k1 world grand prix final coming up dec 5

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    is it gonna be televised? and if so, where?
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    looking forward to the hari/karaev rematch lol

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    I love K1... but it's not on USA tv reguarly unless you have a good connect for torrents from UK TV.... *sighs*
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    The K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 is the year's biggest kickboxing event, and as we get ready for the December 5 show, we have K-1 announcer Michael Schiavello offering his commentary on each of the fighters. His thoughts on Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, an MMA fighter taking kickboxing by storm, are below.

    By Michael Schiavello

    ALISTAIR OVEREEM
    Nickname: The Demolition Man, Ubereem
    Nationality: The Netherlands
    Age: 29
    Height: 6' 5"
    Weight: 250
    Stance: Orthodox
    Gym: Golden Glory, Holland
    Career Record: 2-3, 2 KO (striking), 31-11-1 11 KO (MMA)
    K-1 Record: 2-2, 1 KO
    Notable Wins: Badr Hari KO, Peter Aerts DEC
    Strengths: Aggression, body strength, knees to body
    Weaknesses: Inexperience, leg checking
    HDNet K-1 Ranking: 5
    Probability of quarterfinal win vs. Ewerton Teixeira: 60%

    The man dubbed by fans as "Ubereem" is a household name in the world of Mixed Martial Arts who has become a household name to K-1 fans in the last 12 months following emphatic performances against the organization's three biggest names.

    With wins over former heavyweight champion Badr Hari and former triple Grand Prix champion Peter Aerts, and a decision loss to current GP champion Remy Bonjasky, many fans rate Overeem as a genuine contender to throw K-1 into disarray and win the GP title in his first attempt with only four K-1 fights under his belt.

    While Overeem's efforts against Hari, Bonjasky and Aerts should be highly commended, we should not overlook the inside story on each of these fights.

    At Dynamite last New Year's Eve, Overeem manhandled a Hari who had not trained for three weeks. Who had been knocked down twice in one night over three fights at the Grand Prix. A Hari who was red-carded in the GP final, had his entire purse deducted, and whose life was thrown into complete turmoil. In short, Overeem trounced Hari at the perfect time when Hari's life was in tatters and he was ripe to be beaten.

    Next up against Bonjasky, many thought Overeem was winning the fight until Bonjasky scored a soft knockdown in the final round to put the judges over on the scorecards. It was a stellar effort from Overeem against the GP champion but take into consideration that Bonjasky was carrying a knee injury that rendered his trademark leg, body and high kicks off his back leg virtually useless.

    Against Peter Aerts in the Final 16 in September, Overeem opened up ferociously and drilled knees into Aerts's midsection, breaking the veteran's ribs in the first round. It is testament to the heart of "Mr K-1" that he fought on with a broken rib that severely affected his mobility and range of attack for the remainder of the fight.

    All this said, however, Overeem has now proven a very real threat against K-1's three biggest stars and positioned himself as a must-watch contender for the Grand Prix crown come December 5.

    What makes Overeem such a dangerous competitor is size and aggression. Add to that mix his impressive striking skill set (unlike a Bob Sapp who is strong and aggressive, Overeem actually throws crisp hand combinations and not maniacal swinging haymakers, and has very good use of knees to the body on the inside) and you have a brutal monster who comes to hunt down and hurt opponents. His aggressive, walk-through style is a throwback to the golden days of K-1 when the likes of Mike Bernardo, Sam Greco, Mirko Cro Cop and a young Ray Sefo would titillate audiences with their electrifying knockout style that opted for balls-to-the-wall aggression (mixed with technique) over defensive preservation.

    With trainers Cor Hemmers and Ramon Dekker by his side, Overeem has two of the world's finest honing his striking skills in the gym and directing traffic in his corner.

    Though many fans believe Teixeira will be easy pickings for Overeem in the quarter-final stage, I think the Brazilian poses some very serious problems. Teixeira is an incredibly durable and thick-bodied man who is conditioned for enormous punishment to the body from his Kyokushin days (in Kyokushin you cannot punch to the head, only to the body). He is also a crisp counter fighter particularly with a trigger-happy right hand that will play havoc on Overeem's walk-through style – a style Teixeira's leg kicks should slow down.

    In a draw of gripping quarter-final match-ups this is possibly the hardest one to call. On recent form fortune favors Overeem's bullying style. But Teixeira is the type of fighter who makes every opponent look average. Will he be the first in K-1 to make Overeem look anything but an uber wrecking machine?

