K-1 in Los Angeles is rapidly approaching, going down in September at the LA Memorial Sports Center on September 8th. We've heard some rumors about the talent being booked for the event, and there has been an audible groan from a lot of the K-1 fans online about the level of competition rumored to be on display. There have been a few changes to the card, as it was originally believed to be the American GP, winner moves on to the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16, and then we were informed that there would not be a tournament, but just Superfights. Apparently, that has changed again, as Doug Kaplan, K-1's Chief Operating Officer has taken to the internet forums to attempt to assuage the fears of fans and assure them that there will be news shortly. On top of that, he declared that the show in Los Angeles would feature two tournaments -- Heavyweight and MAX -- with the respective winners moving on to the Final 16. It wasn't exactly clear how this will work, as he noted four winners moving on to the Final 16, which at Heavyweight would seem preposterous and at MAX wouldn't make sense as there was already a Final 16, but I'm sure it will be worked out shortly.
The names that we've heard kicked around from reliable sources for the Heavyweight field are Steve Banks, Rick Cheek, Eddie Walker, Deutsch Pu'u and Rick Roufus. It isn't clear if they are all in the tournament or not, but each fighter has made statements to the effect of fighting on this card.
Today K-1 did something curious as they changed their Facebook banner photo to what you see above; claiming open tryouts at Muscle Beach in July. There is even a Facebook event created for it. The only requirements so far are that you need to be over 145lbs. It is an interesting approach as it looks like both tournaments will be filled out by whomever they "discover" in this open tryouts process. An interesting name that has already RSVP'd for it is American Muay Thai fighter Joe Schilling. Schilling seems like an obvious choice, as he might not be fighting at Heavyweight, a good portion of the names already mentioned are not traditional Heavyweights, either.
We'll keep you updated on this as it happens. Keep your eyes peeled to K-1's Facebook for more information.