Among weeks of speculation and hints here and there, Daniel Ghita has come out and written on his Facebook page that there will be a K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 in October. He cites it as the reason why his September showdown with Badr Hari was cancelled.
There has been many rumors going around for the past few weeks about whether there will be a Grand Prix this year. A few notable figures in the kickboxing world had dropped hints - or at the least thought that there was a possibility of it happening. Tyrone Spong recently said in an interview with Ariel Helwani that he had heard of a World GP happening but was unsure. Simon Rutz, when asked on Facebook when Badr Hari was fighting next, replied saying, "I think Badr's next fight will be in October in China." This also adds to the growing speculation of the Final 16 taking place in China.
This is very interesting news, as earlier in the year it seemed as if K-1 was all but done for. Now with the announcement of the sale to Barbizon Co. Ltd, there is some light for the K-1 franchise. For now we can only speculate, but this announcement from Daniel Ghita raises some key questions. Will fighters who haven't been paid by K-1 still want to return to fight in the GP? Which other heavyweight fighters will participate? Will a Grand Prix this year spark the kickboxing returns of Peter Aerts and Semmy Schilt, who haven't fought since last year's Grand Prix? These questions will likely be answered over the course of the next few months as K-1 tries to get things back on track.
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