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RIP K-1 legend Mike Bernardo, 1969-2012

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A reliable source close to the situation has confirmed that K-1 legend and one-time MMA fighter Mike Bernardo has passed away. Further details will be provided as they become available.

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Michael "Mike" Bernardo (born 28 July 1969) is a South African former kickboxer and boxer from Cape Town. Bernardo is known as Beru-chan in Japan, where he has taken part in K-1 World GPs since 1994. He holds notable wins over Mirko Filipovi?, Andy Hug, Francisco Filho, Branco Cikatic, and 3 straight wins over K-1 legend Peter Aerts.

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Post #1   2/14/12 11:24:46AM   

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Awh man RIP Bernardo.

Dude was a killer back in the day.

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Post #2   2/14/12 11:47:39AM   

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He was an absolute beast, and one of those guys you'd show people to get them into K-1. Extremely sad news. RIP

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Some very bad news indeed for the kickboxing community and all the fans of this great fighter. I remember some epic battle that Mike Bernardo was involved in and he will be greatly missed by many ...... rip Mike.

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Post #4   2/14/12 7:36:48PM   

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rip to a great legend

Post #5   2/15/12 2:22:00AM   

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Aww crap bro :( that sucks.
I'm only 18 but i've seen many of his old fights on Youtube.
Great fighter.

RIP, best to all.

Post #6   2/15/12 2:32:01AM   

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Saddens me.

The first K-1 fight I ever saw was Bernardo KOing Aerts. Right afterwards, I remember watching Bernardo's series with Andy Hug, and my love for kickboxing stemmed for that.

Bernardo was never the best but he was definitely great.

Post #7   2/15/12 5:39:53AM