Throwback Video of the Week: Caol Uno vs Joachim Hansen

 

As Pride FC was reaching it’s height of popularity, K-1 took it’s Romanex MMA series and individual MMA fights on K-1 MAX events and created the Hero’s brand.  The all MMA fight card was the first full venture into MMA from the world’s largest kickboxing promotion.  Two of the best lightweights at the time were set to face off leading up to the K-1 Hero’s Middleweight GP (70kg).  Caol Uno was largely considered one of the very best lightweights in MMA, having won the Shooto Welterweight Title (70kg/154lbs) in 1999 and going to a draw in the UFC lightweight tournament finals against B.J. Penn.  The draw in this fight led to the division’s brief absence from the UFC and the top lightweights and lighter weight classes fighting in Japan with K-1 and Pride FC.  Joachim Hansen had won the Shooto welterweight title in 2003 when he upset Takanori Gomi.  Hansen lost the belt to Vitor “Shaolin” before making the move to K-1 and putting together a 9-2-1 record.  Caol Uno and Hansen were looking for a spot in the upcoming Hero’s Welterweight GP to combat the Pride Lightweight GP (160lbs) taking place in the coming months.  Enjoy one of the greatest knockouts in Japanese MMA history:

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