Fuel TV presents ‘In Focus: Silva vs. Stann’ – full episode

FUEL TV presents ‘In Focus: Silva vs Stann’, an in-depth look at the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 8 which takes place this Saturday, March 2, in Saitama, Japan. ‘In Focus’ is a half-hour expose of MMA legend Wanderlei Silva (34-12-1, 1 NC) and former United States Marine Brian Stann (12-5), where they are in their careers, and the two very different paths they have traveled throughout their lives.

FieLDS presents Fight for Japan on New Year’s Eve

On New Year’s Eve, “FieLDS presents FIGHT FOR JAPAN GENKIDESUKA!! OMISOKA!! 2011” will be held at Saitama Super Arena. There will be Mixed Martial Arts rule fights (both male and female), kickboxing rule fights and IGF rule fights in this event. [Event Details] FieLDS presents FIGHT FOR JAPAN GENKIDESUKA!! OMISOKA!! 2011 Date: New Year’s Eve, … Read more

UFC returns to Japan in 2012

Action-Packed Event Slated for Saitama Super Arena on Feb. 26 2012 Las Vegas, Nev. (USA) – After more than a decade, the wait is finally over. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® confirmed at a Tokyo press conference today that 2012 will mark the return of the world famous Octagon® to Japan. Japan’s Saitama Super Arena will … Read more

The Ibaraki Hustle – a Genghis Con film starring Tatsuya Kawajiri and Takanori Gomi

MMA filmmaker Genghis Con’s newest work is this documentary showcasing the careers of Japanese fighters Tatsuya “The Crusher” Kawajiri (26-5-2) and “The Fireball Kid” Takanori Gomi (31-5). Gomi will make his UFC debut on March 31 against Kenny Florian at UFC Fight Night 21 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Part 1 focuses on the early Shooto career … Read more

Two fights added to “King of the Cage Japan: Toryumon” set for January 30

OKINAWA – Two additions have been added to the KOTC Japan card set to take place at the Okinawa Convention Center January 30, 2010. The first addition is a Heavyweight match-up featuring Scary Jerry Vrbanovic (USA) vs. Koji Kanechika (Japan).

Scary Jerry Vrbanovic the Crazy Croation’s last fight was way back in 2004 in the King of the Cage. Scary Jerry is known for his “take a punch to deliver two” attitude, which makes for an action packed heavyweight slug-fest.  Scary Jerry wants his fans to know he is back and will represent the USA proudly! His opponent Koji “Takauji” Kanechika representing Japan comes into the cage with a 4-2 record and a 3 fight winning streak.

The second additional fight added is the women’s bantamweight bout between Roxanne Modafferi (13-5 ) and Molly Helsel (8-8). Roxanne is a veteran of Strikeforce, who brings in an impressive record of 13 wins and 5 losses. Roxanne said in a recent interview “I hope it’s a brawl, I’m in the mood”.

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Veteran Hidehiko Yoshida rains on Satoshi Ishii’s MMA debut

Photo by Sherdog - Don't give up on Ishii. His raw talent is for real.

The Japanese judoka who Michael “The Voice” Schiavello called “once the most sought after heavyweight in MMA” made his heavily anticipated professional debut last night in Japan. Satoshi Ishii, who won a gold medal in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, took on seasoned PRIDE and Sengoku veteran Hidehiko Yoshida in the co-main event at “FieLDS Dynamite!! 2009”.

It looked as though it would  be a short night for Ishii as the fight started. In the first round, he looked tentative, nervous, and awkward, while Yoshida appeared to be completely at home in the ring. Yoshida was landing punch after punch and even dropped Ishii with a big overhand right in the opening frame. Ishii recovered and survived the round, but things were looking dim for the national hero.

Ishii settled down and began to find his rhythm in round two. He landed more strikes and worked well in the clinch with knees and dirty boxing. Yoshida appeared to be slowing down, and took a hard knee to the groin that cracked his protective cup. Time out was called and Yoshida was given time to recover. Ishii was penalized with a red card and had a point deducted.

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