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Can the Newly Created "Yarennoka!" Rival UFC 79?

Posted 11-28-2007 at 04:36 PM by kds13
Can the Newly Created "Yarennoka!" Rival UFC 79?

Thats the question I posed to myself last night when writing a new entry for another MMA blog/site. The answer I came to, rather quickly I might add, was of course not.

The root question is: Why?

Yarennoka!, for those who don't know, is a newly formed fight card brought about by a partnership between several men, including Monte Cox (M-1 Global CEO), Sadaharu Tanigawa (Fight Entertainment Group head), Nobuhiko Takada (PRIDE FC boss), and Shigeru Saeki (DEEP's President).

The card, which is still in its infancy as far as matchups go, is amazing. JZ Calvancanti is going to square up with BJJ master Shinya Aoki. Mach Sakurai will take on the current DEEP Champion Hidehiko Hasegawa.

Other fighters rumored to be on the card are:
Emelianenko Fedor
Mitsuhiro Ishida
Tatsuya Kawajiri
Kazuo Misaki
Joachim Hansen
Luiz Azeredo
Ricardo Arona
Gilbert Melendez

With the depth of talent on the card, its hard to believe that Yerronoka! can't rival UFC 79.

Matt Hughes vs. GSP III, Wanderlei Silva vs. Chuck Liddell, and Sokoudjou vs. Lyoto Machida are all great fights, don't get me wrong. But with the depth of Yerronoka!, I think the UFC 79 card is lagging behind.

The problem lies with the mainstream MMA fan. I was one. Prior to finding forums and researching MMA, all I knew was the UFC. And really, I've found that I didn't know much about the UFC either. Its the casual fan that has made UFC PPV buys go through the roof in the last couple years.

Unfortunately, PRIDE, K-1, DEEP, and other foreign MMA Organizations have failed to tap into the American market. With shows like the Ultimate Fighter and Ultimate Fight Night Live, the UFC has brought MMA to people who would otherwise have never gotten into it.

Until foreign organizations bring shows and PPV's to the American public, MMA in America will still only equal the UFC.
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bbjd7's Avatar
Very intersting. I agree that if the fighters are matched up right this card will be better than UFC 79.

However when you mention bringing Japanese orgs to America I think you get a little off base. I mean two orgs have tried. K-1 dynamite was complete trash they had to give tickets away.

And Pride which was crooked to the end. Didn't pay everyone they were supposed to and ended up getting sued. Although the card Pride put together for there 2nd show Pride 33 was loaded it didn't do great on PPV buys.

I think if they could find a way to get a TV contract them they would have a shot but that will be tough. I'm cheering for them though.
Posted 11-28-2007 at 04:50 PM by bbjd7 bbjd7 is offline
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Yeah, but why I mentioned K-1 was because they didn't have a finalized card till the day of the fights (in the K-1 Dynamtie USA card). If you're trying to get people to come see your fights, you gotta let them know what they were going to see.

And if you remember correctly, the fight that changed the most was the one American's were most likely to be interested in: the Brock Lesnar fight.

The whole card came off as freakshow-ish. Brock fighting, Mighty Mo, Johnnie Morton fighting instead of playing football. It just wasn't the right card to bring in American fans.

You know what I mean?
Posted 11-28-2007 at 05:02 PM by kds13 kds13 is offline
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Until foreign organizations bring shows and PPV's to the American public, MMA in America will still only equal the UFC.
I dunno man, I think the IFL is starting to make progress into the market with their TV deal and coaches that people can recognize (Shamrock, Gracie, Miletich, etc.)
Posted 11-28-2007 at 05:41 PM by Rambler14 Rambler14 is offline
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Interesting topic you bring up Kev.

While I will definitely be watching this card, there is no way this card will get anywhere near the buys of UFC 79.


I am sure that is not the aim of the promoters. The aim will be to put on a show to sell out the Japanese Arena and to catch the eye of the hardcores. Just the mentioning of some of these names has made MMA Fans go nuts, so I am sure that many will tune into watch the event, one way or another. The normal issues will come up though; time-delay PPV, terrible production, false advertising of matches, people pulling out of fights, contract and money disputes and all of the other BS we've seen with upstart/Japanese promotions.

Still, UFC 79 is a monster card in itself.
Posted 11-28-2007 at 06:36 PM by brownpimp88 brownpimp88 is offline
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While I agree that the K-1 Dynamite card sucked. Whenever you barely get 10,000 and were giving tickets away for free there is a issue. I think if this card is for real and they aren't making fights up than it will be sick and if M-1 is heading this they could get there foot in the door of the MMA market.
Posted 11-28-2007 at 08:20 PM by bbjd7 bbjd7 is offline
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The card is promoting fighters that won't be on the card (Arona and Melendez for example). JZ/Aoki is cool and the others fighting. Hughes/St. Pierre 3, Wanderlei/Chuck and Lyoto/Sokky is as solid a card you can put together.
Posted 11-28-2007 at 11:06 PM by Terry77 Terry77 is offline
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I'm just wondering how do you know they aren't going to be on the card? If you're just assuming I do understand why since Japanese MMA org's just like to make shit up.
Posted 11-29-2007 at 12:30 AM by bbjd7 bbjd7 is offline
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bbjd - Melendez is set to fight Josh Thomson in Strikeforce and Arona has "signed" a deal with HCF. I posted something similar to this before, expressing my concern over the typical BS cards that Jap orgs release.
Posted 11-29-2007 at 10:37 AM by brownpimp88 brownpimp88 is offline
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It seems to be easily rivaling UFC 79 talent wise but as far as PPV buys it doesn't have a shot. I doubt enough people know about this new organization in time for it too even be capable of beating the UFC in sales. If the event goes well though, it'll get there name out there and there foot in the ground, which would be the goal of there first event I'm sure.
Posted 11-30-2007 at 04:13 AM by GMW GMW is offline

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