MMA "Is Japanese Invasion on UFC's Horizon?" Kid, Ishii, etc.

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  1. Atmosphere

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    http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=8156&zoneid=13

    - IS JAPANESE INVASION ON UFC'S HORIZON
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - by Tom Hamlin - MMAWeekly.com[/FONT]

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    In recent months, the UFC has given a spate of high profile Japanese competitors the VIP treatment, fueling speculation of major signings on the Las Vegas promotion’s horizon.

    Chief among those competitors to take in the UFC experience was Satoshi Ishii, the 22 year-old gold medal winner in Judo at the 2008 Olympic Games. In December, he brought the dismay of FEG head Sadaharu Tanigawa when he announced his intention to sign with the UFC after fielding a multi-million dollar offer to fight in Japan on New Year’s Eve.

    "It's unfortunate that the man with the Japanese MMA world on his shoulders is going abroad," Tanigawa told Japanese media in response to the news.

    Now, it appears Ishii might have re-considered his deal with FEG. In a recent interview with the media following UFC 94, UFC president Dana White confirmed that while he had indeed signed Ishii to a deal, he was unsure if the Japanese star would fulfill it.

    “The thing is this: the kid’s sitting on a lottery ticket right now,” said White. “He’s being offered millions of dollars in Japan. They want him. He has to make a decision whether he wants to take the lottery ticket or come over here and work his way up and try to become the best.”

    Not surprisingly, White said there was a fundamental difference between the promotional styles of the UFC and FEG.

    “I don’t believe in the Japanese philosophy, let’s throw him in there and get him (expletive) murdered like Sakuraba,” he spat. “You know, the whole guts and glory thing over in Japan. I believe in taking a kid, putting him in the right weight class, moving him up, and taking time.

    “If he does it the right way with us, he’ll be a superstar in Japan. It’s a much better deal for him than going in and getting executed by guys who have been fighting for a long time…because they need to make a fight right now so they can survive. See, Dream—needs him. I don’t. I want him.”

    White also wants Japanese star Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, who palled around with the outspoken president in the days around UFC 94. Though Yamamoto is currently on the disabled list with a knee injury, White says the K-1 and told him he wants to end his career in the Octagon—at least, the smaller one—of the WEC.

    Yamamoto may participate in the second round of Dream’s upcoming featherweight tournament—an event built around him—if the promotion gives him a bye to the second round scheduled for May.

    According to White, “Kid” has two fights left on his deal with FEG, and when those are done, fans can expect to see him make his WEC debut in the bantamweight division.

    “We’d bring him in and give him a fight first, and then if he wins that fight, we’d let him fight Miguel (Torres),” said White.

    White also says he’s in talks with UFC veteran Caol Uno, but nothing has been solidified.

    As for Ishii’s decision, White—in a perhaps uncharacteristic display of contractual tolerance—said he would be willing to release the Judoka if he wanted so.

    “Well, yeah, I’m going to hold on to him, I’ve got a contract with him,” White began. “But if he comes back and tells me I want to take this lottery ticket, I’ll give it to him. He needs to decide what he wants to do with his life. Just because I have a contract with him, I’m not going to try to tell him what he should do with his life. I’ve sat down and I’ve talked to him for hours on what I think he should do with his career. Now it’s up to him. You can’t force anybody to be a mixed martial arts fighter, they have to want to do it.”
     
  2. dragomungus

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    Who cares about Japanese.

    They need to sign Dutch kickboxers :eek3:
     
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    I would like to see how ishii progresses. Anybody that talented should do good given the right training and motivation.

    And Dana sounding mellow like was hanging out with rogan and high on the secondhand smoke.
     
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    Melvin vs Anderson would give me a stroke. :noes:
     
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    HouseLing When masturbations lost its fun you'r fucking lazy

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    That would be pretty fucking cool :coold:
     
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    He sits down with someone he's never worked with and allows them to have control over the contract, yet he wouldn't just let Randy do what he wanted. I guess he had more to lose with Randy if he left and got another org money while he was still the champ in the UFC, then retired, but still.
     
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    Seriously, its ridiculous for him to say that shit after the whole controversy with him and Randy. I wonder how Randy reacted to reading/hearing Dana say, "Just because I have a contract with him, I’m not going to try to tell him what he should do with his life." lol.
     
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    i think it's more that the UFC can't obviously match what FEG is offering, and it might not be worth it for the UFC to fight for Ishii to work only under the UFC banner :dunno:
     
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    They're all going to get signed and be dismally disappointing.
     
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    I just wanna see Ishii fight....

    And pwn those heavyweights.
     
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    I am so in for kid and torrez
     
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    Randy was a proven entity, a huge draw, and the current champion. There was a lot more at stake letting him walk as opposed to some guy who hasn't even had a pro fight yet.

    He also let Cro Cop walk instead of releasing him from his contract.
     
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    I get that...I just think its retarded that hes trying to act like Mr. Nice Guy saying 'oh i would never tell someone what to do with their lives. If someone ever wants out of a contract to fight in another org all they need to do is ask! Because im just that nice.'
     
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    I gotta agree. I understand why, I just think it sucks for the people on his bad side.
     
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    Melvin in the UFC would rock.
     
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    qft, wouldnt mind seeing oveereem either actually throw in arona too
     
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    Melvin wouldn't do it, but he most likely would fight in strikeforce.

    Hopefully Arona has caught the bug to start fighting again and we'll see him somewhere soon.
     
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    overeem is NEVER going to fight in the USA.

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    He's confirmed for ADCC, said after that he'll start fighting again.
     
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