HERO'S KOREA 2007 10/28 - Fights

Thursday 18 October 2007

Hero's announced most (I would expect some 1 or 2 additions) of their fights for the event in Korea later this month.

There has was a few surprises, a few rumors that were wrong, but it looks like a really good card. And of course a card made for the Korean crowd. With a very interesting main event!

Denis Kang will meet Akiyama in his debut. I did not expect him to meet this level opponent in his first fight (was half expecting an easy first fight). Akiyama has not fought since the much publicized fight with Sakuraba last year, but FEG is not going to make this return easy for him. My edge here would go to Kang, purely because he is one of the best fighters in the world at this weight.

Also, the Wanderlei look-a-like, Fabio Silva, gets another chance in Hero's. This time against Dong Sik Yoon. Judging by last month, Dong will take this, but he is very different type of fighter. Silva`s record is better then Dong, but Dong has met much better opponents.

Minowaman, always a crowd pleaser. Will face of against Atlanta Olympics silver medalist, Min Soo Kim. This is the fighter who lost to Brock Lesnar, and I would guess a loss again. The home fans really need to cheer him on if he is going to have a chance against Minowaman.

The MMA debut of Marcelo Garcia is also highly anticipated. FEG has put him up against Kim Dae Won. This should be a good guide for his MMA skills.

And, in their series "TV celebrities meets real fighters" Bernard Ackah will meet Poai Suganuma. This is a side of K-1/Hero's I don't like... Bernard Ackah is not close to being the worst example, but in my mind he needs to prove his spot in an event like this. Just hope Suganuma doesn't hurt him... For those who dont know Suganuma, he trains at B.J. Penn`s gym and got to the final in last years Pancrase tournament. There he lost to Kestutis Arbocius (who did not turn up for his championship fight last weekend).

Denis Kang 27-8-1 Vs. 9-1-0 Yoshihiro Akiyama
Dong Sik Yoon 2-4-0Vs. 9-3-0 Fabio Silva
Taiei Kin 2-1-0 Vs. 6-3-0 Zelg "Benkei" Galesik
Lee Tae-Hyun Vs. 6-16-0 Yoshihisa Yamamoto
Minowaman 38-25-8 Vs. 3-6-0 Kim Min Soo
Carlos Newton 13-12-0 Vs. 6-10-0 Shungo Oyama
Bernard Ackah 2-1-0 Vs. 7-1-0 Poai Suganuma
Marcelo Garcia 0-0-0 Vs. 3-3-0 Kim Dae Won


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