Alistair Overeem Still Prefers MMA, Even as He Seeks K-1 Title
"My passion is in MMA," said Overeem, the Strikeforce heavyweight champion. "That's what I like to do. But now that I beat Peter Aerts (to get to) the Final 8, I feel like the title is within reach, so I'm going to get it." K-1 seems to like playing up the MMA vs. K-1 angle when promoting Overeem, and no matter how he does in the Grand Prix Final, K-1 is hoping to have Overeem fight in its sister MMA promotion, Dream, next year. Overeem says he wants to fight Fedor Emelianenko next year, either in Dream or Strikeforce.
Gomi Visits AKA
Takanori Gomi joined training practice with the fight team at American Kickboxing Academy on Tuesday in San Jose, Calif., Sherdog.com has learned.
Bob Cook, one of AKA’s head trainers, said the Japanese striker “mostly grappled” with UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch, Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson, Justin Wilcox, as well as with middleweight Trevor Prangley and UFC heavyweight Cain Velasquez.
The former Pride lightweight champion is in the U.S. reportedly to take meetings with both the UFC and Strikeforce. Cook is a consultant for Strikeforce.
Gomi also attended the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto boxing match last Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
One of Japan’s biggest attractions during the Pride era, Gomi dropped back-to back losses against Sergey Golyaev and Satoru Kitaoka in Sengoku, but rebounded in the last half of 2009 with victories over Takashi Nakakura in Shooto and Tony Hervey in Vale Tudo Japan 2009 in late October. Gomi carries a third-round submission loss to UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn from October 2003.
K-1 and DREAM announce ‘Dynamite!!’ New Year’s Eve supershow
At an Oct 14 press conference hosted by Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG), president Sadaharu Tanigawa and DREAM event producer Keiichi Sasahara unveiled the synopsis of this year’s annual “Dynamite!!” show on New Year’s Eve.
The event will be held at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on a similar scale as the last year’s event, with the maximum stadium capacity of more than 40,000 people.
Regarding the much-anticipated fight card, Tanigawa told the media that FEG will start releasing the fight cards once DREAM 12 and K-1 MAX 2009 World Championship Tournament, scheduled for Oct. 25 and 26, respectively, are in the books.
K-1 exploring India as potential breeding ground for next generation fighters
At age 21, Singh “Heart” Jaideep became the youngest fighter to qualify for the K-1 World Grand Prix (WGP).
He unfortunately did not endear himself to the fans with the lackluster, five-round snoozefest against Ewerton Teixeira at Olympic Park in Seoul, Korea. Unless he can stage an impressive comeback, he will not linger in the collective memory of the K-1 world for too long.
Nevertheless, his participation in the WGP bears the mark of an important milestone — given his ethnicity/nationality.
Alistair Overeem Defeats Peter Aerts at K-1 World GP 2009
Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem continued to look impressive during his recent expedition into the Olympics of kickboxing as he edged out 3X K-1 World Grand Prix champion Peter Aerts in a hard fought unanimous decision.
The two faced off during the K-1 World Grand Pix 2009 Final 16 in Seoul, Korea.
Melvin Manhoef: F**k the Game Plan
With four words in the above video, Melvin Manhoef explains why he's such a popular K-1 and MMA fighter -- and why he's also a fairly limited fighter who wins plenty of fights by exciting knockout but also loses plenty of fights to more tactical opponents.
The four words: "F**k the game plan."
Weekend Primer: K-1's World Grand Prix 2009 Final 16
The K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final 16 will take place on September 26th at 3:30 AM EST live on HDNet from Seoul Olympic Park in Seoul, Korea. If you haven't been a fan of K-1 in the past because you've seen a few events that just didn't "click" with you, this is an event that could potentially sway you to the dark side with a fan like myself. Are you one of those casual fans that boos at UFC events because people are "hugging" and "humping"? Fall off the face of the earth, but first... watch the K-1 WGP 2009 Final 16. Do you love knockouts? That's probably a dumb question among fight fans, but K-1 will feed your hunger. Is Melvin Manhoef a god? Obviously this is a rhetorical question.
Alistair Overeem: This Year is for K-1, I Hope to Fight Fedor Next Year
Speaking with reporters in Japan prior to his K-1 kickboxing fight on Saturday, Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem said that he expects to defend his title against Fedor Emelianenko some time in 2010.
"This year is the K-1 year and then after this I am world heavyweight champion in America of Strikeforce, which is a pretty big promotion," Overeem said (at the 6:30 mark of the video above). "Fedor Emelianenko signed with them two months ago and I'm hoping to fight him next year in America."
Hari 'Throws to Hurt With Every Shot'
I've always believed that the one thing Japan's K-1 kickboxing promotion needs to take off in the United States is the emergence of one recognizable star. It's looking increasingly like HDNet, which owns the U.S. TV rights to K-1, thinks that star is Badr Hari.
