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Good news! Due to popular demand, SciFighting will now be covering K-1 events! Whether you’re a die hard fan or just a casual viewer, K-1 is one of the most exciting sports to follow. If you fall into the latter camp though, here’s a bit of history to get you up to speed.
The world of kickboxing is one that is fast-paced and highly entertaining , and with fight promotion K-1, it’s only gotten better.
K-1 is a hybrid stand-up fighting sport that began in Japan in 1993. It was the first event to use a set of rules which allowed all stand-up striking arts to compete within one ring. Since that time, K-1 has grown to be the most popular combat sport in Japan.
The “K” refers to Kickboxing, Karate, Kung Fu, etc., although K-1 is obviously not limited only to these. The “1” symbolizes the gathering of all these fighting styles into one ring.
K-1 has presented professional live martial arts events in 38 countries, featuring the best and most accomplished athletes in the sport. K-1 also hosts one event a year called the World Grand Prix, which is one of the most distinguished events held in the hand-to-hand combat community. Past World Grand Prix Champions include Alistair Overeem, Mark Hunt, Ernesto Hoost, Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky, Semmy Schilt, and Mirko Filipovic.
In the current top 16 of the ongoing K-1 World MAX 2013 tournament, there are loads of new talent, along with former champions Buakaw Banchamek and Andy Souwer, who won both their recent bouts. With vets that have fought some of the best, and the new up and comers who are hungry to prove themselves, there’s no doubt this competition will keep you on your toes.
Below are the results of the most recent fights, a qualifier event that will see the winners getting one step closer to being crowned World Grand Prix Champion:
K-1 MAX Reserve Bout: Christopher Mena (Spain) (R3 – Dec.) Chad Sugden (England)
Final 16: Maximo Suarez (Spain) (R3 – Dec.) Miodrag Olar (Romania)
Final 16: Buakaw Banchamek (Thailand) (R1 – TKO) David Calvo (Spain)
Final 16: Lee Sung-Hyun (Korea) (R3 – Dec.) Charles Francois (France)
Final 16: Shane Campbell (Canada) (R1 – KO) Wallace Lopes (Brazil)
Final 16: Enriko Kehl (Germany) (R3 – Dec.) Henri van Opstal (Netherlands)
Final 16: Zhou ZhiPeng (China) (R3 – Dec.) Joey Pagliuso (USA)
Final 16: Elam Ngor (Spain) (R3 – KO) Ismat Aghazade (Azerbaijan)
Final 16: Andy Souwer (Netherlands) (R3 – Dec.) Yasuhiro Kido (Japan)
K-1 World Grand Prix Qualifier: Frank Munoz (Spain) (R3 – Dec.) Damien Garcia (Spain)