September 24th 2016 four Pennsylvania professional MMA fighters will be representing USA at the prestigious Presidents Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland in Combat Sambo. These local fighters will be competing for gold against 15 other teams representing various countries from around the world. Countries such as Russia, Spain, England will in Scotland paired against the Americans. Combat Sambo is an exciting sport which is similar to MMA pairing kicking, punching, takedowns, throws and even pins together to beat your opponent.
Erik Purcell – 90kg
Representing Langhorne Pa
Erik Purcell is a former sports style US National Sambo Champion, a USA Sambo and MMA coach, a professional MMA Fighter and has blackbelts in Japanese and Brazilian JiuJitsu. In the United States Erik also owns and operates MPR Endurance which is one of the largest MMA training facilities on the east coast and is also the USA Sambo National Training Center.
Patrick Sabatini – 82kg
Representing Bristol Pa
Pat Sabatini has traveled across the world as a member of the USA Sambo team. He also wrestled for Rider University in New Jeresy. Pat is also a professional MMA fighter and is a blackbelt in Brazilian JiuJitsu. Pat is also an IBJJF PanAm JiuJitsu Champion and has numerous other jiujitsu championships as well.
Evan Chmieleski – 62kg
Representing Langhorne Pa
Evan is a Professional MMA fighter representing Pennsylvania in the United States. Evan is a Japanese JiuJitsu blackbelt and a Brazilian JiuJitsu brownbelt.
Johnson Jajoute – 74kg
Representing Philadelphia Pa
Johnson is a Professional Boxer and Mixed Martial Arts fighter. In 2016 Johnson took home bronze at the World Cup in Moscow and a gold medal in Paraguay at the PanAm Championships in Combat Sambo.
Meadowbank Sports Complex, which is the main sports arena of Edinburgh, will see the breathtaking action on September 24th. Apart from the sambo sporting bouts the guests and spectators will see exciting entertainment, as the organisers believe that events of this kind should become a family day-out. The full information on the tournament and teams profiles can be viewed on the Presidents Cup official web-site.
Team Russia won the main trophy twice in 2014 and 2015. This year it will be challenged by seven other teams again. We are looking forward to see if any of the teams and particularly Team Scotland will be able to take over the trophy worth 10 kilograms of precious stones and gems.
The Combat Sambo Grand Slam will be staged in the several weight categories and will compliment the sport sambo main teams event. The list of combat sambo fighters yet to be announced, but it is known that the winners will be awarded with the special Champions Belts and the monetary prize.
2016 Edinburgh Presidents Cup Organising committee is chaired by HRH Princess Katarina, who is a member of two European Royal Dynasties. She is a member of British Royal family and the Serbian family of Karageorgevich.