Is K-1 Ever Going to Pay It’s Fighters? Mike Zambidis Think So (Yokkao Interview)

Recently, Yokkao head -promoter Stefania Picelli interviewed K-1 icon “Iron” Mike Zambidis on the 11th installment of their ongoing series: Muay Thai Combat.

During the interview the Greek kickboxing legend answered questions about his opinions on past fights with Giorgio Petrosyan and Dzhabar Askerov, his gyms, and the future of the sport. Most interesting, however was his response to Picelli’s probing on the topic of K-1.

Zambidis admitted that he believed K-1 will pay all the fighters what they were in due in time. He also believes that the newest K-1 owner, Mike Kim, is a better businessman than any of the previous company heads, and is doing his best to get the fighters taken care of. Zambidis thinks that the money will eventually come in, but is also aware that due to certain economical reasons, it might not be immediately available.

It certainly is a glass half full mentality.

According to K-1 champions Alistair Overeem and Murthel Groenhart, they have yet to receive a dime for their tournament winning performances in 2011 and 2012, respectively. The sentiments are echoed by one of K-1 most prolific fighters- World Series of Fighting CEO, Ray Sefo, who claims to still be owed in excess of six figures.

It seems the fighting universe is split on whether the current K-1 is a good company or not. Half believe they have fallen too far to ever recover, and the other half is convinced K-1 can rebound if given enough time and support. At this point, the future seems unsure.

You can watch the full interview with Picelli and Zambidis below, and be sure to follow Yokkao on youtube, facebook, and twitter for all the latest updates and news on their fighters, events, and seminars.



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