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Book review: Ali vs. Inoki, The Forgotten Fight (Josh Gross) – a buy recommendation

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

We’re approaching the 40 year anniversary of the infamous Ali vs. Inoki fight at Budokan that forever changed the combat sports landscape. Author Josh Gross tackled an incredibly challenging topic with great vigor.

Validation: “the truth” about PRIDE was really “the truth” as you (and UFC) suspected

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Paul Gift at Bloody Elbow has opened a huge can of worms regarding what UFC discovered about both PRIDE & Nobuyuki Sakakibara during their “due diligence” investigation with Spectrum Gaming.

The chicken & the egg: UFC’s Japanese TV deal with WOWOW was never going to work

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

The marriage between Japanese pay TV channel WOWOW & UFC was destined to fail. A foreign company with few strong Japanese MMA stars was simply going to be too expensive a proposition.

A piece of MMA’s soul and history just died with Kevin Randleman’s passing

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

One of MMA’s true pioneers, Kevin Randleman, has died. He was one of the true characters that made MMA so fun.

Masato vs. Kid Yamamoto did better in Japanese TV ratings than RIZIN

Friday, January 1st, 2016

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.

Rizin from the graveyard of golden oldies

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

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.

A bowling shoe ugly UFC slobberknocker in Saitama

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

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.

Billy Robinson’s legacy: A Godfather of the Japanese MMA/pro-wrestling connection

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

One of the most influential foreigners ever in Japanese pro-wrestling history has died.

Famous ring announcer & fixer for Giant Baba & Mitsuharu Misawa, Ryu Nakata, dead at age 51

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

One of the most important historical figures in the modern Japanese fight scene, Ryu Nakata, died at the age 51 from a heart attack.

The brutal truth: Can Japan become a major player again in the MMA scene?

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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 13 at Ariake Colosseum: Was that really a Japanese event?

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

GLORY held a year-end kickboxing event in Tokyo at Ariake Colosseum… and it strangely did not feel like a Japanese show.

Frank Shamrock: Bound by Blood is a must-see documentary for all the right reasons

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Spike TV aired one of the best MMA documentaries ever with Frank Shamrock: Bound By Blood. Powerful.

In response to former manager, Mirko Cro Cop digs a deeper hole

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

The battle of words between Mirko Cro Cop and his former manager, Miro Mijatovic, is escalating.

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