Superkombat World Grand Prix Varna
If last weekend's excellent It's Showtime show has you craving more high quality kickboxing action, fear not - we've got you covered this weekend as well. This Saturday, July 7, Superkombat holds the latest edition of their World Grand Prix. The show takes place in Bulgaria and will air Saturday starting at 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT. The show will air live on Eurosport, and will also be available in a few different online live streams. For live stream details visit the official event page and click the Online Webcast tab.
Superkombat is a relatively new organization, but they are making great strides to become a legitimate player in the international kickboxing scene, and have quickly established themselves as one of the best promotions out there. They tend to focus on high-paced, action fights that feature a slightly different group of names you might see on a Glory or It's Showtime card. They've positioned themselves as a terrific source for the next wave of top Heavyweight talent, with fighters like Ismael Londt, Raul Catinas, and the Stoicas poised to become the next big international Heavyweights.
Superkombat builds towards a big year end Grand Prix (set for December 8), and this show features a four man tournament to qualify for the round of 8. Their shows all year have used this format - small tournaments to qualify for the big Grand Prix. It's an excellent format and one that K-1 used to great success in the past, though they went away from it somewhat in recent years. For Saturday's show, Mladen Brestovac is the tournament favorite, as he has a lot of tournament experience. He's coming in off a big win over Mourad Bouzidi, and also holds recent wins over Mighty Mo and Roman Kleibl. If Brestovac wins, he'll take the 7th spot in the Grand Prix field of 8, joining Sergei Lascenko, Ismael Londt, Erhan Deniz, Pavel Zhuravlev, Catalin Morosanu and Raul Catinas. That's a superb line-up right there.
Full fight card and more in the complete entry.
Saturday's show also features a Superkombat Heavyweight title fight as Ismael Londt faces Freddy Kemayo. The 25 year old Londt has made a big name for himself recently, and has the potential to become a real break out star in the next year or two. This is a tough test though as Kemayo is a smart veteran who can give anyone troubles. Very good fight here.
Other notable fighters on the card include Andrei Stoica, Raul Catinas, and Catalin Morosanu. The event also sees K-1 veteran Alexey Ignashov back in action against Corneliu "Coco" Rus. Ignashov was, at one time, one of the sport's fastest rising Heavyweights, but he's struggled with a lot of personal issues in recent years and has not been able to really get back on track. It's always somewhat bittersweet watching Ignashov in action, as he's capable of great moments still, but is also a heavy reminder of lost potential.
Overall, it's a very strong card from top to bottom, and a great way to get ready for the night's UFC action.
Full fight card for Superkombat World Grand Prix Varna:
1. Reserve Fight (K-1 Rules, 3x3min, -95kg)
Redouan Cairo (Suriname) vs Kolyo Ivanov (Bulgaria)
2. Semifinal 1 (K-1 Rules, 3x3min, +96kg)
Benjamin Adegbuyi (Romania) vs Mladen Brestovac (Croatia)
3. Semifinal 2 (K-1 Rules, 3x3min, +96kg)
Rogava Tsotne (Ukraine) vs Kostadin Kostov (Bulgaria)
4. Super Fight (K-1 Rules, 3x3min, -95kg)
Hakan Aksoy (Turkey) vs Andrei Stoica (Romania)
5. Super Fight (K-1 Rules, 3x3min, +96kg)
Domagoj Ostojic (Croatia) vs Raul Catinas (Romania)
6. Super Fight (K-1 Rules, 3x3min, +96kg)
Rick Cheek (USA) vs Catalin Morosanu (Romania)
7. Super Fight (K-1 Rules, 3x3min, +96kg)
Corneliu Rus (Romania) vs Alexey Ignashov (Belarus)
8. Superkombat Heavyweight Title (K-1 Rules, 3x3min, +96kg)
Freddy Kemayo (France) vs Ismael Londt (Suriname)
9. Tournament Final (K-1 Rules, 3x3min, +96kg)
Winner Semifinal 1 vs Winner Semifinal 2