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    UFC could be doing a show in Japan as soon as 2011

    Post  payneNglory1 on Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:01 pm
















    I was not long talking to Chesty about this,after lorenzo did that interview about the UFC breaking into Asia.
    I thought it would be a good few years away from happening and to be honest i have doubts if it would happen at all now,but I just found this interview with Mark Fischer, who heads the UFC Far East office in Beijing and he seems to suggest that they will be going to Japan and it could be soon.

    The UFC’s entry into Japan will not be affected by any of the things that have “tainted” some native promotions, says the company’s Asia executive.

    Mark Fischer, who heads the UFC office in Beijing, China and has the Far East as his remit, says that the supposed decline of MMA in Japan is also something that does not unduly worry the UFC.

    “I think the landscape is very good. I think we all know that it was maybe tainted a little bit by some of the MMA events and things surrounding them that may have gone on up until now, but I think it’s critical that people understand that the UFC is above all that and stands for excellence in the sport,” he said today.

    The reference was oblique yet obvious: PRIDE FC and the spectacular downfall it suffered when its strong ties to the Yakuza (Japanese organised crime) were revealed. Whilst Yakuza operate openly in Japan, to be associated with them is taboo and socially unacceptable.

    Following the scandal, PRIDE FC’s advertisers, sponsors and financiers pulled out and put it into terminal decline. The follow-on has been a similar decline in Japanese MMA as a whole - DREAM and Sengoku are not doing well and legendary kickboxing organisation K-1 is apparently also close to meltdown.

    Unperturbed by any of this, Fischer revealed the UFC could stage an event there as early as late 2011 or in the opening months of 2012, Fischer said in the meantime the focus is on increasing UFC presence on the airwaves and in the Japanese online sphere.

    “We want to expand the number of partners we have here. [TV company] WOWOW has been great, for example,” he said.

    “By expanding the number of partners in media, consumer products and potentially sponsorships, it will allow us to have that really big event here and expand even more. I think it’ll be a virtuous cycle for us, in taking these steps.”

    The UFC today announced a partnership with TV Bank, a division of Japanese media giant Softbank, that will allow for UFC content to be streamed to the millions of mobile internet devices current active in Japan which, along with South Korea, is among the world’s heaviest users of such technology.



    http://www.fightersonlymagazine.co.uk/news/viewarticle.php?id=6064

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    Re: UFC could be doing a show in Japan as soon as 2011

    Post  the_king on Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:12 pm

    this is great news if they do one im there. cheers
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    Re: UFC could be doing a show in Japan as soon as 2011

    Post  manschesthair_utd on Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:22 pm

    since its related. Enson Inoue answered fans questions on a forum recently...its interesting, but long read, i highlighted the relevant statements.



    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Hello everyone it's Enson Inoue.

    I had a successful return to the ring last April and am currently in the process of writing a book

    --ENSON ON JMMA TODAY--

    lastcall - Enson, How do you think Kid will do in the UFC? Enson, further on Kid in the UFC, what would your main advice for him be?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    I think he will do great!

    He needs to use his wrestling to get on top and use his ground and pound! His G n P is ferocious. However most important for Kid is to have confidence that he can kick anyone in this weight class's ass, in the world.

    --

    taruk mak tao - Enson, Can you discuss why you think japanese and asian fighters in general struggle (for the most part) when fighting in the US?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    I think the language and the atmosphere is what affects them most. The energy in the US arena is leaps different from the Japanese ones.

    EVILYOSHIDA - hey enson. what do you think japan can do to save its mma industry?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Get the right people to run it who can get the right sponsors then get some of the top fighters back fighting on Japanese soil!

    --

    EVILYOSHIDA - Hey Enson, how prevalent is steroid usage among japanese fighters? is it rare or common?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Very rare

    --

    nobones - Hey Enson cool to see you on the UG again. What do you think of JMMA scene? Do you think it can revive and do you think the UFC is the promotion to do it considering the FEG president has basically declared FEG dead unless emergency VC arrives soon? Are there any Japanese promotions that could pick up the mantle left by Pride and soon Dream to carry on the JMMA torch and getting it burning again?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Dana is the man that can make it happen and I already have offered him my services if he needs them.


