Lessons Learned (Sometimes the Hard Way) in the Land of the Rising Sun
For starters, there's the production value you hear so much about. In Japan, they don't just introduce a guy and play whatever Tupac song he's chosen for his entrance music; they make a true multimedia presentation out of it. Perhaps no one made better use of this than Akihiro Gono, who, as we already know, loves to make an entrance. His walk-out this time was like a mini-concert, which is fitting since Dynamite's main ratings competition on Japanese TV is something called "The Red White Song Battle," -- essentially a free concert featuring famous musicians, couched as a competition between an all-male and all-female team of singers.
Gesias and the lessons learned in two years
Until 2007, Gesias Cavalcante’s career was amazing. With titles on K-1 Hero’s, the young talent collected 14 victories in only three years of career, but, in the end of 2007, the lightweight got in a bad phase. “It were two years, 2008 wasn’t good either”, the lightweight sorrows.
Aoki Apologizes and Overeem says Fedor is next
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Aoki taught Hirota why pride comes before the fall.
“When I had his arm behind his back, I could feel it popping,” Aoki said. “I thought, 'Well, this guy's pride just won't let him tap, will it?' So without hesitation, I broke it. I heard it break, and I thought, 'Ah, there, I just broke it.' I was stopped afterward, but even if I hadn't been, continuing to break it more would have been fine by me.”
Overeem says Fedor is next!
“I want to fight Fedor in May or June, so he's my primary target from now on. I'll be training for him only,” proclaimed Overeem, who cited the prospect of a May-June date as one he is currently negotiating with Strikeforce.
There is some other good stuff in this article.
Aoki's has a weird way of apologizing. It happens but dang, that guy has some amazing skills on the ground.
Aoki's Antics Mar Exciting Night At Dynamite!!
In a battle of lightweight champions, Dream’s Shinya Aoki immediately put Sengoku’s Mizuto Hirota on the mat and took mount with Hirota’s arm wrapped up and behind his own back. Aoki then proceeded to, quite literally, break Hirota’s arm in an odd sort of twisting armbar. The maneuver popped Hirota’s elbow out of place, leaving his forearm flaccid.
DREAM to Host Light Heavyweight Grand Prix This May?
"We are waiting for the schedule of Strikeforce. It is a little bit surprising for us that there is no schedule yet. [Mousasi] will fight in April, together with Fedor (Emelianenko).
"After that, the 30th of May, he will have a fight in Japan – the first round of the light heavyweight championship. Then in July, he will have his second round of the light heavyweight championship."
"After [the April fight, Mousasi] has to make one more fight with Strikeforce," Echteld said. "Because we don't know the schedule yet, we are seriously thinking of making him do boxing fights in the second part of the year because it's still something he wants to do."
If this pushes through, 2010 could be a huge year for the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion as he has the chance to win his second Grand Prix in as many weight divisions, and also a shot at holding two world titles at the same time.
Gegard Mousasi vs. Gary Goodridge set for year-end "Dynamite!! 2009" event
A recently rumored contest between Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi (27-2-1) and UFC and PRIDE veteran Gary Goodridge (23-19-1) is apparently on.While DREAM, World Victory Road and K-1 officials have yet to make an official announcement, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today spoke with Mousasi's manager and M-1 Global executive Apy Echteld who confirmed "The Dreamcatcher" is currently en route to Japan for the matchup.Goodridge was not immediately available for comment.
Drunken boxing, snake fist, hadoken: Minowaman's secret weapons against Sokoudjou
Sokoudjou had better watch out, because the always entertaining and enigmatic Minowaman has some nasty tricks up his sleeve!
Minowaman (Ikuhisa Minowa) has built his reputation for his entertaining entrances, pro-wrestling derived maneuvers, and taking on opponents of all shapes and sizes throughout his MMA career. During the media workout on December, 23, he unveiled some new techniques he has been perfecting.
At Dynamite!! 2009 on New Year's Eve, he will face Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the final of the infamous DREAM Super Hulk Tournament. Unlike his typical freakshow opponent, Sokoudjou is far from a lumbering behomoth. Minowaman realizes that he cannot just dive for leg locks against the athletic and explosive Sokoudjou like he did against Bob Sapp and Hong Man Choi. Thus, he has been preparing accordingly, emphasizing strength training to match the Team Quest members' brute physicality.
