights happening all over the world and subsequently news and results which we can report to you.

But the difference between offering you a survey of sundry action from around the globe and a developing narrative that you can follow and become engrossed in is the difference between Kickboxing as a mere curiosity and as a sport in its own right. There are plenty of Kickboxing and Muay Thai videos that show up on MMA sites, but as much as their readers might appreciate them, they will never get the same first person experience of being there when iconic and spectacular moments unfold--memories of being glued to your TV when Andy Hug landed that spinning back kick or when Joe Schilling knocked Simon Marcus out cold. These moments were real, and they made us believe in this sport and dream about the possibilities. Call it a pet peeve, but I find it a little heartbreaking when brilliant retrospectives of great kickboxing moments wind up on MMA sites under “look at what this might teach us about MMA technique!” headings.

No one in particular is to blame for how things have turned out for kickboxing. Ultimately the success of any venture depends on the convergence of talent, a solid product, proper promotion, and a receptive market at an opportune moment in time. Kickboxing had various combinations of these things at different points in time, but the times and circumstances changed. The downfall of K-1 had as much to do with its management as it did with evolving trends in the Japanese entertainment market. Many factors came into play, but unfortunately, things ended for K-1 in an ugly way, leaving fighters with substantial outstanding earnings which they may never be able to fully collect. However, let us not kid ourselves about what it takes to build a real professional sport league. We’ve seen plenty of flamboyant millionaire playboys from around the world blow their money to party with celebrities and to book their favorite kickboxers for an evening of entertainment. Some of these mysterious rich dudes will even slap a label on their “organization” and take lots of photos with kickboxing bigwigs to make things look legit, but we all know that trying to produce a sustainable sports entertainment venue for the masses takes a lot more vision and tenacity than that. No matter how flashy their shows get, the playboys are not going to save Kickboxing, and neither will the small promotions like Top King (although we’ll give it a chance, just like we always do--that’s the story of Kickboxing, right?) that seem to come and go every year.

We really hope that Glory will actually make it. It seems like the formula’s been there--Glory had enough money, the right talent, the right TV deal, and an ostensible understanding of the business startup process (God knows there are enough smart-sounding former hedge fund/venture capital people on board--how many of them does it take to screw in a light bulb?). Where do things stand now? We really don’t know. We do know that there have been no shows in three months, and if it is indeed true that Glory is coming to Oklahoma on November 7, then that will make four months since its last show. We really hope that the lights will stay on at Glory because as kickboxing fans, we’ve looked forward for a long time to not living in the dark of the sports world. 

 

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SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final Quick Results

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SuperKombatThere is something to be said for SuperKombat completing their 2011 World Grand Prix series and doing so with a bang. It was an entertaining card that they put out with a lot of fights tailor-made for local fans in Germany as well as their hometown base of Romania. The final four fighters in their tournament were a whose who of top fighters in the Heavyweight division, with Ismael Londt, Erhan Deniz, Sergei Laschenko and Pavel Zhuravlev. Not the biggest names in the world, but for up-and-comers ready to take that next step this is as good as a tournament as you could wish for.

Reserve: Jairzinho Rozenstruik (KO - R2) Benny Adegbuyi

WGP Semi-Final: Ismael Londt (Dec - Ext.R) Pavel Zhuravlev

WGP Semi-Final: Sergei Laschenko (TKO - R3) Erhan Deniz

Super Fight 70kg: Faldir Chahbari (Dec) Omar Amrani

Super Fight 72.5kg: Tevfik Sucu (Dec) Alviar Lima

Super Fight 70kg: Albert Kraus (KO - R2) Alexander Schmitt

Super Fight -88kg: Bogdan Stoica (TKO - R3) Dawid Baziak

Super Fight +88kg: Andrei Stoica (KO - R1) James Phillips

Super Fight +88kg: Catalin Morosanu (KO - R1) Patrick Liedert

WGP Final: Sergei Laschenko (KO - R1) Ismael Londt

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SUPERKOMBAT WGP IV in Giurgiu Card Announced

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SuperKOMBAT

SUPERKOMBAT will continue with their World Grand Prix series with the fourth event that is looking to qualify one man for the SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix at the end of this year. This is of course coming hot on the heels of the WGP III event that went down just over a week ago and saw more SUPERKOMBAT action. Outside of the tournament there are some big superfights, including Damian Garcia vs. James Wilson as well as Sebastian Ciobanu in action and a really great fight between Amir Zeyada and Bogdan Stoica.

The Stoica brothers are usually prominently featured in SuperKombat events, with this one being no different, but this time around Bogdan Stoica will have a tough challenge by the way of Amir Zeyada. Zeyada has not been super active over the past year, in fact he hasn't fought since 2011, but it will be great to see him back in action against a top competitor.

The event will be broadcast on EuroSport, Sport.ro in Romania, Fight Now TV in America and Epicentre.tv worldwide for $9.99.

  • SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix (Giurgiu): Fight Card
  • 1. Superfight 1 – Light Heavyweight Bout
  • Jacopo Bianconcini (Italy) vs. Ciprian Schiopu (Romania)
  • 2. Tournament Semifinal A – Heavyweight Bout
  • Thomas Vanneste (Belgium) vs. Dorin Robert (Romania)
  • 3. Tournament Semifinal B – Heavyweight Bout
  • Abderahmane Coulibaly (France) vs. Ibrahim Aarab (Morocco)
  • 4. Superfight 2 – Heavyweight Bout
  • Damian Garcia (Spain) vs. James Wilson (United States of America)
  • 5. Superfight 3 – Super Cruiserweight Bout
  • Redouan Cairo (Suriname) vs. Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania)
  • 6. Superfight 4 – Cruiserweight Bout
  • Amir Zeyada (Egypt) vs. Bogdan Stoica (Romania)
  • 7. Tournament Final – Heavyweight Bout
  • Winner Semifinal A vs. Winner Semifinal B

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SuperKombat's November is Shaping Up to be Awesome

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SuperKombatIt is nice to be able to pump some good news into the Kickboxing world and it is interesting that the news will branch away from the mainstays of K-1 and It's Showtime and focus instead on Romania's SuperKombat series. SuperKombat is a product of Eduard Irimia, who helped out with the "Local Kombat" shows that were popular in Romania. They are pushing hard and fast to gain a foot hold in the ever-evolving world of Kickboxing in a landscape where K-1 is not the king. It is a bold move and the execution has been anything but flawless, but the effort is noted and is beginning to pay off.

In November SuperKombat plans to run two big shows and looks to benefit from K-1's inability to promote the October 29th World Grand Prix Final 16 event in Nanjing. The finals of the SuperKombat WGP are on November 19th with Catalin Morosanu facing some real competition in Melvin Manhoef in a bout that has been rumored for a very long time but yet to materialize. The Finals themselves features four fighters; Ismael Londt, Erhan Deniz, Sergeii Laschenko and Pavel Zhuravlev and the rest of the card is to be filled out by Ruslan Karaeve, the Stoica brothers and Albert Kraus.

On the 17th, just two days before, it was revealed that Eduard Irimia Productions and Eurosport will co-promote another event featuring big name fighters. It will feature yet another Heavyweight tournament and Superfights, with Hesdy Gerges announced as participating in one of the Superfights. The tournament will feature Rico Verhoeven, Mourad Bouzidi, Anderson "Braddock" Silva, Daniel Sam, Sebastien Van Thielen and Roman Kliebl. For last minute that is pretty good. [source]

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SuperKombat Holds Local Kombat Bodyguard - Special Forces Finals This Friday in Romania

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SuperKombatSuperKombat continues their quest to find the next great talent in Romania as they head to the Stadium Ion Oblemenco in the city of Craiova. The stadium holds a whopping 30,000 fans and the show is the finals of their tournament to find new, up and coming talents for the world of Kickboxing. Of course, being in such a large arena it shows just how popular the sport of Kickboxing is in Romania right now, so while the world is watching we can only hope that we find another Daniel Ghita from Romania eventually.

They'll even have a special guest by the way of Remy Bonjasky and a WAKO Pro Intercontinental 64.5kg title bout thrown in to the mix!

The fight card is as follows;

Final, 85 kg: Alexandru Nedelcu (Galaţi) vs Daniel Mocanu (Găeşti)

Final, 95 kg: Gabriel Flutur (Deva) vs Daniel Hurduc (Iaşi)

Final, +95 kg: Răzvan Ghiţă (Buzău) vs Mihăiţă Golescu (Râmnicu-Vâlcea)

Final, +95 kg: Răzvan Benche (Cluj-Napoca) vs Leonid Tcaciuc (Iaşi)

Superfight, 85 kg: Cristian Ristea (Găeşti) vs Daniel Alexandru (Iaşi)

Superfight, +95 kg: Marian Iurchevici (Bucureşti) vs Zsolt Bala (Oradea)

Superfight, +95 kg: Marian Iordan (Bucureşti) vs Florin Boboc (Craiova)

Superfight, 75 kg: Miodrag Olar (România) vs Darryl Sichtman (Olanda)

Intercontinental WAKO Pro Championship, 64.5kg: Ionuţ Atodiresei (România) vs Saşa Jovanovic (Austria)

The show will be available via PPV on voyo.ro as well as on Romanian television if you happen to live in Romania!

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SuperKombat WGP Results

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So the SuperKombat show is starting right now 12:15pm PST.