    --

    Jack Skellington - One last question: When was the last time you spoke to Dana White?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    About a year ago through email.

    --

    nobones - What do you think of JMMA scene? Do you think it can revive and do you think the UFC is the promotion to do it considering the FEG president has basically declared FEG dead unless emergency VC arrives soon? Are there any Japanese promotions that could pick up the mantle left by Pride and soon Dream to carry on the JMMA torch and getting it burning again?

    Also, do you think Shinya Aoki was overrated? Maybe he was top ten once in his career, but many pundits had him ranked #2 for several years. Seems ridiculous considering he never fought and beat a top five guy when they were top five.

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Mma in japan is not dead. Maybe K-1s Tanigawa was just talking about himself that fucken crook. he has 2 Y organizations pissed and after him.

    Aoki is too 1 dimensional.

    --

    EVILYOSHIDA - tanigawa is a douche. i never hd faith in dream because of his idiocy. mma needs a real leader in japan, bring sakakibara back.

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Yes Tanigawa is a very dishonest who is on his way down hard.

    --

    Wasa-B - Actually, Enson on the JMMA management scene, corruption, yakuza, etc.....im not sure if most people here understand that much of the entertainment industry in Asia is intertwined with organized crime and that breaking out of it may be great but not exactly done at the flick of a switch.

    Countries cannot change long historical patterns over night and Japan is an older country than the US.

    So, that said, what, in a nutshell, do you think it will take to revive the JMMA scene again? Can a single figure or core management team that is not as crooked as Tanigawa for example lead the way on their own?

    How difficult would it be for a major MMA org to run itself on the scale of a Pride or K1 without Yakuza ties?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Yes someone respected by the fighters, fans, and Yakuza will be able to revive JMMA.... and No. It would be impossible to run a big MMA promotion without getting involved with the Yakuza


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    thefightnerd - hey enson, just saw this thread on the front page and wanted to also say thanks for the great fights, I remember seeing some of your earlier battles when I used to tape-trade and its impossible not to be a fan of a guy like you. wanted to ask you a little more about JMMA, specifically if you could go in more detail on what the yakuza controls when it comes to the fight scene and how much control they ultimately have? thanks

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    More than control, you have to pay them to work in their territory. So instead of going in with no backing and get eaten up by the sharks... it's smartest to collaborate with a Yakuza group, give them a percentage and they keep all the other sharks away.


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    hiptosser - Can you explain to us the position Yazuza hold in Japanese culture/society, I think there is a disconnect with fans in the states when we hear that Yazuza is involved with MMA or entertainment.

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    It's quite common and accepted in Japan. But it's a no no to have it come public.

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    theken206 - "1) Why doesn't the Japanese government strip the Yakuza of their influence like the FBI does to the mafia(for the most part) in the States? Is it because of the group culture?"

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    The yakuza cant really be compared that well with Cosa Nostra. Diffrent set up/culture/influences/history etc etc

    They are trying. They are cracking down hard.

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    theken206 - hmmmm quite intresting...... how are they going about it? Trying to tie illict buisnesses with legit ones? Some crazy japanese version of the RICO act lol?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Harassing them for no reason and changing laws to make life harder for them.

    --

    theken206 - gotcha gotcha. How has the effect been?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Pretty good. The Yakuzas are being squeezed good.

    --

    Bixby - Hi Enson


    I wanted to ask you about the Yakuza and how strong they are involved in the combat scene.

    What about Yakuza in general? THe west has probably the false image of these guys due to hollywood movies and such.

    How present are they really in all of Japan?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    They are silently present in every fight promotion.
    They are also very present in everyday Japan. For example I hit the town last night randomly saw at least 20 Yakuzas and went drinking with 3 of them.


