When looking back at the collapse of FEG, one figure stood out in the United States when it came to publicly speaking about the problems with K-1/FEG, and that was Alistair Overeem. Alistair, the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, had very publicly stated on numerous occasions that he was still owed a large sum of money by K-1. For him, working for the UFC meant job security and not having to worry about those past follies, and he had been heard talking about never wanting to work with companies like K-1 again. So for K-1 to announce that Alistair Overeem, one of the top Heavyweights in the UFC, will be in attendance for the K-1 Open Tryouts in Los Angeles, it is a big deal.
Think of it as a show of faith and letting sleeping dogs rest for K-1, as Alistair Overeem was a very vocal critic but still believes in the brand and the sport, and is willing to make a public showing like this with them. That is a big deal.
ALISTAIR OVEREEM AND MASATOTO ATTEND K-1 OPEN TRYOUTS
K-1 Open Tryouts are July 19 at Muscle Beach - FREE and OPEN to the Public
Los Angeles, CA - With close to 200 men from all over the world pre-registered for the K-1 Open Tryouts, K-1 has reached out to two of its former champions, Alistair Overeem, World Grand Prix Champion and Masato, two-time MAX Champion, to help evaluate and scout all the Hopefuls trying out next week Thursday for a chance to fight in the K-1 organization. Overeem and Masato will head to Muscle Beach on July 19 to alternate as judges during the tryouts, and also will pose for photos with the athletes and fans in attendance. Overeem and Masato join fighting legends Tyrone Spong, Dewey Cooper, Mighty Mo and Rick Roufus who were already scheduled to attend. The K-1 Open Tryouts are FREE and OPEN to the public. With only one week left until the tryouts, Hopefuls should confirm their participation by pre-registering through the K-1 FACEBOOK page at: http://www.facebook.com/K1GlobalTV.ENG. "We are thrilled that Alistair Overeem and Masato are coming to the K-1 Open Tryouts next Thursday at Muscle Beach," said Doug Kaplan, Chief Executive Officer, K-1. "I have asked Alistair and Masato to join Tyrone Spong, Dewey Cooper, Rick Roufus and Mighty Mo to come out to LA and help K-1 find the next great breed of fighters and world champions."