Below are rough translation from recent Japanese sports tabloids.I am wondering why I have not seen any of this in US MMA news sites and blogs.
I started to see a series of these news in tabloids this week. As a fan I get the impression that these came really out of nowhere and hard to believe at first look.
Hope someone pick this up and investigate.
Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta told the reporter about thier plan to hold an event in Japan next Spring. White mentioned names such as Kazushi Sakuraba and Yamamoto Kid Norifumi of Dream, and Hidehiko Yoshida and Takanori Gomi of Sengoku, and asserted that fans would love to see if they are stronger than UFC fighters or not. White further suggested Gomi vs BJ Penn and Kid Yamamoto vs Uriah Faber matchups would be likely. "Yamamoto vs Faber is my priority. And I would advice Gomi not to waste his prime time "
Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta of UFC suggested making offers to Takanori Gomi of Sengoku and Kid Yamamoto of DREAM in the near futute. Acknowledging that Gomi and Yamamoto are the most attractive Japanese fighters, they told they want to hold the event in Japan next Spring, which was previously slated to be held next Summer They further suggested that for Gomi and Yamamoto, one-match contract would be negotiable.
Sengoku representative: "We intend to let the fighters do what they want to do".
Keiichi Sasahara, Event Producer, Dream: "All I can say right now is it is Impossible. However, if asked, we do not intend to reject to have the discussion with UFC.