2012 in Super Fight League
The year 2012 was the inaugural year for Super Fight League, an Indian-based mixed martial arts (MMA) league. Its first event was held in March and featured a bout between the two MMA veterans Bob Sapp and James Thompson. The league has scheduled several events to occur throughout India in 2012. On August 5, the Super Fight League 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 Super Fight League 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
|Super Fight League 1||March 11, 2012||Andheri Sports Complex||Mumbai, India|
|Super Fight League 2||April 7, 2012||T-Box Mobile Arena||Chandigarh, India|
|Super Fight League 3||May 6, 2012||Indra Gandhi Indoor Complex||New Delhi, India|
|Super Fight League 4||October 12, 2012||Super Fight League Arena||Mumbai, India|
|Super Fight League 5||October 19, 2012||Super Fight League Arena||Mumbai, India|
|Super Fight League 6||October 26, 2012||Super Fight League Arena||Mumbai, India|
|Super Fight League 7||November 2, 2012||Super Fight League Arena||Mumbai, India|
|Super Fight League 8||November 9, 2012||Super Fight League Arena||Mumbai, India|
|Super Fight League 9||November 16, 2012||Super Fight League Arena||Mumbai, India|
|Super Fight League 10||November 23, 2012||Super Fight League Arena||Mumbai, India|
|Super Fight League 11||November 30, 2012||Super Fight League Arena||Mumbai, India|
|Super Fight League 12||December 7, 2012||Super Fight League Arena||Mumbai, India|
|Super Fight League 13||December 14, 2012||Super Fight League Arena||Mumbai, India|
Super Fight League 1
Super Fight League 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 electropop 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 to 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|
|Featherweight||Chaitanya Gavali||def.||Tiran Thakshala||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00|
|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|
Super Fight League 2
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 by 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|
|Featherweight||Pierre Daguzan||def.||Chaitanya Gavali||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00|
|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|
Super Fight League 3
The main event was a heavyweight bout between Bobby Lashley and James Thompson. Lashley was coming into his Super Fight League 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 Super Fight League 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|
|Lightweight||Lakhwinder Sekhon||def.||Vladimir Biandov||TKO (Retirement)||2||5:00|
|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|
|Flyweight||Joanne Calderwood||def.||Lena Ovchynnikova||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||James Thompson||def.||Bobby Lashley||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00|
- Mangat was docked 2 points in round one for an illegal knee.
- Biandov was not able to continue for the final round after the second.
- Kumar was docked 2 points in round one for illegal punches to back of head.
- 30-26, 30-26, 30-26 Ovchynnikova was docked 1 point in round two for fence grabbing.
- 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
Super Fight League 4
Super Fight League 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 Super Fight League 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|
|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|
Super Fight League 5
|Featherweight||Soro Ismael||def.||Siddesh Shirgaonkar||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00|
|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|
Super Fight League 6
|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||Cláudio Silva||def.||Xavier Foupa-Pokam||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00|
Super Fight League 7
|Bantamweight||Sarabjit Singh||def.||Atif Khadim||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00|
|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|
Super Fight League 8
Super Fight League 9
Super Fight League 10
Super Fight League 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.
|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|
Super Fight League 11
Super Fight League 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.
|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|
|Lightweight||Sachin Bhatt||def.||Sandeep Yadav||Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)||2||2:16|
Super Fight League 12
Super Fight League 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.
|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|
Super Fight League 13
Super Fight League 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.
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