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Tatneft Cup Results From Both Events This Week

The new season of the Tatneft Cup tournaments kicked off this week, with events taking place in its home of Kazan, Russia on November 29 and today. In total, there were four 70kg fights, four 80kg fights and four heavyweight fights, split between the two events.

We'll start off with the November 29 event, which as of now, all the videos are up on Tatneft's Youtube channel. The 70kg fights resulted in a pair of knockouts, as Tadas Jonkus stopped former Buakaw opponent Abdoul Toure in the first round, while Farkhad Ahmenjanov defeated Russia's Artur Alimirzoev with a series of liver shots in the second round.

At 80kg, Cheick Sidibe stopped Alexandros Chatzichronoglou in the fourth round after a sustained attack of knees to the body over the course of the entire fight, forcing Chatzichronoglou's corner to throw in the towel. In the other fight at the weight, Tatneft veteran Stanislaw Zaniewski took a decision against Rinat Akhmetov over four rounds.

Both heavyweight fights ended in decision, with Hicham Achalhi defeating late replacement Khanif Mirzamagomedov and Mikhail Tyuterev beating Elmir Mehic.

70kg: Tadas Jonkus def. Abdoul Toure by KO in Round 1.

70kg: Farkhad Ahmenjanov def. Artur Alimirzoev by KO in Round 2.

80kg: Cheick Sidibe def. Alexandros Chatzichronoglou by TKO (Towel) in Round 4.

80kg: Stanislaw Zaniewski def. Rinat Akhmetov by decision.

Today's event also saw its fair share of knockouts. At 70kg, Slovenia's Samo Petje scored a fourth round KO over Thailand's Robert "The Terminator" (formerly Kaennorsing). The other 70kg fight saw an under the radar upset, as Vyacheslav Borschev knocked out Ait Said in the fourth round.

80kg saw another Slovenian win, as Miran Fabjan scored a knockdown over Leonildo Evora to get a decision win. Another KO took place at 80kg, as Marino Schouten knocked out Ekapop Sor Klinmee in the first round.

Two first round knockouts took place at heavyweight, as Igor Bugaenko beat Eduardo Maiorino and Turpal Tokaev defeated Mantas Rimdeika.

70kg: Samo Petje def. Robert The Terminator by KO in Round 4.

70kg: Vyacheslav Borschev def. Ait Said by KO in Round 4.

80kg: Miran Fabjan def. Leonildo Evora by decision.

80kg: Marino Schouten def. Ekapop Sor Klinmee by decision.

HW: Igor Bugaenko def. Eduardo Maiorino by KO in Round 1.

HW: Turpal Tokaev def. Mantas Rimdeika by KO in Round 1.


Heroes IV: Javier Hernandez Rebounds With Win

Headed into yesterday, the former It's Showtime 61kg champion Javier Hernandez was coming off two losses in a row. He had lost his title to Masahiro Yamamoto in July and then just three weeks ago, lost to Yuki in Japan. Yesterday at Heroes IV in his hometown of Cordoba, Spain, he faced France's Michael Peynaud, another formidable fighter, at 61kg.

Hernandez was able to get back in the win column, as he won a three round decision over Peynaud in the main event in front of a home crowd of 3500 people. It was a very important win for him, as Peynaud is a strong opponent, and also because it ensures that he doesn't drop out of the LiverKick rankings, which will be updated at Lightweight in about a week.

Also on the card Hernandez's teammates from the RR Team were largely successful on the night. Another up and coming fighter out of the team, Jose Carlos Crespo defeated Belgium's Jean Pierre Habimana by decision, also at 61kg. At 70kg, RR Team's Miguel Repiso scored a TKO win over Nikos Taramas, who came from the Vos Gym in Holland. At 60kg, Jesus Branco Gallardo, also just known as "Pony," scored a TKO win over Vardan Mnatsakanyan.

RR Team has a lot of promising up and coming fighters, and with more events and more planned big fights coming to Cordoba next year, be on the lookout for more of their fighters to be getting some bigger name fights.


Superkombat Final Elimination Review and Finals Preview

Superkombat Final Elimination went down last Saturday in Romania, with the final eight heavyweights competing in four matches to determine the line-up for the Superkombat Finals on December 22. There were a few questionable decisions, some expected victories, and one fantastic knockout. 

