It seems that Ishii trains/trained at HMC Wahiawa Gym in his current training camp in Hawaii. I’ve never heard of the place but there seems to be some Japanese people there. There are pictures on their blog from him training there a week ago. You can check them out here.
If anyone has any info on solid trainers/fighters in that gym please comment. On the post it says that Ishii is a very polite person and that his training was amazing. Again, he looks to be in great shape as the second picture on the post shows.
The final 2009 issue of Kamipro is out and the man who has received the honor to be on the front page is angry Hidehiko Yoshida.
Yoshida continues to be angry at Dynamite!! and everything else, Ishii says that he doesn’t intend to fight for the sake of Dynamite!! or DREAM, Aoki says any opponent is fine, Kawajiri, Gomi, or SENGOKU, Kawajiri says that for him there are no alternatives besides an Aoki fight (not even against Gomi), and Ryo Chonan says that Yoshida is in the best conditions he’s been in years.
I recommend reading the last third of this thread for some good Japanese MMA info and maybe the reason why Yoshida is so grumpy right now.
And it looks like Semmy Schilt will not participate on NYE.
Satoshi Ishii is currently making his final preparations for his debut in Hawaii. Him, several trainers, and his sworn friend Phil Baroni are having a training camp there. He looks to be in great shape but we’ll see how he handles the first fight.
Some information from Tanigawa’s twitter:
Hong Man Choi or Bob Sapp will probably not participate on NYE.
There will be 3-5 more fights for the Dynamite!! card. Three are already signed and 1 or 2 besides those could be added.
Someone wrote to him that he’s waiting for Manhoef vs. Misaki and Tanigawa answered: “Manhoef is waiting as well”.
About Arlovski: “He will probably face Alistair next year. Is he angry that he didn’t get a fight on NYE? I wonder if contacting him will not go smoothly…”
K-1 will start a reality show next year but it will only air in the U.S.
A special Dynamite!! website is up with the Masato Dynamite!! preview video. Click here to get to the site.
FEG Producer Tanigawa wrote on his twitter that the next Dynamite!! press conference will probably be early next week (most likely Tuesday).
Some other Dynamite!! information originally from Kamipro:
The chance of Takanori Gomi participating is low, Gomi’s side and the promoter side aren’t feeling each other on everything.
Sakuraba’s participation in itself isn’t even decided yet. Misaki could face a foreign fighter.
Sanae Kikuta appealed for a fight with Kiyoshi Tamura, but Tamura has his eyes set on a foreign DREAM champion.
Tim Sylvia and Brett Rogers are/were participation candidates but the TBS side would rather see fighters like Bob Sapp and Hong Man Choi on the card.
Masanori Kanehara trained at Fujiwara gym today and had the chance to spar with the great Masahiro Yamamoto (31-7-5, 2009 Krush Lightweight GP champion). He writes that on Friday and Saturday he will train at a big time place.
KID, Shibata, Sakurai, and Tokoro had a photograph session and while KID writes that he doesn’t know exactly for what reason, it’s probably for some DREAM vs. SRC promotional stuff.
Hidehiko Yoshida will most likely retire after the Ishii fight, win or lose. It seems that he decided on retirement as far back as in September.
Masato is feeling the rivalry from the Ishii vs. Yoshida fight, saying today that the level of his and their fight is different and that when people see the fights it will be evident which is better.
DREAM EP Sasahara wrote on his blog that they will announce the rest of the Dynamite!! fights quickly.
FEG president Tanigawa thinks that Fujita is at Marco Ruas place for training right now. They couldn’t contact him but he called during the press conference and said that he’ll fight Alistair Overeem (he was offered Overeem and Le Banner).
4 or 5 more fights will be announced. Tanigawa says that there might be one more SRC vs. DREAM fight but depending on the situation, as many as up to 4 more versus fights could be booked. They mentioned a lot of possible fighters for the last fights, Sakuraba, Tamura, Misaki, Hirota, Yokota, Watanabe, Manhoef, Mousasi, Aoki, Kawajiri, possible MAX fight. From their talk it feels like there will be more than one additional SRC vs. DREAM fight. Expect the rest of the card by the end of this week or next week.
