So it looks to be that time of year again. Since Buakaw isn’t fighting for the belt, I’ve been really unenthused. So by the time most of you are reading this, Max should be in full swing. Hopefully I’ll have some footage up tomorrows post. If you guys find any clips, email them my way… any help tracking them down is greatly appreciated.
I see that Buakaw is slated for superfight with Black Mamba… To be honest I’ve never heard of the Black Mamba aka Kultar Gill prior to today. I did a little digging… he’s currently fighting out of Vancouver BC, his Kickboxing record is 15-3. He seems to be more involved with MMA, I’m not sure what the point of this matchup is… I guess K-1 is trying to inject some new blood into the division.
I wonder if Buakaw even trained for this… hopefully they did.
Sato vs. Masato
I feel like with all of the format changes this is going to be Masato year. Obviously if he wins the belt this year, I’m almost certain he would retire. Sort of a shame really… I would have liked to have seen Buakaw revenge his lost. I think he’ll knock Sato down early and will play it safe and coast to a decision win.
Souwer vs. Kyshenko
It’s no secret that I’m a Kyshenko fan. So you’ll understand my lapse in judgement. I say this is going to be the fluke fight… Everyone is expecting the champ to roll through Kyshenko. I think Kyshenko is going get lucky and catch Souwer with cross or hook, just enough to put champ on his arse. Would I put money on this prediction? No, just wishful thinking. I don’t think Souwer looked that sharp against Stevelmans, in fact I think it should have gone an extra round.
I think it’s a Masato vs. Kyshenko final, with Masato outworking and out scoring Kyshenko. Masato wins the belt and all is well in Japan.
What do you think?