For the first time since Fuji TV cancelled Pride earlier this week, DSE President Nobuyuki Sakakibara spoke with the press and commented on how Fuji TV representatives went about informing Pride officials on the cancellation.
Fuji TV also announced that any fighters or people associated with Pride cannot appear on any Fuji TV program.
With round one in the books, Dream Stage Entertainment has officially announced the matches for round two of the Open-Weight Grand Prix.
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Hidehiko Yoshida
Wanderlei Silva vs. Kazuyuki Fujita
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum
Josh Barnett vs. Mark Hunt
Last week the MMA community suffered a great lost when Ryan Bennett was involved in a tragic car accident that claimed his life and injured his wife and four kids. The WEC has decided to host a benefit show in Ryan Bennett’s honor with all proceeds being donated to Ryan’s wife Tonya.
In only his second fight since being involved in a devastating motorcycle accident, Frank Mir is set to take on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ star Dan Christison. Also on the card, “The People’s Warrior” Josh Burkman will face “The Dentist” Josh Neer.
Attempting to determine the best featherweight in the organization, Pancrase held the first round of a four-man tournament at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on Tuesday. Yoshiro Maeda and Daiki Hata were both triumphant, earning the two a spot in the championship round of the tournament which will take place on August 27th.
Today the UFC announced that Gilbert Aldana and Cheick Kongo will hook up in a battle of the big men at UFC 61. Both guys love to stand and brawl so it should make for an interesting match up.
ESPN Motion has a segment from Outside the Lines: Ultimate Fighting Championship Battles for Respectability
It runs a little over three minutes. It’s about the UFC you know: little time needed to become a success, still fighting for a reputation as a “sport”.
Reports are circulating that Fuji TV, a Japanese television network is severing ties with MMA powerhouse PRIDE FC. The reports are starting that the network was forced to drop PRIDE from it’s lineup due to it’s connections with the Yakuza, a Japan-based organized crime ring.
The Fuji Network annouced earlier today it was canceling its contract with Pride Fighting Championships. No reason was given, but it was due to the Yakuza scandal as reported in Weekly Gendai magazine. This changes the balance of power in the MMA world completely, as Pride will go from being a major player to a company whose future is very much in question.
In only his second fight since his devastating KO loss to Andrei Arlovski, Vladimir Matyushenko appeared in Extreme Wars: Bay Area Brawl where he was able to pull out a quick submission victory over Anthony Ruiz.
Coming off a decision loss to very tough middleweight Chris Leben, Luigi Fioravanti is set to make his return to the ring against Stephan Potvin in APEX: Evolution.
This should prove to be a very tough fight for UFC vet Luigi Fioravanti. Stephan Potvin is much more experienced then I orginally thought. When looking over his card he has fought the likes of Jeremy Horn, Joe Doersken, Denis Kang, Ronald Jhun and Art Santore. At this point the only notable fighter on Fioravanti’s card is Chris Leben.