Monday, December 17, 2007

Suki MMA is closing!

Sorry, but I have to close Suki MMA blog. Thanks for visiting the site while I did it. If anyone is interested in hiring me for Japanese MMA translation, etc please email me the detail at sukimma at


Thursday, December 13, 2007

Fedoer fights Choi Hong Man on NYE

"Yarennoka!" announced 2 more matches, "Fedor vs Choi Hong Man" and "Yoshihiro Akiyama vs Kazuo Misaki"

Fedor fights Choi Hong Man from Korea. Choi Hong Man said he was very surprised when he got this offer. I`m very glad to fight Fedor and would like to do my best.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

K-1 relays "Yarennoka!" in Dynamite on NYE

Mr.Tanikawa had an press conference of "Dynamite!" on Dec 11 in Tokyo. He said he decided to relay "Yarennoka!" in Osaka Dome after "Dynamite!". K-1 send more K-1 and Hero`s fighters in NYE event in Saitama and would like to have fans in Osaka enjoy both events.

He also talked about the possibility of the match, Fedor vs Schilt. Schilt would like to have more time to prepare well for a fight against Fedor and would not be ready by NYE. He said he would like to have a K-1 fighter fight Fedor on NYE.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Fedor had dinner with a Russian prime minister.


Yoshida does not fight on NYE this year

Yoshida said he  was actually preparing for a fight against Fedor on NYE.  I has not offered a fight from any events yet and I would probably stay home and watch MMA on TV this year.  He will focus on training for the debut event of Sengoku on Mar 05.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Semmy Schilt is interested in fighting Fedor on NYE

Sadaharu Tanikawa and Semy Schilt had an interview on Dec 09.  In the interview, Schilt showed his interest fighting Fedor.  Schilt won K-1 World GP 2007 on Dec 08.  Mr. Tanikawa said he would like to see him fighting in MMA rule.  

 Fedor fought Schilt in his PRIDE debut fight.  Fedor defeted Schilt by decision.  Schilt said he would like to fight Fedor but he needs time to train his ground techniques.  I have a confidence to win and I would like to fight him while I`m a K-1 champion.  

Thursday, December 6, 2007

K-1 World GP 2007 finalists gathered in Yokohama

"K-1 World GP 2007 Final" held in Yokohama on Dec 08.  Finalists gathered in Tokyo on Dec 07 and had an interview in front of their fans.


Jerome Le Banner said I cannot wait to fight tomorrow.  I was going to say Good Luck to other fighters today, but I changed my mind.

Choi Hong Man said I trained really hard and I think I will have a good result.  I will do my best tomorrow.  

Semmy Schilt said I`m glad to be here as a K-1 champion.  I will do my best tomorrow.

Peter Aerts said I think Sawayashiki is a great fighter.  He is young and I feel like I'm fighting my child.  Junichi Sawayashiki said Peter has been my hero since I was young.  I`m happy to fight him tomorrow.  I think I`m an underdog.   

Caol Uno runs the Honolulu Marathon

Caol Uno updated his blog.  He is going to run in the Honolulu Marathon on Dec 09.  This is his first full marathon and will do his best to reach his goal.  

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

"Yarennoka!" announced more matches

Yarennoka announced more matches on Dec 06.

Kawajiri Tatsuya vs Luiz Azeredo
Ishida Mitsuhiro vs Gilbert Melendez

Emelianenko Fedor, RIcardo Arona, Misaki Kazuo and Joachim Hansen will fight in this event.

Kikuta updated his blog

Kikuta had an interview with a Japanese MMA magazine, Kamipro.

He and Yoshida had an interview together. Kikuta said they knew each other since he was 16 years old and that he cannot believe that they work in the same industry the last 20 years. Both of us changed the stage from Judo to MMA. We had the interview in Yoshida Dojo. Yoshida Dojo started 5 years ago and does good business. They are having a 50% off of initial fee campaign.


Gono speaks about his debut fight in the UFC

Gono updated his blog and spoke about his debut fight in the UFC.

I`m satisfied with the result of my debut fight in the UFC. I could win and also get "submission of the night". I think the UFC wanted to judge my level from this fight, because this was the very first fight and my opponent was an anonymous fighter. 

