Cross-posted from Head Kick Legend.
Will US fans see the Flying Dutchman in person finally? Photo credit HKL/Daniel Hebertson
World domination is not something to take lightly, nor is the fact that K-1 has not touched U.S. soil since the U.S. Grand Prix in Hawaii in 2008, with the last Los Vegas show being the Vegas Grand Prix in 2007. To say the least it has been quite a while since the United States has gotten some K-1 love. That being said, there have been some rumors spreading around today about a possible reality series to be airing in the United States.
It sounded too good to be true and there were no reliable sources on this. Well, after some digging, Head Kick Legend spoke with a K-1 official and can indeed confirm that there will be a K-1 Realty Series set to hit U.S. airwaves in 2010 that is getting the details ironed out right now. When we hear more about it we'll bring you th details, but for now all that we can say is that the rumors are true, this is in the works.
That isn't it, though. K-1 airing on HDNet and all of the support of fans in the United States has twisted the arm of FEG and K-1 is set to make their return to U.S. soil. If all goes according to plan there will be a grand total of three K-1 shows in the United States. Three. There are no more details right now as to the dates or if all three will happen, but my most educated guess would be the Hawaii Grand Prix, Las Vegas Grand Prix and possibly another Dynamite!! USA show which would run a mixed format of kickboxing and MMA. While the last Dynamite!! USA show was questionable in its success, the chances of K-1 booking a 100,000 seat arena again is very slim (although there were 42k in attendance, 18k confirmed, the number was less than 4k paid).
I can only thank every fan in the U.S. who has supported K-1 over the past few years and shown that American fans love kickboxing, too.