2012 in Super Fight League
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. 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. 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.
List of events
|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|
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. Jennifer Lopez and electro pop group LMFAO were invited to perform at the event as well. The event was streamed live on YouTube.
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.
|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|
- 29-28, 30-30, 30-29
- 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
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. 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. He has since been replaced with Ryan Healy.
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. 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.
|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|
- 29-28, 30-27, 30-27
- 30-27, 29-28, 29-28
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, 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.
|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]|
- Mangat was deducted 2-points in round one for an illegal knee.
- Biandov was not able to continue for the final round after the second.
- Kumar was deducted 2-points in round one for illegal punches to back of head.
- 30-26, 30-26, 30-26 Ovchynnikova was deducted 1-point in round two for fence grabbing.
- 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
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, but due to changes to the structure of the SFL events this fight will not take place at this event. This will mark the first event that the Super Fight League began showing weekly events.
|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|
- 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
|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|
- 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
|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]|
- 29-28, 30-27, 28-29
|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 Tantawy||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||1||2:15||[b]|
- 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
- Doctor stopped the fight due to cuts on Tantawy
|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 (Brabo Choke)||1||4:48|
|Middleweight||John Troyer||def.||Vasily Novikov||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00||[a]|
- 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
|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|
- 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
|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|
|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|
- 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
|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|
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.
|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]|
- For the 1st SFL World Lightweight Championship
- For the 1st SFL World Featherweight Championship
- For the 1st SFL World Bantamweight Championship
- For the 1st SFL World Welterweight Championship
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