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Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Courtesy of HDNet:

DALLAS (December 3, 2008)

FEG USA and HDNet to bring North American fans LIVE coverage from the Yokohama Arena in Tokyo, Japan - Saturday, December 6 at 12:00 a.m. PT

WHAT: The largest martial arts event in the world - FiELDS K-1 WGP 2008 Final taking place at the Yokohama Arena in Tokyo Japan - will be broadcast live on HDNet to MMA fans in North America.

Joining the broadcast team of Michael "The Voice" Schiavello, four time K-1 WGP Champion Ernesto Hoost and FEG USA's Mike Kogan will be none other than Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson. Kimbo was invited by FEG and HDNet to be a guest commentator for K-1's US début.

FiELDS K-1 WGP 2008 Final, an 8-man knockout tournament for the coveted K-1 Grand Prix crown, features the world's best heavyweight strikers including Moroccan/Dutch Bad Boy Badr Hari; legendary triple K-1 World Champion Peter Aerts; French monster Jerome LeBanner; Russian wonder Ruslan Karaev; and two-time former champion Remy Bonjasky.

The broadcast also includes super fights featuring New Zealand's "Sugar" Ray Sefo vs. seven-foot-plus giant Hong Mann Choi; and Australia's Paul Slowinski vs. Dutch demon Melvin Maenhoff.

For complete card and bout order visit:


WHEN: HDNet's coverage kicks off December 6 at 12:00 a.m. PT with an encore presentation later that evening at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

About K-1:

K-1 is a combat sport that combines stand up techniques from Muay Thai, Karate, Taekwondo, Savate, San shou, Kickboxing, traditional Boxing, and other martial arts to determine the single best stand-up fighter in the world (the "1").

The K-1 organization's governing body is Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) headed by CEO, Sadaharu Tanikawa. FEG organizes a variety of fightsport events in Japan and around the world; including K-1's sister mixed martial arts promotion, DREAM. There are K-1 Regional Elimination Tournaments which qualify fighters for the K-1 World Grand Prix, along with licensed K-1 Fighting Network events designed to develop new talent internationally and there is also a 70.5kg (155lb) Super Middleweight division called K-1 MAX ("Middleweight Artistic Xtreme"). In 2007, K-1 introduced a two new Title belts separate from K-1 World GP Champions, Super Heavyweight World Title for fighters over 100kg/220lbs and Heavyweight World Title for fighters under 100kg/156-220lbs.

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