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The K-1 World Inadequacy GP!

So, here we have it. Daniel Ghita.

The World GP in Tokyo 2009 champion, a wonderful newcomer, a promising striker, the Romanian sensation! Fair enough, he did win the tournament, he did defeat three opponents in one night, and he did beat Peter Aerts's record, as stated on the official K-1 site. There's no denial of the fact - it's just how he did it. Let's have a look.

First fight - Daniel Ghita vs John Love

Now, as lovely as Mr. Love is, he is just that - Mr. Love. Chocolate, candy, flowers, whatever! The Welshman was obviously not up to par with the Eastern European. Have you seen Love's defense? Have you seen his offence? I'm sure he's got a great future, but not if he's going to keep on fighting like a Teletubbie. Harsh critique? Yes, but not towards John Love, who I understand is very young and has very little experience fighting in K-1 proper, no, John Love has accepted a brave challenge and he stood the test, at least for the first few seconds of the fight, until it all started slipping into hell for him.

Love's fine.

The question is - where were the K-1 organizers looking, when they put a 22 year old builder against a 28 year old multiple championship title holder? How was this even considered on par with what Laschenko had to do with Ciobanu? Mind the K-1 boys - both of those fighters have at least similar experience level, as evident from the exhausting match between the two.

Second fight - Daniel Ghita vs Yuki

Who's Yuki? Isn't that the guy who almost lost to Prince Ali in the opening fight? Mind you, this victory was a far better credit to Daniel, simply because Yuki actually resisted! What was Laschenko doing meanwhile? Fighting Brice Guidon, who turned out to be in my humble opinion the dark horse of this tournament - very smart, very smooth, very effective at stopping Rico's steamroller. A far greater matchup than Yuki. No?

Here comes the Final. In the blue corner a Romanian, Mr. Ghita, full of energy, zero damage, 500% confidence, well yea, he's seen Laschenko's previous two fights, and he knows that Laschenko is out of juice. And in the red corner we've got Mr. Laschenko, who's been through a punishing 3 round bout with the self-proclaimed Dracula's son, who, despite posing alot at the press conference, turned out to be a pretty tough cookie. Then Sergii had to go through Brice Guidon, and now finally he's here, barely standing up and having a good old time.

The fight is short and brilliant. The gutsy Ukrainian running on 80% heart and 20% energy, the cold Romanian executing his victim without having a blink. Nope, no blinking, it's Tuesday night, a fight, and he's already having a think about what he's eating for dinner after his sure victory - maybe a baked potato with sour cream? Yum.


The conclusion is simple.

  • - Daniel Ghita won the GP. Did he deserve it? Of course, this is a sport and that's what a sport is like - unpredictable. He trained hard, and whichever opponents he got - were not his choice. There is no doubt that he's got power and his defense is solid enough, at least it was solid against the 2 challengers and an exhausted Laschenko.
  • - Sergii Laschenko is an amazing attacker, and a much poorer defender, especially when it comes to low kicks. That man has incredible potential, he just needs to polish himself up.
  • - K-1 organizers should've made more adequate match-ups in the GP. Even with the possible departure of Melvin Mahoef - they should've had someone strong on hand.

So, here's to a sincere hope that the next K-1 GP will be more evenly matched, and then all fighters can showcase their true potential!


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Rob, Holland reporter (1964 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-12 at: 02:05
Great read Alex! Thnx for posting. Did you find it somewhere on the net or did you write it yourself? Since it's very well written. And it makes a good point. Keep it coming!
Alex Evdokimov (138 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-12 at: 02:07

Well, thanks for giving me credit! I did write it myself.

Alex Evdokimov (138 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-12 at: 02:08

I didn't mean to sound offended :). Sorry if I did, thanks for the compliment.

asfranco88 (346 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-12 at: 02:21
Good opinion, i like
Rob, Holland reporter (1964 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-12 at: 02:21
@ Alex

Haha no harm done there Alex. This site encourages members to write their own articles. So it's great to see someone posting such a well written article which discusses an interesting view like yours. In fact, this may very well be a great FOK1 Exclusive article!
Alex Evdokimov (138 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-12 at: 02:39

Thanks Rob! Appreciate the compliment once again! I didn't know of this site's existence until today, and it's a really nice that anyone can write articles here. It's great to share my thoughts with others, I just hope I'll have enough for a few more writings down the line, :)



Daniel, Sweden reporter (2501 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-12 at: 02:48
Very nice article, honest from your side and easy and fun to read. I wish I could write like that haha..

Note, I must also agree that Feg could / should consider their matchups a bit more visely in the future and scout fighters more proper. Personaly I dont like to see a wolf eat a sheep.

