Misfortune has struck Albert Kraus, the first ever K-1 World MAX Champion in 2002, as he has been afflicted by a bad case of the flu this week, putting him down for the count. This means that Kraus will be unable to fight this weekend at GLORY 3 Rome in the 70kg Final 8 tournament, which leaves an open slot. According to Glory, Yoshihiro Sato, who was originally slated to fight in a Reserve Fight, will step in to face Sanny Dahlback in the opening round.
Sato was chosen from Glory's new ranking system that they have implemented, which has Sato ranked at number nine, making him the clearest choice to fill in.
This means that Dzabar Askerov is without an opponent for the Reserve fight, right? Wrong, as Warren Stevelmans will be stepping up to fight Askerov, with both men having a chance to possibly get back into the tournament if anyone is injured during the course of their three fights in one night.
GLORY 3 Rome goes down this weekend and as always, you can watch it here live on LiverKick.com.