Those of you not able to stay up into the wee hours of the morning really missed a great show last night. When watching mma, I love a great ground battle with amazing transitions and slick submissions. Watching K-1 on the other hand makes you realize how far behind most mma fighters are in the stand up game. Yes, some are great boxers, some throw some really good kicks, but to see the level of competition at the "superbowl of kickboxing" is something else!Semmy Schilt was the favorite to win last nights event, but his bid for another K-1 World Grand Prix title was derailed at the hands of the legendary Peter Aerts. Aerts, at age 40 and in his 17th Grand Prix dominated Schilt on route to the finals. On the other side, Alistair Overeem easily defeated Tyrone Sprongand and Gokhan Saki on his ways to the finals.
Aerts had been battered in his matches leading up to the finals with body kicks as well as having a cut under his right eye. When the bell rang for the final fight of the evening, Overeem didn't come out slow as he previously had. He came out and totally dominated Aerts. After a few punches to the head and a knee, followed by a body kick or two, the referee stepped in and saved Aerts from any permanent damage. Overeem became the first man to hold world titles in mma as well as K-1.
If you've never watched a japanese event live before, you've missed out on the spectacle that they make it to be. The halftime show was amazing (sarcastic), it consisted of 6 or 7 Japanese girls dressed as american indians and dancing while lip syncing. I looked everywhere for the video, but couldn't find it. Overall, the event was great from start to finish. Those who watched, what did you think?
also I'll have live results tonight at mondaymorningblackbelt.com