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SUPERKOMBAT Teams with Festival dell'Oriente

  • Published in Kickboxing

SK

So SUPERKOMBAT's Eduard Irimia has decided to pay some homage to the world of traditional martial arts with this year's Festival dell'Oriente in Italy. Think of this festival as, well, a huge martial arts festival that will have over 5,000 martial artists from 113 countries competing for a world championship. How SUPERKOMBAT fits in is that on the third day of the festival they will host SUPERKOMBAT New Heroes: Asia vs. the Rest of the World.

The entire Festival dell'Oriente event is based around amateur competition and SUPERKOMBAT is looking to establish itself not only as a professional sports league, but one that is in tune with culture, martial arts and history. SUPERKOMBAT's New Heroes event will also be the only professional sporting event held at the Festival dell'Oriente and will be broadcast to all of SUPERKOMBAT's media partners around the world.

It's an interesting concept and it's cool to see SUPERKOMBAT being involved with something that is connected with the roots of the sport like that.

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The Waning Relevancy of Heavyweights in a Changing Kickboxing Landscape

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Throughout the history of modern professional kickboxing there has been one lynchpin holding it all together, that has been heavyweights. There has always been an odd fascination with two goliaths, larger-than-life titans, stepping into the ring and throwing giant shots at each other. Smaller fighters have risen in popularity, but under the narrative of a David vs. Goliath, not usually within its own division. That isn’t to say that there aren’t staunch fans of two fighters of the same weight competing, because there are, but heavyweight fights have always been the featured attraction and appealed to the widest audiences. But these days it seems like heavyweight kickboxing is less and less relevant, with lighter weight classes taking center stage. You still can't deny that heavyweights are an attraction, though.

We are living in the wake of K-1’s glory days in heavyweight kickboxing. Peter Aerts, Semmy Schilt, Remy Bonjasky, Ray Sefo, Ernesto Hoost and Jerome Le Banner are all retired. This generation of heavyweights has been rather thin thanks to a downturn in business and the advent of a viable light heavyweight weight class that has attracted some of the lighter heavyweights that would usually just tough it out with the bigger guys. The lack of huge paydays and giant backing like FEG had with Fujii TV in Japan has meant younger stars turning their attention to boxing or MMA where there are more assurances. 

There was temporarily a glimmer of hope on the horizon when GLORY kicked into high gear, as we saw in GLORY 4’s Heavyweight Grand Slam tournament. Of course, four of those fighters went on to drop in weight (Jurkovic, Bouzidi, Verlinden, Saki), three have since retired (Schilt, Aerts, Bonjasky), some faded from view (Guidon, Raoumaru) while others just haven’t fought in a very long time in the spotlight (Ghita, Kharitonov). In fact, if you were to look at the 16 fighters involved in that tournament only four of them are still active in GLORY’s heavyweight division (Verhoeven, Zimmerman, Braddock and Jamal Ben Saddik).

From a narrow view those are without a doubt four of GLORY’s top heavyweights at the moment. When browsing through GLORY’s rankings the only top contender that has been added in the years following GLORY 4 has been Benjamin Adegbuyi. A cursory look through their rankings is actually kind of depressing. Ben Edwards has decided to focus on boxing, older gatekeepers like Freddy Kemayo and Mladen Brestovac aren’t about the set the world on fire, nor will the new additions of the monotone Xavier Vigney or the spirited but still not quite there Chi Lewis Parry.

Looking at our own top ten (which will be revised as soon as Jay is done with his Hollywood responsibilities), for fighters outside of GLORY there is Hesdy Gerges, Andrei Gerasmichuk, Zabit Samedov and Ismael Londt. Gerges just lost to Jahfarr Wilnis, who oddly enough hasn’t been seen in a GLORY ring in quite some time. Most of these fighters are competing wherever they can draw a paycheck from and fighting infrequently, hardly moving up the ranks of the division.

Other bigger name heavyweights out in the wild are the ever-unpredictable Badr Hari, the young, still not in shape Ismael Lazaar and SuperKombat’s stable of Heavyweights including the part time Catalin Morosanu and the recently-returned Raul Catinas. The picture that I’m painting here is that of a heavyweight landscape that does little to inspire. That isn’t to say that there aren’t good heavyweights out there, but there has been a disconnect between the generations where there was very little overlap between them. The last K-1 World Grand Prix Champion was Alistair Overeem, who quickly hopped back to MMA after the fall of FEG’s K-1 and the last big heavyweight tournament champion was Semmy Schilt, who never fought against after GLORY 4. 

