On Sunday, June 17, K-1 returned to the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan, for K-1 World GP 2018: Featherweight Championship Tournament.
In the evening’s tournament action, the K-1 featherweight championship was up for grabs in an eight-man, one-night grand prix tournament. In the opening round match-ups, Krush 58-kilogram champion Haruma Saikyo met Wu Lin Feng 60-kilogram tournament winner Hirotaka Asahisa, skilled French prospect Elias Mahmoudi took on former RISE champion Yuta Murakoshi, ISKA European champ Jorge Varela fought former Krush 58-kilogram titleholder and Ryusei Ashizawa battled the undefeated Silviu Vitez.
In the night’s main card action, K-1 lightweight champ Koya Urabe and super lightweight titleholder Masaaki Noiri met Arthur Sorsor and Vincent Foschiani in non-title affairs, respectively. Top-10 bantamweight Gonnapar Weerasakreck fought the human highlight-reel, Rukiya Anpo, former top-10 65-kilogram fighter Hideaki Yamazaki made his much anticipated return against Jun Nakazawa, the ever-popular Yasuhiro Kido clashed with former top-10 kickboxer Massaro Glunder and thrilling knockout artist Minoru Kimura took on Kazuki Yamagiwa.
The event aired live at 12:30 a.m. ET on Ameba TV (Japan). Check back following the event for the full results.