WVR Inemura wants fights for Misaki, Hirota, and Yokota. Tanigawa has even more fighters (as written above) that he wants to include and said that he wants to announce the fights soon so that Inemura doesn’t get angry.
KID vs. Kanehara will be fought at 63 kg, and Takaya vs. Omigawa and Tokoro vs. Sandro at 64 kg (DREAM’s FW division is 63 kg and SENGOKU’s 65 kg). Shibata vs. Izumi will probably be an open-weight fight.
KID originally wanted to rematch Bibiano Fernandez on NYE. However, Bibiano got injured so he gave up hopes for that fight. Since it was announced that DREAM and SRC were going to have fights between each other KID then appealed for a fight with SRC’s champion. Both were quite respectful to each other but they are clearly aiming for the win.
KID did not travel abroad to train (as he had planned originally) but went to Izu in Japan (a lot of mountains, etc.). When asked about his divorce it was clear that KID wants to get back together with his ex-wife. It doesn’t look like his ex-wife wants that right now though. She wrote about how she became a terrible woman while being married to KID not long ago (there were allegations of them smoking weed in front of their little kids around a year ago).
Gono and Sakurai have known each other for years now. Sakurai said that he’s not an homosexual person, but he and Gono usually do things like date, look at clothes, and eat food. However, besides having know each other for a long time, both announced that they would hurt the other one badly in the fight.
Shibata was very excited at the press conference and Izumi said that he wants to use his judo heavily in this fight.
Omigawa is currently in the middle of a training camp somewhere. He is very honored to be able fight Takaya and he announced that NYE will be the final episode of “Michihiro Omigawa Kusottare (shithead, what he said after the Davis fight) 2009”.
It has started. FEG Tanigawa, DREAM Sasahara and WVR Inamura going in.
Ray Sefo vs. Yosuke Nishijima, K-1 rules, announced.
DREAM vs. SRC, three fights announced: Norifumi “KID” Yamamoto vs. Masanori Kanehara, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai vs. Akihiro Gono, and Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hiroshi Izumi.
DREAM vs. SRC, two fights announced: Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Michihiro Omigawa and Hideo Tokoro vs. Marlon Sandro.
Tanigawa just got a phone call from Fujita who said that he wants to face Alistair, so he wants to announce that fight as well.
According to the SRC website, all DREAM vs. SRC fights will be 3×5 minutes.
Fujita’s candidates were Alistair Overeem or Jerome Le Banner, he chose Alistair.
According to the SRC website, Kazuo Misaki, Kazunori Yokota, and Mizuto Hirota are candidates for DREAM vs. SRC fights. Ishii’s picture on KID’s spot is awesome.
New post with comments, etc. coming later. Seems that the fighters said some interesting things.
FieLDS Dynamite!! ～The Power Of Courage 2009～
Date: December 31st, 2009
Place: Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan
Satoshi Ishii vs. Hidehiko Yoshida
DREAM Vs. SRC:
Norifumi “KID” Yamamoto vs. Masanori Kanehara
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Hideo Tokoro vs. Marlon Sandro
Hayato “Mach” Sakurai vs. Akihiro Gono
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hiroshi Izumi
Alistair Overeem vs. Kazuyuki Fujita
K-1 MAX Fight (5×3 minutes, 1×3 ext.):
Masato vs. Andy Souwer
Ray Sefo vs. Yosuke Nishijima
Super Hulk Tournament Final:
Minowaman vs. Sokoudjou
FEG president Tanigawa announced on his twitter today that the Dynamite!! press conference will be tomorrow from 13:30 Japanese time. Expect, if not all, most of the fights to be announced.
Update: According to Koubudo TV, Aoki’s fight will not be announced at this press conference.