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K-1 World Grand Prix Semifinaltournament Results

K-1 World Grand Prix Semifinal
Tournament Results

By Michael Afromowitz – muaythaimes@aol.com

In what turned out to be the most competitive and arguably the most thrilling United States K-1 card yet, German young gun Stephan Leko blasted his way to victory in front of 4,052 fans at the K-1 World Grand Prix Semifinal tournament at Las Vegas, Nevada’s Bellagio Hotel and Casino on Saturday, August 11th. The tournament win bought Leko an entry into December’s K-1 World Grand Prix Final in Tokyo, Japan’s Tokyo Dome.


Peter Aerts vs. Noboru Uchida:
It was business as usual for three time K-1 World Grand Prix champion, Peter Aerts, who came out in typical K-1 aggressive fashion against Japan’s Noboru Uchida in the tournament’s first bout. While the 26 year old Uchida hung tough throughout the first two rounds of the fight against his more seasoned opponent, Aerts stepped up his game in the third round and scored two knockdowns which forced the referee to stop the bout due to the "two knockdowns in a single round" technical knockout rule of the event.

Maurice Smith vs. Jorgen Kruth:
Sweden’s Jorgen Kruth looked tense in a bout, which was uncharacteristically slow for K-1. While neither fighter was very aggressive during any of the fight’s three rounds, Maurice Smith was able to land several punch combinations and unanswered kicks to the head of Kruth that led him to victory via judges’ decision.

Sergei Ivanovich vs. Francisco Filho:
Coming off his finest performance to date at the K-1 Ukraine Elimination tournament, which earned him a pass to Las Vegas, Minsk, Belarus’s Sergei Ivanovich continued his momentous run by pulling off a phenomenal upset over a heavily-favored Francisco Filho With only 194 lbs. 6 foot 3 inch frame, Ivanovich was the lightest of the eight tournament fighters and was able to use this to his advantage in the form of speedy footwork that seemingly baffled Filho in the first two rounds of the bout. Filho’s dominance of the third round sent the fight into a "sudden death" overtime round, which Ivanovich narrowly won, giving him the victory.

Stephan Leko vs. Jeff Roufus:
Jeff "Duke" Roufus demonstrated the fighting spirit of a true professional Muay Thai kickboxer in a tough loss to Leko. After standing toe to toe with the German throughout the first round of the fight, Roufus was floored by a Leko hook punch to the head. Unwilling to quit, the American stood up, waved his opponent on, and began exchanging blows once again. However, Roufus could not sustain a comeback as he was dropped for a second and final time by a pinpoint uppercut to his chin.


Peter Aerts vs. Maurice Smith:
Smith surprised many onlookers when he took control of this bout in the first two rounds, exhibiting a great deal of endurance and determination. After Aerts’s right eye began to swell in the first round and continued to do so in the second and he was growing increasingly weary, it seemed as if Smith was headed to the final round of a K-1 tournament for the second time in three months. In the third round, Aerts got a second wind somehow and, with that, a second opportunity as he began landing punches and knees at an increasing rate to produce the second "sudden death" overtime round of the tournament. He sealed the judges’ decision victory by following up the previous round with similar tenacity.

Stephan Leko vs. Sergei Ivanovich:
Ivanovich’s win streak was finally put to a halt as Leko’s heavy leg kicks and right hand punches proved to be too much for his leaner opponent. The Belarusian displayed fantastic ring movement in the first round once again, but was caught with several right crosses and forced to take a standing eight count by the referee. In the second round, the German finished the job by continuing to work his opponent’s left thigh with punishing leg kicks. Upon the advice of the physicians at ringside, Ivanovich retired with severe swelling of his left leg and foot.


Peter Aerts vs. Stephan Leko:
In an action-packed finale, two K-1 superstars battled fiercely for the right to a December Tokyo Dome trip. One would have expected Aerts to have little, if any, gas left in him after his lengthy semifinal round battle with Smith. However, the K-1 veteran came out swinging once again and tested his German opponent. Midway through the second round, though, Leko’s western boxing skills caught up with Aerts as he floored the Dutchman with a right hook to the head. A flurry of Leko punches met Aerts and sent him to the canvas again after he rebounded from the first knockdown. After barely making it through the second round, it seemed as if the Dutchman was going to stage another comeback as he began landing roundhouse kicks to Leko’s body. Leko, however, put an end to this possibility as he landed a punishing right uppercut directly on the chin of Aerts, who hit the canvas like a rock and could not recover from the devastating blow.

In Other Action:

Angela Rivera vs. Keri Crothers:
Continuing her march through the amateur ranks, Las Vegas’s Angela Rivera captured her third amateur title, the I.S.K.A. North American Super Lightweight championship, with her second win over Canada’s Keri Crothers in a full Muay Thai rules bout. After suffering a defeat at the hands of Rivera last October, Crothers came out aggressively in each of the first two rounds of the rematch, forcing Rivera to fight defensively and counter numerous attacks with roundhouse kicks to the body and head. In the third round, Rivera began working her opponent’s lead thigh by utilizing strong leg kicks and her well-known front push kick. The fifth round saw Crothers regain her aggressiveness. However, Rivera remained unfretted. She continued to use a full range of kicks en route to sealing her 19th amateur victory.

