TOKYO, February 8, 2006 -- In a press conference at the Fuji TV headquarters in Odaiba, the Fight Entertainment Group (FEG) today unveiled the format for the K-1 World Grand Prix '06 series.
With an open weight class, the K-1 World Grand Prix comprises both eight-man and one-match tournaments that feature the world's premier stand-up fighters. Hundreds of hopefuls will compete in regional K-1 Fighting Network events -- from Brazil to Sweden, from Italy to Australia and so on -- endeavoring to get to the prestigious Tokyo Dome Final, where the eight best go head to head for the richest fightsport purse of its kind.
This year, FEG will produce eight major K-1 World Grand Prix tournaments:
With this ambitious international schedule, FEG hopes to truly establish K-1 as "The World's Fightsport." A network of overseas broadcasters will bring the World GP action to television viewers in 116 countries.
Occupying the place of honor through the year will be Defending Champion Semmy Schilt, who was at the press conference today. Asked if he had worked on any new techniques to counter all the fighters who will challenge the Champ in Superfights, Schilt just smiled:
"I know they will be coming for me and I'd say the most dangerous fighters are the newcomers, the ones who have everything to gain and nothing to lose. I don't really have any new techniques, it's all punching and kicking, I can't think how I can invent anything else! I am very excited, I have great team, and I intend to still have my title when the year is over!"
It was also announced today that Schilt will face compatriot and three-time WGP Champion Peter Aerts in a Superfight at Auckland.
"It's good to fight all three Dutch champions in a short period of time," said Schilt [he beat Remy Bonjasky at the WGP Final in November, and beat Ernesto Hoost at the Osaka Dome New Year's Eve event]. "Peter is a great fighter, so I know it will be a tough fight!"
For constantly updated tournament matchup information and prompt results and complete coverage from the World GP '06 and all other FEG/K-1 events (plus a complete archive of past events), refer to the K-1 Official Website, www.k-1.co.jp.