King of Kings announced some fighters and match ups for its upcoming events in Riga, Latvia and Vilnius, Lithuania recently. It’s going to be a busy year for the promotion, with events are already scheduled for Latvia, Lithuania, Holland, Slovenia and Finland.
Orlovs, Aukstikalnis Return on 23 February
The KOK Fighter Series debuts on 23 February at the MMA Bushido event in Riga, Latvia. Top fighters from the organization will face off under KOK rules in the MMA cage. Match ups were made official featuring two of Latvia’s top young fighters.
Raimonds Aukstikalnis, the winner of last year’s 85 kg tournament, will face Reon Wong of the United Kingdom. Aukstikalnis will be eager to rebound from a split decision loss to Finland’s Daniel Forsberg at KOK 61 in October. Wong meanwhile has a chance to climb up the rankings if he can beat the popular local fighter.
Juris Orlovs, another young fighter, went 2-0 in KOK bouts last year. He knocked down Beni Osmanowski twice and won a majority decision over the Swiss veteran at KOK 54 last February. At KOK 61, Orlovs won a unanimous decision over the durable Tomas Steponkevicius.
Orlovs faces a big test in February as he’ll face Mike Sprangh of the Netherlands. Sprangh is a skilled technician from the Mike’s Gym team, and the fight will be a step up in competition for the Latvian.
Janis Freimanis, a 65 kg fighter from Latvia, is also scheduled for action.
“Sledgehammer”, Gaizauskas Return at KOK 69
The following month, KOK 69 takes place at the Siemens Arena in Vilnius. Two of Lithuania’s top fighters will compete in separate bouts, as Sergej Maslobojev and Sigitas Gaizauskas were announced for the March 16 event.
Maslobojev went unbeaten in bouts for KOK and the ONE Super Series last year.
Gaizauskas is one of Lithuania’s top Muay Thai fighters, and regularly competes for the organization under full Thai rules.