[div class=”notice” class2=”icon”]The following is from an article on LiverKick.com, part of the MiddleEasy Network.[/div]
There has been a lot of talk about K-1 over the past few months, especially some of the difficulties that they’ve faced since EMCOM and Mr. Kim took over operations. K-1 was looking to finally make a big impact on the United States by booking an event in Ohio during the Arnold Classic Expo, which is attended by thousands of fans yearly. This was to be the second show on US soil in the span of the year, the last time was when Doug Kaplan was in charge of K-1’s US operations and began to turn things around before his relationship with the company fell apart. K-1 is now being run in the US by New York’s Andrew Oh and this report from FCFighter.com by Joshua Molina is pretty damning towards the new K-1 USA team.
It is mainly an interview with the would-be promoter of the event, Russ Trapini, who was previously involved with K-1 USA when FEG was still around and was tapped again to help promote events in the United States. You can really see how frustrated he is with the situation and he even goes as far as to say that K-1 is done in the United States, a statement that is difficult for us to disagree with.