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Rumors of K-1's Strike Back Emerge

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It is safe to say that being in the fight game is sort of like a game of chess. I'm not sure that it is the most complicated or graceful game of chess ever imagined, but a game of chess it is no matter. This weekend Bas Boon and Simon Rutz made their strike against K-1. We live in a world where, as much as many would like to believe otherwise, no fight promoter is paying the press for good coverage. We simply publish the news as we take it, and if someone refuses to respond to something, well, it is taken at face value. K-1 has yet to refute any of the claims from Simon Rutz and Bas Boon, but it appears they have been regrouping and will launch a counterattack tomorrow.

This counterattack was told to the world by a forum member of MixFight.nl whom many in the industry know to be a reliable source.

Apparently, K-1 is ready to place the blame for the US shows on the shoulders of Rutz, as well as expose some other believed falsehoods to the world. On top of this, they are set to announce a few of their big name fighters, which appear to be Badr Hari, Mirko CroCop, Tyrone Spong, Kyotaro Maeda, Ruslan Kareav, Mighty Mo, Gerard Mousasi and another, yet to be named Japanese fighter. There is also a chance that the US shows are scrapped entirely, so if you were looking forward to K-1 in Los Angeles or the World Grand Prix Finals in New York, you will have to look elsewhere. It looks like K-1 will retreat to Japan or Korea for the time being.

They are cooking up a press release as well as a video. Let us hope that this video does not include Masato speaking English again, as it does not appear to be his thing.

There was a Japanese press release, which states that Rutz did not supply the correct bank account information to them, otherwise they would have paid him.

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Yasuhiro Kido: "I Received Fight Money From K-1 Global"

KidoThe rumor mill has been turning about K-1 Global in the past few days, and instead of the rumors coming from upset fighters and managers like it was in the past, this time it was from some of the more powerful titans of the world of kickboxing. K-1 Global forged a partnership with It's Showtime's Simon Rutz, with Rutz and It's Showtime's team helping to promote, produce and essentially handle the entire event in Madrid. According to Rutz, K-1 Global has neglected to pay for the event or the fighters, which has led to a historic event of Glory Sports International and It's Showtime coming to an agreement, with It's Showtime being purchased by GSI and becoming a part of the Glory family.

It appears that this could just be attributed to fighters associated with Simon Rutz and It's Showtime, although we have yet to hear much yet. Yasuhiro Kido aparently spoke out about his situation on his twitter, and he says that he was paid.

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K-1 Bringing Tyrone Spong, Dewy Cooper and Rick Roufus to Open Tryouts

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Once again it feels like Rome is burning with K-1 with the rumor mill swirling again, but it is good to see public announcements from them about pushing forward into the future. Once again, some information about the open workouts and they will be using Tyrone Spong as their big star, it seems, which is a great idea. Rick Roufus, Dewy Cooper and Mighty Mo will also be there, each with their own fanbases somewhere in time.

K-1 TO BRING FIGHTING SUPERSTARS TYRONE SPONG,
MIGHTY MO, RICK ROUFUS AND DEWEY COOPER TO THE K-1 OPEN TRYOUTS

OVER 150 K-1 HOPEFULS ALREADY PRE-REGISTERED
K-1 Open Tryouts are July 19 at Muscle Beach - FREE and OPEN to the Public
Los Angeles, CA - K-1 today announced that fighting superstars Tyrone Spong, Mighty Mo, Rick Roufus and Dewey Cooper will head to Los Angeles' famed Muscle Beach for the K-1 Open Tryouts Thursday, July 19.
This group of legendary kickboxers will be on hand to welcome the K-1 hopefuls, help evaluate talent and also sign autographs or pose for photos with the athletes and fans in attendance. The K-1 Open Tryouts are FREE and OPEN to the public.
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Romie Adanza and Andy Howson to Rematch at K-1 in Los Angeles

RomieIt seemed like as good of a time as any to bring the world some positive K-1 news right about now. K-1 has been incredibly secretive when it comes to their upcoming show in Los Angeles, including what fighters are participating, what the format will be and what the match ups will be. So color me surprised when I was browsing around tonight and saw this article on Total Muay Thai. Romie Adanza's name had already been floating around in relation to this event, but it was unclear who he would fight because his size clearly does not line up with K-1's traditional weight classes.

It looks like he will be rematching Bad Company's Andy Howson in a rematch of a 2010 bout that went down in the United States. Of course, this time it is under the K-1 banner and will be taking place under K-1 rules. Sadly, there is no footage of that bout available online for anyone who wanted to check it out, but alas. Go ahead and check out the rest of the interview here.

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