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The Story Behind The Tokoro Punch/Slap On NYE!

There may be people wondering why Hideo Tokoro punched/slapped Kiyoshi Tamura before their fight on K-1 Dynamite!! 2007. Here is a short story behind it.

Akira Maeda doesn’t like Pride. He blames them for his own organization, RINGS, dying in 2002. Kiyoshi Tamura was a student of Maeda and debuted in RINGS in 1996. He was an important fighter there at one time so when he joined Pride in 2002 you could imagine how Maeda felt.

Hideo Tokoro is a big fan of Maeda and also fought in RINGS once. He has also spent most of his career in the ZST organization which uses very similar rules to RINGS rules.

Now you probably have an idea of why those events between Tokoro, Tamura and Maeda took place on NYE, there might be other reasons than what is written here, but this is what I know.

Maeda has announced that he is holding an amateur MMA event in March, “The Outsider”, with Hero’s rules. This is probably because of FEG working with the Ex-Pride staff.

Here are two GIF animations from before (Tamura and Tokoro) and after the fight (Tamura and Maeda). Thanks to Gryphon’s Japanese blog for finding a link to the second one, it wasn’t shown on the regular TV broadcast.



  1. Pierre
    March 28, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Wow… thanks for the info. really appreciate it never realized what happened after the fight

  2. April 23, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    That is some crazy shit. I hope Dana pulls something like that someday! Oh the drama…

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