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Pavel Zhuravlov Possibly Out, Bet on SK Fights

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With just one day to go until the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Finals fans across the globe are getting excited, as they should. It is SuperKombat's biggest show of the year and features the culmination of a year's worth of work for the promotion, building up their own brand of World Grand Prix. Of course, they have the K-1 brand backing them for this show as well and have put together a great card of fights.

If you are one of the man who is big on betting on fights and was bummed that you couldn't find anywhere to play the odds, you are in luck as a Romanian site, StanleyBet.ro, is running some odds on the fights and invite you to bet on them there exclusively. C'mon, you know you want to bet the house on Benny, right?

In other SuperKombat news, it looks like Pavel Zhuravlov might not make it to the event due to missing not one but two flights. If he is unable to make it to the event in time Freddy Kemayo will be the official Reserve fighter to step in as Sergei Laschenko was brutally knocked out by Benny Adegbuyi last time around.

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Watch the SuperKombat WGP Live on LiverKick

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One of the bigger tournaments of the year will wind down this weekend as SuperKombat, in association with K-1, will be bringing to the world the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Finals. We've seen SuperKombat throughout the year host a series of preliminary tournaments and this is the Finals, where the winner receives not only bragging rights to winning one of hte bigger Heavyweight tournaments of the year, but a nice sum of money and a new Mitsubishi. Last year's winner, Sergei Laschenko, will not be in the proper tournament this year, but is a reserve fighter.

For the first time, you'll be able to catch the event live here in the United States and around the world and we are happy to announce that LiverKick is partnering with SuperKombat to help bring this event to you. You will be able to watch the event live this weekend at 3PM Eastern Time/12PM Pacific Time here on this very page. You will be able to purchase the event for just $5 USD.

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Dzhabar Askerov vs. Enriko Kehl This Saturday, December 22

Dzhabar Askerov is one of the most active fighters on the scene right now and has been for quite some time. He's back at it again on Saturday in his original home of Dagestan, Russia at NewFC - Battle of the Stars.

Askerov will fight Enriko Kehl, a 20 year old German fighter who is a very quickly rising prospect at 70kg. Kehl already fought and won once in Russia this year, dominating Magomed Magomedov to a decision win at the Tatneft Cup Finals in October. Askerov will be on of Kehl's biggest tests to date, having already faced Murat Direkci.

This will be Askerov's eleventh fight of the year. He had a few more fights this year that he pulled out of or were cancelled, including a potential fight vs. Steve Moxon that was scheduled for December 9 in Australia.

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2012: Learning More About The Landscape Of The Lightweight Division

The lightweight division, which we consider to be around 60-63.5kg, has always been living in the shadows of the two main divisions in kickboxing, 70kg and heavyweight. It still is, but 2012 was a big year for the lightweight division.

One of the main problems in evaluating the lightweight division has always been the separation between the fighters in Japan and the fighters in the rest of the world. Since Japan has so many quality fighters in this division, it's always been essential that we see some crossover and that fighters from Japan fight fighters from outside Japan, so we can really just get an overall feel for the landscape of the division. Well, that's started to happen this year with Krush's efforts to bring in foreigners, and to a smaller extent, other Japanese promotions such as RISE. There still really isn't a big stage like K-1 or GLORY where all of the best lightweights can fight on, but compared to the past, what Krush has done this year is a great start and was very much a large factor in LiverKick starting to do rankings for the lightweight division.

Even outside of Japan, there were a lot of meaningful and relevant fights between 60-63.5kg with some of the best fighters fighting each other. France is one of the main fight hubs for lightweight fights, housing Yetkin Ozkul vs. Thomas Adamandopoulos and Thomas Adamandopoulos vs. Karim Bennoui this year, to name a few. France, aside from in my opinion being one of the strongest countries in all of kickfighting, is also one of the strongest when it comes to the lightweight division, which I've been able to determine based on French fighters' results internationally and the quality of fighters domestically. More importantly, Krush forged good relationships with French managers and brought us fights between some of the best French fighters and some of the best Japanese fighters at lightweight, two powerhouses in the division.

Aside from Krush, It's Showtime played their part in putting on Javier Hernandez vs. Masahiro Yamamoto, another very important fight for the rankings of the division. Hernandez alone was involved in quite a few fights that were helpful in evaluating the landscape of the division, notably against Ruben Almeida, against Yuki in RISE, and against Mickael Peynaud. Top lightweights in general have been pretty active this year in regards to fighting each other, and the same goes for fighters sitting outside the rankings that are trying to establish themselves as top fighters. As a result of all this crossover it's become much less of a difficult task to evaluate where lightweights stand amongst each other in kickboxing.

If everyone sticks with what they've said in regards to 2013, next year should be an even better year in establishing not just lightweights but lighter weights below 70kg in kickboxing. Krush is already bringing in foreign fighters for their scheduled January events and there are plans to bring in even more, and possibly even bring Japanese fighters to fight in Europe. K-1 is supposed to be doing 63kg next year and GLORY in turn is doing 65kg, which are the two platforms that can really spark interest in weights below 70kg and attempt to take these weights away from the realms of relative obscurity that they've been in for most of modern kickboxing's existence. 2012 was a good start in that there was finally some crossover created in match-ups internationally. Hopefully it continues throughout 2013.

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