GLADIATOR Is Back Again! Okayama Event
Last year, an event called GLADIATOR (collaboration between DEEP and CMA) was held in the Momotaro Arena in Okayama, Japan. A few years before that, a big two day event was held in South Korea as well. This year the GLADIATOR executive committee is back with the third GLADIATOR event that will be held at the Okayama Budokan on November 3rd.
A press conference was held today where the fights of the event were announced. A few solid names are scheduled to fight such as Korean female fighter Seo Hee Ham, K-1 veteran Yusuke Fujimoto, K-1 up-and-comer Mitsugu Noda, exciting Karateka Yuji Sakuragi, Maximo Blanco DQ victor Akihiko Mori, Dynamite!! 2008 participant Yukio Sakaguchi, MMA veteran Daijiro Matsui, and HERO’S participant Min Suk Heo.
The last event was a Japan-Korea friendship event where 6 Korea Vs. Japan fights were held with Korea winning 5 of those fights. The same theme continues this year with 8 fights between Japanese and Korean fighters scheduled.
The young Korean opponents of Shoko Sato and Daijiro Matsui are, similar to Chan Sung Jung when he defeated Michihiro Omigawa in last years GLADIATOR event, receiving a chance to maybe get on to something bigger in case of victory in the November fights.
Below is the card of the event (I’ll add the Korean names as soon as a Korean MMA website post the card).
Japan-Korea International Goodwill MMA Event GLADIATOR -Okayama Event-
Date: November 3rd, 2009
Place: Okayama Budokan in Okayama, Japan
Pro-Wrestling Rules, Tag Team, 1×30 Minutes:
Minowaman & Minoru Suzuki vs. Akebono & Don Fujii
MMA Rules, CMA KPW Middleweight Title Fight, 3×5 Minutes:
Hiroya Aikawa(?) vs. Min Suk Heo
K-1 Rules, 3×3 Minutes:
68kg: Go Yokoyama vs. Jae Hun Moon
Girls: Ayano Oishi vs. Seo Hee Ham
Yusuke Fujimoto vs. Junpei Hamada
Mitsugu Noda vs. Yuji Sakuragi
MMA Rules, 2×5 Minutes:
LHW: Daijiro Matsui vs. Il Cheol Park
LW: Akihiko Mori vs. Hyeong Geol Lee
LW: Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Seong Hwa Han
FW: Shoko Sato vs. Nam Jin Jo
Kickboxing Rules, 3×3 Minutes:
70kg: Koji Tsunekiyo(?) vs. Hyper Kick Lee