The King of Kings promotion (KOK) is busy getting ready for its 2019 season. Here is some news and notes on recent happenings with the organization.
Orlovs-Sprangh Upgraded to KOK Europe Title Fight
KOK makes its return at the MMA Bushido 76/KOK Fighter Series event taking place on 23 February in Riga, Latvia. The event will feature both kickboxing and MMA fights on a big card, with top Latvian fighters facing international opposition.
This week, the promotion announced the 85 kg clash between fourth-ranked Mike Sprangh of the Netherlands and number-five Jurijs Orlovs was upgraded to a KOK Europe title fight. The fight will now be contested over the championship distance of five rounds.
Currently, the KOK 85 kg World Title is vacant. Raimonds Aukstikalnis of Latvia is the top contender, with Daniel Forsberg of Finland ranked in the second position. The winner of the Sprangh-Orlovs bout should move closer to the top of the rankings, and could be in a position to challenge for the title in the future.
KOK World Series Heading to Sarajevo
The Bosnian city of Sarajevo is another new destination for the organization. On Thursday, KOK announced it will promote an event in Sarajevo this year. The exact date and venue are yet to be announced.
Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics while a part of the former Yugoslavia.
There have been some notable kickboxing events in the region in recent years.
K-1 and Final Fight Championship have both held events in the country. British promotion SFS is also planning an event in Bosnia this year in the city of Tuzla, the nation’s third largest city.
More Fighters Official for KOK 69
More fighters have been announced for the KOK 69 event taking place on 16 March in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Sigitas “The Lithuanian Rock” Gaizauskas and Julija Stoliarenko were added to the event, with opponents to be announced.
Gaizauskas is a top Muay Thai fighter. He’s often featured on KOK events in Lithuania in full Thai rules bouts.
Stoliarenko, an MMA fighter, made it to the semifinals of The Ultimate Fighter reality show last year.
Previously announced for KOK 69 were a KOK Lightweight Title bout between champion Vitalie Matei and top contender Henrikas Viksraitis. KOK – 93 kg champion Sergej Maslobojev is also scheduled for a non-title affair.