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Butterbean Goes Down Again, Saki and Hari Win Big at K-1 World GP 2008

(Eric “Butterbean” Esch vs. Wesley “Cabbage” Correira)

The K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 went down Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, with Turkish kickboxer Gokhan Saki cruising through the event’s eight-man tournament thanks to three consecutive knockouts of Deutsch Puu, Rick Cheek, and Randy Kim. The GP’s quarterfinal round featured a match between Eric “Butterbean” Esch and Wesley “Cabbage” Correira, who previously fought in an MMA bout at Rumble on the Rock 8, where Butterbean won a doctor’s stoppage victory after two rounds. This time the ‘Bean wasn’t so lucky, as he suffered a head-kick knockout in the second round, which dropped his K-1 record to 2-4.

Another fighter who didn’t make it to the semis was American Gladiator/kickboxer Justice Smith, who lost a hard-fought decision to Mighty Mo Siligia — Mo was unable to continue to the GP’s second round, and was replaced by alternate Randy Kim, who knocked out Correira in the semis before being put down by Saki in the finals.

In the non-tourney superfights, K-1 World Heavyweight Champion Badr Hari needed all of seven seconds to knock out Domagoj Ostojic, and Min Soo Kim outlasted one-time UFC fighter Scott Junk to a unanimous decision win. Full results and video of the Hari/Ostojic knockout are after the jump. Props to MMA Mania and Bloody Elbow.

GP Quarterfinals:
Rick Cheek defeated Nicholas Pettas via TKO (R1)
Gokhan Saki defeated Deutsch Puu via KO (R1)
Wesley “Cabbage” Correira defeated Eric “Butterbean” Esch via KO (R2)
Siala-Mou “Mighty Mo” Siligia defeated Justice Smith via majority decision

GP Semifinals:
Gokhan Saki defeated Rick Cheek via KO (R1)
Randy Kim* defeated Wesley “Cabbage” Correira via KO (R2)
* Replaced the injured Mighty Mo.

GP Finals:
Gokhan Saki defeated Randy Kim via KO (R2)

Badr Hari defeated Domagoj Ostojic via KO (R1)
Min Soo Kim defeated Scott Junk via unanimous decision
Paul Slowinski defeated Aziz Jahjah via TKO (R3)

Reserve Fights:
Randy Kim defeated Vilitonu Fonokalafi via KO (R1)
Stefan “Blitz” Leko defeated Junior Sua via KO (R2)
Rico Verhoeven defeated Koichi via unanimous decision

(Badr Hari vs. Domagoj Ostojic; fight starts at the 1:14 mark.)

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Mohammed- October 6, 2008 at 3:41 am
allah akbar!
god bless BADR HARI!
Correction is an idiot but doesn't know it yet- August 11, 2008 at 4:51 am
"This took place at the K-1 USA GP.
The K-1 World GP is different and takes place in Japan."

Correction- August 11, 2008 at 12:57 am
This took place at the K-1 USA GP.

The K-1 World GP is different and takes place in Japan.
Anonymous- August 10, 2008 at 10:55 pm
Man, I like the Bean but maybe it's time he gave it up. He's 40 years old and 400lbs over weight for chrissakes. Props for launching his little dumpling leg kicks with some actual effectiveness though.
Eugene- August 10, 2008 at 10:13 pm
Seriously the Bean wasn't hurt from that kick, he was just way to winded from getting back up to his feet.
WalksInTheDarkness- August 10, 2008 at 9:46 pm
Man, Badr Hari has a ridiculously good aim. Right on the sweet spot. That guy was going down no matter what. That punch landed perfectly.

I so hope he does get to fight Semmy Schillt. It would be great to see him beat the Master of The Left, Right, Left Kick.
god's giant cock tattoo- August 10, 2008 at 8:55 pm
how is it that butterbean is given a clean bill of health to fight? doesn't strenuous physical activity pose a health risk at that size? whenever i see him fight i think "massive heart attack" and then i touch my peepee.

also, the bean's game would be improved with the addition of a giant cock tattoo.

peace out,
Dr.- August 10, 2008 at 8:37 pm
Butterball sucks.
errrrr- August 10, 2008 at 8:22 pm
Can someone seriously explain to be how butterbean can even walk? Muchless pretend to fight?
MKXii- August 10, 2008 at 7:54 pm
I remember when Butterbean was on Jackass and he was big but damn he's like 3x the size now.
Look closley- August 10, 2008 at 7:14 pm
We almost got one of them "double knockouts" again. That would have been sweet.
michael klotz- August 10, 2008 at 7:08 pm
that was a battle of two gargantuant heads.
MMANewbExpert- August 10, 2008 at 7:06 pm
Damn. Almost had the double K.O there. Getting knocked out by a jab while trying to check a kick that never existed is bad. But it's going to be worse when he realizes that his one punch had the other guy doing to the pee-pee dance.

Hopefully cagepotato can get the Justice Smith fight up. I'd love to see that.
Wtf?- August 10, 2008 at 6:54 pm
Knocked the fuck out by a jab? With 8-10 ounce gloves on.... honestly?
sexyboylover- August 10, 2008 at 6:50 pm
Goddamn. Butterbean makes fricking Cabbage look slim!