K-1 Global held a press conference to unveal Masato as the new executive producer today, but they also revealed the locations of all their events this year.
K-1 will hold five events this year, downgraded from the seven originally planned. The shows in summer have been scrapped, but from September to December, there are four K-1 events. They are as follows:
Early September - Qualifying World GP 2012/World MAX 2012 in Los Angeles
October - K-1 World GP 2012 Final 16 in Miami
November - K-1 World MAX 2012 Final in Taipei
December - K-1 World GP 2012 Final in New York
So it looks like the World MAX tournament will stage the Final 8 in Taipei, while the World Grand Prix (Heavyweight) tournament gets started off with the Final 16 in Miami and then the Final 8 in New York. Pretty interesting, to say the least.
First, though, is the K-1 World MAX Final 16, which is on May 27 in Madrid, Spain. 16 fighters will fight to advance to the World MAX 2012 Final in Taipei.