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SUPERKOMBAT Teams with Festival dell'Oriente

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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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Check Out Can't Stop Crazy's Family Business Vol. 1

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Can't Stop Crazy isn't really a fight team, exactly, just like it isn't just a way of mind. Can't Stop Crazy is sort of a collective within the West Coast Muay Thai scene that features some of the best muay thai fighters in the country who are just friends with each other and look to help each other out. So when they all converged upon one location to help prepare for fights something cool happens, which was captured on video by Jeff Dojillo, and we will be happy to share with you on here.

Kevin Ross is preparing for a fight in Lion Fight come the end of September and Joe Schilling is preparing for the GLORY 10 Los Angeles Middleweight tournament, so both men will have their hands full come the end of September. Check out this video below.

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Eduard Irimia Explains that SUPERKOMBAT Fighters Can Fight for Anyone

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SUPERKOMBAT has an interesting stable of fighters at its disposal, guys like Benjamin Adegbuyi, Bogdan and Andrei Stoica, Catalin Morosanu, Raul Catinas and Sebastien Ciobanu. While lots of promoters force fighters into exclusive contracts, Eduard Irimia would like to make it clear that fighters under the employ of SUPERKOMBAT are not held to those kinds of restrictions. In fact, he encourages fighters under the SK banner to gain experience outside of the SUPERKOMBAT organization.

In the article, which was posted to Romanian luptatorii.ro, Irimia talks about his "gentlemen's agreement" with Pierre Andurand and GLORY, stating that they are not rivals and that he would be happy to send some of his fighters to GLORY. There is also a brief mention that Irimia would allow fighters to fight for K-1 as well.

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Revenge is Sweet: Masaaki Noiri Defeats Yuta Kubo at Krush .32

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Although the Netherlands certainly holds the choice cuts of fighters at 70kg and above, Japan has dominated the lighter weights of kickboxing for years and without much credit. Last weekend, the two best fighters from the 65-67kg divisions- former K-1 Youth champion, Masaaki Noiri, and current GLORY and Krush 67kg champion, Yuta Kubo- met in Nagoya for 3rd time.

While Kubo had come away with two big wins in their previous meetings (once in the K-1 63kg tournament semi-finals and once in the GLORY 65kg finals) it was Noiri, the 20 year old prodigy, who finally earned his revenge and the Krush 67kg title. 

By all reports, the fight was relatively one-sided. After sustaining an eye injury from a knee in the second round, Kubo desperately tried to employ clinching tactics against Noiri, which failed when the ref took measures to seperate them frequently, even going so far as to give Kubo a warning. Noiri picked apart Kubo from the outside using his length, taking extra care to aim for the older fighter's injured eye. 

In the final round Kubo again tried his hand at clinching but this time was given a deduction from the referee for doing so. Free to engage, Noiri began landing hard knees, kicks, punches, and swarming Kubo at the end of the round with hooks to the body and head. 

At the end of three, Noiri was awarded the unanimous decision victory, snapping Kubo's impressive 17 fight winning streak and taking his 67kg Krush title in the process. 

This win, in my opinion, has created the most dynamic and interesting rivalry in kickboxing. With the exception of perhaps Peter Aerts and Semmy Schilt (Recently retired), no other pair of fighters in the sport have such a series of high level back and forth battles. They have only lost to each other on the world's biggest stages, and only after defeating everyone else in their weight brackets (which now span three seperate divisions). They are far and away some of the most technically skilled athletes in the world, they have distinctly opposing personalities, and they're both from the same country.

As GLORY Kickboxing continues its push into Japan, Noiri and Kubo are without a doubt the keys to getting Japanese fans back in seats. The Japanese favor exciting narratives over rankings and title fights, and right now there is no better narrative than a fourth, and potentially fifth match between the two best 65kg kickboxers in the world. 

Also on the Krush .32 card, Yoshihiro Sato continued his impressive rebound from a disasterous 2012, winning his fourth straight fight and defeating Shintaro Matsukara by unanimous decision. Sato will be riding a hefty amount of momentum into his Full Thai rules fight against Buakaw on October 6, which will undoubtedly be his most significant battle since the 2010 K-1 MAX Finals against Giorgio Petrosyan. 

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