SENGOKU New Years Event! September 11th Press Conference

Kokuho X Omigawa -

Kokuho X Omigawa -

Today it was reported on Sponichi (among others?) that Satoshi Ishii’s debut will be on SENGOKU’s new years event. It was also reported that the event will take place at the Ariake Colosseum.

WVR PR Kokuho held a press conference at the J-ROCK workout studio today where he talked about the event and a lot of other future SENGOKU plans.

He said that the date and venue of the new years event aren’t set yet despite the above reports. He wants to hold it either on December 31st (head to head with Dynamite!!) or January 3rd. He also said that he hopes Ishii will make his debut at the event and that potential opponents are Hidehiko Yoshida or a foreign fighter.

About Japanese fighters participating in the event, Kokuho plans to include Satoshi Ishii, Hidehiko Yoshida, Lightweight champion Mizuto Hirota, Featherweight champion Masanori Kanehara, and former Lightweight champion Satoru Kitaoka.

The opponent of Omigawa, who held an open training session at the press conference today, will probably be Marlon Sandro or Hatsu Hioki and the winner will probably face Kanehara for the belt on the new years event.

Kokuho is also currently thinking about putting on a Featherweight fight between a new Japanese Featherweight in SENGOKU and a champion/veteran foreigner at SENGOKU XI (Yuji Hoshino vs. Pequeno?).

The winner of Takenori Sato and Joe Doerksen at SENGOKU X is the closest candidate to being Jorge Santiago’s opponent at SENGOKU XI.

The opponent of Randleman will most likely by King Mo, Xande Ribeiro, or possibly Hiroshi Izumi if he wins at SENGOKU X.

Winners of the SENGOKU X opening fights could get their first real SENGOKU fights at SENGOKU XI.

If Yokota defeats Schultz via submission or KO, they want to hold Yokota vs. Mitsuoka at SENGOKU XI (tough road to a title fight for Yokota). Another article reports that the winner of the Yokota/Schultz fight will probably face Eiji Mitsuoka at SENGOKU XI (nothing about KO/submission).

Kokuho said that they already have 14-15 fights that they can make and all of them are main class fight.

  1. Rictor
    September 11, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Wouldn’t be a good idea to go head to head with Dynamite!! The retirement match of Masato, possible retirement match of Musashi, possible appearence of Fedor plus as always a good mix of known K-1 and MMA fighters (KID should be also in it), TV celebs etc. is too much I think for Sengoku. Just my look on the situation though.

  2. Cloud X
    September 11, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Its been awhile. so I have a few thoughts. This is Sengoku talking to make headlines. If they do go up against Dynamite, they will be in trouble. People talk about them being on the up and up, but for all that they only really have a draw or two, Ishii and Izumi. Yoshida maybe and perhaps if hes built up Hioki. Unless Im wrong and I dont live in Japan, the problem with Sengoku is simply that they have few draws period. It will take time yes, with their financial backing they will be fine. The main issue is what station they will get a deal with. I’m thinking NTV but if DREAM bombs on 10/6, I think TBS will drop DREAM for Sengoku. Speaking of DREAM, isnt Daiki Kameda’s flyweight title fight the lead-in for DREAM 11 on Primetime, cause if it is, FEG may have a chance to save the contract.

  3. September 11, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Those “a draw or two” aren’t exactly small draws. DREAM don’t really have any draws either, outside of KID. They have fighters with good fanbases like Tokoro, but so does SENGOKU (DREAM a little bigger amount though). Those fighters won’t bring 15%+ ratings though.

    I think someone checked the amount of search results for Japanese fighters lately and Hioki was number one, closely followed by Aoki.

    Kameda’s fight is the same day, but TBS haven’t announced that they’re airing the DREAM event on TV yet I believe. The Kameda fight will be aired from 7:55 PM.

