No Holds Barred: Wallid Ismail on Rizin and Jungle Fight

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No Holds Barred: Wallid Ismail on Rizin and Jungle Fight

Post by nhbnews on Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:00 pm





On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Wallid Ismail, who is the founder of the Brazilian MMA promotion Jungle Fight Championship.

Jungle Fight 82 takes place Saturday, October 24, 2015, in Clube Sírio in São Paulo, Brazil. The main event is Ciro "Bad Boy" Rodrigues vs. Eric "Parrudo" Barbosa. Jungle Fight shows are televised on the Band broadcast network in Brazil and ESPN Deportes in the U.S.

Beyond Brazil, Jungle Fight is gaining more international recognition. Wallid has just returned from Japan, where he was part of the inaugural press conference held October 8 introducing the newest Japanese MMA promotion, the Rizin Fighting Federation.

This new organization was founded by former executives of the Pride Fighting Championships, which from the late 1990s to the mid-2000s had been the largest and most important MMA promotion in the world. Unlike other organizations, Rizin will work with many other companies around the world, without requiring fighters to sign exclusive contracts with them and leave their promotions. Jungle Fight is one of those companies.

We spoke with Wallid Ismail by Skype this past Tuesday.

Speaking of Rizin and its head, Nobuyuki Sakakibara, he said, "I think it's going to be great for the sport. It's going to be great for Japan, because no matter what, to doing good in Japan needed to be a Japanese. Because he understands the market, he understands everything about the TV deals, the sponsorship deals in Japan, is very different [from] the United States."

Unlike many others, however, he does not see Rizin as competing with UFC.

"UFC do a great job all over the world. And I think Rizin's coming to help the sport," he said. Rizin is "going to be another organization can help the sport, especially in Asia and Japan." He thus described UFC as sort of a "World Cup" of MMA, while Rizin will be a "World Cup of Clubs." And he said he and Jungle Fight plan to continue working with UFC as well as now also working with Rizin.

Much of the fight card for Rizin's debut show, the Rizin Fighting World Grand-Prix 2015, a three-day extravaganza scheduled for the week of New Year's Eve from December 29 to December 31, remains to be finalized. But he plans to have fighting on that show the Jungle Fight bantamweight champion, Maike Linhares, as well as also possibly a heavyweight.

We also discussed how Jungle Fight's ratings dramatically increased when its shows moved to broadcast TV on the Band network in Brazil from cable, plans for an English-language telecast aimed at the U.S., how many fights on Jungle Fight's cards end in knockouts or submissions and have lots of action, and much, much more.

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Re: No Holds Barred: Wallid Ismail on Rizin and Jungle Fight

Post by Longtime Fan on Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:20 pm

Nice!, I hope he has good positive things to say about the new Federation unlike KSW's leader and finkelstein as well

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Re: No Holds Barred: Wallid Ismail on Rizin and Jungle Fight

Post by Audax on Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:51 pm

I don't like that Jungle Fights is just going to do one foot in each door with Rizin FF and youeffsee. Wallid is a legend but he has the wrong mentality about MMA if he does not wish for competition against Zooffa.

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Re: No Holds Barred: Wallid Ismail on Rizin and Jungle Fight

Post by CDF47 on Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:52 pm

Great interview Eddie. I think this is a great idea having fighters fight to see who goes to RIZIN.

Maike Linhares Galvao Amorim looks real solid (BW champ) (9-0 with 9 finishes). Looking forward to seeing him at RIZIN.

They should have a live stream for that 200 lbs fight for JF HW title to decide who goes to RIZIN. I heard it is on ESPN Deportes but I would need to purchase the Deportes package for that and it is on a one week delay. They should put winner in the HW GP.

A lot of great talent came out of this org.

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Re: No Holds Barred: Wallid Ismail on Rizin and Jungle Fight

Post by CDF47 on Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:52 pm

Longtime Fan wrote:Nice!, I hope he has good positive things to say about the new Federation unlike KSW's leader and finkelstein as well

Wallid is very positive about the Federation, unlike those other two.

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Re: No Holds Barred: Wallid Ismail on Rizin and Jungle Fight

Post by CDF47 on Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:53 pm

AudaxSynth wrote:I don't like that Jungle Fights is just going to do one foot in each door with Rizin FF and youeffsee. Wallid is a legend but he has the wrong mentality about MMA if he does not wish for competition against Zooffa.

Yeah, they should just be in the RIZIN Federation

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Re: No Holds Barred: Wallid Ismail on Rizin and Jungle Fight

Post by westcott123 on Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:48 am

CDF47 wrote:
Longtime Fan wrote:Nice!, I hope he has good positive things to say about the new Federation unlike KSW's leader and finkelstein as well

Wallid is very positive about the Federation, unlike those other two.

what did the ksw leader say ? it sounds like wlaid is on the fence with the whole thing then again i only read the interview haven't listen to it yet .As for the ufc they are on top at the moment but at trajectory they're going the won't stay on top .

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Re: No Holds Barred: Wallid Ismail on Rizin and Jungle Fight

Post by CDF47 on Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:39 am

westcott123 wrote:
CDF47 wrote:
Longtime Fan wrote:Nice!, I hope he has good positive things to say about the new Federation unlike KSW's leader and finkelstein as well

Wallid is very positive about the Federation, unlike those other two.

what did the ksw leader say ? it sounds like wlaid is on the fence with the whole thing then again i only read the interview haven't listen to it yet .As for the ufc they are on top at the moment but at trajectory they're going the won't stay on top .

KSW president basically said he won't be sending champs to RIZIN. Wallid will be sending his champs over and seems positive about the Federation. He will continue working with UFC as well though and feeding them fighters. He is also positive about working with Bellator.

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Re: No Holds Barred: Wallid Ismail on Rizin and Jungle Fight

Post by stu3ufc on Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:02 am

AudaxSynth wrote:I don't like that Jungle Fights is just going to do one foot in each door with Rizin FF and youeffsee. Wallid is a legend but he has the wrong mentality about MMA if he does not wish for competition against Zooffa.

like ufc ...jungle fights pays shit money


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Re: No Holds Barred: Wallid Ismail on Rizin and Jungle Fight

Post by InfinityLens on Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:39 pm

So in light if some of Wallid's recent accusations about UFC punishing his fighters what do you guys think of this interview?

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Re: No Holds Barred: Wallid Ismail on Rizin and Jungle Fight

Post by CDF47 on Thu Apr 21, 2016 6:10 pm

^I thought this was a great interview.

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