Two fights were made official today, Overeem vs Edward (which we'd heard about) and also JLB vs Maeda:
K-1 has officially announced the first two fights for the Final 16, and one is a surprise.
First up, Alistair Overeem v. Ben Edwards. This one was already confirmed by Edwards, and this makes it official. Overeem of course made it to the semi-final round last year, where he was stopped by Badr Hari, while Edwards comes in after setting a record for the fastest K-1 tournament win in the Oceania GP this summer.
The next one is a split from what was rumored as it will be K-1 HW champion Kyotaro v. Jerome Le Banner. I like this fight a lot, as Le Banner has the size and power to simply outmuscle Kyotaro, but Kyotaro has the speed and counter striking to take this. Tough fight to call, and I look forward to seeing how it turns out.
The initial rumors had Le Banner v. Errol Zimmerman and Kyotaro v. Gokhan Saki. Since it won't be Zimmerman v. Saki in the Final 16 (both men train together and are close friends), this throws the rumor match-ups into disarray. Expect more official announcements to come soon.
One final note - Daniel Ghita has confirmed to kombat.ro that he will indeed be taking one of the wild card slots in the Final 16. No word yet on his opponent.