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Sunday stroll: Aftermath from UFC 72

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

“Judo” Gene LeBell was a judge at the IFL event in Las Vegas on Saturday night. California won’t give LeBell a referee’s license for MMA. The IFL claimed 3,200 paid for their LV Hilton show. The June 16th date was originally scheduled for the 10,000-seat Reno Events Center in Reno, NV. — which is an […]

Friday headlines: Japanese PR wars

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Japanese marketing 101. The Los Angeles Times on ticket sales for the K-1 Dynamite event at the LA Coliseum: Kogan said FEG has sold at least 40,000 tickets ranging from $10 to $100. State athletic officials argue that in an outline of ticket distribution plans, FEG officials reported they planned to sell only 10,000 tickets, […]

Wednesday media wrath: MMA’s mainstream growing pains

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

MMA California’s not-official image character, Yoda, cheerleads for Fedor Tim Dahlberg, who is a top boxing writer for the Associated Press, rips into UFC with a new column titled UFC could have used a good fight to back up the hype. He rips into the fans who paid to watch UFC 71 as “not-so-rich-and-famous” (someone […]

Fight Opinion Radio #46: The world of Zuffa

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

This week’s 60-minute show covers the main stories in the past week of MMA, including the fallout from the Dana White/Tito Ortiz ‘Bad Blood’ docudrama that Spike TV aired last week. Did Tito Ortiz’s career suffer damage due to the show? What exactly was the payoff? Begrudgingly, we discuss these issues. Also, we talk about […]

BodogFight’s plans for Japan

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

By Zach Arnold Here are comments made by Calvin Ayre in an interview with us (through an intermediary). 1) Will Bodog run any shows in the US? Following the overwhelming success of its sophomore series, Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat will start airing in over 90 million homes across the U.S., on ION Television, starting […]

Tuesday media takedowns

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

This is officially a sign of success. I guess the only advice I would have is if the paper wants more hits, start covering MMA or fighting weekly. The numbers will definitely increase. Much thanks to the staff of The Valley Vanguard for cooperating with us on last week’s show. If you have any specific […]

Saturday news clippings

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

By Zach Arnold Hey, an endorsement for our radio show. The most intriguing news of the day comes to us via Sankei Sports, which is reporting that Pancrase is tying up business-wise with BodogFIGHT. Given that it’s the Japanese media, the headline reads: “600 billion yen! Multi-millionaire promotion BoDog tie-up.” Pancrase will be sending Yoshiki […]

Pancrase’s new star

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

Seiji Sakaguchi’s son’s Pancrase debut makes top headlines on Yahoo Japan By Zach Arnold Yukio Sakaguchi, the 33-year son of former New Japan Pro-Wrestling President Seiji Sakaguchi, made his amateur debut on Saturday at Pancrase’s Differ Ariake show. He won his amateur fight by KO. There are big plans by Pancrase for him to make […]

Japanese MMA notes

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

Satoru Kitaoka vs. Paul “Semtex” Daley was announced for Pancrase’s 8/27 Yokohama Bunka Gym show. Don Frye vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto was announced for HERO’s 8/5 Tokyo, Ariake Colosseum show. GCM Communications announced that a special “best bouts” episode of D.O.G. cage matches will air on TV Tokyo on 8/13 from 2:45-3:35 AM JST.

Pancrase 4/9 Differ Ariake results

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

By Zach Arnold Courtesy of Sports Navigator/Yahoo Japan: Middleweights: Ichiro Kanai defeated Moriyuki Yamada in R1 in 2 minutes, 11 seconds with a shoulder-hardening hold (similar to the one Aurelio used on Gomi at the Bushido show). Featherweights: Atsushi Yamamoto (KILLER BEE) defeated Takumi Murata in R2 in 1 minute, 37 seconds with a choke […]

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