FFC 19: Spahović injured, former Bellator fighter Atanaz Djambatov steps up!
There have been some significant changes in the FFC 19 Sofia fight card since one of the fighters of the co-main event sustained an injury during his preps.
Due to serious issues with his knee, Tomislav Spahović had to cancel the match against Germany's Nicolai Salchow for the second time already. Salchow was unable to fight Spahović at FFC 7 in Sarajevo, while this time „The BH Beast“ sustained a knee injury. However, the organizers managed to find an adequate replacement and the undefeated Salchow is now to fight Bulgaria's Atanas Djambazov who readily stepped up.
The Bulgarian fighter has a professional score of 20 wins and 4 losses. He also fought twice in Bellator, but without significant success. He was defeated by Emanuel Newton and Egidijus Valavicius. He suffered his last loss in February 2014 after which he returned to the winning streak with two victories in smaller promotions. On the other hand, Salchow fought at FFC 15 in Poreč where he defeated the undefeated Matej Batibić via KO in the first round. His current score is 5-0.
Moreover, there has been one more change in the MMA fight card. Serbian fighter Dušan Džakić was to fight Bulgaria's Pavel Georgiev who had to cancel due to the fist fracture. Džakić in now to fight Romania's Aurel Pirtea who already fought at FFC in Vienna and lost to Kristijan Perak. Pirtea then fought in the middleweight division but now he dropped to welterweight. He recently returned to the winning streak after four consecutive losses and currently has a 4-4 score. Džakić last fought in Ljubljana at FFC 18 where he lost to Ivan „The Braveheart“ Gluhak.
The event in Sofia will be headlined by Vladislav Kanchev and Josip Artuković in the MMA part of the evening while Dževad Poturak and Mladen Kujundžić will fight in the main event of the kickboxing section.
FFC 19 – Sofia (Bulgaria)
Vladislav Kanchev (BUL) vs. Josip Artuković (BiH), -77kg
Atanas Djambazov (BUL) vs. Nicolai Salchow (GER), -95kg
Marcin Prachnio (POL) vs. Martin Batur (CRO), -93kg
Dušan Džakić (SER) vs. Aurel Pirtea (ROM), -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
Tomislav Čikotić (CRO) vs. Theodosiadis Panagiotis (GRE), HW
Teo Mikelić (CRO) vs. Tigran Movsisyan (CZE), -70kg
Antonio Plazibat (CRO) vs TBA, -93kg
Meletis Kakaoubavas (GRE) vs. TBA, -77kg
Ivan Zidar (CRO) vs. Nikola Cimeša (SER), -67kg
Jovan Kaluđerović (SER) vs. Dorin Robert (ROM), -95kg