K-1, the premier kickboxing organization in the world, it has a stranglehold on the kickboxing world. K-1 has done some of the largest combat sporting events in the world. The K-1 Grand Prix is among the most watched combat sports every year. Some of the biggest names in combat sports came from K-1. Allistar Overeem, Peter Aerts, Glaube Feitosa, Mirko Cro Cop, Ernesto Hoost, Remy Bojasky, Semmy Schilt etc. I could name off the names for days and not lose you. It is true K-1 does a joint venture or copromotion with It's Showtime, but the kickboxing world is K-1. UFC are being accused of limiting an MMA fighters options, preventing a mixed martial artist from being able to make a good living outside the UFC. I am not a scholar on kickboxing, but I would love to see how K-1 isn't a monopoly, if UFC is. Correct me if I am wrong, but Overeem, Aerts, etc make plenty of money in K-1 don't they? I just think the whole UFC=Monopoly is a metaphor for the UFC haters of old. The old time Pride fan boys that hate Dana, Zuffa and the UFC at all cost. If K-1 is hurting kickboxing, I would love to see how and why it isn't a bigger deal.
It is being thrown around these message boards that Zuffa has a monopoly over the MMA world. Right or wrong, many complain that the fighters are going to suffer as a result of the Zuffa purchase of Strikeforce. The conventional wisdom states that once Strikeforce is folded into the UFC, like WEC. It will limit an MMA fighters ability to test the waters in another org. I call BS. The future merger of Strikeforce into the UFC us a great thing for fighters, fans, the sport of MMA and Zuffa. After the jump I outline my theory and wait for your response. Let's look at kickboxing. K-1 is the premier organization in the Kickboxing landscape. The K-1 World Grand Prix is one of the most popular combat sports in the world. K-1's main competition these days is It's Showtime.
In conclusion, the recent deal to buy Strikeforce is great for all parties involved. The fighters will make more money, the UFC will make more money, the sport of MMA will become larger on the global scale and the fans will get to see the best fight the best. In my eyes, a win-win situation. Every business is different, but K-1 has provided a good example of the kind of product a unified UFC will be able to present.