After spending most of three years pursuing a
World Victory Road's Fighter Development Program is beginning to pay off with the rising star of Maximo Blanco.
One of the semi-permanent discussions among die-hard mixed martial arts fans over the last half decade has revolved around the downward spiral of Japanese mixed martial arts and how it can be revived back to its original, profitable, highly-entertaining product that it once was during PRIDE's peak
Olympic gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA). Before hanging up his gloves, however, the decorated judoka will have one last fight on April 25th at Tokyo's famed Nippon Budokan.
World Victory Road/Sengoku public relations director Takahiro Kokuho has been released by the company for unspecified reasons, Kamipro reports today. Kokuho was not in attendance at yesterday's big "Dynamite!! 2009" press conference; in his stead was his replacement, Don Quijote managing director Sumio Inamura. This brings the WVR/Sengoku picture into focus a bit more: Kokuho manages a good chunk of Sengoku's roster under his "J-Rock" banner, including those from Yoshida Dojo. With Kokuho ousted at WVR and none of his gym's fighters on the "Dynamite!!" card, Hidehiko Yoshida's non-committal comments at yesterday's press conference are easier to make sense of. HT: Dan Herbertson
Rival Japanese MMA promotions DREAM and Sengoku will band together for the first time on New Year's Eve at "Dynamite!! 2009." DREAM parent company FEG announced on Wednesday that it plans to add five to seven "DREAM vs. Sengoku" bouts to its annual fight festival.