Relinquishment Official! K-1 FINAL16 Update
A press conference was held today in Tokyo with SENGOKU Lightweight champion Mizuto Hirota present. His relinquishment of the Cage Force Lightweight belt was made official. The main reason is that it’ll be difficult to defend both belts at the same time (both organizations use 5 round title fights as well). Hirota said: “It’ll be difficult to fight fighters such as Koyama and Hironaka while defending the SENGOKU belt”.
GCM and Hirota’s camp both discussed this beforehand so there are no negative feelings between them. Koyama and Hironaka were also present at the same press conference and their fight was officially changed to a 5 round title fight.
In K-1 news, two opening fights were today announced for the FINAL16 event on September 26th. Kyokushin Karateka Ko Taisei returns in one of them to take on Korean Hyeon Man Myeong. The man to give Taisei his first K-1 loss, Min Ho Song, will face Nae Cheol Kim in the other opening fight.
FieLDS K-1 World GP 2009 In Seoul -FINAL16-
Date: September 26th, 2009
Place: Seoul Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea
FINAL16 Fights (3×3, 2×3 ext.):
Badr Hari vs. Zabit Samedov
Peter Aerts vs. Alistair Overeem
Musashi vs. Jerome Le Banner
Ewerton Teixeira vs. Singh “Heart” Jaideep
Semmy Schilt vs. Daniel Ghita
Remy Bonjasky vs. Melvin Manhoef
Glaube Feitosa vs. Errol Zimmerman
Ruslan Karaev vs. Kyotaro
Superfights (3×3, 1×3 ext.):
Catalin Morosanu vs. Kin Taiei
Chi Bin Lim vs. Tahir Menxhiqi
Lim Su Jeong vs. Chen Ching(?)
Opening fights (3×3):
Hyeon Man Myeong vs. Ko Taisei
Min Ho Song vs. Nae Cheol Kim