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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'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.


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.


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 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.


Daniel Ghita Rumored for Participating in K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16

GhitaSo far a lot of the attention for K-1 has been focused with a laser-sharp precision on the K-1 Rising US GP in Los Angeles event, and of course with good reason, as it is the next event that K-1 is holding. The event, while getting a good deal of press and groaning from hardcore fans, is the US GP, though, a qualifier for the World Grand Prix and for the World MAX tournament for US fighters. For the actual K-1 World Grand Prix there has been little news outside of a date of October 14th in Tokyo outside of Cro Cop looking to participate in the Final 16.

Now it looks like one fighter who has been a hot topic of late, Daniel Ghita, has finally landed on one side for now, and that appears to be K-1. Daniel Ghita was one of the key fighters for either side to land, and as of last week when we spoke with Anil Dubar, Ghita's trainer, it seemed like a frustrating situation for all involved. They were not sure which contract was valid and who he would fight for, and it felt like Ghita, one of the best Heavyweights in the world, was being used as a pawn in a powerplay to gain headway in the Kickboxing world. Now today reports close to Ghita's camp are coming out that Daniel Ghita will fight in the Final 16 and the Final 8 before he most likely departs to fight for GLORY and test his skills in that tournament.

Ghita has always been quoted wanting to be the K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, and to many it feels like no matter who they get, K-1 will not be able to find a real challenge for him, especially with Badr Hari sitting in a Dutch prison.


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