K-1 is back, and after the initial Japan kickoff has now started the revival of the K-1 World Grand Prix with will feature a ‘global expansion’ as the K-1 ReBIRTH tournament with an August 10th K-1 Brazil qualifying tournament being held August 10th in Curitiba Brazil.

The initial start to the K-1 World Max started March 20th with Darryl Verdonk, Ouyang Fang, Viktor Akimov, Ce Liu, Saho, Kacper Muszynski, Zhora Akopyan, Romano Bakboord, Raphael Silva, Taito Gunji, Kouiko Mouazaki, Yuki Egawa, Shoki Kaneda, Uuta Matsuyuama, Hayato Suzuki, Masashi Kumura, Hirotaka Asahisa, Mason Hide Usami, Rina Okamoto, Jan Won Kwon, Fumiya Osawa, Rui Okubo, Kengo Murata, Kuto Ueno, and Daichi Kimura all scoring wins on the 25 fight card.

No initial fights have been announced for the K-1 event which will take place in Curitiba Brazil, the home of Muay Thai in Brazil and the birthplace of the famed Chute Boxe Muay Thai Vale tudo academy.  K-1 has in the past featured mixed combat events, Cris Cyborg is currently set to fight April 27th in a Boxing match in the USA Green Bay Wisconsin, however with a victory could we see the MMA Grand Slam Champion return to Brazil for a boxing fight on the K-1 Curitiba Event?

Another established promoter will be assuming responsibility for the tournament in Curitiba. Previously interviewed on Beyond Kickboxing, Paulinho Zorello is the Executive Director of WGP Kickboxing. The organization is most famous internationally for producing WGP, Glory, and later UFC champion Alex Pereira. WGP has been a successful regional promotion for many years, co-promoting on occasion with promotions not only from Latin America but also from Europe. Known primarily as a mixed martial arts country, WGP has carved out a niche for itself in Brazil and produced several notable names on the international scene besides Pereira, including former Glory title challengers Ariel Machado and Guto Inocente. The Brazilian qualifying tournament is to be held on August 10.



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