The recent years haven't been too kind to K-1. First there was the fall of combat sports with Japan because of ties to Yakuza that killed a lot of interest. Then it was a failure to pay fighters in a timely manner, if at all, that really left a sour taste in a lot of fans mouths.
But lately, they've been working behind the scenes to start rebuilding the brand that once housed the best that kickboxing had to offer. Names like Peter Aerts and Ernesto Hoost ruled the K-1 ring. It's been a struggle as the European-based Glory has signed almost every top fighter to an exclusive contract.
Despite the obstacles, K-1 has been able to compile a pretty solid field for their upcoming World MAX tournament. Most will recognize Andy Souwer and Buakaw Banchamek (formerly Por Pramuk), but there's some really good talent like Enrico Kehl that makes this an interesting tournament.
The Final 16 kicks off on September 14, 2013 in Mallorca, Spain. It will be available through Epicentre.tv who plan to stream an HD broadcast for $19.99.
The field is below: