Alistair Overeem has become the K-1 World Grand Prix for 2010, becoming the first man to hold both the K-1 title and a major MMA title at the same time.
‘The Reem’ fought Tyrone Spong in the quarter finals, and after a slow start that saw him lose the first round he began to shift up the gears. The second round was much closer, and in the third round he began to dominate, forcing a standing count as Spong toiled under a barrage of blows, ensuring that Overeem would be progressing to the semi’s.
There he found Ghokhan Saki waiting. Saki had just been in a four round war with Daniel Ghita, and it quickly became apparent that he was the worse for wear as a result, wincing as Overeem crashed a body kick to the right hand side of his body which was clearly damaged.
Smelling blood ‘The Reem’ again went to the same spot with another kick and Saki doubled over in pain and was forced to quit. It would later emerge that Saki had broken both his right elbow and hand.
And so it was on to the final where, in a surprise to many, he faced Peter Aerts who had put on a valient display to finish Mighty Mo by first round TKO and then dominate tournament favorite Semmy Schilt to earn a unanimous decision win.
Overeem looked the fresher man stepping into the ring though, and when the bell sounded he came out aggressively and quickly backed Aerts into a corner, unleashing with powerful left and right hooks which all landed. Stepping back to admire his handiwork Aerts staggered forward, causing Overeem to leap back in to finish the job, landing a straight right, a ripping body shot and a final right hook which crumbled Aerts to the canvas and ended the contest.
It’s a remarkable achievement for an MMA fighter to conquer the summit of K-1 competition after just two years of trying, and it means his reputation is only going to grow further as he returns to defend his Strikeforce heavyweight belt in 2011.
The only downside to it was the absence of K-1 superstars Remy Bonjasky and Badr Hari which definitely left the finals feeling a little weaker talent wise than in previous years. There’s always next year though!
Watch all the fight videos from the K-1 World GP 2010 finals here.