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Singh Jaideep Replaces Badr Hari At K-1 Final 16

With Badr Hari obviously in jail and not able to fight at the K-1 WGP Final 16 on October 14 in Tokyo, Japan, a replacement has been sought and found.

K-1 veteran Singh "Heart" Jaideep replaces Hari in the field of 16. Jaideep has fought in the past in K-1 seven times, holding a record of 5-2 in the organization with losses coming to Ewerton Teixeira and Gokhan Saki.

Since he last fought in K-1, he did lose a terrible decision to Xhavit Bajrami back in July of 2011. Later that year though, he ran through the RISE Heavyweight Tournament, stopping all three of his opponents in the first round.


Yokkao Extreme 2013, January 26: Andy Souwer vs. Dzhabar Askerov Headlines

After a very successful and well done inaugural Yokkao Extreme 2012 event that featured the likes of Buakaw, Saenchai and Giorgio Petrosyan, Yokkao is back with another card in January 2013.

Yokkao announced today that the main event for Yokkao Extreme 2013 on January 26 will be Andy Souwer vs. Dzhabar Askerov. The fight will be three rounds of three minutes under K-1 rules. This is the second time that Dzhabar Askerov is in the main event of Yokkao Extreme, as he headlined the 2012 show against Buakaw. Andy Souwer has been on a role lately and is in top form. Askerov has improved a lot in the past few years and should make this a tough, entertaining fight.

Yokkao Extreme 2013 takes place in the same city and venue as 2012 did, at the Forum D'Assago in Milan, Italy. Stefania Picelli of Muay Thai Combat will be promoting the event again after the first Yokkao Extreme event drew around 8500 in attendance.

Be on the lookout for more news about Yokkao Extreme 2013 in the near future.


Danyo Ilunga vs. Ali Cenik At GLORY 2 Brussels On October 6

The fight card for GLORY 2 Brussels in Brussels, Belgiums on October 6 is starting to shape up and today a new fight was announced for the event.

It's Showtime 95MAX World Champion Danyo Ilunga will be making his GLORY debut against Ali Cenik, who's fought twice at GLORY before, drawing with Zabit Samedov back in 2011 and defeating Sergej Maslobojev in March. The fight takes place at 97kg.

Ilunga hasn't lost since 2010, defeating the likes of Filip Verlinden and Nenad Pagonis. He's been active this year, fighting a few times in his home of Germany. He'll be fighting there again in September in a one night, eight man tournament where he's the odds on favorite to win. He's trained by Remy Bonjasky , who is headlining this event so it works out well for both of them to be fighting on the same card with coinciding training camps.

Cenik used to be much lighter in weight but made a sudden the jump to heavyweight a few years ago where he's beaten Alexey Ignashov. He's around the same weight as Ilunga so they'll be fairly even size-wise, with Ilunga having a height advantage.


K-1 Press Conference News/Note: Final 16 Participants, Weight Class Expansion For 2013

K-1 just held a press conference in Japan with Masato and Mr. Kim on hand. Some participants in the Final 16 were revealed, including some names that we previously did not know. Also, plans about expanding weight classes next year were revealed, with a total of nine weight classes spanning from 55.2kg to +93kg. Here are some news and notes from the press conference:

- Raul Catinas, Hesdy Gerges, Pavel Zhuravlev, Ben Edwards, Arnold Oborotov, Badr Hari, Mirko Cro Cop, Daniel Ghita, Paul Slowinski, Zabit Samedov, Sergei Lascenko, Makoto Uehara, Hiromi Amada will be on the October 14 Final 16 event. Not really clear who's in the Final 16 tournament (They might all be.) but it was said that there will be two more fighters from other countries as well as fighters that will be determined after the result of the September 8 US Grand Prix at heavyweight. Note that Catalin Morosanu, Benny Adegbuyi, Ismael Londt, Dzevad Poturak, Saulo Calavari and Rico Verhoeven have all said they're fighting at this event.

- Mr. Kim says that he heard that Badr Hari's current legal problems won't be a problem in regards to him participating in this event. However, I think there's no chance at all that Badr will be fighting on this event, let alone any time soon.

- K-1 will be expanding their weight classes next year, with the overall divisions looking like this: 55.2, 59.0, 63,5, 66.7, 70, 77, 84, -93, +93 kg. These exact weights are still tentative. Masato showed a lot of interest in tournaments and Mr. Kim founded rankings.

- Due to what happened in the past with FEG, Mr. Ishii, etc. it will be very hard to get on TV in Japan. They are figuring out how to work around not being able to get on TV in Japan.


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