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Quote of the Day – Japanese MMA

By Zach Arnold | November 30, 2007

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You don’t say

My perception of the Japanese fight game over the last half decade has always been one of a culture of smiling and bowing short men in black suites lying to foreigners and their own people for some bizarre pleasure while fronting organized crime. I’ve often thought of writing Dave Meltzer after reading a weekly Observer and begging him to explain this odd rift in accountability. Surely respected business men can’t use the media to make up things that will rarely happen and not be held accountable. Why would any man – No, a whole group of men – put on huge shows and pay people millions to fight only to give the idea of success, when really lots of money is being lost by bad business practices?

Unless, of course, the goal is to launder a lot of money or blackmail certain individuals into doing activities they normally wouldn’t do in the first place.

Topics: Japan, Media, MMA, Yakuza, Zach Arnold | 6 Comments » | Permalink | Trackback |

6 Responses to “Quote of the Day – Japanese MMA”

  1. LMAO! His wheels are turning but haven’t quite found traction. Kind of you to point him in the right direction Zach.

  2. Johnny P. says:

    That comes a little above it all, Jeff. did you read the whole article? It’s not a “look at this new dirty world I’ve found” article.

  3. Yeah in retrospect, I was trying to be funny, but came off a little mean. The quote above just made you look as though you were unable to grasp the concept of how and why organized crime are involved in the business.

    I’m glad you are writing about this issue, as it is rearing its ugly head once more.

  4. Ian says:

    Seriously, am I the only one who doesn’t give a crap if the Yakuza ran PRIDE. I mean it gave them a lot of money to work with, just like the Triads in the Hong Kong film industry (they financed tons of movies). Is it right? No, but in the grand scale of things its nothing, the worst things that happened in PRIDE pale to what happens one or two days in Newark, New Jersey.

  5. sebastian says:

    Well, they did end up killing Pride. That’s SOMETHING 🙂

  6. Ian says:

    That was more the work annoying reporters (in Japan) using the story as a way to enhance their careers and too an odd extent Antoni Inoki.

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