So I set my alarm and actually ended up throwing my phone across the room. After waking up, piecing my phone back together, we are here with K-1 Final 16 results! These broadcasts tend to be a bit lengthy, so only 3 fights have been missed so far.
UPDATE: Filling in PBP for the fights I missed.
Chi Bin Lim (Unanimous Decision) Tahir Menxhiqi
Kin Taiei vs. Catalin Morosanu
R1. The staredown to open up this fight is intense. Taeiei Kin is not intimidated by the younger, bigger, stronger fighter and is showing that here. Morosanu comes in strong with some wild hooks, while Kin looks to keep distance and low kick. Morosanu shows he can play that game too, then gets in close and throws some bombs. Kin has a lot of spirit left in him, but is coming back from big combos from Morosanu with just a decent mid kick here and there. Morosanu is more or less just brawling here and looks pissed. The leg kicks he are throwing are just vicious. Now that he sees Kin has no power in his punches is just looking to maul him. Morosanu is sort of a moron. He hears the final 10 second call and thinks its the end of the round. HE offers his glove to Kin and walks to his corner as Kin stares at him, then just kinda gingerly tags him with a right. Morosanu realizes the round isn’t over, then clearly hears the bell and is pissed at Kin, so of course he repays the favor from before and right jab-left hooks him into oblivion after the bell.
Remy Bonjasky vs. Melvin Manhoef
R1. This is exactly what I want in a kickboxing fight; Manhoef comes out on fire, Remy is looking to take Melvin’s head off. They are both so into it that it ends up with Manhoef taking him down a few times and Remy isn’t about to stop attacking. Remy shows some surprisingly good overhands in this round. Remy takes the round.
R2. Manhoef’s size really is apparent against guys like Bonjasky that are tall, he is a completely midget and his reach is what kills him. He uses some push kicks to keep the Flying Gentleman away from him, but this proves to not be a great plan. Manhoef gets in close and lands some shots, but from a distance Remy is using his legs to do some damage. Melvin for some reason pulls guard on him. He is, if anything, showing a ton of passion and that he wants this. His gameplan is better than it was the last two times against Remy. Remy takes Melvin down, showing him he can do it right back. These two have great chemistry against each other, you can feel that they really want to hurt each other. R2 for Remy.
R3. Melvin trips on a camera cable early on, which is kinda funny. Melvin gets in close with a good 1-2 then a body shot, so Remy respects his hands and gets some good distance and lands a few mid and low kicks. Even when backed into a corner Remy can throw an impressive high kick. Remy is actually using jabs to set up his kicks, which is crazy. Remy’s low kicks are hurting Melvin, and both guys end up down again. Who says Melvin can’t grapple? Melvin with a fucking hook kick that wobbles Remy for a brief moment. He knows he is losing again and all he can do is clinch and push Remy into a corner. I wish more MMA guys understood the low kick like a guy like Bonjasky. Remy isn’t kicking the back of the knee or right above the ankle, he is hitting the calf muscle and hard. Remy won this round and the fight, but give Manhoef credit.
UD, Remy Bonjasky. The ring girl comes in to bring Remy his trophy and Manhoef corners her, stands up on the ropes and grinds his crotch into her face. The fans love it and she is blushing like crazy. You know, Manhoef might not always win, but he always puts on a show. Good showing by the defending champ, as well. Best Bonjasky fight in well over a year.
Glaube Feitosa vs. Errol Zimmerman
R1. R1 is close, with Zimmerman looking in old form.
R2. Feitosa in control for most of the round, but Zimmerman seemed to steal the round.
R3. Feitosa kept Zimmerman frustrated throughout the round. Zimmerman on the defense a lot, but Glaube looks exhausted. This has to go to an extension.
Err, no, Zimmerman wins via split decision (2 judges for Zimmerman, 1 draw)
KYOTARO vs. Ruslan Karaev
R1. Mike Schiavello describes Karaev as the international ladies man, the cure to lesbianism. Ok. The fight starts off with Karaev in the middle and KYOTARO staying on the outside, keeping th distance. As soon as Karaev engages he meets KYOTARO’s counterpunches, which wakes KYOTARO up. Karaev is being respectful of the counterpunch and isn’t letting go as he usually would. MC once again mentions how handsome Karaev is. Draw round.
R2. Round starts out exactly the same; Karaev pushing and Kyotaro hanging back. For fans that having been following Kyotaro before he started crushing people this is exactly how he fights. Karaev is only really connecting here, and his aggression as well as those few strikes that slipped through will give him this round. Karaev.
R3. Kyotaro trying to lead in a bit more as he knows he needs to win this round. Karaev is starting to dissect the champ with body shots, with Kyotaro hanging in there getting some solid counter punches in there. Kyotaro kind of went for a double leg takedown and was cautioned. They trade to finish off the round. I say Karaev.
UD, Ruslan Karaev
Commercials tell us that Ong Bak 2 will come to theaters. If you haven’t seen that flick already, it is pretty awesome. HDNet movies will apparently also air it in late October and Fedor likes it. Isn’t he cute? Looks guys, Ewerton comes out to “Four Horsemen” by Metallica, if you think Jaideep has a chance here…
Ewerton Teixeira vs. Singh “Heart” Jaideep
R1. A lot of feeling out early on, with Teixeira the aggressor for the most part, keeping to the center of the ring. Teixeira using his leg kicks and lands a great right hook. This round, barely for Teixeira, could be a draw.
