Spike Partners with K -1 for Kickboxing Events in 2013


After UFC comes K – 1, the world’s largest kickboxing organization; Spike TV announced a partnership with K – 1 to air all kickboxing events for 2013. The live fights streaming will begin this fall on Spike.com.

There are 4 scheduled events to watch out for in the world of kickboxing and it begins with the US Grand Prix Championships in Los Angeles on September 8 which will be featured at Spike.com. The website will also feature impressive events in Tokyo on October 14, in Athens on December 8 and in New York, USA on December 26. With so many kickboxing fans and watchful viewers, collaboration with Spike TV is certainly a welcome change.

Next year, K -1 event will be shown exclusively on Spike TV. K – 1 events will be aired alongside Chicago – based MMA promotion and one of the largest MMA events, Bellator Fighting Championships. Bellator events will also be seen on Spike TV much to the delight of millions of its viewers in the US and in the world.

Spike TV senior vice president Jon Slusser was quoted during a press release: “We are thrilled to be in business with the world’s preeminent kickboxing organization. Spike has the most passionate and knowledgeable fans of combat sports and we are confident that they will enjoy the high action of K -1, which serves as the perfect complement to our Bellator coverage next year.”

Aside from kickboxing matches, Spike TV will also provide live streaming of fighter weigh – ins, exclusive locker room interviews and preliminary fights as a part of its K – 1 coverage. And in an exclusive interview, K -1 CEO Doug Kaplan said: “K -1  is excited to join forces with Spike TV, a powerful and highly experienced cable network known nationally for its combat sports programming, presenting our live K – 1 events. Spike is the perfect television home and stage to introduce our K – 1 warriors and the fast – paced, aggressive style of K -1 fighting to fans across America.”

K – 1 has been a formidable company that has been delivering impressive K – 1 event in 38 countries since 1993. K -1 has been the starting point of some of the competitive fighters we know today like Allstair Overeem, Semmy Schilt, Peter Aerts and Mark Hunt. There will surely be more budding fighters to watch out for at K -1 next year on Spike TV.