The results are in, and Daniel Ghita pulls off what can easily be viewed as an upset victory, moving on to the World Grand Prix later this year. Ghita’s low kicks were the story of the tournament, winning him every fight other than the Love fight, which the leg kicks had Love reeling and opened him up for a devastating left hook. Manhoef, the favorite, was not able to continue after his quarterfinal victory after injuring his shin throwing a few low kicks.
The shoes once again proved to be not a good idea in K-1 competition as Yosuke Nishijima was met by an onslaught of low kicks by Peter Aerts which proved to be his downfall. The K-1 Heavyweight Champion was able to pull off a victory with his new attitude and name, knocking out Jan Soukup with a right hook into the third round after being careful in the early goings.
Final: Daniel Ghita (1R – 2:19 KO – Right Low Kick) Sergeii Lashchenko
Superfight: Peter Aerts (3R – 1:24 KO – Right Low Kick) Yosuke Nishijima
Superfight: KYOTARO (3R – 1:20 KO – Right Hook) Jan Soukup
Semi-Final: Sergeii Lashchenko (2R – 0:24 KO – Right Straight) Brice Guidon
Semi-Final: Daniel Ghita (1R – 1:28 – Right Low Kick) YUKI (Manhoef injured)
Quarterfinal: Brice Guidon (3R Decision – 3-0) Rico Verhoeven
Quarterfinal: Sergeii Lashchenko (3R Decision – 3-0) Sebastian Ciobanu
Quarterfinal: Daniel Ghita (1R – 1:28 KO – Left Hook) John Love
Quarterfinal: Melvin Manhoef (1R – 2:16 KO – Punch) Ramazan Ramazanov
Reserve Fight: YUKI (3R – 2:00 KO – Punch) Prince Ali
Opening Fight: Yuto Watanabe (3R Decision – 3-0) Nobuhiro Ko
Opening Fight: Kengo Shimizu (1R – 0:34 KO) Shinkuyu Kawano
Opening Fight: Kazuo Doi (1R – 1:02 TKO – Towel) Katsuhara Ebisawa