The long time K-1 MAX star and two time K-1 World MAX Grand Prix winner, Masato, retired at the end of 2009 after a win over Andy Souwer on that year's Dynamite!! show. Despite being retired from fighting, Masato isn't done with kickboxing at all. In fact, he's going to have a central role in K-1.
Sportsnavi put the news out there today that Masato will become the new executive producer of K-1. It's a very interesting move, considering Masato had been in the business, even as a fighter for such a long time. Masato being a fighter, I'm intrigued to see how he'll handle this position. It's also interesting that K-1 remains with its Japanese roots, considering that the company seems to not be focusing its efforts there.
There will be a press conference tomorrow announcing the news. Also thanks to Mike Hackler at mma-japan.com.