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Meet Alistair Overeem’s Next Opponent…

Ben Edwards K-1 kickboxer Overeem Australia
(Photo courtesy of k-1.co.jp/en)

We probably won’t see Alistair Overeem compete again in Strikeforce until Fabricio Werdum recovers from his elbow injury — but the man’s gotta make a living somehow. K-1 confirmed yesterday that Overeem would be part of the K-1 World GP 2010 championship tournament, which kicks off October 3rd in Seoul with the Final 16 round. The Demolition Man’s opponent will be Ben "The Guvner" Edwards, a 25-year-old Bulldog Gym product who’s been building a fierce reputation in Australia. In July, Edwards won the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Canberra by scoring three consecutive first-round knockouts, with a total fight time of just 3:28. It was the fastest tournament win in K-1 history, smashing Jerome LeBanner’s previous record of 4:04, which LeBanner posted in Osaka nine years ago. Will Edwards make his name off an upset of Overeem? Check out some videos of the Guvner in action after the jump and let us know what you think…



(Ben Edwards knockout reel)


(Edwards vs. Tafa Misapati, K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Canberra semi-final, 7/10/10. Fight starts at the 0:48 mark.)


(Edwards vs. Paul Slowinski, K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Canberra final. Fight starts at the 3:28 mark.)


(Profile/interview with Edwards from TheWebShow)

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Chute Box Bad Boy- September 11, 2010 at 8:01 pm
Please tell me what this dude must have done in a past life to warrant the assrapeing overeem is gonna give to him. That's just on fair. Better start praying aussie.
fatbellyfrank- September 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm
@ pinky, I know it fucks the joke up when you have to explain it, but for a poor dumb ass aussie, could you enlighten me to the significance of the bang bang.
Sorry dude, I know , I'm a retart
pinkyslayer- September 10, 2010 at 6:12 pm
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fatbellyfrank- September 10, 2010 at 5:13 pm
My national pride is officially hurt, Ben might train on a diet of pies and beer, and look a little sloppy while knocking guys out, but he's still knockin em out, my green and gold blurred vision says Overeems gonna get knocked the fuck out, but on the off chance Overeem flukes the win here, please be gentle with your comments post fight

Coooeee Cobbers, and ballkick, "eating trough lollies" nice to see someone does their research

google Jeff Harding v's Dennis Andries to back up Punchy's comment.
Kimbos Bread- September 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm
I know who that is. Wait...waitt....that's the fat kid from Home Alone with the tarantula who hated Macaulay Culkin.
mothercruncher- September 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm
Shouldn't that be Ben "The Fucking Pie gobbler " Edwards?
punchy puncherson- September 10, 2010 at 12:39 pm
There's nothing classy about Ben Edwards, but can no one have some appreciation for the fact the guy will go in (and probably down) swinging? We've got a guaranteed slugfest as long as it lasts.

Important to note that Australians are hard as fuck.
Merlin- September 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm
He looks like "That Guy" at the BBQ that you wish would just leave his shirt on and stay away from the grill ... you know scarring and confusing the kids at the same time
RwilsonR- September 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm
This guy is kinda like a lab experiment gone wrong, mixing Roy Nelson, Stefan Struve, and Tim Sylvia's DNA. ...Or a lab experiment gone right, if you somehow wanted to make a hybrid of those guys.
Ballkick- September 10, 2010 at 11:29 am
This post is for all our Australian Mates.

Could someone please tell me why any kickboxing coach would allow their student to throw a left hook dropping their left glove to below their knee to start a delivery that you could see from a mile away? They must be eating trough lollies!
Spit the dummy!

Overeem will give this Crow eater a flick, into the gafa before the end of the first round.
As our friends from down under would say this bloke is dill, if he thinks he has a Buckley's chance of winning this fight.
fxdfp- September 10, 2010 at 11:26 am
You doan fuck wit da jesus maen!
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- September 10, 2010 at 9:55 am
^^^ ahaha yes.

Siiiiiiiick highlights bro!!! (the hair, not the shitty videos)
Bob Reilly- September 10, 2010 at 9:24 am
O'DOYLE RULES!
MonkeyNuts- September 10, 2010 at 9:09 am
What what...
danomite- September 10, 2010 at 9:07 am
@RwilsonR

yeah, I know they wait til the last minute to book fights but they made it sound like it was the end of some big tournament with the "final 16" title. I just figured they would have at least mapped out the tournament brackets by the time they got to the final 16.

and, yeah, i don't think the guy's gonna win either, but everybody else is giving him the same chances they gave Toney against Couture. I don't think it's as bad as that. I'm just saying he's got a chance.
MonkeyNuts- September 10, 2010 at 9:07 am
Despite an awesome farmers tan, I think The Reem will get him with a left hook/straight combination...
Seoul Brother- September 10, 2010 at 9:07 am
No matter how much of a chance this beta release of Roy Nelson has against Overeem, it's not gonna be good for Strikeforce. Anytime you have a big name fighting some shmuck, there's a possibility of the shmuck winning. If that happens, Strikeforce has about as much chance being viable as Elite XC and the IFL combined.

If the big name wins, so fucking what - he fought a shmuck and not another big name like Fedor. In that case, Strikeforce will have to work that much harder to build a base of viable big name fighters, because who the Hell wants to watch a fight between two shumcks? You can see that on YouTube or NothingToxic for free.
RwilsonR- September 10, 2010 at 8:49 am
Sorry, dano, but Ubereem is going to manhandle this tubby fella around the ring. I agree he isn't the greatest kickboxer, but this guy didn't look fantastic, either.

And dano, you should know by now that Japanese promotions don't officially book fights until the morning of. How many Pride fight posters did we see from months out promoting a stacked card with the faces of Wanderlei, CroCop, Arona, Fedor, Kharitanov, Aleks, Hendo, and Saku lining the poster, only to find out a day before the event that the only recognizable names that were fighting were Minowa vs. Don Frye.
Fried Taco- September 10, 2010 at 8:45 am
I love his opponent's air guitar move at 1:46 in the first video. Can't wait until he makes Overeem play the air guitar, too!!
danomite- September 10, 2010 at 8:43 am
I looked at K-1's website and I only see four fighters booked for this round of 16. Shouldn't they have the fights already set at this point for the "final" 16? Or should they be calling this the first 16?

You guys who say Overeem's gonna steamroll through this guy realize this isn't a Strikefarce match right? Overeem's kickboxing record is nothing to be proud of. Then when you take into consideration his pre-horsemeat days at LHW where he got knocked out on a regular basis you realize that there's a good chance this guy could catch him and put his lights out. Maybe I'm wrong though. Maybe the horsemeat diet has given him so much confidence that he comes out blasting and doesn't even give this guy a chance to hit him.
RwilsonR- September 10, 2010 at 8:43 am
lol @ kingmade - '...suck its utters'

Classic!
Fried Taco- September 10, 2010 at 8:38 am
Ha-ha! Good luck Overeem trying to get your knees through all that fat!
Almost North- September 10, 2010 at 8:32 am
REx that is his shoulder fat not a pec.
ReX13- September 10, 2010 at 8:01 am
Well, it IS the round of 16. Of course we're going to get a setup for a Overeem highlight finish.

BTW, is that a photoshop disaster in the first pic, or am i high? Looks like he has a Tre Telligman pec with no nipple.
AussieJosh- September 10, 2010 at 7:54 am
AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!!!
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