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Kancho Ishii In Greece! Scouting For Talent

K-1 godfather Kancho (Boss) Kazuyoshi Ishii was recently in Greece doing some business and scouting fighters. He has uploaded video clips of his trip to his YouTube channel.

The following are three videos from the trip, with some young Greek fighters sparring in front of Ishii: Part 1, 2, 3

This Ishii history video on his channel is a good watch as well.

It seems like things are going down in Japan these days. With the TBS/DREAM/SENGOKU article, Kancho Ishii always mentioning that WVR should buy DREAM or that they should merge, K-1 Japan only having one event thus far in 2009 (with no announced future ones yet), WVR probably waiting with ishii’s debut until November (the final DREAM event on primetime on TBS in 2009 is one month prior), etc. It’s gonna be an interesting second half of 2009.

  1. tinobar
    July 4, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    well kind suspected that the “merger” was actually him trying to sell dream to sengoku

  2. whomever
    July 4, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    What a bummer of a concluding paragraph. If DREAM dies my interest in MMA might follow suit. The UFC has been extremely lackluster recently, and I’ve never taken a liking to Sengoku. Strikeforce is OK, but they don’t really do anything for me either.

    I hope DREAM can stay afloat, or at least finish out the year strong. It’s starting to seem unlikely DREAM will be around in 2010.

  3. wentz
    July 4, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    I’d like to see them work together. It wouldn’t bother me in the slightest if big fights stole headlines from WVR and FEG’s promotional banners.

  4. tinobar
    July 4, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    dream really good rating i think that bought them sometime just as long as dream 11 does not tank

  5. July 4, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    There’s a lot of questions, especially about K-1. I wonder if this Amateur K-1 international org Ishii is starting is even together with the “real” K-1.

    And Fuji TV showed that It’s Showtime event with Hari/Schilt. That wasn’t under the K-1 banner, so K-1 are wasting events on their Fuji TV contract which aren’t even theirs? Just to fulfill it?

  6. whomever
    July 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    But doesn’t K-1 own It’s Showtime? Or do they just help promote it?

  7. July 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    They don’t own it, but they probably have some sort of partnership.

  8. tinobar
    July 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    i think the same ppl that ran showtime were the regional promoters of holland for k-1

  9. whomever
    July 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Give us a prediction N.O.B. What is the Japanese MMA landscape like come 2010? DREAM around? Sengoku around? Partnership?

  10. tinobar
    July 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    k-1 has regional promoters all across the world i think akebono runs k-1 in hawaii now and before that the penns ran it

  11. July 4, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    I have no idea. DREAM hasn’t had a press conference in ages now, are they planning something or are they having difficulties?

    It’s not the first time FEG drops an MMA brand.

    I think SENGOKU will be around, they have the backers to keep them afloat.

  12. July 4, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Yeah, they were behind the K-1 Amsterdam events. But this one was promoted all as It’s Showtime

  13. Stoney Gottsi
    July 4, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    whamever you’re kidding? DREAM has been the worst major mma promotion this year by far, not saying they’re terrible just everyone else’s shows have been a lot better. UFC has been pretty great this year and also recently so I have no idea what you’re talking about saying it’s lackluster, WEC has been incredible, every single show, Sengoku and Strikeforce have been pretty entertaining as well. Also Sengoku has put on more consitent good shows than DREAM this year. DREAM has been the most lackluser promotion by far.

  14. whomever
    July 4, 2009 at 11:56 pm


  15. kawa's boy toy
    July 5, 2009 at 1:12 am

    UFC was horrible. IMO, the worst out of all MMA promotion.

  16. Stoney Gottsi
    July 5, 2009 at 3:04 am

    You can’t be serious? DREAM has been so boring, least entertainging promotion by far. UFC has put on some of the best shows and fights this year. Sengoku has been better than DREAM, you obviously haven’t watched these other events if you think the worst (DREAM) is the best haha.

    You can like mediorce Japanse mma in DREAM if you like, I have no problem with that but don’t knock other promotions which have totally eclipsed DREAM in entertainment factor and put on better fights. Stop being eltist wapanese and just enjoy all mma and stop thinking so highly of yourselves.

  17. whomever
    July 5, 2009 at 3:07 am

    UFC 97, UFC 98, UFC 99…if you can defend these events…God Bless you.