    FAST FACT

    In 1995 Alistair's older brother, Valentijn Overeem, fought Remy Bonjasky in Remy's first ever professional fight. Remy stopped Valentijn in the second round. Valentijn still competes, his last kickboxing fight being a TKO loss to Nikolai Onikienko at Glory 11 on October 17.
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    The K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 is the year's biggest kickboxing event, and as we get ready for the Dec. 5 show, we have K-1 announcer Michael Schiavello offering his commentary on each of the fighters. His thoughts on Badr Hari are below.

    By Michael Schiavello

    BADR HARI
    Nickname: The Golden Boy, The Devil Prince
    Nationality: Morocco
    Age: 24
    Height: 6' 6"
    Weight: 221
    Stance: Orthodox
    Gym: Mike's Gym, Holland
    Career Record: 72-9-1 59KO
    K-1 Record: 14-5, 12 KO
    Notable Wins: Semmy Schilt KO, Stefan Leko KO, Peter Aerts KO, Errol Zimmerman KO
    Strength: Right Cross, whipping round kicks, K-1's best jab
    Weakness: Questionable jaw that he leaves exposed
    HDNet K-1 Ranking: 2
    Probability of QF Win vs. Ruslan Karaev: 80%

    Arguably the most exciting knockout artist to ever step inside the hallowed K-1 ring, Badr Hari is a young man with the world at his feet who finally seems ready psychologically and physically to capture the crown experts have prophesized would be his since his teenage days.

    When he was just 18, Hari's then trainer – the great Thom Harinck of Chakuriki Gym – proclaimed that a teenage Hari had more talent than Branko Cikatic and Peter Aerts combined. While Hari has showcased his enormous repertoire of dynamic technique since his K-1 debut in 2005 at the Tokyo Dome (where he knocked out Stefan Leko with a spinning hook kick to the head), he is yet to acquire the coveted Grand Prix title not for a lack of skill or physical strength but for a lack of mental potency.

    In 2008 after knocking out Peter Aerts and then Errol Zimmerman in stunning fashion in his run to the final, Hari had a complete meltdown against Remy Bonjasky and handed Bonjasky his third GP crown.

    "I basically gave him $400,000 and the title," said Hari. "I made a mistake. I still don't know what I was doing. My mind just goes a hundred miles an hour, you know, and I just did something really stupid. It won't happen again."

    Once again Hari is poised as the favourite to take the GP crown this year. He will enter the Yokohama Arena on December 5 with two wins in 2009 over Semmy Schilt and Zabit Samedov who collectively lasted no more than three minutes in the ring with Hari. Indeed Hari's win over triple GP champion Semmy Schilt in May in Amsterdam was 45 seconds of violence the likes of which we have never seen before. Schilt, K-1's most powerful champion ever, was handled like a play toy as a ferocious Hari exploded out of his corner and knocked out the 6' 11" Hightower from Holland with a right cross gifted from the Gods.

    On September 26 in Seoul Hari main-evented against K-1 European Champion Zabit Samedov. Again Hari made short work and became the only man to knockout the elusive Samedov when he sunk a single right hand to the stomach that floored the Belarussian and booked Hari his third Grand Prix appearance.

    The Hari who will enter the ring on December 5 seems to have exorcised the demons that ravaged his past. Under the tutelage of father-figure trainer Mike Passeniere, and with the calming influence of main training partner Melvin Maenhoff, Hari's preparations are on target to finally achieve his destiny. His time spent in Morocco earlier this year as a special guest of the Moroccan King helped Hari to put his life into perspective and realize what an inspiration he is to millions.

    "That was a great experience," he says of his time in Africa. "The people there were so nice and they had so much belief in me, it really helped me relax, center myself and get focused to do what I have always said I would do: become the K-1 champion."

    FAST FACT
    Badr Hari and Ruslan Karaev have fought twice before for one win apiece. In 2006 in Osaka it was Karaev who won a controversial TKO in the first round. In March 2007 Hari got his revenge in stunning fashion when after being knocked down in the second round, he threw just one right cross off the recommencement of the bout and knocked Karaev out cold.
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  8. Cognitive D.K

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    nice stuff.... hari is my fave kickboxer in K-1

    hotheadded but his striking is absolutely fucking insane, and being as lanky as he is sure doesnt hurt
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    nah dude, u gotta love overeems meathead swag

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    ^haha I can't.

