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SuperKombat Final Elimination On November 10: Details

SuperKombat has a busy schedule this fall with an event this month on October 20, next month on November 10 and on December 22. Today SuperKombat sent out details of their Final Elimination event, which will lead into their December show.

The Final Elimination will take place on November 10 in Craiova, Romania at the newly-opened Sports Hall that seats 5000 people. Eduard Irimia shared some of the names that we can expect to see on the event:

“For the moment I can share a few names. We will have the SUPERKOMBAT® WGP 2012 Qualification winners, Catalin Morosanu, Raul Catinas, Benjamin Adegbuyi and the winner from SUPERKOMBAT® WGP 2012 Fourth Qualification, scheduled for October 20th at Arad – Romania, but also Alexey Ignashov, Daniel Sam, Freddy Kemayo and Ismael Londt.”

Along with those regular SuperKombat names, there will also be some fighters from this weekend's K-1 Final 16:

“We will make a selection from there and some of them will be at Craiova on November 10th for SUPERKOMBAT® WGP 2012 Final Elimination. A press conference will be held at Tokyo after K-1 World GP 2012 Final 16, where we will announce the fight card and the plans for the next year.”, said SUPERKOMBAT® President – Eduard Irimia.

As for the event in December, there is no set location yet but possible ones are Istanbul or Abu Dhabi. For more information, read the full press release on SuperKombat's website.



TK2 On Saturday: Sudsakorn, Thomas Adamandopoulos In Action

This weekend alone is pretty stacked, with quite a few other events besides GLORY's big card in Brussels taking place. One card in particular is TK2 World MAX 2012, which takes place in Marseilles, France on this Saturday, October 6. The card features the likes of Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee and Thomas Adamandopoulos, as well as some good French fighters and a four man tournament.

The main attraction is local fighter Cedric Castagna taking on Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee. Castagna comes from a full contact background and even though he's one of the local attractions, he probably isn't going to beat Sudsakorn. Castagna was actually originally scheduled to fight Giorgio Petrosyan of all people.

Right under Castagna and Sudsakorn is Thomas Adamandopoulos, our #6 ranked lightweight. He fights Cyril Abbas, another local fighter with a full contact background, although this fight should be more competitive than Sudsakorn vs. Castagna. Abbas had a K-1 rules fight in preparation for this one, but Adamandopoulos is still the likely winner.

Another fight in the same weight category as Adamandopoulos and Abbas is a very interesting fight, as Modibo Diarra and Cedric Peynaud face off. Both fighters have been stopped by Adamandopoulos in the past, Peynaud in late 2010 and Diarra in mid 2011 in full contact. Both however have gotten better, particularly Diarra who has racked up a lot of wins since that loss to Adamandopoulos. The winner of this fight in my opinion jumps up to the level where they could possibly compete with some of France's best at this weight.

There's also a four man tournament at 72kg with Jeremy Ragazzacci and Mohamed Diaby of France, along with Faycal El Hammoutti of Belgium and Kyle Stewart of Scotland.

Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee vs. Cedric Castagna

Thomas Adamandopoulos vs. Cyril Abbas

Modibo Diarra vs. Cedric Peynaud

Wallid Haddad vs. Sekou Dembele

Yoan Scordato vs. Anthony Veleix

Wilfried Martin vs. Samba Bocar

Tournament 72kg:

Jeremy Ragazzacci

Mohamed Diaby 

Faycal El Hammoutti

Kyle Stewart



Alright, Here's 10 More Fights To Watch In October

We already gave you ten fights to keep an eye on this month, but with October being so stacked, I knew a lot of fights had been left off. Here's ten more fights that should definitely be checked out this month.

October 5: Penthai Singpatong vs. Jomhod Eminentair - Lumpinee Stadium - Bangkok, Thailand

This is a rematch from August, which Penthai won by decision. Penthai is the Lumpinee Flyweight(112lbs) Champion and is making his return to fighting at Lumpinee after having some fights in South Thailand, like the one against Jomhod in August. It will be great to see Penthai back at Lumpinee and also against a bit bigger opponent in Jomhod.

October 5: Tass Tsitsiris vs. Wes Capper - Fight Force: Total Impact - Chadstone, Melbourne, Australia

This is a fight between two of Australia's best 70kg kickboxers. Both have fought and lost to Steve Moxon, although they both had close fights with him. Capper has faced a lot better competition than Tass, as he fights in pretty much any ruleset whereas Tass sticks to kickboxing. Both guys are hard hitters and the winner is probably the number two behind Steve Moxon in kickboxing in Australia.

October 6: Miran Fabjan vs. Yoann Kongolo - Villars Centre Des Sports - Villars, Switzlerland

This is another rematch of a fight from August, with Yoann Kongolo having won a very close fight. This time it's in Kongolo's home territory and also five rounds for a WKN title. With how close the first fight was, this one has even more on the line and is very relevent in the light heavyweight division.

