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Post by Kinosis on Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:08 pm


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Re: Rizin boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara says new 'new hero' needed to wake up 'sleeping' Japanese market

Post by Kinosis on Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:17 pm

I would like maybe 6 events a year once they get going.  A huge event every 2 months.  You keep the big names busy, every card can be stacked and the excitement grows.  Until they get bigger and get more/build more stars, 4 shows a year is probably good.

The ufc having cards all of the time is the worst thing in MMA right now.  You are lucky to get 1 or 2 big name fights, many cards have 0 big names on them.  There is hardly anything to get you excited when it's on all the time.  There is no anticipation.  

I also liked that he mentioned they could get Fedor again.  Even if Fedor is not in the OWGP, I'd like to see him on the next 2 cards in September and December.  Hopefully he can fight Bigfoot, Ivanov, Henderson or Maldonado in September and then Baruto on NYE.  Perhaps he could face off with the OWGP winner next year for the HW title (if he isn't in the tournament).  But Fedor in japan, fighting in a ring is the best.

I'd like to see Rizin start working on crowning a champ in 4 weight classes, basically the same ones Pride had: Heavyweight, 205lbs, 185lbs and 160lbs. Maybe add a lower weight one like 145lbs where guys like Kron could fight. But they definitely need to start building towards crowning some champs to build exciting title fights.

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Post by God of Thunder on Fri Jul 01, 2016 4:11 am

I would like them to have the oldschool K-1 approach with HW grand Prix only. Let every promotion under their umbrella have a Grand Prix every year to derermine who´ll be in the Rizin HW Grand Prix. The fighters should come from traditional martial arts and be top ranked in their discipline.

MMA fighters are not as entertaining as fighters who are specialists in one combat sport.
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Post by Kinosis on Fri Jul 01, 2016 1:11 pm

^Good thinking.

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Post by CDF47 on Fri Jul 01, 2016 11:03 pm

A lot of good ideas in this thread.

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Re: Rizin boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara says new 'new hero' needed to wake up 'sleeping' Japanese market

Post by stu3ufc on Sat Jul 02, 2016 1:10 pm

That new hero for sure isnt fucking ISHII

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Post by westcott123 on Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:03 pm

stu3ufc wrote:That new hero for sure isnt fucking ISHII

yeah what they need a 2016 version of sakuraba a guy who is a superstar and not just in japan and can also beat the top fighters in the world . man it has changed japan had a lot of superstars now most are retired or a fighting state side . hopefully they can get that form back .
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Post by Rocksoldier84 on Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:54 pm

stu3ufc wrote:That new hero for sure isnt fucking ISHII

Well, that's been known for years and it's sad as the JMMA world had a ton of hope he would be.
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Post by CDF47 on Mon Jul 04, 2016 6:07 am

stu3ufc wrote:That new hero for sure isnt fucking ISHII

Yeah, that's pretty clear now.  They need a new Kid, Saku, or Gomi type fighter.

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Post by Kinosis on Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:50 pm

It's too bad Sakuraba didn't train up a protege'. He still could!

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Post by CDF47 on Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:05 pm

^He should have a Team Saku, like Team Fedor, to build up new fighters.

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Post by InfinityLens on Sun Jul 17, 2016 12:33 pm

They should try to get the top Japanese fighters on each weight class and match then up against increasing competition. For instance Mizuno from 1C is the top Japanese LHW, sign him and have him fight Ryan Spann from Legacy (Saki has a good relationship with them).
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Post by CDF47 on Sun Jul 17, 2016 12:45 pm

^That may work, plus really good scouting is needed. Maybe some tournaments with just Japanese fighters to scout from.

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Post by fka on Sun Jul 17, 2016 1:14 pm

Asen Yamamoto is an excellent candidate.......if they wouldn't keep throwing him to the wolves lol.


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Post by InfinityLens on Sun Jul 24, 2016 1:03 pm

^^^They were going to have him fight Krazy Horse but the Rizin press conference have him fighting a more reasonable opponent. Also Krazy Horse had a fight this week so who knows whats going on.
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