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Yasuhiro Kido and Lee Sung-Hyun to Participate in K-1 World MAX Final 16

  • Written by Dave Walsh


We are all still waiting for K-1 to unveil the full line-up and matches from the K-1 World MAX Final 16, so now is as good of a time as any to take a look at their two recent announced fighters in Yasuhiro Kido and Lee Sung-Hyun. Kido has been around the block in K-1 MAX and was a participant in last year's K-1 World MAX tournament as well. He's had a bit of a new leaf on life when it comes to his Kickboxing career and been on a bit of a roll, which is nice to see. Of course, a loss to Murthel Groenhart is right smack dab in the middle of that resurgence, but you can't win them all. With the field that we know right now it is safe to assume that Kido in his current form should do just fine and we might actually see him in the Final 8.

The second signing is Lee Sung-Hyun of South Korea, who primarily fights at 63 or 65kg, but has been known to fight at 70kg if the competition is right. He fought at the MAX Korea event earlier this year, winning the tournament. I'm still not sure if that was a K-1 event or not, but he won the tournament and ended up in the K-1 World MAX tournament, so I guess? It'll be interesting to see how he does at 70kg and if he's put on some muscle, or if he'll be undersized against some of the bigger 70kg guys who cut to make it there.

Since we don't have a list yet and we've seen a lot of stuff floating around the internet, this is, from what we can tell, guys who are 100% involved in the K-1 World MAX Final 16.

  • Buakaw Banchamek
  • Andy Souwer
  • Henri Van Opstal
  • Yasuhiro Kido
  • Lee Sung-Hyun
  • David Calvao
  • Shane Campbell
  • Joey Pagliuso
  • Abraham Roqueni
  • Wallace Lopez

While Mike Zambidis was originally announced, from all that I've heard, Zambidis will not be involved in the K-1 World MAX tournament due to some financial disputes involving his management, which co-promoted the K-1 World MAX Finals in Athens last year.

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