For most MMA viewers from North America the UFC has been the dominate on air fight venue followed by lesser knowns from the same region since November of 1993. But, ironically that is the same year the Japanese fight forum K-1 was announced. Although its all stand up and no BJJ, wrestling, Judo etc. is allowed there are still plenty of martial arts available for fighters to mix and match to create their style.
K-1, according to its website is "a martial arts fighting sport which fuses centuries of tradition from martial arts such as karate, kung fu, tae kwon do and kickboxing (the "K") into a thoroughly modern and electrifying spectator sport, to determine the single best stand-up fighter in the world (the "1"). Honor and respect rule in the K-1 arena, combatants draw on their finely-honed skills to deliver the artful punches and kicks that have wowed millions and made K-1 the terrific success that it is."
Of the many martial art events held each year in Asia this years K-1 Gran Prix Tournament will be held Saturday Sep 27th, in South Koreas largest city - Seoul, featuring some of the best in the world including Jerome Le Banner, Peter Aerts, Semmy Schilt, Remy Bonjasky, and South Koreas favorite giant Choi Hong Man and Saudi Arabias lone fighter Badr Hari. Other fighters will hail from Japan, Thailand, Brazil and the Netherlands. (The lone American Mighty MO has backed out due to injury I think)
Hope people tune in(PPV) because it really is a different kind of MMA. And you can comment on whether or not its more exciting than the UFC. In many ways I think it is.