The BIGGEST upset in K1 history
In this fight from K-1 World MAX 2008 Final 8, we see one of the biggest upsets in K1 history unfold between the legendary Buakaw Banchamek and opponent, Yoshihiro Sato.
These two fought twice before this one with Buakaw winning both fights; the first by knockout and the second by split decision.
Buakaw is obviously a legend in the sport of kickboxing and Muay Thai with an incredible record of 231 wins with 23 losses and 12 draws so you would think he would have an easy time here in this one.
His opponent in this fight, the Japanese kickboxer Yoshihiro Sato, has quite a spotty record in comparison, holding a professional record of 54 wins, 25 losses with 1 draw. Nevertheless, it seems like Sato learned from his previous two fights against the Thai legend judging by how this one goes.
Sato is much longer and rangier than Buakaw here, but that doesn’t stop Buakaw from pretty much dominating the majority of the fight. Sato proves to be tough though and in the third round, he lands a huge punch on the Thai legend, which knocks him out in an outstanding upset.
The way Buakaw went down looks a little weird though but that’s apparently due to the fact that Buakaw blew too much energy trying to knock Sato out early and Sato capitalized on that mistake which won him the fight.
The pair would fight once more following this one, with Buakaw winning a decision, avenging the loss.
ABOUT BUAWKAW BANCHAMEK:
Sombat Banchamek (born May 8, 1982) AKA Buakaw Banchamek is a Thai welterweight Muay Thai kickboxer, who formerly fought out of Por. Pramuk Gym, in Bangkok, Thailand, under the ring name Buakaw Por. Pramuk. He is the former two-time Omnoi Stadium champion, Lumpini Stadium Toyota Marathon champion, Thailand Featherweight champion and two time K-1 World MAX champion. As of 1 August 2017, he is ranked the #5 lightweight in the world by CombatPress.com. [Source: Wiki]
ABOUT YOSHIRO SATO:
Yoshihiro Sato (born January 25, 1981) is a Japanese kickboxer competing in K-1 at middleweight (−70 kg). He is the former world champion of Muay Thai in WKA and WPKC, and he won the Japanese national tournament of K-1 twice in 2006 and 2007. His official nickname is “Mugen Sniper” which means Infinite Sniper. [Source: Wiki]