(Teixeira vs. Fujimoto, 4/13/08)
Though Alistair Overeem would have us believe that he’d much rather be doing MMA than all this K-1 stuff, he goes at it with the big gloves again this weekend in the quarterfinals of the K-1 World Grand Prix. His opponent this time is Brazilian Kyokushin karate badass Ewerton Teixeira. The scouting report on Teixeira is that he’s technically sound, doesn’t make many mistakes, but also doesn’t blow anyone away with his aggressive assaults. If you wanted to be the kind of jerk who stereotypes these karate dudes, you might even call him ‘elusive,’ though ‘plodding’ might be more accurate. He’s only finished two of his ten K-1 bouts, but he’s also only lost one.
At 6’2" and 240 pounds, he’s going to be giving up a little bit of size to the 6’5", 250+ pound mountain of muscle that Overeem has become. Is it possible that he might be patient enough to weather Overeem’s storm and send him back home to MMA without a K-1 World GP crown? Maybe, but Overeem is a considerable favorite at the moment. Chances are he’ll cruise through this one and into the semis.
See more of Teixeira, including a strangely entertaining karate highlight, after the jump.
(Teixeira vs. Takahagi, 6/29/08)
(Teixeira vs. Jerome Le Banner, 3/28/09)