Heads up for those of you who forget such things: K-1′s World Grand Prix Finals are going down tonight/tomorrow/whatever in Japan, and will air live on HDNet Fights at 2am EST. Eight heavyweights from six countries (including at least one guy you should damn well be familiar with) will meet to do bodily harm to one another in the name of entertainment, and to determine whom you would least like to meet in a bar while hitting on his girlfriend.
A rundown of the brackets and the rest of the card are after the jump….
After the qualifying round (K-1 calls it the Final 16, which I guess is catchier in Japanese), eight heavyweights are set for the quarterfinals tonight.
Two K-1 veterans meet in the first match, as 2-time World GP champ Siala-Mou Siliga (better known as Mighty Mo) squares off with the Randy Couture of kickboxing, Peter Aerts. Aerts has been claiming championships in striking competitions for as long as some of you jerkfaces have been alive, but he failed to qualify for the GP Finals last year. Does the Dutch Lumberjack have it in him for one more run?
Next up will be K-1′s Super Heavyweight champion Semmy "The Stilt" Schilt versus Heavyweight champ Kyotaro. Schilt holds the record for consecutive World GP Championships in a row (three, 2005-2007) and shares the record for most career World GP Championships (four). Kyotaro is the young Heavyweight titleholder who KO’d Aerts in April to defend his title, then won a forfeit victory in October after Jerome LeBanner stormed from the ring when their match was set to go into overtime.
The third quarterfinal has Turkish-Dutch technician Gokhan Saki versus Romanian leg destroyer Daniel Ghita. Muay Thai stylist Saki has won all six of his fights in 2010, and hopes to use his superior speed against the larger Ghita. Unfortunately, the winner of this one gets the winner of…
The last quarterfinal will feature the Demolition Man against Tyrone Spong, because you wouldn’t want Alistair Overeem to break a sweat in the first round of the tournament, would you? Overeem lost to nemesis Badr Hari in the GP Semifinals last year, and is intent on running through the brackets and claiming the title this time.
Also on the card, Sergei Kharitonov will fight Singh Jaideep, and Yusuke Fujimoto signs off with a retirement fight against Hesdy Gerges, all while the tournament participants try to catch their breath.
Tune in and/or set your DVRs for HDNet, and check back with us for a recap and highlight KO videos later, because you know there’s going to be a mauling on the card. By the way, Michael Schiavello, we totally don’t hate you, mate. Holler at your boys.