Strikeforce heavyweight champion, Alistair Overeem, lost a hard fought decision using kickboxing rules to four time K-1Grand Prix champion, Remy Bonjasky, early this morning in Yokohoma, Japan.
The two met up at last nights K-1 World GP, after the match had been requested by Overeem following his first round dismantling of former K-1 heavyweight champion, Badr Hari, at the K-1 Dynamite card held on New Years Eve of 2008.
In an exclusive interview conducted with FiveOuncesOfPain.com in early February, Overeem was quoted as saying, “The win over Badr Hari was one of the biggest wins of my career. It was a really good win because K-1 is not my priority.”
He went on to say,”I want to face Remy Bonjasky under K-1 rules”.
Last night he got his wish, and had it not been for a flash knockdown late in the third and final round, Overeem may have been on his way to his second major victory over a K-1 champion in as many fights.
Overeem pushed the pace of the fight from the opening bell. Just seconds into the opening round the Pride FC veteran started things off with a flying knee that was filled with high hopes. Although Overeem was constantly pressing the fight, throwing hard leg kicks and knees to the thigh, Bonjasky did a great job covering up, as defense has long been one of the K-1 veteran’s strong points.
About thirty seconds into the second round, Overeem violently tossed Bonjasky to the floor like a rag doll. A trend that would continue throughout the fight. Overeem continued to impose his will throughout the second round which saw both fighters scoring blows, while Alistair was constantly pressing forward.
There was absolutely nothing different about the third round compared to the first two outside of the fact that Bonjasky was able to catch Overeem with a crisp right hand that was able to place the MMA veteran on his back. Showing that it was no more than a flash knockdown, Overeem rose to his feet at the count of three and continued to come forward until the bell marked the end of round.
All three judges scored the bout 30-28 for Bonjasky. The first two rounds had been scored even, with the last being scored 10-8 on all three scorecards.
Although Overeem came up on the losing end of the decision, considering his opponent, and the bouts competitiveness, he has nothing to hang his head about. If anything, the narrow loss will be seen as a positive, as it is now clear that he can swim with the most dangerous sharks in the premier kickboxing promotion in the world.