This Saturday, February 25 marks the return of SuperKombat for their first event of 2012. 2011 was a very successful year for SuperKombat and at the end they hinted at future expansion of the promotion with the World Grand Prix Finals being in Germany.
SuperKombat has chosen Podgorica, Montenegro as the destination for their first event of 2012. This is the first numbered SuperKombat World Grand Prix event to be held outside of Romania and they seem to be set up for success in the capital. While Romania will always be the home base, the expansion has begun and with a rumored event in Austria in April, it looks to just be getting started. To kick things off in Montenegro, they've smartly chosen hometown Montenegran fighter Goran Radonjic to headline the card against Frank Munoz in a heavyweight bout. The president of Montenegro will also be in attendance at the 7000 capacity Moraca Arena. Click "Read More" to find out more about Saturday's card.
As per usual, there will be a one night, four man heavyweight tournament with the winner qualifying for SuperKombat's year end World Grand Prix one night tournament consisting of the four tournament winners along with the four tournament winners from last year - Sergei Lascenko, Ismael Londt, Pavel Zhuravlev and Erhan Deniz. Saturday's tournament consists of SuperKombat's biggest star, Catalin Morosanu against Utley Meriana on one side of the bracket and Anderson "Braddock" Silva vs. Nikolaj Falin on the other side. In the reserve bout, Dzevad Poturak takes on Brian Douwes.
Ismael Londt will face Dzevad Poturak next month, but on Saturday he'll fight Vladimir Toktasynov. At 65kg, Romanian SuperKombat mainstay, Ionut Atodiresei, takes on Sasa Jovanovic of Austria in what should be an action packed fight. In a rematch of their fight from April of last year, Redouan Cairo takes on Andrei Stoica in a heavyweight bout. Raul Catinas, who we talked about earlier today, takes on Yuksel Ayadin in his return fight after a year and three months away from the sport.
SuperKombat has established a solid roster of fighters that they can use for many of their fights. Fighters like Redouan Cairo, Frank Munoz and Ismael Londt have been brought back, and for good reason. Then there's the stable of Romanian fighters that are on almost every SuperKombat show like the Stoica brothers, Ionut Atodiresei, Catalin Morosanu and more who move the needle for the promotion in Romania. Eduard Irimia has developed a solid brand that is only on pace to get bigger. Full fight card below.
Reserve bout: Dzevad Poturak vs. Brian Douwes
Tournament Semi-Final bout: Catalin Morosanu vs. Utley Meriana
Tournament Semi-Final bout: Anderson "Braddock" Silva
Heavyweight bout: Raul Catinas vs. Yuksel Ayadin
Heavyweight bout: Redouan Cairo vs. Andrei Stoica
Heavyweight bout: Ismael Londt vs. Vladimir Toktasynov
-65kg: Ionut Atodiresei vs. Sasa Jovanovic
Heavyweight bout: Frank Munoz vs. Goran Radonjic
Heavyweight Tournament Final