2012 in Super Fight League

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The year 2012 was the inaugural year for Super Fight League, an Indian based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. Its first event was held in March and featured a bout between the two MMA veterans Bob Sapp and James Thompson. The promotion has scheduled several events to occur throughout India in 2012. On August 5, the SFL will air their reality show SFL Challengers.[1] Similar to the Ultimate Fighter, the show will take young up-and-coming Indian mixed martial artists, place them in the same house as each other.[2] On October 12, the SFL changed their organisational structure from one event a month in arenas to one event every Friday in a specially designed mini-arena in Mumbai in front of an exclusive invitation only audience. Programming will last for three hours each week with weigh-ins, live fights and interviews from Bollywood cage side guests. There will be 7 fights in total each event, with 1 of them being a female bout. It will air live on Neo Prime in India and on their YouTube page for the rest of the world.[3]

List of events[edit]

Super Fight League has scheduled several fights cards throughout 2012:[4][5]

Event Date Venue City
SFL 1 March 11, 2012 Andheri Sports Complex Mumbai, India
SFL 2 April 7, 2012 T-Box Mobile Arena Chandigarh, India
SFL 3 May 6, 2012 Indra Gandhi Indoor Complex New Delhi, India
SFL 4 October 12, 2012 SFL Arena Mumbai, India
SFL 5 October 19, 2012 SFL Arena Mumbai, India
SFL 6 October 26, 2012 SFL Arena Mumbai, India
SFL 7 November 2, 2012 SFL Arena Mumbai, India
SFL 8 November 9, 2012 SFL Arena Mumbai, India
SFL 9 November 16, 2012 SFL Arena Mumbai, India
SFL 10 November 23, 2012 SFL Arena Mumbai, India
SFL 11 November 30, 2012 SFL Arena Mumbai, India
SFL 12 December 7, 2012 SFL Arena Mumbai, India
SFL 13 December 14, 2012 SFL Arena Mumbai, India

Event summaries[edit]

SFL 1[edit]

SFL 1 was held on March 11, 2012 at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai, India and was the first ever event promoted by Super Fight League. Prior to the event, Bollywood stars, including Bipasha Basu, provided 45 minutes of live entertainment.[6] Jennifer Lopez and electro pop group LMFAO were invited to perform at the event as well. The event was streamed live on YouTube.[7]

The main event featured a heavyweight fight between Bob Sapp and James Thompson. Both fighters are veterans of Pride Fighting Championships, but had never faced each other before. Sapp went into the fight on a five fight losing streak while Thompson had mixed results in his recent outings. As soon as the fight was started, Thompson headed straight for Sapp and took him down within the first thirty seconds of the bout. After some ground and pound and grappling which had both fights on top of the other at some point, Thompson was able twist Sapp's leg. Sapp tapped out at 1:52 of the first round due the resulting leg injury.[8]

Results[9][10]

Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight Xavier Foupa-Pokam def. Joey Guel TKO (doctor stoppage) 1 5:00
Heavyweight Jimmy Ambriz def. Satish Jha TKO (punches) 1 0:14
Lightweight Lakhwinder Sekhon def. Madura Rathnayke TKO (punches) 1 1:29
Welterweight Mohammed Shahid def. Mayura Dissanayake Decision (Majority) 3 5:00 [a]
Featherweight Chaitanya Gavali def. Tiran Thakshala Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00 [b]
Light Heavyweight Travis Bell def. Neil Natasadu Submission (forearm choke) 2 1:18
Flyweight Sanja Sucevic def. Lena Ovchynnikova Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 2:28
Heavyweight James Thompson def. Bob Sapp Submission (leg injury) 1 1:52
  1. ^ 29-28, 30-30, 30-29
  2. ^ 30-27, 30-27, 30-27


SFL 2[edit]

SFL 2 took place on April 7, 2012 at the T-Box Mobile Arena in Chandigarh, India. As with SFL 1 it was streamed live on YouTube.[11]

A lightweight bout between Paul Kelly and Gabe Ruediger was initially scheduled. It would have fulfilled a pairing that had been planned for UFC 123. At the time, Ruediger was injured and was replaced with TJ O'Brien. Kelly defeated O'Brien but was released from the UFC after a subsequent loss to Donald Cerrone.[11] Following a knockout loss to Scott Catlin on March 16, 2012, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) medically suspended Ruediger. Although Super Fight League wasn't required to follow the CSAC's suspensions, they still decided to remove Ruediger from the fight card.[12] He has since been replaced with Ryan Healy.[13]

The main event saw Todd Duffee facing Neil Grove. Duffee's last fight was almost a year and a half prior when he lost a match to Alistair Overeem for the vacant Dream Heavyweight Championship. Grove's most recent bouts were with Bellator Fighting Championships where he won three fights and lost three fights.[11] This was the first time the two fighters faced each other. The fight ended 34 seconds into the first round when Duffee earned a technical knockout victory over Neil Grove.

