SPORTS K-1 WGP is BACK!!!!!!!

checkii

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September 15, 2011 - Tokyo, Japan - K-1 has announced that "K-1 WORLD GP 2011 IN NANJING FINAL16" will be held in Nanjing, China on October 29th.

In the streaming conference, K-1's EP Sadaharu Tanikawa announced that "K-1 WORLD GP 2011 IN NANJING FINAL16" will be held on October 29th in Nanjing, China. "WGP 2011 FINAL 8" is also planned to be held in China or other Asian area.

EP Tanikawa also confirmed that this is a joint event between FEG and one of the best ranked Chinese broadcasting company "JSBC / Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation " . The venue of this event is "Nanjing Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium" which contains 13,000 people.

A message from It's Showtime representative Simon Ruts was read in the program, then Mr.Rutz's cooperation for this event and "The Golden Boy" Badr Hari's comeback has become clear. Also fighters like Tyrone Spong, Daniel Ghita, Hesdy Gerges, Ruslan Karaev, Melvin Manhoef, Ben Edwards, Sergii Lashchenko and so on are expected to compete in this event in Nanjing.

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What a joke K1 has become. let's just hope Spong and Hari aren't on the same side of the brackets....
 
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checkii

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Jun 29, 2003
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And it's starting to sound like it's dead again:

Badr Hari is retiring from Kickboxing and his last fight (pending no KI WGP) will be on It's Showtime card against Saki. Then he plans on making his career in boxing.

No WGP unless K-1 pays all of the money it owes to It's Showtime, GG, the fighters, etc.

It's Showtime card is stacked and has all of the names from the K-1 Final 16.

I'll be shocked if K-1 actually puts this event together. there is virtually no time left to pay these guys off and the total is in the millions.

that also leaves them needing to be able to afford to put on the event, and pay their fighters. and I highly doubt any fighters will go without a retainer.
 

phonics

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Oct 27, 2004
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Why boxing? I realise his MMA debut wasnt so great, but if he trained his wrestling/tdd, he could be an entertaining fighter.

How does he fare against boxers who have been doing nothing but boxing their entire lives?

Cant fault him for trying to get paid tho
 

damiand

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Aug 15, 2004
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Why boxing? I realise his MMA debut wasnt so great, but if he trained his wrestling/tdd, he could be an entertaining fighter.

How does he fare against boxers who have been doing nothing but boxing their entire lives?

Cant fault him for trying to get paid tho

I think Badr would adapt to boxing better than MMA. Its all about the feet and the mentality of having to worry about a takedown. Thats the hardest part about the transition to MMA for standup fighters.
 

EG6

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Mar 20, 2005
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I'll believe it when I see it.

http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news/358404/K-1-Grand-Prix-2011-apparently-dead/

Reports are beginning to surface that the Final 16 of the Grand Prix, scheduled for October 29 in Nanjing, China, has been cancelled, though there is still no official word from K-1.

The most credible report comes from Anil Dubar, manager to K-1 fighter Daniel Ghita, who announced on a Dutch language blog that the Final 16 event was cancelled.

There is no mention of the event on the website for the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium (the alleged site of the show) nor any information on how to purchase tickets.

With only two weeks until the show, tickets not on sale, fighters and managers publicly saying that they are off the show, and It's Showtime, K-1's biggest partner gearing up to pull their fighters, it certainly seems like this is a done deal.

At this point, it's time to accept facts. The best kickboxing tournament in the world is over.

Rest in Peace K-1 Grand Prix.

:wtc::wtc::wtc:
 
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checkii

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this is worse than the demise of Pride and the sport of boxing all wrapped up together. :wtc:
 

SubOptimal

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It was back, and now it's gone.

It looks like the dreams of a 2011 K-1 World Grand Prix may finally be dead. Reports are beginning to surface that the Final 16 of the Grand Prix, scheduled for October 29 in Nanjing, China, has been cancelled, though there is still no official word from K-1.

The most credible report comes from Anil Dubar, manager to K-1 fighter Daniel Ghita, who announced on a Dutch blog that the Final 16 event was cancelled. This news is not much of a surprise, as it comes at the end of a week full of last minute scrambling on K-1's part.

As we reported last week, Tyrone Spong confirmed that, as of one week ago, he had not been paid for past K-1 fights and was unlikely to participate in this year's tournament. We've known for quite some time that many fighters were still waiting for payments, which could potentially cripple the 2011 tournament. Then, earlier this week, news came out that K-1 was working to take care of this problem, but in a rather odd way.