To be honest, I actually felt the UFC underestimated me when I heard about my opponent. I was 3rd in PRIDE welter GP. I think was a good experience to fight anonymous fighter and have a great victory, because I always take my time to adjust to the new environment. I wonder if my next opponent will be a tough guy, though I wouldn't mind having another easy fight to get use to the UFC.

I had an interview with a MMA magazine, " Fight & Life", and had an opportunity to see other fighters in the UFC welterweight division. They were many good and variety of fighters. I`m excited to jump into this weight class because I have many chances to fight great fighters. I`m 33 years old and getting bald, but I`m going to do my best and make some miracle.

At last, I would like to thank a doctor who flew into NJ for Ryo Nagaminami. He actually came by himself. He was a great doctor and supported me a lot for conditioning. I also thank Ryo Nagaminai who asked a doctor to take care of me. 

I think I would talk about other episodes when I get an interview with MMA magazine, Kamipro.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Genki Sudo starts his baseball team!

Genki Sudo updated his blog. His friends and himself formed an amateur baseball team, "FAT PIRATES". His friend said he would like to bring more attention to the baseball during the off-season. Sudo is getting fat after retiring from MMA and needs to the burn fat. The first game is this weekend!

Peter Aerts may fight in Dynamite!

Peter Aerts who fights in "K-1 WORLD GP 2007 FINAL" on Dec 08 had an interview in Tokyo. He is the legendary fighter who fights in all K-1 World GP. He focuses on the upcoming fight but is interested in the event on NYE.

He said he would like to fight in "Dynamite!" if he can fight Badr Hari in K-1 rules. He says he has the confidence to defeat him because Badr Hari has no experience in MMA and he trains Jiujitsu sometimes and know some submission techniques.

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Monday, December 3, 2007

"Yarennoka!" staff blog update

The "Yarennoka!" official website has a blog by staff members. They talk about Fedor when he came to Japan for the "Yarennoka!" press conference.

Fedor stayed only 2 days in Tokyo when he came for the "Yarennoka!" press conference. He went to Saitama Super Arena as soon as he arrived in Tokyo on the day of the conference. He could not sleep in the airplane and looked really sleepy when he get the arena. He was extremely busy taking photos and doing interviews, no time to take a break except eating SUSHI lunch. He usually only has water but ordered a couple of coffees that day. After having all interviews, he took a 30 minute nap and came back with a suit and went to the press conference.  After the conference and a Japanese dinner he went to bed immediately.

Next early morning, he visited the "Yarennoka!" sponsor, the cable TV company. He showed up in their office and immediately people gathered and started to take pictures of him. Some girls were asking him for a hug.  This extremely short stay did not allow him to go to his favorite area, Akihabara, this time. He looked like being ready for the fight on NYE. He will definitely have a great fight as a PRDIE champion!


Sakuraba updated his blog about his dojo

Kazushi Sakuraba said he started to train in his new dojo.  He showed his gym to the press on Dec 03.  His gym is officially opened to the public next Feb.  He is still working on naming his gym, and deciding the style of the training (MMA or Wrestling).  He said he feels at home and can train anytime without hesitation.   



Sunday, December 2, 2007

Ryo Chonan updated his blog about the UFC78

Ryo Chonan was defeated by Karo Parisyan in the UFC 78 on Nov 17.  He updated his blog on Nov 23 and talked about his debut fight.

I`m updating my blog because some people are worried about me if I feel depressed and hesitate to contact me.   I feel fine.  I take a look this fight and I see new subjects for my next fights.  I lost points but did not take any effective punches.  I see I will be fine if I get use to the cage and other circumstances.  

After the fight, I saw Parisyan back stage.  His face was messed up by getting punched from me.  I will analyze more by seeing my fight video and start my training next week.

It was easy to adjust my weight to 77 kg weight class.  I read a MMA magazine said I got a straight punch.  It was a really light punch.  I knew the power of the punch is different with 83 kg weight class fight.  

This was my debut fight and I learned about the atmosphere of the UFC, the cage and other things which I have never experienced.  Next time, I will have a good result.

I would like to thank all my fans, my seconds for supporting me.  I will start training for a next fight. 

