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Dismissing the Myth That Kickboxing is Dying

With the K-1 WGP Final 16 being cancelled, making this the first year in K-1's existence without a World Grand Prix, many are throwing around the misconception that Kickboxing is dying. The statement couldn't be any more false. It's a reality of the Kickboxing world: For many, K-1 is kickboxing. With K-1 not hosting a World Grand Prix this year, many have also falsely declared that the organization is dead which is another notion that couldn't be any farther from the truth. The false thought of K-1 supposedly being dead in the minds of many fans is enough to claim that the entire sport of Kickboxing is dying. Dave Walsh gave some information on K-1's future here, to get rid of the thought that K-1 is dead.

The reality is that right now, there are a lot more viable options for kickboxing than in the past. Yes, the big monster K-1 isn't around for the time being but think for a minute: For all the years that K-1 ruled kickboxing, was there really any alternatives with potential? Sure, SuperLeague was around for a few years and had some real quality, but it didn't last that long. There were pretty much no sustainable alternatives in Kickboxing that were easy to follow. Fast forward to the present day and there's a healthy stable of Kickboxing promotions slowly rising to prominence. It's Showtime in 2010 and mostly in 2011 has really expanded their territory, both geographically and in the general picture of Kickboxing. Fight Code has really put together a nice 2011, slowly gaining some ground. SuperKombat is also gaining ground, and with some tweaks here and there could really expand their product, especially its internet presence.

More fighters that would normally be in the shadows of K-1 are getting a shot on bigger stages than they would have before. With K-1 only having two (only very recently three) weight classes, everyone in between and below 70kg-Heavyweight/Super Heavyweight was left in the dust. It's Showtime is providing a better platform for these weight classes to receive their due and with the direction of the promotion seeming to be straight ahead, I think we can expect even more progress. Who would know who Javier Hernandez and Karim Bennoui are if not for It's Showtime?

Although the current viable promotions that are present now have nowhere near the awareness and hype that K-1 had, it's still a building block. More fans have taken notice with K-1's absence and now are aware that there are alternatives. Even if the amount of these fans is little, every one counts.

If K-1 is finally, completely sold and running by next year, it's an additional plus for the sport. Not only would K-1 be back and running, it would be running alongside these other promotions like It's Showtime, Fight Code and SuperKombat that have picked up awareness from K-1's absence. Normally, the typical kickboxing fan would not have many events to look forward to due to K-1's schedule. The fans that have picked up on other promotions would now have other events to watch alongside K-1.

Despite the numerous ideas and opinions being thrown around, Kickboxing isn't going anywhere. One might not realize looking at it from a purely North American standpoint, but countries all over Europe and around the world like Australia and Japan have had established scenes for years that just won't die off. No matter how obscure that some parts of the Kickboxing world may appear, the fact is they're still there and will remain there. Promotions have popped up and are making advances. K-1's absence, Badr Hari's moves to boxing and the potential loss of Gokhan Saki and Tyrone Spong to other sports may seem like the dagger in kickboxing, but all these situations have been overblown for the most part. Kickboxing will live on to see another day.

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Armen Petrosyan and Xu Yan Allowed Fight Code Redemption in November

Fight CodeThere are countless reasons to love Fight Code, the first being that they are a group that began running events this year and decided to run parallel tournaments in the Kickboxing world's two most popular divisions; -72.5kg and -95kg, or Middleweight and Heavyweight respectively. The Dragons and Rhinos tournaments have been a success throughout the year, running co-promoted cards with local promoters and airing the Fight Code portions internationally. Over the weekend Fight Code held the Dragon Series' Final 8, but not without controversy.

Fight Code distributed a press release earlier in the afternoon explaining that French officials had decided to not allow full Fight Code rules just hours before the event was set to take place. There was an agreement on the general rules, but French officials would not allow for there to be an extension round, which was a part of the Fight Code tournament rules. Seeing as though all other fighters competing under the Fight Code tournaments were given the chance of redemption in an extension round if the fight was close, Fight Code officials ruled that the two tournament bouts that went to a close decision will stand as "Prestige" non-tournament fights. The four competitors must lace their gloves up again and compete to move on in the Fight Code tournament, which means that Xu Yan has another chance at Abdalleh Mabel and Armen Petrosyan will have another shot at Juri Besmerty.

Both fights were close, but due to there being no extension rounds the judges were forced to come to conclusions on the available fights. The logic behind this is sound and does indeed give two eliminated fighters a chance at redemption, but there are questions of if Armen Petrosyan was not involved in one of the decisions if this same conversation would be happening. Regardless of possible motives, it is a good move on Fight Code's behalf and fair. The two bouts will take place again on November 26th at Fight Code's Geneva event, home of the Rhinos Final 4.

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Peter Aerts Set to Fight in Japan on December 11th

With the recent reports of the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 in Nanjing being cancelled for October 29th, Mr. K-1 himself, Peter Aerts, has opted to take a fight against 46 year old Japanese heavyweight Mr. KAMIKAZE. Aerts hasn't fought since his incredible run in last year's World Grand Prix, but did participate in the IGF Inoki Genome back in August in a professional wrestling match against Shinichi Suzakawa. Mr. KAMIKAZE has racked up a professional record of 22-5 (14 KOs) in Japanese promotions like NJKF and Shootboxing.

With Aerts' performance at last year's GP, this should be more or less of a walkover for the 3-time GP champion. It's also interesting to note that Aerts said last year's GP would be his last, so this may be one of the last few fights of Aerts' career should he follow through with what he said.{jcomments on}
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Simon Rutz Clarifies K-1's Financial Situation; Final 16 Cancelled

K-1/It's ShowtimeSimon Rutz promised a statement on the K-1 situation today, and he has delivered. There is so much in here that has been floating around for quite a while now that I don't know where to begin. LiverKick.com had heard from multiple sources that Bas Boon and a group of American investors had planned to purchase K-1. This initially started a few months ago when Fight Game, a company owned in part by Bas Boon and Frederico Lapenda had acquired certain rights to footage and began removing K-1 fights from YouTube under infringement to "Fight Game." This was the first clue that something was going down and backed up some of the rumors of K-1 being purchased.

Then nothing happened. K-1 went nowhere. There was talk of Barbizon, a real estate company acquiring certain rights to K-1's brands, and that this was possibly a part of the sale. Then there was talks of another company having possibly purchased K-1, while the talks of Golden Glory acquiring K-1 refused to die down. All of a sudden there were people who were dead set that one group had purchased K-1 or that the other group had, yet nothing was happening, there was no movement and FEG finally decided to run events under the K-1 name themselves. It turns out that K-1's founder Kazuyoshi Ishii had not signed away on his baby, his creation that had helped shape the world of kickboxing, that he was what was holding back the sale, claims Rutz.

With all of this in mind, according to Rutz there were three companies in contention and none of them have the required signature to take over the company. Even if they were to acquire K-1 today, there is not enough time to organize a K-1 event on October 29th. While nothing has happene yet, Rutz still believes that one of the potential investors will take control over K-1 by 2012 and organize K-1 events. Rutz has also promised It's Showtime will support whomever takes over the organization and believes that a united front of It's Showtime and Golden Glory participating in K-1 is good for the sport. Read after the break for the entire statement from Mr. Rutz. [source]

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