On Friday night HDNet will air a 90-minute show devoted to the career of Hari, a Dutch-Moroccan heavyweight with powerful punches and a bad-boy attitude. The above video promoting the show pretty well describes why Hari has the potential to emerge as the first kickboxer to really gain traction with American fans.
Dream 10 Official Results
Dream 10 is now in the books, and it will go down as one of the more exciting fight cards of the year, as a new welterweight Grand Prix champion is crowned! Check out the link for the full results!
K-1 MAX Final 8 results and recap; ‘Kid’ Yamamoto, Tatsuya Kawajiri and others in action
Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) held its latest event, K-1 World MAX Final 8, from the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan, yesterday (July 13).
For fans in North America it will air via tape delay Friday July 17 at 10 p.m. ET on HDNet.
The focal point of the evening was another mixed martial arts vs. K-1 fight with DREAM lightweight standout Tatsuya Kawajiri going up against former two-time K-1 Max World champion Masato. It seems as if FEG is trying to brew up a rivalry between both sports to drum up fan interest.
Perhaps it’s working.
K-1 Videos Now on YouTube
I'm a big fan of K-1, the Japanese kickboxing organization, and it's always disappointed me that in the United States, hardly anyone knows what K-1 is. But the folks running K-1 these days seem like they have some smart ideas about promoting their sport in the U.S., and here's another good example of that: K-1 now has a YouTube channel.
Michael Schiavello on Kid Yamamoto's Return to K-1 Next Month
Japanese MMA superstar Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto, fresh off a loss to Joe Warren at Dream 9, has announced that he'll get back into the ring on July 13. But instead of fighting MMA, Yamamoto has taken a K-1 MAX kickboxing fight against South Korea's Jae hee Cheon. That represents an interesting challenge to Yamamoto, because the last time he fought in K-1, he got knocked cold by Mike Zambidis, as you can see in the video above. For thoughts on Yamamoto fighting in K-1, I turned to K-1 announcer Michael Schiavello, whose comments are below.
Yamamotos To Debut In K-1 Next Month
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto might soon be able to call himself "K-1 Kid". FEG has announced the addition of Yamamoto to the K-1 World Max card on July 13 at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, where he will make his K-1 debut against Korean Thai-Boxer Jae Hee Cheon. Fellow DREAM FWGP participant and Krazy Bee fighter Atsushi Yamamoto also will be making his K-1 debut.
K-1 World MAX Final 8: Masato vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri on July 13
Japan’s Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) has announced that former two-time K-1 MAX Grand Prix Champion Masato is set to do battle with DREAM lightweight standout Tatsuya “Crusher” Kawajiri in a K-1 Rules bout at ‘K-1 World MAX Final 8’ from the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan on Jul 13.
The fight continues the recent slew of K-1 vs. MMA fighters that FEG has been brewing, which has seen various mixed martial artists invade K-1 and try their hand out in the stand-up only combat. And more often then not it has seen the mixed marital artists win or at the very least give the K-1 stars a run for their money.
Now it appears “Crusher” will look to continue that trend against the K-1 legend in one of his final battles.
Kawajiri Possibly Returning To K-1
Coming off a win at DREAM 9 that has earned him a Lightweight title shot, Tatsuya Kawajiri may be headed back to K-1 for a second fight. Although not yet official, the plan is to have "Crusher" face K-1 star Masato in a Superfight on July 13 as part of the K-1 World Max 2009 Tournament Final 8 event. The K-1 vs. MMA concept was very popular with fans in Japan and parent company FEG liked the concept.
10 Great Freak Matches: Part 1
Here’s something wonderful about disavowing any responsibility to your fellow man: You can throw any two people in a ring, instruct them to smack each other in the head until one falls down and then count the gate receipts. (Toughman’s Art Dore -- your patron saint.)
K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 in Yokohama Results
Mitsugu Noda def. Yang Rae Yoo via Unanimous Decision
K-1 Heavyweight Title Tournament Bouts
Keijiro Maeda def. Melvin Manhoef via KO (Punch) at 2:01 of Round 1
Gokhan Saki def. Tyrone Spong via KO (Punch) at 1:57 of Ext. Round
Semmy Schilt def. Hesdy Gerges via Unanimous Decision
Ewerton Teixeira def. Jerome Le Banner via Split Decision (2nd Ext. Round)
Glaube Feitosa def. Junichi Sawayashiki via KO (Punch) at 0:47 of Round 2
Peter Aerts def. Errol Zimmerman via Unanimous Decision (Ext. Round)
K-1 Heavyweight Title Tournament Final
Keijiro Maeda def. Gokhan Saki via Majority Decision (Ext. Round)
Keijiro Maeda becomes the second K-1 Heavyweight Champion!
Remy Bonjasky def. Alistair Overeem via Unanimous Decision (30-28 x 3)
Figured I'd add this considering Overeem and Manhoef's inclusions on the card.