Results[14][15]

Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Ryan Healy def. Paul Kelly Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00 [a]
Featherweight Pierre Daguzan def. Chaitanya Gavali Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00 [b]
Featherweight Bharat Khandare def. Soro Ismael Submission (punches) 1 2:16
Middleweight Alexander Shlemenko def. Ikuhisa Minowa TKO (knee and punch to the body) 1 2:20
Bantamweight Anup Kumar def. Dilanga Rathnaveera Submission (rear naked choke) 2 1:45
Lightweight Ricky Ranjeet Singh def. Salika Senanayake TKO (punches) 1 4:36
130 lbs Catchweight Colleen Schneider def. Cherie Buck TKO (punches and elbows) 2 2:29
Heavyweight Todd Duffee def. Neil Grove TKO (punches) 1 0:34
  1. ^ 29-28, 30-27, 30-27
  2. ^ 30-27, 29-28, 29-28


SFL 3[edit]

SFL 3 took place on May 6, 2012 at the IGI Stadium in New Delhi, India. As with the previous events, it was streamed live on YouTube.[16]

The main event was a heavyweight bout between Bobby Lashley and James Thompson. Lashley was coming into his SFL debut on a two fight winning streak, which included recently winning the Shark Fights Heavyweight title,[17] whilst Thompson has gone 3-0(1) in his last 4 fights, which included his submission victory against Bob Sapp at SFL 1.

The first round started off with Lashley using his wrestling skills to pressure Thompson. After a couple of knees in the clinch, Thompson accidentally caught Lashley in the groin, in which Lashley took a few minutes to recover from. The round ended with Lashley landing a barrage of punches to Thompson by the side of the cage. The second had both men landing some big punches next to the cage. Bobby shook his opponent a few times with clean strikes, but it was Thompson who won the round by clinching Lashley onto the cage and doing some dirty boxing. Lashley took another accidental low blow in the third, this time Thompson was given a warning. Once recovered, Lashley came forward and both men continued to strike again. Thompson again kept the fight on the side of the cage with him landing punches from the clinch which arguably gave him the decision victory.[18]

Fight Card[16][19]

Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight Zelg Galešić def. Doug Marshall KO (Flying Knee) 1 0:34
Bantamweight Gurdarshan Mangat def. Liu Si Siong Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 2 2:37 [a]
Lightweight Lakhwinder Sekhon def. Vladimir Biandov TKO (Retirement) 2 5:00 [b]
Light Heavyweight Trevor Prangley def. Baga Agaev KO (punches) 3 2:03
176 lbs Catchweight Kultar Gill def. Quinton Arendse KO (punches) 1 0:51
Bantamweight Anup Kumar def. Chatmongkhon Simma TKO (punches) 1 4:55 [c]
Flyweight Joanne Calderwood def. Lena Ovchynnikova Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00 [d]
Heavyweight James Thompson def. Bobby Lashley Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00 [e]
  1. ^ Mangat was deducted 2-points in round one for an illegal knee.
  2. ^ Biandov was not able to continue for the final round after the second.
  3. ^ Kumar was deducted 2-points in round one for illegal punches to back of head.
  4. ^ 30-26, 30-26, 30-26 Ovchynnikova was deducted 1-point in round two for fence grabbing.
  5. ^ 29-28, 29-28, 29-28


SFL 4[edit]

SFL 4 took place on October 12, 2012 in Mumbai, India. As with the previous events, it streamed live on YouTube and Neo Prime in India as well as being shown on the Fight Network in Canada for the first time. This event was originally meant to take place on September 29 at Bangalore and to be headlined by Todd Duffee and Jeff Monson,[20] but due to changes to the structure of the SFL events this fight will not take place at this event.[21] This will mark the first event that the Super Fight League began showing weekly events.[3]

Results[22]

Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Bantamweight Irfan Khan def. Kaushik Sen Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 [a]
Middleweight Pawan Maan Singh def. Srikant Sekhar KO (Punch) 2 0:46
Welterweight Bhabajeet Choudhary def. Charanjeet Singh KO (Spinning Back Kick) 2 2:48
Welterweight Shyam Prasad def. Gaurav Singh Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 2 0:41
Bantamweight Manoj Chuhan def. Biswa Dev TKO (Slam and Punches) 1 0:41
Flyweight Sanja Sucevic def. Irene Cabello TKO (Punches) 2 1:24
Welterweight Kultar Gill def. Amr Wahman TKO (Punches) 1 4:39
  1. ^ 30-27, 30-27, 30-27


SFL 5[edit]

SFL 5 took place on October 19, 2012 in Mumbai, India. As with the previous events, it streamed live on YouTube and was shown on Neo Prime in India and on the Fight Network in Canada.

