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|4.||Marc de Bonte|
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|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
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In an interview released today by French website ikusa.fr, Jerome Le Banner had some bad things to say about K-1, later on focusing specifically on Mr. Tanikawa. Here's a bit of what he had to say:
"I'm not a K-1 fighter." No more K-1! "They don't pay the premium of combat which is due to me!"
"I'm lucky for me it's just a single fight." Other fighters them..."
"He added more, implying an open hint which said that several other combatants have still not been paid. A kind of treason for a person who has helped build the reputation of the K-1 since its inception this 15 years ago."
Le Banner then went on to take shots at Mr. Tanikawa:
"I am very grateful to master Kazuyoshi Ishii." (founder of the K-1 was the first to bring Le Banner to the K-1). But after there is a species of clown who appeared. Yes gentlemen journalists you rigolez and you surely understood that I was talking about M.Tanikawa. This person is just a puppet. "I have still not been paid for my fight on December 31 and until Tanikawa is not president, I will not fight for K-1."
You can read the rest of the interview here, translated. Le Banner goes on to talk about his foray into pro wrestling in Japan under the IGF banner.
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K-1 EP Sadaharu Tanikawa and recent -63kg Japan Tournament winner Yuta Kubo sat down to discuss which fighters from the new "Hidden Treasures" program they're interested in having fight for K-1. You can turn subtitles on by clicking the CC (Open the video in new tab/window). If you don't want to watch the whole video, here's a summary of the fighters Tanikawa is interested in:
Nickname: TT (Trank Trishin)
Height: 170 cm
Gym: Captain Gym (Artur Kyshenko)
Country: United States
Height: 177 cm
Gym: Tiger Muay Thai
Christian Ariel Lopez
Nickname: El Relampago
Height: 167 cm
Gym: Relampago Gym
Javier Hernandez (It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion)
Nickname: El Tigre de Villarubia
Height: 166 cm
Record: 39 fights, 36 wins
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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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