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Thread: 2008 WGP Finals Comments from Hari, Remy, Aerts, JLB, Sefo, Kimbo, and more.

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    Default 2008 WGP Finals Comments from Hari, Remy, Aerts, JLB, Sefo, Kimbo, and more.


    Peter Aerts

    Q: What was your impression of the fight?

    A: I fought a little bit stupidly. I didn’t start sharp. I slept a little in the beginning so I'm a bit disappointed in the way I fought.

    Q: What is your impression of Badr Hari?

    A: He did a good job. But when they stopped the fight I wasn't dizzy so it was a shame. After the first knockdown, I was dizzy. The final one, I really wasn’t.

    Q: It was a disappointing result for you today, so how do you feel about your future?

    A: It is new motivation for me. Next time I am going to knock him out. I’m more motivated now.



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    Badr Hari

    Q: Could you explain what happened at the end of your fight with Bonjasky?

    A: You know what? I come to fight, and to destroy. I don’t come here to fight with my hands held high and backing up. I am an emotional guy and I wanted to fight. He didn’t. He didn’t want to fight.

    Q: How do you feel about the result?

    A: I fight for my fans so I apologize to them for this. But I put on a good show, and an aggressive show. I’m just going to apologize to my fans. The K-1 judges make the decisions. I’m just a bad boy.

    Q: Do you think Remy was truly hurt?

    A: I think everyone saw what happened, so I don’t need to answer that question. He couldn’t stand up, but was quickly on his feet giving a great speech seconds later. His corner was screaming at him to stay down. I came to fight and he didn’t. He is a great actor.

    Q: This tournament had the theme of new fighters and a changing of the times, but it didn’t really turn out that way, did it?

    A: How didn’t it? I knocked out the three-time champion of K-1 in two rounds today and put on a great second fight. Everyone talks about changing, but I cannot fight the ghosts. There were many changes today, but if you don’t see that I don’t care. I just fight for my fans.



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    Errol Zimmerman

    Q: Although you lost, you look happy. Why is that?

    A: I lost, but I fought very well. I think I fought hard and put on a good fight. I think guys like Badr Hari cannot handle the pressure guys like me can give him. So yeah, I lost, but the crowd likes fights like these.

    Q: How about the first fight?

    A: Against Teixeira? He is a great fighter. It was difficult to fight him. He is like a tree. It is very hard to fight someone like him.

    Q: After you knocked down Badr, and then he knocked you down, how did it affect you?

    A: I didn’t feel anything particular. I just wanted to knock him down. That is what I do.

    Q: Are you satisfied with your first result in the K-1 World Grand Prix?

    A: Well, he beat me. Next year I want to take the belt. This time I showed a good fight, and next time I want to win it all.



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    Ewerton Teixeira

    Q: What did you think of Zimmerman?

    A: He was extremely tough. His punches were incredibly strong.

    Q: When you were knocked down, were you badly hurt?

    A: Yes, I was hurt at the time, but I feel I recovered quickly and was able to keep fighting.

    Q: So now you have been knocked down in K-1, do you appreciate how dangerous and scary it can be?

    A: Being knocked down didn’t make me feeling anything I didn’t already know. When I entered K-1 I was aware of just how tough it is, and I will continue to train and fight here.

    Q: What did you learn in your preparation for this fight?

    A: I think I learnt various things, particularly boxing. And from now I will learn many more. You can have high expectations for my future fights.

    Q: Do you have a goal for the next year?

    A: To be the Grand Prix Champion.

    Q: Can you tell us in a little more detail about how you’d like to improve?

    A: I have a lot of experience with the flow of kyokushin fights, but I don’t have that much with K-1. I think that is why I lost some stamina in the final round, and I was knocked down as a result of it. I need to get used to this, and I also want to really improve on the way I am landing my punches.



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    Gokhan Saki

    Q: You seemed to take some major damage, so how is your rib right now?

    A: I’m not sure. I don’t know if it is broken or not..

    Q: Has the doctor taken a look at it?

