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Kempo Chris
01-18-2004, 10:30 PM
For its first event of the new year, K-1 will make a foray into Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, it was announced in a press conference at the Takanawa Prince Hotel.

The K-1 Japan Series event will be held February 15 at the new 5,000-seat Okinawa Convention Center. There will be seven K-1 Rules bouts on the card, with the fighters facing off from two camps: Team Japan, which will be captained by Bob "the Beast" Sapp; and Team World, which will be led by Akebono.

Matchups are still being finalized, but fighters expected to participate are Remy Bonjasky, Toa, Montanha Silva, Butterbean, Shannon Briggs, and Stefan Gamlin for Team World; and Musashi, Tsuyoshi Nakasako, Hiromi Amada, Yusuke Fujimoto, Nobu Hayashi and Masaaki Miyamoto (widely known as Bob Sapp's cornerman) for Team Japan.

Appearing at the press conference was a fit-looking Musashi, who said has been training with Bob Sapp and is looking forward to the Okinawa event. "It will be tough. I could fight anyone but if I got to choose it would be Remy Bonjasky or Shannon Briggs."

It was also announced by Event Producer Sadaharu Tanikawa that K-1's World Grand Prix 2004 Series will begin in March, with details on the international format and schedule due in the near future.

From K-1's official site