By Zach Arnold | September 26, 2007
There are multiple news reports that Kazuhiro Nakamura tested positive for marijuana. By North American standards, this would be just looked upon as stupid. However, by Japanese standards, this will be a story of much larger importance given their cultural standards on marijuana usage (hint: it’s really considered bad in Japan).
There’s two ways this story will play out — either the Japanese media will completely ignore it and no-sell the story (the ostrich method of reporting) or they will go full-tilt and just hammer the hell out of it. Given that J-ROCK’s power has diminished with the death of PRIDE, I expect the media to be less skiddish and will attempt to shame Nakamura. However, if the media no-sells it, then it means that the press thinks J-ROCK still has power in the Japanese MMA business. (My personal opinion is that if the Japanese media covers-up the drug test failure for Nakamura, it’s a sign that J-ROCK and K-1 are going to be working together in the future.) So far, only NHB News (Japanese) has picked up the story.
Update: Sports Navigator (Yahoo Japan) has picked up the Sherdog and MMA Weekly stories. Nick Diaz’s name is mentioned in the Japanese article (in relation to his drug suspension by the NSAC when he fought Takanori Gomi last February).
You’ve heard of MMA companies going public, but now it’s gone a step further. Buy a promotion on EBay for $50,000 USD.
The Strikeforce 9/29 Playboy Mansion show will be streamed on Yahoo. Kevin Iole has a profile piece on Gilbert Melendez. Here’s an audio interview that The Fight Network did with Gilbert on Wednesday. Here’s an interview that Gilbert did with Sam Caplan.
The Rock talks about MMA. It is scary to watch what is happening in America right now with MMA and juxtapose it with how MMA swallowed up pro-wrestling in Japan.
Steve Cofield has a new radio interview with John Hackelman, Chuck Liddell’s trainer. Steve also interviewed Dorian Price from The Ultimate Fighter, who claimed that prisoners have it better than those in the TUF house. Matt Hughes writes on the UFC HP that he gave his team Bibles. Mac Danzig further elaborates. Eddie Goldman recently interviewed Renzo Gracie.
Where does Dana White rank as a sports executive?
Yesterday, Jason Andreasen of the Tiger Weekly publication wrote a drive-by article attacking MMA. It was factually-challenged in many regards and his article compared MMA to legalized dog fighting. Andreasen has been flooded with comments online for his hatchet job. Rather than intelligently defend his positions, Andreasen wrote the following to those who responded with criticism to his article:
LOL. This is great! I love coming on here and reading all the comments from you halfwit white-trash keyboard warriors who think you’re “ultimate fighters”. If your sport is so great, then why is it still illegal in most states? If your champions are so much better than boxers, why don’t they compete in boxing where the real money is? If it’s so safe, then why did the greeks and romans die in such matches? If it’s so classy, then why all the hip-hop music, tattoos, and female exploitation? Huh?
Oh, and for your information, I don’t know of ANYONE dying in a boxing ring in the last hundred years, and I only know of ONE DEATH in highschool or pro football EVER. If you can prove me wrong, do it… because you can’t.
Update: A claim that an imposter wrote the comment up above. What a zoo that has been created in Tiger land.
Onto today’s headlines.
- MMA HQ: California doesn’t mind the weed
- MMA Weekly: Presidential address, the state of the UFC
- MMA Analyst: The IFL could become interesting
- Steve Sievert: Houston Alexander wants a shot at Michael Bisping
- 411 Mania: Shogun to get knee surgery
- The Daily O’Collegian: Former OSU wrestler Johny Hendricks ready for MMA debut in Oklahoma City this Friday
- The Baltimore Sun: IFL wants to be the NFL of MMA
- Marine Corps News: Rich Franklin visits Camp Lejeune
- The Arbiter Online (Boise State student newspaper): Genetik smack-down
- The San Diego Union-Tribune: MiraCosta kung fu offers alternative to combat sports
- MMA Predictions: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Ultimate Fighting – interview with Rich Franklin’s co-author, Jon Merz
- The Daily Campus (CT): Who would win in a street fight – Sean Sherk or Floyd Mayweather Jr.?
- Todd Martin: Slow-burn business model leads Strikeforce to Playboy Mansion show