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EMCOM No Longer Majority Shareholder In K-1

There's been some movement over the past few days in regards to the shares held in K-1, which is a subsidiary of EMCOM.

EMCOM is no longer the majority shareholder in K-1. Yesterday, six million new shares, for six million Hong Kong dollars were issued to LEXI INVESTMENT LIMITED. Essentially, this mean's EMCOM's stake in K-1 is now 0.085%, compared to its previous 51% stake.

So what does this mean? Essentially, it looks like K-1 is trying to raise some capital due to losing a lot of money and have found a third party in LEXI INVESTMENT LIMITED to allocate shares to and get an investment from.

There's also a release on EMCOM's website that details this issue, although it's in Japanese. What I can make out is that K-1 lost a lot of money (which we already knew) and that operating costs exceeded expectations and that by performing the allocation of shares to a third party, K-1 essentially is trying to generate some new working capital to continue operations, and ultimately try and make K-1 successful enough to be able to make money and pay off its debt and the investment. [source]


Catalin Morosanu Thinks He's Fighting Cro Cop in K-1

Sure, we don't have the final date and location of the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals yet, but we do have some insight into what one of the big matchups will be Romania's own Catalin Morosanu going up against Croatia's powerhouse Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic. This is an interesting style matchup as Morosanu is a very powerful brawler and Cro Cop in his twilight years has become more of a careful technician who has a ton of knockout power and one of the most deadly left hands and left high kicks in the business. This still isn't final or official yet, but if it went down it'd be pretty cool.

Watch the interview from here.


S-Cup Update: Tournament Field Settled, Quarterfinal Matchups Announced

After a confusing week that left us with a myriad of different S-Cup competitors, the dust has settled and we are left with an official final 8: Andy Souwer, Henri van Opstal, Kem Sitsongpeenong, Hiroaki Suzuki, Hiroki Shishido, Bovy Sor Udomson, Joachim Hansen and Gesias Cavalcante. Warren Stevelmans, who qualified with a win over Hinata in September, will not participate, likely because of his sudden participation in GLORY 3 Rome this past week, filling in as a late replacement for Yoshihiro Sato, who replaced Albert Kraus. The finalization of the tournament field also came with the quarterfinal matchups. In the upper half of the bracket, Shootboxing Lightweight champion Hiroaki Suzuki takes on former DREAM Lightweight champion Joachim Hansen while 2010 S-Cup semifinalist Henri van Opstal fights Bovy Sor Udomson. In the lower half, 2004 S-Cup finalist Hiroki Shishido fights K-1 HERO*S 2x Middleweight GP winner Gesias Cavalcante while the most intriguing quarterfinal pits 3-time S-Cup winner Andy Souwer against Kem Sitsongpeenong.

In the first half of the bracket, I expect a Suzuki-van Opstal semifinal as Suzuki will likely be the better striker against Hansen and with Suzuki's entire pro career coming in Shootboxing, Hansen will have trouble exploiting throws and standing submissions. I favor van Opstal as he is the better fighter at this point in their careers. In the other half, I give Gesias Cavalcante the best chance to score an opening round upset as Shishido is slowly approaching the twilight of his career and is just 2-4 since losing in the opening round of the S-Cup in 2010. The final quarterfinal is very hard to call, but it's hard to pick against Souwer in this case as he has a size advantage, as well as a huge experience advantage under this ruleset, as it is something Kem is foreign to. That being said, I give Kem the best chance to beat Souwer in this tournament and stop him from winning a 4th S-Cup.

On the reserve side of things, Akihiro Gono will fight Satoru Suzuki in one reserve fight while Hinata is set for the other reserve fight with a yet to be named opponent. During the past week of confusion, one of the names tied to this event was Andy Ristie and it looks as though that is more than just a rumor, as Shootboxing has added him as an expected participant. If he does compete it would likely be in a reserve fight. That's probably not the best news Hinata would want to hear as the two fought at It's Showtime 55 in January, with Ristie dominating Hinata en route to 3 knockdowns and a stoppage just under 2 minutes into the first round.


K-1 World MAX Final 8: Tournament Line-up


K-1 has announced the match-ups for their MAX Final 8 tournament happening on December 15 in Athens, Greece. 

The tournament will feature the winners from the First 16 event in Madrid that took place earlier this year, including Liverkick top 10 fighters Artur Kyshenko, Andy Souwer, and Andy Ristie, who entered the Final 8 with wins over Su Hwan Lee, Abraham Roqueni, and Gago Drago, respectively. Mike Zambidis enters the tournaments riding a win over Chahid in what might have been the fight of the year, and a solid performance against Fadi Merza back in April. He'll certainly have the fans behind him fighting in his home country. Also on the card is former It's Showtime champion Chris Ngimbi, Murthel Groenhart, Reece McAllister, and Yasuhiro Kido. Most interesting perhaps is the inclusion of both Ristie and Groenhart, who competed on the GLORY 2 Brussels card in October and were presumed to be under contract with the rival organization.                                                                                                                             
In the first fight of the tournament Mike Zambidis takes on Reece McAllister, followed by Yasuhiro Kido against Murthel Groenhart, Artur Kyshenko vs. Chris Ngimbi, and Andy Souwer vs. Andy Ristie. This is a very interesting field. While Artur Kyshenko is most likely the favorite to win, Mike Zambidis, Chris Ngimbi, Andy Souwer are the clearest opposition. Plus, Andy Ristie has been on fire lately, knocking out most of his opponents in the first few seconds of the first round, so it's never wise to count him out. Don't sleep on Groenhart either. He's an absolutely massive middleweight and packs a ton of punch. 

The 8 man single-elimination tournament will culminate in 7 fights over the course of one day, with the winner receiving a grand prize of $300,000. The tournament will operate in bracket form, with the winner of fight one facing the winner of fight two, the winner of fight three facing the winner of fight four, and the winners of fights five and six meeting in the finals. 

Official Fight Card

Mike Zambidis (Greece) vs. Reece McAllister (UK)

Yasuhiro Kido (Japan) vs. Murthel Groenhart (Netherlands)

 Artur Kyshenko (Ukraine) vs. Chris Ngimbi (Congo)

 Andy Souwer (Netherlands) vs. Andy Ristie (Suriname)



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