News! K-1 Founder Ishii Speaks

Ishii Holds Fan Meeting - GBRing.com

Ishii Holds Fan Meeting - GBRing.com

Kazuyoshi Ishii Fan Meeting

Powerful K-1 founder Ishii held a fan event in Shibuya in Tokyo today. He said that he doesn’t have any intentions to become K-1 producer again. Instead, he will put all his power into a new amateur organization called International K-1 Federation (FIKA). He wants to especially advance into Europe. He says that there are a lot of strong fighters in Greece. He wants to hold K-1 events in Europe from now on in order to have it erupt there.

He also talked about the K-1 World Cup which there has been talks about for some years now. He said that they will be able to have 32 countries for their first one, compared to 7 which soccer/football had in its first World Cup (he means that the first K-1 World Cup will be at a larger scale than the first football world cup, which is now the biggest). This is also part of FIKA.

Finishing with MMA, he said that with organization DREAM and organization SENGOKU, an UFC opposition cannot be made. He said that he is currently in talks about them doing MMA together. He said that when considering the fans, doing MMA together is better.

Two Legends Appeal For 2016 Olympics In Tokyo

Koga X Yoshida - GBRing.com

Koga X Yoshida - GBRing.com

Judo legends and Barcelona Olympic gold medalists Hidehiko Yoshida and Toshihiko Koga were present at a movement event for the 2016 Olympics being held in Tokyo today. Regarding SENGOKU, Yoshida said that a participation on August 2nd is still possible.

Antonio Silva Returns In September?

MMAJunkie has a new article where Antonio Silva’s manager says that he might return to SENGOKU for their September event, and that he could possibly fight in a title fight at the end of the year if the September event goes well. Read the full article here.

Yuki Kondo’s Return Opponent Announced

Yuki Kondo will make his MMA return at a Pancrase event on August 8th. His opponent was announced today and it is Korean Kim Ki Beom. Kim has won the South Korea Hapkido Championships two times, and his base is Judo and Kyokushin Karate.

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  1. ovenj0ckey
    July 1, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    so it sounds like godfather Ishii is not so interested in mma anymore /-_-

    k1 world cup sounds pretty interesting

  2. whomever
    July 2, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Holland wins the K-1 World Cup every time.

  3. Fight-god
    July 2, 2009 at 1:11 am

    holland!!

  4. kurva mater
    July 2, 2009 at 5:01 am

    Finishing with MMA, he said that with organization DREAM and organization SENGOKU, an UFC opposition cannot be made. He said that he is currently in talks about them doing MMA together. He said that when considering the fans, doing MMA together is better.
    – – – – –

    Is he saying that by having two big japanese organizations its harder for them to fight off a UFC invasion?

    And how/what could he do to make the two sides merge?
    I know he had power once but does he have any leverage to pull this off?

    As for k-1, I get wanting to associated your product to an event like the World Cup but the great thing about international sports like soccer, basketball, volleyball, handball and so on is that the two year of qualifications before the final event are part of the buildup and excitement. Still, there is enough kicking martial arts around the planet that it could work but it seems like kickboxing also has too many “world” events and instead of this being the ultimate, it ends up being another belt with the word “world champ” on it. Dont they have a K-1 World Grand Prix series that culminates in the K-1 World GP 2009 Final 16? They had an event last month in in Łódź, Poland – I thought kickboxing was pretty big in europe and not some unchartered wilderness (Shades of the american “we brought basketball to the world in 1992.”??). And I must confess, this is the first time I hear that greece is a kickboxing hotbed.

    But he is right about working on the amateur side. You dont become a world sports by having no basis, no foundation. Its not sexy as promoting pro fights but building national and international federations is part of the process for being a recognized sport and its a long term project that’s gonna demand lots of work.

  5. sdub
    July 2, 2009 at 5:28 am

    strikeforce will take down ufc soon, so no worries there

  6. July 2, 2009 at 5:43 am

    He’s saying that with two different orgs, being a threat to UFC right now won’t happen. Not necessarily an invasion.

    I think that Ishii still has power, maybe more than the faces of DREAM and K-1.

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