Yesterday, SuperKombat held their final installment of their qualifying World Grand Prix series in Piatra Neamt, Romania. All four shows in the series have been in different Romanian cities, setting up the final World Grand Prix event in Darmstadt, Germany. The winners of each tournament of the World Grand Prix series face off in a one night, four man tournament at the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final.
The two main names in the tournament, Wendell Roche and Erhan Deniz had little trouble dispatchnig their semi final opponents and met in the final. In what at times was a bit of a stinker, Deniz managed to get a decision victory over Roche. His kicks probably won him the fight, as he'd throw body kicks in succession that really looked great for the judges.
Bogdan Stoica returned after his injury suffered against Hakan Aksoy in July. He faced Leon Miedema and was in control of most of the fight, landing the much more significant offense, getting him a unanimous decision. The fight was at 92kg which is pretty high for Stoica to be fighting at. It leads me to believe he put on a bit of weight while he was injured and although he didn't look out of shape at all, he looked a tad softer than usual. I'd expect Stoica's next fight to be somewhere between 85 and 90kgs.
In other fights, Catalin Morosanu picked up a unanimous decision over late replacement Ibrahim Aarab and Sebastian Ciobanu picked up a split decision over Ali Cenik. Check out the full results below:
Reserve Fight: Jantje Siersema def. Lucian Danilencu by Split Decision in an Extra Round.
Semi Final 1: Erhan Deniz def. Angelis Konstantinos by KO (Punches) in Round 2.
Semi Final 2: Wendell Roche def. Marian Baryla by TKO (Low Kicks) in Round 3.
Bogdan Stoica def. Leon Miedema by Unanimous Decision.
Diogo Neves def. Ionut Atodiresei by Unanimous Decision.
Sebastian Ciobanu def. Ali Cenik by Split Decision.
Ionut Iftimoaie def. Luca Panto by Unanimous Decision.
Catalin Morosanu def. Ibrahim Aarab by Unanimous Decision.
Alexandru Lungu def. Bob Sapp by KO (Left Hook) in Round 1.
Final: Erhan Deniz def. Wendell Roche by decision.