K-1 “Battle at Bellagio III” tournament champion “Mighty Mo” Siligia(26-3 (20 KO’s) will collide with former world boxing champion Francois “The White Buffalo” Botha (46-11-2 (30 KO’s) during a three-round K-1 “Mayhem At The Mirage” Superfight on Saturday, August 13th.
Expected to be a duel dominated by punching power, the matchup between the 265 pound Siligia and the 250 pound Botha will mark the first time ever that the two will have met in competition.
Siligia is coming off his single greatest triumph in the squared circle, a hard-fought, Superfight victory over reigning K-1 king Remy Bonjasky at Las Vegas, Nevada’s Bellagio on Saturday, April 30th.
A considerable underdog, Siligia patiently waited to close the distance between his long legged opponent and him and, upon finally doing so in the third and final scheduled round of action, struck Bonjasky down with a short, but vicious right hand. Bonjasky recovered, but the knockdown gave Siligia a slight edge on the judges’ scorecards and a victory via split decision.
Since he made his introduction to K-1 last February, Siligia, a protégé of trainer Eddy Millis, has become recognized as a force amongst martial arts fighting’s best, one who recently expanded his arsenal to include a heavy roundhouse kick. During what was only the second tournament start of his career on August 7th of last year, the
stocky, heavy hitter defeated three straight opponents to capture the K-1 “Battle at Bellagio III” tournament championship.
A former International Boxing Federation (IBF) world heavyweight crownholder, Botha undertook a new challenge in “The New Fighting Sport” a year and a half ago. After coming up short in his first few attempts, the South African native abruptly turned his fortunes around towards the close of last year when he scored back to back knockouts on two of the sport’s most accomplished figures in Peter Aerts and Jerome LeBanner in September and December, respectively.
Botha’s only four defeats in the world of boxing came at the hands of Michael Moorer, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, and Wladimir Klitschko, all of whom were present or former world champions at the time Botha faced them.
Tickets for K-1 “Mayhem At The Mirage” will officially go on sale on K-1 North America’s website, www.k-1usa.net, on Friday, July 1st. Tickets will be priced at $300, $200, $100, and $50, respectively.
The remainder of the lineup for the August 13th K-1 event has yet to be announced, but the names of participating fighters will be revealed gradually over the course of the next several weeks.
K-1 is a martial arts fighting sport that derives its name from its inclusion of a wide array of combat disciplines, including Karate, Kung-Fu, and Kickboxing (“K”), and its intent to determine one champion in one ring (“1”). After being staged for the first time in Japan in 1993 under the direction of founder Master Kazuyoshi Ishii, it later evolved into the country’s most popular sport and achieved
popular culture status there as its athletes turned into