Ruslan Savelyevich Karaev
Руслан Савельевич Караев, ; born May 19, 1983) is a Russian kickboxer
origin. He is K-1 World GP 2005 in Las Vegas and K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 in Taipei
tournament champion. He is currently living in Tokyo
and training at Ihara Dojo Gym.He joined the Golden Glory
's K-1 stable, training under Cor Hemmers.
Biography and career
On August 13, 2005 Ruslan Karaev made his K-1
tournament debut at K-1 World GP 2005 in Las Vegas
as a virtual unknown. In quarter finals Karaev faced Freddy Kemayo
and won the bout by 1 round spinning back kick KO that caught Kemayo in the midsection. In the semifinals, Karaev faced muay thai
stylist Azem Maksutaj
, what was later acknowledged as one of the greatest battles of K-1
history. He topped his performance of the night by a unanimous decision win over American Scott Lighty
and was crowned the tournament champion.
On September 23, 2005 at the K-1 World GP Final Eliminations in Osaka Dome
he faced Rickard Nordstrand
the replacement fighter of four time World Champion Ernesto Hoost
who had to pull out due to a leg injury. Ruslan won the fight by unanimous decision and earned his first appearance at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2005
Ruslan finished up his rookie year in K-1
on November 19, 2005 at the Tokyo Dome
, his quarterfinal opponent was......