K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 on October 29th in Nanjing, Chain Cancelled

The 2011 K-1 World Grand Prix has been cancelled after multiple sources revealed the Final 16 stage, scheduled for October 29th in Nanjing, China is dead.

The event was expected to be the sending off party for K-1 bad-boy, Badr Hari who recently returned to the sport after a lengthy suspension. A lack of finances and top names seem to be the main reason for the decision to pull the plug on this historic event.

In a statement on the It’s Showtime website, Simon Rutz, the president of kickboxing promotion, It’s Showtime stated the following:

“This year there will be no K-1 Final Elimination and K-1 World Grand Prix Final for the following reasons:

– It’s currently unknown which investor gets Mr. Ishii’s signature.
– There’s not enough time left to organize such a big event.
– The visas for the fighters to travel to China haven’t been arranged and these are essential to be able to fight there.

The decision to not rush into crazy things is a wise one, because severe mistakes that could cause more unnecessary damage to the K-1 label are being prevented.”

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