by Scott Petersen – MMAWeekly.com
K-1 Hero’s held the weigh-ins today in Nagoya, Japan for its eighth installment of the series and first show of 2007. The highlight of the weigh-ins came when MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba weighed in over the weight limit while wearing a track suit, at which point Sakuraba revealed that he had an Xbox 360 video game console hidden in his track suit.
Afterwards, the genki Sakuraba made the weight limit of 187 pounds, but his opponent, Jurij “Playboy” Kiseliov, never showed up at the weigh-ins or the press conference. However, it is believed that the Sakuraba vs. Kiseliov is still on.
Main event star Hideo Tokoro was all business. Tokoro and his K-1 World Max star opponent, Kazuya Yasuhiro, seemed relaxed as they weighed in and posed for pictures. Yasuhiro continues to delve into MMA in this latest foray from kickboxing, as he gave Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto a run for his money in a previous MMA match-up.
Weigh-In Results and Reverse Bout Order (main event listed first)
-Hideo Tokoro (68.9 kg, or 152 pounds) vs. Kazuya Yasuhiro (69.8 kg, or 154 pounds)
-Caol Uno (70.0 kg, or 154 pounds) vs. Ali Ibrahim (70.0 kg, or 154 pounds)
-Kazuyuki Miyata (69.9 kg, or 154 pounds) vs. Kultar “Black Mamba” Gill (69.9 kg, or 154 pounds)
-Kazushi Sakuraba (84.5 kg, or 186 pounds) vs. Jurij Kiseliov (did not weigh in)
-Gary Goodridge vs. Jan Nortje (heavyweight bout; not required to weigh-in)
-Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Katsuyori Shibata (heavyweight bout; not required to weigh-in)
-Hiroyuki Takaya (69.9 kg, or 154 pounds) vs. Andre Dida (69.6 kg, or 153 pounds)
-Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro (70.0 kg, or 154 pounds) vs. Ryuki Ueyama (69.8 kg, or 154 pounds)
-”Mighty” Mo Siliga vs. Min Soo Kim (heavyweight bout; not required to weigh-in)
-Melvin Manhoef (88.5 kg, or 195 pounds) vs. Yoshiki Takahashi (89.6 kg, or 198 pounds)
-Hyun Pyo Shin (88.4 kg, or 195 pounds) vs. Bernard Ackah (89.6 kg, or 198 pounds)
-Hadairo Tetsu (67.9 kg, or 150 pounds) vs. Masanori Kanehara (69.7 kg, or 154 pounds)
-Masataka Chinushi (89.6 kg, or 198 pounds) vs. Hiroki Ozaki (89.6 kg, or 198 pounds)