All the latest from the world of kickboxing, including the next Superkombat show, behind the scenes in Thailand, and more.
Welcome back to Weekly Kicks, Bloody Elbow's regular round-up of all the news from K-1, Glory, Superkombat, and the world of kickboxing.
Superkombat World Grand Prix 11 Line-Up
If you haven't been watching Superkombat, you're missing out on one of the most consistently entertaining organizations out there. The European company has announced the complete line-up for their Superkombat WGP 11 show on October 20, and there's definitely a lot of good stuff here. The big highlight is the 4 man tournament, with the winner taking the final slot in the 8 man Superkombat 2012 Grand Prix, set to begin November 10. Here's the full card for October:
Superkombat WGP 11 - Qualification 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 Fighters (+96 kg):
Goran Radonjic (Montenegro)
Steve Banks (United States)
Fikri Ameziane (Marroco)
Roman Kleibl (Czech Republic)
Super Fight (+125 kg):
Alexandru Lungu (Romania) vs. Deutsch Pu'u (United States)
Super Fight (95 kg):
Tony Milanovic (Croatia) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)
Super Fight (+96 kg):
Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania) vs. Dzevad Poturak (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Ciobanu vs. Poturak is a fun fight, although Poturak has looked very slowed down this year. Stoica and Lungu (pictured) consistently entertain, and it's a solid tournament as well. I'd say Kleibl is the favorite there, but could easily see Radonjic taking it as well.
The show will be broadcast live throughout Europe, and we'll keep our US fans up to date on any options to watch.
Glory Signs Steve Moxon
Glory announced their latest fighter signing, and while it's not a name that has the immediate draw of a Tyrone Spong, for hardcore kickboxing fans, it's a good one. Australia's Steve Moxon (29-4-1, 16 KO's) will now be a part of Glory. Moxon is a hard hitting 70kg fighter out of the always great Australian Muay Thai scene. He's a trainee of Peter Graham, who holds a win over Bruce Macfie among others. I always love the Australian fighters, and am glad to see Moxon getting a shot on the international scene. No word yet on Moxon's debut.
Next up for Glory is their Glory 2 Brussels show, this Saturday, October 6. That show is headlined by the return of Remy Bonjasky, plus Gokhan Saki, Murat Direkci vs. Nieky Holzken, and more. Check back later this week for more coverage of Glory 2 Brussels, and be sure to come by Saturday during the show.
Fight Video of the Week
Something a bit different this week. This video comes from Bloody Elbow reader Brooke Burgess. Brooke has spent some time training Muay Thai in Thailand and put together this really fantastic promo clip for Fight Night at Sinbi Muay Thai - one of Thailand's most respected camps. It's a very cool video that gives you a real feeling for what a Muay Thai card in Thailand is like. Check this out - it's good stuff!
And finally, a list of all the upcoming shows to watch out for:
- Glory 2 Brussels - October 6 (Bonjasky vs. Silva, Saki vs. Bouzidi, Holzken vs. Direkci)
- Boonchu Cup 2 - October 13 (Caged Muay Thai with 4 oz gloves in Australia)
- K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 - October 14 (Full line-up above)
- Superkombat Grand Prix Qualification - October 20 (Lungu, Stoica, Ciobanu)
- Glory 3 Rome Final 8 - November 3 (70kg tournament finals)
- Superkombat Grand Prix Round of 8 - November 10 (Catinas, Lascenko, Londt, more)
- Glory 4 Tokyo - December 2 (16 man Heavyweight tournament)
- K-1 World MAX GP Finals - December 8
- Superkombat Grand Prix Finals - December 8
- K-1 Grand Prix Finals in New York City - December 26