    --

    DreamerMMA - Damn, some of you are trying to get Enson killed with all the Yakuza questions.

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    No it's all good.



    --ENSON ON PAST BATTLES & MAYBE FUTURE--

    jittaz - hey enson, you are a legend, and a rolemodel to alot of us, my question in who was your toughest fight against in your career?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    1. Frank Shamrock
    2. Igor Vovchanchin
    3. Big Nog
    4. Mark Kerr

    --

    kenshamrocktoehold


    was mark kerr the strongest fighter you faced Enson?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Physically? Yes!

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    mijo - Sensei Enson. I dont want to bring up any bad memories, so hopefully I dont offend you. I always thought you were one the first real MMA guys, but I also thought your submissions were your strong point. Just how shock were you when Nog was putting you in those submission holds?

    And what did you say after you fought and lost to Frank Shamrock. I remember you crying.

    Im just curious. sorry.

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Felt like I was getting raped! Respect to Nog!

    I said, "Franks 100% was better than my 100% tonight. There were days that I took of because I was sore. Losing doesn't necessarily need to be something bad. I can learn from this loss and make it something good. My heart has gotten stronger from this battle."

    --

    McCorkleRuinedMySN - Enson!! I you could fight anyone who would it be? we'll say one in mma, one not. also, Fedor, GSP, or Anderson? best p4p?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Of course it would be either my favorite fighter Vanderlei or a rematch with Frank.

    Toss up between GSP and Cain.

    --

    leydster - Are you gonna be fighting again?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    I'm 43 and the clock is ticking but if the right offer comes.

    --

    TheAlchemist - sup Enson! Glad to see you back on the forums. Will we see you in the ring again?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Only if a good opponent and a good offer comes.

    --

    Lee Conway - Enson, amazing to actually speak to you, just a quick question if you have the time. What would you say was the best win of your career? The one that you're most proud of. Thanks in advance.

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Win for the books, Randy Couture.
    Win for my spirit, Igor Vovchanchin.

    --

    Im A Ninja - Thanks for taking the time to respond to the fans. You have always come across as an extremely respectful, and knowledgeable fighter. Many fighters should emulate the attitude that you carry. I think the sport would get a much better image, other than the barbaric, knuckle dragging buffoons that the media so likes to describe fighters.

    What were some camps/fighters that you have prepared you for some of your fights? Can you remember the best training camp you had for preparing for a fight?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    The best training camp I ever had was my comeback fight in April 2010. The combination of my brother Egan overall training(http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1652956946), Fisticuffs Leonard Gabriel's boxing (Fisticuffs Gym), and my O2 capsule, was the best training camp I ever had!!!

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    Benwahwah - Hey Enson, I'm wondering who do you wish you had been able to compete against. Also would you ever fight your brother in the cage or any of your students / teammates?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    I always wanted to fight Vanderlei. I would NEVER fight my brother.

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    Hel13torm - hey Enson, was just listening to a podcast with Heath Herring and he told an entertaining story about your fight with him in PRIDE. He said he got you in a keylock and was trying to convince you to tapout otherwise your arm would break. He said you basically replied "Do what ya gotta do, man. Just break it". Any other entertaining stories from or about that fight?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Yeah he asked me to give up or he is going to break my arm and I replied, "If you can break it then go ahead and break it." It was cracking and popping so I was wondering if he could actually break it. Then the referee came running over and asked me if I wanted to give up so I answered him by hitting Heath on the back of the head with my free hand. That was a funny situation.

    --

    jbbarne - Much respect for your fights, and thank you very much!

    One quick question... do you feel MMA today is too boring, With the wrestling heavy, wall & stall tactics being used recently?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    The lack of Kill or be killed mentality is what's missing from MMA today. But it is doing well much much bigger and popular than when I was an active fighter.





