Current Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem gave as good as he got during the K-1 World Grand Prix 2009, literally, where the mixed martial artist turned kickboxer wound up battering one man only to be levelled himself during an eight-man year end kickboxing tournament viewed as the the pinnacle of the sport.
In The Demolition Man’s opening bout Overeem managed to come out unscathed as he clinched up Ewerton Teixeira and battered the normally dangerous heavyweight with a series of knees that left him in a heap in the opening moments of round one. Alistair wasn’t as fortunate in his next bout where Badr Hari extracted revenge all over Overeem’s face in a major way via brutal head kick in the opening round, securing a knockout victory that served to erase the memory of a New Years Eve 2008 loss suffered at the hands of the Golden Glory trained heavyweight.
With the win, Hari moved on to the final round where the Mike’s Gym trained knockout artist wound up on the receiving end of bittersweet justice via Semmy Schilt. The nearly seven foot tall Golden Glory trained goliath avenged a prior knockout defeat at the hands of Hari earlier this year when he knocked his fellow Dutchman down several times in the opening round for the tournament win.
Also in action during the event was former PRIDE heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov, who was taken apart systematically via arguably the most powerful leg kicks on the face of the earth thrown from the limbs of Romanian knockout specialist Daniel Ghita.
A full list of the results from the event are listed below:
World GP Final
Semmy Schilt def. Badr Hari via TKO (body kick) – Round 1
Tyrone Spong def. Keijiro “Kyotaro” Maeda via unanimous decision
World GP Semi-Finals
Semmy Schilt def. Remy Bonjasky via TKO (leg kicks) – Round 1
Badr Hari def. Alistair Overeem via knockout (head kick) – Round 1
World GP Quarter Finals
Reserve bout: Daniel Ghita def. Sergei Kharitonov via TKO (leg kicks) – Round 3
Remy Bonjasky def. Errol Zimmerman via unanimous decision
Semmy Schilt def. Jerome Le Banner via TKO (body kicks) – Round 1
Alistair Overeem def. Ewerton Teixeira via KO (knee) – Round 1
Badr Hari def. Ruslan Karaev via TKO (punches) – Round 1
Reserve bout: Peter Aerts def. Gokhan Saki via unanimous decision
Jan Soukup def. Tsutomu Takahagi via unanimous decision
Singh “Heart” Jaideep def. Makoto Uehara via knockout – Round 2
Ryuji Kajiwara def. Keiichi Samukawa via unanimous decision