With just a week away from both the Glory and K-1 events, it looks like the Glory World Series event has had a late change in venue. Even with a stacked card full of some of the world's top talents, Glory felt the sting of not having their brand of events built up as much as they'd like in their chosen locale of Stockhold, Sweden. The event was originally slated for the Ericcson Globe Arena, which seats a heft 12,000 spectators, and has instead moved to the neighboring Annexet which can hold around 3,500 spectators.
Do not take this last-minute move as that much of a blow, as it is good to be ambitious, but moving forward with a show inside of a half-full (or worse) arena looks awful on television. Having a smaller, more vocal crowd will always come off as a better move for promotions like this working outside of their comfort zone. The event will be streaming live on the 26th right here on LiverKick.com, you can check out Glory's page or Twitter for more information.
K-1's plan to take the United States by storm is apparently in full-blast, as there is news that American muay thai standout at Cruiserweight, Eddie Walker, has signed a contract with K-1. Walker, probably best known for his stint on the Enfusion reality
series, will most likely fight at K-1's upcoming K-1 World Grand Prix in Los Angeles event. They are apparently looking into other muay thai standouts from the US and having to make do with the fact that Heavyweight is not exactly America's strong point at the moment.
Speaking of the Los Angeles show, while there is no official date yet, it is looking like the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena will be the home of that event in September. An ambitious booking to say the least, with the arena holding upwards of 17,000 fans in what is considered a newer market for K-1. The last time the old K-1 crew was in Los Angeles they booked the LA Coliseum, which can hold up to 100,000 fans or so, while having a paid attendance of less than 4,000 while claiming over 40,000. Traditional logic would've said to start smaller in LA, look to the Hollywood Palladium, the Shrine Auditorium or the Nokia, but K-1 is going all-out, and I'm not sure that I blame them.