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Masato will have retirement match on K-1 NYE ’09 show

By Zach Arnold | April 1, 2009

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He officially announced his retirement intentions today at a press conference in Tokyo. There will be an exhibition match involving “The Second Masato” HIROYA on 4/21 at Fukuoka Marine Messe, in which the media focus on Masato’s retirement will start building up for the next eight months. Masato is set to fight at the K-1 MAX Nippon Budokan show this July, and then the retirement match on 12/31.

Topics: Japan, K-1, Media, Zach Arnold | 6 Comments » | Permalink | Trackback |

6 Responses to “Masato will have retirement match on K-1 NYE ’09 show”

  1. Coyote says:

    F.E.G. loose another big big star. I think Masato and Akiyama are the most important parts of F.E.G.

  2. Chuck says:

    Well that’s a shame. So it looks like there will never be another Japanese K-1MAX finals winner then. Oh well, here’s to his life going good after fighting. I don’t blame him for getting the hell out at this point. He’ll probably get a job with FEG in some sort of capacity or become a trainer.

  3. Jonathan says:

    I put his reitrment at….6 mos to a year.

    Fighters never retire

  4. ttt says:

    w/ masato gone, K-1 MAX is as good as dead 🙁

  5. ilostmydog says:

    @ Chuck: You haven’t heard of Sato?

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