R2. Jaideep circles on the outside while Ewerton works more leg kicks and a few knees from the clinch. Mike Kogan tells us you can “feel” the kicks from Teixeira in this round. Ok. Jaideep throws some kicks that are all countered by a kick that connects by Teixeira. Jaideep somewhat connected with a knee. The kicks to the thigh by Teixeira is going to define this fight. Jaideep can’t punch to save his life. Teixeira, barely.
R3. Not much action the first minute of the round, then back to the leg kicks by Teixeira. These guys are fighting a one-night tournament-esque fight on a night that isn’t a one night tournament. Teixeira has a left low kick-left jab combo that has connected a few times. Jaideep scores a few high knees but Teixeira comes back throwing like crazy. The knees by Jaideep could have stolen that, Jaideep R3.
1 Judge for Jaideep, 2 for Draw.
Ext.R1. Jaideep throws two for show low kicks and then Teixeira buzzsaws his leg. The ref is yellow carding both guys which is absolutely correct. Jaideep scores some points, which is about all I can say for him or this fight. Jaideep clinching Teixeira a lot, thai clinch and a knee then some rights and lefts and he just stole this fight in the slowest fashion imaginable. Nope, extra round.
Ext.R2. I think the fans are going to kill these guys if they don’t fight. Push kick from Teixeira is like the most action we are getting. The fans are booing at the end of the round and I’m refusing to do PBP for this nothingness.
Semmy Schilt vs. Daniel Ghita
R1. Ghita doesn’t look afraid to engage the giant Schilt, which might not fare well for his chin but will be vastly more entertaining than the last fight. Semmy is frustrating Ghita who is absolutely on the charge now, with some hooks and a head kick. Ghita once again goes up the middle and scores, only for Semmy to come back with a knee. Close, close round. Draw.
R2. Semmy scores early but Ghita isn’t afraid to engage himself. Ghita up the middle again, then moves to his left with a hook and this is absolutely how to get at Semmy. Semmy working his jabs, which are scary. Ghita with a few great lefts! Ghita keeps opening himself up to those jabs. Schilt.
R3. Ghita is letting Semmy dictate the pace, which is doing him no favors. Standing on Semmy’s left side is not a good idea, as his jabs will tear you to pieces. There it is, Ghita s dropped by a jab! Semmy drops him as soon as he gets up. This looks bad for Ghita. He is just covering up now, which just led to a knee to the face. Schilt.
Jerome LeBanner vs. Musashi
R1. We are told Joe Rogan is watching this live on HDNet. I think Schievello is just naming names at this point. JLB with a few feeling out low kicks and Musashi hits a nice left hook. Musashi is working those mid kicks that made him famous and gave him his name. JLB looks comfortable throwing his hands, which is a good thing, especially after his last few fights. Nice body shot/hook combo by Musashi. I’m pretty sure Musashi just punched JLB in the ass, otherwise he looks surprisingly good. Just as I type that JLB gets him reeling on the ropes with a few shots. Draw round. If I had to pick, Musashi.
R2. Some good back and forth before JLB just starts to unwind, with Musashi showing some actual head movement and avoiding all of those big punches. JLB up the middle and scores on Musashi and then Musashi gets Chuck Liddell’d (thumb to the eye). Brief rest and back to the action. Musashi likes to jab and yell “OOSH!” while completely missing. JLB wins this round via aggression.
R3. JLB pressing the action, but eats a savate kick for his troubles. Musashi is coming to life here, then gets mauled by JLB, connecting with a giant left hook. Musashi comes back with a great one-two. Musashi great jab/low kick combo. This round is a lot about Musashi, he looks fantastic. Uppercut and left high kick by Musashi. Musashi right/left hook combo. JLB is pissed as he comes back and both guys are just trading wildly and JLB drops Musashi with a hook. Musashi gets up and appeals tot he crowd, but that won’t win him a fight. JLB with a 10-8 round, most likely giving him the fight. I don’t want this to be the end of Musashi, though, honestly.
UD, Jerome LeBanner
Musashi is giving his final bows to all four sides of the ring and appealing to the crowd, as it looks like he might go through with his retirement.
Peter Aerts vs. Alistar Overeem
R1. This is the fight, right here. Overeem right off the bell bullrushes Aerts and throws him down twice. We saw this against Remy. Aerts is keeping his distance with the low kicks while Overeem keeps looking for the clinch. Yet another throw by Overeem. Aerts with a great combo, Overeem with a high knee. Overeem with a left hook at the bell. Overeem barely gets this round.
R2. Peter comes out looking fantastic and swarming Overeem, and Alistair trips Aerts. Flying knee by Overeem, Aerts fights back from the ropes! Fantastic fight so far. Overeem working some low kicks and scores again with the high knee. Exchanging knees by both guys and a high kick from Aerts, then some body shots and a body knee. Alistair trips him again. Draw.
R3. Aerts comes out strong and technical, great bod shot met with a high knee by Overeem. Leg kick by Overeem stumbles Aerts, then his right hand stumbles Aerts. Aerts ont he ropes, left body, right uppercut. Aerts with a comeback but Overeem able to get him against the ropes again. Aerts might miss his first K-1 Grand Prix, crazy. Overeem keeps coming and coming, Aerts has two swollen eyes. Overeem.
Ray Sefo text messages Kogan telling him he agrees that K-1 needs to establish new stars. The K-1 GP draws will be tomorrow on http://www.youtube.com/K1. The slaughter is rounding out the night.
Badr Hari vs. Zabit Samedov
R1. Samedov tries to headkick Badr who leg kicks him over. Badr keeps with the crazy leg kicks. Jab-leg kick from Hari. Hari leg kicks him to the mat again, somehow not a knockown. Samedov goes for a high kick and Hari sweeps him down. Hari with an awesome body shot drops him. Fight is over. Badr Hari by TKO.