LiverKick.com reports that K-1 did indeed offer some of this year's Final 16 fighters a contract for the Final 16 event, but that by signing the contract those fighters would have to forfeit their rights to half of the money due to them from previous fights. It's unknown exactly who was offered this deal, or if anyone signed it.

One thing we do know - fighters represented by It's Showtime (the European organization who is helping promote the Grand Prix and manages many of the fighters involved) were not given this offer. It's Showtime President Simon Rutz has been very vocal about his fighters' lack of pay and the fact that if this was not sorted out, his fighters would not take part. He gave K-1 a deadline of this past Friday to receive payment. Again, LiverKick.com reports that as of Sunday, there is no word of that payment.

Finally, there is no mention of the event on the website for the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium (the alleged site of the show) nor any information on how to purchase tickets.

With only two weeks until the show, tickets not on sale, fighters and managers publicly saying that they are off the show, and K-1's biggest partner gearing up to pull their fighters, it certainly seems like this is a done deal. I would expect K-1 will keep trying to pull it together and will resist officially cancelling until the last minute. Given their track record, don't be surprised if they actually cancel the Final 16, but still say a Final 8 will happen in December. But at this point, it's time to accept facts. The best kickboxing tournament in the world is over.


http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/10/...rt-k-1-grand-prix-2011-cancelled-its-showtime
 

Kuet

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I still have a smidgen of hope...:wtc:

http://mmaweekly.com/what-does-the-future-of-k-1-hold-is-there-a-future-for-k-1


What Does the Future of K-1 Hold? Is There a Future for K-1?

Posted on October 17, 2011 by MMAWeekly.com Staff


Like many Japanese fight promotions over the past few years, K-1 has struggled to regain a foothold among the once sizable crowds that used to flock to the promotion’s events. In it’s heyday, K-1 could draw tens of thousands of fans to Japan’s largest arenas. It drew incredible TV ratings.
But those days are no more. The promotion now is reportedly on its last legs, trying to find a way out of the mire.
Current reports are that there are a few suitors that may opt to save K-1 from extinction, but there is still no clear path to resurrection.
Simon Rutz of the It’s Showtime promotion, which has worked closely with K-1, offered the following post on his company’s website on Monday detailing K-1′s current status:
Because there is no information regarding the new start of K-1 coming from Japan, I will clarify the situation for everyone.
FEG, the parent company of the former K-1 brand, is technically bankrupt. The name K-1 lays now at the Japanese company Barbizon. There are 2 serious parties now, which try to pull the K-1 brand name towards themselves and place this in a new company.
The first one to find an investor is FEG’s president, Mr. Tanikawa. He has found a Korean investor who has big plans with the K-1 label. This investor claims to have a verbal agreement with Mr. Ishii and Barbizon regarding the takeover of the K-1 label. Details were already discussed and agreed upon, but the only missing thing is the necessary signature of Mr. Ishii.
The second one to find a potential investor is Bas Boon. He has found an American company which also has big opportunities to bring the K-1 brand to high levels. However, also this company needs the signature of Mr. Ishii.
In the meanwhile, even a third potential investor has reported itself to take over the K-1 label, but this investor has presented itself only a couple of days ago.
All three companies have big plans to bring the K-1 label back to the place where it belongs and therefore make sure that the brand of K-1 has a healthy future.
All investors understand that a good cooperation with IT’S SHOWTIME is essential to prevent future conflicts of interest and to make sure that in the future all world elite fighters will participate to the tournaments; that means the fighters of both IT’S SHOWTIME as the ones of Golden Glory. We from IT’S SHOWTIME support the plans to make the K-1 label a strong brand again, because this is in the best interest of the sport, the fighters and the millions of fans around the world.
This year there will be no K-1 Final Elimination and K-1 World Grand Prix Final for the following reasons:
- It’s currently unknown which investor gets Mr. Ishii’s signature
- There’s not enough time left to organize such a big event
- The visas for the fighters to travel to China haven’t been arranged and these are essential to be able to fight there
The decision to not rush into crazy things is a wise one, because severe mistakes that could cause more unnecessary damage to the K-1 label are being prevented.
From next year there will be a new and healthy company that will work on the worldwide brand of K-1.
For the fighters who were already preparing to fight on October 29 in China this will be a hard pill to swallow, but on the other hand, these developments offer enough perspective to positively look ahead to the future.
I hope I have answered the many questions and to have clarified these matters.
Best regards,
Simon Rutz
IT’S SHOWTIME
 

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