Results[23]

Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Featherweight Soro Ismael def. Siddesh Shirgaonkar Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 [a]
Featherweight Ranjith K def. Debajit Roy Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 2:47
Bantamweight Rajesh Sallan def. Sarabjit Singh Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 4:45
Flyweight Manjit Kolekar def. Ritika Singh TKO (Punches) 2 3:45
Lightweight Rajinder Singh Meena def. Amitesh Chaubey Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 1:02
Lightweight Sandeep Yadav def. Amit Kumar Submission (Guillotine Choke) 2 4:29
Featherweight Lakhwinder Sekhon def. Mohamed Abdel Hamid Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 1:11
  1. ^ 30-27, 30-27, 30-27


SFL 6[edit]

SFL 6 took place on October 26, 2012 in Mumbai, India. As with the previous events, it streamed live on YouTube and was shown on Neo Prime in India and on the Fight Network in Canada.

Results[24]

Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Mohit Tokas def. Love Chauhan TKO (Punches) 1 2:25
Featherweight Suresh Chavan def. Motirul Rahaman Submission (Shoulder Choke) 1 0:42
Bantamweight Kapil Kumar def. Sharath Babu TKO (Punches) 2 2:52
Bantamweight Gurvinder Singh def. Subrata Das Submission (Neck Crank) 1 2:36
Light Heavyweight Abhijeet Petkar def. Harish Solanki TKO (Punches) 1 1:42
Flyweight Colleen Schneider def. Aya Saeid Saber TKO (Elbows) 1 3:55
Welterweight Claudio Henrique Da Silva def. Xavier Foupa-Pokam Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 [a]
  1. ^ 29-28, 30-27, 28-29


SFL 7[edit]

SFL 7 took place on November 2, 2012 in Mumbai, India. As with the previous events, it streamed live on YouTube and was shown on Neo Prime in India and on the Fight Network in Canada.

Results[25]

Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Bantamweight Sarabjit Singh def. Atif Khadim Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 [a]
Featherweight Narender Grewal def. Siddharth Varma Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 2 1:06
Lightweight Hamza Kooheji def. Swapnil Barve Submission (Guillotine Choke) 2 0:26
Featherweight Puja Kadian def. Walaa Abas TKO (Punches) 2 3:07
Bantamweight Anup Kumar def. Varinder Singh Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 1:41
Heavyweight Daniel Amar Singh def. Michael Pereira Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 0:23
Welterweight Michael Page def. Haitham El-Sayed TKO (Doctor Stoppage) 1 2:15 [b]
  1. ^ 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
  2. ^ Doctor stopped the fight due to cuts on Tantawy

Sources[26]

SFL 8[edit]

SFL 8 took place on November 9, 2012 in Mumbai, India. As with the previous events, it streamed live on YouTube and was shown on Neo Prime in India and on the Fight Network in Canada.

Results[27]

Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Sandeep Yadav def. Palwinder Singh Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 0:42
Bantamweight Manoj Chuhan def. Alam Idrisi TKO (Punches) 1 3:58
Featherweight Bharat Kandare def. Pushpender Singh Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 1:20
Lightweight Sachin Bhat def. Nikhil Bhat Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 0:37
Featherweight Tracy Lockwood def. Deepika Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 2:10
Bantamweight Tom McKenna def. Hardeep Singh Submission (D'arce Choke) 1 4:48
Middleweight John Troyer def. Vasily Novikov Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 [a]
  1. ^ 29-28, 29-28, 29-28

Sources[28]

SFL 9[edit]

SFL 9 took place on November 16, 2012 in Mumbai, India. As with the previous events, it streamed live on YouTube and was shown on Neo Prime in India and on the Fight Network in Canada.

