(Alistair Overeem presents Remy Bonjasky with the K-1 Oscar for "Best Acting" at today’s pre-event press conference. Bonjasky humbly accepts it, then accuses Overeem of steroid abuse. Yep, that should do it. Props to MMA Scraps for the video.)
The K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 goes down tomorrow in Yokohama, Japan, and will be broadcast live on HDNet. Because of the time difference, it’ll air late tonight in the U.S., at 4 a.m. ET/1 a.m. PT. We’re not fucking vampires, so we’re going to set up the little magic box on our cable TV and watch this thing tomorrow. And it definitely will be worth watching, particularly for the heavyweight headliner between Alistair Overeem and Remy Bonjasky.
If you’ll recall, Overeem most recently scored a shocking first-round TKO over Badr Hari in a K-1 rules match at Fields Dynamite!! 2008 on New Year’s Eve; earlier that month, Hari had his K-1 heavyweight title stripped after he stomped and punched a downed Bonjasky at a K-1 World GP event. You’d think that these experiences would bring Overeem and Bonjasky together as friends, but as you can tell from the above video, not so much. Alistair thinks Remy faked his complaints of vision problems to pick up the DQ win against Hari, while Remy thinks Alistair faked his new muscles. Trash-talk aside, if Overeem can pull this off, it’ll prove that his demolition of Badr Hari was no fluke, and cement his new reputation as the Baddest Heavyweight Striker in the World. And when you have accolades like that, who needs to pass a drug test in the U.S.?
The World GP will also feature a four-man heavyweight tournament starring Melvin Manhoef, and a group of "superfights" that include Semmy Schilt, Jerome Le Banner, Peter Aerts, and Errol Zimmerman. The full fight order is after the jump, courtesy of NightmareOfBattle.
Superfight (3×3, 2×3 Ext.):
8. Alistair Overeem vs. Remy Bonjasky
2nd Generation K-1 Heavyweight Title Tournament Final (3×3, 1×3 Ext.):
7. Manhoef/Maeda vs. Spong/Saki
Superfights (3×3, 2×3 Ext.):
6. Peter Aerts vs. Errol Zimmerman
5. Junichi Sawayashiki vs. Glaube Feitosa
4. Ewerton Teixeira vs. Jerome Le Banner
3. Semmy Schilt vs. Hesdy Gerges
2nd Generation K-1 Heavyweight Title Tournament Semifinals (3×3, 1×3 Ext.):
2. Tyrone Spong vs. Gokhan Saki
1. Melvin Manhoef vs. Keijiro Maeda
Opening Fights (3×3):
-1. Mitsugu Noda vs. Yoo Yang Rae
-2.Hiraku Hori vs. Takumi Sato
-3. Takashi Tachikawa vs. Yutaka Sakama