hold open tryouts for the first time in the kickboxing
organization’s near-20-year existence.
Promotion officials announced the news Tuesday, revealing that
famous bodybuilding locale Muscle Beach will host the proceeding on
July 19. According to a release, fighters selected from the open
tryout will have the opportunity to fight in a 2012 K-1 event and
the chance to compete for $2 million in prize money.
The winner of K-1’s heavyweight 2012 World Grand Prix will be
awarded a $1 million prize, while the competition’s runner-up will
earn $300,000. The winner of the promotion’s equivalent lightweight
tournament, K-1 MAX, will also receive $300,000. Those wishing to
participate in the open tryout may sign up on K-1’s official
Facebook page. After registering at Facebook.com/K1GlobalTV.eng,
fighters will receive their confirmation via email.
“K-1 would like to invite all talented standup fighters to come to
Muscle Beach in L.A. on July 19 and show us what you have and why
you belong in the K-1 family,” K-1 CEO Doug Kaplan stated in a
release. “K-1 is the gold standard in standup fighting, and we are
searching for the best new athletes out there to represent K-1 and
possibly become one of kickboxing’s newest icons.”
A handful of K-1 talents have notably competed in mixed martial
arts over the years, among them Mirko
Filipovic, Mark Hunt and
Schilt. Conversely, several popular MMA fighters have done
battle in the K-1 ring over the years, including Quinton
Mousasi (Pictured, left), Norifumi
Yamamoto and Alistair
Overeem, who won the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix.
Founded in 1993 in Tokyo, K-1 experienced a stretch of sustained
popularity overseas before the promotion’s parent company, Fighting
and Entertainment Group (FEG), sold the promotion to Japanese real
estate firm Barbizon Co., last year. The promotion was sold again
this past February to Emcom Entertainment, which established a new,
Hong Kong-based company called K-1 Global Holdings. The promotion
has held one event in 2012 thus far, a May 27 show in Madrid.
Future events are planned to take place in Los Angeles, Miami and
Taipei, Taiwan, before December’s 2012 World Grand Prix final in