The Truth?! Don Quijote Buying FEG’s MMA Branch?

There’s a new article on cyzo.com touching on what might be the truth of this whole FEG/WVR thing that’s been going on.

According to the article (which doesn’t say that this is 100% true but it’s from people involved) as SENGOKU didn’t get a TV deal (plus their bad attendance), things were getting tough, so Don Quijote’s Yasuda arranged some very secret meetings with FEG President Tanigawa to discuss a union angle which would excite MMA fans.

FEG were however originally not going to agree to this and just leave SENGOKU be until a possible death and then maybe try to sign Ishii.

However, talks came up that FEG’s sponsor, pachinko manufacturer FieLDS, will not renew their contract next year (I think the pachinko industry is doing really bad right now so FieLDS itself might be in a lot of trouble).

The article states that currently there is not just discussion about Don Quijote becoming a sponsor of FEG’s MMA branch, but buying it. The article also goes on about how things are currently difficult for K-1 as well.

Source: NHBNews PRO

  1. ShootJunkie
    November 24, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    More twists and turns then the overly drawn out Saw franchise, Jesus…

  2. cacti
    November 24, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Wednesday of Thursday is the PC, right?

  3. whomever
    November 24, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Well, now the story has officially come full circle, and it makes no sense what-so-ever.

    Does this mean DQ absolving DREAM into Sengoku? Or keeping the DREAM brand, and bringing over parts of Sengoku?

    Whatever. I’m sick of even thinking about this whole thing.

  4. November 24, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    cacti :

    Wednesday of Thursday is the PC, right?

    who knows by now, but it’s strange if something doesn’t happen this week.

  5. Rictor
    November 24, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    It’s tomorrow at 13.30

  6. cacti
    November 24, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Rictor :
    It’s tomorrow at 13.30

    Thats what I thought I remember reading somewhere it would be the 25th or 26th.

  7. November 24, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    whomever :

    Well, now the story has officially come full circle, and it makes no sense what-so-ever.

    Does this mean DQ absolving DREAM into Sengoku? Or keeping the DREAM brand, and bringing over parts of Sengoku?

    Whatever. I’m sick of even thinking about this whole thing.

    It makes sense actually.

    About your questions, that’s just details. I think they’ll keep it as DREAM (since a little more people know the name by now) and of course if they want a DREAM vs. SENGOKU angle they’ll have to bring in some parts of the current SENGOKU.

    This is still just a rumor though but this makes sense to me, I was always wondering why FEG would “co-promote” on NYE. Them possibly losing a sponsor and Don Quijote already having approached, not an impossible story.

    With K-1 also being in trouble, FEG might be putting more of their focus there now.

  8. bodychoke
    November 24, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Now I wish I had written the post I started the other day, suggesting that maybe DQ will be buying a part of DREAM (enough to have some say) while retaining Sengoku as a subsidiary and restructuring that into either an official feeder org for DREAM or its lighter weight counterpart, something similar to the Zuffa/UFC/WEC relationship.

    But I figured it was too far fetched/optimistic.

  9. November 24, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Rictor :

    It’s tomorrow at 13.30

    Really?

  10. Rictor
    November 24, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I got that info. I believe Dan Herbertson confirms it on his twitter.

  11. cacti
    November 24, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    whomever :
    Well, now the story has officially come full circle, and it makes no sense what-so-ever.
    Does this mean DQ absolving DREAM into Sengoku? Or keeping the DREAM brand, and bringing over parts of Sengoku?
    Whatever. I’m sick of even thinking about this whole thing.

    I would imagine FEG would still have the a lot of say in what goes on.

  12. whomever
    November 24, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Is DQ’s involvement with Sengoku specifically financial, or do they have operational abilities too? By that I mean, match-making, signing fighters, etc.

  13. November 24, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    whomever :

    Is DQ’s involvement with Sengoku specifically financial, or do they have operational abilities too? By that I mean, match-making, signing fighters, etc.

    I think they would have operational abilities if they wanted, just Don Quijote is a store and the president is a big MMA fan, I doubt any of the other staff are experienced in MMA stuff, since it’s really a chain discount store.

    The president himself might have come with some suggestions though.

  14. Rictor
    November 24, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    whomever :Is DQ’s involvement with Sengoku specifically financial, or do they have operational abilities too? By that I mean, match-making, signing fighters, etc.

    When the thing first started it was that the people involved founded Japan Mixed Martial Arts Federation and World Victory Road at the same time. The purpose for JMM was to make mma a completely legitimate sport and WVR was to take care of the financial side. Appointed for the head of JMM was Tomiaki Fukuda, vice-president of FILA. The vice-presidents were Hiroshi Hase (former pro-wrestler, congress man) and Takao Yasuda (DQ president). At the top of WVR was Naoya Kinoshita (president of Kinoshita Komuten). We also learned some time later that after Kinoshita stopped showing in public for WVR pressers the job as a front-man was given to Takahiro Kokuho (J-Rock president) who was also responsible for PR.

    Having this in mind it’s hard to tell who was exactly responsible for signing fighters, match-making etc. but I would say it was in the hands of J-Rock with other people involved supervising all the movements.

  15. Joseph
    November 24, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Rictor:

    What has happened to Kokuho since? Is there turmoin within WVR and J-Rock?

  16. wentz
    November 24, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    whomever :
    Well, now the story has officially come full circle, and it makes no sense what-so-ever.
    Does this mean DQ absolving DREAM into Sengoku? Or keeping the DREAM brand, and bringing over parts of Sengoku?
    Whatever. I’m sick of even thinking about this whole thing.

    Why do you care so much about the logo on the canvas?

  17. S
    November 24, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    very interesting news well we will finally know about the situation in a couple of hours any ways.

  18. Rictor
    November 24, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Joseph :Rictor:
    What has happened to Kokuho since? Is there turmoin within WVR and J-Rock?

    Who knows. Might be just like this. There was a talk that Yoshida might not be fighting Ishii at all so I assume something might be going on between DQ and J-Rock.

  19. whomever
    November 24, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    wentz :

    whomever :
    Well, now the story has officially come full circle, and it makes no sense what-so-ever.
    Does this mean DQ absolving DREAM into Sengoku? Or keeping the DREAM brand, and bringing over parts of Sengoku?
    Whatever. I’m sick of even thinking about this whole thing.

    Why do you care so much about the logo on the canvas?

    Because the logo on the canvas has implications about a lot more than the logo on the canvas.

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