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Old 09-18-2008, 11:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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It is now being reported that UFC may make its way into Japan next spring, one season earlier than previous reports.

Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta made some other announcements as well.

Confirming some news I uncovered nearly one year ago, Dana White mentioned a number of Japanese fighters he is interested in having as part of the next UFC Japan:

Kazushi Sakuraba

Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto

Hidehiko Yoshida

Takanori Gomi

They would like these four to face UFC fighters in their respective divisions.

"The fans would like to know whether it's the UFC fighters or other fighters that are the strongest." [translation of Dana White's words, same below]

They are concentrating on putting on possibly the first of many events between March and May of next year in or near the capital of Tokyo.

Dana White mentioned the following possible matchups:

"Kid" Yamamoto vs. Urijah Faber

Gomi vs. B.J. Penn

"I'm thinking I really want to put on a card with 'Kid'. Isn't Gomi wasting time? The UFC is the #1 organization collecting fighters of his level."

The UFC's "theme" for next year is to concentrate on the US while expanding the market globally. Japan is just one stop along that path. They plan to negotiate with DREAM and Sengoku, which could very well result in an entire reorganization of the MMA world.
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really hard to determine if this has been posted but the article was labeled with "part 3 " so im taking a chance ( yes i have searched forums )
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Old 09-18-2008, 12:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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thanks for posting dude! I'd love to see Faber vs. Kid.
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Old 09-18-2008, 12:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Gomi looked mediocre in his last fight. He needs more motivation.
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This hasn't been posted before. There was something like this but it was a lil different.

I like what they are trying to do but I'm not really interested in a Gomi/Penn fight. I wish they could set up Penn/Aoki.
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it would be great if these fights actually do happen though
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I won't jizz myself until this has been finalized.
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penn aoki would be sick!
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penn aoki would be sick!
yes it would but i would rather see alvarez vs penn or hansen vs penn )
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Please don't bring out Sakuraba, he's done. But if they must, have him fight another shot fighter like Ken Shamrock.

Gomi-Penn? Been there, done that. Let's see something new.

BTW it's great to hear they are collaborating with Dream and Sengoku. UFC is never going to put on as many shows in Japan as those guys are so the UFC can't take over that market, you might as well work with them and share fighters. I'm sure the low and mid level fighters in UFC would like to get some more fights in, this provides another outlet for them.
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i think saukraba will destroy ken
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