I'm preparing for my next fight on Mar 05. I will be the best condition physically and mentally. I hope many people come and enjoy this new event, and I look forward to starting a new life as an MMA fighter in the new event.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I said in my blog that NYE events were tremendous. Now I would say the fact that Yarennoka turned over the result was a disgrace. It was surprising for me to know that the decision a referee made was overturned easily and the way this event contracted with fighters, not by written but verbal agreement.
Is there any meaning for Yarennoka to contract 2 fights? I was at a loss when I first heard of this. Misaki has been criticized by sponsors because he announced to fight in Sengoku before completing the contract with Yarennoka. FEG announced that Japanese MMA events have to stand together and work together. Then, why aren't they in alliance with Sengoku as well?
I fight in the UFC now and should not say anything about events in Japan, but I think MMA events in Japan are now miserable. All the great fights I and many fans watched on NYE were spoiled by event producers.
Even so, I`m going my way.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
- I think it is quick if you just get all popular fighters who belonged to PRIDE in your events?
- I was surprised when I heard that Choi and Akiyama fight in Yarennoka
Yarennoka and Dynamite have a alliance. I just picked fighters who fit well in Yarennoka. I believe PRIDE fans are not interested in seeing Bob Sapp.
- You wanted Akiyama win against Misaki?
From my point of view as a FEG producer, I wanted Akiyama win. If he wins, I can arrange more exciting matches.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Misaki remains silent, but I would like to talk about his contract with Yarennoka.
In his contract with Yarennoka, he agreed to fight not 2 fights but 1 fight on NYE. Their first offer was 2 fights though. Everyone knows that Yarennoka was a one night event and he signed the contract after making sure to fight once. Misaki decided to fight in Yarennoka not because he wanted to fight Akiyama but because he wanted to be a part of the last PRIDE event.
I would also talk about my opinion of the result in that fight. In MMA, a ruling by a referee is final and it is hard to overturn, even if many people disagree with the decision by judges and referees. I don`t think the referee, Mr. Noguchi, made a misjudge in that fight. Akiyama fell by hook, tried to raise up and Misaki kicked. This is normal movement for most fighters. This is not a same situation with the fight of Mark Kerr. This is my personal opinion and I suppose there are people who disagree with me and think that kicking was a foul play.
After the fight, Akiyama filed a complaint about the judge because he thought he was kicked when he was in the 4 point position. Yarennoka staff including Mr.Shimada who directs the rules watched their fight video and released this official statement on Jan 22nd.
"Misaki kicked his opponent when he was obviously in 4 point position. His kick was against rules and that fight is a no contest. Yarennoka also said that fight was similar case to the fight of Mark Kerr in March, 1999. Yarennoka was a one time event and we won`t promise the rematch."
On January 23rd, Tanigawa (FEG) and Akiyama had a press conference. Akiyama said he would like to fight Misaki again when he recovers from damages suffered in his last fight. Tanigawa said he blamed Misaki who announced to fight in Sengoku, because his contract with Yarennoka! was 2 fights with Akiyama.
After his debut fight in the UFC, he hasn`t trained well because his right hand still is in pain. He knew the condition of his right hand is getting worse by taking an examination. His doctor ordered him to stop training. He needs to have surgery and cancelled his next UFC fight in March. He will know the date of surgery after taking more examinations. He will update about his condition and when he comes back to the ring when he finds out.
I`m back from Japan and decided to start my blog again. I`m glad to know many people love knowing Japanese MMA news and I would like to deliver more unique info to true MMA fans in the US!