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SmackyBear 03-11-2011 06:49 AM

Primary Sponsor Pulls Out, Sengoku Headed For Oblivion
 
MMAweekly

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Japanese fight promotion Sengoku Raiden Championship is all but finished.

SRC on Friday issued a press release stating that it’s primary sponsor, Don Quijote, has pulled all financial backing from the company. This completely cripples the fight promotion unless a last-minute savior appears… which isn’t likely.

SRC and Dream both stepped in, trying to seize an opportunity, when the UFC’s parent company purchased Pride in 2007 and was unable to forge a working business model in Japan, shutting down the venerable fight promotion.

Dream has garnered much media attention lately as well, primarily for delayed or non-payment of fighters, as well as struggling television ratings and live draws.

Officials at Don Quijote finally tired of the ever-growing pool of red ink and ceased funding Sengoku.

Neither Sengoku nor Dream has been able to gain any traction since Pride folded. The market appears to have dried up in Japan, even though the UFC continues to say it has its sights set on the Land of the Rising Sun, possibly running a live event in Japan later this year.

Sengoku’s statement indicated that Don Quijote would continue to back Pancrase and Shooto, but did not say to what the extent.

Several notable fighters – such as Josh Barnett, Antonio Silva, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, and others – fought under the Sengoku banner during its two-and-half-year run.
This is the note that appears on the Sengoku website:

Quote:

2011.03.11

SRC Report: Future activities of the emergency;

 Emergency previous report (released February 1, 2011) As we know the history behind it, but we now are critical crossroads, we face a tough decision.
 Then, Don Quixote, who is also the parent company of our sponsor (the company below) from, SRC has been made official representations to the effect that withdrawing from the business.

 It has also led to this, we express the truth intentionally, and if the company [million years despite large deficits, but only in a dream has continued to support and love of martial arts, but the thought Naka Naka Not only convey, ranging to be dragged into such a situation and some mindless media article on the contrary, is disgusted Hotohoto] you really like.

 The company most, rather than a full withdrawal from the actual martial arts community, Pancrase and Shooto activities sponsored organizations that support current and amateur wrestling or are planning to continue, even and other groups, "If tapped Future (help) and not willing to consider, "I said. But we organized, SRC from big businesses such as corporate decision at Sengoku seems to get out and refusing to change.

 Indeed shameful that the inside will pour out, as we have been doing business entirely dependent on sponsors and parent support is not without its own box office on its own can be terminated if it is no longer present and if Ikan stuck with a difficult situation I have to say.

 The only hope is the emergence of a sponsor to replace Don Quixote. The company also "has a love for martial arts, if there is funding us to target certain (for inheritance) willing to cooperate fully" with the intention to accepting. Even if we do something in that direction, we hope to find out the possibility of 一縷. But if it is fulfilled, you must be prepared for the worst that can be dissolved.

 Even with the lack of any company, SRC fans, players, of course, put a great deal of inconvenience and worry like all the related parties, lay down here and I apologize.

 March 11, 2011
 Warudobikutorirodo Inc.
The automatic translation isn't perfect obviously, but they do seem to be facing oblivion, just like the MMA weekly headline proclaims.

JuggNuttz 03-11-2011 08:33 AM

this sucks.... no seriously... this sucks more then a crack head lookin for a dollar.....


dammit dammit dammit........

Budhisten 03-11-2011 10:45 AM

Damn Japan is having a rough time. But I bet the Japanese have bigger concerns than Sengoku ATM... :/

Hennessy 03-11-2011 11:30 AM

Oh god no!

But I kinda felt something was going down since name fighters left the company.

It is a shame. I can only hope that at least K-1 will find a new home. They can't let this brand die.

As for MMA, let's hope that DEEP or Shooto can pull something?

+rep for posting!

Hammerlock2.0 03-11-2011 11:59 AM

Man, there's just no saving Japanese MMA. The only thing that could save them is Sakuraba winning again.

Hennessy 03-11-2011 12:55 PM

That would be amiracle though unfortunately.

Maybe a new "Sakuraba" could help, but were to find one?

SmackyBear 03-11-2011 02:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hennessy (Post 1378449)
Oh god no!