Rico Verhoeven has had impressive performances and is without a doubt the dominant world champion for the division right now, but the GLORY 11 tournament being a four-man and lacking in older, more established stars only hurt everyone involved. There wasn’t much of a narrative of Verhoeven overcoming greats to claim his top spot, just questionable downs against Gokhan Saki and a disputed win over Daniel Ghita. Even in winning the championship at GLORY 17 it was in a rematch with Ghita where Ghita fans are still crying foul after all of this time that Rico didn’t “do enough.” To no fault of Verhoeven’s there are not many top contenders left for him. The Zimmerman fight had that big fight feel to it, but Zimmerman’s freak injury took some of the shine off of it, and the rise of Benjamin Adegbuyi happened largely on non televised undercards, giving fans little reason to believe in or care about him. 

Heavyweight kickboxing right now is at a crossroads, living in a post-FEG era that can only be defined as fragmented and getting worse. So I want to ask you a question; who do you think will be the next big heavyweight kickboxing star? Is Rico Verhoeven the star that is slowly growing, or will the relative lack of competition hurt him in the long run? Or, has the rise of the smaller, more technical weight classes made the heavyweight spectacle a relic of the past now?

Right now it feels like while there are solid fighters in the heavyweight division, some of the talent that would usually prop it up has been dispersed to light heavyweight and even middleweight. That being said, fans still want to see heavyweights rumble.

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Full SuperKombat Card for June 21st

  • Published in Kickboxing

SuperKombat's June 21st event is quickly-approaching and now we not only know that Andrei Stoica will be defending his SuperKombat Super Cruiserweight Championship, but we know the location and the rest of the card. Originally Horace Martin was supposed to challenge Stoica for the title, but he was forced to withdraw and has been replaced with perhaps the better known Ali Cenik. 

The event will take place in the Sports Hall in Constanta, Romania and will air on Sport.ro in Romania and on Eurosport throughout Europe. 

1. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)
Daniel Lazar (Romania) vs. Ciprian Schiopu (Romania)
2. Semifinal 1 – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)
Michael Terrill (United Kingdom) vs. Patrick Van Rees (Netherlands)
3. Semifinal 2 – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)
Moises Baute (Spain) vs. Cristian Ristea (Romania)
4. Super Fight – Lightweight Bout (-63.5 kg)
Cristian Spetcu (Romania) vs. TBA (To-be-announced)
5. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)
D’Angelo Marshall (Curacao) vs. Thomas Vaneste (Belgium)
6. Super Cruiserweight Title – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)
Ali Cenik (Turkey) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)
7. Final – Cruiserweight Bout (-92 kg)
Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2

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SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final in Monza Card for Nov. 22nd

  • Published in Kickboxing

On November 22nd in Monza, Italy SuperKombat will present the finals of the SuperKombat Light Heavyweight GP, the winner walking away as the champion of this season of SuperKombat and bragging rights. Aristote Quitusisa, Dawid Kasperski, Michael Terril and Jorge Loren compete for the honors.

There are also some superfights on the show, including names familiar to SK fans like Andrei Stoica, Bogdan Stoica, Catalin Morosanu and Errol Koning. There is also a Middleweight title fight between Cedric Manhoef and Julian Imeri.

Main Card:

1. Semifinal 1 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Aristote Quitusisa (France) vs. Dawid Kasperski (Poland)

2. Semifinal 2 – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Michael Terrill (United Kingdom) vs. Jorge Loren (Spain)

3. Reserve Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Alexandru Negrea (Italy) vs. Bogdan Stoica (Romania)

4. Super Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)

Riccardo Lecca (Italy) vs. Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)

5. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-81 kg)

Errol Koning (Suriname) vs. Giuseppe De Domenico (Italy)

6. Title Fight – Middleweight Bout (-71 kg)

Julian Imeri (Italy) vs. Cedric Manhoef (Suriname)

7. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95 kg)

Emilio Vallecillo (United States) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)

8. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96 kg)

Ron Sparks (United States) vs. Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

9. Final – Light Heavyweight Bout (-86 kg)

Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2

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Weekend Results: SuperKombat WGP Giurgiu

  • Published in Europe

SK

Man, this has really been a crazy weekend that I'm still recovering from. This is a good thing for Kickboxing fans, though, as things have really been hitting on all cylinders of late. SUPERKOMBAT is of course in the midst of their World Grand Prix series, which continued this weekend in Romania. Bogdan Stoica earned a victory over Amir Zeyada, who has not fought in over two years and it showed. James Wilson and Damian Garcia fought in a battle of wills that went into an extension round before Garcia picked up the victory and Sebastian Ciobanu found himself knocked out in the third round against Reduoan Cairo in what looked to be a fun fight.

