12 Facts About K-1


K-1 is a Professional Kickboxing promotion established in 1993, well known worldwide mainly for its heavyweight division fights and Grand Prix tournaments.

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K-1 promoted Mixed Martial Arts events, with some events having both kickboxing and MMA matches on their cards .

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However, since 2010 K-1 started to lose its status of top organization, as FEG started to have financial issues, not begin able to organize big events or pay huge prize money, eventually going bankrupt, and successor holding companies have been unable to maintain events the same level of size during the FEG years.

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Letter K in K-1 is officially designated as a representation of words karate, kickboxing and kung fu.

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K-1 has its own unique ruleset different from other styles of Kickboxing.

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K-1 maintains a number of gyms throughout Japan, from which potential kickboxers can transition from training to amateur competition to professional competition.

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K-1 has held events in many countries around the world.

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Original K-1 Grand Prix was a single event tournament held in Japan where competitors participated on invitation.

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For example, K-1 attempted to gain popularity in the United States by holding two GPs, however only a few Americans have ever qualified for the Finals.

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K-1 World Grand Prix Final Eliminator is an event where 16 participants compete for the final eight spots in the Final .

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K-1 events have been shown on the Tokyo Broadcasting System and Fuji TV.

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Internationally, K-1 has been seen on XTM in South Korea, Combate and SporTV in Brazil, HDNet Fights in the United States, and on Eurosport in Europe.

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