There is almost nowhere to compete in MMA in Korea right now. SpiritMC is gone and FMC doesn’t seem like it will continue. There are events outside of Korea but only a few fighters will get a shot there. Young fighters can’t get any experience so fewer pursue MMA these days.
Because of this, the Korean Fighters Alliance (KFA), which is just a group of fighters from different gyms training together once a week to trade training methods and gain experience, has been started.
A few of the fighters are former SpiritMC Welterweight champion Ui Cheol Nam, who is supposed to make his Strikeforce debut on the Fedor vs. Rogers card, undefeated Heavyweight prospect Hae Joon Yang, Seung Bae Whi, and SENGOKU X participant Jae Sun Lee.
The fight order for SENGOKU XI has been announced and it will contain a double main event. The first main event of the evening will be between Jorge Santiago and Mamed Khalidov and the second between Hatsu Hioki and Michihiro Omigawa, which will be the main feature of this weeks SRC Damashii episode. I don’t know what the point of calling it a double main event is.
Date: November 7th, 2009
Place: Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan
Main Fights (3×5):
9. FW: Michihiro Omigawa vs. Hatsu Hioki
8. MW: Jorge Santiago vs. Mamed Khalidov
7. LW: Satoru Kitaoka vs. Jorge Masvidal
6. LW: Kazunori Yokota vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
5. LHW: Kevin Randleman vs. Stanislav Nedkov
4. WW: Akihiro Gono vs. Shin Ramen
3. FW: Marlon Sandro vs. Yuji Hoshino
2. HW: Dave Herman vs. Big Jim York
1. FW: Shigeki Osawa vs. Ronnie Ushiwaka
Opening Fight (2×5):
BW: RYOTA vs. Yuichiro Yajima
Fight Of The Soul (During Intermission):
FW: Bull vs. Tomoaki Ueyama
Athens Silver Medalist in Judo Hiroshi Izumi, who is planned to participate at Sengoku Raiden Championship 12 on NYE, said at the J-ROCK workout studio today that he will leave to America on November 1st to train at the American Kickboxing Academy for 3 weeks and at Xtreme Couture for 1 week.
Izumi decided on these two gyms after a discussion with coach Yoji Anjoh. They think that there are a lot of strong fighters in these gyms and considering what Izumi wants his own fighting style to become someday, they decided on AKA and Xtreme Couture.
He might meet up with a senior of his during his Judo days in Yoshihiro Akiyama at Xtreme Couture as well, where Akiyama is currently training.
About his next fight he says that this time he’ll persist on a submission, showing a strong will of getting his first MMA victory.
Kazunori Yokota, who is training hard for what is one of the most important fights of his career on November 7th, held an open training session yesterday at the GRABAKA gym.
There he talked about Petrosyan’s victory in the previous day’s K-1 MAX Finals and how it has motivated him. He said:
“There have been various martial arts events on TV recently but the one who has left the biggest impression was Petrosyan.”
“If there was a fighter like Petrosyan in MMA I would retire. No matter what you do you can’t defeat him (laugh). He towers above the rest.”
His ideal/dream style is similar to that of Petrosyan and number 1 P4P boxer Floyd Mayweather, to hit and not get hit.
Yokota is currently training his striking at the Power Of Dream gym. Olympic Gold Medalist Satoshi Ishii also trains there and it seems like they have become good friends in the past month because of their judo backgrounds. He says that even when they walk outside people greet and call out to Ishii. It’s like being with a celebrity.
They train together 4-5 times a week. “Just being together with a fighter like him is motivating.”
About his own preparations, in which he has received help from a student of muscle in Ishii, he says that he is holding back on sweets and carbonated drinks, and closely watching what he eats so his physical condition is good and because of that he is already at 71.3 kg, over a week away from the fight. Because of that he can also concentrate on training and not waste time on weight-cutting.
Yokota is training to defend the guillotine choke and rear naked choke of Mitsuoka, which he thinks are two of his strong points. He himself says that he definitely won’t lose when it comes to stamina and punching speed. He says that since this week is the final spurt before the fight training is severe, sounding like he trains so hard that he collapses everyday.
According to Five Ounces of Pain, French Karl Amoussou has signed a four fight deal with DREAM. No debut date is set yet though.
He’s a very exciting fighter and there should be exciting fights for him in DREAM’s Middleweight division.