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K-1 Announces Agreement With SuperKombat

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K-1 announced today that they have entered an agreement with SuperKombat. SuperKombat will now be assisting K-1 with format and production of events this year. They will also be helping K-1 to secure European talent.

With the new ownership of K-1 being new to running events, they've gotten some help in the form of a stable promotion in SuperKombat that has been built up by its owner, Eduard Irimia. Irimia has experience promoting events around Europe, with tons of experience in the production department, along with many connections throughout the kickboxing world. Full press release below:

 

Los Angeles, CA - K-1, the world's premier kickboxing organization, today announced an agreement with the European leader in combat sports production, Superkombat WGP, and that both companies will work together in the development of K-1's live event production.

"I am pleased to have an industry leader like SuperKombat WGP supporting K-1," said Doug Kaplan, CEO, K-1.  "SuperKombat WGP and the company president Eduard Irimia believe in the strength of K-1. We are fortunate to have them on board as we expand globally and build the next generation of warriors in the sport."

Superkombat WGP is the industry leader in fight production throughout Europe. The company currently produces live combat sports events in 75 countries across four continents. Irimia and his team will work closely with K-1 in the format and production of its 2012 series of live arena events in America, Greece and Japan.  SuperKombat WGP will also assist K-1 in securing the biggest and best new kickboxing talent coming out of Europe.

"I am honored that Superkombat WGP will be working closely with K-1 to present the absolute best technology in live television production today," said Irimia. "I am excited that K-1 has finally returned. SuperKombat WGP will help K-1 in every possible way to once again become a giant in combat sports."

K-1's next event is the U.S. Grand Prix Championships live from the LA Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, Sept. 8. The all-star line-up of heavyweight fights include: Mighty Mo vs. Rick Roufus, Seth Petruzelli vs. Xavier Vigney, Dewey Cooper vs. Randy Blake, and Jarrell Miller vs. Jack May. Also, the K-1 MAX (Middleweight) fights include: Chaz Mulkey vs. Kit Cope, Michael Mananquil vs. Scotty Leffler, Bryce Krause vs. Justin Greskiewicz and Ben Yelle vs. Joey Pagliuso. Superfights include: Lerdsilla Chumpairtour vs. Gabriel Varga, Andy Howson vs. Romie Adanza, Justin Buchholz vs. Zhipeng Zhou and Markhaile Wedderburn vs. Jeremiah Metcalf.
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Raul Catinas and Hesdy Gerges the Latest Fighters Confirmed for K-1 WGP Final 16

GergesThere has yet to be anything official from K-1 yet when it comes to who is fighting in the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16, but that is alright as we've already heard from a few fighters' camps already, talking about their inclusion. So far we know that Dzevad Poturak, Paul Slowinski, Mirko Cro Cop, Ben Edwards and probably Daniel Ghita will be fighting in the K-1 tournament. There are other names rumored, like Sergei Laschenko and Catalin Morosanu, but we've yet to see anything official to that effect yet. The latest names added to the list are that of Raul Catinas and Hesdy Gerges, confirmed by their coach, Thom Harinck.

Catinas is a great addition, as a young fighter who has been continually improving over the past few years. Catinas, a Romanian fighter, has primarily been fighting for SuperKombat for the past two years in his home of Romania. His signing hints at the possible SuperKombat partnership we've been hearing about for a while, but regardless, Catinas serves as a great addition to the tournament at age 24 riding on a five fight win streak.

The addition of Gerges helps to legitimize the tournament, as Ghita will serve as the third participant in the tournament, on top of Ghita and Laschenko, who are ranked in LiverKick.com's Top 10. Daniel Ghita is a strong #2, Laschenko is #6 and Gerges is at #10. Gerges has had a tough few years after looking incredibly strong in 2010. This doesn't mean that he can't rebound, as this tournament will be a perfect chance for him to string a few quality wins together and get himself back in the discussion as one of the elite Heavyweights.

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K-1 Los Angeles Trailer

K-1 released the trailer for their upcoming US GP event in Los Angeles taking place on September 8th today, with a video exploring "K-1 Rising" featuring a sort of "best of K-1" montage. It should be noted that expecting the fighters who are appearing in this video to be on the card is not wise at this juncture, as K-1 has already released the card.

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Ben Edwards and Paul Slowinski on Tap for K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16

Ben EdwardsYesterday we brought news of Daniel Ghita's rumored involvement in the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 in Tokyo this October, and today we can bring forth a few definite names. After speaking with their manager, it was revealed to LiverKick.com that both Ben Edwards and Paul Slowinski from Australia are slated to take place in the World Grand Prix Final 16. Both men bring a varying degree of experience and credibility with them, both former K-1 Final 16 competitors in their own right, and make for fine additions to K-1 in these confusing times.

Paul "The Sting" Slowinski has two K-1 qualifying tournaments under his belt in his career and has appeared in the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 a total of two times, the last time in 2008, losing to the man that went on to become champion that year, Remy Bonjasky. His next shot at K-1 was in 2010 in the Oceania GP, where he made his way to the Finals but fell to the other man this post is about, Ben Edwards. Slowinski, since his last K-1 appearance, is on an eight fight winning streak with wins over names like Steve Banks, Peter Graham, Chris Knowles and Carter Williams.

The 2010 Oceania GP was Ben Edwards's coming out party in the Kickboxing world, as he ran through it in record time. Edwards displayed his brute strength and knockout power, earning his way into the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16. It was there that he ran into the man who would go on to be champion in 2010, Alistair Overeem, and was laid out flat in the first round. Since then, Edwards has been trying to find himself again, going 4-2 since then but trying to become more of a Kickboxer and less of a brawler. Edwards's only problem seems to be his lack of cardio, but if he works on it, with his skill and power he'll be a force to be reckoned with.

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