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Old 12-06-2013, 12:01 PM   #1
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Can Sherdog finally put "K-1 striking" myth to rest?

I remember there was a time, if anyone competed in K-1, that meant to a lot of sherdoggers they were going to knock out everyone in MMA. For the longest time I scratched my head at this theory, because time after time, we've seen these world class strikers get knocked out in highlight reel fashion by much "lesser" strikers.

But after seeing the destruction of the Reem can we all just admit K-1 striking means jack shit? Reem has some of the worst striking defense we've ever seen in MMA, and I'm not blaming his chin (although, it's not the best), because he usually just gives up for whatever reason and takes a beatdown. To top it off, he throws virtually no combinations what so ever. How did this guy win the K-1 Grand Prix? Well, I guess even Bob Sapp of all people won the K-1 Grand Prix.

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Old 12-06-2013, 12:06 PM   #2

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Überreem isn't the same fighter as the reem...

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Old 12-06-2013, 12:09 PM   #3

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Dude, it's a different sport with a few overlapping areas of MMA.

People becoming better strikers by competing in K1 is a fact, not a myth.
Whatever they do with that in MMA is an entirely different question.

Go line up some MMA guys to have a kickboxing match with Semmy Schilt and make some popcorn.

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Old 12-06-2013, 12:10 PM   #4
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K-1 Hughes is teh GOAT.

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Old 12-06-2013, 12:13 PM   #5

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AO doesn't represent the entire K-1 org and every fighter.

Bob Sapp didn't win THE grand prix, he won the Japan GP. He lost in the World GP.

HW: Mark Hunt, Overeem, Struve
LHW: Jones, Davis, Mousasi, OSP
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:13 PM   #6

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MMA striking is different to some extend

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Old 12-06-2013, 12:14 PM   #7
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Yes because the Overeem fight clearly showed how poor his stand up was right?

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Old 12-06-2013, 12:14 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by PRIDEWASBETTER View Post
K-1 Hughes is teh GOAT.
K1 Jake Shields would tool him

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Old 12-06-2013, 12:14 PM   #9

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It means something, just not everything.

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Old 12-06-2013, 12:14 PM   #10
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Some guys win K1 because they're great kickboxers.... some win because they're huge.
Buakaw is a far better striker than Bob Sapp for example.

The competition varies wildly year to year as well. Crocop didn't exactly defeat a murderer's row to win the Grand Prix last year.

Just having been in K1 doesn't mean much... even Butterbean has K1 fights on his record.

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