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K-1 CEO Doug Kaplan comments on open tryouts and K-1 events

K-1 CEO Doug Kaplan comments on open tryouts and K-1 events

[div class=”notice” class2=”icon”]The following is from an article on LiverKick.com, part of the MiddleEasy Network.[/div]

K-1 sent out a press release today that features a lot of talk about the K-1 Open Tryouts in LA, but also goes into detail about some of the upcoming events K-1 has planned for the rest of the year.

“We have to do these Callbacks as soon as possible, there are some guys here who could fight in our US Grand Prix Championships September 8 at the LA Sports Arena,” Kaplan says to Masato, Executive Producer for K-1.

Kaplan was the man sitting front and center amid the row of judges at the tryouts. He watched every participant try out for the organization that day. He is the man in charge of it all, and the one who intends to bring K-1 kickboxing back to the fans and make it as popular in America as it is in Japan, China and across Europe.

As he watched each fighter take the stage, he was filled with respect. Every Hopeful gave it everything, some to the point of sheer exhaustion.

“It was an incredible display of physical and mental fortitude,” said Kaplan. “Just taking the stage meant they had to endure the heat. Some were already to the point of exhaustion, but they stood up when they saw the pads and trainer in front of them. I just had the most incredible sense of awe for these men.”

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