Results[29]

Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Bantamweight Santosh Kumar def. Sachin Mahanta Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 3:41
Welterweight Shyam Prasad def. Rouhollah Eidehlouei Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 1:08
Flyweight Monika def. Gurleen Kaur Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 [a]
Middleweight Satendar Bankura def. Rajbir Singh KO (Punch) 1 0:21
Welterweight Bhabajeet Chowdhury def. Jamshed Khan TKO (Knee and Punches) 1 4:34
Bantamweight Ifran Khan def. Kapil Kumar Submission (Guillotine Choke) 2 1:26
Welterweight Amr Wahman def. Baz Muhammed KO (punches) 1 4:55
  1. ^ 29-28, 29-28, 29-28

Sources[30]

SFL 10[edit]

SFL 10 took place on November 23, 2012 in Mumbai, India. As with the previous events, it streamed live on YouTube and was shown on Neo Prime in India and on the Fight Network in Canada.

Results[31]

Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Bantamweight Jagdish Kumar def. Shaikh Mohammed Farhan TKO (Retirement) 1 2:38
Middleweight Javed Ali Khan def. Srikant Sekhar TKO (Doctor Stoppage) 2 5:00
Heavyweight Nikola Janjic def. Vikas Singh Ruhil Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 2:09
Welterweight Jason Solomon def. Suresh Rajput KO (Knee) 1 1:21
Light Heavyweight Abhijeet Petkar def. Sanjay Jha TKO (Retirement) 1 5:00
Featherweight Charmaine Tweet def. Puja Kadian Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 0:45
Heavyweight Jimmy Ambriz def. Mohamed Abdel Karim Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) 1 2:38

Sources[32]

SFL 11[edit]

SFL 11 took place on November 30, 2012 in Mumbai, India. As with the previous events, it streamed live on YouTube and was shown on Neo Prime in India and on the Fight Network in Canada.

Results[33]

Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Rajinder Singh Meena def. Amit Raj Kumar Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 1:21
Bantamweight Irfan Khan def. Subrata Das TKO (Punches) 1 1:26
Featherweight Farbod Irannejad def. Ranjith Kvia Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1 2:19
Featherweight Narender Grewal def. Soro Ismael TKO (Punches) 1 2:53
Heavyweight Virender Singh def. Naveen Rao TKO (Punches) 1 2:14
Flyweight Ritika Singh def. Aya Saeid Saber Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 [a]
Lightweight Sachin Bhatt def. Sandeep Yadav Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2 2:16
  1. ^ 29-28, 29-28, 29-28

Sources[34]

SFL 12[edit]

SFL 12 took place on December 7, 2012 in Mumbai, India. As with the previous events, it will stream live on YouTube and will be shown on Neo Prime in India and on the Fight Network in Canada.

Results[35]

Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Bantamweight Sharath Babu def. Varinder Singh TKO (Punches) 1 3:56
Featherweight Abdul Muneer def. Amit Pal Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 2:55
Bantamweight Uchit Sharma def. Yashvir Singh Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 4:23
Light Heavyweight Arif Khan def. Mohit Tokas Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 1:56
Middleweight Ravindra Balhara def. Pawan Maan Singh Technical Decision (Unanimous) 3 2:04
Flyweight Julia Berezikova def. Karla Benitez Submission (Armbar) 2 1:42
Featherweight Kario Isaac Maheo def. Mahmoud Ashour Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 3 4:27

Sources[36][37]

SFL 13[edit]

SFL 13: Night of Champions took place on December 14, 2012 in Mumbai, India. As with the previous events, it streamed live on YouTube and was shown on Neo Prime in India and on the Fight Network in Canada. The Super Fight League rewarded 4 titles in the men's Welterweight, Lightweight, Featherweight and Bantamweight divisions at this event.[38][39]

Results[40]

Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Welterweight Jamshed Khan def. Rouhollah Eidehlouei TKO (retirement) 2 5:00
Flyweight Manjit Kolekar def. Monika Submission (rear naked choke) 1 1:27
Welterweight Warren De Reuck def. Mohamed Hassan Badawy Submission (triangle choke) 1 4:24
Lightweight Rajinder Singh Meena def. Sandeep Yadav Submission (guillotine choke) 4 3:40 [a]
Featherweight Bharat Kandare def. Narender Grewal Submission (guillotine choke) 1 1:31 [b]
Bantamweight Anup Kumar def. Manoj Chuhan Submission (rear naked choke) 2 2:08 [c]
Welterweight Shyam Prasad def. Bhabajeet Choudhury Submission (rear naked choke) 2 2:04 [d]
  1. ^ For the 1st SFL World Lightweight Championship
  2. ^ For the 1st SFL World Featherweight Championship
  3. ^ For the 1st SFL World Bantamweight Championship
  4. ^ For the 1st SFL World Welterweight Championship


See also[edit]

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