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    K-1 Battle at the Bellagio '07 Press Conference

    Sat, 2007-08-11 08:18 — Monty DiPietro

    LAS VEGAS, August 9,2007 -- Whether it's billabong poker, indoor skydiving or a comely companion -- you can find just about anything you're looking for in Las Vegas. But this morning Scott Coker's K-1 USA production team were stumped. Finally, just minutes before the World Grand Prix in Las Vegas press conference, Tony Valente rushed into the Bellagio Hotel and Casino with a wide smile on his face. His frantic search, covering more than 65km/40miles, was a success -- Valente had found the flag of the Republic of Belarus.

    Fujimoto Defends K-1 Asia GP Title in Hong Kong

    Sun, 2007-08-05 23:13 — Monty DiPietro

    HONG KONG, August 5, 2007 -- Yasuke Fujimoto took a circuitous route but arrived victorious tonight at the K-1 Asia World Grand Prix Tournament in Hong Kong. It was the second consecutive Asia GP title for the 32 year-old Japanese karate fighter.

    K-1 in Hong Kong Press Conference

    Fri, 2007-08-03 10:48 — Monty DiPietro

    HONG KONG, August 3, 2007 -- With the mercury hitting near-record highs, the Hong Kong Observatory this morning issued a "Very Hot Weather Warning." It is sizzling in Asia's World City -- especially for the fighters who will do battle in this Sunday's historic K-1 Asia GP 07 in Hong Kong.

    Brazilians Best at Hero's in Yokohama

    Mon, 2007-07-16 09:16 — Monty DiPietro

    YOKOHAMA, July 16, 2007 -- Maybe Hero's should be renamed "Heróis", in Portuguese, because the boys from Brazil owned the mixed martial art fightsport tonight. Four Brazilians fought, and four Brazilians won at the Hero's Middleweight Championship World Tournament Opening Round, held before a sellout crowd at the Yokohama Arena.

    Hero's Middleweight Final Elimination Press Conference

    Sun, 2007-07-15 08:43 — Monty DiPietro

    TOKYO, July 15, 2007 -- As "Man-Yi" -- Japan's strongest summer typhoon ever -- drove sheets of rain across Tokyo today, 16 of the world's strongest mixed martial arts fighters prepared to do a little damage themselves at the Yokohama Arena tomorrow. In a press conference at the TBS television network's studios, the fighters shared their thoughts in advance of the Hero's Middleweight Championship World Tournament Opening Round.

    Masato leads Charge of Champions at K-1 World Max

    Thu, 2007-06-28 11:20 — Monty DiPietro

    The World Max '07 Final Elimination attracted a sellout crowd of 12,628 to the Nippon Budokan, and was broadcast live in Japan on the TBS Network.

    K-1 World Max '07 Final Elimination Press Conference

    Wed, 2007-06-27 06:11 — Monty DiPietro

    TOKYO, June 27, 2007 -- Action in this year's K-1 World Max series heats up tomorrow with a do-or-die showdown featuring 18 of the best fighters in the popular 70kg/154lbs weight class. Set for the historic Nippon Budokan in central Tokyo, the Final Elimination tournament will advance fighters to October's K-1 World Max final.

    Today, participating fighters shared their pre-event thoughts with the media in a standing-room-only press conference at the Meridian Pacific Hotel.

    Schilt, Aerts & Slowinski Shine in Amsterdam

    Mon, 2007-06-25 08:35 — Monty DiPietro

    AMSTERDAM, June 23, 2007 -- Dutch fighters Semmy Schilt and Peter Aerts and Aussie Paul Slowinski were the big winners on a big night at the K-1 World Grand Prix '07 in Amsterdam.

    Lesnar and Gracie Win at Historic Dynamite!! USA

    Sun, 2007-06-03 08:21 — Monty DiPietro

    Brock Lesnar and Royce Gracie came out best in their main event matches

    Hawaiian Punch Courtesy Mighty Mo; Hari Wins the Belt

    Sun, 2007-04-29 22:05 — Monty DiPietro

    HONOLULU, April 28, 2007 -- Hard-hitting American Samoan fighter Mighty Mo turned aside three challengers en route to the tournament victory, while Badr Hari donned the Heavyweight Belt tonight at the first major international K-1 World Grand Prix event of the year.

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