FFC 19 – Excellent fight card at the end of May!
Final Fight Championship is to hold its following event on May 29 at Universiada Hall in Sofia, Bulgaria, with plethora of great matches and well-known fighters.
For its first event in Bulgaria, FFC made up quite an interesting fight card with, of course, a couple of big Bulgarian names so it is not surprising that the MMA part of the event will be headlined by the Bulgarian rising star, the undefeated Vladimir Kanchev. This dangerous striker showed his amazing talent already at FFC 14 when he KO'ed Laszlo Benko from Hungary. At the following event in Poreč, Croatia, he also did a memorable match with welterweight division contender Ivan “The Braveheart” Gluhak which finished as draw. This time, his opponent will be one of the best Bosnian fighters, Josip Artuković.
This will be Arti's chance to return to the winning streak after the unjust defeat he recently suffered in Russia against Arbi Argujev. Artuković fought at FFC twice with one win and one loss, but it is obvious that the Bosnian fighter is yet to show his real strength and talent. His current score is 10 wins and 4 losses.
New test ahead of “The Beast” Spahović
”BH Beast” Tomislav Spahović is to headline the MMA section against Nicolai Salchow (5-0) that he was to fight in Sarajevo when the German fighter had to cancel the match. Having in mind Salchow's impressive win over Croatia's Matej Batinić, one can only expect a great match in -93 division. Spahović extremely improved in the last year and became one of the top fighters in the region skilled both in stand-up as well as on the ground. Salchow is still undefeated in his professional career and he is a member of an excellent MMA team from Dusseldorf coached by legendary Gilbert Yvel.
Another intriguing match on the MMA fight card is also definitely the one between Marcin Prachnio and Martin Batur. In the FFC ring Prachnio defeated Mikulić and Bekavac via KO, but he also lost to Rakić and Tadijanov. However, having in mind his amazing stand-up that he already showed as well as a contract with Golden Glory, the young Holland-based Pole is one of the biggest FFC's rising stars that is worth paying attention to. The test against Martin Batur will show which of the two fighters is rapidly heading to the FFC's top. Croatia's Martin Batur is to have his FFC debut after FFC Futures in 2014 when he defeated Ivica Tadijanov.
Dušan “Cyborg 2” Džakić will probably get his last chance in the FFC ring after he lost to Ivan Gluhak in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Džakić lost twice in the FFC via KO and never got a chance to truly show his qualities. In Bulgaria he will have a chance to improve his position against Pavel Georgiev.
The third Bulgarian MMA fighter will be Danile Iliev in the -84 division. After losing to Kamen Georgiev, Iliev scored five consecutive wins, while he will try to seek his sixth victory against the experienced Adam Polgar from Hungary. They will both debut at FFC and get a chance to secure a new match in the leading regional fighting sports promotion.
Serbian MMA fans will definitely be interested in Darko Stošić who made a quite an impressive debut at FFC 7 Sarajevo when he rapidly finished Dionysios Papadopoulos. His opponent in Sofia will be Croatia's Ivan Vitasović.
Poturak vs. Kujundžić to headline the kickboxing part of the event
Kickboxing part of the event will be headlined by the legendary Dževad "BH Machine" Poturak and Mladen Kujundžić. It will be a clash of experience and enthusiasm, strength and speed. After poor FFC debut against Igor Jurković, K-1 WPG semi-finals returned with two wins against Panagiotis (FFC 16) and Munoz (FFC 7). Undefeated in his last four bouts Dževad decided to stay in the ring despite the age of 37. In Sofia he is to fight Croatia's rising star Mladen “The Dynamite” Kujundžić. After a great start at FFC and five consecutive wins, the member of the King gym suffered a surprise KO by Oleksandr Bodruchin in his last match. Now he will get a new opportunity to return to the winning streak in this match against experienced and tough Poturak.
In the co-main event Poturak's student and Bosnian rising star Elmir Mehić is to fight Theodosiadis Panagiotis from Greece. Despite the fact that he was defeated by Tomislav Čikotić at FFC 7, Mehić made a terrific impression. Panagiotis on the other hand made his FFC debut against Dževad Poturak in Vienna and lost despite the fact that the match was almost a draw. This time the Greek fighter will try to finish what he started in the ring against Poturak's student. All in all, both Poturak and Panagiotis are excellent fighters who do not calculate took much so it will surely be a bloody bout.
After his impressive performance in Ljubljana at FFC 18, young Istrian fighter Teo Mikelić is also back in the action! After defeating Italia's Fabio di Marco after an extra round, the match between the two fighters earned the title of fight of the night so it is not surprising Teo is back in the game this soon. This time he will fight Tigran Movsisyan who already scored two FFC wins.
FFC 19 – Sofia (Bulgaria)
29 May 2015.
Vladislav Kanchev (BUL) vs. Josip Artuković (BiH), -77kg
Tomislav Spahović (BiH) vs. Nicolai Salchow (GER), -93kg
Marcin Prachnio (POL) vs. Martin Batur (CRO), -93kg
Dušan Džakić (SER) vs. Pavel Georgiev (BUL), -77kg
Daniel Iliev (BUL) vs. Adam Polgar (HUN), -84kg
Darko Stošić (SER) vs. Ivan Vitasović (CRO), HW
Geven Hubert (NED) vs. Vladislav Genov (BUL), -70kg
Dževad Poturak (BiH) vs. Mladen Kujundžić (CRO), HW
Elmir Mehić (BiH) vs. Theodosiadis Panagiotis (GRE), HW
Teo Mikelić (CRO) vs. Tigran Movsisyan (SVK), -70kg
Antonio Plazibat (CRO) vs Vasil Ducar (CZE), -93kg
TBA vs. TBA