Although there were a number of great heavyweights actively competing in NZ in 2010, no one had stepped up and assumed the level of dominance that the 'Psycho' Suttie once had over the weight class.
So with 3 years past since his retirement and no clear successor emerging to take his place it begged the question - 'who reigns when the King is gone?' It's something that intrigued Jason as much as anyone - so much so that he decided to find the answer himself by staging the King of the Ring event.
28th May 2011 saw 8 of NZ's top heavyweights face off in an explosive tournament that crowned the first heavyweight King of the Ring. With an exciting mix of established fighters and rising stars of the future in the electric atmosphere of a K-1 style 8 man tournament it was the highlight of the fight sport year. The tournament format required the winner to defeat 3 opponents in a single night and provides the ultimate test of both skill and endurance.
With the inaugural event being so popular, the 'Psycho' decided to give the Middleweight division their turn in the spotlight and set out to find the top eight fighters in the 72kg weight class from all over New Zealand. With capacity crowds at both 2011 events, the King of the Ring 8 man series firmly stamped it's mark on the New Zealand fight scene.
Answering many requests to expand further into the Lightweight and Super Heavyweight divisions, 2012 saw the 62kg and open weight Kings crowned. In 2013 the Crusierweights stepped forward, and so it continues as we boost the profile of New Zealand fighters on the international fight scene over eight weight divisions; 62kg, 68kg, 72kg, 75kg, 86kg, 92kg, 100kg and 100kg+ and over the two Trans Tasman countries.
8 fighters. Only one will be King.