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K1 Max Finals 2010

Tony Montana2010-12-12 05:14:51 +0000 #1
This year's tournament cemented Giorgio Petrosyan as the best 155lbs kickboxer ever IMO. The tournament was missing Sower and Baukaw, but it was nice to see the resurgence of Zambidis and Drago. Zambidis and Drago's round of 16 fights were unbelievable! I have no idea what's happened to Artur Kyshenko of late.

Kraus pushed Petrosyan more than in their first fight, but in the end Petrosyan's technique was simply better. Zambidis gave Petrosyan a good battle and landed a few big shots that Giorgio absorbed well. If only Zambidis were a couple of inches taller!

In the finale, Petrosyan was on a completely different level than Sato. Sato's style matches up very poorly with Petrosyan as he does everything (knees, kicks, push-kicks and punches) better.

Damn you Masato for retiring! Maybe he'll make a comeback fight and challenge Petrosyan for NYE. That would be incredible. But, I highly doubt we'll ever see Masato in the K1 Max tournament again.

The biggest shame is that more people don't follow K1 Max. It desperately needs more money poured in for it to stay interesting in the years ahead and with no rising Japanese star it's tough to see how that's going to happen.


Lefty2010-12-12 05:29:31 +0000 #2
"I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller..." should be Mikey's entrance song eh?

I've missed the last few Max's and hate to admit it. The max tournaments have always been great, in fact, some of the best nights in all sports. As for Petrosyan, he's improved big time since I first saw him. He's easily the best guy in the division right now. As for the best ever....that's debatable. The year Buakaw broke out in Max and won his first title was the best Max fighter I ever saw.

Unfortunately, the max fighter's don't get much of a break and their careers are usually shortened because of it. The state of the max division is nothing compared to what it was around 3-4 years ago. Regardless, I'll try and get a copy or at least see it online. Thanks for the heads up!
BruceLee2010-12-12 05:25:33 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by Tony Montana

In the finale, Petrosyan was on a completely different level than Sato. Sato's style matches up very poorly with Petrosyan as he does everything (knees, kicks, push-kicks and punches) better.

n.

Sato had leg problems by the 3rd fight. He couldn't kick with his legs at all. (which is basically his entire game).
Tony Montana2010-12-12 05:33:21 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by BruceLee

Sato had leg problems by the 3rd fight. He couldn't kick with his legs at all. (which is basically his entire game).

interesting...I wasn't aware of that. still, there's no way Sato can out-kick Petrosyan. They both with a very muay thai style, but Petrosyan is more powerful, quicker, crisper and more elusive. I think he beats Sato 100 out of 100 times.

Lefty, I agree that Baukaw took Max to a new level. Heck, they had to change the rules because of him!

But, the new Max rules with no clinching at all makes it a punchers sport and that's Baukaw's only week area. As the other fighters got better with using kicks and knees, Baukaw did not improve his hand defense. He fights with his chin high and never double blocks. You cannot survive with that style, especially as other fighters get younger and you get older. It would be great to see Baukaw back in Max, but he's never going to win the tournament again.

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