#11: Press Conference Footage
#10: Intense Press Conference
All finalists were present at today’s press conference besides Jerome Le Banner who will arrive to Japan on the evening of the 4th.
In what is called the most exciting pre-event press conference in K-1 history, Errol Zimmerman and Remy Bonjasky wouldn’t leave each others face during their staredown (causing staff having to break them up), and Overeem/Hari-Bonjasky had a war of words, partly related to MMA and K-1.
Be sure to check the press conference out when K-1 uploads it on YouTube.
Thanks to the original uploader.
MMA/Kickboxing in Korea seems to have become a little more active these days. The status of promotions are that The Khan just returned for the first time in over a year and a half, W will have their second event in December, Moosin doesn’t seem to be dead yet despite no word coming from them since their second event in July, there are rumors that Spirit MC will return, Pancrase Korea will have their first event in Seoul today, and no news yet on a second FMC event.
As for thoughts on the event (watch it before further reading), the three 70 kg fights were really good (the third round of Se Gi Kim vs. Min Suk Kwon was nuts).
Su Hwan Lee is really good. I think he could become competitive close to the top of K-1 MAX if he had a better chin.
Min Suk Kwon is really tough for his age (turned 20 this year). He stood toe to toe with both Im Chi Bin and Se Gi Kim, who are real veterans.
Apparently, this was Virgil’s third fight in three weeks. Impressive performance for having traveled around and fought so much in such a short time.
Su Jeong Lim won the tournament quite clearly and her popularity will probably continue to rise.
The Mönkh-Erdene on this event wasn’t the same as the much lighter Amateur Boxer, but this one was quite impressive for his build. It’s not usual in this kind of Kickboxing event to see someone with that build look so smooth, fluid and disciplined with his stance and guard.
In the MMA fights of the card, Sentoryu KO’d Olympic Silver Medalist who never uses his Judo, Min Soo Kim, early in the first, and promising wrestler Hae Joon Yang once again won by KO to improve his record to 4-0.
Tomorrow it’s time for the biggest fight thus far in Japan this year as Daisuke Naito will try to defend his title against challenger Koki Kameda.
Both fighters made weight on their first try at the weigh-ins on the 28th and everything is set to go for tomorrows fight which of course will be aired on TBS in Japan.
Below are some videos to get a little hyped up for the fight (the first two are from the same program so watch the first before the second).
It was announced today that DREAM and PRIDE veteran Sergei Kharitonov will participate in the K-1 World GP 2009 FINAL’s second reserve fight next week due to Chalid “Die Faust” having sustained an injury. Kharitonov’s opponent is none other than the very promising Daniel Ghita.
Ghita impressively won the FINAL16 Qualifying GP this year and he put up a good fight despite losing against Semmy Schilt in the FINAL16 event in Seoul.
FieLDS K-1 World GP 2009 FINAL
Date: December 5th, 2009
Place: Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan
FINAL8 Fights (3×3, 1×3 ext.):
Ruslan Karaev vs. Badr Hari
Alistair Overeem vs. Ewerton Teixeira
Jerome Le Banner vs. Semmy Schilt
Errol Zimmerman vs. Remy Bonjasky
Reserve Fights (3×3, 1×3 ext.):
 Peter Aerts vs. Gohkan Saki
 Daniel Ghita vs. Sergei Kharitonov
Superfight (3×3, 1×3 ext.):
Kyotaro vs. Tyrone Spong
Opening Fights (3×3):
Singh “Heart” Jaideep vs. Makoto Uehara
Jan Soukup vs. Tsutomu Takahagi
60kg: Keiichi Samukawa vs. Ryuji Kajiwara
Satoshi Ishii vs. Hidehiko Yoshida has been added to the DREAM official website so everything should be signed and done. No word on the time or rules of the fight.
People who bought tickets to SRC 12 can either get their tickets transferred to a seat in Saitama or get their money back.
Former WVR director Kokuho revealed to NikkanSports today that all Yoshida Dojo fighters besides Yoshida (has one left fight in his contract) are currently free agents. Them returning to SRC next year is still a delicate situation.
The weigh-ins for tomorrows The Khan 2 card took place on the 26th in Korea. All fighters passed. The only change to the card since I last reported is that Im Chi Bin has been replaced by Su Hwan Lee, who lost to Bin in this years K-1 MAX Korea tournament.
Underrated “Mr. Shark” Min Soo Kim finally returns to take on Sentoryu in what is the heaviest and most star-filled fight of the card.
Se Ki Kim, who I think participates in every stand-up event in Korea, will also fight coming off his victory at the first W event.
I think Uranchimegiin Mönkh-Erdene is an amateur boxer from Mongolia. He participated in both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, took silver in the Asian games in 2006, and took bronze at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Milan this year.
If he is the boxer Mönkh-Erdene, Min Ho Song is not the K-1 Heavyweight Min Ho Song.
Hyun Man Myung is undefeated in K-1 and just won some Muay Thai title in a 5 rounder at W.
You can watch a fight from Neo Fight with the second Korean female in the 4-women tournament, Woo Yeon Park, on YouTube.
Jae Gil No fought Go Yokoyama at a K-1 MAX event this year. Watch the fight here.
Xu Yan is coming off a dominating victory over cosplayer Nagashima at K-1 MAX. If you haven’t seen it, click here.
Su Hwan Lee participated in what was thus far probably the most dramatic K-1 GP of the year when he impressively KO’d both his quarterfinal and semifinal opponents but then got KO’d himself against Im Chi Bin in probably the craziest and most dramatic come from behind victory of the year. If you’ve seen it you’ll remember it.
I believe the event will be aired on Korean television so watch out for it.
1. Dong Hyun Kim vs. Sung Hyun Lee
2. Hae Chung Yang vs. Tokoku Onda(?)
3. Su Jeong Lim vs. Alena Hola
4. Woo Yeon Park vs. Jessica
5. Min Ho Song vs. Uranchimegiin Mönkh-Erdene
6. Se Ki Kim vs. Min Suk Kwon
7. Jae Gil No vs. Virgil Kalakoda
8. Kaoklai Kaennorsing vs. Hyun Man Myung
9. Min Soo Kim vs. Sentoryu
10. Su Hwan Lee vs. Xu Yan
11. Lim/Hola vs. Park/Jessica