By Zach Arnold | August 31, 2007
The headline that has everyone’s attention in Japan is a report in Tokyo Sports that K-1 made an offer of one billion yen to Asashoryu for an 8-fight MMA contract. K-1 denied the report.
One of the more intriguing stories coming out of Japan is the future of DEEP. DEEP is ran by Shigeru Saeki, who used to work with PRIDE on their Bushido shows. When the initial rumors started floating in late July about ex-PRIDE staffers getting together and essentially declaring turf wars against UFC in Japan, I was interested to see which ex-PRIDE members would work with each other on a new project. We’re starting to get some of those answers right now. Saeki said in a Japanese interview that he is aiming to hold a DEEP event outside of Japan and that the goal is to get the show aired on a good TV network. Gryphon adds more details to the story, relaying a rumor that Daisuke Sato will work with Saeki on the project. Sato was the man in charge of all the tremendous video packages that you saw at PRIDE events. He was also a coordinator in terms of production of events. The idea of Saeki and Sato teaming together is to try to recreate an event series similar to the PRIDE Bushido events, involving some of the bigger-name Japanese talent that UFC has not hired. The rumored list of talent would include Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, Shin’ya Aoki, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Mitsuhiro Ishida, Dokonjonosuke Mishima, Masakazu Imanari, and other non-heavyweight Japanese stars.
US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) on the UFC 74 event:
“I’ve been a friend of the boxing industry for 35 years — I’ve been to hundreds of boxing matches — and this is better than I thought it would be.”
“This is a fair street fight,” he said. “When I was a kid, we had street fights, but this reminds me of a street fight that’s fair.”
The New York Times article on MMA claims that the 29 US states that regulate MMA have the same drug testing policies as boxing.
Here are two paragraphs sure to stir up some reaction:
Flying to Las Vegas from the East Coast a few days before the fights on the U.F.C’s brown Gulfstream IV, Dana White, the league’s muscular, articulate 38-year-old president, was reclining in his customary black T-shirt, explaining an earlier fight on DVD, when he said there had never been a death or serious injury in his league.
“Do you know why people die in boxing all the time?” he said. “Neurological damage. In boxing my goal is to hit you in the head and knock you out, or hit you in the head more times than you hit me in the head. That’s basically all there is. And with the boxing glove they have actually created a weapon for repeated brain trauma.”
AOL Fanhouse thinks the NY Times article is a good piece.
Black Mamba is injured and won’t be fighting in K-1 in the near future.
Do not make Fightlinker your enemy with bad reporting.
Sam Caplan reports that the negotiations between UFC & Fedor are not that close.
Revenge of the readers: I criticize some of Dana White’s comments, and in return I get this reaction:
What Zach Arnold says holds no water with me. When Pride was red hot, he spent the majority of his time ripping Pride. Now its the UFC and Dana White. Fact is, Zach is the type of guy who isn’t brilliant enough to run is own MMA/Pro Wrestling Organization, so he spends his time ACTING like he could do a better job then the men in charge. I respect the fact he owns a BLOG and he BLOGS HIS OPINION, however, on numerous occasions he considers what he is doing as REAL JOURNALISM…which its not. He’s a BLOGGER with an OPINION, not a legit JOURNALIST.
I would give him far less crap if he would simply stop calling himself a legit journalist.
The reader made the same critique of me on this very site and I asked him to use the nifty search engine features on the right sidebar of the main page to search for the word ‘journalist.’ Didn’t get back a response.
For the record, I was speculating about PRIDE being in trouble in the Fall of 2005 – which was during a time the company was red-hot and when they signed the biggest money match ever in MMA history between Hidehiko Yoshida and Naoya Ogawa. So, I’d like to think that my radar wasn’t entirely off-kilter when I was predicting the demise of PRIDE.
Shu Hirata is quite the world traveler. He’s in the Chicago area, ready to watch the FCC (Freestyle Combat Challenge) 30 event with the theme of “USA vs. The World – Part III.”
The news of WWE’s latest drug scandal has hit Japan.
The latest CSAC news and notes
Virgil Zwicker, who last competed for Galaxy Productions on August 24, 2007 in Imperial Beach, has been suspended for testing positive for marijuana. He has been fined $500. His suspension period runs from the conclusion of the bout on August 24, 2007 through November 22, 2007.
Ty Montgomery, who last competed for Galaxy Productions on August 24, 2007 in Imperial Beach, has had his license as a professional athlete revoked. He has been fined $2,500.00.
Mr. Montgomery has had three disciplinary actions within the last eleven months that have led to his license revocation.
September 2006 – Positive test for marijuana
March 2007 – Physical altercation at a weigh-in with the promotion’s Matchmaker
August 2007 – Positive test for marijuana
He is eligible to apply for reinstatement on August 31, 2008 and must appear in front of the California State Athletic Commission.
Patrick Bruny, who last competed for Thompson Boxing on August 24, 2007 in Corona, has been suspended for testing positive for marijuana. He has been fined $500. His suspension period runs from the conclusion of the bout on August 24, 2007 through November 22, 2007.
Onto today’s headlines.
- Kyodo News: Shukan Gendai defends sumo match-fixing claims in court
- The Fight Network: Babalu to face formal disciplinary hearing
- Sherdog: Radio interview with Randy Couture
- Bloody Elbow: Misreading your opponent
- MMA on Tap: Art of War 3 weigh-in results
- Fight Report: Serious KO artist in action this weekend
- CBS Sportsline: Randy Couture’s greatest hits
- Grapple Monkey: 8-year old MMA prodigy
- Jordan Breen: Ring-girl mania in Japan
- The Winnipeg Sun: Tapout crew out to make stars out of scrappers
- The Lockport Union Sun & Journal (NY): Boxing returns to Niagara Falls
- The Allston-Brighton TAB (MA): Fighting builds community at MMA gym
- The Orange County Register (CA): UFC 75 is PPV quality for free on Spike TV
- Yourhub: Sven Bean puts some fight back in Denver
- The Washington Post: Taking sacrifice to a whole new level
- The Tracy Press (CA): The master – Charles Gracie
- AOL Fanhouse: Sugar Ray Leonard likes Rampage Jackson
- The Pueblo Chieftain (CO): Fight night pleases warriors, crowd at the Pueblo Convention Center
- MMA on Tap: WEC 9/5 Las Vegas card line-up