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Old 01-28-2008, 04:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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FEG President Tanigawa Talks About New MMA Event

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This is an interview of Tanikawa (FEG) with a Japanese sports magazine, Number, and posted on its website on Jan 17.


- FEG sponsored "Dynamite!!" and "Yarennoka!" on NYE. What kind of response did you get?
I got good responses. I could convince myself that what I did to put all Japanese MMA events together was right. We had great teams in both Saitama and Osaka and would like to start from here.

- Do you work with "Yarennoka!" again?
I would like to work together and start a new event.

- Do you start a new event?
I haven't talked about or decided any details yet. I worked with the PRIDE staff long time ago and shared hard times to create an event. It was comfortable working with then again, and I would like to start a new event with them which is not related to K-1.

- What is a name for the new event?
I haven't thought about it yet. I may keep the name, HERO'S or create a new name. I prefer having a new name though.

- Are you going to be a producer of a new event then?
I prefer giving young people opportunities to create a new event. I wouldn't mind having someone young as a producer if I can find someone suitable, and I will support this event.


- When are you planning to have a debut event?
I would like to have in March in Saitama.


- Will you arrange the fight of Kazushi Sakuraba vs Rickson Gracie in the new event?
No, I don't. Their fight is not related to a new event, but a final fight between Sakuraba and the Gracie family. I would like to have a fight of Shinya Aoki vs J.Z. Calvin which we missed on NYE, if J.Z. is ready.


- So, a new event is different with HERO'S?
PRIDE focused on creating a great MMA event for real MMA fans. HERO'S targets creating an MMA entertainment show for TV. PRIDE lapsed and now HERO'S is going to take over the role PRIDE did for Japanese MMA.

- I think it is quick if you just get all popular fighters who belonged to PRIDE in your events?
I don't think PRIDE fans come and watch our event even if we take all PRIDE fighters in. PRIDE fans like watching fights and fighters in PRIDE, not anywhere else.

- PRIDE fans are enthusiasts about PRIDE?
Yes, PRIDE fans worked on having Yarennoka on NYE and they gave all power and energy to the former PRIDE staff, fighters and us. I don't do the same business with UFC which focus on taking fighters to make their own profit. I respect fans and try to work with fans to have a great MMA event.

- I was surprised when I heard that Choi and Akiyama fight in Yarennoka
Yarennoka and Dynamite have a alliance. I just picked fighters who fit well in Yarennoka. I believe PRIDE fans are not interested in seeing Bob Sapp.


- You wanted Akiyama win against Misaki?
From my point of view as a FEG producer, I wanted Akiyama win. If he wins, I can arrange more exciting matches
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Old 01-28-2008, 12:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good Interview. I'm glad to here K-1 is going to attempt to make a very serious promotion to replace Pride.

JZ vs Aoki is a huge main event (bigger than BJ vs Sherk IMO) So I'm exicted for that event. Also Dida is supposed to be fighting in March so it might be at this event.
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Good stuff. I look forward to more of these types of events. JZ vs. Aoki is about as good a main even as you can get. If Dida is on that card I would be really happy too.
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Idk about you sirdilznik but I'm really exicted about the K-1 family LW divison. I mean Shaolin, JZ, Dida, and Aoki are all top talent. Gomi might be on his way. Then you got guys like Uno and Gill who are solid. I mean I can't wait till they get a legit title and we see these guys fighting each other more often than just tournaments.
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Idk about you sirdilznik but I'm really exicted about the K-1 family LW divison. I mean Shaolin, JZ, Dida, and Aoki are all top talent. Gomi might be on his way. Then you got guys like Uno and Gill who are solid. I mean I can't wait till they get a legit title and we see these guys fighting each other more often than just tournaments.
I completely agree. Maybe not quite as stacked as the UFC's 155 division, but very solid. I too would like to see something more besides a tournament belt.
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I would say they have more talent than the 155 UFC divison since I think JZ beats BJ. Aoki would handle almost anyone not named Sherk or BJ IMO. Dida is just as talented as anyone in the UFC Edgar, Griffin, Taveras, Huerta all those guys. And Shaolin is a top 10 LW.

Now they defiantly don't have the depth of the UFC but at the top I would give the edge to K-1.
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Yeah HEROs top 5 vs UFC's top 5 is really close and I may lean slightly toward HEROs because I think JZ is #1 in the world, but after than HEROs talent level drops off a bit while the UFC has many more solid fighters. It's a great base to build a division around though.
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O i agree 100% there I mean Uno ain't anything special anymore but he's not bad. Gill was never good. Some of the 145'ers come up and can compete but they aren't threating for the title look what happeneded to Takaya he couldn't even compete with JZ and Dida.

I mean JZ, Aoki, Shaolin, Dida, and Uno is better IMO than BJ, Sherk, Joe, Florian and Edgar
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So, a new event is different with HERO'S?
PRIDE focused on creating a great MMA event for real MMA fans. HERO'S targets creating an MMA entertainment show for TV. PRIDE lapsed and now HERO'S is going to take over the role PRIDE did for Japanese MMA.
I don't have a very good feeling about this, I mean, now theres going to be more fights for the sake of entertainment, than achieving anything for MMA progression. Thus, imo, more freakshow matches.
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Plazz I think either you or I miss read that but I took that as Hero's is a entertainment org and that K-1 is going to create a more serious MMA org. Or at least that's what I thought the interview was saying.
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