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Jean-Claude Van Damme Doesn't Feel The Olympics are Ready for Kickboxing

  • Published in Kickboxing

JCVDExpendables 2 star and all-around action movie bad-ass Jean-Claude Van Damme is a man who is not a stranger to getting a lot of press. JCVD's press tour for Expendables 2 also happens to fall in line with when the whole world is talking about the 2012 London Olympics, which is currently going on as I type. The Olympics, of course, are the worldwide event that happens every few years and brings together the best athletes from across the globe in a vast array of different sports to compete for medals and prestige. Absent from the Summer Olympics is any form of Kickboxing or combat sport outside of Boxing, Wrestling, Judo and possibly Tae Kwon Do, depending on how you value Olympic TKD.

When asked about his love for Kickboxing and if it would make for a good Olympic sport, JCVD wasn't entirely convinced.

“For people to understand the techniques of kickboxing is very difficult if you’re not inside the game. A lot of times with kickboxing, you only see the violence. You don’t see the main thing of the fight. It looks violent on TV from the outside, but very peaceful and technical on the inside. Only the warriors understand that, and maybe it’s too violent these days to be in good terms with the Olympics.”

He also mentioned his love for K-1 and MMA as well, but no mention of the long-rumored Kickboxing contest between himself and Somluck Kamsing, which many, including Kamsing, believe will not happen.

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K-1 World Grand Prix in Nanjing Looking to Be a "Go"

  • Published in K-1

K-1 NanjingThe 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.

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