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Alistair Overeem is knocked out during K-1 World Grand Prix 2009

Semmy Schilt

Semmy Schilt

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

Super-Fight

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

Opening Fights

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

12 COMMENTS
  • xtreme_machine says:

    the shocking thing is that Badr Hari lost

    what happen? he was owning everyone until the finals

  • H3ro says:

    Allistair doesn’t deserve to be StrikeForce champion. He can’t even win the K-1 Grand Prix(on roids, not confirmed) after talking all this smack, he doesn’t back it up. When I see Allistair, he reminds me of a typical juicer. Be a man, defend that useless belt. 3 years and no championship fight is plain ridiculous. He should have been stripped a long time ago.

  • BigDave says:

    the best thing to come out of last night is we dont have to listen to schivallo call out Ubereem anymore.

    Godd job and congrats to Semmy way to pay tribute to your friend, I’m sure he is looking down on you with a smile.

  • Dufresne says:

    I completely agree that he should have been stripped of his SF belt a while ago, but how does him losing in K1 have anything to do with him not being qualified to be an MMA champ? I didn’t hear anyone calling for Fedor’s P4P ranking when he lost a Sambo match a little while ago.

    But seriously Alistair, you’ve had your fun with kickboxing, get your ass back into MMA. You’re a champion of one of the larger MMA promoters in the world, and yet you haven’t defended in over 2 years. That might be forgivable if you had been injured or sick, but you’ve had 6 MMA fights, none of them for the orginization you hold the belt from, and 5 kickboxing bouts since your fight with Buentello. WTF are you doing?

    If I were Scott Coker I would have either stripped you of your belt a year ago or at the very least, established an interim belt.

  • qat says:

    cant agree more Dufresne, and in my eyes strikeforce stultifies itself with not touching his belt and not making him fight. and i dont understand it, its not like they have no one else in the division. its just my feeling that the status of the sf hw belt gets weaker and weaker by every month that sf just waits.

  • ndizzle says:

    congrats semmy

    H3ro: Allistair doesn’t deserve to be StrikeForce champion. He can’t even win the K-1 Grand Prix(on roids, not confirmed) after talking all this smack, he doesn’t back it up. When I see Allistair, he reminds me of a typical juicer. Be a man, defend that useless belt. 3 years and no championship fight is plain ridiculous. He should have been stripped a long time ago.

    you know what strenght training is.its all speculation with overeem,he always has the wide shoulders and long arms he couldnt cut the 50 pounds anymore to do lhw.it sucks that he never defended it.but now that sf is bigger he will be back finally cant wait. when he waswon the belt they didnr have any hw,now look werum,fedor,brett,big foot,aa,maybe kharitonov,

    we should knock the guys that have been found guilty instead of the speculated

  • qat says:

    @ndizzle
    if he would have undergone massive strength training, when was he training for fights then? its not like he took a pause to work up his frame or something, he just ‘grew’ massively while still fighting, and he – by chance – didnt fought in usa in this period.
    but even if you could say hes a natural freak and he just gained it (and never lost it) while doing cardio and preparing for fights, that would still not explain the story his face is trying to tell. i mean, he looked pretty normal a few years ago, you could even say he looked good. now he reminds me more of King Koopa.

  • ndizzle says:

    he was doing extreme stuff and e eating 7-8 times a day,but its all speculation there no proof,until he found with anything then ok

  • Iconoclastic says:

    I Don’t think I would call that a KO. Stunned yes, KO no. Seemed like a quick stoppage. Although, he prob. would gotten KTFO eventually. The fact that he hasn’t been stripped of the belt is ridiculous. Boxing for all the crap it taken over the years hasn’t had a similar situation (at least with the elite titles). I say with the UFC most likely doing a get a HVY WGT tournament (with Brock on the IL) SF should allow their HVWHTS to shine and have their own tournament. This is one division where they could actually compete with UFC and treat everyone to some kickass fights for free.

  • Dufresne says:

    Iconoclastic: I Don’t think I would call that a KO. Stunned yes, KO no. Seemed like a quick stoppage. Although, he prob. would gotten KTFO eventually. The fact that he hasn’t been stripped of the belt is ridiculous. Boxing for all the crap it taken over the years hasn’t had a similar situation (at least with the elite titles). I say with the UFC most likely doing a get a HVY WGT tournament (with Brock on the IL) SF should allow their HVWHTS to shine and have their own tournament. This is one division where they could actually compete with UFC and treat everyone to some kickass fights for free.

    I was thinking that as well.
    This would be the perfect time to strike while several of the UFC’s top HWs are sidelined with injuries or illnesses, and if they do it properly, they could easily win over a ton of newer or uninitiated fans.
    To the general public, the heavyweight division is the most important and it has been since the dawn of organized combat sports.

  • ndizzle says:

    have you guys heard that overeem wants a rematch with hari in mma rules in the NYE evnt

  • Nick Havok says:

    ndizzle: have you guys heard that overeem wants a rematch with hari in mma rules in the NYE evnt

    That doesn’t surprise me. I mean of course Overeem wants Hari under MMA rules…Badr isn’t an MMA fighter.

    It would be a massacre.

    But I am so pleased to see the K-1 getting so much love from 5 oz! That is so sweet!

    …and at the same time, thanks for passing on news about MFC 23. That show was horrendous. Still haven’t watched the whole thing yet.

    It was THAT bad.

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