By Zach Arnold | March 10, 2011
A note on the official Sengoku web site labeled as an urgent report claims that the promotion is at a serious crossroads and that the organization is distressed. The note says that Don Quijote has pulled all of their financial support from the company. Don Quijote was backing the company fully, including office headquarters. The note says that a lot of money was lost and that rather than stay in the ball game, Don Quijote left and that the ‘heartless mass media’ comments made about them didn’t help matters.
- February 1st – Sengoku goes to war with Gong Kakutougi’s Manabu Takashima
Sengoku’s note claims that Don Quijote will continue sponsoring other MMA organizations but that everything is under further review.
The company’s note, bizarre in nature, says that if they cannot find a sponsor to replace Don Quijote’s absence, then the fans must prepare for the company to collapse.
Here are the thoughts of Tony Loiseleur on the health of Japanese MMA:
As many of you have noticed, my story on the troubles & changes in the Japan Shooto Assoc went up recently on Sherdog: http://bit.ly/eKiffT
There are things I’d like to editorialize a bit on that I couldn’t fit in or just wrote poorly about, though. First, despite the petition and allegations, Taro Wakabayashi has not been wholly detrimental to Shooto. He has done many great things there. Shooto’s success is in raising guys frm amateur ranks to pro. Wakabayashi developed & ran the world’s most comprehensive am system in Shooto. Thus, he’s partly responsible for many of today’s JMMA stars. It was a job he took so seriously, he overworked his way to a stroke last October.
Second, despite the lack of good news from JMMA recently, I didn’t intend my piece to be a “more reasons why JMMA is doomed”-type work. Mostly due to poor writing, I meant to report a recent event (the petition) & its effects (vast structural change), which I found intriguing. Third, re: the changes, what I personally found intriguing was the idea of bringing the Unified Rules of MMA and a cage to Shooto.
Third, re: the changes, what I personally found intriguing was the idea of bringing the Unified Rules of MMA and a cage to Shooto. Some reaction to that has been negative in that bringing either would be a loss of identity by UFC-ifying Shooto. I couldn’t disagree more. While I feel a cage at Korakuen Hall may be a stretch, the abolition of Shooto gloves, 5-rd title bouts, & unif. rules weight divs are great. Thus, Shooto is reshaping its physical pedagogy in a way that future fighters will be ready for entry into promotions like the UFC. This will hopefully lead to advances in training, weight-cutting, & gameplanning often commented on.
To sum up: Wakabayashi helped make & ran the most comprehensive amateur system in the world. It’s why Shooto has produced so many great fighters. That amateur system, together with the intro of unified rules, can only help prep future JMMA fighters for top level international competition. Thus, I think Shooto & JMMA are far from finished. We’ll have much to look forward to as fans in what I think will be a bright future ahead.
Sports Navigator (Yahoo Japan) reports that Enterbrain will end publication of kamipro magazine.
Thoughts and best wishes to all those in Japan and in areas where earthquake/tsunami damage has occurred.