by MMAWeekly.com Staff
A last minute change to the K-1 “Mayhem At The Mirage” card that will take place at Las Vegas, Nevada’s Mirage Hotel and Casino on Saturday will see 6 foot 11 inch, 316 pound mammoth, Jan “The Giant” Nortje(22-8 (20 KO’s), square off with American boxer turned martial arts fighter, Imani Lee (8-3 (5 KO’s).
The addition of Nortje to the lineup was made official yesterday. A native of South Africa, the 30-year-old boasts an undefeated record of 10-0 in professional boxing competition, with all of his victories having come by way of knockout. Three years ago, Nortje was also a former professional boxer and a tremendous physical specimen
at 6 feet 5 inches tall and 295 pounds, Lee spent two years training in “the sweet science” alongside the likes of two-time world champion, James “Lights Out” Toney as well as former world heavyweight champion Michael Moorer and top 10 heavyweight contender, Lamon Brewster.
Lee decided to switch gears from boxing to martial arts fighting after making the acquaintance of both K-1 superstar Bob “The Beast” Sapp and California trainer Eddy Millis. Lee has since become a protégé of Millis.
The eight-man, single-elimination “Mayhem At The Mirage” affair will be headlined by three-time K-1 tournament champion, Michael McDonald (49-12 (23 KO’s), and will mark the first start of California’s Scott Lighty (22-7-2 (5 KO’s) in the main draw of a K-1 tournament.
In addition to the tournament playoff, “Mayhem At The Mirage” will play host to two “Superfight” contests – one between K-1 “Battle at Bellagio III” tournament champion, “Mighty Mo” Siligia (26-3 (20 KO’s), and former world heavyweight boxing champion, Francois Botha (46-11-2 (30 KO’s); and the other between K-1 Max competitor and
world Muay Thai champion, Duane “Bang” Ludwig (47-10 (22 KO’s), and three-time French Muay Thai champion, Remy Bonnel (46-7 (33 KO’s).
Tickets for K-1 “Mayhem At The Mirage” are on sale on K-1 North America’s official website, www.k-1usa.net, and are priced at $300, $200, $100, and $50, respectively.
K-1 is a martial arts fighting sport that derives its name from its inclusion of a wide array of combat disciplines, including Karate, Kung-Fu, and Kickboxing (“K”), and its intent to determine one champion in one ring (“1”). After being staged for the first time in Japan in 1993 under the direction of founder Master Kazuyoshi Ishii, it later evolved into the country’s most popular sport and achieved
popular culture status there as its athletes turned into