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Heavyweight (Per 4/15)
1. Rico Verhoeven
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Tyrone Spong
5. Peter Aerts
6. Errol Zimmerman up
7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

Light HW (per 4/15)
1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

Middleweight (per 4/15)
1. Wayne Barrett
2. Joe Schilling
3. Artem Levin
4. Steven Wakeling
5. Franci Grajs

Welterweight (per 4/15)
1. Nieky Holzken 
2. Joseph Valtellini 
3. Simon Marcus
4. Marc de Bonte
5. Aussie Ouzgni

 

70kg (Per 4/15)
1. Davit Kiriaup
2. Andy Ristiedown
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Giorgio Petrosyandown
5. Murthel Groenhart
6. Buakaw Banchamek
7. Dzhabar Askerov
8. Ky Hollenbeckup
9. Aikprachaup
10. Enriko Kehlup

65kg (per 1/20)
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

It has been months now and we've heard next to nothing about FIKA while hearing a lot about the K-1 brand, which is rather curious. The concept behind FIKA was a sound one, and it appeared like there was some serious money and commitment involved in it, but yet, it could be dead in the water. I've all-but-given up caring about what happens with the K-1 brand at this point, as there are struggles between two factions that are not "FIKA" to acquire the rights to the K-1 brand, one of which is led by a Korean investor and FEG, the other by Bas Boon and TSA.

The funny part is, TSA and Bas Boon have already paid fighters that they have signed, at least the ones who were owed substantial sums by FEG/K-1 in the past. Not much instill confidence into a situation than paying fighters money that another company owes them to show your level of commitment, and honestly, this already endears them if you were picking sides in this whole ordeal. The other side of the fence is led by Mr. Kim and Tanikawa, and it feels difficult at this point to support a team that let millions of dollars go unpaid to fighters and let one of the strongest combat sports brands in the world fall into such terrible disrepair. Fans and fighters have been left on the line, first with "PUJI money," then with the whole "who will be our investor" game they played and finally with the Simon Rutz co-promoted K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 that fell apart at last minute with FEG putting up a terrible, lame-duck excuse that there were vias issues with the event as opposed to being honest. 

A press release dropped yesterday by a company called EMCOM, claiming to have acquired the rights to K-1 from Barbizon, under the name of "K-1 Global Holdings Limited." This is not the first time that I've heard this name, as there were contracts floating around to fighters under that very name a few weeks ago, but I did not believe at the time that they had any affiliation with Mr. Kim or Tanikawa. If so, this could be an interesting and confusing battle on our hands for the rights to K-1, and at this point, I'm not sure that it matters.

As for FIKA and the headline, what could a porn star possibly do to ruin FIKA? Apparently only in China could this happen. AV (adult video) and media star Sora Aoi was invited to the FIKA press conference by Ishii to represent Japan, and this did not sit well with the Chinese. Media mogul Bruno Wu Zheng and Yang Lan being photographed with a Japanese porn star was apparently some very bad press, pushing as far as Bruno posting an apology soon after. The story now is that they did some more digging on Ishii and that might've been the end of FIKA.

As of right now, not much is clear, but what is clear is that anything revolving around K-1 is a mess. I think if you are a fan of Kickboxing support the sport, not the brand. This is not MMA where UFC is the only brand that matters, there is a ton of talent competing around the world and 2012 is shaping up to be an incredible year.


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