On February 4, 2023, the first international BLADE FIGHTS Mixed Martial Arts tournament took place. The event was organized by the Blade Fights association in collaboration with ELITAZ Creative House, with live broadcasting on the local platform BTV and the global sports and entertainment platform FITE.tv.
The first bout featured Brazilian fighter Ariston Barbarosa de Franca against Azerbaijani fighter Aksin Alim Oglu Babayew. After a tough fight, Ariston Franca emerged victorious. The second fight of the evening showcased Polish fighter Sebastian Romanowski against Brazilian fighter Gustavo Rios Erak. After three intense rounds, Gustavo Rios Erak came out on top. The third bout featured Lithuania’s fighter Žygimantas Ramaška, against Brazilian Carlos Eduardo de Oliveira. In the second round, Žygimantas knocked out his opponent and claimed victory.
The fourth fight witnessed Thai fighter Pirun Wangpol-Komphikart (Kom) against Croatian fighter Teo Mikelić. Pirun Wangpol-Komphikart (Kom) won by knocking out his opponent in the first round. The fifth fight showcased Brazilian fighter Kostadin Vasilev against Moldovan fighter Mihail Sirbu. After three intense rounds, Mihail Sirbu emerged as the winner.
In the sixth fight, Lithuania’s representative Deividas Danyla faced off against British fighter Panicos Yusuf. Within half a minute, Deividas Danyla knocked out his opponent. The seventh fight was a SUPER fight between Lithuanian Mindaugas Veržbickas and Abner Lloveras from Spain. In the third round, Abner Lioveras surrendered, and our country’s fighter, Mindaugas Veržbickas, claimed the victory.
In the final battle, Žygimantas Ramaška faced off against Brazilian Gustavo Rios Erak. Žygimantas Ramaška emerged as the finalist of the BLADE FIGHTS Grand Prix Cup, defeating his opponent with a technical knockout.
The distinguished event received attention from various federations: representatives from Lithuanian Grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Lithuanian Muay Thai, Lithuanian MMA, and Lithuanian Taekwondo federations were seen on the red carpet, celebrating the tournament. The event was hosted by world-renowned presenter Aidan Power, who has recently worked with one of the biggest mixed martial arts organizations in the world, Bellator. The matches were commentated by sports commentator and journalist Ronald McIntosh, who has extensive experience with BBC, ITV, Channel 4, BT Sport, and other channels.
Furthermore, the event stood out with its impressive musical show: performances by various music artists took place during the breaks between fights, and the highlight of the evening was a specially prepared performance by the group “G&G Sindikatas“.