BY FIGHTERS FOR FIGHTERS
It all started in Vallentuna Boxing Camp (VBC), ROK’s fight training academy, in 1993. The gym promoted small events just to provide fighting experience to the fighters training at the camp.
VBC grew fast and became one of the world’s leading fight-training facilities building up and managing several amateur and professional Muaythai and Kickboxing World Champions.FIGHTING SPORTS TOWARDS ENTERTAINMENT
In 2002 the team behind VBC got the exclusive rights to produce K-1 events for FEG in Scandinavia region. The main reason was that the team delivered fighters to K-1 since 1999 and FEG wanted Scandinavia qualifications on their annual world series.
The event production part was then separated from VBC training facility and was named as K-1 Scandinavia.
The events then changed shape from small, low budget, semi pro events into bigger professional and exclusive shows in Stockholm which is the so called ”capital” of the Scandinavian countries.
To deliver maximum amount of action, excitement and entertainment for the spectators, the events was mixed up with top martial art fights between the superstars of the sport and wrapped around in a environment that looks more like an Rock concert with music performances, top DJ’s and more.
The event grew quickly every year from 2500 spectators (the first promotion in 2003) up to 10 000 – 11 000 (2005 & 2006). By that time, all the major newspapers & TV were covering the news aspect of each event. This also brought up the question in Sweden why Pro Box was forbidden but not Muaythai/K-1?
THE WINDS OF PROHABITION
In 2007, professional Martial Art sports in Sweden faced a powerful enemy. By then Professional Boxing had been forbidden in Sweden for 30 years and the Sport minister Bosse Ringholm wanted to have the same regulations for full contact sports such as Muaythai.
ROK personal Mats Soderstrom, Paolo Robert and Kasra Ashhami, together with Fryshuset’s Anders Carlberg, the vice president of IFMA/WMC Mr. Stephan Fox took an active part preventing this to happen.
Together with lot of martial art lovers, different martial art federations and over 200 000 martial artist in the country, a huge work started in every city of Sweden against the prohibition resulting the legalization of most martial arts disciplines.
For the past 7 years ROK has become a majeure actor in full contact sport and probably the biggest fight sport production company in Scandinavia.
Since 2003 ROK has produced over 14 major events of which 6 has taken place within Globe arenas. The events have been attended by over 70 000 spectators and millions of TV & internet viewers around the world.
In 2008 the company policy changed. The board decided to add disciplines such as MMA and Pro Box to its Muaythai/K-1 showcase and therefore went from being K-1 Scandinavia to Rumble of the Kings Promotion, cooperating with several organizations and Federations.
The fight cards are divided into two levels: The main card and the Pre card.
The main card are build up with fights between Professional top league fighters/ champions who fight for titles, qualifying to different series such as K-1 World GP or working themselves up in the world ranking.
The Pre card is build up with fights for the world unknown fighters, but who have worked themselves up to the level of national or continental champions and who deserve the chance to show if they can be part of tomorrows stars.