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Archive for October, 2006

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Fuji TV says no MMA programming for NYE

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Yahoo Japan HP: Fuji TV says “No kakutougi (MMA) on New Year’s Eve” By Zach Arnold Daily Sports reports that Fuji TV President Koichi Murakami will not air kakutougi (MMA) programming on the network for New Year’s Eve. This leaves TV-Asahi as the only network (officially) left for PRIDE programming to possibly air on New […]

UFC signs deal to create TV shows in Spanish

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Multichannel News: Fox Sports Espanol gets in UFC ring The exclusive one-year deal includes Spanish-language television and video-on-demand rights to Gladiadores del UFC, a series of six one-hour UFC fight specials that will air over the course of six months. Business Wire: UFC’s press release on the new FSE deal

TKO files lawsuit against Ivan Menjivar

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

By Stephan Marceau An article on ultimefanatic that a lawsuit has been filed from TKO (the best known MMA organization in Canada) against Ivan Menjivar for breach of contract. This is kind of interesting, as TKO’s president is Stephane Patry and Ivan’s manager is also Stephane.

IFL business data now publicly available

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

The folks at The Underground Forum made a pretty interesting discovery. Mainly, the IFL’s financial statements in preparation of their upcoming stock merger to be a publicly traded company. The method the IFL is choosing to get onto the stock market through Paligent Inc. is called a reverse stock merger. Once the move happens, a […]

Bushido at Yokohama Arena

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

DJ GOZMA gets the GRABAKA boys in shape So, Bushido is this Sunday at Yokohama Arena. Good card line-up. Denis Martins has an interview with Denis Kang here. Likely a (very) small crowd. Same story for a rather unheralded S-Cup (Shootboxing) event in Tokyo at Ryogoku Kokugikan this Friday featuring Andy Souwer and other K-1 […]

Pawel Nastula allegedly fails more drug tests

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Ivan Trembow has more details. I’m sure it won’t make headlines in Japan, but hey… how about that slow news week?

PRIDE’s NYE TV options

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

By Zach Arnold The five major free TV networks in Japan (Tokyo Broadcasting System, TV-Tokyo, Nippon TV, Fuji TV, & TV-Asahi) are starting to get their New Year’s Eve programming plans ready. Based on what is publicly known, here is the information that we know of so far: TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting) – K-1 Dynamite!! Fuji […]

Sunday & Monday is media fun-day

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

Consider this an open post to talk about any stories MMA-related you see in the media or just anything in general MMA-related you want to talk about. Look at the prices on Ticketmaster for tickets for UFC’s TUF 4 Finale show. $175-$495 USD per ticket. Sunday and Monday headlines can be read in full-post view.

Kiyoshi Tamura appreciation day

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

The obstinent man in red pants. A man who calls his daily journal the Full Nude Blog. It’s impossible to hate him. Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Kazushi Sakuraba (UWF-International) Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (6/27/1998 at Tokyo Bay NK Hall – RINGS promotion) Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Frank Shamrock (4/23/1999 Osaka Prefectural Gym – RINGS promotion) Kiyoshi […]

Trevor Berbick murdered

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

By Zach Arnold The Associated Press reports a disturbing crime scene in Jamaica. Bloomberg has more details. As noted in a Wikipedia entry, Berbick was involved in a famous double-crossing in 1991 against Nobuhiko Takada for the UWF-International promotion. Other related links: ESPN (Dan Rafael): Berbick ‘the other guy’ in the career of others The […]

Mike Tyson’s PPV value in 2006 is…

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Half of what Total Nonstop Action wrestling draws. Oleg Maskaev has his Christmas card ready to send and mail off to Iron Mike now. Even he is laughing at Tyson’s buyrate power. PRIDE looks to be very smart by marketing Tyson in Macau and not in America. If you click on full-post view, you can […]

Drug test failures draw no Japanese media attention

Friday, October 27th, 2006

By Zach Arnold When news broke that both Vitor Belfort & Pawel Nastula apparently failed the NSAC-sanctioned drug tests, it was certainly a story with some traction on the various English MMA web sites. However, the story is a completely different one in regards to the Japanese press.

Monson + St. Pierre = UFC Problem?

Friday, October 27th, 2006

By Tom Bones Before we get going, just want to say thanks to the folks at for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts on the UFC. We’ll try and contribute as often as possible, but feel free to visit UFCmania if you want a more regular fix. Now let’s get started.

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