The K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 took place on Saturday, August 9 from the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii in front of a live attendance of 8,807 and featured the K-1 USA Grand Prix tournament along with a handful of Superfights.
Turkish kickboxer Gokhan Saki, a last minute replacement with only four K-1 matches under his belt, shocked the fighting world by winning it all after defeating three straight challengers - all by knockout.
It was a dominating performance by the 24 year-old phenom who no doubt will be getting a lot of attention in the coming weeks.
Also on the card were American meatballs Eric "Butterbean" Esch and Wesley "Cabbage" Correira. The two behemoths faced off in the quarterfinals where the surprisingly nimble Cabbage sent Butterbean back to the pantry with a bone-crunching head kick.
Cabbage was later eliminated by Randy Kim, a replacement for tournament favorite Siala-Mou "Mighty Mo" Siligia, who was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injuries sustained in his quarterfinal match against Justice Smith.
A lot of fans were left wondering how things might have turned out had Mighty Mo been able to continue and possibly meet Saki in the finals.
Here are the complete results for the K-1 World Grand Prix 2008:
Randy Kim (2-5) defeated Vilitonu Fonokalafi (0-1) via KO (R1)
Stefan "Blitz" Leko (29-15) defeated Junior Sua (0-1) via KO (R2)
Rico Verhoeven (2-0) defeated Koichi (0-1) via unanimous decision
Badr Hari (10-3) defeated Domagoj Ostojic (0-1) via KO (R1)
Min Soo Kim (4-1) defeated Scott Junk (0-2) via unanimous decision
Paul Slowinski (10-6) defeated Aziz Jahjah (0-1) via TKO (R3)
K-1 USA GP Quarterfinals:
Rick Cheek (2-1) defeated Nicholas Pettas (6-9) via TKO (R1)
Gokhan Saki (7-1) defeated Deutsch Puu (0-1) via KO (R1)
Wesley "Cabbage" Correira (1-3) defeated Eric "Butterbean" Esch (2-5) via KO (R2)
Siala-Mou "Mighty Mo" Siligia (13-9) defeated Justice Smith (0-1) via majority decision
K-1 USA GP Semifinals:
Gokhan Saki (7-1) defeated Rick Cheek (2-1) via KO (R1)
Randy Kim (2-5)** defeated Wesley "Cabbage" Correira (1-3) via KO (R2)
**Mighty Mo out due to injury
K-1 USA GP Finals:
Gokhan Saki (7-1) defeated Randy Kim (2-5) via KO (R2)