We've been waiting and waiting it seems for an announcement in regards to K-1. We've known for a while now that Golden Glory has been working to try to get involved with the K-1 brand and that there was a show on March 23rd in Moscow, but the announcement was a long time coming and clearly there were complications involved. Golden Glory issued a press release this morning announcing the March 23rd Moscow event, and explains that the K-1 negotiations are still underway, but that they've decided to move forward with putting out an event featuring top Kickboxers in the meantime.
The event is a co-promotion with Total Sports Asia, who will help with the promotion and production. The fights scheduled are huge, with Semmy Schilt confirmed for the main event, with no opponent of yet. Originally he was set to fight Sergei Kharitonov, but Sergei has a new opponent and it is a big one. Sergei Kharitonov will fight in K-1 rules against American fighter Mark "Fightshark" Miller. Miller broke back onto the scene in 2011 with a giant knockout on Nikolaj Falin, but with the downfall of K-1 leaving fans waiting for more. Both men are Knockout artists and looking to prove a point, with Miller looking to prove that his career is just beginning again at age 40 and Sergei proving that he is as good of a Kickboxer as he is MMA fighter.
Another huge bout is Errol "Bone crusher" Zimmerman squaring off against Jerome Le Banner. Errol Zimmerman had what could easily be described as the best year for any fighter in 2011, while Le Banner has been keeping himself in shape through professional wrestling and has begun his "Le Banner World Tour." Le Banner is looking to take over the world again, and Zimmerman is looking to prove he belongs at the top and is taking his career seriously.
The other names announced for the Kickboxing portion of the event are Robin van Roosmalen, Igor Jurkovic, Maxim Vorvovski and more. There will also be a MMA portion to this card. While it was expected to be a full K-1 card under the brand of K-1, Ultimate Glory events have still been great kickboxing cards and bringing Semmy Schilt, Sergei Kharitonov, Mark Miller, Errol Zimmerman, Jerome Le Banner and Robin van Roosmalen onto one card is incredible.
Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.
His second novel, Terminus Cycle, launches on March 24th.