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Prepare yourselves for an electrifying evening of thrilling fights and unmatched athleticism as the highly anticipated 16th edition of the SENSHI professional fighting gala descends upon Varna, Bulgaria. On May 13th at 6:30 pm, the Palace of Culture and Sports will play host to an extraordinary event that will leave spectators breathless and adrenaline coursing through their veins.

Following the resounding success of SENSHI 15, where we witnessed awe-inspiring knockouts and jaw-dropping displays of skill, this new edition promises to deliver even more riveting clashes between elite fighters from across the globe. Thirteen bouts will unfold under the rules of KWU FULL CONTACT, KWU OPEN, and KWU SENSHI, captivating both the audience in the sea capital and those watching from the comfort of their homes. However, the highlight of the night lies in the announcement of the champions who will vie for the prestigious SENSHI European titles.

The organizers of this exceptional fight show guarantee an enticing and colossal fight card, featuring highly trained warriors from Spain, Portugal, Germany, and various other countries. Of course, it goes without saying that the Bulgarian champions will be present, for SENSHI would not be complete without their inspiring presence.

Martial arts enthusiasts flocking to Varna for this grand gala will have the rare privilege of witnessing world-renowned legends and revered trainers up close and personal. The anticipation builds as the countdown begins, and in just a few days, the identities of these remarkable figures will be unveiled.

SENSHI stands as a testament to the power of collaboration, orchestrated in cooperation with the Professional League of the Kyokushin World Union (KWU International Professional League). This groundbreaking event is made possible through the generous support of esteemed partners, including Armeec Insurance Company, MAX Sport, Bulgaria Air, M Car Group – BMW dealer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Service, and St. St. Constantine and Helena Holding. Their dedication ensures that SENSHI continues to shine as a beacon of excellence in the realm of martial arts.

Among the constellation of exceptional fighters set to grace the stage, one name stands out: LERDSILA, a true titan of Muay Thai. With an illustrious career boasting multiple Muay Thai World championships, WMC Lightweight World titles, and triumphs at the revered Rajadamnern Stadium, LERDSILA’s prowess is unquestionable. Fondly known as Mr. Lightening, this extraordinary fighter possesses an awe-inspiring record of 191 wins, 33 losses, and 5 draws, a testament to his unwavering dedication and unmatched skill.

Another legendary figure who will grace the SENSHI ring is Albert Kraus, a pioneer and trailblazer in the world of kickboxing. As the inaugural K-1 World MAX Tournament Champion in 2002 and the first SUPERKOMBAT Middleweight Champion, Kraus has etched his name in the annals of combat sports history. His accomplishments include four separate world titles in both kickboxing and Muay Thai, exemplifying his versatility and mastery of different disciplines.

Joining the ranks of these phenomenal athletes is the illustrious Andy Souwer. A two-time K-1 World MAX champion and a four-time Shootboxing World champion, Souwer’s dynamic style and explosive power have mesmerized audiences worldwide. Additionally, he holds the Showtime 70MAX World champion and World Muay Thai champion titles, solidifying his status as one of the greatest fighters of his generation.

However, SENSHI 16 is not solely about the international stars. The event pays homage to the homegrown talent that has brought pride to Bulgaria including Shihan Asen Asenov.

Fight Card

Fight 1
Cat. 75 kg, ruleset: KWU SENSHI
Onur Şeker, Turkey vs. Tony Romero, Spain

Fight 2
Cat. 70 kg, ruleset: KWU Full Contact
Gregoire Gottardi, France vs. Ivan Naccari, Italy

Fight 3
Cat. 70 kg, ruleset: KWU Full Contact
Alex Rodríguez, Spain vs. Dragomir Petrov, Bulgaria

Fight 4
Cat. 75 kg, ruleset: KWU Full Contac
Levan Guruli, Georgia vs. Atanas Bozhilov, Bulgaria

Fight 5
Cat. 80 kg, ruleset: KWU Open
Kevin Ruart, France vs. Mitko Iliev, Bulgaria

Fight 6
Cat. 80 kg, ruleset: KWU Full Contact
Rodrigo Mineiro, Brazil vs. Nikola Todorovic, Serbia

Fight 7
Cat. 85 kg, ruleset: KWU Full Contact
Ali El Ameri, Morocco vs. Boban Ilioski, North Macedonia

Fight 8
Cat. 95 kg, ruleset: KWU Senshi
Lukas Achterberg, Germany vs. Olivier Langlois-Ross, Canada

Fight 9
Cat. + 95 kg, KWU Full Contact
Florin Ioan Matei, Romania vs. Youness Benmalek, Belgium

Fight 10
Cat. + 95 kg, KWU Full Contact
Iaroslav Linnic, Moldova vs. Nikola Filipovic, Serbia

Fight 11
Cat. 80 kg, ruleset: KWU Open
Lamin Gaye, Spain vs. Mariyan Dimitrov, Bulgaria

Fight 12
Cat. 80 kg, ruleset: KWU Full Contact
Eddy Ruiz, Spain vs. Teodor Hristov, Bulgaria

Fight 13
Cat. 85 kg, ruleset: KWU Full Contact
Frangis Goma, France vs. Aleksandar Petrov, Bulgaria


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