    A: Yes, but he doesn’t know as he only looked. I need to have an X-ray.

    Q: Could we ask you what you thought of the first fight?

    A: The first fight was tough. I felt that I really must beat him because he said, well...blah, blah, blah. It was a tough fight, but every time he came in, I hit him. Every time he attacked, I beat him.

    Q: What is your goal for next year?

    A: Next time I promise you I will go to the final. I and will win it too.



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    Ruslan Karaev

    Q: What did you think of the fight?

    A: What did I think? As I said before…Saki really isn’t anything special for me. I lost my breath though, and he took good advantage of it.

    Q: You were knocked down by a spinning back-fist. Did you see it coming?

    A: Honestly, I didn’t see it. It didn’t really land hard, but it was enough to knock me down. It was completely my miss.



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    Remy Bonjasky

    Q: How are you right now? Do you have much damage?

    A: Well, I still have some double vision. It is not completely blurry, but still double. I also have a headache.

    Q: What do you have to say to Badr Hari?

    A: I don’t have anything to say to him. It's in the past, and we have to look to the future. We’ll see what’s next for me.

    Q: What sort of penalty do you think would be suitable for him?

    A: I think where it really hurts. Financially. I mean, the red card already does so, but this is a sport. If this was to happen in another major sport like soccer, it would be a serious problem.

    Q: Were your tears at the end due to frustration, or because you became the champion?

    A: If you go back to 2003 and 2004 you’ll see I was in tears because I had done a lot to win. This time I was in tears because I didn’t want to win like that. I trained very hard for this, and put many things aside to be able to train so much. I was in tears because I didn’t want it to end like it did.

    Q: If your next opponent is announced as Badr Hari, how would you feel?

    A: If they give him a rematch to fight me it’ll be our third time. Last year I won, and this year if the fight went on like it was, I think I would have won again. If FEG gave him a third chance…well, I am the champion and I will fight anyone, but I think they should give the fight to fighters that respect the rules. It is a sport like any others, and we need fighters that fight to those rules.



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    Jerome LeBanner

    Q: How is your arm?

    A: This last two weeks I was training very hard for Remy. He is good at front kicks so we worked hard on blocking them. Doing this training caused some water to build up. It is not broken.

    Q: What has the doctor said? (Translator: He will go to have it checked after this interview. He's had only has a cursory check so far.)

    A: It isn’t broken.

    Q: It is obviously disappointing, but what is your impression of the match.

    A: Disappointing. For the moment all I can say is I did what I could, and I felt Remy was scared of me in the ring.



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    Hong-man Choi

    Q: What did you think about the fight?

    A: I am disappointed it ended the way it did. I need more experience.

    Q: Why do you feel you didn’t win?

    A: I’m not sure. I know I need to practice more, and take some time.

    Q: What did you think about Ray Sefo

    A: I he was as good as I expected him to be. Fighting him made me feel I need to practice more.



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    Ray Sefo

    Q: You look very happy. What did you think about the fight?

    A: I was very happy with it. I did what I have to do to win, and I am glad I am back in the winning circle. I really want to thank Randy and Kim Couture for their help and support. And I am happy with the result.

    Q: What your impression of Choi?

    A: Big. And big.

    Q: It seems like you fought the perfect fight tonight, so what does this mean for Ray Sefo next year?

    A: It is the start. Next year I am coming back stronger. Like I said, never count out fighters like Peter Aerts and myself. Everyone talks about the “New Generation” but don’t forget about us. I’m back



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    Paul Slowinski

    Q: Why is the reason for the outcome of the fight?

    A: He just caught me with a hook, and I wasn’t able to recover well.

    Q: Can you remember the fight?

    A: I remember the fight up until I got hit. I don’t remember much after that.

    Q: After the fight, what did [your trainer] Ernesto Hoost have to say to you?

    A: Nothing.



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    Melvin Manhoef

    Q: What did you think of the fight?