October 8: Hirotaka Urabe vs. Xavier Bastard - Krush.23 - Tokyo, Japan

Hirotaka Urabe has been crushing everyone lately, especially with high kicks. Bastard is the third opponent that Urabe's had for this fight. Bastard isn't by any means one of the top French fighters at this weight (60kg) but it should be interesting to see how he fares against one of LiverKick's top 10 lightweights. It's always intriguing when a Japanese fighter who has been fighting mostly Japanese competition fights a foreigner, just to get a better overall feeling of the landscape of the division.

October 9: Sam-A Gaiyanghadaogym vs. Penek Sitnumnoi - Lumpinee Stadium - Bangkok, Thailand

This is a huge fight, as their first fight back in July determined who won the Fighter of the Year Award in Thailand, with Penek winning a decision after dropping Sam-A with elbows in the fourth round. Sam-A was fighting well for the first three rounds before the perfectly applied pressure of Penek got to him. Sam-A is a brilliant technician and shouldn't be counted out here at all. We'll see what changes he makes in order to neutralize Penek's applied pressure.

October 14: Batu Khasikov vs. Mohamed Reza Nazari - Team Russia vs. Team Asia - Khabarovsk, Russia

After a shaky performance in which he should've lost to Warren Stevelmans back in May, Batu Khasikov is back. His opponent has fought three times before in Russia, going 2-1. Khasikov shouldn't have much trouble with him. The interesting part about the fight is how Khasikov will look after his sub par showing against Warren Stevelmans. He did beat Albert Kraus and technically Mike Zambidis, so it's too early to write him off.

October 20: Hicham el Gaoui vs. Alexander Stetsurenko - Tatneft Cup 2012 Finals - Kazan, Russia

Another rematch here, and it has much higher stakes than the first one. Their first fight took place last year as a super fight at the Tatneft Cup Final, with Hicham winning a razer thin decision. This time, they're actually fighting in the final, as they won their way to it this year. This fight features two of LiverKick's top 10 light heavyweights. Stetsurenko actually hasn't lost since the fight to Hicham last year and has been decisively beating everyone in front of him.

October 20: Dylan Salvador vs. Saiyok Pumphanmuang - Roschtigrabe Derby - Roschtigrabe, Switzerland

This fight was a bit of a surprise when I first saw it, as Salvador is very young and still working his way up the ladder, having not fought anyone near Saiyok's level. Salvador is from Team Nasser K though and if you're from that team, you're probably going to get big opportunities like many of his teammates have. Although Saiyok will most certainly win, this will be a good fight to gauge the level that Salvador is at after having won two fights in a row at Thai Fight. And who doesn't like seeing Saiyok fight anyway?

October 21: L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni vs. Mike de Snoo - Top Team Beverwijk Gala - Beverwijk, Netherlands

Hopefully Aussie fighting a bit over a month after his last fight means he's going to be more active. This is an up and comer vs. established veteran fight, with Aussie having been around the block and de Snoo looking for his first big win. If there's one fighter here who's bigger, it's probably de Snoo, who normally fights at this weight (79kg is where the fight takes place at) while Aussie fights anywhere from 70kg to this weight. With Aussie beating Nieky Holzken last month, de Snoo will have a tall task ahead of him in order to get a win here.

October 27: Abraham Roqueni vs. Yury Bessmertny - Nitrianska Noc Bojovnikov - Nitra, Slovakia

Another fight between two of LiverKick's top 10 here, this time from our middleweight rankings. Bessmertny surprised everyone last year when he won the Fight Code tournament, by beating Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee in the final. It's been a bit hard to tell how good he'd do against the rest of the field but this fight with Roqueni will tell us a lot. Roqueni gave Andy Souwer fits twice, winning one of them and put up a better fight against Giorgio Petrosyan than even Artur Kyshenko did so he's a proven fighter. Bessmertny can be a slow slarter at times and lack urgency so we'll see if Roqueni can take advantage of that.


SuperKombat WGP 11 Poster + Fight Card Update


SuperKombat returns on October 20 in Arad Romania for the final leg of their WGP qualifying tournament series, with the winner of the tournament on this card being the final tournament qualifier for the Final Elimination on November 10.

The tournament match-ups are now set, with Goran Radonjic fighting Fikri Ameziane and Steve Banks fighting Roman Kleibl.

Another super fight has also been added, with SuperKombat veteran Alex Tropimov fighting Claudiu Badoi of Romania at 72kg.

Updated Fight Card:

National Title of Romania (75 kg): Miodrag Olar vs. Adrian Mitu

Reserve Tournament (+96 kg): Razvan Ghita (Romania) vs. Dmitri Bezus (Ukraine)

Tournament Fights (+96 kg):

Goran Radonjic (Montenegro) vs. Fikri Ameziane (Morocco)

Steve Banks (USA) vs. Roman Kleibl (Czech Republic)

Super Fight (72kg): Alex Tropimov (Israel) vs. Claudiu Badoi (Romania

Super Fight (+125 kg): Alexandru Lungu (Romania) vs. Deutsch Pu’u (United States)

Super Fight (95 kg): Toni Milanovic (Croatia) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)

Super Fight (+96 kg): Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania) vs. Dzevad Poturak (Bosnia and Herzegovina)


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