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|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
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|4.||Marc de Bonte|
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|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
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The next entry in our 2010 Fight of the Year series takes us back to K-1, as they crown a new king...
Tetsuya Yamato v. Yuta Kubo (K-1 63kg Grand Prix Finals, July 5)
For the first half of 2010, K-1 was all about their new 63kg division, and boy did that division deliver. Their inaugural 63kg Grand Prix was an all around superb tournament, capped off by the best GP final K-1 has seen in recent years as Tetsuya Yamato (in blue) faced Yuta Kubo (red). Both men had a tough path to the finals, as Yamato defeated early tournament favorite Masahiro Yamamoto, Yuki, and Kizaemon Saiga, while Kubo took out DJ.taiki, Keiji Ozaki, and Yoshimichi Matsumoto (in one of the year's best KOs). Their final battle was a superb contest, combining fast paced skill with drama and excitement.
Sadly, K-1 has yet to follow up on this fight, as the division has been largely dormant, with Krush instead taking the 63kg lead. Yamato will be back in action at Dynamite!!
A note on this series - we'll be posting 1 or 2 of the top fights of the year on a daily basis over the coming week. Fights will be featured in chronological order moving through the year. Voting will be open next week to determine the winner.Add a comment
That headline will read as downright odd to anybody who follows kickboxing. Gokhan Saki is known as being one of the most exciting high level kickboxers in the world, who has overcome the odds over and over again. He is one of the few fighters who is always undersized going into his bouts, but always puts his all into every fight, leaving nothing to question.
Well, according to Saki's Twitter account, he wants to fight in Strikeforce.
My arm is oke I hope to fight at glory and in the summer for strike force!
If you are like me, you don't even know what to read into this. It is good that his arm is doing better now, and is perfectly logical that he wishes to fight for Golden Glory's next show, which is coming up in a few months. The surprise is that he wants to fight in Strikeforce. This, coming off some rather substantial rumors that It's Showtime is looking to break into the United States market next year and that their relationship with Scott Coker is "healthy" makes one wonder if maybe there is a chance of seeing some of the best kickboxers in the world fight in the US, regardless of the banner in 2011.
Of course, the kicker was him taking a pot shot at rival Melvin Manhoef.
Yes I like to fight manhoef at mma fight I win for sure by submussion heheheeheh!!!
Gokhan by armbar, somebody book this.
UPDATE: We've received word that this wasn't just a one-off joke post by Saki, there is some weight to this. Saki is in talks with Strikeforce.Add a comment
Last year, Masato was chosen by one of Japan's largest newspapers, NikkanSports as their Combat Sports MVP. It was an honor for the retiring fighter, and a great way to cap off his stellar fighting career. This year, they chose Alistair Overeem, the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Champion. It is safe to say that the man known as "The Reem," "The Dutch Cyclone" as well as "Ubereem" had a banner year, with five victories in K-1 competition (Poturak, Edwards, Spong, Saki and Aerts), with four KO victories. To top it off, he defended his Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship against Brett Rogers in May and looks to be competing at Dynamite!! against Todd Duffee for the DREAM Heavyweight Championship. For any fighter, this would be a good year, for Ubereem, it was another year in the life.
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This was a quarter-final match-up in the 2010 S-Cup.
Andy Souwer is a two time S-Cup champion and was a heavy favorite to win the fight and progress to the finals. He typically fights a cerebral, point-scoring game that increases in pace as the rounds go on. This is in stark contrast to the damage-absorbing, Terminator style of his opponent.
Bovy Sor Udomson is a legend of Muay Thai with a reputation for being somewhat inhuman in the ring. His uncompromisingly aggressive style won him the Rajadamnern belt at the young age of 19, but his career peaked quickly because of the damage he took. He's moved up slowly in weight from 122 lb super bantamweight to continue fighting at 67-70 kg, 147-154 lb, though with obviously dimmed reflexes.
Bovy wears blue gloves here and Andy the red.
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Artem's come a long way since 2008, but in this bout in Sweden, he was just starting to break out internationally. He's a tall, craft fighter who uses the advantages of his build well in the ring. He's got a fair bit of athleticism in his frame, too. He wears the blue gloves in this bout.
Yodsaenklai Fairtex at the time already was one of the most famous Thai nak muays on the planet. Before fighting internationally, he'd had a distinguished career in Thailand, winning a Lumpini title at 115 lb flyweight. He steadily moved up in weight in Thailand, fighting other highly ranked fighters like Sam-A Thor Ratanakiat, Orono Wor Petchpun, and Ponsaneh Sitmonchai, before moving from Petchyindee to Fairtex and fighting internationally at 70 kg, 154 lb.
Before this first match with Artem -- they would rematch at 75 kg, 165 lb, in the 2010 Sport Accord games in Beijing -- Yodsaenklai had met Farid Villaume and John Wayne Parr twice in the ring. The Contender Asia broadcast was drawing to a close and he was close to the height of his international regard, so a win over him would have definitely propelled Artem into the top ranks.
This bout is under K-1 rules. Yodsaenklai wears red gloves.
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