We are fast-approaching an announcement about what will happen with K-1's future, and while that isn't as good as fast-approaching a K-1 show, it is a start. Part of the problems that K-1 has been facing with coming back is that their name has been dragged through the mud by journalists, fans, managers, television companies and fighters. For a fight promotion this is a problem as this is literally everybody who would be interested in you and support you.
The latest in a long line of fighters claiming not to be paid is K-1 Final 16 fighter Ben Edwards. Ben Edwards won the Oceania Grand Prix last year, then went on to fight Alistair Overeem in the Final 16 where he put up a valiant effort only to fall to the power that is Ubereem. Well, he hasn't been paid. He mused on his Facebook recently;
|wonder if il ever get paid by K1. Its nearly been 6months since i fought Overeem. How dissapointed i am in how they do business is hard to put into words. It was my dream to fight for their company since i was a kid and when i finally make it, and take on arguably their most dangerous guy they don't pay me and they don't give me the 2nd fight they promised me. It doesn't get more unprofessional than that.|
|its a 5 digit figure they owe me so its a fair amount of money especially considering i the amount of time i took off work and all the trips to Syd to train. Showtime will do well but its always good for business to have some competition. I have a good relationship with them through training in Holland with their guys so im sure i will fight for them one day. My next boxing fight is for the Aussi boxing title on May 13th against Michael Kirby.|
John Wayne Parr then chimed in that K-1's shady dealings are nothing new, that when his contract was up he asked to negotiate a new contract, they told him they'd work it out for his next fight and then he had no next fight. Edwards then elaborates that he dealt with a very similar issue for the Final 8.
|Thats so unprofessional Wayne, we agreed to a 2nd fight if i lost in the top 16 and they agreed to have me on as a super fight on the top 8 show but instead of telling me that im not fighting they just stopped returning my mangers calls and emails...no wonder they're dead, and we figured out i wasn't fighting when i was already in Holland training for it which isnt cheap.|
We hope to see K-1 back soon, but we also hope that K-1 can keep their promises to their fighters and that if K-1 is to continue on that they'll do so in a professional manner. It is unfair as a fan of the sport to enjoy watching a fighter put everything on the line in the ring for our entertainment knowing that there is a chance that the fighter will lose money on that fight. Not being paid not only affects a fighter's income, but most fighters also spend lots of money preparing for their fights.