|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
Ask any Jean Claude Van Damme fan about the toughest event in martial arts and they can name it - The 100 man Kumite. Made famous by Van Damme in Bloodsport, this legendary and near mythical event is, contrary to what you may believe, real. One challenger faces 100 opponents in succession, each bout lasting 90 seconds. Over the years, there have been spotty stories about Kumites, but it's often been hard to sort the legend from the truth. Until now.
In 2009, K-1 commentator Michael "The Voice" Schiavello had the honor of witnessing a Kumite. The challenger was Armenian Artur Hovhannisyan. The 100 opponents included K-1 legends Glaube Feitosa and Francisco Filho. Schiavello has now written an article on the event that is absolutely required reading. A small sample:
IN A GYM ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF ICHIGEKI PLAZA IN TOKYO, Artur Hovhannisyan stands by a full-length window and looks down upon the streets of Ebisu though his thoughts are miles away. His white gi is pristine and a black belt adorns his waist with three gold bars on the tip (one for each dan ranking). With his shaved head and clean appearance, the 33-year-old Armenian could pass as a banker or an accountant. Indeed it’s not until you see his calloused knuckles and stare into the black abyss of his eyes that you realize who you’re really standing face-to-face with.
“It’s time,” says a voice from across the room.
“Osu!” grunts Hovhannisyan. He slams his ﬁst into his palm, lets out a loud breath and is led out of the gym by two officials with all the solemnity of wardens leading a death-row inmate to the chair. Hovhannisyan enters the tiny Honbu (headquarters) dojo and the wooden door slides shut behind him. The eerie thud of a Taiko drum renders the room silent. As he gazes around the dojo his eyes widen; only now does he truly comprehend the gravity of what lies ahead. On the ﬂoor sit one hundred black and brown belts, legs crossed, perfectly postured. They’re bare knuckled and hungry, like a pack of jackals ready to rip Hovhannisyan apart at the limbs.
The entire article is available on the HDNet blog - click here.
Seriously folks, I can not stress this enough - you MUST read this. Drop whatever you're doing, click the link, read it.
Highlights of Hovhannisyan's Kumite, including footage of him facing Feitosa and Filho below.
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Fighting Entertainment Group was formed in 2003, it came from the fallout of K-1 founder Kazuyoshi Ishii's massive tax scandal that left K-1 financially in ruins. The company's public image had also taken a hit, so the only thing to do was change. Fighting Entertainment Group (FEG) was formed, with a former pro wrestling writer, Sudaharu Tanikawa at the reigns. It was implied that the entire organization was put together by Ishii, it was to be the parent company of K-1 and all of K-1's other ventures into combat sports.
It is now 2011 and it looks like Fighting Entertainment Group is ready for the chopping block. Since this initially came out, there have been articles posted with speculation that this "clearly" means that K-1 and DREAM will go the way of the dodo. I've even seen one article go as far as to say that the UFC should swoop in and purchase their assets. I urge you to not give these articles any mind and ignore them, wholesale. The headline that NightmareOfBattle used was enough information as you'll need; "The Event Name Will Be Left, But the Promotion Will Change."
Mike Hackler of MMA-Japan.com uses his business acumen to point out why this is actually the best case scenario:
|Now there are many possible scenarios here. The way I take this comment, is similar to corporations restructuring their operations when taking bankruptcy. They do so to shed debt, to boost liquidity, and reduce liabilities. When this is done, the company most likely comes out smaller, yet fine tuned, able to run more efficiently.|
|FEG is running on a business model that was working ten years ago. Ten years ago, they were huge.|
|FEG needs to model themselves after World Victory Road. They are not what they were ten years ago. They need to shrink and position themselves in a way that, when and if things take off again, they will be able to grow.|
FEG was bloated and signs pointed to bankruptcy for a while now, shooting FEG into the ground, restructuring and coming forward as a new company could very well be exactly what they need to move forward. This would be like if Zuffa fell on rough times, would that mean that UFC would die with it? No, it has too strong of a brand and name value, think of K-1 and FEG like this.Add a comment
That really isn't a sensationalist headline or anything, that is a quote from FEG President Tanikawa from Sports Graphic that was released the other day in Japan. This comes around the same time that Tanikawa posted on his twitter that he would "do something huge." Actually, this interview came before that tweet was pushed out to the public. Quote comes from NOB, as always.
|“The current course is that FEG will die. There are probably staff members that will leave as well. The event name will be left but the promotion will change. If the current structure remains as it is it will be impossible to continue. If many investments from companies overseas do not come in we can’t survive.”|
One can only really wonder what exactly will become of K-1 and DREAM. As we have been reporting from way back when we were HKL, part of the deal in place with PUJI was that FEG would need to do some serious restructuring to continue on into 2011. FEG was against major restructuring and the deal came to a standstill, when in the 11th hour PUJI and FEG came to an agreement and PUJI had found a few suitable investors for the restructured FEG.
So it looks like the FEG that we know and love will cease to exist, and in its place something new. K-1 and DREAM will continue on, and to the casual observer, there may not be too many differences. Now it is time to simply wait and see what else is announced in the coming days.
UPDATE: As always, if you use Twitter, you should follow @DanHerbertson, as he has some more quotes.
UPDATE 2: A sneaking suspicion was confirmed by Stuart Tomkin, that these quotes are indeed from the Dynamite!! post-press conference.Add a comment
Well, new career might be a stretch, but much like when former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell was on "Dancing with the Stars" in America, Remy Bonjasky, the Flying Gentleman will participate in "Stars Dancing on Ice" in the Netherlands, on SBS6. It is a bit lower impact than what Bonjasky is used to, but one can be assured that Bonjasky keeping himself as such a public figure is a good thing. If you heard the rumors a few weeks ago about something involving Remy and Ice Skating, yeah, this is it.
Bonjasky makes his glorious, ice skating debut on January 28th and I assure you, as long as there is footage available on the internet, LiverKick.com will hunt it down like a rabid dog so we can all bask in the glory that is a 3-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion in tights figure skating on Dutch national television. If you still aren't buying it, well, there is video footage. Don't expect any flying kicks any time soon.
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AFAV is a group that tosses together some really awesome video packages for the Dutch kickboxing scene, so it is no surprise that they lent a hand in recording the recent promo for the upcoming It's Showtime/Fight Stars event on March 6th. AFAV took all of the footage that they took for the upcoming event and tossed together their own, epic promo for it. [source]
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