Ya know, the biggest news I figured we were gonna get today was “Blah blah Dana said and then Anderson said but wait till you heard what the guy who holds Chuck’s jockstrap said!” Instead, we have the following insanity:
The rumors are true: MMA’s undisputed #1 heavyweight and Japan’s top lightweight will square off in a special exhibition match at next Wednesday’s DEEP/M-1 Challenge event. DEEP President Shigeru Saeki and Shinya Aoki announced the fight today at a press conference in Tokyo; Fedor was not present, though his manager Vadim Finkelstein and Affliction VP Tom Atencio are said to be in Japan at the moment. The specifications and rules for the bout have not been finalized, but Saeki likened it to this week’s K-1 MAX exhibition between Masato and 17-year-old kickboxing phenom HIROYA. (For what it’s worth, Hiroya wore headgear and both parties wore shinguards.) Aoki says he’s pleased to be able to set foot in the ring with “the symbol of MMA.”
Yep that’s right: this happens NEXT WEDNESDAY. How are you gonna see it? Well, there’s a good chance – barring any technical failures – that our buds over at Japan-MMA will be streaming the event on the internet.