FFC 22 Athens: Roosmalen's MMA debut, Zhuravlev and Douwes fight for the title!
FFC 22 Athens: Roosmalen’s MMA debut, Zhuravlev and Douwes fight for the title!
One of Europe’s leading combat sports promotions Final Fight Championship is to hold its 22nd event on February 19 in Athens, which will also be the first FFC event in 2016. As previously announced, FFC 22 will feature MMA debut of the world’s best kickboxers in the -70 kg division, Robin Van Roosmalen, while the kickboxing part of the event is to be headlined by Pavel Zhuralev and Brian Douwes who are to fight for the lightweight category title. The event is to be held at Faliro Olympic Hall.
Greece is the sixth European country that will host the Final Fight Championship. The event in Athens was originally planned for 2015, but due to technical reasons, it was re-scheduled for the beginning of this year. On the occasion of its first event in Athens, FFC prepared an excellent fight card full of big names.
One of the biggest attractions that FFC 22 fight card brings is Robin van Roosmalen’s MMA debut and it is definitely a big success for the FFC since the world’ best kickboxer in -70 division chose this organization for his first professional MMA match. It is a path many kickboxers such as Cro Cop, Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem have already taken, but it will definitely not be easy for the Dutch fighter who will first have to face much more experienced opponents
In Athens Robin van Roosmalen is to face Greek fighter Michailidis. The Greek athlete who fights under English flag has 11 professional matches under his belt. He fought in numerous British organizations including UCMMA. In his last two matches he was defeated via judges’ decision which is definitely good news for Roosmalen.
And while the MMA program will be headlined by famous Roosmalen, the main event in the kickboxing part of the event will be a real treat since The Ukraine’s Pavel Zhuralev is to fight Holland’s Brain Douwes. Since the FFC light heavyweight champ in kickboxing, Igor Jurkovid, decided to put his career on hold and he vacated the championship position, Zhuralev vs. Douwes will decide on the new FFC champ. These two veterans do not need a special introduction. K-1 WPG semifinalist and one of the best kickboxers already fought in the FFC ring thrice. He KO’ed Italy’s Panto and Hollands’ Renfurm, but in the end he lost to Hesdy Gerges from Egypt at FFC event in Pore?. Meanwhile he won Legend’s tournament and fought mostly at King of Kings events where he scored a couple of significant wins.
On the other hand, Douwes is a seasoned professional with 60 professional bouts. In his last match he defeated Glory star Jamal Ben Saddik and some other athletes he outfought include Jahfarr Wilnis and Dževad Poturak. He fought all around the world in all big kickboxing promotions and some of his famous opponents include Ghita, Morosanu, Londt, Silva and Gerges.
Zhuralev vs. Douwes will not be the only title match in the Athens. FFC champion Samo Petje is to defend his belt for the third time against Greece’s best kickboxer Meletis Kakaoubavas. After a tough bout with Tigran Movsisyan in Rijeka, Croatia, the Slovenian fighter is to face even more difficult exam. Kakaoubavas is a seasoned professional and perhaps Petje’s toughest opponent so far in the FFC. However, the excellent kickboxer from Ljubljana managed to deal away with all opponents and he will surely deliver a great performance.
FFC 22 Athens 19/2/2015, 8PM
Robin Van Roosmalen (NED) vs. Theo Michailidis (GRE), -66kg
Darko Stošid (SER) vs. Emil Zahariev (BUL), HW
Pavel Doroftei (MOL) vs. TBA, -84kg
David Vasid (CRO) vs. Zauri Maisuradze (GE), -84kg
Alexander Papadimitriou (GRE) vs. Vladislav Genov (BUL), -70kg
TBA vs. TBA
Pavel Zhuravlev (UKR) vs. Brian Douwes (NED), -95kg
Samo Petje (SLO) vs. Meletis Kakaoubavas (GRE), -70kg
Antonio Plazibat (CRO) vs. Sergei Masloboev (LT), -95kg
Tomislav ?ikotid (CRO) vs. Marius Munteanu (ROM), HW
Marko Adamovid (SER) vs. Florian Marku (ALB), -70kg
JAsmin Bajrovid (CRO) vs. Dimitris Chiotis (GRE), -77kg
Fight Channel PR Zagreb, January21, 2016