    --ENSON ON THE SF GRAND PRIX--

    muay_jitsu - Any thoughts on the Strikeforce HW grand Prix? I see you think highly of Cain, how do you think he would do if he was involved? It is a honor to even have the privilege to be able to ask a legend any question. Thanks for the memories and hopefully you will have the opportunities somehow to give us more.

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Cain would do great where ever he goes. Striking, wrestling, ground, stamina, killer instinct, heart of a lion, what else can you ask for?

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    Jack Skellington - Enson, who are you picking as the winner of the Strikeforce GP?
    BigFoot Silva vs. Fedor
    Alistar Overeem vs. Fabrico Werdum
    Andre Arlovski vs. Sergie Kharatonov
    Josh Barnett vs. Brett 'Grimm' Rogers

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    I see Fedor vs Barnett in the final.

    --

    Jack Skellington - Can I quote you on that big man? lol

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Go right ahead. The sleeper will be Alistar!
    I must warn you though, my predictions suck.



    --ENSON ON TRAINING--

    UnzippedAndMcCorkh0led Question - when you are getting guys ready to compete, what do you do, or how do you tell them to handle the butterflies, nerves ?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    I tell them to train as hard as they can because feeling that you are ready for the fight will subside the jitters. I also let them know that the jitters are normal and that they need to help it become aggression to smash their opponent.

    --

    DPhoenix - wow, the legendary Enson Inoue! I bow to you, sir!

    Is it possible if you could please share some advice to a future MMA fighter (me)? I wish to learn anything I can from the best and I dream of going professional and fighting the best!

    Thank you so much and best of luck in your book, which I will definitely look out for when it comes out!

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Train BJJ with a BJJ Black belt, kickboxing with a kick boxer, and wrestling with wrestlers.

    --

    Hunter V - how many black belts have you produced? You still do gi training or is it mainly no gi and muay thai these days?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    I've produced 9 black belts that are better than me now. I train 95% MMA and 5% gi.

    --

    tatamiburns - Hey Enson, it must have been you on subfighter as talking to you on there was how I found Purebred Kyoto. Can you list your nine black-belts just out of curiosity.

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Steve Roberto, Terrence, Shshido Tikita, Yoshioka, Hashi, and 3 other Japanese fighters.





    --ENSON GENERAL QUESTIONS--

    PitbullMMA - When do you expect your book to be out? What is your favorite book?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Later this year. My favorite book although I can barely understand it is the Holy Bible

    --

    mandible - Much respect, old school legend of the sport. I recently recalled hearing or reading somewhere that you were on some sort of epic journey by foot across Japan. What happened with that?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Came back alive. 1400 kilos by foot and sleeping out every night.

    --

    Teufel_Hunden - Enson, Thank you for #1 setting the example for living out Bushido! I have always loved watching you fight, win or lose and appreciate your character out of the ring. #2 For coming on here and taking your time to answer so many questions, sharing your stories and being super jack frost cool about it. I am looking very forward to reading your book and also would love to have it autographed. Maybe when it's printed, you could pop back by and let us order directly from your website or something? Just a thought.

    Whether it be fighting, mental, spiritual or whatever, what is your biggest lesson in life? And if it is in the book... I can accept that answer completely! Thanks again my brother!

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    My biggest lesson was what I learned on my pilgrimage. To appreciate the simple things. Even as simple as a roof to sleep under every night.

    --

    NEDCMK1 - Wow Enson is back. How is your family? I loved the documentary clips of you guys together. Your son training?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    I don't have a son. He was my step son in my marriage and he was taken away from me when I got divorced. The most pain I ever felt.

    --

    Nomak - I saw a documentary some time ago.

    Can't remember the name exactly but you were lovingly whacking your kid around and telling him to do push ups and sprawls and go for take downs.

    He's gonna be one tough kid.

    Do you expect your son to follow in your foot steps?

    Do you want him to be a fighter?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Well that was my wife at the times kid and if I had one he doesn't necessarily need to be a fighter. I do want him to train and be able to defend himself though.

