There might come a time when the Netherlands may no longer be home to any big Kickboxing events at all, and we are fast approaching that time. Ultimate Glory used to run cards in Amsterdam, as did It's Showtime, and as time moves on, it appears that officials in the Netherlands have gotten their wish of no more martial arts events in their cities. It's Showtime was having some issues with recent events, including the December event that was cancelled on short notice and It's Showtime 55 this weekend under a threat from local officials. This weekend's event will go on without a hitch, but as for future events, it is not clear.
FightStarTV posted a video interview with Simon Rutz earlier where Simon discusses the BIBOB situation within the Netherlands and how difficult it is to promote within It's Showtime's home nation. This could ultimately result in It's Showtime packing up and moving their operations.
It looks like for the big upcoming Peter Aerts retirement event, which was scheduled to be held on June 30th in the Netherlands will no longer be in the Netherlands, and instead take place in Brussels, Belgium. This is a major win for the Belgian and a loss for the Dutch, and there are even rumbles of the whole operation moving to Belgium, where it is a lot more friendly to events. It's Showtime should be announcing the card for the June 30th event live during It's Showtime 55, so look forward to learning more on that show and more soon. [source]