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K-1 Japan Fracture Leads to Cancellation of Taiga vs. Takeru

K-1 Japan producer Mitsuru Miyata (K-1 Japan Group)

In a shocking shake-up that has been rumored for a few days now, K-1 Japan made an announcement that has an immediate impact upon the crazy, stacked K’Festa.1 card that takes place in March at the Saitama Super Arena. After days of TRY HARD fighters posting negative things about K-1 Japan via social media, fears were confirmed at a press conference on Saturday from K-1 producer Mitsuru Miyata: K-1 Japan and the TRY HARD Gym had splintered, with the fighters no longer working with K-1.

TRY HARD, which includes names like HIROYA, Shintaro Mitsukura, Ryuji Horio, the Anpo brothers and Taiga, will be taking their fighters and leaving after a contract dispute, which destroys the much-anticipated rematch between Taiga and Takeru that was scheduled as the main event of the K.Festa.1 event. This means that any future fights scheduled with TRY HARD fighters are canceled as well.

What this means for K.Festa.1 is that the show will go on, but they are currently searching for a new opponent for Takeru for the vacant Super Featherweight Championship. K-1 has promised an announcement shortly on what the new K’Festa.1 main event will be.