There are a few things that were strange about the ending.
The first thing that was odd was that before the decision had been announced Buakaw was already gone. Several reports were that as soon as the fight was over Buakaw and his team got into a car and drove off. After it was declared a draw K-1 made it seem like they were giving Buakaw time to come back to the ring, this would make one think he was still backstage. If he was long gone why try to stall things, just declare Kehl the winner by foreit.
Now why would Buakaw walk out? According to his camp Buakaw walked out because there was gambling taking place on this fight online, and that K-1 changed the rules at the last minute to put Buakaw at a disadvantage. K-1 as refuted these claims and has condemned Buakaw’s actions. There was in fact bets being taken on the fight and one of the bets would award the person betting money if the fight ended in a loss or draw for Buakaw. K-1 has claimed that the gambling was canceled before the event.
If Buakaw’s claims were true, then why fight? Also why not wait to hear the decision before walking out?
Fans seemed to back Buakaw and it seemed to hurt K-1 for a while. The promotion is now a former shell of what it once was and mainly operates in Japan.
Check out the fight and let us know what you think about what took place in the fight.