    --

    topsidegogo - Enson, you're a stud. Any seminars state-side planned?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    I can't travel until my probation is over and it ends in January 2012. After that I'm willing to go where ever to do a seminar!

    --

    myee8 - It's an honor to see you on the UG Enson, hope to see you in Australia one day!

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    I would love to do a seminar there. Maybe someone can set something up for 2012 after my probation is over and I can travel again.

    --

    mma ray - Enson, if you dont mind me asking. Why exactly are you on probation? I'm sure some of my fellow ug'ers know why, and will probably beat you to the punch though. Once again, thanks for the great memories, and good luck in the future

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Possession of Marijuana. I actually was a good movement in my life. Got me back walking a straight line.

    --

    Hong Kong Phooey - in Hawaii ? Must have been some weight . Hope it was Kona

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    I was here in Japan and the laws here are strict. I was caught with 16 grams including 22 joints. I was locked up for 28 days, got 3 years probation, and lost my green card.

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Yes. Threw out my pipe and my rolling papers!

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    Jack Skellington - I want to play word a association game with you please. Give me the first word that comes into your head when you hear these names:
    BJ Penn -
    Yuji Shimada -
    Anderson Silva -
    Kazushi Sakuraba -
    Brock Lesnar -
    Dana White -
    Kid Yamamoto -
    Fedor Emelianenko -
    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    BJ Penn - Phenomenal
    Yuji Shimada - dumbshit
    Anderson Silva - poised
    Kazushi Sakuraba - Gracie
    Brock Lesnar - huge
    Dana White - UFC
    Kid Yamamoto - power
    Fedor Emelianenko - cool


    --ENSON ON TATTOOS--

    Gnarly219 - No questions, just respect. You sir are the man.

    Ok, just one. What is your philosophy on getting tattooed? Does everything on you mean something to you, or on a couple did you just see the design, liked it, and said "I'll take that"? I'm a drummer who wants to half-sleeve my arm, but I just don't know what to fill it with.

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    All the tattoos on my body are things that are burnt in my soul. Things that I will take wth me when I die!

    --

    chew22 - You said a while ago that every tattoo has a part of your soul on it. How do you make decisions to get ink (tattoos), and who does your work?

    Also, can you tell us one tattoo story?

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    My boy Derek "Yoshi" does all my tattoos. Check him out! Derek Yoshikazu Devantier | Facebook

    Tattoo story? Buy my book when it comes out!



    --ENSON ON SHOOTO SCANDAL--

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue


    Finally the dirt in Shooto is exposed.

    --

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    I thought it was totally honorable of Rumina to stand right there when the shit was going down. Rumina deserves to be the next head of the Shooto Association.

    --

    TheAlchemist - What's going on in that vid??! The guy with his arms behind his back seems thoroughly pissed!

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    The guy on the right (Wakabayashi) is being forced to step down from his Shooto position by my boy Asahi!

    --

    EVILYOSHIDA - that's shooto legend noburo asahi.

    can you please explain the back story? very interested.

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Yes Taro Wakabayashi and the Shooto Association was embezling money. Asahi had over 28 signatures from Shooto gym owners all over Japan which forced Wakabayashi?Sakamoto?and Nakai to resign from Shooto. Some of the gym owners that backed Asahi was RuminaSato?Gutsman Sakurada? Kusayanagi? Hioki?etc.
    Damn I wish I was there.


    --

    TheAlchemist - It looked like Nakai was agreeing to what Asahi was saying. I wish that vid was subtitled!

    Would have loved to see you in that vid Enson!

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Yes apparently Nakai didn't know that Wakabayashi was doing all that but took responsibility for not being on the ball and stepped down on his own.

    --

    TheAlchemist - Nakai always seemed like a stand up guy, glad that he wasn't involved in the thievery and took responsibility for his position.

    For some reason I kept watching the vid expecting a fight to break out and Rumina pulling flying armbars on everyone!