Aoki vs. Hirota, Kawajiri vs. Yokota added to "Dynamite!! 2009" on Dec. 31
* Masato vs. Andy Souwer (K-1)
* Satoshi Ishii vs. Hidehiko Yoshida (MMA)
* Shinya Aoki vs. Mizuto Hirota (MMA)
* Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazunori Yokota (MMA)
* Masanori Kanehara vs. Norofumi "Kid" Yamamoto (MMA)
* Akihiro Gono vs. Hayato "Mach" Sakurai (MMA)
* Hiroshi Izumi vs. Katsuyori Shibata (MMA)
* Marlon Sandro vs. Hideo Tokoro (MMA)
* Michihiro Omigawa vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (MMA)
* Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Alistair Overeem (MMA)
* Yosuke Nishijima vs. Ray Sefo (K-1)
* Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (MMA/"Super Hulk" finale)
* Hiroya vs. Japan Masaaki Noiri (K-1 KOSHIEN semifinal)
* Katsuki Ishida vs. Shota Shimada (K-1 KOSHIEN semifinal)
* Tsukasa Fuji vs. Ryuya Kusakabe (K-1 KOSHIEN semifinal reserve)
Hayato Sakurai comments on Akihiro Gono's cerebral fighting style
To be honest, since Gono is my friend, my spirit sank a little when the fight card was announced. But we are professionals and this is a fight that the fans want to see, so I will give my best. No one wants to see a lukewarm fight between friends, right? Instead, we will have a murderous battle for fifteen minutes... yes that's what we want to do... we will (laughs). Gono is really talented. When he fought in Shooto, he had yet to discover his style so he struggled in some of the fights. Once he started coming into his own, however, he was amazing in PRIDE. He is a very cerebral fighter. Seriously, if I were not fighting him this time, I had been thinking about training with him to absorb the techniques of the master strategist. I can't cut myself any slack since he is craftier than I am.
Overeem Update: Dynamite Appearance, SF Update
More Alistair Overeem news, which means it's bizarre and going to bring out the haters. While his negotiations to face Kazuyuki Fujita at Fields Fynamite!! began a while back, apparently nobody told Andrei Arlovski, who according to his manager was offered the Overeem fight by DREAM. As for Strikeforce, you guessed it-pushed back yet again. One fight left on his K-1 deal, which appears likely for March or April. So if this holds true, don't plan on Fedor-Overeem in April.
DREAM and World Victory Road confirm fights for Dec. 31 "Dynamite!! 2009" event
The fight card for DREAM and World Victory Road's Dec. 31 "Dynamite!! 2009" event got some serious depth today with the official announcement of numerous matchups, many of which pit one of the Japanese organization's fighters against the other promotion's.The HDNet-televised event features both MMA and K-1 bouts and takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.Today's additions include Masanori Kanehara (15-7-5) vs. Norofumi "Kid" Yamamoto (17-2) and Akihiro Gono (30-15-7) vs. Hayato "Mach" Sakurai (35-9-2).
Aoki May Fight In Strikeforce As Soon As March
Shinya Aoki could make his Strikeforce debut in March, according to the San Jose, Calif.-based promotion’s CEO.Scott Coker on Monday told MMAWeekly.com that “dialogue was continuing” with Aoki’s camp and follow-up meetings were planned during a trip to Japan for Dynamite! Dream vs. Sengoku on New Year’s Eve."I do believe Aoki will probably be here fighting for Strikeforce in March sometime," he said.
Rumour: Don Quijote to Buy FEG’s MMA Division
Now it’s being reported that the president of Don Quijote, Yasuda, set up a meeting between FEG to enable this Sengoku vs. Dream co-promotion as an attempt to strengthen Japanese MMA. Initially, Sadaharu Tanikawa planned on letting Sengoku fail and then scooping up as many fighter contracts as possible (including Ishida). However now it looks like FEG’s MMA division may be in trouble.FieLDS, Dynamite!!’s primary sponsor, will not renew their contract next year. Today on NHBNews Pro, it was announced that Don Quijote not only wants to replace FieLDS as Dynamite!!’s primary sponsor…but they want to purchase the entire FEG MMA division (which would include Dynamite!! and Dream). This would mean a chain of discount super-stores will own all of Japanese MMA
DREAM & WVR/Sengoku Announce Joint NYE Event
It's now official-World Victory Road will be working with DREAM on 12/31 for the annual NYE Blowout show in Japan. Sengoku & DREAM will now cooperate on Fields Dynamite!! and as a result, the card now includes Satoshi Ishii vs. Hidehiko Yoshida. This doesn't do much to clear up the future of Sengoku, which is said to still be in jeopardy.
Fedor vs....in Dream???
Ever since the fold of Affliction, mixed martial arts fans have been wondering if the bout between #1 ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko (31-1) and top five contender Josh Barnett (24-5) would ever take place. Sources close to DREAM have informed MMA Recap (http://www.mmarecap.com) that Barnett will sign with DREAM and that Strikeforce and M-1 will indeed cross promote with FEG to deliver the epic matchup we’ve all been waiting for.
The bout between Fedor and Barnett is tentatively scheduled for February of 2010, but no official date has been confirmed.
Emelianenko and Barnett were originally supposed to fight at "Affliction: Trilogy" on August 1, 2009, but Barnett tested positive for steroids during a pre-fight drug test and the entire event was scrapped.
At least there will be no testing.
Filho explains his absence at Dream 12
The last two years has been complicated to Paulão Filho. After facing his first loss and face depression issues, Carlson Gracie’s black belt was dismissed from WEC and face the distrusted fans. The fight against Melvin Manhoef seemed to be the prove that Paulão was back, but the presentation against Alex Schoenauer on September, by Bitetti Combat 4, putted one more time a doubt on fans’ heads.