K-1 draws World GP 2009 Final 8 for Dec. 5 event

The winners of the Final 16 tourney have gathered to partake in the tournament draw to determine the match-up and the bout order for the K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final 8 from Japan's Yokohama Arena on December 5.

The fighters picked numbered balls, and in the ascending order of the numbers on the balls, chose the block in which they will fight. There are four blocks, with each block containing red and blue corners that represent the slots in which the fighters enter -- the slots are thus labeled A to H, with the first block containing A and B, the second containing C and D, and so on.

Depending on the luck of the draw, a fighter could pick an opponent whom he has a good chance of dispatching without incurring much damage, while tougher opponents square off against each other in other quarterfinal bouts. As the combat sport truism states, anything can happen in K-1 bouts, but needless to say, the outcome of the draw contributes to how the tournament unfolds.

Badr Hari, who had the fastest finish of the night (KO at 2:15 of round 1), was awarded the first pick. Following Hari, the other seven fighters picked the balls in the order that they fought on Saturday night, as their bouts all ended in decision (Ewerton Teixeira picked last, as his bout reached the extra rounds).

Ruslan Karaev picked the ball with the smallest number. Predictably, he chose the red corner of block 1, or slot A, for the first fight of the night: By picking the first fight of the night, he will have at least three fights to rest before fighting in the semifinal, should he win the fight.

Badr Hari ended up with the second smallest number, and thus had the next pick. Without hesitation, he chose the blue corner of block 1 for the rubber match with Karaev. Hari and Karaev have split the two fights 1-1: In the second meeting at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Yokohama, they enthralled the crowd with a fierce barn burner in which they traded knock downs.

Errol Zimmerman had the third pick and chose block G for the last of the four quarterfinal bouts. The reigning WGP champion, Remy Bonjasky picked fourth, and surprisingly, threw down the gauntlet to Zimmerman.

Jerome LeBanner, coming off the memorable bout with Musashi, had the fifth pick and entered himself in the red corner of the block 3 (slot E). Semmy Schilt picked sixth and headed for block 3 for the fourth bout with LeBanner: Schilt has won all three bouts with LeBanner thus far.

The remaining two fighters, Alistair Overeem and Ewerton Texeira, settled in block 2 for the second quarterfinal bout.

Side A:
Badr Hari vs Ruslan Karaev
Ewerton Texeira vs Alistair Overeem

Side B:
Jerome LeBanner vs Semmy Schilt
Remy Bonjasky vs Errol Zimmerman

For more on the K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 click here.

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