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K-1 World MAX 2011 70kg Japan Tournament FINAL on September 25

  • Published in Kickboxing

World MAXK-1's recent purchase was bound to lead to more announcements and speculation, and outside of the rumor of the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 in October, there has actually been another show scheduled for September, which is looking to be the K-1 World MAX Japan tournament finals for the 70kg weight class. This is the tournament that would usually happen around February, but due to K-1's problemed year, this tournament will be happening in September instead. We've already seen a few fights in this "tournament" and are set to see the rest of the tournament unfold on the 25th of September.

It will happen in Osaka, Japan on September 25 with a host of participants planned for the show; Albert Kraus, Yuya Yamamot, Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima, Yasuhiro Kido, Yuta Kubo, Kizaemon Saiga, Yuji Nashiro, KENTA, Takafumi Morita, YOSHI and Takeshi Yokoyama. As you can tell, a mix of -63kg fighters and 70kg fighters, so it won't strictly be the 70kg tournament, much like there were MAX/70kg fights at the -63kg tournament.

It should also be noted that if K-1 wanted to hold a World MAX tournament around that time it would be impossible for them, as It's Showtime is promoting their Fast and Furious 70kg MAX tournament on September 24th. It will be two incredible days for kickboxing for sure. [source]

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K-1 Offering Stream for Free on Sunday

  • Published in K-1

K-1

Just when we thought that everything was all figured out, about an hour ago K-1 dropped a bit of a bomb on their fans; the stream of the event this Sunday will be completely free of charge. That's right, so if you were looking forward to watching the K-1 event and were not happy about paying $20 for it, it looks like you are in luck. Of course, it is not an entirely noble gesture. It turns out that the internet connection within the arena might not be cohesive with broadcasting an internet stream in HD. Read: Expect a choppy stream that will not be able to handle a decent amount of traffic.

Read the announcement from K-1 below.

"Dear all K-1 fans,

K-1 production team found the internet speed at the venue is not fast enough to support live streaming in high quality. However, they assume that internet speed is good enough to view the fight in standard quality.

We want more fans to enjoy watching exciting new K-1 show, so we decide to live stream for free of charge.

We will provide the recorded show in high quality as soon as it is ready.

We hope you all enjoy the exciting fight and feel the heat of new K-1.

K-1 Global Holdings Limited"

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Andy Souwer Out - Christopher Mena in K-1 MAX Final 8

  • Published in K-1

K-1

A bit of a streak of bad luck struck K-1, who has split the K-1 World MAX Final 8 into two upcoming events, this weekend as both Andy Souwer and Enriko Kehl were forced to pull out from the December 28th event in Foshan, China. Souwer, who was ready to go, suffered from a bout of appendicitis late last week which forced him into the hospital where they had to perform a routine but emergency surgical procedure to remove the troubled organ. Souwer is resting comfortably and healing up but will not be ready in time for either event, so he has had to pull out. Enriko Kehl fought Buakaw Banchamek last weekend and received a rather nasty cut on his forehead which will not be healed up in time for December 28th.

So the fight between Andy Souwer and Enriko Kehl will obviously not happen, but that doesn't mean that all hope is lost. Oh no. K-1 has been prepared in case of such an emergency and was quick to do some shuffling, as Shane Campbell will now be fighting on the December 28th event against the winner of the Reserve bout from September, Christopher Mena. That left Maximo Suarez without an opponent, which, yes, you figured it out, his new opponent is Enriko Kehl.

So that means that the awesome fight between Shane Campbell and Maximo Suarez won't happen, but who knows, there is always next round, right?

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