Glory Sports International announced today that they have acquired rights to K-1 programming from Japan’s Fuji TV.
This means that most, if not all, K-1 footage from 1993 through to 2006 is now owned by Glory. Included in this footage are the K-1 Grand Prix finals and qualifying events from around the world during that period.
Glory acquired these programming rights through the bankruptcy proceedings of Japan’s Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG), the former parent company of kickboxing promotion K-1 and defunct Japanese MMA promotion DREAM.
The acquisition of K-1 programming means that Glory now has over 3000 hours of footage in it’s video library.
Is this the final nail in the coffin for K-1? Probably not. As long as K-1 can make money putting on shows, they’ll be around. And hey, if they keep putting on decent events, we’ll keep watching.