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K-1 World Grand Prix Goes Down on Friday

K-1Yes, time does indeed fly sometimes. The past few weeks have been a really awkward blur for me, everything from cashing out my stocks, signing a billion documents to hiring movers and making sure that my girlfriend is appeased at the number of wires that I've hidden so she won't get upset at how unsightly they are. All while that was happening, the Final 8 were preparing to go to war in Croatia, but no, not that kind of war. The kind of war that I'm talking about is the one that involves kicks, knees and punches inside of the very famous K-1 ring.

K-1 might have had a bit of a rocky last few years, but they are once again looking to put all of that behind them and put on the 2012 K-1 World Grand Prix only three months late. We are willing to forgive as long as the card is good, and thankfully this card is pretty incredible.

The Final 8 has shaped up with these big fights;

Catalin Morosanu vs. Pavel Zhuravlev

Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic vs. Jarrell Miller

Badr Hari vs. Zabit Samedov

Ismael Londt vs. Hesdy Gerges

While the landscape of this World Grand Prix does look at lot different than the last World Grand Prix that went down in 2010, a good portion of these guys have a ton of K-1 fights under their belt and some of them are some of the biggest rising stars at Heavyweight looking to claim their first K-1 World Grand Prix Championship.

The undercard seems a bit up-in-the-air, so check back at K-1's official temporary site for any updates throughout the week. The fight can also be viewed on there on Friday via a live stream for $20.

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More Details Emerge on K-1's Ohio Cancellation

K-1There has been a lot of talk about K-1 over the past few months, especially some of the difficulties that they've faced since EMCOM and Mr. Kim took over operations. K-1 was looking to finally make a big impact on the United States by booking an event in Ohio during the Arnold Classic Expo, which is attended by thousands of fans yearly. This was to be the second show on US soil in the span of the year, the last time was when Doug Kaplan was in charge of K-1's US operations and began to turn things around before his relationship with the company fell apart. K-1 is now being run in the US by New York's Andrew Oh and this report from FCFighter.com by Joshua Molina is pretty damning towards the new K-1 USA team.

It is mainly an interview with the would-be promoter of the event, Russ Trapini, who was previously involved with K-1 USA when FEG was still around and was tapped again to help promote events in the United States. You can really see how frustrated he is with the situation and he even goes as far as to say that K-1 is done in the United States, a statement that is difficult for us to disagree with.

The Athletic Commission gave some reasons for the cancellation, including paperwork and certain other things, but Trapini flat out says that it was money. He also notes Mr. Kim trying to shoehorn SuperKombat fighters onto the fight card due to an agreement between K-1 and SuperKombat and lack of communication.

The money argument aligns with the reports that we here at LiverKick.com have been privy to. In fact, what we know about the situation is frustrating from all accounts and to the best of our knowledge hasn't really been discussed outside of smaller Kickboxing circles. The rumored reason has been that the money which was supposed to cover costs for the K-1 Ohio event was used as an upfront payment to Badr Hari to secure his services for the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals. It was supposedly hand-delivered to Badr Hari in cash and has put a serious financial strain on the company.

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Mirko Cro Cop Responds to Miro Mijatovic's Interview

Miro/MirkoThis is on an interesting note as we recently (I actually just hit send moments ago on part 2) published an interview with Miro Mijatovic by MMA author Brian J. D'Souza, whose fantastic book you should have picked up by now (alongside The Godslayer by none other than me), where Miro goes into some in depth details as to the inner workings of PRIDE FC and K-1 back when Mirko was competing overseas in Japan. Miro associates himself as Mirko Cro Cop's former manager, but Cro Cop fired back shortly after part one was published on LiverKick, claiming that Miro was never his manager.

According to ProFightStore.hr, Mirko took to Facebook to explain the situation from his point of view. So now according to Cro Cop, he met Miro back in 2002 and mainly kept him around as he was fluent in Japanese and could help out when it came to the language barrier. It is a bit difficult for us to translate, but the basic idea behind his post is that Miro meant nothing to him and helped him order dinner, but did not provide any sort of true representation.

The photograph included in this article is of Miro alongside Mirko, so we ask you to come to your own conclusions as to the nature of their relationship.

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Q & A with Cro Cop’s former manager: The Man Who Brought Down PRIDE Part 1

Cro CopMirko “Cro Cop” Filipović is a legend: 26-7 as a professional kickboxer with wins over the likes of Jerome Le Banner, Peter Aerts, Mark Hunt and Bob Sapp (back when he was a real fighter); 41-10 as a mixed martial arts fighter, with wins over Josh Barnett (x2), Mark Coleman and Wanderlei Silva, as well winner of the 2006 PRIDE open weight Grand Prix championship.

While Cro Cop rarely opens up the media, an interview by Brian J. D’Souza (author of new MMA book Pound for Pound: The Modern Gladiators of Mixed Martial Arts) with his former manager, Miro Mijatovic, reveals interesting details that fans likely never heard before. In part one of two parts, we hear about the ground rules for conducting business in Japan, Mirko’s blacklisting from K-1 and the sycophants who lobbied for control of K-1.

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