Thai & Kickbox SuperLeague
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Thai & Kickbox SuperLeague, commonly known as SuperLeague, was a former kickboxing organization that was based in Vienna, Austria. It was founded by Austrian businessmen Marcus Bauer in 2003 with the aim to bring together champion fighters from across the world into a single European based league with (world) rankings. Although initially the events consisted of ranking super fights, the organization would also put on several elimination tournaments.
During its inception, SuperLeague ran a total of fifteen Thai-boxing shows between 10 May 2003 to 13th, May 2006, averaging around four shows a year, with a total of 86 different fighters (from 31 different nations) taking part in events. The organization had six different weight classes, ranging from super lightweight (63 kg/138.6 lbs) to heavyweight (95 kg/209 lbs), and all bouts were fought under Thai-boxing rules. While it was running it stood alongside K-1 and It's Showtime as one of the world's premier kickboxing organizations with seventeen different TV companies from across the world broadcasting events.
By the latter half of 2006 SuperLeague began to run into financial difficulties with the organization's main sponsor Sportwetten Gera facing legal difficulties. This situation led into the SuperLeague Austria 2006 show on 14 October 2006 which had to be cancelled due to the company being unable to meet fighters contracts. This was devastating news for SuperLeague which had a total of 17 television stations from across the world owning broadcasting rights to their events. Unable to meet their financial and business obligations the SuperLeague event series stopped.
Thai & Kickbox SuperLeague events have been broadcast live by a total of seventeen TV companies in from across the world including:
|Australia||Fox Sports||Belgium||BeTV||Brazil||BandSports, TVA|
|Canada||The Fight Network||France||TPS||Austria/Germany||Premiere|
|Hungary||RTL Klub, Sport Klub Hungary||Poland||Polsat||Romania||Antena 1|
|Serbia||Sport Klub Serbia||Switzerland||U1 TV||United Kingdom||BSkyB|
Thai & Kickbox SuperLeague Champions
|Weight Class||Date||Event||Champion||Runner-up||No of Defenses|
|73 kg / 160.6 lbs||2006-05-13||SuperLeague Elimination 2006||Template:Flagicon Aalviar Lima||Template:Flagicon Fadi Merza||0|
SuperLeague Tournament Champions
|73 kg / 160.6 lbs||2006-03-11||SuperLeague Elimination 2006||Template:Flagicon Jordan Tai||Template:Flagicon Jose Reis|
|73 kg / 160.6 lbs||2005-09-24||SuperLeague Tournament Turkey 2005||Template:Flagicon Aalviar Lima||Template:Flagicon Kamal El Amrani|
A number of high profile fighters have taken part in SuperLeague events:
- Template:Flagicon Cosmo Alexandre
- Template:Flagicon Dany Bill
- Template:Flagicon Clifton Brown
- Template:Flagicon Shane Chapman
- Template:Flagicon Roberto Cocco
- Template:Flagicon Albert Kraus
- Template:Flagicon Ole Laursen
- Template:Flagicon Aalviar Lima
- Template:Flagicon Joerie Mes
- Template:Flagicon Akeomi Nitta
- Template:Flagicon John Wayne Parr
- Template:Flagicon Yoshihiro Sato
- Template:Flagicon Dmitry Shakuta
- Template:Flagicon Jean-Charles Skarbowsky
- Template:Flagicon Jordan Tai
- Template:Flagicon Mongkhon Wiwasuk
- Template:Flagicon Şahin Yakut
A list of the following SuperLeague rules is as follows:
SuperLeague had six weight classes:
- Super Lightweight - up to 63 kg / 138.6 lbs
- Welterweight - up to 67 kg / 147.4 lbs
- Super Welterweight - up to 70 kg / 154 lbs
- Middleweight - up to 73 kg / 160.6 lbs
- Super Middleweight - up to 76 kg / 167.2 lbs
- Heavyweight - up to 95 kg / 209 lbs
- Tournament matches were three rounds in duration, with a one-minute break between rounds, and each round lasting three minutes. In the event of a draw after the allocated three rounds the fight would go to an extra round.
- Super fights were five rounds in duration, with a one-minute break between rounds, with each round lasting three minutes.
- 3 judges score the fight. After each round a fighter can score 10, 9 or 8 points depending on how well they do. Fighters will generally lose points for being knocked down or for fouls spotted by the referee.
- Punch with the fist to the head, chest, body parts and stomach.
- Kicks to the head, neck, chest, body as well as inside/outside of legs.
- Knee techniques to the head, upper body and legs.
Use of the following techniques can lead to a points deduction(s) or disqualification from the fight:
- Head butting
- Striking the back of the opponent if they have turned away.
- Backfist or spinning backfist.
- Clinching the lower back.
- Punching with in-or outside of glove.
- Striking or pushing after the referee commands a "break" or "stop".
- Striking an opponent if outside the ropes or ring.
- Non-sporting behaviour e.g. biting, spitting or running away from the fight.
Fights were typically decided by:
- Points decision - one fighter gains more points than the other on the judges scorecards after the allocated rounds.
- Draw - the judges score the fighters equally after the allocated rounds.
- Knockout - a fighter was counted out by the referee.
- Technical Knockout - the referee, doctor or fighters corner stops the fight due to the amount of damage suffered by one of the combatant's. It can also occur if a fighter gives up or is suffers an injury and is unable to continue.
- Disqualification - the losing fighter may concede enough fouls (or a serious single foul) to be disqualified by the referee.
Thai & Kickbox SuperLeague Events
Thai & Kickbox SuperLeague Events
- "The Superleague (what is it, etc)". www.mma-fighter.com. http://www.mma-fighter.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2776&view=next. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
- "SUPER LEAGUE am 9. April in Wien - pressetext (Info on SuperLeague - German Language)". isaan-forum.com. http://pressetext.com/news/050321011/super-league-am-9-april-in-wien/. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
- "Presseerklärung zur SUPER LEAGUE Veranstaltung am 14. Oktober (SuperLeague's last event - German Language)". pressetext.de. http://pressetext.de/news/061019011/presseerklaerung-zur-super-league-veranstaltung-am-14-oktober/. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
- "TV Calendar". http://www.superleague.tv. http://www.superleague.tv/index.php. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
- "Fighters". http://www.superleague.tv. http://www.superleague.tv/fighters_list.php. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
- "Rules". http://www.superleague.tv. http://www.superleague.tv/main.php?mainid=11. Retrieved 2010-12-31.