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So K-1 Came Back This Week End (And If You Missed It You Can Still Watch it for Free)

After a long period of financial troubles culminating in a year without a WGP and a change in ownership, K-1 was finally back this week end in Madrid with a card featuring this year's MAX tournament Final 16 and Badr Hari's return to kickboxing after retiring from the sport 4 months ago to pursue a boxing career. The event featured some very good fights, if you missed it you can watch it for free here. Join me after the jump for my thoughts on the event.

  • First of all, I was disappointed with the production of the event, I've been waiting for K-1's return for quite some time and this was basically an It's Showtime event with a K-1 logo, don't mistake me, that was a good night of kickboxing but the fact that it didn't quite have that K-1 feel to it was a minor disappointment.
  • Gago Grago looked terrible and shot against Andy Ristie, he got beaten up for most of the fight and didn't seem to have an answer for it besides covering up.
  • After his usual slow first round, Arthur Kyshenko turned it up in the second and absolutely destroyed Su Hwan Lee, knocking him out with a left hook that left Lee lying on the canvas for 3 minutes.
  • Murthel Groenhart needed a big third round after getting pressured by Harut Grigorian for the first two. Groenhart came out swinging in the third, knocked down Grigorian and stopped him with 40 seconds left in the fight to secure an amazing comeback win. Both of these guys were deserving of a spot in the Final 8 and I'd like Grigorian to get the call should someone in the Final 8 get injured.
  • Chain Superpro Samui vs Chris Ngimbi was a very good fight, Superpro Samui is obviously a very skilled fighter but I don't think 70 kg is the right weight class for me, he looked noticeably smaller than Ngimbi and although he showed tremendous heart and a very solid chin, Ngimbi's strikes were hurting him more than his were hurting Ngimbi. Good performance by both fighters but I'd like to see Samui drop down to 63 kg, I think he'd be a force at that weight.
  • Yasuhiro Kido vs Xu Yan was pretty lackluster until Kido knocked out Yan with a spinning backfist. Great knockout and a good win but Kido didn't exactly look like a future champion with this performance.
  • Andy Souwer avenged his 2011 loss to Abraham Roqueni, he wasn't overly impressive in doing so but although he's slowed down in recent years and isn't the force he was a few years ago he remains a top guy and a tough out for anyone in the division.
  • Zambidis looked excellent once he found his rythm in the second after a feeling out first round against Chahid Oulad El Hadj. He battered Chahid with brutal body shots before knocking him out in the third.
  • Seeing Cro Cop win by KO and looking relatively good while doing so was nice. Loren Javier Jorge isn't a world beater by any means and I don't expect Cro Cop to make another run to the top but if he wants to finish his career facing this type of guys and other fading greats, I'm all for it and I'll gladly be watching.
  • Daniel Ghita did what was expected from him and beat his outmatched opponent up. Roche showed amazing heart and toughness but he was out of his depth and his corner wisely recognized that and threw in the towel in the second instead of letting their guy take an unnecessary beating, props to them.
  • Badr Hari had a good first round that saw him knock down Anderson Silva, but then proceeded to coast threw the last two rounds en route to a decision victory. This wasn't a bad performance and Silva is always a good win but that wasn't quite the statement people expected from him in his return to K-1.
  • Overall this was an awesome night of fights and makes me feel good about this "new" K-1's future. Oh and the tribute to Mike Bernardo (RIP) was pretty cool, Mike wasn't the most well known fighter from his era and deserves some recognition.

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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