SENGOKU New Year Event! The Battle Of Gold Medalists

The Battle Of Gold Medalists -

The Battle Of Gold Medalists -

The opponent of Satoshi Ishii’s debut match was announced today at a press conference in Tokyo. His debut will be on SENGOKU’s new year event and his opponent will be fellow gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida in what promises to be a huge fight in Japan.

Update: The date of the event will be decided this month.

Update #2: Ishii provocatively said: “I’ve respected Yoshida since I was young, and it’s a good thing that I’m able to fight him. To be able to nail the tip of his chin with my punch is also a good thing.”

Yoshida said: “I think this is a good chance to teach (him) about the degree of difficulty of MMA, I want to teach him that.”

Update #3: WVR PR Kokuho said that there is a possibility that the name of the event will be changed from the new year event and onward (will they change SENGOKU or the name of their new year events? Possibly a demand from a TV station they have acquired?) to a name which has popular use in the world (popular use around the world, something English like DREAM? What word do people know almost regardless of where they live?). The name change and date might be announced at SENGOKU X on September 23rd.

Update #4: Kokuho also said that next Sunday (the 20th) on TV Tokyo there will be a SENGOKUG! special from 16:55 to 17:15 (4:55 PM to 5:15 PM). The special will be about SENGOKU’s Judo Top Team (Ishii, Yoshida, Takimoto, Izumi).

Update #5: It looks like they really are thinking about changing the name from SENGOKU to something else. Since they use Chinese characters for SENGOKU it seems like they now want to use something that is more international.

Update #6: Kokuho said the reason that the date isn’t set yet is becuase of the sponsor side and arena.

  1. kawa's boy toy
    September 14, 2009 at 7:17 am

    ishii better win. the stake of japanese mma is on the line. His career will determine the fate of future jmma.

  2. whomever
    September 14, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Ishii would have to be very, very terrible to lose. I think he’s likely better than that.

  3. September 14, 2009 at 7:56 am

    this name change is almost the most interesting thing of the press conference. Will they change it to something English like DREAM? Is the name change a demand from some TV station?

  4. S
    September 14, 2009 at 9:28 am

    I actually like the Sengoku name hope they keep it. I hope Ishii does not wear a Gi.

  5. CJN
    September 14, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Ishii is all about showing off his beach muscles now. No chance he wears a gi.

  6. whomever
    September 14, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I think Sengoku is a pretty catchy name. After I mentioned staying up late for a Sengoku card to my girlfriend, she kept repeating “SENGOKU!” for a few days in a funny voice. Even ended up naming her laptop Sengoku.

    But it is interesting that they want to change it.

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