But I kinda felt something was going down since name fighters left the company.

It is a shame. I can only hope that at least K-1 will find a new home. They can't let this brand die.

As for MMA, let's hope that DEEP or Shooto can pull something?

+rep for posting!

Thanks. It sucks that the big promotions in Japan are having trouble. But all isn't lost over there.

Shooto is on the verge of doing some things for the future of the sport. They've undergone a shakeup in leadership, and some of the new leaders are proposing bold ideas for Japanese MMA.

This is an excerpt from a larger article about Shooto's financial scandal that led to the new blood. The article is long and somewhat involved for an MMA board, so here's the link if anyone wants to read it all.

Quote:

Hayato Sakurai is personally campaigning to reform the amateur system by adding a greater range of competitive classes to its current dual class amateur and professional ranks, which feature two levels of amateur competition, classes D and C, and two levels of pro competition, classes B and A. Further, “Mach” hopes to see the banning of headgear, as well as the application of Vaseline for cut prevention -- a practice still largely unemployed in Japan -- and the allowance of ground-and-pound in all bouts.

Asahi’s own proposal is one that will significantly change the look and feel of Shooto while preserving its intent, if ratified and approved by the new association.

“I want to introduce the Unified Rules of MMA and a cage to Shooto. I’m only one man, but now my voice can finally be heard and we can discuss it,” Asahi said with a grin. “Japan is fairly isolated, so we don’t realize how behind we are. I’m someone that has always said that we need to use the unified rules and a cage because we’re behind. Until now, the only person to understand this was Watanabe because we both have had fighters [Yoshida and Takeya Mizugaki] in Zuffa promotions. We’ve seen how they perform there, but no one else has that same experience.”

Asahi posits that adopting the unified rules will help further a global standard of MMA, as well as answer the desire of many young Japanese fighters to acquire cage experience in preparation for someday fighting in the UFC -- a promotion Asahi compares to Major League Baseball in relation to Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.

“If they go abroad and lose, it’s for a reason. How can we survive in a system we’re not brought up in? Japanese people today don’t understand that the UFC is the best league in the world now. We need to catch up. All the best fighters are there, and they’re getting paid,” Asahi said, citing recent UFC acquisitions like Yamamoto and Michihiro Omigawa as evidence that Japan’s best are going stateside rather than sticking around in their homeland.

The hope is for future changes to secure Shooto’s place in Japanese MMA’s future now, while Japanese MMA is seeing much turmoil. It is fitting that leading Shooto promoter Sustain has titled its 2011 event series “Shootor’s Legacy.”

“We may not be able to make a promotion here that can compete with the UFC anymore, but we can at least make great fighters that can compete there successfully,” said a hopeful Asahi. “It doesn’t really work the other way around. You don’t see [Alex Rodriguez] coming from the MLB to play in Japanese baseball. The best are in the UFC now, so why not create our best fighters here and send them over to the United States? Someday, we’ll have an MMA version of Ichiro [Suzuki] or [soccer player Shinji] Kagawa.”

joshua7789 03-11-2011 04:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hennessy (Post 1378449)
Oh god no!

But I kinda felt something was going down since name fighters left the company.

It is a shame. I can only hope that at least K-1 will find a new home. They can't let this brand die.

As for MMA, let's hope that DEEP or Shooto can pull something?

+rep for posting!

K1 is on its death bed just like the rest of FEG, but all is not lost, Its Showtime! is gonna do a great job replacing them.

Hennessy 03-11-2011 05:37 PM

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Originally Posted by joshua7789 (Post 1378555)
K1 is on its death bed just like the rest of FEG, but all is not lost, Its Showtime! is gonna do a great job replacing them.

yeah but maybe someone comes in and buys the rights to K-1.
Maybe even SHO and they use this brand rather then to create a new US Kickboxing league.

American Kickboxing organisations had a bad reputation by the fans so it would be good if they keep K-1 running.

Thelegend 03-11-2011 06:52 PM

WTF!!! this is crazy, i was pulling for sengoku and now this, i kind of saw this coming when santiago vacated the title like that. still doesn't make it suck less.


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