Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem was in K-1 action in South Korea early this morning and was at his devastating best against his last sixteen GP opponent Ben Edwards.
Overeem wasted no time and knocked down the Australian three times in the opening round, showing off some picture perfect right hooks along the way.
Edwards showed great heart to get back up from the first two, but it was only a matter of time before the third came along and brought an abrupt end to the contest.
The Dutch master now heads to the last eight in December where he’s sure to be considered one of the favorites alongside Semmy Schilt who was also victorious on the night.
The most controversial moment of the event came at the end of the third round of the Jerome Le Banner Vs Keijiro Maeda.
It had been a closely fought contest that heated up during the second half. Le Banner poured it on strong in the second round, throwing everything but the kitchen sink at his opponent but yet couldn’t finish Maeda. Maeda then took advantage by besting the now fatigued Le Banner in the third.
The fight then went to the judges who declared the fight a draw. Believing that he had won the fight Le Banner refused to go to an extension round, instead choosing to leave the ring and exit the arena, handing Maeda the victory in the process.
Le Banner will likely now come under heavy criticism for this, and some will no doubt question whether the 37 year-old simply didn’t have enough left in the tank to face a fourth round.
Elsewhere Mighty Mo pulled off an upset decision win over Raul Catinas after stepping in as a late replacement for Andrei Alrovski who pulled out due to a broken nose.
K-1 veteran Peter Aerts also made it through to the final stages, but Errol Zimmerman did not, getting crushed thanks to a second round KO from Daniel Ghita.
Tyrone Spong and Gokhan Saki also looked good as they booked their place in the last 8 with wins over Ray Sefo and Freddy Kemayo respectively.