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A Look at K-1's Rising Talents From the Los Angeles GP

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For the first time since 2008, K-1 will return to US soil with the K-1 World Grand Prix Los Angeles event, focusing on cultivating US talent. This is the first time in a very long time where K-1 is actually looking to build up new stars in the United States and make a real, honest-to-goodness effort to push into the mainstream in the United States. If you are a Kickboxing fan, you know that the Heavyweight division has a certain lack of depth to it, so the fact that there will be what can be considered a new generation of fighters presented this weekend is exciting to many.

LiverKick is going to run you through the up-and-comers in the Heavyweight division that will be competing on Saturday at the K-1 World Grand Prix Los Angeles, just so that you'll be prepared.

Jarrell Miller - Jarrell is probably the fighter with the most upside at the moment. He is a known commodity in that he has competed in Kickboxing and Muay Thai for years now, and has recently ventured into the realm of Heavyweight Boxing with nothing but success. We’ve already seen Jarrell in “big fight situations” when he competed in the WCL when he was just 19 years old, including a big win over UFC Heavyweight Pat Barry. Be looking out for Jarrell to hit hard and to try to end it early and make a big statement.

Randy Blake - Blake, another WCL veteran, has a lot of hype surrounding him as he competes in the Southeast a lot, mainly in Oklahoma City. Blake went 1-1 in his WCL career and since then has been taking on all comers, but at Heavyweight, Blake will be undersized against most fighters. As we’ve seen in the past though, that doesn’t always mean a death sentence in K-1, as many undersized fighters have had great Heavyweight careers.

Xavier Vigney - Xavier Vigney is still very much a wildcard when it comes to what his potential is. He had a promising future in American Football, being a standout at De La Salle in California before hanging up the shoulder pads and began kicking thai pads. He has fought a number of amateur bouts, but has yet to step into the ring as a professional. What he does have going for him is size and athleticism, which is very important for a fighter. From the amateur bouts of his that are online he looks a bit rough around the edges, but there is definitely something there. If we’ll see that this weekend against tough veteran Seth Petruzelli is another thing entirely.

Jack May - Jack May is a 4-1 MMA fighter who stands at a towering 6’8” who has yet to really make a dent on the Kickboxing world. All of his victories in MMA come by way of Knockout, so it is safe to say that he should feel at home in a stand-up only environment. He trains at CSW in California and works extensively with Josh Barnett, who of course is known for his grappling. There won’t be much grappling for him to do this weekend, so it still remains to be seen how he handles K-1 rules.

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K-1 World Grand Prix in Los Angeles Promo Videos

The K-1 World Grand Prix in Los Angeles is just days away now, with the show going down this coming Saturday and the heat of the summer is still on. K-1 makes its return to US soil for the first time in years and on top of that, K-1 Global will promote their first official show on their own, so there will be a lot on the line. To add to that, the event will be broadcast live on Spike.com as the first step in a multiplatform deal with Spike TV. K-1 has gone ahead and uploaded a few new videos promoting the big Heavyweight fights, and we are glad to share them with you.

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Singh Jaideep Replaces Badr Hari At K-1 Final 16

With Badr Hari obviously in jail and not able to fight at the K-1 WGP Final 16 on October 14 in Tokyo, Japan, a replacement has been sought and found.

K-1 veteran Singh "Heart" Jaideep replaces Hari in the field of 16. Jaideep has fought in the past in K-1 seven times, holding a record of 5-2 in the organization with losses coming to Ewerton Teixeira and Gokhan Saki.

Since he last fought in K-1, he did lose a terrible decision to Xhavit Bajrami back in July of 2011. Later that year though, he ran through the RISE Heavyweight Tournament, stopping all three of his opponents in the first round.

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Yokkao Extreme 2013, January 26: Andy Souwer vs. Dzhabar Askerov Headlines

After a very successful and well done inaugural Yokkao Extreme 2012 event that featured the likes of Buakaw, Saenchai and Giorgio Petrosyan, Yokkao is back with another card in January 2013.

Yokkao announced today that the main event for Yokkao Extreme 2013 on January 26 will be Andy Souwer vs. Dzhabar Askerov. The fight will be three rounds of three minutes under K-1 rules. This is the second time that Dzhabar Askerov is in the main event of Yokkao Extreme, as he headlined the 2012 show against Buakaw. Andy Souwer has been on a role lately and is in top form. Askerov has improved a lot in the past few years and should make this a tough, entertaining fight.

Yokkao Extreme 2013 takes place in the same city and venue as 2012 did, at the Forum D'Assago in Milan, Italy. Stefania Picelli of Muay Thai Combat will be promoting the event again after the first Yokkao Extreme event drew around 8500 in attendance.

Be on the lookout for more news about Yokkao Extreme 2013 in the near future.

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