On February 1st (this morning for the West) in China K-1 held their 409th event. Much like the previous K-1 event in China, K-1 China vs. USA, this event saw a stable of Chinese fighters take on a few Japanese fighters for national honor and pride. What ensued was a series of fun fights that showed both a lot of promise and some disappointments.
It's clear to see that the Chinese fighters have been working hard to adapt to the K-1 rules, but when a relatively famous fighter like Ba Te Er in China steps into the K-1 ring there are expectations that he'll be a bit more experienced in the ruleset. Er was proof that traditional martial arts can indeed be valuable in a professional kickboxing setting, but he was missing one key ingredient from the equation, which was the "boxing" part of kickboxing.
Overall another fun events from K-1 and it's interesting to see what kind of spoils China will continue to net them in the future. If you missed it you can check out the archived fights here.K-1 409 - CHINA vs JAPAN65 Kuji Yoshimoto (R3 - Dec.) Hanji 70kg K-Jee (R3 - TKO) Zang Lei53kg E Meidie (R3 - Dec.) Syuri63kg Keisuke Nakamura (Ext. R - TKO) Wang Zhiwei 60kg Tomohiro Kiyai (R3 - Dec.) Wu Ze 70kg Tien Xin (R3 - Dec.) Hideaki Kikkawa 70kg Jungle Koki R3 - Dec.) Ba Te Er