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Down Goes ElkY! RaSZi Wins Long-Awaited Kickboxing Match

Created By: Arthur Crowson
22 November 2011
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, Not Poker Related


The highly-awaited kickboxing match between Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Lex "RaSZi" Veldhuis finally went down in Marbella, Spain, earlier today.

ElkY and Veldhuis, who both played Starcraft professionally before finding poker, had been training for the fight since 2009 and decided to finally get it done as part of a TV show that was filming in the area.

We even talked to Grospellier and Veldhuis earlier this year about the fight and they gave us a few quotes that now seem somewhat prophetic. 

“I think his biggest advantage is his reach,” said ElkY. “That’s definitely the hardest thing I’m going to be able to counter. Even though getting hit isn’t very nice, I think it’s going to end well.”

In the end Veldhuis’ reach proved to be too much for ElkY to handle and two roundhouse kicks sent the French pro to the mat.

The match also provided an interesting Thai vs. Dutch angle as ElkY studied Thai kickboxing. At the time Veldhius downplayed the significance of being Dutch.

“Holland is the tallest nation in the world so my genes have given me good reach, which will help a lot,” he said. Holland does do well in kickboxing but it’s not like in Thailand where it’s really part of the culture. It’s not like all kids learn to kickbox in Holland.”

There was a substantial amount of money riding on the event including a $50k wager between the participants. Earlier in the year ElkY said pride was the bigger concern.

“Man I really don’t want to lose to him,” he said. “I will be so ashamed. The money is definitely not the most important thing.”

Unfortunately for ElkY he definitely lost. We’ve found one clip of the fight that you can watch above. That second roundhouse kick looks painful.

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dustball 2011-11-24 01:00:15

Elky lost cause he didnt have his glasses on!

Hank 2011-11-24 00:52:16

Arthur... cheers mate!!!

Arthur Crowson 2011-11-23 18:59:14

Hey guys we replaced that old lesser-quality video with the HD one RaSZi posted. FYI.

Hank 2011-11-23 13:36:39

WTF is this... surely after all planning and hype they could have at least got a decent cameraman to cover it. Shame elky didnt win.

Bigdinkscity 2011-11-23 03:30:51

I want to fight the guy filming this......annoying!

Hank 2011-11-23 00:23:02

Wow Elky looked bad.