Gokhan Saki vs. Freddy Kemayo

After yesterday’s post on Daniel Ghita Vs. Errol Zimmerman here’s another fight of the K1 GP in Seoul:  Gokhan Saki vs. Freddy Kemayo. I also posted about Saki in the past, specifically on his leg kick. Since then, he’s matured a lot as a fighter and I was anxious to see how he would do against Kemayo, who is no push over. I was pretty sure there was going to be a knockout and wasn’t disappointed…

Here’s the video:

The fight is short but very spectacular: Saki dominates his opponent from start to finish and is never in danger. What stands out for me is:

  • Saki’s timing has improved a lot. He picks his shots very well and places them with great accuracy.
  • He stays in control. Despite landing some great shots early on (the 4-count combo at 55sec is just one example) he doesn’t become overconfident, nor does he rush things.
  • His leg kick is still a weapon to be feared but no longer the only one. His punching has improved a lot, especially his accuracy: just look at how he places his hooks and uppercuts spot on at 2min27.
  • Even so, his leg kick is still insanely hard. He literally rips Kemayo’s leg out from underneath him when he lands on the inside.
  • He’s a bit leaner than a few years ago but is still quite flabby for a fighter. He desperately needs to put on a good 10Lbs of rock hard muscle. Not much more though as that would change his fighting style. But with just a bit of extra muscle, his strength and speed would be over the top still. It would also help him deal with the really big guys in the K1, like JLB or Sem Schilt.

A great fight and another spectacular KO. I look forward to seeing more of Saki in future K1 events.


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  1. Those inside leg kicks really helped Saki win that fight. Kemayo should work on that “root”.

    I’m liking these K-1 Fights, they should be more popular here in the US.

    • K-1 was held in the Us in the past, I think it was in Vegas. The problem is: it’s a Japanese organization. They have their own way of doing things. Also, the Us public wants to see US fighters in there. But it’s been a long time since any good US guys opted to compete in K-1. Bob Sapp doesn’t count… :-)

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