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K-1 Announces K-1 World Tour

K-1K-1 has been rather quiet for most of 2013 so far, outside of running the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals for 2012 in March in Croatia. Other than the crowning of Mirko Cro Cop as the K-1 World Grand Prix Champion they have been focusing on their K-1 World Qualifying Tour events, which are focused on bringing the best available talent from certain regions into the K-1 fold for use in their bigger tournaments.

Much in the same vein, they announced today that they will be kicking off a "K-1 World Tour" series of events, which will be aimed at running smaller shows in as many countries as they can and crowning champions in multiple weight classes, something that we've been looking forward to for a while now. Those weight classes are -63kg, 70kg, 85kg, 95kg and Heavyweight/Super Heavyweight. It sounds like they are looking to make these smaller K-1 events serve almost as a farm league for the bigger K-1 shows and to develop talent, which seems like a great idea for the time being, as many of the established names are in GLORY at the moment, but there is still a ton of developing talent out there fresh for the picking.

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Details on This Weekend's K-1 WGP in Vilnius Show

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K-1 continues with their regional qualifying events this weekend as the K-1 WGP in Vilnius is set to go down on April 27th in Vilnius, Lithuania. The event features a number of Heavyweight and MAX qualifying fights, which will lead into a Qualifying tournament at some point in the near future. The event is headlined by a Superfight featuring Artur Kyshenko against Marcus Powell of the UK and features a pretty decent card, top-to-bottom.

For those that are interested in watching the show, it will be streamed on MMABushido.tv for 7.99 euros -- or about $10.40 USD -- Saturday afternoon. We'll have more on this event as it comes closer as well as results after the fights have gone down.

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Next K-1 Qualifier in Vilnius on April 27th

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K-1 have been relatively quiet when it comes to bigger events, but their K-1 World Grand Prix Qualifier tour continues on throughout Europe. The K-1 WGP Qualifying shows have been a staple in K-1 for a long time now, and while we might not have a clear breakdown of who goes on to what anywhere in public, the word is that things are working as they used to, where there is a set of qualifiers, then regional tournaments to decide who goes where.

The next event is in conjunction with KOK and goes down in the Capitol city of Lithuania, Vilnius. The card is coming together nicely so far and is headlined by Artur Kyshenko squaring off with Poland's Denis Makouski. You can check out the rest of the card here.

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Ewerton Teixeira Set to Fight in His Third MMA Bout

TeixeiraIn a way, good for Ewerton Teixeira for finding himself a home in Mixed Martial Arts in Brazil, as Teixeira is a solid fighter and a down-to-earth guy that was on the K-1 circuit for many years without earning a ton of respect. Of course, it is a loss for the Kickboxing world and a wonder that no one has scooped him up yet, as he could legitimatize, at least partially, K-1's Heavyweight division at this point and be a great asset to Glory. Of course, he just might not care about Kickboxing anymore and be happy with Mixed Martial Arts.

No matter what, on April 27th he has his third professional MMA bout set against Eduardo Pezao. To top it off, he is apparently scheduled to fight Bob Sapp in August, which only makes things all the more comical. [Source]

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