By Zach Arnold | July 12, 2010
If you haven’t seen this interview already, it’s Karyn Bryant interviewing Rashad Evans and Rashad telling her that he won’t fight until March (if he has to wait that long) for Shogun. He’s not giving up that title shot and is not interested in an interim title match. Can’t say I blame him.
Jordan Breen filed a report from Brisbane on the first Impact FC event and from the sounds of it, well, not much to speak about there.
More on Strikeforce booking changes — Erin Toughill, who was supposed to get a ‘warm-up fight’ in September in order to set up a future fight against Cris Cyborg, will now be put in a #1 contender’s fight against Shana Olsen on 8/21 in Houston.
Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press reports that Demian Maia will face Alan Belcher on September 15th in Austin, Texas. That card also will feature Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman, Ross Pearson vs. Cole Miller, and Jim Miller vs. Gleison Tibau.
Nagoya Sumo tournament begins on a rocky road
No trophies and prizes at Nagoya Sumo tournament this year. Hakuho got some heat for criticizing the fact that there would be no cup presentation at the event.
The day before the tournament started on Sunday, all the big names involved in Sumo did a public apology at Aichi Prefectural Gym in Nagoya. As for attendance on the first day of the event, the show drew a near-sellout of 7,200 paid. That was to be expected given the curiosity factor of seeing what would happen on the first show of the series.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police went into the home of Kotomitsuki to gather evidence that could be used in setting up criminal proceedings against the admitted gambler.
As for the future of Sumo on NHK, it is shaky right now.
It’s been a brutal last five years for the whole fight business in Japan. Yesterday was the 5th anniversary of the death of Shin’ya Hashimoto and we are about 13 months removed from the in-ring death of Mitsuharu Misawa. (NOAH struggled with their event this weekend in Tokyo at Ariake Colosseum, drawing a half-house. DREAM struggled with their show.) A few years ago, we saw PRIDE collapse after losing their Fuji TV deal. Now, we have NHK backing away from supporting Sumo. Permanent damage to pro-wrestling, MMA, and Sumo in Japan… for someone who spent a lot of his life covering that scene, it is really sad to watch corruption just gut all of those sectors.