Check out the press conferences at this link.
It seems only two fights will be announced.
Shinya Aoki vs. Mizuto Hirota and Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazunori Yokota announced.
Aoki cut Hirota off as he was talking and told him to be quiet.
Aoki cried over not fighting Kawajiri but Kawajiri didn’t complain. He got warmed up to Hirota during the press questions though as both exchanged some words.
Hirota’s impression of DREAM: Channel 6 (TBS). Nothing more.
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
Shinya Aoki vs. Mizuto Hirota
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazunori Yokota
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
Tomorrow (December 22nd) from around 13:00 (Japanese time) the third Dynamite!! 2009 press conference will take place and it will be streamed live on Ustream (I’ll post the link when I get it).
FEG’s Tanigawa was asked about Gomi on twitter today and wrote that we’ll know the outcome of that affair at tomorrows announcement.
However, from reading Gomi’s blog, America looks to be next for him. But he did post a picture with a Dynamite!! poster and his post wasn’t about the event.
Aoki had some harsh words for SENGOKU on the latest issue of Kamipro. Will it be Aoki vs. Hirota? Most is pointing toward Shinya Aoki vs. Mizuto Hirota and Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazunori Yokota right now but we’ll see tomorrow.
Yoshihiro Akiyama wrote on his blog that Hiroshi Izumi trained at his gym today.
FEG’s Tanigawa told Kamipro that they’re planning to hold a DREAM event in South Korea next year. He said that DREAM, K-1, and SENGOKU will all be around next year as well.
SRC will have an event on March of next year but it’ll be tough if they don’t have any good results on the first events of 2010. We’ll see if the new guy (Booker K: past matchmaker of PRIDE, was the link between PRIDE and the Chute Boxe camp, I think he was agent of Igor Vovchanchyn, etc.) can come in and keep the organization alive.
Shu Hirata asked WVR to end the contracts of his fighters if they won’t hold an event on NYE so that they could/can negotiate in the U.S. (Dan Hornbuckle was going to face Takimoto for the title on NYE if SRC 12 wasn’t cancelled, etc.). He says that they are earnest and ended the contracts.
Q: You started out as a kickboxer. Why did you decide to switch to MMA?
CJ: I started kickboxing since 10th grade. Originally my goal was to fight at K-1 because I fell in love with Ernesto Hoost’s powerful low kicks and awesome technique. After training kickboxing, I went to Kyongbuk Science University to major MMA (note: yes, this university offers a degree in MMA lol.). That’s when I first trained jiujitsu and I liked it. Locking in a submission gave me a different kind of satisfaction from striking.
I never liked fighting on the ground, but once I started training grappling I came to like it enough to make me want to switch to MMA.
Q: If you had continued to be a kickboxer, what level do you think you’d be at now?
CJ: It’s hard to say (laughs). I recently sparred with Chi-bin Lim, Jae-gil Noh, and Min-suk Kwon, and I wasn’t on their level. I couldn’t keep up with their pace. Standup fighting and MMA require different use of stamina. In standup fighting you have to keep throwing punches and kicks. You use different muscles and styles for each sport.
Q: If you were a kickboxer, what kind of style would you have?
CJ: I’d say I would have fought like Se-gi Kim or Min-suk Kwon; a brawling in-fighter rather than a technical out-fighter.
Q: What’s your ultimate goal? Have you ever thought about moving up to lightweight and fighting in the UFC?
CJ: As of now, my goal is to fight in the WEC and become a champion. I have no intention of moving up in weight whatsoever.
Q: Have you seen the Penn-Sanchez fight? He (Penn) might as well be called the lightweight Fedor.
CJ: He’s just what his nickname says he is – a prodigy. I think his style of fighting is the way to go now. I emulate his takedown defense in training. I, like BJ Penn, focus on the defensive aspect of wrestling. It feels better to defend a takedown than to score one (laughs).
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.
Korean Gil Young Bok was going to make his MMA debut at FMC 1 in August but the fight never happened because of the situation surrounding the event.
Since then the 6th Pacific Open Freestyle Wrestling tournament winner and MVP has continued to train MMA at Team Force (Bang Seung Hwan, etc.) and gone 2-0 in amateur MMA fights. The exciting prospect will tomorrow finally make his pro MMA debut as he takes on Japanese Yasuhiro Motomura in the DEEP Cage.
DEEP CAGE IMPACT
Date: December 19th, 2009
Place: Differ Ariake in Tokyo, Japan
9. Nobuhiro Obiya vs. ISE
8. Takeshi Yamazaki vs. Toshiaki Kitada
7. Ryuta Sakurai vs. HIROKI
6. Bernard Ackah vs. Shunji Kosaka
5. KICK☆ vs. Yoshiki Harada
4. Naoki Matsushita vs. Yuki Ito
3. Hirohide Fujinuma vs. Makoto/Akira(?)
2. Hiryu Okamoto vs. Kaiji Hirano
1. Yasuhiro Kawasaki vs. Mitsuru “Mike” Yamaguchi
9. Masakazu Imanari vs. Justin “The Shocker” Cruz
8. Yusuke Kawaguchi vs. Roque Martinez
7. Atsushi Yamamoto vs. Tomoya Miyashita
6. Eiji Ishikawa vs. Yoshitomo Watanabe
5. Koichiro Matsumoto vs. Isamu Sugiuchi
4. Teruhiko Kubo vs. Kenta Takagi
3. Atsuhiro Tsuboi vs. Sadao Kondo
2. Yasuhiro Motomura vs. Gil Young Bok
1. Male Animal vs. Someone
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.