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Two former champions face off in the Tropical Islands 2017 Fight Night final - Feb. 22, 2017

The two former champions of the Tropical Islands Invasion Fight Night, Luke Burrage (won 2014 and 2015) and Martin Schwalenberg (2016), met in the final of the 2017 tournament. Check out the video to see how it all went down (combat begins at the two minute mark). It's also worth watching for the third place match featuring Alex Leymann and Niklas Aumüller:

With 250 rankings points on the line, Luke remains at number one in the 52 Week Current Rankings, Alex remains at number 10, but Martin drops two places to 13.

See all the results and details here: Thanks to Alex for organising and hosting the tournament.

Two more tournaments are taking place this weekend: Bath UpChuck in England and WinterCon in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Jan Poolen repeats at the Winter Juggling Weekend - Feb. 16, 2017

The bad news for Jan Poolen was that he hadn't won a Fight Night since the WJW 2017 a year ago, and at his last tournament, the European Masters, he lost all five matches and came away with just a single rankings point. He almost didn't take part in the Winter Juggling Weekend Fight Night last Saturday, offering to host the tournament.

The good news is that he did decide to enter, qualified as seventh seed, then beat Paweł Witczak, Simon À Campo and Rob van Heijst in a row to win the whole thing. He earned himself 300 rankings points, which moves him up to fourth in the 2017 Race Rankings. He doesn't gain anything in the current rankings though, as his 300 points from last year were simply replaced by this year's result.

15 jugglers entered the qualifications, and the top seven seeds all won either 11 or 10 of their qualification matches, meaning there was very little skill difference at the top. Most of the knockout matches were very close too, with many decided by the final point.

Rob van Heijst's second place, along with his win at the Dutch Juggling Championships, moves him up to second in the 2017 Race Rankings. Leo Ostenrath beat Simon À Campo in the third place match, earning himself 125 points in his first tournament of the year.

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

This weekend there are two more tournaments. Julius Preu will be aiming for a second Australian Fight Night title at the JuggleLab Camp, while in Germany top 10 players Luke Burrage and Alex Leymann will be in action at the Tropical Island Invasion.

Three tournaments at Chocfest, Newcastle, and the Ostroda Winter Festival - Feb. 1, 2017

Three Fight Night Combat tournaments took place last weekend on two different continents, all worth 250 ranking points to the winners.

In Poland, the Ostroda Winter Juggling Festival hosted a combat tournament for the first time, and 20 jugglers took part. The top ranked Polish juggler, Michał Kozak, was seeded first after going unbeaten in qualifications, and made it to the final without losing a single point in his first two knockout matches.

However, he was beaten in the final by first time tournament winner Amadeusz Kołak. So far Amadeusz's best result was third place at Lublin 2016, losing to Wes Peden in the semi-final, so he will be one of the favourites again in Lublin again this year.

In the UK, top British combat rivals Jon Peat and Brook Roberts took part in the Chocfest 2017 combat tournament, along with 10 other jugglers.

Brook was eliminated in the round of 8 by two time fight night champion Dan Wood (Durham 2014, Leeds 2015). Dan was attempting to win Chocfest on his fourth attempt, having come 4th, 2nd and 3rd over the last three years. He was thwarted in the final by Jon Peat, who now leads the Jon vs Dan head-to-head 6 wins to 2.

Finally, Julius Preu organised the first ever Fight Night at the Newcastle Juggling Convention. He also won the tournament, beating Joe Fisher 7-4 in the final. Byron Hutton, who won the only previous Australian Fight Night Combat tournament (Melbourne 2014), came third, following up on his third place finish at the French Juggling Convention last year.

As it's the start of the year, all the winning players are doing well in the 2017 Race Rankings so far, though all lag behind Joe Showers due to him winning the biggest tournament so far.

Thanks to Jon Peat, Julius Preu and Adam Opara for organizing the tournaments. Look out for more combat events in February at conventions in Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany and again in Australia:

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