|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
K-1 has been rather quiet for most of 2013 so far, outside of running the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals for 2012 in March in Croatia. Other than the crowning of Mirko Cro Cop as the K-1 World Grand Prix Champion they have been focusing on their K-1 World Qualifying Tour events, which are focused on bringing the best available talent from certain regions into the K-1 fold for use in their bigger tournaments.
Much in the same vein, they announced today that they will be kicking off a "K-1 World Tour" series of events, which will be aimed at running smaller shows in as many countries as they can and crowning champions in multiple weight classes, something that we've been looking forward to for a while now. Those weight classes are -63kg, 70kg, 85kg, 95kg and Heavyweight/Super Heavyweight. It sounds like they are looking to make these smaller K-1 events serve almost as a farm league for the bigger K-1 shows and to develop talent, which seems like a great idea for the time being, as many of the established names are in GLORY at the moment, but there is still a ton of developing talent out there fresh for the picking.Add a comment
SuperKombat's World Grand Prix series marches on on May 31st as they head to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for their next event, SuperKombat New Heroes in Dubai. The event will feature another SuperKombat World Grand Prix Qualifying tournament, with the winner moving on to the SuperKombat World Grand Prix, this being the last qualifier for that tournament. The event will also see Bogdan Stoica in action for the second time this year. This is the last SuperKombat event for a while, with the next event scheduled for August. For more information, check out SuperKombat's website.
Fight Card – SUPERKOMBAT® New Heroes (May 31, 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
1. Semifinal 1 (+96kg)
Jafar Ahmadi (Iran) vs. Joe Boobyer (Great Britain)
2. Semifinal 2 (+96kg)
Mohamed Felx Ali (Egypt) vs. Tofan Pirani (Sweden)
3. Superfight (-75kg)
Taha Alami (Morocco) vs. Hamidreza MohammadPoor (Iran)
4. Superfight (-70kg) MMA Rules
Shokhin Safarov (Tajikistan) vs. Mohammad Jamshidi (Iran)
5. Superfight (-70kg)
Kodoum Al Kaabi (United Arab Emirates) vs. Salim Al Housany (United Arab Emirates)
6. Superfight (-70kg)
Soufiane Zridy (Morocco) vs. Elyor Rikhsiev (Uzbekistan)
7. Superfight (-91kg)
Bogdan Stoica (Romania) vs. Eisa Ramezani (Iran)
8. Final (+96kg):
Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2
It's not often that you get a chance to hear a top Thai fighter give a step by step breakdown of a KO win but thanks to the advent of Evolve University you can do just that as two time Thailand champion and two time Lumpinee champion Orono Wor Petchpun talks us through his 2010 win over reigning Lumpinee light welterweight champion Damien Alamos.
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Yes! This goes down tomorrow, where we get to see Badr Hari take on Zabit Samedov again after their uber-exciting fight from March. Badr has had more time in the gym now and that ring rust won't be a factor like it was last time around, which means that we could see a killer Badr Hari in the ring. Then, of course, there is a pretty awesome one-night, four man tournament featuring some of the best 71kg fighters in the world.
Oh, and Bob Sapp is fighting Aleks Emelianenko.
Watch the weigh-ins video here and don't forget that it will be available on UStream PPV live this Saturday.Add a comment
Yes, you absolutely 1,000% read that title correctly; Wu Tang Clan's RZA is putting together another Martial Arts film after Man With the Iron Fists, this one will apparently be called "Formless" and features some pretty badass guys in it. You can watch this live action trailer featuring some action from one of the film's stars, Marrese Crump, which also lists that the film will feature "REAL MARTIAL ARTS" with the names "UFC Champion Anderson 'The Spider' Silva" and "K1 Champion Buakaw" near the end of the trailer.
Sadly, there is no footage of them in this trailer, the their names have widely been reported to be involved in this, so it is pretty exciting.Add a comment
As SuperKombat's World Grand Prix season marches on so does their deals to bring SuperKombat action to as many eyeballs that they can globally. SuperKombat announced a partnership with Playbook International, a German-based media distribution agency. Playbook International are probably best known for their work with SterGen, a firm that specializes in 3D television broadcasts as well as their work with several teams in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Bringing SuperKombat into the fold seems like a natural fit for the company, as SuperKombat is already a known entity that airs in over 75 countries worldwide.
Irimia was quoted talking about how important this deal was, how it would help for SuperKombat to be broadcast in new markets as well as opening up the possibility of bringing live SuperKombat events to new markets outside of Europe.Add a comment
Many fans felt that at this weekend's SuperKombat event in Romania that Sebastian Ciobanu was given a dreaded "hometown decision" against Frank Munoz in the Finals of the tournament. They explained on their official site today that there were not even Romanian judges to declare it a hometown decision, they had an international team judging the event. They have gone back to review the fight and feel like the fight was indeed a close one, but they cannot overrule the decision by the judges and the referee.
So therefore, to make everything square with Munoz and his team they have given him a Wild Card spot in the SuperKombat World Grand Prix, as Sebastian Ciobanu already had a spot because of him being in the Final 4 of last year's tournament. Munoz seems happy with this decision.Add a comment
Note: This is a press release from LEGEND Fighting.
LEGEND FIGHTING SHOW with HARI, KYSHENKO, ASKEROV, BESSMERTY, SAMEDOV & EMELIANENKO
On May 25, the LEGEND Fighting Show - the major event of the year in the world of combat sports, will be held at the Small Sports Arena “Luzhniki”.
LEGEND is a new format fighting show featuring recognized and future K-1 and MMA legends. The fighting contest will be presented as an integrated entertainment show with advanced visual technologies, and top level fighters as lead characters.
9 hard-line K-1 and MMA bouts will be held in the course of the Contest. For the first time ever Russian combat sports fans will be able to watch a challenging battle among the four world K-1 lightweight (71 kg) stars. The fighters will contend for the main cash prize of the night and the title of the First LEGEND Contest Champion. Add a comment
For those that might have forgotten, Badr Hari is set to square off with Zabit Samedov again on May 25th in Russia at LEGEND FC, which also features the return to the ring of Aleks Emelianenko, the brother of Fedor Emelianenko. He'll be fighting none other than Bob Sapp. Yes, that Bob Sapp.
To top it off there will be a one-night, four-man tournament featuring 71kg fighters. It's Arture Kysheno vs. Yuri Bessmertny and Dzhabar Askerov vs. Enrico Gogokhia. That is a pretty good card, is it not? Anyway, here is the new official promo video for the event with a lot of Badr Hari featured in it.Add a comment
Lion Fight is a rising promotion here in the United States that has been doing a lot to move Muay Thai forward in the country. That is a big deal, as Muay Thai and Kickboxing have sort of floundered there in the United States after the momentary rise and fall of Kickboxing in the late 80's/early 90's. Lion Fight have been securing their talent into exclusive fight contracts to ensure that they are on their upcoming shows and to help build their brand. There will always be pros and cons involved with this, but everyone is different and have different needs.
We've already seen Kevin Ross, Malaipet Sasiprapa and Tiffany Van Soest sign exclusive deals and now Ognjen Topic is the latest to do so. This comes a day after Joe Schilling announced via his Facebook that he was effectively "done" with Lion Fight due to them pushing him to sign an exclusive contract with them. While it is not official yet, it looks like this will be the second Lion Fight card in a row that Schilling will be removed from, this time probably not to return due to severing ties with the company.
Ognjen Topic will fight at Lion Fight 10 on July 26th against Coke Chunhawat live on AXS TV.Add a comment