Sometimes watching the UFC can lead you to forget how exciting kickboxing can be. For sure, Silva and Belfort has a kickboxing match recently but it was a bit cagey, certainly for the first few minutes and was over in a flash. Other times the excitement may be high but the skill level isn’t as high as in the K-1 fights in Japan. Last years K1 final between Mike Zambidis and Chahid Oulad El Hadj was a kickboxing treat but with a great skill level and incredible intensity.
To say these two fighters gave it their all is hardly doing them service. They blast it out right from the off, with the momentum swinging between the pair of them, even the loser knicked the winner down! While they do stand pretty much exclusively toe to toe and smash lumps out of each other the intensity in their fighting is incredible. Their toughness, strong chins and will to win is outstanding. Their fitness is incredible and to be able to continue at the same rate in the extra round is just amazing.
Just imagine standing there thinking it’s over, the split decision is about to come and then, off you go again mate! Phew, not for the feint hearted….
I do like Zambidis, he has a great whipping punch, moves enough to avoid too much damage and can kick too. Most of all he is very well conditioned and can take punishment when he gets it and he does take a fair bit in this fight. The power he delivers with those punches, clearly illustrated in this video, is sufficient reason for any martial artist to learn this method of throwing a punch.
His movement in and out of range is great, allowing him to deliver strikes without taking too many in return, he has nice sharp movement skills. However, his opponent Chahid just soaks it all up and does manage to return some punshment to Zambidis, especially to the front leg! So this is a brilliant fight and a brilliant K1 final!
Originally posted 2011-02-12 20:43:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter