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More yakuza scandal action in Sumo and get ready for Rampage/Machida

By Zach Arnold | July 21, 2010

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Well, look at the bright side. At least we haven’t heard about any yakuza loan sharking scandals in Sumo…

A funny story – the edited ‘digest’ tape-delayed version of this month’s Nagoya Sumo tournament is drawing better TV ratings than past Sumo events that aired live on NHK.

The bad news is that ticket sales have completely bombed for the Nagoya event and there is a lot of financial pain.

Misc. news and notes

Sarah Kaufman, who headlines Strikeforce’s weekend event in Everett, Washington against Roxy Modafferi in a 135-pound title fight, has posted the first of many coming entries as she has landed in Everett.

I have a new article at MMA Torch about the K-1/Puji Group tie-up and what it means. After you read that article, check out this web site on Puji.

I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the MMA Junkie report on Rampage Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida being verbally agreed to as an upcoming UFC fight this November.

UFC UK President Marshall Zelaznik told ESPN UK that UFC is aiming for 4 ~ 6 British “Fight Night” Spike TV events in 2011.

The return of HEROES in MMA… in Hawaii between Niko Vitale and Kala “Kolohe” Hose at Blaisdell Arena on September 11th.

Ray Sefo is helping out Randy Couture in training as a ‘fake James Toney.’ Ray is/was an excellent kickboxer, but I’ve watched him straight up box and…

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One Response to “More yakuza scandal action in Sumo and get ready for Rampage/Machida”

  1. Bill says:

    Well, it looks like Rashad got his wish and there won’t be in interm match between him and Machida. I don’t blame him for wanting to dodge that one. I think this is a bad match for Rampage too. Rashad was too quick for Rampage and Machida was too quick for Rashad. I know, “MMA Math” doesn’t always add up, but it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.

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