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    DREAM.1 Press Conference

    Fri, 2008-03-14 09:28 — Monty DiPietro

    TOKYO, March 14, 2008 -- Dreams do come true. After years of anticipation, tomorrow, thousands of fans will pack the Saitama Super Arena and millions more will watch on television across Japan as the world's best mixed martial arts fighters meet in FEG's DREAM.1 Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 1st Round.

    Mirko CroCop in "DREAM" Press Conference

    Wed, 2008-02-13 23:17 — Monty DiPietro

    TOKYO, February 13, 2008 -- It's a dream come true for Japanese mixed martial arts fans -- one the world's premier mixed martial arts fighters, Mirko CroCop, will be returning to Japan to fight in a newly-created, star-studded production. "DREAM," organized by K-1's governing body FEG, which will replace the organization's HERO's production, it was revealed today in a full-house press conference at the Hotel Metropolitan Edmont in downtown Tokyo. Six DREAM events are already scheduled for 2008, with CroCop possibly participating as early as March 15.

    Bregy and Karacs Best in Budapest

    Mon, 2008-02-11 00:34 — Monty DiPietro

    Last year, K-1 expanded westward from its Japanese home and found great success in Korea.

    K-1 Europe GP '08: Big Bouts in Budapest

    Sat, 2008-02-09 10:03 — Monty DiPietro

    BUDAPEST, February 8, 2008 -- Last year, K-1 expanded westward from Japan and met with great success in Korea. Now, K-1 heads eastward from Holland, bringing a World Grand Prix event to Central Europe for the first time. Tomorrow's K-1 Europe GP '08 Final Elimination at the Budapest Sports Arena will qualify fighters for the European final, set for April in Amsterdam.

    Yasuhiro Kido Wins K-1 World Max Japan '08

    Mon, 2008-02-04 11:50 — Monty DiPietro

    Held before a sellout crowd at the historic Nippon Budokan, the event featured an eight-man elimination tournament fought under K-1 Max Rules

    K-1 World Max Japan '08 Press Conference

    Fri, 2008-02-01 15:33 — Monty DiPietro

    TOKYO, February 1, 2008 -- The K-1 World Max '08 season kicks off tomorrow with the World Max Japan Tournament. Set at the historic Nippon Budokan, the event features an eight-man elimination tournament fought under K-1 Max Rules (70kg/152lbs weight class; 3min. x 3R Ex.1R). There will also be a couple of Superfights and a trio of K-1 World Youth showcase bouts. Participating fighters (minus those who had to be in school) met the media today at the Happo-En Hotel in central Tokyo.

    K-1 Announces World GP '08 Format

    Wed, 2008-01-30 14:01 — Monty DiPietro

    TOKYO, January 30, 2008 -- In a press conference at the Fuji Television Bldg. in Tokyo's seaside district of Odaiba, K-1 organizing body FEG today unveiled the format and provisional schedule for the K-1 World Grand Prix '08.

    The K-1 World GP is fightsport's most prestigious event, attracting the world's best fighters and televised in 135 countries. K-1's 16th season will feature major World GP Championship tournaments in four regions: Japan, Asia, the USA and Europe.

    Sakuraba Still Dynamite!!

    Mon, 2007-12-31 14:14 — Monty DiPietro

    OSAKA, December 31, 2007 -- Veteran Japanese fighter Kazushi Sakuraba, 36, beat Masakatsu Funaki in the Main Event tonight at the K-1 Premium Dynamite!! Also victorious at the New Year's Eve fightsport extravaganza were Kid Yamamoto, Bob Sapp, and 16 year-old karate stylist Yudai.

    Schilt Three-Peats as K-1 World GP Champion

    Sat, 2007-12-08 14:20 — Monty DiPietro

    Schilt's third-consecutive WGP Championship is unprecedented in K-1 history.

    K-1 World GP 07 Final Press Conference

    Fri, 2007-12-07 08:57 — Monty DiPietro

    TOKYO, December 7, 2007 -- On a cool and sunny afternoon, from high atop an outdoor stage in Tokyo's seaside Odaiba, the eight men who would be K-1 World Grand Prix 07 Champion met the media and fans on the eve of fightsports' ultimate showdown.

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