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SuperKombat WGP Final, December 22 In Bucharest

The SuperKombat WGP Final on December 22 takes place in Bucharest, Romania. The event will feature a one night, four man tournament, consisting of fighters who qualified to the tournament from the Final Elimination on November 10.

These four fighters are Benjamin Adegbuyi, Sebastian Ciobanu, Ismael Londt and Pavel Zhuravlev. Ciobanu will face Londt on one side of the tournament, and on the other side, Adegbuyi will face Zhuravlev. The winner of the tournament will be crowned the SuperKombat World Grand Prix 2012 champion. Sergei Lascenko was last year's winner.

No other announcements have been made for the fight card, but expect them to come soon and feature some big names, as it's SuperKombat's final and probably their biggest event of the year also.

As usual, the event will air live on Eurosport.

 

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Badr Hari's Shortcomings a Metaphor For Kickboxing as a Whole

Badr Hari (C) Dan Herbertson

Right now Badr Hari is sitting inside of his not-so-comfortable jail cell in the Netherlands facing a January court date where he’ll be tried for attempted manslaughter, and what’s funny is that Hari didn’t have to be in that jail cell. All Badr had to do was stay away from going to places that serve alcohol and not talk to any of the witnesses in his upcoming trial, and he did both, so he’s back in prison where he will stay until his court date. Badr Hari is a case of wasted potential and one of the sport’s biggest stars sitting on the sidelines due to his own terrible decisions and how no one around him took the time to explain to him the gravity of his bad decisions, that or he refused to listen.

The more I think about it, the less I’m not convinced that I’m not talking about the sport of Kickboxing as a whole. I’m not longer talking about just one fighter making poor decisions, what I’m talking about is the sport’s biggest up-and-comer pissing away his life to play gangster and tough guy. Badr Hari is the type of fighter that MMA pundits “ooh” and “ahh”ed at openly, citing his skill, demeanor and that “big fight feel” that he brought with him. He has that aura about him that most fighters can only dream of, that aura that is comparable to what Mike Tyson brought to the ring with him in the 90’s. Part of what made that was how unpredictable he was in the ring, and how he felt “dangerous,” because honestly, Badr Hari is a dangerous person.

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Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Ole Laursen, March 2 In Italy

There have been some rumors of Giorgio Petrosyan fighting on New Year's Eve on the big GLORY/DREAM card, but now we've just learned of a fight for "The Doctor" that is scheduled for next year.

Petrosyan will fight Ole Laursen, current OneFC MMA fighter who fought numerous times in K-1, with the likes of Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Masato and Andy Souwer. Laursen posted a promotional poster for the fight on his Facebook.

The fight takes place on March 2 in Trieste, Italy, which is quite close to Petrosyan's home of Gorizia. The fight takes place at the Palatrieste, which holds up to about 7000 people.

Petrosyan recently won the GLORY 3 Rome Final 8, where he defeated Ky Hollenbeck, Davit Kiria and Robin van Roosmalen in one night to capture the $300 000 prize. Laursen most recently fought on March 31, where he won a split decision over Eduard Folayang in MMA at OneFC 3.

No further details on the card are available, but we'll keep you posted.

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Nuit Des Champions, Big Fights In France On Saturday

On this Saturday, November 24, the annual edition of Nuit Des Champions takes place in Marseilles, France with a big fight card. Many notable fighters and great match-ups fill up the card, which is sure to draw a big crowd if past years are anything to go by. All fights but one are under K-1 rules.

It's hard to point out one main attraction, but for us I'd say it's Karim Bennoui vs. Thomas Adamandopoulos in a rematch of their fight at the same event last year, which saw Bennoui walk away with a hotly contested split decision win. Bennoui is #4 on the LiverKick lightweight rankings and Adamandopoulos is #6, making this of huge relevance in the lightweight division. Once again, the fight is five rounds and is pretty much all but guaranteed to be a great fight.

Another five round fight on the card sees France's Karim Ghajji taking on the Belarussian fighter Dmitry Valent. Valent has gone under the radar for a long time but he's a very good fighter and gave John Wayne Parr a very good fight. We still aren't done with five rounders, as Bruce Codron takes his biggest kickboxing fight yet against Abdallah Mabel at 70kg. Codron came from full contact and has racked up a bunch of wins in kickboxing, including against Mohammed El Mir last month.

Now we'll get into the three round fights. Abdallah Ezbiri faces another full contact convert, Samir Mohamed at 67kg. Ezbiri ventured over to Krush in June and lost to Yuta Kubo, but there's no shame in that at all and Ezbiri will look to establish his name even further. Stephane Susperregui also ventured over to foreign lands when he gave Nathan Corbett quite a fight in April. Susperregui will fight another man who gave Corbett some trouble in Emmanuel Payet at 95kg. Another fighter who went over to Krush and lost to Yuta Kubo, Charles Francois, faces Vang Moua at 64kg.

62.1kg 5x3: Karim Bennoui vs. Thomas Adamandopoulos

60kg 3x3: Amel Dehby vs. Fatima Adib

76kg 5x3: Karim Ghajji vs. Dmitry Valent

70kg 5x3: Bruce Codron vs. Abdallah Mabel

67kg 3x3: Abdallah Ezbiri vs. Samir Mohamed

95kg 3x3: Stephane Susperregui vs. Emmanuel Payet

64kg 3x3: Vang Moua vs. Charles Francois

80kg 3x3: Nicolas Atmani vs. Hichem Medoukali

91kg 3x3: Jose Moreira vs. Fabien Fouquet

 

 

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