By Zach Arnold | December 21, 2012
Jushin Liger & New Japan wrestlers celebrate Christmas at the Tokyo Dome Hotel
Photo credit: Katsuhiko Kanazawa at Ameblo
While the New Japan boys are throwing a party in celebration of their upcoming 1/4/2013 Tokyo Dome event and the rest of the Japanese public is ready for their traditional KFC bird & wine Christmas dinner combo meal (complete with an in-store visit to a whiskey bar), Nikkan Sports gave us an early Christmas gift. For years, trying to explain the cultural differences in taste & appeal for MMA in Japan versus America has been a challenge. Hey, what draws in America should appeal to the masses in Japan, right?
We now present to you results from the Nikkan Sports 2012 MMA MVP award voting process.
1. Fedor Emelianenko – 21%
2. Anderson Silva – 18%
3. Takanori Gomi – 17%
4. Junior dos Santos – 16%
5. Ben Henderson – 10%
6. Georges St. Pierre – 8%
7. Jon Jones – 7%
I guess Miro Mijatovic really did his job well in helping promote Fedor during the glory days of PRIDE. The nostalgia remains thick. That… or people really relished that beatdown of Satoshi Ishii last NYE.