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Yeah they said that is the reason why they didn't want me around. I'm on probation and they were afraid of what I would do...

    --

    TheAlchemist - Why would they think that? hehe. Maybe it's better that you weren't there, that would suck to have leave Japan.

    From: Enson Yamato Inoue

    Yeah! What would make then think that? I'm a saint....... sometimes.
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    Re: UFC could be doing a show in Japan as soon as 2011

    Post  payneNglory1 on Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:48 pm















    I've been keeping up with that thread also Chesty.
    good,interesting guy and I bet his book will make a good read.

    One of the main reason it's impossible to put on an event in Japan without going through the yakuza,is because the yakuza own every sporting venue in Japan.
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    Post  Mryzyz on Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:23 pm

    I hope big time native MMA doesn't die out in Japan.

    I prefer the ring to the cage and wouldn't like it if absolutely no big fights were to be held in a ring in the future.

    Not to mention the general superiority of JMMA presentation.

    My ideal solution would be Zuffa reopening PRIDE (with the requisite ruleset), but basing it in Korea away from the Yakuza.

    If you want to occupy Japan you don't just fly in from America. You must set up basecamp in a nearby territory first.

    Strikeforce is also planning to hold a leg of the HWGP in Japan as well.
    I think industry insiders now fully believe FEGs' collapse is inevitable and imminent, and as such new providers are scrambling to get into a (potentially) lucrative market now that the main native competition is kaput.

    Please, please! Somebody save K-1!!!
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    Post  manschesthair_utd on Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:46 pm

    MMA wont die out in japan.
    but its possible there won't be a major MMA "player" like PRIDE/DREAM/HEROs based in japan.

    Shooto will never ever die....its way too stable.
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    Re: UFC could be doing a show in Japan as soon as 2011

    Post  Ginginho on Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:09 am

    When I see how the Yakuza is described, it reminds me of the US athletic commissions, which are probably run by the same type of people!!

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    Post  the_king on Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:32 am

    its not all doom and gloom from the yakuza, i was reading that the mlb had a major game there a few years back and the crooks made the outsiders feel welcome, the only people they hit big time that day was the japanese TV stations covering the event.
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    Post  sunthunder on Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:31 pm

    Ginginho wrote:When I see how the Yakuza is described, it reminds me of the US athletic commissions, which are probably run by the same type of people!!

    Yakuza are much worse. I've read quite a lot into them. There's a serious chance they had a part to play into the first President of Dreamstage.
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    Post  redmeanie77 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:07 am

    They said on MMAlive that UFC is looking to go to Sweden at the end of the year. I think they should forget about Germany and try to break into the scandinavian market. There a decent martial art pedigree there.
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    Post  Moose Stuff For Money... on Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:22 pm

    Highlights from China's first MMA pay-per-view...


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    Post  the_king on Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:10 pm

    redmeanie77 wrote:They said on MMAlive that UFC is looking to go to Sweden at the end of the year. I think they should forget about Germany and try to break into the scandinavian market. There a decent martial art pedigree there.

    they really are taken the global thing serious arnt they.
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    Post  manschesthair_utd on Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:41 pm

    Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has long discussed his desire to bring the organization into the land of the rising sun. And now, it seems like his dream can become reality.

    Scott first put his foot in the world door of the mixed martial arts world when he was a protege of the famous Ernie Reyes, and later enjoyed a good relationship with ultra-popular K-1 organization, which has been a staple for both the kickboxing and mixed martial arts scene in Japan.

    Now, Coker has recently been linked with representatives of the now defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships, in an effort to help navigate his way to bring MMA back where it belongs.

    The CEO has stated several times in which he openly expressed to bring a Strikeforce fight card to Japan, specifically one leg of the inaugural heavyweight grand prix, which kicks off this February.

    And who better to discuss the matters with then Sotaro Shinoda, who remains a representative for the company who co-produced the aforementioned PRIDE FC organization–according to MiddleEasy.com, which was made evident with a Tweeted photo between the CEO and rep.

