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The good news for Nobuyuki Sakakibara is that his return to Japanese MMA went off without many problems. The bad news is that Fuji TV was once again the door mat for New Year’s Eve TV ratings.
The old front man of PRIDE is back in front of the cameras, trying to launch an MMA revival in Japan. He has his work cut out for him in more than one way.
Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson had a gritty, gutty, bowling shoe ugly five-round slobberknocker to cap off what was a wonderfully whimsical UFC event at Saitama Super Arena.
One of the most influential foreigners ever in Japanese pro-wrestling history has died.
One of the most important historical figures in the modern Japanese fight scene, Ryu Nakata, died at the age 51 from a heart attack.
Unless there are dramatic changes to the current business environment in which the Japanese combat sport scene is promoted around, no new major players will rise to the occasion.
GLORY held a year-end kickboxing event in Tokyo at Ariake Colosseum… and it strangely did not feel like a Japanese show.
Spike TV aired one of the best MMA documentaries ever with Frank Shamrock: Bound By Blood. Powerful.
The battle of words between Mirko Cro Cop and his former manager, Miro Mijatovic, is escalating.
A mixed bag for UFC’s 2013 return to Japan.
A heavily gaijin-booked card headlines GLORY’s 2012 NYE event at Saitama Super Arena.
Fedor remains the most popular MMA fighter in Japan. Takanori Gomi ranks third.
Only one notable fight has been signed for a New Year’s Eve show — and it’s not for the Saitama Super Arena show promoted by GLORY.« Previous Entries