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Sengoku is basically toast

It seems odd to concern ourselves with Japanese MMA when there’s a possibility that Japan might suffer a nuclear meltdown sometime soon, but I guess we are sorta a fighting site and that’s what we should focus on regardless of how underwater / on fire the real world is. Remember a little while ago when it looked like major MMA sponsor Don Quijote was threatening to stop funding the sport? A lot of people thought it was just an empty threat, but lo and behold they just pulled the plug on ailing promotion Sengoku:

Officials today announced the news and hinted that – with the organization’s dependence on sponsors – Sengoku’s promotional days may be over.

“The only hope is the emergence of a sponsor to replace Don Quijote,” today’s announcement stated. “If there is no company that can help us, we have to think about the worst-case scenario: the end of SRC.”

This isn’t so much of a surprise as it is a confirmation that Sengoku is basically toast. They’ve been bleeding fighters all year and haven’t been able to sort out a date for 2011 since cancelling their last show in January.

That leaves us with a number of smaller organizations and the rumored Zombie PRIDE #2 organization run by former PRIDE head Sakakibara. Oh, and I guess Strikeforce is still thinking about trying to get over there too, but you already know what I think of that.

  • Blackula Jonez says:

    maybe the ufc/strikeforce/bellator can absorb some of the better bantamweight talent they had in sengoku?


    Man I hope Blanco ends up in the UFC, that kid is violence personified.

  • Take It Easy says:

    good fucking die

  • Take It Easy says:

    dream is next

  • agentsmith says:

    @ Blackula:

    Last I heard, Hioki and Sandro were still under contract to Sengoku, but they gave Sandro permission to go fight in Bellator.  Hioki and the UFC are totally eye-fucking each other, but they don’t do non-exclusive contracts, so they literally can’t even talk to him until Sengoku releases him.  Of course that could change quick now that Sengoku is pretty much tits-up.

  • mamoru says:

    Hioki in the UFC is right at the top of my mma wishlist, just above a 125lbs division.

  • Letibleu says:

    With everything that is going on (Japan being repossessed by angry gods and ZUFFA hiring Coker as Dana’s private butler) this news was like someone smoking a joint at a Metallica concert. Nobody noticed or cared.

  • Eileen says:

    They say Dos Santos and Big Nog are dominating the camp I’m not suerrispd about that, but I’m suerrispd that Big Nog even at this state of his career, where he’s pretty old and out of prime, can still keep up and outgraple somebody as young and strong as Dos Santos and even stand up with him my deepest respect to him!VA:F [1.9.8_1114]please wait…VA:F [1.9.8_1114](from 0 votes)