Updated K-1 Grand Prix Tourney Pairings

Rumble on the Rock RinggirlsOn Friday, July 29th, K-1 and Rumble on the Rock are teaming up to bring possibly the largest crowd ever to a martial arts event in North America. The event is a K-1 World Grand Prix tournament, which is to be held at the 50,000 seat Aloha Stadium.

One of the three super fights scheduled is to feature Hawaii’s own BJ Penn battling his second Gracie under mixed martial arts rules. He defeated Rodrigo Gracie by unanimous decision at Rumble on the Rock 6 in November of last year and now steps in to face Rodrigo’s cousin, long time veteran Renzo Gracie. Another of the super fights will indeed feature a “huge” fight as 6’8″, 484-pound Akebono looks to make Oahu quake when he locks horns with 7’2″, 353-pound Hong-Man Choi from Korea in a K-1 rules kickboxing bout. Four-time K-1 Japan Grand Prix tournament winner Musashi will face Swedish fighter Richard Nordstrand in the third super fight.

As with almost every fighting event plans change over time and MMAWeekly has learned that there has been an update to the tournament portion of the fight card. As you heard it first here on MMAWeekly, Wesley “Cabbage” Correira is still set to fight “Big Daddy” Gary Goodridge, but the rest of the tournament line-up has been slightly modified.

The following is the current line-up according to our sources:

BJ Penn vs. Renzo Gracie
Akebono vs. Hong-Man Choi
Musashi vs. Richard Nordstrand

Gary Goodridge vs. Wesley “Cabbage” Correira
Carter Williams vs. Hiromi Amada
Marcus Royster vs. Butterbean
Yusuke Fujimoto vs. Scott Junk