Hasegawa lost in "DEEP X 02"

Hidehiko Hasegawa, who fights Mach Sakurai in "Yarennoka!", was defeated by Lucas Lepri by decision. He was not injured in this fight and could fight on NYE. After the fight, he said Lepri was a great fighter who had a good strength and techniques. I was inexperienced. I hope Mach does not have a game plan to focus fighting from the ground position.
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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Road to Yarennoka! NYE! 2007 vol.2 ~ Hasegawa ~

*** Hasegawa`s interview ***

- Did you expect to be fighting Mach Sakurai?
Not at all.

- When did you know about your match?
It was the day before the press conference.  Mr. Saeki had forgotten to tell me till then.

- You said you heard about joining in "Yarennoka!" through the press and broadcasting in your blog.
That`s right.  Mr. Saeki asked me if I would like to fight in "Yarennnoka!" before, but was not told after that.  After training, a press guy told me that your name was in the list of fight in "Yarennoka!"

- How was your 2007? You became the DEEP champion and fought Kim Dong Hyung twice this year.  
I don`t want to fight him again.  I`m glad to be able to have a title match and be a champion.  I have to do one more big fight left though.  

- Are you thinking to do any performance on NYE?
I usually fight in smaller places and I do nothing but dashing in the ring..  I haven`t thought about yet but I should do something.

- You are going to fight as a DEEP champion on NYE.  Do you feel any responsibility as a DEEP representative?
Mr. Saeki said he would send Mr.Hasegawa Mr. DEEP confidently.  I think I don`t want to have a lot of pressure, but I will do my best and show the DEEP has higher level than when Mach was a part of us.

- I suppose the rule will be similar to the PRIDE rule.  Can you adjust to the PRIDE rule?
My fight style will not be influenced by rules.

- What do you think about your opponent, Mach Sakurai?
He stays in the top of MMA for last 10 years.  He has an amazing power to damage opponents.  He said he would like to have a fight like playing a game, Final Fantasy.  In the game, I`m the main person who started from 1st level and finally get a chance to fight a strong guy.  

** Mr. Saeki interrupted and said you are not challenging him.  You are the champion who is getting his challenge.  

What? Don`t be like that.  It is obvious I`m not taking his challenge but I`m getting this opportunity to fight him finally.  

- Have you been depressed before the fight?
Yes, I have once in a while but it wastes of my time.  I think positive and try to enjoy my fight.  I like fighting and decided to come this far.  

- You have a fight in Deep X on Dec 02.
I wonder if someone fights instead of me.  My opponent is actually really good.  This fight won`t affect to my fight on NYE.  I`m sure I will win.
Mr. Saeki said this fight should not be arranged. 

- Do you think the fight on NYE is important for your career as a fighter?
I am focusing on my fight and not thinking about my career after this fight.

- Are you going to use Sambo techniques?

- Any message to your fans?
I hope many fans come and see our fight on NYE.  I can guarantee that watching the fight live is much more exciting than watching on TV.  

- Any message to people who have never seen your fight?
I will show you my Sambo techniques which I brushed up in DEEP.


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Road to Yarennoka! NYE! 2007 vol.1 ~ Aoki ~

** Shinya Aoki Interview **

- Did you expect fighting J.Z.Calvan?
I actually had a feeling that I will fight J.Z.Calvan.

- When did you know about your match?
It was the day before the press conference.

- What do you think about him?
He is really strong and one of the top fighters in the world. I have some top level techniques now and I look forward to the fight. He may be able to defeat me but nobody else can.

- Do you have any message to him?
I respect the Hero`s fighter, Gesias Cavalcanti Souza, I hope we do our best and I will win by KO.

- Did you pick the entrance music? Baka Survivor again?
Yes. I`m sure my fans like this song.

- The rule has not been announced yet. Do you have any request?
Nothing. I hope a lot of people come and see my fight live.

- Does this fight mean anything for you?
I would like to show my appreciation to my fans who were waiting for since April. This is very special fight and I am very glad to fight in this event. I think this is one of the fight which Japanese people were waiting for.

- Do you know your fans were longing to see your fight?
Yes, absolutely. Some people talked to me and requested my fight in the event I was not fighting. I really appreciate all supports of my fans.

- Any message to your fans?
I thank all my fans waiting for my fight since last April. I will do my best to have a great fight. I hope everybody come and see my fight on NYE. Thank you for supporting me and wish my luck!


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