The MuayThai Premier League held their second event in Padova, Italy on the weekend and featured some great action. Unfortunately, there was no live stream or broadcast anywhere but videos are starting to be uploaded. The event will air on The Score in Canada on October 18th. From the looks of it, the event drew a pretty poor attendance. We'll update with more videos as they're uploaded. Here's what we have so far:
Jill is back with some more awesome highlight videos, this time of 3 of this year's Krush tournament champions; 55kg champ Shota Takiya, 60kg champ Hirotaka Urabe and 70kg Kenta. It's interesting to see the different style of fighter that emerged as the champion of each division. Takiya with his power and aggression, Hirotaka with his aggresive boxing style paired with flashy knees and head kicks, and Kenta dissecting his opponents offensively with his speed and accuracy coupled greatly with his head movement and defensive speed.
Romania's SuperKombat has decidedly stood out over the year, coming from the Local Kombat shows of years past and building their own World Grand Prix tournament that stretches over multiple qualifying tournaments. While the level of talent within the qualifying tournaments is not great, the winners coming out are without a doubt top notch, including Sergeii Laschenko, Ismael Londt and now Pavel Zhuravlev. Zhuravlev is a guy that you might not know a lot about, outside of his lone K-1 fight which was against Gokhan Saki where he actually defeated Gokhan Saki in a Superfight by Unanimous Decision. Since then he has yet to appear in K-1 again, but the truth is, when he does he will be a force to be dealt with. His specialty over the past few years has been winning tournaments, it seems, not on the big world stage like K-1, but still really solid wins in tournaments, and it was no surprise when he took the SuperKombat WGP III by storm. Don't weigh against him for the loss to Igor Jurkovic at Utlimate Glory in May, that is one of only 6 career losses.