K-1 - THE WORLD’S MOST EXCITING AND PRESTIGIOUS MARTIAL ARTS FIGHTING SPORT IS RISING - WITH MORE THAN TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN PRIZE MONEY IN 2012.
Today, the new "K-1 Production team" announces the rise of K-1, offering millions of devoted fans and new audiences, an established world-class brand of combat.
A wide array of the world’s best stand up fighters, square off face to face, bringing together their own techniques born from Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, San Shou, and other martial arts. Few other sports share the global interest, elaborate the showmanship and the popularity of K-1, along with the deep spirituality and ritualism practiced over centuries by millions of martial artists.
Real Entertainment, a company made up of former PRIDE Fighting Championships employees and recent co-producers of the DREAM brand are planning an eight-man lightweight tournament that would kick off this May.
According to Josh Gross of ESPN.com, the event would be staged without the help of FEG, the parent company of K-1 and DREAM, amidst huge financial woes and claims that FEG is in debt to Real Entertainment employees.
In addition, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has confirmed that he is in talks with the promotional group to send up to five of his fighters over to participate.
Tim Sylvia. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
- Ricardo Almeida has pulled out of his November 21 bout with welterweight contender Jon Fitch at UFC 106 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout was expected to be Almeida’s first at 170 lbs after a career at middleweight. Fitch told MMA Junkie he’ll now get a “bigger fight instead.” [MMAJunkie.com]
- Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia will be appearing on the upcoming K-1 Dynamite! show on New Year’s Eve. Sylvia has been offered bouts with Alistair Overeem and Hong Man Choi and Fighters Only is reporting that Sylvia’s camp is currently favoring a bout with Choi. [Fighters Only Magazine]
Andy Wang. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Tonight’s Strikeforce Challengers event on Showtime isn’t the only notable event taking place this weekend. China-based Art of War will hold its latest offering on Saturday at the Cotai Arena in Macao with “Ultimate Fighter 5” cast member Andy Wang headlining the event against Tsuboi Atsuhiro.
Other featured bouts include one of the newest member of Greg Jackson’s camp, Rolles Gracie, challenging K-1 kickboxer Peter Graham and Sengoku veteran Michael Costa facing highly-touted welterweight prospect Simeon Thoresen.
Kid Yamamoto. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
Here are your quick hits for the afternoon of June 18, 2009.
— Former pound-for-pound phenom Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto will return to action a little less than two months after suffering his first professional MMA loss in seven years at K-1’s “World MAX 2009” event on July 13 in a kickboxing bout. “Kid” will be fighting Jae hee Cheon in a three-round matchup. Other notable MMA fighters competing include Tatsuya Kawajiri and Atsushi Yamamoto. [Japan-MMA.com]
— Longtime veteran Dennis Hallman will now be facing training partner Justin Davis in a catch-weight bout at tomorrow night’s “Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg” event at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington. Hallman was originally slated to take on Cedric Marks, who was forced out of the bout after reportedly competing this past weekend and acquiring a medical suspension because of it. A lightweight bout between Jorge Gurgel and Conor Heun will also now be contested at a catch-weight of 160 lbs. [MMA Junkie]
“Kid” Yamamoto. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
DREAM parent company Fighting and Entertainment Group today revealed the promotion’s schedule for the new year, with DREAM’s first show being held on March 8 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan and featuring the opening rounds of the organization’s inaugural featherweight and welterweight grand prix tournaments.
In total, DREAM will put on seven total shows in ‘09. Solidified dates for shows include April 5 at Nippon Gaishi Hall and December 31 at the Saitama Super Arena for the annual year-end K-1 Dynamite show. DREAM officials are also planning to hold shows in May, July, September, and October.
Shinya Aoki. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
In a battle of Japanese MMA legends, Kiyoshi Tamura bested Kazushi Sakuraba, grinding out a hard-fought unanimous decision in the main event of K-1’s annual “Dynamite!!” show at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
After a colorful entrance to the ring, Sakuraba went right to work as he quickly took Tamura down and captured his back in the fight’s opening moments. However Tamura was able to swiftly reverse position and landed on top of Sakuraba, where he would spend the majority of the first round. Sakuraba nearly caught Tamura multiple times during the first stanza, including the final seconds, where he locked in an armbar on Tamura but was unable to finish him off before the bell.
We will be going live at 1 AM EST with live results of this morning’s K-1 Dynamite!! 2008 event, which takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Feel free to leave comments throughout the morning. Live results are after the jump.
K-1 Dynamite!! 2008 will be headlined by a Japanese legends match between Kazushi Sakuraba and Kiyoshi Tamura. Additional featured bouts will include Eddie Alvarez taking on Shinya Aoki in a battle of top-ranked lightweights and Mirko Cro Cop making his his return to action against Hong-Man Choi.
Melvin Manhoef. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
Fighting and Entertainment Group, the parent company of DREAM, has announced that two-time K-1 kickboxing champion Jerome LeBanner will not be able to participate in his bout against Mark Hunt at FieLDS Dynamite!! 2008 tomorrow after being hospitalized with the flu.
Melvin Manhoef has been tapped to replace the Frenchman and will fight for the first time since announcing that he was entering into a temporary retirement following a disappointing first-round submission loss to eventful DREAM middleweight grand prix winner Gegard Mousasi in September.
Prior to his loss to Mousasi, Manhoef had defeated Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba in the tournament’s quarterfinal round. Manhoef, a native of Holland, also owns career victories over Ian Freeman and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos.
Ikuhisa Minowa. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
Fighting and Entertainment Group, the parent company of DREAM, has announced that longtime Japanese MMA veteran Ikuhisa Minowa will take on K-1 kickboxing champion Errol Zimmerman in the opening bout at FieLDS Dynamite!! 2008, which takes place on New Year’s Eve at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
With the announcement of the matchup, the 19-fight card has been finalized.
Minowa, a veteran of MMA since the glory days of Pancrase in the mid-90’s, will be fighting for the fifth time in 2008 when he takes on Zimmerman. Minowa has gone 2-2 so far this year, most recently falling to fellow Pancrase veteran Masakatsu Funaki via submission at DREAM.6 on September 23.