Here are the Live Results:

1. Roman Palamar (Germany) vs. Alex Filip (Romania) - Alex Filip Wins (Amazing Rolling Thunder KO RD 1)

2. Alexandru Popescu (Romania) vs. Claudiu Badoi (Romania) - Claudiu Badoi Wins (Left Hook KO RD 2)

3. Madalin Craciunica (Romania) vs. Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) - Amansio Paraschiv Wins (Decision)

4. Nikolaj Falin (Germany) vs. Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania) - Sebastian Ciobanu Wins (Decision)

5. Cenik Cankurtaranoglu (Turkey) vs. Cristian Milea (Romania) - Cristian Milea Wins (Decision)

6. Anastasios Karagiannidis (Greece) vs. Vlad Grigore (Romania) - Anastasios Karagiannidis Wins (Decision)

7. Giannis Stoforidis (Greece) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania) - Catalin Morosanu Wins (Left Hook KO RD 2)

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Ben Edwards Bests Catalin Morosanu in Australia

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Morosanu/Edwards

This weekend might have been a bit slow when it comes to Kickboxing news, but in Australia there was a battle between two big name Heavyweights by the way of Catalin Morosanu from Romania squaring off against Australia's own Ben Edwards. The two were competing for the Kings of Kombat Heavyweight Championship, but I think most importantly, for standing in the Heavyweight division across the world. Morosanu has been trying to make his way into the elite for a while now, somewhere that Edwards has had experience.

It turned into a slugfest early on, according to reports that we've received, with Morosanu fighting the way that we all know he fights; heavy hands, looking for the knockout blow. Edwards, on the other hand, who hasn't always been known as a technician, fought a smarter fight by going after Morosanu's legs throughout the bout. Morosanu was focused on knocking Ben's head off, which meant that he was not of the mind to check the leg kicks, which was his undoing when it came time for the judges to deliberate.

Edwards won the Majority decision over Morosanu, but it sounds like it was a very entertaining and exciting fight.

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Mike Zambidis Wins at SUPERKOMBAT VIP Edition

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Zambidis

This weekend was a double shot of SUPERKOMBAT, with the first event being of the SUPERKOMBAT New Heroes persuasion, while the second night was a bigger event by the way of SUPERKOMBAT VIP Edition, featuring Mike Zambidis in a SUPERKOMBAT Championship fight. It was a big weekend for the SUPERKOMBAT crew as they announce that they are on Fight Now TV here in the United States as well as the signing of K-1 Heavyweight Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller, as well as crowning Mike Zambidis as their 71kg Championship.

Here are the results from SUPERKOMBAT VIP Edition;

  • Mike Zambidis def Harun Kina via UD
  • Miodrag Olar (Romania) def Alexandros Chatzichronoglou (Greece) via UD
  • Cedric Manhoef (Suriname) def Alexandru Popescu (Romania) via UD
  • Bogdan Stanciu (Romania) def Kevin Heselink (Holland) via UD
  • Cristian Spetcu (Romania) def Florin Abrudan (Romania) via TKO 2

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SuperKombat WGP Almere Live Results

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Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal 1 – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg) - Gurhan Degermenci (Turkey) vs. Tarik Khbabez (Morocco) - Tarik Khbabez Wins by 1st Round KO (punches)

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal 2 – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg) - Dexter Suisse (Netherlands) vs. Patrick Veenstra (Netherlands) - Dexter Suisse Wins by 1st Round KO (head kick)

Super Fight – Lightweight Bout (-63.5 kg) - Cristian Spetcu (Romania) vs. Hamza Soesie (Morocco) - Draw even after an extra round

Super Fight – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg) - Iwan Pang (Netherlands) vs. Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname) - Clyde Brunswijk Wins Unanimous Decision

Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg) - Marcello Adriaansz (Suriname) vs. Jegish Yegoian (Armenia) - Jegish Yegoian Wins Unanimous Decision

Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg) - Ali Cenik (Turkey) vs. Redouan Cairo (Suriname) - Redouan Cairo WINS by KO (violent flying knee)

Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg) - Catalin Morosanu (Romania) vs. Brian Douwes (Netherlands) - Catalin Morosanu WINS by Unanimous Decision

Heavyweight Tournament Final – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg) - Tarik Khbabez vs. Dexter Suisse - Tarik Khbabez Wins Heavyweight Tournament Winner

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SuperKombat WGP Final Elimination Geneva Results And Video

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Title Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg) Moises Baute (Spain) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania) Winner: Andrei Stoica (KO Rd 3)

Quarter Final 4 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg) Beni Osmanoski (Switzerland) vs. Jorge Loren (Spain) Winner: Jorge Loren

Quarter Final 3 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg) Aristote Quitusisa (France) vs. Bogdan Stoica (Romania) Winner: Aristote Quitusisa

Quarter Final 2 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg) Michael Terrill (United Kingdom) vs. Clyde Brunswijk (Suriname) Winner: Michael Terrill

Quarter Final 1 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg) Ibrahim El Bouni (Morocco) vs. Dawid Kasperski (Poland) Winner: Dawid Kasperski

Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)Nordine Mahieddine (France) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (Switzerland) Winner: Volkan Oezdemir

Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg) Jamie Bates (United Kingdom) vs. Yoann Kongolo (Switzerland) Winner: Yoann Kongolo (KO Rd 3)

Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg) Enver Sljivar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) vs. Lucian Danilencu (Italy) Winner: Enver Sljivar (KO Rd 3)

 

 

 

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