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Peter Aerts Signs With GLORY, Declines K-1 Contract

Written by Dave Walsh, liverkick.com


In what comes as a massive shot across the bow in the awkward war going on in the kickboxing world right now, Peter Aerts has apparently signed with GLORY Sports International. Aerts has inked a multi-fight deal with GLORY, which apparently makes his "retirement" fight against Tyrone Spong null and void as a retirement bout. We already knew that Aerts was in talks with K-1 to continue fighting, as we reported earlier, but according to Fighters Only's John Joe O'Regan Aerts has "snubbed" K-1 to sign with GLORY.

According to O'Regan, sources told him that the offer might have been too low for Mr. K-1, as well as there being a certain level of mistrust of K-1 making good on their promises after past issues with late or non-payments. It is not clear if Aerts was offered the famous "50%" offer that many fighters under It's Showtime contract were offered or if he was offered a signing bonus with GLORY like many Golden Glory fighters were offered, but what is clear is that he has chosen a side.

We've reached out to people within Aerts's camp for comment and will report back when we know more, but for now it does seem that Aerts has signed with GLORY and that the GLORY World Series has yet another big name to participate in their tournament.

UPDATE: Confirmed with a source close to Peter Aerts that this is indeed the case.

My Personal thoughts (PrettyInPInk): This is bad news to me! Without Mr K-1 there is no K-1! I don't know what K-1 Management is doing, but I truly doubt that the World Grand Prix will ever be the same! No fight card announced, no Peter Aerts- no idea on the organization of the show(s) (will there be a Final 16, a Final 8???)... nothing seems to be certain- the same happened last year! They promised there will be a WGP, but nothing happened!

 

 




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D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2012-03-21 at: 08:51
Well, I don't agree with you saying that without Aerts, there is no K-1. I thought he was retiring anyway....
But I agree that it is bad news. This situation is not good. If Glory and K-1 are competing to contract fighters, we will never get a universal best of the world WGP.

Let's wait and see what happens ...
Rishi (1321 posts)
Posted: 2012-03-21 at: 09:05
Mhh dus this mean he is not fighting spong anymore for its showtime.Or that he is just
preparing for that fight over at GG.I don,t know about the GG events they have shown
sum pretty nice fights over the years.But of-course its always a GG fighter vs a no-body
no disrespect to the fighters over there in moscow. because they are true warriors .But name wise they are no-body,s.
Polakian (252 posts)
Posted: 2012-03-22 at: 05:55
Yea this is a little disturbing and sad considering that Peter should be fighting his last fights in K1. Obviously it means LeBanner probably wont be fighting for K1 or Schilt or any of the GG guys. Reading this deff made my heart sink a little and took me by suprise as I didnt expect Aerts not to return..I had high hopes that all the fighters would return to K1 and things would be status quo..however it appears kickboxing will remain uncertain and fragmented for the near term anyhow...or for the longer term if all the major kickboxing orginizations all are vying to rule kickboxing at the same time without cooperation..it could get ugly!

Does this mean Peter has some insider knowledge that the new investors in K1 are untrustworthy and or financially unable to not back up the $1 million in prize money for the WGP champion or any other show they will put on..will other fighters follow that skepticism??? Or is GG gathering up ammunition, in terms of fighters for a war with K1 and its Showtime??
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2012-03-22 at: 11:40
@Polakian I think one of the reasons that Aerts doesn't want to participate in the K-1 WGP anymore, is probably that he can't fight in a 4- or 8-men tournament anymore (because of his age of course). He can do one fight for 100%, but 2 or more is just too much now.

Plus the factor money/payment ....
Yes, other fighters will follow that example. Petrosyan did it already.
Rishi (1321 posts)
Posted: 2012-03-22 at: 01:50
I geus we wil have to wait and see how this is gonna play out one thing is sure do kickboxing in the netherlands is dying (event wise).with its showtime i had hopes
that k1 would refind him self.Like d-rob said Peter can,t fight a Wgp anymore
he could fight a Super fight or a Dynamite fight but fighting 3 fights in a row
might be to mutch for him to do now no disrespect but his Age is a factor

And financial wise i dont know it,s not like GG has bin in a Good spotlight when it comes to paying theire fighters in the last couple of months Siyar Dion Overeem
So im really curios about how thats gonna go now.
Polakian (252 posts)
Posted: 2012-03-22 at: 02:52
unsure
@ D-Rop Good points...his decision does makes sense but I guess its also in what he was offered contractually per fight, as you mentioned which was reportedly low- which seems counter intuitive considering they have upped the WGP prize to 1 million. Further, not keeping Peter has ramifications that creates a bad impression for K1 so i think they should have offered him everything & the kitchen sink not only because he is Mr. K1 but because its important in how it appears they operate. Im hoping this new investor is not on a budget!
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2012-03-22 at: 06:10
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@Polakian LOL, "& the kitchen sink" ...

Yeah, you're right: Mr. K-1 should be in the K-1 Grand Prix. Maybe K-1 made him an offer without thinking he could possibly get a better one ...
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