By Zach Arnold | April 10, 2007
Nikkan Sports has a headline grabber today, claiming that Hidehiko Yoshida will fight at 205 pounds in the future (for a run at the UFC Light Heavyweight division). The article claims that Yoshida’s 5/20 Saitama Super Arena fight will be preparation for him fighting in UFC later this Summer.
Daily Sports has an article claiming that Josh Barnett may work for the IGF 6/29 Ryogoku debut show. From what I have been told directly, Barnett’s status right now as a fighter is in limbo. He is waiting for any and all offers. He has not been contacted by Zuffa in relation to the ‘new’ PRIDE.
In the other category…
Hollywood Tadao Yasuda is expected to compete in Antonio Inoki’s new IGF (Inoki Genome Federation) promotion. Their first show is on June 29th at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.
Yomiuri Hochi published an article discussing the possibility of disgraced Judoka Yoshihiro Akiyama “getting a second chance” thanks to an appeal by Antonio Inoki.