    While Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Silva, Andrei Arlovski, and Sergei Kharitonov are already a lock for the New Jersey show, which takes place on February 12 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, the remaining four-competitors could be finding their way to Japan, should things continue to go swimmingly.



    cool Very Happy.....well Scott Coker is undeniably now in cohorts with Yakuza, i hope it doesnt screw things up.
    http://twitpic.com/3utaaz


    Shinoda and REAL entertainment are a yakuza front, appartently Shinoda was Sakikabara's right hand guy back in the PRIDE days, and these guys are rotten to the core, this is interesting read:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/46533478/Miro-Mijatovic-v-Pride-FC
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    Re: UFC could be doing a show in Japan as soon as 2011

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    UFC President Dana White told Kampiro, a Japanese MMA magazine, that the promotion has planned to hold an event in the Land of the Rising Sun this December.

    “Finally, in December, UFC will land in Japan … A Japan event is already in this years schedule.”


    The UFC hasn’t held a fight card in Japan since UFC 29 in December 2000. It’s been trying for years without luck but ramped up its efforts earlier this year, announcing media partnerships to further expand its reach in the Japanese MMA market.

    With major Japanese shows DREAM and Sengoku starting to falter, Zuffa has also swooped in and signed a number of big-name Japanese fighters, including Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Michihiro Omigawa.



    http://prommanow.com/index.php/2011/02/20/report-ufc-aiming-to-hold-event-in-japan-in-december/
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    Post  Sly Uses on Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:18 pm

    I imagine theyll be taking a loss initially, but hoping their investment would pay off in the future. Both SF and UFC are going for that market pretty hard, so it should be interesting.

    WVR tweeted last week I think it was that if Dana comes to Japan that they will "deal with him" lol
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    Post  Cowboys From Hell on Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:38 pm

    I don't see it happening (The UFC in Japan) I can't see The Yakuza letting it happen.
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    Re: UFC could be doing a show in Japan as soon as 2011

    Post  payneNglory1 on Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:47 pm

    UFC returning to Japan, announces Feb. 26 event at Saitama Super Arena

    The UFC officially is returning to Japan.

    The organization, which hasn't promoted a show in the country since UFC 29 in late 2000, heads to Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on Feb. 26, 2012.

    UFC officials, including UFC-Asia head Mark Fischer, today announced the event at a press conference in Tokyo.

    UFC president Dana White did not attend the press conference (he hosts a UFC 137 presser in Las Vegas on Wednesday) but prepared a video message for the press gathering.

    No fighters have been announced for the card, but the organization's Japanese roster – including the likes of Yushin Okami, Hatsu Hioki, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Takanori Gomi and Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto – are all possibilities.

    To accommodate the traditional live North American broadcasting on Saturday night, Feb. 25, the event takes place Sunday morning at 10 a.m. local time. Officials haven't determined broadcast plans or event naming for the show, and no broadcast plans have been announced for North America.

    Saitama Super Arena will be configured to seat approximately 20,000 fans for the show.

    It's the first of what Fischer expects to be frequent events in the country, which recently has seen the decline of the DREAM promotion and the apparent collapse of World Victory Road's Sengoku event series.

    To date the UFC has hosted three events in Japan, none of which took place at Saitama Super Arena, the former home of PRIDE Fighting Championships, a top rival the UFC purchased and ultimately disbanded in 2007. The UFC never has hosted a Japan show since it was acquired by Zuffa LLC, the UFC's current ownership group.