  18. wentz
    July 5, 2009 at 3:21 am

    zuffa really has never put on a great show. If there was ever a great fight on their events it was accidental, because most of the time it’s bad boxing and childish attempts to make opponents bleed. But people are going to defend zuffa until it kills them.

    I can’t really defend feg. Their production is obviously top notch, but I’ll never understand the decision to ignore hws and lhws. This is suicide.

    Anyway, get over the brands guys. You are watching fights not brands.

  19. kawa's boy toy
    July 5, 2009 at 4:28 am

    WHile I agree Sengoku was better than Dream as a whole, there was nothing in the UFC that I have found more entertaining thus far. You considered Abel Cullum vs. Hideo Tokoro boring? OR how about Seichi Ikemoto vs. Marius Zaromski. Plus, IMO (since he’s my favorite fighter) any fight that Kawajiri is in is an okay fight for me. How do you justify any fights in UFC remotely entertaining compared to the two fights that I have mentioned (not including Kawajiri fight because that is just my biased opinion).

  20. ShootJunkie
    July 5, 2009 at 4:56 am

    Even though I can see where people haven’t been impressed with Dream this year, I can agree with those of the mind that the UFC has slowed down. As far as I’m concerned, when it comes to lackluster main events and overall stagnation, the UFC takes the cake. All of the cards this year have been relatively dull except for 94 and even that wasn’t “the card of the century” that it was billed as.

    The year kicked off with an over-sold match between Hendo and Franklin that turned into a slow kickboxing match between 2 gassed out former champs and the absolutely horrid Shogun/Coleman 2 fight that somehow managed to earn FOTN honors. For the dreamcard Zuffa kept hyping it as it was crap. The only good fight at 95 was Marquardt lamping Gouveia and the years greatest upset when Kos managed to get himself KO’d by a guy who could barely put 2 punches together. Besides Rampage knocking Jardine around the octagon and Carwin upsetting Gonzaga, was 96 worth 45 bucks? The best part of 97 was the Cane/Cantwell fight other than that, what was good about it? Anderson Silva and Thales Leites looking like complete amatuers for 5 rounds? The mainevent at 98 was good and Hughes/Serra was better than I think any of us expected but other than that, no dice. 99, do we even need to go into detail about why this sucked?

  21. kurva mater
    July 5, 2009 at 5:01 am

    >Anyway, get over the brands guys. You are watching fights not brands.

    Probably the best and most concise line on this subject ever.

    I know the feeling, Ive had friends trying to convince me that Leben and Cote are worthy main event guys so its a lot like talking to Mac users 🙂

  22. Anonymous
    July 5, 2009 at 5:08 am

    the only reason they want to sell so bad is cause they lose money the non primetime shows are bleeding money

  23. Rictor
    July 5, 2009 at 11:32 am

    It is connected. Kancho is still the main person behind K-1 but now he wants to do it “from the shadows”.
    About K-1 and Fuji TV you should read what Boobs and other guys wrote 😉

  24. Rictor
    July 5, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Phew, I didn’t paste the whole post. Nevertheless, about Kancho is that he is now looking for a new talent to add to the company. And as FEG has some problems they must restructurize some things and Ishii is making the first steps towards it.

  25. July 5, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    which thread? The one with no grand prix in 2009? Or one before that?

  26. whomever
    July 5, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    The other thing hampering my enjoyment of the UFC is their consistency in poor judging. Serra/Hughes, Uno/Fischer, Davis/Hardy, Silva/Franklin, Condit/Kampmann…it’s really kind of sad.

  27. Rictor
    July 5, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    I would say both 🙂 Of course the one before that named “So do we have any idea about K1 planning 2009?”.

  28. Rictor
    July 5, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    And again I wrote it in a stupid way. Guess I’m really sick. I mean both, the one you named and the one before it, named “So do we have any idea about K1 planning 2009″.

  29. Rictor
    July 5, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Also, I forget to include the thread named “The state of K-1” where probably is the best post on the whole situation and as always it is miscmisc who wrotes those things. Sorry for screwing the comments, I don’t think too good today but I guess it shouldn’t be my excuse.

  30. July 5, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Definitely some good info there, thanks.

  31. Ranjha
    July 7, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    lol UFC was exciting?

    puhleeze, most of the hyped fights were terrible.

    How in the hell did you find Dream boring?

    Tokoro vs Cullum, Zaromskis vs Ikemoto were boring?

    UFC by far is the worst.

    WEC outshines UFC as far as fights go as do other MMA orgs.

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