News! K-1 Founder Ishii Speaks
Kazuyoshi Ishii Fan Meeting
Powerful K-1 founder Ishii held a fan event in Shibuya in Tokyo today. He said that he doesn’t have any intentions to become K-1 producer again. Instead, he will put all his power into a new amateur organization called International K-1 Federation (FIKA). He wants to especially advance into Europe. He says that there are a lot of strong fighters in Greece. He wants to hold K-1 events in Europe from now on in order to have it erupt there.
He also talked about the K-1 World Cup which there has been talks about for some years now. He said that they will be able to have 32 countries for their first one, compared to 7 which soccer/football had in its first World Cup (he means that the first K-1 World Cup will be at a larger scale than the first football world cup, which is now the biggest). This is also part of FIKA.
Finishing with MMA, he said that with organization DREAM and organization SENGOKU, an UFC opposition cannot be made. He said that he is currently in talks about them doing MMA together. He said that when considering the fans, doing MMA together is better.
Two Legends Appeal For 2016 Olympics In Tokyo
Judo legends and Barcelona Olympic gold medalists Hidehiko Yoshida and Toshihiko Koga were present at a movement event for the 2016 Olympics being held in Tokyo today. Regarding SENGOKU, Yoshida said that a participation on August 2nd is still possible.
Antonio Silva Returns In September?
MMAJunkie has a new article where Antonio Silva’s manager says that he might return to SENGOKU for their September event, and that he could possibly fight in a title fight at the end of the year if the September event goes well. Read the full article here.
Yuki Kondo’s Return Opponent Announced
Yuki Kondo will make his MMA return at a Pancrase event on August 8th. His opponent was announced today and it is Korean Kim Ki Beom. Kim has won the South Korea Hapkido Championships two times, and his base is Judo and Kyokushin Karate.