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K-1 on Bas Boon's Statement: Tanikawa and Ishii Are Not Involved

K-1 Global

Earlier today, Bas Boon of Golden Glory, GLORY International and other affiliated Glory properties issued a statement addressed to Zach Arnold of FightOpinion. It was your standard Bas Boon statement, which means that it made a lot of accusations and Bas expressed his opinion while discussing some of the issues that he has been dealing with over the past year or so. If you have been following the saga, you understand that Bas Boon and Glory were looking to purchase K-1 but the deal fell through when Mr. Kim of EMCOM went ahead and purchased the rights to the K-1 brand, likeness and library from Ishii and Barbizon, leaving FEG and Glory out on their own.

Simon Rutz has been serving as an advisor to the new K-1 Global organization for European events, which has helped take the Bas Boon and Simon Rutz rivalry to new levels. This includes back and forth shots over the bow, both publicly and behind-the-scenes, including accustations from Boon of Rutz in collusion with Mr. Kim, who is in turn in collusion with Kazuyoshi Ishii and Sadaharu Tanikawa in secretly running K-1.

We reached out to K-1 Global's head of operations, Doug Kaplan for a statement, and his message is a strong one that fans and industry insiders have needed to hear; Tanikawa and Ishii are no longer involved in K-1 in any way.

"K1G is organizing great events in the US, Europe and Asia," Kaplan said in a statement to LiverKick.com today. He continued that "Mike" Kim, himself and the whole team are working to bring together the best fighters for the fans and have been doing exactly that.

As for the issues of the ghosts of K-1's past, he is very clear; "Tanikawasan and Ishiisan are not involved. I know this because I am involved and know what is going on intimately." This lines up with the conversations that LiverKick has had in the past week with Mr. Kaplan in regards to K-1 Global's future, as well as the involvement of Ishii and Tanikawa.

When it comes to Bas Boon's statement and how outspoken he is, Kaplan was to the point that K-1 Global is working hard for the fans and are not concerned with fighting battles through the press. "I don't know why Bas Boon is spending so much time in the press but we are busy focused on delivering the fans what they want, incredible K1 events."

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Robin van Roosmalen Signs To It's Showtime, Will Fight In K-1, Not Glory

Well here's some surprising news for today. Staredown.nl and multiple Dutch sites are reporting that Robin van Roosmalen has signed a two year contract with It's Showtime and will be fighting in the K-1 Final 16, not the Glory World Series 70kg tournament as previously announced by Glory themselves. One quote from this situation is quite interesting:

"Given his young age it is important for Robin to look further and therefore he saw more continuity in the vision of It's Showtime and K-1 than at Total Sport Asia."

This comes as a big surprise because Robin is a Golden Glory fighter and has been fighting on Glory events for some time now. What was also interesting prior to the signing, Robin was the only Golden Glory fighter to be featured on an upcoming It's Showtime card after they stopped working together in lending their fighters for events. This leads me to believe that Robin never even had a contract with Glory/TSA and Glory jumped the gun on announcing him for their tournament. What could've happened is what happened for the January 28 It's Showtime event, where It's Showtime went straight to the fighters to negotiate for Errol Zimmerman and Gokhan Saki, as opposed to going through their management whom they were not working with.

The addition of Robin van Roosmalen to the K-1 Final 16 is huge and a big blow to Glory's tournament. I don't know what the current situation between van Roosmalen and Golden Glory is, but it is known that Robin did not train at Golden Glory all the time and also trained with his father at his gym in Den Bosch. Glory will now have to look for a replacement to fill the vacant spot left by Robin.

UPDATE: According to Glory, Robin van Roosmalen breached a signed contract that he had with Golden Glory/Knock Out Investments. Read more here.

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K-1 Global Formally Announces World MAX Final 16

K-1 Rising

The information regarding K-1 is really beginning to pour out and in a hurry. The show that we all knew was happening has finally been formally announced by the new owners of K-1. LiverKick took some time today to speak with Doug Kaplan, the head of K-1 Global, and were impressed with what we heard. A part of K-1's big push today involves this press announcement which was sent out to the media today. This announcement solidifies the names that we've seen kicked around for the MAX tournament, with a few spots still open.

To read the full press release, head here.

The big news are the participants in the K-1 World MAX Final 16 so far, which we have the names of twelve fighters, with four spots still being negotiated. Also there are a few Heavyweight Superfights being planned, with some absolutely huge names in talks to fight. Hopefully we'll have more on that next week.

Andy Souwer (Holland)

Mike Zambidis (Greece)

Drago (Armenia)

Artur Kyshenko (Ukraine)

Yasuhiro Kido (Japan)

Yuji Nashiro (Japan)

Su Hwan Lee (Korea)

Abraham Roqueni (Spain)

Chahid (Morocco)

Longern Superpro Samui (Thai)

Harut Grigorian (Belgium)

Chris Ngimbi (Congo)

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Iron Mike Zambidis Announces Participation in K-1 World MAX Final 16

ZambidisPart of the fun of the upcoming weeks will be watching, one-by-one, to see which fighter picks what side in the ongoing battle between K-1 and GLORY. Yesterday we announced that former World MAX Champion Albert Kraus has chosen to sign with GLORY Sports International, making him the second-biggest name in their tournament, and today Iron Mike Zambidis made an announcement on his official Facebook page saying that he will be participating in the K-1 World MAX Final 16 on May 27th in Madrid, Spain.

Zambidis might be one of the fighters who has never won a K-1 World MAX Championship, but in 2010 the world saw a resurgence of sorts that culminated in a loss to Giorgio Petrosyan in the World MAX semi-finals, but continued his tear through the world in 2011 in a world without K-1. Zambidis went 4-2 in 2011, with a loss to John Wayne Parr as well as a controversial loss to Batu Khasikov, losing his W5 title which he had won from Dzabar Askerov earlier on in the year in a four-man Grand Prix.

This leaves the projected World MAX field featuring names like; Zambidis, Chahid, Andy Souwer, Gago Drago, Artur Kyshenko, Harut Grigorian, Yasuhiro Kido, Yuji Nashiro, Su Hwan Lee, Abraham Roqueni, Longern Samui Pro (rumored) and Chris Ngimbi. One could argue that so far it is a better field than the field that GLORY has produced, but both still have open spots for fighters and there are still a few x-factors in the wild.

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