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Jerome Le Banner Successful Against Roman Kleibl

JLBFormer French K-1 fighter Jerome Le Banner continues to fight past the age of 40 and continues to have success by carefully choosing his opponents, which for a fighter of his level and age is no shame, really. I don't want to see Jerome Le Banner fight against Daniel Ghita or Gokhan Saki at this point, I want to see Jerome Le Banner go out and put on a good show, which most people seem to agree with.

That isn't to say that his opponent yesterday, Roman Kleibl, is a "can" by any stretch of the imagination, but he's simply not experienced or big enough to really stand much of a chance against a fighter like Le Banner. It was a rough start for JLB in the first round, but some of his signature kicks were able to turn the tide during the second round, possibly breaking Roman Kleibl's arm and leading to a stoppage, giving JLB yet another victory.

The rest of the card saw Kharim Ghajji and Yury Bessmeryny go to a three round war with Ghajji taking the decision victory.


Final Fight 06 Results

FF6Final Fight 06 went down today in Croatia featuring a few big Heavyweight Kickboxing bouts, some of the bigger bouts that we'll see for a while it looks like, featuring Hesdy Gerges vs. Pavel Zhuravlev and Igor Jurkovic vs. Dzevad Poturak. This is on top of the whole rest of the card and we have your results for you. Hesdy Gerges picks up a decision victory over Zhuravlev in what was said to be a close contest that saw Gerges use his kicks to keep distance while Zhuravlev looked for the big knockout blow. Gerges walks away with the much-needed victory here.

The main event saw Igor Jurkovic live up to the hype that he's had behind him against a very tough Dzevad Poturak. Poturak, one of the better Heavyweights in the world, put up a valiant effort against Jurkovic, but Jurkovic cut off the ring and was able to dictate the pacing and control the fight, leading to the victory. Thanks to slash on Kakutougi.

Igor Jurković (CRO) (R3 - Dec.) Dževad Poturak (BiH)

Hesdy Gerges (EGP) (R3 - Dec.) Pavel Zhuravlev (UKR)

Laszlo Senyei (HUN) (R3 - Dec.) Ivica Trušček (CRO)

Miran Fabjan (SLO) (R3 - Dec.) Ivan Bilić (CRO), KB -81kg

Mladen Kujundžić (CRO) (R3 - Dec.) Nikola Dimkovski (SER)

Teo Mikelić (CRO) (R3 - Dec.) Samo Petje (SLO)


Legend Fighting in Russia Full Results


The big LEGEND Fighting event went down today in Russia, featuring a return bout between Badr Hari, Aleksander Emelienanko vs. Bob Sapp in a MMA contest and a four-man, one night elimination tournament at 71kg featuring some truly great fighters.

Results are as follows.

Reserve: Alim Nabiev (R3 - Decision) Vyacheslav Borschev

MMA: Eduard Vartanyan (R2 - TKO) Sergei Khandozhko

Semifinal: Dzhabar Askerov (R2 - KO) Enrico Gogokhia

Semifinal: Artur Kyshenko (Ext.R - Decision) Yury Bessmertny

MMA: Alexei Nazarov (R3 - Decision) Mindaugas Verbickas

Superfight: Zabit Samedov (R2 - TKO) Badr Hari

Finals: Dzhabar Askerov (R3 - TKO) Alim Nabiev*

*Artur Kyshenko had to drop out due to injury

MMA: Alexander Emelianenko (R1 - TKO) Bob Sapp


Badr Hari Falls to Zabit Samedov at LEGEND in Russia in Round Two


Badr Hari is a fighter who is known for being one of the most explosive and entertaining fighters in the world to watch, mostly thanks to his reckless style of technique and fighting with raw emotion. A composed and focused Badr Hari can be a very dangerous fighter to be standing across the ring from, but as we’ve seen in the past before, Badr is not immortal and there are holes in his game. The holes in his game were on full display in March when he met Zabit Samedov in the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 8. In fact, due to some questionable refereeing, I even had some doubts about that fight, with Badr Hari clearly going down at least once without him being counted down.

What I am saying is that Zabit Samedov knew to weather the storm of Badr Hari’s barrage and to look for the perfect opening while he is overcommitting to his punches and to land a flush shot on the jaw. That is exactly what happened today in Russia as Samedov and Hari squared off in the LEGEND ring; Badr Hari came out like a man possessed while Zabit Samedov was calm and waited for the right opportunities, knocking him down once in the first round (although you could argue twice, one was ruled a slip as both men went down) and then in the second round waiting patiently again and landing a huge right uppercut followed by a left hand that sent Badr onto his knees, refusing to get up.

To many fans Badr Hari is an immortal who cannot be stopped, so the talk of this fight being fixed or a work is buzzing throughout the fight community right now. While that talk is hard to dismiss without hard facts, it is also hard to support without hard facts, either. Some of the hard facts involved in this are that Zabit Samedov knew how to connect with Hari in their last meeting and could have simply adjusted his game plan accordingly to make short work of the Bad Boy.



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