In the surprise of the night, Benjamin Adegbuyi KO'd tournament favorite Sergei Lascenko in the opening round. Adegbuyi and Lascenko exchanged briefly, before the Romanian landed a right hook that sent Lascenko to the canvas. Obviously dazed, Lascenko tried to clear the cobwebs and get back in the fight, but Adegbuyi refused to let him off the hook. Another knockdown followed moments later, and Adegbuyi finished the fight with punches shortly after the second count. With this win Adegbuyi instantly propels himself into the Liverkick top 10 list, and is the favorite to win the Superkombat tournament taking place next month. 

There is some question if Lascenko was 100% for this fight however, considering he originally pulled out of his Final Elimination match-up against Ismael Londt, citing injuries sustained against Hesdy Gerges at K-1 Rising. Lascenko re-entered the tournament when Alexei Ignashov withdrew, prompting many to wonder if he was nursing old wounds.

Pavel Zhuravlev won a decision over an apathetic looking Freddy Kemayo in the second elimnation fight, scoring points with hard body shots and leg kicks. It's a flip of the coin with Kemayo, and you can never tell when he'll come out looking to push the pace, or allow his opponent to walk all over him. Zhuravlev is a big, strong guy, and he was looking to trade early on. As the fight progressed however, he realized Kemayo was having none of it and coasted to an easy win. 

Ismael Londt won a TKO victory over Daniel Sam in a rather weird doctor stoppage. Londt was clearly the superior striker, although just when it looked as though the fight might start to pick up, the doctors halted the match to examine Sam's eye. The eye had closed completely, and the match was called off near the end of the first. 

In the last elimination fight, Sebastian Ciobanu won a questionable decision over Roman Kleibl. The "Son of Dracula" came out swinging in the first round and looked to have Kleibl stunned. Kleibl held on, and fired back with a few leg kicks at the end of the first. The second round went the same way, with Ciobanu going all out at the beginning of the match, and Kleibl either blocking or evading most of the shots. The third round was clearly Roman's, who scored with superior technique. Ciobanu got the nod however, and will move on to the Final 4. 

The four superfights were relatively predictable. Dzevad Poturak vs. Ibrahim Aarab was the most spirited of them all, with Aarab taking a split decision victory. Thomas Hron vs. Dmitry Bezus was a sloppy affair, mingled with a broken ring incident, that finished with an unusual spinning elbow KO, that resulted in a DQ win for Hron. 

The two fights featuring Americans went as predicted, with Ionut Iftimoaie taking a comfortable decision win over James Wilson, and Catalin Morosanu battering Carter Williams over three rounds to earn a decision. 

The semi-finals of the Superkombat tournament will take place on December 22, and the match-ups have already been confirmed by Superkombat president Edward Irimia.  Ismael Londt will take on Sebastion Ciobanu, and Pavel Zhuravlev will face Benjamin Adegbuyi. The card will also feature a slew of big names competing in superfights including Hesdy Gerges, Ben Edwards, Paul Slowinski, Zambit Samedov, and the hopeful return of Bogdan Stoica.  


Superkombat Final Elimination: Live Results


The Superkombat Final Elimination show kicks off today, and Liverkick will be there to provide live updates throughout the event. 

The card will feature four final elimination matches and five superfights. The superfights consist of Sergei Lascenko taking on Benjamin Adegbuyi, Daniel Sam facing Ismael Londt, Pavel Zhuravlev fighting Freddy Kemayo,and Roman Kleibl squaring off against Sebastian Ciobanu. 

Three of the superfights will feature Americans HW's: James Wilson vs. Ionut Iftimoae, Carter Williams vs. Catalin Morosanu, and Radu Spinghel vs. Petr Vondracek. 

In addition, the two other super fights will see Dzevad Poturak fighting Ibrahim Aarab and Dmitri Bezus fighting Tomas Hron.

The event kicks off at 21:00 CET in Europe, and begins in North America  at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT. It will be airing live on Eurosport. Follow me @SandersonSensei on twitter for live updates. Click here for the full card.

Superfight: Ibrahim Aarab def. Dzevad Poturak by decision

Super Fight: Tomas Hron def. Dimitry Bezus by DQ (Illegal Spinning Elbow)

Final Elimination 1: Pavel Zhuravlev def. Freddy Kemayo by decision

Final Elimination 2: Sebastian Ciobanu def. Roman Kleibl by decision

Final Elimination 3: Ismael Londt def. Daniel Sam by TKO in Round 1 (Doctor Stoppage)

Final Elimination 4: Benjamin Adegbuyi def. Sergei Lascenko by KO in Round 1

Superfight: Ionuţ Iftimoaie def. James Wilson by decision

Superfight: Catalin Morosanu def. Carter Williams by decision


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