The world of K-1 is a strange one recently, with lots of rumors swirling around about the future of the company and the future of the shows. The most pressing matter is the K-1 World Grand Prix FInal 16, which is just a few weeks away. The most recent rumor was that the arena was not booked yet and the show was in doubt of even happening. It's Showtime issued a press release reporting on Badr Hari's retirement, but also that the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 that Simon Rutz was helping out with might not happen if FEG's debts to It's Showtime were not paid. It makes sense with the amount of fighters being sent to the show to help fulfill their It's Showtime contracts.
By the looks of it, the doubts of the arena being booked are possibly null and void. There has been a seating chart floating around as well as ticket prices within China, while they haven't been posted on K-1's main site yet nor on the Nanjing Arena's site. FEG personnel has also been active recently in contacting fighters and management about the upcoming event, with no signs of the event not happening. There is also a video advertisement that has been airing on Chinese television (credit to Rian for the find).
There is also a strong rumor that there could be a big shake-up within K-1's organization this week, it isn't clear if this is the big "sale" that has been rumored for most of the summer or a possible big investor jumping aboard to help out. If things pan out as rumored, we will know by mid-week what is happening with K-1, and it would not be a surprise if K-1 received another big boost of funds, a new possible owner or some internal shakeups that have been straightening things out.
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.