SLAMM!! held their first "Holland vs. Thailand" event in a long time on Sunday in Almere, Holland and the fight that everyone was excited about was K-1 and It's Showtime veteran Mohamed Khamal fighting Saiyok Pumpanmuang under Muay Thai rules. The event wasn't televised anywhere but a video did finally come out today, showcasing Khamal's win via cut stoppage. Sadly, Khamal retired after the fight, saying he had "more important things" to focus on. A win over Saiyok is a good one to go out on. Check out the video.
There were some extremely low expectations for Mirko Cro Cop going into today K-1 Rising in Madrid show against Loren Javier Jorge. It isn't even that Jorge is that good of a fighter as much as it was that Cro Cop has had an extremely tough time of late and has looked less-than-mobile. His fight against Ray Sefo from a few months ago was what it was, but Mirko looked incredibly slow and plodding during that bout, not putting on much of a showing before walking away with the victory. He was still the Cro Cop that we knew and barely tolerated from the UFC that was slow, tentative and relied too much on dirty boxing and less on his kicks that made him famous.
The Mirko Cro Cop that showed up against Loren Javier Jorge tonight in Madrid was like an entirely different fighter altogether. The Cro Cop of old, that we all loved to watch and cheer on seemed to be inside of the ring tonight. He was mixing up his strikes, using better angles, throwing his kicks without fear and moving a little bit more like he used to before his UFC career. When Loren crumbled into the corner in the second round after a few deadly left hands from Cro Cop, it didn't feel like a sad display from a down-and-out fighter as much as it felt like a return to form for the former PRIDE Openweight GP Champion and former K-1 fighter.
There's been a bunch of trailers floating around for K-1 lately and all of them have been touted as official by a lot of people. They were all taken down shortly after though. Now K-1 finally released a trailer themselves, via their Twitter today. They also have a new Youtube channel, K1TVsince2012, which might mean that they actually don't have the original K-1 Youtube account that has been uploading old fight videos lately. They don't have the original K-1 Facebook page so it seems likely. Anyway, check out the new and official trailer for the event on May 27.