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In a superfight on the annual K-1 Asia Grand Prix card this weekend in Seoul, South Korea, Hong-Man Choi defeated K-1’s reigning World Grand Prix Champion, Semmy Schilt, via split decision.
It was the biggest victory in the young career of Choi, who stands a legitimate 7’2″ and has won over many fans with his fighting style and personality. Schilt is no small man himself, as he is billed at 6’11” but has appeared at times to actually be just over seven feet tall.
In the eight-man Asia Grand Prix, K-1 veteran Yosuke Fujimoto earned a spot in the final 16 of this year’s K-1 World Grand Prix, as he defeated Min Soo Kim in the Asia GP finals. Two other superfights also took place, as perennial World Grand Prix threat Ray Sefo scored an impressive knockout victory over Ruslan Karaev, and three-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion Peter Aerts knocked out Hiraku Hori.
-Hong-Man Choi def. Semmy Schilt via split decision
-Ray Sefo def. Ruslan Karaev via KO at 1:42 of Round 1
-Peter Aerts def. Hiraku Hori via KO at 1:23 of Round 2
-Yosuke Fujimoto def. Dong Wook Kim via unanimous decision
-Tsuyoshi Nakasako def. Kaoklai Kaennorsing via unanimous decision
-Mourad Bouzidi def. Mehdi Mirdavoudi via unanimous decision
-Min Soo Kim def. Kyoung Suk Kim via unanimous decision
-Yosuke Fujimoto def. Tsuyoshi Nakasako via majority decision
-Min Soo Kim def. Mourad Bouzidi via unanimous decision
-Yosuke Fujimoto def. Min Soo Kim via KO at 0:23 of Round 2
Tournament Reserve/Prelim Fights
-Myeon-Ju Lee def. Kai Li via KO at 2:45 of Round 2
-Rikijyo def. Yong Soo Park via KO at 2:27 of Round 1