    The man is literally only champion because of steroids.

    He barely made a dent back in his pride days...
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    Even if he does roid now, it doesn't really take away from the fact that he was probably cutting way too much weight back in the day. He's always shown some skill, but it was usually his gas tank that worked against him.
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    JEROME Le BANNER
    Nickname: The Hyper Battle Cyborg, Geronimo, Bancho, The Human Refrigerator
    Nationality: France
    Age: 36
    Height: 6' 3"
    Weight: 260
    Stance: Southpaw
    Gym: LeBanner Xtreme Team, Paris
    Career Record: 75-17-1-1 59KO
    K-1 Record: 47-18-1-1 32KO
    Notable Wins: Ernesto Hoost TKO, Mark Hunt DEC, Sam Greco TKO, Peter Aerts KO
    Strength: Phenomenal hands, experience, inside lead leg kick, huge heart
    Weakness: Open to counter attacks, age
    HDNet K-1 Ranking: 4
    Probability of Quarterfinal Win vs. Semmy Schilt: 35%

    Always the bridesmaid and never the bride is a term often used to describe the K-1 career of the sport's most popular commodity, Jerome Le Banner. 2009 will be the Frenchman's eleventh K-1 Grand Prix appearance and at 36 years old maybe one his last chances to capture that most elusive of crowns.

    Le Banner has twice reached the final of the Grand Prix, first as a phenom in 1995 when he lost to a rampaging Peter Aerts, then in 2002 when, little more than one minute away from winning the crown, he took an Ernesto Hoost kick to his forearm that shattered the bones and won Hoost a record fourth crown. Le Banner took a trip to the hospital where a steel rod and eleven pins were inserted into his shattered arm. Many fans would argue that The Battling Cyborg has not been the same fighter since.

    Renowned for having one of the highest knockout ratios in the history of combat sports – 32 knokouts in 47 K-1 wins), Le Banner was once the most feared and ferocious heavyweight on the planet who captured the imagination of K-1 fans worldwide with his electrifying brand of take-no-prisoners knockout fighting. It would seem however that Le Banner's legendary knockout power has dried up with five of his last six wins coming via decision and just the one knockout in three years when he floored the dismal Yong Soo Park in 2007. Without his fabled knockout power, what then does Le Banner possess to put him in contention for the coveted K-1 crown in his eleventh attempt? The answer is experience.

    Along with Peter Aerts, Le Banner is the most experienced active fighter in K-1. There is nothing he doesn't know how to do in center ring, and his footwork and output remains high, a testament to his extraordinary cardio. A training demon with military-like discipline, a fit and focused Le Banner remains very much a threat even if his knockout power seems to have disappeared.

    In the tournament's third quarter final Le Banner faces former three-time champion Semmy Schilt. This will be the fourth time the two have fought, with Semmy winning the previous three encounters. It is the most recent of these matches – their 2008 Super Heavyweight title fight in Fukuoka – that we must pay attention to. On that night it was Schilt who retained his title with a decision win – a result protested by both myself and Ray Sefo on commentary that night. In what was one of Le Banner's best performances of the last three years, he beat Schilt to the punch, took Schilt's best shots and frustrated Schilt with fast hands, solid inside leg kicks and great footwork. If Le Banner uses this same blue-print on December 5, and adds a little more starch to his punches, he could very well cause a major upset and find himself in the semi finals.

    FAST FACT
    Jerome Le Banner is K-1's most famous southpaw (left-handed) fighter even though he is naturally right-handed! Le Banner began fighting as a southpaw early in his career and decided it felt more comfortable so he stuck with the left-handed stance, even though he a right hander. This has been one of the secrets to his high KO ratio over the years: the fact that he can hit opponents with equal strength off both hands.
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    SEMMY SCHILT
    Nickname: High Tower
    Nationality: Netherlands
    Age: 36
    Height: 6' 11"
    Weight: 294
    Stance: Orthodox
    Gym: Golden Glory, Breda
    Career Record: 31-5-1, 14 knockouts
    K-1 Record: 29-3-1, 14 knockouts
    Notable Wins: Mark Hunt KO, Ray Sefo KO, Peter Aerts KO, Ernesto Hoost decision
    Strengths: Incredible reach, powerful jab, awesome front kick, great knees
    Weakness: Trouble with ultra-aggressive fighters who go after his jaw
    HDNet K-1 Ranking: 3
    Probability of Quarterfinal Win vs. Jerome Le Banner: 65%

    There is a good reason why Semmy Schilt is dubbed the most "powerful" champion in K-1 history. The High Tower from Holland is K-1's tallest Grand Prix champion ever and his three year reign between 2005 and 2007 was the stuff of nightmares both for opponents and for the K-1 Corporation.