To top things off Jegish Yegoian secured his spot in the Super Kombat WGP tournament with a win here. Full results follow.

  • 1. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (-178 lb / -81 kg)
  • Ciprian Schiopu (Romania) def. Jacopo Bianconcini (Italy) via Technical Knockout in Round 1
  • 2. Tournament Semifinal A – Heavyweight Bout (+212 lb / +96 kg)
  • Thomas Vanneste (Belgium) def. Dorin Robert (Romania) via Majority Decision in Round 3
  • 3. Tournament Semifinal B – Heavyweight Bout (+212 lb / +96 kg)
  • Jegish Yegoian (Armenia) def. Ibrahim Aarab (Morocco) via Split Decision in Round 3
  • 4. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+212 lb / +96 kg)
  • Damian Garcia (Spain) def. James Wilson (United States of America) via Majority Decision in Extra Round
  • 5. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-209 lb / -95 kg)
  • Redouan Cairo (Suriname) def. Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania) via Knockout in Round 3
  • 6. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight Bout (– 187 lb / -85 kg)
  • Mirel Iacob (Romania) def. Francesco Mattioli (Italy) via Technical Decision (Doctor Stoppage) in Round 2
  • 7. Super Fight – Cruiserweight Bout (-201 lb / -91 kg)
  • Bogdan Stoica (Romania) def. Amir Zeyada (Egypt) via Knockout in Round 1
  • 8. Tournament Final – Heavyweight Bout (+212 lb / +96 kg)
  • Jegish Yegoian (Armenia) def. Thomas Vanneste (Belgium) via Unanimous Decision in Round 3

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SuperKombat May 23rd Results

  • Published in Europe

SuperKombat held their second WGP event of the year in Romania this past weekend and it was to a claimed packed house of 5,000 fans. The main card saw the Stoica brothers in action, both winning their respective bouts. Also in action were Amansio Paraschiv, Cristian Milea and Cristian Ristea, all victorious at this card.

New Heroes

Mădălin Crăciunică (R3 - Dec.) Adrian Giurgiu 

Andrei Ostrovanu (R3 - Dec.) Eduard Chelariu 

Cristian Stancu (R3 - Dec.) Songül Yılmaz 

Cosmin Ionescu (R3 - Dec.) Costin Mincu 

Mirel Iacob (R3 - Dec.) Bogdan Qatawneh 

Zsolt Benedek (R3 - Dec.) Bogdan Năstase 

Claudiu Bădoi (R3 - Dec.) Adrian Asoltanei 

World Grand Prix

Giuseppe De Domenico (R3 - Dec.) Ciprian Șchiopu 

Cristian Spetcu (R1 - TKO) Suliman Vazeilles 

Amansio Paraschiv (R1 - TKO) Hirachidine Saindou 

Cristian Milea (R3 - Dec.) Marvin Ulrich 

Bogdan Stoica (R3 - Dec.) İbrahim Giydirir 

Cristian Ristea (R3 - Dec.) Reda Oudgou 

Andrei Stoica (R2 - TKO) Thomas Alizier 

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Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Jamal Ben Saddik Set for GLORY 14

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GLORY 14

GLORY held a press conference in Zagreb today with promoter Orsat Zovko, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and Remy Bonjasky to hype up the upcoming GLORY 14 Zagreb event. This was some standard fare stuff, but the big takeaway from the press conference was that they've announced a Heavyweight showdown that has some serious implications for a lot of fans out there. GLORY has announced that Benjamin Adegbuyi will make his debut for the promotion against Jamal Ben Saddik.

If that doesn't sound odd to you, let me break it down for you. Benjamin Adegbuyi is under contract to SuperKombat and is currently one of their best prospects. SuperKombat has been looking to get Adegbuyi some fights outside of their organization and made a plea to both K-1 and GLORY last year and it looks like they've come to a deal with GLORY. This is great for Adegbuyi who will be able to go up against top competition in GLORY, this in turn helps SuperKombat as one of their fighters is getting a big bump like this.

