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HERO’s and Zombie Pride to merge?

Interesting stuff going on in Japan. While 2007 in Japan was thrown into somewhat of a disarray with the death of PRIDE, it looks like 2008 is gonna be a hell of a year. You’ve got smaller promotions taking advantage of all of the free fighters floating around. New people coming in trying to replace the void left by PRIDE. And now it looks like some kind of alliance between HERO’s and Zombie Pride:

Japanese sports newspaper Tokyo Sports reported that FEG might finish with the HERO’S series and start a new show in March. “From the March show on, I would like to see the entire Kakutougi world unite to do something very interesting.” The report began with FEG head Sadaharu Tanikawa talking about a second “grand coalition” but since there is not going to be a second Yarennnoka! show, and FEG and ex-PRIDE people are going for a complete integration it’s basically about a new MMA show being started by FEG and that also means HERO’S could now be completely over.

I’d rather have two separate promotions, but I’ll take one mega promotion if that’s all I can get. Big question to ask is if the Pride scandal that got it kicked off TV will somehow carry over with this merge. Although knowing Japan, K1 is probably just as dirty as Pride was, so it won’t really matter in the end.

  • dan says:

    what was the Pride scandal that got it kicked off tv?

  • Fightlinker Jackal says:

    I think it was the involvement of Pride with a Japanese gang. You can check it out in the wikipedia entry of PrideFC.

  • koolpaw says:

    omg howcome Hirata san quoted “Tokyo Sports”?
    thats kinda bizarre!!

    Tokyo Sports OMFG lol
    Sounds like “Sam Caplan quoted TheSUN “

  • Mike David (Euthyphro) says:

    Dan, read this as a primer:

    There’s a LOT for you to catch up on if you really want the answer to that question. The short answer, though, is Yakuza connections which came to light after the Inoki NYE show in 2003.

  • Kid Nate says:

    Will this be different than the World Victory Road promotion? The one that Yoshida is in?

  • Mike David (Euthyphro) says:

    Sengoku is what they’re calling the events for WVR. Sengoku has the guy who used to produce PRIDE’s video packages, Daisuke Sato, as well as the alliance with J-ROCK management who holds the rights to Yoshida. Phil Baroni is also expected to sign with them.

    What Tanigawa is discussing here is different — it’s basically the FEG people (Akira Maeda and Tanigawa) working with a few remaining ex-DSE employees, probably former DEEP matchmaker Shigeru Saeki and possibly Sakakibara behind the scenes. Separate enterprises, but the FEG team has a leg up since they have national TV. With no national TV for Sengoku/WVR, that organization is dead in the water unless they want to run at a very small level like DEEP or Pancrase.

  • godzillad says:

    ”what was the Pride scandal that got it kicked off tv?”

    Now THAT is how you know MMA has grown.

  • jjdnb says:

    Hell yeah! They should call it Pride Two just to show how stupid UFC was for trying to get a monopoly on the MMA world.

  • Mobb Deep says:

    Hooray, now we will finally see Kid Yamamoto vs Fedor!