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Jan Poolen wins in Eindhoven - June 23, 2017

Congratulations to Jan Poolen for winning the Eindhoven 2017 Fight Night. Along with his win at the WJW 2017 Heerlen, he's only the second player to go unbeaten in 2017 at multiple tournaments, the other player being Julius Preu. Jan's 250 points for winning puts him up to 10th in the 2017 Race Rankings.

Check out this video of Jan's final match against Bas Van de Kerkhof:

Bas reached a final for the first time, his previous best result being third place at the Dutch Juggling Championships. Simon À Campo beat Sander Vanpraet in the third place match, which means Simon broke his streak of fourth place finishes.

Thanks to Melissa Staugaard for organising and hosting the tournament. Find all the results and details here:

Two more tournaments are taking place this weekend: one in Estonia at Badoom Tsss, the Estonian Circus Festival, and the other in Vancouver, Canada at Madskillz 2017.

Biggest Group Gualifications in Bogota, Biggest Prize Fund in Bergamo - June 16, 2017

The two Fight Night Combat tournaments last weekend were the biggest ever, in two different ways.

The Rastelli Festival 2017 had the highest value prize fund ever offered at a Fight Night, with €600 for the top three players to be spent on juggling equipment, training, or other artistic development. That's €100 to Joris de Jong from the Netherlands for his third place win over Gioele Codara from Italy, €200 to Camilo Jimenez from Colombia for making it to the final, and €300 to Luke Burrage for taking the overall title.

Check out the highlights of the Fight Night in the high city of Bergamo, Italy, starting at 14:45 in this video:

Over in South America, at the Bogota Dia Mundial del Malabarista 2017 meeting, was the biggest ever Fight Night group qualification session. Tournament organiser Juancho Garzón estimated over 500 jugglers tried to win one of the eight rounds of combat to earn a place in the quarter-finals.

Kristopher Muñoz won the final match against Jeison Cruz, earning himself 250 rankings points. Last year's winner, Oscar Martinez, had to settle for fourth place after losing to Jonathan García in the third place match.

Now both Jeison Cruz and Jonathan García are in joint top place in the Colombia rankings, both having a second and third place finish at the 250 tournaments in the last 52 weeks.

Check out all the results and details from the tournaments at, as well as who might be at the Eindhoven 2017 Fight Night this coming weekend:

Danny Cooper and Andreas Braun win convincingly in Galway and Aachen - June 8, 2017

Two Fight Night Combat tournaments took place last weekend, with ruthless wins by Andreas Braun in Aachen, Germany and Danny Cooper in Galway, Ireland.

You need to score 15 points to win a Standard 250 level tournament. That's five points to win a match, and three matches to take the title. It also means you can have up to 12 points scored against you and still win overall. Danny and Andreas? One point against each of them.

Andreas Braun went unbeaten against 16 other players in the qualifications in Aachen, and only Kilian Maidhof scored a point against him in their semi-final. Junis El-Sarout then lost 5-0 to Andreas in the final.

Danny Cooper went unbeaten against 13 other players in the qualifications in Galway, and only Joe McGinley scored a point against him in the round of 8. Danny then beat Thomas Horner 5-0 in the semi-final and Matthew Sexton 5-0 in the final.

Both earned 250 rankings point, enough to bump Danny up one place to seventh in the 52 week current rankings and Andreas up 21 places to 24th. The other notable result is Isabell Stroben's second third place finish in two tournament, following on from her best result in Oldenburg last month, which puts her into the top 30 of the rankings for the first time.

Thanks to Chris Kelly and Leo Ostenrath for organising the tournaments. See all the results and details on the Fight Night Combat website:

This coming weekend? Tournaments at the Rastelli Festival in Bergamo, Italy and at the World Juggling Day Meeting in Bogota, Colombia (Bogota Dia Mundial del Malabarista):

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