    A: If was very good. I knocked him out. I started slow, and that was my purpose for this fight, and it worked well. Last time I was a little too aggressive at the start.

    Q: Why did you want to start slow? Was it to save stamina?

    A: Yeah. I usually go out hard with many combinations, never giving myself a rest. This time I didn’t try to force a KO, so it was a different style for me. Because of the weight difference it is very difficult to continue to pressure big guys.

    Q: What did you think when you knocked him out?

    A: I am used to this feeling as I have many knockouts. Sometimes, when I lose too! Knocking someone out feels great and I want keep this feeling.

    Q: How do you feel about winning in front of your brother?

    A: Winning in front of him and my uncle was great. They are very proud of me. I want to dedicate this fight to them as I love them very much.

    Q: How is it going from MMA to K-1?

    A: It is difficult doing both, but we are getting used to it. This time I had two fights in K-1 so it was a little better. From 2009 I may focus on only MMA, but we are not completely sure yet.



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    (Commentator) Kimbo Slice

    Q: What is your impression of K-1?

    A: I want to thank everyone for being here. It is my first time in Japan. I don’t understand the language. The people are very kind, and the food is good. I’m really enjoying it.

    Q: And how about K-1?

    A: It is very interesting. It is different to how I fight, but some things are being considered.

    Q: Were there any fighters here tonight that caught your attention?

    A: I was a little bit, well, not disappointed, but Bard Hari is a real fighter. A fighter by profession, and by nature. K-1 is a respectful organization though, so I give him a yellow card too. A bit of a slap on the hand so to speak. But you have to love him for being that true fighter. The bad guy.

    Q: Do you feel that K-1 would play towards your natural strengths more than MMA?

    A: K-1 would be a good thing as it is stand up, which is more one-dimensional so it is good. There is no ground game to deal with, but then you add knees and some other strikes and yeah, it is interesting. I think with my natural strengths I would do well in K-1.

    Q: Would you be interested in fighting Badr Hari?

    A: (Laughs) Whoever the opponent is would be OK. As a fighter I don’t really worry about who I fight. If the match-makers made that fight, it would be good for me. I have seen how he fights now, and I just love fighting. I really love everything about fighting.



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    Sadaharu Tanikawa - K-1 Event Producer


    It was a very disappointing end to the night. As a Grand Prix, it was an extremely interesting event, however the ending wasn’t good. Three years ago when Hari entered K-1 the heavyweights were fighters like Choi, and Schilt etc. This time we have seen that the new heavyweights can also be very fast and exciting. However, it did end poorly.

    This time the event was broadcast to more than 150 countries. If we forgave Badr Hari for such behavior now, it would be insulting to all those fighters doing their best.

    Giving him a red card means he will be fined his entire purse. On top of that, we will have to think of some further punishment. This may actually be covered in the rulebook, but I am not certain.

    Remy said he had double-vision and a headache. The doctor was the one to actually stop the fight though. I don’t think the punch caused any damage, however the stomp may have. We couldn’t really tell from the replay. Remy had a similar experience with Bob Sapp a few years ago.

    It was such a careless thing for Badr to do. He was incredible in the first and second fights. It was such a waste. He is such a headache, because he is such a good fighter.

    Originally only a yellow card was given as a red card will automatically stop the fight. No one knew whether or not Remy would be able to continue, so a yellow card was given. Once it became clear after the 5 minute break, it was changed to red.

    I think a stomp would usually be a red card; however it was the final so we needed to see if Remy could continue. Remy was in front on points as it was, and K-1 would prefer to have a clear result. The card was not changed to red only because of the amount of damage, but it is very complicated. We need to discuss this further with [rules director] Nobuaki Kakuda.
    Source - K-1 OFFICIAL WEB SITE

    Hari doesn't seem sorry at all. Interesting that Remy was ahead on points. And it seems Badr should have been disqualified in the first place.


    Oh, and LOL at Kimbo thinking he would fair well in K-1.

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    Badr speaks the truth IMO. No wonder he went over and started talking sh*t to the corner.
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