TOKYO, April 21, 2004 -- K-1 will further develop its new MMA Rules division with "ROMANEX" (derived from "Roman" and "Extra" ), a blockbuster fight event set for Saturday May 22 at the Saitama Super Arena. The announcement was made by K-1 Event Producer Sadaharu Tanikawa in a press conference at the Shin Takanawa Prince Hotel in central Tokyo.
Former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion, "Iron" Mike Tyson (50-4 (44 KO's), has signed a contract to participate in his next boxing bout. Slated for July, the fight will mark both Tyson's first ring appearance in over a year as well as his first fight promoted by Fight Entertainment Group (FEG), a subsidiary company of K-1, the world's premiere martial arts fighting sport.
TOKYO, April 7, 2004 -- Defending K-1 World Max Champion Masato defeated Serkan Yilmaz in the main event of the K-1 World Max 2004 World Tournament at Yoyogi Stadium in central Tokyo. It was Masato's eighth consecutive win since late 2002, and capped off an event featuring 16 fighters from 12 countries battling in K-1's under-70 kg World Max class.
TOKYO, March 26, 2004 -- Musashi overcame a volley of foul blows to beat Akebono, Ernest Hoost effortlessly turned aside Xhavit Bajrami, and Bob Sapp scored a strange victory over Seth Petruzelli at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2004 in Saitama today.
TOKYO, March 26, 2004 -- The K-1 World Grand Prix 2004 Series kicks off tomorrow at the 35,000 capacity Saitama Super Arena. The one-match tournament will feature nine bouts and some of K-1's biggest stars. The fights will be under regular K-1 rules 3R x 3min, two possible extra rounds), with the winners receiving consideration for the September 25 World GP Semi Final Tournament. The 18 participating fighters met the press today at the Shin Takanawa Prince Hotel in central Tokyo.
NIIGATA, March 14, 2004 -- Bob Sapp overpowered Dolgorsuren Sumiyabazar in the Main Event, and the local boys swept a series of "Japan vs The World" bouts at the Japan Special K-1 Beast 2004 in Niigata. The old port of Niigata, on Japan's western coastline, is the hometown of legendary wrestler Giant Baba. On this day, it played host to a K-1 event featuring eight bouts -- four fought under regular K-1 Rules (3Rx3min), four under K-1 MMA Rules (3Rx5min).
NIIGATA, March 13, 2004 -- Bob Sapp is more than ready for his next fight -- the Beast is prepared, it would appear, to take on the entire Mongolian nation. In a press conference in advance of the K-1 Japan Special Beast 2004 in Niigata, Sapp not only promised to beat up his opponent Dolgorsuren Sumiyabazar, but to take it to Sumiyabazar's brothers as well.
TOKYO, February 24, 2004 -- Takayuki Kohiruimaki persevered through three bouts to win the K-1 World Max 2004 in Tokyo and advance toward this year's World Max Final. A steely cold dusk shivered the thousands of K-1 fans filing into the Yoyogi Stadium in downtown Tokyo. But inside the action was red-hot, with plenty of energy and emotion, and a total of nine KO's on the card.
NAHA, OKINAWA, February 15, 2004 -- Team World beat Team Japan by score of 4-3 to win the K-1 Japan Series Burning 2004 in Okinawa showdown event. The fight night marked K-1's first foray into Japan's southernmost Prefecture of Okinawa, a subtropical archipelago which just happens to be the birthplace of Karate.