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SuperKombat Special Edition from Zurich Results

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Yesterday in Switzerland SuperKombat presented their SuperKombat Special Edition event, headlined by Bogdan Stoica vs. Horace Martin in a title eliminator that saw Stoica score a second round knockout to earn himself a chance at the title again. What was originally slated to be Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Brian Douwes quickly turned into Daniel Sam vs. Brian Douwes and Sam was able to pick up the split decision victory over Douwes.

There was also a Heavyweight tournament that saw D'Angelo Marshall once again prove himself one of SuperKombat's better finds over the past few years in the Heavyweight division. SuperKombat returns next weekend with their WGP series, so stay tuned for that.

Bogdan Stoica (R2 - TKO) Horace Martin

Daniel Sam (R3 - SD) Brian Douwes

Heavyweight Tournament:

Semi-Final: D’Angelo Marshall (R3 - Decision) Michal Reissinger 

Semi-Final: Nikolaj Falin (R3 - Decision) Enver Šljivar 

Final: D’Angelo Marshall (R3 - Decision) Nikolaj Falin 

Errol Koning (R3 - Decision) Zyber Rudaj 

Shkodran Veseli (R3 - Decision) Anghel Cardoș 

Faton Vukshinaj (R3 - Decision) Mika Tahitu 

Francisco Matos (R3 - Decision) Cristian Milea 

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SuperKombat Launches SuperKombat Academy

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SuperKombat has drawn a line in the sand and has chosen 2015 to be their big stand for them to build up new, big stars for the SuperKombat brand. Today was a big news day for the promotion, announcing that they will run six live World Grand Prix events this year on EuroSport, starting with their March 7th event. There will be four big Heavyweight World Grand Prix events held this year (March 7, May 23, June 19 and August 1), the Final Elimination on October 2nd and the World Grand Prix Final on November 7th.

The big news, though, is the announcement of the SuperKombat Academy concept. The concept is that SuperKombat will run a competition between 32 Heavyweights in search of the next big SuperKombat star. With a sizable investment of $5mil USD SuperKombat is looking to run a reality series and introduce these fighters on their live events, where they will test the fighters to move forward. The idea is that they will be preparing these fighters to be high level fighters and stars. The investment is to help with their training, salaries, supplements, travel and public-facing training to help make them into more complete packages.

This is a rather unique opportunity for fighters out there to live the dream in for the next three years (the length of the competition) by having SuperKombat essentially pay their bills for them and for these fighters to concentrate on training. 

Fighters or managers interested in more information can email SK at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more details.

The next SuperKombat event is on March 7th, featuring Benjamin Adegbuyi, Andrei and Bogdan Stoica, Cristian Ristea, Michal Wlazlo, Marcelo Adriaansz, Amansio Paraschiv, D’Angelo Marshall and more.

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Card for SuperKombat on June 13th

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Much like the spice on Arrakis, the kickboxing must flow or else the wheels of history will grind to a momentary pause. At least that is what I'm going to tell you because I'm pretty sure the world would exist without most forms of sports and entertainment, but it sounds a lot more dramatic the other way around. SuperKombat returns this weekend with SuperKombat Special Edition in Switzerland. Originally slated to feature Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Brian Douwes cooler heads have prevailed and Adegbuyi will not fight a week after he fought Rico Verhoeven.

Instead Daniel Sam has stepped up to the plate and that should actually be a pretty competitive kickboxing match. There is a heavyweight tournament featuring Nikolaj Falin, Enver Sljivar, Michal Reissinger and D'Angelo Marshall and Bogdan Stoica will be in action.

Main card
1. Heavyweight tournament - Semifinal 1 - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)
Nikolaj Falin (Russia) vs Enver Sljivar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
2. Heavyweight tournament - Semifinal 2 - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)
Michal Reissinger (Czech Republic) vs D'Angelo Marshall (Curacao)
3. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Francisco Matos (Switzerland) vs Cristian Milea (Romania)
4. Super Fight - Middleweight bout (-71 kg)
Faton Vukshinaj (Switzerland) vs Mika Tahitu (Suriname)
5. Super Fight - Super middleweight bout (-77)
Anghel Cardos (Romania) vs Shkodran Veseli (Albania)
6. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight bout (-81 kg)
Zyber Rudaj (Switzerland) vs Errol Koning (Suriname)
7. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)
Daniel Sam (United Kingdom) vs Brian Douwes (Netherlands)
8. Super Fight - Cruiserweight bout (-92 kg)
Horace "Boy Boy" Martin (Jamaica) vs Bogdan Stoica (Romania)
9. Heavyweight tournament - Final - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)
Winner of Semifinal 1 vs Winner of Semifinal 2
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