With all the mystery surrounding this year's K-1 World Grand Prix, it seems as if we finally have some legitimate news. Dutch writer Karel ten Haaf has came out and told seven of the eight match-ups for the Final 16. ten Haaf has written a book about K-1 and seems to have some connections in the fight scene. According to him, he received a text message from Anil Dubar, Daniel Ghita's trainer, with match-ups for the Final 16. The match-ups are as follows:
Xhavit Bajrami vs. Daniel Ghita
Hesdy Gerges vs. Errol Zimmerman
Ben Edwards vs. Singh Jaideep
Mourad Bouzidi vs. Kyotaro
Peter Aerts vs. Melvin Manhoef
Sergei Lascenko vs. Rico Verhoeven
Badr Hari vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva
Among the most surprising of these match-ups is the return of Peter Aerts. It was very unclear if Aerts would return to kickboxing at all, but it seems he's going to give another shot at a World Grand Prix. Aerts had said last year that he wasn't sure if he could still do tournaments at his age.
The last fight of the Final 16 is yet to be confirmed. One would think Tyrone Spong but he is currently in the U.S. and was there for a few months about a month ago. Spong has had knee surgery and it's unclear what is going on with him at the moment. We have an idea of the final match-up but nothing is concrete so we won't let the cat out of the bag just yet.