From Tony Loiseleur:
Hey everybody, I’m back! (Well, sort of–at least as much as thesis writing will allow) For those who asked about NYE, here’s what I know:
Sengoku and Dynamite are indeed merging shows, and this is indeed related to Don Quijote secretly allying with FEG.
So the rumors are pretty much true. What I’m also hearing however is that DQ’s switching sponsorship has caused tensions in WVR/SRC staff.
Remember that rumors of copromotion between Sengoku and Dream aren’t new, and never happened til now since one side or other didn’t want it.
Thus, WVR is now under new management, internally. They are now seeking another financial backer for SRC to fill the place of DQ.
WVR has already booked the Ryogoku Kokugikan for March, so we may see one more show. Future shows depend on finding a financial backer.
The gist of other rumors: Ishii might debut against someone else unless Yoshida Dojo is well-repped on Dynamite's lineup.
From Japanese Magazine:
K1 producer Sadaharu Tanikawa said "To cooperate a event including Yoshida vs Ishii, It’s hard to do together if we don’t get a response by the end of this week, because I have to make other matches."
From Nightmare Of Battle:
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.
FEG will NOW hold a press conference tomorrow, 11/25.
PRESS CONFERENCE UPDATE FROM NOB:
Tanigawa announced that they will hold the event together with SENGOKU on NYE.
Announcement of Ishii vs. Yoshida and DREAM vs. SENGOKU fights as well. The full card is currently being worked on.
Japan Martial Arts Federation president Fukuda has entered.
The World Victory Road general manager as well.
The DREAM army is entering the stage.
Kazushi Sakuraba, Hayato "Mach" Sakurai, Katsuyori Shibata, Hideo Tokoro, Hiroyuki Takaya, and Shinya Aoki from DREAM and Kazushisa Watanabe from K-1.
The SENGOKU army entering the stage.
Hidehiko Yoshida, Kazuo Misaki, Hiroshi Izumi, Sanae Kikuta, Akihiro Gono, Kazunori Yokota, Mizuto Hirota, Masanori Kanehara, Eiji Mitsuoka, and Yoshihiro "KISS" Nakao.
Both Watanabe and Tokoro said that they want to fight KID.
Sakuraba with a mask on: "Hi, I’m Hikari Shinji (a character from Evangelion). Please put me against KID who’s in the same weight class as me."
Nakao asks Tanigawa for Mirko. Gono hinted at Sakurai.
Hirota wants to fight Alvarez. "Don’t you want to see Alvarez get KO’d?"
Yoshida apologized to everyone who was preparing for the Ariake event and asked all fighters present to fight their hearts out on NYE.
Video message from Ishii: "Please be gentle on NYE, Yoshida."
Sasahara said that rules, the fights, the weight of the fights, etc. are currently being discussed. The only thing certain is that KID won’t fight Sakuraba.
WVR GM said that SENGOKU is planned continue from next year as well. Though I wouldn’t believe what most people say about this right now.
FieLDS Dynamite!! ～The Power Of Courage 2009～
Date: December 31st, 2009
Place: Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan