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Archive for June, 2006

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So I go to PRIDE arena…

Friday, June 16th, 2006

By Tetsuya Sano ここにPRIDE無差別級GP二回戦のチケットがある。 7月1日、僕は友人達と共にさいたまスーパーアリーナに足を運ぶ。 There is a ticket of PRIDE open weight GP 2nd round. On July 1st, I will go to Saitama Super Arena with friends. フジテレビがPRIDEと縁を切ったのは僕達ファンに凄まじいショックを与えた。 いや、ファンだけではなく格闘技に それほど関心のない人々にまでそのショックは広がった。 フジテレビ以外の地上波局の夕方のニュース、yahoo、livedoorなどのトップを飾り まさにプロレス格闘技界にとって未曾有の一大事件と言えるだろう。 PRIDE-FujiTV affair gave us, Japanese fans, a huge shock. And this is a huge impact for general public too. TV networks (without […]

Fight Opinion Radio: Episode 21 (Fallout between Fuji TV & PRIDE)

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Sherdogs, Whaledogs, and all sorts of members of the animal kingdom are welcomed on this week’s edition of Fight Opinion Radio. Jake Rossen of Real Fighter Magazine and Jeff Thaler join us this week to discuss the falling out between Fuji TV & PRIDE. If you are looking for a 90-minute show that is oriented […]

PRIDE 7/1 Saitama card gets two new matches

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

PRIDE announced Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Cyborg and Yoshiki Takahashi vs. Vitor Belfort as undercard matches for their 7/1 Saitama Super Arena show. The promotion also announced the participation of Yoshihiro Nakao, who was made somewhat famous after his “kiss incident” with Heath Herring at the K-1 12/31/05 Osaka Dome show. Nakao is playing up that […]

The Return of ROSS~!

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

By: Luke Nicholson This week on The Utimate Fighter, Ross Pointon, the Brit who lost to Kendall Grove back in week three, will return to the show to fight at LHW against Mike Bisping because Matt Hamill was forced out due to injury. Most people aren’t picking Ross to beat Mike, and I don’t think […]

AERA, Playboy, and Gendai talk about Fuji TV & DSE

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

By Zach Arnold This week’s edition of AERA, a weekly magazine produced by Asahi Shimbun, had a one-page article about the PRIDE press conference from last week. The focus was on what Hidehiko Yoshida & Emelianenko Fedor would do next in their careers. It starts off by talking about Yoshida in the PRIDE 2006 open-weight […]

Broadsheets reflect upon Fuji TV’s decision

Monday, June 12th, 2006

By Zach Arnold A week after Fuji TV canceled their television deal with PRIDE, the Japanese broadsheets continue to analyze the decision. Asahi Shimbun had a fair and complete review of the story in their newspaper, talking about Fuji TV’s “Dear John” letter to DSE. The article points out that PRIDE was an excellent money-making […]

No final decision by SkyPerfecTV

Monday, June 12th, 2006

By Zach Arnold Sankei Sports reports that there is more internal debate to come regarding the future of Hustle & PRIDE PPV telecasts on SkyPerfecTV. No 100% final decision has been made yet. Yomiuri Hochi has a report quoting a SkyPerfecTV official stating that no changes have been made to the schedule yet, but that […]

Open thread

Sunday, June 11th, 2006

Talk about anything fight-related that you want to in the comments section of this thread. Here’s a few topics to peruse: Hopkins dominates Tarver in career finale (FightReport: Hopkins humiliates Tarver) Fox Sports: Cotto batters Malignaggi in impressive fight Inside Bay Area: Strikeforce a hot brand of mayhem Honolulu Advertiser: Moreno steps in with big […]

SkyPerfecTV announcement on Monday

Saturday, June 10th, 2006

Yomiuri Hochi reports that the board of directors for SkyPerfect Communications (Shibuya, Tokyo) will make an announcement on Monday regarding DSE programming on SkyPerfecTV PPV.

Overeem beats Belfort at Strikeforce

Friday, June 9th, 2006

By Zach Arnold The listed attendance for tonight’s show was 10,374, almost 8,000 less than the previous full-house gate at the HP Pavilion (San Jose Arena). The main controversial moment from the show involved James Irvin and Bobby Southworth, with Irvin falling out of the cage (through the cage door). Results here. Newspaper reports from […]

Finding a bright spot in crisis

Friday, June 9th, 2006

By Zach Arnold 24 hours ago, Nobuhiko Takada gave one of his most inspired attempts on the microphone in order to put on a strong front for DSE in front of 600 fans and representatives from every single media outlet in Japan. View the Nippon TV video clip here. Image credit: Sports Navigator (Yahoo Japan) […]

Media wrap-up: Sakakibara, Fuji, and PRIDE

Friday, June 9th, 2006

By Zach Arnold As you could imagine today, there was a giant fallout in media reaction (newspapers, TV, etc.) in regards to the Thursday press conference that DSE management held at the Prince Hotel in Tokyo. We will take a look at some of the reaction from the press (both from English and Japanese sources). […]

Weekly magazines focus on DSE situation

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

Yahoo Japan HP: “Complete denial of ‘Black Association’ by PRIDE” By Zach Arnold At yesterday’s press conference, DSE President Nobuyuki Sakakibara vociferously defended his company and denied all allegations of ties to the yakuza. He specifically named Shukan Gendai as a publication that damaged his company and caused the cancelation of the Fuji TV deal. […]

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