Alex Evdokimov have you posted this article on any other site? If not its like Rob says, you could select it as an fansofk1 exclusive insteed if you want to.
Thanks for writing and posting.
stark (1143 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-12 at: 03:24
Great article. I've enjoyed reading it. It's nice to have another member who can contribute to this site in the right way. Keep up the good work
Chrzan_ko, Video editor (749 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-12 at: 04:54
We thank you and ask for more.
Kim, Editor (1548 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-12 at: 09:20
Thank you and what an entrance to join our community Alex!

A great article and with good conclusion imo. Hope you stay around and like it here!
Alex Evdokimov (138 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-12 at: 10:43

Thanks Daniel,

I'd be glad to have this article as FOK1 exclusive, as I have written it for this site, and posted it only here. I'm not exactly sure how to submit it for exclusives or if it's good enough, but it'd be happy to do it.

Alex Evdokimov (138 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-12 at: 10:59

Thanks Kim,

I'll definetely stick around, it's nice to share a common passion with others. A real relief I must say.

Alex Evdokimov (138 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-12 at: 11:06

Thanks Stark, it's also nice to have my stuff actually read! Usually I just keep it to myself and have brain constipation later.


Alex Evdokimov (138 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-12 at: 11:47

Thanks very much!
Kim, Editor (1548 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-13 at: 09:54

If you first click on the "Edit this article" text (under "Rate this article") and then click in the box "FansOfK1.com Exclusive" under "Catagorize!" it will become an exlusive.
Dennis, Administrator (1174 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-13 at: 08:51
Alex, what a great entrance on FansOfK1.com. As other already has mentioned this is exactly what FansOfK1.com is all about: Members contributing with their thoughts and insights on K-1.

Keep it comming!
Alex Evdokimov (138 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-14 at: 03:58

Thanks Dennis,

I've got a few ideas I want to expand, and I'll try to post quality stuff as often as time allows. It's always nice to be read by others!

mincersofK1 (1 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-17 at: 01:49
im just amazed that you people dont realise that the whole tournament is rigged from the start :S
Its just as bad as boxing......

May i suggest you head on to your satellite receivers and tune in to WWE. Summerslam soon. Forget the mincing around in K1....watch some 10ft diving headbutts....
Alex Evdokimov (138 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-17 at: 01:56

diving headbutts - that's what we've been missing in K-1. seriously a nice element to add to the format. hehe
Daniel, Sweden reporter (2501 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-17 at: 04:48

I assume that you are kidding, if not, its still funny...
Chrzan_ko, Video editor (749 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-18 at: 10:00

Rob, Holland reporter (1964 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-18 at: 10:47

...this is by far the most hilarious post ever EVER!!!
szanpan (2088 posts)
Posted: 2009-09-13 at: 09:50
Hi Alex I like the article and even more i like the opinion as i seem to agree with you, the bad thing is that i could not find the fight of Lascenko and Dracula's son anywhere i would be happy if someone could post a link where i could watch it, however i ve seen his other fight and yes the guy seems more funny than dangeorous but he is indeed quite a tough cookie really. Yes the fights are sometimes really not fair, see Hong Man Choi vs. Kaoklai which was really tragicomical, so winning even a whole tournament can be as much up to luck than up to the talent really and K-1 now is desperately looking for new faces. Russians and kind have always consisted an important element of K-1 because they are really tough they are good. But they lack the stamina and they are not from Europe (Holland :) they can be starred , sold so well, they cant create a cult around them and as we could see many times they just cant even get a visa to attend the fight. So they prefer someone European or anyone but to train in the Netherlands to make a new idol. Now they have 2 runner-ups, both Ghita First Romanian Quickest Champion of all times etc., and Jaideep First Indian, and this is what makes selling higher i think, so i can see especially Ghita has very good chances now in K-1. And to be more fair toward him, his legs seem to be especionally hard really. i wouldn't say that he won t win over Semmy Schilt (Semmy has always lacked a composed fighting stlye and strategy in my opinion ) So we will see, a new excitement , and in real that s what K-1 is all about and i m happy that it exists (so much better than UFC in my opinion, and i m sorry Crocop could be made to leave Japan again for it )
szanpan (2088 posts)
Posted: 2009-11-25 at: 11:57
Just to add now, finally i have managed to watch that match between Sergii and the Draculas Son :) and yes it was a VERY hard match, from the first round the narrators were talking about what was wrong with Sergii anyhow, and yes he seemed to be not quite well, breathing very heavily. It was a great great fight to watch full of action!
Alex Evdokimov (138 posts)
Posted: 2009-12-13 at: 01:01
szanpan. I'm glad you enjoyed the article, and fortunately enough, this last WGP Final has completely reinvented K-1 GPs. Hopefully next time we can get Laschenko in it as well! An improved Laschenko I mean haha

About the Russians in K-1, I only remember Aleksandr Pitchkunov, and he did well for a while, but later melted away into anonymity... In my opinion Russians are much better at mma, than K-1, but I guess I haven't seen too many strikers. I know there's a new guy by name Pavel Zuiravlev, defeated Saki recently, I think.
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