Last night the K-1 Japan 65kgs tournament took place including names like Yuta Kubo, Hiroya, and Michael "Tomahawk" Thompson. Overall I really enjoyed the fights, they all seemed well matched, with every fighter bringing their own unique style to the ring making the fights exciting.
We saw a wicked spinning back fist KO at the hands of Takeru in a fight that I thought he was losing. The return of Hiroya was great but once again he always seems to come up a bit short. There were two fighters that really stood out for me though, of course the tournament winner, southpaw from Thailand Kaew Fairtex, with his lightning fast head kicks, his huge upset over Kubo, and his ability to avoid punches even with the ref harassing him about clinching. Also we found out his father had passed away a week ago, he dedicated his win to him. It seemed to me that Fairtex hurt his left shin in his first fight, since he threw it a lot less in the 2nd and 3rd plus it all bandaged up, didn't seem to effect his performance too much though. Secondly a British fighter named Kerrith Bhella, I personally hadn't seen him fight before, and I half expected K-1 to give Yuya someone he could beat up in Japan. I was very wrong, Bhella's technique was some of the best I have seen, tight hands, fast powerful jab and combos followed by leg kicks, and an almost flawless defense. I really hope we get to see more of him after his defeat of Yamamoto last night.
Tournament Reserve: Ilias Bulaid Defeats Taito (KO rd 3)
Tournament Quarter Final #1 - Hiroya Defeats Michael "Tomahawk" Thompson.
Tournament Quarter Final #2 - Soda Yasuomi defeats Kimura Minoru (KO rd 2)
Tournament Quarter Final #3 - Kaew Fairtex Defeats Yamazaki Hideaki (decision)
Tournament Quarter Final #4 - Yuta Kubo defeats Raz Sarkisjan (decision)
Superfight 70kgs - Matsukura Shintaro defeats Zhao Fukai (decision)
K-1 Koshien 2014 final - Hiramoto Ren defeats Sano Tenma (decision)
Tournament Semi-Finals #1 - Soda Yasuomi defeats Hiroya (decision)
Tournament Semi-Finals #2 - Kaew Fairtex defeats Yuta Kubo (KO Rd 2)
Superfight 55kgs - Takeru defeats Taiga(KO rd 2 wicked spinning backfist)
Superfight 70kgs - Kerrith Bhella defeats Yuya Yamamoto (decision)
Tournament Finals - Kaew Fairtex defeats Soda Yasuomi (decision)