|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
K-1's future has gone from confusing and bleak to confusing and busy, as the sleeping giant awoke in June to put on their first show of the year as well as talk about new funding and potential new buyers. From all accounts, the new buyers have big plans for K-1 and are looking to get the ball rolling very soon, but one piece of the puzzle wasn't quite fitting in to the equation and that was K-1's founder, Kazuyoshi Ishii. Ishii has stated his intentions to not give up on K-1, and many who are close to him believe that he would never let go of the K-1 brand that he started and made a worldwide brand.
Kazuyoshi Ishii has had his hard times, and while he publicly is not the face of K-1 anymore, Sadaharu Tanikawa is the man that Ishii personally chose to run the newly-formed FEG, including his K-1 brand, and many who know the operation know that Ishii is never far from K-1. Ishii's presence is even felt backstage at events, and oddly enough we heard reports that Ishii was not seen at the last K-1 show.
A while back I remember reporting on an idea from Ishii (check this article on NOB), an idea that seemed like grandstanding to many, but already showed signs of moving away from K-1 into a new venture. This idea was a world cup of kickboxing to be held every two years and move away from the K-1 system, which is primarily based on entertainment and character building as opposed to a pure sport atmosphere. Ishii of course made famous the entertainment-based kickboxing industry with help from RINGS founder Akira Maeda, who liked Ishii's K-1 concept but pointed out that fighters like Branko Cikatic might make for tournament champions but aren't the type of fighters that you can build a strong following on. Ishii then became known as one of the best in the industry at cultivating talent and making them stars, as fighters like Peter Aerts, Andy Hug, Jerome Le Banner and even Alistair Overeem can attest to.
So the one piece of the puzzle in a post-PUJI K-1 world that didn't quite fit seemed to be Kazuyoshi Ishii, so when there is an article from a Japanese news outlet that Kazuyoshi Ishii's "World Congress" of kickboxing, a "New K-1" is in the works and that we'll see more details in August, it is clear that his gears are turning and that he might be splintering away from his baby and attempting to create an entirely new kickboxing project.
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If you know kickboxing, you know that Rob Kaman is something special. AFAV does a ton of great, high-quality video work, from interviews to documentary work and continues marching forward with an upcoming interview with Rob Kaman. Watch some of the raw footage here and get hyped up for an interview with the legend himself.
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Saenchai Sinbimuaythai is the most recognizable fighter in Muay Thai today, and has been for the last several years. It's not common at all to see a fighter who is 30 with nearly 300 fights still being considered one of the best, if not the best in Thailand. His clever style, and ability to avoid big shots has allowed him to be a pro fighter for 20 years, and a top Stadium fighter for 15 years. Throughout his career he has fought the best fighters in the country on a regular basis, even if it meant moving up several weight classes to do so. Just a little over a week ago he traveled to Australia and defeated Kurt Finlayson by decision at a weight of 140 pounds. Now, this Thursday he's shedding a dozen pounds to fight at 128 against the hottest fighter in the sport, Kongsak Sitboonmee.
Kongsak is 10-0-1 in his last 11 fights, and all of those opponents were of the highest level. He's just in his early 20's, but like Saenchai, has been fighting since he was 10 or so years old. He brings a typical Thai style to the ring, but has an ungodly left kick. One of the best game changing left kicks I've seen since Samkor Kiatmonthep.
This will be Kongsak's fight to lose. Like I mentioned earlier, Saenchai will have to suck a lot of water out of his body to make weight. Saenchai is also coming off an illness, and a knee injury that may be more serious than we know. Add that to the fact that Kongsak is tearing things up right now, and it leaves me to believe Kongsak will win a decision after butchering Saenchai with his left kick late in the fight.
This fight is one of the reasons why Muay Thai is so great. When 2 fighters are of similar weight, the fight more times than not gets made, and gets made quickly. They agree to the catch weight and a few weeks later they're in the ring fighting. The purse each fighter will receive is nothing like what a big time MMA fighter, or boxer would get. But, this is THE fight in Muay Thai. It's Thai boxing's GSP/Silva, or Pacquiao/Mayweather. However, no dreaming or pondering here, its actually happening.
Aside from the main event this entire card is quite stacked. The event will take place at Rajadamnern Stadium, one of two elite boxing stadiums in Thailand, the other being Lumpini Stadium. The man who just beat Saenchai last month, Sagetdao Petpaiyathai will once again be matched up with Petchboonchu FA Group. They've each beaten each other in the past, with the most recent fight happening earlier this year where Sagetdao took a points win. I expect the same thing to happen this time around. Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym looks to end a 5 fight fight losing streak when he squares off against F16 Rajonont. This fight will have a 600,000 baht side bet between the 2 and there camps. Its a good fight for Nong-O, and I expect the losing streak to end. Sam-A Gaiyanghadaogym, Kaotam Lookprabahrt, an Singdam Kiatmuu9 are also in action.
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As a part of K-1's relaunch this year, K-1 has launched their "Hidden Treasures" initiative. It is K-1's way of utilizing social media to help them do the dirty work of scouting talent around the globe. They are looking for the next big talent in the world to join K-1 and have decided to skip the usual rigors of talent scouting and go right to the internet for help.
So far they have created two pages for the search, a Heavyweight page and a MAX 70kgs page.
They are looking for you, the unknown fighter to give them your personal information and a video so that you can be properly scouted by them.
If you are a talented Heavyweight or Middleweight, head over to one of the two pages, "Like" it and post your details.
Don't forget that they are looking for 63kg fighters as well,Add a comment