Events have gone on under the "A-1 World Combat Cup" name for quite some time now, the last one being in Lyon in December. A series of four A-1 WCC cup events have been organized by Muay Thai Genk, Summit Action Turnhout, All-Fit Gym and Balans Fight Night for March, April and May that will feature a 32 man tournament at 63.5kg, one of kickboxing's lesser talked about weight classes.
The "Final 32" stage of the tournament will take place over two events. The first event will be on March 10 in Genk and will feature eight match-ups, the winner of each qualifying to the Final 16. On March 17 in Turnhout, the same will happen with eight more match-ups in the Final 32. The Final 16 will be on one event in Eindhoven on April 7, featuring eight match-ups that pit winners from the Final 32 against eachother. The winners at the Final 16 event will move on to the Final 8 event on May 19 in Tilburg, where a one night tournament will take place to determine the tournament's winner.
This tournament is a really great idea, as it is putting a lot of 63.5kg fighters against eachother in one place. Fighters from around Europe are featured, although the majority seem to be Dutch-based. The winner of the tournament will really be one to look out for in the future and should definitely get a spot in K-1 whenever it returns.
What I find so interesting about the tournament is the chance for another fighter or more fighters to emerge as legitimate in the weight class around 63kg. I'm not familiar with many of the fighters. Often times in kickboxing, fighters you've never heard of come out of nowhere and prove to be quite good. No one knew Abraham Roqueni before he beat Andy Souwer. No one knew Javier Hernandez before he beat Karim Bennoui, and the list goes on.
A photo of the brackets and match-ups can be seen here.