K-1 Grand PrixK-1 is a combat sport that combines stand up techniques from Muay Thai, Karate, Savate, San shou, Kickboxing and traditional Boxing to determine the single best stand-up fighter in the world (the "1").
History was made in this year's K-1 World MAX Finals, when Giorgio Petrosyan became the first fighter to win two consecutive titles.
In the final, reigning champion Giorgio Petrosyan defeated Yoshihiro Sato to claim his 2nd MAX GP crown.
The fight began with them feeling out the distance, and Sato throwing the odd low kick. Petrosyan avoiding Sato's punches for the most part, but managed to power in several of his own that threaded through the guard.
Sato came out a little harder in the next round, but he certainly looked a lot more tired than Petrosyan. The Italian's boxing looked crisp, while Sato's low kicks all but faded away completely. He tried to keep up with the knees that brought him victory over DRAGO, but even they didn't seem to be the same, and they were getting countered.
Sato came out with everything he had in the final round, but "The Doctor" used his distancing perfectly to duck in and out of range ensuring he stayed out of danger while scoring some points. When the final bell rang, the judges' cards were barely needed as the look on Yoshihiro Sato's face told the entire story.
The first ever consecutive champion in K-1World MAX was final crowned. His Name, Giorgio Petrosyan. He said, "I don't know what to say. This year my goal was to become the first champion winning two belts in a row. Now, I truly feel like I have become number 1!"
K-1 Kickboxing Bouts Final: Giorgio Petrosyan def. Yoshihiro Sato via unanimous decision
Yuya Yamamoto def. Seichi Ikemoto via KO - Round 2, 2:22 Semifinal: Yoshihiro Sato def. DRAGO via unanimous decision
Semifinal: Giorgio Petrosyan def. Mike Zambidis via unanimous decision
Yuta Kubo def. HIROYA via unanimous decision Quarterfinal: Yoshihiro Sato def. Michal Glogowski via unanimous decision
Quarterfinal: DRAGO def. Mohamed Khamal via unanimous decision
Quarterfinal: Giorgio Petrosyan def. Albert Kraus via unanimous decision
Quarterfinal: Mike Zambidis def. Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima via KO - Round 3, 0:53
Reserve: HINATA def. Andre Dida via unanimous decision
Makoto Nishiyama def. Shunsuke Oishi via KO - Round 2, 0:54
Fabiano Da Silva def. Jan Kaszuba via unanimous decision