HONOLULU, HAWAI’I June 20, 2005 — For the first time in history, Fighting & Entertainment Group Inc. (FEG Inc.) and Rumble World Entertainment (RWE), will bring the K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 to Hawai’i's shores on Friday, July 29, for what promises to be a stellar card. The event will be the largest martial arts event ever held in North America and will be held at the 50,000-seat, 104-acre Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
The event is part of a partnership between Japan-based FEG Inc., the managing company behind the K-1 Corporation, and Rumble World Entertainment, the promotional group behind the Rumble on the Rock events.
Main events for the evening include Hawaiian Sumo legend and Yokozuna Akebono (6’8″ 484 lbs), a K-1 veteran, who will make his Hawai’i debut against Korean superstar Hong-man Choi (7’2″ 353 lbs) under K-1 rules. Hawai’i's own lightweight and welterweight champion B.J. Penn (5’9″ 170 lbs) will return to take on Brazil’s legendary Renzo Gracie (5’10″ 185 lbs) for the night’s highly anticipated Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) bout.
K-1 World Grand Prix’s prestigious eight-man tournament will follow and will also be held under K-1 rules. All bouts will be held in a boxing ring and not in a cage.
Tickets to the event are priced at $35, $65, $75-$150, $200, and $300, and doors will open at 6 pm. Fans who cannot attend the event in person will be able to watch the event on Pay-Per-View – live in Japan and delayed in the U.S.
A preliminary press conference will be held in late June to offer interested media the opportunity to interview some of the fighters while they are in Honolulu. Details on the press conference and where tickets may be purchased will follow later.
About Fighting & Entertainment Group Inc. and K-1 World Grand Prix Established in September 2003, FEG Inc. produces all of K-1′s bouts and promotional events. K-1 is a professional martial arts-based competition where contenders from various fighting disciplines square off in five 3-minute rounds. To ensure the safety of the fighters, gloves are worn and attacks are limited to kicking and punching. Throwing, elbowing and head butting are prohibited.
Started in 1993, K-1 has since become the most popular sport in Japan and has reinvigorated the country’s interest in the martial arts. In recent years, K-1 has also grown into a licensing empire, spawning movies, video games and trading cards. K-1 is the hottest live contact martial arts sporting event in Japan. Each fight takes place at arena-sized venues and guarantees sell-out, full capacity crowds. In 2002, a record breaking 74,500 fans attended the K-1 Grand Prix Finals at the Tokyo Dome.
FEG’s elaborate staging and production perfectly complement and enhance the sport’s larger than life intensity, creating a visual spectacular of epic proportions. In the future, FEG plans to utilize its skills to produce a wide range of sports and entertainment events.
Rumble World Entertainment is a Hawai’i-based entertainment company who produces Rumble on the Rock (ROTR), Proving Grounds and RumbleVision. In less than two years, Rumble World Entertainment, formerly Prodigy Productions, has taken ROTR from a small Hilo-based show to a globally recognized event broadcast in 90 countries including Japan Pay-Per-View and U.S. Pay-Per-View. RWE hopes to bring their events to California and Las Vegas in the near future. MMAWeekly.com, a popular MMA radio show and news-driven web site rated ROTR as the world’s third most popular MMA event in 2004.
In addition to producing one of Hawai’i's largest MMA events, Rumble World Entertainment recently launched RumbleVision, a Hawai’i-based MMA television show. The show features a diverse mix of Hawai’i fighters, ROTR and Proving Grounds event coverage, training tips from featured athletes and unique glimpses into the Hawai’i lifestyle.