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Even for Japan, this is sketchy

Word has been spreading across the internets for the past few days that JZ Calvan vs Shinya Aoki was canceled on account of an injury JZ suffered on the 17th. Or is it because JZ had recently had knee and nose surgery and hadn’t trained at all for the fight? You pick.

Either way, once again Monte Cox was the last one to know. It must be embarrassing when reporters phone you up knowing more about shit than you do. It’s kinda like when the paparazzi informed Britney Spears that her sister was pregnant … talk about being out of the loop! Britney gaining weight and getting the same ‘deer in the headlights’ look that Monte seems to have lately just makes the comparison all the more apt in my books.

Anyways, I feel haven’t done enough ripping on Yarennoka up until this point. As I’ve stated before, I just expect Japanese promotions to be a total gong show, so nothing really surprises me. But I figure you readers might want to know that at this point (just shy of a week from the day of the event), Yarennoka only has six matches confirmed:

      * Fedor Emelianenko vs. Choi Hong-Man
* Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Kazuo Misaki
* Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Gilbert Melendez
* Hayato “Mach” Sakurai vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa
* Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luiz Azeredo
* Murilo Bustamante vs. Makoto Takimoto

This is in stark contrast to K1’s new years eve show, which is weighing in at 14 matches. Just thought you ought to know!

  • Xavier

    Monte Cox is the Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf of M1. He has no real power and just spouts the company line constantly, with only the barest hope that what he is saying is actually true.

  • kentyman

    These guys are just fucking insane.

  • márcio

    Still the yarennoka card, seems way better than the K-1 one.

  • kermit.01

    Yarennoka only has 6 matches because the last match is either going to be a 20 man over the top battle royal or Fedor vs. a Gang of Midgets.

  • smoogy

    Expect Roman Zentsov vs. Mike Russow to be added to the card any day.

    And the latest reports out of Japan indicate JZ is out but Aoki will fight a late replacement instead.

  • DannyP72

    K1 can have 30 fights on their card, the Yarennoka card so far still beats it all over the ring even with aoki/jz cancelled