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K-1 Las Vegas 2007 Weigh-Ins



In a ballroom deep within the labyrinthine Bellagio in Las Vegas, all participants in tomorrow's 2007 WGP in Las Vegas presented for weigh-ins. It was perhaps a needless exercise, given that the K-1 WGP has no weight limits, but it was informative none-the-less and another opportunity for K-1 to showcase its fighters before the assembled press.  Also present were K-1 notables like Michael McDonald and Gary Goodridge, and sports commentators from the  American martial arts world including Stephan Quadros and Frank Trigg.

The weigh-ins opened with the announcement that Las Vegas book makers had shuffled their favorites, and were now expecting Alexandre Pitchkunov to win (2 to 1 odds), with Rick "Savage" Cheek a close 2nd (5 to 2 odds).  He also announced that Ray Sefo (-260) and Mighty Mo (-105) were the favored fighters in there superfight matchups with Bjorn Bregy (+210) and Stephan Leko (-115)

All fighters were successfully weighed and squared off for the cameras (see below). Those in attendance were also able to see Zabit Samedov and Mahmud Fawzy for the first time (neither had been in attendance at yesterday's press conference). The audience was also treated to seeing the lovely Ardra "The Mexican Machine Gun" Hernandez from the television series, "Fight Girl," and Cung Le protégé, Van Do, who will be fighting tomorrow at 115 lbs.

Perhaps the only break from the routine at the weigh-ins was when Rick "Savage" Creek elected to strip down to his fight shorts before climbing on the scale, much to the delight of the thirty-some Creek- supporters that filled the ballroom. Highlighting the futility of the weigh-ins, most fighters had to be reminded to take their shoes off before climbing the scale.

When asked about the changing odds for the tournament, Rick "Savage" Creek was characteristically nonchalant, again offering his praise and respect for the other tournament competitors, and denied any jitters going into the tournament. Regarding his match up with the monstrous 310 lbs Imani Lee, Creek explained that, "I'm not really worried about the size difference, I've been training with a guy that's 350 lbs, so I'm used to big guys."

Saekson Janjira, the Muay Thai champion and trainer of the other highly touted American newcomer, Esh' Chada "The Dispossessor" Brown Ton, was also in attendance at the weigh-ins. When asked about difference's in Brown Ton's training for the K-1 tournament, Janjira explained that nothing had been changed. He explained that the academy's training was well suited for K-1 rules, focusing on punching and kicking, not knees and elbow strikes. Janjira also gave a clue of Brown Ton's future plans, revealing that Brown Ton had been training in jui-jitsu for many years and was considering an entry in the US MMA scene.

Parcipating the tournament's reserve fight, Mahmoud "Mo" Fawzy was an impressive sight on the scales at 6'5" and weighing 224 lbs. Fawzy explained that just four weeks ago he had quit his job as a security guard in order to train full-time after being notified by K-1 that he'd be fighting this Saturday. He explained that his tenacity and willingness to fight would be his greatest strength tomorrow. And when asked if there was any discordance with this fighting spirit and his easy smile, he replied, "No way, just look at Sefo, that guy's always smiling!"

Tickets for "K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Las Vegas," priced at $300, $200, $100, and $50, are on sale at Bellagio's box office (888-488-7111).  Bellagio Ballroom doors will open for "K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Las Vegas" at 5 PM Pacific Standard Time on Saturday, August 11th and the card's first preliminary bout will begin at 5:30 PM.  The eight-man tournament will commence at 7 PM.

The official weights were:

Superfights

Might Mo Siligia 299 lbs - Stephan "Blitz" Leko 215 lbs

Ray Sefo 250 lbs - Bjorn Bregy 279 lbs

Petr Vondracek 238 lbs - Ariel Mastov 205 lbs

Tournament

Aleksandr Pitchkunov 226 lbs - Tsuyoshi Nagasaki 207 lbs

Imani Lee 310 lbs - Rick "Savage" Cheek 276 lbs

Patrick Barry 232 lbs - Rickard Nordstrand 199 lbs

Zabit Samedov 203 lbs - Esh' Chada "The Dispossessor" Brown Ton 221 lbs

Reserve Fight

Doug Viney 229 lbs - Mahmoud "Mo" Fawzy 224 lbs

Undercard (at 185 lbs limit)

Peyton "The Artist" Russel 179 lbs - Raymond Daniels 179 lbs

Undercard (at 115 lbs limit)

Ardra "The Mexican Machine Gun" Hernandez 112 lbs - Van Do 112 lbs 

 

Patrick Barry and Rikard Nordstrand

 

 

Esh'Chadar Brown Ton and Zabit Samedov

 

Rick "Savage" Cheek and Imani Lee

 

Tsuyoshi Nakasako and Alexandre Pitchkunov 

 Bjorn Bregy and Ray Sefo

   

 Stephan Leko and Mighty Mo

Ariel Mastov and Petr Vondracek 

 

Mahmoud "Mo" Fawzy and Doug Viney

 

Peyton "The Artist" Russel and Raymond Daniels

 

Van Do and Ardra "The Mexican Machine Gun" Hernandez

  

Michael McDonald and Zabit Samedov

  

Ray Sefo, Stephan Quadros, and Team Sefo

 

 

Bjorn Bregy

 

Tsuyoshi Nakasako

Rick "Savage" Cheek

  

Ariel Mastov

 

 Esc'Chadar Brown Ton

  

Mahmoud "Mo" Fawzy

 

 

 

 

 

 




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Daniel, Sweden reporter (2501 posts)
Posted: 2007-08-11 at: 05:38
you are a star Pathologist's =), great stuff!
Eldarbong (989 posts)
Posted: 2007-08-11 at: 08:33
Great job Pathologist!! Thanks for the pics and article!
Kim, Editor (1548 posts)
Posted: 2007-08-12 at: 01:01
Awesome!
Dennis, Administrator (1174 posts)
Posted: 2007-08-12 at: 08:36
Pathologist, once again an excellent article! Great to see the pictures also!
Dennis, Administrator (1174 posts)
Posted: 2007-08-13 at: 06:00
Pathologist, I helped with categorizing the article with all the fighters. When categorized the article gets linked from each fighters profile. It raises the quality of FansOfK1 and creates more visits on the article.
Henrik Rautila (29 posts)
Posted: 2007-08-13 at: 07:11
Cool pics!
ruderko (89 posts)
Posted: 2007-08-13 at: 08:48
GREAT article...thanks for sharing with us...=D
sanadathetiger (319 posts)
Posted: 2007-08-14 at: 05:32
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