“Kid” Yamamoto. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
DREAM parent company Fighting and Entertainment Group today revealed the promotion’s schedule for the new year, with DREAM’s first show being held on March 8 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan and featuring the opening rounds of the organization’s inaugural featherweight and welterweight grand prix tournaments.
In total, DREAM will put on seven total shows in ‘09. Solidified dates for shows include April 5 at Nippon Gaishi Hall and December 31 at the Saitama Super Arena for the annual year-end K-1 Dynamite show. DREAM officials are also planning to hold shows in May, July, September, and October.
Mark Hunt throws a left hand at Semmy Schilt. Photo courtesy of FEG.
The 2008 K-1 World Grand Prix ended with a bang as defending champion Semmy Schilt put opponent Mark Hunt down for the count in the night’s main event in front of 10,629 at Japan’s Yokohama Arena.
Hunt, who was fighting in his first kickboxing match since taking a five-year hiatus to focus on mixed martial arts, traded leg kicks early and often with Schilt. However the strategy eventually worked against Hunt. His movement around the ring was inhibited due to sustained damage suffered courtesy of Schilt’s long legs.
After knocking the wind out of Hunt with a knee, Schilt pressed forward and ultimately sent Hunt down for good with a David Loiseau-like spinning back kick.
“We practiced the spinning back kick in training,” Schilt said in a post-fight interview. “But I didn’t know it would work out so well. I’m glad I won because he was also a GP Champion, so now I have beaten all the active K-1 Champs.”
Complete results from the event are after the jump.