With the recent announcement of Golden Glory's three tournaments this year, many were excited at the prospect of well known, top fighters at 70kg and Heavyweight fighting each other in a tournament format. What also has many fans excited and at the same time, uncertain is the addition of a tournament at 85kg, a largely "unexplored" weight class on the bigger stages of the sport.
The truth about the 85kg division is that it is largely unestablished and unrecognized to many. The well known fighters at this weight are few and far between. Sahak Parparyan, the It's Showtime World Champion at the weight is one of the most well known fighters at the weight, and even he is not known by many, specifically the casual audience thathas only watched K-1 for the most part. The most 85kg fighter by far is Melvin Manhoef - and he's not really even an 85kg fighter. Although he can make the weight, and has fought lower for MMA, Manhoef has only fought once at 85kg in kickboxing when he won the It's Showtime World Title against Denes Racz in August of 2009. Manhoef never defended the belt once and was stripped. The likelihood of Manhoef committing to 85kg is slim, especially being under It's Showtime management so the burden looks like it'll have to rest on Sahak for the time being. Click "Read More" to read a further breakdown of the 85kg division.