Last night the Top King TK4 tournament held its big finals for their 154lbs championship. It was a title that many fans felt was a lock for Buakaw Banchamek, but considering the names involved with it there didn't seem to be a clear route for Buakaw to win the whole thing. After Marat Grigorian was forced to pull out we ended up with Buakaw Banchamek vs. Kyahal Dzhaniev and Reece McAllister vs. Dmytro Konstantyov. The visual of the night was a bloody mess of Buakaw losing to Dzhaniev via decision, which of course will be the story of the show to many who saw Banchamek sweeping the whole thing.
The big story should instead be Reece McAllister proving himself once again as one of the best talents in the world. Reece is a tough fighter who has proven himself time and time again who will walk away deserving the Top King 154lbs championship. I'm saying this because McAllister didn't have to fight a second fight. Dzhaniev might've defeated Banchamek but he was too banged up to continue competing, so McAllister was awarded the championship. Weird, right?
Pakorn P.K. Seanchai Muaythai Gym (R3 - Decision) Varats Dzmitry
Rungravee Sasiprapa (R3 - Dec.) Wei Ning Hui
Matt Embree (R1 - TKO) Sittisak Petchphayathai
Thongchai Sitsongpeenong (Rx - TKO) Colin Law
Semi-Finals: Reece Mcallister (R3 - Dec.) Dmytro Konstantynov
Semi-Finals: Khayal Dzhaniev (R3 - Dec.) Buakaw Banchamek
Top King World Series Tournament Final: Reece McAllister (Forfeit) Khayal Dzhaniev
There is video of Buakaw/Dzhaniev floating around. Here it is while it lasts.