By Zach Arnold | July 28, 2011
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A Tokyo real estate company buying fighting trademarks & brands? Your initial reaction to the sale and to whom the trademarks got sold to is probably the correct one. No further comment needed (on the sale).
In the larger picture, the state of the fight game in Japan is in real deep trouble on a large scale. The Sumo match-fixing scandal and the yakuza scandal involving PRIDE basically killed off any sort of legitimate corporate or fan interest in the marketplace. As one insider described it to me, the remaining fans who go to shows are viewed as naive marks and idiots (similar to how the masses in America look down on wrestling fans). The best discussion on the state of the Japanese scene can be found here.
MMA Training: Upside Down Guard Sweep with Matt Mitrione (and Pat Barry).
Mr. TRT channeling his inner Andy Kaufman on Anderson Silva and wanting to fight win regardless if he wins or loses to Yushin Okami in Brazil: “I got no problem slapping Anderson around again just for fun, just for laughs, just to entertain myself.”
He accused Anderson of being afraid of Okami and cheating with a kick in their previous encounter. “He acted like it was an L.A. gang riot as opposed to Mixed Martial Arts.”
And a word for Rampage after Rampage made fun of him at a recent presser: :Well, basically I couldn’t understand a word he just said without an interpreter, but by the tone of it I’d say he’s got a problem with me, so… we can settle that. If he wants to introduce us, we can do that. We got a forum for that, it’s called The People’s Octagon. I’ll be there.”
Frank Shamrock talks Fedor vs. Henderson
“I think stylistically, you know, the match favors Dan Henderson. If Henderson can make this an inside-fighting game and can use that Olympic-calber clinch wrestling and Greco Roman wrestling, I think he can tire out Fedor and get him n compromising positions, beat him up real good, and hit him with the H-Bomb (overhand right).
“I think [Fedor would] have an advantage on the ground in the submission ability, in particular on his back, but you’re talking about Dan Henderson, you know, he’s an Olympic-calber Greco Roman guy. He’s the strongest guy I’ve ever tied up with my life, it’s like grabbing an oak tree and I just think that if he can evade the strikes, keep his hands clean, and get on the inside and pummel Fedor, tire him out, get him into round one and get him into round two and then get him on his back and pound on him, I just think it’s a different story. Now, if he catches strikes early on, you know that what Fedor’s does, he’s going to knock him out.”
If I’ve got to still give Fedor his digs, my dig would be, “Dude, you’re fighting a 185-pounder.” Henderson’s got a great chin, he’s durable, he’s got good wrestling, he can stay out of submissions, and all the great things I can say about Henderson, but Henderson weighs 185 pounds. So I actually think this fight, as far as Fedor is concerned, it’s a lose lose for him.
Dana also says that Zuffa hasn’t ran enough shows and that there’s ton of international demand for live events.
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