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How K-1 Blew it and Let the UFC Become Huge on Spike TV

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This video is both fascinating and frustrating, as Albie Hecht, the founder of Spike TV sits down to talk about how the deal between Spike TV and the UFC first came to be. As we all know, the UFC's deal with Spike TV happened and it opened up the market to MMA and helped to save the UFC from an untimely demise. The UFC and MMA in general might have never "boomed" if it weren't for the support of Spike TV.

What's the worst part as a Kickboxing fan? Knowing that it could have been K-1 instead, but that Ishii and K-1 in general back then kind of blew it by being as shady as we all knew that they were. This video is utterly fascinating in that Spike went FIRST to Japan to speak with K-1 before the UFC and that Ishii believing that Hecht insulted his geisha led to K-1 being more than just a Japanese brand and possibly the biggest combat sports brand in the world went up in smoke just like that.

As we've known, K-1 rarely thought about the American market in a serious way, as multiple K-1 USA heads (Scott Coker and Mike Kogan) have spoke about how shows in the US were geared towards Japanese audiences and television and more for saying that they ran shows in the US than to build up the brand and sport here in America. Even when both tried to build up K-1 in the USA, K-1 seemed disinterested in any money coming from the US. Just bonkers. We all do remember K-1 blowing it in China a few years ago, too, right? FIKA? Thanks to our old mothership for the discovery.

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K-1 Issues a Statement in Response to GLORY Purchasing Video Library

K-1Man, as soon as I heard about GLORY talking about buying K-1's archive footage I had a feeling that it wouldn't be the last that we hear about it. It turns out, it isn't. K-1 Global just issued a press release on their official website that claims that FEG has sold footage that FEG no longer has the rights to, basically. K-1 is essentially saying that FEG sold the "use rights" to GLORY Sports International even though they no longer had the ability to do so, also that GLORY paid $140,000 USD for said video library.

K-1 also seems prepared to go to war over this one.

After the deal with Mr. Ishii was finalized, FEG declared bankruptcy in Japan and a lawyer was appointed as a controller for the bankrupted company. This new controller of FEG insisted that FEG still had the copyrights of the K-1 archive footage in their control and sold the “Use Right” of the K-1 archives for an approximate amount of $140,000. K-1 Global had warned FEG’s new controller that K-1 Global does indeed own the rights to this library, but FEG’s new controller refused to listen and went through with the sale.

Now the bankrupted FEG has sold the “Use Right” for $140,000, much less than what K-1 Global initially paid for it, as a nuisance to K-1 Global and to publicly embarrass the company. Essentially, FEG has sold the footage twice now, although it was initially to K-1 Global for a much higher sum. At this time, the bankrupted FEG has sold footage that it no longer owns to GLORY Sports International. K-1 Global has no option right now but to bring this matter to court.

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K-1 News and Notes for K-1 World MAX Final 16

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Well, god damn, tomorrow is a big day for K-1, as they are holding the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 event in Mallorca, Spain. The event will feature Buakaw Banchamek, Andy Souwer, Henri Van Opstal, Yasuhiro Kido, Enrico Kehl and many others in one of K-1's biggest events of this year. There has been a lot of movement on the K-1 front over the past few days. As we've already gone over before, the event will be streamed live tomorrow in the afternoon here in the United States. You can watch the event live here on LiverKick!

There was a press conference yesterday afternoon live in Mallorca, featuring what fighters had arrived already. There is also a video posted from The Fight Network in Canada of Kru Alin from K-1 giving a preview of the event from before he left for Mallorca.

For those looking to bet on the event, you are in luck as K-1 has forged a deal with TopBetta.com so that you can place bets directly on the fights! They use the European betting system, so if you are like me, American, and used to -140, etc., well, get used to it? We'll hopefully have footage from the weigh-ins shortly, but there are photos on K-1's Facebook and it looks like there are a ton of people there, which bodes well for tomorrow's event.

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A Few K-1 Updates: Zambo Out, Stream is Now Free

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The K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 is just a matter of days away now and there are still some gears in motion in the K-1 machine. The big news from a few days ago was that K-1 has signed a deal with Thai Airways International, who will be sponsoring the event and have made it feasible for the stream, available here on LiverKick.com as well as Epicentre.tv, to be available free of charge to all. Of course, that all comes with a catch, as countries like Canada and Belgium, which have exclusive television deals in place, will not be able to view the stream. So everyone say thank you to Thai Airways International then, they just saved you $20!

The other news is that Mike Zambidis has pulled out of the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16. I won't lie, this was shaky from the start here, in part due to Zambo's management being the promoters from last year's tournament in Greece and some of the fallout from that. If you have been curious as to why everything like fighters and matches were announced so late, it was in part because Zambidis changed his mind just a few weeks away from the tournament and negotiated to get into the tournament again. Then there was talk of him not wanting to fight in the tournament anymore and being unhappy with drawing Elam Ngor. His pulling out is a disappointment, but it seems like getting Zambidis on board was too much of a hassle for K-1 at this point, anyway.

Replacing Zambidis will be Ismat Aghazade from the country of Azerbaijan.

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