    Many former PRIDE stars – such as Wanderlei Silva, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira – also are possibilities for the Feb. 26 card.

    http://mmajunkie.com/news/25098/ufc-returning-to-japan-announces-feb-26-event-at-saitama-super-arena.mma
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    Post  The_Axe_Emperor on Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:49 am

    I thought the Saitama Super Arena seated like 1,000,000,000 people that one time?
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    Re: UFC could be doing a show in Japan as soon as 2011

    Post  Anfields5thKing on Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:05 pm

    10am local time?? That's going to fuck a lot of fighters up. Nobody wants to fight in the morning.
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    Post  manschesthair_utd on Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:11 am

    whats the point of going all the way to japan if you are just going to pander to american fans anyway?
    ufc "going global" is a charade.
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    Re: UFC could be doing a show in Japan as soon as 2011

    Post  rudeboyben84 on Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:47 am

    A load of people think UFC is Japan will be a epic failure, they are going to Japan to sell them an Americanised version of something they allready have that isnt doing well right now...

    UFC COULD put on a Pride show if they wanted, Japan would allow the rules and they have the rights to it. Shame they are just going to flog them a UFC show with some of the asian stars on the card.
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    Re: UFC could be doing a show in Japan as soon as 2011

    Post  Cowboys From Hell on Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:50 am

    I'll be honest I'm very surprised this is happening but saying that I see this being a commercial failure akin to UFC 122 the Japanese market is threadbare as It is selling an American version of something that is already on life support and the public don't really care about any more in Japan is pretty suicidal.

    Edit : What I said was pretty much what Ben said I suppose Laughing .
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    Re: UFC could be doing a show in Japan as soon as 2011

    Post  redmeanie77 on Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:16 pm














    Seems to me to be an oppurtunistic move by UFC to stick their product out there in Japan while Dream/Sengoku/K-1 are at an all time low.


    It wont be a failure, its not like Japanese fans are dificult to please anyway. Throw in Akiyama, Gomi, Crocop and it would be an instant hit. Let alone all other Pride fighters...


    But dont expect good PPV's buy, for some reason International PPV's never do well. I think UFC Rio just sold 350K. For an Anderson Silva title fight?? Shocked
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    Re: UFC could be doing a show in Japan as soon as 2011

    Post  payneNglory1 on Thu Sep 08, 2011 6:29 pm

    The UFC Rio numbers were really affected by Hurricane Irene,that was battering the east coast,nearly 2 mil people on the east coast were with out power that night,and then you have to think about all the people that didn't order the PPV,incase they lost signal/power half way through the event.

    Why would the UFC want to put on a differant product and do a Pride show instead of sticking to the one that has made them the biggest and most succesful name in the history of the sport?
    It's like wal-mart saying "We know we are the biggest most successful retail buisness in the world,but why don't we try opening a few stores based on the bankrupt K-mart model to appease the few that thought K-Mart was the dogs bollox"

    At the end of the day the Japanese are just a small part of the UFC viewership,The UFC have a product that they are trying to make accesible for them,if they want it then fair enough,jump aboard,enjoy it like the majority of fans across the world are doing,if not,don't,I'm sure the UFC would love to crack the Japanese market,Japan is a huge part of MMA,but I don't think it will make or break the UFC if it doesn't work there,do you?

    I don't think the UFC are going to be expecting record numbers from a Japanese show,but i'm sure their team have put enough research into it,to see if there is enough support to make it a viable option to put on a show there.

    Also they are not giving them something they already have,the JMMA scene has nothing close to what the UFC are offering the fans,they are being given the oppertunity to watch the very best fighters in the sport,and not a couple of descent fighters mixed on a card with some kids that are fresh off the local circuit.

    What game do you think would sell out in Japan quicker,Kashima Antlers vs Nagoya Grampus or Barcelona vs Man Utd ?
    It doesn't matter where you are from,fans of a sport will always want a chance to see the very best in that sport perform.

    Pride used the model of having huge western stars,mixed with home grown stars to sell the show,and the Japanese took to it and supported many of the big western names back then,well now the skills and overall talent of the fighters is far better than it was back then,and the UFC can offer them a card from a big collection of the top end Asian MMA fighters,aswell as having a huge rosta of of current and old school fan favourites,to fill the card,what's not to love about that.


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