  4. Cloud X
    September 11, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I know but do searches on the internet equals tickets or ratings, not sure. Are Izumi and Ishii big draws or is it intrigue to see how they do in their first fights? My point is that for the some of the hype I have read on sherdog, etc. about Sengoku surpassing DREAM (I do believe they will because of how much backing they have with Don Quiote) the Sengoku SSA show in August didn’t release attendance I think and DREAM had 12,000 claimed. DREAM seems to draw bigger crowds at the moment but with the problems FEG has, its likely lights out for DREAM I would assume if DREAM 11 bombs or TBS doesn’t air it. Just trying to ask questions cause I’m curious if either promotion will have a prayer of staying on national tv and if Ishii and Izumi are that important.

  5. Anonymous
    September 11, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    DIfference is DREAM is on TBS for the moment and Sengoku is on TV Tokyo. Is DREAM 11 even on TBS October 6. I would think Ishii could be a big draw what is Izumi as well?
    Just wanted to ask a few questions cause DREAM in my opinion isnt being given enough credit for some good fights being made but they are in financial trouble or so I have read.

  6. September 11, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    It doesn’t equal tickets or ratings but compare the cheers Hioki got from the first round of the GP and the finals and there’s a difference.

    Well, if they go 0-3 and just lose they won’t be worth much outside of their debuts, but if let’s say Ishii crushes everyone he faces he’ll be worth gold. Both of them have already been on popular non-MMA TV shows in Japan. Shows which only current fighters like Akiyama would/could be in.

    DREAM do draw bigger crowds, but SENGOKU get their money from sponsors. And it seems they’re doing a good job of saving money.

  7. Cloud X
    September 11, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Okay, thanks for the explanation. Is DREAM losing that much money that FEG would be better off killing it and how much does Sengoku actually make from sponsors cause I read something in the Wrestling Observer last year that they lost a ton of money per show at the beginning so its one of those things where it is surprising they have lasted so long.

  8. September 11, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Don’t know if dream is losing much money, but I’m pretty sure all of FEG’s events (besides MAX) are losing some money. I think FEG are focusing on K-1 now so their first priority isn’t DREAM. I don’t really see what would bring in big ratings at DREAM.11 thus far. They could have something up their sleeves though.

    The WVR PR admitted that they lost money last year, but he said that they started going plus this year. Who knows if it’s true though, but I know that they’ve gotten new sponsors since signing Ishii.

    We’ll see what happens, things can turn.

  9. September 11, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Kokuho told earlier this year that since Sengoku No Ran 2009, they’ve gotten to a point where they are in the black. In my opinion, they’ve come incredibly far in less than two years, particularly in terms of forging their own unique identity as a promoter that is focused on high level, competitive MMA above all else.

    As for FEG, they keep their books closed, so I’ll have to defer to N.O.B. because I never hear anything about finances. But if DREAM 11 can even come within the ballpark of that great DREAM 9 rating, I’d believe they are secure for the next year and beyond on TBS. Sengoku stealing their TV partner just doesn’t work politically. The only scenario that seems feasible would be if Don Quixote (WVR’s backers) made a significant investment in FEG and began some kind of de facto merger of the two brands.

    Ideally, the combination of Ishii, Izumi, King Mo and wild cards like Maximo Blanco will lead to a big uptick in business for Sengoku, and they would trade up for a golden time TV deal with a big player like Fuji TV. More realistically, the popularity of those Olympic Judokas could lead to more robust, LIVE deal with one of the smaller networks like TV Tokyo or TV Asahi.

    I expect them both to run a full slate in 2010. It seems like both brands are finally starting to hit their stride in terms of consistently making high level matches, and some intriguing stars are beginning to emerge. I think next year will tell us a lot about where the sport is going in Japan long-term.

  10. Cloud X
    September 12, 2009 at 3:44 am

    Thanks for the explanations, its just I’m worried that
    DREAM will go under if DREAM 11 bombs. K-1’s heavy
    events aren’t surprising cause of the lack of new
    people besides Badr Hari. The only way that DREAM 11
    will do okay is to be after Daiki Kameda and
    Denkosen Kaovichit. In your opinion if DREAM 11
    bombs, will TBS drop DREAM?

  11. Keitarou
    September 12, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Oh, this is a true nightmare, Iam afraid Dream disappear.

  12. September 12, 2009 at 6:34 am

    They won’t be happy. But the way FEG brings in new fighters, make deals (strikeforce f.ex.), they might have something up their sleeves.

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