Congratulations to Leo Ostenrath winning the Oldenburg 2017 Fight Night, a 250 level event, beating Matty Schneider in a very close final 5 points to 4. This is Leo's third tournament win in the last 52 weeks, and his victory over Matty is his fifth win vs a top 10 players.
Matty has had three second place finishes since the EJC last year, plus a third place in Herxheim and a win at the British Juggling Convention. He's now climbed up to 5th in FNC Current 52 Week rankings and puts him even further ahead in first place in the 2017 Race Rankings which reflect only results this year.
12 jugglers took part in the Fight Night at the "DinOLsaurier Jonglierconvention" with eight in the knockout. Isabell Stroben came third, her best result at a Fight Night so far, beating Stephan Cipra in the round of 8 and Victor Lehr in the third place match.
Thanks to Stephan Cipra for organising the tournament. All the results and details can be found here: http://fightnightcombat.com/tournament-Oldenburg-2017.html
This coming weekend there are Fight Nights at Bungay Balls Up, worth 250 rankings points, and at the Nederlands Jongleer Festival, the second Major 750 tournament of the year.
Alexander Müller made a very entertaining run to the final of the Hannover 2017 Fight Night. Check out this video of all the top moments featuring Alex vs Luke Burrage, Markus Utke and Jochen Pfeiffer.
This is Alex's best result at a Fight Night since Karlsruhe 2015. He scored wins over two top five ranked players before losing to the current number one player.
Jochen takes his current winning streak to 24 matches and six tournaments. His rankings points from the Prestige 300 tournament in Hannover also brings his current rankings points total to 3050, the highest ever total of points in rankings history, and the first time any player has accumulated over 3000 points in 52 weeks.
16 jugglers took part in the tournament, with eight in the knockout. Despite it being a small tournament, it had the 10th highest ever participation level, which is a rating based on the rankings and numbers of players taking part.
Thanks to Juliane Kunzendorf and Vivien Scheibal for helping run the tournament. Check out all the results and details here: http://fightnightcombat.com/tournament-Hannover-2017.html
A few weeks after winning the British Juggling Convention Fight Night, Matty Schneider failed to follow up at the Brianza Juggling Convention in Italy. He came second to Ian Deady, who won his first Fight Night since January 2013.
The National 425 level tournament in Brianza had 19 participants, with eight jugglers going through to the knockout finals. Matty's second place points boosts him up to seventh in the 52 Week Current Rankings and into first place in the 2017 Race Rankings.
In the UK, Brook Roberts won the Lestival Fight Night for the second year in a row. His 250 points haul doesn't help him in the current rankings, as they just replace the points from last year, but he's now up to third in the 2017 Race Rankings. Will Borrell came second in Leicester, with Callum Lawrie third and Ieuan Evans fourth.
Finally, California experienced its first Fight Night at the Manipulation Festival 2017. Kyle Johnson caught the Fight Night bug after taking part in one at the New Zealand Circus Festival, so organised this tournament back home in America. He also won the tournament, being the last juggler standing after four rounds of combat featuring 17 jugglers from America, Canada, Japan and Malaysia. In the final Kyle beat Yuki Ueda five points to zero.
Check out all the results and details from past tournaments at the FightNightCombat.com website. The next tournament is in Hanover, Germany, and will be Jochen Pfeiffer's first tournament since his return to number one in the rankings: http://fightnightcombat.com/tournament-calendar-2017.html
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