    Schilt's three consecutive Grand Prix victories between 2005 and 2007 was unprecedented and his victories in each Grand Prix looked easy bar a Brazilian kick from Glaube Feitosa that rattled him momentarily in the 2007 final. Despite Schilt's in-ring achievements, he failed to endear himself to fans and was often blamed as a big part in K-1's falling live crowds and TV ratings during this three-year period.

    In 2008 in Seoul, it took a superhuman performance from "Mr. K-1," Peter Aerts, to prevent Schilt from entering a fourth consecutive Grand Prix tournament and going for Ernesto Hoost's record.

    After a shaky start to 2009 in which he was obliterated by Badr Hari in under one minute in Amsterdam, Schilt finally found his rhythm with a monstering of Daniel Ghita in Seoul at the Final 16 and an easy decision win over Alexey Ignashov at Ultimate Glory in Amsterdam to raise his stock and make him a genuine threat once again for the greatest fight title on the planet.

    Schilt certainly seems focused for a fourth Grand Prix title and has said in interviews that the three previous crowns do not collectively mean as much as getting a record-equaling fourth. Indeed there is one fact we must pay attention to in particular when it comes to Schilt: he has NEVER lost a tournament. He participated in three K-1 Grand Prix tourneys and won them all, and also won the 2005 K-1 European Grand Prix in Paris. This makes Schilt one of if not the most effective tournament fighter in K-1 history. In other words, High Tower knows how to win tournaments and the exact physical and mental output required to run the world's most grueling gauntlet.

    What is it about Schilt that makes him such a dangerous fighter? Height is the first answer. While there are many tall fighters doing the rounds it is a skill altogether to be able to know how to actually fight as a tall fighter. This is something Schilt does to perfection. He never shrinks himself. He knows his height is his major asset and he exploits it brilliantly, sitting behind the two basic weapons every tall fighter should have perfected into their arsenal: the jab and the front kick (push kick, mae geri, teep kick). Schilt's jab is astronomically powerful, so much so that he used it to become the first man in K-1 to ever knockout Ray Sefo cold. His front kicks are devastating in the way that he uses them defensively to keep opponents at bay and offensively to dig the ball of the lead foot into an opponent's midsection – a technique any of Schilt's opponents will tell you is hellishly painful.

    Get on the inside of those two range techniques and Schilt is able to bring his knees into play. And once again these aren't tip-tap knees – they are smashing balls able to knock opponents out. Just ask Paul Slowinski or Glaube Feitosa!

    The last part of what makes Schilt such an imposing fighter is his tremendous cardio and work rate. At 294 pounds and 6-foot11, it constantly amazes me that Schilt never seems to tire. Indeed his output of technique is equivalent to that of a light heavyweight. He is always on you, always coming forward and always throwing. In short, he is a machine.

    A fourth K-1 Grand Prix crown is well within Schilt's sights this year. He is refocused and at the Final 16 in Seoul gave as a glimpse of a new and even more brutal Schilt who will be hard to stop.

    FAST FACT
    Semmy Schilt is the only fighter in history to have competed in K-1, PRIDE, UFC and Pancrase. He is a former King of Pancrase, competed in two UFC events and in seven PRIDE shows. His last MMA fight was a triangle choke win over Mighty Mo at Dynamite last New Year's Eve.
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    Most of his losses came in the first or second round in those days. I think Little Nog was the only one that took him to the third and submitted him. I don't care how much weight you cut, if you're gassing in the first round, you need a better trainer. Then again, I don't think that was the issue. The issue is he was getting dominated by the best of competition (for the most part, he did beat Vitor and Igor) and raided the roid cabinet...
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    You have to remember that pride rounds were one 10 minute round and one 5 minuter for the most part.

    Overeem has a very suspect chin, there's no denying that. Other than that, he was always at least in the fight.
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