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Seiya Kawamata is back in MMA

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Just when you think the PRIDE yakuza scandal is about to finally die, the tentacles of history’s past are back in mysterious ways. Seiya Kawamata, the admitted yakuza fixer who was a central figure of Shukan Gendai’s negative magazine campaign against PRIDE & Dream Stage Entertainment, is back in business. In a recent column by […]

Philosophy 101 – MMA Media

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Update: The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations responds to media inquiries about the death of Sam Vasquez. Steve Sievert has further comments. Update II: Luke Thomas responds to comments made by a reader on Fight Opinion. Plus, thoughts from MMA Analyst. Luke Thomas asks an important question: Lastly, I would say the relative silence […]

Quote of the Day – Japanese MMA

Friday, November 30th, 2007

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 […]

The Japanese MMA landscape is fraught with peril

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

By Jeff Comstock Pride Worldwide abruptly shuts down operations, citing “uncooperative staff from Dream Stage Entertainment” – Pride’s former parent company, as the reason for the company’s inability to conduct business operations in Japan. This might seem surprising if it weren’t for the documented reasons for Pride’s financial collapse and subsequent sale in the first […]

Dana White admits that PRIDE is dead

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

By Zach Arnold Update: One point that I forgot to mention in the initial point is that White’s public quote that the PRIDE assets are ‘tainted’ is going to perhaps raise some interest from the Nevada Gaming Commission. If there is one thing that the NGC does not like, it is any sort of connection […]

Trouble in Japanese paradise

Monday, June 18th, 2007

By Zach Arnold With the demise of PRIDE (backed by Dream Stage Entertainment), you would think that K-1 would be in a celebratory mood. (Look at this picture of Sadaharu Tanigawa and Bob Sapp shaking hands today. Tanigawa has a priceless look on his face. Sapp vs. Aerts is set for this Saturday in Holland, […]

Friday fight headlines: More MMA talk in boxing articles

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

By Zach Arnold Here is the CompuBox Analysis of De La Hoya vs. Mayweather for this Saturday night. Pro Elite Inc. stock – four times the price as the IFL stock and 200 times the price as the Art of War stock. How will the Pro Elite stock hold up to future scrutiny? Results from […]

Exclusive: Big names listed for Fishman deposition

Friday, April 27th, 2007

By Zach Arnold According to a source with information related to the Fishman Companies vs. DSE Inc. lawsuit filed in Clark County, Nevada, Fishman Companies lawyers are reportedly preparing a list of witnesses for future deposition. The source claims that the list has over 50 big-named players in the MMA industry, including all top players […]

A bad year for Ken Imai

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

By Zach Arnold Ken Imai is the famous Japanese agent for Mirko Cro Cop. He was the wirepuller who brought Cro Cop from K-1 to PRIDE, essentially getting Cro Cop away from power agent Miro Mijatovic (who had both Mirko and Fedor as clients). Imai became close to DSE (Sakakibara) and with the PRIDE assets […]

Friday media flash: The heat-up for UFC 70

Friday, April 20th, 2007

There is a report that UFC has signed a major advertising deal with Feather Brooksbank in the UK. On Thursday, officials from the anti-yakuza task force of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police had a JBC-sanctioned meeting with 56 people associated with boxing gyms in Tokyo. The meeting was the first in a series of lectures of […]

Wednesday headlines: Yakuza mania and PRIDE news

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

By Zach Arnold Roger Gracie vs. Ricardo Arona announced for ADCC 2007. Frank Trigg states that he will unlikely be associated with the ‘new’ PRIDE. Choi Hong-Man has been booked against Mike Malone for K-1’s 4/28 Neal Blaisdell Arena show in Honolulu. A new release of the NHB MMA simulator.

Fight Opinion Radio #45: The funeral of PRIDE

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Jonathan Goulet & Caleb of The Fightworks Podcast join us on this week’s edition of Fight Opinion Radio. Check out Jonathan’s site and find out how you can sponsor him for future fights. We have a big two-hour radio show in store for you this week, as we discuss all of the major MMA happenings […]

Friday media fix – Another Japanese love call for UFC

Friday, April 6th, 2007

K-1 matchmaker Sadaharu Tanigawa issued a challenge to have a re-match between Royce Gracie and Matt Hughes for the LA Coliseum June 2nd event. The underlying theme of the challenge is Tanigawa provoking Dana White after Dana said on March 27th at Roppongi Hills Arena that any MMA group outside of UFC & PRIDE is […]

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