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K-1 WGP 2012 Finals in Zagreb on March 15

It's been a long time coming but the K-1 WGP 2012 Finals finally have a date and location after months of delays and speculation.

Croatian site broke the news that the event will take place in Zagreb, Croatia on March 15 at the Zagreb Arena. This would take the place of the Final Fight event that was scheduled to happen at the same date and location.

The agreement to hold the event in Zagreb was signed on Wednesday between Orsat Zovko, manager of Mirko Cro Cop and promoter of Final Fight, and Mike Kim, CEO of K-1. The event will be presented by Fight Channel.

There will be a press conference in Zagreb next week. Also, as previously posted, there will be a press conference in Bucharest, Romania today at 11AM CET, which can be watched live here.

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K-1 Announces Press Conference for Heavyweight GP Final 8

Today, K-1 announced that a press conference for the Heavyweight GP Final 8 will be taking place this Thursday in Bucharest, Romania. This will be the first official press conference for the Grand Prix since October of last year. 

Mike Kim, the CEO of K-1 Global Holdings Ltd and Eduard Irimia, President of Superkombat, will both be present to announce details of the upcoming event.

Finalists for the 2013 GP include: Ben Edwards, Jarrell Miller, Hesdy Gerges, Zabit Samedov, Catalin Morosanu, Ismael Londt, Makoto Uehara, and Mirko Filipovic. 

The press conference will be streamed live here, beginning at 11 am CET. 


K-1 Coming to Columbus, Feb. 28 at Arnold Sports Festival

Word has been swirling around for a bit now that K-1 would be coming back to the United States on February 28 in Columbus, Ohio, USA and now there's confirmation from K-1 themselves and the Arnold Sports Festival that this is indeed happening.

As mentioned above, the event takes place on February 28 at the Battelle Grand in Columbus as part of the Arnold Sports Festival, an annual festival in Columbus that draws many people. The UFC also used to hold events coinciding with the dates of the Arnold Sports Festival. This time, K-1 will officially be a part of the Arnold Sports Festival, on the first day, February 28.

As of now there is no fight card and no one really has any idea what kind of card to expect. All we know is that it will not be the K-1 WGP Final and may be a "smaller" show. Also, ticket information is to be announced.


Masato Resigns as EP of K-1 Global

MasatoIn what has to be considered peculiar timing, K-1 Global released a press release via their website on December 31st during the big NYE events to announce that Masato has resigned as Executive Producer of K-1 Global Holdings. It is a rather brief announcement and Masato says that it is time for him to move on from K-1 and is unclear about what his involvement will be with the world of fighting sports in the future.

It has been speculated that his position with K-1 was simply as that of a figurehead and that he was used to help promote the brand in Japan. With the loss of Masato by K-1 it will be difficult for them to gain any sort of foothold in Japan right now, it would seem.


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