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New Hong Kong-Based K-1 Owner Partners With It’s Showtime; LW and HW GPs Salvaged

(See Zuffa, co-promotion can work.)

It’s Showtime announced today that it has signed a new deal with the new K-1 owners that will see both the lightweight and heavyweight tournaments continue as well as fighters contracted to the Dutch kickboxing organization participate on some of the previously Japanese-owned organization’s planned cards.

FEG sold the struggling promotion to Chinese businessman Michael Kim, who promptly attempted to distance it from the company’s spotted past by changing the name to K-1 Global (how original). Kim also atoned for the sins of his forefathers by agreeing to pay each of the It’s Showtime fighters previously owed money by FEG 50 percent of their outstanding pay as a signing bonus with his new promotion.

Among recent signees with “K-1 2.0,” according to a release on the official It’s Showtime website, are IS fighters Daniel Ghita, Tyrone Spong, Hesdy Gerges, Paul Slowinski, Rico Verhoeven, Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva, Ben Edwards, Melvin Manhoef, Sergii Lashchenko, Mourad Bouzidi, Dzevad Poturak, Chahid Oulad El Hadj, Gago Drago and Andy Ristie. There will be more big names announced in the coming weeks as well as the schedule of K-1 events, including the lightweight and heavyweight grand prix tourneys.

K-1 Global’s head office will now be located in Hong Kong. It’s unclear if the promotion will only promote kickboxing events or if they plan to hold hybrid shows or resurrect the Heroes brand to put on MMA events, but it’s likely that they will address this in the coming weeks as well.



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Kintamachikara- March 7, 2012 at 10:45 am
Gago Drago?
LukeTheDuke- March 7, 2012 at 4:34 am
WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN. K-1 is the SHIT. IS is even better. Now they are one!
Todd M- March 6, 2012 at 8:36 pm
Good to see K1 sticking around, it would be a damn shame to let an event that exciting bite the dust.
martynunya- March 6, 2012 at 7:26 pm
Being that the only one of the new signees that has any MMA experience is Melvin Manhoef, I'm thinking they will be promoting kickboxing vice MMA or hybrid. Maybe a crazy ass hybrid new years show.....
scrambled eggs- March 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm
All right, I'm totally excited to see Anderson Silva fight for this new promotion!
Fried Taco- March 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm
I guess K-2 was already taken.