Melchor Menor vs. William Sriyapai:
While fans were treated to a five round K-1 Superfight war between Fairtex’s Alex Gong and 22-year-old Duane Ludwig on the May 5th K-1 USA card, welterweight full Muay Thai rules action between veteran superstar Melchor Menor and William Sriyapai provided similar excitement on this card. Menor’s fluent use of all Muay Thai’s weapons, including elbows, was a sight to see in itself. In the first round, he followed up splendid western boxing combinations with a sharp right elbow to the head of his resilient opponent while in close quarters. After knocking down Sriyapai with a leg kick at the sound of the bell in the second round, Menor added flying knee attacks to his strategy in the third round as he continued his aggressive assault. Sriyapai rebounded from two more leg kick knockdowns before being caught with a vicious knee-elbow combination in the fifth round which prompted the referee to halt the bout two minutes and one second into the round, giving Menor his 23rd professional victory via technical knockout.


  • Danny Kelly def. Ricardo Miranda – Unanimous Decision
  • Armondo Ramos def. Marco Matamoroas – Unanimous Decision
  • Shawn Yacoubian def. Gary Owens – Majority Decision
  • Andre Walker def. Carter Williams – 2nd Round Knockout
  • Frank Shamrock def. Shannon Ritch – 1st Round Knockout
  • Dewey Cooper def. Mark Miller – 2nd Round Technical Knockout

Official RINGS Results
Fighting Network RINGS 10th Anniversary
World Title Series

August 11, 2001
Ariake Colosseum

  1. Middleweight Tournament
    Gustavo Ximu def. Christopher Haseman
    Extra R Decision 3-0

  2. Middleweight Tournament
    Ricardo Arona def. Jeremy Horn
    2R Decision 2-0

  3. Heavyweight Tournament
    Bobby Hoffman def. Ilioukhine Mikhail
    2R TKO

  4. Heavyweight Tournament
    Emelianenko Fedor def. Renato Babalu
    2R Decision 3-0

  5. Exhibition
    Volk Han vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara
    10 min.

  6. Heavyweight Official Match
    Hirotaka Yokoi def. Ricardo Fyeet
    1R 2min. 34sec. Arm bar

  7. Heavyweight Official Match
    Volk Ataev def. Aaron Brink
    1R 1min. 09sec. KO

  8. Middleweight Tournament (Final)
    Ricardo Arona def. Gustavo Ximu
    1R 1min. 29sec. KO

    RICARDO ARONA is a Middleweight Champion of RINGS

  9. Heavyweight Tournament (Final)
    Emelianenko Fedor def. Bobby Hoffman
    injury default

    EMELIANENKO FEDOR is a Heavyweight Champion of RINGS

  10. Heavyweight Official Match
    Tsuyoshi Kosaka def. Grom Koba
    1R 2min. 17sec. KO

  11. Middleweight Official Match
    Matt Hughes def. Hiromitsu Kanehara
    3R Decision 2-0

From Pancrase:

"Pancrase 2001 Proof Tour" Lineup
Saturday, August 25, 2001
Doors Open; 5:30pm Fights Start; 6:30pm
Umeda Stella Hall(Osaka, Japan)

Main Event 3 5-min. rounds – Open-Weight Match
Open-Weight 2nd Ranked
Yoshiki Takahashi (Pancrase Tokyo) Vs.
Katsuomi Inagaki (Pancrase Osaka)

Semifinal 1 5-min. rounds – Catch Wrestling Match
Minoru Suzuki (Pancrase Yokohama ) Vs.
Kei Yamamiya (Pancrase Tokyo)

Fight#4 3 5-min. rounds – Light Heavyweight Match
Daisuke Watanabe (Pancrase Yokohama ) Vs.
Nobuhiro Tsurumaki (Freelance)

Fight#3 3 5-min. rounds – Middleweight Match
Takafumi Ito (Pancrase Yokohama ) Vs.
Hiroshi Shibata (RJW/Central)

Fight#2 2 5-min. rounds – 65kg And Under Match
Yoshinobu (Shiojuku ) Vs.
Takumi Yano (Ugohamonkai)

Fight#1 2 5-min. rounds – Middleweight Match
Satoru Kitaoka (Pancrase Tokyo) Vs.
Junya Miyakawa (Pancrase Yokohama)

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    King Of The Cage 8
    Bombs Away
    April 29, 2001


  • Chad Washburn Vs. Anthony Ramos
  • Quinton "Rampage" Jackson Vs. Bryson Haubrick
  • Edwin Dewees Vs. Jeremy Edwards


  • Boa Quatch Vs. Greg Mayer
  • Floyd Sword Vs. Sokun Koh
  • Ronald "Machine Gun" Jhun Vs. Brian Sleeman
  • Phillip Miller Vs. Syungo Oyama
  • Rick Kerns Vs. Daijiro Matsui


  • Martin Armanderez Vs. Sean Sherk
  • Gil Castillo Vs. Joe Hurley
  • Marvin Eastman Vs. Vernon "Tiger" White
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