SPORTS News in the world of K-1

checkii

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Jun 29, 2003
22,253
rain street
K-1 founder Kazuyoshi Ishii is supposedly starting up a “new K-1″. Which is kind of a relief, K-1 has kind of screwed up the sport with ridiculous rules and a stale talent pool
This “new K-1″ is supposed to start in 2012 and will be a world tournament involving several countries. Each country will elect one fighter for each weight class to participate in the tournament to decide the world champion. The plan is to hold this tournament biannually. So it’s a “world tournament” and not like a promotion holding events every one or two months.

Ishii wants to explain this “new K-1″ in detail by August.

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The list of people K-1 owes money to just keeps on growing. Sad to say it, but they are completely toast. Even if they got funding it looks like most guys wouldnt want to fight for them again.


While K-1 representatives remain adamant that the Japanese promotion will continue its push back into the kickboxing world, the promotion's transitional period continues to be plagued by the issue of fighter payment.

Two-time K-1 World Grand Prix runner-up Jerome Le Banner recently stated that he has no intention of competing for the organization in the future. The heavyweight great, who recently won an ISKA trinket in a victory over Stefan Leko, lodged his complaints in an interview with French website IKUSA.org.

Le Banner's distaste for Sadaharu Tanikawa comes through in particular in the aforementioned interview, a fact which should come as little surprise. Le Banner has had a rough departure with FEG, forfeiting his October 2010, K-1 World Grand Prix bout with Kyotaro and having reportedly not received compensation for his Dynamite!! 2010 mixed martial arts loss to Satoshi Ishii. Le Banner's distaste for the current K-1 structure is matched by a clear appreciation for Kazuyoshi Ishii, who is said to be eying some new opportunities in the promotion of kickboxing in 2012.

While Jerome Le Banner's statement, in itself, makes waves as a statement on the alienation of K-1's former top competitors, Ray Sefo has also discussed the troubles with domestic media in Japan. Suffice to say, Sefo, the K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 runner-up and current striking coach at Xtreme Couture, isn't happy with K-1 either.

Nightmare of Battle reports:

Sefo says that they still owe him a lot of money and that they owe Aerts, Le Banner, and Golden Glory as well. He also says that during Ishii’s time everything was done properly and that it became crap since Tanikawa took over.

Well, the story is consistent. A lot of people are owed a lot of money and fighters are continually pointing the finger in the same direction.

The issue of fighters going unpaid is very likely to trouble the attempted comeback of K-1. The promotion has only put on a single event this year, the K-1 World MAX 2011 63 kg. Japan Tournament Final, which was marred by dubious judging and unfortunate commentary alike. When considered alongside the promotion's increasingly curious methods of finding new talent, these developments offer a troubling outlook for the promotion that once stood as a monolithic figure over the kickboxing world.
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And since no one wants to fight for them, why not just recruit scrubs off of facebook :hsugh:

K-1 has announced a new online initiative to attract new fighters to the longstanding kickboxing organization. Hidden Treasures is an online program where K-1 invites up and coming fighters to visit K-1 on Facebook and post information and videos of themselves. After that, "K-1's personnel managers will find you!" according to their site

The company is spinning this as a way to use social media and to discover new worldwide talent, and while there is some truth there, the reality is that this move also demonstrates how far K-1 has fallen. The fact is, there are many great, worldwide kickboxing talents out there, and those men are known to K-1. However, reports from the past year indicate that K-1 is likely no longer in a position to pay these fighters. K-1 now looks to turn towards less experienced names who can likely be brought in at a lower cost. That said, there are some good international names already listed on the Hidden Treasures pages, particularly at 70kg.

In somewhat related news, longtime K-1 veteran Jerome Le Banner told French website ikusa.fr that he is done with K-1 due to frustrations over the way the company is being run, and the fact that he has still not been paid for his December 31 fight with Satoshi Ishii. Although he was at the end of his career, the loss of Le Banner is a serious moral blow to K-1, as JLB, along with Peter Aerts and Ray Sefo, represent the true old guard of K-1, with Le Banner having competed with the company for over 15 years.

For more on Hidden Treasures, or to submit your own info, check out K-1's site, plus the Facebook pages for Heavyweights, 70kg, and 63kg fighters.
 

Kuet

New Member
May 3, 2006
9,612
Hong Kong
So fucking sad. Was just in Tokyo for the past 5 days, first time. I want to move there. 2 of my best friends growing up are out there, so im going to attempt to make the trip more often now that im so much closer than before- My 2 friends are the ones that got me into K1 ( and eventually led to MMA ).

I said id like to come visit Japan again this year and go watch a K1 tournament, but they both said more than likely K1 is done.
This shit is beyond depressing.
 

Faustian

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Jun 29, 2011
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Miami
WAR HYPERBATTLECYBORG

The Bulldog of Normandy will always be my favorite K-1 fighter ahead of #2 Mirko. The guy was a monster and I honestly believe he could punch a person's soul. He's one of those guys that aims his punches two feet behind you and follows it through with lazer precision delivering a 275lb payload to your jaw. His opponents are lucky if the automated overhand left that follows doesn't connect with the back of their head on their way down to the mat. Real talk; years ago when I was training my hardest and considering maybe trying to make a career of fighting, I had a very realistic dream where I'd gotten my big break and was standing center of the ring in Saitama Super Arena confidently awaiting a mystery opponent. JLB walked out onto that platform thing and onto the ramp leading to the ring. I still remember the rush of overwhelming horror, it was increadibly real. I'd forgotten how it felt to feel absolutely defenseless; I was instantly taken back to a 6 year old child. Like in most nightmares, I became aware I was dreaming and unlike most lucid dreams, I woke myself the fuck up. I wanted no part of that.

I could see StrikeForce buying out K-1.
 

Kuet

New Member
May 3, 2006
9,612
Hong Kong
WAR HYPERBATTLECYBORG

The Bulldog of Normandy will always be my favorite K-1 fighter ahead of #2 Mirko. The guy was a monster and I honestly believe he could punch a person's soul. He's one of those guys that aims his punches two feet behind you and follows it through with lazer precision delivering a 275lb payload to your jaw. His opponents are lucky if the automated overhand left that follows doesn't connect with the back of their head on their way down to the mat. Real talk; years ago when I was training my hardest and considering maybe trying to make a career of fighting, I had a very realistic dream where I'd gotten my big break and was standing center of the ring in Saitama Super Arena confidently awaiting a mystery opponent. JLB walked out onto that platform thing and onto the ramp leading to the ring. I still remember the rush of overwhelming horror, it was increadibly real. I'd forgotten how it felt to feel absolutely defenseless; I was instantly taken back to a 6 year old child. Like in most nightmares, I became aware I was dreaming and unlike most lucid dreams, I woke myself the fuck up. I wanted no part of that.

I could see StrikeForce buying out K-1.

what the fuck is this random shit?
 

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