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


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 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.

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.


Rick Roufus and Doug Kaplan Talk K-1 in LA


Our good friend Camaro Kev runs a pretty awesome podcast and holds on to his roots as a Kickboxing fan for dear life while still covering MMA, which we are always pleased to see. This week on his show, named Kicking in Zubaz, he spoke with K-1's Chief Operating Officer Doug Kaplan as well as rumored K-1 in Los Angeles fighter Rick "The Jet" Roufus. Overall some interesting tidbits came out from this.

Roufus confirmed his participation on the show, discussing working with Doug Kaplan and Maurice Travis for the LA show. He signed a multi-fight contract that extends into January, which would seem to cover him for this year's World Grand Prix season if he were to move on to the Final 16. There was also a moment where Rick seemingly discovered (or re-discovered) that visiting is a good idea. The next interview was with Doug Kaplan, and it appears that firstly, the Miami show is still not definite for a location for the Final 16. On the Los Angeles show front, it appears that a proper tournament is not in order, but instead, qualifications for the Final 16. We've heard before that four Heavyweights will move on, which means to expect four Heavyweight fights with Final 16 implications.

Listen to the show here.


K-1 in Los Angeles: Holding Open Tryouts for Event

K-1 in Los Angeles is rapidly approaching, going down in September at the LA Memorial Sports Center on September 8th. We've heard some rumors about the talent being booked for the event, and there has been an audible groan from a lot of the K-1 fans online about the level of competition rumored to be on display. There have been a few changes to the card, as it was originally believed to be the American GP, winner moves on to the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16, and then we were informed that there would not be a tournament, but just Superfights. Apparently, that has changed again, as Doug Kaplan, K-1's Chief Operating Officer has taken to the internet forums to attempt to assuage the fears of fans and assure them that there will be news shortly. On top of that, he declared that the show in Los Angeles would feature two tournaments -- Heavyweight and MAX -- with the respective winners moving on to the Final 16. It wasn't exactly clear how this will work, as he noted four winners moving on to the Final 16, which at Heavyweight would seem preposterous and at MAX wouldn't make sense as there was already a Final 16, but I'm sure it will be worked out shortly.

The names that we've heard kicked around from reliable sources for the Heavyweight field are Steve Banks, Rick Cheek, Eddie Walker, Deutsch Pu'u and Rick Roufus. It isn't clear if they are all in the tournament or not, but each fighter has made statements to the effect of fighting on this card.

Today K-1 did something curious as they changed their Facebook banner photo to what you see above; claiming open tryouts at Muscle Beach in July. There is even a Facebook event created for it. The only requirements so far are that you need to be over 145lbs. It is an interesting approach as it looks like both tournaments will be filled out by whomever they "discover" in this open tryouts process. An interesting name that has already RSVP'd for it is American Muay Thai fighter Joe Schilling. Schilling seems like an obvious choice, as he might not be fighting at Heavyweight, a good portion of the names already mentioned are not traditional Heavyweights, either.

We'll keep you updated on this as it happens. Keep your eyes peeled to K-1's Facebook for more information.


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