MMA In Japan! Gono Blogs
New SENGOKU fighter Akihiro Gono wrote on his blog that SENGOKUG! on TV Tokyo will end in September. Some might remember an article from a month ago where there were rumors of TBS/other channels and SENGOKU. That article also said that SENGOKUG! would end in September. Could a possible reason for Ishii’s “late” debut be wanting a bigger and better TV deal beforehand?
However, WVR’s Kokuho told MMA magazine Gonkaku that he doesn’t want a TV deal just because of Ishii, he wants all SENGOKU fighters to be behind it. In the same interview Kokuho asserted that there won’t be any union with DREAM this year.
In FEG news, Sadaharu Tanigawa told Gonkaku that DREAM.12 will take place on October 25th in Osaka, one day before the K-1 World MAX 2009 Finals and less than three weeks after DREAM.11.
As for the cancellation of Affliction, it was going to be aired on PPV in Japan, a few hours before SENGOKU IX by the same PPV provider (the undercard for free on a pay channel). It was overshadowing SENGOKU by hardcore fans. DREAM even announced on their website yesterday that Shinya Aoki and Tsuyoshi “TK” Kohsaka were going to commentate the event, something I think people were looking forward to. So this could be a blessing in disguise for SENGOKU.
Update: A video of Gomi training for Affliction was uploaded on his site today. He hasn’t made a blog post or commented the cancellation yet. He actually hasn’t posted anything since the fight was announced, so he could have been in serious training for the fight (he felt like the same winds as the Bushido days were blowing in interviews after the Shooto fight and before this one).